Clean Country Kitchen Challenge - Week 2

Clean Country Kitchen Challenge – Week 2

Week 2 Clean Country Kitchen Challenge Update This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more information. As I go into week 2 of my clean country kitchen challenge, I am proud of myself.  I am doing very well and actually ENJOYING the kitchen so much more now.  Spending a few minutes at a time, all the way through the day to clean up and wash dishes as we use them is saving me Read More

Smoothies 101

Tasty Treat Smoothie – A Simple Step by Step Guide

Tasty Treat Smoothie Machine – Step 1 This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more information. Since I have been neglecting having smoothies lately, I made myself a tasty treat smoothie yesterday with our Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660).   If you are going to make smoothies, I highly recommend that you invest in a smoothie maker versus just a regular blender.  They are high powered and make your smoothies very…um…smooth, HA! Read More

Clean Country Kitchen Challenge - Week 1

Clean Country Kitchen Challenge – Week 1

Clean Country Kitchen Challenge This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more information. Week 1 Since I have SO much to work on, in my constant mission to become a better helpmate, I decided to create challenges for myself.  Blogging these challenges is the best way for me to stay on top of these changes.  One thing I need to work on is to KEEP the kitchen in clean working order.  In other Read More

Friday Evening Fun

Friday Evening Family Fun in the Country

Friday Evening Family Fun This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more information.  We had a wonderful time this evening; certainly a Friday evening family fun time!  Owen fired up the grill to cook some chicken and we all enjoyed the lovely cool breezy evening. I got out Joy’s Crayola 24 Count Sidewalk Chalk (51-2024-E-000), which we really like, and we had a great time drawing on the concrete (and the fake deer in the Read More

The Very Beginning

The Very Beginning, A Very Good Place to Start

The Very Beginning, A Very Good Place to Start Julie Andrews says it best in The Sound of Music when she says “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…”.  So, on that note, I am starting at the very beginning of our life together. My husband, Owen, and I were both led to attend the same church and met in August of 2003 in Tampa, FL. To make this long story short, Read More


A Faith-Shaped Hole in My Heart

Faith-Shaped Hole I will always have a Faith-Shaped hole in my heart.  For those of you who have lost a child(ren), you know what I mean.  For those of you who haven’t, let me explain. Earlier this evening, my husband, our daughter Joy, and I were hanging out in the bedroom watching a Christmas movie.  We talked about Faith and how she would be laying right next to Joy in the bed with us if she were Read More


Life Goes on Today without Faith

Life Goes On Life goes on today without Faith.  Even though this is the case, life today without Faith, was a very good day.  We went shopping and got some things we needed.  Then we came home and my husband made some wonderful vegetable soup.  We had a great time playing with Joy.  I also did some laundry (this just reminded me that it needed to go in the dryer!). Work So, now I am trying to Read More


Thankful for Our Life in the Country

Thankful for Our Life This evening I am reflecting on today and being thankful for our life in the country.  Earlier this evening, I was thinking of Faith, when my husband and I were spending time with Joy.  We were having such a wonderful time together.  I found myself wondering about what Faith would be like if she were here today.  I miss her so much and know I will continue to do so as life goes Read More


Missing Faith

As we draw near to Joy’s first birthday, I have been thinking about and missing Faith.  I cannot help but miss her and think of what she may be like today.  She would be 2 years and 3 months old now.  I know she is a wonderful big sister and she would be a great one here if she were here.   We moved in June to IL to be close to my family with a lot of Read More


How Being a Mommy of Two makes me a better Parent of One

As I was playing with Joy the other day and as Faith’s second birthday approaches, I was thinking of the person I have become since Faith died.  I can speculate all day about the type of parent I would have been if they both were here, but that is not the case.  At the end of the day, I miss Faith so very much.  But I know in my heart that having her for the short time Read More