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April 25, 2016

For Dad.

My dad died on Saturday. It still seems surreal to say that, pointing it out as such a straightforward fact. On Friday, Dad was with us. On Saturday morning, he no longer was. And now, here I sit, finding myself suddenly fatherless at 34 years old.  I have kept the progression of my dad’s illness […]

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April 14, 2014
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Creating a Legacy

It’s been a long while since I shared a personal post, opening up about something dear to my heart. I hope y’all will bear with me today as I do just that, regarding a thought that started to percolate in my mind at church last Sunday and then was confirmed and galvanized with a post […]

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November 17, 2013
This Apple-Praline Bread at Positively Splendid looks absolutely divine! What a perfect recipe for holiday gift-giving!

Apple-Praline Bread + Gratitude Blog Hop

It’s the perfect time of year to stop and take a minute to count your many blessings, and some of my blogging friends and I thought it would be very fitting of the season to gather together today for a gratitude blog hop to let our families know just how much we love and appreciate […]

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July 17, 2013

Birthday Wishes

via Today I turn 32. Some dread birthdays; others embrace them with open arms. For me, it always seems to turn me introspective, thinking about the year gone by and looking ahead to what the next trip around the sun will hold. If the first part of my 32nd year were fairly status quo, the […]

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June 14, 2013
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Our Bargain Beagle + Method Designed for Good Cutest Pet Contest

Today’s post is brought to you by Method // Ten years ago, our family was joined by a tiny, wriggly bundle of beagle cuteness, and it didn’t take long for that little creature to capture our hearts and establish herself as a bona fide member of the family. Long before my world became about diapers and nighttime […]

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December 15, 2012
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The Helpers

There are some days that just change things forever. Defining, earth-shattering moments, the consequences of which shake our world to its very foundation and cause us to see everything differently. In light of the horrific tragedy that transpired yesterday in Connecticut, I simply couldn’t rationalize proceeding with business as usual with the Saturday 7 Party. […]

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August 21, 2012

5 Tips for Quitting Diet Soda

Those who follow me on the PS Facebook page might have seen me mention a couple of weeks ago that I have finally decided to stop drinking Diet Coke. sourceI know. That’s crazy talk! I mean, I always used to say that if Diet Coke is my only vice, I’m doing pretty well, right?Well, the problem is, […]

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August 3, 2012

Cupcake Perspective

Today is without a doubt the biggest day yet for my second-born: Not only is she celebrating her fifth birthday, she is also starting kindergarten! That hot August day five years ago when we welcomed Charlotte into our family truly seems as though it were yesterday, yet here she stands before us, a self-assured, sharp-as-a-tack, […]

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May 31, 2012

Managing Your Family Photos

Many of y’all might remember the bittersweet post I wrote at the end of last summer about my first-born’s starting kindergarten, and today already marks his final day of school. I can recall all of the times I used to roll my eyes as a teenager (albeit discreetly) when an adult would lament how quickly […]

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April 5, 2012


Last week, I received an envelope in the mail (the tangible, 3D mail!) that was such a precious surprise: a hand-written note from my grandpa, whom I call Pop, with a folded card tucked inside from what seems like a lifetime ago. At first glance, this card might seem to most to be something of […]

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