Monday, November 30, 2015

Meal Planning Monday

Monday - Breakfast Burritos {tortillas, bacon, eggs, onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese}

Tuesday - Cheddar Broccoli Soup and Bread Bowls {frozen Panera bread bowls}

Saturday - Out to dinner

Sunday - Leftovers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thankful {27/30} + {28/30}

{27/30} Today I am thankful for so, so many hands that all came together to put a roof on my new chicken coop. My Dad, Mom, husband and son worked tirelessly all day long to complete the roof. They came in the house at dusk, covered in tar and exhausted. That is nothing short than a labor of love. So thankful for all of them, words cannot express.

{28/30} Today I'm thankful for a morning spent with my loves putting up our Christmas tree and decorating our house. Carols will be cranked up loud, laughter will be heard and we'll enjoy the morning spending time together.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful {26/30}

Today I am thankful for a morning spent drinking coffee and snuggling on the couch with my girl and pup, watching parades.  For a day spent sitting around the table enjoying amazing food with my fav people in the entire world. We are having dinner at my Mama's and I can't WAIT to eat! Sounds like such a super amazing day. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful {23/30} + {24/30}

Psalm 34: 4-7

{23/30} Today I am thankful for answered prayers.  Even though those answers aren't always what WE think they should be, they are always what HE knows they should be.  I'm thankful for His timing, even when this girl is too stubborn to see it.  

{24/30} Today I am oh so thankful for a functioning stove in my kitchen.  My oven went a few weeks ago, and since then I've realized just how much I missed having an oven.  Tomorrow, you can bet I'll be doing lots of baking in this sweet thing.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thankful {22/30}

Today I am thankful for this side-by-side comparison, also known as a non-scale victory. God knew exactly what I needed to see to keep going, and He gave me that in this comparison. This journey isn't easy, by a long shot. And every victory, no matter how small, is worth celebrating. Believe me y'all, this is ALL Him.  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thankful {20/30} + {21/30}

How is it possible that time gets away from me so quickly this year? I refuse to associate that with getting older. I mean, we all clearly know I haven't aged since I was 29.

{20/30} Today I am thankful for a semi-small date night with my sweet man.  Even though it was spent with him watching Conan (or some complete boy movie) and me playing candy crush, I still got to spend it with him.

{21/30} Today I am thankful for shooting the last wedding of my busy season. I love my job, LOVE MY JOB, but I also love weekends spent with my family. Especially around the holidays. I'm also thankful for my busy season, for a job that allows me such flexibility, that I'm my own boss and that I can set as my desk in my pajamas.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thankful {19/30}

Today I am thankful that even through rough times, I can still hear that still small voice. Thankful that He speaks value, love and worth into my heart and encourages me to be who He designed me to be. I'm thankful for discernment and that familiar tug on my heart gently guiding me. And I'm so so so thankful He never gives up on this slow learner.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quieting The World

The past few weeks have been so hard y'all.  They've left me reeling with emotions.  I have been physically, emotionally and mentally drained.  It's been a broken down, runny mascara time full of a racing mind and a churning heart.  

Then the events of last weekend happened.  In an instant, our world as we knew it was turned upside-down.  Again, my heart and mind churned.  What once felt safe now we weren't sure of.  Everywhere we turn, we see it.  The news, Facebook and even the little group of guys that gather at the corner store.  It can sure feel overwhelming, especially for someone already overwhelmed.

Two days ago as I walked off of my Mama's porch and into her yard, I heard a familiar voice.  I walked further out into the yard and glanced up on the roof.  There was my Dad, working away, singing a hymn.

And with that, God calmed my churning heart.

My Dad was singing He Lives, a hymn typically sang at Easter {actually my favorite Easter hymn}, but oh, how those words resonated with my heart at that moment in time.

If the past week has left your heart weary, churning and worried.  Take a moment with me and read over these words.

I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.

We serve a God of miracles, of blessings, of power and a God of compassion.  Nothing is impossible for God!  And my faith all lies in Him, that is where I'm finding my comfort today.  

Thankful {18/30}

Today I am thankful for my little Small Town, USA. I adore this's my heart, it's where I'm rooted, it's where I grew up, it's where I've made tons of memories and now it's where I make memories with my fam.  It may take us forever to get to a store, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I can walk next door to my Mama's and across the road to my Aunt's.  I can let my chickens run through the yard, which they love (except when my naughty rooster is stealing things from my Dad and running off with them).  I can sit on my porch and watch Amish buggies drive past.  Every person in town knows everyone, and every person from towns around knows my sweet Dad.  There isn't a single other place I would rather live ♥

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thankful {17/30}

Today I am thankful for an entire day of Christmas shopping with my Mama. I so looooove shopping days with my Mama and treasure it. After all, she's the one that trained me to be the shopper I am :) Although I have to admit, she can still out-shop me. Our days are always filled with lots of laughing, LOTS of me searching stores for her (I still don't understand how she can disappear so quickly) and some super yummy food. PERFECTION!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thankful {16/30}

Today I am thankful for books. Books may seem like a slightly weird thing to be thankful for if you aren't a book lover. But if you are one, you totally get it. I’ve been in love with reading for as long as I can remember. I am so so super thankful for a Mama who encouraged me to read. Growing up, every night my Mama and I would shut the TV off early (some nights at 8 pm) and go to bed and read. Some of my fav memories are snowy Sunday afternoons.  After church and after the dinner dishes were cleaned up, we would each find our own spot in the living room to curl up under a blanket to read. I would be in my chair and she would be in hers. I didn't want to play video games, or spend hours of my life watching TV; I just wanted to get lost in a book.

Books have been a major part of my growing process as a Christian, wife, mother, friend and adult. I absolutely love reading and, during that book, realizing more about myself.

But it’s more than that, there is a connection between words and I. My mama says it's because I'm wordy :) It’s one of the reasons I enjoy blogging. And I feel completely blessed that part of that blogging is doing book reviews.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thankful {15/30}

Today I am thankful for being able to hold this amazing mans hand during worship. It's one of my fav things about Sunday mornings. Super love listening to God's word with him beside me. It's the little things like this that are big things to me.