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Seven Sunday Sites

Embracing the bitter with the sweet – this is where I am right now and definitely spoke to me!

The importance of setting manageable goals – bonus, she mentions a book that I’ve reviewed here before!

I ordered a salad from a restaurant earlier this week (thank you Christmas gift card that was hiding in my bag!), and I realized that I definitely haven’t been eating enough vegetables lately. Here’s a good (easy!) recipe to get some more vegetables in and possibly help with a sweet tooth!

Sometimes Char spends a little more time on my iPad than I think she should. However, this article talks about why her kids have relatively limitless screen time. I think this is the camp I fall into!

Home maintenance is one of those things that I’m really bad about keeping up with. This article has a list of six apps that will help you with that. I need to load the first one right now!

I have been feeling kind of frumpy and blah lately, and it shows in how I have been dressing and fixing (or not fixing, to be honest) my hair. This hairstyle looks simple to do but more put together than the crooked ponytail I’ve been rocking lately.

It’s the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese calendar. I never really knew anything about the Chinese New Year, so this article about some of the traditions and superstitions was really interesting!

Hope you have a great week!

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My Week in Review (February 11 – 16)

It’s Saturday, so that means it’s time to look back in the blog archives and see what I posted during these days in the past!

2010 :

A bit of a snarky post asking the women in a group that I attended to quit trying to make me move out of the state!

2011 :


2012 :


2013 :

Talking about Lent and attempting to make myself get some things done with a 40 projects in 40 days list. Spoiler alert – I did not finish this list… USA, LLC

2014 :

Getting back on track with blogging, and a post about lurve!

2015 :


2016 :

Listing out some of the ways that I knew Will loved me, in honor of being together five years!

2017 :


2018 :

A few looooove related posts this week. Is that a surprise to anyone?

Picture(s) of the Week :

This was from last year. Look at how mean Charlotte looks in this picture!! Also, look at her little stubby legs! So cute!! Also, just so no one is concerned, she didn’t ride anywhere like this. My parents did this in their driveway and put her in her car seat after the picture!

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Little Letters : February 2018


Dear rainy weather,

You are making me draggy and sniffly and sad. I’m tired of you and would like to kindly ask you to evacuate the area. What’s that? You’re going to be around for the next 10 days? Well, then maybe next time I will ask you not-so-kindly…

Dear pants I wore yesterday,

I’m sorry I ripped a hole by the belt loop. You’re one of the few pairs that fit me right now, so please don’t let that hole get bigger. No one needs to see that much of me!

Dear Snoop,

I know that Charlotte plays your music allllll night, but if your batteries could last a longer, that would be helpful. Also, if your batteries could avoid going out right when she’s about to go to sleep, I would be okay with that. (Here’s an explanation of who Snoop is! Our daughter doesn’t listen to rap music all night hahaha!)

Dear sunflower seeds,

Thanks for making Charlotte so happy. I don’t know any other almost 2 year old that loves sunflower seeds as much as she does! Then again, I don’t really know too many almost 2 year olds, so there’s that…

Dear Friday,

I’m glad you’re here. It’s been a heck of a week!

Dear Koopa,

Stop trying to walk through all of the mud in the yard. I know it’s been raining for about 75 years, but someday it will stop and the ground will be dry again. Then you can walk your happy self through the yard as much as you want to!

Dear Charlotte,

How do you keep getting cuter and cuter? Also, how do you know how to do that little head tilt and grin when you’re about to get in trouble for something?!?

Dear Will,

One day at a time. Now, take a minute to get on Pinterest and look up the recipe for a Starbucks cherry mocha. That’s your weekend experiment… 😉

Linking up with Kristin

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What Love Looks Like

I’m a couple of days late on this linkup (seems to be my common theme this week), but today I’m joining The Blended Blog’s latest prompt – What Love Looks Like.

During Valentine’s Day, people tend to focus on romantic love. Romantic love is probably the most popular thing that comes to mind when people think about love, but it is not the only way to show love.

Love can have many faces. It can look like support from a friend – old or new – when times are difficult.

It can look like rallying together to help someone in your community who is in need.

It can look like getting up multiple times during the night to help your child get back to sleep if she is having a bad dream or can’t get comfortable.

It can look like taking your dog outside when it is pouring buckets, only to have him sniff around instead of doing what you thought he needed to do. (Hmm, is that an oddly specific example or what?).

It can look like celebrating the good fortune of someone in your life, even when things aren’t going so great in your own life.

It can look like spending your only day off helping your child and her family get settled into their new house.

It can look like so many things, but we have to learn to recognize it. When I was single, I wondered if I would ever get married. I sometimes worried that I would be “unloved” forever. This was a bit narrow-minded on my part though because I was already surrounded by love; I just didn’t see it because I was focused on a certain type of love. If that sounds familiar to you, then I urge you to take a look at your life and see what types of friendships and relationships that you have developed and could cultivate more. I know that I’m guilty of neglecting friendships, so I’m missing out on a type of love in my life. That sounds kind of weird to say, but it’s part of what makes me a complete person.

Honestly, I’m not sure how to end this post. This was a bit of a tough concept for me to think about, and it’s difficult to write about this when I have been married for a while and see love daily. I guess I just want to say that if you feel lonely or unloved, please reach out to someone. I’ll be glad to be a listening ear if you’d like. There are so many people who go through their lives thinking they are alone, but they don’t need to be. Look for love, and if you can’t find it, create it because love can look like anything that you want it to.

What does love look like to you? Leave a comment and let me know…or help me figure out a better ending to this post! 😉

Linking up with The Blended Blog


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10 on the 10th : 10 Favorite Memories with Will

Once again, I’m a couple of days behind on this one, but it’s such a neat idea that I want to participate. Better late than never (which is my life motto too…).

This month’s prompt is 10 memories with my spouse – seems pretty appropriate for Valentine’s Day, right?

10 on the 10th Link-up 2018

1. The first time we met

We met at a singles group event at a church we both attended at the time. The event was at a coffee shop, and I went with my brother. In retrospect, that probably made us seem like a couple. My brother and I were sitting at a table at the front of the coffee shop, and one of the group leaders told me that he had someone he wanted me to meet. He brought Will over to me, and although we only talked for a couple of minutes, we both realized that we were a lot alike and hit it off! It only took him 4 months to ask me on a date… 😉

2. Our first date

Our first date was 7 years ago today! That’s right…our first date was on Valentine’s Day! No pressure, right? While we were eating dinner, a man in the restaurant proposed to his girlfriend. Our waiter said something about how we would be next, and I yelled “NO!!” I had to tell the poor waiter that it was just our first date because he was mortified after that! After we had dinner, we walked around a bookstore for a while. We were both trying to think of places to go to make the date last longer, but it was a work night, and there wasn’t a lot open. I think we both knew it would be the first of many dates!

3. The night before we got engaged

The Nashville Predators were in the playoffs in May 2012, and I won free tickets. Will and I went to the game on May 4, 2012. We had a good time, but unfortunately they lost the game. He and I were supposed to have pictures made the next day as part of an adoption fundraiser for a family at a friend’s church (wow, that sentence sounds so convoluted!). When we were in the parking garage trying to leave, we got into a small argument that led to him going the wrong way and bumping into a column. I was so frustrated that I said “do you even want to go take the stupid pictures tomorrow?” He calmed me down and assured me that yes, he did want to go take the pictures still. It’s a good thing I listened to him…

4. The day we got engaged


We got engaged during our “stupid pictures!” Yeah, I definitely didn’t see that one coming! We were at a park, and it was pretty warm outside, so I was tired of taking pictures. The photographer asked if there were any more poses that we wanted before our session was finished. I said no, but Will said there was one more he wanted. He then proceeded to get the ring out and propose! Ahhh!!! I’m so glad that we have that moment captured! It will be fun to tell Charlotte about it when she’s older!

5. Our wedding day


There were so many memories from that day (including spending waaaaay too much on makeup), but this picture captures one of my favorite memories/moments, which was right after he pronounced us husband and wife! This picture was one that one of my uncles took, and I love it because it shows the relief and excitement I felt after the ceremony was over!

6. Playing paintball


About a month after we got married, we went with my brother, one of my cousins, and a couple of our friends to play paintball. It was my first time playing, so I had no idea what to expect. It was fun…and painful! It was one of our first outings as a married couple and a time that I tried something that I was a little bit scared to do. Sadly, we haven’t played again since then. Also, I can’t remember the last time I tried something that I was a little bit scared to do. Hmmm…

7. Getting our doggo

I wrote about Koopa in Monday’s Love Stories post, so check that out if you want to know the story of how we adopted him. I remember getting the call that we could come pick him up. I also remember Will riding in the back seat with him because we weren’t sure how he would handle being back there on his own. He was so cute stretched out back there next to Will. I wish we had taken pictures!

8. Finding out our second pregnancy was a healthy one

In June 2015, we experienced a miscarriage, and in August 2015, I found out that I was pregnant again. I called the doctor’s office, and they wanted me to come in for a viability scan after I was at least 6 weeks along. The wait between that phone call and that visit was such a long one! The appointment was scheduled for the Tuesday after Labor Day, and on Labor Day, we were at a cookout celebrating a wedding that had happened earlier that weekend. I remember talking to the new bride, her mother-in-law, and a couple of other women there about how scared I was to go to the appointment and how much I hoped things would be okay. The next day when we saw Charlotte for the first time and confirmed that there was a heartbeat and things looked like they were supposed to, we were ecstatic! I think I even hugged the tech! That was definitely a great memory, especially after such a sad start to our summer.

9. Finding out we were having a girl!


A couple of months into my pregnancy, I found a place in Nashville that did early ultrasounds for gender reveals. My insurance wouldn’t let me have an ultrasound until I was 20 weeks along, but this place did them around 16 weeks. I know 4 weeks doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but when you’re pregnant and wondering what you’re having, it feels like an eternity! Our appointment was on a Saturday, and we had planned to have dinner with our families that night to reveal the gender to them. When the ultrasound tech told us it was a girl, we were so excited! We left the facility and immediately went shopping for baby girl clothes! We made a little scratch off as a cute way to reveal the gender to our moms. The scratch offs were cards with blue and pink paint, and they had to scratch it to see if we were having a little Batman or Wonder Woman. Our moms decided that one of them would scratch the blue one and the other one would scratch the pink one – except the pink one wouldn’t come off! Oops! Luckily, they figured it out with the “try again” message that was under the blue one!

10. Becoming parents


Last but definitely not least was our memory from nearly two years ago when Charlotte joined our family! I’ve never really blogged about the whole labor experience, but I did write it down in a book for her to read when she’s older. The short version is that the hospital sent me home that morning, and Will and my mom made me keep walking around that day and evening. I was so sore and tired! We also went to a Mexican restaurant to see if the whole tale about eating spicy food really helped. I can’t say if it did or not, but it did give me horrible heartburn that made me have to take overpriced hospital medicine! Our lives changed so much that day, and we will never be those young, fresh-faced, skinny people that we were in our engagement picture, and that’s okay! We have gone through so much together – good and bad – and we have grown because of it.

Happy Valentine’s Day, babe! Sometimes you frustrate the heck out of me, and sometimes I don’t like you very much, but I love you so much, and I wouldn’t trade you for anything…most of the time! 😉

Linking up with Erin.