Sunday, October 12, 2014


Our long Gatlinburg weekend hit the spot. Just what we needed.
Friends asked Colton what we did...just ate and walked around :)
He's pretty much right.
We didn't do most of our regular stuff, but found a few new places to enjoy.
The Island- not many shops open yet, but it's gonna be wonderful.
Flapjacks for breakfast, Bennett's for dinner.
Came home rested and relaxed,
ready for our first good week at school!
Yes, the whole week was nice.
Very thankful.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


I've been needing a hand-sewing project to work on in the evenings,
so I pieced this backing using some larger cuts from my stash.
Excited to work on a favorite UFO. 
Speaking of my stash, I've never been more thankful for it.
I've been doing a little fabric shopping here and there.
Love remnant bins!
But, when in the world did fabric start costing $12 a yard?
Some recent additions.
And I'd love to say I'm having a pleasant school year.
But, I'm not :(

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Enjoying our beautiful weather.
Swinging at the lake in the evening.
Fall Festival at Gritt's Farm, Buffalo, WV
and sooo many mums.

Monday, September 1, 2014


September Currently

Listening- to Shirley Temple movies. So cute- love all the dancing. Actors/Actresses used to have to be multi-talented.
Loving- a school-free Monday. Only three weeks in but today is much appreciated.
Thinking- about how to introduce the new brain/learning stuff I've been reading about to my kiddos. A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley is one I'm gonna have to renew from the library. Really interesting.
Wanting- to pay credit cards off, as always
Needing- a haircut. Colton and I both.
Three trips- to drive the length of the Liberty Highway (haven't done yet) Gatlinburg and New Smyrna Beach, FL- ready to go back at anytime

Saturday, August 30, 2014


One sweet boy in high school
twenty-four first-graders
one worn-out mommy.
Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Had to let this little top sit awhile. Couldn't figure out what to do about a border. So many cute quilt ideas go by each day on my Facebook feed. Last week, I found it! You can't go wrong with scrappy bricks. Most are 6 inches, but some are 7 or smaller to make sure they didn't line up with the corners of the blocks perfectly. These bright colors make me so happy- still 100% stash! Leaving it on the porch today. The neighbors notice, you know :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Rainy Saturday morning! Just made egg and bacon sandwiches, but...

Before that, it was Friday. Our second day of school. Didn't plan enough activities for the morning, but we'll get back in the groove. Colton's daddy picked him up at school and I took a two-hour evening nap.

Before that, Thursday! The first day went well. Sweet, little shy kiddos. Again, not enough activities in the morning and spotty internet service.

Before that, meetings on Wednesday. Colton and I celebrated the final Waffle Wednesday at Waffle House with a surprise! Waffles- 99 cents!

Before that, work day and Open House on Tuesday. So nice to have taught long enough to have younger brothers and sisters of sweet families. Makes the year so easy.

Before that, Monday. Professional Development classes. Nice to see friends again!

Before that, a wonderful summer full of relaxing, travel and family fun. Ready to take on the new school year.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


No Waffle Wednesday.
No Financial Fasting.
Just healing up. If you can stand for me to whine
about antibiotics one more time.
Spent Sunday evening in the ER. But I'm almost back 100%. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

make, share

Waffle Wednesday
Made homemade waffles this morning. Like pancakes, the first one doesn't work out well. Lesson learned? Grease the top of the waffle iron, too.

Back on track...
Antibiotics knocked me for a loop this weekend. So thankful for them but the side effects? Yuck.  Anyway, after lying on the couch a few days, I'm up and around.
Financial Fast Days 7-9
Yesterday was almost a no-spend day. Does it count if you use change to buy a Mega Million ticket? No, of course not. On the other hand, we ordered Pizza Hut after church on Sunday, had Texas Roadhouse on Monday and... 
I spent $2.00 on these pretties.
Totally worth it.
The topics covered in Financial Fast were:
Budgeting- I use a 50% needs/30% wants/20% savings chart for my budget. There's always a little leftover in wants and the savings section is my spending money. I'm getting there and it's so much better than 5 years ago.
Saving- My retirement and annuity are deducted from my check, and I love my savings envelopes.
Investing- not for me :)

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Financial Fast Days 4-6
There is so much wonderful stuff in these three chapters.
You should really go get this book.
Day 4/Chapter 4 is about tithing and giving above that- offerings. Second Corinthians 9:6 says
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
I bought gasoline and groceries- both necessities :) and put $5 in my envelopes.
Day 5/Chapter 5 suggests instead of having a sense of entitlement, thinking you deserve your stuff because you work so hard, you should be grateful for the things God has blessed you with. Our journal assignment is to list three things we're grateful for:
1. Colton
2. my job that allows me to be home with him a lot
3. my family
Confession: I put off going to the Dr as long as I possibly can. Usually I'm almost better by the time I go. But, I finally went yesterday because a couple of bug bites from vacation hadn't healed yet :( I bought two prescriptions and put $5 in my envelopes. We also had a small yard sale. All the money went into my Debt Repayment envelope.
Day 6 The medicine kicked in today and I'm so thankful! Chapter 6 is about contentment- being thankful for what you have. Today's assignment was to clean house. I've been decluttering with 365 Less Things for quite awhile, taking stuff to Goodwill. Today I got rid of 5 turtlenecks out of my top drawer. Today was no-spend day, since I mostly just stayed on the couch, and I'll put $5 away.