Vacation Planning

Vacation Essentials

Vacations can be stressful if one isn’t prepared. There are so many small things to worry about. Following the encouragement of one of my doctors, Kyle and I attempted a weekend get-a-way. We used an invitation from my FIL as the perfect excuse. In my Easter Reflection post, I briefly mentioned feeling both scared and excited. I […]

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Gift Ideas for Mom

I have a pair of pseudo grandparents that entered my life in early childhood, and lucky for me, never left. The instruction and guidance these two individuals have separately and collectively offered me is something I hope I can find a way to pass down to my children – a sentiment felt just as strongly […]

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Easter Reflection

I recently gained permission to travel. We decided to start with a quick road trip. It’s difficult to explain how toilsome traveling can be when you’re trying to manage an uncooperative body. Prior to this weekend, I must have made half a dozen lists of everything I could possibly need. I felt so nervous and […]

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Morning Mango Puree

Living in the beautiful Arizona desert, it’s essential to have a handful of refreshing drink recipes on hand. Following yesterday’s appointment with the RD and GI doctor, I felt that even more strongly. I am learning that my body cannot tolerate food the way other bodies can. This means that what is healthy for others […]

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April: The Month of the Military Child

April is the month of the military BRAT. What is a military BRAT? Any Google search result will go on to describe this unique culture. We even have our own flower, a Dandelion, which can put down roots almost anywhere. That, I especially love. There are countless creeds, coins, acronyms, and sayings accompanying the military […]

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Sleep Hygiene

First off, some of you may be wondering, “What in the world is sleep hygiene?” Sleep hygiene is a set of habits and behaviors that are aimed at developing healthy sleep patterns. The impact of sleep on our bodies and minds is colossal. Without adequate sleep, our physical, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional functioning can take […]

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Our Run at Trendy

Alright. Brussel sprouts. They seem to have made a favorable comeback in recent years. With spring upon us, I had to at least try Why the hesitation? Okay, I admit, the unfounded aversion. Well, my husband and I both have a sweet tooth that runs deep. We collectively agree our lifestyle needs an overhaul in […]

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Saint Padraig

My Sister and Bub mentioned in Doritos Fried Chicken and Sibling Rivalry article are half Irish. Coincidentally enough, my stepfather, their father, is named Patrick. Why not post about it? Saint Patrick’s day can be filled with countless shenanigans in America from green beer, shamrocks, and Saint Paddy’s day parades, but what is the day really […]

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Mr. Calculated

My husband is the other half of Ocotillos and Magnolias. He is calm. He is calculated. I feel safe knowing Kyle’s decisions have been pored over with thought and not carelessly rushed. His presence is so firm, and still soothing. Maybe it is for this reason that my mom encourages us to hold hands during discussions – she knows Kyle infuses me with the same calmness, and awareness of His Holy Presence. This helps me to be still in the moments I need it most.

Now that I’ve romanticized this calculated characteristic, let me describe my personal struggle with it

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Spring Training and Epiphanies

I was raised in a Christian family that has a strong love for America’s pastime. The love of baseball runs deep. My mom, once subjected to double black eyes when getting whacked in the nose playing baseball with her brother and his friends, has passed on this love of the sport. I even played baseball […]

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