In the Family Room

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Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

Playing Catch Up

So, we’re finally here in Georgia. I can’t believe it. After all of those months of counting down, we’re finally here and settling in to our new home. But before we left, we took some time to celebrate: 1. All five of the kids together in one place at the […]

Gum Tree at Southeast Missouri State University {Living Outside the Stacks} #TeamLOTSMoves

Saying “Goodbye” to Kent Library

Today was my last day as the Access Services Coordinator at Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University. And, as with any job, this one has been both challenging and rewarding. I’ve done things that I’ve never done before: served as a point of contact for bathroom and elevator renovations {I know […]

Life After Kids - Get Physical {Living Outside the Stacks}

Life After Kids: Get Physical

“Mommy, Brandon’s getting me wet!” I look at my daughter with disbelieving eyes. “B-b-b-but you’re in the pool,” I stammer. Then I look at my son and half-heartedly reprimand him, “don’t get your sister wet.” I think his 4-year-old eyes are mocking me. I wanted nothing more than to go […]

Little Boy with Attitude {Living Outside the Stacks}

Life After Kids: Find a Hobby

“Jazmine’s mom…” I look at the little hand tugging at the hem of my shirt, smile, and respond. For the past 22 years, I’ve been “______’s mom”, “Tony’s wife”, or some variation there of. I will always be their mom and I will always be “Tony’s wife”, but I’m also […]

Words of Wisdom for the Graduates {Living Outside the Stacks}

Words of Wisdom for the Graduates

My babies are graduating from high school today. So this is gonna be a rough one for me. I’ve already shared my words of wisdom with them here and here, but now I’m asking you to help me celebrate my twins’ graduation… Please share your words of wisdom with the […]

Congratulations Mr Eighteen {Living Outside the Stacks}

A Letter to Mr. 18 on Your Graduation

My dear sweet boy young man, you were our surprise. As in nine days before you were born, we found out you’d been in there just chillin’ — synching your heartbeat to your sister’s, matching her breath for breath and kick for kick. Never letting on that you were there. As I […]