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 love.to.talk. 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 →

This is the week that I will stand in the card aisle at my favorite store and sob. Okay, I sob other times in the card aisle because seriously, those cards can really get to me (who writes those things anyway??). The sentiments in the Mother Day’s cards echo the exact same sentiments I have of my own mom.  Even though her mind might not always know who I am, I am 100% convinced that her heart knows exactly who I am. I am hers. These hands are my mother’s. I think they are the most beautiful hands in the entire world. When I lookRead More →

HOPE.  How many times a day do we use that word? “I hope I pass the test”, “I hope the day goes smoothly”, “I hope my furnace works”, “I hope I don’t get fired” (these are things I have been known to say). We use the word HOPE on a routine basis. But what does the word HOPE mean to you? I have been thinking a LOT about this word lately. This is what I think hope is: Hope is the ability to trust and believe that things will turn out okay. When difficult times occur, people fall back on hope, believing that they will get through theRead More →

As I was grocery shopping the other night, I couldn’t help but notice the crying of a toddler who cried her way through the entire store and it was the ENTIRE store. Was I annoyed? No, I was jealous. Jealous because that was me not that long ago pushing 2 kids in a cart with 1 or both of them crying throughout the store (or dropping a jar of blueberry baby food in the baby food aisle and hearing over the intercom, cleanup in aisle 6). Yes, I have been there. I have been right where you are today. Just getting home from an 8Read More →