Favorite Books and a Giveaway!!!

It’s my favorite post of the year!   Here it is! A list of all the best books I’ve read in 2017. Although working full-time sort of put a damper on my reading, I still managed to squeeze in 55 books this year, and I’ve got some good ones to recommend. This list contains quite a variety so I think everybody can find something they would like to read. Comment…

I Choose to Trust

This post was written and published several months ago at Planting Roots. I watched anxiously as my husband backed out of the driveway, leaving on an eight-hour drive to Tennessee. He was headed to look at a few houses in preparation for our upcoming move. This was not the first time he had gone before us to secure a home for our family. After a twenty year career in the…

What I’m Loving, Edition November 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our family met my parents in Atlanta to spend the holiday with my brother, his wife, and  their son. We had a great time – I can’t remember the last time we were all together. Here are my favorite things for November! These Nikes: I love these shoes! Brie got a pair several months ago and then I saw them on sale a…

What’s In A Name?

Lately, our youngest little spitfire has been complaining about her name. The following conversation has been on constant repeat over the past couple weeks. Me: Hey, Vivi… Vivi: No… Finish my name. Sassy much? And because she has become so particular about being called “Vivienne” instead of a shortened version, our other precious children just egg her on, calling her “Viv” or “Vivi.” All. Day. Long. Sometimes I love my…

Christmas Lists and Slacker Moms

Aaaah, the dreaded Christmas wish list. I don’t know whether I should jump for joy or break down and cry. Does anyone else have this reaction when your children start writing out all their hopes and dreams on a little sheet of paper addressed to Santa? I recently sat down with both of my little kids as they wrote letters to Old St. Nick. I have fond memories of perusing…

Put On A Happy Face

I’m really good at putting on a happy face when I need to, pretending everything is perfect. Honestly, we’re probably all pretty adept at wearing masks. Social media doesn’t help, either. We scroll through Facebook and Instagram, perusing everyone’s highlight reels, while we stand in our dirty kitchens wearing the same pair of yoga pants for the third day in a row as we listen to our kids bickering over…

Consume Me

It had been an exhausting twelve hour day of work and faculty meetings. The stress from my job was beginning to wear on me and all I wanted was to get home, put on my pajamas, and eat dinner with my family. But as I walked through the door to my home, which I had hoped would be a sanctuary of sorts for my weary body and soul, I was…

What I’m Loving, Edition October 2017

I love October, and not just because it’s my birthday month. The weather starts getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and we are all settling into school routines. Those  things make me happy. Here are a few other things I’m loving this month. These sleep leggings: Dang, I’m a sucker for some leggings. I heard about these particular leggings one morning while I was running and listening to the…

How To Be An Encourager

As the wife of an airmen, moving has become second-nature. Usually by the third year of living in the same town, I am itching to pack up my house and move to a new place. Even though it isn’t always easy to make friends or find a place to serve in a new town, I still enjoy the “fresh start” feeling that moving brings. However, our recent move brought many…

Launch Time is Coming

Do you know that feeling when God keeps trying to teach you something yet you don’t want to hear it? First, He whispers quietly, but you don’t answer. Next, He nudges you a bit, but you don’t respond. He keeps trying to get your attention until He finally throws this thing in your face so many times that you can’t help but say, “Ok, God. I’m listening.” Yeah. That’s been…