Monday Musings


Every Monday, I publish whatever is on my mind -consider it a smorgasbord of thoughts and randomness- as a way to clear my head and prepare for the next week ahead. By doing so, I hope to calm the chaos and organize the scattered. Cheers to 2015 and blessings to you!

monday musings

Y’all, it’s Monday (again) and my heart is so full of thanksgiving. Yesterday’s Bible journaling workshop at church blew my socks off. WOW! I was expecting five or six to join me for a couple hours of coloring in our Bibles (as Husband so eloquently puts it) but 11 lovely ladies showed up with their journaling Bibles, sketchbooks, crayons, colored pencils, ink pads, and stencils ready to doodle and create. I was blown away! There are about 20 people interested in participating but this week is Spring Break so lots of families are on vacation and (hopefully) enjoying warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine wherever they are. I’m not only over-joyed with the number of people who are as passionate about God’s Word, but the amazingly talented and wonderfully generous Jacqueline Reape donated a Bible Journaling Supply Kit with Bible and Katy K. was the lucky winner! The kit includes an ESV Journaling Bible, alphabet stickers, stamping blocks and ink pads, stencils, a Micron fine-tip ink pen, and more! I contacted Jacqueline on a whim a couple of weeks ago when I found her blog and online store. Imagine my surprise when I received a reply from her *AND* she offered to send a journaling kit for a lucky winner in our new small group. God is doing great things through Bible journaling and Illustrated Faith and I’m excited to be a part of the journey.

If you are new to Bible journaling or looking for inspiration, these seven verses are the perfect place to start.

I wish I was as kind as Boaz. Here are five characteristics of kindness worth imitating.

Another excellent post on how to read the Bible.

Being a parent is awesome, but these parents have taken it to a whole new level of hilarious!

Last Friday, I cleaned (very thoroughly) our fridge and freezer because of Jen’s declaration to waste not. By the way, I love their French-door refrigerator and wish we had one too. I’m so glad she shared this post because our food storage areas were in desperate need of a deep cleaning and purge fest. I removed every shelf and drawer I could out of the side-by-side, scrubbed it inside and out with heavy-duty kitchen cleaner, and tossed every bit of food that was either expired or about to be classified as a science project. It was depressing to see how much food we waste but liberating to know that I was doing a good deed for my family. Now that the fridge is sparkly clean and mostly empty, I’m hoping my attempts at meal planning will be more successful. I have a grocery list to accomplish later today and I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything extra. There are two packages of frozen meat that will be used this week and I hope to defrost the chest freezer in the garage by April 1. That’s my next pet project, if you will.

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team finished their regular season 31-0. That means they’re undefeated. And awesome. And continuing the legacy of greatness on the hardwood court of Rupp Arena. Basketball is pretty much it’s own religion in the bluegrass state, second to God, of course. To celebrate their fabulous season, Kamden and I wore our UK t-shirts all weekend. #BlessOurHearts #BigBlueNation #bbn #weareuk


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  1. Keshia Edwards March 9, 2015 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Thank you for your post this morning. It is amazing to me how God uses people to give you just what you need! Your post discussed everything that I have been working on or am wanting to work on. The waste not was so on point and as I plan my Spring Break the fridge will be the first thing I tackle today! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    • Nicole March 9, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Keshia, thank you so much for your kind words this morning. Have “fun” tackling your fridge purge, it’s so worth it and you’ll feel amazing afterwards! Hope you are well and I hope you enjoy this spring break.

      Blessings, Nicole

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  2. Grace Grits and Gardening March 9, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    It is depressing to waste food! I have a compost now so at least when I forget about the cauliflower in the bottom drawer, I can turn it into soil:)

    • Nicole March 9, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

      That’s a great idea! Any food scraps we have, we throw them under the trees along our back fence. I’m sure the birds appreciate it. Growing up, my great-grandmother through most vegetable and fruit scraps beneath her flower bushes and trees, particularly the GIANT magnolia tree in her backyard. She also had a compost pile that she used to fertilize her gardens too. 🙂

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  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin March 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    My son did the “purge” for me a week ago…and NO…I don’t mean he ate it!…He actually cleaned my refrigerator …I woke up to all things outdated gone!…I was so happy!…and now it’s MY job to keep it that way…”I believe those were his words!”…

    • Nicole March 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      That was very sweet of him!!!! I cleaned our fridge out while Kamden took a nap, I like when I can get something accomplished while he snoozes. Though, on days like today when it’s rainy and cool, I’m usually on the couch reading or snoozing while he sleeps. Ohhhhh well, the house will still be a mess when he wakes up. HA!!!!

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      • babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin March 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        I was always told to rest when the kids rested…I found this hard to do…because that was the time I could get more accomplished…so quite understand!

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