Wednesday, April 6, 2011

May your Day be Pink and Bright










La stanza di giuggiola




I  am in dire need of PINK and Pretty
stuff today!


i am on the verge of a RUT...


i must rebel against the rut!


so this is a just a quick post dedicated to

Pink, Happy, Pretty, stuffs!




this is the best advice i have heard in a

long time.

so...YES...I  THINK I  WILL!


xoxo  shell


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Goodbye little Brother





                                            In Loving Memory of 

                   Our little   Brother ...                                                              



Roger Lee Scherf Jr.




My heart is so FULL right now.

I have been avoiding my blog like it's the plague...


because the happenings of late have been....



...a mixture of  extreme sadness and
extreme beauty.


(does that make any sense??? it will in a minute i promise!)


SO either one that i talk about will have me

bawling like a little baby.




Two weeks ago ..march 19th...

I got a phone call from my father, Roger Scherf  Sr.,

he was in hysterics...

RJ , Roger Jr.,  was  in a horrible car accident...


He was in Madigan Hospital on the Army Base of 
Fort Lewis...

He was pronounced brain dead.

He was on life support.

Not expected to make it much longer...


The military was picking my father up to get him

to Washington  A.S.A.P. 


If he left immediately..he might make it to say goodbye

to his son...my little brother...RJ


He was packed and waiting when the military phoned to say

that the plane ticket had been cancelled...


Sr.  and   Jr. that is one proud papa!

It was too Late.....RJ was gone...


We were all devastated...especially for my

father and Rj's mom...

They were not going to be able to hold their

sons hand one last time... tell him they loved him once more....



Then ...just hours later....  another call came in...

It was a misunderstanding...

RJ was  still alive....
on life support.. but still holding onto life.




It was a beautiful Miracle!

Just hours after My dad and RJ's mom got to the
hospital  they held a small service in honor of RJ...

There was a Vigil in that hospital room that night.

30 or more of RJ's fellow soldiers and
friends were their to say their goodbyes as well.




A prayer was offered up to Heaven...

RJ was in bad shape....it was his time to go...

Lori, Rj's mom,  told him he could go...
she thanked him for holding on til they could say goodbye...

As the prayer ended....and the words...

"in the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN,".... were uttered...

Roger Lee Scherf Jr....took his very last breath on this Earth.


He returned to his Heavenly Father on March 20th,2011.



He had just turned 21 the week before....

He had just married a month before....

He was so young...It was very confusing...



In late 2009 he was in Afghanistan and his platoon was

hit by one of the largest IED bombs  ever recorded...

He was driving the HUM V...

All of his men and their interpreter...

were killed....




RJ was the only survivor.

Surely there must have been something more in store for
this amazing young man....

He was spared ...it was a miracle for sure...

the vehicle was destroyed...

He had brain damage...a badly injured leg...

a severely lacerated tongue...and a mouth full of broken teeth...

But ....

HE WAS ALIVE!

A short year and a half later....

He was recovering well...

physically....

but struggling to hang in there emotionally..

survivors guilt...His platoon brothers were gone...

he had seen horrible things....

His heart was in a lot of pain...



And now he too is gone....

He survived the Taliban but an icy road got the best of him...

It seemed so wrong.


But here's the thing....

In the last year and a half....

RJ became very close to the mothers and fathers of his
fellow soldiers who never made it home from that war.

He was their last connection to the sons that they
would never see again...

He told those boy's stories...

He gave their parents something to hold onto and  the chance to have some closure... to let go...

 to heal their broken hearts.


Rj was a true hero!!!



To our Country and to those families...


He is My Hero.

I will never be the same again....

I have so much more gratitude for what those boys
and men do for us....


Rj did not become a soldier...he was born one.

They see too much....

things noone should ever have to witness...

and they do it all for us...

for you and me...

We are free because of them.

As his Seargents and fellow soldiers shared
their stories of RJ and their love for his Humor that
"kept them all going"...
My Patriotism just grew by leaps and bounds.


RJ as a boy...in camo...as always!  ;)

God Bless America...

and  our little brother..

RJ


xoxo  shell


links to articles on RJ:

P.S.  thank your soldiers every chance you get....
you never know when you won't  be able to anymore!



Friday, March 18, 2011

Pot o' Gold



Around here.....
We believe in ANY excuse to celebrate!





Serious!... Any reason to have an extra~ordinary day
......

Yes Pleez!






We celebrate short days at school
by getting icecream every Friday
after i pick the kids up!






We look forward to every  new day really...

What will it hold?
What will happen?

What  will we accomplish?
What fun will we conjure up?

What oppurtunities will present themselves?

Life Is FUN!








But

..if you tell me ...

That there is a chance that Leprichauns may show
up at my house in search of shiny treasure....






Then count me in Yo!

"I Will Decorate with Clovers,
put up Rainbows and Pots o' gold
on my walls...





and even dress the ENTIRE family IN
GREEN!!!! 







We are all smiles here on st. Patty's!


-











some of us could barely keep our pants on!!!!

(yumm....toddler butt on the kitchen table!!!)

can u say...409  ?!!



Green eggs and ham for supper....

(does slightly, barely, sorta green, count ???)


oh yah.. and bacon...instead of ham???

same animal right???


and ...

Finally...Any excuse to wear my
New Gold sequin shoes from Decades!!!











I went with the "pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow "
ensamble for my St. Patty's get up.

I even attended Parent Teacher Conferences in this
very same outfit!


am i becoming "THAT" embarassing mom???

TOO BAD!


I tell my kids....


"i feed you...
you need me"...



hee hee

xoxo  shell




Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Table for 6????








 
I love lil boys with overgrown curly hair....

I thought for sure with my nappy lil head of hair....

that i would have a boy with curls...




But nope....


and both of my girls started out with curls...


Lou lost hers...

maybe when she ate the sheep poo pie.

Maybe that knocked the curl right outta her hair!


she really did.  We were fishing near a herd of sheep
and she picked that lil "pie" up and took a bite...

(she would be very mad if i did not explain that she was like..2 when this happened)

(but it's funnier if you imagine a 7 year old eating the sheep
poo~ pie)  lol






Kie,  my youngest is 3 and she still has the curlies!
hers is way curlier than Kenzie lou's was though.


Kade was born with an awesome Mohawk...





Little " MoHawker".....

get it???

that's our last name....Hawker...
prefix it with the "mo"...
that gives you.....Mohawker...


check one ...check two...

Is this thing on???
(tapping the microphone...)



What is my point????

I am getting baby hungry.





i know.
i know...

i swore we were done.

after each child i swore it.

i had to do what i had to do just to survive
the baby phase.

so when i told myself i was DEFINATELY DONE...



 
it was to assure myself that this was the last time
i would have to endure screaming and crying in
the night and diapers...diaper bags ..and  bubbas...
and lugging carseats around...

UMMMM...

it's probably still gonna be a bit before i
convince myself to take the plunge again....

babies are getting cuter to me ....

but crying TRUMPS the cute thing.

I AM NOT READY FOR MORE CRYING.

(one of my kids hasnt let up with the crying thing yet.,.....ahem...HINT: it's not the youngest
or the oldest...ahem....)




We have it really good right now....

we just get up  and go... i take naps as i please...
Hubby and i  go on Guilt Free dates....
and did i mention NO Diapers!!!

but..... i did tell Kade he could have a lil
brother...one with curly hair...


FIRST THINGS FIRST THOUGH!

I need a new home....

yup...keep your belt buckled hubby...

buy me a house and then we will talk!



xoxo shell

(if it turned out to be a girl...then I LIED
to kade...and thats how it would just have to be....
cuz i would FOR SURE..

BE DONE!

hee hee





Monday, March 14, 2011

Pink~ness and Nickel Auctions





You won't even believe this but.....


i got the flu again....

3rd time since  Jan. 20th.

(it was a doozy...i even called my sister and

asked her to take care of me and my kids for the day)

(i don't ask for help....)

so you know it was bad.

(ps   i still have walking pneumonia)

I've been feelin  guck!

so when i felt better on Friday night...

THE PINK SHOES CAME OUT!









I new i had to go to drastic measures to
pick myself up!






so PINK it was!!!









Pink sweater......








and Pink flower necklace!!!!......


shoes: D.I.   $2.00
sweater: Rag time 2nd hand store  $3.00
necklace: Downeast $5.00

Feeling pretty in Pink...

YUP!  YOU know where this is going......
....
PRICELESS!!!!


oooh...

and my sister took me to my very first NICKEL AUCTION!!!

there is a whole nother WORLD out there!!!

and i'm sooo gonna host my own...

very soon...

so get ready girls!!!

****don't drop anything else off at the
D.I.****

save it for my upcoming nickel auction!!!
IT IS SOOO MUCH FUN!

xoxo shell



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thrifting for Fashion






This past Friday.....

Matt called into work sick.


and SO DID I!






i've been sick for the past month and a half...

and still am. 

....

But i finally figured out what was wrong!

i hadn't been thrift store shopping in FOREVER!

....

duh!

that must be the problem...

so the dr. orders would surely be a day out

thrifting with my sister!

So we hit up a secondhand vintage clothing store
downtown  appropriately called  ....

DECADES


behold:


my new, old, studded,  bowtie,  cuff bracelet









and my yumm new, old, necklace!


I also scored some

GOLD SEQUIN shoes!!!
and some earrings to die for!

(i'll get some pics of those soon!)




next,   we hit up a little boutique called

RAG TIME

also a secondhand shop but with more modern clothing!


i scored 3 purses, 2 pairs of jeans and 3 tops...

oh and 2 more pairs of shoes!




these are my new, old trucker jeans and  my brown leather bag
with my
lucky green shoes...just in time for

St. Patty's day!!!




Who says you gotta spend big money to pull together cute outfits?

3.99 shoes
12.00 sweater
3.99 bag

and 5.00 jeans!

NOT TOO SHABBY!

and i'm helping save the planet!

reuse  reduce  recycle


i'm just that kinda girl....


GO GREEN!








AND ...

i can finally wear my green dress from the Goodwill in California!

Yay!

tis the season for GREEN!

SPRING AND  ST. PATRICKS...

AND

MONEY!

I  have a big dumptruck job this week!

hope to pay off some bills and put some away for a house!

wish me luck!


xoxo shell

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Wierd Happy







 AS OF fRIDAY, fEB 25TH.....

We the People  ...(the hawkers)

are no LONGER HOME OWNERS!

yep!!!

WE ARE ELATED to report....

we sold our home!!!

(goodbye friend..you served us well.)

after a very,very,very, long and grueling

2 years....  IT'S GONE!!!

We are experiencing minor feelings
of sadness at the loss of our beloved home and nieghborhood...but mostly we are:

relieved, at peace, thrilled, and excited

at the possibilities that await us!

We even looked through a few model homes
last night durning our date...

(just dreaming)

I have been pushing myself for the 

past couple of trying years...not to ask the

questions like..  "why me?"   but to

replace those dooming thoughts with

more hopeful ones.... like

"WHAT'S NEXT?"

i can't lie down and die with so much left to be done.....

HOPE  is all i had some days....

With so much weighing us down...

job changes and financial stress and

losing a home.....

it would have been easy to retreat into
the rut and dwell there...

But the stuff worth anything good in this life...

IS NEVER EASY!

I am NOT perfect....
at all....
not even a little bit close to it....

sometimes the only thing that got me out of bed in the morning was...
the excitement to buy a new decorating magazine...
a great movie i wanted to see
or to just surprise a friend with a cupcake...

totally worldly ,  i know...

but hey...i did what i could and prayed for
the strength for the rest!

nope...i'm not a perfect friend, or mom, or
wife or daughter....

but boy do i wanna be some day!

i want to be comfortable in the presence of
my Savior and my Heavenly Father...

the only 2 perfect beings i know.

so i will give it my all while i am here
and have the chance....


Sooo

We do our best and hang on to hope for the rest!


xoxo  shell


 


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The thing About Kade...




The thing about Kade....





He is IMPOSSIBLE...

Impossibly loud, wild, crazy, rowdy,
emotional and demanding....



but  OH  SO impossibly amazing, wonderful, fun, funny,
sweet, caring,  obedient, darling and ADORABLE....



He is just perfectly complicated!

He keeps life around here Exciting!


THAT IS FOR SURE!!!


 and kade....

JUST TURNED 5

i don't even know how really...

 it kinda snuck up on us actually....





The WHOLE thing did really.


It all started in a dusty little cabin on MOON Lake...

Then he was born....crying....

(and i with no medication for the birth...was crying also!!!)

i got to the hospital a bit late for an epidural...

at    7    centimeters
wondering if i might, perhaps, could get checked...

to see if i might possibly be in labor???

goodness....   you'd think i hadn't done
it all once before!!!





kade was born into our family to

teach us so many things....

here are some things you should know about
kade:

*his middle name is Harley
after my wonderful grandpa


*his nicknames are Bubby or Dade.
("dade" comes from Drew his lil cousins adorable lil lisp)


* If he is mad....
....
HIDE!

*if he loves you...
You Know it.
his heart is HUGE!

*he LOVES him some Green.

*He loves to be heard...
and if you arent listening...
....
Run and HIDE!  lol

*Kade Harley is known for his CRazy
handsome Hair.
all the young women at church crush over
his hair!
(also from his great grandpa Harley)

* Kade only eats grilled cheese,
chicken nuggets, and Bacon..

***and CHOCOLATE!***

*HE LOVES Gi joes, dinosaurs and Monster Trucks...

**kade has rode on a MONSTER TRUCK
school bus

*and kade can say the best prayers.Hands down!




.....

He is a BIG gentleman with a heart of Gold
who loves to "choose the right".....


AND that is THE THING ABOUT KADE....

He is our pride and joy!


xoxo  shell