Saturday, May 30, 2009

To my Sunrise Fam

I'm thinking of you this weekend....! I hope Alabama is treating you well and that all 3 races get up in the air! dad got out of it this year! There's always next year for us...hopefully we can make it. I love you and thank you for your support through out this difficult season. Please do not hesitate to email me at, so we can keep in contact!

Thursday, May 28, 2009


First things first....Happy Birthday to me! Yes, my birthday is May 29Th and I am now 27 years old. I'm not boasting about my age believe me...! Its going to be a hard on for me as well....but that's OK!
Second, we are still down in Florida. We are making a ton of progress. We've been packing, getting ready for a garage sale, going through papers, throwing things away and meeting with our attorney and CPA. One cool thing, I listed a dining room set on craigslist and with in 12 hours it was sold! We have begun to list other items as well!
Third, I have posted some new pics of Kamdyn and Taylor.
Taylor is doing so well. She is really progressing in her colors, ABC's, 123 and pronunciation. We also, did get her a big girl bed and she loves it! She doesn't get out of bed..but she does wake up at about 7:30am now and she comes in and wakes us up! No more letting her cry to sleep in a little! Kamdyn, is 6 1/2 weeks and is getting bigger by the day! We pulled out a picture of Ta when she was Kamdyn's age and they could be twins! She is really smiling more and more. Her hair is now getting lighter and her eyes are still a dark blue. I'm praying they will turn green! Our girls are so amazing and we love watching them change and grow!
I have posted some new pictures of Ta and Kam enjoy

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Today, I am full of many different emotions. I am happy to have an amazing husband, children, mom, nana, and family. I am sad because of the death of my dad. I am utterly speechless at how amazing my earthly dad was and the legacy that he has given to us. I am numb to having to clean out a house that has been my home for 27 years. I am in awe of the Lords kindness towards our family and his unending faithfulness!
We started to clean out my dads garage today. We've gone through tools, tools and more tools...! There are lots and lots of memories in that garage! I helped...(I was only 5) dad build a curb made out of wood for the my mom wouldn't run into the wall with the car anymore.... Its still there! My dad and I would spend hours sitting in the garage just many memories...good, good memories.
Ta and Kam are doing well. Kam, is 5 1/2 weeks old. The time is going by so fast. She has started smiling, its called a "Social Smile." When babies see there parents or someone they know they smile! It is so amazing to see her smile at us!
Ta, is getting big as well. She is so much fun right now. We are buying her a big girl princess bed and she is so excited! That means no more crib for Ta and no more safety net for mommy and daddy!!!
I will post pics soon and will keep everyone updated on whats going on, on this end.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Girls

I took Kamdyn to the Dr this morning for her 1 month check up. She turned 1 month yesterday! So, Happy 1 month Birthday Kam! At her check up she weighted 10 lbs 8 ozs and was 21 1/4 inch long. Which put her in the 75-90% but, we know it will change! Like it did with Ta! Of course, she did very well...and she was an angel for Dr Patel!
Kam, just started to smile this past week. I know its not gas because I actually tickled her belly and she smiled and so did Jacob. We have been doing some tummy time with her and she actually almost pushed herself over onto her back, the other day. She is sleeping really well at night! She is so loving and just wants to cuddle with us. And she can sleep through her sister yelling at the top of her lungs.....!

Taylor, is doing well also. We just bought her a kite and she love it! Yesterday, we went outside to fly it for the first time and she just kept saying "Fly Kite...Fly Kite.." It was so funny...She thought that running up and down the street while Jacob held the kite in the air is how it works!! It was one of the funniest things!

We will be going back to Florida on Sunday, to take care of the house there. It will be a hard time for us....That has been the place I called home for the last 26 1/2 years....Pray for us...for wisdom and direction in making decisions based on the two in SC and the other in FL.

We will keep everyone posted!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dreading today

My dad went to be with Jesus 1 month ago today. I can't believe how fast the month has gone and how much I miss him. If only I could get 24 more hours with him...I have so much to tell him and to ask him.
He was diagnosed with cancer on October 11, 2008 and died exactly 6 months later on April 11, 2009. We thought that he at least had 2-3 years, even the doctors thought that as well. So, we were not expecting him to die so quickly. My dad has left an amazing legacy. He was a man who loved well and gave well. Jacob and I were so privilaged to be with him during his final hours on earth! Daddy, I love you and miss you!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mothers Day


To all of the Mommy's out there...Happy Mothers Day...!

I have the privilege of being a mom myself to two beautiful little girls. Taylor is 25 months and Kamdyn is 1 month. I also, have the privilege of having great women in my mom, Nana and my mother-in-love.

Happy Mothers Day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

To my Sunrise Family

I just wanted to dedicate some time to our Sunrise family. My dad worked for Sunrise for the last 18 years and they have become family to us, especially to my dad.... Over the last 18 years, we would gather together every Memorial Day weekend for The Great Sunrise Balloon Race. It soon changed to once a year at the end of April. I could not wait for the balloon race every year. It was so much fun....more to me than my dad...but he looked forward to us just spending the weekend together. I have so many good memories from the balloon race and so many memories that no one will ever know...right Em....! Just kidding...I think I could spend 3 days listing all of the memories and funny stories..! This year the Balloon race is in Alabama where in the past it has been held in Miami, Tallahassee and Lake Whales, Florida. My dad and I will not be attending for the first time in 18 years. I did miss out on a wedding, baby and prom...not all at once but 3 different years! So, the last 15 years for me and the last 18 for my dad. I do feel like something will be missing this year....So, Rick when the balloon flies high into the heavens give a shout out to my dad.......and to the rest of our Sunrise Family....have fun with out us...I won't be thinking of you at 3:30am...I will be sleeping! Please know that I will miss you all this year and will be thinking of you. There is always next year!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Kamdyn is now 3 weeks old. I can't believe how fast the weeks have gone already! We are all doing well and getting use to the addition!
Taylor is doing well. She is now 25 months old! I can't believe that either. She is adjusting well to being a "Big Sister." She loves holding and kissing Kamdyn. Wait let me restate that..... "LOVES."
Jacob and I are doing well as can be expected. We are just starting the grieving process all over again. My Aunt Nicki and Jacob's dad just died last January 08. So, we were still grieving for them and now grieving the death of my dad. Its going to be a long road ahead but, I know the Lord is loyal to us.
We will be going back to Florida the end of this month. We have to take care of the estate that is there. The house that my dad lived in was my childhood home. So, there is 26 1/2 years of memories and things to go through. We moved into that house when I was 6 months old. So, it is going to be difficult to go through everything and than possibly put the house up for sale...many many emotions...already run through my head just thinking about it! My room still has things in it....crazy!
I added a new song list to the end of my blog...two of the songs are very meaning full. 1. Glenn Miller "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." My dad and I would sit outside at night and he would sing that song to me...and My grandmother sang that song to my dad when he was a little boy. 2. Mercy Me's "Finally Home." Its written from the lead singer and his dad died. Both Jacob and I love this song and it speaks to both of us! Finally, I posted a new pic of Kamdyn and I. She is 2 1/2 weeks old.