Comfort In Sorrow

My heart has been so heavy since hearing of the passing of our dear friends daughter Rachel.  I can’t imagine what this family is going through, but know God will be there with them through the days ahead and we have comfort in knowing she is suffering no more and in the arms of Jesus.  Rachel has the most amazing parents I know of and was so blessed with such love for God and each other. This has once again made me realize the gift of life and how precious it is.  I look back over the weekend that I spent with my children and thought about our Saturday night in the media room watching Hallmark with All 5 and my sweet granddaughter right in the middle!  I don’t ever want to take those times for granted and cherish every moment with them.  Cherish each day we have on this earth. Be loving, kind, compassionate and forgiving. My prayer today is for comfort and strength for the DiStefano family for the days ahead.


It’s the little memories that will last a lifetime

I love it when your little one says, “Mom, when you learn something, you get it!” I am so glad she has that kind of faith in me because some days I don’t.  I’ve learned some valuable lessons this busy season from my children that love their mother unconditionally.  I’ve tried to cram so much in this Holiday season doing fun things with them  when all the while they are just as content to be at home all cozy in the media room watching Hallmark. I realized this when my son said  “Mom, I’m tired of traveling.”  I’ve learned that we can be so busy trying to make memories that we are missing whats really important.  So my sweet Hannah, I did “get it” this time and can’t wait to do our favorite thing and watch another Hallmark Christmas movie tonight and Landon, just one more quick trip to see Nona! ~ It’s the little memories that will last a lifetime ~

From our family to yours~ Merry Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving

We started a new tradition this year to visit Biltmore over the Thanksgiving weekend and I’m enjoying the gorgeous ride to Asheville! The car is full of excitement with Christmas music on the radio being drowned by Hannah’s Dennis the Mennis movie!  Makes me happy!! I’m especially excited because my sweet mom and brother are meeting us!  The little ones are so happy because I’m finally keeping a promise to them to see Biltmore all decorated for Christmas!   I am so thankful to be able to enjoy this weekend with my children and thank God for blessing me with them!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Another rainy day

I am a lover of rain, but waking up to a thunder storm this morning in an already flooded state was probably not the best feeling.  As I watched the torrents of rain all I could think was God knows and is in control.   The antique mall where our little shop is, was flooded last week and as my daughter and I were carrying out a lot of damaged goods I looked around at all the volunteers working so hard to clean up the mess and not a one had a gloomy look, in fact, they were talking and laughing in spite of the disaster the rain has left on our sweet antique mall. I think of those who lost their homes, families of lives who have been lost and pray for them everyday. Our state has a mess to deal with but I know with God’s help we will pull through just fine! Today is very special day for one happy little girl, my sweet Hannah! She turns 10 today! “Happy Birthday” my baby girl, “I love you to the moon and back!”


~Let’s offer grace In the place of judgment~

~Above all else, guard your heart. For everything you do flows from it~

I don’t know about you, but sayings like these make my day and I love sharing them and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  I read something today and could hear the hurt in the message  and the one thing that came to mind was if we all really stop and think about it, our actions and words show what’s in our hearts.  I tell my children often if we all would treat others the way we want to be treated this world would be a much better place. We never know what others are going through and just a smile or a kind word can go a long way. Did I say its easy? Not always, but that’s where Grace comes in.  I had a precious choir director, Mrs. Hemrick, that would look up and say “Lord, give me Grace!” when some of the students would act up in choir practice. I had no clue back then just how important Grace was, but it didn’t take long to realize its real and we all need it.

Happy Nannah

I’m beyond happy! I have all 6 grand babies and enjoying every diaper change, messy spills, screams, laughter, fights and the few seconds my daughters and I get to enjoy a cup of coffee together!  When all is said and done, moments like these are what life is all about.   ~ I love my amazing crazy life~

Life’s Lessons

Sometimes we must be hurt in order to grow.  Sometimes we must fail in order to know.  Sometimes we must lose in order to gain.  Because some lessons in life are best learned through pain.  ~unknown~

This is so true!  Life is so full of lessons to be learned and they can either help us or hurt us depending on how we respond to them.  I am so thankful for the lessons learned in my life for I feel they have made me a better person.  This might be a simple way of putting it, but I need simple.  When giving my children their lessons in school its up to them how they respond and how much effort they put into their work.  It’s interesing to see who’s all in and who is not quite as enthusiastic about learning.  I truly believe God allows us to go through things in life so that we might help and encourage someone that may go through the very thing we came through. No matter how hard the lessons in life, I know God is in control and knows just what we need. I guess we can all ask ourselves the question, what type of student are we?  Enthusiastic,  wanting to learn and grow from even the most difficult and hard lessons in life or, that one who only cares about getting by not ever knowing the real joy of allowing God to help us through those tough times and knowing in the end it has made us a stronger and much better person.

My little blessings

As I was feeding my sweet Davis this morning I thought about the memories, the bonding and all the fun things that go along with being a Nannah and it came to me that I really don’t have those memories as a child.  I realized this morning that I hope I am to my six little grands everything that I wish I had the memories of.  I’m going to visit the five that live a couple hours away and have a special bag packed just for them as I always do. First and foremost the fruit snacks! I always get the largest box I can find! Ben, (who will always be Baby Ben to me) asked his mother, “do you think Nannah will bring fruit snacks?” A tradition I better never forget!  I love my little blessings and thank God for them! “Happy birthday” to our sweet Bonnie! She is 2 today! Nannah loves you and has your gift packed for the trip! Can’t wait to snuggle all 5 tomorrow!

A little inspiration for your Friday

I read this the other day and it was such an inspiration to me I had to share it

~The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of the pain, thanking God during the trials, trusting Him when we’re tempted to lose hope and loving Him when He seems so distant and far away.  At my lowest, God is my hope.  At my darkest, God is my light.  At my weakest, God is my strength.  At my saddest, God is my comforter.~

The Weekend!

20150706_185355-1How can it be the weekend again?  I have to say I’m just a little excited because my oldest daughter and sweet grand baby are coming for the weekend! We have the weekend planned and always pack it pretty good!! There is nothing better than spending time with family and those you love! One of my highlights every week is sitting in church with my sweet children.  I was thinking about last Sunday while sitting in church, I looked over at my son and he was drawing the most beautiful picture {yes, in church} but it wasn’t just an ordinary picture that’s why I wanted to share it. His words were, “it’s old looking.”  I agree, its old and beautiful! We never get these moments back so when I say I cherish and make the most of them, that’s exactly what I do! Happy weekend everyone!