Smile for the Joy of Others

Smile for the Joy of Others

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Last Thursday, July 23 at 4:00pm, we officially sold our home. We handed over the keys to a very sweet lady who will be inhibiting our former home.

I cried when we left. That was our first home to buy. We brought our children to that home when they were born. I had many play dates with some of their best friends. Although, there was a lot of remodeling and updating that I wanted to do, it was still a home decorated with love, laughter, tears, smiles, joy, peace and 1 dog.

I could go on and on about my feelings in regards to leaving, but that will have to wait. I get too emotional and really just don't feel like facing those emotions right now. And it's not necessarily leaving that house as much as it is leaving my hometown of 32 years. Do you know that my parents still have the same phone number 32 years later? You don't find that very often.

We trust God to lead us to a home here in Greenville. But for right now, we have decided to stay in the apartment for a few months. We don't want to rush any decision due to desperation or ignorance.

Until next time, HB

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Well, a day late and a dollar short, but yesterday was the boys' birthday. They spent their 4th birthday here in Greenville.

When JB came home for lunch, we let them open their gifts from Aunt Tracy and Uncle Wade. They loved the pirate and Hot Wheels toys they received. I loved the fact that they had new entertainment in this apartment.

When JB came home after work, we let them open their gifts from us. We knew that they would need to play with these outside for awhile. We gave them some simple remote controlled cars. However, what we failed to consider when buying these was that both their remotes will control both cars. Another words, for awhile both cars were going crazy b/c each remote was controlling both cars. When CB tried to make his go forward, BB's remote was making it go backwards as he was directing his car. It was quite funny at the time. We took them to a big parking lot and had each take turns controlling their car. Regardless of the few minutes of confusion, the boys LOVED their "racing cars".

After playing racing cars for about 30 minutes, we took the boys to eat at Lost Dog Pizza Co. in Indianola. It was fun, neat place to eat that is unique to the Delta. Definitely a place to go back to. Although I hope the next time we go, the old man visiting at the table next us is not there or he refrains from sticking his teeth (dentures) out to make the kids at that table laugh. What the kids thought to be funny, I thought to be quite disgusting.

We finished the night with some ice cream from TCBY. It was 15 minutes from closing but they served us anyway and with a smile. In fact about 15 other people followed behind us right before the 9:00 closing. We met the owners and it was like an authentic "down home" visit at the local ice cream shop. They were very welcoming as we are new to the area.

I think the boys enjoyed their birthday surprises. It was nice just spending time with each other as a family and not doing anything rushed or demanding.

Until next time, See you later,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hayden's Hopper...JDRF

I am honored to be sponsoring another fund-raiser t-shirt. This t-shirt is designed for Hayden Simmons AKA Hayden's Hoppers. Hayden and his family help raise money for the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in hopes of one day finding a cure for Diabetes.

For more details visit: Hollypops Monogrammed Gifts

A Perfect Picture with your Pet

Allison Muirhead is teaming up with MARL on August 8th at the new Mississippi Animal Rescue League facility to photograph your pets!

Come on down to see her, if you are looking for a new pet they have lots to choose from and if you have a pet you have always wanted photographed, she will be there will send you an image with full rights with a donation to the rescue league!
Call Rebecca Ezell at 601-898-3869 for appointments and more details.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Catch Up

I have a friend who has written on her blog that it has been hard to think in full sentences making her thought somewhat fragmented. Well, I have felt the same way. It's not that there isn't alot to think about or write about, but it's just been kinda hard to write what I am thinking about.

So instead, I will just catch y'all up on what is going on.

BB has made strides in the swimming pool. He is now swimming on his own with his floaties and has even let JB throw him in the water a few days. This is such a break through for him. He will bob is head under water but not fully swim. But at this point if bobbing is all he wants to do, I'll take it.

JB continues to love his job at Trustmark in Greenville. He has found some challenges that he will need overcome but looks forward to those challenges.

We are set to close on our house July 23rd. The inspection went smoothly with need to fix only a couple of things.

We are still living with my parents but this will come to an end soon. This coming weekend we will be moving all my monogramming equipment to Greenville; therefore, I will be in Greenville too in order to continue my business.

We have looked at a few houses in Greenville. But we are still unsure of what we need to do. We are at a crossroads. We can either hold off for about 8 months and stay in an apartment or move forward to buying a house within the next couple of months. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. So weighing the consequences of either is turning out to be a juggling act for me.

We certainly don't want to by a house out of desperation and too hasty. But staying in an apartment will be challenging with (2) 4 year old boys. The few days that we have spent up there has proven that. It will also be a challenge with space, a dog and my business. My business alone takes up a whole room. Not to mention that my machine can be quite a noise maker. The management has said that I can run my business but if other tenants complain about the noise, I have to stop.

That's about it for now. Hopefully soon I will be able to think more clearly and share with the rest of the world.

Until next time, See you later,

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Swim School

A few weeks ago, the boys took their first swim lessons. They were more excited to go to "swim school" instead of swim swim school it was.

They both had private lessons as I thought they would react better than in a group lesson. The first day was awful. They both cried the whole time and not much was accomplished. Neither had the desire to go under water.

As the week progressed CB took to swimming much better than BB. Actually, CB is now a fish while BB would rather live in the desert having nothing to do with water.

The lessons didn't help BB overcome his fear of water. When we do swim, he stays on the steps with his little toys and floaties. He ventures out a little at a time. His liking to swim is gonna have to come at his time. I hope the more we are in the water he will get used to it and eventually take to swimming, at least enough to save himself if pushed in or falls in.

CB on the other hand, loves it. His Granny loves the water so it may just be "in his blood." He loves to go under the water and look for fish or retrieve his diving rings.

This difference between them is just a continuation of how different they are. I love them both for their differences and pray every night that I can nurture those differences that make them so unique.

Until next time...see you later,