Monthly Archives: July 2015

Hard reality.


Well Child visits for my oldest girls today. Because of other commitments, I had to meet them there. Meet them.


How many times did I wait in the waiting room with four little kids? Anticipating how much my newborn had grown since the last appointment, or dreading the kindergarten shots, and now today, to find out that Natalie and Kassidy are done growing. 

Everything you’ve ever heard is true. Sometimes those days are long. But the last 16 years have flown…

Trumps laundry.


The minute you walk in the door from time away, this monster quickly rears its ugly head. No matter how long you ignore your bags (kiddos).

Reconnection.  This will go on record as being one of our busiest summers yet! No joke.
Is this an impressive vacay stop for a family? To see a brewery? Ha! It was actually one of our favorite activities as we got to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales! 

Failed selfie at the Arch.

And a small amount of food to keep us going. (Yeah right)

And feeling just like this when you get home… 

I hope to be back in my pants in a few weeks. 

Four days…


There’s a lot that will happen in four days. It will be August 1. For many, it’s the month of a new school year! Wow–summer went fast, didn’t it? The last few days of summer will be squeezed and twisted filled with last minute vacations, swimming pool parties, late night Sonic runs for half price shakes, and shopping trips for supplies, shoes, backpacks, and lunch bags. My kids are the fortunate who don’t have to start until September–yay! But school activities and sports rev up here soon. 

As far as Mary & Martha is concerned a lot is happening in August as well. Just look at these exciting new specials!! 

Which brings me to why August 1 is significant. Up until then, these next four days, you can join Mary & Martha for just $99. You can own your own business and ministry as we kick off our most favorite selling season–the fall! And exciting as we have added the coolest new products.
This investment is returned ten fold—I am here to tell you. And there is no better time to get started. Who’s feeling that nudge? Oh yes–and our team of women you get to be in sisterhood with is worth that investment! 

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My “why”—


So. If you are friends with me on Facebook, you know what I’ve been doing all weekend. One of my most favorite weekends of the year, not only for motivation, new product and food (ha!!)–but mostly for the community of like-minded women that have become so near and dear to me. The Mary & Martha National Conference. 

We were fortunate to be able to combine a long weekend trip with our family, stopping in Lawrence to be spoiled by our rock chalk peep. And then off to St. Louis where the kiddos got some good daddy time…

And we even got a date night out of the deal…

There is so much to share, but above all, I need to and was challenged to share my WHY.  This one activity over the weekend had me overcome with emotion. Recently, I have taken on a new role at the hospital. I LOVE it more than I ever thought I could and completely felt God’s leading to begin this. 

As I have been trying to transition to this new role, I have been struggling with how to keep Mary & Martha a part of my life—should I keep it a part of my life? 

The answer is yes. It is a part of my life. God brought me to over three years ago. And I am here for this season. For now. There are still so many to share with!! God has called me to this position at the hospital and it’s where I need to be. And anove all– my family–God has called me, and it’s where I need to be. I don’t know how it will all work, but I do know I am excited about what this next year looks like. 

So my WHY:

Sisterhood, friendships, love for Jesus and a vessel to share Jesus. Hospitality and the love to love on and serve others.

I need the fellowship of women. I need to be able to share my faith with as many as possible. I need the community of like-minded women who love Jesus and want to share with others. Connection. I want to bring the sweet message to as many as I can. I want to be the Christian gift “store” for people wanting to bless others. I want to surround myself with message driven products everywhere which proclaim TRUTH and help others to do the same.

This is my why. I am so looking forward to the new year of loving God and loving others through Mary & Martha!!!

Summer keeps on marchin’ on…


Goodbye baseball…

Goodbye softball.

Hello cheer.

And a new one starting school sports soon.

Good old Triple Threat basketball rounding out the end of the summer season with a couple of more tourneys.

Cheer car wash.

Summer camp.


And honestly? The next few weeks are going to give us some great intentional family time. I can’t wait. Because all too soon, this summer crazy is going to be gone. And a bittersweet welcome to middle, junior high, and high school will be waiting…

friday faves.


1.) Early morning road trips with these two.


An unexpected scheduled knee surgery along with sore throat and fever caused these two to miss their Monday morning ride to their youth conference in Kansas City. So after an all clear from the surgeon and a couple of days of rest–we took a road trip to KC for the Mennonite Youth Convention. From what I have seen and heard via texting, snapchat, etc–they are  having an awesome time! Road trips give you a deeper glimpse into what’s going on in their world…

Major topic of conversation this go around?


How did we get to this place? I’m not ready to even go their in my mind. But you better believe these girls are thinking about what the future holds in the next few years. (glad someone is!–ha!)

 2.) KU School of Nursing

In light of our conversation about college, I obviously was telling them about some of my own personal experiences. Especially when I passed Rainbow Blvd in downtown KC. The road I turned on to get to KU Medical Center. Some of the best times of my life and where one of the best decisions I’ve ever made was made.

So after dropping the girls off, I had to go take a trip down memory lane.


Oh the flood of memories. The nursing buildings are still named the same. It all looks eerily the same. Except they have beautiful hanging baskets along the walk leading to the school from the parking lot. And speaking of parking lots, we had quite a laugh about the time my car was honking due to a short in the middle of the day while I was at clinicals. I was called and could do nothing about it. So Steve, bless his heart, drove to help me out. Humiliation at it’s finest.

3.) The ending of harvest

harvest harvest2

We really don’t have a lot of commitments when it comes to wheat harvest. It is my family’s livelihood, yes. And it is a big passion of Steve’s, yes. The kids made it out a couple of night’s to get in on it. Nat managed to drive a combine. Just hobbling up into the cab was the biggest challenge.

4.) Spiral Curlers


With three girls (or four) in this house, we are always looking for fun ways to do hair. And these spiral curlers are awesome! It was a spur of the moment Jane buy and they actually work!! Kind of fun for something different.

5.) My planner and life changing sandals.

plannernew sanuk

I have a disturbing love and obsession for my Erin Condren planner. So much that I bought sandals to match it. I’m KIDDING! But these Sanuk sandals are the bomb. So stinkin’ comfy. And the coral does match my planner….