Thursday, December 27, 2007

Matt and Anna

Please add Matt to your prayer lists. He is headed to Iraq for a few months. Pray for his safety please! When he returns... he will be the lucky groom to this sweet bride, Anna.....

Friday, December 21, 2007


WOW - Parenting.

Having this child that is part of you .. doing something on their own.

Your nerves are shot,
your tummy flopping in circles
... you want them to SOAR and FLY and LIVE LIFE!

but when they DO...
all by themselves...
you JUST get to watch.
And you hold your breath.
And you try NOT to let them know you are SICK with nerves FOR them.....
and then time STOPS and you can't breath
and you are SO PROUD
and you want to
CLAP ...
but you cant.
SO you sit in your seat.
and you watch.
and you hold your breath.
and you smile at her because you want her to know that YOU ARE THERE FOR HER.
You just watch... and you try not to cry , you try NOT to look around, you try not to sing with her ...

you just watch.
and it is wonderful.

i would love to share with you.. my sweet addie... her first solo.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Second Go Round

Writing his name on the carpet...

not so sweet or cute.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Love Letters....

My Love Letter Gift

I know the look.
As he comes around the corner, with his grouchy face on.... that look.
His right hand held the reason behind the look.

One big black Sharpie marker.

Seeing the marker, i knew where we were headed.
"Where did Mason get this? Just wait till you see what he did. Just wait - you will die when you see what he has done this time!"

Expecting to see circles on my door, or lines on a pair of good jeans, or triangles drawn on the wood floor, or even scribbly art on the walls.... I follow my husband around the corner to my bedroom.

And he turned and swung his hand out like a price is right girl. "Look at this!"

And i looked.

And I just couldn't take my eyes off of it.

He's my third kid. I should be used to this... i should NOT react like this...

But I just couldn't breath.

My husband turned to go into the bathroom to see what cleaning supplies may reverse the damage. And as he left me alone... all i could think to do was....


I BLEW SO HARD on that hand drawn art... i blew with every bit of childhood joy i could muster.

I blew again and again and again.......

For you see... what my husband didn't know was that THIS sweet baby of mine...
the last baby of mine...
This sweet baby of mine had just written his name for the first time

My sweet baby of three... had written me the most precious LOVE LETTERS
i have ever received.

His five letters...

jumbled, backwards, and a little out of sorts.....

He wrote those Love Letters for me.

And all i could thing about was.. don't you dare take those away.

These are my prize possessions in life.

The moments that we capture by accident that take your breath away....

This makes the chaos of each day and project seem like so unimportant...


These five love letters....
I needed that.
The unexpected gift that i will carry in my heart his whole life.
The moment that will flash into mind when he graduates college,
when he tells her I DO, and when HE becomes a father....

His love letters to me... priceless.

NOW, the expensive couch that he chose as his canvas.... well...The cushion will flip.
And i made Mike promise me that when we are finished with that couch.. that i can have the cushion and i can cut my love letters out and frame them and place them on my wall for the world to see... with my other precious works of art.

So if you are in the Mosura home ... ask to see the love letters.. I will show them to you with pride....

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Tickets....

I think some of you have come to love my kids for the quirky things i report and for the life captures I post here.... so i wanted to share this.

My Addie.
She is the softest heart I know... not sure where she gets it from... (kidding- ME of course! :) )
It is like she has this underdog radar that screams at her heart when there is a child near her without something.

Since she lost her very first tooth.. she has been putting away her tooth fairy money in her dads safe... for the homeless. In fact, when people ask her what she collects, she tells them "money" and she means it. ( Of course they think she just wants to spend it!)
But, She collects it to give it away.
It is amazing to see such a convicted heart at her age. It humbles me and makes her dad and I beam with pride.

Last Sunday is when her story started. She had spent the night out with a friend , ridden to church and out to Chuck E Cheese with them after the services. As they dropped her off back home, the dad told me what Addie had done. Addie saw a small boy with little or no tickets and gave him all 102 of hers. He seemed proud of her and excited to witness it. I smiled and said, yep- thats my addie. Patted her on the head and went on with my day. That is our norm. Our everyday. Her passion... giving.

A few hours later- I must have lost my mind, because I told the kids to jump in the car- we were going to the movies! We zipped down the street to the "old" movie theater and bopped out of the car... skipped to the ticket counter with TWO minutes to spare. ( I like the excitement of the last minute ) As my turn to buy tickets arrived and my kids ran to my right to see the arcade. The lady looked up and said: "Mam, cash only today. Our computers are down. " uh, what? Who does cash only anymore. SO she repeated herself as I looked with disbelief. Ok... well where is your ATM machine. Let me write a check... cant you write my debit card number down?
( important detail - i NEVER have cash... )
Well, no atm. no checks, no on the debit card...
Bank across the street.
Kids in arcade,
line behind me.
MOVIE STARTING IN 2.25 seconds.

I turned with Mom Determination thinking about how i could swoop across the room and pick the three up in one arm, swish out the door and FLY across the parking lot to the ATM. ....
but then reality of the rain,
the line,
the clock....
sigh. As i started to walk to the arcade to tell the kids the bad news... a lady stopped me and said.

I have tickets for you. I am buying your families tickets. Here is the money, here you go.


When The friends dad dropped her off that morning and told me the ticket story.... i didn't realize how that would impact our day.
What goes around comes around.

With slightly moist eyes, i pulled addie to the line and got on her level and gave the simple version of the circle of giving she had been a significant part of that day. I introduced Addie to the stranger and all my kids told her thank you . I didn't get her name, but i wish i had. What an incredible thing for her to do. She had witnessed my situation and came to the rescue. Just like my sweet addie had seen the small child at the pizza place and came to his rescue....

just wanted to share....

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

EMAILS to Kristin Mosura

I am not getting about1/2 of the emails that should be coming my way. I am not sure if it is an Outlook, Bellsouth, or Spam Filter problem.. but that doesn't matter this week!


This will help us all communicate through the next vital week for Christmas Cards, jewelry and print arrivals.

Thank you
Kristin Mosura

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


A big thanks to Sean Gregory for getting our site up and rolling. You can see the current issue of SBFamilyandkids online. Your kids can explore the Kids Corner for coloring sheets, games, music, and stories. The local school calendars are online as well as Spring Soccer and Baseball Registration info! Look at the current issue for that info. You can check the SBFK blog everyday for Family Related announcements , sales and specials from our friends.

So go check it out!