Wake Up Wednesday: 1.3

Good morning! I hope everyone has had a good week! Is everyone still going strong on their goals? Honestly, February is probably going to be my New Year; I have had a lot of big life changes happening this month. I’ll share them after I get all acclimated to the new changes.

Grab your morning coffee pot, fill her up and let’s get this day started.

Song of the Week:

I’ve Got Forever

-Emily Ann Roberts

I have never heard this song before, but I am liking it now. Take a listen.

Is change easy for you?:

Honestly, no. I don’t do well with change at all. It brings me great anxiety. I know that change is necessary, and sometimes is needed. Change can be a very good thing. I’m just a realist and I think about pros and cons a lot – sometimes to the point where it can ruin a portion of my day. Why do I do this? It’s a mystery to me.

I want to change a lot of habits and things in my household, and those are small things I plan to work on this year.

Bible Verse of the Week:

Are you a clean or messy person?:

I can be both. I am a clean messy person. Does that make sense? I love to organize all of my stuff in baskets and shelves etc., but sometimes I let things go until it drives me crazy.

One of those things being my closet. I absolutely hate folding clothes and putting them away. Why is this a thing? I told my mother this weekend, that when those electronic folders come out, I will be getting one eventually. I hoping for the 4th generation. Then you know they have worked out most of the kinks and hopefully by then, you don’t have to stand there and put the clothes in the folder individually. (This is a far-fetched dream I think.)

Quote of the Week:

What is a common topic at your dinner table?:

It’s that time of year. We talk about ice fishing to the point I want to rip my hair out sometimes, but I always have to remind myself that I don’t like it when my husband doesn’t show at least a fake interest in what I like to talk about or feel is important so I better be a good listener.

Another one of our topics we talk about is Josey of course. She is the cutest elephant in the room now a days.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a great week!


Wake Up Wednesday: 1.2

Good morning! I hope everyone’s New Year has started off well, and you have all stayed on track for your goals whatever they may be.

Since my post last week, I have added another resolution for 2019; I plan to organize and declutter each room in my house. I go through my personal closet quarterly, but there are a few more items I know will no longer fit me and probably won’t ever fit me again. There is something about decluttering that gives me a peace of mind.

What are some of your resolutions? I always love to hear ideas!

Let’s get this day started the right way! Grab your cuppa Joe.

I look forward to bringing you weekly post as well as some posts that have sparked my interest. With that being said, I will continue this week with a traditional WUW post.

Song of the Week:

Good as You

-Kane Brown

Best piece of advice I got this last year:

NO ONE knows your baby better than you do. Your responsibility is that little human being; NO ONE makes decisions for your baby but you. So whatever decision you make that’s the way it is.

It didn’t take me long to learn this lesson. I have learned so much about being a mom, and so much about my little girl and it’s only been a few months. But I take this with me all the time especially in challenging times or times of doubt.

Bible Verse of the Week:

What was the best compliment you received this last year?:

“You are the best pregnant lady to be around. You have set the bar high.”

I didn’t mean to do this or try to prove to everyone that I could. I just chose to live each day and enjoy my last days with my husband, just the two of us. I am a social bird, and I love to be out and about. I had every reason to stay in and lay on the couch and sleep all day, but I could only nap for so long before I needed something to do.

Quote of the Week:

“Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.”

-Brigitte Nicole

As you might have gathered, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am very emotional and have become overly emotional post baby. I agree with this quote that it just means you have a big heart to share with the world. I rarely hold things in, and because of that, a strength I have never known has risen in me. There is something about it.

What do you need to be content?:

Honestly, this answer is so cliche for me, but love is what I need. I need endless love, real love, and intentional love. I need to love and to be loved. I have so much love in my heart, but if that were ever to cease or go away, my life would be a drag.

That’s what I have for you this week. Keep on keeping on those goals for this year. Big or small, they are worth it.


2019 – New Year to Build

Good morning world and welcome to 2019! Ain’t it crazy that we are living in 2019?

First off, I want to reflect a little on 2018 – a year that forever changed my life for the better. This year, my husband and I welcomed our baby girl to our family. She gave me a run for my money throughout my pregnancy as well as my delivery, but she is a great gift from God. She is definitely a keeper.

I started the 2018 year with three big New Year’s Resolutions and a few smaller fitness goals. To recap, my big resolutions were:

  1. Start/build a personal blog
  2. Learn to play the piano
  3. Be the BEST me

I think I accomplished 2 out of the 3 for 2018, and I am pleased with that.

BLOG-I started and built my blog from the ground up this last year, and I thoroughly enjoy my weekly posts. Blogging has been on my weekly agenda for a whole year, so I guess I can no longer tell myself I can’t commit for long-term goals.

I don’t know if what I write is helpful to anyone else, but it is therapy to me, and it gives me purpose. It allows me to have “me” time. I also consider myself an open book, so you will read a little bit from each of my life’s chapters. I am by any means a professional, but who needs that? This is recreational. I am looking forward to 2019.

PIANO-I downloaded an app to teach me how to play piano, a legit piano teaching app that I paid for. It was a great app, but I soon found out that I wasn’t patient enough nor could I practice as much as I wanted. For three weeks, I would go to work early and practice on our keyboards at the funeral home. I quickly realized that I wasn’t nearly as passionate about learning how to play piano as I once thought.

ME-This last year, I have focused on being more patient, more appreciative, and more understanding. I have retrained my mind to reroute my more judgmental thoughts to positive and encouraging thoughts. I have helped others, and I have helped myself. I have maybe even become a little more selfish in that I need to do things for me in order to be there mentally, physically, and emotionally for others. There is a couple of these selfish thoughts from this year that are pushing me into this next year as a stronger me.

————–As far as my small fitness goals, those quickly became unattainable due to us finding out at the end of January that we were expecting a baby. They kept a pretty close eye on my fitness and health as I had a high risk pregnancy from day one. And maybe this year I can accomplish some of those, but I don’t plan on having them written down on paper.

So now let’s get into this 2019 year! It is going to be an exciting year I think, and I am ready to see where it takes us.

As far as forming New Year’s resolution this year, I have a mindset that has taken a 180 turn. My priorities have changed a little with adding a new little one, but I am still aware that if I cannot take care of myself, I can no longer take care of her in my best capacity. So my resolutions stem from a lot of making sure I am where I need to be mentally, physically, and emotionally for my family.

These are in no particular order.

  1. Get back to pre-baby weight by June – Some of you might think, “why June?”. I’ll tell you why. It took me 9-10 months for my body to make a tiny human. It took 9-10 months to gain my baby weight, and I need to allow myself the same amount of time to try to get back to where I was. My biggest peeve about our society right now is that we think that our bodies should bounce back to pre-pregnancy stage within the first 2 months. (Well I am sorry to the Royal Family, but not every woman is able to walk out of a hospital and look like a million bucks 4 hours after having a baby. And to be honest, I wouldn’t want to!) Now, I am aware that weight is just a number; the number I am at doesn’t bother me one bit, but I know I can be healthier and need to be healthier for myself, and my family. And I can only think that by doing that, I could accomplish this goal.

2. Make my mental and emotional side a priority – This last 3 months have been the most trying months of my life, mentally. My postpartum depression was like nothing I have ever experienced, and I do not wish that upon anyone. It is nothing to take lightly, and I do not feel the slightest bit guilty for talking about it. What I do feel guilty about is allowing that depression to take away from my time getting to know my little girl, and enjoying her more as a newborn. So with that, I will take this next year to better myself mentally and emotionally. I will do whatever it takes to show myself that I am worth it as well as my family.

3. Run 50 miles this year – Last year, I am aware, my goal was to run 200 miles in 2018. With my pregnancy, that was quickly taken off the drawing board for the year. So why don’t I strive for 200 miles this year? I have really focused the last couple years on making my resolutions attainable, and based on how busy we have been during the last three months with a new baby in the house, I can only think that life is only about to get busier. Not to mention, my body is not entirely ready to get back on the treadmill full-force.

4. Give back at least 4 times – I like to keep this one on my radar each year. I think it is important to give back or pay it forward, if you will. And I do not want to ever live a life where I don’t give back.

Along with my 3 New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to add a word for my year. A word that I would like to live this year by – to think about often. I’d like to use this word to help encourage me in making my decisions. I want this year to revolve around this word.

It took me a very long time to come up with my word for the year. It is a lot of pressure to pick just one word to live a whole year by. I have 365 days with this word so I wanted to make sure it was a good one to share with everyone.

My word for 2019: INTENT

I’d like to say that I picked this word, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it picked me.

Just because I don’t talk about the months of 2018 pre-baby, doesn’t mean I don’t think about them, but I have just learned so much more about myself, my little girl, and even my husband in the last 3 months. I have so much more to think about before I make decisions; it is no longer just me and my husband. I have a family now, and they need to be taken care of.

My word for 2019 wasn’t an easy find. It took a couple months to really find this word that now means so much to me.

I want everything I do this year to be done with intent. I do not want to live my life going through the motions. I want to make this year count. I will not downplay even the simplest tasks, memories, or milestones. My goal is to get the absolute most out of this year because I know that my little girl is growing at lightening speed, and I want to be positive and make the most out each day I have with her.

Intent is such a strong word. If you intend to do something, it is already a plan. It is already in the works. It is purposeful. Decisions made were meant to be made. There is rarely any time spent in limbo because you are sure of what is going to happen and how it is going to happen. Now don’t mistake that last sentence as me telling my God that I know His plans for this year. That’s not what I mean at all. You just mean everything you say and do. That is the simplest way I can describe this word.

I intend to use the word often, and I intend to live my life with it in the back of my mind. I intend for this to be a great year – a lot of fun new changes!

This is what I have for you this week. I wanted to post this on New Year’s Day, but I didn’t want to screw anyone up on my weekly schedule; I needed up screwing up my own schedule. I hope you all have a wonderful year ahead of you!


Wake Up Wednesday: 12.4

Good morning! I hope everyone was able to enjoy some time with family or friends over the last few days. We loved seeing our family and friends, but we are tuckered out from all the traveling; we also had baptism on Sunday in the midst our many family Christmas’. We have not been home much, and with a new baby being passed around, she got to the point where Mom is where she wanted to be. BUT…. all in all, we had a great year – lots to be thankful for.

I got to spend Christmas morning exactly how I like it too – on my couch, with coffee in hand, watching the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade. It was just better this year because I got to enjoy it with a little girl who I hope to share the love of Disney with one day.

On another note, today is the last Wednesday of the year! Can you believe it?! I can’t. The year went so quickly!

So today and for the rest of the year, I will be 1. not eating (say what?!) since I ate enough food for an extra month in the last 5 days – at least sweets anyway, and 2. will be reflecting hard on my year, and what I’d like to accomplish in the new one around the corner. What are some of your best memories this year?

Back to work I go today, and I can already tell it will be a multiple-cups-of-coffee kind of day. So let’s get to it!

Song of the Week:

Simply Complicated

Demi Lovato

I’m thankful for…:

I am thankful for so many people, places, things, experiences, and memories. I am forever thankful for my family, friends, and even my enemies. About ten years ago, I made a switch between materials vs. memories. I like to gift that way as well. Life is so short and I just want to appreciate it. I want to get everything out of life that it has to offer.

Bible Verse of the Week:

My greatest accomplishment of the year was…:

I have accomplished many little things this year, and some I would have never thought possible. I have so much more that I didn’t accomplish that I had planned, but I found out quickly what my priorities were when I got pregnant and had a baby.


My greatest accomplishment besides delivering my child was sticking to my blog and not fading out. I do not think I have ever stuck to something I had once started for the New Year for an entire year without losing interest. And that’s how I know I love something I guess. That’s how I know it was important to me. Funny – all those exercise and weight loss goals over the years must not have been too important huh? There were a few weeks I didn’t post, but every now and then, you need to step back and take a break (and that’s with anything in life).

Quote of the Week:

Bringing this one back! It is a good one for the upcoming year!

My greatest lesson was…:

I learned so many things this year and particularly in the last 3 months. As you all know, Eric and I brought our first child into the world, and we have, yes, learned so much, but also know, that we have A LOT left to learn. But I have taken so much away from the last three months.

When she became my world, my social life changed a lot (not saying that is a bad thing). I just found that there was so much more to life than I had ever thought possible. You know that lyric, “you find out who your friends are”? I learned who my true friends were – the ones who wanted to be with or around me knowing that I would either 1. bring my little girl along, or 2. have her at home if they were coming over. I learned how important it is to take care of someone who is oh so dependent on you for survival, and how a bond is quickly formed (it’s like she knows who’s here to feed her and who just wants to play – Dad).

But most importantly, I learned that even though children do not come with instructions or owners manuals, I know what’s best for my child because I live with her everyday. I have learned her cries and know the difference between hungry and tired. I have learned that it doesn’t matter if you ask or not, people will always give you advice on how to parent and what to do for your child – just smile and say “maybe I’ll consider that”. I have learned that it’s okay not to pass her off when she is crying because the likelihood of someone else helping her isn’t all that great when all she wants is her mommy. I have simply learned a lot, but what I like most about what I have learned, is that it is more than okay to say no because I am the mom – she is my responsibility.

That’s what I have for you today. Take some time to reflect the year behind us and prepare the one before us. Make some goals even if it’s simple; life is boring if you have nothing to work towards. See you next year!


Wake Up Wednesday: 12.3

Good morning everyone! We officially have less than a week until Christmas – are you ready? I’m ready for my favorite church service of the year and to share it with my daughter and husband. I’m ready for time with my family and friends. I’m ready to thank God for this year and start strong in another. 

My favorite thing to do on Christmas morning is to simply sit on my couch with my favorite coffee cup full of Joe and look out my window. And watch the Walt Disney Magical Christmas Day Parade of course!

As far as Joe on Christmas Day, I will have plenty of cups between now and then. Let’s start with today. Grab your Joe and let’s go!

Song of the Week:

O Come, All Ye Faithful


Hallelujah has always and will always be one of my favorite songs. But for this Christmas season, I decided to showcase another one of my favorites. This song brings so much joy to my Christmas season. I look forward to singing it at church each year.

What is your favorite Christmas goodie?:

My grandmother makes these cookies called Lady Fingers. They are like a shortbread cookie with cinnamon and sugar over the top. They pair perfectly with an afternoon cup of coffee. I, however, eat them at all times of the day with my coffee. 

What are some of your favorite goodies? There are so many to choose from!

Bible Verse of the Week:

If your house were covered in lights would they be all white, multi-colored, or Griswold style?:

I love how nice a house looks when it has all white lights lining the roof line of the house. My husband and I have very opposite taste in terms of this question. Last year we decided to pay a little more for LED lights that you can switch from white to multi via an app on your phone. I know that sounds a little ridiculous, but we both got what we wanted. 

If you had to live in a gingerbread house that you built during the holiday season, what candy would you use to make it?:

Honestly, I would use all of the candy I don’t like to eat, or I wouldn’t have a house to live in after the first few days. I’d maybe consider black licorice, Peeps, Smarties, and Bottle Caps candy. 

If I didn’t have to worry about my waistline and whether or not I’d have a home after a few days, I’d use Reese (anything), Sour Patch Kids, and 100 Grand bars. 

Quote of the Week:

If you could take a Christmas trip to any location, where would you go? 

I have always thought I would like to spend the holidays in the mountains or at a lodge (maybe one that celebrates Christmas as a large event) somewhere with snow. You know, like the ones on the Hallmark Channel? Ha. I have actually wanted to do this ever since I was a kid, but I don’t know if I’d want to do this in lieu of spending the holidays with my family. So maybe I would need to pick the weekend before or after Christmas to do this. 

That’s all I have for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas filled with love, joy, and faith. Merry Christmas from my family to all of yours. 


P.S. — 1 More Wake Up Wednesday until this year is over. Should I find something else to do with my free time, start a new series of writing, or keep up the Wednesday Wake Up’s? What do you think?

Wake Up Wednesday: 12.2

Good morning everyone. This week already marks the middle of December. There are 2 weeks until Christmas, and I thought this was going to be the year that I completed my shopping early. PSYCH! I have always been a last minute shopper. I would much rather spend time with people than money on gifts they “might” like. 

This next week will be a challenging one for me so coffee will be a must-have drink in the morning and maybe even the afternoons. Grab your drink and let’s start this morning the right way. 

Song of the Week:


-Thomas Rhett

This song brings me back to the good ole days when we couldn’t wait for this, that, and the other thing – couldn’t wait to be in high school, to get our license, to graduate, turn 21 etc. Now I wish I would have embraced those years a little bit more and taken a deep breath to capture what will never be again. 

Who do you seek most for advice?:

I ask my mother for advice on just about every decision I make. I have never been good with making decisions for fear of making the wrong one. It’s as if I am scared of the consequences either way. I am one of those people who have to write out a pros and cons list, and sometimes my mom’s opinion weighs very heavily on how I make such decisions. 

She is always very honest with me; I love that she keeps me level-headed. I have been a realist since I can remember (I probably get that from her). I do not have an impulse bone in my body. But I help my friends with their decision-making with no problem. Tell me how that works!

Bible Verse of the Week:

I can think of numerous times in my life where I can pin-point only something that could have happened because of my God. He is sooooo good.

What is one subscription you don’t want to live without?:

Ask me this 3 years ago, I would have said Netflix, but today I say Amazon Prime. I try to shop local as much as possible, but sometimes when you live in the middle of no where and you need something you won’t have time to drive an hour or more to get to before the end of the week, it is just easier to order it online. I may or may not have an addiction to Amazon Prime. 

Quote of the Week:

Every single one of us has gone through and continues to go through our own events that make us who we are; they break us and reshape us. But that rebuilding is when we allow the light to shine because just like Humpty Dumpty, there is no way we can piece ourselves back to the way it was before. 

 Will you still celebrate your birthday when you get older?:

I will ABSOLUTELY celebrate my birthday each and every year regardless of who is by my side each year. Every year I have a birthday, I thank God for allowing me another year. There are so many people that don’t make it to even half the years I have lived. Each year is a blessing and a reason to celebrate. It is the day you were brought into the world. 

That is all I have for you this week. Make sure you get all of your Christmas shopping done; it will be here before we know it. 


Wake Up Wednesday: 12.1

Holy buckets! Guys it’s December – the month of Christmas, the last month of the year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving; I know I have a lot to be thankful for not just this year, but all the time. I truly have a beautiful life.

Alright, we have a lot to make up for last week. We had a babe under the weather and all she wanted was snuggles. So good thing that is one of my favorite hobbies.

Grab your coffee and let’s get this Hump Day going!

Song of the Week:

O Holy Night/ Silent Night

-Caleb & Kelsey

This month, unless there is a crazy awesome new song that comes out, I will be bringing you some of my favorite Christmas music.

This duo is great, and they have many other worship songs etc. Tis the season everyone, get your Christmas music jam on!

What can people count on you for?:

Usually some sort of snack or food. I love to try new recipes. Most of the time, I make a dessert because like I said in a prior post, I have a mouth of sweet teeth. My mind tells me I should have dessert with every meal.

Bible Verse of the Week:

It’s a dark world. Be the light. 

Matthew 5:14

This piggy-backs on my quote below. Be the light in someones day; hell, be the light in your own day. Get up, and do something (the smallest of things) that will put a smile on your face and even someone else’s.

It is the season of giving, and there is a lot to give – even if it’s just a smile.

What restores your faith in humanity?:

When I see community members taking time out of their busy schedules to do something nice for others. This could be as simple as holding the door, making goodies and passing them along, or even stopping by to say hello.

It reassures me that there are good people in this world that have a positive impact on our communities.

Quote of the Week:

This seems to be one of the most depressing times of year for some people. May it be a first Christmas without a loved one, or trauma that was brought about in this time of year. Or even if you hated some of your family “traditions” and you didn’t want to partake anymore. Or you aren’t where you want to be with your life right now.

Regardless, be kind to others; you do not know what someone might be going through. Be someone to look up to – the light in someones day. Ask someone how they are doing and genuinely care about their answer. Ask someone if they are happy. That is utmost important in our society today. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or make, how many degrees you have, or if you have found the love of your life. Be you, your best self, and do what you have to do to make yourself happy.

Do you think smiles are contagious?:

No doubt about it. I bet if you genuinely smiled at 10 people today, a good percentage of them would notice and kindly return it.


I have added some ideas for stocking stuffers that might make your shopping a little easier.

Stocking-stuffers for gals ideas:

-Book: Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis

-Chapstick – Burt’s Bees Pomegranate

-$5-$10 giftcard to her favorite coffee place

-Her favorite coffee grounds

-Duh- Reese’s Christmas Trees (at least that’s the chocolate I want in mine)

-Ornament for the 2018 year

-Bath/shower bombs

-Adult coloring book & Colors

Stocking-stuffers for guys ideas:

-Small pocket flashlight

-Roll of quarters for pool at the bar (this would make my husband pretty darn happy)

-Socks and/or underwear (I don’t know about the men in your life, but mine doesn’t buy his own underwear and hasn’t since we have been together.)

-Sleeve of golf balls

-Portable phone charger

-Ornament for the 2018 year

-Beard oil or fun aftershave

-Jigs or ice fishing gear- (I would get my husband this, because he thinks he’s a pro ice-fisherman now.)

There are so many more that I could add to this list, but I thought I’d leave some ideas for you.

That’s all I have for today! I hope you all enjoy your week; Christmas will be here before we know it.


Wake Up Wednesday: 11.3

Good morning everyone! This week is my ultimate favorite week of the year – Thanksgiving Week! We all know I love food, but what I love most about Thanksgiving is spending time with my family. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s so true and it’s importance to me is at a steady increase as the years pass. I love that there are no gifts attached to this holiday, and that we are told to eat around a table of people we love (or not love, I guess, but that’s not my case).

I have a short time before the baby wakes up this morning so let’s get this day off to a wonderful start! Grab your Joe!

Song of the Week:

Prayed For You 

-Matt Stell

I haven’t heard anything else from this artist, but this song is a great song. I love the lyrics. I like listening to this while I’m just roaming around the house cleaning. If it were 75 degrees outside, I’d maybe think about blaring it with my windows down on the country roads – because I still do that.

What is your favorite thanksgiving food?:

The thing is, I really don’t like ham or turkey. I don’t really even like mashed potatoes all that well. Most of the time, I prefer stuffing from a box instead of out of the bird – I have a hard time mentally eating that stuff. I only like sweet potato casserole if it has a ton of brown sugar and  melted marshmallows in it. So I guess I really don’t even go for the traditional turkey day food. I thoroughly enjoy the sides and desserts that people bring. I like to try new foods, and my family came from a long line of great cooks/bakers so my standards are set pretty high. Ha.

If I had to pick one food, I’d probably pick some sort of cranberry salad. I don’t mean the jelly cranberry salads either. I like the real stuff. I know, I’m kind of a food snob, but I blame it on my family’s good cooking/baking genes. It’s their fault.

Bible Verse of the Week:

My heart has led me to places I didn’t know were possible this year. I have an even stronger relationship with my God, my husband, my family, and my friends. Priorities have made themselves known, and would you imagine that darn kid of mine made the tip-top?!? She’s definitely a keeper. My heart grows bigger and bigger every time she smiles at me.

[I’d like to think moms have a place that big for any and all of their children, but I feel bad for my sister Hailey, because I was the first to smile at mom. And if she didn’t bribe mom with caffeinated drinks from Cabin Coffee, this race for “favorite child” wouldn’t even be close. Haha. Jokes. Just Jokes – promise. She probably does love her more; she the baby of the family.]

What’s your favorite thanksgiving dessert?:

NOT Pumpkin Pie

I want to like it so bad, but I just cannot get past the texture. I’d rather eat a tub of cool whip to one bite of pumpkin pie.

I love Pecan Pie or Dutch Apple Pie though! Did I mention that I have a mouth full of sweet teeth?

Quote of the Week:

“What God knows about us is more important than what others think.”

Tim  Tebow

Tim Tebow has a point here, and one that I don’t think I need to touch on much.  These words say it all. He is our creator, and he know’s more about us than anyone could even fathom. He knows our past and our future, and even our destiny – that’s just the way it is. And I love it! Do not let others dull your shine, it only hurts you in the end; life is too short to live it for someone else.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?:

Last year, my husband and I decided we would start a new tradition of stopping at the casino following Thanksgiving and play $50 on Black Jack, and once we were either up or out of that money we were done. I suppose this year wouldn’t be a good idea to leave baby girl in the car huh? Good thing grandparents like babysitting.

My favorite tradition is when I get to eat a pickle roll up before we start the meal, because I am convinced that my cousin makes them just for me. Bless you Donna! I don’t know what I will do when you decide not to put all that time and effort into your Thanksgiving side. Ain’t it silly that I get stoked about pickles, cream cheese, and meat? Easily one of my favorite foods.

What family member(s) are you grateful for this week?:

I am thankful for all of my family but this week I’m especially grateful for my great-grandparents. I know we come from a long line of ancestors, but they are the oldest generation of our family I knew. Without them, we wouldn’t be here today. I lost all but one of my greats before I could remember them; I lost my last great-grandmother when I was 24 years old.

I am thankful I got to spend time with my maternal great-grandma and get to know her. God bless her. She raised a wonderfully large family and started a tradition that allows all 100+ of our family members to spend time together at the same time and same place for this holiday. 

That is all I have for you this week! Please, whatever you do this week, use it to appreciate your family, friends, loved ones, or even just each day you wake up. There are a lot of people who do not have family or homes to  help in celebrating this holiday. In a world with a lot of tragedy between the fires, the shootings, the hurricanes, the homeless, the less fortunate, the lonely, be the person someone is thankful for this holiday season.

My prayers go to my family and friends who are remembering a loved one during this holiday. May they be forever a blessing in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Wake Up Wednesday: 11.2

Good morning! I feel like these weeks keep going by faster and faster. Tis the season; the holiday season always seems to speed by for me. November is alway an extremely busy month for me, but I always try to find some down time.

Lately I haven’t gotten to have my coffee until after dinner or sometime in the afternoon.

Let’s get this day started.

Song of the Week:

Goodbye Summer

-Danielle Bradbery ft. Thomas Rhett

I like Danielle Bradbery. I like Thomas Rhett. So put them together and what do you get? Great music. Take a listen.

What is your favorite band starting with the letter Q?:


I actually really want to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. We sang that song for a middle school concert. And although some parents raised havoc about us singing such an “inappropriate” song, it is the one thing I actually remember from middle school. It’s pretty fun to sing this to whoever is out with us after a few drinks. Tell me you have sung this song and haven’t put some dramatic dancing, singing, or actions to these lyrics after a few drinks – you can’t.

Bible Verse of the Week:

Do not pass by a man in need, for you may be the hand of God to him. 

-Proverbs 3:27

We as a society have been taken advantage of to the point where we have shut down and rarely offer a lending hand to strangers for the dangers have become greater than the reward. We have learned to keep to ourselves and pass by. It is sad, but should you decided to help someone in need, know that God will prevail.

What instrument do you know how to play?:
Well, I cannot read any type of music fluently enough to play any real instrument, but I can play a very mean air-guitar. I have nearly perfected that. I also recently found out they have contests for air-guitar so that’s a thing. I don’t think I’ll be entering though.

Quote of the Week:

This quote is from the book “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. Guys, this book is a game changer. I cannot let it go. I have listened to it on my Audible and I have listened to it again. There is just something about it, the reliability, it just gives me reassurance.

Do you think it’s good to take it one day at a time?:

All I can say is tomorrow is never promised. When I open my eyes in the morning, I thank God he woke me up that day. When I lay my head down for the night, I thank Him for my day even if it didn’t go the way I planned.

It’s important to live in the moment. I used to look forward to graduating high school, going to college, getting married, vacations, summer, etc. Most of those events have come and gone; now I seem to look backwards to remember them. In doing so, I have realized that for some of those events, I didn’t enjoy them as much because I was already looking forward to something else before I had even completed the event at hand.

Guys, life goes so quickly! Live in the now!

That’s all I have for today!Have a happy Wednesday!


Wake Up Wednesday: 11.1

Good morning world! Happy November – easily one of the best months of the year!

Today I’m drinking my coffee blacker than black. I heard butter tastes pretty good in your coffee and it boosts your metabolism. I have not tried this, but I’m on the brink of trying. Someone push me over the edge. I’m skeptical.

Let’s get this day started!

Song of the Week:

“Old Friends”

Ben Rector

This song takes me back to my younger years. The years when we had to call everyone on their house phone. I can still recite my friends’ landline number. It takes me back to the years full of imagination, freedom, and no responsibilities. Take a listen to this song; he is one of my favorite artists. Ben is a genuine artist, and I love that he is so relatable.

What is your most consistent craving?:

I always crave Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake. Every time my husband and I go to Des Moines or through Des Moines, I ask him to stop. We don’t make it to Des Moines very often so it is a nice treat. But I would eat cheesecake every day if I could. I cannot wait to get some in a couple of weeks!


Bible Verse of the Week:

“She who kneels before God can stand before anyone. ”

Romans 8:31

What are you too hard on yourself about?:

I am extremely hard on myself about every aspect of my life. I get disappointed with myself if I can’t keep my house clean, if I wake up in the mornings and realize I didn’t throw the diapers away in the middle of the night, if I ever got bad grades in school or didn’t perform well during sports. I have very high expectations for myself. But I am learning to forgive myself or cut myself a little slack; I have a lot on my plate, especially now with a new baby and a husband in the field.

Ladies if you are hard on yourself, see book of the week below.

Book of the Week:

Girl, Wash Your Face

Rachel Hollis

This book is getting a double shout out. I know that this was my book of the week last week, but, guys, its soooooo good! All my ladies this is a must read/listen. All my college aged gals, all my mommy friends, all my single ladies – this book is literally for everyone! Please do yourself a favor and find time for this book!

Do you always wear identical socks?:

I don’t think I have worn matching socks consistently since I was in elementary school. Unless I happen to grab the same two socks out of my sock bin, they are rarely matching. Ain’t nobody have time to match socks.

Quote of the Week:

That is all I have for today! I hope you all have a great rest of the week and weekend.

See you all next week!