2020 Night to Shine

2020 Night to Shine

Tyler and I volunteered for the Night to Shine prom again! It’s an amazing night for teens and adults with special needs, where they get to be king or queen of the prom! A limo ride, crowns, dancing, karaoke, food and fun!

We did it a couple years ago, but last year we were on our cruise. We weren’t going to miss it this year!

It was a good year- we were both paired with younger teens who had friends there, so we sort of joined a pack for the night.

I had a BLAST with my girls- we danced, karaoked Taylor Swift, and had a great night.

And I also loved wearing sequins. Any chance I get, thankyouverymuch.


This tent felt like magic.All these amazing people having the time of their lives! So wonderful!


Mini Family Reunion

On Wednesday, my house was invaded.  But it was a good invasion.
My sisters flew into town to hang out with Dad this week…so on Wednesday, they all trekked to our house. Mom, Dad, my two sisters, brother, sis-in-law…and my aunt and uncle met them at my house.
We celebrated Dad’s birthday with some cake…
Happy 77th Dad!
Visited, told stories, laughed….
Me and my SIL, Penny.  She is laughing her way through breast cancer (and beating it like a boss).  
Mom, Dad, and Me
Aunt Bobby and Uncle Jerry brought Dad a 9 foot cotton sack.  Daddy used to pick cotton, and he said as a kid he could carry a 12 foot sack!  They would pick cotton and fill up these HUGE sacks.  Crazy!

I haven’t seen my sisters since our wedding (almost 3 years ago) and it was about 1.5 years since I had seen Aunt Bobby.  It was FABULOUS to all be together again.
  My siblings are “half siblings” as we are all only related by my dad (he had 4 marriages…and a kid in each one!), but we share so many common threads and memories.  It is fun to get together.
Brother (Roy), me, Dad, Paula, Aunt Bobby, and Christie
They are all much closer in age, so they are a bit closer to one another….I’m the bratty kid sister that came along when they were teens and adults! ha! 
Dad with his kids- oldest to youngest.
But we love each other just the same. 
The whole family!
I am so blessed by my family!

You Can Stand Under My Umbrella, or Tent?

Yesterday I was supposed to help with a Zumbathon for a local cancer support house.  It was planned to be on their Tennis Courts.  And it rained.  And we danced anyway!
Luckily, it wasn’t pouring, but it was raining enough to make it cold and wet.  But we had fun anyway!
Inbetween songs, we hid under the tent to stay dry!
Sunny, Tatiana, and Candyce
Maureen, Me, Tina, and Kristen
 I am so blessed by these ladies.  I thought when I started doing Zumba that I would make friends with my students (which I have) but these ladies are a big blessing.  We have a local instructors group and they are ladies I now call my friends.  We support each other, defend each other, and just have fun together!
I am thankful for them!
All dancing together!
After the Zumbathon, they took me out for my first birthday celebration (my bday is Tuesday!).  They got me cupcakes, a few gifts, and made me feel special.  They even had the waiters sing to me!  We laughed so hard and I am so thankful for them!


I honestly think I got sick so I would take a little time to stop and rest. AsAnd let me tell you, two days of resting and napping were fabulous. As strange as it sounds, being sick was a blessing. I am feeling much better (just a little lingering cough). Yesterday when I ventured out to Walmart to get some medicine and necessities, I got a little blessing in my day.
I went through Zaxby’s to get some lunch (not exactly on my diet, but when you are sick, you eat what sounds good…and Zaxby’s sounded good). Well, I got up to the window to pay and get my food…and the lady told me their register was broken, so my food was on the house (aka FREE!). I was so excited! We aren’t broke or anything…but we are watching money now that we have land payments on top of rent and everything. And just saving that $10 was such a blessing to me!!
One other blessing is the progress on our house. I will have pictures soon (hopefully we can make it out there to see the progress). But there is a concrete floor now…and they are working on framing it this week. It is coming right along now! We don’t have a finish date or anything since Dad is just working as he can with the weather and his crew…but they are making awesome progress! So wonderful!
How have you been blessed lately? Gotta remember where all those little blessings come from…praise be to the Lord! 🙂