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.
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,
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..
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
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
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!
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…
"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
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
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
Many who have never experienced abuse wonder why people choose to stay in it, why they never escape the perpetrator when they have the chance, or why they do not seek help. (The following is from a perspective of a woman, understanding that males are abused as well.) Women who are abused mentally, physically, or … Continue reading Understanding the misunderstood
One of my most cherished belongings is my box of special letters I have received over the years. This box includes cards from my grandparents, my parents, drawings and notes from my siblings and cousins, and love letters from my man whom I cherish. Every year I can count on my Dad sending me a … Continue reading Are hand written letters old fashion?
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
Hey guys!! As many of you know mental health awareness is becoming a more "popular" topic now a days. Which is good because it is necessary and real. Tonight I am choosing to talk about anxiety. Many mental health issues exist, but for now this will be the one we discuss (I want you to … Continue reading Destroying the stigma
Dear Husbands, Wives, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, There is a fine line between jealousy and respect. A very fine line. Respect is creating boundaries together that you both understand and hold in high priority in your relationship. Respect is hanging out with the opposite sex only when your spouse is with you. A guy and a girl hanging out … Continue reading The fine line
Life is so busy. It is so easy to get entangled in the whirlwind of work, school, ball games, dance practice, clean house, cook dinner, go to sleep, and wake up to do it all over again. In these moments, our life is fleeting. It's easy to miss moments that will make sweet memories. Sometimes … Continue reading Sometimes you just have to take the time…