Counting Chins: 3 Years Later

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of blogging on this website. If that wasn’t exciting enough, tomorrow is the 2 year anniversary of the first time I ever met my husband. It’s a big week for me. SO much has changed in 3 years. For starters, to the relief of all my friends and family,…

Before I Go on Another Diet

I have put on a few pounds since my wedding.   It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that I have put on a little weight, because before the wedding I was involved in awful, unspeakable things like working out 6 days a week and eating healthy almost every day. I would get up…

Empty Mugs & Full Hearts

About a month ago, I published a post declaring it was going to be the best school year ever. I decided then that I was going to be positive and happy and encouraging at all times and focus on all the little things that I loved about my job. But that was a month ago,…

3 Things I Have Learned About Marriage

Marriage is everything I thought it would be and much, much more. Easier in some areas that I thought would be challenging,  yet it’s harder in areas that I thought would be a breeze. A little over two months ago we made our vows, and there have been difficult moments, as everyone told me there…

My First Trip to Costco

My husband and I planned to go on a post-dinner walk to help digest the hot dogs we just ate from the food court (more on that later), but I let him know I felt I needed to write a blog post to process my thoughts and feelings after our first Costco experience. He thought…

Annoying Positivity: 4 Reasons This Will Be the Best School Year

The summer has been good to me: I got married, tried a Jamocha shake from Arby’s, starting using coupons, moved into our new house, saw Wonder Woman, got to travel around Michigan, learned to make healthy french toast, FaceTimed with my nephew while he held the phone, and also had the best cinnamon roll of…

5 Questions for Parents Who Have Taken Children to the Beach

Parents do a lot of hard, even heroic things. I recently found out how much my parents paid for me to have braces, and life slowed down for a second. They could have bought a car or gone on luxurious vacations but instead they paid for 3 sets of metal brackets on their daughters’ teeth….

The Next Four Years

  Four years ago, I was 22 years old and had my life totally figured out. I was in my second year of teaching and could cook a one course meal using a frying pan. Curiosity killed the cat, as they say, and my roommate Kendra and I blew out the pilot light on our gas fireplace….

What God Does in the Discomfort

Patience and perseverance are not two of my strongest qualities. Unlike some of the Olympian greats, I prefer not to work hard, push through tough circumstances or wait extended periods of time to arrive at what I want. I prefer instant results with the least amount of work and discomfort possible. (Someone write this on an inspirational poster.) Max…

Dear Fellow Women: 10 Times I’m Not Judging You

“Don’t judge me.” I say it. My friends say  it. Strangers jokingly say it to each other in passing  (at least I did this week to an elderly gentlemen as he caught me opening a bag of chips in the grocery store parking lot). Although I am sure this isn’t just a “women’s issue,” I do find it…

How Replacing One Word Changed So Much

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend said to me, “I feel like you’re just anxious about being anxious right now…” And I replied, “Welcome to my brain. Please stay awhile.” When I told him that I would love to try out his logical, structured, factual engineer brain for a day, he responded, “Does that mean I…

No Matter Where You Are On Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s 2009: Went to Pizza Hut on a double date, saw “He’s Just Not that into you” and promptly broke off the relationship the next day (got back together 5 days later) Valentine’s 2010: Young and in love- Went to a banquet where no dancing was allowed so we just took pictures   *As I…