Gone Back to My Roots

Leigh —  June 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

“I’d didn’t realize until recently how much you loved animals,” Ken said to me this past weekend while we took a break from our yard work to watch the ducks in the pond.

I thought about it for a second and then said, “Oh, I’ve always loved animals,” like it was a well-known fact, but the truth is, I think I had kind of forgotten it about myself as well. If your not careful, motherhood can do that to you sometimes, make you forget who you once were before all the babies came.

For the past nine years I have been so wrapped up in wiping runny noses and sticky counter tops or fussing at kids for not knowing where their shoes are or leaving wet towels on the floor that I didn’t have time to add animals to the chaos. Pets were a luxury for people with time on their hands. Not new parents. Continue Reading…

Many moons ago when we first started looking at property, Ken had a lot of opinions about what he was looking for. He’s normally a pretty easy-going fella, but when it came to land, he was quite picky. His dream property needed to be ten or more acres, off the beaten path, out of Jefferson County, with oodles of potential.

Me, on the other hand? I only had one criteria when it came to land. I wanted water. That makes sense, right? Continue Reading…

Gimme A Break

Leigh —  April 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

Ken travels a good bit for work. Sometimes it’s just a one nighter here or there, and then other times he’ll be gone for weeks at a time. I don’t love it when he’s gone, but after fifteen years of marriage, I’ve learned to deal. I can pretty much handle the kids and the day to day duties that keep this family running, but after awhile even I have a breaking point.

I recently reached that point sometime near the end of last year (which might also help explain my lapse from blogging).

“I need a break,” I announced one evening around Christmas, “and I don’t think a date night is going to cut it. I mean, a real break where I have to get on a plane and I  have a chance to actually miss the kids.” I think it’s good for a mommy to miss her children every once in a while. It’s makes me a better mom.

That’s fine. I could use a vacation too. You plan it, and I’ll be there.

And so that’s how I found myself in Arizona a few weeks ago staring at this:Grand Canyon Continue Reading…

My Come Back Post

Leigh —  April 13, 2015 — 1 Comment

So…it’s been a while. A long while. Whenever I take a break from blogging, I always feel like I need to explain myself, some sort of excuse for my absence, but the truth is I just didn’t feel like writing. I needed a break. It wasn’t intentional or planned. One day, I just decided to stop.

See, I had kind of lost the hang of it, and blogging began to feel like another chore I had to complete. I was no longer writing because I enjoyed it or was inspired by something. In some weird way, I felt like it was expected of me and that I was letting myself down when a week or two passed between posts. I know it was pressure I was completely putting on myself, but that’s what I do.

So when I realized that my creative outlet had started to feel demanding, I revolted and said, “Nuts to this!”

For several months, I never looked back. I quit thinking about ideas for future posts, and my camera just set there in the closet, gathering dust between uses.

Then about a month ago, I stumbled onto the blog and started reading some of my old posts, and for the first time in months, I realized that I really did miss it. I love that my kids have an extended journal of their childhood, complete with pictures and funny quotes. I like that I am to recall memories better because I’ve written about them.  And when I don’t remember the details exactly, I just enter a quick search, and I can read exactly what we were feeling and doing in those moments. I know if I stop blogging for good, I am going to regret it.

So I’m back, for no reason in particular. I just decided it was finally time.

A zillion things have happened since I was last here, but here are some of the highlights: Continue Reading…

My Favorite Love Story

Leigh —  November 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

I wrote the following post a little over five years ago to commemorate the anniversary of US.

Ken and I had a rocky relationship in the beginning, and this is the story of when it all finally clicked and we got it together.

While I’ve never reposted one of my blog entries before, this really is too good a love story not to share more than once, and since today is our fourteenth anniversary, I thought a retelling was warranted.

Plus a lot of you guys are new here and haven’t been reading for five years, so this will be a new story to you. (Also it might be handy to know that this was originally posted on November 1, 2009 and that I used to go by the nickname “Lei-Lei” in my younger days.)

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