Pin-Up Girl

Each of us has a story.

You have one, you have one, even YOU have one. (yes, you, the one in the back saying “I’m just a normal girl.”)

If you’ve been around very long, you’ll know that from 2010 until just recently, I worked on a group site called Band Back Together. It was a labor of love, one that started from a little seed in Becky’s brain, and one that came to life quickly and successfully.

People come from all walks of life and submit stories – THEIR STORIES – of life, love, loss, abuse, addiction, special needs, special circumstances, and both hope AND fear. The stories are real. The stories are raw. The stories are LIFE.

For 2013, Band Back Together has produced a beautiful calendar. This calendar will feature the faces of different situations and conditions. There’s Bipolar, Domestic Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Special Needs Parenting, Organ Donation, and others.

I don’t want to give anything away, but Jason and I will be featured as the Faces of Child Loss.

While I wish our situation was different and I didn’t have to be the pin-up girl for losing a child, it’s the hand that Jason and I were dealt. We play that hand and sometimes it’s an even an honor for us to be able to share our story and share our Charlie with others around us. I feel like we offer hope to those who have suffered a loss, helping them realize that life CAN go on. It’s not easy and it surely takes time to be able to see the other side, but life is still beautiful, even through the sometimes foggy lens of grief.

Here’s where I ask you to buy a calendar.

But I’m not asking for me. Though I think you’ll love having a picture of me and my adorable husband on your wall for the entire month of May!

It’s for the Band. It’s to help continue providing a safe place for people who feel like they don’t have a voice, to have a voice. It’s for those who want to speak their truths without fear. It’s for some of you. It’s for all of us.

In addition to selling the calendars, Band Back Together will be offering calendar bundles. The bundle includes a calendar, BB2G stickers, BB2G temp tattoos, and while supplies last a BB2G button as well. For just a few dollars more you’ll be able to snag some cool extras. We have enough supplies to offer the bundle during pre-sales, and will continue to offer them until supplies run dry. We cannot guarantee the supplies will last through regular sales.

Order now by clicking on this pretty little picture. Put my name in the comment section so they know I sent you!




Proceeds from the 2013 Band Back Together Calendar will be used for outreach efforts in 2013. Band Back Together runs as a nonprofit, meaning we do not profit from any incoming funds. All proceeds go directly into Band efforts such as server costs or outreach efforts. As of this posting, federal nonprofit status has not been received, therefore purchases or donations are not tax deductible at this time.

Moving On…

Moving On…

Over the weekend, I stepped away from Band Back Together after (right at) two years of service.

It’s both heartbreaking and freeing.

I’m so unbelievably proud of the work I have done there and look forward to seeing The Band continue to grow. Thinking back to the very early days when it was me, Becky, and a few others and how scared we were that it wouldn’t grow and be awesome… well, that’s just ridiculous to look back on now. It’s such an amazing site that continues to grow and evolve.

Thank you, Becky, for allowing me to be the Tennille to your Captain and an integral part of such a wonderful group.

But at the same time, I need to say I feel like there is a path leading me elsewhere. I have no clue where that place is, but I see the road laid out in front of me.

Now it’s time to follow.


Climbing, Finishing and Shopping. Oh, and #FineChinaFriday!

Climbing, Finishing and Shopping. Oh, and #FineChinaFriday!

My brain hurts so you get what you get today!

Last Sunday, we went rock climbing with Henry’s Scout den for the end-of-year party.

He did not love it. He’ll tell you he did, but he didn’t.

School ended yesterday. I no longer have a first grader.

This is what the first and last days of first grade look like.

If you haven’t visited in a while, you should check out the online store for the nursery I work for. There’s lots of awesome stuff like this:

And like us on Facebook (Grayson), Facebook (Woodstock) and Twitter and Pinterest and all that jazz! Oh, and the blog. Don’t forget that!

Been to Band Back Together lately? So much awesomeness going on over there. Check it out. You won’t be sorry!

Also, it’s #FineChinaFriday. Party hard. If you’re still unsure what it is, click that little button at the top of the page that says #FineChinaFriday!


What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Do you know that Henry’s middle name is Love?

Since February is all smooshy mooshy lovey dovey with Valentine’s Day and stuff, Band Back Together is spotlighting Hearts and Love.

I wrote about Love and what it looks like to me.

You should go read it.

(ps: I’ve been told it’s made a few people cry. Be warned.)


Oh, I almost forgot. While you’re clicking around, can you head over and vote for Band Back Together for a 2012 Bloggie Award? We’re nominated for THREE categories.

Thanks, y’all!



Too Much To Do!

Oh, my to do list is as long as the wait for a new Apple product. Jeez…

So today, I’m just going to share a few things with you.

I’m honored today to be on a great site called Found The Marbles. While most of y’all might think I’ve LOST my marbles, I’ve actually found them!

Owning Your Story and Finding Your Calling

Over the weekend, we celebrated and remembered our babies that have been lost to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. I shared some thoughts on Band Back Together about the differences between THEN and NOW.

Thoughts From A Mom: Eight Years Later

This morning, my friend Law-Momma posted on her site a post that really hit home. It’s about perspective and blessings. And it’s a must-read.

First World Problems

Feeling a little confused by Occupy*InsertUSCityHere* like I am? Well, my buddy Avitable has a great post about it. I think we ALL can appreciate what he has to say.

Occupy Avitable

Have you checked out the new blog for Buck Jones Nursery that I’m working on? It looks great, if I may say so myself!

Gardeners Helping Gardeners

And last, but certainly not least, if you haven’t entered to win the Fred The Fox Shouts “NO!” book, you have until 6pm Eastern tonight to do so. In case you don’t win, though, you can buy a copy of the book HERE.

Teaching the Hard Stuff: Introducing Fred The Fox

I hope you all have a beautiful Monday!

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