Once Upon A Time

A little bit of younger, simpler, days have been slipping into my thoughts, and I am okay with saying, I have been doing quite a lot of daydreaming. I drive somewhere and wonder if I even bothered to stop at lights or stop signs because my mind had been wandering. I start a thought to someone and am embarrassed, because at the second or third word in, I am off on another thought of my younger life. 

Once upon a time, there was a young girl.  She was proud of the fact that she could run faster than the boys, climb as far up in the trees and feel them sway, hang from the monkey bars until she was positive all the blood in her entire body had drained in to her head, She would get on the swings and go so high, that she became air born and flew into the clouds! She would play kick ball, dodge ball, double jump rope, king of the hill, and finish off the evening catching lightening bugs. She could twirl her baton in the backyard until she was almost a baton twirling pro. She wouldn’t just roller skate or exercise. She would roller skate and exercise until she dropped. She would drop. Drop right onto the grass and look up at the beautiful blue sky and gaze at how miraculous it was. How miraculously different it was each and every second. She was afraid of water, so she made herself dive and do back flips into the pool and swim until she was exhausted. She was most proud of skinned knees! She rode her bike and could definitely yell out, “Look! No hands.” 

These times were so simple, so slowed down. I would go to school, play, read, help my mom keep the house spotless, eat an amazing home-cooked meal, and rush to get outside before it got dark. Bath time felt like an hour long luxury, but I do believe it was because I was winding down. I would pray, and crawl under the covers and just know that I was never going to fall asleep.  

I grew up and I try to do some of these things and keep the same speed and agility. Can not quite do some of them without aches,pains, and a little nausea! And I think about once upon a time, because I let it get away from me. I let time fly to fast. I forgot how to just play. Just gaze at the sky. How to  be young with no adult pressure, no daily stress. 

Every day I am feeling the energy that the little girl in me did not waste. I am exercising more. I am stopping and gazing at a flower, breathing in it’s beauty, I am eating more vegetables and fruit, I am trying to let down, get away from the mean and hateful, and laugh and smile more. 

Right now, I am proud of that little girl. Later in life, when I really can not do any of what she did and I am just able to sit and rock in my chair, look out a window, can barely hear or see,  I want to be proud of the grown woman I became. How I loved and encouraged. How I reached out to others. How I cheered. How I laughed and cried. How I stepped out, took a challenge. Enjoyed every single day of my life. How I prayed for everyone and shared my faith. How I opened my arms and hugged people tight. How I smiled and put up an amazing fight to get through any tragedy in life. Look up in the sky and know I had a great life.


What I Like!

1. Starting a new board on Pinterest-I get so excited! I want to share it with everyone

2. When someone says-“Come here. I really need a hug!”

3. To hear someone laugh a great big loud laugh. Makes me laugh! HaHaHaaaa!

4. Listening to uplifting music. Like What a Wonderful World by Israel ‘ lZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole 

5. Hearing campground sounds. I love to wake up and hear people getting out there frying pan 

    and utensils.

6. Going along all day. Driving. Working, Walking. Then realizing as I look up, how absolutely  

     beautiful the sky really is. XoXo Jen

So Important to Set Goals

Sometimes is seems that life gets so hectic that time just passes so quickly.  In fact, with all the new technology available, much of our precious spare time is now filled before we know it.  This makes it so important, now as much as ever, to set goals and keep moving forward.

Keeping your eyes on the prize…

Starting out on a journey with no clear understanding of where we want to end up is certain to be full of surprises, both good and bad.  Life has enough of those, whether you plan or not.  Taking the time to look ahead, both short term and long term is critical to helping not only see the direction you want to travel, but in getting you there.

It is easy to forget…

Ever notice that our days are filled with ideas and thoughts that are so quickly forgotten.  Writing down daily thoughts and tasks helps to keep us straight.  So it works with writing down goals, and keeping them in plain site.  Tape them on your mirror, put them on your tablet or smart phone.  The key to remembering is seeing them often enough to keep moving in the right direction.

You are the one you need to make happy…

While it is great to encourage others on their way to achieving goals, never lose sight of what is important to you and those you love.  Your goals may be somehat silly to others, or like mine just downright crazy.  The fact is you need to make yourself happy.  Be honest with yourself on your dreams and where you want to go.  Be true to yourself.  Oh yeah, and keep moving forward – Walt Disney. 



Christmas In July At Our House

Blessings, in abundance, in our house. Our blessings are sent from above. They are in love for our children, family members, and close friends. Blessings given as gifts. Such as, good health, happiness, the strength of love dissolving the stress of life.

We decided before our last two children moved out this year, that we wanted to celebrate Christmas with them. So Christmas in July came to our house this weekend.

Friday, we loaded up in my truck and visited our very nice Kroger store. Our daughter took her two children and worked on getting all the dairy products we needed, and our son went in search of baking items. I reread the list several times,added a few things and then we headed home for some hot cheddar broccoli soup and warm blueberry muffins. Of course, we needed a warm meal if we were pretending it was snowing outside! We listened to Christmas music and ended up Friday evening watching Trapped in Paradise.

Saturday morning began the preparations of ham,corn souffle,green bean casserole,baked beans,cookies, and pumpkin pie. We had Christmas themed cartoons on for the babies and enjoyed looking at the decorations and lights that filled the family room, kitchen, and bathrooms.

Today, Sunday, we will bake cookies, ice and decorate them, enjoy leftovers, watch more Christmas movies and my husband will read from the book of Luke in the Bible.  In our minds are visions of past holidays and travels, memories we have shared with one another. In our hearts is overflowing love and abundant blessings that we never dreamt could be. Happy Christmas! Merry Christmas in July! Love Hope and Peace! Jen

Starting at Start Again

Hard work has always been a wonderful way for me to keep in shape, help others, and make very good money. My residential cleaning business grew quite large and branched into commercial, new construction, and cleaning boats for shows. I met and am still meeting, some very wonderful individuals, that make me feel like part of their family. I was still able to take our four children to school each morning and pick them up each day. I made great use of our crock pot, kept our own home clean, and had nights and weekends, usually, free. I always enjoyed, and still do, having my own business and being a loving family of six.  

Lately, Gary and I have been developing new ideas that are very different from our current way of thinking, living, and working. By mid-August, we will be an empty nest. We have found it very exciting to think about being just the two of us.

Then I began to worry what will we do? I admit to being kind of emotional and experiencing some panic. Could I be exciting enough, that my husband would want to start a new chapter in life with me?

I decided. Yes! We are in love. We want to travel our beautiful United States, we want to eat and cook new foods and drinks, we look forward to  exercising, bike riding, hiking, swimming, hang gliding, learning to dance, bake, write, photograph, blog, laugh, and take care of each other.

So the title says Starting at Start Again. In a game, that can be discouraging. But in life, that CAN be encouraging! Excited to share pics and blogs about the paths we enjoy together in the second phase of our life. Love. JenlovesGary

I’m letting life happen

Whether I get up or not each day, my life and life around me is going to continue. There has been no tragedy, just many changes this year.  Some very stressful one’s that felt like they might break me, but as they passed through, beautifully, along came the blessings. These testings have just made me more fiercely, determined to stop! Stop worrying. Pray. Stop trying to fix what is wrong and just let it happen. Once I was able to clear the ugly from others out of my life, back came the smiles, the laughter, the happiness. The joy of getting up every morning to open the curtains, listen to the birds, take a walk, and plan out our goal list. Now, I concentrate on all the positive people around me that love me, for me. There will always be the mean and ugly, but who know’s what will happen to them? Maybe prayer and patience to let it happen will be the strong path to them healing and being a blessing to someone in their life that needs them. For now, I am moving forward,enjoying the blessings. Curiously excited to see what will happen in my life. Peace.


The Bully on the Block

He sauntered out of his house. He moseyed across the yard. He slunk through the brush and undergrowth. He sat down where the little rabbits and baby turkeys had scurried to hide.

He enjoyed the frightened chorus of the different birds. He stretched out a leg and lazily closed an eye. He began a smile that exposed sharp teeth. He licked at his fur and pretended to go to sleep.

At just the right moment, when all had calmed down, he would race out and scream, and swat, and pounce,  and enjoy a feathered feast.

He raised his head and switched his tail and let out a terrible laugh. He jumped through the fence and saw his first treat.

The sound of the birds began a new song. They swooped and they plunged. Their beaks dug into his head. Feathers were flying and so was the fur.

He was confused and frightened and torn. He heard a new song as he stumbled back home. The words were sung by the one’s he had bullied before. As he reached the door, he heard a bark and turned. The neighbor dog was smiling. He was the one that had sent out the warning.

jennifer and alex

68 Days Go Alexander!

Getting armed with notebooks, pens, calendars, menu’s, decorating ideas, and other blogs here on WordPress.

I have started a board on Pinterest  labeled Marines The Few The Proud.  I love that people share their ideas for letters and gift boxes and encouragement all around the world on Pinterest and other sites.  Go ahead and check out my Pinterest and my FacebookJennifer New 

Gary found a very wonderful, helpful, informative site usmcgradparrisisland.org.  I can not wait to have some alone time  to learn from this dear lady that worked so hard to inform us parents about graduation day at Parris Island.  The notebooks and calendars are so I can write everything down that is starting to swirl through my head during the day and while I sleep.

Many prayers being sent up, but much more blessings being sent down.

Jennifer love and happiness

I have 69 days left

She knelt down so that she was eye level with her son.

She looked into his big sweet brown eyes and her heart was filled with so much love.

Many emotions swept through her body and tears sprung up so quickly that she had to hurry and smile and think about what she was about to say to him.

She reached out and gently grabbed his hands and pulled him closer to her.

He looked into her eyes and she saw him begin to worry. So she began.

Son, you have to do this. You have so much you have to do. You have to start at the beginning and not stop.  No looking around.  No turning back. Once you start, remember, you must finish.

When you get scared, and want to turn around, look straight ahead and see me there. I am on my knees praying. I am standing up and cheering. I am smiling and encouraging. I am yelling out at the very top of my voice COME ON, YOU CAN DO IT!

75 Days

Dear Alexander,

We are so proud of you. Dad and I love you so much and have always prayed for, and protected you. We prayed for the very best in life for you. We believe there is a path for each one of us. We believe we are to step out  and follow that path. We have seen you take those first steps to becoming a Marine. You have grown stronger both physically and mentally. You are looking forward and you will only look back to see us cheering you on, encouraging you to grow, mature, and become a man. We do not worry because now you pray for us  and you will be the one protecting us, others around you, and your country.  You may never read this because you do not know I started an actual blogging countdown, but here I am with 75 days left and I can not be more proud of you. I love you my smart, handsome, young man that the Lord blessed us with. Momma