We Deserve All of This and More

Have you ever believed in something so much you wanted to stand at the North pole with a magic megaphone and share it with the world?!? Okay good! Me too! Following my recent progress, I was asked by my Young Living circle to write a testimony about my experience using the Young Living Essential Oils […]

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My Journey Back to Work

Medical leave from work is something many people face, yet rarely discuss. Read on as I open up about my journey back to work through physical degeneration.

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Weddings…with Dysautonomia

For those new to our blog, welcome. For those who have been around, thank you for continuing to give this tiny blog a piece of your time. I believe that life is worth reflecting for the purpose of processing and growth. This post is a little heavier (and longer) than the normal positive posts I […]

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[Insert Communication Cliché Here]

As we prepare to move, I find myself slightly saddened. Kyle and I both agree that we have outgrown this loft and are eager for more space. As I pack up tiny mementos, reflecting on these two clashing emotions, the gloomier of the two leaves me curious, wondering. I’ve found that this tiny 692 sq ft loft is […]

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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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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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