Southern Reliving

Southern Reliving

My Grandma does this awesome thing for our family.  When you get married, she starts getting you a subscription every year to Southern Living magazine.  She said it was one of the first magazines she started reading as a young southern bride, so she has continued that tradition.  I love it.  I love the magazine, but I love it more because it’s from my Grandma. One of my favorite parts of Southern Living is a little column called, “Southern Tastemakers.”  In this part, they identify little boutique or shop owners…

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Nuggests of Truth

Nuggests of Truth

1.  80% of the reason I wear a watch is so that I can tell my right from my left. 2.  I have never understood how to defrost a windshield when I’m driving.  Is it hot air or cold???? 3.  I tried to convince Chris that our family should all wear cow costumes and go as a herd of Brown cows for Halloween.  He said no. 4.  I haven’t taken an actual picture in weeks, so here are some from my iPhone.  Bad blogger. 5.  The art department at school…

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Good Day, Bad Days

Good Day, Bad Days

Well, kids.  I’m not going to lie.  I had a rough weekend.  I was actually doing fine and thought that I could do two things that I hadn’t done regularly since my dad died – go running and go to church.  I ran once two or three weeks ago, and it was pretty awful.  I made it down the block, but barely.  And I hadn’t tried again.  Finally, this weekend, I thought I would not only go running, but I would start my routine back.  Great idea, right?  It’s been…

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Apologies from a Blogger

Apologies from a Blogger

*** CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BARNES AND NOBLE GIFT CARD WINNER, Commenter #23 – Trish D.! Trish, email me at katie@marriageconfessions.com to claim your prize! *** On Friday, I posted a post about when Chris and I found out we were pregnant with Bean and Gracie. It was supposed to be a little lesson about how sometimes in life, timing has a way of working itself out just how it is supposed to. I wrote it with a specific audience in mind – those young couples who were trying to decide…

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Blooming

Blooming

I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts, for obvious reasons, I guess. It has really been bothering me, though. My dad passed away the week before classes started, which was the week of pre-planning for teachers. That is the week that you spend getting your classroom all set up, your lessons planned for the first few weeks of school, and taking care of all the administrative crap that comes with teaching. Because I missed that week, I have felt off at school ever since it started four weeks ago…

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Beyond the Boundaries of a “Normal Marriage”

Beyond the Boundaries of a “Normal Marriage”

(WARNING:  If you aren’t married yet, you might need to look away for a bit or else you’ll never want to get married.  Also, if you’re my minister, please skip this post and come back tomorrow.  Thank you.) For the past couple of days, I have had this dull, aching headache. Nothing too major, but constantly there. Then yesterday afternoon at school, that headache moved behind one of my eyes and got more intense. My nose was running, so I thought, “This must be a sinus headache or infection.” But…

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Huggies #17 – Tiny Wittle Diapers

Huggies #17 – Tiny Wittle Diapers

I will never forget coming home from the hospital with a new baby in my arms. I felt as happy as I’d ever been, but also more vulnerable than I’d ever felt before. There was so much responsibility on my shoulders now. A tiny person was depending on me. Oddly enough, one of my greatest worries was about changing Bean’s diaper. I knew how to change one, but when it’s your own (and first!) baby, diapering suddenly seemed much more complicated. When should I change him? How did I check…

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Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire

There are few things in this world that I love more than a fiery woman. Give me a big attitude, an independent mind and a free spirit, and I’ll be your friend for life. In fact, very few women in my life are passive or even shy. I am drawn to women who lead and who inspire and who bring something to every table they approach. Which is why I am so proud that Gracie Girl is my daughter. Good Lord, how I love that baby. She drives every nerve…

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The Grief Deadline

The Grief Deadline

I’ve been doing pretty good dealing with my grief after losing my dad.  I think about him all the time, but it doesn’t make me cry nearly as much anymore.  I can think about funny stories about him and laugh, I can remember him and smile.  In fact, it’s been a few days since I’ve cried, which is a big improvement.  I’ve been so worried about how my family is dealing with their grief that I didn’t really have to deal with mine for a while.  And, I have to…

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