Things are happening….

Life has been moving at such a rapid pace…life started getting busy in August just as I was gearing up and getting ready to go head back to teaching…my mother in law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on the heels of her father (my husband’s grandpa) passing from lung cancer. It hasn’t been easy…the day before our 2nd wedding anniversary, grandpa Pete passed away at the farm. It was bittersweet…Joey’s uncle had just arrived from Nebraska and we had eaten indian tacos and were out back target shooting having a great time as one big family. Then, I got the call early Sunday morning while at work from Joey that Pete had passed during the night after all the events had subsided.

Now we are with the family helping plan Pete’s funeral on our wedding anniversary. We had tickets to go see the Redhawks baseball game and Joey was insistent that we go after the funeral home events were complete. So we did.

Joey and I

It was a beautiful day and Joey really did try hard to have fun, because I LOVE me some Redhawk baseball!! My favorite, here, Zach Penprase, #6, the short stop!


In any case as we were getting settled to celebrate Pete’s life, we were informed that one of Steve’s (Joey’s dad) cousins who was on his way up to help with grandma Liz (who also lives at the farm) had passed away from a heart attack on his drive up. You can’t make this stuff up!! Not a couple weeks after that we are now celebrating his life.

As time has gone on since September, we have attended 4 funerals and it really wears you down. With teaching 23 credits and having nearly 150 college freshman, my life has been anything but hectic and stressful and boy is it wearing on our marriage. Joey’s mom continues to do chemo treatments, but it’s literally just treating the inevitable of what’s happening and his dad isn’t making things any easier with his “holier than thou” attitude.

Through all of this I have stuck to me being healthy and my ItWorks business has certainly boomed with the success I have been having with my own personal weight-loss. I am only 1 pound away from 30 pounds gone and am feeling great about me!! This above all is what’s kept me together! In only 11 pounds my sister and I get to book our cruise for #setsail2016!! I can’t wait.

I’m starting a 90-day challenge, if anyone is interested in joining!!

I have made some projects here and there so expect to see me updating from over this past fall as things have moved and shook about!


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Wedding DaySeptember 1st, 2012
Our Wedding Day!


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