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I’ve shared a lot of the dark tales of my life, especially those of my marriage. I don’t know why I’ve felt the urge to tell them, to share the shame and darkness with the world, but I’ve never regretted it for one second. There’s one of the darkest chapters I’ve kept to myself — the tale of our financial woes. Some stories need space and time before the world can read them, but this journey is ready to be told, to encourage others,… Read more »

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I have a new Chai with Charity up. I must say this, even though this is one of the scariest and challenging things I’ve done, it’s also been one of the best personal growth things I’ve done. Matt and my sister have been behind the scenes helping me set-up, do my make-up, and showering me with love and advice on how talk and act natural on camera, because I tend to act like a surprised valley girl as soon as the camera starts rolling…. Read more »

My Sons Two-Day School Suspension

The news echoed through the phone’s earpiece — two day suspension. The words cut through this mother’s heart like a hot knife through butter. The assistant principal was asking me to come pick up my second grade son. My body went numb. The only feeling was the force of my wounded heart pounding against my rib cage. Wait? Why? How could this be? Haven’t I been a good enough mother? Haven’t I taught my children to be kind, show respect,… Read more »

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I’m starting something new. It’s something that’s so far from my comfort zone that I can’t touch the bottom anymore. I’m kicking with all my might to keep my head above the water, and I’m terrified that I’m going to sink, but if there’s anything I’ve learned in the past two years is Don’t bury your life waiting for something better or perfect to come along. So, here I am, starting something new, making myself even more vulnerable to the World… Read more »

Good Enough Mom Strikes Again

I cup my favorite mug, and let it’s hot contents warm my hands. My fuzzy slippers shuffle along the floor as I make my way into each bedroom. I coo ‘good mornings’ and ‘rise and shines’, and I’m met with groans of ‘I hate school’. The honeymoon has been over for weeks. I do my best to motivate and inspire my small fries to embrace greatness and do it even when you don’t feel like it. I move along to… Read more »

Boys Will Be Boys

I know gender stereotyping is a faux pas. I know people go into convulsions when they hear phrases like, “Boys will be boys”, but the truth is my boys are different. There are no stereotypes needed, they just are a different breed than my girls. Last night, during bedtime I hear one of my girls freak out that Porter is bleeding. He walks upstairs with a bloody gash under his eye, and being the great mother that I am, I start… Read more »

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Can you believe it’s December already? I know, me neither! Well, a new month means a new computer and phone wallpaper. You can get the previous ones here. This is my favorite season of the year, because I can make chili and soup every night for dinner, and no one complains. It’s also the time we get out our twinkle lights and sing about the upcoming Oh, Holy Night. This season is electric with good cheer. I know it’s so easy… Read more »

MO Women Bloggers Foodie Friday

This week I had the honor of writing a post for Foodie Friday on Missouri Women Bloggers. I don’t write about recipes or cooking here, because I’m not very good at it, and this post isn’t really much of a recipe either, but I still enjoyed writing about food, because it’s about, you know, FOOD. I haven’t collected very many things in my life, but when I started designing and decorating my dining room earlier this year, I knew I wanted… Read more »

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Gratitude. Thankfulness. Blah. Blah. Blah. I know this time of year it’s become more like clichés, and we’ve began to glaze over all our friend’s daily thankful updates. Even I’m beginning to sound like a broken record around here pounding the pavement with practicing gratitude — practicing gratitude — practicing gratitude. Except, we know too much. We understand that it’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy. And that’s all we really want, a happy… Read more »