Recital Pictures So Cute, It Might Break the Internets

You. Guys. Gracie had her tap recital this weekend.  Holy cow.  Cute doesn’t even begin to cover the extent of the pink, fluffy, adorableness in these pictures. As you all know, Gracie is quite the riot.  She is feisty, energetic, loud, and bossy…  But only really in our house with our family.  When she is in school or out somewhere with friends, Gracie tends to be more on the shy side.  And these pictures capture that so well. Look at her sweet little face.  She looks terrified.  And she really…

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My Blooming Husband

Last week, Chris was in tech rehearsals almost every night, which means he didn’t get home until about 11:00.  And I was fighting a cold, so I was going to bed when the kids did around 8:00 every night.  Chris and I basically saw each other over breakfast in the mornings, and that was about it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate tech weeks?) On Thursday night, I was finally feeling a little better, so I stayed up late to see him when he got home.  We sat in the…

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Half-Assed and Sassy: I’m Back!

(tap, tap, tap) IS THIS THING ON????? (tap, tap, tap) Well, kids.  I just couldn’t stay away.  Turns out, when you’re a writer – even a kitchen table one – you miss writing.  Who knew?! I stepped away for almost a whole year from this bloggity-blog and freelance writing, and what a wonderful decision that has been.  I have stretched myself into whole areas of my family’s life that I wouldn’t have been able to plug into if I had continued blogging.  I’ve become the Den Leader of Bean’s Cub…

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The Truth Prevails

My girlfriend, Danielle, and I made plans weeks ago to stay one night at a Disney resort over Spring Break.  We decided that instead of breaking into a Disney resort pool (which is becoming increasingly harder with those darn MagicBands…*waves fist at sky*), we would become legit guests for a night and have a little one night staycation.  We booked our hotel and were going to check-in today, hang out by the pool all afternoon, play at the resort tonight, wake up, and play in the pool all day tomorrow,…

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

It will be five years ago this May that our family picked up and moved from Connecticut to Orlando in order to be closer to our extended family.  If you are new around these parts, then you missed that great transitional period in our lives.  It was a terrible, turbulent time in our home, when we were broke, unemployed, uninsured, and trying desperately to hold on to what was left of our faith. Chris and I prayed and prayed about our move back to Florida.  We had a wonderful, thriving life…

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8 Tips and Tricks to Consigning Kids Clothing

I started consigning my kids clothes about two years ago. I tried once when I lived in Connecticut, but the first try was a mess. Nothing of mine was bought by the store and I was so frustrated and offended that it took me YEARS before I was ready to try again. Now that I’ve been doing it a while, I thought I’d share some tips and tricks that have brought me the best returns: 1. Have a system in your house for storing consignment clothing. In each of the…

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When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

I’ve been struggling with parenting lately.  Bean is at this age that constantly tests my patience and, if I’m completely honest, I have not exactly passed those tests.  I’ve been quick to snap at my kids, quick to anger, quick to discipline.  Sometimes those actions are needed, but sometimes I go to them because they are easier than having the patience to parent kindly. Gosh, that sounds horrible when I write it out. This Sunday, our minister gave a sermon about individualism. She talked about discovering who God calls us…

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Learning Through Listening

One of the areas I have been trying to work on in my marriage has been truly listening to Chris and then reacting to his needs.  You’d think that would come naturally in a marriage, but it has taken surprising focus on my part.  The listening part I have really been working on and that is becoming much more natural to me.  But the second part that I have discovered our marriage needs is for me to react to Chris’s needs when I hear them. I had gotten in this…

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How I Learned Bravery From My Five Year Old

I am constantly amazed by my kids.  Aren’t all parent, I guess?  Every time they experience something new or learn something or are randomly nice to each other, my heart just explodes with pride. “Look at my sweet son!  He chose not to tackle his sister when she stepped on his Lego car.  What a sweetheart!” If parenthood had a suit of armor, pride would be the visor on our helmets.  It’s what blinds us to their imperfections.  It’s what we look through and out of when we look at…

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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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