Sunday, September 21, 2014


Today is a tough day for me and our family.
Nine years ago I was in PA, holding my mom's hand as she took her last breath.
She had fought a long battle with lymphoma & she fought hard, but God had a bigger plan.
I know she watches over us frequently.
She is often times in my dreams & I love the nights when I can see her face again & talk with her.  I know she's close by!
When she passed, there were two things that weighed heaviest on my heart...

1) She wouldn't be there to see us get married.


2) She wouldn't meet our children.

But, as time went by, and we found ourselves on a beach in Jamaica exchanging our vows, I knew she was right there with us.

When Norah was born, I knew her Nina hand picked her!  Gosh, my mom would just LOVE her!  She reminds me of my mom so often & I love those little reminders!

And today, I know she's in heaven, smiling down on us because we have big news....

Norah's going to be a big sister!!
She is oh-so-excited for the baby to arrive in April!  What a wonderful birthday present to her!!
And, as much as I don't think she really gets the fact that she's going to be a big sister, she certainly has become my baby all over again.  She wants to be rocked while we sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at bed time & she snuggles just that much more!
But, she is going to be a great big sister & we are so excited to add another sweet baby to the family!

I know my mom will continue to be there with us & watching over us.  She is an amazing mom & Nina to us all & we certainly do miss her!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Brad turned the big 3-0 this year!!
Finally, I'm not the old lady in the house... Brad has now joined me over the hill! 
I was a really bad wife this year & didn't give him the big hoorah that he deserved for his 30th, but I tried to make up for it a few days later with a trip to the science museum in Dallas.
We had a great time as a family & I'm not sure who had the most fun with all of the hands on activities!  

There was even a kid's room for Norah &, honestly, we could have spent ALL day in there!  She met a boy & then ditched him as soon as he gave up the wheel of the truck {her Daddy is teaching her well}!

Brad loved the wall that moved when you moved, he raced against cheetahs, dinosaurs, & football players, he played music with Norah in the hallway by jumping on "magic" dots, & even played meteorologist!

 {anyone else see my mom in ^^ this ^^ picture??}

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I'm back in my rut of not bringing my camera out of it's little hiding place.  It makes me sad... I'm not capturing some pretty special moments with Norah!  She is growing so much & I just know I'm going to regret not having these memories on film.  I even failed to bring it out when Brad's mom came to visit a few weeks ago {sorry, Mom}!!

We were so excited that she was finally available to visit us here in Texas!!  We LOVED her company & really enjoyed having her here for the short visit.  I was a terrible, not so fun, host.  With Brad at work all week and not wanting to keep him out of all of the fun, we stayed pretty close to home!
But, Mom was a lifesaver & Norah just loved having her close, too!  She kept asking "where'd she go??" after Omah left & would respond to herself with "Away??  In the car??"
Omah spoiled us with cake for Brad's birthday & cookies just because!  Norah now thinks cake is a staple in our house.
We got to Facetime with Opah & it's always a pleasure to see him since he doesn't get to visit as often!
Before Omah left, I made sure to grab a quick shot of Omah and Norah!  My, how much Norah has grown since this visit to Maryland!!

We miss you, Mom & hope you'll be back soon!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Home Port - Our New Etsy Shop

Well, I did it...
I reopened my little Etsy shop with a new name...

It's pretty fitting to our Navy lifestyle.
I am still making hand stamped jewelry, but am looking to add other fun crafts over time.
I am so excited to start this up again!
Please head over to the shop by clicking on this link:

The Home Port - Etsy Shop

And, if that link doesn't work you can copy and paste this into your browser:

Tell all of your friends, Pin some items on Pinterest, share us on Facebook, & let me know if you're looking for a spot on your blog for advertising!
I'm trying to get the word out that we are here and ready to do business & would LOVE & appreciate all of your help!! :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

4th of July

I have come to grips with the fact that I will never blog right after an event, but our photos will end up on the blog eventually. :)

We weren't sure what was going on for the 4th of July festivities.  We threw some ideas out there, but we weren't sure what Brad's schedule looked like until last minute.  So, once we had official word we decided to pack up and head down to San Antonio to spend the weekend with Brad's sister & family!  They always know how to have a good time!
We dressed the kids up in red, white, & blue, & went to their church for a big pancake breakfast!  The kids ran around and danced while we enjoyed a pot luck meal!

That night, their neighbors threw a big gathering!  More food, dancing, AND SNOW BALLS!!  Where does one get snow balls in southern Texas in the middle of JULY?!?
The kids had a great time running around throwing them at each other.  Norah kept digging in the cooler, but came up empty handed most times.  Really, I think she was just in the way of most of the other kids, but she was happy.
She may have even got trampled at one point in time. Poor kiddo!!  But, she got right back up & Tre was so sweet to make her a snow ball of her own out of what was left in the cooler.  She carried it around for a while and eventually threw it at nothing and nobody.  :)

Earlier in the day, while Norah napped, Presley decorated her scooter for the big bicycle parade {an annual event in the neighborhood}.  Once the fireworks started & the rain started falling from the clouds, Presley went inside, so Norah did the honors of showing off Presley's hard work.  She was THRILLED!!  Smiling from ear to ear!
Shortly after, we followed Presley inside and the girls had a dance off with streamers, watched Peppa Pig, & snacked on strawberries.
They were happy to be away from the "booms" as Norah would call them.
But, I couldn't let the whole day pass without her lighting her own sparkler, so back outside we went for a few minutes to catch some of the action.

It was a wonderful holiday.  I love when the kids get together to play!  Norah certainly loves spending time with them and misses them when they are gone.

haha... poor Tre!!

The next morning the kids got up, played outside for a bit, & we hit the road.
It was a short visit, but certainly not the last!!