Marrying into Family

Let me tell you about the wonderful family that I married into. First off, lets start with the fact that my family is really small.  My mom has 2 siblings and I have one cousin.  That cousin has resided in Alaska most of her life.  On the other hand, my dad has 3 brothers and I […]

A few of my favorite things!

Merry Christmas!  Merry Christmas! On this day I want to just take a minute to think about all the amazing things I have in my life to be thankful for.  The things that cost nothing, but mean everything. Today, on Christmas Day, I probably won’t unwrap a single present.  Though, I will behold many gifts. […]

Learning to Keep the Past in the Past

One of the lessons that I have been working the hardest on this year is keeping the past in the past.  It is also one of the hardest lessons I have had to learn.  It is difficult EVERY SINGLE day. How can I truly enjoy all that is happening in my present life if I […]

Traditionally Nontraditional

I am 35 years old.  Over the years there have been many different “traditions”.  The thing is, because of our blended family lifestyle no two years look the same.  Sometimes we have multiple kids on Christmas day and others we just have the youngest.  Depending on everything else, we may celebrate the day after Christmas […]