Grandma’s Valentine

Posted by Kim on Monday Feb 8, 2016 Under A Few of My Favorite Things...

Grandma’s Valentine.

My Dad. Your Grandpa.

This man was the kindest, gentlest, most loving man I have ever known.

All he knew was how to love and he did so beautifully. Everyone around him could feel it.

He had nothing to prove and no one to impress.

Just love.

His quiet, simple ways were the heart of our family.

Grandma and Grandpa had a lasting love. The kind that goes on and on and on for thousands of years.

Diagnosed with lung cancer when I was 5 and spending much of his life in Johns Hopkins…Grandma was by his side.

Mulitple heart surgeries…Grandma was by his side.

Dialysis and kidney failure…Grandma was by his side.

Through all of his battles…Grandma was by his side.

He was so brave.

He stayed loving and sweet.

He was never bitter or discouraged.

He made the world a softer place.

A better place.

A more peaceful place.

When he left, it became harder.

It got darker.

It was tough trying to understand a world without that precious heart beating.

For me, it brightened a couple months later when you were born.

Your heart beating into this world.

Bringing back that love.

Draping a fine layer of peace over this place.

You share that same kind of gentleness.

I love you too much!

Song: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri




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Tru Rivers

Posted by Kim on Sunday Jan 31, 2016 Under A Few of My Favorite Things..., Tru Soundtrack

You have gone from 0 to 6 in a blink.

Every day has been a giant smile. It is all so beautiful.

It is definitely a better place since you came along.

I love you too much!

Song: Better Place by Rachel Platten

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To Grant, My Forever

Posted by Kim on Sunday Jan 24, 2016 Under A Few of My Favorite Things..., Tru Soundtrack

It all started back in the summer of ’89 at the end of our block on a little section of the beach in Windy Hill.

You were perched on your guard stand and I was rolling the cart down the beach.

We became the best of friends. You were my most favorite person in the whole world.

And in ’98 you became my forever.

You and your family have been such a beautiful gift to me.

Happy Anniversary!

Song: Be My Forever by Christina Perri

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Crazy Like That

Posted by Kim on Sunday Jan 17, 2016 Under First

Yeah, after living at the beach for 18 years we got the bright idea to stay ocean front.

I mean seriously, 2 blocks back I can hear the ocean, but I can’t see the ocean.

So we drove to the end of our street and got a room.

Because we’re crazy like that!


Yeah, beds are cozy and great for sleeping, but way better for jumping.

Because we’re crazy like that!


Yeah, it was the middle of January and 45 degrees, but we went swimming.

Because we’re crazy like that!




Yeah, it was late and we should’ve called it a night, but we busted out the popcorn popper and played games on the tablet.

Because we’re crazy like that!


Our little vacation was jam packed with fun and we just might do it again one day.

Because we’re crazy like that!

I love you too much!


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‘Tis the Season!

Posted by Kim on Tuesday Dec 29, 2015 Under A Few of My Favorite Things...

‘Tis the season to painting!



‘Tis the season to goofing off!


Darth Santa!

Poop bank!

Darth Vader Pinata!

‘Tis the season to Star wars!


‘Tis the season to family!
Sister Tonz and Sister Donna


‘Tis the season to love!
May the force be with you!!

I love you too much!

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Hidden Pickle Tradition

Posted by Kim on Wednesday Dec 23, 2015 Under First

Oh how we love the hidden pickle game!
The fun we have searching through branches for a particular ornament.
The pickle ornament!
Trying to outsmart one another. Trying to find the best, most hidden spot.
This is a holiday tradition that brings lots of laughs and lots of excitement.
Every year this is an absolute, hands down, favorite of ours.



Ok Lilu. You win.
Game over. 🙁

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Candy Cane Bling

Posted by Kim on Sunday Dec 6, 2015 Under First

Candy canes are already sweet and adorable.
But we made candy canes that sparkle!



We blinged out the tree.


I love you too much!

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A Shrinky Dinks Kinda Day

Posted by Kim on Saturday Dec 5, 2015 Under First

We made some ornaments today.
Some Shrinky Dinks!

It all started with your morning “coffee” (aka hot chocolate).


We colored.







And voila!





I love you too much!

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(Black) Friday Fun

Posted by Kim on Friday Nov 27, 2015 Under A Few of My Favorite Things...

We got us some sweet deals.
Some of the hottest best deals of the year.
Exciting deals you can not get anywhere else.
An exclusive offer for a limited-time only while supplies last. Once they are gone, they are gone.

These deals will have you jumping for joy.



These deals are no laughing matter.




Available parking. No lines. Gifting made easy.
Big savings in every department. Get the perfect gift.










There is something for the whole family.



Even the doggie!




Skepitcal? This deal sounds too good to be true?


What is the big deal?

The gift of time. It is yours to do with as you wish.
I wish to spend it on you.




I love you too much!

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Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by Kim on Thursday Nov 26, 2015 Under Dear Tru

I have always felt I had more than I deserved. When I was 5 my dad got cancer. I have told you the story many times, but it did make for a different way of life. You know he fought and he survived in a time when cancer had just begun. So, I kinda felt that I had cashed in all my luck. For everything else I received I felt as if I was cheating. And if I ever wanted more, I should do so in secret. I felt guilty for wanting. For years I struggled on this thin line of gratitude.

You did something amazing for me. You liberated me. You broke that lock.


For I had received something so precious. So beautiful. So special.
And it was a gift.
Maybe that gift was easier for me to accept because it was not just mine to receive, but mine and Grant’s. Whatever the reason, I finally felt worthy and you were mine. And I would be forever grateful.

I took on this new approach to life filled with gratitude. I was drowning alive in these beautiful moments with you.

Every little thing was extraordinary and my senses were exploding into pieces. My heart was overflowing with rapids of emotions and to get a grip on this new life it only made sense to be grateful. To stop and appreciate all that had been given to me. To recognize that these things I love more dearly than anything, could not be bought. I have to be thankful. What else could I be? As a child, I got the life of my dad when I was not suppose to and as an adult, I got the life of you. How did I get so lucky? I have come to realize it is not luck at all. It is the gift of God. To receive such gifts, is to be blessed. And when you are blessed, you should give thanks. Every day be grateful. Every day live accordingly. Every day. That is ThanksLiving.

Every day I wake up and am thankful for another day to share with you.
To hug you. To kiss you. To give you healthy food. To play with you. To laugh with you. To learn with you. To grow with you.
I love being at our house, with our dogs. Our home is cozy and loving and the most comfortable place in the world.
I love being at school with you. Watching you walk down the hall. Getting the best hug ever at lunch every day. And playing in my room after school.

Every day I see the world with these grateful eyes. I see beauty everywhere.
We walk outside and notice bright flower blooms. Clouds drifting overhead. The moon shining in the dark. The wind blowing across our faces. The songs of birds. And the scurry of squirrels in the trees. We notice.

Every day I think of this world. Not for only my lifetime, but for lifetimes to come. The future you will live in. The world you will be growing your family in.

A constant practice of gratitude keeps me focused. With gratitude in my heart, I am humbled by so much wonderfulness.
I simply have too much to be grateful for. I can not even keep up.
So I write. And I write. And I write.
I photograph. I share.


That is how I embrace this beautiful life.
Every night I write in my gratitude journal. Many nights you help me with this.
I go to bed grateful for another beautiful day. I rest in the graciousness of such a life.
This gift of a life.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I love you too much!

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