Choosing Happy

A couple of days ago, I decided I wanted to end my blog-posting drought. I had every intention of writing a lengthy post about feeling like an outsider in my own family. I was going to discuss living away from everyone and how moving closer hasn’t actually changed the distance, but then I made a…

It’ll Be Okay

So for about 3 months now I’ve repeated some form of this phrase to myself. In the shower, worried about my husband’s job – it’ll be okay. When I started to pack up my kitchen, it will be okay. At my surprise Bon Voyage party, it’s all gonna be okay. Over and over I’ve told…

Hello, it’s me…

First off, let me apologize for getting that Adele song stuck in your head again. 🙂 I live in a small town in Missouri. How small? Not, we-only-have-one-stoplight small, but more like, we-only-have-one-Wal-Mart-and-no-Target small. Anyway, when we first moved here, I remember turning onto our new street and a man driving towards us waved to…

Thank you, Grandma

I read last night that my Grandma died. She was 93. There is one thing that sticks out in my mind right now to say to her. Thank you. I want to thank her for her sense of humor that made me laugh, and made me want to make others laugh. I want to thank…

I Absolutely Love Her When She Smiles

I’m sitting in our truck, 8 hrs in and 11 hrs to go, heading East for a funeral. I’m tired, we’re ALL tired, and I can’t help but smile at my 3 1/2 year old. We woke her up at 2:45 a.m. to pee and apart from a quick, 5 minute cat nap, she still…

Hey Girl, Happy Birthday!

Shout out to Aleah Helton today!! It’s her birthday. I wanted to point out a very easy way to let your bestie know you’re thinking of them on their birthday. 🙂 It’s as easy as finding a picture, taking a screenshot, cropping it, and sharing it in a comment. I sent her over 20 pictures…

Faded Memories

My memories from when I was a child aren’t as clear as I’d like them to be. I’m from a very big family, so sometimes my memories tend  to mush together. I think the one memory that had a very big impact on me as a young child, was when my Aunt Noella died. I…

Wandering Little Feet

I was grumpy this morning. Not overly so, but enough to get irritated over little things that usually don’t bother me. While making PB&J sandwiches for lunch, I hear her little feet stomping down the hallway like I do every morning. She races her way out of her room. And standing there with peanut butter…

Yep,That’s All It Takes

Happy 2015 everyone!! My friend said something yesterday that made me giggle and then got the wheels turning for a blog post. It was my birthday and I told him how excited I was about my new water filter and the new curtain rod in my shower. He jokingly said: “Really? That’s what it takes?”…

Learning to Love

This post won’t be what you are expecting it to be, I’m sure. It won’t be about letting others in, but rather learning to love myself. This is a journey I have been on for a while. At one point, when I was young and unaltered by the world, I was able to be happy…

…and a white picket fence.

When I was a little girl, I think I had fantasies of a dream mansion. I can’t remember what it looked like, but I would bet that it probably had a white picket fence. I think most little girls fall in love with pretty things in their dreams. At that time, I think I wanted…

A Sea of Love

I can’t  perfectly describe the feeling of being at a rock concert. The closest I can come to helping you understand what it’s like, is that jolt you get when you touch something electrical, it feels… alive. Last Sunday, I felt charged up. Each song had its own feeling to it. I watched people make rock…