***DISCLAIMER: My life is NOWHERE near perfect!! Life is not easy, and being a newlywed and a college student does NOT make it any easier! Please remember that there is a positive side to every day, and that’s what I want to focus on here.

Think about when you were five years old. Nothing could stop you, you were completely invincible. The dreams you had seemed perfectly reachable, whether it was being an astronaut, or, in my case, a princess. You were free to run wild with your imagination.

But then we grew up and everything changed.

My current job is working with kids who struggle with mental illnesses and hard home situations. It breaks my heart to see how “grown up” those kids sometimes become so quickly because of their circumstances. What’s worse, is that the term “grown up” means being boring and not having any more fun. WHAT ON EARTH HAPPENED TO US??

We used to laugh and play and run and daydream about things that were never possible but were so fun just to think about! I saw this Facebook post the other day:


Well I think it’s time to start caring again.

My name is Halley Thaxton, I’m 21 years old, and my favorite dinosaur is a stegosaurus because they’re really tall, friendly, and downright awesome. I’m a college student, a mental health worker, and the wife of the greatest man I have ever met (whose favorite dinosaur is a giant brontosaurus or a giganotosaurus – it’s a toss up). I’m from Washington State, I’m in love with tall trees and rainy days, and I am obsessed with elephants. When I grow up, I want to change people’s lives for the better through public health. And hopefully be a princess.

When I got married, a lot of people told me I was too young, it was too fast, and I was never going to be able to accomplish my dreams. Basically, I felt like a Disney princess all the time, trying to explain that I love this man and I can get married and still run the world someday! I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Our marriage isn’t perfect, we have bad days and good days, and we are still figuring out how to live life together, but we are so happy to be married, so happy to live together, to problem solve together, to fall asleep watching movies together, and to just plain old be together.

I created this page to show people the JOY of marriage, the SUCCESS we have with all odds against us, and how we create HAPPINESS in the hardest moments.

There is too much negativity everywhere and, frankly, I’m tired of it filling up my newsfeed. I’m not doing this for attention, I don’t think I will change the world by doing this, but I love my life and I want everyone to know why. If I can help one person (even if that person is me), it’s worth it.

So here’s to loving dinosaurs, being weird and random, creating joy and laughter in the home, and letting our imaginations run wild again.

Here’s to forever living life in the moment and loving it.


2 thoughts on “Dinosaurs

  1. Lucy Grove-Jones says:

    Dinosaurs are amazing. I’m partial to sinornithosaurus. It’s one of the small microraptors. It was feathered, could probably fly or at least glide, and had the nasty toe-claw. I think of it as a flying cat, or a weaponized magpie.

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