Catalyst

Hello everyone!

I am so happy to have the chance to tap out a message today about how our family has been doing lately! Hot coffee in hand, wishing for sunshine but unfortunately it is a rainy, grey, Fall day.

Our Autumn here in beautiful New York State has been abound with glorious colors painted by the Lord himself! I marvel at the beauty of Fall- it almost feels like driving through a movie set. So beautiful, everywhere you look.

That being said, our family was hit by a small setback, if you will, on October 8, 2016. We were driving in a parking lot near our home, when out of nowhere a large pick-up truck slammed into our cute little Chevy Malibu on the passenger side. So scary! With both airbags deployed, and pinned by the other vehicle from exiting the car, I felt fear and anger of the likes I have not felt in a long time. Fortunately, our guardian angels were working overtime that morning, and Ryan, Carter, and I are recovering from our injuries, but not seriously harmed. Our car, however, was totaled! It really baffles me that this man could have been going SO FAST in a parking lot as to total our car- I have a great capacity for forgiveness, but I do not think I will ever understand. I hope he learned a lesson that day- the injuries could have been a lot worse.

With that being said, going through a situation of this type can be daunting! Ryan has been such a trooper- riffling through the paperwork for medical, making the necessary calls about the other car, and securing himself a new car. He is very happy with the 2011 Chevy Malibu that we purchased to replace the car,  but oh, what a nightmare all the details are!

Getting back into the swing of things! I hope everyone is happy and well! Enjoy Fall in it’s splendor before the majesty is gone!

Amy 🙂

Pieces

The weekend has sprung upon us, and the boys and I could not be happier to lounge on a bean bag, rake leaves, or get warm and toasty nearby a late October fire. There just seem to be days in our lives when everything seems right in the world. This happens to be one of those days. I am a creative type, so there is always the longing to: well, post a blog, capture some great shots of nature or my children, archive some of my thoughts in my journal, or create on of the 1,000 recipes that I have “saved for later” on my Facebook account that look completely yummy, but I know we have to wait for later.

Life really is like a puzzle. I don’t know how you believe, evolution/creationism, however, isn’t it sometimes like someone had hold of all the fragments of our life and just tossed them over their shoulder; leaving us to put the pieces back together? I think so. I won’t tell you what to believe or even share my beliefs right now. I just feel like there are certain days when, similar to finding a lucky penny, you stumble upon a piece that fits. Those are the great days. The memorable days. The days you wish you were having when you find yourself in line at Wal-Mart, behind a woman with three screaming children, as you hold a bottle of water and a box of Tylenol. Nothing is ever perfect, and as you get older, you glean the value of a just plain great day.

Perhaps I found a piece today that fits. No forcing that’s cheating! Memories are our brain’s breathtaking photo album; one I never want to lose sight of. Have a Happy Halloween weekend with your families. Have moments. Live. Find joy!

~Amy

carter halloween 2015 Photo of my wonderful Carter 2015. A.L. Findore

Fall Friday

It has already been such a positive experience with my blog, and although I don’t get the chance to send out a post every day,  well…if you read my last posting, you may see why! It is with a very grateful heart that I can say that today was a fun, relaxing day spent enjoying the Triple Cities Area of New York where my family lives with two friends who we feel like we could sit and talk our lives away with. These are the days that I cherish and Thank God for the gift of their friendship and the caring way that they help tote our kids along, taking time out of their busy schedule to make friendship and memories a priority.

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. It is not a religious belief, it is a belief down deep in my core. There just has to be some meaning to this journey we call life, and I chose to believe that there is a divine plan. That is not to say that this plan does not take into account decisions that we make that may alter its course, because I feel it does. However, stretch your mind if you will, perhaps that plan is not rigid, however it will send that event or person back to you again, if you missed them the first time. I could get really philosophical on you, but I have been out in the beautiful fall breeze all day; leaves skipping along the sidewalks, shoppers peaking in windows, hot cups of coffee softly clinking upon saucers, and I just want to give my mind a chance to absorb the truly beautiful experience it is to spend time with our dear, inspiring, generous friends.

We always enjoy laughing the day away with you~ and can’t wait for our next adventure! They say that the best things in life are free. They weren’t kidding folks, True kindness and friendship doesn’t have to cost you anything. That is good for me, because Brady just took my last quarter to buy a gumball! IMG_20140620_080629

~A