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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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
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”.
Hard work isn't easy. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it comes in forms of work that we love, other times in really hard work.
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
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!
I know this is thinking so far in advance, but I think about it soo just go with it.. In today's world, things are crazy! Never in my entire life do I remember such havoc wreaking everywhere. Bombs. Guns. New insanely corrupt legislation. Morals following into holes and getting buried. Like y'all it's wild out there. … Continue reading To choose home school or public school?
"If you are so tempted by sex that it is too hard for you to withstand, get married! Why do something that was made to be beautiful and turn it into sin?" -Raleigh Sadler, During a meeting when a group from ECU went to work with his organization Let My People Go Having a roommate … Continue reading Roommates aren’t just in college dorms??
Hi friends! So, I have had a few different jobs since I turned 16. I have worked at McDonald's which I hated with a passion. I was just thrown in the mix and never trained. On top of that it was the busiest McDonald's on the East Coast, supposedly, so that didn't help the not being … Continue reading Flipping patties, slinging grocery, & corporate meetings
Hi everyone! I have exciting news! My sister, Grace Pittman, is going back to Tanzania, Africa to the City of Hope! This will be her third trip to the City of Hope. Her heart belongs there. It won't surprise me if she ends up their for life one day. She craves and thirsts to be … Continue reading City of Hope in Tanzania, Africa
Guys, I have been married for 9ish months. That is literally so little time, but I have felt the most intense lesson in these past months, one that Nathan and I have taken SO SO seriously so that our marriage will thrive... for 108 more years, haha!! It is so fun to go on dates … Continue reading Dates, arguments, & kisses
I love a good event to prepare my home for. I love to deep clean, burn candles and have the entire house looking & smelling fresh. I love to decorate in theme of the event, although I haven't excelled in this area yet. I dream about the days where we will host large parties and … Continue reading What if we prepared our hearts the way we prepare our homes?
This week I've been at CARE training all week as part of my job & internship & I have LOVED it. Seriously the best training ever like way better than a class I've ever took. It's interesting, educating, and enjoyable. Anyways that has nothing to do with this really. So today I was told "you're … Continue reading Catching the right little things
So the other day I kept hearing a banging on a door. Keep in mind we live in an apartment, AKA close quarters. I looked at our friend who was leaving our place and said "What are you doing?!?!?" thinking he as just doing something funny. He left and my husband said "that is some … Continue reading Knock Knock Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Being intentional in your pursuits are always important in all relationships. However, Nathan & I have really started to understand the importance of being intentional. We use to see each other in breaks in our schedules while we were dating, or we would just wing it and figure something out. It was tough, but at … Continue reading Being Intentional in Your Marriage
Dear Perpetrators, I would like to introduce myself. I am a social work student about to graduate in just a few months. In the course of time in my education and my job, I have saw so much trauma inflicted on so many individuals. Even outside of education and jobs we see it all around … Continue reading Dear Perpetrators
Feminism used to have a strong meaning behind it. It use to stand for women's rights, for equal pay, for voting rights, for women to be seen as more than a housekeeper and the child bearer. It meant empowering women to be whatever they wanted to be, whether a woman working a corporate job, an … Continue reading Feminism once classy and now trashy
Trust is such a broad topic. A deep word. It is a word that encapsulates so much of who we are, how we act, and even how we think. Who do you trust? Maybe a family member, friends, church people, school leaders, spouses, or other people in your life. I got to thinking the past … Continue reading So what about trust?
2018 has been a year to remember for sure. Like every year it has had its ups and downs, lessons learned, failures, and successes. The best thing that happened this year is I got to marry the man of my dreams. I have always said he surpasses every dream I have ever had in a … Continue reading A Glimpse Into Our 2018
Merry merry merry Christmas!! As the Christmas season comes to an end, I reflect on it all. I have found pure joy in celebrating Jesus' birth by just being at peace, laughing so hard with family, and even taking a nap on Christmas Day. I mean c'mon, God rested on the 7th day of creation, … Continue reading Managing the Christmas Season
Good morning guys! The past couple days I have been thinking about "Fifty Shades of Grey" and how it contaminates our minds, often with us not even realizing it. I have never watched Fifty Shades, but from the things I have heard people say about it, it is practically a porn show if you ask … Continue reading Why “Fifty Shades of Grey” is not okay
Hi Friends! I thought I would take some time to share some tips about wedding planning that we learned by planning our wedding. So here it is: DON'T STRESS! It is one day, one of the most important and special days of your life. Everything will work out and if something doesn't I guarantee it will … Continue reading Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks
Friends, Do you ever feel weighed down by all of the "I am ____" statements floating around in your head? By the "You are ______" statements thrown at you by others? Yeah, I understand. We are pretty good at stealing our own joy and allowing ourselves and others to tear us down. Let's be real. … Continue reading I am _________.
On this very day three years ago, Nathan came to pick me up for a football game a few hours away. Not only did he pick me up, but he met my ENTIRE family at one time. Y'all my family is huge & my Pa grilled him. But he made it. The game was good. … Continue reading Our story
"For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Matthew 12:34) Friend, what is your heart full of? Is it joy or anger? Contentment or desire? Bitterness or forgiveness? I've been through a long season of learning these things and how to cleanse my heart from all things that do not please the Lord. … Continue reading What fills your heart?