Living

On The Road Again

As we are wont to do, we are moving again. Our family is moving back to the Sunshine State this summer! We are super excited to be back in the land of beaches, Mickey & Minnie, swamps, gators, Spanish moss, creepy crawly bugs, and lots of family. It’s been 11 long years since we’ve lived…

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Friday Work Wear

Casual Friday! Today, I had planned on meeting with a potential sponsor for my nonprofit so I wore more work-appropriate attire than I typically would for a Friday. Around my office, Fridays are casual. Company tee shirts and jeans with sneakers are usually the go-to. My meeting fell through but I’m still comfortable wearing what…

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Just a Normal Tuesday

It’s just a normal day around here. I stayed a little later at my house to greet the deck builder and see what he has in mind for our addition. Then I spoke to the orthodontist to make a second opinion appointment for my youngest because braces are fun. And now I’m sitting at my…

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Leopard Pony Hair Booties

I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d ever wear these. They’re too fabulous and out-there for me, or so I thought. My husband bought them for me for Christmas last year and I loved them right away but also thought they brought too much attention to me. I don’t enjoy the limelight, typically. I used to,…

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Finding My Voice

I have spent the last few years trying to not offend anyone because I was taught to have manners. But I have come to realize that I have a voice and opinions and beliefs that God put in me to share. So I’m going to do just that from now on. I haven’t been my…

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

I’ve often been told I’m too much. Too loud, too overbearing, too mean. I tell it like it is, frequently. I don’t necessarily try to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I am too old to pussyfoot around what’s right and what’s wrong. I’m calling this my #yearoftruth and I’m not afraid to call people out on…

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Family Guilt Trips

A Family Trip I Don’t Enjoy Sometimes, family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I mean, I absolutely LOVE my family. I would do anything for my husband, kids, sister, brother, the in-laws, nieces, and nephews. This includes the family I’ve chosen for myself, the friends who are family, or framily. But there are…

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#MeToo

We’ve seen it. We’ve seen the hashtag that is going around on social media about sexual assault or sexual harassment. It’s been very disheartening to see how many of my friends have been affected by another person abusing them. And typically, it’s perpetrated by a man who is in a position of power. When we…

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My Mother Was Stolen

Our lives changed the day she got her diagnosis. I wasn’t so young that I wasn’t aware of what it meant, but I was quite certain she would beat it. A young girl of 16 doesn’t see death coming. I was more interested in boys, friends, and band. I wasn’t worried about my mom. She…

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Finding Your Mom Tribe

What is a Mom Tribe, anyway? And how do I find one? Well, a Mom Tribe is a group of women who count on each other; whether it’s sharing the carpool duty for after-school activities, bus stop hovering, helping out when one of the group is sick, and just generally being a shoulder to lean…

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How To Not Be an A-hole

I’ve had it. I’ve completely had it up to here with people making lists of things not to do or say to other people. “How Not to Be an Asshole to Pregnant Women”, “How Not to Be an Asshole to Teachers”, etc. Why is this a thing? Why do people need a breakdown of how…

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4 Hours Shopping

I went shopping the other day. Without the kids. I was out of the house for about 4 hours and it. was. glorious. Now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love my children, and I love spending time with them. But a mama needs some retail therapy now and again. Y’all know it’s true. So,…

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I Just Started Running…

So, I’m about to be 40. Well, in about 7 months, but still. I’m looking at 40 and it’s staring me down. I’m counting the gray hairs and feeling the cold in my bones. My back hurts, my ankles hurt, and I’m not as skinny as I used to be. Honestly, I’m fairly comfortable with…

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Life’s a Beach

So today I’ve spent about three hours trying to write. I’ve written a few paragraphs and then deleted them. That’s not what I wanted to say. Then I wrote a couple sentences and didn’t like those. Out they go. I’m stymied. I’m stumped. I’m apparently out of words that mean something besides what I’m currently…

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Christ-like?

I’m struggling. I used to know my beliefs, and I was sure about them.  You know what I mean?  How you’re so sure of everything when you’re younger?  There is no gray; everything is black and white.  It’s either this way or it’s that way.  No middle ground.  I was so sure that God had…

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