Tuesday, June 2, 2015


So it's been about 15 months since I blogged here.  Most days instead of in depth thoughts, I prefer to post pictures at www.sivilsandgold.wordpress.com .  It doesn't require as much brain activity.  But I chose to share this here because it was entirely too long to fit in a Facebook post.  (I do have have four kids after all.)

This was a lot of fun.  I interviewed each of my four kids separately so each answer was original and not "borrowed".  I gained some insight into my kids and learned a few things I need to work on.  And for some reason they all agree I'm obsessed with my dog.  What's up with that.

Here goes..  (Connor is 8, Isaac 12, Jaden 14, and Dacey is 16.)

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Connor  – “You love me.”
Isaac  – “God made you special and He and I love you very much.  Precious monkeys and all that jazz.”
Jaden  – “If you keep doing that, you’re face will stick like that.”
Dacey  – “Be who you are and say what you mean.  Those that matter won’t mind and those that mind don’t matter.”

2. What makes mom happy?
Connor - “That I love her and hugs.”
Isaac - “Chocolate and love and Boondocks.”
Jaden – “ME!”
Dacey - “Chocolate.”

3. What makes mom sad?
Connor – “When a dog dies.”
Isaac – “A dirty house.”
Jaden – “When Daddy has to work extra hours.”
Dacey – “Being away from Dad, kids, or Boondocks.”

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Connor – “Tickling.”
Isaac – “A lot of ways.  We’d be here for hours if I told you all of them.”
Jaden – “When she makes MEME’s of Dacey.”
Dacey – “She’s a genuinely funny person, and I laugh a lot anyways.”

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Connor – “I don’t know.”
Isaac – “Sad.”
Jaden – “How would I know?  I wasn’t there?”
Dacey – “Sad.”

6. How old is your mom?
Connor – “You never tell me when I ask.”
Isaac – “38”
Jaden – “19”
Dacey – “35ish”

7. How tall is your mom?
Connor – “Fun size.”
Isaac – “5.4”
Jaden – “Five and a halfish”
Dacey – “Five foot three”

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Connor – “Take pictures of dogs.”
Isaac – “Play outside with the kids and dogs.”
Jaden – “Play with her kids.”
Dacey – “Play with Boondocks.”

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Connor – “Nothing.”
Isaac – “Have peace and quiet.”
Jaden – “Play with dogs.”
Dacey – “I don’t know.  I’m not around.”

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Connor – “Us.”
Isaac – “Preaching God’s Word using dogs and event coordinating.”
Jaden – “Photography.”
Dacey – “Being awesome.”

11. What is your mom really good at?
Connor – “Taking pictures.”
Isaac – “Cooking, training dogs, being an awesome mom.”
Jaden – “Photography.”
Dacey – “Writing, photography, dog training, being our mom, event coordinating.”

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Connor – “Nothing.”
Isaac – “Messing with dead animals.”
Jaden – “Not being good at photography.”
Dacey – “Nothing.”

13. What does your mom do for a job?
Connor – “Taking pictures of dogs and working at the church.”
Isaac – “Works at the church.”
Jaden – “Secretary.  Photography.”
Dacey – “Secretary.”

14.  What is your mom's favorite food?
Connor – “Hot dogs or pizza?” 
Isaac – “Cheesecake.”
Jaden – “Whatever Jaden fixes.”
Dacey – “Lasagna and cheesecake.”
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Connor – “Telling me she loves me and hugs.”
Isaac – “Too much… training dogs, event coordinating, loving God.”
Jaden – “That she wuvs me.”
Dacey – “Everything.”

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
Connor – “A dog.  Like Lady.  From Lady & the Tramp.”
Isaac – “Lucy.  Because people always ask her advice.”
Jaden – “Wonder Woman”
Dacey – “Rapunzel’s mom – cause she’d always be waiting for me to come back and would accept me no matter what.”

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Connor – “Read and look at pictures.”
Isaac – “Play with the dogs outside.”
Jaden – “Mother/son day out.”
Dacey – “Shop.  Draw.  Draw My Little Ponies.  Collect My Little Ponies.”

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Connor – “We both love dogs.”
Isaac – “We love helping people.”
Jaden – “We’re both funny.”
Dacey – “In too many ways to name.”

19. How are you and your mom different?
Connor – “I’m a boy and a kid.
Isaac – “Hair and eyes.”
Jaden – “She’s pretty.”
Dacey – “I’m way more a tom-boy than she is.”

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Connor – “Cause she says she loves me.  This is easy.”
Isaac – “The way she acts.”
Jaden – “She says it.  She does stuff for us.”
Dacey – “She tells me every day and takes care of me.”

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
Connor – “EVERYTHING... except when he goes to work.”
Isaac – “How good he is to us.”
Jaden – “When he pays attention.”
Dacey – “EVERYTHING... put that in all caps.”

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Connor – “BARL”
Isaac – “Steel Magnolia House”
Jaden – “Bed or Disney World.  Just kidding about the bed.  Take that off.”
Dacey – “Disney World.”

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
Connor – “You never told me.”
Isaac – “25”
Jaden – “Pretty young.

Dacey - *Laughs* “20, right?”  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


My, my!  How time flies when you're having fun!

Yep, my beautiful Boonie boy turns three today.

I remember the rapid snowball effect that took place on the day we brought him home like it was yesterday.  I leashed up my sons dog to go for a walk when my son stopped me to inform me that Cosmo was his and to be walked by him only.  (He was eight at the time.  I let the sass slide.)  So it was made known to me that I needed a dog of my own.  

I wouldn't settle for just any dog though.  Naturally I had to have a Golden Retriever, but I really wanted a light, light, light cream colored one.  I quickly googled Golden Retrievers not really expecting to find anything, but lo and behold, it was a Golden Miracle.

No, seriously!  Golden Miracles had one precious, creamy, bundle of perfection left.  We left the house within a half hour of the time my google search began.  Two hours later, he was all mine.

And three years later... he would quickly tell you that I am all his.  Boondocks is very possessive of his mommy.  If I hug a child, he slips between us and nudges them away.  If one of our other dogs attempt to come near me, they are met with a growl.  He stops when scolded but still makes his contempt well known.  And how dare the cat lay in my lap.  She is nosed off until she slaps him silly and brings him back down to earth.

I had dreamed that Boondocks would have a wonderful career as a therapy dog.  And he does.  He brings me all the personal therapy I could ever need.  I love my Boondocks!!!    Happy Birthday, Good Boy!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Truth of God's Love

This year has started with chaos for many folks - several to whom I am close.  Sickness, relationship woes, financial worries, and more have bred discouragement into their hearts and mine.

Some question, "Why is God allowing this to happen to me?"  or "What did I do to deserve this?"  or "Where's God???"

I love this quote from Loves Comes Softly and think it sums it up best - "The truth of God's love is not that he allows bad things to happen.  It's His promise that He'll be here with us when they do."

Nothing that ever happens in our lives catches God off guard or by surprise.  He's authored the story of our lives from beginning to the end and promises that His plans are to give us hope and a future.  He tells us in Matthew 6 that He even feeds the birds of the air.  You and I are worth far more to Him than the birds.  Your concerns are His concerns.  He cares for you.

Instead of allowing the devil to use these situations to defeat you, allow them to drive you closer to God.  He promises that when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.  In every situation we face, may it "lead us to the Rock" which is Christ Jesus.

From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 

Whatever you are facing today, be encouraged.  God has a grand design for your life.  He has a purpose for you.  Run to Him.