{ Kamden at Fort Worth Zoo }

You guys, I can finally BREATHE!!!!! I’ve been going nonstop since September but I intentionally did NOT plan anything for the next three months so I can spend quality time with Husband, Kamden, family and friends. As of last Sunday, I’m officially in a Season of REST and I’m not apologizing for it. Kamden and I skipped church to spend the day at the Fort Worth Zoo and he had a blast at the splash pad.

I’ve obviously neglected this blog for months on end but I’m hoping to share some heart stories this summer. I’ve got a lot I need to get on paper (or on the screen). As for my resolutions in April and May, you’re guess is good as mine … let’s see what I’ve been able to accomplish:


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 April and May … I’ve been keeping up with these weekly posts religiously!


Read the Bible in a year (again … with my favorite plan) Ehhh … let’s just say I’ll be doing A LOT of reading this summer to catch up.
Continue monthly tithe to church ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) Five down; seven to go.
Facilitate a Bible study for women and mothers The women’s group finished Open Your Bible May 9. 


Get to know our neighbors 
Gather with girlfriends every quarter ( 1 2 3 4 ) April 22 … C and J joined me at Sushi Axiom to send off our precious friend, M before she and her family departed for Arkansas. I miss her so much! 
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 )
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 ) May 22. Kamden and I went to a consultation at his new dentist’s office and enjoyed a sushi lunch afterwards. He’s a huge fan of “chicken and rice” (chicken fried rice).
Mommy-and-Me photos for Mother’s Day Becky (The Java Mama) once again did an amazing job with Mommy & Me photos for Kamden and I. We made it to the bluebonnet fields just in time because four hours after these photos were taken, a huge cold front came in with high winds, lots of rain, and arctic temperatures! 

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 While I did not have to physically travel, I attended the First Impressions Conference online May 1-3 with mega church and ministry leaders such as Greg Atkinson, Carey Nieuwhof, Nona Jones, and many, many others! One of my “tasks” this summer is to go back and watch all of the sessions again with more attentiveness and less distractions!
Coordinate two #LoveThe558 service days
Host a conference
Change the felt letter board in my office at least once a week Perhaps I should file a “missing felt board report” because now I cannot find this silly thing. The last time I saw it was in the Worship Center but I have no idea where it’s hiding now. 
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


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 (3); 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 (31).