What did 2018 bring us?

What did 2018 bring us? Let me start out with that 2017 was a bad year and we needed a pick me up. Something or someone to bring joy to our lives.  In 2017 Jon and I lost both our dads and our beloved lab Joey.  Jon worked with his dad every day and he also took Joey with him to work every day.  When they both passed within 2 months of each other, Jon was depressed, and it was hard for him every day. But we had decided long before Joey passed that we would not get another dog. We did not want to worry about dog sitters to watch him while we boated or traveled.  Around January I just felt that Jon needed a buddy to go with him to work again. He just wasn’t himself. He needed that unconditional love that a dog provides. In January of 2018 I started the search for this unconditional love giver, joy bringer, and family member dog. Jon has always loved the look of the silver lab. I searched the internet for silver lab puppies in Michigan. I found three that I thought was the most reputable and showed them to Jon. He fell in love immediately and asked what I was doing to him since we said we would not get another dog. I then told him that he needed to have his buddy back and that it was alright for us to get a puppy he could love.  I saw tears in his eyes and since 2017 these tears were from joy not sadness. When I was showing him the three websites that had silver lab puppies, he was shocked to find out that one was from his Dad’s home town- Belding, Michigan. So that was our deciding point, we decided that this was the place we would get our unconditional love giver, joy bringer, and family member. Jon immediately email the owner of Rustic Sliver Labs and we were very happy to find out that they had English Silver labs and the summer of 2018 she was going to have two litters to choose from. We were fourth on the list to pick and we could not be happier. But the wait was so hard to do. We knew that we wanted another boy. We started to look forward to the day we would bring him home. Jon had for the first in a very long year smiled again. Through this process Candace Hall the owner of Rustic Silver Labs kept us in the loop about the process of the puppies. Once they were born, she immediately notified us. Few weeks later we were visiting the puppies not necessary there to pick one just to visit and see them. Candace showed us the litter that we would soon pick from. We were talking with her and telling her how this new puppy would go everywhere with us and Jon would take it to work every day. She then looks to her husband and says “should we show him”, and he said yes. She told us that a lady from the second litter could not take this puppy because she just found out that she had breast cancer and it would be too much for her. Now Jon loves the bigger, stockier labs and she knew this. She went to get this puppy, so as she placed this chubby silver puppy in Jon’s lap, I knew we found our unconditional love giver, joy bringer, and our new family member and his name would be Captain.


A Letter to My Husband

20180118_151622.jpgEver wonder how God knows exactly what you need.

He knew I needed you.

God knew I would need someone strong to hold me up the last few years.

He knew that you would also need me to help you through your grief because I was already there.

God knew that you were the one that can make me laugh when I feel like crying.

He knew our love would be unbreakable.

God knew I needed a best friend.

He knew that we both needed someone who loves the lakes, oceans and boating.

God knew that I would be forever grateful for finding you.

He knew that you were needing someone who loves you as much as you love me.

God knew that when everything seems to be falling apart we will still have each other to hold on to through the storms of life.

He knew that you would be the best husband for me.

God knew that when everything is falling into place for us we would still be so grateful for everything we have.

He knew that if one of us is down the other would build us back up.

God Knew…. Our story will be full of adventure.



M.I.A. and Keto Diet

I have been MIA from blogging. It has taken me almost a year to get back. I think this is therapy for me. So why haven’t I blogged lately? Well let’s say that 2017 was not my year. Jon and I had such a bad year. First thing Jon’s back went out and was in the hospital during my dad’s last days. So thankful for his sister Janis for staying with Jon so I could be with my dad.


My dad passed away in April 2017.

August of 2017 our basement flooded, and we lost the entire contents of our basement.

October 2017 Jon’s dad Paul was taking Jon’s nephew for a helicopter ride for his 16th birthday and the helicopter crashed, and Jon’s dad was killed instantly. Jon’s nephew is ok, but the family is stilling dealing with the loss of Paul.


Three weeks later we had to put down our beloved lab Joey. It seems like death does come in three.


That is why I haven’t blogged lately. What brings me back to blogging today? Well, let me tell you. It starts with I missed a very important event today. Here is the story behind today.

Ever wonder if the decks are stacked against you. I am feeling this way today. I struggle with my weight. I have for many years. There are many reasons for this but not enough to be an excuse. I had a full hysterectomy a few years ago. Because of my sister who passed away from breast cancer I choose not to do hormone replacement therapy. I had my gall bladder removed because it just plain stop working. I sit at a desk all day. I had a terrible year last year. I have multiple things that I could use as excuse. I just don’t want to anymore. I have been doing the Keto Diet for about two months now. Today I must stop. My body just does not like it. This is where I am at today. Trying to figure out why. This leaves me wondering because today I missed a very important event because I was dealing with problems from this diet. I have lost 13 pounds on Keto and I would continue except for that my body and my doctor are telling me to stop. I had some severe side effects from this diet. This diet does not work for everyone. I did learn some very good information and that I will continue to use. So, what now?

I could not do this without my husband and some awesome cheerleaders in my corner. I will continue to use the information I learned from Keto but also follow my doctor’s instructions. Eat a healthy breakfast every day, weigh myself twice a week and workout an hour and half every day. Vegetables and a fruit for every meal along with some protein. No processed foods. Try, try, try again. Right. So, do you have people in your corner to cheer you on? I hope so because when I missed the event today I was so upset. My cheerleaders made sure I was ok. I am so thankful that I have cheerleaders, support, and people making sure you are ok on the days they know are hard for you.

Let me tell you what the event was that I missed today. Today was a Pancake breakfast for the EAA Chapter 1093. Paul Jon’s dad served breakfast for this chapter and the family wanted to continue in Paul’s shoes. Helicopters and planes flew in to show the kids. Paul loved doing this. It amazes me how Jon’s family honors our dad. Here is Jon, Janis (Jon’s sister) and Mike( Jon’s Brother in law) at the pancake breakfast today.



Let your love ones know you love them.  EVERYDAY! Miss you Dad and Miss you Paul and Miss you Joey! All three of you left a hole to big to fill.