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Fort White vs. KY Younge


Well we didn't win, but Weston got some playing time....he sure does love football ya'll!







with love, Lela
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This post doesn't make sense!


My life is not for everyone.  My marriage may not look like a great marriage to someone looking from the outside & I have put up with things most people wouldn't.  I have been told over and over again that they'd NEVER be able too.....fill in the blanks.

That is fine.  I have thought about this for years, because I have had years.  I am just able to carry that burden.  Perhaps most people are not.  I guess that is what makes me who I am and makes me the perfect wife for my husband, and the perfect mother to my children.

I have come to realize it's not that they wouldn't be able to, it's that they couldn't.  Like physically and mentally.  Now, having said that-that doesn't make me a better person then anyone.  It is just how I am and how I am designed.

These people, who have preached this to me (all with good intentions) have put up with things like me, but maybe they didn't come with an O.  They have put up with things like mental or physical abuse, which is something I wouldn't & couldn't deal with (been there done that).  I know people who are married to drunks and drug addicts, which is something I simply couldn't & wouldn't put up with either.  So we are all here - living our lives the best we can-putting up with what we can, all the the name of love.

I make no excuses for myself, my husband or myself.  I do not blame anyone, least of all God.  I do not use him as a way to dismiss peoples behavior or my own decisions.  I feel like things work themselves out as they should - and maybe that is God's magic.  I don't know, I also believe that it's free will.  You are free to make decisions & if they are right or wrong they are still your decisions - not the act of some higher power.

Take responsibility for them. Let others take responsibility for themselves too!  If they do not do it, it's not God saying they shouldn't.

My views are not for everyone, they are just my views.  I am not right and I am not wrong, but I truly believe in harmony & happiness.  And if you want it, make it happen.  Don't just sit around praying it will happen and do nothing to progress.  You have the power.  Pray about your own power, and your own ability to make shit happen....and then get up and do it!!!!!

It's not going to come knocking on your door!

xoxo, Lela


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A Mini-Day with Papa Martin


My dad got with me a few weeks ago about getting together for the day.  We decided on a day that Olivia was home and decided to take a drive out to Cedar Key.  As most people know around here, Cedar Key is under some minor reconstruction after a hurricane came through about a month ago.  I wasn't really worried that we wouldn't be able to find something to do-since the weekend before they had a Pirates Festival out there :)

On our way to CK we stopped and had some breakfast in Chielfand.  It was kind of warming to my heart to be back in my high school town.  Though I don't really miss it to much, lol.  Who would, right?  I hated living there for the most part.  It wasn't a warm and friendly place, at first.  But were we live now, it's a very warm and open community.  Our boys are loving their lives and their high school (school day) years-so far.

Moving on.

We finally made it to CK.  Dad wasn't feeling great, so we didn't stay long...so I don't have fun photos of O basking in the sun and surf...but here is some from our quick road trip.  All the photos were taken with my iPhone & are unedited ;)


with love, Lela
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Joy-ful-ness


This girl is always so happy to come home.  She runs and jumps into my arms as soon as she comes home and won't leave the boys alone for hours......it is really the sweetest thing.  She pours over flowingly with joyfulness...

Billy calls her my mini me or my shadow....










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Wrapping Paper Fun


So my niece is selling wrapping paper, and other odds and ends for a fund raiser her school is having this holiday season.  I will probably use the deer wrapping to actually wrap gifts but the cow and leather wrapping may be framed into art work & given away as gifts.  I can say that confidently because I know the person getting the gift does not read my blog & neither do his/her parents :)  What do you think?  What crafty ideas do you have for this holiday gift giving season.

I am working hard on trying to be more creative.  But alas, I am a photographer - not a craft-er.  Fingers crossed ;)


xoxo, Lela

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Happy Girls?


We will see, the new bras have been shipped.  I have bought strapless bras from Torrid before-but never a regular bra.  Here are the new bras on models, of course they won't look like this on me...but if they did, BONUS! LOL!  I'll give a review when they finally come in the mail!  Happy Girls may make for a Happy Woman!

Got this in black also ;)

Why is it that we wait so long to buy bras?  I posted something on facebook about this recently & everyone is with me - it is the last thing we buy or want to spend money on-yet it's something we wear every day-all day, you'd think we'd be more sweet to our tatas!

After all they have been good to us, they've provided us with sexy charm to attracted the opposite sex, they have provided our young with nourishment after the opposite sex helped give us children....and so on and so forth!

I for one am ready to be nicer to my little friends ;)

xoxo, Lela
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www. lela johnson. com


Yesterday, I made the decision to buy my URL for my blog.  No more .blogspot.com for me.  I am officially www.withlovelela.com from here until I change my mind again!

This blog has been around for years-it was called many things before.  Simply, Lela Johnson, then it was More than Johnson's....back to Lela Johnson.....My Snap Shot Life & then back to Lela Johnson again until now, when it is finally..."with love, Lela" because that is basically what I do everything with, love.....

Love is a wonderful, yet excruciating thing isn't it?  We really are lucky, to be the human animals living on this earth & being able to feel true wonderful love.  Love for our significant others & love for our children, love for animals & love for other people...strangers & places....things....we love a lot of things.  On the flip side, we also hate a lot of things don't we?  We rape and murder our own people, we ruin entire species of animals & we destroy our own planet that we live in.  I suppose we have a back up plan to live on Mars some day, that I am not aware of?

I am not a tree hugging hippy....though I have always wanted to be one.....but I do love love & I do love life, and I love making people feel loved....that is my gift.  So I still have hope for our species.

That was a lot of words just to say, welcome to the new blog.  I am going to keep the layout for a while, but I do plan on adding addsense, so maybe this little blog can make a little money on the side-to pay for things like-new layouts & cheese!  LOL!!!

Happy loving!!!

xoxo, Lela


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Being a Step Parent.



step·par·ent
ˈstepˌperənt/
noun
noun: step-parent
  1. a stepfather or stepmother.

When I think about a step parent, I have to be honest, I only really think about myself.  I think about what I am like as a step mother to my two bonus kids & I think about what my experiences have been.  I never really think about others around me that are also step parents, selfish I know - but it's just the truth of the matter.

My husband is a step parent to my three children, Teresa, Gavin & Weston.  He came into our lives when Teresa was 17 years old-so she never did really benefit from his love, affection & nurturing as much as Gavin & Weston did.  He shows pride in the boys, and what great men they are turning out to be, well Gavin is already a man.

Billy is far from perfect, but above all his flaws he is a great father and a great step father.  As you can see from this photo - Weston loves him and he doesn't mind being embarrassed by his step father.  Look at how he's holding Billy's hand!  How sweet is that, coming from a 13 year old?  Together, we are producing amazing humans that can go out into the world & fly!  Thanks babe for all your help :)

xoxo, Lela
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I need a fill up of coffee please.....


Happy Tuesday.  Today is going to be a good day, today is going to be a good day...today is going to be a good day?  Hell, I sure hope so.  I am so freaking sleepy this morning, it's only 6:30am so it's early yeah I get it, but I can't seem to wake up!!!  I may have to resort to having a cup of coffee...which don't get me wrong I do this every morning - but this morning I feel like I NEED it just to survive!  What the hell man, what the HELL!?!?!

I had a relaxing weekend, as I have already stated in a previous post.  I did stay up until after 10pm last night, but I still didn't do much that should have made me so sleepy-I went straight to bed......strait to sleep....woke up when my alarm went off...didn't feel like restless sleep....not totally anyway.  I did dream of an old friend...one that I have released from my life.  Odd to dream about her-and it wasn't a sweet dream either-she was being an asshole in my dream & even threw a sock at me and hit me in the face with it.  LOL!  I ignored her while I put on some weird blow up outfit for water skiing...apparently I did that in my dream.  Weird Weird Weird...maybe that's why I am tired hahaha....

Well-here's to a good day ya'll!

xoxo, Lela
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6th Anniversary


Well, this past weekend was my sixth wedding anniversary with hubs.  We had planned a semi-romantic weekend away to Georgia; just the two of us - but the weekend didn't go as planned.  It was our weekend with all three kids-and we had a hard time finding someone to watch them.  Ah well, plans change all the time-why would an anniversary day be any different.

We wanted until Sunday evening to go out and celebrate, having dinner at a local dive in Lake City that we like to frequent.  It was enjoyable & I will forward to another year of annoying my dear sweet hubs.

I was hoping to get a few photos of me and hubs together, but by the time he was done getting ready I forgot all about it....this particular "selfie" was taken while waiting for him to get done.  Who knew a guy could take so long to get ready for a dinner date?  LOL!  He takes way longer then I do.

with love, Lela
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Sunday Selfies


I went a little selfie crazy-that's what happens when you suddenly feel kind of pretty ;)

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Here's to those who forget their worth!


Today, someone posted this on facebook.  It's written in "God's" perspective, and even if you have a different view regarding religion.  The sentiment is still very true.  It even made me tear up!

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day.......
An angel came by and asked." Why spend so much time on her?"
The lord answered. "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?"
She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,"She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day"
THE ANGEL was impressed "Just two hands.....impossible!
And this is the standard model?"
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
"But you have made her so soft, Lord".
"She is soft", said the Lord,
"But I have made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome."
"Can she think?" The Angel asked...
The Lord answered. "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate."
The Angel touched her cheeks....
"Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her"
"She is not leaking...it is a tear" The Lord corrected the Angel…
"What's it for?" Asked the Angel..... .
The Lord said. "Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride."...
This made a big impression on the Angel,
"Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvelous"
Lord said."Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life"
The Angel asked: "So she is a perfect being?"
The lord replied: "No. She has just one drawback
She often forgets what she is worth."




with love, Lela
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B, H & H








This is the type of family photography that I love.....<3
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Ooo Tops.


So Torrid is having a big sale.  It's BOGO 50% off on items of regular price & BOGO FREE on clearance items.....yes.  YES!!!!

I picked up four tops taking advantage of both categories ya'll!




Now I just need a few new pair of jeans, a few new cardigans & I'll be set for fall/winter 2016/17 for sure!!!!
with love, Lela
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Olivia & Hermine


We faired Hurricane Hermine okay here in our little neck of the woods.  We went to bed after doing all our prepping with lots of water for drinking, washing & flushing.  We had a emergency plan in play & we even had O sleep in the room with us-just in case.  During the light, our power flickered on and off a few times, but we basically never lost power.  All that prepping for nothing.  When we got up, we heard from family & friends that were out of power & heating up with not having ac.  Billy and I felt a little guilty, it seemed as though we were the only ones with power out of everyone we knew in the area.  But we sure were blessed.

The rain did keep us indoors though, and Billy had to work in Lake City the morning after helping clear trees off the road & power lines.

The kids and I watched movies, read-talked & snuggled.

Here are a few pics of her while we were hanging out in her room.


with love, Lela
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Oh, Hermine!



Well we are about to enter into our first big storm of the season.  Hermine makes landfall sometime tonight.  UF announced that they are closing down offices today at 4pm so employees & students can prepare for the storm & so we'd all be safe.  Go Gators.  They are also closing tomorrow & canceling all classes.

I sure hope we don't loose power, if we do for a extended period of time-if the weather isn't to bad the kids and I will pack up some things & head to moms (they have a generator).  Hoping that there isn't minimal flooding and that everyone stays safe out there.

Billy will have to work most likely & is on call.  Say a prayer for us all :)
with love, Lela
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Bunny PhotoBomber


So the other day, while waiting for my model to show up I snapped a few photos of my sister Molly.  At one point we returned to a previous spot in the yard.  When we got there I said for her to return to her spot & as I walked over I saw the tiniest, cutest little baby bunny!

He/She wasn't concerned with us at all, just sat in the same spot looking around.






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White Springs Florida




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Rainbow Springs Park, Florida


These photos are old, but I just love them so much.  I just recently came across them going through an old external hard drive of mine.  Reminds me of when I used to have a friend (cough couch Yvonne) who'd come visit me, and we'd go on mini adventures together.


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Thoughts...and then Gavin


I think that maybe I post to many blog posts.  I write way more then I post.  It's my journal, my diary, my notebook if you will.  A place where I want to go and jot down my thoughts....whenever I want.  I don't care if no one reads it. I just do it because I want to.  It's a great release.

I was at lunch with a friend of mine the other day & she mentioned doing a mental exercise to assist in maybe relieving some stress.  She's to write down three good things about the day; at the end of the day.  And she's to read them to herself the next day.  Some of what she said may have gotten lost in translation - but that is what I carried away from the conversation (correct me if I am wrong my friend).  I think it's a great exercise and something we should probably all do, if not in the handwritten, or typed words but mentally.  It certainly would help us focus more on the good things and not so much the bad things.  My mom always told me, "when you wake up-look at yourself in the mirror and instead of telling yourself "gosh your fat, or ugly or something negative" to tell yourself three good things"....I am surrounded by very wise ladies it seems.  And why not, why shouldn't we strive to be happy & healthy in our minds.  Why shouldn't we find strength in ourselves?

Anyway, I am posting these photos of Gavin from when he was about 14.  I don't know why I am posting them because they are older photos.  I guess mainly because I really miss this guy & I am very proud of him.  This is what is on my mind today & which why I am writing.....in just a few short months he'll be coming home for a visit.  I can't wait.








& yes, that slight smile is all I got.  He never did care for "modeling" for me lol!!!
with love, Lela
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