Bruce Banner

Feb 7th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 2 min read

I try to get up three times a week to go workout at like 5 in the morning. I did it successfully for two years and then last year fell off the wagon. It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution but I have managed to start going again this year. It is good for my soul. It gives me a good hour and a half to…

Be Awesome

Feb 4th, 2016 everyday, Gavyn, Quotes Amanda Stanley 4 min read

We have a chalkboard in our kitchen; it is part of my “command center” where I keep all the boys school junk. I was super excited to get a chalk board that I could change out and have fun with. Right now it reads: Whenever I get sad I stop being sad and start being awesome. I wrote that on there two Octobers ago. So…

Falling Apart

Feb 3rd, 2016 everyday, Gavyn Amanda Stanley 4 min read

The last six years of my life have had a theme: Fall apart, pick up the pieces, repeat. I regularly utter the phrase, “We are a disaster over here.” I don’t mean it in a pity way or even in a very serious way. I just know that life is always a work in progress and that work is messy. Really messy. When I finished…

A Quiet Life

Feb 1st, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 1 min read

This year I feel like I have had a new idea pressed onto my heart that I am meditating on. It is the idea of a quiet life. We live in a society that is anything but quiet. Being quiet is not praised and rarely sought out. After all, if you want your opinion heard you need to be the loudest, the most outlandish, the…

Sad Days

Jan 31st, 2016 everyday Amanda Stanley 1 min read

Do you ever have one of those days, nothing is wrong really, it is just an ordinary day, but you feel an underline thread of sadness? I call them Sad Days. Super original, I know whatever. Today is a sad day for me. Nothing is really wrong I just feel a stirring of discontent and sadness. If I try and think about it logically I…

The Tattoos

Jan 31st, 2016 everyday Amanda Stanley 4 min read

I will never forget sitting at the dinner table when I was about 10 listening to my parents talk to my two older brothers about life choices. My mom told my oldest brother that if he got anything pierced she would rip it out. She was dead serious. I don’t remember how long after that it was that he came home with his first tattoo. I…

Doctor Who

Jan 29th, 2016 everyday, muses, Quotes Amanda Stanley 6 min read

I asked Skyler, my oldest, what I should blog about today. Without skipping a beat he said, “Doctor Who,” I sort of shook my head and smiled at him, not taking it very seriously. But then I realized he was right, I should blog about Doctor Who. You know why? Because Doctor Who has put into words so many of my thoughts. I love the…


Jan 29th, 2016 everyday, Quotes Amanda Stanley 3 min read

I ran across that picture of the houses on Pinterest, I love it. I can’t find who took it originally which is frustrating and the one bad thing with Pinterest. If you know please share! When I look at it though it makes me think of community and how we are all in our houses and they look vastly different on the outside and the inside….


Jan 25th, 2016 everyday Amanda Stanley 1 min read

Because some things are just to simple not to make at home. I am sort of a caramel fanatic and when I crave an iced mocha I want a really good one. I drink a lot of coffee. Not as much as I did when I was slinging the milk pitchers daily as a barista, but still a lot. A few years ago my friend…

My Trip

Jan 25th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 3 min read

My best friend and her husband moved from St. Louis to Boston in August of 2014. I remember the day she left my house to go get on a plane like it was yesterday. It was the worst day ever for both of us. We stood in my kitchen hugging and crying and trying not to cry even more. Ugh. It was the worst. Seriously. Not…