Monday, July 6, 2015

My How Time Flies

Life has changed since I have last updated.  I have been wanting to update for so long, but couldn't get into the blog, didn't know how to update pictures, etc.  So, I think I might have figured it all out :)

First, it is now 2015- we are a party of five.  We have been married almost 13 years now.  Three amazing kids, jobs changes, pets have come and gone, and we are somehow still together.  I am grateful for all that my life has become. As I sat and read through some of my old posts, I don't know why I ever stopped.  It was a beautiful story that I really should have kept up with better~

I guess with Facebook and Instagram - the art of writing (er... typing) is a thing of the past? My mom used to say she never wanted to sit at a computer, or figure out any of this technology stuff for fear that she would stop writing- my how true your words have become. 

My mom passed away this year- 6 weeks ago tomorrow.  Last time I had posted anything on here- she was just diagnosed.  Now, what seems like an eternity has passed.  Come to me, all who are weary and burdened.  And I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28. A perfect description of what her final days, months, and even years were like.  Mom needed to rest, I am confident that God allowed her to come to him and rest.

I don't even know where I should start, maybe a reintroduction to our family might be best.  I know that I wanted to get back to these posts ~ so much heavy stuff has been going on with our family, that facebook and instagram no longer feel appropriate.  It needs more than that.  I needed to have more space to write.  So, I found my way back here. 

Everything that I have in my life now, I wouldn't have without this guy.  I have hit the jackpot over and over with him-
Almost 16 years have past since we first met, times have tested us more than I would like to count, but through it all, I wouldn't go to sleep beside anyone else.  I wouldn't want to wake up without him and most importantly, I wouldn't want to do life with anyone but him.  There aren't enough words to write to express how much I love him.  Families have rocks. He is ours.  Families need steady. He is solid.  Families need funny.  He is our comedian.  I less than three you ~ always.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Just a few

Just a few pictures to prove we are still alive....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

ella's a whole hand!

She is five now! Today was her party-- It was a huge success! A friend came a took some pretty amazing pictures-- but here are a few for the time being! Love every giggle and squeal from 16 precious little girls. One rule for a dance birthday party-- NO BOYS! She got her wish and really it was wonderful! Thanks for all that came and helped!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Life as WE know it...

There are a few things that Chris and I know to be true-
1- People love to tell US what they think of how we live
2- People have not ONE problem expressing their disapproval of the way we live
3- Our kids are amazing
4- Our kids are what make us a family
5- With or without money, jobs, careers, fancy cars, big houses, or nice furniture.... I love my life

We've had a very different summer this year- but we have made it to fall, we still love each other, and we are blessed beyond words.
Kara Battel

Baby Birdies

This is just one set of the 6 sets of baby birds we had living on the porch this summer!

South Holston Lake-

We spent many days at the lake this summer- the kids loved it! No toys- just water, sticks, rocks, and the dogs! It was wonderful!