The numbers have never been the reason I keep writing, but it is really interesting to look at my stats and see how many people my blog has reached since it started in late November. I love that I can see what countries the people who have seen my blog are from. It makes me love this part of technology.

My goal when I first started was to use my blog as a journal, and I would make it public as a form of accountability, even if no one ever read it. Just knowing that people could read it was accountability enough. But then people did read it. A lot of people. Today hit Continue reading “3,000?!”

Hey Christians, Can We Talk About Trump?

I’m honestly shocked that Trump has made it as far as he has, and he continues rising in the polls! I’ve seen a lot of people writing about him lately – some people out of fear, some people out of hatred, and some people for the same reason I am today.

I don’t want him to be our next president because I don’t think he is a good man.

I am a Republican (I just declared it this year, so I could caucus). I don’t care what it’s supposed to mean, and I don’t care what being a democrat or anything else is supposed to mean because more important than that label is another that I bear – Christian.

The only reason I’m telling you those things is because Continue reading “Hey Christians, Can We Talk About Trump?”

If We Treated Jesus Like Our Favorite Show

I disappoint myself a lot, and I am so thankful that there is grace for that.

I was talking with my husband about how I wanted more in my relationship with Jesus. In a lot of ways, I just wanted more. I wanted more intimacy. I wanted more growth. I wanted more opportunity. I wanted to know more of Him and be more like Him. And it isn’t Jesus who leaves me wanting – it’s me. I don’t always set aside time. I don’t seek Him enough. I don’t deny myself.

And I got to thinking – what if I treated Jesus like I do my favorite TV show? What if I set aside a whole hour on a given night every week just for Him – or even binge read the Bible instead of binge watching another Continue reading “If We Treated Jesus Like Our Favorite Show”

My Kind of Party

Yesterday was my birthday, and because we had plans for the weekend, I expected to spend the evening watching Downton Abbey and eating Famous Dave’s. And that is what we did for a couple hours, then a car pulled in the driveway. I was so confused because my husband had been very clear about our plans for the evening, and that was that we had no plans. But I opened the door and in walked our best friends and their daughters!!!

Normally if my husband Continue reading “My Kind of Party”

25 Lessons in 25 Years: Happy Birthday to Me!!


Yep, it’s my birthday! 25 years ago, in a Tennessee hospital, I was born! What a blessing these 25 years have been to me – and I hope to other people as well. I am grateful for my friends and family who have walked with me. I am thankful for Jesus, who keeps my heart beating and calls me to greater things. I am thankful for the love of my life and the son we got to hold for a time. And in honor of me turning 25 and being a QUARTER OF A CENTURY old, I decided to share 25 things I’ve discovered about life (in no particular order): Continue reading “25 Lessons in 25 Years: Happy Birthday to Me!!”


It’s been a while, but I’m back at it again! The last couple weeks have been a bit busy, and I thought about blogging almost every day…but then I didn’t. So I am going to get back into the swing of things for the next month.

I spent of a lot of time going through stuff and organizing our basement because sometimes I just can’t handle the clutter anymore. As I was sorting through my pile of fabric I was inspired to make a hoodie for my friend’s baby. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Other than organizing and sewing, the last couple weeks have been fairly uneventful. I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I hadn’t been taking the time Continue reading “Back”

Valentine’s Day With My Best Friend

I’ve never been crazy about Valentine’s Day because, aside from being a friend’s birthday, it’s just a normal day.

I don’t need extravagant displays of affection one day out of the year – I want a deep and steady love every day of the year.

Today I spent the day with my best friend in the whole world. We got Wendy’s to go, watched Age of Adeline, then we watched Dumb and Dumber To. We made ourselves chocolate covered strawberries because I refuse to buy 10 premade for the cost of 3 packages of berries. We told each other Continue reading “Valentine’s Day With My Best Friend”

So You’re Sixteen

This day 16 years ago, my babiest sister was born. She was born into a hard time. She never got to meet her oldest sister. The family she came into was full of grief, but there she was anyway. Rebecca Joy. Back then I was just mad because no one else had to share their birthday month with anyone, but now it’s an honor to share February with her. There is so much I love about her and so much I hope for her. I love her tender heart. Even though people tease her for crying during basically any movie, I see compassion. She is incredibly Continue reading “So You’re Sixteen”

Debt Free by December

We made a big decision this year: we are going to pay off all of our debts outside of our mortgage, the biggest debt being our student loans. This is huge because many people are still paying off student loans well into their 40s.

With all the talk of student loan forgiveness, there is something I want to say. Unless someone personally came to me and offered to pay my student loans in full from their own account, I would not accept any student loan forgiveness. Rather, I accept the consequence of my choices.

Regardless of if people think college is affordable or not, there are ways to make it out debt free. There are tons of scholarships and grants available. I knew that when Continue reading “Debt Free by December”

12 Things Kids Today Won’t Experience

Things have changed a lot since I was a kid, and I’m only 24. I can’t imagine how people in their 80s feel, but I suppose that’s how it goes. As I look at all of the technology we have today, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic. So, in honor of the nostalgia I am feeling today, I present 12 things I miss about the 90s and early 2000s – aka my childhood – that today’s kids will never know. Continue reading “12 Things Kids Today Won’t Experience”