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After being told I would never be able to have children, I am now a stay-at-home Mommy to Maddie who happens to have Down Syndrome. I've been married 16 years to my best friend, having the time of my life. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in our little journey through life.

Monday, July 22, 2013


I've had several catch phrases running through my mind lately...
"this world is not my home."
"home is where the heart is."
"there's no place like home."

However you define home...we are back in it!!!
So. Excited.


We moved in Tuesday!  
There's still a few minor details, like the Master bath vanity, the guttering, and the fences that needs to be done, but the house is fully functional and we are moved in!  

$60,000 worth of damage and yet less than 2 months we're back home...it's just amazing.  
I feel proud of our little home. 
This was our "starter" home that we originally thought would only be a stepping stone to things bigger and better on down the road.
10 years later, we are still here and I love it so much.
Now it is new and improved with brand-new hard wood floors, fresh paint, new digs to grace the place and I am 
to keep it nice and tidy! 

From this point on, nothing is allowed in my home without purpose.  
It's purpose could be to make us smile, or make our lives easier, but it has to be defined. 
One thing I've learned from this tornado experience is "stuff" can overwhelm you.
Typing in every single item lost in a spreadsheet, researching it's replacement value, and sending all the information off to an insurance agent has made me realize what power this stuff unintentionally holds.
Less really is more.

I am bursting with gratitude!
So grateful for such amazing friends and family to see us through this rotten time of life.
Grateful for our home with a few minor scars that expose the trauma, but survived the worst Mother Nature threw at her. 
Grateful for my marriage that was tested with stressful decisions but survived the emotional outbursts and misdirected anger.
Grateful for my precious Maddie who has endured nightmares, fears, and a sense of disorder but has proven herself resilient and strong.  

So grateful it's all over!
Furniture delivered today...pics to come soon!! 

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