Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas With BeBe & PaPa

BeBe & PaPa came up for an early pre-Cabo Christmas again this year and we had a blast!  We even got a big beautiful snow while they were in town!  We love having them at the house--they are easy and fun and great to be around!
Hays happened to have his first date over the weekend.  I haven't gotten to meet her yet, but I am looking forward to that in 2015!  Hays met her father and everything!  We'll see. . . .

Last year's bike pictures with this year's deer pictures!
After 10 days of braiding we finally finished!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Birthday Twins

Two weekends ago I headed to Texas to surprise my two best friends from Baylor for their birthdays. I wasn't going until the last minute when Maggie convinced me that I had to get down there--40 is a big deal!  So, I hopped on a plane and headed to Austin.

Tiffany and Tracy are forever friends.  We met at Baylor and have been friends since--and it has been so fun to see how our friendship has grown and deepened since college!  They are two of the best!

Tiff's 40th was in Austin on Friday night and then we headed to Dallas (via Waco for a trip down memory lane) for Tracy's party on Saturday night.  It was great seeing old friends like Kristen and Melanie and Katy, too!!!
This is where Andy and I met!!  Old Testament class 1993.
Another bonus to the trip was that I got to see my dear friend, Kirsten, for a couple of hours!   I love her!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Four Decade Friendship

Jason Brawner and I were basically raised as twins for much of our childhood (we were born 9 days apart).  He was my best friend for as long as I can remember.  Nearly 20 years ago he married one of my favorite people (didn't know her until Jason) and she loves the friendship that has been four decades in the making.  Alison is hysterical and caring and wise and I absolutely love her!  Andy and Jason love being together and laughing together; Alison and I love being together and can share from the depths of our souls with one another--what a gigantic blessing that is!!!!

For Thanksgiving Brawner Party of 5 came to visit Braner Party of 7 for the week and we had a great time!  It may have been one of the most fun and adventurous weeks we have ever had!  One day we biked, one day we climbed and three days we were on the mountain skiing and boarding.  We cooked and cleaned and watched movies and played games and talked and laughed.

Our kids had a blast together!  The grown ups laughed a lot and had some great times of good conversation.  This four decade friendship is a amazing gift and I am so thankful for it!!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Why Wouldn't I Share?

I am a great marketer.  I am!  I'll share a recipe I love the minute my kids say "this is awesome, Mom!"  I'll suggest that a friend should see a movie that I really enjoyed and even offer to tag along.  I'll suggest a lotion or a store or a vacation destination.  I don't think twice when I share things like that with people--friends or strangers actually!  I love to share with people.  (I was actually just offered a job at Bath & Body Works because I was helping some total stranger find the perfect scent and lotion because I love to share.)

I also love so many MLM's.  For example, one of my best friends is very in to make up and skin care (she's a professional make up artist) and I know that it is her passion and I believe that she has spent much time researching and testing different products and when she put her "stamp of approval" on a certain skin care line, I hopped on board.  Why wouldn't I?  For one, she is my friend and I feel like that's what friends should do (I'm loyal).  And secondly, she has spent time doing the research I would NEVER do, so why shouldn't I trust her and buy those products?  (I bought them and I love them by the way!)

For some reason; however, I am scared to death to promote my own company to friends, family and/or strangers.  Why will I promote a movie or a book or a store or a recipe or a lotion smell without a second thought, but I get so tongue tied when it comes to sharing about these health and wellness products I have fallen in love with and this company that has given me so much?  That is my own personal hang up and something I am working on.

I love (My) MLM because I can share with people these products that I love.  These products that have helped me and my family get our health under control.  Dax and I don't have migraines.  My kids haven't gotten the flu or a cold since we started.  Tiki is off his meds.  Maggie and Hays are seeing their hormones balance.  Andy has rediscovered his love of living healthy.  He and I together have lost more than 60 pounds.  Why wouldn't I want to share that with people?

I love (My) MLM because the company is so generous.  Camping isn't the highest paying profession out there and Durango isn't the cheapest city to live in and five kids are hungry all the time.  This company has given me the gift of financial security when we needed it.  Why wouldn't I want to share that with people?

I have gotten to go to Dallas and Sundance and I am headed to Cancun in January all on this company's dime.  And they invite me to bring my hubby WITH me--on their dime!  How many companies reward their employees with all expenses paid for trips and say, "oh, be sure and invite your best friend, too!"  Why wouldn't I want to share that with people?

I love (My) MLM because it is a company with integrity.  The reason I have (My) like this is because I cannot speak for all MLM's....especially with regards to this reason.  But this company wants what is best for its customers.  They are focused on health beyond quick weight loss. They are focused on a business opportunity for years to come not just the now.  They are focused on nutrition and reprograming one's body to work the way it is supposed to.  In LA where they invited all of their Directors and above, we stood as a group of executives and distributors and held hands and prayed that our motives would be pure, that we would share with people while building relationships.  Why wouldn't I want to share that with people?

I love (My) MLM because I have made forever friends.  In a place where I have struggled with loneliness, I have found a group of people who I love and laugh with.  I have found friends who I am thankful for each and every day.  Why wouldn't I want to share that with people?

So if I love (My) MLM so much.  If I love the products and the opportunity and the trips and the integrity and the friendships, why am I so scared to share with people?  Why am I my biggest enemy with sharing?  One of my business partners thanks me weekly because I have changed her life.  Why am I afraid to continue to share that?  Another one of my client's mothers sent me a four page hand written letter thanking me for changing her daughters life on multiple levels.  Why wouldn't I want to share that with people?

I know that I have a product and an opportunity that can help everyone!  I believe that everyone I know needs health.  That is a given.  But aside from that, every mom I know needs energy and often needs a little mood boosting.  I know that many people want the weight loss.  I know that so many people are struggling financially, or they have bigger bucket lists then their wallets can cover or they have debt that is drowning them.  So why wouldn't I share with people?

So, when I do decide to overcome my own personal fears and I contact you, please know that I am just sharing.  I'm just sharing about products I love.  I just want more for you.  More health or more time or more energy or more money....whatever, I just want to share with you the great opportunity I have found.  That's it.  My motives are pure (that is my daily prayer) and my desire truly is for YOU.  Yes, I make money off of my customers, but I believe with all my heart that what you can get out of this company is exponentially more than the check I will be getting in the mail (even though the company is so amazingly generous).  It truly is about you.  Know that.  Because why wouldn't I share that with you?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Brady & Jen

I got the opportunity to spend a few days with my brother and his wife last week and it was so good for my soul.  I am just awed by them.  They are the most perfect (no one is perfect, I know) couple.  They compliment one another so completely and they both spur the other on to growth and excellence and I love that.  Also, (since I am the big sister, I can say this), I have seen them both grow and mature so much over the past five years and I am so glad that I got to be with them and just hang out.

I did get to go to Disney twice while I was there! Jen took me the first night to see Elsa "ice" Cinderella's castle.  It was so much fun to be with Jen and some of her friends from work.  They were all so super excited to see the castle get lit for the first time this season!  And Olaf made his first ever Disney appearance and that was super fun!!!  Then the next day Brady took me to the park and we did a whole lot of going from ride to ride deciding the lines were too long!  We did get to see Cinderella in the parade and that was super special for us!

It was a relaxing weekend away from kids and the computer (and even my phone due to technical difficulties).  I appreciate the time they took out of their schedules to entertain me and hang out with me!  They are great!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Snow On The Mountains

So, yesterday I grabbed my littles from school early to head to the mountains because there was snow.  Last year I did this and it was a super fun memory, so when I saw snow on the mountains yesterday I decided to make a tradition out of it!

They were so excited!  Dax actually said that when he saw snow on the mountains on the way to school that he knew I'd be coming to get him!

So, I headed to the mountains with Tiki, Dax and Gabby (and Baylor).  The weather was beautiful and the drive was peaceful.  We to to Molas pass and had a blast throwing snowballs and laughing.  When it was time to leave, we realized that the keys had been locked in the car.  Not great.

Thankfully we have AAA and thankfully there were several very generous people around at the time. One guy gave us food, water and THREE wonderful coats to wear while we waited.  He left us with the coats and his contact info so we could ship them back.  Another couple let the kids warm up in their car for about 30 minutes and then gave us blankets and towels and another coat when it was time for them to leave.  They are from Durango, so we'll be returning those today.

It was an adventure.  It was a great lesson in helping others.  It got cold and we huddled together under the coats and blankets with Baylor on top of us trying to keep warm while we waited more than two hours for AAA.

So, the day won't long be forgotten, but I have a feeling they'll only remember the locked out part and not the fun in the snow part.