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Writing about all the big & little things


I have decided that I’m going to write a post with one word at the title, starting with each letter of the alphabet. I have no idea how this will go, but I love having a plan, so there it is!

I’ve had a few “plans” over the years with this blog: Wordless Wednesday, 13 Thin thoughts, Food Friday… I seem to have a fondness for word alliterations! I just love how they roll off the tongue.

In other news: We had to buy a new section of our sectional this week. The old part was peeling badly on the back and sunk down way too much when you sat down. Although we really wish it had a longer run, we’re overall pleased how it’s held together. We have a lot of people coming and going and the couch seems to be a common place for everyone to come, so it’s had a lot of wear and tear. Plus it’s where the rest of the family primarily hangs out every evening when I’m teaching.

Getting it into the basement was a bit of a struggle. It DOES fit, but just barely. And since our basement staircase goes straight down there’s really no good way to turn the couch when you get down to the bottom. So, after removing the door trim and casing and the railing and squishing it through the doorway and pivoting it over the railing at the bottom of the steps and squishing it again while scraping against the ceiling as we lifted it over the last part, it has finally made it into its new home. πŸ˜€

We actually joked after the struggle of getting the couch down the FIRST time that we would have to simply leave that couch there until we sold the house since it was such a struggle to get it down. Ha! I guess, where there is a will, there is a way!


Since January 1st I’ve been on a mission to drink over 100 ounces of water every day. In case you aren’t aware, that’s a lot of water. Ha!

But it’s crazy to me how much I want to drink water now that I’ve been doing it for a month. I love how it helps my digestion and helps me feel more full and has cleared up by complexion. I even had someone comment on how “radiant” I looked after the first week. And the only real thing that had changed at that time was drinking more water, so that’s a true testament to it helping!

All of this was helped because of my new cup I got for Christmas from one of my students. It’s so fun. I love getting gifts and this was an added bonus for being so practical.

See?! So pretty!

Hula Hoop Champ!

It was track and field day today. We were all very excited about this–since they weren’t able to do them for the last 2 years–making this Maddie’s very first track and field day!

It was a pretty awesome day for everyone. Maddie won her hula hoop event. I recorded it (not knowing that she would win, of course) and I’m so glad I did. She’s the one closest to us in the rainbow skirt. I’m sorry I didn’t think to zoom in closer. You’ll have to really focus to see her. Be sure to have the sound on!


When I was younger I remember thinking that adults were so angry looking all the time. I wondered why they weren’t filled with joy like I felt like they should be. I mean, being an adult must be AWESOME, so, why be so blue? As an adult you can go wherever you want, do whatever you want, eat whatever you want and watch whatever you want. Pretty sweet to a 13 year old.

Now that I’m older, life is so much harder than I thought it would be.

Maybe that is because life ACTUALLY is harder and more dark than it used to be. Or maybe it’s just because I was young and naΓ―ve. Or maybe this is also just a season.

But the stuff we are dealing with now is so much heavier. We’re praying for healing for cancer, depression, family members we’ve lost, divorce, kids turning away from God, spiritual warfare, and the list goes on. It hurts my heart in so many ways.

Today at church, one of the teens had an grand mal seizure during the worship. They quickly called an ambulance and rushed her to the hospital. We invited the rest of the family over so they could be closer to the hospital where they had taken her. She’s doing fine now, and they’ve run tests–but there are not answers. This was totally out of the blue with no previous history.

As I watched them wheel her out on the gurney I broke down crying. It was like I was seeing Chloe being wheeled out and I could suddenly feel how helpless that Mom must feel at that moment.

But we serve a powerful God. And this was no surprise to Him. And even though we feel helpless and fearful and anxious–He does not. We can take all our worries and pain to him and He can handle it.

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Do you see that? He will give our souls rest. Rest. We can stop hashing over the constant “what if?” scenarios. We can stop stress eating. We can stop lashing out at our family because we are tense. My other favorite verse this week is this:

Christian Wallpaper – Sunset Philippians 4:6-7

The peace of God. I love that. The PEACE of God will guard your hearts and minds. And let me tell you, that is something I really needed today and will probably need every day now.

I choose to live a life of joy. Joy in a fallen world. But in order to do that, I need to fully rest in God and his promises. Join me in praying this week: I pray that you take the burdens that are suffocating me today and help me rest in your peace.



Last night we had a pretty severe storm system roll through our area. The sirens went off a few times and there was strong winds, rain and even hail. The hail is where I got nervous. I was actually still teaching at that time, so we decided to head to the basement for a little bit. Tim was our watch-man keeping us safe and updated. πŸ™‚

Here’s some of the hail we got–and this was after 30 min of melting:

Meanwhile, Chloe was at youth group across town.

Of course, when she went to youth group, it was fine weather out… but she was there long enough for things to really develop and get messy. They actually wouldn’t let the kids leave at 8:00 (when they were supposed to) because the tornado warning was still in effect. They wouldn’t release the kids until the warning expired at 8:30.

Needless to say, she was a bit of a nervous wreck. She doesn’t do well with storms to begin with and then she was in a different place… plus it was a loud storm… plus her phone died (she forgot to charge it) so she couldn’t communicate with us as much as she would like. Don’t worry, though, her friend is my student so we were still able to talk with Chloe through her. πŸ˜‰

This morning we went out to check on the damage. We do have siding chipped, probably some roof damage and the hail broke a bunch of our screens on the front of the house. Fun, fun. No trees damaged though. And his car, that was in the driveway, also seems to be fine. So that’s a relief!

It was an exciting night for sure!


Remember when I thought it was spring? Well, the weather decided that it would skip spring and go directly to SUMMER!

We had 30 degree weather last week and yesterday we hit 87 degrees. Wowza! Today is on the rise as well–expected to reach into the 80’s all week.

But don’t worry, we should be back to normal Spring next week (with temps in the 60’s again). Weather here is certainly never boring!



It’s glorious today. A lovely 63 degrees and sunny. It’s wonderful.

My studio gets the afternoon sun, so it gets quite stuffy and hot at about 3:00 with the sun streaming in. I’ll admit that I’ve already had to turn on the air conditioner a little bit to cool my studio off… tee hee!

The kids are off of school today so they’ve enjoyed a trip to the park. It was just the perfect day for it. I really need to get outside and start cleaning up the flower beds this weekend. I also think I’m going to pay the kids to rake the yard this year. They are totally old enough to do it and we need a little “fluffing” to our grass

I can tell I’m really out of practice writing. I’m quite disjointed. I’ll work on it.

I’m helping pull together a ladies event at our church this month (on May 21st). It’s a women’s conference with speakers streamed in from the I.F. Gathering that was held in early March in Texas. It’s a great combination of inspiring speakers. I’m also helping lead a small worship team at the event. It should be awesome. And now that it’s finally May, officially, I feel like I can start getting things rolling.


Well, hello there!

It’s May. We’ve finally made it through the depressing and long winter months. My one tulip in the front flower bed popped up this past week. I enjoyed the vibrant green leaves… right up until the rabbits munched it down to the ground. Now I’m sad. I need to invest in some chicken wire apparently.

I also noticed our trees have finally started to get some buds. Oh, and the box elder bugs are back in force. A true sign of Spring. πŸ˜‰

House Update (11/12/21)

Today was the day!!!

The kids moved into their rooms today, and I did my very first load of laundry upstairs!

Tonight will be their first night sleeping all in their separate rooms.


There is still stuff for us to finish (trim, doors, move up the dryer, put up curtains, finish patching up the old laundry room, etc….) but it’s getting so close now!

Pictures to come!

House Update (11/11/21)

Carpet is going in right now! And we squeezed in all of our painting just in time. It was a couple of late nights, and sore backs, but we did it!

Look how amazing Chloe’s wall turned out!

And look at the amazing flooring that Tim put in the new laundry room!

Oh, and yesterday they also came and installed the mini-split units in the bedrooms to control the heat/air conditioning. Oh! AND the electricians were back and put in all the finishing fixtures and outlet covers.

It looks amazing!

(Added: They also picked up the port-a-potty today!)

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