Packages Tied up with String

One thing I love to do around Christmastime is to snuggle into the rocking chair in my parents living room in the evenings with only the tree lights on, wrapped in a blanket sipping hot tea. I love gazing at all of the ornaments and the way the lights reflect off of the shiny wrapping paper of the gifts stacked below. It’s such a magical time of year. The wonder and excitement of it all gives me a warm, happy feeling inside. Continue reading “Packages Tied up with String”

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Him

Christmas shopping is zooming up on us so fast this year! Seriously, where is time going?! When it comes to Christmas shopping, the women in my life are usually the easiest on my list, but I struggle with the guys sometimes! I get pumped to check out the newest gift guides for men to gather ideas, but am often left disappointed and let down as they always contain the same boring items of a collared shirt, shaving kit, or cologne. Continue reading “The Ultimate Gift Guide for Him”

The Finale: Honor is Many Things, but it is Not Political

How amazing were those? I hope you’ve loved hearing the insight and perspective from each of those women as much as I did. They are powerful, beautiful and courageous. I was so blessed to get to speak with each of them. Thank you to Jodi, Ashley, Jessica, Hayley and Kara SO much for being a part of this series. You are carriers of an important message. Also I want to thank you, the readers, for reading and showing up to hear from these amazing women – it has been my heart from the start to honor them by letting their voice be heard in this way. Continue reading “The Finale: Honor is Many Things, but it is Not Political”

Honor, Part Five: A Noun, Not a Verb

Hayley is an Air Force Wife. Here is what honor means to her, in her own words:

“Honor. It’s one of those words that can take on so many different meanings in someone’s life. For me, and probably for a lot of people, it has always been a verb. You’re taught to honor your mother and your father, to honor your obligations and commitments. It wasn’t until I became a military wife that the word honor kind of became a noun in many ways, and really came full circle in my life.  Continue reading “Honor, Part Five: A Noun, Not a Verb”

But for a Moment

Today is day seven that Kirby has been away on his mission trip to the Philippines. Gosh, I’m so proud of him. I feel a glow around my heart thinking of him, hearing his stories over a crackly FaceTime, seeing the photos pop up on Facebook of children posing with him, smiles an ocean wide. Deep appreciation and love well up in my heart for him. Not because things or life is perfect, because most of the time life is far from perfect, but because at the end of the day, when I step back and zoom out, I remember just how lucky I am.

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