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Welcome to Coffee Mugs and Big Hugs

Welcome to Coffee Mugs & Big Hugs

I’m just a girl, standing in front of another girl, wanting to encourage her. To tell her she’s beautiful, even if her hair hasn’t been brushed in a few days, even with the baby vomit on her shoulder, even with the spinach in her teeth, and/or in whatever stage of life she is in. This is what has sparked this blogging adventure. 

I am blessed to be married for 28 years, have 4 adult children ( 2 & 2),and 3 fur children (all boys). I graduated from college at the age of 45, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Living the almost-empty nester life. My youngest is 21 years old. Yikes! I fill my day serving my church in the office.

I hope to share all things women, marriage, parenting, relationships, Jesus, books, love, and laughter. Notice, Jesus is at the center of it all. I am stoked to have you by my side for this gig we call “life”. I live in a suburban neighborhood in the heart of Central California, Fresno. I love banana milkshakes (hello, Sonic half-price shakes!), Otis Redding’s kisses (my Shih Tzu fur baby), dancing in the kitchen, laughing at silly things, breaking out into song in the middle of a conversation (mostly 80s songs or old movies), and I’m digging the Enneagram biz and my 7-ness. I am stretching myself to create, with a new found love for writing. I believe age is just a number, it’s all about how we feel in our heart and soul. I so don’t feel my age or act my age at times. Also, I am pretty sure I can beat you in a sneezing contest.

Thanks for stopping by!


On the Blog

  • Coffee Mugs, Big Hugs, and More

    October 14, 2019 by

    The last few weeks have been an adventure! About 4 weeks ago, I applied for, prayed, found out I was accepted for a mission trip to Antigua & Barbuda in January 2020, and prayed some more, all in one week. Talk about FREAKING OUT! I had learned of this trip a few months back and… Read more

  • mama, pick that jaw up off the floor

    October 2, 2019 by

    My church kicked off an all-church small group series this Fall and this week’s message was on our calling to belong. We belong to a church family. We are called to hold each other up in the struggles, to encourage us when we’re weak, to slap us on the butt to get our rears in… Read more

  • Hello My Friend

    August 29, 2019 by

    Hi dear. I have missed you. Pull up a chair. You’ll always have a place at my table. How about a cup of coffee? Take your shoes off. Make yourself at home. Take a deep breath. I’m so glad you’re here. Big hugs. Oh, you’re not letting go yet, that’s all right, I love these… Read more

  • A Well Check-Up for My Marriage?

    July 27, 2019 by

    Eric and I are were sitting across each other at the table, gazing into each other’s eyes and completing the statement, “How do I love thee, let me count thy ways….” Nah, who does that? That is like romance on steroids. A bit over the top for me. Actually, we decided to visit a Mexican… Read more

  • Sometimes We Need to Hear the Ugly Truth

    July 25, 2019 by

    Last week I had a gut-wrenching conversation. It was ugly. There were tears. There was guilt. There was shame. This was all me. This is how I responded. All of my insecurities, the ones I knew about and the ones I didn’t know I had. All of it showed up. I was defensive. I was… Read more

  • Magnolia or Bust!

    July 7, 2019 by

    Friends! I’m getting so excited for a Sister Adventure in August! We’re going to Magnolia Farms in Waco, TX and I need all of your tips and tricks to having the most fabulous time. Tell me all about the places you visited, the restaurants you’ve enjoyed, and things that are A MUST. We’ll also be… Read more

  • Resting in the Shadow of the Almighty

    July 5, 2019 by

    “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 (NLT) Imagine yourself sitting in your living room. Cozy on your comfy couch. Chilling under the roof of your home, the four walls around you. You’re protected from the blaring sun during these crazy,… Read more

  • Hey You, Beautiful YA Mama

    May 29, 2019 by

    Moms, sometimes we find out about things our young adult kids have done or choices they have made with a particular event; after said event has happened, mind you. As Moms, we want so much for our young adult kids and when we find out about their poor decisions, we want to cringe. We want… Read more

  • Making Memories in the Mess

    May 23, 2019 by

    Life can be messy at times, right? Along with the mess or chaos we find at home with toys, dishes, kids, or whatever seems to pile up, life can get messy with circumstances, such as divorce, changes in family dynamics, illness, single parenthood, or maybe just being single in the hood. Yes, these times, whether… Read more

  • Kindness is a Superpower

    May 7, 2019 by

    We’ve grown up watching superheroes on Saturday morning cartoons with our bowl of cereal at the coffee table, while donning our best superhero jammies. We played with superhero figurines with the neighbor kids or with our imaginations in our bedrooms. Wonder Woman. Bat Girl. Black Widow. Super Girl. And most recently Captain Marvel. If you’ve… Read more

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