Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fixing the new home.

Its been busy around here but that isn't anything new. We always have something going on and now that we have to fix up the RV on top of everything else, it only makes life that much more hectic. We definitely aren't complaing but we have exactly 30 days until move out date. We gave our lease notice and have been tossing, packing, painting, storing, and scrambling about. The RV goes into the shop next week for an inspection and a check up, so until then we are going to wait until we really start moving things in. However, we have begun painting and redoing a few things in the mean time. We have ripped out the curtains, redone the slide boards, painted and a few other things. Just those few things take so much time, money and work but have been such a drastic change. So far, we are loving it. 

If you don't already know, I love the color orange. Orange, yellow and pink are my favorites but I'm trying not to make it too girly of course. :) Orange represents strength and endurance as well as is associated with healthy food and fall, which is my favorite season of course. It also radiates warmth and happiness and is an overall uplifting color. It brings a positive outlook on life and is used to help look at the bright side of life. Who doesn't need the color orange?  Needless to say, we are going to have some orange walls and many orange colored items throughout our new home. Can't wait to show you the finished product. For now, here are a few images of our work in progress. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our new home has arrived.

Finally!! Chris and I have been working on the "project" of finding a new home for what feels like forever. We have toured countless RV's, campers, trailers and pretty much everything inbetween. It's not easy just picking out an RV when so many other factors have to play into it. However, we have one now and we are beyond excited.

We are now the proud owners of a 2001 Monaco LaPalma. It only has 22,000 miles on it which is really good. More like GREAT! Of course, we want to change many things and turn this house into our home. The renovations and fixer uppers have already began. It's lots of work but we are willing to put in the time needed to do what we would like. I'm sure that once you see the images, you will also wonder where the kiddos will be sleeping. Well, for now the couch turns into a queen size bed so two will sleep there and we are working on the other. The floor space is amazing so there are options there for them as well. We aren't too worried about it. The kids are happy and so are we. Now we just need to take it out for a mini getaway!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


We've been downsizing alot lately. And by alot, I mean quite a bit. We've manage to sell Montana's bed, a playset, some toys and lots of other junk. In the end, that's what most of it feels like... junk. So much has left and neither Chris or I can tell you over half of it. Honestly, it feels great. It just goes to show you that you really can live with less. One of my favorite bible verses is Colossians 3:2.. Set your mind on the things above and not on earthly possessions. It's my tattoo and it has lots of meaning. Nothing on this earth is as important as our love and faith in Christ. We have managed to refocus our priorities and in the future it won't be on things. The RV will be here soon. We just know it. :) 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Cross Craft.

We finally got around to doing our Easter art project. Amazing how time just gets away from you. We've been so busy doing other things and enjoying the warm weather that we haven't been doing indoor things. We really are an outside kind of family. Today we went back to the river/beach area and let the kiddos enjoy the sun and sand. You can never have enough of that. :) 

Our Easter project consisted of making crosses out of cut up scrapbook paper. You can use pretty much anything you want though. I got a general cross outline off the computer, printed them out and the kids went to town with however they felt like decorating them. Once they covered the cross outline by glueing the paper down, I turned them over and cut em out. We then made little hearts for the center to show the love that Christ has for each and every one of us. After all, Easter is about his death on the cross and the fact that he has risen. He died for our sins so that we can live forever in eternity with HIM. Amen and enjoy the craft. 

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.
Matthew 28:6

Twirling, Spinning, and Dart Guns. These are the days

These are the days. The days the kids can laugh and play and run. The days where they can be nothing but only children. I never want to take that from them. It's one of the reasons for homeschooling. It gives them the chance to be themselves, to grow up more with each other and to know they have a loving home each and every day. I love these three with every ounce of my being. Sure, there are days that I could ring their necks but what kind of parent doesn't? At the end of the day, I'd give everything and anything for them. Chris and I created them and we will continue to raise them in every way we see best. They are our world. 

"I want to spend the rest of my life laughing."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Our Hero, Dealing with Grief.

It's been almost 5 years since I lost my brother. Actually, I know where my brother is and so I guess that doesnt really make him lost at all. He's in heaven waiting on each and every one of us. I truly believe he is making it perfect for our arrival. I'm pretty sure he's also causing a ruckus with so many of our other heroes who have also paid the ultimate sacrifice by defending our freedoms. Freedom doesn't come free and with that in mind, someone has to do the job of making sure it stays that way. It just so happens, however, that many people die making sure we can continue down that path. Well, my brother happened to be one of them and I will forever be grateful for the sacrifice he gave even though I still struggle with his loss.

Grief is a very touchy subject and if someone hasn't actually walked my walk, I really don't want to hear their advice. It's kind of like people wanting to give me advice on how I should handle my son who had cancer. Many people like to give their opinions even though they don't have a clue. Some are nice about it, while others actually believe they truly have all the answers. It's hard to not take others opinions, thoughts and judgements to heart and in the end we decided to only listen to our hearts. After all, that's usually what is best. 

Well, when it comes to the way I grieve.. My motto is, "I do NOT care what others think!" I used to always care what others thought. Whether it was about me, what I did, my family, etc. Nope, not anymore. This is a personal walk that is between me, my family and God. It definitely hasn't been an easy one and I can honestly say that for the past 4.7 years, I've thought about Paul every single dang on day!! Grief isn't something you just get over. It doesn't pass through your mind like when you think of all the chores or errands that need to be done. No. Instead, it's a constant thought that lingers with every waking moment. Absolutely everything makes me think of him. From certain songs I hear, foods I eat, places we go, and even within my children. We talk about him each day with a love that will never cease to stop.

There have been many people.. friends, who have turned their backs and walked away. I'm sure it gets hard to deal with having to hear about those who have gone too soon. But come on, if you truly love someone, how can you not think, speak or share those memories with or even of them. We each deal with this "walk" in different ways so there really is no right or wrong. Society, however, makes you think that you have issues. That you need mental help. That you speak too often of them and that you "dwell" on the loss, etc. That is our problem as a society as a whole. Love is never ending. Even all the way to heaven there is no limit on the amount of love you can have for someone. That includes those who have passed away.

So, when people see that my facebook page has lots of pictures of my brother, or my car is adorned with a freedom isn't free sticker, or I'm wearing apparrel that supports our troops and might even have Pauls image on it.. we aren't crazy. It's our way of making sure he will always continue to be apart of this life that he physically once was. We love him enough that we actually miss him each day and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Just maybe if people actually took the time to acknowledge that it's ok to miss those who are gone, and that it's ok to truly feel that pain... just maybe there would be more compassion. Maybe.

As this fifth year approaches, the pain is the same. It's still surreal and it still hurts. I'm still missing my brother and on top of that, a best friend. There are still so many what ifs, so many memories never created and so much longing to hear his laughter. That will never go away... plain and simple. So as the years continue, I will still share his jokes, tell of his stories and carry on his legacy. Afterall, that is what love is all about.

Missing him always.

Sgt Paul Dumont Jr.
9.19.85 - 8.19.09

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Never ending love.

When all else seems to fail, we know that He carries us in the palm of His hand. His love is never ending. All we need is FAITH.Simple words that mean more than all else. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

The skies opened.

It rained and it rained some more. That's pretty much how our day went yesterday. And then sometime around 4pm the rain stopped and it warmed up just a tad. The kiddos asked to go outside and play in the puddles which eventually turned into mud pies. While Montana watched the birds in the backyard with his binoculars, the girls threw on their rain boots and headed for the mess. Those two are like two peas in a pod. They love skirts, and glitter and all things that sparkle. However, they also love a mess. They would put on their Sunday best and play in the dirt all day if you let them. That's what I love most about them though. They just don't care how dirty they get as long as they have a blast. Reminds me of myself quite often. They do clean up rather well though. These kids are more than ready for the life we plan to live and we just can't wait to give them that. Praying our home makes it's way to us soon. We know that God has a plan and so we will continue to wait for his answer. He knows more than us what is best. 

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21


Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Colonial Parkway- Yorktown, Virginia.

Yesterday we had some amazing weather. It was everything you wanted in a perfect day. You know, the kind of weather that you can choose to wear shorts, pants, t-shirts or tanks and be just fine with any choice. The kids played outside all day and got all kinds of dirty. I love those kinds of days. It means they had fun, played hard and used the amazing weather to their advantage.

Eventually later that day when Chris got off work, we threw the kids in the car and headed for the Colonial Parkway. If you don't know what that is, it's a road of cobblestone that takes you from Colonial Williamsburg to Yorktown and is such a beautiful drive. It goes right along the river with pull- offs to read history along the way. Nothing beats that drive. Along the way, there is a stop that we tend to go to so that the kids can catch crabs, stomp in the water and play in the sand. Unfortunately, we didn't catch any crabs this time. Montana was a little upset but we were there too early and the tide hadn't gone out quite yet. I guess next time, we will go later on in the evening. Either way, they all had a great time. I mean, our kids would never pass up the river, beach or water stompin and if you ever get the chance, drive the parkway at least once. You will not regret it.