31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 21: Busy! Busy! Busy!

This is a busy 8 days for our family … and we welcome it.  It is busy because we get to celebrate this guy and this girl …

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They are a few days shy of being 3 years apart.  No, we didn’t do it on purpose … it just happened.  So we’re in the midst of parties and birthdays and trying to love them well.  We have a few birthday traditions including going out for dinner wherein the birthday person gets to pick the place for dinner.  This year another tradition starts … using this plate all day.  I like this plate and what it reads.

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What does your week have in store?


31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 16: Halloween

We decorate for almost every seasonal thing or holiday. I just love it.  I got that love for it from my mom, who did the same.  This past weekend we decorated for Halloween.



I always try to involve the kids in the decorating.  They totally love it.  This year {and last} we do a project I found on Pinterest where we take empty, clean milk jugs & draw ghost-type faces on them.  Then I cut the backs out of them so portions of a strand of lights can be stuck in them so they’ll ‘glow’.

Here is a pic of the string of them on our porch.

Last year i did a better job of taking pics of the ‘making’ process … you can see that here.


Either way, I encourage you to find something small and fun that you and your children or family can do together.  It will be a lot of fun.

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 15: Confession

I’m a SAHM.  (I think that’s funny … the first time I ever saw that was on a blog a few years ago and had to google it to know what it meant!).  Or, Stay At Home Mom for those who didn’t know what those letter stood for, like me!  Well, I actually work a part-time job and have since having kids.  Other than working outside the home, I work inside the home.  I enjoy that.  Well, the home part, not all the work part.  One thing that I do over and over that sometimes I just REALLY have no motivation for is cleaning. More

31 days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 8: Oh Well

I asked Holly if I could guest blog for her today since I have a confession to make.  I must say that I have been the world’s worst blogger this year.  Thanks to Holly for keeping me on the blog while she does all the work:).  I guess when you think about it-it’s kind of nice that kids grow up and do the work instead of the Mom having to do it all like they do when the littles are still, well little!  Does anyone remember reading a post I wrote back in January on goals?   Let’s just be honest, I have not kept my goal of that deep cleaning stuff (baseboards, blinds, etc) around the house every week.  Maybe it should have been a monthly goal; maybe I was a little over zealous on the weekly idea, but no excuses-I just did not do the deep cleaning thing after a few weeks.  I have found that when area of deep cleaning starts staring me in the face, that’s when I tackle it, so I guess I will just have to live with me the way I am.  God knows that dust and dirt will be here long after me so I think I will just stick to what I do now and spend more time sitting with my loved ones enjoying a cup of coffee.  That sounds like way more fun to me anyway.

31 days of Let’s Just Be Honest: Intro

I have a blogger friend that lives in Austin.  I’ve gotten to know a bit over the past few years.  She’s great.  Her name is Jamie Ivey and you should check her out over here at Dreaming Big Dreams.  About a week ago she emailed asking if I wanted to do this 31-day challenge with her where we blog on the same topic for 31 days during the month of October.  The challenge came from NESTING PLACE.  I think this is her fifth year doing it and last year she apparently had 1200 people participating.  I’m actually suppose to have one of those fancy buttons that others put on their website, but I don’t know how to make those.  So I don’t have one.  Do you know how to make one? Can you make one for me ? 🙂 This will be my home page and I’ll have links here daily.

This is a hard challenge for me to do.  It’s blogging on 1 topic for 31 days in a row.  Wow.  Not sure I can do this.  If you follow my blog, you know sometimes I blog weekly, sometimes it’s 6-8 a month and sometimes a whole month comes and goes, in blogging silence!!!  I’ve got a lot going on right now, so I’m hoping a lot will flow and you’ll get to share in the fun, hard and good of it all.

The topic I’m blogging on for 31 days: Let’s Just Be Honest. More

I Have a Lollygagger In The Family … And It’s Not Me!!!

Do you see this one? …


She’s much older now, but none the less … she’s my lollygagger.  Here’s the dictionary.com definition of that word:

a person who dawdles or fools around

She takes her time.  She walks slowly, singing or humming as she goes.   More

What I love about this Season {autumn}

Autumn is my favorite season.  I love so much about it.  I wanted to share with you some of the things I love about this season … in no particular order 🙂

1. Pumpkins & Gourds. More

The Letting Go

This was me, writing my thoughts to God in my journal 2 days ago:

I just want to sit and read a book and that‘s not happening.

Working out is a major chore.  The fun of it isn’t there anymore.

I feel irritated by normal life.  Having to make grocery lists and get shopping done.   Having to take time out of my summer fun things to do to clean house and get stuff done.

There’s this low-level conflict between the kids and I (what feels like) all the time and I just want it to go away.  Summer is about fun … and we’re not having it.

I’m irritated at my eating decisions.  In all this irritation at life, I’m trying to escape and comfort myself with food — bad for me food.

Do you see what’s happening here?  Things are not going the way I want them to and I’m feeling it.  I’ve been irritated at everything and everyone.

My very next journal sentence was this: More

The Eight Essential Vitamins of a Child

My pastor just wrote a blog on the essential things a child needs growing up.  It is all common sense and I know as loving parents we all strive for these while raising children.  He just really did a great job explaining them and I wanted to share with all of you.  It is lengthy, but worth the read. Enjoy!


Are you looking upon summer with excitement? or dread?

This is our first full week of summer.  My daughter’s last day of school was last Wednesday.  Monday – Wednesday were just crazy and so were Thursday and Friday, even though school was out!

photo-2Our first full week is upon us.  And you know what?  …. I’m excited!  I really am.

When my daughter finished kindergarten and we went into summer (with my children being 6 and 3) I was nervous, to say the least.  I needed a plan.  What were we going to do? How do I keep them from fighting?  How do I talk to them about their hearts and Jesus all the time? How do I not just ‘waste’ these 2 ½ months?  How do I shop and do laundry and all the house stuff with both of them home again?  I felt as though I’d totally lost my compass!!! Or my marbles!!!! More

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