My Keys to Happiness

Last week at the gym, I tried listening to a podcast instead of music while I was running.  I didn’t like it.  I need the beat of the music.  But, the podcast I listened to was really interesting.  It was a TedTalk on the study of happiness.  This guy had done research and found that people were happier when they were focused on the task at hand, even if it wasn’t a task they were particularly fond of.  When minds wander, we become less happy, according to the study. Considering…

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The Christmas Spirit

When the afternoon bell rang last Friday at school, I was out of work for an entire, heavenly week! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! Chris headed to New York for a bachelor party this pas weekend, so I loaded the kids and Big Molly up and we headed to my mom’s for a weekend-long visit. When I found myself sitting in her sunroom on Saturday morning, drinking my morning coffee (which is really my morning Diet Coke because I don’t drink coffee…), I knew I had made the right choice. We spent the…

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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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Remembering His Laughter

Sometimes at night, after the kids and dogs are asleep and the house is finally quiet, I’ll close my eyes, concentrate really hard, and try to remember my dad’s voice.  I’ll try to replay a conversation we had or image what he might say about something going on in my life today.  Usually, though, all I can remember is the sound of his laugh.  Filling a room then, and my heart now. I hope that’s the kind of legacy I leave one day.  

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Giving Joy Away

Here’s a very weird fact about me. When I’m mad at you, I’m going to give you a present. Isn’t that weird? Even I have always thought that was weird, but it’s an odd little fact. When I’m angry or frustrated or irritated or just plain mad at you, I’m going to go out and buy you a present. Especially if you’re name is Chris and we have been married for eight years. But I’ll do it for other people, too. I think I used to do it subconsciously. I’d…

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An Unexpected Staycation

This weekend was a four-day weekend for me.  On Friday we had a teacher planning day.  At our school, it is optional for you to come in as long as you’ve gotten your grades submitted.  I came in that morning for a few hours to finish up my grades and get my lessons together for my next unit (we start our writing unit tomorrow!  My favorite!).  Friday afternoon I unknowingly began an unexpected staycation weekend.  I met a friend at the movies to see “The Hobbit,” one of my favorite…

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#OneWord2013

If you’ve been around here for long, you know that I write occasionally for Southern Weddings Magazine. I write for them not only because they produce a beautiful wedding magazine which focuses on more than just a wedding day, but mostly because their staff of strong, faithful women inspire me to be better. I first became connected with SW through the owner and editor, Lara Casey. Lara and I actually went to the same high school, though she was a few years ahead of me. I didn’t know her personally.…

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