Today is Brayden’s birthday. I always go back to that particular day of when my boy’s entered into the world on their birthday.
Brayden was pretty much my long drawn out birth, I labored all night long and then the next morning he came with a quickness that surprised everyone! The biggest thing I remember, once Brayden was born I was exhausted and just kind of laying there taking it all in when this, what I call army nurse came in with no love in her heart just a mission (just kidding), took Brayden, put him in his little warmer thingy and began stripping the bed, turning on the shower, and helping me get there without passing out. Got me back into the bed and gave Brayden back to me. I was like, ‘what the heck just hit me?’ I didn’t even have 15 minutes to regroup after Brayden made such a quick entrance before Army Nurse comes in to get me moving to the next phase!
I think that might have started a beginning for how Brayden was going to conduct his life and sometimes I feel like I’m still like, “uh, wait, huh? what just happened?” Brayden is one that when his mind is made up he will just go for it. It may take a minute to get to that point but once he does WATCH OUT!!!!
A perfect example of this was his freshman year and starting his first of four years of football. I took him to meet up for summer football camp and he cried and was pissy with me the whole way there, fought me hard, coach asked him to give him/football a chance and then make a decision. From that day forth he was a leader and an incredibly hard worker, he set his mind to it and BOOM. Same with his pole vaulting, he had to be talked into it and then again, BOOM, he just went for it.
He has this adventurous spirit, this drive, that keeps me on my knees praying for him all the time.
This is pretty much what he likes most………flying in the air from a very high distance in all things. On the mountain skiing, jumping into water,rock climbing, hiking, pole vaulting, getting air on his bicycle or on a dirt bike the list goes on….
flying 60 feet into the air into the water
Happy birthday my crazy wild adventurous boy!
And now…..a student at Saint Martin’s University I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses your spirit in this new phase of your world. Thanks for always keeping me on my toes or on my knees.
Dear Ruby girl,
Today, on my facebook feed came up a memory of you from one year ago and it made me undone again.
I miss you, every time I get out there to run I think of you. Until you weren’t there beside me every step I didn’t realize how much more that I felt safe and just having you as a companion!
When you left us, you did it in such a way that still makes me want to sit here and bawl. Your dad got up early in the morning to head off to work and you were laying there on your mat in the kitchen ready to be scratched and all about doing your tricks. You knew the drill. Bark, roll over, shake, and then walk him out to his car to say goodbye. This particular day you were right on cue just like the norm except I mentioned to your dad that you seemed just a little more needy than most days. Just acting like you were wanting to be that much closer to him. He didn’t see it, but I did. I did a few appointments in the salon with them all giving you a little love on their way in and out, just like normal. Then I left for about an hour and a half to get Layton a birthday gift and I got back and you were gone nowhere to be found. Disappeared! We have looked EVERYWHERE for you, asked everyone to look for you, but in my heart I knew you were gracious enough to just leave silently and go die. You are the sweetest thing to care enough to not see you in that condition. It’s just so like you.
We have had a good summer but I have to tell you, I just finished a run just now and was missing you like crazy, then we are going on a hike and I miss you every time. When I take the boys to the river I miss you even more. Throwing sticks to you and watching you jump in and swim for it to bring it back to me. I realize, you are the one that has been my friend all these years while the boys do their thing we do our thing. I miss it so bad!
Anyway, you are missed. Thanks for being my excellent partner for all those years.
We had a little adventure down the Deschutes River and had a blast. Of course I’m a big fat wimp when it comes to cold water but I sucked it up and of course and had a blast laughing and enjoying the boys.
Layton was unable to attend because of his broken leg but the next best to man the front of the boat is Devan. So glad he was with us. Devan is a twin,and Brayden I think, thinks he is the triplet they never knew about.
I laughed so hard, Devan was getting the hit over and over, here you can see he’s getting a little gun shy.
HERE COMES THE BIG ONE!!!!
DOWN WE GOOOOOOO!!!!!!
Um, did we get wet? We all stayed in though!
Pole high five
Bless my heart a hundred times over, doing adventure with these boys, again, God knew just what he was doing when he made me wife and momma and second momma to these boys.
So thankful this summer for all the hard word Jim and Brayden (along with Devan) have had this summer, and also thankful for all the summer fun in between.
Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, I miss her even though we always seem to have really good conversation every time we meet up on the phone. I look forward to touching her in the near future. (smile)
Mom loves Texas, Mom is a very patriotic girl and Texas does not lack any of that. She loves the southern way, I think it kind of brings her back to her Kentucky roots a bit. I’m just waiting for the day that I call her and she sounds like my grandma who you could still hear that drawl from the accent even though she didn’t live in Kentucky anymore.
So here is a reminder of a happy place my mom was in about a year ago. Fun time for us 3.
So in honor of your birthday today, I thought I would post my salad that I’m in love with. I got the recipe and did some of my own version, and I’m glad I did.
MOM’S TEX-MEX pasta SALAD
1/2 cup packed cilantro, (finely chopped, ~1/3 a bunch), packed
1 Avocado, ripe (I’m not a huge avocado fan so I slice them to sit on the side, I so wish I was it’s so good for your skin)
3/4 cup Bell peppers, assorted sweet
1/4 cup Red onion
1 finely chopped jalapeno
5 tbsp Lime juice, squeezed fresh
3 1/2 cups Farfelle pasta, mini
3 tbsp Rice vinegar
1/2 cup real mayonaise
1/2 cup sour cream
Cook Pasta and let it cool.
Give the veggies a good chopping and bring together with the corn and drained beans all these ingredients while preparing the dressing. Add together the lime juice, seasoning, salt, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, mayo, and sour cream. Then add all together, pasta, veggies, and then the dressing.
Place in the frig for 1 hour to make it cold and all the flavors mesh and oh my………
Happy birthday to my Texas momma. I hope you enjoyed your day if I was there I’d make you this salad, make us some sun tea, sit on your porch and solve the world problems.
Love you bunches, Your #1
I didn’t get that many pictures of the weekend, I think I must have been ‘in the moment’ and that is a good thing right? You know, I came home from being in my home town with 5 hours of processing as I drove back to Olympia and I realize, I really do have such a genuine love for these people. I felt like a cheerleader all over again when I’d hear that people who I hadn’t seen for many years, some since graduation, are doing real good in their life. I wanted to get up and just clap and sing them a cheer. Most all have changed for the better. By this point, I don’t think anyone was out to impress but be honest and really just take in enjoying each other. Very comfortable.
Where do you think we are? Well…..of course we are at the horse races!
I got to spend some quality time with my girl Dena Leigh, there on the left. We pretty much were hooked at the hip thru school and I was reminded again why she was my girl for all those years. We kind of just get each others quirkiness. She has become a natural beauty with a radiant smile.
Got in on some of the boy talk. I think I was just standing here thinking in my head, “they just ALL have become some genuine lovely gentleman.” I’m just so incredibly proud of them. They are all working men with beautiful families and they were all just so happy to share about them with each other. So cool!
Anyway, there were some really lovely moments.
I’m really grateful to have had this time reconnecting, thank friends!