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My Un-Tragic Birthday

My Un-Tragic Birthday

So today I turn 30!

I did some bucket list things and some housekeeping things in anticipation of this monumental birthday. I ran my first half marathon last weekend and yesterday I got the tattoo I’ve been wanting. Also yesterday, I finally took down Christmas and pulled my house back together after much neglect. I cleaned out my closet and my pantry for a fresh start of a new decade.

Everyone keeps asking how I feel about it with a little edge in their voice like they’re expecting my answer to be negative. With my kids, I always get emotional.

But honestly, I’m so excited!

Since I got married as a baby and had babies as practically a baby myself…I feel like I’ve been living the 30-year-old life for a while. I’ve driven a minivan for more than half of my 20s. I rest my case.

As I have taken inventory of who I am over the last few days, I have discovered a lot of things I’m so glad that I have grown out of. 

The Sabbatical

The Sabbatical

I’m in a weird place these days.

It’s a funk, to be sure.

I’m at that place where everything is overwhelming, small problems are huge, and the things that make me irritated are…all of the things. I’ve become unkind, irritable, and scatterbrained. I’m in a constant state of insecurity and feeling lonely.

There are many explanations as to why this is, but the biggest of them is this – I miss Jesus.

Somewhere along the way, I’ve let myself get busy, distracted, and distant.

It’s summer break, so both of my kids are home together all the time and fight for 90% of that time. Not to mention that it’s sorta hot here on the surface of the sun in Arizona and we are in survival mode.

My life has been out of balance lately, and lots of things have suffered – one of them being my writing.

When Pillows Aren’t Comfortable

When Pillows Aren’t Comfortable

As I type this, it is the middle of the night and I find myself on the couch under the glow of my Christmas tree lights.

I can’t sleep.

All I can think about are my two boys sleeping comfortably on their pillow pads next to my bed as a special treat.

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I was reading a report about refugees a few weeks ago. There were so many heartbreaking numbers, reports, and pictures. But the observation that left me sobbing in a ball on the floor of my bedroom was that many of the refugee children would not use pillows to sleep.

Finding themselves sleeping on the ground in the forest or the cement warehouse floor or the dirt in a tent, many children would refuse a pillow.

Since My Santa Confession

Since My Santa Confession

Two years ago, when I was just a few months into the blogging world, I wrote a blog post about why we don’t pretend that Santa is real with our kids. It’s my most read and shared post of all of my blogging career.

So this Christmas, I thought that I would do a follow-up post. But this time, I would like to let you in on some insights that I have learned from letting my kids in on the secret of Santa.

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I would love for this to go without saying, but I feel that I should remind you all that the fact that we don’t “do” Santa does not mean that I judge or look down on anyone who does.

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Friday Five Faves {#22} – Conscious Christmas

Friday Five Faves {#22} – Conscious Christmas

Well, there was a big glitch on my website on Friday. I tried to post this all day long, and then things finally got figured out over the weekend. So even though it’s not Friday anymore…I’m posting anyway. Because I can!

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I have a goal this year to be done with my Christmas shopping before December 1. I already have a lot of things made and purchased for this year, so I’m well on my way. I don’t want to be stressing about shopping when I could be spending time enjoying the Christmas season with my family.

Shopping has been on my mind lately. But after this post, shopping responsibly is also weighing heavily on my mind.

So for my Friday Five Faves, I would like to give you some fun options for shopping for products that help others, too.

*Disclaimer*

I can’t guarantee any of their claims, and these are my own opinions and thoughts.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day.

It seems irreverent in a way to say “Happy” Veterans Day (though I’m not sure what else you’d say). For veterans, being a veteran is not about being happy. It’s about sacrifice, honor, and duty. It’s about loss, loneliness, and recovery.

I am eternally grateful to each and every veteran who has put the needs of our country above those of themselves and their families. It’s not just the man or woman who serves that sacrifices. It’s their families and their friends, too. I have seen this sacrifice made so willingly and honorably time and again, and it amazes me every time.

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31 Days {Day 12} – What I Wore

31 Days {Day 12} – What I Wore

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

Thanks for bearing with me yesterday. Today is indeed a new day, and I’m back and ready to roll!

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Well, you asked for it, and I’m trying to deliver!

You asked for some posts about my clothes, so I have come up with a plan. I would like to show you what I wore to certain activities or events with and without my kids. It’s a new category called “What I Wore.”

Now before we go forward, let me put a few disclaimers out there. I am no hair expert, makeup expert, clothing expert, or really any expert of any kind.

I am willing to answer any questions you have, but as we get started, I’m not quite sure what information you guys might be looking for, so I will do my best to adjust the info I provide as we go. So please please puh-lease ask any questions you have in the comments and I will answer them for you!

Okay! All disclaimers complete! Let’s get started!

*Deep breath!*

31 Days {Day 10} – Dating my Husband

31 Days {Day 10} – Dating my Husband

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

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Last night I got to go out on a date with my favorite person – Ty! It was so great to just have some time together. It was simple. We went to dinner at a great Mexican place (our favorite), and then we went to see a movie.

This is one of the most important things that Ty and I do in our marriage.