Friday, August 18, 2017

Making Messes + Family

School starts on Monday and if that isn't overwhelming I've taken on a few projects this week. Ready?

Attack of the tree! Our tree has exploded and some of the branches were hitting our roof. I couldn't reach them with my regular pruners + a ladder so I bought a tree pruner and I had too much fun cutting branches...

 See... I could have kept going but my husband might have killed me...


Second Mess

This is our guest room... it's covered with all of my rhea lana items that I have to tag and sell... My system... I pull out all of the things that I have gathered throughout the year out of the guest closet and then shut the door until the last minute...

This weekend we are having cousin camp! My twins are spending the weekend with us while their parents ran to NWA for the weekend! We made pizzas last night and the kids loved helping!

 We also had family movie night and watched Boss Baby.

Today we are finishing up Kindergarten camp, we meet the teachers tonight, I'm finishing up rhea lana and a Costco run with my bff for our kindergarten brunch....

I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

End of Summer and a list of posts...

We are wrapping up summer around here! School starts on Monday! I'm ready for our routine and structure. I'm also ready for my kids to quit touching me and hearing "Mom? mom? Mom?" 75,000x a day. I love you kids but get out of my face!

Henry started Kindergarten camp at a local church this week and Lucy and I have been catching up on laundry. We celebrated the end of summer with a cake on Sunday!

Things I'm going back to blog about...

The day my friends and I killed it at the beach with our professional mom game...

Our trip to Colorado. I'm having withdrawals from our little vacay.

 Aunt Emily is in town and she has been having an epic battle with Henry. Those are henry's words, if you know me then you know I hate the word EPIC...

My nephew is now bigger than his mama... and me...

And last, I've been updating some spots and rooms in my house and I can't wait to share the progress... After 5 years I'm trying to pull my house together!

 Slowly I'll make it through the list. Be on the lookout! Also, next week be looking for Back to school pictures! My babies are going into 3rd and Kinder!!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


I have to share what I learned from Luci Swindoll this weekend at the Women's Summer Escape! I'm hoping they will post her online so you can all fall in love with her and her journaling tips. I'm going to go ahead and share what I learned by please note these are not original to me they came straight from Luci Swindoll.

Reasons to Journal
  • Helps sort through the mental clutter
  • Improves insight and understanding
  • allows us to see how we change over time.
  • We can keep track of our mistakes so we grow and learn from the past.
  • We can see the past, present and anticipate the future.
My favorite reason- It gives me time to talk to myself.

8 Benefits to Journaling
  • You write down your goals which helps you articulate those goals and process your thoughts.
  • It's a permanent record of progress.
  • Writing helps you think through the whys. Why am I doing this? If you know the whys then all the other questions will fall into place.
  • The journal reminds of problems solved in the past.
  • Helps us think beyond the obvious. We become more intentional.
  • helps look forward rather than back.
  • We can see how far we have come and looking backwards would be foolish
  • It provides written accounts that inspires others if we choose to share.
How to Start Journaling
  • Find a process that works for you.
    • I've always used my blog as a journal of sorts. But lately as my children have grown I don't think it is appropriate to share as much information so I've been journaling in a book. I've also been journaling those dark brain cancer moments, the ones where my heart is tired and ugly.
    • I also keep a prayer journal. It helps me stay focused during my prayer time and also so I can go back and see how God has been working.
    • I've even kept detailed calendars that I would jot important dates/events/quotes on that date.
  • Write everyday. (or try to)
  • Write for yourself not others, substance is better than style.
  • Don't be motivated by length.
  • ecognize the need to tell your story. You may keep this private or you may want to share.
This reenergized me and the writing of my/our story. I want my kids and grandkids to see our written account and see how God has led us through the trials of this earth and the way we respond while living in hell. The good, the bad and the ugly.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it.