Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

As we have so many times in the past, we spent Easter in East Tennessee.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and 5 animals.  It was a madhouse!  A glorious, wonderful madhouse where memories were made and fun was had.  We had Easter egg hunts in the rain and spent a beautiful Easter morning worshiping and praising our Risen Savior!

Easter in photos Part 1:

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

In Which I Reflect

This is a post in which I reflect on what I've been doing lately.  Maybe even more of a confession.  Also, an opportunity to look back one day and realize how grateful I am to be so busy!

I started my Monday with a Prednisone pack, a Z-Pak, Mucinex, Ibuprofen and Afrin.  It's been a very long time since I have been this sick, but I've been able to push on.  This week at school is the SAT-10 test so I have been volunteering every morning as the test coordinator.  I love being up at my children's school, especially in a role where I can float around and watch all the children in their classrooms.  Have I mentioned how much I adore our school?

I'm in charge of the drama portion of our school's Spring musical this year.  One more week and I can breathe again!  Don't you love the papier-mâché planet that we made?  I'll have to post a picture of the finished product after it's been painted.  Our musical's theme is outer space and it has been so much fun working on costumes and the set design.

Today I have been convicted of my "busyness" and I'm really
trying to slow down this weekend to remember why we celebrate this holiday. My children are doing an amazing job telling me the resurrection story every day when they get home from school. I tell you, I never get sick of hearing that story from the mouths of babes. Happy Easter everyone...Happy Resurrection Day!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Report

This weekend report is full of pictures. Pictures of a gala and fishing. My how my  world changes so quickly. This time it's a good change. 

Erik and I attended a gala at The Peabody Hotel for the Fedex House at LeBonheur. My mom spent several nights at the Fedex House when Lucy was so sick so this was a special night for us. It was also really nice just spending time with Erik. We don't get to do that very often. 

Erik and I (well, mainly Erik) both worked a lot in the yard this weekend. I'll have to post pictures tomorrow of how nice the yard is looking. Today we spent the whole day at my parents house fishing and playing outside. After a wonderful morning in church it was exactly what our family needed! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gearing Up for Spring in the Snow


For those that know me well or have been following my blog for a while you know that our yearly family snow skiing trip usually happens around Spring Break for my girls.  I just love going this time of year.  The weather is always a bit warmer, the snow is at its deepest and there is just a feeling of fresh beginnings each time we go out there.  It's how our family gears up for spring!


Before we left last week for our annual trip I was beginning to start with the runny nose and itchy throat.  I was so worried that I was going to end up sick during our vacation that I went to the drug store to find something to help.  With so many products on the shelf it seemed almost comical that I instinctually grabbed the HALLS® cough drops.  I remember as a child my grandmother giving them to me in church when I got a dry throat or when that funny tickle wouldn't go away.  As a child my favorite flavor was cherry, but now (with my mature, grown-up pallet) I favor the Honey-Lemon.


One thing I love about HALLS while I am skiing is how open it makes my nasal passages feel.  I can actually breathe going down the mountain. If only HALLS could make my legs stronger. Ha! You all remember the "advanced vapor action" slogan, but it really is true. The itchy throat, the dry irritated coughs---HALLS does the trick for me every time.  If it’s been a while since you've tried HALLS, I can assure you it won't disappoint.

With so many flavors, Sugar Free and regular, and the Defense brand that provides 100% daily value of Vitamin C in every cough drop, HALLS is excellent for the occasional allergy sufferer like myself. The Defense also has a yummy grapefruit flavor that is great.

You can read more about HALLS and all the different varieties here.

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**In keeping with my Celiac (gluten free) diet I have done well with HALLS.  I cannot guarantee that HALLS are GF, but I have personally not had any problem with them.  There are no GF ingredients directly listed but the company does not certify them to be GF.

Monday, April 7, 2014


The race is over and it was a HUGE success.  We are waiting on one more invoice and one more contribution, but we feel confident we were able to raise over $25,000 for LeBonheur Children's Hosptial.  In 4 year's time we have raised more than $100,000 to support families suffering through the diagnosis of a brain tumor.

Thank you to everyone who donated, ran, walked and helped.  Saturday was an amazing day and I am so thankful to be a part of something to great.  Everyone who played a part in the 4th 5k should have a smile on your face.  Here are a few pictures from the exhausting, yet rewarding, weekend:

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's Race Time-Last Day to Register Online

Tonight, Wednesday the 2nd, online registration will close at midnight for the 4th annual Go Lucy Go 5k.  You will still be able to register the day of the race, but the cost will be $5.00 more.

Don't procrastinate any longer…register today!  Don't forget that we can mail t-shirts to those of you who can't be here.  Just register as a Spirit Runner and you can still support the Go Lucy Go Foundation.  

Look at this swag.  Why would you want to miss out on this?

Stadium cups for all the adults, dog tags for all the children and tumblers for race day winners.  We will also have Master winners this year and some amazing door prizes!  There will be bounce houses, face painting and glitter tattoos, popsicles and popcorn for the kids (or the young at heart).  Adult runners, don't you worry!  We have great food for you, too.

Register today and we will see you Saturday!

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Monday, March 31, 2014


Today I cried.  A lot.

I yelled at my children.

I said a not-so-nice word under my breath at the guy driving too slowly down the road.

I cleaned my house with a vengeance to try to make it all disappear.

Tomorrow is a new day and for that I am so thankful.  post signatureA fresh start is one of God's sweetest blessings.