Thursday, January 2, 2014

One Word

This year, instead of a list of resolutions...and let's be real, I usually forget about them in a, I am choosing ONE WORD. Each month I will revisit this word, and create an action plan based on it. I guess it helps to have a little accountability here in the thanks for keeping up with me!

Intentional. Doing the things that matter most. Being intentional with my time, our money, my thoughts, with other people, and with my time with the Lord. Doing it all for Him.

Colossians 3:23-24 is what I am standing on this year.

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."

My action plan to go with "Intentional":
January--lose 7 pounds. I am working towards this goal a little bit every day. I chose this as my goal to hopefully give my reproductive system a jump start so that we can possibly have a baby. As many of you know, we have tried for 2 years to have children...and we have not succeeded. My doctors are pretty sure it is because I do not have a regular system. Praying for a jump start to help move things along...and then we will revisit this in February. Pray with me about this. It is very difficult for my body to lose weight...any and all advice would be appreciated!

What is your one word? I'd love to know what you are focusing on this year and where the Lord is taking you! Follow along at to see other's "one words".

Happy 2014! It is going to be a good year, I just know it!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Giveaway TIME!

Y'all, I love giving things away. It just makes my day! Especially when I get to give something away that I love, something that I made, or something a friend of mine has made! I love it around the holidays, especially! I pray that you and your families have a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year!

Sharing with you today one of my favorite Christmas blog posts from Ann Voskamp

"Whenever Christmas begins to burden, it’s a sign that I’ve taken on something of the world and not of Christ. Any weight in Christmas has to be of this world.

Christ came into this world as grace to lift all the weighty burdens.

Christ the Babe comes to us in Christmas as Christ the Savior comes to us on the Cross — seeking only our embrace."

So, this month I have been doing a series of Facebook giveaways. For today I thought I would do a blog giveaway from something in my Etsy shop! The winner gets to pick out their favorite item from the shop!!

Enter to win using the rafflecopter below! Giveaway ends on Saturday at 10am EST.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

"If you never learned the lesson of thankfulness, begin now. Sum up your mercies; see what provision God has made for your happiness, what opportunities for your usefulness, and what advantages for your success.” ~ Ida S. Taylor
Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite of all the holidays, and I am really excited for the festivities tomorrow!  This fall has been one of the hardest that I can remember, emotionally.  We have had some very sad things, disappointing things, and downright hard things...but I am looking forward to spending time with family, reminiscing the life of my sweet Aunt Mo, and sharing the things we are all thankful for in life.  I have made some fun decorations, garland, and printed some cute cards to write our thanksgivings.  I have challenged myself to cultivate thanks every day.  I began writing my thanks as gifts 3 years ago this December (as I read Ann Voskamp's blog and book 1000 gifts), and I am beyond blessed as I look back and read the thankfulness, giving glory to God for all the ways He has shown me His love.  I would challenge you to start writing down at least one thing every day that you're thankful for that day.  It is amazing to read them back over the years and see His goodness!

The engineer and I went to a wedding of some sweet friends from church!
My mom is hosting the day at her home, so I am helping her by making the turkey!  This will only be the 2nd time I have roasted a large bird, so hoping it will turn out well!  I have already made the cranberry sauce, and the pecan pies are in the oven as I type, and the turkey is brining in the fridge!  Tomorrow morning will be an early one as I get up to pop the turkey in the oven, and make the giblet gravy!

Many of you have asked about the recipes that I use...I always use a recipe, but I often alter it based on my favorite flavors, or what I have on hand, etc.

My go-to always use Pecan Pie recipe is from Ree Drummond (y'all, I really love her!!)  I don't really alter this one at all--except I have found that the recipe should be for 2 pies, not just one.  I use 2 regular store bought pie crusts (gasp!) and bake them for 50 min at 350*.  I cover them with foil for the first 30, and take the foil off for the last 20 min.  They are perfect!!  You could probably use one deep-dish pie crust, and just bake it a little longer.

Oh and I may have already put up one of my trees (its a small one) and on it, I hung some of the garland I have been making (going in the etsy shop today!!)

There it is!  The most fun scrappy garland ever!  I really love it on the tree,
but you can use it on your mantel, above a bed, a doorway, on a festive table, etc!
Hope you all enjoy your time with family and friends.  Take time to give thanks, and eat some yummy food!

What are you thankful for?

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