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Today, March 31, Husband and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. I was hoping Loyola-Chicago would beat Michigan for a trip to the NCAA Championship game next week but, sadly, they just got beat. I’m so sad for this team and Sister Jean. What a Cinderella story they had this season and this tournament. Wow – I definitely know who Loyola-Chicago is now!

It seems like time is going faster and faster every month but I’ve also not caught my breath since January. Spring is a very busy season around the church – Easter is tomorrow, we’re hosting the Chamber awards banquet later this week, and have several new studies starting next Sunday. Plus, I’ve already begun coordinating a women’s retreat in June. Whomever said there was a “slow season” for church pastors and ministry leaders was sorely mistaken!!!!!!

Let’s talk resolutions … three down, nine to go.


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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 March!


Read the Bible in a year (again … with my favorite plan) Doing well – not perfect – but that’s okay.
Continue monthly tithe to church ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) Three down; nine to go.
Facilitate a Bible study for women and mothers The women’s group finished Becoming MomStrong (February 28) and began Open Your Bible (March 21). We’re rocking and rolling!


Get to know our neighbors Lacy and Everett invited Kamden and I to the zoo last week. We had great fun and it will definitely be a recurring event since they too are members.
Gather with girlfriends every quarter ( 1 2 3 4 ) February 9 ….. GALentine’s 2018 was a success for the Shenanigan Sisters, once again. We ate a delicious dinner at The Social House (West 7th Street; Fort Worth) before watching Fifty Shades Freed. This third movie was the best of the series, in my critical mind. The soundtrack was pretty good too.
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 I purged my closet and donated items to a local resale shop for outreach ministries.
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 Visited the Fort Worth Zoo on March 23.
Staycation to Great Wolf Lodge
Mommy & Kamden “date” ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) Spring Break (March 12-16) proved to be the perfect time for Kamden and Mommy to spend extra quality time together. Of course, we went to Chick-Fil-A a couple of times and he helped me deliver Bible study books to participants too. Kamden and I also met PawPaw, MiMi, and Uncle Chad in Rockwall for lunch March 30. Afterwards, we walked around Bass Pro Shop beside Lake Ray Hubbard.
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 My closet was purged March 31.
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 It’s not ALL cleaned out, but I deleted 5,000 emails from junk and spam folders and it felt amazing! I still need to purge my actual inbox though.
Drink 50 ounces of water every day
Take a daily multivitamin and probiotic
Read 5 books ( 1 2 3 4 5 ) I’m currently reading Open Your Bible, Co-Active Leadership, and People Are The Mission
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 ) March: 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 ) Hosted staff for lunch and weekly meeting in my home March 19 – it felt great to be together again in a non-office setting!
Attend two (2) professional development events
Coordinate two #LoveThe558 service days
Host a conference
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


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.