Life & Love & Lessons Learned

A Year of Mundane & Magic

I've been reading a lot of New Year's resolutions on Facebook, a lot of recaps of 2019 from my friends, family and virtual strangers. I've read about marriages, proposals, babies and new ventures that occurred in 2019 and the big question, with a child-like excitement, "What will 2020 bring?" But what if none of that… Continue reading A Year of Mundane & Magic

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Enjoying Christmas Even After it’s Gone.

So it's three days after Christmas. The excitement, the anticipation, the stress...it's all over. According to my Facebook memories, by this date every year, the decorations are already taken down, and there is no trace of Christmas left in the house. Goodbye red ribbons and bows, goodbye mantle garland, goodbye poinsettias. But not this year.… Continue reading Enjoying Christmas Even After it’s Gone.

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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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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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Own Who You Are!

As the owner of a women's boutique, I get to meet many different women. I've met stay-at-home moms, entrepreneurs, seamstresses, teachers and bus drivers. I've had the opportunity to talk with realtors, dentists, business professionals and caretakers. There are so many amazing women in this world. But one thing remains the same. NONE of them… Continue reading Own Who You Are!

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8 Months of Soul Searching…

For those of you who know me, you know I'm a pretty positive person. I'm always smiling. I'm usually pretty happy. I don't often share a tale of woes because I don't really have any. Well, not now anyway. Not anymore. Back in July, I went through something. It shook me to my core. I… Continue reading 8 Months of Soul Searching…

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Finding Your Way Home

I'm sitting here, staring at a blank screen, wanting to write something, anything that will bring you home. If I could find the words...if I could reach you somehow...maybe, just maybe it would bring you back. The truth is, you don't even know me. My face has never crossed your path. We are strangers. Yet… Continue reading Finding Your Way Home

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It’s That Time of Year Again…

I’ll admit it. I love this time of year. When the days grow shorter, and the air becomes crisp, and the smell of a wood burning stove permeates from house to house, I revert to a child-like state. It’s the beginning of the holiday season. From November to January, I am in a perpetual good… Continue reading It’s That Time of Year Again…

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Love Worth Fighting For

Three weeks before our wedding, my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. He was just 29 years old. I remember the oncologist telling us to cancel the wedding and our Hawaiian honeymoon, as he would need surgery right away, possible chemo & radiation.  But he was unwavering. "I've waited my whole life for this woman.… Continue reading Love Worth Fighting For