Resolution Update | August 2018

{ Grandaddy + Kamden fishing at Kaleb’s Lake | August 1, 2018 }

Holy moly, summer is gone. Zip! Zoom! Done! The month of August was a busy one and I was able to accomplish several things on my resolution list…


Tighten security to prevent spam comments
Write a series on Women of the Bible
Publish Thursday Tidbits, a weekly blog post with links to articles, recipes, news reports, and anything else I find that might be fascinating or useless or helpful or funny or enlightening to others Check for August.


Read the Bible in a year (again … with my favorite plan) Ehhh … still behind.
Continue monthly tithe to church ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) Eight down; four to go.
Facilitate a Bible study for women and mothers I began Seamless, an incredible Bible study by Angie Smith on August 29 with 10 women. It’s going to be an awesome six weeks!


Get to know our neighbors 
Gather with girlfriends every quarter ( 1 2 3 4 )
Serve on a mission trip
Invest in Britton Z.
Invest in Courtney F.
Invest in Emily F.
Invest in Makenna K.
Invest in Kirsten Z.
Donate clothes, books, and household items to someone in need or local resale shop
Donate something to be sold at Lord’s Acre (homemade dog biscuits, jelly, etc.)
Send greeting cards via snail mail


Execute our wills
Attend five Cleburne Railroader baseball games ( 1 2 3 4 5 ) Husband purchased a group package from the Cleburne Railroaders’ last year and we finally used it Saturday, August 25. Well, Kamden and I invited some friends from church and Husband stayed home to mow the pasture!

Visit the Fort Worth Zoo once a month, more during summer months 
Staycation to Great Wolf Lodge
Mommy & Kamden “date” ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) I took Kamden to Bell’s Drug Store in Sebree, Kentucky for a snow cone treat and I had an orangeade. It was sooooooooo good!!!!!
Mommy-and-Me photos for Mother’s Day
Obtain a library card for Kamden
Take Kamden fishing on a big lake
Take Kamden turkey or deer hunting
Clean out every closet and junk drawer in the house
Host Lisa in our home
Host a game night
Make homemade salsa
Purchase a new dining room table (four-post, farmhouse style) and chairs


Clean out my inbox once and for all
Drink 50 ounces of water every day
Take a daily multivitamin and probiotic
Read 5 books ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
Spend 10 minutes a day in solitude for prayer and meditation (no phone, no Internet, no distractions)
Save $300 each month ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) Check.
Prepare one new dish a month ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 )
Make the perfect homemade cinnamon rolls
Splurge on a mani or spa facial  ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 )
Host a dinner party
Attend a concert
Fill my gratitude jar with these heart-shaped tags
Stop picking at my face


Host staff lunch in my home once a quarter ( 1 2 3 4 ) .
Attend two (2) professional development events
Coordinate two #LoveThe558 service days We’ve rebranded to #ServeJoshua (seems like more people understand what we’re trying to do and accomplish) and implementing a nomination form for neighbors and friends to nominate someone or a project site. We have several submissions and expecting more, plus we have lots of willing servants ready to get to work on Saturday, October 27!
Host a conference RELATE, with Lisa Schwarz on Saturday, June 2. 
Change the felt letter board in my office at least once a week Hey, I found this felt board! But I haven’t changed the letters so that’s depressing.
Create an Instagram account for the church
Create a new logo


Visit Lisa, John, and Diesel (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Visit Mark, Jenny, and Levi (Ashley, North Dakota)
Visit Heather in Houston
Attend the Farm Machinery Show (Louisville, KY) CHECK – February 14-17 (read all about it here)
Attend the Women of Joy conference (San Antonio, TX)
Visit a state park
Visit a national park
Visit Sea World in San Antonio CHECK!!!!! Read all about our adventures here.


January: purchase a new pair of Sperry boat shoes (such as theseI didn’t buy the Sperry boat shoes but I found a pair of Born sandals on clearance at a boutique in Granbury. Born + Clearance = DEAL!!!

February: give up AND add something meaningful for Lent Failed. Since we were travelling to Louisville on Ash Wednesday, I missed our traditional worship service (including ashes on my forehead) and I haven’t added or eliminated anything for Lent.

March: Purchase a dimmable floor lamp and hang curtains in my office to camouflage the two storage closets. The fluorescent lighting is too bright and hurts my eyes. FAIL. I still hate the lighting in my office.

April: celebrated Easter (1); won the Community Spirit Award (5); left a movie before it was over (12); ate the most delicious maple glazed Sriracha bacon donut from Dough Boy Donuts at Joshua’s Main Street Market (15); indulged in the most amazing burger and onion rings at Shep’s Place in Weatherford (19); began the Curly Girl Method (22); and supported the North Texas Laryngectomy Society at the Red Dress Gala (27)

May: celebrated National Day of Prayer with an amazing, Spirit-filled service; got stranded at Beaumont Ranch after heavy rains during the CT100 clay shoot; spoiled our JUMPS staff during Teacher Appreciation Week with daily treats; and took Kamden to Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield for his regular cleaning.

June: got my first DevaCut by a Level II DevaCurl stylist (June 13); had lunch with movers and shakers in Johnson County (June 21); and Kamden and I played chauffeurs taking the Latvia Mission Team to DFW Airport (June 29).

July: Kamden has befriended two sanitation workers (July 2); our first family vacation to Sea World in San Antonio (July 10-13); enjoyed a night with the girls (July 21); and, on July 28th, Julie and I saw Luke Combs and Jason Aldean in concert.

August: Kamden and I flew to Kentucky and he got to fish, work on the farm, reunite with Jackson and Connor, attend a family reunion, and visit the Louisville Science Center. I love this picture of Nana with her grandchildren (me, Brian, and Noah) and Kamden is her one and only great-grandchild. We are all beyond spoiled in the best possible way!!!

Kamden has really taken to Roy and when he got a new truck but said it was “Duke blue,” Kamden and I had to remedy that … FAST. Kamden couldn’t wait to get back to Texas and give Roy his new Kentucky t-shirt and climb all over the bed of the new Chevy!

Kamden began his last first day at JUMPS Preschool on Monday, August 20 and I admit I cried a little. Not in public, of course, but it hit me hard the night before that my baby boy is turning into a young man quick. He was so excited to take a picture with this new board I had made and tell the world he wants to be a farmer when he grows up.

My parents (YaYa and Grandaddy) made a quick trip to Texas last week and they were busy as beavers. While I went to a district conference meeting in Weatherford, they had lunch with friends. On Friday, we went to Alpine Shooting Range where Dad and I each shot a 3-shot group at 100 yards on a one-inch target. We’re now in an elite group of PRECISION SHOOTERS and have the t-shirt to prove it. On Monday, I made Mom and Dad play golf in the Crazy8 tournament. To show my heartfelt appreciation for them bringing homemade salsa, I sent them home with five bags of my favorite tortilla chips.

Whew – what a month! I’m neck deep in preparing marketing, promotional, and social media communications for a stewardship (debt reduction) campaign at FUMC Joshua. It’s a lot of work but leadership is amazing to work with and I’ve got a secret weapon on my Communications Team: her name is Jenny and she designed our campaign logo. Y’all have heard me say it before, but it’s so true: FIND YOUR TRIBE + LOVE THEM HARD. I can’t wait to hug Jenny’s neck next month when she comes to Texas for the women’s conference. The brand she created for this campaign is modern, simple, forward and goes perfectly with the tagline and Scripture passage. She’s incredibly talented and I’m the lucky one she’s willing to work with us. 🙂

Come on September, let’s kick some booty!

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