Family · Writing

Picking Up Chicks

The military has afforded us the opportunity to make some incredible friends. INCREDIBLE. Friends who I cried for as we or they moved on to the next adventure. Friends who I still chat with via social media and text, and yes, even by phone. There have also been what I call "friend fails". Those would… Continue reading Picking Up Chicks

Health and Fitness · Writing

I’m Alive….

I love that song by Sia, "I'm Alive". I belt it out at the top of my lungs in the car. I used to belt it out during a killer spin class climb when it was on the set list. Powerful vocals plus adrenaline = euphoria on a whole other level. There are a few… Continue reading I’m Alive….

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Milestones and Mermaids

Hannah eyeing the pregnant lady in the lounge chair, we made our way over to a shaded table to plunk down our towels and kick off flip flops for an afternoon poolside. The kids love the pool. Without fail they inquire the precise time we will be going to swim each morning. Kids off and… Continue reading Milestones and Mermaids

Family · Writing

Scary Things and Happy Tears

Do things that scare you. Such a great idea - in theory. But things that really scare you? Um....but....it's scary! A scary thing to me is anything car engine related. Eric has done a TON of work on this beater, whom we lovingly named Bertha. I grew up in the midst of many cars in… Continue reading Scary Things and Happy Tears

Food · Writing

From the Nope Files

My hilarious friend (from Halcyon Hive) regularly posts on Facebook what she refers to as the "Nope files..." and showcases all kinds of awful insects and bugs from her part of the country. I crack up every time. For example: This little Nope is also known as the Arrow Spider. Bonus resentment towards it because… Continue reading From the Nope Files

Faith and Personal Growth · Writing

Ready

To say I hate bugs would be an understatement. I've dealt with cane spiders (the size of my hand!), centipedes, and B52 bomber cockroaches in Hawaii, large and small spiders that crawl up the bath drain in Washington, water moccasins and fire ants in Florida and of course the beloved scorpions, mutant mosquitoes, crickets, wolf… Continue reading Ready

Dogs · Family · Writing

Chaos, Gratitude and Harvey

It was predicted to be a Category 3 hurricane. We evacuated Corpus Christi as Harvey intensified over the gulf; reached Cat 4 status and then hit the Texas coast. The storm has slowed, but flood watches and warnings remain. For now we sit, watch and wait. Neighboring cities in the direct line of fire have been… Continue reading Chaos, Gratitude and Harvey

Dogs · Family · Writing

Friend

With a prompt like "friend", writing about it could take many directions. Having previously contemplated adult friendships, this time I immediately thought of our dogs. These 3 have changed our lives in so many ways. I am forever grateful for Hannah's insistence that we needed a pet. Then both kids' persistence that they needed a… Continue reading Friend

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Resist

I've been sitting here staring out the window to my backyard for about 3 minutes with my hands resting on the keyboard. "I don't have a clue..." I think to myself as the sun shines through the trampoline screen that is now a semi-permanent fixture right outside my bedroom window. Dog hair litters the floor, the… Continue reading Resist

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Fragile

Be careful with my heart. I know how you look at me when I'm wth my children. I see you watching. I'm aware. I know what it looks like. I'm a fragile mom, yes, but a mom who is battle-tested and will no longer shy away from meeting your eyes. I will not be shamed. I… Continue reading Fragile