31 Days – Day 1

31 Days of Books and More

Over the past year and a half or so, I have been privileged to be on several different book launch teams.  While almost everyone has been different – certain things remain the same – the friendships made and the amazing authors and team members I have met.

One of my favorite books from this year came from Erin Odom.


This book gives a realistic look into family, finances and living life in a way that is more than just making it.  During the course of our conversations, the topic of Hurricane Harvey came up.  At this point, the storm was just a tropical storm predicted to come in as a category 1 storm.  Another lady and I both commented on how we did not really have the resources to go anywhere.  Plus, our family had the added trouble of having nowhere really to go.  With the storm coming in the weekend before payday, our options were limited.   However, an amazing lady on the book launch team told both of us we were welcome to come to her home in the central part of the state if we needed somewhere to go.

We used to live in eastern North Carolina, so hurricanes are nothing new to us.  However, in eastern North Carolina we typically “hunkered down” with my husband’s parents usually.  But this time was different, we were buying our supplies and while we were out and about we heard the storm was predicted to come in at least as a category 4 storm.  In the early evening, a friend texted me to ask if we knew our city was under a mandatory evacuation order.  I replied we did not.  So immediately, I contacted the lady on the book launch team who said to bring our family to her home.  We spent the rest of the evening making preparations.

Friday morning, we left the house heading northwest with no idea of what we were going to come home to.  However, we knew we were receiving #kissesfromJesus since we had somewhere to go.  Plus, we were able to find gas to get there along our route and traffic was reasonable.

So “More Than Just Making It” will always hold a special place in my heart.  What book(s) hold a special place in your heart?  I would love to hear from you.


Time to Start Writing Again


So for the past several months I have basically been taking a break from blogging.  We have been enjoying an extended Christmas vacation and getting some things done around our home.  Once I began the break, starting back to a consistent writing schedule has been a challenge.  It is not the easiest thing in the world to resume habits once a break has begun.

It is hard to decided what to write about or how to organize my thoughts. I know once I get back into writing, it will be much easier to continue.  The bottom line is I need to spend time planning and organizing a plan for my blogs and writing.  I also need to build in time to spend time on COMPEL and the training provided there.  I love this resource and find it extremly useful to my writing endeavors.

I need to create by writing.  I know this for certain.  It is just a matter of deciding to focus on writing and not get distracted by life.  I have numerous books and blogs I follow along with other resources to help me develop my writing.  I just need to decide to utilize them.

Deciding what to write about for each blog post sometimes comes easier than other times.  So how are things going where you are?  I would love to hear from you.

Not Being Very Consistent

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It has been a while since I have posted.  Time has just gotten away from me.  I felt like other things needed to take priority over my blogs.  But now it is time to get back to writing.  So this post will hopefully get me back into the swing of writing consistently.  I am privileged to be part of the Home School Review Crew this year.  I am really looking forward to trying out new curriculum choices and sharing with my reads on one of my other blogs Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy on WordPress.

I am really excited about one of our first review assignments regarding a Creative Writing program.  I plan on participating with my children, so some of the activities may wind up here on the blog.

I also plan to spend some time this weekend creating a plan for the next few months of what I want to blog about.  I know I plan on participating in the Blogging A to Z challenge as well as Camp NaNoWriMo in April, so I will be sharing my thoughts and ideas regarding both of those activities here.

I also look forward to sharing thoughts about books I am reading personally as well.  I love to read and have bookcases full to illustrate the point.  So that is just a little about what is going on in our world.  I would love to hear what is going on in your world.

31 Days of Scriptures of Joy – Day 2


Today is day 2 of my Scriptures of Joy Series for the Write31 Days series.  Today I want to look at Psalm 126:5.



When I read this verse, the first thing that comes to mind is Laura Story’s song, “Blessings”.  Because sometimes our greatest disappointments and trials bring us the most joy although it may take some time to recognize.

May your day be blessed.  I would love to hear from you.



Day 3 Freedom Blog Challenge – My Perfect Day


Today is day 3 of my participation in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Freedom Plan blog challenge.  For me, my perfect day would begin with waking up in my husband’s arms.  We would enjoy some quiet time together before getting up to face the day.  He would make me chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast along with the perfect cup of coffee.  Once we finished breakfast, we would get ready and head out somewhere fun for the day.  Ideally, we would either be in Williamsburg, Virginia so we could spend the day at Busch Gardens, where we went on our honeymoon.  When we arrive at the park, we would park in the preferred parking area so we are close to the gate.  Upon entering the park, we would have the perfect picture taken.  Then we would get a cup of coffee and begin planning our day.

The day would revolve around all the shows the park provides.  Lunch would be in Germany so we could enjoy Octoberfest.  Then dinner would be in Italy.  Throughout the day, we would enjoy tasty treats, refreshments, and rides.  We would visit the stores and make some purchases.  The day at the park would end with fireworks.  Once we leave the park, we would go to the restaurant we went to on our honeymoon.  Finally, we would head back to our hotel and call it a day.

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Finding My Focus – 10 Day Freedom

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So I decided to participate in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Freedom Blog Challenge.  Today is day 1 and I am examining what challenges I am facing currently.  Right now I have two major challenges.  The first challenge is time.  I am a wife, mother, Homeschool teacher for our three youngest children plus I am the Family Readiness Group leader for our Army Reserve unit.  We also are involved in our local church and online Bible studies, which takes time.  It is very hard to keep up with all these things, housework, cooking, and laundry.  So I try to do my best to devote time to my blog, but it is often what I sacrifice.  People take priority over things in my opinion.

The second challenge I have is a lack of funds to invest in my blog.  I have lots of ideas of what I would like to do with my blog, but most of those ideas cost money. I know monetizing my blog is something I need to do, but the first challenge of time makes coming up with a plan for that a challenge.

Several times I have thought I should really pursue monetizing my blog, but it just has not happened yet.

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