It’s no secret I was raised a country girl. My days were filled with words like y’all and ain’t, filled with nose dives into mud puddles, because that’s what we consider fun in the south, and filled with weekend bonfires and country music. Don’t forget about gourmet meals like beans and fried tators, with a side of cornbread! … More City Life
When I opened Jerry Don’s trunk, my first reaction was to slam it shut before the neighbors could see. My eyes wandered over every one of them and all I could say, you actually got these for free? You see dear internet, after years of begging, pleading, persuading, my husband has finally decided to get into … More Suspended
I stood there, smack in the middle of the parking lot, shocked. Jerry Don and Alex’s laughter was immensely ringing in my ears and the only words I could mutter, please. get. me. something. My gag reflexes were starting to take hold and it was all I could do not to release that morning’s breakfast all over … More Poo
I was determined to be all cool and hip… and tough. I told Jerry Don, no worries. I do Crossfit now. Do you see where this is going? I stooped over to pick up the over-sized box, which undoubtedly had to be the one filled with books. I heaved it up with a grunt, walked … More Moved… again.
Three years ago, a family tragedy threw us into a whirlwind of pain, shock, confusion, and the list can go on. It also caused my writer’s block (which I am not that great at anyway) and I have struggled to blog since then. But, we pushed through, and life has been on the up and up…. …..but … More Excuses + Shock
I received comments, messages, emails. You’re such a cute couple. You two are so meant to be. You make me believe in soul mates. Let me tell you dear internet, life is no Disney World at the Stricklins. There is a life of perfection and then there is a life of perfectly imperfect. We are perfectly … More Perfectly imperfect
I’ve sat on this post for a week now….trying to find the words that I can so perfectly wrap in a bow and deliver, revealing what my heart, mind, body, and soul feels for you. And still, nothing. ….and I realize it’s simple. There isn’t a love language out there strong enough to make you understand just … More Happy Birthday, Hubby!
I checked the time on my phone. I knew it was far past time for his return. My legs felt like Jell-O as I stood on that boat ramp. I felt the presence of my best friend, Alisha, sneak up to stand by my side. The rest of the clan remained a few feet behind me … More That Day + Losing My Husband
I should have been elated, but instead I was hesitant. I am always behind the camera; not in front. Since starting my photography journey and starting my blog a few years ago, I have been up front about one thing. I have a lot of insecurities. Alexandria has been begging to learn how to use a camera. Yay! Then … More My Daughter; the Photographer and Negotiator
Never overwhelm yourself, because you are broken. We are all broken in one way or another; and I have found, if you seek God, He can produce the most beautiful things out of the most broken….. …even a broken faucet serves a beautiful purpose, other than a high water bill! Happy Monday, xoxo, Laura
With the New Year and more down time with my family, I sit and savor these moments. Soak them in. And my heart is full… ……and my cup runneth over. Happy Wednesday, xoxo, Laura.
I pulled my camera out of my purse and I could hear the frustrated sighs. Here is the problem, dear internet. As a photographer, I love to document everything, but over the last few years, with the business hopping, especially weddings, documenting the everyday happenings with my family decreased, significantly. Can you believe I failed to get Alexandria’s “school” pictures taken last … More Frustrated Sighs
It quickly became apparent to Jerry Don my inability to be a good homemaker when we first got married. I wouldn’t necessarily say I wasn’t taught things; I just didn’t listen. Who needs to learn how to cook a gourmet meal. I can fix a mean box of mac-n-cheese and if it was a gourmet night, it was Hamburger Helper. Often times … More Gourmet Hamburger Helper + Sewing
He looks at me with an are you serious look and when he realizes I am serious as a heart attack, he laughs. I have to admit, I was a little irritated by his inability to keep his thoughts about the situation to himself. You see dear internet, this is how it goes down. 3 a.m. … More Jewish + Gatorade
There is something about the smell of old books. I collect them for decor and though Jerry Don likes to throw out the occasional “you’re crazy”, I can’t help myself. I love the smell and look of old books. I hold them wondering what hands they have been through, especially when I land into a … More Good reads + New reads
As many of you recall, I wrote a post back in 2010, The Sound. Pouring my heart out, gearing up to prepare for Greg’s last season of football. I still ache for it. For him. Not the fixing to be 21 years old him…. the 16-year-old him. But, life must advance and though I want … More New Sound + Treasured Moments
Sometimes. I just sit. Watching her. Sometimes. I get caught. “Why are you looking at me?” These last couple of years have sucked the life out of me. From the moment our family lost a loved one January 2012 until today, when I am still coping with the fact that my baby girl has turned … More Good things come to an end + LSP brings sad/happy news
I love what I do. Truly, truly love what I do. But, running a business isn’t a pieces of cake. The legality of it alone is enough to force an individual to yank out a hand full of hair and say… whatevaaaaa! Obviously, there is a lot of hair pulling as it is tax season! … More Reflect
Can someone please, please tell me where the last 13 years have gone? I remember holding my bundle of joy for the first time, realizing, she was actually a girl. Not a boy, as we anticipated, (even had a blue shower and Cowboy’s jersey she was coming home in), a beautiful, perfect little girl. I’m … More Alexandria turns 13
Everyone loves the movie The Santa Clause. I believe all children should watch that about the time they start to doubt Santa’s existence….. because let me tell you, I believe. Otherwise, my stocking isn’t filled with awesome goodies each year! And lets just say, Santa spoils me. But, my ultimate favorite part of the movie, … More How to feel young!