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June & July #photoaday2018 {sorta}

August 20, 2018

Brian, Taylor, and I just got back from a few days away.  Well, we got back on Friday but then I worked Saturday, Sunday, and today so I’m behind on all sorts of things.  More on that later.  Right now I’m buried under a huge pile of laundry and a sink full of dirty dishes.  I should probably make a grocery run.  Or figure out a recipe using sugar-free pudding, tortilla chips, and hot sauce (sweet & spicy nachos anyone?).



Seriously.  Where did June & July go?  And now we’re more than half way through August?  Crazy.

Here’s all I’ve got for June & July…

What in the world?  I KNOW there was more going on those months.  I was just a total photo slacker.  (Check out that happy dog up there.  Isn’t he the cutest?  And that sunset?  Wow!)

I can’t wait to tell you about our trip.  But for now I’m heading back to the laundry room.



Weekend Wrap-Up

August 13, 2018

This morning on the way to work I was thinking about all the local schools starting and how this is the first year in a long time that I only have one kid starting back to school.  And then I realized I have no idea when she starts back!  Ha!  #badmom


It was a good weekend.  And I think I have some time before it’s back-to-school around here.  Or not.  I guess I should ask her.

Friday afternoon Brian had to drop his car off to have some routine maintenance done.  I picked him up from the dealership (after getting stuck in horrible traffic) and we headed to Jungle Jim’s to wander around for a bit while we waited for his car.  It’s always a fun place to kill time.  We bought four bottles of hot sauce and a bottle of sugar-free coffee syrup.  :)  I dropped him off to get his car and headed to GFS for some things I needed and several things I didn’t need.  He headed home to mow.  We finished the day at Skyline.

Saturday was a day filled with laundry and reading and more laundry and reading.  I was trying to finish up a book.


Oh. My. Goodness.  This book is heartbreaking.  But also really good.  Have you read it?

Saturday night we went to church and then went to some friends’ house for pie (yes, I “cheated” on my Keto diet and totally enjoyed a piece of french silk pie!).  Our friends had recently moved to a fabulous home in the country.  It was fun seeing their new place and catching up with all that’s going on with them.  And now I want a house in the country.  So peaceful.

Sunday morning we watched Dayspring church online (fabulous message from a guest speaker).  Sunday afternoon I dug out my calendar and finally got myself organized for August (nothing like waiting till the month is almost half over).  I also worked on more laundry and then headed out for a fun evening with some friends.  We ate good food, swam, talked about the book we all had been reading, and then ate some yummy dessert (again with the Keto cheating…).  It was our first time at our friend’s new-ish house (I think she’s lived there almost 2 years).  Beautiful home.  With a pool.  And now I want a house in the country with a pool.  LOL!  I wonder if she’d mind if I snuck over to swim while she’s at work?

Thou shalt not covet thy friend’s house in the country.  Or thy friend’s pool.  (I’m pretty sure it’s in the Bible).

So it was a fun weekend.  And we have a super fun week ahead.  I’ll tell you about that later!  :)



Weight Loss Wednesday

August 8, 2018



I ate at Mexican places twice this week (yes, it’s only Wednesday – don’t judge) and didn’t eat ONE. SINGLE. CHIP.  Totally not normal!  #selfcontrol

I was a little bummed on Sunday when I hopped on the scale and didn’t see much movement (but thankful none the less for the tiniest bit of movement).  Official Sunday weigh-in showed a total of 9 pounds lost so far.  Yay!  This morning when I checked my blood sugar my fasting number was 98.  What??  98!  Before Keto my fasting number was 180+ every morning!  I couldn’t do a thing to get it down.  Today it was 98!  Woohoo!

Thought I’d share a favorite snack for when I get the munchies – pepperoni chips.  Yum!

Put two layers of paper towels on a microwave safe plate.  Layer on a single layer of pepperoni (or turkey pepperoni – I like the real stuff).  Top with another paper towel and microwave for 2 minutes (more or less depending on your microwave – you just want them to crisp up).  So good!


Friday Favorites: Kids Say the Darndest Things Edition

August 3, 2018

Taylor spent part of the week working at VBS.  My favorite thing this week was reading her VBS tweets.  Hilarious!  Enjoy…


Aren’t they just the cutest?  One of Tay’s friends totally understood the importance of VBS snacks…

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Sometimes serving Jesus means lots of cute quotes from cute kids.  And yummy snacks.

Have a great weekend! :)

March, April, May – Photo a Day

August 2, 2018

I’ve really dropped the ball on this whole #photoaday2018 thing I was trying to do.  Here’s a tiny look at what when on in March, April, and May…





Weight Loss Wednesday

August 1, 2018

Here’s the thing….it’s easy for me to get on here and share funny things said around my house, things we’ve done on the weekend, or general things about my family.  What’s not easy – sharing personal things about myself.

I have a confession to make…


I need to grow a few inches.


I’ve never felt comfortable talking about my weight struggles on the blog.  I don’t know why.  I follow lots of people online who are real with their weight & health issues and they inspire me.  I guess maybe it’s that I’ve tried TONS of things to lose weight with very little success.  I was in a class at church a few months ago and it’s amazing the many things most of us have done in an effort to lose weight and get healthy.

I started a new journey about three weeks ago and have found such great inspiration online that I thought I’d just go ahead and share.  My family will be thrilled because I’m sure they’re tired of hearing me talk about it. :)  There’s a woman I’m “friends” with on FB.  I’ve only met her once at an essential oils class several years ago.  One day she posted that she had become a Keto coach and was running a summer Keto group for her friends and family.  I was curious so I reached out to her for info and the next thing I knew, I was signed up.

I quickly began learning all I could about what it means to “do” Keto.  I knew she’d be teaching me along the way but I wanted to be as prepared as possible.  I joined a bunch of Facebook groups and learned so much as I waited for the group to start.  One day I happened to see a post about a documentary on Netflix called The Magic Pill.  I watched it and it convinced me that I HAD to give this a shot.

You guys, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes several years ago.  I’ve struggled since then to get my blood sugar in the normal range.  Even on medication my fasting numbers were never normal.  The doctor just wanted to add more medication (first side effect listed was stomach cancer….ummm, no thank you).  EIGHT DAYS after starting the Keto diet MY SUGAR WAS NORMAL at EVERY reading (on half the dose of medicine that I had been taking).  What??  Crazy, right?  That alone is enough to keep me going!  Added bonus, as of last Sunday (weigh in day for the group), I have lost 8.5 pounds.  Woot! (I’ve actually lost a smidge more but that’ll be in next weeks totals.)

For those that are interested, I’ll be checking in here on Wednesdays to let you know how it’s going.  If you’re interested in learning more about Keto, check out The Magic Pill (on Netlix or YouTube).  There’s also tons of great info on Pinterest and this book is less that $10 on Amazon.


For those not interested (sorry), I’m sure you feel like this…




Three Things

July 31, 2018

Y’all.  Is it really the END OF JULY?  Seriously.  Where does time go?  Let’s all pretend that it hasn’t been almost FOUR months since I’ve posted here on the old blog.  Here are a few things that have been going on around here.



  1.   Nick graduated from college!  Woohoo!  He had a great & fast four years at NKU.  Okay, HE might have not thought it was so fast but from our perspective the college years flew by.
  2.   Nick started a new job a couple of weeks after graduation.  He’s a mobile developer for a local consulting company and is loving the job so far.
  3.   He’s anxious to move out on his own (it’s not easy moving back home when you’ve lived on your own for four years).  He found a great apartment and will be settling into his new place very soon.



  1.  Tay finished up her first two semesters of college.  One of those was a summer semester so she was thrilled to finally have a few weeks of summer break.
  2.   She just celebrated her 2nd anniversary at the coffee shop.  The girl loves her job as a barista and works at the sweetest shop.  I stole those pictures from her Facebook page.  Check out that latte art.  :)
  3.   She and a couple of friends started a “community group” for young adult girls.  They meet weekly and have had a great turn out so far.  You can read more about this (and other life updates) on her blog


The Rest of Us

  1.  I got a job!


I’m working at the library a few hours each week and LOVE it!  My “to read” list is growing longer and longer.

2.  Brian (and Nick) have a new hobby.


They built this 3D printer and have been having fun getting it all working.  They’re already planning some upgrades to make it even better.

3.  Corbin continues to be such a sweet little guy.  He’s having a hard time with me being away from the house more because of my job (just like a kid, huh?).

He doesn’t rest much when I’m gone so he’s tired when I’m home and we often find him sleeping in the strangest positions & places.

So, that’s a little peek at what’s been going on around here.  The good stuff anyways.  A friend and I were talking last week about how things you see on social media and blogs can often give you a false sense of what life is like.  We often post just the good stuff – a “highlight reel” of what’s happening at any time.  I try to keep it real here on the old blog (and other places I post).  Life is not always “sunshine & rainbows”.  Life can be hard.  We’ve dealt with (and are dealing with) some tough stuff over the past four months.  Some I might share on the blog/social media but some I might not.  It’s not always my story to share.  Sometimes things happen in life that we just don’t understand.  A friend shared this on Facebook this morning…


What three things are going on in your life today?  Whatever that tough stuff is that you’re facing today, lean into God and allow Him to give you what you need to handle it.  God is good.  On the good days AND the hard days.