Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

You guys. It's been over a month since I put my fingers on this keyboard and typed out a blog post. A MONTH. Why are you still here? Wait... IS anyone still here? I'm sure I'm talking to myself in a big empty room at this point.  If you're old and country-fried like me then you know that the title of this blog post is also the title of a song written by a little band called The Allman Brothers. Except it was actually written by Gregg Allman after the other brother, Duane, died in a … [Read more...]

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Perhaps Today {a free printable}

For as long as I can remember, my Grandma had a little plaque in the window above her kitchen sink that said "Perhaps today." My grandparents lived in Kentucky and I grew up in Alabama, so our visits were limited to once, maybe twice a year if we were really ambitious. She was a plump and pretty little lady whose favorite colors were purple and dusty rose, which were woven throughout both her home decor and her wardrobe with great frequency. My grandfather spent his life as a coal … [Read more...]

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Healthy Living is Hard

I walked up and down the grocery store today and estimated that there are about 10 gajillion calories and fat grams in those aisles, give or take a jillion. All of those options yet so many of them are TERRIBLE for me. I shouldn't even give them a second glance, but they taste oh so delicious. Healthy eating is hard, y'all. I know it because I live it, and now I'm helping my mom try to figure it out as well. My mom was discharged from the hospital one month ago after open heart surgery, … [Read more...]

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Safe in the Arms of Love

As I wheeled my mother through the Kirklin Clinic last week in a metal contraption that was half-wheelchair, half-grocery buggy, I couldn't help but notice the difference between her and all the other patients. The main difference being that she was post-op, and many of them were pre-op. For her, the worst part was over and for them, it was a fearful unknown that was yet to come. She was there for a checkup with her cardiac surgeon, hugging her little heart-shaped pillow and smiling happily … [Read more...]

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Serious as a Heart Attack

I keep saying that my life will slow down after I get over the next big hurdle. "After I get home from the Haven Conference, I'll have more time to blog." "After Caroline's first birthday is over I'll be able to focus on blogging again." "After school starts I can definitely get back to blogging." But then, I jump over those hurdles and bigger obstacles land squarely in my path. Last week, after Caroline's first birthday party was over and Garrett's first day of third grade came to a … [Read more...]

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Voice that Valentine

Some folks are just meant to be together. Like Romeo and Juliet... or Johnny and Baby… Or Bo and Hope. But just because you’re meant to be together doesn’t mean life will be all puppies and rainbows and butterflies. Love is hard sometimes. Marriage takes work, y’all. Life interferes. Work gets stressful. Kids come along and try to sabotage your quality time together. Sometimes outside forces are at work against you.  No matter if it’s feuding fathers forbidding the … [Read more...]

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A Love Story from a Different Point Of View

Source Today is a BIG day on the blog. First I quit my job, then yesterday I told y’all that we are selling our house.  What could possibly be next for my Life Change Lottery update?  Today I’m sharing the BIGGEST news of all in my own words, rather than typing it all out.  You’ll just have to watch and see!  Watch this Adobe Voice video to hear my big news: (Click here if video doesn't load.) OH MY GOODNESS YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it?  I’m still in shock. God … [Read more...]

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On Hitting The Life-Change Lotto

I have guilt, y’all. I made the big announcement that I would become a full time blogger in 2015, but here it is nearly a month into the year and I’ve served you guys nothing but three measly posts, accompanied by lots of tumbleweeds and crickets. I apologize that it’s been such a ghost town on this blog, but let me explain WHY I’ve been so quiet lately.  I have some really good reasons, and this week I'm spilling all my secrets. As one of my good friends said... 2015 is the year I hit the … [Read more...]

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Hostess with the mostess: a Cinco De Mayo Baby Shower

My cousin Jackie is having a little girl this month, and our family showered her and her husband Bruce with love at my house on the Saturday before Easter. For the food, I went with a taco bar because 1. Tacos are easy to cook and 2. Who doesn’t love a taco?  I realized that Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, so I thought I’d share my ideas for decorating for a fun fiesta!  When I throw a party with a taco bar I focus most of my attention on making homemade sides like guacamole and … [Read more...]

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Snowpocalypse 2014, part One

 So earlier this week this happened… And this…. And this. (source for all photos) Now before you start making jokes about how southerners can’t drive the snow, let me try to paint a picture of just how quickly things deteriorated here over the course of just MINUTES on that day, when a city with over a million people became completely paralyzed by icy roads, unable to get home to their families. And these are just pictures from Birmingham, Alabama.  This same winter weather event … [Read more...]

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