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New year, new outlook

31 Dec

New Year Hats

This year has been one of the hardest years I’ve had. Most of the posts I’ve written have had an undercurrent of pain running through them. Most of the days I’ve spent have been spent smiling through my breaking heart. Life has not been easy. Some of the pain I have brought on myself. Some of it was caused by the people around me. Some of it was felt for other people. Some of it is just a part of life. At some points in your life, you just realize that it’s your turn for better days. I believe that this new year, this new start, is my turn. Here are my hopes for 2014.

Better health – I have spent the better part of the past 12-18 months with chronic back pain. It has affected many parts of my life. I have hopes that with my continued chiropractor visits and work at home, it will be better and I can have some pain-free days. And I hope that with those pain-free days comes the ability to be more active and take better care of my body.

Stand up – There are several people in my life who seem to take constant advantage of me. And speaking up for myself has been a work in progress for the past 10 or so years. I hope 2014 finds me better able to stand up and speak my mind in a way that is productive; and not vindictive and hurtful. It’s time I start protecting my own heart from the people who seek to make a mess of it.

Breathe – Most days are over before I’ve taken a moment to realize they’ve begun. I spend all of my hours taking care of someone else. When I’m not working, I’m cooking dinner, doing laundry, running errands, or picking up after someone else. Much of that comes with being a wife and a mother. But, I’d like to take some time in the coming year to breathe and enjoy my life. I want to read more. I want to write more. I want to spend more time in my flower gardens. Take my dog and my kids for more walks. Enjoy our family vacation. I want to look back at 2014 and know that I haven’t just let it pass me by.

Smile – I want to spend more time with the people who make my laugh genuine. I want to be with the people who make me smile. I want to take the little moments that we never get back and enjoy them; not take them for granted. I want to love the people that love me. I want to really live this year.

So, 2013…. I’m not sorry to see you go. I’m ready to embrace 2014. I hope you bring brighter days with more sunshine. If there’s one thing I know, it’s this. No matter what 2014 has in store for me, a year from now, I’ll stand on the other side of it better, stronger, hopefully smarter, and definitely blessed.

Happy New Year everyone!


Dinner Party

7 Nov

This is part of my 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me series. The prompt…. dinner party from history.

If I could have dinner with anyone from history, I believe it would be a four course excursion. I would also like to request no caloric repercussions for this dinner, since it’s my magical meal.

For the appetizer section, I would request spinach and artichoke dip, potato skins loaded with cheese, bacon, and sour cream, and cream cheese with pepper jack stuffed mushrooms.

Next comes soups and salads. Beautiful and delicious garden salads with potato soup. Served with garlic cheddar biscuits and crusty french bread with oil and herb dipping sauce.

Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the ...

Then the main entrée. Crab legs with melted butter, shrimp scampi, and grilled barbecue chicken. Served with sides of grilled veggies and baked macaroni and cheese.

For desert, fried ice cream, fruit cobblers, or salted caramel sundaes.

Goodness, that makes me hungry!

Now…… who to invite.

My first choice would be Jesus. It would be amazing to have the honor to sit face-to-face with the man after whom I’m striving to model my life. To hear Him speak. To look into His eyes. To embrace Him. If I ever got that opportunity, I would revel in it.

Hannah, the mother of Samuel, from the Bible. I find my circumstances having things in common with hers. I would like the opportunity to learn from her faith.

I would also love to sit down with Thomas Jefferson. He was a brilliant man and had so many ideas that were beyond his time. It would be so interesting to hear stories of how our nation was founded. To hear of his inventions and ideas. To get his take on our world today. To listen in hopes of learning something from such a man.

Marilyn Monroe has to make the list. I am such a fan of hers. She just oozed sexiness in a way that few other women ever have. I would love to be able to be that effortlessly beautiful. At the same time, her personal life is a sad, tragic story. I wonder what an honest, heartfelt conversation with her would be like.

Finally, my papaw. He passed away when I was very young. I have no memories of him, but I love who he was based on the stories I’ve been told. I missed out on so much as a little girl, growing up without a papaw, and I want to be able to get some of that back. I want to know what he smelled like. I want to sit next to him, close my eyes, and listen to his voice. I want to hear him tell me he loved me. I want him to meet my husband and children. I want him to be able to kiss my mamaw and hug my dad one last time. I want some of the time with him I should have had.

There you have it. My dream meal with 5 people I would love to share it with. Get creative. What and who would yours include?

My Wish For You

30 Sep

This is part of my 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me series. The prompt…. my hopes and dreams for my children.

To my children,

I want so many things for you. There are so many dreams inside of me that awakened because of my love for you. I know that there are great things in store for your lives. And I look forward to watching you fly.

I hope you laugh. Find reasons every day to enjoy being alive. Surround yourself with people that make your smile meet your eyes. Don’t take yourself too seriously. There are very few things more beautiful in this life than someone who is truly happy. Be beautiful.

I hope you dream. And dream big. Never let someone tell you it can’t be done. If you find passion in something, pursue it. You are capable of great and wondorous things. Believe in yourself. Never give up. Follow those dreams, wherever they may lead you.

I hope you love. Fearlessly. Recklessly. Once you find someone worthy of your heart, don’t hold back. The greatest loves are founded on the greatest sacrifice. But most of all, love yourself. I assure you, you are someone worth loving.

I hope you cry. Emotions are not to be hidden. In fact, it takes strength to be connected to your emotions. To feel so strongly that your heart can break. Shed tears of sorrow without feeling weak. And shed tears of joy without feeling shame. Allow yourself to be passionate. Allow yourself to feel.

I hope you pray. Realize that your strength does not come from within. But from a God who loves you beyond logic and expectation. A God who’s love for you is infinitely more beautiful than any other love you’ll know. A God who will speak to you, you need only to listen. Follow Him.

I hope you are kind. Truly care about others. Be polite. Reach out your hand to help where you are needed. Give of yourself. There are people all over this world considerably less fortunate than you. Not just because you have things, but because you have love. Give freely to them.

I hope you are happy. It is easy to worry and be afraid. It is easy to let the trials of this life beat you. Be strong. Be courageous. Look yourself in the eye each day and decide to smile. Decide to laugh. Decide to dance. Decide to sing. Whoever it is that makes you happy, be that person.

I hope you live. We only get one chance to change the world. Don’t waste it. Live freely. Without regret. Make your mark. Make a difference. Make your life beautiful. Fly.

My next 30 years

10 Jun
Candles spell out the traditional English birt...

Candles spell out the traditional English birthday greeting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is my birthday. I am officially in my 30’s. 31. When I stop to reflect on my life, to take a moment to analyze where I’ve come from, I have mixed feelings. I am proud of myself. I am disappointed in myself. And I am hopeful for the future. I have grown from a quiet and shy child, a mildly outgoing teenager, a confused and wandering college student, a young and naive teacher, a self-assured and outgoing woman, a blessed friend, a grateful mother, a wife. I have come so far in realizing my dreams of what I want my life to look like. And I have so far to go.

In my next 30 years, I want to take more time to enjoy the life around me. I want to stay connected to the people I love, not the technology that takes away from real relationships.
In my next 30 years, I want to appreciate the little things. A beautiful sunny day, a beautiful thunderstorm, a beautiful rainbow. I want to make sure that I make the most of each day I’m given.
In my next 30 years, I want to focus on making memories. I want to laugh and play with my children. I want to hold my husband’s hand. I want to have fun with old friends.
In my next 30 years, I want to see as much as I can. I want to teach my children to appreciate the history and beauty of our great country. I want to take vacations and road trips. I want to experience so many things with my family, old and new.
In my next 30 years, I want to prepare for getting older. I want to take better care of myself; physically, mentally, emotionally. I want to save money for our future. I want to leave a legacy my children can be proud of.
In my next 30 years, I want to shape the future. I want to continue to learn about my profession and better myself. I want to continue to help my students be ready for the real world and all that it entails. I want them to know how much I care about them and do everything I can to help them realize their potential and be successful.
In my next 30 years, I want to give to my family. I want to example love and grace, strength and determination, selflessness and courage. I want my children and my husband to feel all of the love that I have for them. I want them to somehow be better because I have done something right.
In my next 30 years, I want to live. I want to laugh loudly. I want to cry honestly. I want to feel passionately. I want to love recklessly. I want to give unselfishly. I want to dance and sing unreservedly. I want to pray unceasingly. I want to believe faithfully. I want to dream uncontainably. I want to age gracefully. I want to do it all.
Welcome to my next 30 years.

Recipe for a perfect day

14 Mar

If I could have a day just for me. A day where money is not an issue and I could spend the whole day doing whatever I wanted. A day just to enjoy and focus on being happy. *sigh* That would not be a hard day to plan.

Three rubber ducks in foam bath

Three rubber ducks in foam bath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would start with breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. Only this particular breakfast would be served to me from a fireside table at one of my favorite breakfast restaurants. (And since it’s my perfect day, I believe I should be able to eat said breakfast without the effects of any of the calories.)

I would then go for a couple of hours to get a massage, manicure, and pedicure. A couple of hours of relaxation and pampering myself. A couple of hours to let my mind stop running in circles and to think only of how awesome life is at that moment.

After my spa session, I would grab a good book, a great cup of coffee, and head to the park with my favorite little ones. I would lounge in the grass, soaking up the sun and reading, while my kiddos played and ran and laughed. We would stay until they couldn’t possibly play any longer and then we would go somewhere to find an ice cream cone.

I would then take my little family on a shopping spree. New clothes, shoes, pretties, and toys for everyone. Several hours to spoil us all. We would head to the biggest mall around and not worry about how much time or money we were spending. We would just go crazy; in a way we never could in reality.

After that, it would be bed time for the little people. I would pour a glass of wine, take the rest of my book, and spend the last of my me time in a bubble bath. When I couldn’t possibly sit in the bathtub any longer, I would curl up with my husband and watch a move to finish up the perfect day.

Now, to find someone willing to fund this day I have planned…..

What would your perfect day look like?


11 Mar

My first anniversary is just a few short weeks away. As it gets closer, I find myself reminiscing on the day, and the weeks leading up to it. There are several things I wish I had done differently. I loved my wedding, and it went smoothly, with no disasters. But, there are things that I look back and think, “I wish…..” So, here is the list of things I would do if I could do it over.
1. I would have had a list of pictures I wanted, and I would have made sure I got them. I had all of these ideas and I was certain I would remember them. I didn’t. Until it was too late. In all of the excitement of the day, I blanked completely. I kick myself all of the time because of it.
2. I would have spent more time on my vows. It’s not that I don’t like the ones I wrote. It’s just that I wish I had written more. I wish that I had cut out some time contemplating the things I would like to say and the promises I wanted to make.
3. I would have spoken up. This is an odd thing to write for someone as loud as I am. But, my nerves got the best of me and I all but whispered everything I said. I wish I had taken a deep breath and spoke those words with more confidence.
4. I would have done all of our church photography before the ceremony. I was so set on not seeing my husband before the ceremony. After the ceremony, I was so concerned about the people who were waiting on us. We missed out on more than a few photo opportunities. Not to mention, our children were worn out from the day and not in the picture-taking mood afterwards. There are a million ways to make that moment special before the ceremony, resulting in more photography time, and I wish I had done it.
5. I would have smiled more. I was so nervous before the ceremony. I was so emotional and trying to fight back tears during. I was concentrating so hard on all of that I forgot to concentrate on how happy I was. I was all smiles after the ceremony and during the reception. I wish I had been that way more before-hand.
6. I would have had the reception planned better. I missed out on some of the traditional reception activities because I didn’t have it planned well enough to make it flow smoothly and people didn’t stay as long as I would have liked.

And, here, the things I would never change about that day:

imageThis moment. My mom helping me get dressed.

imageMy dress. It was amazing and I felt amazing in it.

My children. They played a very special part in our day.

The sand ceremony. Joining our two families as one.

imageThis moment. My dad.

Our photographers. Still Memories Photography and Kristen Gray photography
imageThese girls. Couldn’t think of anyone else I would rather have had standing beside me.
Our families. Celebrating our love.
imageThe fun. We had a blast!image
imageThis man. I would choose him every time.

Take Me Away

6 Mar

I would love to travel the world. I would love to travel the country. There are places I’d love to go, to spend a week soaking in the culture and the landscape. And then there are places I’d love to go, just to see one specific place. I probably won’t ever make it to all of these. But, hey, a girl can dream. Right?
[Howth and Ireland's Eye. County Dublin, Irela...
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English: Broadway show billboards at the corne...
New York City

Grand Canyon in Winter

Grand Canyon

Mt Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore

English: Niagara Falls: Horseshoe Falls view. ...

Niagara Falls

Eiffel tower

Eiffel Tower – at night
English: Courtyard of the Museum of Louvre, an...

Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park (US)

Glacier National Park

五稜郭公園 / Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Park, Japan – to see the cherry blossoms

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

List of national parks of Venezuela

Angel Falls

English: Zebras in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanz...


Right of way sign on Little Cayman Island

Cayman Islands

El Castillo at Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

English: Istanbul 2010


In the rain forest, Blue morpho at rest

Amazon Rain Forest

Montana Ranch

Dormition Cathedral in Omsk, Russia. Français ...
Dormition Cathedral, Omsk, Russia

2011-06 Hawaii


The Last Judgement

Sistine Chapel

Coast Redwood temperate rainforest of Prairie ...

Redwood Forest

Lower Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Let’s face it… I could go on forever. If you’ve never heard of some of these places, look them up, you’ll thank me. Where would you most like to go?

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