Family, life, Pictures

Impossible Puzzle (UGH!), Snow, and Airplanes

Around the House

This puzzle is proving harder than I thought it would be.
All dressed up and nowhere to go.

Wesley wanted to wear his suit to church. But church was cancelled because it was snowing so much in Texas that the roads were closing like crazy and no one knew what to do. So, he went ahead and put his suit on and also realized that he’d grown a LOT over the last year since he wore the suit. After just a few alterations, it’ll fit again and he will get to wear it to church one of these days.

We brought South Dakota to Texas!

Around the town

We were so tired of being cooped up because of the snow, so as soon as it cleared, we jumped in the car to go check out the airplanes around the parade field at Lackland AFB. It was our first time being there, and they have some awesome displays.

This was a memorial to military working dogs
So many planes to look at!

We had a really good time just getting out and doing something after being cooped up with the snow. It was a beautiful day for us to all be together.

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NPR Young Adult 2017 – Far From the Tree – 5 Stars

I feel like at this point it probably isn’t even fair for me to rate these NPR books because they are all 5 stars.

After reading the description, I knew this book would wreck me, and it did. At the end, I couldn’t put it down, so I was reading it way too late at night and I was crying so hard that I had to get up and go into the bathroom so I wouldn’t wake Ron up.

I also say that I’ll never read books that will make me cry, but that’s not exactly true. Or, it hasn’t been true since I’ve started this NPR experiment. These Young Adult books have all been so good and it’s really just fantastic how many good books I’ve found through the NPR concierge.

This book is about Grace, Mia, and Joaquin. They are bio siblings who didn’t know anything about each other until Grace turns 16, gets pregnant, gives her baby up for adoption, and decides she wants to know about her birth mother. She finds out about her siblings, and we get to see how their lives are going and watch these siblings bond. It was such an amazing story and I want more and more of these kids and their lives as they continue to grow up. Joaquin is in foster care, and as a foster parent myself, he touched me the most. It’s been almost 24 hours since I finished this book and I can still cry when I think about him wanting love and how scared he is to trust in the love of the foster parents he has now. Heartbreaking and heart-mending all at the same time. This book is absolutely wonderful.

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Joy Abandoned Me – Faith Talk

2020 was horrible in a lot of ways. 2021 has been horrible in a lot of ways. My grandmother died on New Years Day, and two days before that, my nephew tested positive for Covid, then two days after new years (and my grandmother’s death), my brother tested positive for Covid and spent two weeks really sick and another couple of weeks recovering from pneumonia. That’s just the things that have happened in my life. Not to mention all the political nonsense that has happened in 2021. So, I’m glad there were plenty of people telling us that nothing was going to magically be improved overnight because of the year change.

I hope that you listened and didn’t put your faith in your calendar.

I hope that you still kept putting one foot in front of the other.

I hope that you continued to do things that brought you joy.

And that’s what I want to talk about today.


I’m not looking up the official definition of joy, because I have my own definition. I think joy is internal happiness and peace and wellbeing that can’t be taken away by outside circumstances. I also think my definition is full of fluff and not always accurate.

When my grandmother passed away, it wasn’t a shock. She was 96 years old. She had a stroke or something debilitating a couple of months before she passed away, and she had been unresponsive since then. The hospice nurses had told us that it would be happening soon. So, it wasn’t a surprise, and it didn’t take away my joy. I was sad for the people she left behind, but I’ve been sad for us for a while because the grandmother that we knew left us a long time ago.

When my brother was really sick and we didn’t know if they would be admitting him to the hospital or not for the second day in a row. I was more than sad. I was jittery and anxious, I was unable to control my mind. I couldn’t get myself to focus on anything and it just felt like something wasn’t right in my life. Something wasn’t the way it should be and I felt no peace within myself. I’m not sure if that means that I didn’t have joy, or that I wasn’t really stopping and looking inside to find my joy. And that’s just what I finally did. I stopped trying to distract myself with books and YouTube and everything else, and I just sat and did nothing. I’m sure I was talking to God, but I wasn’t formally praying. I was just being with myself to stop and see what was happening inside my body.

The anxiety and everything that comes along with that was taking over and I wasn’t doing anything to stop it. I believe that my joy and inner peace was there all along, but I was letting everything else get in the way and cover it up. I felt so much better afterwards that I was just convinced that my brother had to be doing better. He wasn’t. And that’s when I realized that all the anxiety and all the worrying wasn’t actually doing anything for him. It was just making me sick and making me feel bad.

So stop.

Sit and remind yourself of the truths around you.

What can you see, smell, hear, taste, and touch.

Bring yourself back to now because now is the best time to be in.

Family, whoami

School Time / Puzzle Time

Let’s see if it’s actually impossible

I love puzzles!

If you’ve known me for any length of time, then you know that I love puzzles. My new friend found out about my puzzle obsession and told me she had a puzzle I needed to try. So, she let me borrow it and I started on it while we were doing algebra in school today. School went really well today, which is a miracle for algebra, but the puzzle isn’t going so well. This puzzle is going to take me a while… send help… and prayers!

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My Marvelous Year – Intro

This is going to be fun!

I stumbled onto a wonderful website. Well, wonderful if you like a challenge or if you like comics or if you like Marvel. See, something for almost everyone. I love a challenge and I like Marvel, so that’s why I’m here.

First of all, go check out the website and see how wonderful this whole thing is, and then keep reading here and I’ll explain what I’m going to be doing.

My Marvelous Year Podcast

I’m using his own words to explain what this podcast is about “In short, MMY is the Comic Book Herald reading club that tackles the entire history of Marvel Comics, 10 essential stories per publication year at a time. We begin with the Marvel Comics of 1962, before a list for 1963… and so on, all the way to present day!”

As of right now, they are around 1989, so if this is something you’d like to just listen to and maybe not read, then go check it out. As you can see from his explanation, there are only 10 stories to read for each year, so I’m going to read the comics, but not listen to the podcasts until I’m all caught up to them, and then I’ll start listening as I read.

Right now

I’m going to be doing monthly updates as I read and we’ll see how long it takes me to get through. I’ve already started reading the first one that they suggest you start with, and I’m cracking up at the wording they used in 1961.

See you with an update in March!!