Welcome to our Life..it's a crazy busy one, but that's just us! We have 7 kids, 3 daughter-in-laws, 1 son-in-law and 5 Grandbuttons!!! WITH #6 & & 7 ON THEIR WAY!!!! We came home on July 15, 2010 with our Princess Franceska Danielle, we hope you enjoy our life because we sure do!! God has just BLESSED beyond what we could have ever imagined!!


Monday, March 30, 2009

Changes are COMING....I just know they are......

Today I was really busy painting Astrud's room again, and at about 5:00 I realized that I had not thought much about REFERRALS at all throughout the day and I was not obsessing over my computer!! I went and met my sister Kerry and my friend Jenny to walk and when I got home I started pulling weeds in the yard and all at once I saw just what seemed like hundreds of little bugs!!! My first thought was, "Oh good gravy what bug am I going to fight this summer"?????? And then I looked a little closer and I realized it was "Baby Ladybugs", they were everywhere and these pictures don't even show a fraction of them!! So I believe something is in the air????????? I think those tiny little critters were trying to tell me something. It really lifted my spirits, I know things are changing.....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Planting Flowers for Mom and more.....

Sunday after we church all of us brought Petunia's to plant for Nonny's Birthday. It was a pretty day, about 85 degrees but very windy. Here is ALOT of pictures from the day. I know this is a really long post with alot of pictures but I just couldn't leave any of my favorites out. Our kids, Kerry and Ricky's kids and even Frank sometimes really don't know how to react or comfort my Momma, but I want all of them to know that I think they are great with her. Just the simple fast of how they show love towards her makes my heart smile.

These are what I call my "Mom moments"

Momma watching me.
Here is a couple of Rayn being a "Big Helper"!

Lily, Rayn and I

Some of you might remember the post about Emily's "Connie" the Mini Van????? Well last friday Frank came and asked me where the duct tape was because the girls wanted it for "Connie"!! I didn't even ask. Well what they wanted it for was to tape the Gnomes they bought at dollar General to the DASHBOARD!!!! And aren't you the lucky people.....that get to meet the GNOMES!!!
Chris,Amy,Emily,Astrud,and Bubba (steven)
Astrud's siblings sharing a little bit of "Connie's" glory with her and Emily! NO THAT IS NOT OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN GETTING READY TO SING "Let's Get Physical", THAT IS ASTRUD WITH RAYNS HEADBAND ON!!!! LOL
Our Kids the "Gangsters"

Astrud and her Bubba with Emily in "Connie"
Emily (Astrud's Best friend)and Christopher!
"My Daddy" (just ignore the metal Rooster playing the guitar, Frank bought that for my Mom , she once loved it and it's staying...)
Greg and Christopher messing with Emily because she is such an "Easy Target"!!!
Here is our Amy (DIL) truly posing for the camera. Some might say silly... I say "Beautiful"
Lily had some help from her Uncie and Big Cousins catching the baby mudcats and then....
We sooo busted Lily trying to keep her Mudcats alive by blowing into a straw...Isn't that just tooo gross!!!
My neice Jade (on the rt.) and her friend Kelsey! I guess 13 is not to OLD to play in the MUD!!!
Our "Granddog" Daisy!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Happy 35th FRANCESKA LIDversary TO US!!!! AMOST THERE.....

Happy 24th Birthday to our son Steven!! We love you Big!!!
Happy 66th Birthday Momma! We love you so much!!!
And guess what I can buy today......

Friday, March 20, 2009


This is Jessica and Jacob.He is my Godbaby. Jessica is so special to me. She is my BFF!!! She has to be because she knows everything about me!!! (scary) She has been thru every single second of this wait for Franceska with me and there have been times that if it was not for her I would have gone crazy!!!! (even more so than I already am). You can go back ...wayyyy back and see the cutest picture of Jacob with a dirty face, well he's 3 now and I just can't believe it!!! Doesn't he just look like a little man!!! So darn cute! Meme loves you Jacob!!

This is Cash, he also is quite a ways back on my blog in his Texas Longhorn Onesie! His mommy Debby and I grew up together and is still one of my closest friends. She is "home" to me. When we were teenagers until well into our adult life I carried around a picture of Debby when she was little because that particular picture just made me happy! Her smile is just something else in that picture. Well.... look at this picture, IT JUST MAKES ME HAPPY!!!! Look at that smile and doesn't he look like a little man too!!! Is that hair combed over to the side just too much for words!!!! Meme loves you too!!!

And yesterday was Sherri's Birthday and I have been going in so many different directions that I totally forgot!!! I AM SOOOO SORRY!!! HAPPY BLEATED BIRTHDAY SWEET SHERRI!!!! From the looks of your blog , you had a great birthday!! You desrve it, because you have become so special to me . I want nothing but the best for you always. God bless you !! I love you bunches!!! (click on Sherri's name and go wish her a Happy Birthday if you get a chance)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Our little Grandbutton Joshua has the Chicken Pox. It's not that bad of a case but nevertheless he has them. Poor Little guy!!! This past Saturday night him and I were in bed and I had turned off the lights and TV and he was rubbing my face , my hair and trying to pick my nose in the dark , all the while calling Meme a Monster!! We were laughing and I knew that he was just trying to buy some time, since he was not "tired", but then it wasn't 20 seconds later and he was out!!! I love those moments and I wish I could just squeeze him but since his Grandpa Frank has not ever had the Pox we gotta kind of stay away for a while, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me....He was in our bed, on our couch, in our arms etc. etc. etc. So any get well soon "Lil Buddy" We love you !!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

La Vernia Jr. Livestock Show 2009

Here are some pictures of our local 2009 La Vernia Jr. Livestock Show . I know alot of you out there in blogland might not get this,but my sisters and I grew up showing sheep and hogs. For those of you that don't know what that means. You raise these animals and work them and prepare them for the show. Now our kids are doing this. My daddy has been on the Stock Show committee practically all of our lives. This has always been a family affair. And now there are so many of us that used to show against each other in the stands watching OUR children show against each other. To me it is still a whole lotta innocence that we can hold on to for our children. It keeps them grounded and teaches them tons of responsibility. So here are a few pictures , I hope you enjoy them.

Here's Jade! She got robbed of showmanship this year. She did a great job and we were so proud of her!!! Great job Jade!
Here's Lily showing, and she did a great job!
Jade and Lily both had two pigs each that they raised and two of their hogs ended up in the same weight class ,so they had to show against each other. Here is a pic of the sisters competing against each other. Jade placed higher and got to sale.
Both of Blaines sheep fell into the same weight class so he had to have Kaley show one of them and as you see the judge liked both of them and in the next picture you will see what happened!!
And look what he has in his back pockets!!!Here is my Daddy handing Blaine his 1st and 2nd place ribbon! I love this picture!! Great job Blaine!!
Heres my Daddy, this is probably his favorite week of the year! (he doesnt think the Stock show can happen without him!hehehe)
Here's Katy! If I remember right she got 1st place in her lamb class, and she got Grand Champion Steer also!!! Way to go Katy!!

Great Job Coby! (theres my Daddy too)THIS IS THE BEST PICTURE OF THE POST. AFTER LILY REALIZED THAT SHE DID NOT MAKE THE SALE, SHE RAN TO NONNY AND JUST CRIED HER HEART OUT. All of you know that my Momma has Alzheimers and this was not a good week for her ,but at this specific moment she really did not even know where she was, she did not want me out of her sight, but at this exact moment all my Momma knew is that one of her grandbaby's was crying....just look at her face, she really does not know what is going on BUT she knew enough to comfort her granddaughter. This picture is priceless to me and just so special to me. I know one day Lily will cherish this just like I already do.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A visit with Mya and Karlee!

A couple of years ago I met Mya as they were waiting for their daughter from China, and as it turned out she had grown up with our friend Carol and several others. She also knew my sister Kerry and so then a friendship was born. I remember watching their journey to Karlee and being so envious of them. They were logged in 11/05, when we were just getting started , we are logged in 4/06, just 5 months later and they have been home almost two years!!! Isn't that crazy!!! So yesterday we all met at Chic-Fi-La for lunch and we had such a great time. Mya and Karlee are both just beautiful and my life has been blessed by their friendship.

Just a quick story: Practically all of my neice Rayn's life she has been waiting for her "imaginary" cousin Franceska. She saves her clothes for her, she does not let people play "rough" in Franceska's room, she is very protective of this cousin that she still has yet to meet. So yesterday when Rayn and Karlee were sitting across the table from each other, Rayn leans into me and says, in her own little cute voice, "Meme is that little guuurl Chinese"? I said yes baby she is from China like Franceska will be. And all grown up (since she is 4 going on 24) she says, "Oh yes Meme I know that, I was just curious"!!!! Isn't that just priceless and too cute!!! And then on the way home my 8 year old neice Lily says to me, "Meme, sitting there with Karlee was just like sitting there with Franceska, sometimes I even thought it was Franceska"!! But I am so glad it's Karlee cause I love her. My 13 year old neice Jade , just could not get enough of her and kept saying she could eat her up with a spoon!!! And for my Astrud, I saw that look in her eye, that look of excitement and love. She just could not stop taking pictures. Thru the years of waiting , there have been times that Astrud has just been downright discouraged and irritated by this whole wait. She was going into 8th grade when we started and she is now a Sophomore!!!!! When we were leaving I remember telling Mya that we will meet up next month and she smiled really big and lifted her shoulders and even shook a little stating that things were going to start getting exciting, and I can't tell you how that made me feel, it was such a good feeling knowing that it IS going to happen and it will happen soon. With all of that said, Karlee is her own person, she is an Angel and we love her so much. She is our inspiration, that this too shall pass....and when all is said and done, we will all be sitting at Chic-Fi-La together, all Family, all tied together for a lifetime. Enjoy the pictures!
Rayn and Karlee!!! Just too cute for words!!
Rayn and Karlee were coloring. Can you tell who the "Bossy" one is"????
Here is Little Miss. Karlee!! I just love her tiny little lips!!
That's our Rayn!! "Miss. Thing"
Here we are, one the left is my daughter Chas,lt. back is Mya (Karlees mommy), Me in the back and my sister Kerry on the rt. front.

Friday, March 13, 2009


WOW!!!! I don't know what that noise is outside, it kind of sounds like a Big Crash and then there is this stuff falling off of our roof that sounds like water???? Could it be???? Could it be RAIN?????? YES IT IS!!!!! It has not rained here in months and everything is soooo dry here! Everyones yard is dying, crops are in bad shape, there are Burn bans everywhere, so thank you JESUS for the rain, thank you , thank you, thank you!!!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


LOOK AT THIS!!!! Lea sent this to me the other day and I just love it!!! It is my FAVORITE color!! She had a giveaway and I made the comment I will take mine in purple and she sent me this one. Shes in BIG TROUBLE THOUGH!!! She should not have done this but I am soooo glad she did , I LOVE IT!! Everytime I reach into my purse I will think of you Lea, I love you BIG!!!

I have met so many special friends through this journey and I feel so blessed. I know that we will all be in each others lives forever. What a blessing and what a mighty God we serve.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Mandy's Moon

I know most of you probably have heard of MANDY'S MOON but I just wanted to share with all of you the Address Labels, Round Stickers, and Luggage Tags that I have purchased. I think they are so cute. And the website has so much more, so if you want take a peek!!

Address Labels
Luggage Tag
Round Stickers, this also comes in an address label
Round Stickers