Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Thoughts for Today

As I read this Instagram post from Lindsay Bateman a few days ago (you can find her at, I was struck by how true this is. 

When I was young, there were certain things that I couldn't live without, mainly distance from my family and someone to love me. However, as I have gotten older, I have learned the power of grace and forgiveness to those flawed individuals in my family as I have grown up and realized how flawed I am. I now want to close the distance to share in their lives and them in mine. Life is so short and things change so quickly. I have been given grace without bounds from the Lord and wish to pass that on in whatever way that I can. 

I have also learned that love is an undulating thing. Sometimes I am more in love and sometimes less, but I have realized that it is always a choice. Because it IS a choice rather than an emotion. I have learned that just someone to love me is not enough anymore. I want someone with a deep affection for me and a desire to know me, the inner person that I am and the things that I struggle with. I want to have discussions that involve more than what I did today and how the weather was. That is what I am in love with now. Length and width of life. Life is so much more than day to day frivolous things with no lasting significance. Because that's the goal isn't it, to establish some lasting significance in this life you have been gifted with.

When you get to the end of your life, what will you say? That I had wealth/things, that I had superficial relationships, that I drank too much, watched TV too much, spent too much time online engaged in other people's lives? Or will you say that I loved too much, read the Bible and prayed too much, cared too much, got to know (really know) my friends and family, spent too much time/money on others less fortunate, did without so others could have, spread grace and forgiveness and the story of God's love and redemption? 

Which will it be?

That is lasting significance my friends.

I hope to have new and amazing journeys in this season of life. Ones that will challenge me in ways that are uncomfortable to me but that will make me grow in ways I never thought. I hope to let go of some of the fear that has paralyzed me much of my life. I hope to step out in faith and trust God to catch and sustain me. I hope to find deep joy and satisfaction from a life lived trying to find the next thing I can do to honor God. As John Piper says, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him."

Here's to being satisfied in Lord. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Good Morning!

And what a great morning it is! Here in Indiana it is snowing for the first time this year and it is quite beautiful. I know it's been long time since I posted anything, but I have been busy with school, a required internship, my son's last year of high school and sending him away to college, and getting my house ready for sale. So busy, busy, busy! I will be posting more often now that I am almost done with school and things have calmed down a bit.

Currently I am finishing up my last paper and work for my bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. So glad I did this but also so glad to be done. My last class is a Religion class (because I attend a Lutheran college), and it has been  lot of work but well worth the knowledge that I gained from the class. Tuesday is the last class and graduation is on Saturday. SO EXCITED!

The other thing that I am up to these days is December Daily. I bought Ali Edwards December Daily Main Kit (AEDD Main Kit) in the physical format which is sold out, but it is still available as a digital download. I have FINALLY finished prepping my pages and will try to keep up with this daily. I will post my pages here every few days, but I stick pretty close to what Ali does with her pages. I like her design and use of the products. I do not buy everything though so adjust whenever she uses something that I don't have. 

And lastly, I am searching for my One Little Word for 2018 which just happens to also be an Ali Edwards program. Here is a little about the program OLW, but basically, she encourages you to choose one word to focus on in the coming year. She offers prompts each month for you to connect with the word, focus on it, live with it, investigate and write about it and to reflect on in your daily life. The word should be indicative of what you want to invite into your life in 2018. This is the first year that I have done this particular project so I am interested to see how it goes. More on that later...

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Monday, July 4, 2016


It has been over a month since my last post, so I thought I should offer an update as to what's going on around here:

Around here, I have been spending all my time studying. Between studying and summer stuff, I don't have a lot of free time. Most of my studying time is spent sitting on my bed because that is where I can get the quiet I need to focus.

 Around here, Kevin has gotten a job offer that was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever made. More on that when we get a definitive answer.

Around here, I bought some peonies at the store and have loved having them in my kitchen. Smelling them every day. Hmmm...

Around here, Karli is moving out of her apartment so lot's of driving and loading and unloading. She's moving into her sorority house in the fall, so it's a transition from the apartment now to that. Unfortunately, that requires three moves..out of the current apartment, into the new apartment for the remainder of summer session, out of the new apartment and home for two weeks before fall classes start, and then into the sorority house in August.

Around here, Kyle is staying busy with summer activities like watching Friends, playing Xbox, working at McAlister's, eating at Steak and Shake,  and going to DQ way too much.

Around here, I am starting a new healthy eating plan today. Summer has caused a few pounds to creep on, and I have to get them off. It could be above mentioned frequent trips to DQ.

Around here, we have not gone on a vacation in about a year and a half, and I am hoping we can at least get away for a weekend when Karli comes home.

Around here, we are going on college visits because Kyle is a senior this year. His first choice is The Ohio State, but it's expensive because we are out of state. He's hoping for scholarships to make up the difference between in state and out of state tuition. We'll see. University of Cincinnati is choice two, but only because Ohio State has been where he wanted to go since he was three.

Anyway, that's the update for me. Hopefully, I will be able to post more frequently once I can get into a routine. And once things settle down a bit from my school, summer activities, and Karli's school.

Have a blessed day!
Grace and peace to you all.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Today I want to share with you a layout I made about my children and their bath time. As I have been cleaning and purging, I found these awesome die cuts from about eight years ago by Frame Ups. And in the spirit of use it up, I pulled them out to use right away. So I looked through my photos and found these gems.

I dry fit the layout trying out different options until I found one that worked. So I mounted the pictures on white or yellow cardstock except for the one of my daughter. There was a frame in the set that worked well for this picture to highlight her beautiful face. I put pop dots on the Bathing Beauties title, the duck on the left page, the head wrap person and the small duck on the right page to give the page some dimension, and as I looked at the page, I realized I needed a little something else. So I added the punched white dots to resemble bubbles. I also found the word strips "we'll be having some fun" in my stash for the beach but they fit great in this layout. I think they are by TPC Studios. The last step was to die cut two circles and add my journaling.

Tomorrow I am going to share my Week in the Life pictures for Monday.

Friday, April 29, 2016 Giveaway!

Good Morning! 

I just wanted to let all of you know that has a giveaway going on where you can get $2500 worth of Sizzix supplies. What??!! Yes, you heard right! You can go to this link and sign up for the giveaway. Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


I know, it's been forever since my last post, but I have had a lot going on. I have, at 41 years old, enrolled in college. Yeah, go figure. I AM a little old for this, but it's never too late! Anyway, I decided to go to Concordia St. Paul online because it was the one that worked the best with my schedule, budget, and was actually a legitimate degree. (I found a number of online school that issued a degree that was not even worth the paper it was written on! Imagine spending all that money and not even getting a legit degree!!!) So school starts on May 10, and I have found college has changed A LOT since I went way back when. There is definitely a learning curve as this is all online, and I have to log in with Webex and post to discussion boards. So figuring that all out has been an adventure.

I was recently having a discussion with a friend that asked why go back to school now? (Seeing as how we have one in college right now and one going to college in the next year.) And my reply was that I have been wanting to do this for about 7 years now and have been praying and praying about it. And, truth be told, afraid of it. College is hard, and I am not as young as I was the last time I attended college. As well as, I have a life now, with a husband and kids and a home to run. However, the first time this came up, instead of pursuing it, I chose a job at the mall. I quit that job about a year later because it was taking a lot of time away from my family on the weekend. I revisited the college issue. Then got offered a job at a local lunch spot. So I did that for about a year. Then I got let go from that. I revisited the college issue again. But decided to work as a server at lunch. Then I had an accident which ended that job. So, the question becomes, is God trying to tell me that college is the way to go by ending all the other options? I am not sure. I only know that I have prayed fervently for the Lord's guidance and direction in my life. So is this the answer to my prayer? Is this the way God wants me to go? I am not sure. But a friend of mine told me the other day that when God asks you to jump off of a cliff, He either catches you or gives you wings to fly. So here's to jumping off a cliff!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What's Real Right Now

What's real right now: I still have not fully recovered from my visit with my family almost a month ago. I can't seem to catch up on my rest.

What's real right now: We have been trying to help out my dear SIL do some home improvements, which have been left for far too long. This past weekend, Kevin cut down 14 trees in her backyard. We cleaned her house for her, dusted and vacuumed and straighten and cleaned bathrooms. She had an accident five years ago and has recently had some health issues related to that, so she has been unable to get around easily for a few months now.

What's real right now: We just had carpet laid but it was an adventure in waiting and moving furniture and taking beds apart and then putting them back together again. The carpet guy just could not seem to show up when he said he was, so it was frustrating. But a week and a half later, its all in and looks great!

What's real right now: I am still debating going back to college for an Exercise Science degree, but the cost is just so much. 

What's real right now: Kyle is working and hanging out with friends so much that I NEVER see him. Maybe an hour a day. We laugh and say that his car does't even have time to get cold. Boy, does he burn up the road.

What's real right now: I have four rooms that need painting: downstairs bedroom, kitchen, Karli's room, and laundry room.

What's real right now: Karli is gearing up for her exams that start in a few weeks. She is very stressed and anxious about them.

What's real right now: I woke up at 4:30 this morning. (Not helping with the catching up on sleep thing.)

What's real right now: I am still trying to purge a bunch of stuff, so I have listed quite a few things on eBay. And they are selling! I love that. I hate to throw things away that still have a life. I would prefer to give it, or sell it cheaply, to someone who will use it.