Veldhuizen Cheese & Farm Tour | Dublin, Texas

Day 4 of #SpringBreak2019 included a scenic drive to Veldhuizen Farms near Dublin, about 75 miles SW of Joshua. It was an absolute perfect day – clear, blue skies – to tour a dairy farm, taste hand-crafted cheese, and play with young calves and furry dogs. My friend, Samantha, and her son, Connor (3), joined us too!

We arrived to the V Farm just in time for the noonday tour with chief farmer, cheese guru, and owner Mister Stuart. The cheese making “factory” is connected to the Shoppe with a large viewing window overlooking the stirring vat where cheesemakers were making the Redneck Cheddar variety.

The cheese curds are separated from the whey before getting seasoned according to the artisan’s recipe. The whey you see in the bucket is […]

By |March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

National Farm Machinery Show 2019 #NFMS19

It’s been really quiet in these blog parts lately but I promise I have TONS to share with you, including my family’s getaway to the farm show (#NFMS19).

This is the second consecutive year we’ve made the trek from Texas to Louisville, Kentucky to walk around 27 acres of indoor expo space to see tractors, farm equipment, and agricultural products. Basically, it’s every country boy’s heaven on earth, especially Kamden! This trip was extra special because Chad (Husband’s oldest brother) went with us. It was also his first ride in an airplane!

If there was a mower, combine, lawn tractor, big tractor, or truck unlocked, Kamden climbed up into the driver’s seat … no matter the paint color or brand name!

I’ll be honest … I can’t tell […]

By |February 16th, 2019|0 Comments

2019 Goals — January Update


Hello, January.

Goodbye, January!

This has been the longest month in the history of ever? No? Just me? Okay.

Before I get to the goals I was able to accomplish in the first 31 days of 2019, I’ve got to give a huge shout-out to my favorite drone pilot and shenanigan stirrer, Garrett for the AMAZING photo above. He does incredible work with first responders and local agencies, as well as capture amazing photographs from hundreds of feet above the ground.

Faith Development

Read the Bible in a year (using this planOff to a decent start!
Memorize one Bible verse a month
Attend worship every Sunday Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
Participate in a weekly Bible study The new study started yesterday (January 30) so I will consider this a success for the goal list!
Give sacrificially to the Cultivate stewardship campaign


Day date with Husband […]

By |February 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Thursday Tidbits

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I’ve been looking for a blueberry banana bread recipe

Why you should Marie Kondo your friendships

Soul car is paramount for those of us in ministry, but everyone should put this into practice …

When I visited Israel, specifically Bethlehem in 2013, the harsh reality of the Palestinian wall shook me to my core. My tour guide, Wisam (nicknamed Sam) manages The Walled Off Hotel and I can’t wait to return so I can see him and this hotel filled with beautiful art.

By |January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Thursday Tidbits

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More interesting facts about Marie Kondo, her “tidying up” methods, and its rich traditions …

This Alabama Dad is my lunchbox hero

Every divorced couple with children should take note …

I know this hunter and appreciate his passion for family and savoring the outdoors …

I’ve said for years that rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club is euphoric and out-of-this-world delicious. Now, I have proof

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo began last week so if you’re enjoying the festivities, remember these etiquette rules of wearing a cowboy hat

To my best friend, Jenny, this is for you …

By |January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Handwriting Day + Kamden’s Legacy Bible

It’s been a while since I’ve celebrated National Handwriting Day so I thought what better way than by sharing my first entry in Kamden’s Legacy Bible!

If you are interested in DaySpring’s Illustrating Bible with super-duper wide margins and fabulous paper quality, get on the pre-order list NOW because it will be restocked in February!

I didn’t give much thought to where I would start writing in this Bible until I opened a package of prayer cards from The Daily Grace Company and the first passage was 1 Samuel 1:27-28. Hannah is one of my Bible mom-mentors and it is her strength and vulnerability that I hope grows in my own life and faith journey.

Kamden, my sweet boy, I have been praying for you […]

By |January 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Planner Update I

One of my goals in 2019 is to utilize my Living Well Planner and share regular updates with Three31 readers. The first few weeks of the new year have been challenging and more chaotic than I anticipated, leaving me feeling discombobulated and frustrated. But I’m hopeful this post will get me back on track and focused so I can finish January strong. I don’t anticipate future planner update posts to be this lengthy or have as many photos. But so many of you have asked what kind of planner I’m using and I wanted to share lots of pictures of different pages. If you’re not interested in my planner, goals, or what I did (or didn’t do) this week, stop reading here.

So, here a few things I love about my LWP …


When I pre-ordered this planner back in September, the only cover option I had was this multi-stripe. […]

By |January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Thursday Tidbits

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I am intrigued by the idea and practice of hygge

Eventually, I’ll determine my Enneagram type …

Not that I enjoy reading a person’s obituary, but this one is worth your time …

Have you heard of, or are you familiar with blackout poetry?

Surround yourself with men who carry pocket knives

Whether you acknowledge or admit it, there is extreme danger in the self-care Gospel

I don’t have Netflix but I am familiar with Marie Kondo and experts predict thrift-shoppers are in for a treat …

By |January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Thursday Tidbits

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Do you know the difference between olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil?

I hope I never experience the pain of infidelity but I hope I always have the relentless faith, courage, and vulnerability that Lysa Terkeurst has displayed the past 18 months as she and her husband, Art, battled through forgiveness and allowed God’s amazing grace and redemptive power to work in their marriage. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

The Sabbath was not a suggestion. Rest is Biblical and must be practiced, intentionally.

Motherhood offers an opportunity to cultivate a Christ centered legacy to next generations …

By |January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Campo Verde Mexican Restaurant

Kamden and I may have found the Christmas Tinsel Capital of the world at Campo Verde Mexican Restaurant in Arlington, Texas!

Look at this place …

This place is COVERED in Christmas decor. There are lights and trees everywhere. And tinsel. Lots and lots of tinsel!

Campo Verde opened in July 1983 and I would be willing to bet the furniture and decor are all original. The vinyl chairs in the dining areas are classic 80s. The bathroom even had faux marble countertops and carpet … eww?!

No doubt, this place is iconic for its over-the-top Christmas decorations and that’s exactly why I wanted to take Kamden for an impromptu lunch date.

From the outside, the place is unassuming and pretty standard looking for Tex-Mex restaurants. Step inside and you’re in another world!

Flamingos next to color-changing trees? […]

By |January 7th, 2019|0 Comments