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Where does the time go?! This beautiful niece of mine is once again making me so proud! She has entered the Mission Training Center (MTC) in preparation for her 18 month service in Taipei, Tawain. I have never met a girl with such focus and direction for what she wants. Nothing has been handed to her. She is such a hard worker and a great example to my girls. We love you Syd, and are so excited for all the adventures that lay ahead!

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Sherman and I know we are done having children, but there was something about holding this newborn that made me cry, and I couldn’t stop! Thank goodness he bleongs to some of our best friends so I can steal a snuggle whenever I need.

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So hard to believe this girl was born when I was 17 yrs old, and now she is graduating from high school. I am so incredibly proud of her and the amazing woman she has become. Words cannot express how incredible I think she is, her future is so bright! I am so proud to be her Auntie D. I love you Kennedy!



I really have so much to say, but the bottom line is, I really love these two! I am so excited for the adventure they are about to begin. Sherman and I were this young when we got married and I can honestly say, I have never regretted it. Wishing you all the happiness this world has to offer. I love you Quincie and Colton!


So excited to welcome this handsome guy to the world! I seriously can’t get over how in love I am with him and he isn’t even mine. At least I get to steal him on occassion to snuggle and watch him grow. Lucky me, I live next door :)


This cutie is turning 1 shortly. Her wonderful mom is being deployed to Afghanistan in a couple of days and we wanted to do some celebrating before she left. I am so grateful to our armed service, men and women. What a sacrifice to be leaving cuties like this for months at a time.


Katelyn is turning 12! I can’t believe how time flies. I remember so well when this beautiful girl was placed in her parents arms. Never was there a child so wanted and loved. She was an adorable baby and now such a beautiful young woman. I am lucky to be called her aunt! Happy Birthday Katelyn!


This is worth the read!

Oh, the adventure it was taking these photos! My niece wanted me to take her senior photos at Smith & Edwards Country Store (a huge junk yard). I was so excited because I LOVE this place and hadn’t been there since moving back. We were having a great time shooting, but once it started to get dark, we decided we were done. As we started to head back to the car, it hit me, “Syd, do they lock the gates at night?” She didn’t know, and since it was barely 7pm, we figured we had time regardless. Sure enough, we got to the gates and they were LOCKED! We could here a crackling radio playing oldies music and figured someone must still be in the office. With much banging, no one answered. The parking lot was empty and there wasn’t a soul in sight. Oh, and did I mention, I was 8 MONTHS PREGNANT at the time! It was the perfect setting for a zombie attack, and I was quite certain it was going to happen too.

We went back to the gate and noticed there was a gap under the 10 foot tall fence. Sydnee slipped under the fence with ease. My mind hadn’t caught up to my ever growing belly, and I figured I could slip under as well. I layed flat on my back and began to shimmy until my belly touched the bottom bar, there was NO WAY pregnant me was going to fit. At this point, I am laughing uncontrollably and praying that my thimble sized bladder doesn’t fail me.

I sent Sydnee to look for bigger gaps or shorter fences. Sure enough, there was a shorter fence further down the parking lot. Again, my mind has not caught up to my changing pregnant body, I think for sure with my climbing experience and my converse shoes, I can get over the fence no problem. NOPE! My belly was in the way for the flip to the other side! I tried climbing the metal racks next to the fence, I tried squeezing between vertical cracks, NOTHING was going to get me to the other side. It was then, that I decided, I had better call my husband or call 911. Sherman, my husband, said he would be right over with a ladder, but Sydnee already found a tall rickety one that hopefully would do the trick. We opened the ladder and threw the A-frame over the fence. Only problem was, the ladder couldn’t fully open because the braces hit the top bar, oh well. I climbed the ladder and Syd held onto the base with all her strength. We laughed nervously, and I managed to teeter to the other side. It took me hours to warm my body and calm my nerves. We were just lucky they didn’t release the guard dogs!