From Husbands to Fathers

From Husbands to Fathers

Today we went to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola for the day.  If you’re ever in the area, you don’t want to miss it.  It’s free, fun, and super interactive for kids AND adults.  We have been once before when Bean was just over a year old, so we figured it was time to go again. The kids had a blast! They climbed all over airplanes and sat inside fighter jets. Gracie squealed loud enough that I worried the Military Police would come confiscate her as a weapon of…

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Don’t Bother Me. I’m Relaxing.

Don’t Bother Me. I’m Relaxing.

Ohhhhhhh, imaginary friends.  I cannot tell you how wonderful our Christmas vacation has been so far.  We have seen family and friends, eaten until we are about to pop, slept late and napped often, and I have read three books already!  Now, that’s what I call a vacation. Right now, we are in our hometown of Pensacola, Florida, and have spent the past three days with Chris’s family.  It has been a really great visit, with the perfect amount of relaxation that staying with my fabulous mother-in-law always brings and…

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Camera Dump

Camera Dump

I finally downloaded some pictures from my real camera to my computer tonight. First time in an entire month. I used to dump my pictures every night, but that was getting to be a little too time consuming since our computer runs at about the pace of a Macintosh circa 1985. Tonight, though, I poured myself a big mug of hot chocolate, put on my stretchy pants, and decided it was time. And boy was it worth the effort. Here now, I present to you: THE ENTIRE MONTH OF DECEMBER,…

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Wee Choir.

Wee Choir.

Bean joined the preschool choir at our new church. It’s called Wee Choir, and I am a wee bit obsessed with that name. It is just so darn cute that it makes me a wee bit giggly every time I say it. But you know what’s a wee bit cuter than the name? Hearing Bean say “Wee Choir.” It’s so cute that it’s a wee-ligious experience. Too far. I took it too far there. Anyway, here is a wee-diculously cute video of Bean’s Wee Choir debut at a performance this…

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A Day in the Life: Teacher Edition

A Day in the Life: Teacher Edition

If you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I am an eighth grade language arts teacher.  If you’ve been around here even LONGER, then you know that this is a career shift for me, as I was formerly in an administrative role at Yale University.  If you’ve been around here since God was a child, you probably also know that I got my Masters in Educational Leadership while working full-time at Yale.  While my career path has been centered on education in some capacity for the past ten…

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Confessions of a Laundress

Confessions of a Laundress

Sometimes I do laundry, like a responsible adult.  I wash it, dry it, fold it, and put it away all in the same day.  Sometimes I even do multiple loads on the same day. Sometimes, I wash a load of laundry, move the load over to the dryer, and then put on “The Notebook” and forget about the clothes in the dryer until Monday morning comes around and we are all naked. Sometimes, I wash a load of laundry, move the load over to the dryer, and then even remember…

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Sometimes I Like to Pretend to Be a Grown Up.

Sometimes I Like to Pretend to Be a Grown Up.

When Chris and I were first engaged, we went through all the normal preparations that most engaged couples go through.  We worked out the logistics of who would be moving where.  We took a few shots of tequila and finally bared our financial guts to each other.  We decided where we would open bank accounts, and whose name our new car would be in. And then we sat back and said to ourselves, “Look how responsible we are!” And then my dad said, “Did you get your insurance straightened out?”…

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When Marriage Lifts You Up

When Marriage Lifts You Up

I am struggling a little bit this holiday season. It started at Thanksgiving and I just can’t seem to shake it. A large part of the reason is missing my dad. I keep dreaming about him, and I wake up with my heart bursting until I realize that it was just a dream and then I get very disoriented while I remind myself that Dad isn’t here anymore. It is heartbreaking every time it happens. This past Sunday, though, was the second Sunday of Advent, and we lit the Peace…

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Finding Our Place Again

Finding Our Place Again

So, you all know how much we love our church. When we first moved to Orlando, we began attending First United Methodist of Winter Park almost right away and mostly out of convenience. It was, literally, right down the street from where we were renting, and during those months that I was unemployed, I was desperate to seek out a community where I could belong. And that’s exactly what I found there. I remember the exact day when Chris and I felt that this church was our home. We were…

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So, Then That Happened

So, Then That Happened

On my birthday morning, I woke up to Chris and the kids singing “Happy Birthday” to me.  I thought, “This is worth getting a year older.” And then, as soon as the song was over, Bean says, “Mom!  It’s your birthday!” “It is!” I chirped right back. “So,” he said.  “Does this mean you aren’t going to be as mean today?” And then my heart broke and I died inside. The End.

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