Happy Mother’s Day

May 11th, 2014 · 2 Comments


Somehow, in all the months of being pregnant, it never occurred to me that I would be such a new mother on Mother’s Day this year.  But as a mom of two weeks, I already feel differently about the holiday — and part of that is so much gratitude for my own wonderful mother.

From when I first got pregnant, I’ve had a new understanding of all the many ways that my parents cared for me.  If I’m lucky, Bear will grow up with the same unconditional love and support that I did, and will be a better, happier, and more loving person because of it. 

My parents came down to Houston the day that the baby was born, and my mom spent the entire weekend in the hospital — literally, 24/7.  As we were checking out, we snapped this picture.

I’m so very grateful for her presence in my life, today and always.  So a big happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there — especially mine!

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meet Rambo!

November 20th, 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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