Highlights of the Decade

In this decade I have gotten married and celebrated ten years of marriage, bought and sold a house, went on several mission trips to other countries, coached volleyball and track, birthed two babies, moved to three different states, finished my bachelors degree, obtained my Masters, helped in church plants, went to ministry schools, gained perspective and deeper faith, began therapy, and wrote a book. It’s been a definite adventure, and I have a holy anticipation for what the next decade will hold!

Merry Christmas, My Love


Merry Christmas, My Love! Your unadulterated joy has been my Christmas miracle. Thank you for loving Jesus and still being excited to see Santa, snow, and the bright lights all around you at every turn! Hearing you sing Christmas songs in English and Spanish has been a real treat, and listening to you read scripture has been a highlight of my life!

Thank you for showing me how great Christmas could be, I know you are going to miss it when it’s gone, but you can celebrate it all year long if you want! I’m glad I was able to find some matching pajamas for us, and I’m so happy we got to spend time together doing some of the things we enjoy doing.

Seeing Christmas through your eyes was so magical it blessed me to see your excitement. I love you, and I’ll always love celebrating Jesus’ Birthday with you!

Merry Christmas, My Love! When you read this, I hope you know that I love you and that you truly made my Christmas season merry and bright. You saved Christmas for me this year, and my prayer is that I would remember how magical this season is for you and embrace it entirely in the future.

~Love Mom

Where to go from here?

This month is over! There was so much stuff going on I really don’t know what my focus should be for the coming month. Trying to find the balance between work and life has been unattainable and will probably remain as such forever, but my goal is to be at least 60/40 at any given moment. Therapy is still much needed. I actually had fun doing our budget and keeping track of what was going on with our money at any given moment. It actually brought about a freedom I don’t think I’ve felt in a long time when it comes to money. It would be nice to add another date night into the budget as well as a few other line items. I want to start running again, and continue to be mindful of what I put into my body mainly dairy and processed sugars. I want to get to bed at a decent time again, instead of past midnight. I really want to refocus and readjust my goals going into the last 3 months of the year and I want to continue to go deep with Jesus and His word. I didn’t really narrow anything down, but I do know that I feel much better about going into this new month with a fresh perspective and newly outfitted goals! Thanks again for your support and encouragement!

This month was hard

On the eve of this month almost being over, I just want to say how thankful I am that tomorrow is the last day of this month! September was by far the hardest month of the year for me. I’m usually emotional because it’s Kiwi’s Birthday month, but to throw in a sick kiddo, big work projects, and trying to change our family tree by getting out of debt at the same time it was a lot to take on at once, and I’m still trying to recover.

I’m not sleeping all that well, I’m not really motivated to do much, I’m just ready for it to be over, so that I can just reset, make some goals for next month and give myself a bit more grace and balance. I’ve made some strides and I had some wins, but to know that this month is almost over brings so much relief.

Thank you for coming to read my posts, and for participating in the dialogue during this blog challenge. Hopefully I won’t go so long in between posts and can incorporate this space into my regular calendar, because it has been fun to blog every night, and to hear from my readers.

Blessings to you all,


Hard Reset

Today was just that for me. A hard reset. There were things that needed to be done, but mentally I couldn’t do it. I was exhausted. So instead I played with Kobi, I made baked mac n cheese I actually went to several events we were invited too, and I ate good food and just spent time to reset my soul.

I spent time with God asked Him some questions I needed to ask Him and just let myself feel the range of emotions that is my life. I feel so much better than I did when I woke up.

This picture doesn’t look like much but capturing this moment let me see how much I needed to just be here and not be consumed with things I cannot control.