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Welp. June was a blur and now July zoomed by like a flash. I can’t believe Kamden returns to school in a few weeks. Our summer is quickly coming to an end. 🙁


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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 June and July.


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 ) Seven down; five to go.
Facilitate a Bible study for women and mothers 


Get to know our neighbors 
Gather with girlfriends every quarter ( 1 2 3 4 ) July 21 … An impromptu dinner with two of my favorite girlfriends, Becky and Julie. Becky, bless her heart, has been dealing with a roller coaster of emotions and sad life events lately. Please keep her in your prayers.
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 July 24 … I sent a handwritten thank-you note to a family that contributed a very nice amount to our Vacation Bible School mission project: The 410 Bridge chicken and egg project!


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 Kamden and I went to zoo June 12 and June 28. Kamden also tasted Dippin’ Dots for the first time and loved the super-duper ice cream treat!

Staycation to Great Wolf Lodge
Mommy & Kamden “date” ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) .
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 ) Staff lunch at my house June 25.
Attend two (2) professional development events
Coordinate two #LoveThe558 service days
Host a conference First Methodist Joshua hosted a women’s conference, RELATE, with Lisa Schwarz on Saturday, June 2. It was a phenonmenal day full of learning how to create and nurture healthy relationships!
Change the felt letter board in my office at least once a week
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!!!!! This was our first vacation as a family and Husband’s first getaway in over 30 years. Yes, 30 YEARS. It was amazing. 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.

Wonder what August will bring?!