The Best Gift I Received for My Birthday

Woah. How the heck did it get to be December 5th so quickly? I’ll tell you how. I’m kind of recovering from National Blog Posting Month and haven’t written much more than a Facebook update or an Instagram post since the beginning of the month. I’m pretty sure I wrote more in the month of […]

Crossing A Finish Line is the Best Feeling in the Whole Wide World

Crossing a finish line feels amazing. It’s something I can’t put into words, but it’s also something I could describe in depth. It’s often a combination of physical and mental toughness, especially in a race where there’s running involved. Mostly, though, it’s determination because once I’ve set my mind to accomplish something I figure out […]

That Time I Kissed Bob Barker on the Cheek {Wordless Wednesday}


Giving Tuesday Starts Now & How Amazon Wish Lists Make Donating Easy

I realize it’s really late in the day to bring this up, but did you know that today is Giving Tuesday? It’s the one day of the year that is dedicated to giving and that’s why I love it so much. I mean, I like to give throughout the year, but I like that this special […]

When the Right Thing for Your Family Is More Bitter Than Sweet

Have you ever wanted to look forward to something, but couldn’t feel fully excited about it because you’re entire family isn’t able to do it with you? That’s basically how I’m feeling right now and it kind of stinks. I know we’ve made the best decision and I know as it gets closer to the […]

Take More Photos

Whenever I look at this photo I think of what a wonderful day it was, the day Nicholas came home from the hospital after his birth. His Grampy was one of the first people to meet and hold him, appropriately so since Nicholas was given his Grampy’s first name as his middle name. I remember […]

Lowe’s is Not A Pet Store & It’s Not Okay to Take Your Dog Shopping

Warning: This post may come across as ranty and negative, but it’s something that’s been on my mind for a very long time and I need to get it off my chest. I’m tired and late getting something written, again, and I have nobody to blame for it but myself. I swear I have good […]

Priorities, No Excuses, & My Burpee Challenge Update

Do you know someone who always seems to have an excuse for everything? I’ve definitely encountered more than a few people like that over the years and it’s probably not an accident they aren’t in my life anymore. I’m a firm believer in the mantra No Excuses and I try to live by it every […]

Good Gravy & Four Other Things I’m Grateful for This Thanksgiving

How was your Thanksgiving? Good in every way, I hope, and I can’t think of a better day to for a peek inside my Gratitude Journal. Today was kind of a weird day, but weird in a good way. It was just Paul, Cody, Nick and me plus a few family guests and while I […]

Wordless Wednesday – A Banana Loving Horse, Of Course