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The Best Birthday Tradition

Several years ago I started a new tradition for my husband’s birthday. I’ve written about it in the past, and will make a point to link this post to it. Anywho! Here’s the short version: His birthday is today, December 15, and as a kid he rarely received birthday presents and Christmas presents. So, I made it a point to make his birthday special every year. Nowadays, his birthday starts on December 1st and he gets a present everyday until December 15th. He may get something as small as chocolate, undies or socks, but he does get something each day.

Here are a few of the things he has received so far with links in case you are interested:

Big Bang Theory Calendar 2016We just so happen to love The Big Bang Theory television show!

SpeckPhoneCaseA new phone case.

PrimosTrailCameraA trail camera.

He also got other things like chocolate, undies, whiskey, and beef jerky.  I won’t bore you with the whole list like I have done in the past.

Every year he tells me that I don’t need to do this anymore, but I think he kinda likes it. I plan on doing this for him as long as I can.

Please leave your birthday wishes for him below in the comments!

 

Family

On Cloud 9

This could be my view from Cloud 9! We are spending time with our grandkids. So, pardon me if this is all I post!

On Cloud 9

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Our Graduate!

GarrettGradToday, as I was going through the photos on my phone, I ran across this one. This is my handsome nephew, Garrett and I at his high school graduation.

Most people claim that they have handsome nephews, but I really do!

I went back to my hometown, Seminole, Oklahoma. Actually, memory lane is where I went.

We graduated from the same high school, so I saw classmates, and old former teachers. Before graduation, we went out for a special graduation dinner to the restaurant where I had my first job.It would have been great if he had his first job there too. He could have carried on the tradition, but it died with my sister. She and I worked there during our high school years.

You may remember seeing Garrett on the blog before, but it has been a while. He hasn't changed much. Be sure to check out the old family photos, I was lucky enough to take their family photos for a couple of years. That tradition didn't last long either. Everyone is busy, and we live too far apart. My sister has a beautiful family. Wait, they are my family too. I have a beautiful family! 🙂

I do have to give a shout out to Garrett's girlfriend, Rachel. Thanks for taking a minute to let me get a photo with Garrett on his special day! XO

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The Bible Series on the History Channel

Mainimageproduct_03From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.  (taken from www.bibleseries.tv)

Sunday, a friend of ours told us about this miniseries that would be on about the Bible, and we are so glad he did. We were both glued to our seats, soaking up every scene, and reading the actual Bible during commericals to compare. We were very pleased to see that they had done a pretty good job at staying true to the Word. 

It was great to see how many of our friends were watching it too. If you are watching it, let me know what you think about it. 

I can't wait to see it next week!

Click here to preorder the dvd, and if you preorder I think they are giving you the soundtrack for free. Score!!

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Twenty-One Years Today!

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photo from the knot

Today marks the day that I have officially been married longer than I have been single. I have now been married more than half of my life! When I start thinking about our wedding anniversary like that it sounds like it's been a long time. I guess it has been a long time, but it doesn't feel like it has been twenty-one years. It feels like it was just last week.

A lot has happened in twenty-one years. There's been ups and downs, curves and cliffs, dips and dung, but we have had the times of our lives together! We wouldn't change a thing. Everything we have been through, good or bad, has made us what we are today. Happy, Happy, Happy!

I have been writing for us both here, but I want the whole world to know how I feel.

I have been undeservedly blessed to have such a man in my life, let alone walk through life with my hand in his every step of the way. He brightens every day, and I am not talking about the glare off his bald head. Sorry, McD.

McD,

I love you more today than I ever thought possible twenty-one years ago. I appreciate you more, admire you more, and adore you more! I thank God for you every day! Thanks for putting up with me all this time. You deserve some sort of award!

I love you!

Julie

 

Family, Photos, Travel

Life, Lessons, & Love

Let's see, where shall I begin?

I have been living life instead of blogging, and I have really missed it.  I have thought about blogging while I'll be going and doing, but haven't sat down to actually write. 

Hopefully I will get back in the groove.  I've been reading a lot of new books to review, trying new recipes, will be planting a garden soon, traveling, etc.  So, I do have material to write about.  I even have some photos. Imagine that.

Speaking of travel, I recently went to Hawaii. 

It was beautiful!! Rainy, but still beautiful!

One day the sun came out while we were in our room, and as we all noticed the spectacular view I know I heard all of us inhale as it took our breathe away.

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This photo doesn't do it justice, but this is the view from our room.  I should say that this photo has not been edited at all.  I resized it, and here it is. 

I learned a valuable lesson while in Hawaii.  Don't go to Hawaii during the rainy season, and expect to lay on the beach. We were able to walk on the beach though, and that was nice.

Something else I learned was that fruit and vegetables taste so much better in Hawaii.  I am not kidding.  Oh, and french fries with truffle oil are delicious!  If you ever get the chance to eat at the Truffle Fries at the Yard House take it!

I absolutely positively love these two ladies. 

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This is my seester, Jenn and my Granny. 

I will tell you more about our trip next week, but I wanted to profess my love for them both here today.  They already know how much I love them, but I wanted you to know too.  Plus, I like this photo of them.

My seester and I haven't spent a whole lot of time together, so this trip was super special for me.  We shared clothes (a first), make-up, she painted my toes (another first), laughs, looks, etc.  We will never forget this trip that Granny was kind enough to take us on.  Hopefully it won't be the last trip we all take together.

Be sure to come back tomorrow.  I am having a giveaway that you won't want to miss. 

(Hint: PW)

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A Valentine’s Day to Remember

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Tuesday was Valentine's Day, and I am sure each and every one of you acknowledged it in some form or fashion.  I love Valentine's Day, but I don't know why.  I guess because it is a day where we can profess our love to the special people in our lives.  This year I have changed my mind about Valentine's Day. 

Let me explain.

We attended a funeral on Tuesday.  Yep, a funeral on Valentine's Day.  As I stood there listening to the scripture reading, I watched the deceased's nephew tell us how he knew his uncle is now in Heaven.  It was the best scripture reading I think I've ever heard at a funeral.  Next came the eulogy, and it was the longest eulogy in the history of eulogys.  Don't get me wrong it was a great eulogy, but I was standing.  Standing in heels, mind you.  It was nice to hear things about our friend that we never knew.  Funny stories, accomplishments, and orneryness.  I think everyone learned something new about him the day he was laid to rest. 

During the scripture reading, I remembered the videos that my sister sent McD and I that morning.  The videos were of our nephews wishing us a Happy Valentine's Day.  As I watched this grown man's bottom lip start to quiver just the slightest bit, something hit me.   At one time, his uncle was probably one of his Valentines.  When we were kids everyone was our Valentine.  We didn't just give one Valentine, we bought packages of 20 or 40.  We gave them to our aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. 

Let me tell you, it is hard to watch someone you care about stand in front of a congregation reading scripture and talking about his uncle.  It is really hard to watch as his lip quivers.  Thank goodness my feet were hurting.  I would have lost it right then and there if I didn't have something else to focus on, because all of these thoughts swirling around in my head were not helping.

I watched the children, step-children, grand-children, nieces, nephews, brother, and wife sit there and mourn the loss of their Valentine. 

Funerals always seem to make me want to hold my loved ones closer, see them more often, and let them know that I love them, and this funeral was no different.  The fact that it was on Valentine's Day did change the way I will look at that particular day. 

I will continue to send Valentine's to the kids, don't get me wrong, that part won't change. 

I'm getting ready to call McD out here, sorry McD. 

This V-Day McD forgot all about it.  Romantic, huh?  At first I was a little upset.  I mean, a couple of days before V-Day he was telling me about what the guys at the office were doing for their wives and kids.  I just assumed (yes, I know I know) that he was planning something too.  Nope, he forgot.  That's okay, really.  I was disappointed at first, I won't lie.  But after thinking about it I decided that we don't need no stinkin' Valentine's Day!  We celebrate our love every day.  I don't need to get a Hallmark card from him to know that I love him.  He may not be the most romantic guy I know, but sometimes he does things that are kind of romantic in his own way.

Just the other day it was snowing huge, beautiful snowflakes.  Huge, I tell ya!  He opened the door after feeding the cows, and told me to get some shoes on and come outside.  By this time, it was dark and cold.  I put my jacket and shoes on and joined him out in the middle of the yard.  He through his head back, and told me to do the same.  He wanted me to experience the same thrill that he got from seeing just how cool it looked seeing the snow coming straight down on us.  It might not be romantic to you, but it was to me. 

Then he opened his mouth and started catching the snowflakes on his tongue, and that wasn't terribly romantic, but it was fun!!

So, I said all of that to remind you to make every single day Valentine's Day.  We don't know when we will lose our Valentine. 

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Feeding with a Four-Year-Old

We always have an extra helping hand when our nephew Lawrence is around.  He was born a cowboy. 

ACR_0039LHe had to assess the situation before he got started.

ACR_0045LThe horses are always first.  He tried to do it on his own, but Uncle McD just had to help.

ACR_0048LMuch better!

ACR_0049LLawrence loves the horses. LOVES them.

ACR_0052LNow, to feed the cows! He loves the cows too!

ACR_0055LI love to see those little leather gloves on him. 

He is such a hard worker.  If it were any other four-year-old, you'd see them walk away after one bucket.  But not Lawrence.  He was determined to see the job finished.

ACR_0060LI forgot to mention that Lawrence LOVES his Uncle McD too. 

When Lawrence was a baby, McD could put him to sleep like no one could.  They've had a connection since he was born.  The only thing that Lawrence doesn't want like his Uncle is his hair cut. 

ACR_0066LFinally, finished! 

Time to let the cows in, and then head to the house.

I like to think that when he grows up a little more that he will be staying with us some during the summers.  I already have a list started.

While we were all out there feeding a song came to mind, Just Fishin' by Trace Adkins.  If you haven't heard the song, then you should look it up on YouTube, and then listen to the words.  It is basically about a daddy taking his little girl fishing, and she thinks they are just fishin' but he is making some of his best memories.  He thinks we're just feedin' is what went through my head.