• Family,  Life

    5 Reasons why family dinner is important for my large family

    Family Dinner? Let’s talk! Hello Everyone! What a beautiful fall day it is! I hope everyone is enjoying it in a way that keeps them smiling throughout the day 🙂 In the spirit of the holidays, there has been a lot of discussion amongst my coworkers and I about the upcoming family gatherings. The loud screaming at the t.v. from the favorite uncle in the living room because his team is losing or because he needs another beverage. Many can’t wait to have those long overdue conversations and spend that much-needed time with family members from afar. While others are thinking about how excited they are to cook their favorite recipes…

  • Family,  Life

    Moments of Self Reflection #2

    Conversations of Love This Month’s moments of self-reflection topic holds dear to my heart because it’s all about conversations of love. These conversations either helped to inspire, build a bond of trust, or were just long overdue. For the sake of healthy relationships, it’s important to remember to take the time and actually focus on communicating with those that are important to us. This is a lesson that took me a while to learn. When you don’t grow up with a good role model of how to establish a relationship with someone, it’s especially difficult to maintain one. The foundation of any relationship should be communication. Whether it’s a friendship, a…

  • Family,  Life

    Moments of Self Reflection

    Personal Inventory of a Beautiful Mess Self reflection is something that I tend to do often but it has an adverse affect on me. Instead of me taking the personal inventory that I’ve collected to better myself, I take it and beat myself down. We all know that saying, “You are your own worse enemy”. Well it’s almost as though it defines exactly who I am, sadly. I realize now that I’ve been such an enemy to myself that it’s affected so many relationships in my life. I’ve had many moments of drowning myself in such negative thoughts that I’ve unintentionally and sometimes intentionally, pushed people away from me. I…

  • Family,  Life

    The Way He Cares For Me

    Good Morning Mama! “Good Morning Mama, are you hungry?” my son says to me. Oh how I love the way he cares for me! He is quiet and a bit mysterious and while it can be frustrating at times, I have to admit that it’s one of his best qualities! My son, the only boy, what a special place he holds in my heart! He is growing into a young man so fast and I’m just trying to keep up. I remember being pregnant with him and not knowing what was going to happen or where we going to end up but I loved him, I needed him. He was…

  • Life,  photography

    Summer Vacation 2018

    Tennessee, With Love! By The Dreaded Phoenix Grandma to the rescue! What a summer vacation to remember! Actually, as you can tell from the title that this was our first vacation ever and it could not have been any more special! Yup! After 14 years of being together and 11 years married we finally managed to make it to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! I mean let’s be real, we’ve only planned this tripped and tortured ourselves with the idea only a few hundred times! LOL! It’s not that we weren’t serious about going but with five beautiful mini versions of us running around and those two dreaded words “bills & budgeting”…

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