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meet Rambo!

November 30th, 2013 · 6 Comments


You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately, and that picture above explains exactly why. 

Last Thursday, we got a puppy!  So I want you guys to all meet Rambo, our ten-week-old Maltipoo! 

I know this probably seems out of the blue (three dogs!  eek!) but we’ve been thinking about getting a puppy since February or March of this year.  We put the plans on hold when I got pregnant, because it just seemed like too much work to add a baby and another dog in the space of nine months. 

But… and this is the sad part… even though Calvin is doing great on his new medicine, the vet told us that he’ll probably only be with us for another year or two.  We’re incredibly grateful for all the time with him that we have, but after getting that news, we had to face the tough reality that Calvin probably won’t get the long, full lifespan that we had hoped he would.  And if we want to have two dogs, then our choices were to 1) get a puppy now, or 2) get a puppy once the baby arrives.

Guess what we chose? 

And I am so, so grateful that we did.  Rambo is an awesome little guy so far — he’s easygoing and incredibly playful, SO smart (it’s been a week and he’s already getting the hang of potty training!) and a perfect new addition to our family.  And with any luck, he’ll be fully trained and through the teething stage by the time the baby arrives — so it should work out perfectly!  It’s taken a lot of work this past week, but I’m so happy to welcome him into our family.

(Calvin and Coco are a little less happy, although they’re definitely warming up to him — they’ve even played together a few times!)

So I apologize in advance for the fact that Rambo will undoubtedly take over my Instagram for the next few weeks.  I can’t seem to help myself — everything he does is so adorable!

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Moving Forward! 

October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments


Four years ago, right around the beginning of 2009, I said to myself: I’m going to write a book.

But, hang on. Let me back up a minute.

See, five years ago, I ran a marathon. And you know what running a marathon is the best preparation for, ever?

Everything else you do in life. I don’t run anymore, but the mental toughness and strength that I got from marathon training has stayed with me so much longer than the physical strength ever could. Because here’s how you run a marathon:

You get to the point where every single muscle and bone in your body is telling you to stop running.

And you keep running.

It’s the best thing I ever learned how to do. To take myself to the point where all I wanted to do was quit, and to keep going. To ignore all the excuses and the doubts and the pain and to just push through, and get to the finish line. I didn’t run fast, but I finished. And for me, that was all that mattered.

Running a marathon was training for starting a business, for starting a blog, and for all the challenges and obstacles that I’ve faced since. But the thing that it was the best for, without a doubt? Writing a book.

Because four years after having that thought, I’ve written three books. Casey and Blake started out as little wisps of inspiration in my head, but in these four years with them, they’ve become so much more. They’ve kept me up at night wondering about how to tell their story, they’ve frustrated me to no end, they’ve made me laugh and cry, and they’ve made my life so much richer in so many ways.

So it was a big moment for me yesterday when Moving Forward, the third book in my Moving Neutral series, went on sale! I’ve been pouring blood, sweat and tears into this manuscript for over a year, and it’s an incredible feeling to finally release it into the world.

And what a release it was — in its first 12 hours, Moving Forward hit three Amazon Top New Release lists and two Bestseller lists. I am overwhelmed and so incredibly grateful, and hope that everyone who’s been waiting for this book will love it as much as I do. It took me a while to get it right, but I am so, so thrilled with how it turned out.

And kind of like running a marathon, I’m exhausted and proud and can’t wait to write another. Let’s hope I can get Book Four done before the baby is born!

Moving Forward is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. If you want to start at the beginning, Moving Neutral is available on Amazon here.

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I’m Pregnant!

October 14th, 2013 · 38 Comments

Pregnancy Announcement

So… we’ve got some big news!  I’ve been waiting to post this for months now, and it’s been really hard to keep something so exciting a secret!  But it’s finally time to share, and I’m incredibly thrilled to announce that I’m pregnant!

I am so, so excited — and nervous, and terrified, and all of the other emotions that come along with this huge change.  But after moving to Texas, getting settled in our house, and generally feeling like our lives are really stable and happy at this point, it finally felt like the right time to take this next step.  I still feel like I have to pinch myself — some mornings, I have trouble even wrapping my mind around it! 

I found out back in August, when I was in New York for the Mark. Tenth Birthday Party (meeting Lucy Hale actually wasn’t the most exciting thing to happen to me that day)!  I took the test (ahem… three tests… yes, I wanted to be very, very certain that morning) on the day of the party, which was amazing but also a little terrible, timing-wise: I wanted to tell Chad right away more than anything, but I also hated the idea of telling him over the phone!  I decided to keep my lips zipped for an extra day so that I could tell him when I got back to Texas, but I couldn’t keep the news totally quiet, so… I got out my iPhone and recorded a video!  As you guys can see, I was too excited to be organized or coherent, but now I’m really happy to have this little memento of the day I found out I was going to be a mom:

(Also sorry for the fuzzy quality… my iPhone was on its last legs this summer, but I was holding out till September to upgrade.  Sadly, this video was shot with the old phone!)

I’m due at the end of April, so there’s still a while to go, but I’m now at almost 13 weeks (about three months) and I’m so happy to finally break the news!  I was a bit of blabbermouth with friends and family early on — I tried so hard to wait until 12 weeks to share, but I couldn’t seem to stop myself from spilling the beans!  I feel very, very lucky that things have gone smoothly so far, and hopefully things will stay that way for the next six months!  There are basically an endless number of things you can worry about during pregnancy (Google is now my worst enemy), but so far, so good.

And… I’ve got a little bit of a bump already — more on that later this week!

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