Nov 10, 2013

A Time of Change...

The last several months have been a time of change for our family. 
We have adjusted from a family of six to a family of five. While Curtis and I had some good years, and four of the best blessings anyone could EVER ask for, we also had our challenges.  While our marriage ended in April, the love we have for our children and our desire to do everything we can for them remains as strong as ever.
Here is a quick update as to what has been going on the last few months with the kiddos!

Gabriella graduated and said goodbye to her incredible Pre K class and all her friends!  She was blessed to attend a wonderful Christian pre-school the past two years and it was hard to say goodbye!

On July 10, our little princess turned 6!!!


The princess and her court:)

We had some of her favorite foods, played games and had a great time with a piñata!

A very relaxing summer was spent with some of her best neighbor friends:)

I was blessed to have a lot of girl time with friends:)

When Daniel flew in from North Carolina to spend Gabriella's birthday weekend with her I could hardly keep her behind security when she saw him!  She was VERY glad to see her big brother!


It did this mama's heart good to have all of her boys home for a long weekend this year!

I was blessed to be able to take a couple of trips to Colorado to hang with my BFF in May and July this year!  Girl time with your bestie when going through a divorce is the absolute MOST THEREPUTIC thing you can do!!!  Thank you Jennifer for your love, support, prayers, laughter, bon fires, our front porch chats into the night, retail therapy, seeing me through my rebellion month at all hours of the day and night, comforting me during the difficult times and yes reminding me that "life does go on chica and it's time to get back on the horse and try again".  A big thank you to Scott,  your awesome hubby, for letting his "Indiana wife" come hang out with her BFF and Ms. Aly girl for so graciously letting me stay in her gorgeous hot pink room during my visits:)

In July I took Nicholas back to Colorado with me for a very memorable "mother son" trip!  We, along with Jennifer and her hubby, attended  Cheyenne Days and saw Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean.

The Jason Aldean concert was very memorable:)

Gracie ad Gabbie soaking in the very last day of summer vacation before school starts:)

Nicholas starting his sophomore year of high school...with coffee in hand and a Duck Dynasty shirt on....

Gabriella on her first morning of kindergarten at the same school all of her brothers attended kindergarten:)

Please note Nicholas' "after school" attire....a shirt I bought him for back to school that he didn't choose to wear on the first day to school, but on the golf course after school!

Gabriella survived her first week in kindergarten and is blessed with an incredible teacher! She has the same teacher Nicholas had for kindergarten eleven years ago and she attends our
church...we are sooooo very blessed!

Gabriella and Nolan....they met in preschool and are the best of friends!  We had a play date this summer and found out he will be playing basketball and she will be doing cheerleading in our
churches Upward program in January!!  We think the world of Nolan and his wonderful family:)

Yes, she is holding a frog....without gloves or anything!  I sanitized her hands extensively after this!

It's definitely been a year of change, but change can be good.  I've learned there can be many blessings through the raindrops and that God's love is steadfast and never changes, and in that I find great joy and comfort! This blog will either be getting a makeover or a new blog will begin after the first of the year!  We are praying you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Apr 5, 2013

Easter Morning...

Easter morning was a very cool morning but it didn't damper the spirits of our 

little princess!

She brings smiles to the faces of her brothers like no one else can:)

Love my babies but we were missing the oldest one!

There is a L-O-N-G bargaining story behind this dress...yes at the age of 5!!!

Curtis and the kiddos

We were ready for church 30 minutes before it started...has to be a world 

record for us!!

It's amazing when gifts are involved that kids will do an egg hunt

even if they are 6'2....

and a freshmen in college

and especially if you are five years old!!

While the egg hunt is fun, the real reason we celebrate Easter is that Jesus 

died on the cross for our sins and then ROSE three days later!!  Thank you 

Jesus for loving us so very much!!

the long road

Mar 13, 2013

Girls Trip To Florida!!!

I truly believe that God knew exactly what I needed right now which was some 


in the sun, with a girlfriend and my little one!!!

My favorite place in the entire world is on the beach listening to the 


the ocean and waves....

and oh the giggles of my precious baby girl!!!!

Photo: An evening swim:) A wonderful end to a perfect day!!!!

Someone was a little fish in the pool!!

After a wonderful breakfast on the beach, playing, shopping, and swimming in 

the pool Gabriella was more than ready for a nap!

Papa and Grandma, who aren't in these pictures, knew the girls needed a little 

time away for some R & R:)

We were thrilled my girlfriend Paula could join us and she made it a very 

memorable girls trip!!  Thank you Paula!

My baby girl is growing up!!

Gabriella sitting "in" the hot tub!

Gabriella has come to Florida every year over my spring break with me and it 

is something we both look so forward to!!  Thank you so much Papa and 

Grandma for a wonderful Florida get away!!

the long road

Mar 1, 2013

Three Years Ago Today...

Three Years ago today the most precious baby girl was placed in our arms!!

Today, she and I are actually heading to Florida for a girls trip so lots of pics 

will follow next week!  We thank God every single day for giving us one of the 

biggest blessings we could ask for!!  We love you Gabriella Grace Hao!!!

Feb 16, 2013

Taking Care of Her Big Brother...With Chocolate!!

As I reflect on the last, almost three years, since Gabriella was placed in our

 arms, it has become apparent that Nicholas needs her just as much as she 

needs him.  They balance each other out in the most perfect way!

Yesterday Nicholas and Curtis both had laparoscopic surgery, both on their 

right knees due to pain. Dr C was totally surprised to find that both of their 

plica bands on their knees were almost double the size they should be.  Now 

they are recovering and  doing very well.

Gabriella knew that Nicholas had been asking for a chocolate cake with 

chocolate icing and insisted that we make this for him. She added the hearts 

to tell him she loved him:)

Gabriella is a very smart little girl in realizing that chocolate can make just 

about anything better...including her big brother:)

the long road
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