In just two weeks, these two will be married!!!

In cowboy boots!!

Here’s a preview:))))

I can’t wait!! It will be so much fun!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Sharing a few photos

Mom and Carl…at the rehab center
with Dan
with me
and the 4 of us:)
love my mom…


Mom is having some gains in pain management..whew…that has been really hard for her! Physical therapists are happy about her efforts. Sooo, we are on a positive path, I think!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Beauty in the Sky

A modpodge today of skies ….

Late afternoon sky

same evening, sunset

next morning, sunrise

Beautiful, Beautiful! Helps bring calm and peace…


Happy Parenting!

D and C

A New “Adventure” ?

We all know that stuff happens, right? Well..currently, stuff is happening! In the midst of wonderful happenings involving weddings and babies…major excitements…my 94-year old mom tripped over a curb and broke her hip!!


Now I know what most of you are thinking..well, sure, 94..happens to a lot of old folks! Let me set you just a little bit straight:)) My mother is definitely not an old lady!! She doesn’t tell people her age, so most think she’s somewhere in her early 80′s! She still drives, lives by herself since her husband had to enter a rehab center a couple of years ago, socializes, eats out, and visits her hubby! She is always dressed ‘to the nines’ and never goes without makeup!

So hearing that she was in the hospital and would be having hip surgery was difficult. After 3 nights in the hospital she was transferred to the same rehab where Carl is…for physical therapy on that hip.

arriving at the rehab…Tom and Krista in attendance:))


Here she is meeting up with her sweetie:

he has been so concerned about her…


…with Tom and Carl…

first day in rehab…all smiles!

Mornings have not been the best side of the adventure….her nights are filled with pain and misery, much of it caused by medication issues. It’s hard to see her in the mornings, because she feels so bad.

But…. after she is dressed and in her wheelchair, she perks right up and the day improves! Whew!

pretty mama

handsome Carl..

smiling for the camera

Mom and I just being silly…

…and the 3 of us…

I sure wish the night time was as good for her as the daytime! I spent the night with her last night…just help alleviate some of her anxiety! It did help a bit…she was much quieter, but she definitely didn’t have great sleep until about 4:30 this morning….she is still sleeping now!! I’m so happy about that! I will stay with her until she wakes up so she knows I didn’t leave her!

Meetings at the rehab with all the staff concerned with her care: 11:00 this morning

I will keep you informed…please send along your very special thoughts and prayers for my mom!

Thank You,


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Thank You, Joanne!

Every now and then something captures your attention…and you say, “Well, that makes sense…I should really do that.”  And then…often…you don’t get around to it….


Reading the blog for Zarate Fitness…see it under his blog at….an inspirational idea to recognize someone who helped influence, mold, enlighten your life! I love this idea, so I’m going to run with it!

lovely Joanne

This beautiful lady is Joanne Teague, my friend but also my inspiration. I taught with her when I first began teaching…so much fun. We were separated along the way with different buildings, grade levels, and responsibilities, but remained good friends. Then I was lucky enough to have her, as the principal, hire me to teach in her building.  It was amazing!! What an awesome experience…to work with someone so motivated to do what is best for kids. She is the one who got me involved with the accreditation process including data collection of all sorts, theme building, teamwork always, and working harder than I had ever worked before…and loving every bit of it. She never asked us to do anything that she wasn’t already doing more of…and always with a smile on her face. It was a dream job, and I learned so much more about myself as a person. I became stronger and more knowledgable in all areas, took on more responsibilities than I ever would have thought of, and loved learning about all things..both scholastic and not!!

Joanne and other inspirational folks I know


She was, and is, a beautiful person…who is a role model to all who know her. So in the spirit of this blog, I say:

Thank You, Joanne Teague, for all that you have done for me and for all those who know you!!


Happy Parenting,

D and C