All I Want For Christmas {To the Hearts Left Behind}

The icy air burst through the door as we pulled in the tree; one last heave as the prickly branches poked at our cold fingers. Green sprills poured all over the entry floor - my toddler clapped her hands with glee. It was a ‘big twee in the house’; her childhood wonder pulled at my heart. He should be here to see this. The thought that ran through my head a hundred times a day once again brought emotion welling up at the back of my throat. I pushed it down and put on a smile.

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To Those Who Wait: An Open Letter to A Lonely Heart

The snow beat down as I gazed out the window at the glistening world of white, a beautiful sight even as the light from a dim sky slowly began to fade. My buzzing thoughts once again had slowed long enough to stray to that forbidden dream, that forgotten longing; the telling dull ache that resonated from deep within my soul. I had been in this place before... in fact, I knew it well. But simply understanding the pain would not soothe it; ignoring it as it tugged on my heart would not make it go away. I was lonely.

Your First Reunion: How To Survive Reintegration

I will never in my life forget the incredible thrill of adrenaline that rushed through my veins as I, at long last, made the 2 hour drive on that glorious day to pick up my husband after a long 10 months. Excitement doesn't even begin to describe it: I was electric - my blood was on fire. It's a miracle I made the trip in one piece! The nervous jitters, excited way-too-loud laughter, hot-cold sweat as I tried to push away that walking-down-the-aisle urge to go to the bathroom that every bride has.... it was nearly too much. I clung to my toddler for dear life, and tried to keep myself from visibly shaking.

The Stay-At-Home Mom That Stays At Home

Hello, my name is Jasmine and I'm a Stay-At-Home-Mom. No, I'm not introducing myself at SAHM's Anonymous; more like the "stay-at-home-mom's that don't want to stay at home club". I can't help it - I can't sit still! NOT that I'm sitting still at home with my LIttle Miss and Mr. Not a chance! But … Continue reading The Stay-At-Home Mom That Stays At Home

5 Ways To Be Happily Married

"And they lived happily ever after..." That phrase summarizes quite effectively what everyone, if they were completely honest, hopes to one day be said about their marriage. In so many marriage relationships, happiness seems to have divulged into 'just getting by' or 'NOT fighting'. I'm so blessed that in my marriage that's not the case. … Continue reading 5 Ways To Be Happily Married

The Best Valentine’s Day I Ever Had

The best Valentine's Day I ever had snuck up on me quite unexpectedly last year as, I will be honest, I wasn't exactly anticipating a show-stopper. We were going on 5 wonderful years of marriage, had a 3-year-old with Baby 2.0 well on the way, and my idea of a night of bliss was getting … Continue reading The Best Valentine’s Day I Ever Had

Five Words That Changed My Marriage {Part Two}

As I mentioned in Part One of this series (did you miss it? Find it here), my husband and I grew up together. We know each other about as good as anyone can. And yet, we still went through a time in our relationship where we found ourselves far apart. Unfortunately, we didn't catch this … Continue reading Five Words That Changed My Marriage {Part Two}

Five Words That Changed My Marriage {Part One}

Many people have expressed the sentiment, 'I married my best friend'. I would have to agree with that statement, although perhaps much more literally than it's usually intended. I -actually- married my best friend. My husband and I were fortunate enough to grow up together; he was my first and last crush - I was in … Continue reading Five Words That Changed My Marriage {Part One}