10 Things I Learned from my 10 Year Reunion

This past weekend I went to my 10 year high school reunion and boy it was fun! A few of my closest girl friends and I helped plan the whole event, and from it I learned some valuable things.

10-Things-I Learned

What do I remember about life with these friends? Our class was small – I graduated with 99 people – most of whom I went to both middle school and high school with, so we all knew each other fairly well. The short version is that we grew up in a very wealthy community. A place where it was easy to hide behind stuff and ended up being very fake and surface-level. I remember never feeling like I fit in (story of all of our middle school/high school lives, right??). I was good at a lot of things but didn’t excel as a shooting star in just one. So that made me the honor student, swim captain who was in the plays and musicals, worked at Sonic as a carhop. I was all around great at being all around. :) So going back to see friends I hadn’t seen in forever, I was naturally a little nervous. A lot of these friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, and some of them I wasn’t even friends with in the first place. Turns out I had nothing to be anxious about!  (more…)

Recommended Reading for Journeying Through Hard Times

As y’all know, I LOVE to read. I’m usually reading no less than 5 or 6 different books at once. Heck, I work for a PUBLISHER for crying out loud! Many of you have reached out to me for book recommendations. I have emailed you or messaged you back individually, but this week alone I’ve had four different requests so that means it’s time for a blog post!


The following is a comprehensive list of all the books that have meant a lot to me over the past few years of walking through the journey of hard marriage times, separation, divorce, loneliness and becoming a single mom. Some of them are specific to those subjects, and some of them are broader but have been inspirational and encouraging to me. If you’re overwhelmed by the breadth of this list here are the three I’d recommend you start with: (more…)

An Honest Review of ThredUp.com

Recently I’ve been on a cleaning spree – going through all of my stuff organizing and purging! My closet has taken the biggest hit, as it should have. I’ve been about 6 different sizes in the last two years and the sheer amount of clothing I have had reached a ridiculous level. But what to do with all of the clothes??

Sure, some I will take to Goodwill. But some of them are really nice clothes from GAP, Limited, LOFT, Banana Republic, etc. I knew I could consign and get some money for them, but I don’t have time to tag things or fool with it. Insert: ThredUp.com.

A friend of mine had posted how easy her experience was and I thought I’d give it a try! First, I bought a few things for Baby J in the kids shop and had a great experience – it was easy to find cute things for him and there’s free shipping.

Next, I decided that I would send in my clothing. The way it works is you order one of their polka dot clean out bags to send in your clothing. You can fit about a load of laundry worth of clothing, shoes or accessories into the bag. The great thing for me was they accept maternity and plus size clothing, so clothes that don’t fit anymore or that I knew I wouldn’t ever wear again, I sent in.

You can either drop off the bag at FedEx (which is the fast option) or leave it for the post man to get (which is the easier option). It was SO easy for me to load up my extra clothes into the bag and drop it at FedEx. It took them a few days to process the bag – they send you emails all along the way – and then voila! They let you know how much you earned:

Remembering God’s Faithfulness | You Are Not Your Circumstances


This morning, my snuggle bug and I read #JesusCalling out loud and it was such a sweet time… I’m so grateful that The Lord is merciful and provides the exact message I need right when I need it:

“Rest with Me a while. You have journeyed up a steep, rugged path in recent days. The way ahead is shrouded in uncertainty. Look neither behind you nor before you. Instead, focus your attention on Me, your constant Companion. Trust that I will equip you fully for whatever awaits you on your journey.

I designed time to be a protection for you. You couldn’t bear to see all your life at once. Though I am unlimited by time, it is in the present moment that I meet you. Refresh yourself in My company, breathing deep draughts of My Presence. The highest level of trust is to enjoy Me moment by moment. I am with you, watching over you wherever you go.”


Happily Keeping Some Things Private

So this is going to be one ironic blog post… I’m going to share how I’m learning to keep more things private, aka NOT dish it all up on social media and the blog.

I recently mentioned that I’m dating again. Or rather, I should just say that I’m dating. I realized how little I really did it before I got married and now that I’m back in the saddle, dating has changed quite a bit. I have NO idea what I’m doing, but I sure am having fun.

I have a boyfriend. A long-term commitment, giddy with excitement kind of boyfriend. (cue the angels in heaven!!!)  (more…)

1 2 3 16