Struggles and Victories of a Small Town Girl

Light of Grace

I can’t be the only one that dreads their birthday! My birthday recently passed and the kids were still out of town and I was missing them like crazy. On top of that, my dad had an appointment for a bronchoscopy at the VA. In the past this would be the perfect storm that wouldContinue reading “Light of Grace”

Carson’s Cure

This little boy is Carson Dimsdale. He has been fighting AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) for 6 years, in and out of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I have never met him but every picture and video brings me to tears like I have known him my whole life. His sweet little smile, dimples and glassesContinue reading “Carson’s Cure”

2 Years Sober

My 2 year sober anniversary was this past Friday. My sobriety still feels new, like this line I drew in the sand that can be crossed very easily. I still feel anxious around bars and big groups of people drinking, it makes me feel out of place in a place that used to be myContinue reading “2 Years Sober”

Fired Up

Addiction has death gripped my family and friends from as far back as I can remember, some of them taken at the prime of their lives. As a kid, I could not understand why they let it get so far, why they couldn’t just stop, or why they left us behind heartbroken. Not until IContinue reading “Fired Up”

Peace Be Still

Me and my mamas went on a Christian women’s retreat this last weekend and I already can’t wait to go back! As soon as we got there we registered and went straight to the lake, excited and giggly like little girls. The water was cold but me and my mom were determined to go downContinue reading “Peace Be Still”

Eight Pounds Down!

Have you ever been physically stuck in a dress in a changing room and you start to panic trying to get it off of you?! I have. I hate shopping. I leave the store out of breath, frizzy hair, red in the face and feeling crappy about myself. I am still in the process ofContinue reading “Eight Pounds Down!”

Change of Pace

I believe people change many times through out their lifetime. Sometimes it sneaks up on you and you’re at the fair riding the Ring of Fire wondering WHO is this person that is screaming at the top of her lungs for the duration of the ride embarrassing her children? The same person that has jumpedContinue reading “Change of Pace”

Salt and Light

I am down 3 1/2 pounds in 1 week! This is so exciting and it feels so good! I have been enjoying eating clean and trying new things like turkey burgers with avocado and tomato, Greek yogurt with strawberries and blackberries and Ahi Tuna salads. I found a new brunch and juice bar by myContinue reading “Salt and Light”

Florida Grown

It was fun to write last week’s list of date night ideas. Which got me thinking, I should write a list of my favorite things to do with the kids! As I started writing this, I realized that one of the coolest parts of being a mom is reliving my childhood and watching my ownContinue reading “Florida Grown”


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