Never Forgotten…

It is hard to believe…

18 years since my heart was broken into pieces…but he is never really gone if my heart glued itself back together with beautiful memories…

Believing…makes all the difference…he is still with me, with all of us…bringing us joy and peace, if that is what we choose!

I choose my sweet Fred..always and forever!

Out to celebrate life tonight, with the TLG…toasting memories with our B52′s….

Love you, my sweetie!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Teacher Friends….

For all of my teacher friends out there….HANG IN THERE!!!

As a retired teacher, I have huge compassion and appreciation for all that you do and/or are trying to do.

Today’s overpowering reliance on conformity and data accountability gives me ‘the shivers’…

In ‘honor’ of all those in-services that are supposed to give you info on things you don’t want or don’t need to enhance your kids’ knowledge and excitement about learning:

some expressions for you…

I have to get out of bed for a workshop???

I'm supposed to do what??

Let me tell you what I think!!

Oh, you're killin' me!!!

I do not agree!

phssewww…with raspberries!

Love these expressions…I may have even seen them on teachers I know  :)  :)

 

Happy Parenting and Hug a Teacher Today!

D and C

In case you hadn’t heard….

We are totally surprised with the number of new blog readers:  wow! thanks, everyone, for joining us on our journey. For those of you lovely folks who have been with us for some time, you know we talk about those things that make us happy…and joyful parenting! So, just in case you new readers didn’t know about our parenting book: How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths …

Here it is  :)

Chad (son) and Diane (mom) wrote the book together to help parents find easier ways to have children who are delightful, respectful, responsible, and eventually independent adults! There are 10 common misbeliefs that kids grab onto and keep forever without a parent’s guide to let go of them. We included lots of stories from our lives…in both of our voices!

 

Feel free to head to Amazon to find our pretty little book in paperback or on Kindle. It is also available online through Barnes and Noble. It does make a great gift for new parents or grandparents, but also for those with kids anywhere from age 1-18.

For any of you delightful people who already bought one…we express a huge thank you to you. We hope you found the book helpful and enjoyable. Feel free to express your thoughts, good or bad, for others to see.

 

Christmas gifts anyone??  This is a plug for the book not because of our making any money but because of our love for kids and our hopes for improving future generations!

delivering backpacks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

 

Thanks and

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Then and Now

Hawaii…ahhh, beautiful, amazing, uplifting! Can you tell that Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world?

My hubby and I first went to Hawaii in ’72 and again in ’74…I know, I know…I must be ancient:)))  We absolutely loved everything about that beautiful place.

I did not go again…life got busy and family came first…until I decided to take my boys in 1999, after their dad died. I took my two with their best friends when they were 18, 19, 19, and 20. It was a gift to myself, remembering all the fun …because memories are one of the biggest gifts we can give ourselves!

It was such a pleasure to watch those boys enjoy Hawaii as much as F2 and I had.  Then, in 2004, I took my 2 guys again to just vegetate in Waikiki…beach time, sunshine, good food, and wonderful people!!

And now we just returned from a most delightful trip to Hawaii…my sons, and THEIR WIVES!!!  Hurray! They are all the best people in the world! Kind, compassionate, fun loving and positive! My guys really know how to pick them!!!

I am over the moon excited to spend time with them whenever I can..but to be able to share my favorite place with them was awesome, delightful, fantastic and every other positive adjective you can come up with. Love ‘em all!!!

So here we go with the ‘then and now’ of photos…some are from slides from the first 2 trips so the quality may be shaky, but we’re working on memories here folks. It’s all good! Mixed up…old and new photos from Hawaii! Enjoy!!

some new…

some more old…

…and new…

a few more old…

yes…this is the same banyan tree!!!

 


and now…

I hope you enjoyed this small sampling of my Hawaiian memories!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

C & S Wedding Reception

Ready for more photos??? Well, ready or not, here they are!! This time…of the reception: food , fun, friends and family, and dancing!!!  Much Love to spread around…a beautiful ending to a perfect day:))

Such a wonderful evening, with delightful results…another beautiful, kind, compassionate daughter to add to the Fink family!!  Lots of Love from all of us :)

Happy (!) Parenting!

C and D

C & S Wedding Ceremony

More photos for you…this time of the ceremony…so beautiful!!

It's official:)))

best man

happy groom

 

Aren’t they adorable?? I am the luckiest mama in the world!! Two wonderful sons married to two wonderful daughters…hurray:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

C & S Wedding Venue

A wedding…accomplished!!!   What Joy, Happiness, and Perfection!  Because I took so many photos…I know you’re very surprised!!… I will share bits and pieces with you over time:))

The ceremony and reception were held in the back yard of the happy couple…just a taste of the guys with the bride:

gorgeous, aren't they?

 

And now for an overabundance of venue pics for you…C and S did all of the artistic touches themselves…just amazing!!

they built the dance floor!

clever cover for the propane tank!

memory ribbons

..and finally, the guys getting the lights ready for the dance floor!!

Delightfully done :)  I’m so proud of all the people who did such a wonderful job on a beautiful venue!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Boots!!

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

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

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 zaratefitness.com….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