Challenges :: Daily and Monthly

I want to share a couple challenges with y’all that I will be participating in this year. I’ll be posting about these throughout the year on social media as well as the blog. [i took a really long break from blogging and am hoping this will help me get back into the groove of it]

For the month of January I’ll be participating in The Minimalism Game. My neighbor shared this first challenge with me and I’m actually kind of excited about it!   See below for a brief description.

The minimalism game is a challenge that asks you to throw out an increasing number of things for a month. So, on the first day of the month, you get rid of one item. On the second day, you toss two more. On the third, another three – and so on. In a month with 30 days, you will end up getting rid of 465 things from your home!

Just when I think, I don’t have that much stuff, I look around and see a room full of crap! I’m thinking it will be easy to begin with and then it will get harder to find stuff  to get rid of later in the month. For me anyway. I like to keep stuff. 

Next up is Project 365 :: A picture a day throughout the year. I really want to complete this challenge this year. I have started so many times and always end up not finishing. In 2018 I want to capture life and capture joy with my camera. I also want to be in front of the camera more {gasp} and not just behind it.

Have you heard of the 1 second every day app? If not go check it out here
This is another challenge I really want to complete because how fun will it be at the end of the year to look back over your video. 

I set a goal to read 40 books this year. I have found several challenges but have not decided which one to go with yet. 

What challenges will you be joining in on this year?




2018 Word of Year :: Intentional

My one little word for the year 2018 is Intentional. 

Here are a few areas in my life I want to be more intentional about this year. As well as some goals/challenges I have set for myself. 

  • daily bible reading 
  • prayer journal 
  • relationship with David [more dates, spending more time with one another, praying for and encouraging David more]
  • relationship with the girls [praying for and encouraging the girls more, have more fun, spending more time with each individually]
  • my health 
  • more time with family and friends 
  • managing the house 
  • declutter  (more about this later) 
  • The Craft House (making and selling more items)
  • reading (will share soon)
  • blogging 
  • a picture a day 

To find out more about One Little Word click here

Happy New Year! Let’s make every day the best day in 2018!

Summer 2017

Our 2017 summer in bullet points & pictures 🙂 

The girls went into town and watched the Independence Day parade.
Days were spent by the pool. 
Emily and Audrey went to the Homeschool prom. It was pretty awesome. 
We took a family vacation to the beach late April early May.
We ate dinner at The Wahlburgers Restaurant at Myrtle Beach.
Audrey and I went to a Sam Hunt concert with a couple of her friends for her Bday. 
We also went to see Luke Bryan and Brett Eldridge. Pretty awesome concert. 
Emily graduated high school. How is that possible? 

Gingerbread Houses 2016

We are counting the days down to Christmas! This is probably about the 15th year I’ve had little fun things for the girls to do each day as we near Christmas. And today was Christmas Craft Day / Let’s make Gingerbread Houses. 

Even though the girls are much older now they still get excited turning each tag over to see what fun thing we have planned for the day. It is much harder though with their busy schedule but I want to take advantage of every opportunity to create fun and happy memories for them to look back on when they are older. And who knows, maybe we’ll still be doing this when they are in their twenties! 


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Pressure Cooker Rice

Pressure Cooker Rice
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  1. 3 cups white rice
  2. 1 qt. chicken or vegetable stock
  3. 1/2 onion, diced
  4. 2 tbsp. butter
  1. Place inner pot into the electric pressure cooker.
  2. Press Rice/Risotto button. Add butter and onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add rice and coat it in butter.
  4. Add chicken/vegetable stock.
  5. Place lid on cooker, lock lid and close the valve.
  6. Press warm/cancel button.
  7. Press Rice/Risotto button.
  8. Once timer has reached 0 and rice has finished cooking release valve to release steam.
  9. Remove lid and serve.

Pressure Cooker Creamed Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Creamed Potatoes
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  1. 2 lbs. Russet potatoes
  2. 1 – 1 ½ cups milk
  3. 1 Tablespoon butter
  4. salt
  5. pepper
  1. Peel & wash potatoes.
  2. Cut each potato into large chunks.
  3. Add 1 cup of cold water to the bowl of the pressure cooker.
  4. Place potatoes in pressure cooker.
  5. Pressure cook on soup/stew for 7 minutes.
  6. Once pressure has been released, open the pressure cooker, remove potatoes and set aside.
  7. Heat milk in saucepan on the stove.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the milk. Heat milk to just below boiling (being careful not to scald)
  9. Mash potatoes gently by hand using a potato masher.
  10. Once potatoes have been mashed add part of the hot milk. (repeat until you have the desired consistency)
  11. Once complete add salt & pepper to taste.


On January 21st Emily turned seventeen. SEVENTEEN! I have been a mom for seventeen years! Oh, my goodness! I’m supposed to still be seventeen!  winter 2016 (19 of 36)

We had a pretty low key day since she had to work and we were expected to get hit with snow. She got up and opened her presents from me, David, Audrey & Sarah then they all headed into work with David.  The staff ended up going out for lunch to celebrate her and another man’s birthday. Her favorite…… Japanese food. I remember being told when the girls were little, the days are long but the years are short. I never realized just how true those words are until this year. Two drivers and the baby just hit double digits. Wow.  24513514331_6d471115fb_z

Emily is not a big cake eater so we got a Baskin-Robbin ice cream cake. I can’t believe how expensive those things are. But after having a slice, worth.every.penny. Yum!  Untitled                           She had to humor her momma and pose for a birthday picture.