Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jacob's 12th Birthday!



http://youtu.be/YdRLHuXF120

Last week we celebrated my youngest son's 12th birthday.  I still can't get over how fast children grow up!

I am very thankful to my sister Leia who, in bringing not only her own children but also my daughter Morgan and a friend, made the birthday celebration into a party that my son truly enjoyed.

Happy birthday, Jacob!  I hope this year brings you true happiness.  I love you!

Much love,

Tory Ann Eastep aka Mother Tory

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Our Weekend (460 miles in 52 hours)

On Friday afternoon my two youngest children and I set out from home to pick up my middle child for the weekend.  After a two-hour drive we picked her up and then headed out to spend the night with my older daughter who was house/pet-sitting in a nearby town, about 30-40 minutes away.

We stayed up much too late due to the novelty of television programming, but still managed to leave by 11 AM to go visit my oldest in the town he lives in, about 90 minutes away.

Here is a video of our visit.



http://youtu.be/wPWXRMKrivY

After that visit, we went back to my older daughter and spent another night.

Here is a video taken Sunday afternoon, shortly before we left, taking my oldest daughter with us.



http://youtu.be/LzIxP9EYyUE

When we left there, we headed back up to drop my middle daughter off at her father's house and then went back home.

It was much too short.  I wish, so much, that I could spend more time with my children.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Fireworks in my front yard!



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My camera is not zoomed in here.  They were really right above us!  I had to hold it at a crazy upward angle to get these shots.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Tennis time with the family!



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Sometimes they are so silly!  They were really trying hard, though.  Can you tell that my little one gets bored easily!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tesia's 17th birthday!

She's well on her way to adulthood.

Look out world!



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She's quite the original!  Just like me. : )

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mikaela's 6th birthday party!

My last baby isn't a baby anymore!



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Monday, September 9, 2013

Jacob's 11th birthday!

I still can't believe how fast kids grow!



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Thursday, August 29, 2013

A message of love

I know you.

I have known you your whole life.

I remember when you were young.

I've watched you grow.

Whether you realize it or not, you are
mine and I am yours.

I love you with all that I am.

I've always loved you.

I will always love you.

I love you more than you know,
perhaps more than you will ever know.

I know you and I love you.

Let it in, feel it, from the top of your head
to the tips of your toes.

Let my love wash over you, forever.

You are never alone, for I am always
with you.

Feel me there.

Feel my love.

Accept my love.

It is there for you always.

I love you.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Christmas 2011 with Gramma and Grampa!

The kids got a real kick out of getting to Celebrate the holidays twice!



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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mikaela's 5th Birthday!

My beautiful baby girl had two birthday parties that year!



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Friday, August 16, 2013

Jacob's 10th Birthday

My little guy has reached double-digits.  He got a couple of those disk shooting Nerf guns, a big automatic one and a small single fire one, when we came home.



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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tesia's Freshman Homecoming Dance Look

This is my oldest daughter right before she was picked up by her friends to go to the homecoming dance.

Isn't she pretty?



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Friday, August 9, 2013

Morgan on the keyboard two years ago versus after two year hiatus

Here's a video of my daughter, Morgan, on the keyboard two years ago after a week of lessons.



And here she is yesterday after reviewing the lessons for half an hour.



Nice to know she can almost pick back up where she left off!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tesia's part in her middle school graduation

My girl is quite talented, even with a giggle!

Here she is singing Johnny B Goode



How does it feel?



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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Morgan's 12th Birthday Party, just us... and a pinata

She wanted a piƱata soo bad!  How could I say no?



And the cake!



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Monday, July 29, 2013

Four year olds are wierd!

I blame her dad.



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Morgan's 12th Birthday Pool Party

     We rented a couple of rooms, one for me and the littles and one for Morgan and her friends, at a local hotel and spent the night there just, well mostly, so we could have unlimited access to an empty indoor pool.  It was really a lot of fun.



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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mikaela Singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

My baby was so sweet!  This was recorded when she was four years old.



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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Soccer Practice in the yard with Dad




So glad my boy developed an interest in a non video game activity!

Anyone else have that problem with their little ones?

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jacob's Favorite Holiday Present



This is the only one they continued to play with for weeks after the holidays. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Morgan's 11th birthday!

My babies get so big so fast! Sometimes, I just don't know what to do. But we sure have a lot of fun doing it! This was at the family fun center in Central Point about 3 years ago.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013

One - Divine - Truth - Love - ALL

ALL is Well.

There is no Good.

There is no Evil.

There is no Start.

There is no Done.

There is no Beginning.

There is no End.

There is no Right.

There is no Wrong.

There is no Life.

There is no Death.

Duality is an illusion strengthened by belief.

You cannot embrace one without believing in the other., therefore, when you embrace one you give strength to the other.

Give up your belief in Good, and Evil disappears.

All is as it should be, when it should be, and how it should be.

To disbelieve this is to believe that Divinity makes mistakes.

Accept.  Appreciate.  ALL is One.  ALL is Divine.

Divine is Truth.  Truth is Love.  Love is Divine.

One Divine Truth Love ALL



This message came to me in a moment of awareness and clarity.  I know it is difficult to accept when someone you love does something that rises anger or sadness in you, nearly impossible when murderers and rapists are brought into the picture.  There it is, though.  We cannot have a truly loving world until we truly love the world JUST AS IT IS and truly love ourselves JUST AS WE ARE.  Because we are a piece of the One Divine True ALL.

With much love for you,

Mother Tory

Friday, May 31, 2013

Too Sensitive? (An Anti-Poem)

I am sensitive.
I've always been this way.
I am sensitive.
It gets harder every day.
Don't tell me I'm weak because I cry when I watch the news.
Tell me I'm strong because I survived the pain of a thousand deaths and the grief of the loved ones left behind.
Don't tell me to smile more because my sadness depresses you.
Tell me you're proud of me for being able to live in this world and still have a smile.
Don't tell me I'm crazy because I like to dance in the rain.
Join me in the delight of savoring the good things that seem small.
I know what it feels like to live in constant pain, but I also know the ecstasy of singing in the rain.
So, while this "poem" might bring out the "crazy" OCD in you all,
I can't help but wonder what this world would be like,
if we all cried when we watched the news.
I am sensitive.
I get stronger by the mile.
I am sensitive.
I am proud of every tear.
I am sensitive.
I delight in every smile.
I am sensitive.
Please take time to hold me near.
See, I can rhyme, too.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!
With much love to you all,
Mother Tory

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Secret to a Happy Life ; )

   I've been giving a lot of thought lately to my moods and how they've affected how I've lived my life. A little background: When I was nine I became chronically depressed. Over time, as I went through puberty, it morphed into manic depression. The ups and downs seemed very extreme to me, but I hid a lot of it from my family. They knew about the depression (I was eventually put on Prozac, after all.), but I did a lot of crazy things during the manic times that I will never tell anyone about. There were several periods when I was even suicidal.

However, I was always brought back to reality by my love for my children and I even eventually fell in love with an intelligent man who seemed to "get" me and I was able to basically cure myself of my depression due to the almost overwhelming love that I felt. Unfortunately, I was never able to completely throw off the tendency to occassionally drop back down when things weren't great, though. After all, every relationship has it's problems.

So, like I said, I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Especially since I have been accused a lot over the past few years of "overthinking", being "too sensitive", and "taking things too personally". Is it possible that it's all in my head? Just my perceptions? Perhaps a bias about how I think people who love each other should behave?

I took these thoughts and started looking for help, self-help to be more precise. I needed mentors to learn how to improve my outlook. I looked for people who seemed happy and successful themselves. I started listening to Kevin Trudeau's "You're Wish Is Your Command" (I know what people say about him, I didn't care. I liked his books, his enthusiasm, and I was too lonely and broke to be picky and I got it for free.) In his lessons, Kevin gave a recommended reading list to help listeners to better understand what he was teaching. In this list was a book called "Ask and it is Given: The Teachings of Abraham" by Esther and Jerry Hicks.

At first it confused me, I thought it was some kind of hoax or mass joke. But then I started to really listen and it started to resonate with my heart. I followed up with some research about Abraham and Esther and Jerry Hicks and it started to resonate with my mind as well.

And then I found out that Esther (Abraham) was featured in the movie "The Secret" (A movie I had never wanted to watch before) and then taken out due to a conflict with the movie's creator. I decided that I really wanted to watch this original version of the movie and, miracle of miracles, someone had uploaded the original version to youtube and it popped up in my "recommended by youtube" list.
Unfortunately, the movie has since been taken down.  However, I definitely recommend that you watch it.  It's been a game changer for me.

The Purpose of Life

What is the purpose of life?

Well, quite simply, it is to live, to grow, and to eventually die.

The trick of that answer is the definition of the word "grow" and what it pertains to.

It started when you were conceived. Back then the lives of your cells had the purpose of growing you physically and to do their best to grow in the manner necessary to put you together properly. That part wasn't a choice you had control of. It was up to your cells.

And then, at some point, this mass of living cells developed or was given the conscious that is you, to run things, so to speak. Your cells had, still have, and always will have the purpose of developing, growing, and protecting the life they've created. However, at this point YOU are in control of how you grow in nonphysical ways.

As a baby and child you grew by learning about your immediate surroundings, and as you grew so did your universe, your knowledge and experience.

The real questions are:

Do you choose to continue to grow, learn, experience?

And...

What do you choose to do with it?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Playing on the River

We had such a great time!  Can't wait for it to warm up so we can do it again!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Rose Colored Glasses

This video was taken summer of 2010 by my daughter, Morgan.  I thought it was quite lovely and apparently a lot of people agreed with me because it's been one of my most popular videos on youtube.  So, I decided to share it with you.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mikaela tries a "big kid" bike!

When my daughter, Mikaela, was 3 1/2 her sister, Morgan, put her on a friend's bicycle to "see what would happen".

The bike was much too big.  At least it had training wheels on it!

I couldn't get over how well she did, how she couldn't quit smiling, and how stinkin' cute she was!



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Monday, March 25, 2013

The 7 Decisions for Personal Success - The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews review

I just finished listening to the audiobook version of "The Travelers Gift" by Andy Andrews.

I have to say that it was quite inspirational.

It's about a man who is going through a rough time and, after getting fired from his job, goes for drive and hits a tree.   However, instead of going through the crash, he is transported through time and space to learn the 7 lessons from some famous and not-so-famous people through history.

I am going to give you the 7 lessons, but I strongly recommend that you read or listen to the book yourself, as it is highly transformational.

The Seven Decisions for Personal Success

#1:   The buck stops here.   I am responsible for my past and my future.

#2:   I will seek wisdom.   I will be a servant to others.

#3:   I am a person of action.   I seize this moment.   I choose now.

#4:   I have a decided heart.   My destiny is assured.

#5:  Today I choose to be happy.   I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.

#6:   I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.  I will forgive myself.

#7:   I will persist without exception.   I am a person of great faith.

Excellent lessons, I'm sure you'll agree. So get the book so you can feel what the main character goes through to learn these lessons. It is a wonderful and thought-provoking ride.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tyler teaches Jacob how to ride his bike!




This was in our front yard in 2010.  You know that joke about what it feels like to step on a lego?  That's what that driveway is like all over sometimes.

Anyway, look at my boy go!

Monday, February 25, 2013

I saw Scott

Today, when I pulled into the driveway after running errands, I saw a man sitting on a small boulder near where I had parked.  He was wearing a sweater and a hat and had a brownish-red beard with gray in it.  My first thought was, "That looks like Scott."

I wanted to go over to him and tell him how interesting it was to me that he looked just like my step-father, but my hands were full and I wanted to get my things into the house.  I had to come back out for the rest of it anyway, so I figured I would talk to him when I came back out.

I was inside my apartment for no more than thirty seconds.  When I came back out, he was gone.  I looked up and down the path, but he was gone.  I almost started to cry.

I realize that's a strong emotion for not getting to speak to a perfect stranger, but I couldn't help myself.  You see, my step-dad has been passed for almost eleven years, this is the first time I've ever come across "seeing him" since then, and my sisters and I still miss him so much.

So, I sit here typing this and crying and hoping my kids stay upstairs until I wipe the mascara off my cheeks, to make sure I never forget and to let my sisters know that I think he's still with us.


We love and miss you Scott!

The year Andrew went to prom




This is my oldest baby the year he moved out on his way to prom.  Can you tell how proud I was?  I never made it to prom.  I would've had to get a babysitter to watch him. : )

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Through Mikaela's Eyes



My daughter "borrowed" my camera and took it outside with her.  This is a snippet of what she shot.  After watching it, I came to the conclusion that it sucks to live at butt level!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Mikaela on Jacob's bike : )




My little girl is such a little daredevil!  She loves riding this thing and she loves even more that it's her brother's and she gets to ride it while he's at school!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My girls get so hyper when the moon waxes!




It was so late, but they were driving me crazy inside the house.  So I let them out to blow off some energy before sending them to bed.  If you listen closely, you can hear me telling them to be quiet for the neighbors. Yeah, right! ; )

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Andrew's 17th birthday!



This is the last time I saw my son Andrew for his birthday. I hope to be able to spend more time with him in the future.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Yule 2009

This is the last time I had all of my children together for the holiday!  If only I'd known, I would have done so much more!