The little bear has a new bed

When he was just home, about 6 weeks old. Such a wee little cubby. So snuggly. He loved his little bed.

In the months since we brought him home, he’s eaten that bed, torn it to little pieces.

He’s now almost 5 months old. My little cubby is becoming quite the big bear, and has a new bed.

His legs have gotten long, and he can run so fast.

When he naps, I know he’s growing. Just wish he could stay a puppy a little longer.

My little Maxi Bear is growing up.

It goes so fast

It goes so fast. You have the sweetest little cherub who grows and wants to be a Cowboy. You can’t get him to ever give up his cowboy boots or hat until he’s 9.

He golfs and swims. He goes to tennis camp and plays football. Basketball, violin and every video game imaginable.

Then he graduates from high school, goes to college, and moves to Phoenix.

So to my baby, who turns 30 today….I’m so proud of you. You are the most intelligent, well read, thoughtful, intellectual, solid, logical, profound, funny, sensitive, loving, most delightful, darling son. I look forward to see the wonderful things that come next for you. I adore you, and I can’t wait to see you again soon.

Life lessons

I saw this on Pinterest this morning and it hit home with me.

So much of my life decisions can be traced back to not so great experiences that I decided that I either didn’t want to repeat, or pass on.

My parenting style for example, while not perfect, was developed by not wanting to make the same mistakes that my parents made. I was really candid with my boys once they graduated from high school about my mistakes as I saw them, and asked them to forgive me and learn from them. It was really cool moment in our relationships.

My marriage has been specifically designed to keep at bay the mistakes my parents made. We are doing just fine making our own dumb mistakes.

I got into the mortgage business after I bought my first house, and knew that I could do 100% better job than the loan officer who did my loan. 26 years later, I’m still in the business, and I’m still getting better at it.

I think about how many times I’ve been in a situation, and I get a vision of how it could be improved, and what I would do differently.

Life is full of lessons and unaware teachers.

Gratitude Thursday

It’s rainy, and a bit chilly out.

But I got the garden beds turned and fertilized before the rain.  I’m grateful.

It took 8 hours total to break up and weed the three vegetable beds.  I’m grateful for the strength and time to do it.

6 big garbage bags of debris have been taken to the curb.  I’m grateful for garbage pick up.

My muscles are sore, and my hands are a bit scratched and cut up.  I’m grateful to be able to grow things, and a big yard to grow them in.

What are you grateful for today?

Growing things


Little Green tomato peeking out at me.


Here comes the squash.  See it?


Squash blossom….female.

Did you know that squash and zucchini have female and male flowers?  Very important to keep an eye on pollination.  They need bees.

I’ve been so grumpy this morning, until I got outside and spent some time in the sunshine and the dirt.


Rising a little higher

I’ve had a couple of weeks to do some serious soul searching after wrapping up an odd and disappointing 2013. I won’t say that it was a bad year. It was a year of challenges big and small. It was a year of change. It was a year of learning.

What can I do with this new found experience to make 2014 better? My desire for 2014 is to be an encourager. Not a resolution or goal per se, but a firm desire to improve overall, continuing on my path of cultivating gratitude, and generally improving the atmosphere around me.

It’s a really cool thing to give someone a boost, emotionally, socially, or professionally. Lift someone up today, and see yourself soar.