Archive for the Chase Category


Still my favorite

Yesterday, my Facebook memories reminded me of this post, from five years ago as we were approaching our fifth wedding anniversary. I wrote a blog post about it then, but I just came across an article about marriage in the New York Times, where Dan Cole of the Gottman Institute said, “40 years of research on […]

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For better, for worse

Nine years ago today, as part of our wedding vows, Chase and I said those four words, “for better, for worse,” not fully comprehending at 27 and 34 what they could really mean. Nine years in, we know. We’ve seen so much of the “better,” but also some of the “worse.” We’ve had two beautiful, […]

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10 Years Later…

10 years ago today, I stepped onto a driveway and changed my life forever. There, I met a guy with dark hair wearing a white Titleist visor and red board shorts. He was cute and friendly and mixed me a (very strong) gin and tonic, and the rest is history. I have been with Chase […]

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10 Cures for a Holiday Debt Hangover

Most people use credit cards for holiday purchases, even if they intend to pay them off in the new year. Since Chase is a Certified Personal Finance Counselor and Educator, he has some great advice, and I thought his post about paying off holiday debt could be helpful. A longer version of the post below was originally published here. Check out his company’s blog […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 7: my family

The past six days of “little things I’m thankful for” posts have been about things that somehow make my life easier. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought I’d write about the people I am most thankful for (and the reason I started this blog in the first place): my family. I am thankful that I married Chase. He is […]

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Marriage isn’t hard, life is

I often hear people say “marriage is hard.” I disagree. I’m not saying my marriage is perfect, but with the ups and downs our family has experienced the past few years, I’ve realized that marriage isn’t hard, life is. You can be cruising along, then something knocks you off course. The success or failure of your relationship is dependent on the way you deal with the hard […]

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Making time for exercise

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day! Like all summer holiday weekends, we had fun at Big Bear Lake with family and friends. It was nice to get away for a few days, though with 10 adults and 12 children in one house, I’m not sure I would call it relaxing. I need a vacation from my vacation…or […]

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Team effort

With Clay starting preschool, our morning routine has gotten more complicated. Instead of one drop off we now have two (five miles apart), we have to pack him a lunch and we need to leave the house earlier. I was saying goodbye to the kids today when Chase asked me to get them some milk. I told him that […]

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Lake swimming

We spent the weekend in Big Bear and our fearless girl was the first one to jump in the water with Chase. Our niece Kasey was next, and Clay, not to be outdone, overcame his fear and jumped in. Then no one wanted to get out. Where am I? Relaxing on the boat…it was a […]

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