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This Door

This door…21 years ago I walked through this door for the first time.


Behind this door I laughed with my sister, had sleepovers with friends, blew out birthday candles, learned to pray, learned to play piano, welcomed the Holy Spirit into my heart, took pictures before proms and Valentine’s Day dates, decorated Christmas trees and assembled snow villages with my mom, sang bluegrass and praise songs with my dad, said hello to new years, and said goodbye to the best dog ever.

Behind this door I said “yes” to a man on one knee, rocked babies, cried out to God, praised God, told my husband goodbye week after week and learned what it meant to be a linewife. I laughed at the antics of my boys, wiped away tears, swept and vacuumed away sugar and baby powder for years, and on a rainy November day, welcomed our baby girl into the world.

Ten and a half years ago, I stood in front of this door, getting a goodnight kiss after a first date, from the man I later married. Saturday I walked out this door for the last time. I asked my husband to shut this door because I couldn’t, and he kissed me there one more time.

Today I handed the keys to the new owners, less than two weeks into their journey as Mr. & Mrs., with tears on my face. I hope they make just as sweet of memories behind this door.


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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 8

Day Eight

I started this post and forgot to post it the other day in the craziness of getting ready for a birthday party.

I am thankful for my best friend, Lauren.

She’s my other sister. We’ve been together since the second grade, through high school, being roommates in college, weddings, happy times, heartaches, babies, and now our babies are growing up together. I wish everyone could have friendships like ours.


A throwback from our college days. 🙂

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It’s what we do.

This was taken at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere on a chilly December Monday morning on our honeymoon. There was ice on the rope. I wanted to cross it, but he insisted on going first to help me across. Steven took one step onto the ropes and fell flat on his rear. I, being the sweet wife I am, laughed. He did too.

Are there moments in your life that are forever etched in your mind? I don’t mean big moments like when you got engaged or when you gave birth to your first child. I mean smaller moments. Moments that will make you smile 50 years from now, even though when it happened it seemed small and unimportant.

This is a picture of one of those moments for me. It reminds me of what my husband and I do best together. Laugh. For a long time, I felt strange when people would ask us, “What do you do together?” I always felt a little embarrassed that we didn’t have a joint hobby that we do together regularly. I’m not too interested in playing COD4 on Xbox Live, and he isn’t too interested in scrapbooking or watching Desperate Housewives. Now don’t get me wrong, we take our annual trips to the zoo together, go to car shows, play a mean game of Uno or Scrabble, and do other little things together here and there. However, none of those are things that we do together on a regular schedule. Of course, with Steven’s work schedule, “regular” isn’t really in our vocabulary.

Anyway, I worried that we weren’t normal and that our marriage was doomed because we weren’t enrolled in dance or cooking classes together and didn’t share a love for something like Star Wars movies (although, strangely, we do both appreciate romantic comedies starring Ashton Kutcher). Then I thought about my parent’s though. When they were newlyweds, they took a compatibility test. The person giving them the assessment told them they really weren’t sure how my parents made it past the dating and engagement to end up married to one another. They’ve been married nearly 30 years.

Then I realized there is something my husband and I have in common with my parents. It’s something we do together. It’s something my husband and I do together everyday, whether we are in the same house or hundreds of miles apart. We laugh. Sometimes it’s just a giggle or two, and sometimes it’s a side-splitting, tears pouring down cheeks, me screaming for him to stop whatever he’s doing that is so funny, need to run to the bathroom laugh. Sometimes it’s even over those romantic comedies starring Ashton Kutcher that I mentioned earlier. Either way, it’s what we do together. Although, my mother might say that arguing holds a close second place. 🙂

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Thirteen Thursday – BFF Memories

Thirteen Thursday with Lauren! Lauren and I have been best friends since the second grade, so picking just 13 memories was not easy. I went with thirteen that had the cutest pictures.


This was Lauren’s 8th birthday. We had known each other for about 10 months then. Check out the (not-so) awesome outfits! haha


This was third grade. I have absolutely no idea what we were doing, or why we put those goofy teddy bear stickers on this scrapbook page.


Winter 1997 – that would have been when we were in 5th grade? We built a huge snowman. We couldn’t even pick up the middle snowball. We had to have Lauren’s mom help us.


8th Grade – Our last year to go Trick or Treating


Florida 2002 – We were trying to surf in the pool. It didn’t work too well. 🙂


Two or three weeks after returning from Florida we headed to Galveston, Texas.
We made lots of memories on that trip. We spent our days on the beach and shopping, met a guy who snuck over from another hotel to use our pool, and were informed by another (rather intoxicated) hotel guest that there was a “giant rat” beside the hot tub.


Valentine’s Day 2004 – We both spent too much money on gifts for our boyfriends, so we decided to go ‘shopping’ in each other’s closets for an outfit to wear on our dates. This was the only good picture in the series. We were laughing too much through the other 8 or 10.


Junior Prom – 2004


Grand Opening Day at The Mall at Turtle Creek
We each had an hour break between classes and made a mad dash for the mall. We both managed to do some shopping and get back in time for our next class.


This is how we entertain ourselves at Bryan’s house – with a digital camera.


Our “Dinner Party” in our dorm room


My family bridal shower


My wedding!

Lauren was the BEST maid of honor EVER! She tried on some really hideous dresses, was helpful with the decorating (thank you!), didn’t complain, ignored my bridezilla moments, and was there on time with a smile. Oh, and she cried with me right after the ceremony because we’re mushy like that. :0) I love you, Lauren!

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