How to say “Thank You”

Love. Her.
Ok, everyone HAS to know, that us Wilson siblings have the BEST mom ever.  It’s just truth.  I’m sure your mom is awesome too, but in our minds – no one outranks Denise 🙂  So with Mother’s Day coming tomorrow, it’s just not easy to be away from her!  Sending a present and card in the mail is just not enough.  So the age-old question is, how to say “Thank you” to the world’s best mom? Especially knowing that so much of who I am and where I am today is to my parent’s credit.  How do you say “Thank you”?

Mom Rocks.

For countless meals fixed or fetched, for hairdos perfected before school and messed up before she got us all the way there, for refereeing more sibling battles than one can count,for praying for us day in and day out,  for pretending and being silly, for enduring back to school shopping with two daughters year in and year out, for listening, for taking us on vacations to places we wanted to go, for giving us Pooh Sticks, for Christmas PJ pictures,  for protecting us from harm, for comforting us when kids were mean, for correcting us when we were mean, for listening to kids’ music in the car, for teaching our VBS classes, for volunteering at the school, for making us laugh, for teaching us the value of coupons, for cheering us on from the bleachers even when our Jr. High B-team couldn’t win a game, for enduring our adolescent mood swings, for playing basketball in the driveway, for teaching us about Jesus Christ, and for doing all these things with love and a smile on her face. HOW? How do I thank my mother for raising me? And for doing it without letting on how hard it was?

I don't understand why people think we look alike....

I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to thank her sufficiently.  Hopefully one day I’ll be a mother as well, and then I can at least say “Now I know!” 🙂  But for now, with all the love and gratitude that can be sent across the airwaves between Houston and Canyon, THANK YOU 🙂

Happy Mother's Day!!

Love you, Mom.


Birthday Month

February is the month of girly birthdays in the Wilson household.  3 weeks in a row of pink, presents, love, and giggles.  My sister’s birthday comes first on February 7th, then a nice respite with chocolate on Valentines Day, then my birthday follows on February 24th.  It’s quite a month of pure happiness.

Birthday Bandanas

My sister and I wholeheartedly agree that February is indeed one of the best month out of the 12.  Birthdays were not extravagant ordeals, like those you’ll find on reality shows today – see some on

But my mom always had a cake – usually homemade with more love and time than I am sure to have the patience for.  Some of the favorites were the classic “Winnie the Pooh’s honeypot and honeybees”, numerous pink heart-shaped cakes, and anything else sweet and girly that you can imagine.


Birthday Cakes
Birthday Cakes

My sister and I have this “special February bond” because we share a birthday month 🙂  Call it silly, but we call it important and wouldn’t have it any other way.

For two sisters who grew up sharing a lot – rooms, Barbies, fashion shows and talent shows, and eventually clothes and jewelry,

Fashion Show



we didn’t mind sharing a birthday month.  It’s like having a birthday all month long, even if it’s not yours!  Even now, we anticipate February almost as much as Christmas.  No matter how young or old we get, my sister makes February so much fun.  Because we claim it as “our month”, it’s given us many excuses to get together, laugh, spoil each other, and I know it always will.  If you haven’t met my sister, you are missing out 😉  I wasn’t always keen on sharing my Barbies with her – but at least she knew how to play with them! A little brother would have destroyed them on the driveway along with the hot wheels.   We already have so many memories together:

Charity and Charissa
Charity and Charissa


many, many good memories with lots of giggles, tears, and loud laughter:

Baking something wonderful
Baking Something Wonderful


and many shared secrets and long late-night talks

Not Packing...
Not Packing...

And many more memories to come.  Charissa, here’s to many more Birthday Month’s, Slumber Parties, HGTV projects, trips to the zoo, Squeaky Spots, surprise b-day trips, and M*A*S*H quotes.  You are my best girlfriend, the bestest sister a girl could ask for. Love you 🙂  (And don’t be mad at me for posting pics of you…you are of course, adorable, in ALL of them.)

Best Sisters
Best Sisters


If I can’t hop….

I have been watching the “Life” series that BBC has put out (and Oprah has voiced over for Discovery Channel), and I have to admit that I cry every time I watch it.  Tonight as I watched, a thought occurred to me.  Usually I think, “Wow, God made some amazing creatures”…tonight I went one thought further.  We think we are the only created beings on Earth that have problems that seem to have no answer – financial struggles, marital issues, broken cars, disease, heartache, job losses – the list goes on and on.  We find ourselves in situations and think “Why, God, why?! Where is the way out? I can’t do this.”  Not to trivialize pain and hardship – but something struck me.

The truth of life is that we live in a fallen world.  As my dad would say, “Crap happens”.  And not just to us humans, but to all of creation.  Many of these creatures find themselves in situations that, on animal-world scale, are just as problematic, just as scary, many times life-and-death situations.  Amazingly enough, God created many “ways out” of situations that would never seem possible or logical.  He didn’t make it easy for them, although He could.  Take the Pebble Toad for example.  The little guy does not have the ability to hop like his other toad and frog relatives.  Now, one would think, how will he ever survive? Ever get out of danger? Out of sticky situations? God creates a way.  Even though it would seem this toad has no hope because God “did not give him the ability to hop”, God provides another way.  He didn’t give the toad what was expected, but He doesn’t leave him high and dry either.  In fact, what God does give the toad, is pretty awesome.  I don’t think the Pebble Toad misses the ability to hop.  He’s happy with the plan God provided for his life – it’s different, perfect and brings such glory to our Maker.  So next time you feel there is no way out, remember the Pebble Toad, and look for the way God is providing – it’s guaranteed to be amazing.

“In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33