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31 Days {Day 9} – Friday Five Faves

31 Days {Day 9} – Friday Five Faves

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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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I haven’t done a favorites post in a really long time!

But today, I am here to talk about all of my favorite shows that have started again this season! I am excited to start curling up with a snuggly blanket and a project, and diving back into my shows for this new season!

I have to admit – I have an obsession with a good story. I have to be very careful what new shows I start to watch because I get wrapped up in the story almost immediately and I want to know how it all plays out. Then I feel stressed by my DVR. I have to be very picky.

Because of my love of stories, I have a lot of shows that I really like. Although I really like the Amazing Race, I don’t really like reality TV. I’m also really selective about the comedy shows I watch, because I don’t like gimmicky humor, and I don’t like when the dad or husband is portrayed as an idiot, so that takes a lot of shows out of the running.

But I’ve noticed that crime/law dramas are totally my favorite. Police, CIA or other government agency, politics, law firms…so much good drama!! Also, I am realizing that most of my shows are on CBS. It turns out that CBS is consistently in the top spot for most viewers in the week for primetime broadcasts. They just get it right.

So without further ado, my favorite dramas returning to television this fall!!

31 Days {Day 8} – I’m Off the Hook

31 Days {Day 8} – I’m Off the Hook

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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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I have yet another confession to make, you guys.

I’m not the best at “playing.” Never have been. Like not ever – even as a kid. Telling me to use my imagination is like asking me to befriend a centaur.

Create rules to a game? Sign me up. I like order!

Follow the rules to a board game? Sure, sounds like a splendidly organized time!

Imagine a pretend family and their life? A car chase with bad guys? Throw in some dialogue? Stop punking me.

I don’t know what that means.

Sometimes this makes me seem like a really lame mom. There was a time that I would feel like the fragile, sweet little petunias I call my children would be so scarred by this obvious flaw in me.

But then I realized that my kids were doing it all on their own – as long as I didn’t hamper their imagination, they were creating whole alternate universes without my help! I mean, remember when Noah created a whole career, office building, and life for himself? He was doing just fine without me.

Now, when they ask me to play some imagination game, I say, “Hey, I grew two of you! Play with each other!!” Duh.

Friendship on the Beach

Friendship on the Beach

I heard from a lot of you when I started revamping my site that you would like to know more about finding deep and meaningful friendship with other women.

I’m not an expert in this area, but I am unusually blessed to have so many wonderful friends in many different areas of my life that put me on the receiving end of good friendship. They’re friends who gift me with friendship where we can both look at each other’s stuff and say, “Me, too.”

This weekend, I was able to experience the kind of “Me, too” friendship that I think is the most important kind of friendship for women.

All About This Fresh New Start

All About This Fresh New Start

AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Oh my gosh, you guys. I’m so excited!

Do you see this place?!

Holy. Moly.

As much as I have loved this blog from the very beginning, I totally love this new design more. Can I just be honest with you for a second? I’m not sure what on earth I was thinking with the old design. It looked like my great-grandma’s living room – covered in doilies. The fonts were all so wrong, the background hurt my eyes, and the organization was totally sub par. Overall, the place was just so…busy and frantic.

It was my fault, really. The nice people at Blogsicle have been so patient with me, as I know almost nothing about any sort of technology involved with blogging. And they designed the site exactly as I asked. I just asked for pretty much all the wrong things. {Side note: If you have a blog, check them out – they’re awesome!}

This is so much more warm, friendly, easy to use, and inviting.

So let me invite you in and show you around! It will be a long post, but I hope you stick it out.

My Soul is Aching

I don’t even know how to start this post, to be honest.

I will tell you that I’m sure it will be long. Buckle up.

I have a lot that I want to say, and too much of it doesn’t make sense in my head yet.

Lately, I’ve been avoiding writing because I’m afraid of what will fly from my fingertips. If I’m going to be totally vulnerable, I think there are a lot of new things going on deep in my soul that I haven’t quite sorted out just yet, and I’m not sure how to communicate with you anyway.

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

Do you ever have periods of time in your life where you feel like God is using everything around you to shout at you?

Like He’s got something important for you to hear, and it becomes apparent that you either aren’t listening at all or just not giving it enough attention?

Lately, I have been completely surrounded by the idea of leaving a legacy, specifically as a mom.

Moms, you’ve been heavy on my heart lately.

Five Years Ago – Part Four

Five Years Ago – Part Four

***Update: Some of the pictures on this blog are appearing upside down, depending what device you’re on. I’ve tried fixing it and am apparently incapable of using technology, and sometimes it makes me cry. So to those of you for whom the pictures are upside down…I offer you the suggestion of standing on your head…good luck.

Five Years Ago – Part Three

Five Years Ago – Part Three

Welcome to Part Three of our incredible story!

If you need to catch up, click to check out Part One and Part Two.

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When we landed on the roof of the hospital, I was whisked out of the helicopter still strapped to the backboard.