House Hunting Time is Here!

Alan and the boys, National Mall, Washington D.C., summer vacation 2017

Alan and our two boys on the National Mall, Washington D.C., when we first moved there in 2009

We have been officially notified that we’ll be moving back to the D.C. area this summer.

I SHOULD be like WAHOO!!  Let’s do this!! After all, I love D.C., and this is an excellent job opportunity for Alan. Plus, I’m moving close to so many friends. I love D.C. It’s like an entire metropolitan area of people who are ALL just as uptight as I am. These are my people!!!

But in the words of Forrest Gump, “I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now.”

Oh, wait. Where is home??? Ya’ll, I’m just tired of the moving, the packing, the researching, the move-out cleaning, the de-cluttering, the stress, making the kids say good-bye to their friends….That’s the hardest part.

We are quite happy to return to an area that we loved, underneath all our anxiety. In fact, I have so much anxiety over this move, I’ve been unintentionally clenching my jaw as I scroll through hundreds of housing ads. It hurts to eat now.

Y’all!! The decisions are overwhelming, and we’ve lived there before. It feels like we just left D.C., but it’s actually been almost 4 years!

It’s mind-boggling, all these houses and schools and neighborhoods. I have to pick a house that comes with an acceptable elementary as well as middle school nearby now. I’m simply going to HAVE to do a re-con trip to go look at things for myself. We are in the process of planning that out too.

Caleb, age 2, by the fountain in front of the U.S. Capitol building

But wait. Why should I allow this move to make me so crazy?

I need to s-l-o-w down. Take a few deep breaths. Trust Alan. Trust God. Everything will work out just fine. And no, I may not get everything exactly how I want it, but it will all come together.

I taught a Sunday school lesson, to my class of 4th and 5th grade girls, this morning about Paul and Silas. They were arrested in Philippi for casting a demon out of a slave girl. They were beaten and thrown into prison. What did Paul and Silas do? Worry until their jaws hurt? No. They sang. They knew God had their back, and they weren’t worrying themselves silly. (Acts 16)

I guess if Paul and Silas could sing in prison with their feet in the stocks, I can sing through this move. After all, this move is a blessing anyway, a blessing that’s carrying us back to a place that we love.

God’s got this, so we got this too. Breathe. Calm down.

Me with the 2 oldest boys, at the National Archives, 2009

Want to see a few houses I’m looking at?

Just for fun, really because I won’t get up there until March to look around…but these houses are so beautiful.

See if you can guess which two are on a military base. The base is my back-up in case I can’t find a rental.

But y’all, I just don’t know if I can move back and NOT live in my old neighborhood, and none of those are advertising yet. We loved that place and those people so much, but it has to be right for all 6 of us. I’m hoping it will work out!

***All photos were obtained from, with the exception of the on-post houses, which were obtained from here.***


Amazing, huh? These will all be gone by the time I’m ready to sign papers though. If any of you know of a rental coming open in my old neighborhood or surrounding area, be sure to let me know!

I’m beginning to calm down and get excited now! It’s time to do less worrying and more singing. Let’s have a little Faith Hill and Shelby Lynne and “Keep Walkin’ On!”




10 Tips to Save Money and Hassle on Your D.C. Vacation

10 Tips to Save Money and Hassle on your washington, d.c. vacation

our 10th anniversary

Last year, we went to Disney World for vacation. This year we need something more affordable, so we are going to Washington, D.C.!!!!

Alan has been after me to write a post about how to save money and hassle on a D.C. vacation for a while now because it’s something we loved. When we lived in the D.C. area, we had so much fun taking our friends and family around to see the monuments and Smithsonian museums.

So I finally got around to it. I wrote an article for Monterey Premier about Saving Money and Hassle on a Washington, D.C. vacation.

Here’s a snippet:

#8. Most importantly, buy a Metro pass, and you will be fine.
The Metro is a perfectly safe form of transportation, and it is the most affordable way to do D.C. There are even buses that run between Metro stops that you can hop on with your Metro pass.
I used to walk around D.C. with my Metro map, but now that everyone has smart phones, you can give your Google Maps app a good work-out on this trip! Which leads me to my next tip…..

#9. Download the Metro app!!!……..

Click here to read more!

10 Tips to Save Money and Hassle on your washington, d.c. vacation

10 Tips to Save Money and Hassle on Your Washington, D.C. Vacation


Inauguration Day Feelings and Thoughts

Inauguration Day Feelings and Thoughts

Were all of you glued to the Inauguration Day coverage, as I was? I couldn’t help it. I just had to watch.

I feel optimistic. I do. I’m interested to see what happens. The Obamacare thing makes me a little nervous. I hope they make sure they have all the people with a health care plan that is dependent on the changes Obama made are taken care of. The group with pre-existing conditions and low-income are a fragile group.

It was exciting to watch the inauguration ceremony and to see all the former presidents there. I’m sort of addicted to reading books about former presidents and first ladies. As in, I’ve read tons. You wouldn’t believe it. (My favorite is Abraham Lincoln, and my favorite First Lady was actually a First Mom: Rose Kennedy)

Was Laura Bush there today? I didn’t see her, but I was proud of Hillary Clinton for being there in her former first lady role.

Oh! And Melania’s beautiful blue dress! She is going to be such a fashion icon.

I’m a conservative, but I still felt a twinge of sadness to see President Obama make that final wave. I’m a terribly sentimental person. I know. I loved how Michelle Obama took up the cause of the military wife.

And don’t bother with the political talk here because you know that’ s not my thing, and I don’t have much at all to say about it. It’s like when I say “Roll Tide,” and then people expect me to understand football. Look, y’all, all I know is Bama wins. But ugh, with politics the lines are so much blurrier. I vote for who I agree with, but I’d rather talk about what they were wearing. Politics just isn’t my thing.

They make such a big deal about President Obama’s legacy, but his legacy is a big deal already, whether we liked his policies or not. He was the first African-American to become president of a country that enslaved African-Americans, a country that only 75ish years ago didn’t even allow black students the same privileges as whites.  We had a long way to come. We still have a ways to go.


Watching the inauguration took me back to the 5 years we lived in D.C. I remember the thrill of getting to tour the White House and the Capitol and just the general excitement of living in our nation’s capitol. How we loved it.

We used to live on Bolling Air Force Base, where they park Marine One. It was this surreal chapter of our lives where we could just hop in the car and check out the latest Smithsonian exhibit. Man, I miss that!

I’m hoping I can get Alan on board with a mini-D.C. vacation this summer. Alan, what do you say? How I’d love to see my old friends and walk that mall again.

For today, I had the HOT MESS blog hop feature on my calendar, but it feels kind of silly to talk about being a HOT MESS on a day as important for us as Inauguration Day.

I’m still hosting it, of course. It’s just in a separate post.

I want to share with you an excerpt from what I think was the most powerful inauguration speech ever given, because as Alice said in the Return to Wonderland movie, “We can’t change the past. We can only learn from it.”


Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural snippet:

“….Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Poignant words. Justice. We do pay for our wrongdoing, and America paid for hers. And now we learn from our past and move on.



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