A New Kind of Mother’s Day

A New Kind of Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was super special to me. I hadn’t even had Bean yet. After an insane day of nesting and spontaneously needing to clean things that I had never felt the need to clean before in my entire life… …I promptly fell asleep on the couch where I snored and drooled for hours, the way only an eight months pregnant woman can. When I woke up, I discovered that Chris had gone out and bought me flowers. His card said, “I love you because you are already such…

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Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

On Saturday, we said goodbye to my sweet Lucy Girl. About six months ago, Lucy had liver failure and while she was able to get back to a point where she was functioning again, she just never fully recovered. She continued to have accidents all over the house, which we could have dealt with. But it was her aggression that prompted us to make the call to the vet about end of life options. Lucy had become so aggressive in the last month. She was snipping at all of us,…

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Kindergarten Paperwork

Kindergarten Paperwork

Baby fever.  I’ve gots it in a bad way. The other night, I was talking on the phone with a girlfriend who has a four-week old son.  She was talking about how hard it is to adjust to the lack of sleep and the responsibilities of becoming a mother.  We talked about colic and reflux and fussy babies. And I hung up the phone and I STILL WANTED A BABY!  That’s how I know baby fever is an illness.  When nighttime feedings and lack of sleep sound sweet to you,…

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Parenting Through Trembling Lips

Parenting Through Trembling Lips

A lot of parents worry about their kids.  Worry comes with the job description.  But, honestly, I haven’t consistently worried about my kids in quite a while.  Both are old enough to express their wants and needs to me, both have been doing really well in school and at home recently, and family life has seemed easy for the past few months. But this week, parenting has defeated me and I have lived in a world of worry over my kids.  I find myself stopping to pray for them all…

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Surviving Survival Mode

Surviving Survival Mode

Oh, my. The last two weeks have kicked my booty, friends. We have been in survival mode around here lately, but I think we are finally coming out of it.  I can’t remember being this stressed out, frustrated, or challenged professionally in quite a while. Without going into too many details, my school is going digital this year. I have been extremely optimistic since the announcement at the end of the school year last year because I love using technology to teach. In fact, my masters thesis was a study…

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Giveaway Winner and Bedtime

Giveaway Winner and Bedtime

It was the first day of school for me today. I welcomed 120+ students into a new school year, and, let me tell you, that is some exhausting work! I am BEAT! And I wore super cute shoes, but I am not used to being in wedges again so my feet are swollen and blister-y tonight. A small price to pay, though. I needed the coral shoes to tie in my coral cardigan… duh! Bean had his first day of preschool today, too. He was so excited to start. Chris…

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One Year

One Year

In one year, we have welcomed sweet Baby Tillman to our family. We’ve played soccer. We’ve made cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving. We decorated our family Christmas tree. We each turned a year older. Over and over again, we gave our hearts (and then Baby Tut Tut…) to the Lord. We searched for joy. Sometimes we found it. And sometimes we didn’t. We celebrated new beginnings with family. We went pee pee in the potty! We learned to depend on each other. And we honored our family in new, special ways….

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Similar, But Very Different

Similar, But Very Different

This past weekend, Bean was helping Chris build a corn hole set in our backyard.  They had power tools and wood and they were all set to “man out” for a while.  Halfway through their venture, Chris accidentally cut himself on something.  He was bleeding a little bit, and he asked Bean to run inside and get the box of Bandaids he kept under the sink in our bathroom. Bandaids are a hot commodity around our house.  We have several varieties for whatever mood you might be in.  Feeling like…

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Summer Ideals

Summer Ideals

This past weekend was the big family festival that Chris’s theater puts on every year.  It’s his baby.  He and his staff plan it and organize it for months, so when the big weekend finally comes, it is always a welcome celebration. Summer around our house is a little strange. I am home all summer with the kids, which is a drastic change from teaching all school year with the kids in daycare. I love having this time with them. But being alone with them every day makes it very…

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Walk in Faith

Walk in Faith

So, I did something strange… even for me.  But before I tell you about it, I wanted us to have a little talk about faith.  Or, more specifically, my faith.  Sometimes, I feel a little odd sharing about my faith on my blog.  It’s just such a personal thing.  But I hope that you all know I do it simply because it would be impossible to have an entire website about my life without acknowledging my relationship with God.  It just wouldn’t be honest.  For years, I never mentioned my…

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