I Hate Goodbyes

The time has come for me to say goodbye to my dearest, oldest friend.  Sarah and her sweet little family have decided to move back to our hometown in order to raise their daughter closer to family.  It is hard to blame her, considering I am living where we are because of the same idea.  Nevertheless, it is such a hard thing to say goodbye to her. I don’t handle goodbyes well at all.  I just avoid them.  And I’ve been doing that to Sarah.  She has spent the past…

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Happy 30th Birthday, Chris!

Dear Pookey, Welcome to your 30’s!  I can’t believe that we have actually been together for half our lives now.  In some ways that feels impossible.  I still get butterflies when you kiss me, I still smile when I get a text from you, I still giggle inside when someone says “Mrs. Brown.”   But in other ways, it feels like I have known you my whole life.  Maybe that is because anything of real importance began when you took my hand for the first time over 15 years ago.…

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I Can, Too

When I was in high school, I was active in my church’s youth group.  I had friends in all different groups at school, but my core group of friends who shaped me and helped set my moral compass for later in life were my friends from church.  We not only worshipped together, but we traveled together, served together, got in trouble together, pushed the boundaries together, and grew up together.  I have lost touch with many of these people over the years, but their friendships had a truly profound impact…

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Granddaddy’s Dock

I don’t often post pictures of people other than my own family to my blog. I’ve mentioned before that I very seldom talk about my blog with people in real life. People who know me in person are polite enough to pretend not to read it, which is thoughtful of them. And I don’t ever want people I know and love to worry that whatever we share in confidence of friendship or family is going to be publicly broadcast over the internet. It also saves me the embarrassment of shoving…

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Another Great Weekend

Mark another fun, productive and exciting weekend down in the books for us.  The kids are at great ages right now for getting out and doing, and we are taking full advantage!  Saturday started with a birthday party for one of Bean’s friends at the Orlando Science Center.  We don’t go often to the Science Center because admission is outrageous ($27 for adults; $20 for kids).  The birthday party was a lot of fun, though, and included free admission to the Science Center for all party guests.  Bean’s best friend,…

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Nursery Tour

Chris and I have been spending some time (and money!) on fixing up our house. When we moved in, we finished anything that was necessary. New carpet, a neutral wall pain throughout the house to replace the horrid wallpaper from 1974, and a couple new light fixtures, bedroom doors, closet doors, and other odds and ends. We took a break from the fixing up over the summer because we went down to one paycheck since I was on summer vacation, but as soon as my first fall paycheck hit the…

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Weddings Ain.t For Weenies

This post is the second installment of a series of posts that tell the story of my seven year marriage.  Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it… *********** We got married too young. My parents knew it.  His parents knew it.  I knew it.  Chris knew it.  Everyone knew it.  At our wedding reception, our first dance was to Elvis Presley’s Fools Rush In.  “Wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you.”  That was us.  Fools.  Fools…

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Reunited and It Feels So Nice

When Chris was in college, one of his best friends was a guy in the same program as him named Tramaine, or Tray. Tray was, like Chris, wild but with a good heart. A few years ago, Tray married his college girlfriend, Yoni (who I think is one of the most beautiful people ever), and they moved out west so Tray could go to graduate school, oddly enough in the same degree program that Chris pursued at Yale. Chris and I have loved watching Tray and Yoni’s life unfold over…

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Really Good Days

Do you ever have those really good days? Days when the sun is shining and your hair looks good and no one pitches a fit and everyone takes a nap and your husband looks cute and you don’t burn dinner? Those stars align, like, once a year for me. Maybe. But, man, when they do, I just feel so grateful for my life and for the people in it. The 4th of July was one of those days for me. Though, it was not a good hair day. That one’s…

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Going Home

This weekend, we packed up and headed back out of town again. This time we went to our hometown of Pensacola, Florida (well, technically we’re from a barrier peninsula just off the coast of Pensacola called Gulf Breeze). My sister’s mother-in-law, Shirley, threw her a beautiful baby shower. (Shirley, by the way, plans parties, showers, and weddings professionally, so email me if you are looking for someone in the Pensacola area!) Shirley’s house looked beautiful, and it was the perfect place for seeing old friends and celebrating new babies! While…

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