17 November 2015


Life has been CRAZY, so I'll just jump right in!

On October 9th…. I found out that we're having another baby!!!!! This was a somewhat long journey for us (others have/will wait longer than us). However, God's timing is always perfect! Richie is SO excited to be a big brother and Jeremy is excited to actually experience all of the pregnancy and birth! He's been a big help! I was very nauseous at first but I'm finally getting over that! So far just family and close friends know about the baby. Right now, we only want people to know that are going to pray with us and genuinely care if something happens to the baby.

Shortly after that we went to Texas and Kansas for a couple weeks. That was a good trip and fun to tell everyone about baby #2 but it's always good to be back home!

Some funny things Richie has said lately…
Apparently I scold Jeremy often… Jeremy and Richie were throwing a little football back and forth and then Jeremy decided it would be funny to hit me with it (can you hear me laughing???). When he did, I replied "Jeremy!" and Richie said "Jeremy Bryson!" :) Whoops?! ;)

Jeremy told Richie something the other day and Richie replied with "whatever". Again… I think I have to take the blame on that one!

I need to make note of these more often because he really is a crack up!

I decided to take naps away because it was taking way too long for him to go to sleep at night and during that time he came out of his room with all sorts of things to say… "I have something to tell you. I can't sleep because the baby is making me nervous." Then he went to bed and came back out with the same thing except it was the laundry basket that was making him nervous. I keep telling Jeremy to ignore what he just said and tell him to go back to bed, but he doesn't. Since we've taken naps away it hasn't been such a chore to get him to go to sleep though! Yay!

The rest of this is me ranting/venting so enter with caution…

Recently, Paris was attacked and over 100 people were killed and just as many were injured. ISIS took the blame for this. One of the attackers was Syrian which has Americans on alert because our "President" wants 70,000 Syrian refugees to come to America. Yes, that's frightening but my issue with them coming over here isn't mainly the threat that they "might" impose. It's the fact that America is paying for those people to come here. Don't forget our TRILLIONS of debt! We are paying for their plane tickets and then they get some money for a little while (I can't remember how long, I want to say 3 months). That's an INSANE amount of money!! We have people in our own country, THOUSANDS of people in our own country, that need shelter and food and jobs and homes but we ignore them and offer it to other countries?? Please tell me this isn't real. We aren't just asking hotels to give 70,000 people free food and shelter, those people will need jobs, money and homes. Things that our own citizens need but can't get.

With all of the hesitation from A LOT of people, comes the persecution of Christians. Believe it. Christians are being scrutinized because they don't want the refugees to come here. I would LOVE for anyone to tell me what this has to do with Christians? Is it because we are commanded to love thy neighbor? No one said that we don't love them… we said we have other problems of our own to take care of. I have lots of clothes and canned goods that I would love to send them. I would love to help them, but I can't imagine that many people coming into our country to take jobs, money and homes away from our citizens. It's the SAME reason that people want a wall built to keep Mexicans from coming into our country illegally. Therefore it has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, religion or fear. It has to do with TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN!

There is a meme going around Facebook of a nativity scene that says "That nativity play all the churches put on every Christmas? It's about a middle eastern couple seeking refuge and shelter. Merry Christmas!" Let me stomp that into the ground while I'm here… The nativity scene is NOT ABOUT a middle eastern couple seeking refuge. They weren't scared, they weren't living in fear. They were simply traveling and the Inn was full so they had to find somewhere else to GIVE BIRTH TO A BABY! Yes, they were looking for shelter, that's it. They didn't ask someone to fly them somewhere to have that baby, they didn't hold their hand out for money to give to the owner of the stable in order for them to have their baby there and the baby being born there didn't effect a single person. Also, times were A LOT different then than they are now. So to compare to two circumstances… is like comparing a flower to an apple.

I've also seen someone say that God is a "magical creature" and that they are agnostic. I love this person very much, I'm not here to make fun of them. I'm here to point out that agnostic means "a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claimed neither faith nor disbelief in God." So to say that you are agnostic and then say that you don't believe in a "magical creature" is an oxymoron.
God is totally magical and very amazing. :)

26 September 2015

Random thoughts

I'm sitting here at a restaurant with Richie, watching Tim Tebow (and others) talks about their picks for today. I started thinking about Tebow's career and how people responded to him praying and being so loud about his faith. Many people say "So what? He prays. Big deal. He does it on the field for attention." So what about when the professional football player announced that he is gay. "So what? Lots of people are. He's saying it publicly for the attention." wasn't said. People said that he was a hero (?) and that he was brave. How? Because he was doing/saying something that isn't accepted as okay by the rest of the world? Guess what... Neither is praying, neither is trusting God, neither is doing those things in the publics eye. Guess what? Neither of them are. Be you. Stop commenting about how other people live. Live your life, just like they are.

23 September 2015

Panama City Beach

When I was working, I came home saying "I need a vacation" every day. Not because I didn't like what I did but sometimes life just needs to be put on pause. Since becoming a stay at home mom I don't say it as much but who doesn't want a vacation!
Jeremy has been working so hard for us and I know he needed one. So we finally went! We went to Panama City and stayed at a hotel on the beach. It was soo nice! I was a little worried (okay I was mad at myself) at first because there wasn't anywhere to park when we first got there. I didn't think they would be busy in September, however I forgot about fall break! I was also mad because when we got to our floor it looked like we weren't going to have a room with an ocean view. I was SO mad about that… Until we got to our room. There is a bedroom and a living room so the living room had the ocean view. It was beautiful and I was relieved :)
It was dark when we got there so we saw the moon on the ocean but that's about it. Jeremy told me not to look outside until we were all awake and we could do it together. I was so excited, I woke up at 4:45! I couldn't go back to sleep! So I laid there, checked my email, cruised around on Facebook and finally got up and took a half of a second peek outside. I didn't look at the water, just at the sky. It was REALLY fast, I couldn't even tell you what it looked like. And yes, I admitted this to Jeremy later!

So Richie FINALLY got up at 6:30 and didn't hesitate to wake Jeremy up :) So we went and looked outside. GORGEOUS! The sand was my favorite part! I was excited to go put my feet in it! So we went down and had breakfast then went to walk the shoreline. AMAZING... The sand, the water, the sting ray, the weather, the sun… It was perfect!

We walked a little while then went back to our hotel, got our swimsuits on and went to play in the sand/ocean. It was perfect. Richie was the most excited about the….. POOL! We couldn't get it through to him that the ocean was what we were there for. So we went back and forth between the pool and the ocean. We also went down to the pier. Lots of people were fishing which was kind of annoying to me because I wanted to go to the end and look in the water but we had to keep dodging the hooks flying around.

Then for lunch we went to Dick's Last Resort. That's the place where they aren't there to be nice to you like every other restaurant, they're there to tell you how it is, and it's hilarious! They don't make your food customized. They make it like it says in the menu and if you don't want something on it then pick it off. When I was deciding what I wanted to drink she told me to get my life together! Haha! She toned it down of course, because we had Richie, but it was still hilarious. Then she made us hats… Richie's said "I have skid marks", mine said "I should've swallowed" :(, and Jeremy's said "Big shed, small package". The group at the table near us was feeding it right back to her. She told them to holler whenever they were ready to order, so they did. She yelled back to shut up, they weren't the only people there! One lady said something to her and she told her to Shut up and take her hair back to the eighties!! And she told them that if anyone has any allergies to tell her now because she doesn't give mouth to mouth to males (she was clearly a lesbian). It was so funny!! If you can take a joke and need a good laugh… go there!
They also have a really good alligator appetizer! yuuuum!

Then we went walking around and did a little shopping. Richie and I got souvenir shirts and they had a collegiate store there so we got some Longhorns things!
Then it was nap time! I only took a 20 minute nap, Richie took a 2 hour nap and Jeremy watched football.. typical Sunday at home too!

Then we went to the pool and ocean. I think Richie liked the pool because he could actually swim. We walked out a ways into the ocean but it was still only calf/knee high water (to me and Jeremy). Plus there was Jelly Fish on Sunday so we didn't get too relaxed in the water. Every time a big wave would get water in Richie's mouth he was say "SALT WATER!" They way he said it was priceless.

For supper we went to Dusty's. It was delicious also! There was a long wait so if you ever go there.. go early. I had clams and fried pickles… YUM! And Jeremy had oysters… he said they were good. Richie had shrimp.

Then we went back to the hotel, goofed around for a little bit then sent Richie to bed, and I was soon after him. We were tiiired!

Monday morning we ate breakfast, went for a short stroll on the shoreline then went back to get our suits on for some time in the pool. It was a little chilly but Richie didn't care! Then momma went and got a massage!! The boys went shopping around a little and got some more sand toys. For lunch we went to Shuckums. It was good too. I got a Philly Cheesesteak (not to Jeremy's amusement), he got oysters and Richie got chicken strips.

Then we went to the hotel for nap time. Richie took a good nap and then we went swimming some more. There were lots of places to eat but not enough days so our plan was to go to one place for appetizers, one place for dinner and one place for dessert but we were so full! We weren't even snacking, we were just full from all the delicious food! So we had a Calamari appetizer, Richie had chicken strips and then we went walking. They had a little train running around so we went and found it so Richie could have a ride. They also had bungee cord/trampoline things but it was $10 and Jeremy didn't feel like it was worth it (Richie has done it before) so we just went and got ice cream instead. Then we went to the hotel. It was late at this point.

Tuesday morning we got up and around and went for a boat tour. We searched for dolphins but only saw a few. Then stopped at Shell Island (during the boat tour) and searched for star fish and sand dollars.. two things we hadn't seen yet! We never found any :( Then headed for some lunch at Dat Cajun Place. It was okay. Then headed home. Richie and I crashed for 2 hours in the car. Poor Jeremy! We all had a really good time and we can't wait to go back!! There's lots more that we want to do!
Heading out of town! Jeremy was cracking a sunflower seed lol 
 Someone was on the beach blowing off fireworks. They only did a few though. 

 He went inside because it was too loud. They were right in front of our room.. 
 Such a sweet sleeper :)
Our first time seeing the ocean! Don't mind me.. we just got out of bed lol
 SO pretty!
 Feet in the water :)
 He loved it!
 Do you see the sting ray?

 My boys <3 p="">

 Overload of pictures from our balcony.. 

 Nap time!

 Pool time!

 He loves that daddy!!!
9/21     Looking at his seashells 
 I told him that these little ones are shark teeth :P

 In the midwest we use mulch, in the south we use pine needles, on the coast we use clams!
 I love my family!!!


 I love this man <3 p="">

 There's no telling… 
 Overload of sunset pictures...

 This was while we were waiting for the train… 

 On the train! 
9/22/.… last day            we played frisbee while waiting to get on the boat to go dolphin searching

 Searching for star fish and sand dollars
 Richie gave our "captain" a tip and told him "Here's your sand dollar!"
 Completely wiped out on the way home...