Almost there…

So we are leaving to headed on a road trip tonight. I am rushing around going thru my last minute pre-pack stuff. I have three things left to do. I can handle three things without a list. Right!?!?!?

•put the things away in my hand

•smoke a cigarette

•grab the laundry out of the dryer

Walking out to the truck, I remembered I also needed to locate the cats and lock the trailer door.

I start to panic! That’s five things. I NEED A LIST. PRONTO!!! I grab my sister’s housemate, and start dictating the list to him hoping he can keep up. 

Well since I am making a list, I might as well add “make sure kids are in the truck when we pull out of the driveway.”
I will get there eventually.

Perryville, MO

As fate would have it, as it often does, my children and I find ourselves here in Perryville, MO. It has been a whirl wind tour helping with the disaster relief clean up after the tornado that tore this community apart. 

Truly I have never been so blessed to be apart of such an event. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it, and how I found myself in Missouri. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be here a week ago, and it really all started with a wind storm and a lost cat.

I came to serve this community, and instead they filled my heart to overflowing. I have never been so exhausted, happy, sad, and my heart so full.

I’ll be home Thursday. However, my weekend is packed.  I hope to have the whole story to you next week, complete with pictures and videos.

Until then, here are a couple pictures of the girls working hard.

Naomi with an armfull of debri…

This tree branch was about one hundred pounds or more. Gabriel drug it about one and a half football fields on her own. I couldn’t be more proud. They worked so hard this week.

Shalom for now friends!


So tonight my children and I called my husband to do prayers and Sh’ma with him. We started talking about homeschooling back in the good old days before we could just Google things. My husband mentioned how he had Yahoo. This was the conversation that followed:

Yoheved (8 years old): Wait! Yahoo? Who’s Yahoo?

Chava  (9 years old): Yoheved!!!! [Then she starts singing] Eliyahu. Eliyahu. Eliyahu. Hanavi.

Yoheved: Ooooh, it’s Elijah!

I laughed so hard I almost peed myself.
Kids hear things from a totally different perspective. But then add another language and it can be so comical sometimes.

Chanukkah Sameach!!!

Hope the holiday you are celebrating this season is surrounded in love and warmth and light. 

Goodbye Nursing Bras


December first marked three years from when I quit breastfeeding. Yet the nursing bras just went into the trash.
A shout out to my wonderful sister in law for the gift card. 

I always put my self last, and she and her friend got me a gift card after I had a melt down in the halway the other night.

You see, I have had the same underwear for 10 years, thru 2 pregnancies. My socks have holes, and are literally  worn thru. I just keep telling myself I’ll buy bras next year, and then never do, because, well… these nursing bras will do.

I’ve had a rough week. And this was the type of love and compassion I needed someone to show me. It was a rough year. It’s been an amazingly long journey. And a story I hope to share soon. 2016 has been long and hard. 

Thank you Bethany and Lily for sending this year packing on a good note.

Peace and good riddance 2016!!!

I’m a wreck

Actually, not really. Husband is fine. His car is not.  He Totalled his beloved hooptie, Ruby, yesterday. Ruby, belovedly names by our children. A teal car by he way. The humor may have been lost on our kids, but not us. We loved Ruby. She has served us many years. And would have continued to serve us for many years to come…
..Except the sun. Anyone know what Insurance company the sun uses? Unfortunately, the sun blinded my my husband. And by he time the SUV eclipsed the sun, Husband was making contact. Everyone was fine, but Ruby had to be towed away. 😦
I would love to give a shout out to Geico Military at this time. They have made the claim process so easy, and we will have a check in hand by tonight. I wish I could say things went as smoothly with the tow company,  but unfortunately I had to get in their face twice, once in person, which I don’t like to do. 
There is absolutely no reason to treat people the way they treated me. When people are post-accident, they need compassion and understanding, especially from one of only four tow companies allowed to service on-base military personnel. We are moving in less than a week, and these people seemed to be reveling in the power they held over me.  Well, here is a news flash, they messed with the wrong gal.
Well, I don’t have to deal with them any longer, I just wish some people weren’t like that. Thankfully our insurance is great.
Thank you Geico for always being so awesome to us. After all these years, and growth to a national company, you still take care of your military and federal families. 



“Friends and family make ‘the Suck’, suck less.” -Renee Keltner

Spiritual and social stability and support help you move on when ‘the Suck’ gets to be too overwhelming.

For me, ‘the Suck’ is my chronic illness, and the daily struggle it leaves in its wake.

What is your ‘the Suck’?