Friday, April 27, 2012

my weekend...

I'm going to a conference this weekend.  

I'll let you know how it goes.  If you want to learn more about this, visit  (Bloggers linking is not working again... anyone know why I can't add links?  It seems like it's added and when I preview, it's not linked...)  

I'm leaving that conference and heading straight to a party to see this: 

My friend joined this blog for couponing and deals.  Every once in a while she finds a deal (like this one with Keurig) where they send you free merchandise (like a NEW Keurig coffee brewer!) to keep.  All you have to do is have a party to show off the new product.  They send you the coffee and everything!  She gets great FREE stuff this way.  I'm about to sign up myself!  The website is    

SO, I'll be learning more about my identity in Christ and drinking coffee after 7pm.  

What are you big plans for the weekend?  

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On a Mission

Greetings!  Notice anything different?  Yes, I've changed my blog design... again. I can't help myself.  I like change.  Change makes me think of newness, opportunity... it kind of resets my brain and refreshes my mind.  Sometimes it's like a do-over. Does this make sense or am I just totally nuts?  Rhetorical question.

Anyway, I've been going through some things that have caused me to slow down and really look at my life.  Nothing too serious.  I've just hit a phase where I am re-evaluating and making changes.  It has been a great season.

One thing I'm trying to do is simplify.

I am a planner.  I am a doer.  I jump into things full force with guns blazing.  I go strong for a while and then I slowly start to fade.  I'm an all or nothing woman.  That is a gift but it is also a curse.  Because of my tendency to go full speed ahead I often take too much on resulting in quantity and not quality.

Through scripture and prayer God showed me that I do not have to do all of the time.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  Ephesians 2:8-10

Growing up I had a lot of responsibility.  More than any child should.  Because of that, I learned to be ten steps ahead in all situations.  I have carried that with me into adulthood.  But God says that He saved me by grace.  Not because of my ability to be prepared.  Not because I'm always on top of things.  Simply because of His grace. And it is by faith that I walk that salvation out.  Everything I have is from God and for God.  I don't want to squander what He's given me.  But if I don't slow down enough to look around it will pass me by and I will not have fully lived out God's plan for my life.

So I've decided that I need to be intentional.

One way to do that is to create a personal mission statement.  When I first heard of the idea of creating a personal mission statement, I thought it was over the top - something that Super Christians or crazy organized people did.  But the more I thought about it, the more the idea appealed to me.  So I went on a quiet retreat and spent some time in prayer to develop my mission statement.  I did that last summer and unfortunately have only glanced at it twice since.  I pulled it out today and am planning to sit down (with coffee, of course) and read over it.  I'm going to be intentional about my time, my family, my children, my health, and my walk.  Right now, this is how I feel:

"For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate." Romans 7:15 (NASB)

I know that if I did what I should be doing, I would have freedom - freedom from guilt, freedom with my time, and freedom in my thinking.  You know what it's like to procrastinate or not do something you know you should be doing.  It hangs over your head.  It sticks in your mind and you walk around feeling crappy.  If we would just do what we should be doing, we'd be free from that crappy feeling.  But "just doing" is easier said than done.  That's where the mission statement comes in.  It is like a target on the wall - something to focus on so you can be intentional and not waste time on things that don't matter.

There is a process to creating a personal mission statement.  I used the Passionate Homemaking blog to work through the process and come up with my finished product.  
(see links below.  Unfortunately, Blogger linking is not working... again.)  I actually really liked Lindsay's and used hers almost verbatim.  

But simply having a mission statement isn't enough.  Take the next steps to develop how you will walk it out.  Then study it, pray over it, and make it workable for your life.  And remember that it is by grace you have been saved!  Don't put too much pressure on the doing. Ask God to show you what He wants for your life, day by day, minute by minute.  He created you with a purpose. He will direct your steps.  

I saw this on Pinterest and it really spoke to me:

So true!

What works in your life to keep you on target?  Or, do you feel like you need something to help you get that target in focus?  If so, I pray a blessing over your endeavor.  

Thanks for stopping by,

PS – if you’re interested in developing a family mission statement, check out the link below.  (I’ve also done this.) 

Personal Mission Statement:

Family Mission Statement:


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I have been BUSY! Hubby is home on Spring Break this week. Normally, we would go to a beach somewhere and party our brains out.  But this year we decided to stay home and get some home improvement projects done... I am not serious! We are the most boring people on the planet. Our idea of a fun night? RENTING A MOVIE, GETTING DINNER IN, AND SNUGGLING ON THE COUCH. Boring, right?  We do love it though. We're homebodies. There's no way around it. I've just come to accept it.  We are old 34-year-olds.   

I was, however, serious about the home improvement projects. Here is what my house looks like right now:

We are in the process of painting and repairing. I didn't show a picture of the bathroom we're also working on. When we decide to do something, we really DO it. Last week, I painted our dining room. It must be the warm weather. Whatever it is, I've got the bug. 

On top of that, I agreed to host Easter dinner at our house. I don't know what I was thinking. Do you think people would mind eating on the front porch? :) Although, it does give us a time line. One of the things we're good at is starting something and finishing it 3 YEARS LATER! Not this year. No, Sir. We are going to have it finished by Sunday. 

I'll keep you posted. 


Update on Weight Watchers: I'm still going strong! I lost almost 10 pounds and I'm still loving it! Ya-hoo! 


After all of the painting and repairing, I've got to do some spring cleaning. I am not looking forward to that. I am a little nervous to find out what now resides under my fridge and behind my stove. Yikes. 

I found this list from Martha Stewart that I may try and tackle (it's even got printable lists).  I don't know. Long days of painting + Martha Stewart organization may just throw me over the edge. I'll end up moving our family into a tent in the backyard for the rest of our lives. 


If you're interested to see what color I'm painting the kitchen, here you go:

The picture doesn't do it justice.  And the color name isn't listed.
It's Valspar Maple Cream #3003-4B.   
We're doing the bathroom this color: 

This is Caribbean Green by Olympic.
The color looks a little darker in the picture.  
As I'm looking at the colors in these pictures, I realize that they don't look so good and you probably think I'm nuts for choosing them.  They are much nicer in person... I hope.  I'll give you my final opinion when the colors are up on the wall.  

In the kitchen, we're going to use this on of the walls: 

It's texturized and paintable wallpaper.  The wall is not in the greatest shape and I've always wanted to use this kind of wallpaper.  I just love the look of it.  Again, I may not feel the same once it's on the wall.  I'll let you know.  

Well, I'd better get back to work.  If I don't return before Easter, have a great holiday!  


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