Monday, November 23, 2015


We got up really early Thursday morning to get a head start on our trip to the mountains.  Traveling with kids is no easy task and I think that there are certain things that make it a lot easier.  We always try to pack plenty of books and toys that are car friendly, and this time we even brought a dvd player. 
One of our biggest struggles right now is trying to eat in a restaurant.  Liam is almost three and asking him to sit and wait for food or sit and eat his food is not his (or my) idea of a good time.  We've all been there or at least witnessed a cranky toddler that doesn't want to cooperate during meal time.  Not pretty.  Michael's grandparents used to travel all over the country and they always packed a picnic lunch.  We decided we'd give it a try on the trip up, since we wanted to 1. save money 2. not have to struggle with Liam.  
I packed our picnic basket and cooler with things that we already had at home...bread, ham, cheese, apples, oranges, chips, hummus.  We pulled over at a little spot next to the Ocoee River, spread out our lunch and had the most wonderful time.  It allowed some freedom to roam about while eating lunch which was really nice after sitting for six hours.  The kids ran around, drew with sticks in the dirt, and threw rocks in the river while Michael and I ate in mostly peace. 
I can definitely see us doing this more often.  Not only was it more enjoyable, but we also felt really good about being frugal and eating things we already had.  
It seemed like no time before we were arriving at The Hemlock Inn.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015


One thing I am constantly struggling with is balance.  I told a friend the other day how I have been exercising consistently for the past year... until the past month.  When school got started I guess I had to let one of my spinning plates drop...and that was the one.  Starting a new job, being in charge of the parent's club at Anne's school, normal mom and wife duties, church duties, all took place  over working out.  I know, like many of you, we struggle daily to keep balance in our life.  I long for the feeling of getting everything done and ending the day feeling accomplished and like I've please everyone.
But alas, there's no hope in doing all those things, right?  I mean, there's always more that I could have done, or someone that is left hanging.  I think we put too much pressure on ourselves.  We have unrealistic expectations of what we can accomplish in a day.  And not only on ourselves, but on our spouses and children.  We set unattainable goals for them as well.
I'm still working on this and I'm sure I always will be.  But as I grow and mature it does get easier.  The Lord is teaching me about resting in him and only boasting in him.  About all things being done for him.  And that really takes the pressure off me.  Anything good I do is because of him.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


For the past several years, Michael and I have always thrown around the idea of moving once he finished his degree.  We always dreamed of moving our family somewhere near Asheville, NC.  Mostly because we both love the mountains and we wanted our children to love the outdoors and have opportunities that we didn't have growing up.  Lately my heart has been slowly changing though.  I guess as that time draws near and the reality of a move settles in, I'm rethinking things.  It's becoming more important that we are near family than any thing else.  I have loved getting to see our kids know their aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Even our friends that are like our family.  What we have here in little Laurel, MS is quite special and not something that will be easily gained somewhere else.  No, it's not perfect.  But our people are here, and that means a whole bunch in my book. 
I still feel very strongly about getting them just may have to be the Mississippi outdoors instead.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


We're trying our best to settle into our new routine around here.  Now that I'm not teaching anymore, it seems like everything is different.  Not a bad different, just different.
Anne is now a 3rd grader...that's completely crazy to me.  Liam is always adding lots of excitement around here.  He is so much fun at this age.

Michael is still working hard to finish up this degree.  We can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is a wonderful feeling!  I'm so proud of how hard he's worked/working.  Until the end though, we're all making things flow the best we can!
I'm making plans to update the blog soon, and getting excited about making this space a priority again.  Thanks for all of you readers that always encourage me to keep this space guys are the best!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


I can't believe it's been 13 years since our wedding day.  Time really is such a strange thing.  To celebrate Michael planned for us to spend a night in Jackson at the historical, King Edward Hotel.  It was a quick trip, but definitely much needed.  Getting to ride in the car and talk was a treat.  Life can get so busy at times that a simple conversation with your spouse can be a challenge.  I know all you folks with children understand what I mean!
Then Michael hung a bunch of pictures for me and our living room feels so cozy now.  
I sure love that guy!