Unico Vacation

Sleeping in, lounging by the pool with my latest book, laying out on a beach chair, fingertips in the sand. It was the most relaxing, laid-back, and luxurious vacation I’ve had in my life. … More Unico Vacation

Our Fairytale Beginning

Who remembers the beer that was served? The time it took for the photographer to take all the family photos? But the music? People dancing and laughing? The cousin that had a little too much fun and reenacted a Katy Perry music video? The song that took people back decades to their senior prom? The fun, free, couldn’t possibly have a bad memory associated with it soundtrack. I wanted current favorites and old favorites, and a few others mixed in that would leave people thinking, ‘how have I not heard this before?!’ … More Our Fairytale Beginning

Building Christmas

As piles of presents surround the tree, beautiful tree-skirts no longer visible, and everyone anxiously awaits, I’m reminded of a conversation we had just last week. Trying to pay for a wedding, save for a honeymoon, pay off past debts, and not add any to it, we had a conversation about how much we should really been spending and how many presents the kids actually needed. There are so many unopened crafts, robots that have yet to be assembled, and toys we never see being played with. So where is the line between fun and extravagant? Blessed and spoiled? … More Building Christmas

Lemon Survival

Lemon bars, lemon pound cake, citrus butter cookies, and a shrimp stir fry all made the cut that year. As I was baking I noticed that these weren’t anything like the lemons I was used to at the store. These were round and plump with smooth skin. They were so juicy even one slice of the knife spilled juice all over the cutting board. They weren’t sour and bitter, but tangy and mildly sweet. … More Lemon Survival

Beware the Slippery Slope

She grabbed her raincoat and took a chainsaw out of the back of the truck. This wasn’t the first time this happened and it probably wouldn’t be the last either. That didn’t mean she was looking forward to what she was about to do. She knew today probably wasn’t the day to be driving down that hill, but there was still the work from the day before to finish, and that meant driving down the steep incline. There hadn’t been anything she could do. She’d gotten the brakes checked the week before, but no matter how much she’d stomped on that pedal those tires wouldn’t stop. … More Beware the Slippery Slope

Running. Running…Running……and Goals.

For those of you following my Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve been posting more and more frequently about my progression where running is concerned. I’ve set a big, audacious goal. There’s no doubt in my mind that I can do it, but I also won’t necessarily share what that goal is, until after I’ve conquered it, or at least am a few milestones closer. … More Running. Running…Running……and Goals.

Early Mornings for Standing in Lines

It’s surprisingly quiet throughout the hall. A few murmurings here and there. College girls giggling under their masks. They look so young, it very well could be their first time. The line snakes along, around tables and between chairs. Someone rushes the door to the men’s bathroom, he probably drank too much coffee to wake before a normal alarm. … More Early Mornings for Standing in Lines

Writing Spaces

Some may say that the perfect writing space doesn’t exist. Thoughts of a crackling fire with warm lighting, a cozy blanket, and a hot cup of apple cider come to mind. Add in a log cabin out in the mountainous woods, and I’ve got it made. However, I live in Oklahoma, so if I needed those things I’d either a) only write about 4 months out of the year when it’s cold enough to justify lighting the fireplace, or b) lose a lot of weight by sweating profusely the other 8 months of the year! … More Writing Spaces

Halloween Birthdays

One thing we don’t have much of is time together. When combining Todd’s work hours with his commute, and most of my calls and zoom meetings being in the evenings, that leaves the weekends. As we all know those get packed with kids, other family members, church activities, and before you know it you’re passing ships in the night. So I decided that this year we would take the entire weekend, including our weekly date night and put off any household chores, yard work, etc. to watch movies together. Yes, I put off cleaning the house, so you know it’s serious! … More Halloween Birthdays