2019 was a year packed full of events, travels, so many blessings, & so many lessons. So grateful for every single one. Every blessing & every hardship, every one of them mold us into who we are if we allow them. My greatest blessing: Man, it's hard to choose just one, but really it would … Continue reading Blessings & Lessons of 2019
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I love to shop local. I love to shop local because it supports a local family. I love to shop local because it boosts the local economy. I love to shop local because I feel 99% sure that every time a purchase is made, the owner does a little happy dance and that alone is enough to … Continue reading Shopping Local this Christmas Season
To be the spouse of a grad student is one of the hardest things, yet one of the most rewarding. As many already know, my husband is in the DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program at Duke University. To give you a picture of what our current life looks like: Nathan wakes up SUPER early … Continue reading To be the spouse of a grad student…
Hi friends, I am happy to be back to writing some. I hope you guys enjoy today's blog and that it will create some discussion among yourselves and in this community. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a pretty commonly known subject now a days. But I think that there are bits and pieces of it … Continue reading the reality of PTSD
"I don't want to foster until my kids are out of the house." "I don't know if I could love a foster or adoptive child the way I can love a birth child" "It is just not the same as having your own child" "I am afraid of getting too attached" "Aren't those children in … Continue reading 5 reasons not to foster, BUT WAIT…
Recently, my family and I were shopping at Tanger Outlets. We went into Gap & the sales lady was telling my second mom and I that there was a huge sale on crop tops on the rack over there. I jokingly whispered "I prefer the bottom half of my shirt to still be intact." And … Continue reading “I want to feel comfortable with my body”
He isn't who I fell in love with 4 years ago. And for that I am grateful. Over the years he has matured in numerous ways. His priorities have shifted. His compassion has grown insurmountably. His love is like a mountain, un-moving and always seen. His focus shifted to God's calling on his life. People … Continue reading He isn’t who I fell in love with
"I can't parent because I never had a parent" is becoming more and more of a common reason behind parent-child relationship struggles. It is sad that this is what so many people struggle with, however it is not an excuse to not parent your children. For starters, parents in this position, I realize that you … Continue reading “I can’t parent because I never had a parent”
Teenage years are such an awkward time. It's a time of youthful play yet maturation into adulthood. It's a time where learning is tedious & decision making can be rather stressful. Emotions are felt in high gear from every end of the spectrum, often without rationale due to the hormonal changes in the body. Teenage … Continue reading Should teenagers have to work?
Being a cashier can be an incredibly fun job. You make so many different relationships just by checking people out on a regular basis. But there are some things that drive cashiers up the wall. If you'd like to be friends with your cashier read these notes: Hand your money to your cashier. A cashier … Continue reading 6 Things Cashiers Hate
Tonight as I sat at our desk spending time with the Lord, I noticed that the desk is chipped everywhere. So, I started coloring all the chipped spaces with a brown Sharpie to blend them back in with the desk. It kind of worked. Then again, it kind of looks like dark brown polka dots … Continue reading Chipped Spaces
A daily "yes" to time in the word is a daily "yes" to my marriage. It's a "yes" to the output of work in my career. It's a "yes" to my friendships. It's a "yes" to my mental health. So often, it is easy to push aside daily devotion time & time spent in prayer … Continue reading Saying “yes” to time with Jesus is saying “yes” to my marriage
Demons, Satan, Hell. It all seems to be a taboo subject now a days. It's like the subject people avoid in the community and often in the church because beliefs are all over the fence about it. But let's be real, it is all a reality. It's avoided because of fear, of awkward conversations, and … Continue reading Let’s get real, spiritual warfare exists
Dear Nathan, I love you. I love you for all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will be. We have had so many amazing memories since 2015. We have also had the type of memories that are lessons learned. I am grateful for them both as they have taught us … Continue reading On this day, I said “I do”.
"So friends, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been or why you haven’t received any blogs, this is why. Also because I just got wifi tonight and the amount of data we have used the past two weeks is CRAZY! HAHA!"
Hard work isn't easy. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it comes in forms of work that we love, other times in really hard work.
Dear single friends, I hear you all of the time swooning over your friends relationships and marriages, the engagements, the sweet photos, & the mushy stories. I see you scrolling through social media & wishing you had the same thing. I remember our conversations that we have every so often. I think on them frequently. … Continue reading Dear single friends,
Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend. My husband & I celebrated by going to Upstate New York. We have family up there, so we went to enjoy their company and celebrate the church, River Valley, launching weekly services in their brand new building!! It was super exciting and has … Continue reading a bouncin’ baby
To me there is nothing more attractive than a Jesus-loving man. That is the number one most attractive quality about a guy. I love to see men surrendering themselves to the King of all Kings in prayer, worship, and daily living. However, there are many more qualities I find so attractive about my husband, qualities … Continue reading That southern man..
God is still God In the highs.. In the lows.. God remains sovereign. God remains steady.
It's hard to be content when we are constantly looking ahead at the next phase of life. For years on end I have found myself doing this. Ever since graduating high school, I have always looked for contentment in the future instead of in the present. For me, high school was easy. I loved my … Continue reading Learning to be content
To all the ladies in the room, You ARE enough. You ARE beautiful just the way you are. You CAN do whatever you put your mind too. You ARE worthy of kind words. You ARE capable of all of your dreams. You ARE raising those babies well. You ARE enough!! ************************************************ Ladies, We are enough. We all so easily slip … Continue reading Girl, you ARE enough!
Today, lets talk about marriage. I am totally 110% enthralled in the idea of marriage, the actions of marriage, the everything that encompasses marriage. I love being married. I love the sweet talk that makes others gag. I love the snuggles. I love the fact that I have a helpmate available around the clock. I … Continue reading Consider these 7 things before considering marriage
Many things are tempting in today's world. One of the largest tempters I see today (in my opinion) is pre-marital sex, but among many others. Guys, temptations are real. In no way do I deny that. I have experienced them just like every other human. No one person is exempt from temptation. Even Jesus was … Continue reading Today’s Temptation
As the world has changed, so has the understanding of faith. Many people have varying views on their faith as well as others faith. I have often seen where Christians divide themselves because of the differences in their beliefs. I have saw many walk away from the church to continue their faith on their own … Continue reading Believers need to be in church!
As many people may know, I am passionate about children in DSS custody/foster care & children who have endured trauma. Over the past couple years I have done tons of research on the foster care system, traumatized kids, and government policies regarding such. I have also been in school earning a degree in Social Work … Continue reading You MUST understand, not all kids grow up the same!
It straight up HURTS to be talked about behind your own back. Seems like now a days almost every conversation you hear is about someone else and when you aren't in that conversation it may just be about you. It is SO common. But... how many of us are guilty of allowing other peoples names to come … Continue reading He said- She said
All the time Nathan & I both hear "You're married!?" "You are so young" "You're too young!" Literally. ALL. THE. TIME. So let me speak for both Nathan, myself, and anyone else who gets comments like these. We are not too young. I would say "I do" to my Nathan 1 million more times. I … Continue reading “Man you are so young…”
Dear guys, Meet her needs. A relationship works two ways. She meets your needs and you meet her needs. It isn't a give and take, a 50/50, or a I will if she will. It's an "I choose to love her in this way because this is what she deserves." It is learning to put … Continue reading Dear guys…