Thursday, August 27, 2015


About a year ago Shelly went to our orthodontist for a consultation about her teeth and the potential for braces. They determined that she wasn't quite ready and had a follow up appointment scheduled for this summer. 

On the 15th of July, we went for the appointment and found out Shelly's teeth were ready for braces. She had lost all of her baby teeth and her jaw was at the perfect time to begin treatment effectively. So, her braces appointment was scheduled for the 23rd of July. 

She was so excited to get those braces on and was literally counting down the days. I was thrilled that she had such a positive attitude about getting braces. I wore braces at about the same age as Shelly and as an adult I am beyond thankful to my parents for paying for my braces. 

Shelly was a champ! She got her braces on in about 45 minutes and handled it beautifully. We are fortunate to go to a terrific orthodontist in our area. He and his assistants really made the experience easy and pain free. 

Shelly's estimated length of time for the braces is 24-28 months. We can't wait to see her smile once she's done with her braces!  And, until then, we are loving her smile with her braces!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Back to School Tea

Every year I do a little something for the girls when they return from their first day of school. This year I kept our annual "tea" pretty simple. We had ice water and Krispy Kreme doughnuts accompanied by a couple of back to school gifts.

It's our chance to hang out and just talk about the day. There are no interruptions and everyone gets an opportunity to share about new teachers, classes, and friends. It's one of the things I enjoy most about starting a new school year.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sixth Grader and a Tenth Grader

They headed off to school with smiles (mostly) and a good attitude. Shelly was very excited to enter the middle school and be one of the big kids! Lily was looking forward to seeing her friends once again. 


Ready to catch the bus

6th grader

Sunday, August 23, 2015

School Time

The girls are gearing up for the start of school tomorrow. Lily is heading back to high school as a sophomore and Shelly is embarking on middle school as a 6th grader. 

With all of our plans for our family, this new school year is taking on a different twist. The girls will have two first days of school this year. 

So, we are planning for the first one. They will be on the same school bus and that is a comfort to this mother. I like knowing that Shelly will have her big sister with her.  

Thankful that these two are happy and flexible young ladies. And, now, I am off to pray that all goes well for them this school year. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015


The girls and I spent two weeks in Virginia Beach visiting our family. In the middle of our trip John joined us. We had a chance to spend time with our family, take a super fun trip to Busch Gardens, enjoy time at the beach, and eat some yummy food. 

While we were there we had the opportunity to tell our family that we will be moving back to Virginia Beach within the next six months. With this decision comes a lot of emotions with times of highs and lows. As a family, we are eager for the new adventures ahead of us. We also are facing many unknowns. So, the current plan is take it all one day at a time. 

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Happy Place

Sometimes it just feels right to be in your very favorite place and that is exactly how I'm feeling. And, I'm glad to have my girls right here with me, too. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lake Time & Rafting Fun

John's family was in town this weekend and we spent the weekend boating on Lake Norman and whitewater rafting at the U.S. Whitewater Center. 

There was plenty of tubing on the lake. 

Lily & Sofia and Kaden & Britt on the tubes

And, whitewater rafting was a blast. Even those who had never done it had a great time. There was also plenty of paddle boarding, zip lining, and excitement on the obstacle courses. 

The girls and the rafting tour guide, Jake

Kristina, Sofia, and Lily paddle boarding

Panoramic view of the US Whitewater Center

Shelly waving and ready to do the zipline

Sofia and Shelly ziplining

Whitewater rafting

John---back right in all red

  We had a fun-filled couple of days.