Thursday, December 31, 2009

Our Journey Through Life in 2009

I can't believe the year is over. What a year it has been! It came in with a bang and really can't say it went out in the same manner. Many changes occurred this year, some were for the best, but others were painful to experience. Some tore us apart, while other pulled us closer together. Roles changed, house changed, change-changed. What was one way - one day - would be completely diferent the next.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)

Forgiveness can be one of the hardest things to overcome and we had our fare share for it this year. It wasn't the first time and am sure it won't be the last. Prayers and seeking God through it helps.

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" Matthew 6:14-15

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:21-22)

"With God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27) We can count on it!

My heart and soul yearned for those distanced by this but I kept in prayer. I was able to put to use all the work the Holy Spirit had done in me. It is not the end, but with hope and pray it will be a new beginning.

Here is our year in review....


"Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy" Psalm 33:3

We began the year as a family. It was a wonderful night spent not with just family but friends as well. We also celebrated our daughters 30 birthday. Putting together 30 years of our life with her brought back so many wonderful memories.
The Birthday Girl

Bug also turned 7 on his Mom's birthday.
The best present ever!
Each year we take his picture by the lemon tree
his great grandfather had planted in our yard.

He wanted a Mario Party and as always grandma goes all out. I love doing parties, even during our construction I managed to set the mood.

I love spending time with the grandkids.
I took this picture during one of our walks.


"Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children."
Proverbs 17:6  

 We celebrated Giggle's 5th birthday with her family and our daughter's family. We went to an indoor playground in Phoenix. It was a very special day and all the kids had such a great time, so much they didn't want to leave.

Afterwards we went to Tempe Beach Walk park for gifts and enjoyed the beautifl day's end together.

For Valentine's Day we drove to Napa.  

Heading home we got caught in a winter storm with snow, lots of snow.
Even in the desert.


Since moving to Yuma, our annual car show, Midnight at the Oasis, has been on or close to our anniversary. As you can tell, we favor the Falcons, Chevelles and old trucks to name a few.

"Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19:14

Ellie Bellie celebrated her 5th birthday with a Rock Star Party.

We built a temporary stage for them to perform on.
All the kids were AWESOME!


 "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." 1 Corinthians 13:11

 Sometimes we don't put all the childish behavior behind us...
We enjoy NASCAR and twice a year we head to the races in Phoenix.

Hubby's best friend met up with us in Goodyear for lunch.

 I got to meet Jimmie Johnson.

Then the kids arrive and the weekend is spent with all our 'Grands'.

 We even had an Easter Egg Hunt for the 'Grands' at the track

Off to the midway for fun and games. 

Our son and soon to be son in law did some racing...

 When we got home, it was time to start the kitchen
beginng with a new door out to the deck.
Our son and his family came over and lent a hand

all the kids got to play together at grandma's.

 Our son took his kids for a family photo session at Wetlands Park


"My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad" Proverbs 23:15

May didn't start out all that well. It was the beginning of what was going to be our path for the next few months. Prayers were going to be what held us together from here on out.

Mother's Day was extra special though. I had all three of my children with me. With all that went on that weekend I still felt blessed from how the family was there for each other.

 What better way to distract from the storm but to dive into work.
Once the door was in, next came new windows.
 The month ended with a trip to San Deigo to find a farm sink, umbrellas for the pool and our granit for the counters.

We also found Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolette dealership.

 Ellie Bellie also graduated from preschool


"When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb". Genesis 25:24

June, 1981

Our fireman son and Giggles, and our policeman son

The month began with doctor appointments. It was my twins 28th birthday and I was heading to UCSD for the results of my current PET scan and consultation with a neurosurgeon. Sad to say...nothing can be done. The tumors, most likey benign, are too deep, and are attached to many nerves and blood vessels. It's decided to just stay on the medications, continue with physical therapy, keep doing what we can when we can, and LIVE life. The PET scan will be done every 6 months to watch their growth.

It also gave us the opportunity to pick up our farm sink we had orderd just weeks earlier.
Then work, work, work continued on the kitchen.

 We took a break to take our daughter and her family to Sea World.

Grandpa and the kids walking like penguins!

It was time for EllieBellie's Dance Recital.
This year it was a review of all the past recitals and her class did Cinderella.
They were the pumpkins and danced to Bibbity, Bobbity Boo!


"You have many workmen: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as men skilled in every kind of work...craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the LORD be with you."
1 Chronicles 22:15-16

By the 1st of July we had painted walls and are ready for the cabinets but the cabinets weren't ready for us.  What was to be done by July 4th wasn't and that then backed up work for others as well.
SO we celebrated the 4th with


Then some creative fireworks with the kids.

It gave Larry time to finish the pantry.

The cabinets finally arrived on the 8th, but the color was right on some but wrong on most,  back to the shop they went.

It took them 3 tries to get the farm sink right but I love the finished results.
Counter tops went in and it was finally coming together until...
...the upper cabinets were installed. Some were not fitting and others had a big gap where they met the countertop. So back to the shop they go again to be remade.


"Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 12:28

We were on a definate deadline now. With the wedding just 6 weeks away we were becoming a bit frazzled by this company's work ethics. Each day brought new problems. Door weren't fitting. Glass to big. Stove to low, not to mention they scratched up cabinets, walls and ceiling. Finaly by the middle of the month we were ready for back splash tile and flooring. Again amazed at the workmanship available here, it took them 5 hours to measure and finally begin cutting the floor for installation.
 In between the inside work,
we finished painting the outside of the house and built a new deck railing.
 All this work had to be buttoned up by the 23rd as we were heading up to Napa for a much needed break and for my best friends wedding to Larry's best friend.
It was a wonderful week though we had to take Maybel with us because of a surgery she had to have just days before we left.


"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."  Isaiah 61:10

The next day, or shall I say evening, since most of slept off and on all day, we took the gang and did some miniature golf.


"For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete." (Deuteronomy 16:15)

We celebrated our harvest of love with many friends and family at our first Halloween/Harvest Gala

Larry began back on the dining room the next day with the help of one of our guest that stayed the weekend with us. Then we went to the Harvest Festival at church.


"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7

This is when I began blogging the most due to NoBloPoMo's 30 days-30 blogs cahllenge. I met so many wonderful ladies and writers who began to inspire me.

We reflected on ALL we are thankful for.

For the doctors who help us through...

The friends who are so dear to our hearts,

and our family we watch grow.

From having the ability to go the NASCAR...

To seeing our son at work...

To his twin who too, helps the community...

To our new kitchen we worked so hard on...

To preparing a Thanksgiving feast for our family


"You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus." (Luke 1:31)

With Christmas upon us, we had more opportunities to share our lives with those so very dear to our hearts. We continue to be blessed with so much, that we can only praise God for his directions. While being laid up most of the month, God gave us the strength to overcome and celebrate the birth of His Son in a way that only glorifies Him. Family together, family a far, family, family, family. Our life couldn't be more blessed.

It wasn't about the number of presents, though there were plenty,
nor the size of the presents, though some were big in size,

but the presents that came from the heart
and that of watching our 'Grands' glow in excitement.

The calls and conversations shared.

The time together, just being together.

I look forward to 2010. To the resolutions made and to be kept, to the growth and love our family is all about.

Life has always been an adventure and I hope you enjoy reading
Our Journey Through LIFE!


  1. What a busy year!

    Wishing you the very best in 2010

  2. I love the picture of your grandkids on a walk. That would be in a frame on my wall if I were mamma! Maybe I would even change it to black and is seriously adorable!



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