Just Mercy Book Review

Just Mercy wasn't even on my radar. A book about death row? I didn't really have a strong opinion either way; I assumed people smarter than I am had all that figured out (spoiler alert: I was wrong). I'm grateful for friends who challenge me to read books that make me uncomfortable, because it is [...]

Life Lessons from Frozen 2

Frozen II spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk! As you all know, I'm fully and totally obsessed with Frozen II. I've been listening to the music since November, I've seen it in theaters twice, and I can't stop thinking about it. Oh, and I sing All is Lost at bedtime for my kids's lullaby (at their request [...]

Why I’m Not Watching the Oscars

For as long as I can remember, watching the Oscars has been one of my family's traditions. Oscar Sunday usually fell right before Spring Break, so my mom would take my sister and I swimsuit shopping. We'd stop and get Chinese food on the way home, then settle in and watch Hollywood's big night all [...]

Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental Guide

Now that we've lived in Tennessee for nearly six years, we finally got around to doing something we've been wanting to do since we first saw those gorgeous Smoky Mountains rising on the horizon: stay in a cabin in the thick of those mountains. For our ten year wedding anniversary, we rented a cabin with [...]

Book Review: The Sweeney Sisters

What if one fact could turn your entire world upside down? The Sweeney sisters, still reeling from their esteemed author-father’s death, find themselves in this very situation upon their discovery that there is a fourth sister out there. Well, half sister. But this family doesn’t do anything by halves. With a big cast of characters, [...]

2019 in Books

Every year, I take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It began as a way to keep track of what I was reading, as I'd accidentally, repeatedly picked up library books I'd already read thinking they were new to me. The challenge is less about challenging myself to read- its harder for me not to read at [...]