Green Pot Roast: A St Patrick’s Day Failure

On St. Patrick’s Day 2008 I found myself as a new wife living in a new apartment with my new husband. I was doing my best to do accomplish all the things I thought a wife was suppose to do.  A big one was creating our own family traditions by celebrating allthe holidays.  I heard […]

The Sacrament of Marriage


         I grew up in non-traditional church.  We are talking drumming, dancing, leaving room for the Holy Spirit to move non-traditional.  We still attend a church that is similar.  It is much less demonstrative but still far from traditional.  My wedding was contemporary in a lot of ways.  I walked down the aisle to “At […]

You know you’re married when….

     I know technically you can only be married or not married, but there is a time, at the beginning where your single self is slowly melting into your spouse.  Kind of a learning curve as a couple.  There is still some mystery being discovered.  How she looks when she first wakes up.  How much […]

Marriage Secret “Work harder and hope for the best.”


Yesterday was the five year anniversary of our first date.  Jason says, “How do you keep all those dates in your head?”  I don’t do it on purpose.  I think it’s because we had such a world wind romance.  In three weeks, we will “celebrate” the five year anniversary of our engagement.  That’s right, three […]

Alone in a coffee shop….


How Art Thou I am so proud of myself.  I am sitting alone in a coffee shop as I write this.  When I came back into the living room after putting Ty down for his morning nap, I noticed Jason was settling in for his morning nap, too.  He doesn’t have to go into work until […]

Dinner Dates….


 Last Thursday we went out to dinner at Coast. (We had a gift card!)  Ty stayed with my parents (thank you again) and we had a few hours to just be ourselves. I got to be the Abbie I like spending time with.  Not the responsible, overwhelmed, to-do list focused Abbie, but the carefree, […]

April Showers….

     When it rains it pours. This has been Jason’s mantra lately, and he usually says it with a look of defeat on his face. He’s talking about his work schedule. After spending the months leading up to the birth of our baby worried about making ends meet and praying for extra hours, he has […]

In like a lion out like a lamb

In like a lion, out like a lamb. I remember the picture for March on the calendar bulletin board when I was in the 3rdgrade.  A roaring lion and leaves that swirled angrily across the construction paper backing until they settled peacefully around a fluffy white lamb.  I found it to be very dramatic.  March […]