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“Is what bwings us togehvah today.”

This is one of my favorite lines from The Princess Bride in case you just came out of your cave. The poor little priest who can barely speak makes me laugh every time.

I’ve decided to start another blog. I hesitate to post this, because what if I bomb on my commitment to this new venture? Well then, I bomb. But I’m going to try.

I have had a hard time finding my words here. There is so much I want to say, but I am very, very cautious about things that are sensitive or thoughtful issues because I don’t want to ever point a finger at anyone. So I end up “dumbing down” what I want to say because I can’t just come out and say it. Then I realize that I’ve written several posts and said nothing.

So I started looking for a niche. Something that I can write about that matters to me. Something that I can explore and learn from myself.

I’m going to write about marriage.

I’ve already posted twice, and hopefully have lots more to come. Michael and I spend a lot of time working on our own marriage, but we’ve also invested a lot in the marriages of others by doing pre-marital counseling. He and my dad have counseled people through marriage issues for years, so it’s a big part of who I am and what I know.

He has agreed to let me talk about the good, the bad and the ugly. He will even guest post sometimes! I’m excited about it, and I hope you’ll join me on my new page…

A More Perfect Union

I’ll still post here from time to time, when there is something non-marriage related I have to say. But for now, I really hope to focus on this blog and become a better writer AND a better wife!



April 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Summer Fever

Summer cannot get here fast enough. 

I’ve always liked summer, but I’ve never felt a desperation for it to get here quickly. 

I’m desperate, y’all. 

Every day, I load Paisley in the van and drive half an hour to my kids’ school and then wait twenty minutes for school to get out, then drive half an hour back. The entire drive, we listen to the Fresh Beat Band, or The Muppets, or Phineas and Ferb. I like them all, but an hour and a half a day in a closed van is making me crazy. 

Every morning, my job is to get uniforms ready and pack lunches. I don’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I have never really liked them, but now I know I’ll never eat one as long as I live, because I’m so sick of making them every single day. 

See? I’m getting on my own nerves just talking about the things that get on my nerves! 

I’m ready for summer. This year, all the kids will be swimming well, and I can breathe easier. We plan on swimming as much as humanly possible. When you live in Mississippi, sometimes the only way you can combat the heat is by soaking yourself. I’m not a sit on the side of the pool mom, either. I have spent the last several summers trying to make my front flip off the diving board work, and I can feel it. This is the year. 

I’m ready to have an excuse just to eat fruit for supper. I’m ready to sleep until I wake up and not wear makeup for three days in a row. 

I’m ready for evenings on my parents’ deck with kids running everywhere, laughing and hollering. 

I’m ready for Vacation Bible School. 

I’m ready for our mission trip.

I’m ready for the Olympics. 

I’m ready for that day when I look at the kids and say, “We haven’t been anywhere in a week. What should we do today?” Then we go get snow-cones. 

Come on, summer. 

Bring it. 

April 19, 2012 at 2:44 am 1 comment

Worth a Thousand Words

I wrote a long, rather depressing post at the end of 2011.

In case you’re wondering (all 6 of you that might read this), 2012 has been a banner year so far. I’m talking, really great.

We’re not any richer. As a matter of fact, we’re living on less.

We’re not any healthier. We’re working on that.

We’re still in the same house, doing the same work, with the same basic lifestyle we had before.

But for some reason, it’s just been better. I don’t know if a new year was what I needed for my perspective to change, but it has. I’ve seen the power of God in so many things. I have enjoyed my family more, enjoyed my friends more, enjoyed LIFE more.

I think the fog of grief that covered most of 2010-11 is slowly clearing. My heart doesn’t feel heavy all the time. I don’t feel like I’m on the verge of tears most days.

So if anyone reads this and has wondered: Time really does heal. It’s a slow process, and I don’t understand it, but it does heal.

We’ve already made some great memories this year. I have to show you a few…


By the goodness of God (and I really, truly mean that), we were able to go to Disney World for four days in February. I am still amazed that we went. It was our first vacation in three years with just us, and it was incredible. I am beyond grateful for those days of no responsibility and just magical fun.


While we were at Disney, my husband coerced me into doing the American Idol experience. It was really fun, and taught me a lot about myself and my dreams. And this is not what I thought I’d be wearing on American Idol, EVER.


And we met Phineas and Ferb. One of my life goals has been met.


And in March, my husband had the privilege of baptizing our two oldest children, Aidan and Molly.


This day could not have been more special for our family. Molly prayed to receive Christ on February 15, and Aidan on February 27. We had a picnic with family and friends after church to celebrate the new life we have in Jesus. It was a wonderful, precious day.


I have two beautiful, smart, godly, amazing cousins. My cousin Courtney is on my dad’s side. She was married early in March, and I got to sing with my brother at her wedding. I don’t have picture from that day, but we had the best time, and it was such a sweet, wonderful ceremony. My other cousin, Lucy, was married at the end of March. This is a picture of her and my aunt Lisa. They were both gorgeous. I am so proud to have two young women in my life that love the Lord and serve Him and prayed for godly men to marry…and God answered their prayers in big ways! Being there to experience them beginning a new life was such an encouragement to me.


Molly won an art award at her school! I was so proud of my girl and her farm, made with oil pastels.

So it’s been a banner year so far. I’ve been directing our children’s choir at church, and LOVE it. I had no idea it would be so much fun. I have a new job that I start in August, and it’s perfect for me. We’re working on a new school situation for our kids. Michael and I are going back to England in July. I had the awesome privilege of singing in church on Easter Sunday, and I have never been so afraid…or aware of God’s presence in my pitiful human effort. He was (and is) so faithful.

Life is good. Even when it isn’t.

We are able to breathe in and out. We are forgiven for being complete idiots. We are called children of God.

I love this life, and I’m thankful for it.

April 12, 2012 at 3:57 am Leave a comment

Dusting Off the Old Blog…

She’s baaaack! 

So, how are ya? I’m absolutely, positively sure I am the most inconsistent blogger on the planet. It’s not a trait I’m proud of. 

I haven’t counted how many days we have until summer break, but I can tell you that there are too many. I’m sick of school. I took the kids this morning, and we live thirty minutes from their school. With traffic and rain, it took forty-five minutes to get there. Then thirty minutes to get home. If I’m going to drive for an hour and fifteen minutes, I want to be moving toward somewhere fun. But alas, I ended up back at home, where the laundry and unmade beds await. 

I’m discovering that I have a struggle, and I’m betting I’m not alone. I struggle with knowing too much about everyone I know because of Facebook and Twitter. I’m not hating, I love the connections I have, especially with those I never see. But if I overexpose myself to other people’s lives, I have a tendency to compare, to judge, to get frustrated and to basically waste time that could be spent doing good. And by “good”, I mean ANYTHING good, like playing with my kids, reading, making something, exercise, housework…things that actually improve my life and relationships. 

So I have to call on the power of the One who lives in me to give me the discipline I need to take a break. I am not strong enough to do it by myself. I like people too much, and I don’t like feeling isolated with my laundry. But if my mind is going to be healthy and focused, and if I want to be able to hear Him clearly, I have to shut down the chatter. And I don’t know what that will look like. Maybe limit myself to one Facebook visit a day, rather than checking it every time I use the computer. Or maybe a fast. Or maybe once a week. I’m not sure. 

This is going to be hard. Discipline is rarely fun. 

But this is going to be rewarding. Discipline usually is. 

So this is it…Anne: Unplugged. 

May God be glorified. 


April 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

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