Sunday, January 14, 2018


A few years ago,  it became a "Blogging" trend to begin the New Year
 with a word that would reference the direction you intended the year to go. 

I have hopes to blog once more....and the word I will choose to direct my path 
will be "Mindful". 

I did not mean to leave my blog....
but my heart was to heavy to continue to document events. 

2017 began with a personal health scare. 
 It was frightening and unsettling.  It was resolved and I am blessedly well. 

Sadly, that was not true for those I love and hold dear. 
In the course of one year, I have lost four women who mean very much to me.

They taught me about courage.  They were examples of lives well led. 
Each loss broke my heart, and it seemed frivolous to blog 
about daily joyous moments when my heart was closer to despair. 

But in these moments, I was uplifted by blogs that did share happiness and joy. 
I treasured those moments very much.

On occasion I would revisit my blog and marvel at how my sweet Grandchildren have grown,
how many blessings I have in my life, and how quickly time has passed.

So I will document these events once again.
  For myself...and if anyone reading this finds joy in my photos and words,  I am humbled and grateful. 

Of the many lessons I learned in 2017, 
 the most profound was that God was with me
 each step of the way. 

He has not promised us a life without sorrow....
but He has been steadfast in making Himself known in my darkest moments. 

The most joyful event was the birth of our Taylor Joy in the beginning of 2017. 

I was not permitted to be there when she was born.
We were uncertain of what illness I was dealing with, and medical opinion was 
to stay away so not to infect our sweet new Granddaughter. 

By Valentines Day  my medical tests showed a return to health.  As the specialist said 
"He had never seen infection numbers so high, reverse so quickly". 

No explanation for why.....only God knows.

But I do know that in the depths of sorrow this year, our Taylor JOY was the bright
spark.  The reason to smile, the reason to rejoice. 

I pray for a year of being MINDFUL. 

To be thankful for the blessings of my life.
To be mindful of my needs and not my wants.
To be mindful that of all the gifts in my life,
family remains the greatest. 

So I will once again share the joy....and welcome you along the journey.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

SOW here we go again.....

 This year for me has been a year of chaos.  

Out of our control, and leaving me anxious and unsettled. 


I have found my solace in my bitty garden. 

The smell of the earth, the abundance of blooms, 
made my heart happy and I was grateful. 


There is something magical about a garden. 

 My passion began by watching my Mom in her garden, 
and greatly increased after reading ( and rereading) 
The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett. 


In my garden I could create whimsy, 


.....and enjoy my own version of an English Garden!!!


The colors brightened my mood....

....and nothing could be more joyous than waking up to Morning Glory blooms. 

But just like in life.....nothing is in our control. 

We thought it best ( with our new traveling schedule to Tennessee) 
to put in an automatic drip system to sustain our plants while we were away. 

What I did not envision was the destruction such a simple project could lead too.

There were numerous holes to be dug
to find the elusive water lines placed in the garden
twenty four years ago.

Roots were dug out, plants were stepped on and broken.... 

....what seemed like a small task completely demolished my small garden.

But just like in life, we must accept and move forward.

My days are spent digging and trimming,  
and when things finally looked promising a trip to the nursery center was a must. 

This year has taught me patience....and humility. 

My very small garden has shared big lessons,
 and I am SOW grateful. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Promises Promises....

It was my intention to add to my blog more often.  

However a new Smart Phone proved that the owner
was anything but SMART. 

A whole new learning curve and I had to wait for the right moment to get my patient husband to instruct me once again. 

I think I have it....NOW.  So here I go with a Summer's worth of photos!!! 


Our darling Laurel turned five with the most festive of parties. 


Guest of honor was her best friend Jack (G). 


It was such fun......lots of craft time and yummy treats.  
A perfect party and a wonderful day.


Our darling Donovan was chosen as an All Star once again.

Lots of competitive games played in the most intense heat. 

Emme kept cool playing under the canopy of a large tree.....


....and baby Taylor enjoyed the shade too!!!


Lots of visit to Legoland....

....and this year the littles were big enough to enjoy the Waterpark!!!


It was all so much fun....but the summer went by much to quickly.


We loved our visits to the nursery, where they had classes for children.

Emme and Donovan loved learning all about worms. 

So grateful for our darling Grandchildren. 

They make summer so special, and the memories will forever be cherished. 

I just can't believe how big they are getting. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Back once again.....

While this was a "goofy photo" taken by my sweet Emme, the face does say it all!!!!

Things have not gone easily or well for our family. 

My lack of blogposts is partially due to computer malfunctions, 
but  life has sadly thrown some curveballs too. 

We try to focus on the positive....and our sweet Taylor is high on that list. 

In all things family sustains....

....and Grandchildren continue to be the light in our lives. 

Jim got an emergency phone call that his sister was ill and going in for brain surgery.

  He quickly flew to be there as a support, 
and spent endless days trying to contact his cousin Trish 
who has always been so close to both Barb and Jim.

After days of no response, he contacted her church. 
 They kindly went to the house to see what was going on.  
Tragically they found Trish had passed away
and Jim was now dealing with two tragic events in one week. 

Since Jim was the closest relative, 
and Barb was still recovering ( a long long process that is still ongoing),
 much needed to be done. 

Thankfully Jonathan, Jill and our sweet girls met us in Tennessee. 
 They were a great support and the girls were a joyous distraction. 

The weeks have been overwhelming and filled with continual sadness. 
While Trish blessed Jim with her home, we are conflicted as to what to do.  

        After weeks in Tennessee, we came home again and have tried to reestablish normalcy. 
We have celebrated joyous family occasions....

We are immersed in Baseball games.....go Dono!!!! 

We are in a season of birthdays and.....

....when sadness seems to overtake joy, we only need hug this dear baby. 

I truy don't know how we could bear this confusion and sorrow without our sweet little ones. 

We focus on the blessings, and continue to pray for resolve and strength.
I hope to blog more often....I have missed documenting lifes moments. 

We live with hope that there will be more moments of laughter and less of tears.

It has been a difficult 2017.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

And Then......

The New Year began as it should. 
 I easily got all of the decorations put away. 
 I excitedly began making quilts for Valentines.

This would be a great month!!! 

We took Big Brother and Big Sister  "to be " on some excursions 
so Mom could get some much needed rest before 
the BIG DAY!!!!

All seemed well....and the excitement was building.

Every year the Hein family runs a one mile race at Legoland.

Even the VERY pregnant Mommy joined the a walker this year!!!

Oma and Grampie were there to cheer them on!!!

We stopped for a bite of breakfast even though I felt very little appetite. 
The lack of appetite continued into dinnertime. 

I thought it was a blessing and maybe a good way 
to eliminate some of the lbs I needed to loose. 

During the night I woke to the craziest whole body itching.  It was HORRIBLE. 
 That morning I woke with a headache, some nausea and off to Kaiser we went. 

I wasn't worried....I am NEVER sick. 

What I found out was that my liver was infected.  The itching came from 
the toxins that were not working thru my liver.  

Endless appts.  Endless bloodwork. 

First thought was that it was heapatitis.  That would be HORRIBLE and meant that I would NOT be able to go with Meghan when she delivered our newest Grandchild.

Then I found out it was NOT hepatitis....and the things it could be were MUCH worse. 

Endless fear, lots of tears, more appointements, more blood....and thankfully SO much prayer to get us thru this terrible time. 

I knew there would be a very slim chance that all would be well in time for the delivery.

While I was not there, it all went well. 

Meghan had a natural delivery with an amazing group of midwives and nurses.
 Dustin was there to support her 
and the most incredible office worker took the photos that I would not be there to take.

My first glimpse of our newest Granddaughter 
Taylor Joy
came the next day when the children brought her home.

I was able to peek....but no holding until the infection is shown to be gone.

There were plenty of people to cuddle Taylor for me....

....and they were more than happy to lend a hand. 

This family has gone from a family of four
to a family of five effortlessly!!! 

Oma Oma provided more snuggles....and life continued happily. 

Our sweet Donovan had his sixth birthday....

Everyone seemed to enjoy the great party. 

Little Miss even opened her eyes to take a peek!!!

Cupcakes were enjoyed....

Presents were opened....

....and it only seemed like yesterday our BIG BOY 

...was as tiny as his bitty bitty sister. 

My health is improving and we are all prayerful
that next weeks bloodwork will show the infection has gone.

That means endless snuggles.....
and great hope that Febuary is filled with only good things.