The blessings of the weekend

creating a scary mask?

My weekend was filled with blessings!  My brother is so much better.  Thank You for all of your prayers, THEY WORKED!  I will never underestimate the power of prayer and I am so grateful for all of the support of so many of our family and friends.  Randy went home today to finish his recovery.  I love him so much, I can’t even tell you all how overjoyed I am that he is back where he belongs My best friend {Read More}

The never ending battle

My brother Randy, niece Mackayla and sister in law Kristen

Hi brother is sick.  Really sick and in the hospital.  I wrote about him back in June when I had to choose 1 person who inspires me.  He was easy to choose and you can read all about it here. He has a really horrible infection and because he has a disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, it will take much longer for his body to fight the infection.  This never ending battle affects his lungs and he has a really hard {Read More}

The new Marquart baby


Hi Friends!  I have been busy around here lately.  We celebrated Jim’s birthday last weekend with a trip to Southern Tier brewery and then went to dinner at the Bonefish Grill was a great day! Then, this past weekend, I flew to Charlotte to visit Mackenzie!! It is super cheap to fly from Syracuse to Charlotte as long as you time it right and I happened to find a steal of a deal on airline tickets!  It was really important {Read More}

Change is the only constant..

last night together for awhile

It has taken me awhile to post on my blog..I just couldn’t get myself to write.  It feels like my whole world has shifted and I’m really trying hard to adjust to the change and roll with it.  I wish I could say that I was doing well.  The only one thing I know for sure is that I am sure that Change is CONSTANT in my life.  I used to love change..thrive on it and think it was exciting. {Read More}

Having everyone back home..and Blueberry Muffins!


Good Morning from Syracuse.  I am back home and the great news is…Kyle is home from Oregon for a 2 week vacation.  I flew back from Tulsa last Wednesday night, and he came home the next night on Thursday.  I have been very selfish with my family since getting home.  We have been holed up here and I don’t feel one bit bad about it.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read all about it here and {Read More}

When your heart is in two places….

Mr. Pua

Right now I am sitting in Chicago at O’Hare International Airport and my heart is literally in two places.  I said goodbye to my parents this morning after spending almost every minute with them for the past two weeks.  The only time I was away from them was my daily workout time.  My heart aches because I miss them already.  The good news..I’m going back home to the place I love most.  To the people that I love most because {Read More}

visiting a new place and getting my workouts in..yes, I can do that!

small but mighty

While planning everything I needed to take care of Donna for her hip replacement surgery and recovery, I knew I would need to find a place to get my sweaty on. Before I even left North Syracuse, I did my research and made a lot of  phone calls because I wanted to make sure that I could still get all of my workouts in to my schedule and still take care of everything at my parents that had to get {Read More}

What happens when you go back to living with your parents…

So let me first apologize for my absence over the last few weeks.  I have been back home, living with my parents while my momma recovers from hip replacement surgery.  She is recovering beautifully, and I am so proud of her and how hard she is working to get back to her active self.  It is hard though, hard work..and nights have been especially difficult.  It has been hard to sleep through the night and she affectionately calls me her {Read More}

On The Move Again

Poor girl is not feeling good at all!

Good Morning and Happy Hump Day already! Man O man, I just cannot believe that it is Wednesday…I feel like I just got home from vacation yesterday and almost a week has gone by.  This morning I got up bright and early and had my breakfast..hearty refrigerator oatmeal and piping hot coffee and got my day started because Zoe and Harpua have not been feeling good at all. Ever since we have got back, they have not been themselves.  Originally, {Read More}

Home from Tulsa

long layover in Washington DC allows for wine tasting!

Hi Friends! Jim and I got back from visiting my family in Tulsa late Friday evening and our life has been a busy whirlwind ever since.  Vacation is always fun, but it is always work getting ready and coming home.  Since we have dogs, we have to worry about the health and welfare of them while we are gone and it is a constant state of worry and concern .  We are very fortunate to have a wonderful kennel that {Read More}