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When we lost our baby, I lost myself for a bit. I felt broken, half gone. But only half because I still had a daughter to care for. It was many cold, haunting nights. Lonely despair. And lots of...
As my eighth wedding anniversary approaches, I can’t help but think about what my life would be like had I not married my husband Matt. We have a long history that stretches back over two decades, and I often...
Do you have trouble sleeping? Is there a constant to do list running in your head? Do you always think you’re about to forget something? Y’all, this is my life. Between work, kid, my side business, church involvement, and...
It’s amazing how the tiniest moments can have the biggest impacts on us. A recent trip to CC’s with my five year old did just that. We were out running errands on a super cold day. I had been feeling...
I'll be there first to admit, I love me a good ol' family gathering. I love the holidays. I love all the magical chaos that comes along with it. I LOVE to entertain in my home, to host my...
It was the early 1950s. She was young and had only been married for a few years. This Christmas ... this Christmas was something to look forward to. No one was going to be deployed overseas; there was a...

The Mess Inside My Head

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I think that if you were to take a  peek inside of my head, you would see something that would much resemble Target after Black Friday: everything everywhere, in desperate need of organizing, and too much chaos. There are...
It's that time of year! Time to stock up on candy corn, cream of mushroom soup, and gift wrap! That's right - "It's the holiday season" ("so a-hoop dee doo and dickory dock!") And in my house -- like...
Before we had children, I would spend hours on special projects, both for work and around the house. I would work on something as hard as I could with perfection in the back of my mind. Although I wouldn't...
The first day of school was just a few days ago, and all day I couldn't wait for my boys to tell me about it. I was in the carpool line asking myself, "how can I get them to...

365 Days of Reflection

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365 Days of Reflection “Are you back in your house?” I must get asked that at least once a day. It’s a common question in this area to ask and to be asked. “How much water did you get?” “Did so-and-so...
I don't really enjoy cleaning. So when my kids - ages three and two - each started showing small interests in helping, I took advantage of the educational opportunity! While their willingness to help clean is not a huge help to me just...

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I’m 100% That … Cheer Mom!

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I have no idea how it happened, but suddenly I'm that "CHEER MOM!" This summer my daughter showed interest in cheer. So I buckled her...