A few of you have mentioned you are new to my blog so I wanted to say “Hello and welcome!” to those of you who are new here. If you are a friend who has been here for a while, “I’m glad you’re here too!”

My name is Tish and this is my little piece of the internet.

I started my blog to help me document more about our family and kiddos. What I discovered is the sweetest community of friends from all over the world! I am so grateful for each of you!


I am a wife, Mom, and Realtor in Abilene, TX.

I was born and raised in Texas which means I love sweet tea, chips and queso, and all the Tex Mex food! I grew up in Abilene (moved here when I was 3) and attended Hardin-Simmons University where I received my degree in Elementary Education. I taught 3rd grade at Wylie ISD and then stayed home when I got pregnant with Carson (our 3rd kiddo). After Cutter (#4) was born I went back into teaching when Carson was 4 yrs old and Cutter was 2 yrs old. I taught Kindergarten and Pre-K at St. John’s Episcopal School. However, after three years back in teaching, God opened the door for me to go into real estate. You can read about why I became a Realtor HERE. I have now been a Realtor for 5 1/2 years and absolutely LOVE what I do! I am blessed every day by my clients!

I love coffee like Lorelai Gilmore loves coffee! I drink crazy amounts of it especially in the winter. Any other cold natured friends? I am a Reality TV junkie and love to watch The Bachelor (Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise) and Big Brother but also watch a few of the Real Housewives series too. They are all ridiculous but they make me laugh! My FAVORITE thing to do is read! If you know someone who will pay me to read books for a living, please give them my contact info! Ha! #dreamjob

However, THE MOST IMPORTANT thing I want you to know about me is that I love Jesus! He is my Savior and all that I have in my life I owe to Him. Love God. Love people. It’s that simple! And if you don’t know God as your personal Savior but want a relationship with Him or have questions, I would love to visit with you! You can email me at simplytish@yahoo.com!


I am married to Mark who is truly my best friend. He knows me better than anyone else and I am so grateful to live this crazy life of ours with him by my side! We have four kiddos and spend much of our time watching them play sports! We are a soccer, football, basketball, baseball family currently and our daughter played volleyball as well as ran track (and played basketball too) when she was in high school so we have most sports covered. We also love to go to the movies and can eat our weight in movie theatre popcorn!

Mark Blackburn


Mark is the Postmaster of Stamford, TX, a small town about 40 miles north of Abilene. Mark also grew up in Abilene and attended Abilene Christian University where he played baseball. We both attended Cooper High School and Mark graduated the same year as my older brother. We dated my senior year of high school and his sophomore year at ACU for a few months and then God brought us back together 10 years later.

Alyssa Michelle


Alyssa is our oldest and our only girl! She recently turned 21 and I shared a post all about her you can read HERE. Alyssa is a senior in college and lives in Waco, TX. She is working towards her Bachelor’s degree to be a Child Life Specialist and then plans on going into her Master’s degree program next year. Being the only girl and the oldest, she is always playing second Mom to her brothers. This girl is pure light and love to all who know her! We have such a sweet special bond and I am forever grateful God chose her to make me a mom!

Conner Ryan


Conner is our oldest son who just turned 17 a few weeks ago. Conner is a junior in high school and plays on the Varsity basketball team. We love watching our #44! Conner is one of the nicest kids you’ll ever meet. He has a super laid back personality - not type A like his mom and sister. Ha! Conner is easy going, loves to do anything sport related although his passion is definitely basketball. He has a close relationship with his older sister (those two are always up to something!) and he is just the absolute best big brother to our little Cs. Conner’s schedule is crazy right now with school, athletics, church activities, etc. but the second he gets home he always goes straight to find his brothers. They have all the special handshakes, inside jokes, and Carson and Cutter just want to be like Conner when they grow up. And they both want to be taller than Conner. Haha! #goals

Carson Michael


Carson is our middle son and also had a birthday a few weeks ago. Carson and Conner share a January 15th birthday exactly five years apart! Carson is 12 years old and is in 6th grade, his first year of middle school. Carson has a big heart. He is always praying for others and wants the best for his friends. He is very tender hearted and always looking for ways to serve others. Carson also plays basketball and baseball. And he is just almost taller than his Momma! (He measures every single day. Ha!) Carson loves to dress up for church, pictures, and school events. He can rock a fun suit like his Daddy! Carson is very much like Mark. He is his mini-me in looks and has a lot of the same personality traits. Carson is very personable and social. He likes to be the life of the party! It’s Carson’s world and we are all just living in it!

Cutter Maddux


Cutter Maddux completed our family 9 years ago. He is our quietest kid around others but his personality is BIG when he is at home! This kid is FUNNY! He is always making us laugh! Cutter also remembers almost everything he reads or learns so he is always using new words and trying to keep us on our toes. He loves to read like his Mom and Dad. He also absolutely LOVES going to the movies and popcorn like us too! Cutter is our cuddle bug and lover of blankets. This kid wants a new blanket every Christmas and birthday! He also prefers to be with one of us than alone in his room. He and Carson are super close and call themselves “best friend brothers”. I hope they always do that! He is also constantly in Conner’s room hanging out with his biggest brother any chance he gets. Cutter Maddux is growing up but he will always be the baby of our family. The perfect caboose!


You can keep up with us on Instagram HERE or Facebook HERE.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, you can email me at simplytish@yahoo.com.
I love to hear from you!

Have a great Tuesday!



We had THE BEST weekend! 

Friday night was spent at the ballpark for Cutter's game. 


He had an AH-MAZING catch at 3rd base! Plus, they had two great plays getting the runners out at home plate! An exciting game to end our week and they got the WIN! 


On Saturday, Mark and Conner left early to drive to San Antonio for a basketball tournament Conner was playing in with his team. They played two games that afternoon and evening and got back home around 2:00am. Long day! 

Mark's parents have a cabin south of town that we loving call The Creek.  They invited Cutter and Carson to spend Saturday with them and my niece and nephew. The Creek is one of our very favorite places to go! 


Grandad set up a place for the boys to practice pitching. My sweet nephew, Corban, is the one in the front. :) 

Cutter said he was going to help Grandad chop wood.


My sweet niece, Karrigan!



They love to go on walks and explore. 



And of course Carson is picking up rocks. #thatkidandhisrocks



They played games and Gramma helped them make some sweet scrapbooks. 



The boys had a GREAT time!


Love these sweet cousins! 

While they were having fun at the Creek, I spent my day ALONE. 

Mommas, you heard me correctly! I had the day to MYSELF! 

I spent my morning READING! 


Took a break for a quick hair cut. Grabbed an iced coffee on the way home and spent the afternoon on the back patio with a new book! #myhappyplace

At one point I was on the phone with my girlfriend and told her I was having THE PERFECT DAY EVER! Gosh, don't we sometimes just a need a day to rejuvenate?! 

However, the BEST part of my day happened at 11:00pm! 

I was in bed reading my book (it's a good one!) and there was a knock on the bedroom door. And in walked ALYSSA MICHELLE!!!! 

She drove in from Waco after work to surprise me for Mother's Day! 



Oh my goodness, I love this girl so much!!!

After church on Sunday, we went out to each for lunch.

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Alyssa and I waiting for our table. 

After lunch, we spent the afternoon shopping! Woohoo! Our favorite thing to do together! 

And the boys were all glad to spend some time with Alyssa too! 


These two making silly singing videos in the car! Ha! 

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Carson and Alyssa playing some Wii!



And she took Carson and Cutter on a bike ride! #bestbigsisterever



We all LOVED having Alyssa home and having all 6 of us together! 

I am so grateful God chose me to be their Mom! 

Happy Monday, friends!



Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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Hello Monday! 

Today I am sharing 25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME!

Grab your cup of coffee, get cozy, and here we go! 



1.  I once issued a warrant for my own arrest! In high school, I worked for the County Clerk's office and issued warrants to be executed. One day, I accidentally entered my name in the wrong blanks and had issued a warrant for myself! Luckily, the Sheriff's office caught the error and thought it was funny. They never let me live it down!

2.  I must have COMPLETE darkness to sleep. (And a box fan for white noise!)

3.  When I was in 3rd grade, I composed a song about the Statue of Liberty on the piano and won 3rd place in the state of Texas! 

4.  I have fan girled twice in my life - once when I met Melissa Rycroft (from the Bachelor/Good Morning Dose) in Vegas. She and her husband, Tye, were SUPER sweet! We played Roulette with them! :) The second time was when I (sorta met) Shay Shull of Mix and Match Mama blog. She spoke at my sister-in-law's church in Lewisville. I drove 3 hours that morning to hear her speak at a MOPS group and my heart raced the whole time! I was SO excited to hear her speak!! 

5.  I make my bed EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. I would rather be late to work or my kids late to school than come home to an unmade bed!

6.  I was caught on fire by fireworks when I was 15.  To this day, I can watch fireworks but I want no part in setting them off! 

7.  The toilet paper roll ALWAYS has to be put on where it goes OVER the roll! I change this at my office all the time. (We will see how many of my co-workers read my blog!) I may have been known to change this at my Mom's house as well as friends' homes as well. 

8.  I ran a half marathon. That was my first race to ever run! 

9.  I LOVE coffee! Like it is seriously what gets me out of bed every morning! 

10.  I am DEATHLY afraid of snakes.

11.  My full first name is Tish. I get asked all the time "What is Tish short for?" Just me! Ha! My Mom had a friend from England whose daughter was named Patricia. They called her Tish because she was always such a happy baby. Tish means JOY!. My Mom loved the name so she gave it to me. 😊

12.  My eyelashes ARE REAL! I have never used any type of mascara to help them grow. In fact, I have to trim them so that I can wear sunglasses! 

13.  I have flown 6 times in my life and only once was it a domestic flight. My 7th flight will be in June to Israel - international again! 

14.  I quote Christmas Vacation ALL. YEAR. LONG. 

15.  I worked for a Bail Bondsman when I was 18 years old when I thought I wanted to major in Criminal Justice in college. I changed to Education. 

16.  I took twirling lessons when I was in middle school because I wanted to be a baton twirler and Rifle Girl in high school. My Freshman year of high school, the school cut out the twirlers. 

17.  I tend to have random thoughts run through my mind. Like, when I see a field I think - How many blades of grass are in that field? How many trees are on Interstate 20 between Abilene, TX and Dallas, TX? I think Cutter (our youngest) may also have this line of thinking! He is giving me a run for my money already!

18.  I had ALL of my baby teeth pulled by the dentist except one! The roots to my baby teeth didn't dissolve like they were supposed to do. 

19.  When my daughter, Alyssa, got her ears pierced (she was 6 yrs old) I PASSED OUT! Right in the middle of the store at the Mall! 

20.  I can handle blood and I can see organs and surgeries, but I CANNOT handle the thought of the cutting of skin or puncturing of skin. (Thus, #19 happened!) 

21.  The clothes in my closet are all organized by style (i.e. dresses, tshirts, work shirts, pants, jeans, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, etc.) and by color. (I don't think this is odd but my sister tells me this is not normal. Ha!)

22.  I have to sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door, NOT the window! 

23.  I watch Friends and Gilmore Girls on repeat throughout the day, including first thing in the morning while I brush my teeth! 

24.  I cannot work without background noise. I always have music or a TV show/movie playing while I work. 

25.  I LOVE to read so much that when I finish a book, I find myself thinking about the characters as though they were real. I miss them! (Please tell me I am not the only one!)

There you go! Some randomness for your Monday! 

Hope you guys have a FaNtAsTiC day! 


I'm linking up with the Hello Monday girls today! 

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