Home Tour!

Well, kids. We’ve got a new house. I couldn’t be happier! We aren’t moving in for a few more weeks so that we can do things like scrape wallpaper, paint, and re-carpet the house, but even with big empty rooms, it still feels like home already. I just walk around it with a big, goofy smile on my face. Which is saying a lot considering that the only time we’ve spent at the house so far has been spent scraping wallpaper. I’d like to talk to the person who invented…

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GIVE ME THE KEYS!

Oh, imaginary friends, how I have missed you! I took an unplanned hiatus for the past few days because of a few things that were going around ’round these here parts that made our lives a little extra chaotic. First, we’ve been in Vacation Bible School mode here at our house. The kiddies are in the nursery (Bean can attend next year when he’s three) and I am volunteering with the four-year-olds. I really love it, but it is exhausting! When we get home around 1:00 every day, the afternoons…

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Packing and Unpacking

Dear Chris, On Monday we will finally close on our first house here in Florida. Can you believe it? I can’t. I can’t believe that this time last year we were struggling to make ends meet, fearing our unexpected pregnancy, wondering where we were going to live, and trying to put our lives back together after our move. Such change in such a short amount of time. Now, we both have jobs that we love and, more importantly, that pay the bills. We have a beautiful baby girl whose dimples…

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Deeeeevine.

(Before I resume our regularly scheduled programming of nonsense here on Marriage Confessions this morning, I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your outpouring of kindness, encouragement, and support last week.  Your comments and emails were incredibly uplifting and just what I needed to hear in my blogging slump.  Fear not.  I will continue to rattle on about the mundane until you all stop coming back and commiserating with me.  So, thanks for the encouragement.  You made my heart happy.) I’ve mentioned it before, but we…

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On the Move

After some fancy financial footwork and several “are-you-sure-we-can-do-this” conversations, Chris and I are ready to buy a house again. It’s kind of weird to be house hunting in Florida. We grew up here, but haven’t ever lived here as real adults…with, like, jobs and, like, dependents. It’s kind of strange, but it’s also kind of nice. I think owning a house here in Florida will be the final step to us feeling like this is truly home. Living in rental houses has felt temporary and like camp, in an odd…

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Summertime Confessions

1. For the first time in the whole life, I have a tan. Not a sunburn. A real tan. 2. I started the Couch-2-5K program last week to help tone up this summer. The first day of training required 20 minutes of walking/jogging. I made it 10 minutes and haven’t done it since. But I have the app on my phone, so I think I’ll try again this week. 3. When Bean and Gracie take their afternoon nap, I usually spend that hour on my float in the pool. It…

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It’s Why I’m Here

This week, my sweet dad has been driving over an hour to my house every morning in order to stay with Bean during the day so that Chris and I don’t have to miss work to stay home with him.  My mom came down today, too, and so Bean had twice the fun with Nana AND Granddad.  And they’ve nursed him back to health.  He is a little cranky, but I think mostly that’s from being cooped up in the house for five days straight.  He hasn’t been running a…

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The Sister Speaks (About Being Married)

Last week I asked my sister to guest blog on MC.  She’s actually a really great writer and her perspectives on life, marriage, love, and family are so fresh and relatable that I thought you all would appreciate them, too.  Ginny and her husband, John Michael, were married last April (see posts about her wedding here, here, here, here, and here) and since then have been living in southern Virginia where he was transferred through his job.  It looks like they’ll be moving again somewhere this summer, but that is…

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Oh, There You Are, Peter…

A little over two months ago, I shared on my blog that I was struggling with depression.  2010 was a rough year for my family and all the pressures and anxieties that come with a big move, unemployment, financial struggles, a home invasion, and an unexpected pregnancy came crashing down around me.  I felt like I was spinning out of control and couldn’t find anything to hold onto to steady myself.  Though I blogged about it in November, that was actually the beginning of the end of my season of…

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The Hardest, Holiest, Happiest of Holidays

A couple weeks ago, I met with one of the ministers at my church to talk about my depression.  Though I really feel like I’m on my way to pulling myself out of this hole and every day gets better and better, I was still struggling with feeling separate from God during this time.  If you’re not a Christian, then that might be a hard concept to imagine and running off to a minister might seem awfully dramatic.  Shoot, if you ARE a Christian, running off to a minister might…

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