Christie Pettus

Christie Pettus is a full time working wife and mother living her suburban cul de sac dream in Orange Park, Fl. She is Mom to two awesome teenagers, McKenzie and Ethan, who have come to accept that certain parts of their lives will be blogged about, so they should act accordingly. As graduates of the University of Florida, she and her husband Ryan can be found rooting on their alma mater every chance they get including the more obscure sports. LaCrosse anyone? When she’s not judging her kids' questionable teenage choices, she can be found hiding in a room buried in a good book or writing, editing, and dreaming about being a full-time author.

Our Family Mission – It’s About to Get Real

Not too long ago, I shared with you my family's experience traveling overseas on missions trips supporting orphanages in remote locations. As I originally wrote about our upcoming trip to Kenya with Foundation Stone...

A Family Tradition of Banter and Insult

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and had a chance to pick up the new Book Club Book, This is Where I Leave You. As I mentioned last week, we started with just...

How I Jedi Mind Trick My Kids To Read

As an avid reader who loves to get lost in the imaginative world of a good book, I strive to raise children who also love the written word. In an era where iPhones, video...

Book Club: My Summer Reading List

This time of year, I start having deep rooted feelings of dislike towards two people who I love - my son and daughter. They don't deserve my wrath or short tempered responses, but that's...

They All Lived Happily Ever After

What is it about a Happily Ever After ending that makes us feel good inside? Is it ingrained in us as little girls sitting around watching Disney movies in our Princess dresses singing Some Day...

Structured Chaos

Have I mentioned my husband's a planner? His motto is there's never an issue that a spreadsheet couldn't solve. Many vacations have been planned this way - costs compared, amenities ranked, all -inclusive or...

The Pinterest Diaries: My Pinterest Graveyard

One afternoon, I decided it would be fun to explore my boards on Pinterest to see what I had tried and how I’d been inspired into greatness by this mecca of idea sharing. I...

Dance Like No One’s Watching

If I didn't already love Don, his use of scenes from the movie Grease to learn how to dance would have solidified my feelings towards him. We've all done it - stood in front of...

Hitting the Parenting Reset Button

Parenting is a never-ending ride of emotions. After getting past the baby and toddler years when it seemed my kids were constantly coming up with new ways to keep me on my toes, there...

Our Family Mission – Part One

In 2010, my husband and I made a major and completely unexpected decision to take our two children (ages 6 and 8 at the time) on a mission trip to Ecuador. Our primary purpose...

When Life Gives You Lemons… Or Hot Cross Buns

Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of lemonade, but I really hate that particular saying. It gives the impression that no matter what life throws your way, you can take it and...
Middle Years

Surviving the Middle Years

After reading the recent post by Kathy about picking a preschool/Kindergarden, I had a startling realization. Short of divine intervention, that part of my parenting life is over. No more watching my children enter...