Great Expectations

I think it’s fair to say that this year has thrown all expectations out the window. Everything I thought, hoped for, planned, is laying on the side of the freeway somewhere, miles behind me.

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Road Trip Bliss

Twelve nights, five campgrounds, two states, 40-degree temperature variances—oh and plenty of s’mores and adult beverages. That’s one way to sum up our summer vacation. Another would be relaxing. A tad bit frustrating. Sketchy at times. Awe-inspiring. The BEST.

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Summer of Kindness

I have no words. I am a writer–and I have no words. There has been so much going on in our country the last few months that I feel like I’m tumbling around in a wave, unable to figure out which way is up.

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A Little Quarantine Fun

Seven-ish weeks of sheltering-in-place and I have (mostly) moved past anxiousness and have landed in the realm of boredom. So I thought it would be fun to answer some not-so-typical questions. Here goes nothing. 

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Just Another (Emotional) Day

I wake up to nature’s alarm clock—my two children begging for milk and Cheerios. It’s a Tuesday I think. Or Thursday? Day 8. Day 18? Who knows anymore? We’re in an alternate universe where schools are closed and toilet paper is a hot commodity.

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Turn the Page

It is Day 7 of sheltering-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Day 7 of trying to keep my children entertained and healthy, and keeping myself sane. On top of that, we have a 3-month old puppy that wants to chew up everything in sight. Although I’m an introvert and love being home cuddled up on the couch, even I have my limits. And knowing I CAN’T really go anywhere even if I wanted to…well that is apparently one of my limits.

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What I Learned in Maui

I recently got back from a trip to Maui with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. It was six days, five nights of relaxation, fun, and glorious sunshine. It’s taking me awhile to get back into the swing of things at home, so I thought I’d reflect a little on my experience. And then maybe I can mentally join the real world again. Maybe.

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Books, Books, Books

Thirty-seven. That’s how many books I read this year–far surpassing my goal of 24. I can’t quite say how I managed to read that many, but I can say my house may have been a tad bit messier this year. But a little dirt never hurt anyone, right?

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Turkey and a Side of Questions

It’s Thanksgiving: time for food, family, and football (go Cowboys!). And of course, time to practice thankfulness. One of the things I’m most thankful for is my children. They make me smile, make me laugh, make my heart feel like it’s going to burst with love, and they make me laugh–which is why I decided to ask them a few Thanksgiving-inspired questions.

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