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August 1, 2017

Remember when I mentioned I was going to bring a little more personal to the blog? Well, today’s the day, friends, and I’m blowing those doors wide open. Warning: This is going to be a long one, packed full of more vulnerability than I’m even a little bit comfortable with. If we’re friends on Instagram […]

July 14, 2017

You may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet around the blog and our social media the past few months. Part of that is because we have had some pretty great things happening: CSE has had a busy season with some stunning weddings (blog posts coming soon!), I’ve been working on some pretty exciting projects I […]

February 1, 2016

It wasn’t a wedding weekend, but it sure was a weekend full of celebration and CSE activities. On Friday, we received the phone call we’ve been waiting on for six months. Our adoption coordinator told us that we are {finally} OFFICIALLY active and are waiting parents. That means our profile is getting put in front […]

January 26, 2016

Last year, I jumped on board the One Word concept and loved it. Rather than have a list of resolutions (which I never keep), I chose a single word and let it guide and inspire me throughout the year. Last year’s word was a good one. It propelled me to make some hard decisions both […]

January 22, 2015

When I began thinking about what I wanted 2015 to look like, I knew I didn’t want it to be a year I check items off a resolutions list. I want it to be a year of lasting change. A year of big dreams and growth and meaningful relationships. A year that makes a difference. Instead of […]

September 12, 2014

Today, my Daddy would have been 54. Not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t ache for him, but it’s days like today that make it almost unbearable. Instead of reflecting on the grief, today I choose to celebrate the amazing man I called Daddy. The older I get, the more I realize just […]

June 4, 2014

1. I have no tolerance for those who cannot order at Chick-Fil-A. It’s Chik-Fil-A. They have chicken and chicken. Do you want it between a bun or in nugget form? Those are your options. If it’s an extremely tough day, you may have to decide if you want the two crucial pickles, but even that […]

May 29, 2014

How do you measure a month? A year? Four years ago, my answer would have been something similar to: memories made between birthdays, or what I’ve accomplished since the calendar turned in January. So how do I measure time now? Mostly by how long it’s been since Daddy’s been gone and by how many life […]

May 11, 2014

Today is a challenging day for me. Aside from the long road of ups and downs with my own mother, I fully expected to have children by the time I was 32 years old. Some things get easier with time. Others don’t. Each year is harder than the last. When my mother was my age, […]

January 2, 2014

Like any year, 2013 saw its share of highs and lows, but as far as years go overall, I can’t complain too much about it. I took inventory of the relationships in my life. Toxic, negative, draining? Ain’t nobody got time for that. I began to nurture the relationships that remained and have been so […]

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