New Year / New Goals / January Garden

Yay! We made it to 2021! What a crazy year 2020 is, and while I am not naive enough to think that everything is going to instantly be better in 2021, I have HOPE. What are your new goals for 2021? I feel like we’ve all been through an incredible storm (and still are) and we are stronger for it. I pray for our health and safety in this turbulent time, and I pray we keep our focus on Christ. Focus on Christ My biggest mistake several years ago during a “storm” in my life was to take my eyes… Continue reading

How to Unwrap the Greatest Gift at Christmas with your Family

Greatest Gift of His Rest 2020… a year like no other! Back in March, when this whole shutdown started, I distinctly feel God telling me it’s time to rest. I don’t mean rest entirely, but rest in Him, rest in His faithfulness and goodness, His provision and His mercy. It has been quite a year, but He has brought us through until now! 2020 into Focus Christmas is soon upon us. We celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, whether with our families physically, virtually, or in spirit, and we need to wrap this year up with a renewed focus on our Creator.… Continue reading

Encouraging Gifts On Sale Now!

Do you know someone who needs a word of encouragement? More likely, do you know anyone who does not? Since March, our lives in the United States (and a little earlier in other countries) have been upended by this virus called Covid 19. Counting back…can you believe it has been six months?! I believe we are all stronger for it. This time has demanded a ton of flexibility, creativity, love for others, and resolve. We realize more than ever the importance of community, even if it is virtual. Now as our kids are getting back into school, whether virtual or… Continue reading

Vera Bradley Face Masks for Back to School

As much as we all want this virus to go away, it isn’t leaving fast enough! As you make plans for back to school and other events, don’t forget to get a few face masks for your family. If your kids are required to wear them daily, you will want to have multiple. I am predicting places will sell out again, so I have bought several Vera Bradley face masks for each of us. We also have more masculine masks on hand for the guys like these masks here. We can make them if we have to (hopefully not, because… Continue reading

Create the Perfect Gathering Spot with a Backyard Fire Pit

One of our favorite spots to gather is the backyard fire pit. Settled under large shade oak trees, this spot is peaceful and with all of the shade, much cooler than the rest of the property. We like to roast marshmallows and make smores, and have even cooked dinner over this fire pit! We can sit and stay awhile because the chairs are so comfortable. Adirondack Chairs I want to make memories with our friends and family that last, and this has been a great spot for that already, since moving here six months ago. We didn’t bring the old… Continue reading

5 Tips to Create Your Perfect Master Bath Retreat

Who else loves to stalk Zillow and realtor.com for home listings? It can’t be just me! For years now, we’ve talked about buying land and having “land and horses.” We were always held back with nothing for sale or reasonably priced in our excellent school district. We loved our house and we loved our neighborhood too, and didn’t want to leave the community. For 2 years of that time, this house on 15 acres that we live in now sat for sale and empty for at least 6 months of that time. It said “well-maintained” but I beg to differ!… Continue reading

7 Safe Sunscreens ~ Mom Recommended ~ For Kids

It’s that time of year again, time to get outside more and enjoy the outdoors, for our health! At the same time, we know we need to apply sunscreen on ourselves and our kids (and of course, avoid being outside from 10-2… right…) Y’all, is it just me, or do the ingredient lists on the back of these sunscreens we use scare you too? You know there is a problem when my usually non-sensitive kids are complaining of face sunscreen causing their faces to feel burned. I’ve read about chemicals in sunscreens causing problems with a person’s endocrine system, and… Continue reading

How to Buy Groceries Online During Quarantine

During this time of quarantine and social distancing with Covid-19, everyone is looking for safer ways to shop. We don’t want to unnecessarily risk our health, but we obviously need food and other items to live and be comfortable. The problem is: all of the retailers are overwhelmed, online and in stores. Everyone is eating and living at home right now. Delivery and pickup windows are limited, as is product availability. As an experienced online grocery shopper, I would like to share with you how to buy groceries online during quarantine. Plan Ahead Probably the biggest takeaway is to plan… Continue reading

Parenting During Covid-19

Advertising Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links of products we believe are helpful. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure. An assuredly major mark in future world history, this Covid-19 Pandemic is life-altering and habit-changing. Who knew that in the matter of a month’s time, we could go from our “normal” lives of working, going to school, eating out at restaurants, shopping in stores at leisure, playing sports, rushing around…to staying home, completing schoolwork, work, shopping, all online.  Parenting during Covid-19 is not for the faint of heart, and we are all just doing our best.  We… Continue reading

Enter His Rest

I absolutely love my quiet time with God each morning, and I’m hesitant to share, because it is so personal. But, I believe the message God has for me is for all of us struggling with this new, hopefully temporary, reality, and I feel like someone else can benefit. So, this is based off my journal entry this morning. Monday, March 16, 2020 A new week, but unlike any we’ve experienced, as our nation works in a reduced capacity with schools closed, airline flights reduced, Hollywood filming paused. God, please heal our nation, but more than that, protect the minds… Continue reading