Today, my first baby, Jillian “Raine,” turns thirteen and gets to finally be the teenager that she has thought that she was since about the age of two. This morning she left for school, speaking in an Australian accent that she swears is British and dressed in imitation of “The Doctor” specifically the 9th Doctor from Doctor Who. I hugged her, kissed her, pinched her chubby cheeks, and sent her off to school shaking my head in wonder at how
strange amazing my little baby has grown to be. She is as tall as me now which is hardly an accomplishment, but I literally remember her just being born and the trauma beauty of giving birth to my first child. Continue reading
Today is Father’s Day, but it is also the eve of the first Heavenly birthday, of our beloved college cheerleading coach, Myron Doan. It is impossible to believe that a year has passed or that he is really gone.
My husband and I both have amazing fathers that we love dearly, but on this Father’s Day, I have found my thoughts resting with Myron. Myron may have not had biological children of his own, but he was a true father to so many. I know that I have written about this before, but to my husband, Jared, and I, Myron will always remain one of the most important pieces of our family. Continue reading
Growing up, our family did not watch TV. We didn’t even have a television, so every time we went to a friend’s house where we could watch TV, we would immediately go into a TV immovable TV trance. When we were home, we read a lot. My house growing up was filled with shelves and shelves of books of every genre. Not only that, but we also made weekly trips to the library, voraciously consuming any book that caught our attention. Continue reading
As someone who works with, and champions for teen and young mommies, as well as being one myself back when I had my first child; I constantly hear people telling these moms all the things that they will have to give up or never be able to do once they become a mother. Continue reading
Showing off my VIP badge to the sold out Tim Hawkins with John Branyan comedy event. Jared was my date and even he laughed until he cried. Date nights are so much fun especially when you get to laugh and appreciate the gift of joy that God has given us. So thankful for this wonderful evening and to my dear friend for buying us the tickets! Tim Hawkins is still my fave comedian of all time, but John Branyan was also “flippin” incredible.