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A Good friend



I had the opportunity this past week to visit my best friend from high school, Nicolette Panayiotou (now Phillips!) for a few days with the kids.  Altogether, we have 5 kids between us - her 3 boys and my 2.  Words cannot express what getting together with an old friend is truly like.  Maybe it is the experiences of the last few years for me that have made me value and treasure friendships so much more or just getting older, but our time together was rich.  Of course, we had 5 kids to take care of at the same time, but they were ALL in bed at 9 pm every night so we were really proud of ourselves (Todd stayed here and her husband Tom was at school finishing up his Doctorate).  We laughed alot and looked at old pictures and read old was truly therapeutic!  Nic and I were always very much alike - it was really weird when I drove up in my Honda Odyssey and hers was parked in the garage!  She has some of the same outfits I have for Sean - it was funny!  But, it was just great to see a friend from my past and witness God's grace and blessing in her life.  Her family is awesome and her boys are beautiful!  Trent - 7, Brayden - 4,  Jackson - 6 months.  A good friend is a treasure and though Nic and I do not see each other as often as we would like, it was like no time had passed between us..that is a good friend.   Thanks for being my friend, Nic!  My life is better because you are a part of my life...

6 months

This week, I am concluding 6 months of me with no job and here are my thoughts on that...Yes, I did have a baby and I did move from one part of the country to another in that time - however, I realized something about myself that I was pretty sure of before these last 6 months but now is TOTALLY confirmed - for the sake of my sanity, my marriage, and my kids - mommy needs a job!  I have never in my adult life had this much time without a job and honestly, I was really looking forward to it.  Granted, I didn't enjoy spending the first month of it on a couch on bedrest, but to just focus on my kids and the move was something I was really happy about.  There was no way I could have worked with all that needed to be done and a new baby, but it was amazing to me how much that aspect of my life being non-existent really made me off balance.  I found out that I was not a better mother or a better wife - I was actually worse!  I seemed to focus too much on the kids and the house to the point of driving my husband and my kids crazy!!!  Todd told me this past week," It is amazing how much different you are now that you are working with me on the new church stuff."  I am SO glad that I had this time of self-discovery.  I am so blessed that I had these 6 months to really take a look at my life and what is important to me and how I really WANT to live my life.  What a privilege and I am really serious about that.  I know what side of the fence is best for me and my family is happy about that, too!

Feeling at home

So, we've been here for almost 2 and 1/2 music room/office/hideaway has a new green papasan chair and it is terrific!  I feel like a musician again now that I can access my keyboard and my guitar without moving 5 things to do it.  I had my Bon Jovi World Tour 03 poster framed and it looks fabulous!  It is amazing what having a creative space can do for an artist.  I already feel inspired!  Todd and I prayed over this room (yes, I am nice and I am sharing this space with my husband!) that it would refresh us and that incredible things would happen in this space. Pictures to come once I get EVERYTHING done in the space...

Happy Birthday to me!



Yes, Dean Martin and I have the same's a great day to be born. I also have a good friend who is a birthday buddy - John Willyard.  I'd like to say thanks to my mom and dad for giving me life.  What are the big plans today?  Well, my daughter gave me a card this morning that was next to her bed when she got up; my husband dropped by around noon to give me a beautiful flowering plant (yes, I prefer them to flowers!) and a balloon.. and we have a sitter for tonight so that we can get dinner and see a movie - not bad, huh?

This past year has given me a beautiful new son and a beautiful new home in Hilton Head.  We went to the beach last night after dinner and Sydney built sandcastles...I really am beginning to love it here.  As my blog has reflected, this has not been the easiest year, but definitely one filled with adventure and movement.  It was an interesting year...I wonder what's next?

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Sydney turns 3 & Sean rolls over


Big day around felt like my life moved in fast forward all in one day.  My little girl is growing up - even now as I type this blog she is putting on lip gloss that she got for her birthday!  Sean decided today that he would roll over both ways and start moving forward.  Life is so fast...I want to freeze it - right now...this day...just let them stay like this.  It was a good day - one of the best days I have had in quite sometime.  Raising these kids is so rewarding - everyday is an adventure and some days, I don't want to repeat.   But today, I would repeat a hundred times to see the smiles and laughter of both of my kids experiencing something for the first time. Life does come full circle.  The last few months, I don't want to live over again and then I have a day like today...

"Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul." - Thomas Moore


Check out the Dolphins and the beautiful ships- we visited there a couple of weeks ago and had so much fun!