Y’all, it’s fall! Meteorologically speaking, of course. North Texas had a sneak peak of fall-like temps for a day or two but now it’s back in the 80s with 90s in the forecast. I can’t believe nine months of 2018 are over, let’s check my resolutions list …


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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 September.


Read the Bible in a year (again … with my favorite plan) Still behind BUT I’m catching up quick. I think I might actually accomplish this after all!
Continue monthly tithe to church ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) Nine down, three to go.
Facilitate a Bible study for women and mothers Continuing with Seamless and everyone seems to really enjoy it. I’m already thinking about the next series and what we will do during Advent. It’s an exciting time in the Church!


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.) DONE! I created a gift basket full of brush lettering and Bible journaling supplies, plus a ticket to an upcoming event.
Send greeting cards via snail mail Sent a note of congratulations (and gift card) to a recent graduate who obtained her GED at the church. That program is mighty in changing people’s lives for the better!


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 ) Kamden and I went to early worship one Sunday and then had a mini day date at the Fort Worth Zoo. The weather was nice, it wasn’t crowded, and we saw several animals we don’t normally see out and about.
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 ) I finished reading CULTIVATE – A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey in less than 24 hours. It’s one of those books that is chocked full of relevant, useful material and simple steps to actually put it to good use in your personal and spiritual life. With the church’s stewardship campaign (aptly named Cultivate too!), this book was perfect for me to read at this time. In fact, I purchased extra copies to pass around the leadership team and everyone who’s read it has loved it too. It might even be something we encourage life groups to read together too. It is THAT good!
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. Kamden began his last first day at JUMPS Preschool on Monday, August 20 and he was so excited to tell the world he wants to be a farmer when he grows up.

September: The entire month can be summed up like this: my son yelled a cuss word at school. I laughed because, let’s be honest, there’s a 99.99999% chance he heard it from his Mama. Whoops!