Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Decluttering at the Speed of Life...on audio

I recently checked out Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White.  

I opted for the audio version from the library, and as the validating, life-affirming voice of Dana K. White bleed through the speakers of my car I thought I was dreaming.  OK, maybe I exaggerate a little...lol!

The reason the title includes "at the speed of life," is because even if you declutter a room or your entire house, soon you will be buying more things and the stuff tends to accumulate.  It is a process that has to be ongoing.  

One of my favorite quotes was, "I would rather have regret than to have clutter."  I totally agree.  Yes, there are some really nice things that I have thrown out or donated over the years.  I sometimes wish I had held onto certain things, but I'm even more happy to have a clean, simple home.  

Another concept she introduced me to was the Container Concept.  You can only fit so many things into the container you have.  So, the container could be a storage barn, or kitchen cabinets.  That container is only so big, so you can only reasonably fit so much into it.  I don't ever envision Matt and I living in a really big house one day.  Newer would be nice (especially since we have replaced a roof, water heater, and AC unit over the past two years).  But I don't ever see myself in a really big house.  My point is that I need to declutter and not hang onto things since my container...my house will never be any bigger. 

I really loved this book.  I would hang onto it longer and listen to it again, but there are quite a few people waiting for it on hold at the library.  Whether you're looking to declutter your entire house or just do a little spring cleaning, make sure you check this one out!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

new glasses + lots of other stuff

Hey there everyone!  I am finally getting around to posting, so here we go...

selfies with new glasses

kids playing in the yard

getting rained on

me and Kathy at the Georgia Baptist Spring Event

and Matt's surprise birthday party one week late

Hope you all have a good weekend.



Friday, March 30, 2018

Clarice's preschool Easter party

On Wednesday Clarice's preschool had a special music program, lunch, and and Easter Egg Hunt.  It was so much fun watching her in action with her friends!  I ended up being there with her for the full three hours.  Here are our pictures.  

I hope you all have a Happy Easter!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Life Lately

Hey there friends!  I hope everyone is having a great week.  Here is what we've been up to lately...

A few weeks ago we got to travel to Columbia, SC to attend a wedding.  We had so much fun, and it was nice to just get away from the house for a little while.  The ceremony went really well, the food was amazing, and the kids did great. 

Clarice loves wearing "sparkly" lipstick...
Jen Hatmaker...God bless her.  That woman is so funny.  I'm so glad I stalk the library website every night looking for the next great read!  I picked up the audio version of this one and was listening to it the other night when Matt walked in and said, we only have gallon size plastic bags and I need to pack my lunch.  I paused the CD, looked at him and said, "I know, and I'm perfectly ok with that."
And speaking of good times, I went to the eye doctor today...for the first time in fifteen years (I only went then because I got sand in my eye).  I can't seem to read the ingredients or directions on boxed cake anymore.   I was relieved to get there and find out they wouldn't have to shoot air into my eye (thus, the fifteen year wait).  Instead, they numb your eye and then slowly but surely poke your eyeball with a hard piece of plastic.  This is how I spend "me" time.  Anyway, stay tuned next week for lots of selfies WITH my new reading glasses.

Love wearing scarves and boots in these cool temperatures!
Talk to y'all soon!



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

very humbled

This afternoon as I sat on the front porch waiting for Lance to get off the bus, I was able to talk to a lady in my neighborhood who was walking by.  I'm not even sure if she lives in my neighborhood.  I told her that I have two young kids and that I had my youngest when I was 39.  She said that gives her hope because she does not have children yet and that she is 48.  She then went on to tell me that the reason she isn't sure if she'll have children is because some bad things happened to her physically as a child.  I was heart broken to hear her story.  As she walked away I just prayed, Lord Jesus, please help that sweet baby.  She is your child.  She is your baby.  Her name is Tonya if you want to pray for her too.  I don't think it's an accident that we crossed paths today. 



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Review: Even if it Kills Her

Title:  Even if it Kills Her

Author:  Kate White

Published:  2017

Pages:  428

A few months ago I listened to The Secrets You Keep by Kate White which I really enjoyed.  But now I'm completely head over heels for her on this one...Even if it Kills Her.  

Writer Bailey Weggins runs into an old college friend at a book signing, and a cold case starts to heat up.  Her friend, Jillian Lowe suffered through the tragic event of losing her entire family during her sophomore year in college when they were all murdered.  Fueled by a nagging guilt that she wasn't there for her friend all those years ago, Bailey reluctantly takes on the case. 

This book is suspenseful and hard to put down, but my favorite aspect was the humor laced throughout....

Now that I had the chance to focus on her, I saw that she'd been fighting time with the same determination the Ottomans had mustered during the siege on Constantinople.  Her face clearly had been buffed, Botoxed, dermabrased, and Juvedermed into something that looked natural only if you were squinting at it. 

If you need a good suspense novel and plenty of laughter, be sure to check this one out!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Don't miss it

I heard a radio DJ recently say that you can either capture the moment or you can experience the moment.  I don't believe that.  I think it is fun to capture moments on camera and then be able to look back on them.  This is a picture I took the other morning as the sun was coming up.  Glad I did...the sky looked totally different a few minutes later. 

And here are more moments that I'm glad I didn't miss...

And speaking of missing things...I'm glad I was open and available to babysit for a good friend of mine one day last week.  Clarice and I got to play with baby Abraham for three hours.  I'm glad I didn't miss this opportunity!  This is a picture with him in the background.  I sometimes feel funny about photographing other people's kids, but I still wanted to take some sort of a picture.

One day last week Lance was having a rough time at Speech/OT.  His OT teacher had him color a picture and hand it to me in the waiting room.  It was so cute.  Thankfully he started having a better attitude and did great the rest of the session.

And be sure to stay tuned for our February project.  You don't want to miss it!  I'm working on the bonus room shelves.   Here is a picture of Clarice sanding some wood.

Talk to you all soon!


Decluttering at the Speed of Life...on audio

I recently checked out Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White.   I opted for the audio version from the library, and as ...