Middle child…Turning 13! 

13! Coke, Jesus, and basketball are his favorites! Reese loves his family and his dogs in no particular order. The boy loves Basketball 🏀… I’ve NEVER seen anyone with such dedication to a sport. If he’s not on a team he’s in a camp or training. If he’s not in a camp or training he’s in the driveway working on his game. This boy lives for basketball… like year round! He’s passionate about life -he gives his all to fun living! He has taught me so much about making fun out of all situations… Basically, where there’s a Reese there’s a way to experience fun! Reese has a caring heart for the poor. If we see anyone in need he wants to make sure we offer help. I can honestly say he is a joy to parent and easy to love. Reese is wise. He often overhears adult conversations and offers advice that’s uncannily brilliant… He makes me smile everyday.
 I’ll never forget the day he was born and I looked into newborn baby Reese’s eyes… (sounds sweet so far but wait for it) I saw something in those eyes I wasn’t quite prepared for… I looked up at Kyle and concerned I said, “look at his eyes” hesitantly I continued – “he looks so wild!” I truly wasn’t kidding… Reese had some wild eyes. The first years to follow that first impression Reese didn’t let me down-he WAS a handful! Wild, free-spirited, but oh so fun… a handful! Our “little firecracker” is what we called him and that he was. 
I guess If I could go back to that day in the hospital I’d tell myself: “Don’t worry- the wildness only lasts a little while… take a hug when he has time to stop and give one, let him play in the mud, it’s ok if he skins his knees every week or day, he’s a boy he’s supposed to get dirty, who cares how many legos you pierce your feet with it’s fun for him to build, let him leave his light sabers all over the place you don’t need a clean house, humor him by not letting the cream cheese on his bagel fill the middle hole, also, let him have an occasional coke… etc. 
The good news is we made it through those wild eyed years and sometimes… quite often actually I miss those wild days of keeping him “occupied” and out of trouble and even piercing my feet on legos… 
Today when I look into his eyes the wildness has simmered and he’s calm and mature, loving and kind, and I think to myself wow we did a good job! He’s turning into a fine young man. Then I look back to what I thought were the hard days and realize it wasn’t so bad after all. Now I can look back on my wild eyed firecracker baby not as a moment of hesitation and concern for how he’d be as a toddler or a boy but as a moment of how his character would be molded into who he is today! Reese you make me proud! 


I have RELEASE DATES y’all! 

I’m so excited to share with you that my first children’s book “Star Fishing” will be released in November of THIS year:) AND “I Love Outside” will follow in February of 2018!!!! Below are both covers and they are BRILLIANT❤

 I am absolutely in love with the beautiful illustrations done by my illustrator Janet King❤ They are better than I could have possibly imagined!! They are perfect! Truly. I am one blessed chick to work alongside my publisher and agent! They have made my job feel easy. Below I will attach a link to my publishers website for you to take a peek if you’d like.

Here’s a quick summary Star Fishing:

When Billy decides he wants to know what stars are made of, he seeks to catch one of his own. Billy doesn’t consider the obstacles that come when one attempts to catch a star… He can only dream about what he’ll learn when he catches his star. Mommy plays into Billy’s ideas and makes a game out of his Star-Fishing experience, a smart and fun strategy to encourage Billy’s imagination… Together they imagine the shooting star visiting exciting places and creatures like Mt. Everest, the North Pole, a hopping kangaroo and more… The outcome is pleasing, sentimental, and unique!

I’m so excited I can’t even find the words to express my emotions. Looking forward to sharing my stories with you soon:) 

Publisher: http://www.maclaren-cochranepublishing.com/coming-soon

2016 in review: 

Our 2016 review:
All three Kids were baptized🙏🏻

Delaney turned 9😀

Madelynn turned 15😃

Madelynn started driving 😳

Reese graduated 5th grade🙂

Reese turned 12🙂

Delaney was in a double Spring Ballet recital❤

We celebrated Memorial Day at the lake house with mimi and pops🚤

Delaney finally moved her Barbie dolls so they no longer got peed on… ⛱

I figured out if I want a clean house I just have to take away the kids technology and not give it back until its clean “mom style”📱

We got a new pool in the backyard in a NOT so timely manner… 🏊🏻 we only had it for 4 weeks until it was too cold to swim😓(there’s always next year)

Kyle traded his truck for a Buick- and no he does NOT look like an old man in it… it’s quite sporty actually!🏎

Delaney was Roselyn Carter for a day!❤

Haverty’s Furniture featured my living room on their page🖥

I Hosted a bridal shower for my niece Whitney💍

We also went to her wedding and had a great time… I was the coordinator (hopefully, I did it right 😬)👰🏼

Reese won a basketball award at Nike Camp and subsequently declared himself eligible for the NBA draft #bostonceltics #1pick 🏀

I Voted for Dr. Ben Carson in the primaries🇺🇸

Madelynn got to visit and play volleyball at Berry College and decided that’s where she’d like to spend $45k a year for college🤣

Reese’s 12th bday “pool party”🏊🏻 consisted of a concrete hole in the ground with no water… so we balled 🏀 instead🏀🏀

I Watched Downton Abby instead of the Super Bowl!🙊🏈I found out if my dryer ever goes out there is a sweet neighbor who will not only dry my clothes but she’ll fold them too!!! Kelli Allen ❤

Reese got contacts (he never wears them) 🙄🤓

Reese and Delaney both got braces! $$$$$$$$$

We went to a gender reveal for my niece Ashley… it was a BOY! 🤰🏼

Xander my great nephew was born and he’s stolen our hearts! 👼🏼

We went to Siesta Key which is pretty much the prettiest ocean water I’ve ever seen… we got family portraits made on the beach which was a dream come true for me!🏖

We celebrated my brother and sister-in-laws 30th anni which happened to be at the same location Kyle and I met 20 years earlier❤

Reese started middle school🙊

Delaney 3rd grade🙊

Madelynn 10th grade🙊

Oh yeah I mastered “The Dab”… I mean you should see me dab! 😂

The Holy Spirit did some amazing things in my life which led me to retire my two women’s fiction novels permanently… It was a lay it down kind of moment and I’m very grateful 🙏🏻

I received two offers for two of my children’s books to be published over the next year to year and a half and I’m pretty excited to pursue this amazing opportunity with my feet running!📖

I got a lot of massages thanks to Candace💆🏼

Some awesome friends threw me a 21st bday party🍰

Madelynn was inducted into The National Beta Club🥇

Reese is my height🙊

Delaney was a star yet again in The Nutcracker. She was a Pochinelle (a clown- yes I know, not the year for clowns😂)🤡🤡

Madelynn was thinking she didn’t have a date for hoco and was shocked to see JQ when he arrived- LATE but still he arrived!😇

We got to see Xander be dedicated!😇

I voted for Trump and he WON!🤗 My sister threw an “Election Party” at my house Tonya Longo Shirley Patterson🇺🇸

Delaney made a 98 on a multiplication quiz (first time ever)❤

At the age of 37 Kyle can now dunk a basketball again!🏀

Everyone decided to trick-or-treat last minute all of them dressed up in 12 minutes we had Delaney as Clara from The Nutcracker Madelynn was a soccer girl and Reese was an old man- all for free!🎃

Delaney loved having grandparents day at her new school with Mimi And Pops👵🏻👴🏻

Reese was in a Christmas program and that’s all I’m allowed to say about that!🎅🏻

We went to see Santa and ride the pink pig- our annual tradition with Uncle Kevin and Aunt Kate and the kids.🎅🏻🐷🐽

Reese put up 18 points at his very first middle school basketball game with Prince🏀

I hosted 12 neighbors for an ornament exchange it was a blast🎅🏻

Madelynn hosted a white elephant party with friends🎅🏻

Kyle and I celebrated 14 years of marriage by shopping with a cute nine-year-old because no one else wanted to tagalong❤We also hosted my family for “Patterson Christmas” Tina Patterson West Made a TON of food❤ it was just a small little party with about 35 to 40 people😂 but such a fun time being with them!🎅🏻

We had a very happy Christmas and spent a lot of family time together hunkered down in our house with no place to go… 🏡just how mama likes it!❤

This year was full but I loved every minute of it❤ I’m looking forward to another great year and a blessed 2017 for all! Happy New Year! 💃👗🎩

Too conservative for holes in your jeans?!?! Check this out❤️

I like holes in my jeans… (Sorry to my sweet mother-in-law) But I do! I want to look cool and hip too😂


On this particular pair of AG brand jeans in the pic above the holes we’re getting too big for my comfort… So I took some flannel and made some patches! Yep… I just ironed on some “fusible bonding web” and ta-da!!! 

I LOVE this look! 

If you like the holes in your jeans look but feel too conservative to go for it, try this option!!! You’ll love it❤️