So, I got sick

If I tell them, they’ll think less of me. Even I have a hard time believing it happened. But it’s the truth. It’s my truth. And after holding it in for nearly a year I’m ready to tell it. My story is worthy of being told.

I got sick last year. Not the kind of sick you’re thinking about. Not a fever or a stomach virus. No, not that kind. And not the kind of sick that is widely accepted in our society such as cancer or diabetes or even a broken bone.

I’ve made no secret on this blog that I am diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. My life has been a constant struggle of trying to stay well and, let’s be honest, a functional member of society.


Unique Photo Canvas Giveaway


I’ve tried very hard over the last year to change our home decor to more of our tastes.

One of my primary goals was to put up more photos of our kids around the house.

Canvases are all the rage right now. And I happen to have a friend who is a talented graphic designer offer to create a few for me.

Only these aren’t just any old photo put on canvas. These are amazing pop art created from photos I gave her.

Aren’t they so cool? I swear I’ve never received more compliments on any piece of home decor than I have on these! Everyone wants to know how they were made/where I got them!


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I received a gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. One of my favorite things to do is go out to eat at restaurants. All I know is it feels so good to not have to cook and clean up the mess afterward. But as a family of five going out to eat can be so expensive! That’s why I’m super excited to stock up on gift certificates with the $3 SALE FROM RESTAURANT.COM. Right now you can SAVE AT MORE THAN 23,000 RESTAURANTS NATIONWIDE!

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I received a gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.


The Big Big Bridge


When Landon was two-years-old he became obsessed with Thomas the Train. This caused a chain reaction of Naaman and I to buy all the Thomas things available at Toys R Us. We also bought a lot of Thomas books to read. It really was his favorite thing. Thomas and reading. Of course Brigham went through a Thomas phase and now Sawyer loves the choo-choo too.

One of the books we bought was called Thomas and the Big Big Bridge. I just read it to Sawyer the other night.

In it, Thomas has to go up the mountain with the tourists in tow. He has to cross a Big Big Bridge to get to the other mountain where the view is lush and green and beautiful.


On Becoming a Runner

One year ago I laced up a new pair of tennis shoes and went for my first run. I didn’t have any fancy running gear. And I didn’t have any clue how I would feel. But I assumed it would hurt like hell and I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.

I’m not sure why the trend stuck this time. I just knew I was tired of feeling like shit all the time, physically and emotionally.

The past year was one of the most difficult years of my life. There are a few things that kept me going and that runner’s high they talk about was one of them. Running changed not only how I felt. It changed who I am. After so many years of feeling weak I found out I’m actually quite strong. Better than that I found out I can accomplish anything as long as I don’t give up. I’m so grateful for the multitude of chances we get in this life.