Wednesday, March 26

i'm still alive.

Just letting those of you who still stop by my blog randomly that I'm still alive lol. Not sure if anyone really checks it anymore since I haven't been blogging regularly for the past almost four months. Gah...how has it been that long? 

I've decided that I'm going to keep my blog...and possibly post sometimes when I have the urge. More of just writing things down when I want to. I won't be using social media in connection with my blog anymore...I've taken the steps to delete my blog Facebook account and my Twitter is now private. If we've been bloggy friends, you can friend request me on my personal Facebook or on my personal Instagram account {@kyrahanne}. Because I'd love to still keep in contact with you!

The family is doing well. The girls are getting so big and I seriously can't believe how fast the months are going by. Of course if you're a parent you already know this! Baby E will be 7 months old on Friday and that just completely blows my mind. 

I'm also trying my hand and mom-preneuring it with an Instagram shop {@nuggetsoflove} where I sell new and used kids clothes--mostly girl items obviously. Things are going well with that, so it's kind of exciting. 

Anyway, please stay in touch! I feel relieved with not having the added pressure of blogging every day and trying to satisfy everyone's requests on a daily basis--but on the other hand, I miss it! Especially the friendships and acquaintances I've made over the past two years. I still love you all :)

Friday, February 21

dallas.

So wow. It's been a while. A looooong while. I'm so sorry that my blog has been "abandoned" so to say. That I haven't been connecting with you all here, in this so-loved spot that used to be a huge part of my life. I miss it sometimes, I do. I miss the friendships and the correspondence. The love and support.

But I don't miss how much time it was taking away from my family. 

I tried to balance it out, but you know...when you love doing something, it tends to take over more of your life than you expected. And with me being OCD and all...I couldn't just write up a post and be done with it. I'm sure most of you bloggers with families can understand this.

Anyway, I still find joy in writing. It gets my feelings out. It documents my life. So I can't totally give it up. But all that extra stuff that comes along with blogging - it's going out the window.


Why I really wanted to write today, was because it's National Pet Day. And as some of you might know, our dog Dallas is a big part of our family. He's not just a pet, he's our furry baby. Our first baby, before we had any "real" kids. He kinda taught us to be parents.

If you're not familiar with how we came to adopt Dallas, you can read about that herehere, and here. See what he loves to do here and here. And see all my previous posts mentioning our lover boy here. Basically, he adopted us. We were looking to get a dog at some point, but not on the day we ended up taking him home with us. His little 25 lb 10-week-old puppy self in the little blue sweater that he grew out of by the end of the next week. I held him at that "Home For the Howlidays" adoption event when we still lived in Virginia. He peed on me. There was no turning back.


From the beginning, Dallas taught us about life and love. That loving someone else was getting up twice a night for potty breaks {in the freezing cold, snow, wind}, walks twice a day, and letting another warm body take over our bed. Making sure he was fed, healthy, and had treats and toys to play with. Refusing to put him in a cold kennel because he needed a little extra TLC to be happy. Going on walks every day because just saying the word "walk" or putting on sneakers would signal happiness in his eyes. 

He was with us through everything. Moving from Virginia to New York, the birth of both of his little sisters. Who he wasn't quite sure of in the beginning, but who he ended up being the protective big brother to.

Our Dally Boy is unique, and that's part of the reason we love him so much. RJ and I always joked that he was a human, since he acted more like a human sometimes than a dog. He always wanted to be around us, his family. And that's where he was the happiest. I could tell by his body language, the gentle and loving expression in his eyes. Following me around everywhere until we went on that daily walk, sleeping in his sisters' bedroom on the rug. Leaning up against anyone for a good scratch. But mostly it was me. I was his mommy, and he knew it. I have to believe that he knew how much I loved him. 

It's hard for me to write about Dallas in the past tense. Because unfortunately, he also taught us a great deal about loss. About losing not just a pet, but a member of our family. A piece of my heart.

I don't want to go into the details here, because this post is not about his pain and our sadness. It's about our life together. In December, we noticed Dallas acting differently - and three weeks, multiple vet visits, and a few heartbreaking decisions later - we discovered that our boy had cancer. Tumors growing along his spinal nerve. Inoperable, and not treatable. No one wants to hear those words, no matter who they are pertaining to, human or animal. Cancer is an ugly disease, and I hate it. It took a precious soul from our family. And our Dallas pup, he was only 3 years old. Unfair.

New Year's Eve, we said goodbye to our beloved boy. He was wheeled into that examining room on a table, because he couldn't walk anymore. He was in pain. But when he saw us, RJ and me, didn't his beautiful brown eyes just light up! He was so happy to see us. I'm sure he would have been wagging his tail and grabbing his rope to play with us if he could have. I believe that he sensed what was coming, but he was okay with it, because all he ever wanted was to be with us, and there we were. Together. 

We were there with him when he needed us. And even though that day was the hardest day that I've ever had to endure yet in my life, I'm glad we were with him. His last thoughts, feelings, emotions...memories, were with us there with him. Petting him and telling him how much we loved him. That he was the best dog a family could ever have. He was a good dog.


So today, for National Pet Day, I want everyone to know about Dallas and the life he lived. How he was a best friend and a best brother. While I don't know the reasons why our pup was taken from us, I do know that God has a purpose for it.

Whether it's to be a better mama to my girls, or to help other animals find loving homes, or to simply make a difference in others' lives - humans or animals. Being a difference maker. A voice for those who don't have any. An advocate for pet adoption, for cancer awareness. For families. I may not seem like I'm doing much yet, but I just have this feeling God has bigger things planned for me. 

Dallas gave us 3 wonderful, loving years. And taught us so much. My dad had a fear of animals before he met Dallas. They went on walks together. RJs parents cared for Dallas many weekends when we were out of town. My daughter grew up with a dog for a best friend. I can only hope that our boy is now happy, pain-free, running around in grassy green open spaces with walking trails, ropes and balls and squeaky toys. And that we'll be reunited with him some day.

Dallas
August 8, 2010 - December 31, 2013

{This post was inspired by Personal Creations and the Pampered Pets Project.}

Wednesday, February 5

how to protect your money when saving for a home.

Your home is probably the biggest financial commitment you will ever make ~ and it certainly feels that way when you are saving for your down payment. Even for a couple with two incomes, coming up with a 25% deposit on a home can take years and involves all sorts of sacrifices. One of the problems is that inflation is working against you while you are saving ~ house prices generally go up all the time, despite the recent problems we've had. However, if you put all the money you save into the bank, you’re going to get very little interest ~ less than 1% ~ or none at all.


On the other hand, you don't want to put your money into risky investments ~ you want it to be there when it's time for you to buy a home. That's what makes saving for a house such a dilemma. How do you keep up with inflation, while making sure that your money is secure?

One approach is to put your savings into certificates of deposit (CDs). These are just like a savings account, except that you can’t take your money out until the CD expires ~ this is known as the term of the CD. For example, if you are planning to buy a house in two years' time, you can put your money into 2-year CDs. Just like savings accounts, the federal government insures CDs, so you won't lose your money if the bank goes bankrupt. While most CDs only give you around 1% a year, you can find CDs that pay considerably more ~ for instance, look at this 2 in 1 CD account at CIT Bank.

If you are comfortable with a little more risk, consider buying treasury bonds. There is no chance that the government will default on these ~ so they are completely safe from that perspective ~ but there is a chance that the price will go down if interest rates rise. This is because it if your bonds only pay a low interest rate compared to the current interest rate, they become less attractive to other investors. Right now, however, interest rates are unlikely to rise in the short-term ~ in fact, the Federal Reserve says they will not start to raise interest rates until unemployment drops below 6.5% ~ and they are hinting that they might drop this to 5.5%. So, if you have a short-term savings goal, then treasury bonds may be an option.


Finally, if you want to take slightly more risk, consider investing in an index-linked fund. This type of fund tracks the overall value of a particular stock market index, such as the S&P 500, rather than investing in individual stocks. While index-linked funds can still go down in value, they are much more stable than if you invested all your money in a single company ~ or even a few companies. You can also get a good return on investment ~ or instance, if you had invested in one this year, you would have made more than 20% on the money that you put in.

Tuesday, February 4

an update.

As many of you probably have guessed, I'm taking an indefinite break from blogging at the moment. Unfortunately, I'm not sure when I will be returning, or if I will return. I'm so sorry to not have posted about this here on the blog earlier, but there are happenings in my personal life and my family's life right now that are more important. 

And this is NOT to say that you {my awesome readers and friends} are not important! I love each and every one of you to pieces. Words, and definitely not a blog post, can't explain how much you each have meant to me over the almost three years that I have had this blog of mine. From your heartfelt and supportive comments to your friendship, I really would not be the person I am today if it weren't for you all. I count some of you as my best friends, even though we may not have ever met face to face. You, as bloggers, know that feeling. Feelings of friendship, love, and support. A special relationship, bond even, that can't really be described to those who don't blog or have "social media friends". You are amazing. And even while I am not blogging, I still plan to keep in contact with you through other venues. I'm not disappearing, that's for sure!

For now, while I won't be posting much here on the blog with exception of the Super Sunday Sync blog hop on the weekends and random guest posts/reviews that I'll be continuing to do for the benefit of my family. 

But please! I'm very much alive on other social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook ~ and especially on Instagram. I post there a lot {so you can continue to see what's going on in my life ~ and get your daily fix of the babies!}. Request to follow me on Instagram! My username is @kyrahanne.

I love you! Thank you for your friendship, and for hopefully understanding where I'm at in my life right now. Things are changing and God is nudging me into different areas, ones that are a little bit outside of my box. But I want to see where He's taking me. I want to be the best I can be for my kids, my family. And for myself.

xoxo

Saturday, January 25

super sunday sync blog hop #71.

Welcome to Super Sunday Sync #71!
Thank you all for your continued support ~ you lovely people are the ones that make the #SSSHOP a success. After you link up, be sure to enter to win a Guest Host space for next week!

Stop by and say hi to your hosts!
Dawn ~ Dawn's Disaster
Kera ~ Nugget On A Budget
Rosey ~ Mail 4 Rosey

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Diane ~ Recipes for our Daily Bread
Brittney ~ Teaberry Trails

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