Hello, dear readers. And welcome to my first monthly coffee time at Dressed for My Day. I wish I really could sit down and share a cup of something warm and delicious with each of you. It may sound corny and mushy, but you, dear readers, have really come to be precious to me. Thank you so much for choosing to sit with me for just a few minutes today.
A couple of years ago, I think it was, I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite fashion bloggers in real life. I was on a speaking engagement in Pennsylvania, and she and I were able to connect the morning before I flew home. We met up in a sweet little cafe between Philadelphia and her home and shared breakfast and lots of coffee.
I remember feeling a little nervous and intimidated about meeting her, you know, with her being a style blogger and all. But I didn’t need to. She was down-to-earth, warm and gracious. I’m speaking of Jo-Lynne Shane, by the way. I know many of you follow her, too. Anyhow, we had such a nice time just talking. I, of course, felt like I already knew her…like she was an old friend. She probably knew little about me at the time.
Alas, that’s the quandary of blogging. Sometimes it feels like a genuine, two-way relationship, and other times you realize there’s really only one voice in the conversation. That’s why I really do love it when you comment occasionally on the blog posts or say hello in my Instagram stories. I really am beginning to recognize names and remember the things you’ve shared with me, and that feels good.
Anyhow, when Jo-Lynne and I met up, strangely enough, the first thing I asked her was to tell me about her family. She looked a little puzzled, too. I imagine she expected me to ask her something about blogging. And we did get around to that. But you know, most of us gals are kinda tied to our families. They say when men first meet they generally ask each other about their line of work, but when women meet up we dive right into family.
So that’s what I thought I’d do today. Let me tell you briefly about my family.
A Little About My Family
My husband James is my best friend and the only man I’ve ever met that I would want to be married to. We have enjoyed over 30 years of marriage. I say enjoyed, but we’ve definitely had our ups and downs. I figure most of my 50+ readers know and could attest to this, but gals you have to hang in there! Marriage gets so much sweeter and a little easier after you get the kids out of the house. I’m so glad we didn’t buckle along the way.
James and I met in seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. We were engaged within just a few months after meeting and married in less than a year from “hello.” I dropped out of seminary so I could work full-time as a technical writer and help him get through school just a little faster. I have no regrets about that, but I do think about returning to that degree program sometimes. We’ll see.
Anyhow, when we went to our first church, where James was the senior pastor, I was pregnant with our first child, Daniel. He will turn 28 this month, and I just can’t figure out how that can be! Daniel is a software engineer for a major tech brand, and he works mostly remote from home. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Daniel is engaged to a sweet young woman, Stephanie, whom he has been dating since his freshman year in college. She is in her pediatric residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. We’re very proud of both of them. Oh, and they recently set a date! Yay! Next October 27 we will gladly welcome Stephanie into our family.
We don’t get to see Daniel nearly as much as we’d like to, but we have a great relationship with him. We only talk about every two weeks or so, but when we do we’re on the phone with him for hours. He is an interesting conversationalist and has such a good heart. He loves to play board games as well as electronic games, but he’s also a wonderful photographer and loves to travel.
Abigail was born three years after Daniel, and she came along like a whirlwind! When Abigail was in elementary school she had a t-shirt that had a red emblem on it that looked like the Dairy Queen logo, but it said Drama Queen. That title fit her completely, but not in a negative way at all. She is high spirited, passionate, enthusiastic and smart as a whip. She’s also talented and oh, so much fun!
Abby earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance a couple of years ago, but she is going into ministry now. She lives in Atlanta, and I’m looking forward to seeing her next week.
Life at home
I stayed home and raised my kids instead of working outside the home. As they got older I returned to my writing, and was able to pursue that from home. But there is nothing in life I loved more than raising my children. I’m so glad that they are happy and where they are supposed to be now. But I do sometimes miss sitting around the dinner table with them, driving them to play rehearsals or tennis practice or church events.
But now James and I are very happy and contented empty nesters. We enjoy having coffee together and talking through our day every morning. And right now we’re both officing out of our home. Surprisingly it hasn’t bothered me one bit that James has taken over our dining room table for his office. All by the grace of God, ladies! And of course, he’s my faithful and engaged photographer for this blog. Y’all he takes my pictures so graciously and never complains. In fact, he’s constantly trying to learn how to do it better.
So I’m blessed with a wonderful family. We definitely all continue to have our issues and struggles. But we love each other. And we enjoy spending time together when possible.
Wrapping it up
Well, I’ve kept you long enough, and undoubtedly we’ve either drunk ever last drop of our coffee by now, or it’s grown cold! Thank you so much for listening to my ramblings. You are a blessing to me!
I’d love for you to share with me briefly in the comments section something about you and your family, if you’re willing. Don’t be afraid to go first! Just maybe tell me if you’re married or not, if you have children, how many and how old, and what your family situation is now. I’d love to get a feel for your family situations.
Today’s Sales Worth Checking Out:
Here’s the list of sales you might want to check out today. These are affiliate links, so I will earn a little bit of commission if you buy anything through them, but at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for shopping my links. In fact, you can do that anytime, you know. In the right hand column of this blog I have a list of my favorite stores, and if you shop through those it really helps me out. Also, you can always shop my looks here. Thanks!
At Chico’s you’ll get 50% off your highest priced item when you spend $100 or more. Use code: 71470. They’re also giving another 40% off already reduced items.
At Kohl’s you get an extra 20% off with code GOSAVE20. Plus they’re awarding $10 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent.
J.C.Penney is giving you an extra 25% off when you spend $100 or more or 20% off if you spend less with code FALLSALE .
At Gap, you’ll get 40% off everything with code FFTIME. But if you use your Gap credit card and use code FFCARD you’ll get 50% off.
Just through Saturday, at J.Crew you’ll get 40% off fall favorites with code: BOO . This is an online only sale.
At J.Crew Factory you can get 35% off their already low prices on autumn obsessions with code NEEDITNOW.
Banana Republic is giving you 40% off regular priced items with the code BRFRIEND. You can also get free shipping on purchases over $100 with code BRSHIP .
Loft is giving you 40% off tops and 50% off jewelry.
Recent Dressed for My Day featured items included in the above sales:
Well, that’s it ladies. Have a great day and a safe, happy weekend!
Blessed for My Day
Let’s remember today to take every opportunity we have to sing the praises of our Lord. Let’s give Him credit, instead of taking it ourselves. Let’s tell others how well He has provided, protected and guided. Let’s not be quiet about our faith in God, but share our relationship with Him with others. And let’s not leave out how He has graciously brought us out of dark seasons, difficult trials, dependencies, times of desperation and depression, and days of discouragement. Let’s be sure to proclaim His praises every opportunity we are given.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. ~ 1 Peter 2:9