I’m a planner by nature, I like order and structure. However, there are aspects of my life that I didn’t plan, didn’t see coming, and certainly didn’t pray for.  As the seasons begin to change and spring emerges, I’m reminded...
I consider myself an adrenaline junkie and love haunted houses. I have been skydiving and swimming with the sharks. There is just something about that controlled fear that I have always found exhilarating. With all of my scheduled scary...
March 11, 2020 was my last normal day. It's been nearly a year of this pandemic (even longer for some), and it seems like a good time for reflection. A few weeks ago, I read a great piece called...
The last thing anyone wants to think about is having to make a trip to the ER. But at some point, many of us will have to do just that. I found myself taking both my daughter and my...
Full disclosure: the time that elapsed between our first date and our wedding was barely more than five months, not to mention we dated long-distance from Dallas to Houston. My husband and I have answered confidently over the last...
Let’s chat about mom mentors…Motherhood has many challenges from anxiety in parenting to struggles in marriage. The last thing we need is judgmental advice from someone who is simply trying to hang their hat on a pedestal. So, take that...
This January marks ten years since I sat at my mom’s bedside in the hospital after she had a stroke and ultimately passed away. Grief has woven its way through the last decade in ways I wouldn’t expect. As...
Looking back on the past year, it is easy to focus on all that I lost, how I had to grapple over and over again with my plans, my hopes, and my expectations having to change on what seemed...
I jumped on the “word of the year” bandwagon back in 2014. I was about to have my first baby. I had no clue what was about to rock my world and I didn’t want to set big goals but...
I have to be honest. I was shocked to see that some of these were written in 2020. Seems like it's been several years since Siobhan Kratovil's post on reducing "stuff" went viral (with over a million views!). It...
While I bask in the glory of my favorite season, I'm keenly aware that we are facing a winter the likes of which we haven't experienced before. Accordingly, I've started thinking about ways to keep myself joyful in the...
Did you know November is National Adoption Month? We’ve adopted our two children and we have built up quite the community of friends who have adopted either domestically or internationally. Our most recent adoption was in September when we...

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