Bonfires and Bluejeans

Randoms from my spot next to the fire


How to describe myself…the simple girl behind this blog?  Before I sat down to actually do it, I really thought I had it all figured out, but now that I’m sitting here typing away, I realize I’m just not that complicated.  And really, that’s a good thing.  First and foremost, I am a girl that was once lost…very lost.  So far lost that I never thought I could ever be found again.  I went through some very dark times in my relatively short life, and I am here to tell (in part) about them at some point.  Through these trying times, I learned more about myself, my family, and friends that I ever thought I needed to know.  Truth be told, these times, all starting from when I was about 10 or so, have made me and shaped me into who and what I’ve become today.  So when I talk about just how blessed I am to be living the life I do, please remember that it hasn’t been a walk in the park.  Like most people, I’ve had my own fair share of struggles, heartbreaks, and lessons.  Through time, I hope to share some of these, although some of them will always remain private.  Overall, I consider myself a walking testament to the power of love and grace.  Without either of these, I really don’t know where I would have ended up, or quite frankly, don’t want to imagine it.  The power of allowing yourself to admit complete brokenness is a turning point in so many ways, and I can pinpoint the exact moment that I literally hit rock bottom.

That all being said, my life is full of joy, love and happiness.  I wouldn’t change one moment.  Even with the situations, struggles and events of my past, I am so grateful and appreciative of each learning moment.  They have all taught me to enjoy today…embrace the present…and be extremely honored to be blessed with the treasures I now have in my life.  I don’t know what I would do without my relationship with my Savior, without whom I wouldn’t be here today.  I don’t just flippantly say that…sadly it is my reality.  The love I have from the most patient, giving, selfless husband who is more than the answer to all my prayers combined is proof that God listens to our prayers, and gives to us far more abundantly than we could ever hope for or imagine.  The way he loves me wholly, completely, and for everything I am-not what he wants me to be-is a true example of how Christ loves His church.  He is my everything, and the perfect example for our kiddos to grow up under.  Which leads me to them…there are not enough words in this universe, letters in the alphabet, or time in my day to begin to list all the ways that they have made my life worth living.  More than once, they have been my sole reason for getting up in the mornings.  They make life worth living, and even in my darkest, most alone moments, they were always my glimmer of light and hope.  Like I tell them regularly, nobody has ever heard my heartbeat from the inside…and nobody has known them longer than I have.  I have cherished each moment that I have loved them…even from the time that they were my little secret.

I could go on and on about each blessing in my life, but I won’t.  Then I wouldn’t have anything to write about later. 🙂  I will say that my hopes for this blog are probably the same for everyone else that has one.  More than anything, I would love to have an outlet to express myself, for whatever it may be.  There will probably be a wide assortment of topics covered here, so be prepared.  But for it to be successful, I need some feedback from y’all.  Follow me, subscribe to my updates, and let me know what your thinking.  Without that, I’m just blabbering.  And ask my husband…I can do all of that just fine without a blog!  Be ready for a wide variety of topics, and I’ll be ready for your input, ideas, and thoughts.  God bless, and thank you for reading!




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