Thursday, August 20, 2015

Part 1 of Many

This is a hodge podge of photo memories from part of my summer.
Ice cream is always a good idea. Always.
When friends from childhood come over for a couple of hours. Ah, the memories...
Work. Lately it has been busy and stressful and sometimes, when I can't keep up with all of my tables, I just want to walk out and never serve another table again. But these people help get me through.
This is my brother Logan, he is pretty cool. And he is holding my favorite nephew. I do try not to be one of those annoying aunts who talk of nothing but what their nieces and nephews, but it is difficult.
My grandparents and I spent a day fishing together. It was awesome. And after a while I even quit gagging over putting worms on the hook. My Grandpa is a great fisherman.

My church had a game night and invited some local officers to join us. I was honored to present one of them with a gift basket.
This is my family. And our best try a nice picture.
And this picture because I like it and I remember the happiness of that evening.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Am Alive

(Yes, this is my nephew. I adore him.)
I know, it has been months since my last update. But life, it has this thing where it gets in the way of stuff like blogging. Or maybe, just maybe, I am a procrastinator. That is a distinct possibility.
So much has happened and there are so many pictures I should share. Speaking of which, I have been trying to get photos of things. Happenings. Laughter. Because even just one picture can make you remember a whole episode in your life.

This has been one of the hardest and also one of the best summers of my life. New friends were made and old friends became better friends. People I cared about faded into bittersweet memories, but other people went from black and white to color for me. People were married (seriously, what is with everyone getting hitched suddenly?!) And babies were born. People moved away, people got new jobs. There was laughter, there were plenty of tears.
Through it all, God was there. He is always there. Which makes it alright in the end. It is way easier to say that than to actually believe. But, it is something I have to hold onto.
And now, with that rather long and slightly depressing group of words, I will end this post.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Yes folks, I am finally an aunt. And quite proud of the fact. My little (very little) nephew was born April 2nd. He only weighed 4 pounds, but I tell you, he has all of us wrapped around his fingers. I came home from Florida 2 weeks early just to see him. In case you were wondering, I am his favorite aunt. 
::Shane Anderson Yoder::

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Friends I Get To Spend Time With

 My bestie, Sherri, was able to fly down for a quick, half week visit. We had an incredible time, catching up, eating junk food, walking, riding the scooter, watching movies and just laughing. Because Sherri always makes me laugh.
 Sadly my 'Grandparents' went home last week. I miss hanging out with them.

I met Linda at the park a couple of weeks ago. Turns out we live in the same area and have mutual friends. She was one of the rare and wonderful people that I can just meet and instantly 'click' with.
 Sherri, Emily and Marilyn are all coworkers of mine up North. And both Marilyn and Emily have been down here all winter as well.

 Taking time out of our day to pose with an Amish man and his buggy.
 I love this friend.
 And these goofballs.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Florida Continued

 After my (joyous) return to the warm, sunny South, I continued having adventures.
 Anna, Diane and I decided we were a biking gang. Our name: Sweet Thang Gang. Our motto: "Don't look at us".
 We never forget this. Mostly because the Northerners don't let us.
I've had visitors. Marvin and Jan, dear friends from church who practically adopted me are down for a month. (Or maybe I adopted them.) They take me to get ice cream. We have a lot of fun.
 Daniel and Janel, my world traveling buddies, were able to stop by for a quick visit. It was a blast showing them "nightlife" in Pinecraft. Where they roll up the sidewalks at 10.
 I made some new friends as well. Rachel actually lives in my area up North, but we didn't meet till down here.
 I had met Emily and Laronda before, but we didn't really 'click' till down here. The laughs with these girls were many
 I love surprise visitors too. Tabitha dropped in at work and said hi.

 What have I been doing otherwise?
Going to the beach. At least once a week, but lately twice or three times. I mean, WHY NOT?!
 Playing volley ball at the park. They play every night. And yes, while you may not know a single soul there, you get to recognizing the faces after a while. (Until they go home and the next batch of vacationers come in.) Also, I've made some nice friends this way.
 Pretty much every week a bunch of us coworkers go to my 'Florida Mom's' place and eat cinnamon rolls and play games and watch tv and just generally hang out. It's the best of times.
 And let's not forget work. We all do a lot of that. And when we are done, we scoot home. #Pinecraftscootergang
 Emily and I on her 23rd birthday at a favorite down here, Keva Juice.
 Scooting to and from work is actually a nice part of my day. I love seeing all the people as a fly (?) by. And people know me (or is it my scooter?) so it has a good hometown feel.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Visit Home

In the beginning of February I flew home for a short weekend. A family friend was getting married and I just couldn't miss that. I squeezed as many conversations and hugs and quality time with as many friends and family members that I could. 
Congratulations, Tom and Sue!!!
My beloved friend Sharla deserves a shout out. She is a loyal letter writing pal to me, even though I don't always get something written to her. And seriously, this girl is an absolutely AMAZING writer. I don't know how she does it.
I was seriously overjoyed to spend time with Jess.
A late night run to Walmart for ice cream was in order. And don't you wish you could be like us cool kids?
Sunday afternoon...spending some of that quality time. Logan, Shan, yours truly, Jess and Japheth.
And, of course, a breakfast on the day I flew back, with some of my favorite coworkers. Sherri (who is coming down in like 3 days. I CAN'T WAIT!!!), Deanna, LeAnna, me, Karen and Rosie.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Florida is Where I Live

Yes, I moved to Florida for the winter. I've been here since the beginning of December and won't be back in Ohio until sometime in April. I work at an Amish style restaurant, sorta like the one I work at up north, just like triple the size. 
 My journey to Florida had a rough start. The truck taking me to the airport broke down about 2 miles from our destination. What was there to do but walk as briskly as possible to make it for my flight?! I was in heeled boots and so was my friend Sherri. (((blisters))) We DID make it, just in time.
I knew a total of 3 people when I arrived. Thankfully I work with 2 of them. They helped me get used to things. I decided not take a vehicle down, so my mode of transportation was a bike.
About a week after I arrived, some amazing friends came down for a week and I got to spend several days with them. Good times.
We spent quite a few hours on the beach. I mean, this IS Florida.
My Grandparents come down for about 2 months every winter, 2 of my siblings came for a weekend and one of my best pals came for a week with her family. It was a wonderful reunion with all of them.
Sweet Berries with a bestie. I miss this girl immensely.
And then all the Ohio people returned to the land of the frozen and I was left to fend for myself. Ok, it wasn't that bad. But it forced me (thankfully) to make new friends. Which turned out lovely. 
This is my adopted Florida Mom Charlene. Some weeks I'm at her house more then my own. She feeds me and gives me advice and hugs and is a lovely person inside and out. And then there is Diane. The first morning we worked together I said, "I decided we should be friends." She said, "ok." And then we were. We laugh a lot. Which is important in a friendship.
I got tired of biking everywhere. So I got myself a scooter. One of my coworkers also drives one. We are scooter buddies. Anna and I have lots of fun scootering to various places together.
Sometimes I take a passenger. That would be Diane behind me.
Then my married sister Aud and her husband Marvin came and surprised me. We only had like 2 days together, but we loved reconnecting as friends and sisters again.

I've got an awesome group of friends/coworkers here. We go bowling, or watch a movie or go to beach and watch people with food get attacked by sea gulls. Then we go get ice cream. It's seriously kind of like a party all the time here. I mean we all work a lot, but even then, we are with friends, so it's fun then too.
 One Sunday afternoon, riding an elephant. Because when do you ever get the chance to do that?!
 Yes, I am glad I came.