with this Ring…

October 19, 2017

…I thee wed. The ring that Anthony gave me on the day he proposed isn’t the ring that binds us, and I love that. I never had, nor did I want to have, my engagement ring and wedding band soldered together. I wanted them to be separate because, at least to me, they mean very…


sharing the Story.

July 31, 2017

Last week was Natural Family Planning (NFP) week. Typically I’m one to join right in, praising NFP and how wonderful it is, but this year I didn’t. Instead, I sat back and read truth after truth about how hard NFP can be. I started charting years before I married Anthony. When I learned about my…


the need for Him.

March 13, 2017

As you may or may not know, I’m a mom. I’m a mom all day, every day. While I am, at least technically, a part-time missionary, I am still a full-time mom, one who spends the majority of her days at home with two kids. On the off chance that the baby lets me set…


serving the Mission.

November 3, 2016

When Anthony and I joined FOCUS, I was thrilled about the opportunity to serve as a missionary. In fact, serving on a mission has been on my ‘bucket list’ since I was in high school. What I didn’t realize, however, was that serving the mission wouldn’t look at all how I’d envisioned. I imagined meeting…


goodbyes and changing Definitions.

August 10, 2016

As I sit here with our last hours in our home slowly passing by, I can’t help but reflect on all that these walls have seen. This house saw us coming home as husband and wife, wedding dress, suit and all. Bringing our daughter home. Our first anniversary. Fights. Joy. Love. Excitement. Last days at…


down the aisle, to Eternity.

May 31, 2016

Two years ago today I walked down the aisle and married Anthony. Like all married couples, we said the vows not knowing how they would play out in our lives. A lot of people told us that the first year of marriage would be the hardest. For us, at least in my opinion, the second…


let him serve You.

March 3, 2016

My husband – much like his father – gets things done on his own time schedule. If I ask him to fold the laundry or wash the dishes, he will do it, but perhaps not in the time frame I would desire. In certain instances this has been a struggle in our marriage because I…


living out the Vows.

January 20, 2016

There are days when living out those wedding vows can be difficult. In richer and poorer? In good times and bad? So often when we make those vows, all dressed up, tears in our eyes, we focus on the good parts: richness, good times, health, and the like. We stand up there on the altar…


my husband, my Cross.

November 9, 2015

Dear Current and Future Husband (one in the same, though we’ll be different people in the future), Before we met I wrote to you, I wrote to you of love and the life we would share. What I didn’t realize for all the romance and dreams of walking down the aisle was how difficult some…


thoughts and Expectations {marriage}.

August 17, 2015

Recently a blog reader e-mailed me with a truly fabulous idea for a post: what were my expectations/thoughts/hopes for marriage and motherhood when I was single and how does the reality compare to what I thought when I was single? The more I’ve thought about it and tried to plot out such a post, the more I…


more than a Picture.

June 30, 2015

I’m not changing my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media profile pictures. There’s a thing going around in light of the Supreme Court decision last week to allow gay marriage in all states that people change their pictures to their traditional marriage. I’m not hoping on the bandwagon. First off, what about the single…


oh, Life.

May 18, 2015

“I just want to sit and write,” I said to my husband one night. I miss this writing thing. I miss it more than I thought I would. The baby is asleep – at least for now – the laundry is done, the dishes are…around the house, but what I want most is to sit…



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