A 30 BEFORE 30 update!

March 25, 2014

Run ONE mile without stopping or dying. (ONE MILE. Is it SO hard?) Have another baby. July 6, 2013! Complete 30 Day Shred. Hopefully move just ONE last time for at least several years. Bought a house May 31, 2013! Finally make the mommy and me aprons I’ve been planning to make for the last year. We [...]

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Country music, sunshine, and remembering gratitude.

March 24, 2014

One afternoon last week, in the midst of the piles of laundry and the mess, I simply remembered. I remembered that these are gifts I have been given. I remembered the eucharisto. The thanks. The joy of my daughter learning how to ride her bike.  The piles of dirt and dust — the food and [...]

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The best frozen lasagna I’ve ever eaten. (review and coupon!)

March 19, 2014

Growing up in a youth group in a Southern Baptist church, we had a lot of frozen lasagnas. A LOT. It’s an easy dish that only requires oven time, and throwing together a simple salad and some bread to put beside it makes a filling dish for a lot of hungry teenagers. When my husband [...]

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Squishy {8.5 Months!}

March 18, 2014

Obviously I’m the world’s best mom ever with all these baby updates. Try not to be jealous. I think little man’s last one was what, 2? 3 months ago? But lo and behold — a Squishy update!! He’s only 8 (and a half…) months! For the record — his last online update was at 5 [...]

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You’re not doing a good job (and other lies we imply)

March 13, 2014

Me and my clingy guy this week while working in the garage. I’m obviously not amused. I’m attempting a garage sale this weekend (and of course now rain is scheduled for Saturday), there’s a birthday party to plan (Bluebelle is turning 4!), and I have so much other stuff on my plate that my stress [...]

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When all you need is a break.

February 21, 2014

Can we do some real talk this morning? Okay, good. Let’s begin by this unfortunate truth: women tend to be really hard on each other. We are. I don’t know if it’s because we are hard on ourselves, or if guilt is a motivating factor, or our struggles with jealousy. I think it can sometimes [...]

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“Will the church still love me tomorrow?”

February 16, 2014

“Will the church still love me?” I thought about this thought Sunday morning as I got ready for church. Right now we are in the “going steady” stage of church membership. We haven’t joined yet, but we are “exclusive.” We are making such committed gestures like joining the choir and attending Wednesday nights. We are [...]

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To you, new mama.

February 14, 2014

For the new mom: Welcome to the club! I see you.  I really do.  You are my friends.  I have rejoiced with you.  Shed tears over your absolutely perfect bundles of joy, and I love watching you marvel.  Every time you do, it reminds me of my own babies and how much I love those [...]

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Competitive at Heart.

February 13, 2014

For your enjoyment… a pic of me and my friends back in the day. (8 years ago!) Let me tell you something about myself that you may or may not know. I like being the best. When I was a kid, schoolwork and things automatically came pretty easy to me. I didn’t struggle with schoolwork [...]

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From Scratch.

January 29, 2014

The early days of marriage is a whole lot of trial and error. This is especially true in the kitchen. I remember trying to find a way to create something that both me and my husband would love — and something beyond the hamburger helper and other quick meals we mastered in college. Meals became [...]

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