Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes. I know as you were reading the opening lines of this blog, you were singing along. I always liked the ch-ch-ch part of that song and will usually sing it at the top of my lungs. CONFESSION: I never really knew the words to that song other than the ch-ch-ch changes part. This Thing Called Change Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” We know this and we understand that our environment cannot stay the same forever. All around us, there is change happening on a daily basis. We are foreverRead More →

Surprise! Those little things that are not planned but end up being one of the best things that ever happen to you. Picture it. 21 years ago. Sailing through life.  Two new cars. Two healthy kids. A new house. Good jobs. Life was good. Picture perfect in fact. Heck, we could have been in a Hallmark Christmas movie. But as we all know, as life goes, that is not how it always works out. What we THINK is perfect and what God KNOWS is perfect are usually 2 totally different things. I noticed something started feeling “different” and by different I mean I wasn’t feeling so greatRead More →

What if these walls could talk? Why did this even come to my mind? Because I am getting ready to PAINT, which is not my favorite thing in the world to do. As I begin to paint one of the kids’ old bedrooms (this is the fourth time it’s been painted in 16 years; everything from stripes to lime green to purple to pink), I start to wonder … what would these walls say about the family who moved into this house 16 years ago? Would they say the kids have grown up way too fast? Would they talk about all of the birthday, graduation,Read More →

30th birthday

30th birthday. On Monday my oldest child will be 30. 30! Where did the time go? I blinked. First time sleeping through the night, first steps, first words, first tooth, first haircut, first birthday. The year of firsts passed all too quick. I blinked. That sweet baby girl went to her first day of kindergarten. Little did she know that I stood at the fence and watched her play on the playground until the bell rang and she went inside (I was probably, no, most definitely crying). I blinked and that little girl was all about The Little Mermaid. If it had Little Mermaid onRead More →

For the love of shiplap

Shiplap. That one word sets my soul on fire. Convincing my husband that shiplap should set his soul on fire was an entirely different story. For those of you who don’t know what shiplap is, it is a little piece of heaven for those of us who religiously follow Fixer Upper on HGTV. If you want more ideas on how to use shiplap, check out Pinterest. Pinterest is a lover of all things shiplap’s dream. (I would LOVE it if you would follow me on Pinterest. You can click on the Pinterest Follow Me button at the top of my website on the right hand side and it will takeRead More →

The Love of a Mother

The day I have dreaded most of my life arrived. The day I thought I was prepared for (and I was woefully not), brought me to unrelenting tears. The day that I knew she would be face to face with Jesus and reunited with her family and loved ones she had lost, literally broke my heart. The day my mother passed away came all.too.soon. I honestly do not think any of us are prepared for such a loss, no matter how many times we tell ourselves we are. The loss of your mother is one of the most difficult things in life a daughter willRead More →

Who else, besides me, is proudly pet owned? I have been pet owned by 3 sweet dachshunds for the past 10 years.  My grandson asked me the other day why I love dachshunds so much. My love affair with these adorable pups began when I was a little girl. I can remember my aunt and uncle had dachshunds (one was named Low-Girl and the other Molly). I have always thought they were just.too.darn.cute. Oscar Fast forward 35 years and 3 kids later, we decided to get a dachshund. We found somebody who sold dachshunds, so we put our name on the waiting list. And we waited.Read More →

Who gets excited when they go down a pant size? If you are anything like me, you have been on a diet roller coaster most of your life. I can remember really starting to have trouble with my weight when I was 23 years old, so I feel like most of my life I have been losing weight, gaining it back, repeat. Some days I thought it would just be best to be “pleasantly fluffy” and eat that gallon of ice cream (ice cream is my all time favorite food). However, reality is that this is not a healthy lifestyle (though I wish it was),Read More →

I love to talk. I talk so much that I go to Wal-Mart by myself because my family doesn’t want to spend 3 hours in there with me while I talk to people. Part of that I attribute to working from home and only having the dogs to talk to and part of it is because I just HOWEVER, you put me in front of a Facebook Live and I become a nervous wreck. BUT, I have made it my goal to get out of my comfort zone this year and Facebook Live is definitely one of those things that make me very uncomfortable. So,Read More →

Hi readers! From time to time, I am going to feature guest bloggers on my website. When I come across somebody who can provide value to my friends’ lives, I am going to feature them on this blog. As a lot of you know from reading Facebook, I have a love of couponing. I love to save money, and honestly, who doesn’t? I came across a fascinating couponer by the name of Emily Oglesby Collins who has helped me, along with hundreds of other people, stock our shelves at extremely LOW prices (I will not need detergent for 6 months; name brand detergent for CHEAP). Here is Emily’s story. Enjoy!! From aRead More →