Sometimes we can't see what is right in front of us.  Sometimes, we are so conditioned to what we experience that the alternative seems...odd.  But, something inside us knows that what we are living through isn't normal. I'm talking about...
I was happy. I married the man who I thought was the man of my dreams. We had our perfect little girl and a house, dogs included. We hosted grill-outs and bonfires and took our weekly Sunday trips to...
When I was growing up, I heard one mantra over and over. Blood is thicker than water. I was told that family comes first. No matter what. No questions asked. However, as I got older, I questioned this idea. Does family...
Have you ever had to start over? You know, where you just feel like you’re getting settled in, and now you’re off to a new place to start all over again? Has this happened multiple times in your life,...
You've heard it before: good communication is key for a successful marriage. I agree one hundred percent, but what does it actually mean? What does good communication between spouses look like? I’m no expert, just a firm believer in...
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  (Source: Unknown) I don’t know about you, but this is true for my husband! So, this Father’s Day, gather up the kids and have fun putting together these heartwarming, edible...
Today I sat at church with my husband, next to our friends, with the oldest daughter of each couple in the middle. As I was sitting there I had to ponder what a tremendous blessing it is to be...
Yes, you heard me right. I want to wish my kids a Happy Mother’s Day. I know it is traditionally a day for mothers. We’re meant to be showered with love, relaxation, and, if we’re lucky, some sentimental gifts to...
Mother's Day isn't the same without you. We celebrate motherhood and all the wonderful things about our mothers, but you aren't here to be a part of those. It has often made me sad thinking about the fact I...
My husband and I began dating when he was enlisted in the Marine Corps… exactly eight months before he deployed for eight months. I was just a Marine Corps girlfriend. I didn’t have a ring. I wasn’t on the...
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How to Socialize while Self-Isolating {COVID-19}

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Let's face it-- humans need socialization. Face to face interactions are part of our nature. Quite frankly, it might be what keeps us sane...