We started out as friends. There were a handful of us who would hang out together, a group of young adults trying to make it in the world, uncertain of anything except for the fact that the world was our oyster. Slowly, those around us faded and we found ourselves spending time alone together, you know, as "friends" often do. Little note cards would be exchanged, at first as simple platonic gestures of good wishes, whether it was for safe travels or good luck on an exam. As our relationship developed, so did the written notes, focusing not exclusively on me or him, but us. Those words on the cards became road signs indicating that we were both headed in the same direction....more
I was going to write about something else today, but I had a hard time sleeping last night and decided that what I really wanted to do was write about the anniversary of 9-11. I appreciate the fact that, as a nation, we pause and reflect together. For so many families, everything changed that day.Where I was:...more
This past Monday, the hubs and I celebrated our seventh anniversary! Man, I was young, blonde and sooo skinny! Seven years later, we have a cat, a dog and a sweet boy! We’ve moved into our forever home (forever as in, we’ll forever be making changes–isn’t that what owning a home looks like). I can’t say that every day has been easy, but every day has been a blessing. It’s been a fabulous and fun seven years. I am so grateful for our marriage and our life together. I’m grateful that the hubs is a wonderful father to E and a fabulous husband to me....more
On Wednesday, Bubba and I will celebrate twenty years of marriage. Twenty. And, no, I'm not old enough to have been married that long, and neither is he, but we somehow managed to jump the space-time continuum and make it so, anyway.
The past year has been one of the best years of my marriage, for certain, and as much as it pains me to say so, I think it's because it has been one of the most challenging years of my parenting life. Not despite, because.
October 8th, 2010, I married my best friend.I know, so original. But true. Paul and I were friends long before we were a couple; most people saw something with us that we either:a) ignored or b) were too blind to see...more
A pastor of mine talks a lot about the importance of "self care."An awful story on the news and I listen, knowing I won't sleep.Turn it off, Holli. Self care.I'm at the end of my frazzled rope after a particularly wild morning of twin wrangling....more
Recently I heard a story that made me think of what it would be like to be Oprah.My friends were about to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. His son and family live in London so they don’t get to see much of one another. A few days before the anniversary, the son called my friends and said he had prepared a big surprise for them. He had arranged for a limo to pick them up and take them to a five star restaurant in Chicago. The son had made all the arrangements for the special celebration....more
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