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A Peek Into Our Life This Past Week (+ an update on our goals for 2018)

Welcome to my weekly post I share a peek into our lives, talk about things I’m loving, share links to interesting articles or helpful ideas I’ve collected throughout the past week, and just talk about whatever is on my heart! 🙂 

It was a full week — prepping to move this Friday, I taught on Family of Origin and Genograms at large group at Discipleship Group, it was History Week at Kaitlynn’s school, Science Fair at Kathrynne’s school, Jesse was sick, we had guests over, Jesse and I had a date night, I went out for an evening with a friend, we’re in the middle of some big blog projects, and one of my team members resigned which required some effort and extra hours on my part to re-arrange things and find a temporary replacement.

And yet, my heart felt calm. Because even though my house might not be as clean as I’d like, even though I might have moments that feel overwhelming, I know that God’s got this!

And over and over again, He continues to show up and show Himself strong.

Also, I’m making sure to do the best I can to savor some quiet every day, accept help, give myself grace, and take time to replenish & refresh myself.

“Lord, thank you that even when I don’t feel like I am enough, thank you that You are enough. That in You I am enough and that I can rest in You and Your Enough-ness even when life feels a little on the crazy side.”

Kaitlynn and I have been writing notes back and forth this week and leaving them in different places in the house! 🙂

This boy, I love him and his cheerful attitude and extroverted energy so much!

We move this week so we had fun going furniture shopping/looking this past week!

We had friends over for dinner on Friday night and made this Crockpot Taco Soup — it was so easy to make and it was really yummy! We served it with cheese and sour cream and chips.

Kathrynne was awarded Student of the Month at Jiu Jitsu this month!

Kathrynne made the decision to switch to a different Christian school in January.

Switching schools in the middle of the year as a 7th grader is hard enough, but the change also meant she was saying goodbye to some of her very closest friends at her old school.

I’ve watched her walk through this season with so much maturity. She has grown in her trust, in her walk with God, and in her confidence through this.

And we couldn’t be prouder of the young woman she is becoming! I loved watching her ROCK her Tornado Simulator booth at the Science Fair.

The last picture above is my favorite — Kathrynne hugging her Daddy as we were getting ready to leave the Science Fair.

I’m just loving having a teenager! ❤️

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Have you always wanted to start a blog? Well, maybe it’s time to stop dreaming and just begin! To help you out, I’m hosting a FREE online blogging class on Tuesday and I’d love for you to come!

This class is specifically for you if you are thinking of starting a blog, want to start a blog, or are in the process of starting a blog. In this class, I’ll teach you:

*The one habit you should begin today if you want to set up a successful blog (it might surprise you!)
*The few key things you need to have in place to get your blog up and running (it’s a much shorter list than you might expect!)
*5 simple ways people are making a part-time or full-time income from blogging (& how you can, too!)
*Plus, I’ll be hosting a LIVE Q&A at the end of the class to answer your burning questions!

This class will be packed with information, instruction, and inspiration. If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog or you are in the process of setting up a blog, this class is for you! Sign up for this free class here.

2018 Goals Update

Personal Goals

1. Read 100 non-self-help books that will build me up/encourage me/inspire me/recharge me. (Fiction/story-driven/biographies/inspirational living books/devotionals.) See the list of 44 books I plan to read this year.

**Progress: 12 books read so far this year

2. Read through the entire Bible.

**Progress: I’m using the Robert Murray M’Cheyne plan and am all caught up— yay!

3. Write one handwritten note to someone every week.

**Progress: 9 notes written so far this year

4. Run 500 miles.

**Progress: 70 miles run so far

Marriage Goal

5. Go on an overnight trip with Jesse without the kids.Jesse and I went to NYC together in January.

Family Goals

6. Read 10 books aloud with the kids.

**Progress: I’ve finished one book so far.

7. Take the kids to South Africa.

**Progress: We nailed down dates for our trip this past week.

8. Go on a family road trip.

Financial Goals

9. Save up to pay cash to finish off an office for me and workout room for Jesse and me in the basement in our new house.

10. Replenish our Emergency Fund (we dipped into it to replace my car when it got totaled because of the carpet beetle infestation.)

Business Goals

11. Increase our gross income from the business by 8%.

12. Launch 5 new courses.

**Progress: 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life launched in January and Content Creation 101 launched in February.

Links You Should Check Out:

Hosting My First Come As You Are Night for Local Women — I got so many emails from people asking for more information about the Come As You Are Night I hosted at my house last week, so I wrote a really detailed post about the entire night, including the invitation I sent out, the agenda of the evening, and more.

What I Read & Watched This Past Week — I read one book that I’m positive is going to make it to my Top 10 list for 2018!

Why I Started Doing 10 Push-Ups a Day — “I thought it was a great idea and something I might enjoy doing… but the reality is that 50 push-ups is a whole lot of push-ups, especially for someone like me who hasn’t really done many push-ups in the last year or two. (Okay, who am I kidding? I don’t think I’ve done ANY push-ups this past year!)”

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  • Janet says:


    I know craigslist is varied depending on the area you are in ,however after we moved I got a beautiful bedroom set that a couple had brought from italy for under $2,000 and it has 8 pieces it is a truly magnificent set. I also got a dinning set from overseas I think it is german it was $1,500 and both sets are made way better than anything I could have bought in a store. I paid $500 for shipping for both sets $250 each and I still feel like I got a steal ! So you might check craigslist first. I was all set to get a living room set brand new and checked craigslist one more time and got a sofa a loveseat and a chair with ottoman and two beautiful end tables for $800 total. I am so happy with all of my brand new to me furniture and all of the items were barely used . The bedroom set turned out too big for her home. The dining room set just did not suit the lady who the man was trying to surprise and the living room set was placed in a den and forgotten because when it arrived they didn’t think the color went well in the room.

    • Yes! We LOVE Craigslist and got most of our furniture through Craigslist last time! It’s SUCH a great way to save $$ and where I always recommend that people check first before looking anywhere else! I’m so glad you had such a great experience there, too! We’ve had fun shopping/looking around to decide what style/look we want to go with for some of the rooms in our new house that we need to buy furniture for!

  • Beth says:

    A tornado project seems perfect for a girl who just might be a Kansas-girl at heart 🙂 .

  • Mindy says:

    What store was the picture taken at where Jesse is looking at furniture? We’re looking for a chandelier like the one in the photo.

  • You should be so very proud of all three of your kiddos. I’ve been a long-time reader, and have loved the peek into your motherhood that you have shared with us. They are all blossoming into little leaders!! 🙂

  • I love reading that you “love having a teenager”! That is so nice to hear!

  • I love the little notes you write back and forth with your daughter. That is precious.

  • I’m excited for you about your new house! Congrats!!

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