Welcome to Whit's World

Welcome to the randomness that is my life. You can usually find me wandering around somewhere in my head trying to figure it all out. I blog about the loves of my life, my two boys, our new homeschooling journey, and anything else that moves me. I find that writing is the best therapy. Thanks for stopping by, and Be Blessed!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Are You a Worry Wart Too?

True Confession:  I am a worry wart!!

I know I know, worrying gets you no where and God tells us all throughout the Bible to cast your worries aside and lean on him, but I find that I worry myself sick more often than not still.

Of course there are the every day things:  What bills do we have coming up? Do we have all the funds we need this month? Did I remember to mail that letter on time? What did I forget at the store that I needed so badly? What is that kid getting into now?  Did I make a good first impression?  This list could go on and on and on.....

Then we have the bigger mind-weighing thoughts that will make me sick while laying in bed:  Am I giving my sons the best education I possibly can?  Do my boys feel all the love that I missed growing up?  Will they be healthy and strong and happy when they grow up?  Will I be healthy enough to watch their whole lives unfold?

This last question is one that my husband and I ponder and worry about quite often.  We have definitely awakened to realize that we must take every step we can to lead healthy lives over the past two years, but have we done everything we can?  Will sickness still creep it's ugly head into our lives one day?  We worry for good reason...cancer runs in both sides of our families and has taken the lives of many we loved.  My father has been battling cancer for the past 16 years now...it will come in and out of remission disguised differently each time, and my grandmother passed away when I was 3 of colon cancer.  My mother has had 3 very scary close calls over the past several years as well and then I did a little over two years ago.  

My doctor found a very large cyst, it was removed and came back benign and we felt so blessed to receive such news.  Not long after we discovered that we had finally been able to conceive L!  So Blessed!!  Well, today I find myself feeling as terrible as I did back when that was first discovered.  I have worried in my mind silently for several months now after day after day of pain, nausea and constant diziness and ear-ringing.  I felt guilty sharing my worry with my husband and friends because we all have enough on our plates, and maybe if I just ignore it, it will go away.  Well, last Thursday night, I broke down in pain after spending the day sick and nauseous once again and shared all of my months of worry with my husband.  He insisted that I make a doctor appointment and get everything checked out immediately...I go tomorrow afternoon.  It's time to stop worrying that something is absolutely not right with my body and go get it taken care of!  We promised each other no worrying anymore, we will figure it all out together and will lean on each other and God (and I am sure that everything will be fine in the end)!  

So maybe in this case, worrying has done me good.  It forced me to accept and deal with the issue at hand and find answers to my questions. It is something that I would like to begin eliminating from my life however.  If I spent less time worrying and more time acting and doing maybe there wouldn't be so much to worry about at the end of the day.  That would sure make it a lot easier to close my eyes and actually fall asleep right away too.

What about you?  Are you a worry wart?  How do you deal with and eliminate your worries?  

I hope you all have a fantastic week and Happy Halloween to you and all your little monsters, ghosts and goblins!

Be Blessed, 

Whit

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gorgeous Millie Presents Touch A Truck! Benefiting the Austin Children's Shelter!


If you live in the Austin metro area you will definitely want to check out Gorgeous Millie's Touch-A-Truck event benefiting the Austin Children's Shelter!!  This event is sure to be a day of family fun for all, while benefiting a great cause!

Date:  November 12th, 2011

Time:  10 AM - 2 PM

Place:  Bridgepoint Elementary School
6401 Cedar St
Austin, TX 78746

Parking:  Free in the Riverbend Church parking lot.

They have lined up more than 20 different vehicles from fire trucks to the Duck amphibious vehicle and an ice cream truck.  The kids will be able to touch, crawl on and take pictures with all of their favorite things!
There will be plenty of other fun activities like a bouncy house, music, face painting and more.  And don't forget about the food...frito pies, cupcakes and good old fashioned fair food!!  

What are you waiting for?! Check out the Facebook events page for more information.  Pick up tickets in advance for $1 off here, or admission on the day of is only $5 for kids and accompanying adults are free.  All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Austin Children's Shelter.



Let's help the fabulous people over at Gorgeous Millie make this a new annual event that everyone looks forward to all year.  Mark your calendars today for November 12th and hope to see everyone there!!

Be Blessed,

Whit

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Imagine Toys: Little Labs Weather Experiment Kit Giveaway!


Several weeks ago I posted my review of the Little Labs Weather Experiment Kit after using it as the main part of our Science homeschool curriculum during the first weeks of school.  Now me and the fabulous people over at Imagine Toys are giving one lucky reader the chance to WIN a Little Labs Weather Experiment Kit of their own!!

This little box comes with a 20 page full-color bilingual guide, a knowledge wheel, a weather station kit complete with rain gauge and a wind gauge, a thermometer and a mirror.
                            

Whether you are a homeschooling family or just looking for fun and educational activities to fill weekends and upcoming holiday breaks, the Little Labs Weather Experiment Kit will provide hours of great entertainment for the whole family!!  You can pick up one for your family here:    http://www.imaginetoys.com/weather-science-kit?blogreview    

OR

Enter to WIN one here!!

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This giveaway will run from Tuesday, November 15th at 3:00 PM CST through Wednesday, November 30th at 11:59 PM CST and is open to US residents only.   The winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck and be blessed, 

Whit

Disclaimer:  I received a Little Labs Weather Experiment Kit from Imagine Toys at no charge for the purpose of my review.  All opinions are my own.

Why I've Been MIA

Hello all,

Goodness, I feel like I have been disconnected for an eternity at this point...even though it's only been a week and a half.  It was more than necessary for me to unplug, detach and take a step back to evaluate a lot of different things happening in my world.  We took a week off from everything...social media, school, stressing out over things we can't control.  The time away was put to excellent use.

I rearranged 4 rooms in my home last week.  The boys now each have their own rooms which has been such a wonderful blessing on many different levels.  J is enjoying having his own space to pull out puzzles, markers, whatever and not have little bro come in and destroy everything.  L has slept amazingly well the past week and a half.  That kid is usually up by 6:00 AM every morning, and yesterday I had to go in and wake him up at 8:15 so we could get going for the day!  The classroom is now in our dining room which has given us much more space.  It also enables L to roam more freely which, in the end, is less of a distraction to J.  The dining room table is now in the breakfast nook in our kitchen...I love having the kitchen table on tile versus carpet!!  All in all, rearranging the house has proven to be such a positive change for us and I don't know why we haven't done it sooner.

I also took a lot of time to sit down and really really prioritize my daily duties.  My number one duty is to live a Godly life, always will be.  I need to make sure that I am always putting my family in a very close second and we had a lot of great quality time last week and wonderful discussions that have been put off way too long.  Every member of the family received an opportunity to express frustrations, discuss them openly and work on a solution that works for all.  It was an awesome way to revamp our attitudes and remember how grateful we all are to have each other.

Finally, I have been wetting my feet with a work at home mom business opportunity.  It has been a little overwhelming trying to understand and grasp it all and then step out of my comfort zone to try and help bring some extra income in.  I have enjoyed the work so far though, and can definitely see it being profitable in the future, it will just be about finding a balance with my already busy schedule.

I get so caught up in driving myself crazy about all of the things that "have" to be done everyday...choosing to step back and take a deep breath was the best decision.  I feel refreshed and revived.  I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to keep up with it all anymore.  I am going to do what I can do every day and let everything else go.  I have still been doing a decent job of meal planning and getting the house in order at night before bed (and yes, the hubby has really stepped up to help out any way he can at home).  I do plan on getting back into my daily exercise and bible study now that I have found a little balance.  My diet and exercise goals have been shot the past week.  I owe all of my new Mamavation Sistas an apology for joining and being completely absent and invisible immediately following.  Hopefully this will explain a little more about why.  

I hope that everyone is off to a great start to their week!  Take a minute for you today...take a deep breath, stop worrying for 10 minutes about that list you keep adding to every time you turn around.  It's amazing how far that will go!

Be Blessed,

Whit

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Better World - A Fun Positive and Uplifting Facebook Game


If you are looking for a fun and positive game to play that is completely family friendly, look no further than Toon Ups' A Better World Facebook game. The purpose of the game is to promote good deeds and positive behaviors both in the virtual and real worlds. You have the ability to share and interact with others in your Facebook community through the game. There are more than 15 different locations to explore throughout the game, including places for you to share your hopes, send positive thoughts to those in your community or share your real life good deeds. You earn points for engaging in positive uplifting behavior as you go through each level and unlock more gaming features along the way.

Check out this YouTube video for a quick run through of how the game works and for highlights of just a few fun features: http://www.youtube.com/user/ToonUpYourWorld.

Additional exciting game features include the ability to design your character from their clothing all the way up to eye shape and color and decorating the rooms of your home any way you choose. You may also go shopping for new home decor or clothing after being rewarded for all those good deeds you did today.  They are currently holding a contest for the best decorated room in your A Better World home...just take a screen shot of your room and post it on their page. A Better World also includes fun arcade games to play to earn more points for in game use.  Daily activities and checklists are given for you to complete while earning do good points.  My favorite part is being able to "light candles" in support of others' hopes and dreams being shared in real time.

There is pretty much a little bit of everything for the player in the A Better World Facebook game. This is the perfect game for you to sit down and play with your children to encourage doing good and engaging in positive behaviors.  The goal of the game is to walk away feeling positive.  Sometimes we need a game like this for us to reflect on the things we are thankful for.  I encourage you all to go create your character and get started doing good today: http://www.facebook.com/ABetterWorld !

Let me know what you think and I will see you in the virtual A Better World Facebook Game!

FTC Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions on A Better World. I received a $50 gift card as a thank you for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Clipping Nails


This is one of the biggest battles in my home...nail clipping time.  L hates to have his finger nails cut.  He screams and jerks and kicks and screams some more.

Anyone have any great nail clipping tips or tools that you would love to share...please?!?!

Be blessed,

Whit

And The Winner Is - SnapSac Giveaway


And the winner of the SnapSac Super Tote Giveaway is #38 - Amanda Hoffman!!

Congratulations to Amanda...I have contacted her and she will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I greatly appreciate all of your entries and support during my first giveaway!  It was a huge success...stay tuned because next week there will be another fabulous giveaway to win!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Peace Love Mom Shirts (A Review)

I wear A LOT of shorts jeans and t-shirts!  When the only places you go are to the grocery store or a fun outing with two kiddos, you just aren't comfortable in much else.  My new favorite T's to sport are my Peace Love Mom shirts...seriously I wear at least one of them every single week, but usually both.

This is the Lucky Mom Mint Tee.
This is the Grateful Mom Burnout Tee.

Peace Love Mom was created in 2006 by moms in celebration of moms!  Their hope is to inspire and empower mothers every where while providing comfort and style for the modern momma.  You can find long-sleeve shirts, short-sleeve shirts, thermals, tank tops and even fun accessories like hats, belts, totes and jewelry to show the world how proud you are to be a mom while doing so in style.

These t-shirts are incredibly soft against your skin, and wash and dry without worries every time.  That is hugely important to me when purchasing clothes, I want to throw it in the laundry and forget about it.  My shirts have been washed a fair number of times each and there is no evidence of wear and tear that usually occurs after several washes.  Pull them out of the dryer looking like new wear after wear, wash after wash!

Lots of celebrity moms love to wear Peace Love Mom too!  Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Caroline Manzo, as well as the other NJ housewives, have all joined in the Peace Love Mom celebration of Motherhood.

Right now is the perfect time for you to join the Peace Love Mom celebration as well!!  In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can purchase any of their selection of pink tees for 25% off now through the end of October.

This is my favorite pink tee!  (Picture via Peace Love Mom's Website)
You should also follow Peace Love Mom on Twitter and like them on Facebook because they are always giving their fans a chance to win a tee (hint, hint).

So what are you waiting for...join the Peace Love Mom celebration today and show the world how proud you are to be a mom!

Disclaimer:  I received a Peace Love Mom Burnout Tee for the purpose of this review.  All opinions and statements are my own.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Pooped

Yes, I know, two weeks in a row, a picture of a sleeping babe...but it is too funny not to share!


A rough day of teething and a very early morning nap = this kid being pooped by 5:30!
He was happily taking his afternoon wagon ride while Daddy worked outside, and then all the sudden he just lay down and passed out.  This kid fights sleep constantly, so for him to surrender like this, hilarious!

Monday, October 10, 2011

SnapSac Totes Review and Giveaway!

Picture via SnapSac Website

I am in love with these stylish, chic and eco-friendly bags from SnapSac and you will be too when you are done reading!!  Even better...one reader will WIN a SnapSac Super Tote in color of their choice!  Read on to find out all the details.

If you have not yet heard of SnapSac, they have created the most stylish and durable line of tote bags and coolers, in all different sizes shapes and colors!  I am in the grocery store a lot, and cannot stand to leave with all those plastic bags that we continue to harm our environment with. These totes are 35% more durable than the average reusable grocery bag.  They are foldable with 3 snaps including one on the interior pocket, and SnapSac totes are machine washable.

I keep mine folded down in my entry way so I don't leave without it.

And, let's be honest, the reusable bags my local grocery store carries are less than stylish and chic, not to mention my SnapSac Super Tote is double their size.

I got a whole week's load in these three bags this weekend...gonna have to get the Mega Tote!
That bag is just too pretty to put next to the others.

As a stay at home and homeschooling momma, the weekly trips to the grocery store are sometimes my only outing, and my only opportunity to dress like I didn't just roll out of bed.  Since carrying my SnapSac Super Tote to the store I have gotten endless compliments and inquiries on where to snag one.  It is the perfect compliment to my Levi's and tees, and the boys in my life don't mind carrying it either.

I told you they were stylish didn't I?!

SnapSac is so chic and stylish that it just debuted on the red carpet at New York Fashion Week...find the totes over the shoulders of Sammi Sweetheart, Kelly Slater and Star Jones! They were also gifted to celebrities at the Emmy's this year with an incredible response.  

With all the available styles and colors, and super affordable pricing with Free Shipping through January 10th, SnapSac has the perfect bag for you to take to the store, the pool, a picnic, or anywhere else your heart desires in style!  Get your SnapSac online or in grocery stores like Albertson's and Sprout's today.

OR
Enter to WIN one here!!

SnapSac will be giving one lucky winner a SnapSac Super Tote in their choice of Neutral or Pop.  The Super Tote folds flat and opens up to 24” w x 16.5” h x 10” g...this bag is humongous and oh so chic!!

Mandatory Entry:

Follow my blog via GFC or email subscription (both can be found to the right of this post) and leave a comment telling me which color Super Tote you would choose:  Neutral or Pop.

Super Tote in Pop
Super Tote in Neutral


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4.  Tweet about this giveaway:  "RT I want to win a chic and eco-friendly Super Tote from @SnapSac and @luckystars54...http://t.co/51dYnXGB! #giveaway #green #style"
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***Please leave a comment below for each extra entry along with an email address so that I may contact the winner.***

This giveaway will run from Monday, October 10th at 10:00 A.M. CST through Tuesday, October 18th at 5:00 P.M. CST and is open to US residents only.  The winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and Be Blessed, 

Whit

Disclaimer:  I received a Super Tote from SnapSac for my review and honest opinion.  All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Want to Join the Mamavation Sistahood!

I want to join the Mamavation Sistahood so here I am formally pledging!

This all came about when I posted Gaining Control of My Days on Thursday.  I have been feeling slightly overwhelmed by my busy life at home between kids, cooking, homeschooling, the hubby and totally neglecting things that are essential to my health.  It is time for me to get off of my "ASSets" and get back in shape because I want to be around to see a whole lot more of this life!

True confession:  besides taking the kids for walks and the occasional bike ride (which is enough to kill me sometimes), I have not exercised in over 2 years.  I am tired of feeling out of shape and looking at flab in the mirror.  We have completely overhauled the way we eat in the past 2 years though...I try to make everything I possibly can fresh instead of from cans and frozen packages, which is a total 360.  We do not eat any kind of fast food at all anymore, we used to once a day.  So I have taken half a step in the right direction, but need to take 50 more.

I have struggled with my weight issues since the birth of my oldest son.  I got up to 200 lbs for almost 2 years after he was born, and I am a short and tiny woman so it was not pretty.  I got it off and have not gone back there, but do still struggle with weight fluctuation constantly.  I don't want to have to keep 3 sizes of jeans in my closet anymore!

So here I am pledging to be part of the Mamavation Sistahood!  I think it is important to feel a since of community and have people to hold you accountable and support you, sounds like the perfect fit.  I look forward to getting to know you all and hear your stories, struggles, and defeats!

Be blessed,

Whit

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sprig Toys - Dolphin Explorer Boat (A Review)

We love Sprig Toys in our home and are so happy to support the way they make their products, so we were thrilled to receive the Dolphin Explorer Boat from their Adventure Series to review!  Seriously is this not one of the cutest toys you have ever seen?!

Picture via Sprig Toys' website.
My boys have spent hours using their imaginations playing with the Dolphin Explorer Boat...the sounds that come from the baby when he is playing with the dolphins is hilarious!  That right there is one of the best things about Sprig Toys, no batteries, the toys are powered purely by imagination.

J decided to use Sprig Eco-Blocks to make a boat dock...pure imagination.
Another fabulous plus and comfort that comes with purchasing Sprig Toys...they are made fully from a combination of recycled wood and reclaimed plastics.  No paints are used on the products and they come in minimal packaging.  I love knowing that our toys are helping the environment!

How cute is this guy? You can see the recycled particles in the toys like the fibers in recycled paper...
we think that is a really neat feature!

I love the comfort of knowing that I don't have to worry about L  using Sprig Toys as teethers!
The boat is buoyant too!  L has had great fun playing with the Dolphin Explorer Boat during bath time.  It does fill up with water after being in there splashing around, but it dumps right out when done.  I turn it upside down on a towel after bath time and let it drain and air out over night, then it's ready to be played with again the next morning.

The Dolphin Explorer Boat makes bath time lots of fun!
L makes a bee line to them first thing in the morning, they are aired out and ready to go.
All of the products from Sprig Toys are interchangeable too, so you can expand on all the fun your kids are having.  We will be purchasing more of the Adventure Series for Christmas this year!

Picture again via Sprig Toys' website...this is the one Daddy wants to get next.
With Christmas very quickly sneaking up on us once again, I highly recommend any of the Sprig Toys products for your kids of all different ages.  You can purchase the Dolphin Explorer Boat here for $24.99, which is an incredible deal for such a great toy!

Thank you so much to Sprig Toys for sending us this toy to review!  Check them out on Twitter and Facebook and on their Blog as well.  You don't want to miss out on their monthly Twitter parties!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Gaining Control of My Days

Since beginning homeschool a little over a month ago, I have struggled with finding a daily routine in which I can do everything I wish to do.  I have basically stayed a little overwhelmed and I walk around telling myself, "Let Go and Let God" a lot.  There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day, but I also know that I am making things harder for myself in certain areas.  So that brings me to what I am going to do about it...I am going to take control of my days.  I have made a list of the things I know would make my days run smoother, and beginning next Monday, I will implement them all.  I am going to ask you all to help hold me accountable...okay?!

  1. I am going to wake up earlier than usual (this includes going to bed earlier too, shooting for 11 PM cut off time) and get in a morning workout and Bible study before the baby wakes up to nurse and I have to pack the hubby's lunch and breakfast.  I have been telling myself I was going to do this for over a year now, no more excuses...I have been faithfully doing my daily Bible study so I am one step ahead here.  
  2. No matter how tired I am after the kids go to bed, I am making the promise to myself to do all the dishes, fold all the laundry, pick up all the toys and make sure the classroom is in order for the next day.  It will be so worth it to wake up every morning and not feel the chaos lingering from the previous day and have to play catch up.
  3. I am going to get back to my serious meal planning.  I was doing really great with this for a while and have completely slacked off.  Now I am literally in the grocery store every day or every other day trying to pull together a meal...I am wasting so much time and money that way.  If I plan every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner, then I can make an all inclusive shopping list for the week and go to the store over the weekends when I usually have help from Daddy.  
I am definitely going to enlist the help of my husband wherever and whenever possible, which I don't do nearly enough!

My hope is that in implementing these three things, I might find more moments throughout the day to take a breather, sit down and stitch or just play with my boys.  And I know that I will feel so much better, healthier and more productive as a result of these few changes.  

So if you have a favorite recipe, daily/weekly planner or exercise video (because I need someone to tell me what to do) please share with us all.  When you see me out in the social media world, hold me accountable, ask me if I checked off everything on my list so far...please?!

I will keep you all honestly updated too...I am making this promise to myself, to you all, to my family and to God!  I will carry through and gain control of my days again!

Be Blessed, 

Whit

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Nap Time


I got to enjoy a very long nap with my little man on the couch yesterday...pure bliss!!
(And could that little face be any sweeter?)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guest Post at Sprig Toys' Blog: What to do With all Those Toys



Head on over to the Sprig Toys' Blog today and read my post about toy organization. This one was a lot of fun to write!!

The Sacrifices We Made for the SAHM Position

I have now been a SAHM for 17 months today!  I love being here with my boys every second of every day and never missing a beat...but we sacrificed a lot to make this our reality.

Two years ago, I was working as an assistant office manager at an accounting firm of about 15 people.  I worked a lot of hours during tax season and most weekends, that place consumed me.  J was in public school and would stay in the YMCA after school program until right at 6:30 every day, which was closing time.  We would all get home from the day around 7 and discuss what we were going to go pick up for dinner so we could quickly eat and get to bed to do it all over again the next day.  I have been working to provide for myself since the age of 17, so I have never known any other way of living.

As L's due-date approached, we began toying with the idea of me not returning to work and becoming a SAHM.  I had never even considered that being an option...like I said working all the time was the only life I have ever known.  The day we went to the hospital to have L, we still had not made our final decision.  I went back and forth about it for 6 weeks.  I knew that there was an office full of people counting on me to return and clean up all the messes that were piled up.  I went to bed in tears one night at the thought of leaving that tiny little baby somewhere else all day, and when I woke up the next morning, our answer was clear.  Now I had to go let down everyone that was so sure I would be back.  Disappointing people is not something that I do well, so I was an absolute wreck when I took the baby for them to see and gathered my things.  Just as I was afraid of, everyone was devastated.  We knew that we were making the right decision though and never doubted that.

Now to figure out how we go from 1 child to 2 and 2 incomes to 1!  This may be something we are still trying to figure out 17 months later.  We sacrificed a lot to make this happen:


  • We had to get rid of a car payment, so we now have a little old Ford Ranger that won't get us further than to the grocery store or park down the street.  The public transportation system is incredible in Austin thankfully and the hubby does have a work vehicle so we make it work.
  • No more eating out!  Um, what am I supposed to do now.  All those years of working, I never bothered to learn how to cook.  My husband has always been an incredible cook so when we did eat at home, he took care of the kitchen duties.  I now love to cook and according to the boys in my life have gotten pretty darn good at it too...but I do miss those easy nights of just ordering a pizza or something.
  • My freedom and sanity.  It was a huge adjustment for me to go from working 50 + hours a week to being at home 24 hours a day.  There was a point in time when J was still in school and L was very tiny still that I wanted so badly to get out of the house and feel productive again.  Today I don't have much time to stop and smell the roses between homeschool, blogging, playing, cleaning, laundry and cooking...feeling pretty productive.  
  • Our social lives.  We don't have much of a social life these days...it's been at least 19 months since we enjoyed a date night.  Babysitters are so expensive and so is a night out to dinner and a movie.  When our anniversary comes around in December we plan on treating ourselves big time!  

Trust me, there are still those days of utter frustration...when you don't want to cook or clean or teach or even talk to anyone.  But at the end of every day, I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to not miss one moment of my boys day to day lives.  We are all so blessed that my husband is able to work endlessly to provide for us.  My working days are just very distant memories now, and I could never imagine going back to that.  Any and every sacrifice has been worth it to our family so that I can be a SAHM!!

                                                                   

Be Blessed,

Whit