Memories, Hopes and Dreams 2014

Jumping onto a few “year – in – photo” posts. Enjoy and thanks for viewing our year!



I love you

2~I love you

Still laughing…

3~Still laughing
…about that time Karl took off on a frozen pond

Winter Wonderland

4~Winter Wonderland





I was inspired…

7~I was inspired
…by a painting my dad did to create this still life

Spring Fever

8~Spring Fever




Summer Days

10~Summer Days1

10~Summer Days2

A Day in My Life

11~A Day in My Life

11~A Day in My Life2

11~A Day in My Life3

All Smiles


Autumn Harvest

13~Autumn Harvest





Let’s Do it Again…

16~Let's Do It Again… always wanting to help cook

I Miss You

17~I Miss You



Dress Up

19~Dress Up




21~Holiday 2

21~Holiday 1

21~Holiday 3

21~Holiday 4

I chose these ones because they “mixed” holidays. This is an annual pumpkin carving show, which this year featured a Christmas exhibit.

My Favorite

22~My Favorite

Just Because…

24~Just Because…shoes must sometimes be removed for dancing

Just Because… some more

24~Just Because2

Hopes and Dreams for 2015

25~Hopes and Dreams


Details for the Memories, Dreams and Reflections post can be found here. (Just now realized I published this and shared it under a different title name – 0h well, it shall stay as named, next year I’ll get it right ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

And I know I took a slightly… ok… majorly different approach than Dwija, but… she did say “my blog, my rules” (or something like that). And this is almost the correct number of photos. Her 12 inย 2014 link up is right over here!

If you’d like to follow me on my photographic journey this year be sure to follow on instagram and check out my photography blog!

And now folks, I say muy buenas noches because I stayed up WAY too late finishing this.

A Daybook Post {28 Dec}

A little peak into my thoughts…

Praying for:

My little cousin Gabriel, who is still fighting cancer.
Baby Felix, son of Kathleen Quiring who blogs at Becoming Peculiar
Our finances
Our marriage
A cousin of mine who recently became a police officer

Thanking God for:

A wonderful Christmas Day celebration with my family, specifically that we remained free from any breaking tailbones this year.

Zachary’s godparents.

All the blessings He has given us this year and all the people He used to give those blessings.



God sets a father in honor over his children;
a motherโ€™s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
โ€”a house raised in justice to you.

Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14

This was the OT reading for today, and the line which really struck me was:

Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life

I’m not sure why exactly…. still pondering ๐Ÿ™‚

Also am contemplating my word for next year. I think I have it, but I’ll mention it when I’m sure.

Listening To:

Sense and Sensibilityย by Jane Austen (again, folding laundry, washing dishes = excellent time for getting “the classics” done.

The Piano Guys on YouTube… my fingers were physically aching to hold and play a cello again after listening to them. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ and ๐Ÿ™‚ because I like them a lot!


~Blessed is She daily readings and devotions.
~The Fault in Our Starsย by John Greene. Not sure ’bout it yet as I’ve only gotten a few pages in.
~52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables by Bob Welch, for a book review, so as soon as I’ve finished it up, I’ll be posting about it.

In the Kitchen:

No idea. Last week’s menu ran out yesterday and I haven’t made a new one.

For tomorrow I think Stir-Fry Chicken since that’s the only thing we didn’t get to last week. It’s all dependent on my getting to the store tomorrow though.

I had my Southern Living laying around that had some slow cooker recipes in it, and I also have Haley’s new cookbook to browse (more details on that over here) so I’ll probably find something for the rest of the week ๐Ÿ™‚

Around the House:

Mess, mess and more mess. We … ok…. I have been pretty much not-housekeeping for the last…. ummmm…. week…. so….. yeah…. don’t pop in for a visit just now. Give me a day to get it in passable condition.

Looking Ahead:

~New Years Eve – late nights, new beginnings, time spent with Jared making a puzzle while watching CNN ๐Ÿ™‚
~2-month doctor visit for Mr. I’m-wearing-size-6-9-already.
~Karl’s birthday – please, please send me your tips for making a”digger” cake. Maybe a bulldozer cake would be easier… and I wanted it to be a Winnie-the-pooh themed party, but little 2-year-olds turn into nearly grown up 3-year-olds and change their preferences.
~Making my 2015 reading list! Maybe I’ll be more realistic this year ๐Ÿ˜‰


dress rehearsal for the Nativity Play – Baby Jesus and Angel to the far right are two of mine (more pictures will come, I promise, just not tonight)


Cranberry Salad


This “salad” is a family favorite. Or, well, at least it’s one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚ And Karl will eat it, and eat it and eat it (one evening I swear he made it through about three good sized servings before I insisted he eat some of his other food)…

Credit where credit is due: this is my mother-in-law’s recipe modified slightly for my own personal tastes.

(I do apologize for lack of a photo of the actual final product, I totally meant to snap a photo before we ate it at Thanksgiving, but in the middle of the chaos that was trying to figure out how to serve dinner from my kitchen it was forgotten. Perhaps I’ll remember to take one when I make it tomorrow and I’ll post a photo for your viewing pleasure.)

2 Small boxes of Jello (cherry or raspberry or combination)
1 cup sugar
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 orange – peel one half, leave peel on the other half
2 cups cranberries (fresh, but you could use frozen, just thaw a little before hand)
1 cup pecans

* Dissolve Jello in two cups boiling water
* Add sugar, stir until dissolved
* In food processor: chop cranberries, orange (both halves, one with peel, one without – you may want to cut these into slightly smaller pieces before putting in processor), and pecans
* Add cranberry mixture to Jello mixture along with can of pineapple (with the juice)
* Stir and pour into greased bundt pan.
* Refrigerate overnight (or until set)

This is a pretty forgiving recipe, so if your quantities of fruits are off a little, it’s not going to matter *too* much. I used a bundt pan because that’s what I have, any mold pan will work.

Any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Linking up with Home to 4 Kiddos for Try a New Recipe Tuesday


Zachary’s baptism

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All the photos here can definitely fall under the categories of {pretty, happy, fun, real}.

I am so so so happy this day finally came! I really cannot tell you how excited I’ve been that we get to have another baptism!

It was basically a normal baptism. Our parish normally does baptisms on a specific Sunday of the month, but I really wanted my sister to be able to attend and she wasn’t going to be home yet on that specific Sunday. So today was our other available option. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was in the chapel area of our church which is just a beautiful space. If I hadn’t been there for a specific reason, trying to keepย three super active kids from climbing all over the altar, while at the same time hoping my mom would find her way into that room through the funeral procession that was finishing up in the main sanctuary I would have tried to take a few more pictures. But, as it was this is what we have.








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After the ceremony we headed out for a late lunch, which was so good, maybe just because I hadn’t eaten lunch, but still.. yum.






Special thanks to Simon and Yasie for the baptism “gown”, Abby for taking pictures at the ceremony, Dad for paying for the meal after, John and Claudia for taking on the role of godparents and thank you Jesus for allowing us this little soul to raise for your glory!


Linking up to {p,h,f,r} at Like Mother, Like Daughter

P.S. I did some reorganizing of the blog. There’s still a few things I’d like to tweak, but I like the simplicity of this layout much more. So, yes, things look different, but don’t worry, you’re still in the right place ๐Ÿ™‚