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

(Almost) Happily Ever After

I met my husband in Kindergarten. I have one of his school pictures dated 1986, the backside reads- To Tessa, From Aaron– written in his five year old scribble. We began dating when we were children. Yes, children. An unlikely couple not considering… We’ve been married now for nearly seven years and as strange as it … 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

Disease is a Scary Word

Disease is a scary word. Especially when attached to your four year old daughter. My baby, my BABY, has Celiac Disease. That word. I hate it! Harper has been having some health issues. Nothing that seemed detrimental. Symptoms so random that I would have never put them together. Chronic diarrhea (causing accidents in my potty … Continue reading

Stop The Whining- Luke 12:48

It’s been a week and two days shy of four years since I became a Momma, which means that I have fallen in love at least 1,451 times. It also means that I have changed more than 6,000 diapers, many with my eyes closed, because let’s face it; I’ve been in some state of exhaustion … Continue reading

The Me of 2013

Cheers to 2013, another blessed year!! The past twelve months have been happy (est) months. Healthy months. Busy months. We celebrated Harper’s 3rd birthday and Aniston’s 1st. We’ve had dreams come true and experienced the magic of Disney. I left the comfort of my job after seven years and began a new chapter in my … 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

Can You Teach A Heart To Be Tender

Underdog: a person in adversity. The girl with the tattoos and piercings who is in threat of loosing her job based on her appearance… The girl fresh out of college, getting dirty looks from the executive in the BMW who she parks beside in the parking garage (how dare she park that thing next to … Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18 -Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Day 1- I am thankful for God’s mercy on me. Day 2- I am thankful for my best friend in the entire world, my partner in crime, my prince charming, and the person who knows … Continue reading

Monday’s Mission: Be Thankful

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have stepped in to my ‘walk-in’ closet and declared that I have absolutely nothing to wear. Ridiculous. Trivial. Selfish. I recieved a swift kick in the you-know-what yesterday morning while listening to our Sunday School leader describe his experiences on his most recent mission trip … Continue reading