As I look back on turning 30, and welcome in the new year, I can’t help but reflect on all that my 20s brought. One phrase that kept repeating in my head as I thought through all that had happened  was “I became”. Let me explain… I BECAME a college graduate. I was the first in my immediate family to go to a 4 year university. It was exciting, scary, and taught independence. It was the absolute best decision I… Read more »

“Giving Up for Lent” …. some may read that as “what are you going to give up for Lent?” or you may read it as “I give up from giving up things for Lent”. I grew up in the Catholic Church, which took Lent very seriously. We all looked forward to Ash Wednesday, where we would all giggle at each others ashen crosses on our foreheads, but we never were actually being reflective and grasping what the next 40 days meant… Read more »

I haven’t been married long. Only for about 4.75 years {but who’s counting?}. I have so very much to learn about marriage, about being married to my husband and about being the best wife possible. I actually believe that this learning will never stop. Who wants learning to stop though? We are so fortunate for even the opportunity to continue to learn and grow. There are times I can look at my short marriage and relationship to my husband and… Read more »

 Giving myself the gift to say “no” The holiday season tends to bring a lot of obligations. Events, family outings, extended family gatherings, friend get-togethers, gift buying, giving to the needy…{you get the idea}.  Here is the thing: I’m busy. Like really busy. Most people that know me well enough know that I am busy. If they don’t know it, they should understand that I might be, considering I work full time, have a 20 month old, am a wife, own a home, have… Read more »

A friend of mine just shared a blog of a friend that she knows that lost her daughter to Leukemia at 2.5 years old. 2 and half years old. A blink of time. I get so caught up in life – work, the house, what chores need to be done, what projects I want to start on the house, what plans we have coming up. I try really hard to make sure everything is moving smoothly and that everybody is… Read more »