Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer is finally here at the Kelley Kasa!!

We have finished all of our end of the year activities. We had Zoe's dance recital, Conner's spring concert, Colby's cub scout space derby events and Zach's last day at Guard for training. All 4 children completed their school/preschool years and will be moving up to the next grades. Last evening, we closed our AWANA year at Woodlawn Baptist Church, where Zoe completed her first year in Cubbies and Colby completed his last year in Sparks bringing home the Sparky Award! We are now ready to bring on the summer fun!

Like others, we have compiled a list of summer activities we wish to achieve. Check out some of the items on our list:

  • visit the beach
  • play at a splash pad
  • play mini golf
  • go bowling
  • pick blueberries
  • have outdoor scavenger hunt
  • go to Carowinds
  • visit Dan Nicholas Park
  • visit Raptor Center
  • visit Science Center
  • roast marshmallows
  • go to the zoo
  • go fishing
  • camp out in backyard
  • make crafts
  • go to the movies
  • have ice cream for dinner
  • go swimming at the Y
  • family sleepovers
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Run for God
  • Daily worksheets to keep our skills sharp
  • Reading program at library
This is just a short list of our ideas. We will also be going to Oklahoma to see Zach graduate from Ft. Sill!! We are going to miss him so much this summer!!! However, we are very proud of him and know he is going to do awesome at basic training!!

Hope everyone has an awesome summer!!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Happy 10 Year Anniversary to US!!

I met my husband 12 years ago through a mutual friend that decided to set us up for a blind date. We spoke on the phone for several days, getting to know each others likes and dislikes, goals and backgrounds before we had the first date. I still remember greeting him at my door and seeing his beautiful smile. We decided to spend our time in Asheville at a quiet bistro and then strolled the streets for window sights. (I think he wanted to do this, because it was 20 degrees).
That date was followed by 100+ more of the best times Ive had with one person. He was, and still is so witty, confident and attentive.  He also included my children with dates that were just for them. We had fun together and there has never been a forced happiness between us. We dated for a year before Mark proposed to me. He actually got down on one knee, to which I said YES!! We were married the following summer with our family and friends in attendance. We moved to a new city/county after we were married and have been here since. We have added 2 children to our family, giving us a total of 4 together.

 Like other couples, we have had our ups and downs. I'm sure there have been days Ive loved him more than he loved me and vice versa. I know there have been times when one or the other of us has wanted to walk away for various reasons. I'm very glad we chose to stay and work it out. Our blended family has come through trials and events together that have moulded us into who we are today. We continue to work on our family dynamic daily.

I know that Mark and I have both grown in the 12 years we have been together. We have changed into different people while still loving each other and working toward the same goals for what is best for our family. I can honestly say that I love him more today than I did years ago. Its a love that grows with us and for us. I love him for who he is and what he wants to be. I love him for the husband he is and the father to our children he is. I love him for working hard to provide for our family and always putting others first. I love the way he forgives others and how he is a positive role model.

I look forward to the next years to come with our family and I pray that God will continue to bless our marriage.

Mrs. Mark Kelley

Songs from our wedding:

Bridal Entrance-given in marriage  by Zach and Conner Baker
Only Time by Enya

Sang After Family Circle- This Day by Point of Grace

First Dance- At Last by Etta James