Let’s Look Each Other in the Face

1st Anniversary – June 11, 2012 Many days can go by without me looking Tyler in the face. Oh sure, I glance at him. I watch him talk and interact with other people. I see his smiles, furrowed brows, puzzling tilt of the head, chuckles, and fear. But sometimes this isn’t enough. I have to stop Tyler while he’s washing dishes or editing photos. I must pause Netflix and just look him in the eye. I need to put my face close enough to see the flecks of color, the true state of the soul. It’s so easy to merely
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A Pumpkin Carver is Born

This post is a bit late, but I thought it was notable enough to have a belated appearance. Last week, Tyler carved his first pumpkin ever. And in typical Tyler-style, he went all out. The design? R2-D2. It was perfect. Tyler and Ethan decided to carve inside because it was rainy and cold, not to mention dark, when they finally got around to carving. “The first cut is the deepest…” – Cat Stevens Gooey Hands Using a spoon to get the guts out. A new adventure While the boys worked on the pumpkin, I made German Hot Chocolate with almond
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The Red Ninja Halloween

A few months ago, E came downstairs with his LEGO red ninja and said, “This is what I want to be for Halloween.” My response? “Ok. We will figure out how to make this happen.” So, as I posted before, I decided to buy a pajama pattern. However, I ended up not having time to make the costume because the day I had free for it was dedicated to making this Owl cake for a friend’s baby shower. So Tyler and my mom took over. The results were some great pants made by Tyler and the rest of the outfit
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I Ran a Half-Marathon!!

The wait is over. I was supposed to smile. I forgot. I ran a half-marathon with a time of 2:15:45. As it was my first half, I was ok with just finishing. The morning was perfect for running. I couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was overcast and in the low to mid-sixties while we were running. As glorious as sunshine is on a regular day, it would have been much more difficult if the temperature had been up several degrees. Tyler and West didn’t run, but met Faith, Anna Gail, and myself at the 4 mile mark, the 9ish mile
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Weekend Wonders – Faith, West, and Anna

Oh the joy of true friends. This past weekend, Tyler and I traveled to Greenville, SC to visit the lovely Jones family and Miss Anna Gail Hastings. We also went for me to run this half-marathon, but that was a minor detail. Such a lovely, serious couple (Don’t you love their green walls?). Friday night’s feast before the run consisted of delicious foods Faith and I made while the boys played music and talked. Those guys. It had been over an hour of solid cooking when we finally sat down, but Tyler asked when we had possibly found time to
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Let’s Be Honest – Wise Friends and Fake Friends

Most people believe they are wise. They trust their hearts will tell them the right answer and keep friends around who will confirm everything they say. But wisdom is not listening to the heart or the soothing words of friends telling you exactly what you want to hear. And truly, most people are not wise. As well as contemplating wisdom, I’ve also been thinking through the true meaning of friendship. Think about it. How often do our friends challenge something we’re going to do? How often do they tell us it’s unreasonable, unwise, or immature? For the most part, people
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Preparing for the Half

This weekend marks my first half-marathon, and I’m more than excited. First of all, I’m so happy to finally see and catch up with this girl. And this girl. Such beauties with even more beautiful hearts (Oh, I’m also thankful to see West, but he’s not running with us, so I’m not counting him. Sorry, West.). But in preparation for the 13.1 mile showdown, I’m taking it easy this week. Because it’s been absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l outside, I’ve been taking walks every single day. Walk Photo I also busted out my old Power Yoga video with Denise Austin. Denise definitely keeps it real.
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Best Friends Re-Unite

Seven Months. It’s been seven months since E has seen one of his best friends, Greyson, and since I’ve seen one of my best friends, Linda. And it’s always a good idea to get Dee and Tyler to hang out since they never got much of a chance to spend time together while I lived in Clemson. And Molly, well she is a benefit for anyone who meets her with her red hair and sassy attitude. I lived across the street from the Tindals my second year in Clemson. It was pretty much a God-send that year for both families,
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Baby Sh-owl-er for Katey and James – Owl Cake

Two weeks ago, some Florence people convened at The Meade House for a night to celebrate Katey and James McCoy and their baby Liam, due to join us all here on earth in just a few weeks. I was honored to be helping these lovely ladies give the shower. We’re all long-time friends from a seemingly different era of Florence history, and it was great to get back and visit with everyone. Hostesses(L to R): Taiter, Sage, Whitney, Me We went with an owl theme for the shower, because Katey and James are decorating the nursery in earthy tones and
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Old Friends

It’s hard to imagine that E already has “old friends.” But he definitely has a few who have known him for ages or ages, or whatever you call most of your 8-year-old life. Wyatt has been E’s friend since 2008, when both families lived in Florence. We actually all moved away from Florence in the same month of 2009. Sept. 2012 (E – 8, Wyatt – 6) Oct. 2007 (E – 3, Wyatt – Almost 2) Wyatt came over this past Sunday for an afternoon play date. We haven’t let them do this for a while, what with our schedules
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