Because the moment will be gone in a flash……….

The Moment….the present, the here and NOW. I notice more and more how important the present time is to all of us.

This is our time, our time to cherish, relish, and make the best of our life and situation.

But…………..I can assure you that does not always happen.

Emotions can get in the way and seem to consume us.  Frustrations seem bigger.  Suddenly out of nowhere, tears begin to surface.  Anger rears it’s ugly head.  Teenage emotions/hormones suddenly erupt into the chaos of the moment.

Alzheimer’s is not a pretty disease.  It robs you of so much more than just memories.  It steals your motivation, your confidence, your ability to reason.

There are good days, difficult moments, frustrating times…….BUT through it all we are a family!  And we need to support, pray for and help each other along this difficult journey.

And that is where Ashley came to our rescue!

This wonderful young lady took some amazing family photos for us.  They capture US…..our goofiness, silliness, humor and LOVE.

These pictures are so much more than just a nice family picture.  They represent

our unity

the struggles we face TOGETHER

our LOVE for each other

a moment in time

So please allow me to indulge you in some of these memory makers.  They mean so much to me!

This was taken at the church we got married at over 22 years ago.

Standing ON TOP of the high school baseball dug out. 🙂

My big baseball boy…I really love these shots, they capture Tyler!

My sweet  girl…looking so much older than 14!

Me and my girl Madi…..do you see the Amish buggy that was going by in the background!?  I just love this pic.

The woods behind our house…..always one of my favorite places.  It’s so peaceful and calm back there.  A refuge from

the storm of life!

Yes we ARE A FAMILY!

Thank you Ashley…..isn’t she the greatest.  And such a beautiful young lady!

For more pics PLEASE check out Ashley’s photography blog, she did such a nice write up on our family and you can also see more family pics.

I borrowed the name of her blog for the title of this post.

Check out her site by clicking the link below.

Because the moment will be gone in a flash.

Thank You Ashley for giving us the gift of a memory

a photo

Friday Fave Five

It has been FOREVER since I have done a Friday Fave Five………and as I sip a little coffee on my deck this morning, I was thinking today would be a great day to do it!

Although I must say I really can not confine the Fave Five to just one week.  So please allow me to indulge you in Five Faves of the summer! 🙂

It really has been a memory making summer, with all the traveling we have been doing, this summer will surely be implanted in the archives of our memories for a long time.  It’s seems so surreal in a way that we can have such a fun, family time together, but on the other hand we are still dealing with the horrors of Alzheimer’s disease on a daily basis.  Sometimes life just seems so normal.  But those little things like helping Curt order from a menu ( he has trouble finding what he wants, all the info on a menu can be confusing for him), or showing him which way his debit card goes into the card reader at the gas pump, these things remind me of what we are daily dealing with.  And I share them with you to give you a glimpse of how this disease can rob your mind of such simple daily tasks!

But alas some faves from the SUMMER!

My favorite destination by far was Atlanta, Ga.  Such a modern city filled with much of that good ole southern hospitality.  Now I must admit even though I had a strong affinity for the city I did not relish driving the 8 lane beltway around the city! 🙂

We enjoyed the Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.  You can see my boy running around the cool fountain with out a shirt on!

We also loved all the Southern cooking, and a visit to the Passion City Church, led my Louie Giglio and worship leader Chris Tomlin.  Let me tell ya, they know how to rock a church service!!  We all loved it! 

Here is a pic of Curt and I outside another fine southern restaurant called Mary Mac’s Tea Room….here you could enjoy such southern dishes as Pot Licker soup, Sweet Potato Souffle, Fried Chicken, Tomato Pie, and plenty of Sweet Tea.

Spending time with family was another bonus to all this traveling!!  Check out all the family members we got to see!!

Here is most of Curt’s side of the family together in Dayton, Oh.  Visiting with family has been such a special blessing and cherished time in the chaos of a busy summer.

And Tyler with both of his lovely Grandma’s!!  Got to love these grandmas so willing and eager to have their 6’4 giant of a grandson swing his sweaty arm around their shoulders or stand next to this smelly, sweaty boy!

And dear Madi out shopping with her Aunt at the Easton Mall in Columbus, Oh


I watched endless hours of baseball in some serious heat and 95+ degree weather.  But once you get over worrying about how you look, and just accept the fact that you are a sweaty mess, it’s all good.  I really do love watching the games!!  Love when Tyler does well, stress when he struggles, but wouldn’t miss a minute of it!

Love this picture Curt took of Tyler sliding home to score!! 🙂

Getting off the beaten path makes life so interesting also.  While in the Charlottesville, Va after a game one day we followed signs to a peach orchard that sprawled out on the top of a mountain.  We loved the views and the peach ice cream and cider!

And lastly…HOME.  I relish the downtime of time on our deck and relaxing in these chairs at home!!!!

For more Friday Fave Five please visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story

HOME!!!!

My alarm on my phone went off loudly playing some catchy ringtone at 6:30 am yesterday.  I hit the snooze button…..weary and tired, not wanting to get up.  But then I remembered………..we are going HOME today!!!!  Suddenly, I was inspired, turned off the snooze, made a beeline for the coffee, then woke up the rest of the family.  Get up…..time to go HOME!!! 🙂

Yes it has been a crazy summer, so much traveling.  I have been in 9 states, some great American cities, like Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC and Columbus, OH.  Drove the 8 lane beltways around those great cities, endured construction, bad coffee, heat, and lots of McDonalds food (love their new Mango/Pineapple smoothie btw), and used lots of those tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner!

But yesterday the motivation to get HOME is what got me going at 6:30am!

I have been gone for long, extended weekends since my last day of school on June 18th………But now we finally catch a break.  Don’t get me wrong, our travels have been fun in many ways, but also stressful…..surely not relaxing.  So today I am simply thankful to be home, enjoying the simple pleasure of watering my flowers on the deck, watching the birds at the bird feeder, sipping a cup of coffee on the deck, sleeping in my own comfy bed. 

HOME a refuge in the storm of life!

Yet, there is even a greater refuge than home………

This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

Psalm 91:1-2

And that Refuge is what keeps me going!!

More updates to come…..now that I am home, I hope to update this blog more often.  Lots of pics of our adventures and an update on how Curt is doing.