7.31.2021

Finally we are mask free!

 

18 months ago, the world as we knew it shut down.  Our government issued an emergency order because of Covid 19. In any public spaces we had to wear masks, schools closed, we had to social distance, business closed, friends were not able to visit, people were working from home, many people lost their jobs, many people lost family members to Covid 19.  We were in my first ever world-wide global Pandemic. 

No travel, no funerals, no weddings- Life felt like it was on hold.  There was hand sanitizer on every corner, stores that were open could only allow a a few people in at once, people would line up outside to enter a store.  Covid cases were on the rise.  The premier and chief medical officer would do daily updates and each day it was more depressing with more and more cases. 

 Churches became virtual, people were very sad and lonely, suicide numbers were increasing as people did not know best how to deal with this pandemic.

 Then about 9 or 10 months in churches could open with a limited number of people and masks were to be worn, stay six feet apart, sit with your family, exit with your family.

My daughter had to graduate from grade 12 with masks and only a few people in attendance, no prom, no last day with classmates. Birthdays were celebrated with just immediate families or drive by where you stood in the yard and wave.

 Now here we are 18 months later and our emergency order ended on July 30- one day after my daughter turns 18.   We are all over joyed to get rid of our masks, we can hang out with friends, we can travel, and we can begin a new normal- Life will never be as it was before this pandemic hit.

 This pandemic was not all bad- my husband started a very successful business, I landed my dream job, we moved into our dream home.  Covid could have taught us so much- it taught us to be thankful for what we have, so many people lost so much in such a short time,  it taught us that community is essential and so is technology, it taught me that family matters- it was just the three of us for several months and we actually had fun together- some marriages did not make it, but I believe ours is better then ever. 

We were taught to honor each other as they were all we had, we could facetime people but no one could come to our homes to hang out and it hurt especially for me who loves to entertain and have friends over.   We have come a long way in medicine, they now have the vaccine and while I am fully vaccinated, I will never tell you that you need to be, we each have a choice and no matter what you choose, I still respect you.  

It taught me to love, to listen, to care, to respect and to help.





7.29.2021

Brooke is 18 today

 

18 years old, yet it still feels like
only yesterday that you were a baby
and I was cradling you in my arms. Now when you come into my room when I am laying in bed and snuggle beside me, it makes my heart smile so big.

The love I had for you then was
enormous, but each year since
that feeling of love and adoration
has only grown.

You will always be my sweet little
girl, my darling daughter. Your momma loves you more then any words can ever say, you are the light of my life. 

Happy 18th birthday to you.

























7.27.2021

Family Movie Review- When We Last Spoke




It seems like these days it’s always hard to find a movie that the whole family can watch together that isn’t animated, so I was so glad to be invited to watch the pre-screening of “When We Last Spoke.” I have my family visiting , so I was glad we could all sit down and enjoy it. It’s SUCH a great movie, which is why I can’t wait to tell you all about it, except the ending of course 🙂

When We Last Spoke is inspired by the novel from Marci Henna, director Joanne Hock and screenplay writers Rick Eldridge and Jimmy Hager. I really love movies that are based off of novels. 

In 1967, sisters Juliet (Darby Camp) and Evangeline (Chandler Head) are abandoned by their mother at their unsuspecting grandparents’ farm in the small southern town of Fireside. They begged her not to leave them with their grandparents. Their father was away at war, and would write his kids letters all of the time, which of course, his kids looked forward to his letters, especially after their mother left them.

With their grandparents stunned by their sudden arrival, tender-hearted Walt (Corbin Bernsen) and fiddler Ruby (Melissa Gilbert) graciously stand in for the missing parents and create one blue-ribbon recipe for a loving family.


I absolutely love that the grandparents are a good Christian family and instill this into their grandchildren. They’re always talking about faith and they pray together every night at dinner.



Fireside, home of radio Station KOFF, kept secrets, broken promises and to-die-for sundaes serves as the backdrop for this heartwarming story full of surprises. Evangeline and Juliet became impromptu DJs for their local radio station and love every minute of it.

Top it all off with the unexpected appearance of Walt’s ailing mother who has congestive heart failure—eccentric, Emily Dickinson-quoting Itasca (Cloris Leachman), and laughter and tears abound.



Richly packed with plenty of quirky characters and hilarious escapades, #WhenWeLastSpokeMIN is a timeless movie for all ages that digs in deep to things that matter most—family, friends, love, and forgiveness. 

This is a movie that your whole family will thoroughly enjoy, there’s lots of laughter, tears, and will leave you heartfelt, and grateful for family and friends.

Many thanks to Last Spoke Partners and  #MomentumInfluencerNetwork for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

7.21.2021

10 Plants That Will Bring Your Curb Appeal to Life!

 

A beautiful front yard can fill you with pride when pulling up to your home. But you can bring your yard to life with these 10 curb-appeal-boosting plants!

You know all of the idioms: “Home is where the heart is,” “Your home is your sanctuary,” “A man’s home is his castle,” and more. These sayings encompass the interior of the home, but what about the exterior? Do you pay as much attention to your property’s curb appeal? You might do the usual maintenance like raking the leaves and mowing the lawn, but you can fix up your front yard and turn it into something truly awe-inspiring (and a buffet for bees) by adding new plantlife to your property. 

Here are 10 plants that’ll give your front yard that wow-factor it may be lacking. 

1. Clematis

The clematis vine is popular because they can grow up fences, trellises and even walls. Their star-shaped flowers come in an assortment of colors and sizes and typically bloom in the later summer months. But, you can find varieties that will bloom well into the autumn months.

2. Hosta

Hostas are leafy green foliage plants that also have blue, pink, purple or white blooms that will blossom during the summer. These plants are perfect for homeowners that want to attract birds and butterflies, but they can also attract other critters like slugs, snails, deer and rabbits!

3. Roses

It should be no surprise that roses are on this list. Rose bushes are the quintessential plant that can add color and elegance to any property. Caring for these bushes can be a little daunting, especially if you aren’t much of a gardener. But, with a little TLC and doing a little research, your roses could be the envy of the neighborhood!

4. American arborvitae (thuja)

The American arborvitae is an evergreen tree that will take your ordinary landscaping to the next level. They’re great additions to a yard because they can act as privacy hedges or can be used to hide an unsightly chain fence. 

5. Hibiscus

There are two types of hibiscus and it’s important that you know which variety will thrive in your climate. Hardy hibiscus are better suited for colder climates, while the tropical hibiscus needs to be in warmer climates (as the name would imply). The hibiscus plant is known for its large flowers and can come in a variety of vibrant shades like orange, pink, red, purple, as well as unique and rare colors.  

6. Canna Lily

Canna lilies are perfect plants if you want a vibrant burst of color throughout the summer and fall. These flowers can grow near water features like a pond or stream, but they also make beautiful potted plants. What truly makes these flowers stand out is that the leaves turn a beautiful shade of bronze (or a variation between bronze and silver) near the end of the season. 

7. Tulips

The tulip is pretty common because they’re easy to grow and come in a wide variety of colors (yes, even “black” - they’re more of a deep purple). These flowers typically grow during the spring so it’s best to plant them in the fall, however you can find late blooming tulips. 

8. Hydrangea

The hydrangea is one of those plants that makes a statement. The bloom colors range from pink to blue and every shade of purple in between. They are also available in green or white - but never yellow or orange.

9. Dahlia

The dahlia is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a plant that’ll bloom for several months (namely the summer and fall). These plants can have a variety of colors, including orange, pink, purple, red, white, and even multicolored! Not only are these plants known for their colorful blooms, the blossoms can be as small as 2-inches in diameter and can get up to 15-inches in diameter!

10. Magnolia

There are a few different types of magnolia trees, but regardless of which variety you choose, you can expect beautiful blooms with a sweet fragrance. If you do choose to go with a magnolia tree, you’ll want to keep in mind that these trees have a root system that can spread out pretty far, therefore making it nearly impossible to move (we don’t recommend moving them at all). 

Sometimes properties will have invasive plants or plants that require more work than a buyer may want to deal with. So when you’re thinking about boosting your property’s curb appeal, we recommend gathering a few tips from top agents regarding what features and plants buyers are drawn to. And, if you’re hoping to see if planting these plants are worth the investment, you can use a net proceeds calculator to get a ballpark idea of what your profit could be when you sell.


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