From time to time I will just write. It is not about one person or event most of the time, it's just about things I see, hear and feel. Sometimes it is personal, sometimes its not. I just use this blog as my sounding board to the world.
"Can anyone hear me"?
Just be Present
*When you take the most important step in your life called "Parenting", there is one thing you need to remember. Your life, happiness, sadness, all of it, is not yours alone anymore, it now belongs to you and your child/children. Every decision and move you make is like a domino and if you push one over everything in its path will fall, including your children. Does what I am saying make sense to everyone? No. Do I feel like I am on an alien planet most times? Yes. Just be present for your children and grandchildren. Don't look at your watch the entire time you are with them. It's better just to not come at all and let them know you are a dead beat then coming and looking at the door the entire time. Your little ones need you 24/7 right, they need you to feed, bath and clothe them, correct? Well, your teens still need you. If they make it on a team you need to be present at each and every event you can. If you are sitting at home while your child is playing, cheering, dancing or in the band at a Friday night game something is wrong with you. You may sit in those stands for 3 hours and not even get a second glance from your teen but BELIEVE ME, (I was a teen once)we see you and we see you when you aren't there and believe me, we remember you aren't more than when you are. This type of not being there effects a teen more than you will ever know. When your children are adults they don't have to ASK you for help, money, or just a shoulder to cry on, you offer it. If you don't have what they need you figure out a way to get it.
You are not first, they are!
I am rambling and needed to vent a bit and pray my daughter and son know each and every second of their lives until they die that they are and were loved by me! Every decision I make has Taylor and Cash in mind.
I fell in love with my husband when I was 18 years old, a senior in high school and totally screwed up!
He picked me up out of a place so dark that only a handful or less really know about.
I also fell in love with him again when our daughter was four years old and I thought I was back in another deep dark place. He is and always will be the most amazing man, next to my father, that has never let me down and has always put me first when I didn't even know it.
I pray that my brother will follow in our father's footsteps and never give up and stay loyal to his family. No matter if a home is broken or not.
I pray he gives his wife the exact same stable home my husband has given me.
I pray he always puts her needs above his and even their children's needs
(yes, I want more little ones calling me Aunt Julie).
I also ask God to put a blanket over their marriage to protect any outsider that tries to get in like He has for mine.
Well, unless you have been on another planet, you all know I love all things "Black and White".
What I also love is that I picked the name of my blog PERFECTLY,
This is Me, Then.
That title allows me to do and say whatever I want, whenever I want and not stick to a theme! Keep it fresh! Don't worry, my crafts, decorating and giveaways will be back soon! I am just absorbed in fashion as of now, or me, if you want me to be honest! HA!
I love to pop in and out of their stores and I LOVE the online sales! Here's a peek at what I got this weekend! It was a splurge I rarely do (I like to spend my money on my house) but this weekend was all about me!
1st up, this AMAZING purse!
It is HUGE and ready for some summer fun!
I can already see some water bottles, sunscreen and glasses now!
This sweater is so LIGHT and feels like a million dollars! I loved it so much I got another one!
Slightly different, but the same idea! I can see tank tops with shorts or capris and these sweaters at the beach!
i am feeling a bit "sassy" with all my new eating habits, ironing my own clothes, letting go of my house-keeper (i do miss her so) getting ready for my brother's wedding reception in my back yard, watering my herbs, growing roses, making trips to the farmer's market and Whole Foods (two places I never frequented before) and trying to just "breathe".
with that said I made some decisions! first I decided to spend some money on a good pair of jeans and
WOW, did I find some I love!
i paid $80 for a pair of Silver Jeans.
i LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
i swear, i wore them 4 days straight and they never lost their shape. i will never buy cheap jeans again. you can get them at many different places and they come in all sizes. look them up and find a store near you! you won't be sorry!
my next "big girl" decision is to wear some "great" makeup! i love all my eye shadows and blushes from here and there but i have worn Clinique foundation and powder FOREVER and it's time for something new and fresh!
i asked my friend Kristin who is an expert at this, literally, and she has lead me to Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation and a Mac #187 Brush to apply it with.
then I will top it off with Smashbox Halo Powder.
now, i do know that i will have to go to a MAC store to get my perfect color match and then i can order it online as needed. it is not a fortune. i looked it up online and the foundation is around $27 and the brush is around $45 (i won't need to replace the brush for a long time i am sure) and the Smashbox Powder is under $50.
i can live with that and i am ready to put my big girl pants on and have a fresh new look for this Spring and Summer!
I was BLESSED enough to be asked to share my easy fish and shrimp taco recipe on a friends blog! Not just any blog, her AMAZING photography blog. All the pics you see of me and my family floating around here were taken by HeartSpun Imagery.
We slept in, skipped, missed church, talked about Jesus and what he did for us, went to a movie, then to Whole Foods, then to Borders, then home to color eggs, cook dinner and watch another movie together. We had a WONDERFUL non-stress day together!
Now, the day before, we had our annual egg hunt. That does stress me out, but its SO much fun! Take a peek and God Bless!
Come on in and stay awhile. Click on the "follow" button and stay up to date on the crazy life I lead of decorating, vacations, organic cooking, going to college, kids, marriage, weight loss, friends, family, crafts and above all else, God. Always remember though, that "this is me, then". I change from day to day!
Happily Married to Lance since 1997, SAHM to Taylor (18) and Cash (11). I have an Associates and Bachelors Degree. I taught 3rd grade for two years and I am now homeschooling my son and watching my daughter from afar while she is away at college. This is my life, then!