Things I Wish I Knew Before Kids

The things I wish I knew before kids, advice to new parents.

Expecting a baby is such an exciting time. It’s common to buy top-of-the-line everything and to prepare that perfect nursery. For your first baby, anyway. While it is fun to shop for your little bundle, after your first time around the block things tend to relax a bit as your prepare for your second. It … Read more

Little Smiles, Big Trials

We tend to share our happiest times in life online.  But what about the other ones? This is a recent picture that I uploaded to social media.  Two happy boys.  You almost don’t even notice the messy house in the background.  They are the loves of my life, my greatest joys, my babies. I don’t … Read more

I’m Coming Out

We can never get enough of someone coming out of the closet can we? It may or may not be equally shocking, but I’m coming out of the spiritual closet.  I am a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and I am proud of it. Whaaaaa?  Audra???? Really??? It certainly doesn’t align with my early life.  … Read more

Mom, What’s Wrong With the Car?

The car completely dies on me as I’m driving down the road with my two young kids in the backseat.  I try to pull over with no power steering to avoid an accident and I’m thankful there is at least a good spot to pull over on this particular stretch of road. I turn off … Read more

“She’s Gone.”

I had a new post ready to go for today, but in this past week, I have seen so many dogs in pictures and in person that looks so much like our Sunny, she was our first child before our human babies came along.  I went back and read this, and was moved to share … Read more

Forgiveness Is Here

I recently traveled home for my 20 year high school reunion. I was excited to see my old classmates because we always have a lot of laughs whenever we catch up.  It was also Memorial Day weekend, and the time of the small town Jubilee celebration. A great deal of people from my hometown come … Read more

Our Dogs Slaughtered Our Neighbors’ Turkeys

First I just want to say that the point of this is not to belittle the slaughtering of innocent turkeys, which was indeed tragic.  The point is to show that something good can come out of something unfortunate if you can keep your wits about you. Tater and Lucky were special.  You can take the … Read more

Driving An Old Pickup Truck With A Stick Shift

First of all I need to say that I’ve driven a stick shift before.  My first car was  a little 4-speed Mercury Capri.  I prefer a more-hands-available user-friendly vehicle, so a car with a standard transmission is not my first choice, though I certainly made do.   An old beat up truck  is a standard mode … Read more

Climbing A Tree

We were outside in the yard last weekend enjoying the weather. I was scoping out a nice place to hang a tire swing, when I decided what the heck, I’m going to try and climb this tree.  I don’t even remember the last time I was in a tree.  It luckily has a short trunk … Read more

Learning How to Make Biscuits

When I first moved to the South, I thought it was funny that you could buy a biscuit and a sweet tea anywhere you went.  When I envision living in the country, I picture a little ‘ol lady in the kitchen cooking every meal, her number one pride being biscuits made from scratch.  Since I … Read more

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