#Winning

#Winning

Last week, I posted a blog post titled, “#Losing.”  It was about how terrible things were going in my work life, how stressful things were for Chris at his job, and about how until God somehow changed my circumstances, my blogging schedule was going to be a bit erratic. That night around 2:00am, I woke up and padded downstairs in my pajamas and socks and reread the post. Yep.  It was just as I had suspected.  A mindless rant. Don’t get me wrong.  Mindless rants are important and necessary in…

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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

Our goal for this weekend was to not be sad. I think we pretty much nailed it. My sister, John Michael, and Baby Tut Tut came down for the weekend to celebrate Tut Tut’s first birthday with family (his actual birthday is next weekend, but since we can’t be there with him, we celebrated here this weekend) and to honor my Dad’s memory by just being together. We spent Saturday at our house and had a little pre-birthday party party for Tut Tut. We spent the day soaking up the…

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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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This Is It.

This Is It.

What I am about to say is going to show an ugly side of myself.  Just want to give you that fair warning. Sometimes, I look around at my life and I think, “This is it?  This is all there is?” I know!  It’s awful, isn’t it?  It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then I will hit a spell where that question forms in my mind for a couple days… and festers.  “This is it?” I love my life, but occasionally, I get a case of the covetsies….

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InstaLife

InstaLife

In case you missed it, here is my life for the past week in Instagram pictures… Gracie started insisting that our entire family wear sunglasses whenever possible. Including at bedtime. She also finally started wearing this polka dot bandana that I have been dying for her to wear, but she kept saying in this ridiculously deep voice, “IIIIIIIII saaaaaaidddd NOOOOOOOO!” while she wore it, so that made the bandana infinitely less cute. We went to church on Sunday. The sermon touched my heart. I think my minister is getting better…

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I Can, Too

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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A Suburban Miracle

A Suburban Miracle

Want to hear a confession? I am a slacker. No, really. I am. I’m a busy person, and it’s hard to imagine busy people being slackers. But it’s true. I am the busiest little slacker you ever did see. Here’s why: I have all these great ideas. Big, far-reaching, pain in the butt ideas. And because I have no filter whatsoever, when I think of a big idea, I tell everyone. I get lots of people on board with my big idea, and get everyone all excited. And then I…

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Well, I AM 30…

Well, I AM 30…

I turned 30 in December. I was actually really excited about it. I figured not much would change. Truthfully, we had been living beyond our years for quite a while, and I figured by turning 30 I was really just catching up with the 30-something lifestyle we had. And that has been true. Not much around me has changed since I turned 30. My life is largely the same as it was when I was 29. Lately, though, I’ve noticed small changes in myself. Little things that always make me…

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Laid Off and Moving On

Laid Off and Moving On

This morning, Chris sent me an email that said one of our best friends had been suddenly laid off from his job.  I was shocked because our friend had just moved here to Orlando from New York for this job.  He relocated about four months ago, had just settled into his home, had just met a nice girl, was just starting to get his feet under him.  And then he walked into the office this morning, and walked back out about an hour later with a crappy severance package.  He…

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One of THOSE Blogs

One of THOSE Blogs

In this corner of the internet, I try to keep things real.  I try to tell the truth.  The whole truth.  And nothing but the truth.  Sometimes, that means I tell people about temper tantrums and 3 hour meals and time outs and meltdowns because those things are just part of being a parent.  I try my best not to omit those instances because if I only showed the high-resolution pictures with perfect lighting where everyone is looking at the camera…well, quite frankly, this would be a very short blog….

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