A year in review

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This year, was probably one of my toughest yet rewarding years of my life. It’s a relief to see it behind me, but I am actually thankful I’ve experienced so much.

At the beginning of this year, I took over the family finances to ease the burden on my husband. It made it easier for just me to organize and pay the bills. It was a very rewarding growing-up experience. Before this year I’d never balanced a check book or really have to pay my own bills. Someone in my life has always just taken over that responsibility for me, and it was certainly an eye-opener!

January was tough. Because of this, behind the scenes, blogging has also been tough. Because I chose to write about my experience of abuse, I’ve dealt with a lot of harassment, hate filled blogs (that not only attacked me, but also my husband and daughter) and hate-mail on the back side.  It was from those who supported (or are) the people that did these things to me. I pray for their salvation daily, and in the end, I am so glad I have this forum to share my story. So many of you came forward with your own stories of abuse (whether it be physical, mental or both) and it’s nice to know that there are other survivors out there.

In February, I also went to Blissdom, and met some amazing people! I also got closer to some of my “Big Deal Moms” during the experience (a big shout out to my “Meals and Deals” crew!) and it helped …Continue Reading…


Wordless Wednesday

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My favorite photo from Blissdom 2010:

This is my beautiful and talented friend Jenny (never call her Jennifer)- a local Dayton girl and blogger at! I am so blessed to know her!


My Hallmark Moment, at Blissdom 2010

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And yes, I am aware of the fact that I make some funny faces!


White Cloud- I’m waiting for my phone call.

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(Dear FTC: This is not a sponsored post, but darn it, it should have been.)

See this amazing engineering marvel?

It’s okay if you need a minute. And don’t feel guilty about feeling jealous. It really is okay.

I was asked to help set up for the Savvy Blogging dinner by some good friends of mine. And White Cloud sent a palate of toilet paper and paper towels as swag.

All in boxes.

And those of you that know me, know that I would deem that unacceptable.

                          It needed to have “curb appeal”.

So I thought I would put my useless engineering skills to the test.

And that’s what I came up with.

So like I said, it’s okay to be jealous.

And White Cloud should hire me. Like, yesterday.


Cozi Family, oh how I love thee…

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(Dear FTC: This is a sponsored post. But I didn’t agree to it until after I tried the site out. I won’t endorse something that isn’t awesome. You should know that by now.)

When I went to Blissdom, I was having a planner melt-down. I was looking for the best planner, that wasn’t bulky to take with me. And you know what? I was looking in the wrong place!

I should have been looking online all along… …Continue Reading…