“The most beautiful moments always seemed to accelerate and slip beyond one’s grasp just when you want to hold on to them for as long as possible.” – E. A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gladfly


The older I get, the more time seems to truly fly by faster than I can stop to realize what is happening. My life has always been one of quick pace and a go-getter mentality, always ready to take on the world! So, here I am – creating a blog in the midst of a ridiculously fast paced life and crazy schedule. It’s my passion though and I am choosing to follow the dream.

I’m a wife, mother, teacher, and self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. I find joy through almost all things in life – and I am thankful for each new day. I met my husband JD (this will be his blog name) when I was 16 years old, he was 19. Most thought we were crazy – and we were; crazy in love. We were engaged by the time I was 19, and married just before my 21st birthday in 2012. Ask either of us when we *knew* it was right and we will both say “3 weeks in” no hesitation – not because it is rehearsed, but because that’s when we both knew it was going to be forever.

Four months in to our marriage we were met with quite the surprise – I was pregnant! Neither of us were disappointed and looked forward to growing our family. We excitedly told our family and friends and they rallied around us to share in the joy. Early December 2012 we scheduled an ultrasound to determine gender. I swore up, down, left, right – this baby was a girl. Ya’ll – the technician didn’t even have to tell me – she did one swipe over and BAM! It’s a boy! We had gone to an early ultrasound place for the gender so we still had our 20-week anatomy scan coming up with the regular OB. He discovered some anomalies and sent us to a specialist which led us to a cardiologist which ended with the diagnosis Tetralogy of Fallot with Absent Pulmonary Valve Syndrome. I won’t detail everything here but our sweet Sawyer was born May 9, 2013 and due to complications passed away on May 27, 2013. We miss that sweet boy every day and he has forever changed our lives.

Fast forward to December 2013 – seven months after losing Sawyer – and we were ready to try again for another baby. I just *felt* pregnant so when my period was due a few days before Christmas, and then late …. I knew something was up. I tested on Christmas despite many people discouraging the idea. They were worried about the possibility of the negative test coupled with the first Christmas without Sawyer. They were right – it was negative and I was beside myself. We had a trip planned to our favorite vacation spot, Charleston, for New Years Eve so I decided to forget it and just test in the new year. I came back from the trip and was still late and much to my hesitation – decided to test – POSITIVE. I was elated! Our Rhory girl was born September 2014.

Through all of this I left my job doing inside sales and went back to school to pursue my degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught at a private school for two years while completing my masters program and after graduating got a job in the public school system teaching 5th grade language arts. Teaching has been quite an adventure – be sure to check out what is coming under my teaching tab!

July 2015 our family took our annual beach trip to St. Augustine. I was set to start my cycle on the trip – what a bummer! – but again – much to my surprise I took a test at random and it was positive again! I was most nervous about starting at a new school and having to go on maternity leave before I was even finished with my first year. I work with an awesome team though and everything went off without a hitch. Another coworker was also pregnant at the same time and came back from maternity leave right before I left. Talk about great timing! Rhett was born March 2016 and our family just keeps getting crazier, in a great way.

The reason for starting this blog was the passion of all things in my life – being a wife, a mother, a teacher, my love for cats, cooking, and grief resources/support. Thanks for being here and supporting me in my passion. I promise you won’t be disappointed and will find something that interests you!


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