Tuesday, January 5, 2016

One Word

Well, it’s a few days into 2016.  And with all new year’s, it has me thinking of my resolutions.  Of the many blogs I read, people choose a word for the year. 

One word to focus on all year long.  One word that sums up how I want to live and/or how I want to be.  It will take intentionality and commitment, but I’m hoping that one word will not only shape my year, but me.  It will become the compass that directs my decisions and guides my steps.

I’ve never done this and wanted to try it this year in hopes that it’ll keep me on track.  In all my devotional readings, church sermon, listening to the radio, reading, etc. I keep coming to the word CHANGE

According the dictionary, change is:

verb (used with object), changed, changing.

1. to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something)different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion;
to change the course of history.

2. to transform or convert (usually followed by into):
The witch changed the prince into a toad.

3. to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else,usually of the same kind:
She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.

4. to give and take reciprocally; interchange:
to change places with someone.

5. to transfer from one (conveyance) to another:
You'll have to change planes in Chicago.

6. to give or get an equivalent amount of money in lower denominationsin exchange for:
to change a five-dollar bill.

7. to give or get foreign money in exchange for:
to change dollars into francs.

There are a lot of things I’d like to change.  First and foremost, I want to change my heart to be open.  Open to less judgement.  Open to more love.  Open to God.

I’d also like to change the way I think.  I’d like to be more positive.  Look on the brighter side of things.  Look at the good things in people instead of the bad.

I’m changing the way I eat.  I’m choosing healthier options and providing nourishment to my body that doesn’t make me dislike my body image. 

I’m working out to tone and feel comfortable in my body.  Gaining weight over the last year has caused me to really dislike outer myself.

We are changing the way we handle our money.  We started that a few months back, but now that the holidays are over and there’s nothing to spend on, we have a clean slate to plan for this upcoming year. 

Getting older sucks at times, but other times I embrace it to the fullest.  Despite how I feel about my body image, I love myself for who I am.  I’d like to just make a few small changes to be fully content. 

They say it takes 21 days to make a change.  I started Saturday, Jan 2nd and have been on a roll since.  The momentum is driving and here’s to praying that it doesn’t peter out over the next three weeks. 

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year.

2015 has come and gone.  Seems like the years just keep going by faster than a blink of an eye while I’m standing in the eye of the storm watching life swirl by around me.  Growing up I wanted to be older, to be able to do the things I wanted to do without having to ask for permission, to live in my own place and have a grown up job.  Now that I’m here, I wish time would slow down.  My kids are growing so fast that I'd like to keep them small just a little longer.

We had a fantastic 2015.  Joel got a new job that he loves.  The boys are learning and growing so much.  Alyssa started her senior year of high school/freshman year of college and got a new car.  I’m still working at the winery.  We added a new family member to the household.  We went on some fun vacations and in-between it all we enjoyed friends, neighbors and activities.  I’m hoping 2016 is another great year! 

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very blessed Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015


We had a tough day Yesterday.  Our cat of 16 years had to be put down.  He became suddenly ill with fluid in his lungs.  After an x-ray and ultrasound, they found lesions on his lungs and diagnosed him with cancer.  The boys and I said our last goodbyes right next to his side petting him as he looked at us.  

We're going to miss hearing his thump, thump, thump of his little feet as he came down the stairs.  

We're going to miss his annoying meow in the morning when he let you know he was hungry and wanted to be fed NOW.

We're going to miss him begging to drink straight from the water faucet.

We're going to miss watching him tell the dog who owned the place!

We're going to miss seeing his little head pop out from around the corner when he came downstairs to see what I was cooking for dinner.

We're going to miss his beautiful blue eyes.

We're especially going to miss his purr.  He was always purring and happy.

We rescued him in 2000 and were told he was about 2.  He was a mess!  Short hair, nose and chin all scraped and raw, fleas so bad they were outlining his eyes.  We took him in originally got get him update to on his shots and let someone else adopt him.  After having him for a few days, we realized how sweet he was and decided to keep him (yes, Joel - you told me so!).  Every day we had with him was special.  He was always so happy to see us and snuggle right up next to us and fall asleep.  

He's resting in peace now in heaven with God looking down on us.  Knowing he's healthy and safe makes this a little easier.  There's a hole in our hearts and in our family, but we know we'll see him again.

We love you you fat fuzzy bunny.

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New Woodruff Member

In September, we added a new member to our household.  Meet Percy.  

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He's a Malshi puppy - mix of Maltese and Shih Tzu.  

You may be thinking that I say all the time how I'm not a dog person.  And while the majority of that is true, I am not a BIG dog person.  Little dogs are perfectly fine.  Little piles of poop and small puddles of pee.  

We adopted Percy from a Mennonite family in PA.  Josh, Alyssa and I drove up on Tuesday morning to pick him up.  I let Josh "skip" school for it.  

Percy is now 5 months old.  He's doing really well at potty training.  He's doubled in size since we first got him.  He was 3.4 lbs when we brought him home.  Now he's 8.6 lbs.  He chews everything he can get his mouth on.  He loves to torment the cat.  He's downright naughty!  But we love him and he's been a great addition to our family.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Purcellville Christmas Parade

Every year, our town has a Christmas parade.  The boys love it.  They get a bunch of candy and get to hang out with their friends.  This year the weather was seasonably warm so we were in short sleeved shirts and shorts!  It certainly didn't feel like Christmas.  

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I say all the time that Santa is real.  How can he not be?  Look at this guy!

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School Pictures 2015

The boys got their pictures back in October.  The moment I saw them, I fell in love!  They look so grown up.  I have some handsome boys :)

Joshua - 3rd grade

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Gavin - 1st grade

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