Pour Your Heart Out: Toward the Cliff


I tend to embrace new opportunities. I say yes and enthusiastically throw myself into them. Like a racer when that starting gun goes off, I take off like a shot, running full force. But as I’m running, I start realizing that there isn’t a finish line at the end, but a cliff. And I’m running […]

Before It’s Just a Memory


As I was sitting in the rocking chair on my front porch, one of my boys approached. I patted my leg, an invitation for him to sit, though not one I thought he’d accept. But he climbed into my lap, with his legs dangling almost as far down as mine. Instead of his head resting […]

5 Years of Pour Your Heart Out

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Five years ago this week, I decided to start a Pour Your Heart Out link up for bloggers who wanted to share personal stories. Things that were important to them, close to their hearts, what made them cry or made them scream with joy. An opportunity for a soapbox moment if you needed it, and […]

A Boring Old Married Couple: Pour Your Heart Out


We can have really bizarre thoughts and just look at each other and know the other is thinking the exact same thing. Our date nights usually involve pajamas or at least really comfortable clothes because they are at-home more often than not. While we can talk big about some relaxing vacation for two on an […]

A Mistake Should Be Allowed to Be Just That

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There’s a date in February from almost 20 years ago, that my college roommate and I would only whisper about with “never again” always said along with it. Because we did something really stupid that night. No one got hurt and aside from way too much possibly some underage drinking, no laws were broken. But […]

Why Would It Bother Me?

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I have a tendency to get worked up over things that I shouldn’t. Things that don’t even affect me. Yet, I think about¬†what if… For example, back when we enrolled our oldest two in a preschool down here in North Carolina that was not affiliated with any church, I was blown away when it was […]

The February Slump

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It happens every year at this time. It’s an antsy feeling. Like my skin is too tight for my body(and no, that’s not a reflection of how many cookies I ate over the Christmas break). My fingers twitch and I want to pull at my hair. It’s simultaneously wanting to run away to an island […]

The Changes with Time


It’s been three years, my son’s teacher let me know. Three years since that initial evaluation, even though we had another reevaluation done a little more recently than that. He’s made tremendous progress since that initial testing. Tremendous is not even a strong enough word for it. Back then, he had a very difficult time […]

Kindergarten Redshirting: Did We Do the Right Thing?


The term “kindergarten redshirting” sort of makes me cringe. It sounds too much like a choice we made due to sports*, when that wasn’t the case. We prefer to simply say that we waited to send our youngest to kindergarten. But, when the subject comes up, redshirting is what others say, so I’ll just deal […]

A Parenting Moment that Feels Just Right

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It’s not often when I have a parenting moment that feels just right. When I’m not second guessing myself or wishing this or that had gone a little differently. On Saturday, I took my youngest ice skating for the first time. It was a bit of an adventure, just him and me, driving an hour […]