She.

She.

She loves castles, doll babies, and tea sets. She loves her brother even more. She squeals when she sees a butterfly and screams when she sees a lizard. She is deathly afraid of love bugs. She loves to cook. She loves babies. She loves jewelry. She loves shoes. She REALLY loves tutus. She has a laugh that brightens up the room. She is slow to anger. She believes every bump, bruise, scrape, or blow of the wind requires a bandaid. She hates to eat. She loves to drink apple juice….

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When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

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

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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Closing My Mouth and Opening My Ears

Closing My Mouth and Opening My Ears

I’m trying something new lately.  It’s pretty radical.  I’m almost embarrassed to say it because it’s just so OUT THERE. I’ve been listening to my husband. I know!  Crazy, right? I am a talker.  And, this might surprise you, but I’m also a bit of a type A personality.  SHOCKING, RIGHT?!?!?!  These qualities make me an excellent mother, blogger, and teacher.  I know how to take the reins and I can communicate really well.  Oddly enough, these qualities can make it very difficult to be married to me.  I KNOW!!!…

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Life Happens

Life Happens

Oh, imaginary friends!  How I have missed you this past week!  I did not intend to take a break from blogging, but sometimes life just happens.  And, boy, was it happening last week!  I have so many things to share about this week!  We had weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthday parties.  Get ready for lots of pictures this week on the blog! Let’s start in chronological order with my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta. Are you ready? Are you sure? There are lots of pictures. We might be a while. You…

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The Grammar of Marriage

The Grammar of Marriage

I’m never more reminded of how lucky I am to have Chris than when we face a challenge together.  Over the years, we have learned that the only way to make it through the ugly parts of life is to lean on each other for support.  I think that’s a pretty good lesson to have learned. I love Chris when he is there for me.  He has this calming presence that just puts me at ease.  He doesn’t have to be near me or touching me or talking to me….

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Parenting Through Trembling Lips

Parenting Through Trembling Lips

A lot of parents worry about their kids.  Worry comes with the job description.  But, honestly, I haven’t consistently worried about my kids in quite a while.  Both are old enough to express their wants and needs to me, both have been doing really well in school and at home recently, and family life has seemed easy for the past few months. But this week, parenting has defeated me and I have lived in a world of worry over my kids.  I find myself stopping to pray for them all…

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Valentine’s Day Goodies, 2014

Valentine’s Day Goodies, 2014

For the past two years, I have really gotten into the Valentine’s Day spirit.  I think it’s having kids.  I have sort of taken Valentine’s Day on as my own little holiday for the kids, and I love finding little ways and traditions to make it special.  This year, I finally got my act together early enough to show you what I’m doing for the kids BEFORE the actual holiday!  Look at me! Every year on Valentine’s Day morning, the kids and Chris wake up to find the kitchen has…

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From Husbands to Fathers

From Husbands to Fathers

Today we went to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola for the day.  If you’re ever in the area, you don’t want to miss it.  It’s free, fun, and super interactive for kids AND adults.  We have been once before when Bean was just over a year old, so we figured it was time to go again. The kids had a blast! They climbed all over airplanes and sat inside fighter jets. Gracie squealed loud enough that I worried the Military Police would come confiscate her as a weapon of…

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Fighting the Sadness

Fighting the Sadness

We had a jumpin’ weekend here in the MC household.  My mom came down Friday night and stayed with the kids while Chris and I got gussied up and had a nice date night…  where we spent the second half of the meal in a HUGE, candlelit, whispered fight about holiday plans.  Good times.  But actually, we had been needing to have that little discussion and no matter where or when we had it, it was going to be messy.  So, might as well enjoy a little Bang Bang Shrimp…

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