Friday favessssss


This is the short and sweet easy version.

You know it’s Friday—and the laundry task has started off very well with just a load to fold. And my kids are out of school today–SCORE!😉

A sweet surprise from a sweet friend. How did you know I love pumpkins and chevron? And a cute real life stem. Darling! Thank you thank you thank you for my new mantel piece…

We finally finished up the painting on our house. You may remember back in the year 2013 when we started this project? Well finally, we could say rain was in the forecast every day and never get it done. (which is pretty much how we rolled)  So we pulled in the big guns and hired our grade school PE teacher—who is an awesome painter by the way. And he rocked it. Just in time for our house to be the backdrop for another fave of mine–our slowly turning Burning Bush and mums. Seriously, fall–you are beautiful.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you my fave thing for this edition is my favorite little football player to have ever worn pads. One more game. It’s a bowl game. How funny and cute is that? Except they are charging admission ….he’s 10. But I’ll pay to see him any day.🏈

As much as he has loved football, we have heard him quoted as saying “it’s about time to get serious about basketball”. 🏀 😊

**Friday Faves are so fun to link up to.  You can check them out here with these gals—Erica, Narci** Andrea


keep the tension.

keep the tension.

Never thought the color orange would ever be a favorite of mine.  {Sorry my Inman friends and family…no offense!}  But–that has changed.  Ever since my very first Orange Conference I attended about a year and a half ago.  So, what on earth am I talking about when I say “orange”?  Why do I love that color so much I was compelled to buy and wear my Orange TOMS?  Why are you going to see this bracelet on me more often than not?

I will tell you why.

There is nothing that makes much more sense to me, than what the color Orange really means for me in raising my family and as a leader in children’s ministry.  Take a look…




To summarize, the importance of church, the importance of children and youth leaders and their partnership with the family–HUGE!!  That’s where you get the color ORANGE.  Because both the church and the family are key components here.  Only when they work together do we see lives changed.  It’s then that we see children and youth grow in their relationship with Jesus.  And ultimately, that’s our goal, right?

Monday and Tuesday I was fortunate to attend the Orange Conference in Kansas City.  And I will say, for me as a parent, the information is just as important.  But one message by Reggie Joiner, rang true for me in this season of raising kids.  And I don’t know if I can really convey how awesome this is to anyone reading.  But for me, it will be important to have this written down again, not just in my notes.


To be the most effective in raising kids to know and have a relationship with Jesus, these things must be true.  Because holding and fighting for this TENSION is imperative.  Otherwise, we reduce the size of God.  See how true each of these statements are.  Do you see and feel the tension?  It is real.  It is true.

You can KNOW God.   <——————————————————————————>God is a MYSTERY

(God is way bigger than anything we can every know.  Hand kids a bigger picture of God–we do NOT know all of the answers)

You can become a Christian in a Moment  <—>It will take forever to figure out what it means to be a Christian.

The Bible is ALL true.  <———————————————–>  Everything true about life is NOT in the Bible

(there are many things in your life that are good and you will experience that are not in the Bible)

Trust leads to stronger faith. <————————————-> Doubt can lead to stronger faith

(create a safe place where issues can be wrestled with–a place to process doubt in order to own their own faith)

You should enjoy going to church <————————————————–>You an enjoy living in the world

(it’s ok to enjoy the world!!  God created the world.  Do not draw a line between the sacred and the secular.   Help kids get the understanding that God is in so much of the world around us—because HE created it!)

Your beliefs matter <————————————————————–> People matter MORE.

(If your beliefs cause you to treat people in a bad way—then your beliefs are wrong.)

God has an ideal <——————————————————>God uses BROKEN PEOPLE

(some day we will ALL mess up.  don’t set up a generation that can’t live up to the pictures)

God is GOOD <——————————————————->You should DO good.

(because God is good and God is in you, be what God has called you to be.  reflect his character.)

We must say YES to this tension of all of these things.  Because if we don’t?  Kids will miss and reject how BIG God really is.

Awesome tidbits from Reggie Joiner

*”You’re not called primarily to teach kids the Bible—you are called primarily to teach kids a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

**”God is bigger than the Bible–OR in other words, He is bigger than your translation of it”



“you will reduce the size of a very big God”



sweet sixteen


The 5 lb 15 oz bundle of pink happiness that made my dream of becoming a mommy come true…16 years ago! Now that bundle can drive mostly –still need to look at the regulations on that. That happened too quick that it hurts. And hasn’t she grown into such a lovely lady?

Can you spot the sweet thing?

I was gonna say that!

I was gonna say that!


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bleu cheese is what??

bleu cheese is what??

Just face it–spirit week when you’re in high school is crazy fun. But when you’re a middle schooler? Holy moly…your life just doesn’t get much better.

Until, the morning of, you’re all dressed up for your class “salad dressing” (seriously, how cute is that?) and you realize that bleu cheese dressing is actually white, not blue. Uhhhhhh.20141020-075721-28641586.jpg

another last calls for celebration!

another last calls for celebration!

We were talking with Kourtney last night that it was her last volleyball game today. And she then informed me that it was her very last rec volleyball game ever! “I get to play junior high games next year”. Oh yeah…that’s right. My baby girl is completing her rec  volleyball tomorrow–wahhhh! 😥20141018-075605-28565211.jpg
And although not near as pretty as the picture from Mix and Match Mama’s blog–I do believe from a taste test, that these whoopie pies are pretty delicious. And a perfect way to end another season of our life. Because sweet things are in the future, right?

If you need an easy, yummy, sweet little treat, try out these recipes!!  Thanks Mix and Match Mama!  We have two more winners!

Salted Caramel Whoopie Pies

Oatmeal Cream Whoopie Pies

friday faves

friday faves

1.)  As much as I love to get up and get my workout done–for some reason this week, I Therefore I declare my bed a favorite. I am choosing to listen to my body this week–but back to early mornings next week!

2.) Nothing better than a clean house and laundry finished going into a weekend. So a clean house on Friday? Definitely a fave. The wood floor is cleaned–but I’ve got a little ways to go. But if I get this task done? You can bet we will all have a better weekend. (Note-the kids are in charge of their rooms and bathrooms!)

3.) The Best Yes. My new bible study I am loving… Click here to see why.

4.) And of course, no Friday fave is complete without the newest development in Mary & Martha! Sponsoring promotion coming our way next Tuesday! Exciting because of the three wonderful ladies I’ve been talking with about joining my team. And exciting because of the others I don’t even know about yet!

There is more to come on this–but for now, if you have any interest in this business and ministry–there will be no lower risk than now. Seriously–can not even tell you how your investment will return–and then some!! 😉

5.) Baked steak. My family’s fave. It’s what’s for Sunday’s dinner. And it’s already thawed which means I have to use it. This recipe was featured at Tonya’s weekend potluck last year and has been viewed multiple times, shared on Pinterest daily, and I still get questions about it to this day.  Want the recipe?  You can check it out here.

6.)  I was invited to an Origami Owl party. I am needing a new lanyard. They just came out with new lanyards! I got myself a lanyard. And I can hardly wait to work this weekend so I can wear it. In fact–I almost wished I had been called in last night while on call so I could wear it. But this still looked pretty good…

And finally—because I am beginning to bore myself, I can’t imagine where you may be…

7.) There were three girls who had musical practice early this morning. And one was as happy as she has ever been in the morning. The other two–not so much.  So the happy kid is the fave today.  HA! (just kidding–kind of.)

Happy Friday, friends!


**linking up with these fun gals in the blogworld...Narci, Andrea, Erika.

why didn’t I start sooner?

why didn’t I start sooner?

About a month ago, this book came across my laptop as I was working.  At the time, just the title was so intriguing to me.  So intriguing to me that I decided right then and there that I needed that book.  I needed to know exactly what this book was talking about.  I had my own idea, which has now been confirmed.  But this pull for this book was so strong, I knew I would get the book in my hands as quickly as possible.  I had it reserved at a book store ready to pick up.  And then, another task led me somewhere else that day.  Only to find the book—the last available—sitting there looking at me, at Target, no less.

The Best Yes–by Lysa Terkeurst


And further into this book, I signed up for an online bible study.  And did nothing with it.

What was I scared of?  I have had decisions and many choices reeling around in my head.  What happens with the two most powerful words of “yes” and “no”.  Where am I headed?  What are my goals?  And more importantly–what am I missing by overfilling my schedule with good things, but not the best.  Are there things that I need to give up in order to move others in?  And that question of “am I in the way?”


I love this.  It rings so true for me.  After sleepless nights of decision-making of a really menial thing, I am wondering why I didn’t start this bible study much sooner.  My own circumstance in listening for God’s voice this past few weeks was my own exercise in preparation for this study.

And I kick myself believing I could have saved myself some heartache.  I just have so much to learn.

The one who obeys God’s instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow”–Lysa Terkeurst, The Best Yet.

I don’t want an “overwhelmed schedule” to cause me to “ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul”.

I am so looking forward to all this book has to offer in “checking the third box” in my life.  Not yes, not no…

but the “best yes”.

power in sisterhood

power in sisterhood

And so ends the JV volleyball year with my setter and my hitter. Kourtney has traveled to many games to watch her sisters play. And I think there’s a part of her that thinks it’s really cool to NOT have a sibling on her team. Because when we go watch Kourtney play–we are only watching Kourtney play. And let’s face it–when you are one of four kiddos—it’s pretty awesome when you get to be the center of attention.

And then it dawned on us all—but it really clicked for Kourtney as she was talking with the girls and we watched the varsity girls warm up—that she will get to be playing volleyball with Kassidy when Kass is a senior and she is a freshman. Now, we all kind of knew it, because obviously they are 3 years apart in school. But it was made very real for Kourtney last night. And let me tell you, I wish I could capture the sparkle in her eyes.

The power of sisterhood–something I have never known but get to experience. Awesome.



I can almost bet that everyone could name one person who has been affected by cancer in their lives.  And even more specifically, this month of October, where we honor those affected by breast cancer.  Not unlike many of you, I have had people close to me who have conquered this ugly disease.  Whether it be breast cancer or another type of cancer, some consultants of Mary & Martha are excited to share our new CELEBRATE cardholder in honor of survivors of cancer.  For this month only—OCTOBER—I am paying tax and shipping on our CELEBRATE cardholder.  And I have a super idea for you.  Why not write a few cards to attach to this cardholder in honor of the special person receiving this gift.  Love this idea.  And love the two survivors in my family and can’t wait to get this gift ordered for them.


This offer is available to ANYONE who is looking to celebrate the life of a cancer survivor.  Contact me to order.  620.386.0203, email, or find me on my facebook business page–click HERE.