Monday, February 20, 2017


Vrooom's time to teach Miss Hannah to drive. Today. Lesson number's easier to let you experience this through my phone recording than try to describe it...beyond words. Just beyond words.





February is flying past me, my mind has still not caught up to Christmas, the new year, or even Valentine's Day, and now it is President's Day.

We had a busy weekend, Hannah had an All Star Tournament in Evansville, IN and Matthew had a Travel Tournament in Columbus, OH. I am thankful for texting and Snapchat, I was able to keep up with what was going on in Columbus while keeping Greg informed with what was happening in Evansville...little things like Hannah's first penalty...and the teammate with a crush on Hannah which sat outside our door until midnight while I kept her safely tucked inside the room. Greg compared it to when our cat is on the screened in porch and the tomcat sits in the garden looking so forlorn and howling...

She looks a bit proud of herself, don'cha think?

That's my girl!  

Matthew's weekend was a mixed bag of emotions. His team is winning but unfortunately, he lacked humility and will be suffering the consequences of is behavior. It is entirely possible that a few tears rolled out of my eyes when I was texting his coach and a few out of Matthew's eyes when all is said and done. I had a noticed a lack of humility on his part and was trying to teach him how important to be a good steward of the gifts God has placed in us. I was not successful. I believe his coach will be. I am very thankful for his coach caring enough to discipline him. It is very hard to watch your child suffer the consequences of his behavior but I am very thankful to have a coach that cares enough to discipline him and for that, I am very grateful.

On the bright side, I stole some screenshots of Matthew's Snaps to me and they're cute. Boys are adorable.

Yep, they had an outdoor game...their own version of the Outdoor Classic

Lauren served at a Marriage Conference that our church hosts every February. Our church does things well and provided photo opportunities...Lauren took advantage of the photo spot for a picture which she titled "Oh, Hubby, Where art thou?"


Hannah and I spent the weekend eating, starting on Friday, we began eating at Taco Mama before taking our eating on the road to Evansville...I forgot to take pictures at Starbucks,  Five Guys, Turoni's, and PFChangs...and I did manage a picture of my three favorite travel items...tea bags, yeti cup, and my tea kettle. 

Who would like a pint of "Slapshot Ale?"

And that was our weekend, we also had Valentine's Day and I served at our first Motion (our church has a youth service the second Wednesday each month). I think I had as much fun as the kids...I was praying for 300 to come...God sent 816 students. It was amazing.





And on top of everything else...Matthew had a birthday....

Thursday, February 9, 2017


It's Thursday, things are here are nice and quiet. I got the kids off to school, went to the gym, printed out my prison letters, and now it is time to clean myself up and head to the Allergist for my weekly shots and a trip to the Commissary. Life is good. I like when it is simple.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekend Videos

Matthew's goals from this past weekend. I am going to post the links and then the videos, for some reason, the videos are getting the right side cut off so you can't see the whole screen. Click on the link if you want to see the whole picture.   <<< Click here to watch entire screen

v Kennesaw Phoenix 2/4/2017 6-Bice scores assisted by 11-Faulds (assist confirmed) from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.  <<

v 06 Duluth Phoenix 2/5/2017 11-Faulds scores assisted by 6-Bice from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.  <<

v 06 Duluth Phoenix 2/5/2017 6-Bice scores assisted by 11-Faulds (assisted confirmed) from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.  <<<<<

v 06 Duluth Phoenix 2/5/2017 6-Bice scores from 11-Faulds from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.  <<

v 05 Duluth Phoenix 2/5/17 10-Regan scores assisted by 6-Bice and 17-Lavenant from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.   <<

v Kennesaw Phoenix 2/4/2017 6-Bice scores assisted by 99-Kalber from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.


Matthew is now officially a teenager. He had a very low key birthday since he had school and hockey practice. I did get him cupcakes with a hockey theme. His birthday dinner will be next weekend since this past weekend was filled with hockey. Matthew did well, he had 3 goals and some assists. He had a beautiful goal with his for a defenseman, he is doing well.

Matthew asked if he could play for Nashville or Thunder next year. Our funds, unfortunately, do not stretch that far. After driving home from Nashville, I realized, I am too old to make that drive four times a week, even if we could afford it.

The Thunder program is extremely expensive and I am not sure if it is worth it. It is AAA but I don't see that the kids are better than M, it's a lot of money to pay for a program that doesn't seem to develop the players more than our local travel team.

Matthew does have talent though, so it is a dilemma regarding what to do with him. His coach has suggested sending him up north to play at the Military School he went to in Indiana. It's college prep and is strong on character development. Again, a huge amount of money...This is a huge prayer issue for us. God has obviously given Matthew talent, now how do we develop it without going bankrupt? I am not a parent with NHL dreams but I do see Matthew coaching and mentoring young people so I want to give him the tools to share the gifts God gave him. Please pray for God to give us direction and insight for the next hockey season. In the meantime, here are some pictures from his birthday and last week...he is growing so fast,

Bakersfield Tacos, Nashville, TN
Between Games

After the Patriots won the Super Bowl
Much to Greg's displeasure
(Both H&M were born in years the Patriots won, we were happy)

Roo's Tribute to M

Penalty during White Bantam House League Game

Sunday, January 29, 2017

More Hockey

This weekend we had more hockey. The team did well and our little defenseman had two goals and a few assists.

The funniest clip is when a player is holding onto him while Matthew skated the puck and looked the beginning of a congo line...and the ref didn't call a penalty...a weird game altogether...but the boys won and most importantly, they had fun.

The girls and I drove back last night since Lauren and me were both serving at church. Hannah had All Star practice...tomorrow? Laundry and no hockey. We don't have any hockey. My car gets to stay in the garage and I am very happy. I am a blessed woman, no doubt about it.

I am posting the link for the video (so you can see it in better quality) in addition to the video.

v Kennesaw Phoenix 01/28/2017 6-Bice scores assisted by 44-Garrett and 17-Lavenant from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.

v Birmingham Bulls 1/28/2017 6-Bice scores assisted by 12-Seikel from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.

v Kennesaw Phoenix 1/28/2017 22-Davis scores assisted by 6-Bice and 30-McMonigle from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.

v Kennesaw Phoenix 1/28/2017 11-Faulds scores assisted by 68-Watts and 6-Bice from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.

v 06 Duluth Phoenix 1/29/2017 11-Faulds scores assisted by 68-Watts and 6-Bice from Ben Faulds on Vimeo.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Did I Tell You?

Did I tell you my method for getting Hannah to be confidant and skate the puck down the ice? She has only been playing for a year now and she is on an all boy team, playing against boys, so she was a little cautious about grabbing the puck and heading for the net. I offered a pedicure for skating it down the ice and a manicure if she skated and took a shot on goal. It worked. She was fearless. What will the girl not do for a little beauty treatment? 

I forgot to include this picture in my birthday post

Hannah after her facial. The facial was for missing Matthew's trip to South Bend to play in her All Star Game...She really wanted to see Notre Dame

Hannah's Fifteenth Birthday Cake

All Star Tournament

The Defensemen sometimes forwards...but I like to call them THE DREAM TEAM

Middle School White Team