What I Learned in May


Y’all, genuINE spring is here. Ya, I know it came to your neck of the woods two months ago. I know our weather could still turn and bring snow tomorrow. But my lilacs are blooming, the temperatures are rising, so I’m calling it.

I’m also making time to recount the serious and not-so-serious I learned in May.

What I Learned in May:

1. Against all common logic, it is possible for several ten and eleven year old girls to be silent at a birthday party. Given how active and chatty my own girl is, I never would have believed it. But give her and her friends a brush, canvas, and a kaleidoscope of colorful inspiration, and the only sounds you’ll hear are the quiet strokes of talented artists.


2. It’s a little trippy to go from having no high schoolers to two of them overnight. Amazing, too, since my boys were in Kindergarten about ten minutes ago.


3. Turning 40 isn’t nearly as bad as all the black crepe papered, “over the hill” jokes make it out to be. While I wish my body could become friends with my metabolism again, I feel more comfortable in my skin than ever before.

4. Planning a fundraiser is hard work but insanely fun, too. If you’d like to donate to my care packages for military spouses project, feel free to do so here. I plan to give away 40 care packages to 40 military wives in honor of my 40th birthday, and I’d love it if you joined in the fun. Also? it moved me to tears to discover several military spouses themselves have already donated. It moves me, but it doesn’t surprise me. Military spouses are family, and we take care of each other.


5. I can run in front of people like a big girl and not feel like Phoebe from Friends. Forever and ever I’ve had this fear of running at the gym – or rather exercising in front of people. I’ve ran on our home treadmill for years, but since it recently bit the dust and my daughter’s swim team practices at a gym, I thought I might as well take advantage of it and start exercising there. I began with yoga, which I love in spite of being flexible as a 2 X 4 (dim lights, quiet room, focused breathing ~ totally my thing). But with all the time I spend in a chair writing these days, I need some cardio, too. Oh, my long-limbed self may still look like Phoebe running, but I just don’t care. Maybe it’s because I’m now 40? I don’t know. Whatever the reason, it’s nice not to have all the big feelings be the boss of me.

6. Steve left Blue’s Clues because he was losing his hair.

7. Y’all make sharing exciting (scary) news so much fun. Thank you so, so much for your kind words about my book contract. You are hands down the kindest community of encouragers around, and I couldn’t love you more.


So there you have it! Tell me, what did you learn in the merry merry month of May? Visit Emily for more “what I learned in May” offerings.

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  1. says

    Love these posts. I’ve joined in for the second time because I just love them so much. I love the paint classes. I’ve done two of them now and about to do another with all the army wives from my husband’s unit. Just so much fun. I just adore you, friend!

    • says

      Ya know, our family is talking about going back and painting together. My sons painted, too, since it was for their sister’s birthday, and they liked it! So much fun.

  2. says

    LOVE the news about the book contract!!! I’m so excited for you!! (And love the jumping photo as well. ;)) That painting party looks so adorable, I’m so glad they had a blast!

    I love connecting with you through this link up, I thought of you when I was in Colorado Springs for a wedding last weekend! Thanks for sharing! :)


  3. Beth Williams says

    I learned that I need to have more patience with life, and people. Need to extend a ton of grace to my dad (89) & my wonderful hubby!

    Figured out that I want to take cooking classes and try different dishes on my hubby. I am a good cook & thanks to Food Network’s the Kitchen–I made the Ultimate Meatloaf and hubby said it was best ever!!!!! :)

    Congratulations on the book contract! Your jump is fantastic!!

    • says

      Now I must google the ultimate meatloaf on FN. We are big meatloaf fans around here.

      And thank you for your enthusiasm, Beth. You are always so good to me.

  4. says

    Just want to tell you how much I enjoy your writing, your blog! I am in awe of your abilities, and those of others like you (Kristen Welch, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Michelle DeRusha). I am 62, so maybe not in your demographic, and yet your words move me. So know you are reaching us more mature women folk too! Thank you for you! Oh, and excited for that book of yours!