Saturday, August 10, 2013


20 years ! That sounds like such a long time doesn't it? It does to me also...unless you are talking about 20 years since your child has left this earth...then 20 years seem like yesterday. You remember every detail so it was yesterday! But thank God that the good memories are so much stronger than that intense pain was those first few years. Yes, a hole was left in our hearts but as time goes by, that hole is filled with other wonderful things...such as memories, our other children and our sweet grandchild. I read something the other day and thought...OH how true this is!

You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

So I choose to smile, open my eyes, love and go on. He will forever be a part of me and one day we will meet again, and I will get one of his great big bear hugs...what a glorious day that will be! I love you Joshua!

Can you believe that school is ready to start?? Seems like summer just started.I can tell you this much, I SO do not miss the back to school shopping!! Been there...done that!
BUT my sweet grandson will be starting a new adventure at day care!
He has been with a private sitter since he was 6 weeks old and she has been
so good to him....but the time has come for him to attend daycare!
I know he will do just fine, he is such a sweet boy and so smart already (yes I know every grandparent thinks that their grandchild is the best and the smartest...difference is...Mine IS! LOL)
He is growing up so fast.
We have been so blessed!
He went from this....................... to this it seems overnight!

Good Luck on Monday Joshua...Ya Ya loves you BIG BIG!


A little back to school snack recipe!

Peanut Butter Cake Bars


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup Jif ® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown
  • sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

  • Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen. 


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