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My Marriage Survived the Honeymoon Stage
Wedded Wednesdays

My Marriage Survived the Honeymoon Stage

Typically when a new couple is going to be wed or soon after, several older, wiser married couples will drop the phrase “Aw, enjoy this, it’s the Honeymoon Stage”. I understand their “knowing looks” and appreciate the fact that they’re telling us to enjoy the first couple months or years before things get really hard, but I look back and think my Honeymoon Stage was the worst, most challenging part of my marriage thus far, and could not be more relieved when it was over. My husband Drew and I grew up together and had dated ever since high school. […]

Hearty Beef Stew (Crockpot and Paleo, too!)
Tasty Tuesdays

Hearty Beef Stew (Crockpot and Paleo, too!)

So a few months back, we bought a portion of a steer. Translation: we have a lot of beef. A LOT of beef. Needless to say, I’ve had many opportunities to work on a new and yummy stew recipe, and we finally all agreed that this version got the thumbs up as “the one.” Here we go: Hearty Beef Stew (crockpot and paleo, too!) Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 3 slices bacon, cut into 1″ pieces 1 lb beef stew meat, salted and peppered liberally to taste 1 cup red wine 1 1/2 cups broth (beef or chicken will be just fine) […]

Mailbox Meetings
Mommy Mondays

Mailbox Meetings

You know that woman who has never met a stranger, always has lots of friends and even more smiles? I am not that women. So when a move brought us to a new city, I developed many reasons to be “too busy” to meet our new neighbors, even sprinting to the mailbox under the cover of night. But after months of relational solitude I started to feel an…ache. I had noticed a family two doors down with two little girls but we’d never exchanged more than the drive-by wave. I wondered how in the world I would go about that […]

Awful, Ugly People
Female Fridays / Miscellaneous

Awful, Ugly People

He came into the hospital for the seventh time in the last eighteen months for the same problem. He had several blockages in his coronary arteries, causing significant, life threatening heart attacks that were increasing with severity each time they reoccurred. This man didn’t know what medicines he was taking, didn’t care to clarify his medical history, ignored any explanation we gave him about hospital policy, and what he needed to avoid before and after his procedures. His affect was flat, his face full of disdain. He rolled his eyes, and asked, “Hey Girly, could you just get me a […]

Just Loving Us
Miscellaneous / Thirsty Thursdays

Just Loving Us

I tend to get asked a lot how I know when it’s truly God’s voice speaking to me. I didn’t realize it until lately why that question seems to be so popular. People are hungry for clarity and truth. Even people that don’t tend to look as if they really need or even want God, still want the peace that He offers. I feel like God, through the Holy Spirit, speaks to me a lot. This doesn’t mean I’m “holier than thou.” So please don’t take it like that. I have just made it a commitment to be submitted to […]

An Awful Start to a New Marriage
Wedded Wednesdays

An Awful Start to a New Marriage

“Does your husband have a living will?  Do you have power of attorney?” asked the Pulmonary Specialist. He informed me that my husband was having difficulty breathing on his own, and would be placed on a ventilator in ICU.  We had only been married 7 months, and we had just found out we were expecting a baby.  I was completely blindsided with the high probability that my husband would not survive.  Just the day before, I took him to the ER with the Flu and severe dehydration.  Now, doctors were tossing around phrases like, “if he makes it through the […]

Pork Chile Stew
Miscellaneous

Pork Chile Stew

Near our home in San Antonio there was a restaurant called the Roaring Fork, and my husband and I were huge fans.  It was the site of one of our first dates, and we both loved their Green Chile Pork Stew so much we’d sometimes go there just to sit in the bar and share an order after eating dinner somewhere else.  In fact, we loved it so much, we ate there the night my husband proposed to me.  The Roaring Fork has closed, but our cravings for Green Chile Pork Stew will never die.  So now, I just make it at […]

Open Communication with Kids
Mommy Mondays

Open Communication with Kids

I remember those long days. Sanitizing bottles. Changing diapers. Mastitis. NO SLEEP. Depression diagnosis. That stage was brutal. Now, my kids are in elementary school; I have different challenges as a mom. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is: There is this small window between kindergarten and middle school where our kids still think we’re cool. They value our opinion. They listen. They emulate us. And, they’re learning to function in the world. These years give us an opportunity to lay the foundation for open communication with our kids. If it’s common practice for our kids to talk […]

Beautiful Women
Female Fridays

Beautiful Women

With the two year anniversary of my mother’s death approaching, my sisters and I have had many conversations about our Mama. One of them brought back the memory of the wonderful friends in her life, and the invaluable need woman have for connection. The following is a tribute, written before my mother’s death to these beautiful women.   The table is filled with beautiful grey and white hair women. It is Mom’s best friend Aryls’s birthday and we were throwing a party…. A few years before Mom was diagnosed with Dementia, she was invited into a circle of new friends […]

The Ache of the Distance
Thirsty Thursdays

The Ache of the Distance

We have all had seasons when we’ve felt far from God. Right? You’ve had seasons like that, haven’t you? Girl. Please say yes. Sometimes we feel like He’s left us. Sometimes we know we’ve walked away from Him. But sometimes, He feels so near–it’s overwhelming. If you’ve known the sweetness of His nearness, you ache when He seems distant. If you’ve known the ache of the distance, His nearness is the sweetest thing you know. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more […]