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2018 Resolutions

Hello, Twenty Eighteen! I’m typing this post during Icemageddon II because, well, I live in Texas and when the mercury dips below 32*, people go nuts. The temperature is currently 21* with a wind chill of 7*. A thin sheet of ice is covering most surfaces, which means I’m inside with a four-year-old toddler suffering from cabin fever and Husband has a cold. Good times y’all, good times.

Without further ado, in 2018 I resolve to…

BLOGGING

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

DISCIPLESHIP

Read the Bible in a year (again … with my favorite plan)
Continue monthly tithe to church (1 2 […]

By | January 1st, 2018|0 Comments

2017 in Review

It’s New Year’s Eve and time for my annual review post. This is the sixth time I’ve posted this questionnaire. See? 2012201320142015, and 2016. For the past couple of years, I’ve tweaked this form a bit by adding or removing questions so I doubt this edition is even close to the original.

Overall, 2017 has been pretty amazing. The first half of the year, professionally, was spent solidifying my role as Director of Discipleship and Outreach Ministries and increasing the church’s presence in the community and on Facebook. I can confidently say, now, I’ve found a rhythm to my daily tasks and have a clear vision for the future. We have a lot of work to do but I’m fortunate to have a front-row […]

By | December 31st, 2017|1 Comment

Resolution Update // 2017 Results

Oh hello, 2017 resolutions. Can we ignore the fact that I’ve not hit the publish button since September 30 and my attempts to blog more often in 2017 fell pathetically short? Regardless, I refuse to let the year end without an official result post, so here we go:

ORGANIZATION

Use my Prayerful Planner every day WIN. I am being generous here but I did pretty well with this planner. No, every daily page is not full or decorated beautifully, but it’s definitely worn. I probably won’t purchase another one, but I liked it. Positives: the daily pages have plenty of room for writing task lists, prayer requests, devotional notes, and much more. The monthly view is a must-have for me too. Negatives: This planner is pricey. And bulky. For 2018, I’m returning to my trusty (and economical) At-A-Glance weekly/monthly […]

By | December 29th, 2017|2 Comments

Resolution Update // August and September 2017

The first two weeks of August included more travel than I have done in the last two years combined. My Internet BFF, Lisa let me crash at her place in Virginia Beach one weekend and I was in North Dakota to attend Jenny’s baby shower the second weekend.

Sadly, September began with the death of a very close friend, Brandon. Perhaps one day I’ll write a post about him, but it won’t be anytime soon. He served this country courageously, fought cancer like a beast, and loved his family fierce. He was also smitten with Kamden and for that I am thankful. I was honored to have been invited by Brandon’s family to Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery for his dignified military burial and, just like in Arlington, I felt like I was walking on holy ground …. because it is.

And, because God […]

By | September 30th, 2017|2 Comments

Summer 2017

Because my to-do list continues to grow. Because my productivity level is waning. Because cancer sucks. Because I haven’t published a legitimate blog post in forever. Because life is crazy and I’m choosing to ignore all the pertinent things to address insignificant ones, I’m writing this blog post.

Here’s a recap of our Summer:

JUNE // Summer doesn’t official start until you’ve got watermelon juice dripping off your chin while sitting on the tailgate of your Daddy’s truck.

Kamden and I were invited to a play-date where the kids made homemade play-doh. Mind you, the hostess was 8 months pregnant with her fourth child and there was flour and other random ingredients all over her kitchen floor. It smelled amazing since a few drops of essential oils were added to the mixture!

Kamden had to hug his best friend goodbye. […]

By | September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Resolution Update // July 2017

Seven down, five to go.

ORGANIZATION

Use my Prayerful Planner every day I may not decorate its pages beautifully or write long, eloquent prayers every single day, but I love this planner and would be lost without it. Things are really busy at church (in the greatest possible Kingdom-building way possible) so keeping myself organized is a must.
Decorate my office (paint, hang diploma, arrange bookshelves, etc.) – I still haven’t finished my office. My big, ugly desk is still in the middle of the space and the walls are blank. I haven’t done anything with the closets or curtains either. I need a fairy godmother who specializes in interior design to complete this mess for me!!!!!!
Hire a housekeeper for deep cleaning (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) – Miss A didn’t clean in July […]

By | July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

DIY Red Letter Bible

DIY Red Letter Bible

Open any of my Bibles and not a single one is a Red Letter edition.

Red Letter Bibles are printed with Jesus’s words in red ink. I won’t get into the argument of whether or not they are quotes of Christ, but I respect context and honor its value for studying Scripture.

A major component of understanding the Bible is knowing who is speaking and to whom. When it comes to Jesus, particularly in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), there is great benefit to marking because some traditional translations (i.e. King James Version) do not have quotation marks. Thou shall always use punctuation marks!

The idea of creating my own Red Letter Study Bible stemmed from conversations I had recently with my friend Amy and in a women’s group. I can’t help but laugh at the inadvertent challenge issued by these […]

By | July 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Resolution Update // May + June 2017

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I’m halfway through 2017 and every day seems like it’s going faster and faster. My intent to blog more often has fallen by the wayside. But, I’ve got six more months this year to try to turn the ship and actually accomplish some of the goals I set in January.

ORGANIZATION

Use my Prayerful Planner every day
Decorate my office (paint, hang diploma, arrange bookshelves, etc.) – I finally, FINALLY painted my office. I chose Sherwin Williams’ Bravo Blue. It’s a lovely shade that’s relaxing, soothing, clean looking, and modern. I found the curtain panels (on sale at IKEA, yeah!!!!) that I’ll hang in place of closet doors. I’m with an industrial look with the curtain rod and bookshelves. I already have a long wood board that can be […]

By | June 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Resolution Update // April 2017

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My intent to blog more often has not become a reality … nothing like posting April’s resolution update mid-May. I’ll be honest, April was incredibly busy at church so my personal time was nonexistent. But the month of April was pretty awesome with collaborations with a local ministry partner to plan a women’s conference in June, Holy Week festivities, a trip to see PawPaw and Mimi, launching CarePortal, and hosting Touch-A-Truck, which was a huge success for the community despite the weather.

ORGANIZATION

Use my Prayerful Planner every day
Decorate my office (paint, hang diploma, arrange bookshelves, etc.)
Hire a housekeeper for deep cleaning (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) – Sadly, Miss A did not clean in April. Our schedules never aligned.
Unsubscribe from excessive […]

By | May 11th, 2017|1 Comment

Resolution Update // March 2017

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It’s springtime in Texas, which means bluebonnets are blooming and severe weather is causing Yours Truly to sleep with her toddler because he hates thunderstorms and lightening. Today, March 31, 2017 is a special day in our house. Husband and I are celebrating our TENTH wedding anniversary!!!! Woo Hoo for a DECADE of marital bliss, y’all.

ORGANIZATION

Use my Prayerful Planner every day – March is pretty empty since I was out of town the week of Spring Break and I’ve had family visiting too. Luckily, I’m keeping up with Post-It notes!
Decorate my office (paint, hang diploma, arrange bookshelves, etc.)
Hire a housekeeper for deep cleaning (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) – Three months down, nine more to go!
Unsubscribe from excessive blogs, websites, newsletters, […]

By | March 31st, 2017|0 Comments