Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Life… My Journey… My Lessons...

What a life I live, what a beautiful blessed life I live. Is it perfect? Absolutely NOT. But am I so abundantly blessed beyond my own belief and even comprehension? YES! Yes I am! And you know what I am so secretly grateful for? My trials, yes my trials. I look back and reflect, reflect on the times that I felt my Savior near, where I was humble, humble enough to drop to my knees and plea for comfort plea for him to be there by my side, and he was! He was there he is always there. But it take humility. Humility isn't a sign a weakness. Its knowing things are beyond what you, I am able to hold or handle. I've been praying, pleading lately to have humility… kind of strange right…. the times of trials is when I have felt a feeling of humility the most and I want that feeling to return. But humility is MORE…. more then crying our for help. Its knowing knowing there is a power greater whether it be a trial I don't think I can make it through or constantly falling short as a mother. Knowing that through our Father we can become a better version of ourselves.  Here is what LDS.org has to say about this  topic. How perfectly defined and laid out.

Humility

To be humble is to recognize gratefully our dependence on the Lord—to understand that we have constant need for His support. Humility is an acknowledgment that our talents and abilities are gifts from God. It is not a sign of weakness, timidity, or fear; it is an indication that we know where our true strength lies. We can be both humble and fearless. We can be both humble and courageous. 

Additional Information
Jesus Christ is our greatest example of humility. During His mortal ministry, He always acknowledged that His strength came because of His dependence on His Father. He said: “I can of mine own self do nothing. . . . I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).
 The Lord will strengthen us as we humble ourselves before Him. James taught: “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. . . . Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:6, 10). —See True to the Faith (2004), 86-87

I love this! I always thought of humility as a something we become during a big trial or a big learning moment, but no, that not the complete definition. We can be Fearless and Courageous, but still be humble. I pray I will acknowledge HIM in all I do. I pray to know His counsel and guidance. I pray to be HUMBLE enough to hear and act upon the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Really what it comes down to is Faith they truly go hand in hand. Without humility there is no faith and without faith you are hopeless no humble.  I have so many short comings but I know and have faith that through Him I will I will become that better version of me. Constantly steadily working on being stretched and moulded in what HE sees I can become. Something I'm not even capable of imagining. 



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Entrepreneur

Just had to share what this cute girl said today:

"Mom you know what we should do?"
    "What"
"We should take pictures of me and sell them all over the world."
 I laughed...

"What then we can be rich, don't you think that would be a good idea?"

So who wants one?  ;)

This is the same girl that asked for a maid or at least cleaning ladies today..... she dreams big, what can I say?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I'm going to miss this!


Who would have guessed I am a terrible blogger. What is a girl to do? I guess I have just been uninspired to write. But as I watch these sweet little ones grow I realize how fast time is sweeping by. I absolutely adore them! I want to remember and also share the memories of life with my littles. I  may go back in time for some of my posts, or I just might log our daily adventures. But here is a quick update:
We have lived here in Germany for the past almost  three years. What an amazing opportunity and adventure we have been on. We have traveled every chance we have gotten and have really enjoyed and appreciated the experiences we’ve shared as a family. Tye also deployed for a year. What a challenging, character building, lonely, exciting year that was. I will expand on that another day. Tye has been home for about seven months now and we have been enjoying our time together as well as adjusting to being a family again. While Tye was deployed he decided to re-enlist for three more years in exchange to move to Hawaii. Oh boy are we excited! Sometimes we wonder WHAT were we thinking, but then we quickly think of that warm sunshine beating down on our faces, and then it doesn’t seem so bad.

As of right now we will be moving in 3 months. Tye’s unit is disbanding and that means a lot of people moving all at once. But these are not just people they are our friends. It’s like slowly pulling the band aid off. As each one leaves my heart breaks a little more. It sounds so cliché but seriously these ladies are just like family. In fact often times they know us our kids and our hearts better then our families. We are there for each other no matter what.

Our neighborhood is a very special one. I know that there is always someone to help with the kids or barrow this or that. That’s what we do, no questions asked. There have been many late nighters, meal making and gab sessions that have gone on amongst this fine group of women. They say you never should say goodbye, but honestly a see you later doesn’t seem to make this time any easier. I know I will see many of them again, but at the same time we will never have this same tight nit run over to each other’s houses kind of bond again.  Our kids know our friends better then their own aunts uncles and grandparents.  We each care for them as if they were our own loves and hugs at all. And with all that sometimes the kids fight like siblings but at the end of the day they are connected they look out after each other.

Its not just my neighbors though, it is my adorable friend from church as well. They have each helped to strengthen my testimony so much. They have been beautiful examples to me and I am forever grateful. I can not tell you how many gut rolling laughs I have had with these admirable ladies.  I am so thankful how they kept me strong during deployment both spiritually and mentally.  My heart will truly break to say goodbye! They have empowered me in ways I could have never done on my own.  I will always be so grateful for all my friends that Germany has brought to me.

For the next three months it will be many more “see ya laters,” packing, cleaning and making the most of living in this wonderful country. Although I sure do miss the good ole’ U S A I am going to miss being able to just hop in the car and drive to places I dreamed of in my youth. Seriously who does that, oh wait , that’s right, WE DO! What a tremendous blessing it has been to travel and see Europe this way. When we first moved here our list was so long, I thought, “we will never get to see it all.” But honestly we feel complete. I feel like we did see what we wanted to see  and loved it.  (however I wouldn’t mind revisiting Paris ;)  Well I guess we do have one last adventure, Barcelona Spain, that trip is planned going to be planned ;) for March.  After that we are Hawaii  bound!  Now lets see if I can blog more then once every 2 years ;)

Do you see why I love these lovelies so much?


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 at a glance.........

2010 
~January~

Tye leaves for basic. We find out we are expecting, (definitely an answered prayer)

~February~

To help pass the time while Tye was away, my friends and I decided to have a Valentines day party. The kids loved it and these pictures will be so fun to have for when they are older.

(Taten, Saxton, Tanner, Bronwyn, Ledger, Molly and Oaklee)

~March~
Oaklee and I went back east to see my sisters!! I flew in to Atlanta and Addie and Char met us a few days later.
  So this is a funny picture, when Addie and Char arrived from NC, James had an (as the Noblits call it) ooodalally in his pants. Me being pregnant refused to change the three year old's pants while Holly was picking up the girls. So Addie the sweet aunt she is changed him, but mind you this was definitely a team effort.

~April~
This is Tye getting ready to go back to AIT after we spent Easter with him. I just love this sweet picture of Oaklee helping him get ready. Oh so sweet.
We were able to go see G-pa and G.G. in Nauvoo. G-pa makes a great horse for our little cowgirl. I'm not so sure he would be that great at the barrels though.
 At the Nauvoo Temple. This temple is so beautiful and is one of my favorites.


Oaklee loving the beach in North Carolina. It was so much fun staying with my wonderful sisters while Tye was away. They are both seriously the BEST!
 Oaklee loves her night gown so much, I can barely keep it washed for her. Thanks aunt Holly!
 Camree decided to do the girls hair and make-up an hour before I had to leave. Gotta love it!

~May~

Tye's graduation from AIT


Cameron, Holly and the kids came down to Ft. Benning to see Tye graduate. Jamesey is still talking about uncle Tye and how he is going to be a soldier like uncle Tye. (These are the dresses Holly and I made.)
 This is me and Holly prego!

~June~
The day before Tye left for Germany my water broke at 22 weeks, (more details to follow in later posts) needless to say I spent the next 7 weeks on hospital bed-rest.
 This is my Grandma's brothers and sisters. They were all in the area for a family reunion and they were so sweet to come see me!
Thank you to all those special people in my life who were there to help the time be more bearable. I Love you all!!
~July~
July 7th,  2010 our sweet Lincoln arrived at 28.6 weeks!


  Nothing short of a miracle and gift from our Heavenly Father.
Oaklee turned 4! For her birthday we talked the doctor into letting her hold her new brother. What a sweet sister she is.

~August~
This whole month was such a blur for me because most of it was spent in the NICU with Lincoln. We just couldn't stay away from our sweet boy. 

~September~
Oaklee started dance. This is with one of our sweet nurses little girl. We love you Kori.


~October~
We moved to Germany! We love it and love all of our amazing new friends!



Halloween 2010!
 ~November~
Munich


 Oaklee's St. Martin's day Parade. This was such a fun German holiday we were able to participate in with Oaklee's preschool. The kids sang German songs and then they had a parade around our little town of Kulmain (pronounced: Cool-mine)
And this is a random one I had to throw in. Oaklee playing super heroes with Lincoln.
~December~
Decorating our tree. This year we cut down our own tree in a tree lot, well I didn't realize how much smaller they look outside. When we got our tree home it filled our whole living room (which isn't tiny). So we ended up moving our kitchen table out and we put the tree in its place. But oh how we love our tree.

We were fortunate enough to have Tye's family come for Christmas this year. Although their bags still remain lost it was such a wonderful time!
Although this year has been a tough year as far as being apart and the trails with Lincoln, we feel so overwhelmingly blessed. We couldn't be happier to be right where we are in our lives.  Over the past year so many new people have came into our lives. They each played different roles, but each are so very dear to my heart. I feel so blessed to have a Heavenly Father who loves me and watches over me.  The power of prayer is real, he hears you. This I know of assurity as I look around and see how sweetly I have been blessed.





 

Friday, July 2, 2010

I just thought I would share this to show my gratitude for all of the military spouses. It is such a difficult thing being away from you companion and best friend, leave alone worrying and wondering about their safety.

LETTER TO A MILITARY SPOUSE:
While I have never had the pleasure of meeting you or your husband, I felt the need to write you and express a very deep feeling that I have in my heart.

I, as a person, am not brave. I do not tackle things head on, as I hate confrontation. I will travel 100 miles out of my way just to avoid a conflict. I am an American woman that has no idea what is going on in the military other than what I hear on the news.

I have never had to let go of someone so that they could go fight for people that they didn't know, people that sometimes do not appreciate or understand what they are fighting for.

I have never had a sleepless night of worry because of a report that another bomb has exploded and I still haven't heard from my husband.
I have never had to wait for months on end to hold the one that I loved so.
I have never had to tell my children that daddy wasn't coming home tonight because he was so far away fighting for something that they aren't yet old enough to understand.

I have never had to hold my head high and suppress the tears as I hear that it will be at least another six months of separation before my loved one gets to come home.

I have never had to deal with a holiday away from the one that I thought I would share every day of my life with.

And I have never had to feel the panic rising in my heart at the sound of a ringing phone or knock at the door for fear that it is the news that everyone is terrified of getting.

For the reasons listed above, I can not tell you that I understand how you feel. I can not tell you that you must be strong. I can not say that you shouldn't be angry, because you "knew what you were getting into when you married a military man". I can not say these things because I have never had to walk in your shoes.

What I can say for certain is that because of your unselfish acts of bravery and your husbands willingness to stand up for those who see him as "just another soldier" - - I will never have to walk in your shoes.

I do understand that as a military wife you are expected to uphold a certain amount of control, but I never understood how you could do it, until now. I have figured out that you are not like other women. You are of a special breed. You have a strength within you that holds life together in the darkest of hours, a strength of which I will never possess. The faith you have is what makes you stand out in a crowd; it makes you glow with emotion and swell with pride at the mention of The United States of America.

You are a special lady, a wonderful partner and a glorious American.

I have more respect for your husband than I could ever tell you, but until recently I never thought much about those that the soldier leaves at home during deployment.

Until this moment I could never put into words exactly what America meant to me.

Until this moment, I had no real reason to.... Until I heard of you.

Your husband and his military family hold this nation close, safe from those who wish to hurt us...but you and those like you are the backbone of the American family. You keep the wheels in motion and the hearts alive while most would just break completely down. Military families make this nation what it is today.

You give us all hope and you emit a warming light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

Because of you and your family...I am able to be me. I am able to have my family. I am able to walk free in this great land. Because of you and your family, I can look ahead to the future with the knowledge that life is going to be okay. Because of you and your family, I can awake to a new day, everyday.

I realize that you are a stronger person than I will ever be because of these things and I just wanted to take the time today to say thank you to you and your family for allowing me that freedom.

I will never be able to repay this debt to you, as it is unmatchable. However, I hope that you know that no matter where you are...what you are doing...what has happened today...or what will happen tomorrow...Your husband will NEVER be "just another soldier" to me.... And you, dear sweet lady, will never be forgotten.

You are all in my prayer's everyday and I pray that God will bring you back together with your loved one safely.

May God Bless You!

(Author Unknown)

Monday, March 8, 2010

It is so crazy to me, that sometimes in our we don't understand our trials, and why things happen the way they do. Until one day we look back and realize the opportunities those hardest moments and darkest hours open up in our lives.  As I look back at what Tye and I have gone through, and thank our Heavenly Father for those trials and where they have gotten us today. I know that if Tye had not had the these specific trials in his life, he wouldn't have been in certain situations to share, to be an example to people who may of never opened their hearts to just the simple knowledge of a Father in Heaven who loves them. Although I know that it has been extremely difficult for Tye, his mission is different than others. I am so proud of him, and even in his hardest moments he opens his heart to our loving Heavenly Father and is able to bless so many.  God has a plan for each of us, and individual plan. Sometimes our missions are not clear, but if we cling to our Father in Heaven we will be able to make it through anything placed in our way.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Introducing...........

Baby Giles #2


This little bundle of joy is scheduled to arrive Sept. 23, 2010. We are really excited for this little one to join our family. Although we've been wanting another baby for awhile, we were suprised that it finally happened. Our Heavenly Father has his own timing and it truly couldn't be better timing. Even though I have been sick it has really helped all of us have something exciting to keep our minds off of missing each other so much. Oaklee is soo excited to be a BIG SISTER! Ever since she saw an episode of Calliou she has been wanting soo bad to be a big brother. We had to convince her that she couldn't be a big brother but she could however be a big sister. I had a feeling that something wasn't quite right the day after Tye left. I didn't know when I would be able to talk to him again so I went to the store and hesitantly bought a pregnancy test. (I didn't want to jinx anything.) After finally getting to talk to Tye I hurried and took the test, just in case I needed to tell Tye the news. When a positive popped up, I hurried and sent him a picture of the test. He was in TOTAL shock, but so happy. (He is way more baby hungry than me!) We decided we would wait to tell everyone, however.... in the mist of all this Oaklee walks into the bathroom and started asking a lot of questions, so we told her, and that it was a secret. She was soo excited. Later on that night my brother Adam missed Oak so he asked if she could come over. When he and his girlfriend brought her back he gave me that look... like he knew. If you tell Adam so juicy new you know he is going to have the hardest time keeping his mouth shut. Then after pulling him aside he tells me what Oaklee had told him. She said "Adam I have a secret, but you can't tell nobody, you can't tell grandma, papa, Cindy (the dog) Koda (adams dog), well you can tell Cindy and Koda. She then proceeded, My mom peeed on that thermometer and it says, My mommy is having a baby." So then after Adam left I ask her in a very sweet tone, Oaklee did you tell anyone our secret? She says very confidently "Yes, I told Adam and Ashley. Then as my expression turned stern, she covers my face and say in a very reasuring voice "No, mommy its Ok it is there secret too." I couldn't be mad at that poor little three year old. After that she did really well at not telling anyone, until she came to me and said, "Mommy, I don't want it to be a secret anymore." So we decided together to tell everyone. Meanwhile little did I know that Tye, bless his heart, had called is Grandma and Grandpa Giles first thing, and let them know. They are so proud to be great-grandparents again. We are so happy and feel so blessed to be able to be parents to this precious lil one, and the wonderful little girl already in our lives.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Well, I know an update is long overdue, but what can I say our lives have been CRAZY. I finished my finals right before my sister's came for Christmas. Thanks Tye for being patient with me as the cleaning and laundry went undone. But the good news is that I got 3 A's and a B! Not bad for my first semester back. Then as I previously mentioned my three sisters came into town for Christmas, and I loved it. This holiday season brought so much joy, and I am so very thankful for the time that I was able to spend with those I love most. After my family left we went and spent some time up at the cabin with Tye's family. We had so much fun going snowmobiling as a family (Oaklee loved it!) Then when we got home it was time to start packing to move out of our house. As Tye was preparing to leave we tried to spend as much time as possible together. I really do appreciate this special time together. Tye is such a special loving person. He is so caring for Oaklee and I, and I'm so proud of him and all that he is working to accomplish. Tye left for Ft. Benning last monday, and we miss him so much! In the short 5 min phone calls he says he is doing well. I hope that I can talk to him soon because we miss him sooo much. Now that Tye is gone, Oaklee and I are staying with my parents...and I'm not going to lie, I love it! This semester I decided to not go to school, and spend some quality time with Oaklee as her daddy is gone, and I don't regret it at all. I love that little girl so much! She is growing up so fast and I know I will never get this time back with her. Although I do hope to finish school, there is no hurry, it can wait, unfortunately
Oaklee growing up won't slow down or wait until im ready. I am so greatful that my husband is able to provide the opportunity to be at home and be a mom and a wife, really this is my ultimate dream job!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

*ABRA KA DABRA*

Last night Tye and I thought it would be funny to crawl under Oaklee's bed and scare her. Then the paln evolved into a better idea. While I was hiding under the bed, Tye told her that her wand was magic and made her bed move. So everytime she would say the magic words her bed would rise. Then we would get her out of the room and hurry and switch places so she could show me. She never caught on to it. We told her that like cinderella the magic would only last so long. Later she was in her room for like 20 min just yelling with so much frustration ABRA KA "BRAGRA." Then this morning she tried it once asnd it didn't work and she got the saddest look on her face.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumkins Pumkins Everywhere Pumpkins


Well for Halloween Tye and I decieded that we would get festive and carve pumpkins. So Papa Newman sent Oaklee (jellybean) and entire bin. She was so excited because he put her name one it and made sure that nobody touched them until she got her pick. He made sure that he sent her the biggest pumkin he could find. She was so excited. Thanks Papa Newman!