Monday, June 19, 2017


One of the goals for 2017 was to move Momma's Silver Lining to it's own site.
This weekend I decided to take the plunge and see what kind of mischief I could get myself in to with websiting, websitting, website-ing.  I don't think any of those are actual words.  But away I went!
Ok, so the new website is probably a bit basic (for now).  Give me a little time to learn a little more and I'll add a few more things.  This is all leading somewhere!  I've got some ideas for Momma's Silver Lining!  Don't worry the blog isn't going anywhere!  This nightly writing has become a big part of me that I'm not at all ready to give up.
So for those that follow me on google, please bookmark the new site!  Tomorrow night's blog will be off of google and on to Momma's own page!
For those that follow thru my facebook links, no worries, I'll still be sharing on facebook!
Here is the new site:
Please feel free to send me any feedback you may have!
Tonight I am thankful for this opportunity to move Momma's Silver Lining and open up more possibilities of things to be thankful for!

Again, here's the new site :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Secret

I've had this blog rolling around my head for a few days now.  So on this wonderful Father's Day, my blog is being written a bit earlier in the day than usual!
I've had the privilege of knowing a few different fathers in my life.  The styles are all different.  But I think I have pinpointed the secret of what makes an awesome father!!  Here it is . . . drum roll please . . . He Tries.  That's it.  Just that one decision made over and over and over again, numerous times a day, day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year.  He keeps trying to be there for his kids because he loves them.  And that makes a great father!
I didn't quite realize when the hubster and I started out, but I definitely have some hard limits on acceptable behavior for the father of my children.  I was raised by two different men in my life, and it left quite an impression on me for what is and is not ok with children.  Seriously, I hadn't thought much of it and didn't even realize that this was a part of me until I had kids.  Of course my husband also had his upbringing and his ideas of what a dad should do.  Ah!  Talk about a collision course!
We have butted heads many times over the rearing of our children!  But the awesome thing, and the thing that I've come to appreciate so much over the years - is that he keeps trying.  We both love the kids.  We both want them to grow in to the best people that they can be.  And although we get frustrated with each other and with the kids, we keep trying.
There are dads that don't.  There are dads that give up.  There are dads that go away.  There are dads that put themselves first and their children last.  There are dads that don't even care that they are dads.  There are dads that look thru such a hazy, self-absorbed life lens, that they can't even see who their kids really are and what they need.
I am thankful every day that the father to my children tries.  His favorite dinner dish of cereal, means that he feeds the children.  His irrational insistence that their socks match (and my socks, although I truly don't care) means that he wants them dressed well and paying attention to detail.  His chocolate milk that he makes for the children with half the glass being chocolate and the other half being milk, means that he loves them and wants to spoil them with yummy things.  His sharing of inappropriate childhood rhymes means that wants to laugh with them and have fun with them.  He tries, because he loves them.
Today I am thankful that for the past almost 14 years of parenthood, I have had this man by my side.  We've had many "Can I see you in the other room?" moments.  We've had many eye rolling moments - at each other equally.  We've had some tears.  We've had many hugs, many kisses, many, many laughs, many talks, and a whole lot of love!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

In Writing

I will put in writing that the hubster is nervous of me signing on to do a 5k in the fall.  I had previously signed the kids and I up for a 5k in the fall.  And he was ok with that one because I wasn't going to try to run the majority of that race with the kids.
Now, with this other 5k with my cheerleading group, I'd like to be able to run as much as I can.  I will admit that my knee is not 100% and I don't know if it ever will be.  But I also know that the last few months, I have been focused on making it thru life and not taking care of myself.  So I have not been exercising my knee like I should be to keep it strong.
If I end up injuring myself on this 5k.  I will admit that the hubster was right and maybe I should sometimes admit that I am not unstoppable.  But, there's no need to admit that right now.  So I've got a goal!  Honestly, I don't know about running the whole thing.  I am taken back to my goal for my last birthday to run a mile, on the one year anniversary of injuring myself.  I worked quite a bit towards that goal.  And I hit it!  And I hadn't been in that much pain or limped that bad in many months prior to that day.  But, I hit the goal! :)
So we'll see.  I don't want to injure myself again . . . or injure myself further.  But I really don't think I should I try for anything less that what I might be capable of either.  And how will I know what I am capable of unless I get out there and try?  :)
Tonight I am thankful for some kiddos coming to the track with me today.  We did some laps and I ran some bleachers.  And I have a LOOOONNNGG way to go!!  So here I go!

Friday, June 16, 2017


My kiddos were slacking on their egg hunting duties.  A week or so ago, I went out and cleared out the favorite egg laying places.  I guess I made the chicky-ladies a little upset that I stole their collection.
They are good if the eggs are taken every day, or maybe every other day.  But when they have a bunch all together . . well, they get a little touchy, seeing all their hard work disappear.
Since I cleaned out their favorite spots, I've only gotten a few eggs.  I've been looking slowly for their new spot.  I suspected that they were laying their eggs by the pine trees.  Today, my daughter stumbled on their stash!
In the irony of ironies, my feminine feathered friends were laying their eggs just about a foot outside my office window!!!  I've seen them up here a lot.  But I thought they were coming up just to visit with the kittens.  They do seem to like the kittens.  Maybe they had a deal worked out for the kittens to act cute and cuddly while distracting the humans from the eggs??  I'll never know.  I do know they are BUSTED!
I had the boys try the eggs in the water trick.  And all the eggs are still good!  I'll be boiling some eggs up tonight!
Tonight I am thankful for finding the new egg spot!  These chicky-ladies like to keep us guessing!  I think they laugh when no one is looking ;)

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Some of these blogs were easier when the kids were younger.  Now, with the kids being a bit older, I try to be more conscious of what I write about them.  I don't want to embarrass anyone.
Today something happened where one of my more independent children needed me.  I've gotta tell you.  I honestly didn't expect the situation.  The child had been in the same situation before, so nothing was new.  But I was needed to comfort my child.
My sweet kiddo who is growing up need only to ask and I was there.  I don't like that my child was nervous  and a little scared.  I don't like that at all.  But I like that I can still give comfort.  I mean, hey, I'm 36 and I still call my mom when I'm upset.  So it's not like I thought my giving comfort position was over by any means!  Today, I just wasn't expecting it and it turned my heart to mush.
Tonight I am thankful that my kiddos know that I am always there for them!  They will always know that I will always be there for them!  There is no question.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Today was my six month appointment after my Lasik eye surgery.
I am seeing wonderfully!  I am still having halos around lights at night.  This was a problem I had with my contacts as well.  My pupils are larger than average, which causes this.  So I think this is as good as it gets.
Hey, I'll take it!!!  I just keep looking at my GPS light or my cell phone light when I drive at night to keep my pupils from getting too big in the dark.  It works fairly well and has been my go-to might vision method for a long time.
I really thought I'd get in trouble today for not sleeping enough (I'm still working on it!).  Fortunately the eye doctor was looking at my eye itself and how the tissue has healed, and all that good stuff.
So six months later, I thought I should write my feelings for all who have contacted me and wanted to know if this surgery was worth it.  Here it is - ABSOLUTELY!!  I wish I would have done it years ago!  Fear held me up.
I know the cost can be a factor also.  The money was a bummer to spend.  For me, it was a celebration though.  My big, fun thing to do after completing the Dave Ramsey Step 2 was to get this surgery.  Some people celebrate with a party or a cruise.  Not me, I had lasers cut my eyeballs!!  ;)
Tonight I am thankful for 6 months of sight without contacts or glasses!!!  It's been wonderful!  I don't regret it at all!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Duck Story

Once upon a time there was a boy who wanted a pet duck.
The little boy went to his Mommy and asked her if he could get a pet duck.  The mom didn't know much about ducks.  She told the boy that he would have to research ducks to see which kind would be best for them.
The boy did as he was asked.  He read duck catalogs.  He searched online.  He decided that Khaki Campbells would be the best duck for him.  They lay lots of eggs.  They are friendly.  And they do well in the cold winters.
Unfortunately for the little boy, this particular year was a bad year for birds.  Bird sales were limited.  Poultry Swaps and Auctions were cancelled.  There was a bird disease that was sweeping thru and ruined the chances to getting the boys ducks.  The boy's mom found some Khaki Campbells for sale in another state; but it was a ridiculous amount to pay for shipping.
So the boy waited.
The next summer the family got some little Pekin Ducks.  These ducks were added to the family the same time turkeys were added.  Something wasn't well for the ducks and two of them died.  The third went to live with a family that had other ducks.  And that duck was very happy in his new home.
So the boy waited.
The next summer, no new birds were added to the family's little farm.
So the boy waited.
Finally, this summer, the boy went with his family to pick out new chicks at the farm store.  He was so excited to see that the farm store had a whole bin of Khaki Campbell ducks!!  The boy got closer and saw that all the ducks had already been bought.
The boy talked to his parents when they got home.  The parents called the farm store.  The store said they were getting to the end of the season.  They could order some more ducks, but they would need to be paid for in advance.  The dad took the boy to the store and they paid for the new ducklings.
Then the boy waited.
A week went by, and no call from the farm store.  The mom called the store.  They said it would probably be sometimes in the next week.  Today the call finally came in!  And on her way home from working, the mom stopped and picked up the ducklings.  She brought them home in a box and told the boy to open the box.  The ducklings were very quiet.  So quiet that the boy had no idea that they were in the box (although the mom thinks the boy suspected).  He opened the box, and there they were!!
Tonight I am thankful for our new ducks!  More than that, I am thankful for my boy's patience and persistence to wait for his ducks.  These may end up being the most loved ducks this state has ever seen!