That which does not kill you makes you STRONGER!!

I sit hear on this Monday morning reflecting on the past several months and I think about that popular saying, “that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”  I think to myself that what I have gone through since Todd’s passing has definitely by far been the hardest thing I have walked through in my…

Humble beginnings and a little laughter!!

Before I share an old email that was shared with me this week I thought I should give a little background to those who don’t know the story of how God brought us to Austin.  I will try to make this short and sweet but as many of you know I am a woman with…

Life is short!

I don’t know about you but the death of Whitney Houston has hit me hard.  I think because I am reminded of the painful reality that we never know when our time on earth is over.  Since the death of Todd a little over 6 months ago I have thought many times about those last…

Bethany turns 4!

    Dear Bethany, I can’t believe you are 4, where has the time gone?  I praise God often for your infectious smile, laugh and the sense of humor that reminds me so much of your Daddy.  You love your Callie kitty, your babies and all your friends so much!  You are a big cuddler…

Walking through darkness…

Oh how my life which seemed to be more focused and filled with love and light seems at times now to be surrounded by darkness!  The daily reminders of my new life that my heart continues to fight against as I navigate through life as a widow and single Mom,  me a widow I am…

Dear Todd

December 31, 2011 Dear Todd, Today marks 5 months since you left us and went home to Heaven.  I still have a hard time believing it! I have managed to survive our anniversary, the first day of school, attending Jackson’s football games alone, purchasing a new car, Halloween, Thanksgiving and now Christmas.  I guess I…

My new “normal” does not feel so “normal”

As I sit here preparing to leave on a trip for Christmas, our first one without Todd I think about how people have been saying you have to adjust to your new normal.  Then I think,  “there is nothing “normal” about all this”!  This isn’t how my life is supposed to be!  After 6 years…

Have a little faith

So I have always been a fairly positive person maybe it’s because when I was younger my Dad worked for Zig Ziglar and I was taught the power of positive thinking.  I even went through the series Born to Win in high school and it really did help frame my thinking.  I have had a…

Tag team

One of my biggest struggles right now is parenting my kids alone!  I know I am not truly alone BUT I went from having a totally hands on husband and Daddy and then in a instant became a single parent raising my kids as both Mom and Dad!!  Todd and I both have parents that…

Focused on You, Jesus Focused on YOU!

Oh this is SO Hard!!  When I stood at the altar on August 21, 1993 I pledged to love, honor and cherish Todd until death do us part and I was thinking that would happen around 80 or 90, NOT 42!!  After all Todd had already survived cancer, actually God healed him!!  So my brain…