How The Worst Year Turned Into The Best Life

I grew up in a town of 400 where everyone knew everyone. The teacher’s, many who had also taught our parents, treated us more like nieces and nephews rather than students. Probably because if they weren’t actually our family, they were the family of our best friend or best friends with our family. That’s how … Continue reading

I Don’t Always Smile

I don’t always smile… My smile is not the result of a perfect life, but a blessed life. Aaron woke me in a frantic this morning…”Tess-its 7:10am!” 7:10am?!? 7:10am. That left me exactly 20 minutes to dress myself, and two girls, pack a breakfast, lunch, and two snacks, give medicine, and get out the door. … Continue reading

To Change…

Change. I am a creature of habit. I get emotionally attached. I don’t like surprises. Having a routine doesn’t bore me, I actually prefer it. I am in my comfort zone. Have been for awhile. All of which makes change a very difficult process. But, after literally years (told ya, comfort zone) of contemplating, agonizing, … Continue reading

The Pressures of Mommahood

I had a conversation with one of my sweetest friends yesterday who just so happens to be a new Mommy. She repeated the age old saying, “Being a Momma is by far the hardest job in the world, and the most rewarding.” She admitted that although she had heard this time and time again before … Continue reading

30 Is The New Happy

Honestly, I was never that person who feared turning thirty. I didn’t lay in bed and cry. There was no need for Prozac or Xanax. To me, it was another birthday, and I love birthdays. And the way I saw it, I was just one day older than the day before. It wasn’t like I … Continue reading

The Best Yet

December 31, 2012. Just like that, another year has come and gone. And not just any year…nope, the best year! 2012 has been chock full of blessings. My Little Harper turned 2 in January, which means in two short weeks she will be 3 (GASP!). She is my miracle baby, and as I tell her … Continue reading

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Not all pretty girls are snobs. Not all that are overweight are lazy. Not all that are skinny are vain. Not all that wear a smile are happy. And just because someone seems to be the picture of health, doesn’t mean that they actually are. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I am sharing … Continue reading

Beautiful Blogger Award

What on honor it is to be nominated for a Beautiful Blogger Award by a fellow blogger that is so inspiring to me. Thank You Fit Minded Mom! (If you haven’t checked her out…DO IT…NOW! She has a very easy-going way of pushing you to be a better Mom, a better wife, better in the … Continue reading

Toddler Wisdom

Toddlers are moody. And energetic. And joyous. And unpredictable. And OH-SO-SMART. Have you ever sat around and watched a toddler explore the world around them? It’s pretty amazing. One of my favorite things to do is to attempt to see the world through the eyes of my 2.5 year old. She reminds me on a … Continue reading

Bike, Walk, Run for a Cause: Charity Miles

“The measure of life is not it’s duration, but it’s donation.”- Peter Marshall             I just came across the most amazing free app for iPhone and Android, called Charity Miles. It works off of your phones GPS. Charity Miles logs your biking, walking, running miles and makes monetary donations to a charity of your … Continue reading