Life & Love & Lessons Learned

When The New Wears Off…Way Off

So my husband and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary. Seventeen years married and nineteen years together. For a girl who ran from every commitment ever, that's pretty good, right? That's like...a long time. But it hasn't been without its challenges. When you've been married for a bit, and the novelty of it has long… Continue reading When The New Wears Off…Way Off

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The Vacation – Prequel

Within 24 hours I'll be in a car, with three kids, a dog and a husband - heading out for our end of Summer-before school starts, vacation. It's been a while since I've gone on vacation. Like, years. Many, many years. I should be looking forward to it. The beach, the rest & relaxation. The unplugged… Continue reading The Vacation – Prequel

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

I wanted to look pretty. I mean, it's not everyday you have the honor of singing the entrance song for the bride - and not just any bride. My nephew's bride. My nephew, who since birth, I'd considered my own. Because, you know...being an unmarried girl in my mid-to-upper 20s, it was pretty clear, he… Continue reading When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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You’re Worth More Than You Know

If you've been following my blog, you know my mom has been through a lot this year; foot surgery, knee replacement, kidney literally never ends. And it's taken a toll on her spirit. Just when she begins to heal from one thing, another pops up, making it harder to deal with her recovery. Through… Continue reading You’re Worth More Than You Know

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Blue is Not Just a Color

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of a horrific event in my little town.  It was a Sunday morning...a beautiful Summer day was on the horizon. It was quiet. It was peaceful. Until it wasn't.  It was all a blur really. I remember seeing police cars, hearing sirens...I remember a feeling in my stomach that something… Continue reading Blue is Not Just a Color

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Truth Be Told…

I'm a work in progress. I have high expectations of myself, but also those in my circle, my tribe; inevitably leading to disappointment. I sometimes compare myself to those of whom I admire and respect; often forgetting that by doing so, I'm comparing my shortcomings to their successes. Like the filter of a picture posted… Continue reading Truth Be Told…

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Don’t Listen to Them…

They'll tell you, you can't. Don't listen to them. They'll tell you, you have no experience, no money, no plan. Don't listen to them. They'll say you're too young, too old - you are too busy and have no time. You'll spread yourself too thin. Don't listen to them. They'll shatter your dreams, wreck your… Continue reading Don’t Listen to Them…