Starting Our Study


I am starting off 2019 with this verse to represent January. I am making myself pick a verse per month to represent my current situation. January has been a pretty decent month and some major things have happened. I have also come up with a painting project that I am super excited to get started on.


My husband, Jonathan, started his new career today and I am so proud of him. He deserves this position and I really hope they see what I see in him. He also went to the doctor’s and has been taking care of himself making sure his health is in a better state.

Yesterday I started  the P31, It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way Bible Study and even though I’ve only read through the introduction, I am already loving it. I see great things coming out of this study and a phenomenal 100,000 ladies signed up for this event. What a great turn out. I am so blessed to be apart of this record breaking group and so happy that I’ve got a great Study group. Victoria, the handler of Chronically Hopeful 2014,, (You should check her out, she’s wonderful in so many ways) is my group leader for this study. I am so blessed and honored to be back in her group for this one, it’s going to be a doozy!

So it’s the year of the Pig. In Chinese culture, they are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well. I have always been fascinated in the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology as only in good fun.

My husband plays the Lotto every week, because in his words, “You can’t win unless you play.” Keep dreaming those dreams baby, maybe one day. He very rarely does he play a scratch off ticket, but he decided the other day to go after a $5.00 one. Big money spender right there! Later on that evening he remembered he bought the ticket and brought it over to the coffee table and decided, better now than never. When we scratch, we reveal the amounts first, then the numbers we need to win, then the numbers themselves, so it’s a surprise. He scratched the first row of amounts and each one said $10.00, the next row, all the same, the third row, all the same except a $40.00 reveal. He proceeded to give me a “Woo!” and a very hard high five and we ended up winning $150.00. That’s big for us, that never happens. It felt pretty good to be 150 richer than our poor behinds already were. 

The next day we were leaving to take Eddie back to the park. That made about 6-7 days in a row and we figured one last big “Hoo-Rah!” at the playground. We walked out front and low and behold, even though the wind was whipping us pretty intensely in the face, a $20.00 bill was sitting in the grass right next to the sidewalk. I picked it up and handed it to Jonathan and said, “Year of the Pig baby!” He just chuckled and gave me a hug and tucked it away in his jean pocket. We ended up buying the remote control Batman Tank down the clearance aisle of WalMart. We saw it the day before and thought, man Eddie would love that! We had to hide and distract his little eyes away from it because that would have caused all sorts of a tantrum, which we avoided. Well, it was fortunate for Eddie, we found just enough to buy the Bat Tank for him and he kept giving me kisses and hugs around the neck. It was so sweet and it was definitely money well spent, he is attached to it like a tick to a coon hound.

I guess God really wants Jonathan to be right where he is because I just got called with some good news. The receiving manager has been a no call, no show for two days now and the Warehouse manager asked him if he was interested in becoming the new receiving manager. Holy cow, I’m in a moment of shock. He has done receiving for 10 plus years with the other company he was with, but never as a manager of that department, just of the liquor store. I am elated. God is so good. He has now two possible positions to be in and it doesn’t dock his pay one bit if he chooses one over the other. Astonishing being somewhere at the right place and time!

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8

Truer words have never been spoken.


I come to you as humbly as I know to ask for your watch over my husband as he starts his new career. Bless the roads he travels on and keep him safe and secure. Keep him full of your holy spirit and confidence as he meets his new co-workers and manager. Give him the strength and the words to be the best I always knew he could be. Please grant him the courage to take hold of whatever circumstances that may come his way to better not only himself, but our little family. Thank you for all you’ve placed before us.

In Your Name I Pray,


Play Date


Cheesy Egg Smiles


What better way than to start your day with cheesy eggs and Paw Patrol? None. There is no day that starts out better, according to Eddie. We go onto and he gets to pick the episode he wants to watch with breakfast, but only one. It’s nice to be able to make his brekky and have a nice hot steaming mug of “pick me up.” Today I decided to use my winter fox mug, probably my most favorite in my collection at the moment.


It’s one of my most favorite things to do in the morning, pick from the collection. If you haven’t read my recent post, I am a mug hoarder, it’s my thang. Anyway, Daddy had to go to a doctor’s appointment today so I opted to have him drop Eddie and I off at the park for a play date. (I might sound awkward, but we call each other Mommy and Daddy, I love it.) Thankfully I was able to have enough time to get myself put together while I watch my daily vlog by Dr. Dray on YouTube. She is an interesting person of the sorts, I don’t know what my infatuation is with dermatology, veganism, and hanging out with her mother, but it’s different. I’m different. Different is good. 🙂

We gather the packed lunch and toss it in his Kion backpack and it’s off to the park for Eddie and I. I’m telling you, this child had a blast. We don’t get out that much because:

A. We only have one car in commission.

B. I don’t have a license, so yea, there’s that.

He ran for those stairs and down the slide he went, about fifteen times in a row. He ended up making a little gal pal there and would hold her hand as she walked down the stairs and helped her up after she went down the slide. He felt the absolute need to take care of her and it melted my heart and the Mom’s who was beside me telling me how much of a gentleman Eddie is. Oh Momma, if only you knew the real deal at home. I do have to say, I am completely blessed that we have such a wonderful child when it comes to being around other children. It’s like he is a whole different kid. Crazy, I know.

It was so nice to be able to sit and talk to other Moms. It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one who can’t seem to pry the Kindle out of his hands or that he screams at the top of his lungs when you take away the ketchup bottle because he wants to just squeeze it into his mouth. I felt like I got to a literal breath of fresh air today. It was 58 degrees, which is chilly in Florida when there is wind whipping your face and the sun disappear and reappearing continually. It’s days like these that make me feel so appreciative of what I have and what makes my child happy.

Jonathan met us at the park after his appointment and we let him play for a little while longer. We had been there almost two hours by that time, so he was getting a really great play day in.

About a half hour went by and we told him he gets two more slides and then it’s home time. He didn’t fuss or throw a fit, I could tell he was exhausted. His little eyes were red and his cheeks wind whipped and beaming from ear to ear, we went home. We took our sweet husky, Rigby, for a walk and let him play on his swing set for a little while longer. I could tell he about had it.


We all came inside and he stayed up for maybe another half hour, and by 5:30 he was out, and still out. Probably not the best thing considering it’s two hours later and I’m exhausted. Little man still needs a bath and we promised him we would make a cheese pizza for dinner. My lazy bum just wants to sit here and continue on but I know duty calls and I don’t want to make the tough decision of waking him. If I don’t now, I’ll be up all night and we can’t have a cranky Momma, not when Daddy goes back to work tomorrow. Oh the agony! I’ve enjoyed his company this past week.

All in all, great day. God blessed us in many ways and I’m just happy to be living this life with the people I love.

Ten To Be Thankful For

  1. Our Father in Heaven.
  2. My wonderful husband, Jonathan.
  3. Our beautiful red headed fox, Eddie.
  4. Rigby, our goofy Husky.
  5. Autumn weather.
  6. Eddie randomly grabbing my face and saying, “I wuv you Mommy.”
  7. Making late night bologna sandwiches for my hungry fox.
  8. Visiting my Mom in Concord, NC for a couple of weeks to enjoy family and the colorful scenery.
  9. Being apart of P31 Ministries Online Bible Study and belonging to a wonderful Bible Study Group within it.
  10. Waking up every morning thanking God for a brand new day to make amazing things happen.


I feel like I don’t take the time to sit and be thankful for the good that is in my life. I always pray about what I need help with and what needs to be done, etc. etc.. I want God to know I appreciate all of the good things he has placed in my life. I am trying to be more positive and see the good in everything. Sometimes it is very difficult when dealing with finances and stress and making sure everything runs smoothly in our lives. I’m so happy I have a family I can count on and that I’m sharing my life with my best friend.

I’m really hoping as this blog goes on I can open up a little bit more. I hate feeling vulnerable and it’s always been a problem for me. I guess no body likes to feel uncomfortable, it’s not something we look to achieve. I want to be an open book and share my story, what I’ve been through. So much of it is not pretty and I’m surprised that I’ve come as far as I have in this life. I only hope I can continue to grow in the right direction and be the woman I know I am and can be.

I am strong. I am beautiful. I am intelligent. I am a daughter of God. I am thankful for it all.

(Our Thanksgiving wreath hanging on our mantle, “Give Thanks in Everything.”) #Thankful