Talking About Us – Anniversary Conversation

If any of you know Tyler, you know he’s a talker. When we’re alone, he allows me to talk a lot more than you’d imagine, and we rarely run out of things to talk about. Our anniversary is today (Happy 3 Years, Lovey!), and we’re headed out for a beach vacation date. While we always have things to discuss, most of the time we focus on schedules and kids and often forget to talk about our marriage, which is one of the essentials elements in sticking it out as a team. I got these questions last year from my friend,
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I’m glad he won’t remember this…

Spring Picture Day 2013 – My favorite Boy One of the things I’ve found that really knocks me out of my comfort zone is the phrase, “I’m glad they won’t remember this…” I usually hear it in reference to parents disagreeing over child-rearing tactics while their kids are still crawling, drooling, and oblivious. But it’s one of the many things I can never utter. E will always remember. Being an 8-year-old, he is currently gathering memories and feelings to keep forever. I don’t remember specifics about being eight. I’m sure I could come up with some stories, especially if I
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Love To Hate

Image Link “Love To Hate” A few semesters back, one of my students had this tattooed on her wrist. I’m not really sure exactly why she chose this particular phrase, though I think it had something to do with a relationship in her life that she loved and hated at the same time. However, I was struck by her choice to use the phrase “love to hate” because it shows great wisdom into how we view many of our relationships. I’m not suggesting to go out and tattoo that on your wrist, but I do think her tattoo brings up a
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Let’s Be Honest – We do well to simply wait for it.

I meant to write this post yesterday (or 2 days ago) but one thing led to another and then a German student stayed with us and we had a Christmas party, so I was a busy cleaner and chef. But the words are as true today as they were on December 11. Tyler was not my type when we met. Let’s be honest. We both thought the other was weird and would have never considered dating each other. It was the nose ring vs. the fauxhawk. I was the bohemian girl who wore crazy clothes, didn’t eat meat, and had
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Out in the Country – Part 1

Bonfire Prep. Papa and his Tractor My dad Tyler and Dad – Photo by E Driving To Build a Fire Tractor E and Papa – Best Friends Over Thanksgiving, we went to visit my parents out at The Farm. Looking back over the pictures, it was really a time of relaxation with my parents. Tyler and E helped my dad build a fire and played out in the yard. My mom and I cooked for Thanksgiving dinner. I really appreciate the setting of my parents’ house lately. It’s calm, quiet, and away from the city, a refuge from Charlotte and
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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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Food, Family, Craziness

With Tyler’s Momma, Pam Pam, Me, Aunt Tammy, and Aunt Jan Mom’s Macaroni and Cheese Green Bean Salad I don’t have tons of pictures from Thanksgiving Day. Though I didn’t vocalize it, I definitely had hopes of showing off tons of pictures like this blog, or this one — didn’t happen. Not only did I not take pictures of everything we ate, I also only got a few pictures of family and decorations. I think most of this was because our trip to visit family in Florence, SC was such a whirlwind of events. Since both families are in the
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Ethan Turns Eight.

My doodle is 8 this morning, and I’m grateful for all of the happiness, pain, joy, tears, sleepless nights, hopes, worries, bike rides, wishes, plans, celebrations, time outs, friends, moves, dance parties, picnics, smoothies, delights, curiosities, tractor rides, wonders, discipline, and amazement of the last eight years. I would experience nothing more or less in my life if I could go back. Ethan has always been God’s perfect plan for my life, and he is a joy to love, mother, and grow with daily. I love you, sweet Ethan. Happy Birthday! Ethan – 2-years-old – 2006 August 23, 2012 –
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