Category: Family


February 14th is changed forever for me. My second nephew, Leo Alexander Mann was born today. ❤
It’s a day of love. And while I am not in a relationship, I love Valentine’s Day. I think it’s amazing we have a day that we celebrate love on. Generally, romantic love, but we all know that isn’t the only kind. The feeling of “love” is nice, but feelings change, and fade. Loving someone is a choice. While I hope I get the opportunity to love and be loved by a man, right now I want to choose to love my family. My parents, my brothers and sisters, my nephews! My friends.

I just love love! I love seeing all the happy couples on my Facebook feed. (Such a nice break from the political stuff) I love seeing single girls and guys celebrating love with their families. I love seeing how God orchestrates romances.

One day, I’m sure I’ll celebrate with my Someone Special, but I want to cherish the times I have with my family.

It’s funny, Valentine’s Day was so much harder for me when I was younger. But now I just can’t help but be happy for those who are happy!

And to think of how loved we all are, but our very creator. If I could love Him just half of how much He loves me, I would be content all my days. Here’s to another year of learning to love.

(Here’s a pic of our Valentine’s Day breakfast, because let’s face it, sharing food with loved ones is one of the greatest joys in life. Especially when part of the food is bacon.)


Because I don’t often post pictures on here, besides from our camping trip, I thought I would fill my blog with some pictures of my life. Of course, I can’t start without a picture of my adorable nephew! 2016 gave me a greater appreciation for … Continue reading {pictures}


Last week, my family (plus a friend) went camping at Disney’s fort wilderness campground! We’ve been there many times and had many different experiences, and this one was amazing, just like the others! I love camping as a family. 🙂 It was a little sad though, because it was our first camping trip without our married siblings. We managed to have a great time though! I made a promise to myself that I would not use any internet/social media while I was gone, and I’m happy to report, I succeeded! Though I did have to buy tickets for a ball, I didn’t do anything but that. 

We left for the campground on Wednesday last week. We took two vehicles, so papa and Cheryl went ahead to get the tents up while the rest of us dropped grandma off at her friend’s house so she could spend time with her while we were camping. Once we got to the campground, it was past 8:00, so we quickly got the beds all set up then ate supper while planning what we were going to do while we were there. We decided to go to Disney the next day, which was Thursday. Since we had parkhopper tickets, we decided to visit three of the four parks and do our favorite things at animal kingdom, magic kingdom, and Epcot. Of course, I wouldn’t write a post like this and not put pictures, so here are some from mine and papa’s phones. 🙂 

We’re really good at family photos…

Walking to the bus stop, headed for animal kingdom!

Our whole group in front of the “tree of life” in animal kingdom. While we were there, we walked around a little and watched a lion king show, which had some really cool acrobatics/gymnastics. It was a lot of fun!

Next stop was magic kingdom! We mainly just rode space mountain before moving on to our final park of the day…

Epcot! We went in a couple buildings before heading to test track! I made a car with William and papa, and it was the best one of our group. 🙂 That ride is definitely a highlight for me! 

It was so much fun to experience Disney with my dear friend, who had never been there before!

After watching  the light show at Epcot, we made our way back to the campground. The next day, we spent at the campground. 

It’s nice to have a big tent so we can all be together. 

Hannah brought along her hammock. 🙂

When evening came, everyone but Althea, William, Esther, and me went to Disney Springs to look around. Us who stayed at the campsite cleaned up some and then relaxed and hung out until the rest of us got back. The next morning we packed up, went to pick up grandma, and headed home. We basically had time to unload before getting ready to go to the Christmas Eve service at our church, which was something we had never done before and was quite special. 🙂 


Thankful for….

…fresh homemade bread

…cooking with my family

…having music playing on the speakers

…fall-scented candles

…warm lighting 

…comfy clothes

…eating yummy food with people I love

…seeing friends

…new music to discover


 …cooler weather