Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I am linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals, and her friends, for the writing of this blog post.

This week has been a whirlwind of a week.  It has flown by and I know that today will be no exception.  I always have tons of things I like to do around the house before leaving for a vacation, and there are about thirty-eight things on my to-do list for this day.  My dad is having to make a quick out of town trip, so he won't be joining us at all today.  We'll miss seeing him, but I know I will fill that time quickly.

Here are some favorite things and moments from the week.

I'm still loving all things fall around my house.  I decorated a week ago, and I'm still loving it.  Fall is my favorite!  Another favorite of mine is Gilmore Girls.  I started watching it again a couple weeks ago, and somehow, each time I watch it, I like it more than before.  This is the fourth time I've watched this show.

Netflix had better not ever ever get rid of it!

We had family in town visiting for two nights last weekend, and that is always a favorite thing of mine!  We do not get to see Denise and Katie often enough, so our time always goes by fast when we're together.  Usually Joe (one of Katie's older brother) comes with them, but he wasn't able to this trip.  We missed him!  They were here through Sunday afternoon, and then they left to drive back home to Chicago (or, near there).

Sunday was a crazy busy day.  Right after Denise and Katie left, I left, to attend a house blessing for my best friend's new house.  I've been to one of these before, where we just prayed in every room, and though this one was a little different, I am so glad I was able to do this with my dear friend.  Their house is beautiful and I am so excited for them as they plant roots here in Memphis.

After this, I drove straight to our church, for our annual church family picnic.  Sunday was full of a bunch of my favorite things, and this picnic was the icing on the cake.  I love it, Todd loves it, and the boys love it.  We are usually there the full amount of time, but this time I was a little late and met them there as soon as I was able to.  I love our church family!  I am so thankful to God for putting us here all those years ago.  We ate dinner, there were games to play in (like volleyball, above), there are jumpy houses, and a rock wall, and there are a thousand people to talk to, that I never get to see often enough.  I made my way from person to person before finally sitting at a table and being joined by a bunch of teenage girls, and eventually my best friend.  It was a great night and the weather was PERFECTION.  I love some cool nights.

Timehop is my favorite app, and this week has been fun to look back on.  I love looking through each day's memories from years before.  These three above have been my favorites from the week.  More about these images are on yesterday's blog post.

Reading is my favorite hobby.  I've been reading some great books this week, and twice, I've met with some sweet friends  to discuss books we're reading for book clubs.  I love my friends and love talking about books, so it's a win win.  This one above is one I'm reading on my own, for pleasure.  Two others I'm reading are for learning purposes, and for growing closer to God in my personal walk.  Well one is that, the other is teaching me about things I've never known before.  The other two are Adorn by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and Identity Theft by Ron Cantor.  They're all so good!

Speaking of books, I'm taking a stack of them with me while we're at the beach this coming week.

List making is my favorite.  These are all growing, as we prepare to leave tomorrow morning.  I have a million things to do between now and then, two which involve us leaving the house, so I'm going to run.

Thanks for reading my blog!  I'll be taking a blogging break all of next week while I'm enjoying my family on vacation.  I'll be back again on Monday the twenty-fourth, with way more pictures than you care to view, most likely.

Love to all!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

throwback Thursday

I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite Timehop moments from the past.  I've saved all these to my phone because they're all so adorable.  There are others I've saved of times gone by that I just don't want to forget.  And I randomly text my friends these pictures, so if you're one of the ones who have already seen these, you may want to get out of this now.

I can't believe this was nine years ago.  We were in Hot Springs, Arkansas with Todd's parents, and we were about to be heading back home.  We had eaten a yummy breakfast at the local pancake house, and all the boys picked out toys from the cute little toyshop down the street from the pancake place.  Graham has a snake on his head that he picked out.

This was the first time we ever traveled with my in-love's, and it became a thing afterward.  We do something with them almost every year, and we love our time with them.

Same trip, different day.  This was back when they'd actually smile for me.  It's been forever since they've done that.

I love this picture so much!  This was right after Christa and Jason got married.  These boys love their "auntie and uncle" to this day.  They were so close to Christa, because she spent so much time over here before she and Jason married.  Todd would work at night, and she would be here almost every single time.  We would watch movies, and make cookies.  Nowadays their little girl isn't too far from the ages that Jonah and Noah were when this picture was taken.  Time flies!

Oh, this day is one none of us will ever forget.  We had been to Costco and Jonah and Noah decided they wanted to spend some of their money on these two giant teddy bears.  You should have seen us driving home!  We had them buckled into the back and middle seats of the Suburban, driving down the interstate.  We still have the dark brown one.  It's actually the thing that Crash sleeps on almost every single night.

I think their names were Beary.  #original

I don't remember where we were going with "our" girls, but we were going somewhere, and we were all having a blast.  Missy always cringes when I make her pose for my pictures.  (I wish I could remember that lipstick name.)

Last year in August, we vacationed in Branson, Missouri, and Christa and Jason used to live in Springfield, which wasn't too far away.  On this night, Christa and Annalise spent the night with us.  They had spent the day with us hanging out and swimming, then they ate dinner with us, along with Jason, and we had a sleepover.  Annalise was so excited about staying the night for a sleepover!  I am so glad they live here in Memphis now!

Oh, Drewby.  I think they were blowing compressed air at him, and this is what happened.  Todd sent me this in a text, and I about died laughing.  His hair was something to behold even back then, but you should see it now.  It's so long!  When it's wet, it's down to his shoulders.  Of course, you cannot tell this, because the longer it gets, the curlier it gets, and he just has ringlets all over his head.

Well, that was fun for me.  I can't believe my kids are all as old as they are sometimes.  We have had some great memories, and I am looking forward to making more this coming week as we go on vacation together.  We love being around these boys, and I wouldn't want to spend all my time with anyone else.

Love to all!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

midweek stuff

Hello, middle of the week.  I am surprised at how fast this week is flying by.  I'm kinda in denial about a few things~our upcoming vacation, a possible hurricane interrupting said vacation~but in typical fashion for me, I will get the things on my list checked off eventually.  Hopefully.  One of the things is keeping an eye out on the weather and calling the people at the place we're staying to get their perspective and checking on times for check in.

Like I said, I'll get it done.  But for now, I'll write a blog post on a few things about this week that is passing by.

So you know I love to read, right?  As much as I love to read, I go in spurts.  I will read like crazy and finish three books in one week, then for a solid week and a half, I'll not read a page.  I decided this week would be a good week to read again.  I picked up the book I had started a week and a half ago on Monday, and then finished it that same night.

It was really, really, really good.  A definite page-turner.  I thought this was the book based on the series on PBS that I loved, Call the Midwife, but I was wrong.  Even the uniform of the lady on the cover is misleading, but I digress.  This is a book by an author I've never read before, and it gripped me at the first page.  You know it has to do that, for me to be able to read a book all the way through.  I do not have time to waste on books I don't like that much.

There is some language in this, but I can overlook that kind of thing.  I know plenty who cannot, so consider yourself warned.  (No judging, please.)  I was very surprised at the end of this book, and in a way that isn't bad.  I love books that surprise you at the end.

I had one place to be yesterday~at my friend's salon for Jonah and Noah to get a haircut~so I decided to start another book out of the library stack I'd gotten a week and a half ago.  Also, that last trip to my library was a major library score.

This is another author I had never read before, and though I'm not sure if I'll read another of hers anytime soon, I like this book and consider it very interesting and informative on the lives of people who are in politics.  It's crazy, the games that are played to get to the top, and though it's fiction, I know there is some truth in that.  While Todd and Noah watched a movie last night, I sat and read this in here with them, then eventually moved to the kitchen table so I could see better.  #helloforty

I even had on my glasses, but it was a lighting issue.


I have a few chapters left, and I'll be done with this one as well.

Like I said, this is the week for me to read a lot.  The weather helps.  I love sitting and reading a great book when it's gloomy and dreary outside, and yesterday was both.  I'm fighting the urge to go read now, but I'm leaving soon and need to get a move on things.

Speaking of leaving, is it silly that I'm excited to go buy new hair products?  If so, then I suppose I'm silly.  I'm going with my mom, and we're going to a wholesale beauty product place, and I love to go there and look through everything they sell.  (All kinds of shampoos, conditioners, products, and even OPI nail polish.)  I'm glad Mom is going with me.  :)

On a much more serious note, I posted this verse yesterday and asked everyone to stop and pray with me right then for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.  I'm asking that again.  Our church sends people to Southeast Asia quite often, and one brother there is being questioned for his faith in Jesus.  This is a man who I am friends with on Facebook, and so are most of the people who are in my church family.  There were teams of people from our church with him all summer long, almost, and this hits really close to home for them, and for me, as I was praying for them all.  The last team just came home this past Saturday.  Even my pastor was there in August.  Will you help me pray for Samson and his family right now?

Thank you in advance.

Love to all.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

the power of words

I watched the Today show this morning, and they had a fun little segment where they each held up paddles with the words "text" on one side and "call" on the other.  Hoda Kotb read out scenarios and they would answer with their paddles whether or not texting or calling would be appropriate.  It was thought provoking and it reminded me of something I've known forever, but have been very recently reminded of again.

I know what I am about to say will shock you, but if you know me at all, you'll understand.  I. HATE. TEXTING.  I absolutely hate it.

And I do it all the time, but still, I hate texting.

However, life happens, and sometimes we must do something just out of necessity.  I don't always have time to call people or to answer their phone call (and honestly, sometimes I just don't WANT to talk), so I might text if I need a short, quick answer.  People whose phone calls I will always answer are few~my husband and sons, our families that are extended, and my very close friends.  (You know who you are, because I always answer your call, unless I am physically unable.)

I have this ongoing joke with my best friend Missy about us having our nightly phone date.  We don't really talk every single night, but three nights in a row last week we did, and for a large amount of time.  I love a good, old fashioned phone call.  I love talking to her, to my moms, and to my sisters.  I can talk to them for a long time, it seems, never running out of things to say.  I really love a phone call that's for no reason, other than to just talk.

The reason I hate texting is simple: miscommunication happens during texting back and forth.  Messages get long and very drawn out, and on my phone (a Samsung) the messages come in wonky if it's long and from an iPhone.  Also, I think we are more free with our words over texting, meaning that we would say it through a screen, but not ever over the phone or in person.

And that's the part I don't like.  Our words are so very powerful, whether good or bad.  I think of the verses in the book of James three that speak of the tongue, and how it cannot be tamed.  And joking around?  Though we do this a lot in my family, lately, I've not been the biggest fan of it.  Our words are a reflection of our hearts.  The bible tells us that in Matthew 15:18.  Not only will our heart lead to words we misspeak, it'll also lead us to evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, theft, false testimonies, and blasphemies.  (That is found in Matthew 15:19.)

Even if what we say is with pure motives, what we say over text can be read wrong.

This has happened to me recently, both in the texting that I did, and in the text that someone else sent to me.  And apologies?  Though I've been guilty of sending one over text, I feel that these need to be made over the phone, at the very least, but preferably face to face.  Call me old fashioned or whatever you want, it's just the way I feel it should be.

Our words matter.  Our motive matters.  Our tone of voice matters.  I have said to my boys a million times, "It's not what you said, it's how you said it."  Our facial expressions matter, if we are face to face.  And if something kinda rude or meant to be a little mean in a text message is sent, all the heart eyes and laughing face emojis in the world don't matter, if what you said to someone was meant to deliver a sting.  I have also said to my boys (and continually preach this to myself), "BE KIND."  If you have something to say, it can be said in a nice way, even if you're slightly irritated with someone.

This kind of thing has been prevalent in my life lately, both in me being guilty of saying something that is taken wrong, and in someone saying something to me that I took wrong.  And trust me, when I say things like this, I am saying it all to myself.  I am the worst of these, just like Paul says in 1 Timothy 1:15, when he is speaking of sinning.  My point in this post is to bring light into what is often a gray and murky area, and to encourage all of us to think about our words.

I'll end with what is possibly my favorite bible verse ever, and one that I quote ALL THE TIME.  I'm writing it out in the NIV translation.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  Ephesians 4:29.

I'll also leave up this reminder for us all.

We are all going through our stuff, and sometimes we just need a little grace from those we know and love.  I've been guilty of forgetting that.  The good Lord knows that I definitely need others to give me grace, because I can get way off course, in my walk with Him.  I need to remember to extend it as well, though.  We never know what someone is going through, even though they may put on a brave face in front of people.

Like I said a bunch already, I am preaching this to myself the most.  And if I need to remember this, I thought someone else might need to see it as well.  Thanks for reading.  Love to all.

Monday, September 11, 2017

the weekend and this day

In light of all the natural disasters happening in the news right now, I had forgotten that today marks the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11.  Do you remember where you were on that day?

I do.  I was getting myself and two toddlers ready to leave for mom's day out at our old church.  I remember putting on mascara and my phone rang.  It was my sister Tricia, who was telling me to turn on the tv and watch The Today Show.  While we were on the phone, the second tower was struck, and I remember one or both of us screaming.  I wanted to sit and watch all day, but I had to leave for work.  The whole day went by so fast.  The next day we were at mom's day out, we had a bomb threat in our church.  I remember having to put all the toddlers and babies into the cribs we had and rolling them all out into the parking lot with all their bags and food.  Who knows how long we were out there?  It was a long time.  Bomb threats were happening all over the country, because apparently during tragedies, sickos think that it's funny to do that.  That day we had the threat at church, nothing came of it, which we knew it wouldn't deep down, but it was scary.

I was still a very young mom, who just wanted nothing more than to grab my own babies and hunker down with them at home.  Life goes on, though, but it was never far from my memory.

I am so glad that on our anniversary trip last year to NYC, we got to see the 9/11 memorial and museum.  It was very somber, and we both got teary multiple times throughout our visit.

This was part of the foundation of one of the towers of the World Trade Center.  There's a quote on the wall in the museum that reads, "No day shall erase you from the memory of time."  How true that is, even today, sixteen years later.  I think it's really sad that it always takes a tragedy to unify us as a country.  This rings true today, as we experience tragedy and natural disasters happening all around us.  I am praying for those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, and I am praying for those who are still experiencing the hurricane or the aftermath of ones from a couple weeks ago.

On a much, much lighter note, we had a great weekend!  Todd's cousin Denise and her daughter Katie were here visiting from their town near Chicago.  It was a really fast, whirlwind trip for them, but I am glad they got to come.  I love the relationships between my boys and Katie.  They came to church with us yesterday morning, then we went to lunch after.

This is Denise.  I love her so much!  We have always been more like best friends than anything else.  We went to McAlister's for lunch after church.

Sweet cousins!  We love our sweet Katie.  Saturday night her, Graham, Drew and some friends went to see a movie, then later on, Graham took her to Gibson's donuts, a Memphis icon.

They left right after lunch, and I left right after them.  My best friend and her husband bought a home and had a house blessing yesterday.  It was so sweet!  I am so excited for them in this new endeavor of owing their home, and I know that God is going to use them where they are in their neighborhood.

Here's a little sneak peak at their beautiful home!  I didn't want to share too much, since it's not my place to share, but it is adorable.  There's so much charm in this sweet home, and their backyard is amazing.

After that I went to church for our annual church family picnic.  We visited with friends, some played games, we ate dinner and laughed and had a wonderful night.

It was a great weekend.  Today I have nothing on my agenda except for catching up on house stuff and laundry.  I also have lots of lists to start making for our upcoming vacation.  We leave in a few days!  I cannot wait.

Thanks for reading, and love to all!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm joining up with Andrea from Momfessionals, and her friends for this Friday Favorites post.

The weather has been PERFECT this week, and inspired me to pull out all my fall decorations and spruce up my house for my favorite season.  The highs have been in the seventies, and the lows in the fifties.  I love cooler weather!  Also, I have been saying "sweater weather" for way longer than Bath and Body Works came up with that name for one of their famous candles.

Speaking of....well, more about that in a minute.

I have some actual useful things that are on my favorites list this week.  Usually I post about my favorite happenings, but I thought I'd switch things up a bit.

I'll start with what's for dinner tomorrow night.  Taco soup {and all things soup} are one of my very favorite things about cooler/cold weather.  I could eat soup every night of my life, and never find one that I didn't like.  My friend made the recipe for broccoli cheese soup that I gave her a couple weeks ago, and she's had me thinking about that for a few days.  I'm thinking it'll be on the dinner menu next week.  But taco soup and chicken tortilla soup are my favorites.  Taco soup is so easy to make!  For my family, I brown about three pounds of ground beef, with a little diced onion and garlic thrown in for flavor.  Once that's done, I add in three packets of taco seasoning mix, two packets of ranch dressing mix, about four cans each of corn, chili beans, black beans, and diced tomatoes, a jar or two salsa, and a couple or three containers of tomato juice.  I add water to thin it a little, if I use two tomato juices.  You just let it simmer on low for a few minutes, maybe about twenty or thirty, and I like to serve it with Fritos or tortilla chips.  For toppings, I add sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro.


I cannot WAIT for dinner tomorrow night.

{Thanks, Google, for your image.}  I love fall.  It is my very favorite season.  I love to decorate for this season, and for Christmas.  I would love to decorate for all the seasons, but realistically, I'm not going to ever do that.  I used to do more when my kids were young, at least with things like window clings for each holiday, but they don't really care about all that anymore.  Fall is my best, though.  Hands down.  And honestly, I combine fall, Halloween {just jack o'lanterns and scarecrows}, and Thanksgiving, and call it all "fall".  I do take the Halloween stuff down the day after.

Here's a hint of what I did yesterday.  I'll show more next week, when I do a little "come on in" tour of my house all decked out.

 I found a new favorite nail polish this week!  I will probably get this color a lot before spring comes.  It's called Suzi and the Arctic Fox.  It's the newest OPI line {Iceland} and I love it.

If you're familiar with any of the older colors, it's similar to Road House Blues.

Of course I know that.

Teenage girls believe that nail polish naming is my super power.

Every fall makes me want to watch Gilmore Girls all over again.  I don't always do that, but I started watching all over again this week.  There have been some days that I've woken up not feeling great or rested, so that's what I've done in the mornings.  And maybe for one whole day.  Maybe.

Every time I watch, it reminds me that this is my favorite show ever.  I think I say that about three different shows, but seriously.  This one wins.

About those Bath and Body Works candles, this one is my favorite.  I know it's so cliche, but I really do love this one.  I don't love the pumpkin flavor (pie, lattes), but I do love the scent when it's added in with another scent, like cinnamon.

These candles make me hungry, though, and that's not great.  But my house smells yummy.

On Wednesday, I went and ran errands with my mom, and one place we stopped at was this fabric store, Premier Fabrics.  It's my favorite fabric store!  I say that like I sew, but I don't.  She does, though!  She has a little upcoming project she's working on, so we stopped for that.  I could look at fabric all day long.  I love it so much, and all these bright colors make my heart sing.

Interesting library book stacks are my favorite thing.  I have been on a reading kick, but sadly, this week it slowed down a little.  I think because of my head and the way I've been waking up each day.  I haven't read as much as I would have liked, but I will make my way through all of these quickly, providing they can hold my interest.  If I don't like a book, I have to put it down.  I don't have time to waste reading books I don't love, and I have no qualms with quitting one if I don't like it after the first few pages.  It needs to grab my attention fast.

I know, I have just caused someone to have panic a little, at the thought of not finishing a book.

It's been a great week, and I am looking forward to this weekend, and spending some time with the Goodwin side of the family.  Thanks for reading my blog, friends!  Love to all.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

some things from the weekend and past few days

Happy Wednesday!  I love this reminder for myself.  I saw this on Shannon's blog ( and thought I'd share it on mine as well.  With this, she reminds that lost people act like they're lost (non-believers) and hurt people people.  This helps me to remember that for those of us who are believers, we are to act the opposite way of the world.

I've been burning my fall candles!  I love this time of year.  September might be one of my favorite months of all, because with it comes the fall season.  The mornings are crisp, the nights are cool, and I start dreaming of bonfires, hayrides, pumpkins, and camping.  I love to camp in the fall.  This week I will pull out the rest of my fall decorations and a few little Halloween things I have laying around.  I love this time of year!

I love this picture of our dogs cuddling on Noah's bed.  Most mornings, the boys all make their beds when they start their day of homeschooling, but this happened before Noah had gotten the chance.  They love each other every once in a while!

On Saturday, we celebrated my sister Trish's birthday.  My sister Debi was here from Colorado, and she, Trish, Mom, and I went to lunch and shopped on the town square.  We had a great time, but poor Trish did not feel well at all and we ended up calling it a day and going to our separate homes.

This is an adorable little mini library of books for younger kids that was on the town square.  You can take a book to borrow, or you can donate some books.  Isn't this a great idea?!

Speaking of the library, I visited my happy place on Friday.  This was me waiting to go somewhere over the weekend and reading while I waited on my family.

(Also, this is an excellent book.)

Since the holiday happened on Monday, and with Todd working all weekend, and us coming and going so much, I've gotten way behind on my scripture writing.  I was playing catch up yesterday and liked my morning view enough to share this on Instagram.

I need to get a move on this day!  Hopefully I'll think of something more to write tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!  Love to all.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I am linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals , and her friends, for the writing of this blog post. This week has been ...