Friday, September 09, 2016

10 years on...

:: 10 years on ::

We are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary today. September 9, 2006. There aren't many words that can adequately describe how wonderful life is together as a couple and a family. These 10 years have been some of the most wonderful years as we have seen the country, watched our children enter the world, and grow our lives together offering love and support. I truly cannot imagine spending my life with anyone else. Here's to many more years together on this journey of life. 
All my love, dearest. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Three Tuesday Thoughts

:: Three Tuesday Thoughts :: 

These are not my flowers but I certainly wish they were


Sometimes being a stay at home mother is lonely and hard. I have had this re-occuring realization that no matter where we live and what type of house we buy that at some point it will be lonely. I am currently on a path that is different than most people I know. I am blessed and very lucky to stay home with my children when they are little while beginning to embark on a new and different career path of writing and becoming a student again. But some days when we walk to the park and there isn't a soul around it feels like a ghost town. I am a former military wife so having friends close by was a given as we lived on base and other women were in the same boat ( no pun intended) as me. Friends were easy to come by and loneliness did not exist. In the civilian world, the tribe of friends is gone and I am faced with the new challenge of making new friends. That isn't ever easy for anyone but I am trying. It also helps that I am a "do-er" and have many things to occupy my time. But it is hard at times and don't get me wrong whether you are at home or at work motherhood is the most difficult job in the world. My take from this is to support your mama friends no matter what path they chose because we could all use a little more love in our lives.

# 2

To bounce off of the first thought. I did something in the past couple days to stop that feeling of loneliness. I went to a party where I only knew two other women and made some new acquaintances. I always feel a bit of anxiety when entering a room of strangers and sometimes make excuses not to go just avoid that feeling. But it was a very good friend's birthday and I wasn't going to pass up the chance for us to spend a little time talking, eating, and enjoying adult time. Then today, I joined a blogging group, Catholic Women Blogger Network. A big leap because I just did two things in one week to make new friends. I am proud of myself. I have been a bit spoiled in my younger years because I went to a small college, joined a sorority full of amazing women, and then got married and entered the world of military wives (another amazing group of women)- all the friends I needed just add water.  So, now I am out here without either group and I am making new friends. Time to give myself a little pat on the back.


Sometimes dinner doesn't go as planned and one must wing it or in this case my husband is making homemade pizza. I forgot to thaw out something, didn't make bread (yes, I know that seems silly but you have no idea how much we love bread this house), and then our oldest came home not feeling well. So, out the window went dinner plans and in came our old friend, pizza. It is homemade and incredibly wonderful of my husband. I think I will grab my knitting, pour a glass of wine, go sit on the floor with my kids and pretend that is not Tuesday. 

Monday, September 05, 2016


:: Weekends ::

We are back in the swing of things but this weekend was a welcome respite from the busy weeks ahead of us this fall. We enjoyed every moment of it. 

* Pizza and movie night for us then I headed over to friend's home for her 40th birthday celebration. It was a delightful evening on their front porch in town. 

* lazy Saturday morning with omelets, hot coffee, and fresh fruit. 

*we headed off to Gapland State Park (the historical site of the news correspondents during the Civil War and part of the AT). Then we went down to the C & O canal park on the Potomac River. An absolutely beautiful day.

* Sunday morning was breakfast and Mass followed by a quiet afternoon at home with cooking, baking, and playing outdoors. 

* Today was a holiday. We spent the day at my parent's home for a end of summer cook-out and swim. 

Lovely weekend to end the summer. I will miss our lazy days but look forward to the change of seasons. 

Joining Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise