Finding Rest in Jesus

I’m writing this in the quiet of a hotel room. Peter is attending orientation for Physical Therapy school which begins next week, and at the last minute, I decided to tag along, declaring a mini-vacation of sorts for us. We dropped the kids off in Louisiana with my parents and are enjoying some time together here in Knoxville. Unlike my home, which is usually bustling with activity from sunup until…

Aging Shouldn’t Be Complicated

Have you ever noticed how, in many Disney princess movies, the thing that the evil queen fears the most is getting older? And the thing she hates the most is the  young and beautiful? I was recently watching Tangled. (Well, actually I was listening to it while the kids watched it on a too-long car ride.) (I know, this is pathetic.) Anyway, I was watching Tangled when the realization of Disney’s…

Six Things I’ve Learned from 18 Years of Marriage

Y’all. Today is our 18th wedding anniversary. Eighteen years! I’m not sure how this has happened.                     I’m going to be honest: There have been times over the past eighteen years when I didn’t think we would make it. Have you ever felt that way in your own marriage? However, we are making it! It’s not always easy though – it…

Coming Unmoored

Lately I’ve been feeling unsteady, like I’m coming unmoored, drifting alone in a sea of stormy waves. I find myself reaching for Peter in the middle of the night, grasping his shirt, and it somehow steadies me a little. Other times just holding on to his pillow is enough to make me feel safe. I’m not usually a needy person. I don’t overly stress out about things. I worry just…

What I’m Loving, Edition May 2017

May has come and is pretty much gone. Summer is here, which means lazy days and boredom and hopefully lots of swimming pools. Our family is looking forward to getting settled in Tennessee, helping the kids find new friends, exploring the area, and getting into whatever else blows our way. Here are a few things I’m loving this month. Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm: My friend Laura introduced me to…

Peter is Retired! (A Recap)

Peter retired (what!?) from the United States Air Force at the end of April, and we had an amazing time celebrating with friends and family. Most of you know that I’m an extremely emotional person so you’ll be shocked to hear that I actually managed to hold it together throughout the ceremony. Until they said this: “You are now relieved from active duty service.”   Um. What?? I totally did the ugly…

3 Things I’m Discarding Before We Move

Lately I’ve been cleaning out my house. Hauling down from the attic old toys and baby items that have seen better days. Ridding our closets of items we haven’t worn in years. Clearing shelves of books and dishes once lovingly read and used but now no longer needed. Cleaning the playroom of old and broken toys to make room for new ones. Moving is a great time to reassess which…

Walk in the Light

I was in the kitchen, cleaning up breakfast dishes, when suddenly I heard a huge crash followed by screams coming from my then five-year old. I rushed toward his cries, anxious to see what had happened because he doesn’t usually cry unless he is really hurt. I found him standing in the living room, holding his ear. This was our conversation: Me: What happened? J: I hurt my ear on…

When Mother’s Day Hurts

I was tempted to stay home from church. I wasn’t sure I could walk in and fake being happy on this particular day. I cried out to the Lord, telling Him that He was asking too much, expecting me to attend the worship service that particular morning. You see, it was Mother’s Day. For the first several years of our marriage, Mother’s Day was an uncomfortable event to process. Year…

What I’m Loving, Edition April 2017

April is over, and our family is moving in one month. One month. I can’t believe it. We have been crazy busy around here with Peter’s retirement ceremony and celebration dinner, Vivi’s early birthday party, and getting our house ready to be put on the market. (We were hoping the owners would wait until we moved out, but no such luck…) Here are a few things I’m loving right now:…