Get Happy!, Life

Thankful 365

pexels-photo-273011.jpegThis post began the first day of 2018. The goal is to keep a “attitude of gratitude” all year long. We all get thankful in November but its a year round life people! I originally intended to post a whole year but that would be one monster post!:0 I’m going to do a daily note and then post at the end of the month instead 🙂


Jan 1 – My husband has the day off. LOVE!

Jan 2- Sold 2 dozen eggs and got a super sweet deal on some rabbit cages. Also cleaned the chicken coop. Farm livin’ at it’s finest!

Jan 3- My sweet co-worker surprised me with a gift bag for making her lunch yesterday. How nice! I honestly love cooking for people so I’m blessed twice!

Jan 4- Ok, to be honest I forgot..oops! But I know we had a church service that night and I am really thankful for our “home church revival”. I think it’s just what we need to really get things going.

Jan 5- I’m thankful it’s Friday:) also, we now have a play kitchen in the classroom and after studying “community helpers” we have been role playing restaurant /waitress/waiter and the kids LOVE it. Added bonus * they get extra word practice and build vocabulary when they write down food orders. Teacher win!

Jan 6- The day finally came! We have the certificate to prove it! My husband is retired from the National Guard! #sorryunclesamhesminenow

Jan 7- I’m thankful for my kids. This afternoon my daughter had a friend over and all around the house were giggles, giggles, giggles. I love that! As we were getting ready for bed my 8 year old wanted to snuggle and kept saying “I need you, I need you, I need you to love me”. Really, does it get any sweeter than that? No, it doesn’t!

Jan 8- Woke up to a beautiful sun making it’s way over the mountain. I live in a gorgeous valley. #blessed

Jan 9 – My son got into the welding program we were hoping for! I’m thankful he will be getting proper training in something he loves.

Jan 10- The day has just begun but as I looked around my house before leaving for school I was just so glad I get to live where I do. Our farm is a dream come true.

Jan 11- Chicken tacos. #hungrymama

Jan 12- It’s Friday. That’s all.

Jan 13- We are officially starting the kitchen reno today!:DExcited/Nervous

Jan 14 -17- We got a little busy with the kitchen remodel so I missed a couple of days but I am so thankful it went as well as it did! Lots of light and SOOO much easier to clean without the wall in the way!

Jan 20- The kitchen wall is down and the support beam is up! Thankful for a hard working husband. And for girls craft day (I escaped the mess!)

Jan 21- Well, I’m thankful for a God who knows where I’m at. My husband has mild PTSD and though he is able to do all the things that keep a house running our lives have been forever altered by it. I’m glad I serve a God who knows and cares about our struggles. He proved to me again today that I’m still His girl even in times of frustration.

Jan 22- Noah starts welding class! Praying for angels to go with him.

Jan 25- I’m thankful I am home with my little girl…even if she is sick :/

Jan 26- I’m thankful for my silly little students. They are a goofy and fun loving bunch.

Jan 27- I’m thankful for the beautiful new fallen snow. It’s the prettiest thing ever.

Jan 28 – I’m thankful for our houseful today. We have company and its a good thing!:)

Jan 29- I’m thankful for getting a few things crossed off the list and for learning something new. And for my family and teamwork and that I didn’t have any plans today at all. Not one 🙂 #homebody

Jan 30- I’ve had my mind set on a couple of goals and it’s funny how God will use the simplest thing to give you confirmation. #morningroutine #5minuteworkout

Jan 31- I’m and day early but I can’t wait…..I made it ! Budgeting, I mean 🙂 all the way through baby!

What are you thankful for today?



My cloudy view from my room this morning. It’s a good day for hot coffee!

My son complains I drive too fast. As a new driver he is hyper aware of speed/rules/infractions. He might be right about about the speed but I see no point in getting somewhere slowly unless you are just taking in the scenery. I cannot believe life is all about the journey. The journey is just what happens while we continue living. We need direction in our lives. We are all going somewhere whether we purpose to or not. It is up to us to turn our feet in the direction we intend to go and live so that our steps bring us closer to the desired destination.  The older I get the more I know that our time on earth is so very short. I don’t want to get so busy living that I forget where I’m going. I want to reach my destination!


More Than Enough

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were discussing life in general.  The main theme was “subject to change”.  We are all here and living our lives and at any time could be caught up in a complete whirlwind (literal or figurative).  We are subject to the storms of life just like the rest of humanity.  We are so human.  Despite our differences there is so much more that unites us than divides us.  We are more the same than we realize sometimes.  We hunger and so we eat.  We are happy and we smile.  When we hurt we cry.

Life will pull the rug out from under all of us at least once.  It’s up to the individual how to adjust and carry on when things go topsy-turvy.  During a hard time someone once told me that I can handle it because I am strong.  Maybe, but I am human.  The more I live the more I know that I am really inadequate in so many ways.  This fact is only highlighted midst of the struggle.  It’s ok though.  I know that my needs and weaknesses are nothing for an all powerful God.  I can rest assured that I am enough.  In fact, with God I am more than enough.


Get Happy!, Life

Keep On Singing!

blue-sky-merge-clouds-675977.jpegMany of our friends and family know of my father in law’s recent passing. I’m still experiencing “pockets of grief” now and then.  Like a plane ride that sails smoothly and then out of a clear blue sky you hit a little turbulence.  The other day I was driving and fighting off an ugly cry. I made it through the day just fine but as my little one snuggled up to me for our nightly chat she began to talk about missing our little beagle who passed last year.  Guys, I couldn’t help it. The sneaky tears that I held in slipped out unbidden one after another.  With her worried little face looking into mine, my daughter demanded in a whisper, “Mommy! Don’t cry! Mommy, please don’t cry!”

I wiped my face and then we sang.

“I’m trading my sorrows, I’m trading my pain. I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord”

As I sang I felt the weight lift and the heartache eased some.  Words and melody wiped a few more minutes away in the passage of time.  Time heals all wounds they say.  As I sang I thought of David before he was king.  He would sing to Saul.  When Saul was tormented, David sang away the troubles of the man he was to replace.  Words and melody wiping away spirits that plagued.

I remember a time when I was scared to death.  I won’t go into detail but we were in a spiritual battle.  I sang “The Name of the Lord is a Strong Tower”. It was the only church song I knew all the words to!  I can’t say that single song won the war that day but we came out victorious in the battle and eventually (after prayer and fasting) won the war too. There is something powerful in our praise.

Keep on singing!

Frugal, Home, Life, Organize

Tidy and Thrifty*bring in 2018!

If selling a house has taught me anything it’s that you can always use a healthy edit. This is true for our inner lives as well as possessions. I like to dig through cupboards and closets periodically and just get a little ruthless with the items hidden within. Has it been used in the last year? Do you love it? If either of those is a no then it’s probably something you really don’t need. Well, I love gathering as much as I love purging so this is an almost endless cycle at times. I’m working on a new edit system so we don’t get a pile up. It helps to keep things from coming in the house so that it doesn’t become clutter in the first place.

I always love a good container too. If I find some thing that fits the bill I will use it no matter what it looks like. If I find something that fits and is cute I will love it forever.

Here are a few of my finds from my latest thrift trip. They are of the functional variety, not the cute kind *sigh*

Gloves! And hats! And scarves! Oh my! Love these hanging organizers for those little items.
Napkins, we need them, OFTEN. Now they can stay on the table:)
The farm animal closet holds all of our extra small feeders and medicines. I found a small wire basket to keep the bunny water bottles in place.
Junk drawer organizer? I think, yes:)
Old samsonite to keep my sewing notions in one place? Yes, please!

I usually go there first if I’m in need of something then go to the next expensive place. The order is: thrift store, Dollar Tree, Walmart, Amazon – (that’s my money saving buying progression) so now you know another one of my budget secrets. 😉

Happy New Year everyone! I hope it’s fresh and bright and tidy and filled with blessings!

Being Mama, Kids, Life


The fuzz free boy holding one of our monster icicles

Yesterday was not a holiday and I was actually feeling pretty decent so off we went to Walmart for some post Christmas clearance. Seems we were not the only ones who had the same idea. Normally this is when I buy cards and treat bags as well as a few baking supplies and small gifts for birthdays and such. There, now you all know my secret.  Extra frugal tip: use a gift card that was gifted to you and then you can get a years worth of items for nothing! Hey, when you live on a budget you gotta pull every punch sometimes. Anyhow, I was cruising along and I made 2 purchases that kinda made me want to turn back time. I bought my son a shaving kit….and showed him how to use it. That peach fuzz kept getting fuller as the days went by. You are all welcome. Secondly,  I bought my youngest a bath set with deodorant. Yes, she is little but she is mighty….mighty stinky! So I’m reaching new mommy milestones every day as my kids grow ever close to the adults they were meant to be. Well, this house has fresh faced and clean smelling kids in it and I am forever grateful to be called their mother. Now if they would just quit wasting all the dish soap!

Happy Wednesday!

Extra little fun side note: those charcoal sheet masks are EXCELLENT for scaring your kids!


All In A Day’s Work

I went out to do chores this morning and made my sniffy girl some chicken soup.  The washer decided to die this morning and the laundry was getting iffy. My husband was able to borrow a washer so he went out to pick it up. I was expecting someone to drop by so I squeezed in a shower before things got crazy. I heard a crash juuuuust as I was stepping out of the shower. Please.don’

I wrapped in my robe and cautiously peeked out. It was the soup… and so there goes miss sniffly’s meal and there goes my morning. *sigh*

*But* we got a washer in place. It’s borrowed but I am ever so thankful for friends that let you borrow such things as washers. And the kitchen got cleaned. Again. So that’s good too. And I was super quick getting ready today so it’s a win. Right?;)

Happy Saturday!

Life, Random

It’s too Early

I’ve been getting up around 4:30 every morning.  My body adjusted pretty well to Eastern time and now it doesn’t want to get back to Pacific. In those early morning hours I have been able to get a lot of stuff done. The down side is my day is half over at 12 and by 8 I want to be asleep. While I was up this morning I thought I’d do a 10 things about me post. I did one on Facebook but took it down. My husband who is a tech wizard lectured me on the horrors of online chain letters and super spamming and identify theft.  He’s no fun.

So here is my list:

1. I can eat a whole pumpkin pie in one sitting

2. I once chipped a tooth onstage while playing the role of a drunk man

3. I have never had stitches or surgery or a broken bone- I don’t like going to the doctor either

4. I really and truly love cooking – especially healthy food for my family…but my favorite food is pizza

5. I love learning and trying new things. I want to go in a hot air balloon and/or skydive before I die

6. Loud chewing will make me homicidal…

7. I used to play the flute in the pep band for home games in high school.

8. My hometown has a population around 3,000

9. I attended a University in Tacoma and was elected dorm president before I moved to Oregon

10. I am addicted to canning and baby animals and gardening and anything diy- no surprise there 😉

Farm, Home, Life

Frosty Morning on the Farm

We had an early morning appointment for my middle girl today. She has been seeing the physical therapist for her digestive system and her appointment times are usually 7 am. We were on the verge of running late but it was just so beautiful in that barely there light I had to take a couple of pictures.  I have never felt more at home than I do here. God has truly blessed us and this morning was a perfect breathless moment when it all flooded in.

Until my kids started fighting in the car at least!

Wherever you are I hope you are at home.

Being Mama, Life


An old picture of my silly girl in her “Proud Mil Kid” Shirt!

I have been absent from my dear little blog for a few days.  We have been in NC with my husband’s family.  I was blessed to be a part of my father in law’s memorial service.  I only wish someone could have recorded the military salute.  If you have never seen one you really should.  If you have never been much of a patriot it just might change your mind.  It’s an honor and we are so very proud to have been a part of a military family.

My girls and I sang “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and it was tough to get through it. I couldn’t look at my youngest as she would put her mic down every 5 seconds to wipe away her tears. I want to say again thank you to everyone who has prayed for our family.

I am thankful for the amazing things that have happened.  Isn’t it funny how hard things seem to draw you closer?  Anyhow, God is good to us and I am forever grateful for His mercies.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV)

22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.