Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Things

Happy Monday!  The sun is shining in all of its glory, and it feels so good to have it pouring through the windows.  My dogs, even, are relishing in it and are sunbathing on the floor behind me.

Well, Crash isn't.  He's drooling over the squirrels he can see in the backyard, and is standing on guard.

I'll start with this:

If you are local to me, I would LOVE for you to join me this weekend, at our women's conference!  It's Friday night from 7-8:30, and Saturday from 8-11.  It's twenty dollars, and there will be worship, a powerful testimony from Kim Jaggers, and teaching from the book of Matthew, chapter seven.

Will you join me?  Here is a link to sign up, if you're interested.  Bring some friends!|year:2018|campus:0|ministry:8|listview:0|featuredevents:0

I hope you'll consider coming!  As many women come to our annual tablescapes event, I would love to see that many there for the conference this weekend.  This is what truly matters in life, friends, this gift of salvation that will be talked about. 

Moving on from that, I will say here that I did not do much laundry this weekend and have MOUNTAINS OF IT waiting on me.  I'm not leaving my house today, though, so I have time to do it.  Sheet washing is included in this, and that takes forever. 

This weekend was nice~really easy and kinda low key.  On Friday night, my husband worked with the sheriff's department, so Jonah, Noah, Alex, and I all went to a Chinese buffet for dinner.  It was SO GOOD.  I was so hungry and was seriously craving some Chinese food.  Graham was at Rachel's house, and Drew was at a guys retreat. 

The next morning, Todd, Jonah, and Noah went to a car show.  It was one of the Christmas gifts, and they were in heaven.

Noah took this picture.  Those boys love cars and are very knowledgeable in this area.  They missed the guys retreat for this, and they were both fine with it. 

Meanwhile, I had a teaching opportunity with Chip.

I am teaching him that it's not nice to bite your older brother's ears. 

And it's really not nice to pee on the floor.

He fell asleep sitting up like this.  He finally laid down, and I got him out to cuddle him. 

He is rotten.

We had a little mini Goodwin/Hall family reunion at my in-love's house that night, then we came back home and I went to bed. 

Yesterday was church, and it was AMAZING.  Our Pastor is preaching on a series that will help us grow in our faith together, and he spoke on prayer yesterday.  I'll share my notes on the blog tomorrow. 

I need to start on my list of things to do, so I'm cutting this short today.  Thanks for reading!  Love to all. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  I feel so sorry for all the students and teachers in my area.  They've been out of school all week because of the snow and ice that was all over the ground, and they all went back today.  I especially feel sorry for the teachers.  I remember vividly enough how wild the elementary aged kiddos could be when the weather had caused them to be out.  Let's just say that I wouldn't wish that on anyone. 

Meanwhile, it's a normal day for us today.  Friday means that we get to see my sweet daddy, and today we will do lunch out, since we haven't in a while.  I can't wait to see him!  It's been two weeks.

I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals (and her friends) for this blog post. 

Since I was gone all week, I'm sharing a few things around my house that are currently my favorites.

I got this 3 tier stand for my birthday from my in-love's, and it is still one of my very favorite things in the whole house.  I've changed it from Christmas to winter, and look forward to switching things up with all the seasons or holidays.  I actually use most of the things I've got on it, like the turquoise measuring cups and measuring spoons, and the salt and pepper shakers that are on the top shelf. 

This is two in one~the succulent looking plant you see was a gift from Christmas, and it was bought at Homegoods.  Homegoods is my favorite, and so is the plant.  I needed something kinda big and green on that spot on my counter tops, and I love how it looks sitting on this cutting board, which is also a favorite.  Okay, so this one contains three favorites.  The third thing that is my favorite in this picture is that Agatha Christie book you see.  I bought it last week before I left town, and I will read it when I'm done with the current book I'm reading now. 

Wood Wick candles are another favorite thing right now.  I received three as gifts this Christmas, and I love hearing them crackle. 

My She Reads Truth bible is my favorite bible that I've ever had.  I bought this back in October, and I still love it so much.  I'm reading through it right now, chronologically, with the ladies at my church.

This is my newest favorite coffee mug!  I had a sweet friend come over yesterday to borrow books for an upcoming trip, and she brought me this.  I love it, and LOVE what it says.

My favorite planner of all time is this one that I've had going on two years now.  It's called My Big Happy Planner.  I love the size and the layout. 

The Sisterchicks books by Robin Jones Gunn are my favorite books ever, and I'm currently re-reading them all.

And last, but not least, is my favorite view of all time.  Out of all the pretty things I saw this week while I was in Colorado, this is my favorite spot.  Back home, right where I belong. 

Thanks for reading!  Love to all. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Colorado trip & some Thursday stuff

I looked back on last Friday's anxiety-ridden post, and I am so glad that is behind me.  If you know me, you know that I HATE FLYING.  I mean I really hate it.  All the parts of it, except for being in the airport and people watching.  I used to love it, and I don't know what happened.  I'll say it again on here, even though I've already said it on social media~thank you for praying for me last Friday.  I was a mess.

That being said, I had a great trip.  My plane landed at eight thirty something Friday night, and my nephew Jaret was there to pick up Mom, Bill, Tyler and me.  (Tyler is my nephew.)  We dropped off my mom and Bill at my niece Erika's house, then we went to see my sister Lisa.  We only stayed a few minutes, then they took me to my sister Debi's house.  Debi and Mike were out of town, but they let me stay at their house the whole time, and even let me use their car while they were gone.  (They got back on Sunday.)  I enjoyed catching up with my niece Nicole while I was there~we never get the chance to just sit and talk.  

That Saturday morning, I went to Aurora to pick up my mom and Bill for lunch.  (And bonus, I did not get turned around once!)  I am directionally challenged, even with navigation sometimes.  We ate at this cool place called Which 'Wich? and it was so yummy.  We went to Wal-Mart and then we went back to Erika's.

I got to hold these little lovies.  And play with them.  I'm holding Kinsley, and Kylie is on the right.  Their first birthday was Tuesday!  I can't believe they're one.  

We had fun playing, then all of us went to dinner at On The Border to celebrate Erika's birthday.  

I had a blast sitting with my two nephews, Tyler and Jaret and Bill.  We laughed and laughed and laughed the entire time.  I think our table was the most fun.  

After dinner, I went back to Debi's house, and while Nicole was at a movie, I caught up on my chronological bible reading.

I read about four days' worth, then the next morning when I got up for quiet time, I was able to read that day and I've been back on track since.

I lounged around the house all morning and straightened up a bit, got dressed, then drove to Erika's again, for the girls' birthday party.

How precious are they?!  It was a magical unicorn party.  

Knowing my niece Erika, of COURSE it was a magical unicorn party.

After the party, Debi, her hubby Mike, and I went back to their house.  We had Chinese for dinner and proceeded to go to bed at eight thirty.

The next morning we woke up to ice and snow!  Ice in Denver is really strange.

But we still got out.  We went to lunch, to see the babies again, and then to the grocery store.

We had dinner at home that night.  

On Tuesday morning, we got up and got dressed (after I re-packed my bag) and picked up Mom and Bill.  On this night, they would stay with me at Debi's.  We had lunch at a really cool place called The Yard House, then we looked around a couple of stores.

The mall we went to was beautiful...this was outside the restaurant we ate lunch at.  

After this, we went back to Debi's, and I took a nap.  It was lovely.

That night we went to Outback Steakhouse and had dinner to celebrate my nephew Austin's birthday.  It was SO MUCH fun.  I never get to be with Austin, and he is so humble and thankful for everything he got that night.  We've never gotten to celebrate a birthday with him.  

He's so handsome.  It was a really fun night.  

Left to right are Austin, Jaret, and Tyler.

After this we went back to Debi's (I cried quietly in the backseat, because I hate saying goodbye.) and I went to bed pretty early.  

We had breakfast before we went to the airport yesterday morning, then when we got to the airport, we looked around for some murals painted on the walls that have something to do with conspiracy theories (Google that about the Denver airport), and eventually boarded the plane to come home.

Todd, Drew, Jonah and Noah were there to greet us at the airport!  Graham worked yesterday afternoon and wasn't home in time to meet us, but after we took Tyler home, we went to Booya's together for dinner, and I was back in my happy place.  Also, this picture below is my happy place.  

I was unpacked, freshly showered, I had a good cup of coffee, and my little puppy was in my lap while all the boys played Monopoly in the kitchen.  Well, almost all of them.  Drew was upstairs.  I always love going to be with family in Colorado, but I am always most happy when I'm back home.  These are my people and I missed them all desperately!  

Today is laundry day and I'm getting a haircut at two.  I'll also make a grocery store run and then I'll cook dinner tonight.  

Thanks for reading my blog!  Love to all.  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  My excitement does not convey what I am presently feeling like inside.  I'm flying to Denver tonight, and I am a nervous wreck.  If you pray, would you pray for me and our flight?  It is icy/snowing here right now, and that makes my already in place fear of flying that much worse.  Plus, I have mom guilt in a huge way right now, and that also adds stress. 

BLEH.  I would rather be doing anything else on this day, than flying tonight. 

I know God is in control, though, and I am already comforted by my praying friends.  I posted an SOS on Facebook, because I needed some prayers.

Because of said flight, I need to get busy, so this will be short and sweet. 

First up on the list is reading.  It's been a favorite hobby this week.

I read my first Agatha Christie and loved it, and now I'm reading this one right above, Life After.  It's a new-to-me author, and so far, so good! 

I plan on reading on the plane, and listening to worship music.  I also really want to try to figure out a way to download some podcasts to my phone.  Per the suggestion of one of my dear friends, I've been listening to Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth the past couple of days.  Her podcasts for this week have been from her womens conference that took place back in September.  I've been reading her book Adorned with a couple of friends, as well, so I thought it'd be a good idea to listen to some more podcasts on the flight.  IF I can figure out how to download them, and I don't guarantee that I'll be able to do that.

I've been doing a bible study on the book of James with a couple of friends, and it's also been a favorite thing this week.  I loved these verses I read in Luke yesterday, in wrapping up the homework.  It became a prayer that I prayed for my husband, my boys, and myself.  I love when the Lord does that~highlights a verse and turns it into a prayer in my heart. 

I am behind in my chronological bible reading, but that's also been a favorite from the week.  I had to do some catching up on Monday night, and then I got behind again when I got sick this week.  If I'm sick, I can't concentrate that well, so I just skipped and figured I'd catch up. 

I plan on doing that today before I leave for the airport.

Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I would love your prayers for my flight today.  There is ice on the ground, and snow, and the temps are staying below freezing.  So, you see my need for asking.  Thanks for reading my blog!  Love to all. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

a couple of useful things pertaining to books and something yummy at Starbucks

Happy Thursday!  I was so happy to be awakened by my little Chip this morning at 5:50.  I hate going to bed at night when Todd is gone, and that was the case last night.  

Todd, Graham, and Drew left for Tupelo, Ms last night to work a youth event.  It's the third or fourth year that Todd has done this, and it's the second year for Graham.  They're doing all of the tech things.  It's a D-Now for several churches in that area, and they meet in an airplane hanger.  

I just think that sounds really cool.  

Anyway, I usually don't sleep well when he's gone, but I did last night.  Jonah slept in my bed and he slept great too.  

On to the useful things now...

In case you're not on social media, I saw on Karen Kingsbury's Instagram story this morning that on the Barnes & Noble website, there is a huge sale on her ebooks.  You can get all four books from the Sunrise series for $20.  That makes them five something a piece, and they're usually about $12 each, so this is great deal.  Here's a link for you.

If you've not read her books, what's stopping you?!  

Moving on now.

I finished my first ever Agatha Christie book on Tuesday, and it was SO GOOD.  I have another one coming today, per my sister Terri's recommendation.  I can't wait to read another one.  I loved Nancy Drew growing up, and these are so similar to me.  I love a good suspense book, but I don't consider it scary, at least not the one I just read.  Next up by her is Murder on the Orient Express.  

Also, for coffee lovers, have you ever tried Starbucks' Chai Tea Latte?  It's my favorite thing ever.  I always order a venti when I go, because it's not as bad as the coffee drinks, and it tastes like Christmas in a cup.  It's warm, kinda spicy, and so very soothing for a tired throat.  It gets flavor from cinnamon, nutmeg (I think), cardamom, ginger, and black pepper.  Don't knock it until you try it.  

If you try it and love it, at Kroger I found these little packets that you can buy to make your own at home.  (Think hot chocolate.)  You boil water and mix in the contents of the packet, and while it's not quite as good as what you would buy at Starbucks, it is pretty tasty.  Just pour in a little bit of the water at first, though, and the packets and stir it really well.  If you skip that part, it'll be grainy.  I added two packets into about 14 ounces of boiling water.  

I haven't looked at the health benefits of the chai tea lattes, but I don't think it has caffeine, or if it does, it's a lesser amount.  

This was a cozy day, in that picture above.  I was cold, and didn't feel wonderful, and had finished all that I was going to do at home that day, so this was me settling down for an afternoon of drinking hot tea and finishing the book.  Chip took the opportunity to take a nap in my lap.  

Well, I have a million things to do before this afternoon, so I'd better run. 

Thanks for reading!  Love to all.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

come on in/master bedroom & bathroom

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I tried to write a blog post yesterday, but we were having internet issues, so it never happened.  By the time everything was working again, I had lost the motivation to write.  I thought I'd share about our little makeover that we've had going on for the last few weeks, at least, my portion of it.  The boys rooms are still a work in progress, because they're never home to do anything.  

I'll reiterate for anyone who didn't already know: for Christmas this year, Graham and Drew got separate rooms and new furniture.  They got bigger beds, and the furniture they have now is what they can take with them someday when they leave home.  We painted in what used to be the playroom, and that became Graham's room.  Drew stayed put and didn't want any painting in his room.  We rearranged and they're all moved in and cozy in the new rooms.  We added a tv to Drew's room, and Jonah and Noah got one as well, since we eliminated our playroom in doing all of this.  

Because it was a secret, we did this along with painting our bedroom and bathroom.  That was what our gift to each other was, and it kept the whole thing a secret from Jonah and Noah, who didn't know any of this was going on.  I told them since we were painting in our room, we could just add on the playroom and change up the color.  They fell for it, and were surprised.  

It's been kind of a long process, because way before all the work started, we had to clean out.  We have gotten rid of SO MUCH STUFF.  Graham sold his drums, we had decide what would stay and what could be donated.  Closets had to be completely gutted and cleaned out, and to prove all this went on, there is still a pile of stuff in our hall that I've not felt like going through yet.  Their closets are all finished now, and completely clean.  We still have a couple of mattresses to sell (anyone?) and some stuff needs to be picked up that we will donate to our local Teen Challenge in Memphis, but after all of that, we will be done for a while.  (I am still hoping to clean out our attic this winter, though.)  

So here is what I do have pictures of: our room and bathroom.  We still have to hang the curtains, but Toddley has been sick, so it'll get done next week. 

This new bedding started it all.  This was my birthday present, and it pushed me on toward the color scheme that I wanted, which was navy blue walls, gray, and white.  (Also, I made that sign at my friend's bachelorette party back in May, and it looks like it was made to fit the room.  How cool is that?!)

I wanted white bedding so that I could change up the pillows and blanket at the end of the bed and make it look new.  That flannel blanket was a Christmas gift and I love it!  Also, those book shelves are something I'm still loving.  That was what Jonah and I did for two solid hours last week-we color coordinated all the books on the shelf.  

Before we had the walls painted, they were a dark red color.  Wallpaper was under the paint, though, in our room, our bathroom and in Graham's room, so all of that had to be stripped first, and then the walls had to be floated in some areas, and then they mudded, sanded, and finally painted.  The guys who did the work were amazing, and worked so quickly and efficiently.  

Our bathroom was that same dark red, but we had started removing some of the wallpaper that was under the paint, and we were only halfway done.  Needless to say, it's been wonderful having a completed bathroom again.

Also, the lighting was a bar with four giant bulbs that was hideous, and we had that huge bathroom mirror that was unsightly, so we trashed all of that and went with new.

The walls are gray-the color is Bay Waves from Lowe's Behr brand.

Our fixture is from Amazon, and it's brushed bronze.  The towel hooks are also from Amazon, and came in a six pack.  (We will use the rest in the boys' bathroom-that's our next project.)

We got a new shower curtain and rod, but the rod hasn't been hung yet.  When the painters removed the caulk around the faux marble walls around the tub, the walls started caving in toward each other.  Also, we have to replace our tub, and when we do that, we will do white subway tile from the tub all the way up to the ceiling.  Then we'll hang the curved brushed bronze rod we bought, and add this curtain again.  For right now, this tension rod is holding the shower walls in place.

Toddley hung these new towel rods (also from Amazon) and with the piece of wood reinforcing that wall that they're hung on, they are not going anywhere anytime soon.  

Our mirrors above the vanity came from Lowe's, and they were on clearance.  Bonus!  We were going to go with something different, but I'm happy with these that we found for a fraction of the price that the others were that we were looking at.  

Eventually I'll find something small to hang on the wall space between the mirrors, and on the empty wall behind that is reflected in those mirrors, but for now, I'm done.  I have no idea what I'd want to hang, so this gives me time to think about what might look good there.  I am so pleased with how it all turned out, and it feels great to have it all behind us now.  

Someday I may paint our bathroom cabinets, and add drawer pulls.  But before that, our next thing is the boys' bathroom.  We will paint the walls in there the same as what's in our bathroom, buy a new fixture and replace the mirror.  We will take down the curtains that are over the window in there and buy a new shower curtain and rod.  We will also hang two towel rods similar to what we have above.  It shouldn't be too pricey to do all of that, but I think it'll make a huge difference in the lighting in that small bathroom and it'll look bigger.  

I'm thrilled to be fixing up a couple areas of the house that have remained untouched for a decade or more.  I love sprucing things up, and while we're living here, we may as well enjoy everything around us.  

So that's it.  The lighting in the pictures isn't too great, but you get the gist of it all.  

Thanks for reading!  Love to all.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

church notes

I know of several people who missed church yesterday because they didn't feel great.  I also thought I'd share my notes from my pastor's sermon yesterday, because it was SO GOOD.  It's always wonderful, and each week I leave, thinking there is no way he will top that.  And then, every single week, it just gets better and better.  I love my pastor and think he is the greatest out there, but I also know that it's not him coming up with these sermons.  It is the power of the Holy Spirit within him, and he would tell you that exact thing, if you were to compliment him. 

I also love his humility and his ability to shepherd the flock God has given him.  I could go on and on, but I'll continue on with notes from yesterday's sermon.

The topic was spiritual growth, and the main portion of scripture he used was Ephesians 4:11-16. 

Before he preached, we all took a personal spiritual growth survey, and honestly examined our hearts before answering.  Then our pastor started preaching, starting with what a lack of spiritual growth can cause.  Some examples are sin patterns that we can't seem to shake off, loss of the joy of our salvation, and hardness of our heart.  He might have said something a little different, but I missed all of it and tried to summarize.

His main one liner statement was this: God is relentlessly committed to your spiritual growth.  (He comes up with these one liners because he knows that we may not remember each point he makes weekly, but we are likely to remember short statements.  This is also where he laughed at himself and admitted how difficult it is for him to come up with these each week.  I told you he's humble.)

He continued on with how we know that God is committed to our spiritual growth, and all of these points are taken from his main portion of scripture in Ephesians.

1--the priority of spiritual growth

Paul writes (in Ephesians 4) of building up of the body in verse 12, until we all reach unity in the faith (verse 13).  We also know from verse 13 that we are to grow into maturity.  We will no longer be children (verse 14), but we will grow up (verse 15).  From Him the whole body promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each part (verse 16). 

The church becomes stronger through spiritual growth.

He gave us these verses to expound on that:

Psalm 92:12
2 Thessalonians 1:3
1 Peter 2:12
2 Peter 3:18
Philippians 2:12-13

2--the process of spiritual growth

First, God provides leaders for us spiritually, who teach us the word of God and to show us how to apply its truth to our lives.

He referenced Ephesians 4:11-13.

Second, we all start as spiritual babies, and over a period of time, we begin to grow spiritually. 

Third, we see the goal of the process: "...until we all attain unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's son, growing into maturity..." (verse 13).

We will not be fully grown up spiritually until the day the Lord takes us home. 

3--the pillar of spiritual growth

The ministry of the local church is essential for growth!

Here are some scriptures he used to hone in on that:

Romans 8:28-29
Ephesians 4:31-32
Ephesians 4:14-16
Hebrews 10:23-25

"This is the point of union where the resources, gifts, and power of the Holy Spirit pass from one person to another, providing a flow of ministry that produces growth."--John MacArthur

In order to accomplish these things, there are three things we must evaluate.

First, we need to make sure of our salvation.

Second, have a strategy in place to achieve spiritual growth.  (Make time to pray and to read the Word of God.)

Third, decide now if you will be active part within the body of believers that God places you in.  (Church is not a place, it's the body of believers.)  We all need each other to grow spiritually!  Make a commitment to being a faithful attender of your local body, and then go.  Attend small groups, like Sunday school and Wednesday night bible studies.  I can't think of one person I know who has grown spiritually without faithfully attending a local body of believers. 

I pray this encourages you today, and that it challenges you.  If you're a member of where I attend and you missed yesterday, I will share a link on Facebook when our pastor posts it.  These are only my little version of his notes, and they do not hold a candle to what he actually said. 

Happy Monday, friends.  Love to all. 

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