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A Peek Into My Life This Past Week (+ win a stack of books from me!)

Welcome to my weekly Sunday post where we take a break from money-related posts and I share about what I’m loving right now and give you a little peek into our life from the past week.

It was such a great whirlwind trip to Kansas last weekend! Silas and I flew there Saturday evening and flew back home on Monday morning.

But in that short timeframe, I got to cuddle with my new nephew (look at those shoes!!), watch my youngest brother play trumpet in his final Youth Symphony concert, help my family serve lunch after church to about 200 people (they are in charge of a Fellowship Lunch at church once a month), enjoy a FREE Chipotle dinner with almost all of my extended family (my brother had made HOT status on the Chiptopia game and earned a Free Chipotle catered meal for 20!!), have some long conversations with dear people I’ve not seen in a long time, and spend a lot of quality time with Silas on the flights there and back.

What I’m Celebrating

The kids had their 3rd quarter Presentation Day at school this past week — which means that they all had to memorize a poem chosen by their teachers, create a visual representation of the poem, and then recite the poem using hand motions and voice inflections in front of the entire school — students, teachers, and parents.

They were all quite nervous and I was kind of nervous for them! 🙂 I sat on the front row with all of the words to their poems on my phone, just in case someone needed some prompting. Okay, I admit, it may have also been for my own nerves, too. 🙂

They all went up and did such a great job and we all breathed a big sigh of relief when it was over!

Saturday, Kathrynne competed in the Destination Imagination Middle TN Regional Championships. Her team had to design and build a structure that could hold as much weight as possible, as well as perform a skit about two nations working together to solve a problem. They had a number of different parameters they had to work within such as budget, materials they could use, and everything had to be done by the kids — no parental involvement or input was allowed.

Kathrynne’s responsibility was to go in front of the judges and add as much weight to the structure as possible without it breaking. She ended up being able to add on 278 pounds and was cool as cucumber while all eyes were on her, the panel of judges was watching, and you could have heard a pin drop.

Just a year ago, Kathrynne was scared to death of social situations with kids her age, being on a stage of any sort, and doing any public speaking. It’s amazing how far she’s come in just a few short months for her to do both Presentation Day and the DI competition back to back in a two-day period and to do an amazing job at both!

Their team qualified for the state championship which will be held in April and they are already talking about how they are going to improve their performance to hopefully get even higher scores!

What I’m Laughing About

So I decided to finally get my Instant Pot out of the box and try using it to make Hard Boiled Eggs. I decided to do a Facebook Live video of this attempt.

And that turned out to be quite the video… um, yeah. If you need a laugh, you can check out my Facebook Live video here.

What I’m Reading

I started listening to Lilac Girls on audio this week because I finally was next in line at the library for it. I almost stopped listening to it because there was some edge-y stuff in the first part and I was afraid it was going to get worse as progressed.

But I kept with it and I’m glad that I did because it’s a really compelling, tragic, and gripping story of the horrors of concentration camps. And I think that the audio book is very well done.

I’m only halfway through, but so far, I’d definitely recommend it — especially the audiobook version. (Do note that it it is very much PG-13 and I would only recommend listening to it with headphones in if you have kids at your house!)

I also finished It’s Not About Money, 30 Days to Calm Parenting, and Just Do Something. (See all 29 books I’ve read so far in 2017 here.)

What I’m Watching

We started watching Season 2 of Designated Survivor this week. I love it when we find a show that both Jesse and I love. Season 1 of this show was SO good and we have high hopes for Season 2.

What I’m Trying

We’re going through Stacy’s Home Management How To Course over on the Facebook Group I created (it’s been SO good to have accountability there! If you haven’t joined us yet, you are welcome to still jump on the bandwagon and sign up for Stacy’s course and join us over on Facebook.)

One of the things Stacy really encourages is to have different days of the week for different assigned chores.

I have to be honest: I fought against having assigned chores to days of the week. When I saw Stacy suggest that, I immediately thought, “That will never work for us!”

Our schedule is really varied, every day is different with different activities, work stuff, practices, games, school projects, etc.

BUT… a friend challenged me to just jump out and try it. So, the past few days, I’ve been mulling over how this might look for us.

Here’s what I came up with:

  • Monday: Laundry Day
  • Tuesday: Office Day
  • Wednesday: Baking Day
  • Thursday: Errand Day
  • Friday: Prep Day
  • Saturday: Cleaning Day
  • Sunday: Rest Day

I don’t know if this will work or not, but I’m committed to trying it out for 3 weeks to see what happens!

As we go through the lessons, I’m making up short lists of what I want to accomplish for each day and figure out when I plan to fit it into our schedule.

I’m excited to see how this works — or doesn’t work! — and what I learn from this experiment. I’ve heard SO many great things about this set-up so I’m genuinely anxious to try it out!

What I’m Pondering

She accidentally forgot her lunch one day this week. Instead of feeling frustration over the inconvenience of needing to make a lunch and bring it to school for the forgetful girl, I thought of all the times I’d forgotten things and others had extended grace to me.

And I made her lunch with love — choosing things I knew she especially likes. As I was finishing, I grabbed a little sticky note and wrote a quick love note.

She told me later, “I cried when I saw your note. And then I kept it on my lap and just kept staring at it all during math class.”

It was such a simple gesture. It only took 30 seconds. But it spoke volumes to my girl.

Her mama loves her — even when she forgets her lunch.

And I had to think: What if I had chosen frustration instead? Look what I would have missed out on! Look what she would have missed out on!

These seemingly little things, little opportunities, little choices… they aren’t always so little.

In Case You Missed It

My posts from this past week:

My YouTube video from this past week:

Want to win this stack of books?

I thought it would be fun for me to do a giveaway here every once in awhile on Sundays — giving away some of our our products, items I’ve been sent two of, books I’ve already read and want to pass on, or other items I have that we no longer need and would like to pass onto a great home!

Today’s stack includes an old copy of Thinner Leaner Stronger, two adult coloring books, a used copy of It’s My Pleasure (a business book I loved!), a Gratitude journals, an extra copy I received of Only Love Today (a book I hope to read really soon!), Lilac Girls, plus a book on marriage that I was sent.

To win this stack this week, leave a comment on this blog post telling me about what you are celebrating this week.

(If you are reading this via email or a feed reader, click over to MoneySavingMom.com and leave a comment on this blog post to enter to win!)

I’ll choose one winner from all of the comments and will email that winner personally + post the winner next week on my Peek Into My Life This Week Post.

Congratulations to Raquel who was the winner of the stack of books I gave away two weeks ago. Raquel, you should have received an email from me asking for your mailing address!

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955 Comments

  • oxana says:

    Crystal, I am probably missing something here. I know at one point you homeschooled your kids. Are they all in school now? Would you share a link to the post that explains that? 🙂 I have been following your blog for a long time, but since I had my baby (thirst child at that), I haven’t been online as much. Thank you!

  • Alicia says:

    I am celebrating the fact that I have an amazing husband! I haven’t been feeling well this week, and he’s picked up the slack cooking and cleaning and it’s been SO helpful!

  • Faith Dossett says:

    I enjoy your Sunday posts so much! I’ve been with you since your early days of blogging — Biblical Womanhood, Mom of Littles … You have done a tremendous job of “growing” your blog, and I do admire your tenacity. I would love to read this stack of books; I’m a bookworm, too.

  • Jennifer says:

    This week we are celebrating Spring Break at our house! I will be home all week with my 3 kids, and we are currently brainstorming some fun activities for the week.

  • Jessica says:

    I am definitely celebrating the random days of nicer weather we have been having. My kids got to eat lunch outside for the first time this year and it was fantastic. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! I am a total bookworm. <3

  • Margaret says:

    We’re celebrating that it’s chilly enough to have a fire tonight– those have been rare this winter!

  • Tina Clum says:

    We are celebrating spring is almost here

  • Jen says:

    I am celebrating getting out to the grocery store today, since my grandpa died a few weeks ago I haven’t been able to do much else but get to work. Finally made a break through today!

  • Shelley says:

    I’m celebrating last few days of family dinners together before spring and summer crazy schedules pull us in different directions. Enjoyed doing the choose love journal last year because it was a gift from my daughter (I may have picked it out 🙂 )

  • KP says:

    We are celebrating small potty training successes for our 3.5 year old!

  • Kathy Josefy says:

    I’m celebrating Lent by being off social media. I’ve discovered amazing sermons, podcasts, and music with the time I freed up and God has been encouraging me.

  • Amy L says:

    I’m actually having a hard time finding something to celebrate this week- tomorrow we are losing our 3rd kitty in the past 4 months. He has FIV and we knew he would have a more challenging life, but it still hurts my heart to say goodbye after only 4 1/2 years. 🙁 (One that we lost in November also had FIV and the girl we lost last month lived to the ripe old age of 18 before having a stroke and slipping quietly away.) I’m going to try to celebrate the fact that we DID have a wonderful 4 1/2 years with him, he was given a good life with us instead of being put down years ago, and that we still have 2 kitty-girls to help us heal our broken hearts. There’s a silver lining, right? 🙂

    • Angel says:

      So sorry for your loss. We lost two kitties within two months at the end of last year. It can feel like you are constantly grieving one or the other of your little loves. I had a harder time initially with a rescue we’d only had a short time then our girl who’d been with us 10 years. Your process is yours and doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s.

  • Molly says:

    I am celebrating my high school students – my debate team.

    My 8-girl team who presented a very intense, moving piece about rape culture and blaming the victim. They won and are going to state to share this important piece.

    My freshman who had stomach flu the week of competition, but did so well against rooms of upperclassmen, holding his own and maintaining such composure on stage.

    My junior who worked so hard all year on his piece, who did not qualify to nationals, but who presented his piece in front of the entire school, who gives me goosebumps every time he performs, and who said something when he knew a competitor was cheating even though he wouldn’t benefit from saying something – other students would.

    I am so proud of them.

  • Hannah says:

    Celebrating winter with a snow storm ?

  • Brandy says:

    I am celebrating the fact that my husband and I finally finished putting together the crib for our baby boy. It was very time consuming and stressful, but we did it!

  • Elle says:

    I really enjoy your sunday posts.☺ We thought we were all done with babies and today I celebrate by holding my beautiful baby girl.

  • Naomi says:

    This week I am celebrating that I am slowly but surely living who the Lord created me to be: a loud, vivacious mover and shaker. I have long thought I needed to be like my quiet, introverted mom, my soft and calm best friend or the copy of my perfectionist, b&w husband. I am finally feeling free to be me, just the perfect Naomi as I was created to be!

    PS If your family ever happens to be in Indy, I would love to meet up. I feel like we can be buds! Know you are always welcome in my home and at my table. NJ

  • Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    We have a nor’easter coming and I’m celebrating the fact that this will hopefully be our last storm of the year!

  • Pamela says:

    we are celebrating that it is almost time to start the garden

  • Laurie says:

    I’m celebrating the first evening that I’m staying home with my entire family since this past Monday! It’s been a busy, yet fun, week.

  • Halina says:

    My daughter’s cheer team have been working so hard this season. They just earned a paid bid to US Finals. She is so excited!

  • Jenny B says:

    I’m celebrating my son’s 5th birthday. We had his Star Wars party yesterday and it went well and all the kids had fun!!

  • Becky says:

    I’m celebrating 19 weeks of pregnancy with baby #5 and FINALLY over wretched “morning” sickness. God sustains!

  • Marjorie says:

    I am celebrating figuring out my “one thing” and how to utilize this from areas of strenght in my everyday life.

  • Thia says:

    I am celebrating getting a decent amount of hours at work this week. It will be long and hard, but needed.

  • Cindy Horne says:

    This week I’m celebrating that Spring Break is only 2 weeks away. My husband of 37 years and I will be traveling all week to visit our 6 grandchildren. I love FaceTiming with them but having that big in person hug is what I’m excited about. I need my Nana fix. ?

  • Heather says:

    It may sound odd, but we’re celebrating Christmas this week. Our son was in the hospital on Christmas and because of his recovery time, we haven’t been able to make the trip to see our extended family until now:)

  • Shameaka says:

    This week I am celebrating a week down as a calmer and more peaceful mom. It has been absolutely awesome, and I’m looking forward to more weeks, months, and years like this.

  • Sarah says:

    I am celebrating that we are now a flu-free house! Three out of the five of us were down with it over the past two weeks–including me! It was so nice today to be able to go to church, clean the house, and watch a movie with the kids.

  • Rachel D. says:

    I am celebrating the health of my children and the blessing that the 3 of them are to me and my husband. I had to have an emergency hysterectomy 6 months ago and so we feel so blessed that we have the children that we have and that they are healthy!

  • Mary Beth says:

    This week I am celebrating finally feeling better – I had a terrible cold that lasted way longer than usual and brought with it all sorts on interesting (read icky) complications. I am also celebrating and very thankful for the friends who took on things I couldn’t do and checked in on me.

  • Shawnna says:

    I am celebrating that God provided energy and strength for a very busy week and that next week is a break!

  • Heather says:

    I’m celebrating being able to spend more time with my kids this week!

  • I am celebrating finally getting some clarity about what I want my life to look like. I’ve floundered for so long, and now I feel so grateful to have what I have and an idea of how to move forward with my family.

  • Amanda says:

    We are celebrating our new baby who was born two weeks ago — after six years of secondary infertility. We are so thankful!

  • Erin says:

    I am celebrating Spring Break and that I will be making corned beef and cabbage for the very first time on St. Patrick’s Day! It’s very likely that none of my kids will eat it, but oh well!

  • Casey says:

    I am celebrating being able to leave on Friday to go on Spring Break to see my Grandma in Florida. My daughters have been helping me babysit a family friend, and we have been stashing the money away so we are able to take this trip with cash in hand, and have saved enough to go to an aquarium on the way ?!

  • Jessica says:

    I’m celebrating the hope of some relief from some chronic lupus pain!!!

  • Muriel says:

    Celebrating a fun weekend of hanging out with my family. Such a pleasure to just chat with my kids and be able to relax and snuggle with them.

  • Joanna says:

    We are celebrating that my husband just got a new job, and we are so happy for him <3

  • Elizabeth says:

    Spending my entire birthday, yesterday, with my entire family, which is a rare occurrence with 6 children ages 8-20. A great day!!!

  • Suzanne says:

    Thank you for these Sunday posts – they are very grounding. Everyone’s comments are fun to read as well – it makes me feel connected 🙂 . This week i am celebrating planning our spring break trip to D.C. and Destin, FL. Its going to be nuts! But so fun. Also, celebrating that we are all well again. Flu season was a doosey this for our family and we are finally on the mend. Hope everyone has a great week!!!!

  • I’m celebrating family this week. I am going to be more present, less stressed and really enjoy my husband and kids. Also, my little brother is getting married in one week and I adore his future bride. FAMILY!!

  • Teresa says:

    I’m celebrating my mom! I love her dearly and I rarely get alone time with her. I just got to spend 4 days with her and I’m so thankful.

  • Shelli says:

    I’m celebrating just making it through the week – so weeks are just like that 🙂

  • Natalie Schroeder says:

    I’m celebrating my birthday today with scrabble & tea as a family.

  • Amanda says:

    I am celebrating life….every minute with my kids & appreciating it as a gift! (My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer out of nowhere 12/21)! As friends offer support I am able to witness two things: this is in the hands of God and my mother raised me to live as if tomorrow may not come- I have nothing I need to work out with my mom & if she passes tomorrow I know she KNOWS & FEELS how much I love her through my actions my entire life.

  • Lorie says:

    I’m celebrating that my son came home safe from a spring break trip with friends and that my daughter has a wonderful manager at her job. I love to be intentional about finding things to be grateful for each day.

  • Jenny says:

    I am celebrating the end of a LOOOONG work project this week and a very clean kitchen 🙂 There’s nothing better! Thanks for sharing with us, Crystal!

  • Tracy C. says:

    This week I’m celebrating catching my breath, spending time with my family, and taking care of my youngest daughter healing from her surgery last Thursday (she had her tonsils and adenoids removed).

  • Katrina says:

    We are celebrating oldest’s senior year by making a college visit next week with him to check out a college in Georgia.

  • Heather says:

    Celebrating my son whose a senior in high school getting an A on his AP Stats quiz, a class he has been struggling through, as well as getting an offer for him to play soccer at a small Christian school in Oklahoma. Not sure he will take them up on it but exciting none the less.

  • Susan says:

    I’m celebrating that I faced a fear…..it has taken 30 year’s but better late than never…..I feel free! ….

  • Anna says:

    I’m celebrating getting down time to hangout with my kiddos and hubs. I really missed them after a long workweek!

  • Kari says:

    Love reading about your week! I am looking forward to starting the JPD tomorrow! Thanks for sharing all that you do!

  • Lori :) says:

    I’m celebrating my oldest son being home for spring break from college! I have missed his presence and his laugh! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary this week! ? And mourning that this is my last week home on maternity leave with our third beautiful baby! And this stack of books looks amazing, many books I’ve wanted to get my hands on. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Jamie Judy says:

    I celebrating the health of my family!! We are overall healthy but we have been taking steps in a direction of a healthier lifestyle. I enjoy leaving notes in my loved ones lunches as well, such a small gesture that is sure to leave a smile.

  • Kathleen says:

    March Madness

  • Audra says:

    I’m celebrating new insights into the book of Nehemiah from my church’s Bible study today. I’m looking forward to approaching the roadblocks in my personal callings with a tool in one hand and a weapon (against Satan’s resistance) in the other!

  • Brianna W says:

    Celebrating going 7.5 miles today despite 30 degree temps. It was such a confidence boost to get through that run.

  • Ro says:

    I am celebrating the time change. I know that many people dislike it and I understand why. But to me, it’s a good thing to help combat the seasonal depression that I often suffer.

  • SK Bell says:

    Another great stack!
    One of my children has been dealing with a scary health issue for the past couple of years and this week I am celebrating amazing good news from a recent blood test =]

  • Jennifer says:

    I am celebrating my first born getting engaged!

  • rachel says:

    Im celebrating being 28 weeks along with my rainbow baby 🙂

  • laura says:

    My husband encouraged me to go on a mission trip with my school, and so on Saturday, I fly to the Dominican Republic with 20 high school girls and 3 other leaders. So, I guess we’re celebrating God’s goodness and provision as I prepare to leave my family for 8 days to serve and celebrating a husband that supports my call to serve in this way.

  • Kandace says:

    I’m celebrating my husband (birthday on tuesday!), our relationship and family, and his good health. I got a little Timehop notification this morning on Facebook. Two years ago, he was released from the hospital after a week, a scary GI bleed, two blood transfusions, and a lot of scary moments. He has Crohns Disease and his health has been hit or miss until these last few years. Thankful, daily, for his continued good health! His children need him and so do I. Every birthday is so important to our family, and we cannot wait to celebrate him this week!

  • Heidi says:

    New opportunities and interviews this week. My word was rest this year and has been anything but with working every weekend since February. God has nestled the nested as I’ve been told by several people lately. 🙂 I’m scared and terrified but mostly relieved in all honesty.

  • Eva says:

    I’m celebrating having my hubby home this Sunday for church, a feat we don’t get much of lately. He’s a truck driver, the only income, and I’m enjoying having him home.

  • Amy says:

    This week I’m celebrating that I’ve made it to week 8 of my Couch to 5K redo and that my husband (coronary artery disease warrior) and I (MS warrior) were able to run 2.75 miles together on Friday! 🙂 We’re training to do our first 5K together in April!

    I am also celebrating that we finally got our son in with a new developmental pediatrician who really seemed to “get” him and our concerns and we’re off to a great start with her.

  • Alissa says:

    I’m celebrating a weekend visit with my mom and siblings who live in another state!

  • Danielle says:

    I am celebrating eating healthy foods this week and no eating out! Longest I have went without jumping in a drive through. Getting healthy and saving money! These books look so great, I want “Only Love Today” so much!

  • Robin says:

    I am celebrating having power in the house! We had a bad wind storm in the middle of last week and we were without power from Wednesday through Saturday. Thankfully we have lots of family around and my parents were able to house the four of us as the temperatures were dropping this past week. Now that the power is back on I am SO thankful!

  • JoAnn Walthour says:

    I am celebrating my daughter’s amazing progress after a near fatal car accident. We have witnessed a miracle.

  • Bethany says:

    I’m celebrating my oldest son’s birthday this week. He is going to be six! He is growing up to be such an awesome little man and great big brother. I’m celebrating that he is healthy, old enough to help with chores, and loves talking to me before bedtime every night.

  • Karin says:

    Yesterday was my birthday 🙂 I was able to have a date night with my hubby & enjoy some sushi.

  • Emily says:

    I’m celebrating that I’ve stuck to my “Lent sacrifice”. No extra sweets (cookies, cakes, pies, candy or soda). It’s been so difficult but so worth it!!

  • Marina says:

    Celebrating that we’re finally supposed to get enough snow to go sledding!!

  • Kimberly says:

    I’m celebrating a second week spent with extended family. In my recovery from surgery, I’ve required extra help. My mom and my sister both stepped up to help my hubby sand I out. Very blessed…

  • Anne says:

    We helped pull off a successful regional event hosted by our church bell choir (of which we are members). And it was a good experience (instead of one to be endured for the greater good) because the bell choir worked as a team which made it almost fun and quite rewarding! Plus there was wonderful music involved.

  • Jennifer says:

    I am celebrating my long-awaited promotion! I start my new role tomorrow.

  • Jennifer says:

    I am celebrating reconnecting with a highschool/college friend whom I have not talked to in years. She was going through a rough patch and thought everyone else had the perfect life so she pulled away. She’s back and we’ve been able to share that no one has a perfect life.

  • Lyndsey says:

    Super excited you are offering books. You are too generous! This week I am celebrating baby #4 2 month milestone; which means sleeping more than 4 hours at a time, a balanced check book and starting the week all laundry done and clean house. We also made it to church for first time since new babe who was premie 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    I’m celebrating having extra time with my kids and extended family this week. It’s spring break at the school where I work. I really wanted to spend the break working on projects around the house, but I decided to take the kids and I to see my parents for part of the week. I’m so glad we did! It’s been wonderful to stop and breathe a little bit, as well as give me parents and my kids some quality time together.

  • Terry says:

    I am celebrating seeing my best friend Kathleen who I haven’t seen for a year. She retired and moved to another state, and she is visiting friends and relatives in the area (in Kansas!!) for 2 weeks so I hope to see her several times and chat and catch up. We email and phone, but it isn’t the same as in person.

  • Sarah D. says:

    This past week has been fraught with stress – we found out that we’re moving for my husband’s job fairly soon, and we have to uproot ourselves and kids from the friends we’ve made here. I am celebrating that God knows all the details of “what’s next,” and will guide us at the right time (and I don’t have to have it all figured out Right Now). I’m celebrating that God did give us a good church and dear friends when we moved here 3 years ago. I’m celebrating that we’re getting snow this week after a boring, unsnowy winter. 🙂 I’m celebrating the discovery of a new exercise program that I actually like! There is plenty to be thankful for.

  • Katie says:

    This week we are celebrating my birthday. My oldest baby is so excited to ‘help make cupcakes and brownies’ and we are also celebrating the sunshine and getting ready to start our gardens.

  • Krystal says:

    I’m celebrating a healthy week with my SN son who’s been sick for almost 2 weeks, seeing him for who he is an not who I want him to be and getting back on track with goals in my business.

  • Heather says:

    We are celebrating our move into a new home this past weekend!

  • We are celebrating our wedding anniversary of 16 years! Sure is amazing to realize we have been married this long and by the grace of God still love one another and enjoy spending time together every chance we get!

  • Reva says:

    Celebrating the current spring weather.

  • kathy wallace says:

    I am celebrating my sons’ BFF is out of the hospital.

  • Rachel says:

    I’m celebrating my in laws coming to visit this week 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    We are celebrating our baby girl’s fifth birthday this week! We are amazed and blessed at all the joy she brings to our lives !! I love reading your blog… you’ve inspired me in so many things on this journey !

  • Heather says:

    We will be celebrating the 95th birthday of my grandfather (my mom’s dad) and the 94th birthday of my grandmother (my dad’s mom)…so much life lived and so blessed to still have them in my life!

  • Connie says:

    I’m thankful for a husband who makes date night a priority even when he would rather stay home.

  • April D says:

    We are celebrating our daughter passing the Childrens bible drill competition this week. We are so proud of her and all the other children who decided to participate. She’s moving on to the association drill next week. This is not an easy task. The kids have to memorize 25 verses with the reference, 10 key passages, and find any book in the bible in 10 seconds or less.

  • Leigh says:

    My husband and I have just started trying to eat healthier and be more active. I’m celebrating having lost 7 lbs. this week and spending lots of fun quality time outdoors with the kids.

  • Jennifer K. says:

    We are celebrating a trip to see replicas of the Nina and Pinta ships!

  • Chris Bruno says:

    Celebrating the upcoming snow storm because well nothing else we can do about it oh & that spring is right around the corner!

  • Jasie says:

    This week were celebrating our engagement! And trying to not be overwhelmed with planning a frugal wedding, we don’t want to lose focus on the celebration of our love and get tied up in details

  • Amy says:

    I am celebrating God’s grace and love in our life. Sometimes things are difficult and it’s hard to see the light at the end, but God always carries us through.

  • Mel says:

    I am celebrating this MSM community. It lifted my spirits to read what others are celebrating, getting my focus off myself.

  • Kristi says:

    We are celebrating my oldest son becoming a National Merit Finalist and that is opening some more doors and choices for college. We are very excited for him and his future!!

  • Melanie says:

    I am celebrating making a small step toward real food this week. I bought the groceries, that’s step 1!

  • Nicole says:

    I am celebrating a renewed perspective on the blessing of my family!

  • Mercy says:

    I am celebrating my baby’s birthday this week. She turned 6! I can’t believe my baby is 6!

  • Kristin says:

    The last few years have been incredibly stressful for my family. From both my husband and I losing our jobs to a devastating diagnosis for my 13 year old daughter. Lately I’ve had a hard time celebrating much of anything and I’ve found myself pulling away from family, friends, and church. I recently agreed to take on my churches youth group and honestly was terrified! Today was our first meeting. I only had 5 teens there, but seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter sparked something within me! I’m excited to see what this journey holds. So today I am celebrating that I put myself out there by taking on something so far out of my comfort zone. Most importantly I am celebrating those 5 kids that each told they are excited for this group and can’t wait to see what we do next. Celebrating those smiles and laughter that have me feeling hopeful again! I am truly blessed!

  • Janelle says:

    I am celebrating my 12th week of pregnancy. It is particularly sweet because I got to share the moment of seeing the baby move with my five year old daughter. This baby has been prayed for for years and it was just priceless to see God’s amazing work growing inside me.

  • I am celebrating the return of my wallet! I visited my daughter at college 2 weeks ago and lost my wallet. With a total of 2250 travel miles, restaurants, rest rooms, and visiting family along the way, I really felt like it could have been anywhere along the Eastern seaboard. I kept praying and praying that it would be found so that I wouldn’t have to replace everything (license, bank accounts, credit card, debit card, health care cards, etc). And last week, a person from the college called and said that my wallet had been found and turned in. Praise the Lord!

  • Amanda says:

    I’m celebrating a new healthy eating plan this week! This momma of 3 is investing in a little self-care, and it’s way overdue!

  • becky says:

    Celebrating good blook work results this week!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I am celebrating my sister visiting me.

  • Tracey says:

    I am celebrating self care this week. I worked out for 3 days this week and I feel so good! Trying hard to do right for myself so I can be a better mom and a better wife.

  • Amanda Taylor says:

    I’m celebrating that i get to go spend time with my preschooler at imagination city this week. Seeing her interaction with friends and others. She’s grown so much in school this year!!!

  • AE says:

    Celebrating my son buying his first truck.

  • Katie says:

    The question of something I am celebrating made me really think. Life has been so stressful lately, I didn’t think I had anything to celebrate, but I do. It is actually something I am thankful for and celebrate everyday. My 14 year old was diagnosed with Crohns Disease a little over 2 years ago and he has been in remission for about 1 1/2 years. I celebrate the fact that he is healthy and is able to be my running partner.

  • Shirley says:

    We are celebrating the beautiful warm sunny weather this week and spending quality time outdoors with my kids. Looking forward to the beginning of spring!

  • wendy says:

    I am celebrating teaching the kids and myself to say and believe everyday “this is the greatest day ever”!!

  • Emily says:

    I’m celebrating my first baby turning 3 weeks old, having my parents in town, and getting to enjoy a lot of family time! I’m also celebrating getting over a nasty bout of mastitis.

  • Cathy says:

    I’m celebrating my birthday! Remembering all the blessings I have, and thinking about the improvements I want to make in this next year of my life.

  • Laurie says:

    My youngest is turning 5 on Saturday! He was 10 weeks early, so I always feel extra thankful to celebrate his birthday.

  • wendy says:

    I am celebrating teaching my kids and myself to say everyday “this is the greatest day ever”!!

  • Joy says:

    I’m celebrating getting most of the next season’s clothes for my pack of four at a kid’s consignment sale. Not only am I happy about the savings ($), but also about the time it saves me by getting all that shopping done at once. Yeah!

  • Diane says:

    I’m celebrating having my daughter home from college for spring break this week.

  • Samantha says:

    I’m celebrating spring break with my daughter who is in college. I’m celebrating because she is doing so well. Proud Mama here.

  • Emily says:

    My husband’s birthday!

  • Michelle says:

    I am celebrating my Daddy. He got really sick at the end of last year and spent two weeks in the hospital. Even after he got it, it’s been a long slow recovery. We just celebrated another birthday with him, and not that long ago, we weren’t sure we would have the opportunity. Friends from out of town came down to celebrate with us, and it was a happy, joyful time. Love my Daddy so much, and so thrilled to be celebrating him!!!

  • Rebecca Portteus says:

    I am celebrating a small victory in my health!

  • Ashley says:

    We are celebrating going through the classes necessary to join our church. It has been a long time since we’ve found a place that really felt like home. (Why is the theme song from Cheers going through my head as I right this? Ha!)

  • Lyra says:

    We are celebrating going through the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class (week 5) and operating on our monthly budget and monthly cash flow sheet. Actually “feeling our money” (not spending it electronically) and living only on what we have (without regularly transferring money to bridge the gap) is hard but necessary.

  • Ellen says:

    A completely normal week after a whole bunch of crazy weeks

  • Katie says:

    Finishing a wood working project with my husband for our two daughters.

  • Jessi says:

    I have started my spring “deep cleaning” process so I am done in time for Easter, when I am having family over. I have been cleaning one room a week, and today, I REALLY wanted to skip it, but I powered through it. Now, it is so refreshing when I walk in the room and I can mark another one off the list! Yahoo!

  • c says:

    The birth of our baby boy #3 🙂

  • Laura says:

    My husband of six years is in the military and frequently has to be away (he has been gone 4 of the past 6 winters!). Fortunately, for his most recent training in Texas, I am able to join him. We spent the past three days driving to Texas from Delaware, catching up and spending time together (he returned home from his last 2 month training 5 days ago, and before that he was only home 15 days after being gone 3 months!). I am praising God for the time we get to spend together, growing closer.

  • Amanda says:

    Our almost-five-year old!!

  • What am I celebrating? Hmmm…. It’s been a very challenging week. Physically, health stuff is getting me stuck. Mentally, hardships are draining me. But – spring is on the way. We’re finally getting peeks at sunshine – I remember sunshine! 🙂 There are too many funerals being planned in our little world. But also new adventures being planned to broaden our little world.

    So – I suppose I’m celebrating hopefulness. That life is a big messy set of contradictions, but there’s always something good around the corner. Spring and the sunshine and bits of green popping up and flowers starting to think about showing – that stuff helps that hopefulness, reminding me of the good things that change can bring.

    Wow, that got awfully deep very quickly. As I was just sitting her eating a box of truffles and browsing online. I had no idea that there was some Yoda insight just waiting to come out. Huh.

    🙂

  • Erica says:

    Answered prayer, good doctors, and family.

  • Serena says:

    I’m celebrating everyone in our immediate family being healthy for a whole week!

  • Fawn says:

    Having the house to myself while my husband and kids are visting relatives in Holland! I love them all dearly, but me time is very nice too 🙂

  • Bethany says:

    My baby boy turns 8 this week. So, there will be celebrations. Maybe even a snow day at home with him, we live in the northeast and are all excited for the projected snow storm!

  • Anissa says:

    After 65 days in the NICU my son is getting released hopefully this week!!! Crossing fingers and toes that all goes well with weaning off his oxygen.

  • Carolyn says:

    I am a school teacher and there is only one more week until spring break for me and my boys. I am definitely celebrating that!

  • Kristie says:

    I am celebrating a week of feeling well enough to read! I had an unplanned surgery a week ago Wednesday and am finally starting to feel like myself again. I am also planning to celebrate my husband this week and trying to make him feel special. He did a kick ass job taking care of me this past couple weeks and needs a little TLC himself now…LOL! Love you blog!

  • Angela says:

    Answered prayers, Spring Break, and a daughter getting ready for a mission trip.

  • Kristin says:

    Today I am celebrating a day of rest. My husband stayed home from sick with two sick kids and I was able to attend church with my middle child, who really enjoyed chatting with me to and from. It was so nice to spend some one on one time with him. After naps and rest, we watched a movie as a family and ate popcorn. Such a good Sunday!

  • Lynn Euerle says:

    A good friend of mine had a stroke on Tuesday and is now home from the hospital and she is almost completely healed. God is so good! We are so grateful and definitely think it’s worth celebrating!

  • Paula Dean says:

    Taking the plunge and quitting my “real” job to pursue my “fun” DS job full-time!

  • Amy says:

    I’m celebrating the fact that my husband could take off Friday​ from work after months of a crazy schedule to get things done together and he’s feeling so much more rested. ❤️

  • ericac. says:

    I am celebrating being off for Spring Break with my children. Great family time. 🙂

  • Emily says:

    I’m celebrating spring break with my kids and husband!

  • Justine says:

    My son is in behavioral therapy and we’re making progress, so now his sessions are going to be every other week!! This is a huge step and I couldn’t be more thankful!

  • Beth says:

    I’m celebrating my 20 year anniversary this week—March 15!

  • Sarah says:

    Celebrating 3 years of being guardians to our 8 year old, who has rocked our world, but the Lord clearly placed in our family for His good.

  • Kim says:

    Starting week number five of not drinking Coke.

  • Maria says:

    My mother-in-law had chemo last week, and my husband has been with her and taking care of her. He’ll return back on Thursday, so that’s what I’m looking foreword to this week! I’ve also been struggling with gutting out a storage room and getting it cleaned out. It seems like every time I start gutting it out and cleaning, someone announces a visit, so what I put into the guest room to declutter gets thrown back into storage room. Well, my father had knee surgery, and mother-in-law had chemo, so I knew this was a good time to get through this room. And I am making progress in it!

  • Heather H says:

    My family finally being healthy!

  • Lorraine says:

    I am celebrating the beginning of spring-time, although it is going to be (hopefully) our last cold spell this week. I love spring!

  • Debbie says:

    Daylight savings time – I love more time outdoors in the evenings!

  • Andrea says:

    a week of unexpected vacation with my mother and youngest son. What a blessing!

  • Niki Blake says:

    Celebrating my middle son/college boy home from spring break! Woooohhoooo!!!

  • Quinita Good says:

    3-12-2017

    Hi Crystal! I’m really excited about the books you’re offering this week. Today, I’m celebrating the fact that my stubborn Sweetie has actually shown interest in the business-building steps from your book “Money Making Mom,” which I recommended to him. He’s starting a new business and could definitely use these tips you give us women!
    Thankfully,
    Quinita Good

  • Elizabeth says:

    Your little note to your daughter after she forgot her lunch left me in tears – I so often chose frustration; we’re in a very busy season of our lives where I am having to work full-time outside of the home, and we’re knee deep in renovations and landscaping… and unfortunately the kids seem to be bearing the brunt of it. God has been quietly convicting me lately, and your simple gesture and the way your daughter responded is very convicting; how often do I yell or push them away, instead of stopping and offering a cuddle – something that could change their day.

    I am struggling this week – not only are we busy and tired, and not doing the parenting thing well currently; my Dad is back in hospital, as he slowly comes to the end of his cancer journey… however, choosing joy:

    * My Dad is a believer, we WILL see him again.
    * My children always forgive, no matter how bad we reacted to them.
    * I have a job that pays the bills.
    * We have our own house.
    * No matter what – I am loved.

    Thanks for the reminder today to chose joy xxx

    Elizabeth
    New Zealand

  • Melissa says:

    I have been reading here for years and rarely comment 🙁 I love your blog and how much you share – it has been such a blessing to this frantic, working mom! I am celebrating the possibilities this week – the possibility of a new job, the possibility of paying off another student loan, and the possibility of a snow day!!

  • Lauren says:

    Strength through God!

  • Kathy says:

    I am celebrating having a very restful week after the two boys we fostered for a year have been reunified with their Mom:)

  • Kaye Edwards says:

    I’m celebrating how much more I love my home since I have been methodically de-cluttering and organizing it. It is still a work in progress, but it makes me so happy have less to maintain.

  • Jessalyn Altringer says:

    Traveling to texas to see my sister!

  • Kathy says:

    I am celebrating a restful week after the two boys we had fostered for the past year have been reunified with their Mom.

  • Rhonda says:

    Celebrating having a couple days off later this week and an opportunity to meet the parents of our daughter’s fiance:)

    Love your blog Crystal! Love notes mean a lot to adult children too! So fun to send them all silly Valentines last month:)

  • Jody says:

    I’m celebrating my 7th child. She has been home with us just 3 months this week. Adopted from China, she is 5 and has Down Syndrome! She is our little rockstar.

  • Megan says:

    I’m celebrating quality time with my daughters this weekend when I chose to craft with them instead of do all the things that I “needed” to get done.

  • Kim says:

    I am celebrating having a severely sprained ankle rather than a broken one. While it has been incredibly painful, I am grateful that I am recognizing it as a reminder to slow down, be in the present and rest to recover.

  • Lindsey Buffaloe says:

    I’m celebrating a year at my job, which I love!

  • Cathy says:

    I am celebrating the start of a healthier me.

  • Laurel Milam says:

    I’m celebrating that we SURELY must be getting closer to spring, although it doesn’t look like it at all here. There were blizzard conditions this past Mon/Tues w/ more snow last night & today. I’m thankful to have a warm house!

  • Brandi says:

    I am celebrating losing 30 lbs since Jan 1st! I love your website and have been following for years!

  • Kelly says:

    I am celebrating my Husband starting a new job this week!

  • April Haynes says:

    This week In celebrating eating more healthy foods and enjoying being in the company of my family. Life is precious.

  • Jennifer says:

    Celebrating 3 day weekend this coming weekend. Forgot son is out of school for parent teacher conference this Friday, so was a nice to see the reminder letter sent last week.

  • Lana says:

    My husband & I will be celebrating our anniversary this week as well as the life one of our uncles that passed this past week. I would love to read those books!

  • Suzanne Faust says:

    Celebrating going home this week 🙂 my daughter and I have been visiting family for the first time in two years but my husband had to stay back and work. We look forward to seeing him again soon.

  • Debbie B. says:

    Love how you were able to pack so much into a short weekend trip!

    This last week I celebrated my birthday, this coming week I will be celebrating the halfway point of my third pregnancy! I am also celebrating one aunt who has beat cancer even as another aunt is diagnosed with lung cancer. Often the bad and the good come together, but God is faithful through it all.

  • Denise says:

    I’m celebrating two weeks of no homework due to our Spring Break!! WOOHOO!!! I’ll also have more time to read, so these books would serve me well!!

  • Kori Lewis says:

    I hope that we can celebrate a week of good health in our family after a crummy month of various illnesses.

  • Margaret says:

    So much to be thankful for…
    Definitely celebrating
    …Spring break!
    …my kids are finally starting to work more independently with schoolwork.
    …the time I have with them as a homeschooling mama.
    …God’s abundant provision for us just 10 months ago when house catastrophically flooded in local floods.
    …the knowledge of that provision as we are in a time of unemployment.
    …a loving family who loves not only me but the Lord.
    …And most importantly a faithful and perfect God who sent His son to die for me and lives with me every moment of the day giving me a HOPE!

  • Melissa says:

    I am celebrating all of my children and all their differences. Right now I pray the most for my son who is struggling with his ADHD his balance is ever-changing I pray for him to find balance.

  • Kristine says:

    Celebrating my half way mark in school! Yay!!! I can start coaching now!

  • Christy says:

    I’m celebrating 4 boys that worked hard this weekend to complete a long “to do” list and did an amazing job with all their chores!

  • april says:

    We’ll be celebrating good report cards and teacher conferences for our kids. So blessed to have great teachers at a small Christian school that we all love!

  • Rachel says:

    I’m celebrating my five nieces coming for a visit (my theee girls are thrilled), the beginning of a new Bible study I’m leading and a fresh week with a clean slate!

  • Kate says:

    I am celebrating the return of some routine after a crazy week last week.

  • Kindra says:

    Celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary!

  • Kim says:

    I’m celebrating that Gods mercies are new every morning!

  • Kimmie says:

    Thanks for this post every week- I look forward to reading it!
    I’m am celebrating the fact that we are all healthy! 🙂

  • Staci Brown says:

    I’m celebrating our daughters slow recovery from social anxiety!

  • Sarah says:

    My celebration is similar to yours in parenting. Instead of getting frustrated (my go-to emotion) I had a heart-to-heart talk with my oldest about her feeling comfortable opening up to me. Trying to be more joyful and patient with these kids can be hard!

  • CF says:

    I’m celebrating that my 3 year old is making progress learning his letters and my 5 year old is making progress reading! Also celebrating that we got our seeds planted inside for the vegetable garden this week. It’s been blizzarding all weekend! I also got a surprise visit from my cousin today who lives 3 hours away. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    The pansies are back in season!

  • Jen Marseille says:

    Looks like you had a great week! I’m celebrating getting back into blogging after an 8 year hiatus! ?

  • Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing your week! This week we are celebrating my niece’s 1st birthday!

  • Briana says:

    Celebrating a small victory of overcoming a fear of skiing. My husband finds such joy in recreating – enjoying God’s creation. A fear or heights and cold temperatures fostered a fear of something he loves so much. After several classes and several tears, I made it down the hill! The smile on his face was priceless. We were even able to head up the ski lift and traverse down together, enjoying that quiet time together. What a blessing! I won’t be entering the Olympic Winter Games anytime soon, but I was able to overcome a small fear!

  • Lisa says:

    This week I’m celebrating my two boys who were born a day apart (plus 7 years lol). We’re having a surprise party for them tomorrow with all their favorite things!

  • Laura says:

    Preparing to attend our regional homeschool convention. We are all excited for a break and a time of encouragement.

  • Marlene says:

    Daylight savings time! Also March Break, and 3 weeks of healthier eating and exercise.

  • Amy says:

    I’m celebrating a three day weekend with my family!!

    I love your blog. Thanks for all you do!! You are such an inspiration!!

  • Haley says:

    We are celebrating our 3rd child being a month old! I’m finally starting to figure out how to make real meals while taking care of 2 toddlers and a newborn so that’s something to celebrate too. no more living on frozen pizzas, hot dogs and cereal! 😉

  • Denise says:

    I’m celebrating not having any appointments this week and Saturday off work! It is the little things!

    Lilac Girls sounds really good!

  • Lisa Vega says:

    I am celebrating starting my new job. I am a nurse and after years of working 12 hour shifts I am blessed to finally have a Monday through Friday 8 to 5 job so I can spend more time with my husband and my kids 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    I am celebrating six days in a row without a Dr.Pepper. Trying to drink more water instead.

  • Melanie says:

    The most practical thing im celebrating is progress with potty training! We had a bad day on Tuesday, but I felt that I needed to help my little guy through the struggle instead of giving up for now and we saw much better days this week!!!
    On a little bit deeper level, I am so happy I listened to my mommy intuition in that situation. I have doubted my parenting abilities and connection to my children so very much over the years, but I’m finally seeing growth in myself and my love for my kids. It seems little, maybe, but for me it is huge!

  • Morgan says:

    I’m celebrating being one week closer to my due date! Baby #4 will be here before we know it.

  • I’m celebrating the renewal I feel from a homeschool mom retreat I attended last weekend!

    These posts are a fun spin from your Five Things posts ?

  • Kristy says:

    I am celebrating the final week of winter (hopefully with some snow!)

  • Teresa Eskew says:

    I am celebrating my husbands recovery from a serious illness and a full week in the hospital.
    I PRAISE God and this has will forever be grateful everyday I get to spend with my husband here on earth.

  • Mj Sheridan says:

    I am celebrating that I had a few pain free hours today from the back pain I started having in Dec. Also, I am so grateful I got to see my one and only grandchild Natalia today. She is 15 months old and the biggest blessing I have had in my 61 years of life (besides my hubby of course!!–and our two daughters). But…there’s nothing like grands I have discovered. :).

  • Brandy says:

    I am celebrating the fact that I’ excited finally found the motivation to get healthy so that I don’t continue to have back and hip pain. It’s been two weeks of no sugar, lots of water, and lots of exercise but I can already tell that my body is stronger.

    I’m also preparing to celebrate my daughter’s 13th birthday. Eek! A teenager!!

  • Jessica says:

    I am celebrating beautiful 60 degree weather! We’ve only experienced the fall and winter here, so this felt great. The nice weather got us all outside. My husband and oldest son (12) tried to fly his drone he got at Christmas, sadly it was too breezy. I rode scooters with my 9 year old son. Then both boys actually played together, this does not happen often. They rode bikes to the park, climbed trees, and kicked a soccer ball around doing “trick” shots. And with changing the clocks today, it didn’t get dark until 8pm and that’s when my boys came inside. They spent hours outside, happily!! I’m so happy, I’m banking today’s memories forever.

  • Erin says:

    I’m celebrating my own birthday. Hint – I’m younger than 40 and older than you and I’ve had no problem sharing that actual number 38 out loud. It’s good to be alive!

  • Becky says:

    A weekend away! We are going to Kearney, NE to see the Sandhill cranes.

  • Kate says:

    I’m celebrating the coming of SPRING! (even though they are predicting a snow storm for tomorrow…)

  • Nicole McDonald says:

    I am celebrating my husband’s return after being gone for a week. The kids and I missed him so much.

    I am also celebrating a completed rough draft of my next ebook.

  • Sophie says:

    Getting a lot more done this weekend than anticipated! We thought it’d take all weekend to figure out and fix a problem with our van, but my hubby did it in one day! AND we got one set of gates for our fence built and ready to hang up, and cleaned the cars, and went through my husband’s clothes and purged (something I’ve been wanting for a couple years now and he finally came around the idea)! We haven’t been this productive in awhile!

  • Tamboliya says:

    Some things celebratory are: that 2 different sisters in Christ treated me to lunch this week (2 separate occasions); I think I made a new friend (we seem to have a lot in common); 2 women prayed over me for my grieving/loss and let me weep/sob w/o telling me to “stop crying”; a sister in the Lord gave me 2 free mini gourmet cupcakes which were heavenly delicious; 3 wild ducks flew down and hung out near my backyard for 2 days keeping me company which made me feel better; getting to know another sister in Christ a little better as she opened up to me about her life which was interesting and meaningful to me, etc. [as well as other things]. 🙂

  • Tina says:

    Right now, I’m celebrating that we were able to run all of our errands, get all the food shopping done and schedule an oil delivery before the blizzard hits on Tuesday!

  • Laura Evans says:

    Celebrating being able to travel with my husband for work this week to a place we’d otherwise not be able to take the kids.

  • Andrea says:

    I am celebrating my son’s local newspaper spelling bee competition. It is his second year at his school and the Principal picked him as the Elementary champion to represent the school. There were 300 kids participating and even he did not qualify for the last round we are very proud of him because he competed with Middle School kids and that he did his best. It was amazing to see him so calm and confident. So proud of my little man.

  • Kristin says:

    I’m celebrating God healing my 4 year old’s lip that she got stitches for last week. She got a busted lip running into her sister’s forehead by accident and ended up with 3 stitches. One week later it is almost completely healed and back to what it was. God is sooo good!

  • Pam says:

    I’m celebrating three healthy boys that my husband and I have the privilege of raising.

  • Stephanie Sullivan says:

    I am celebrating that I was intentional to share a meal with 2 of my dearest friends this past week. What refreshment both times were to my heart and soul!

  • Deanna Rowley says:

    Right now I am celebrating the opportunity we have of ministering ( and being ministered to by students!) at a Bible college in India.

  • Cher says:

    I’m celebrating healthy kids!

  • Jennifer says:

    I am celebrating making some serious progress on becoming debt free. I got a large tax refund and put it all towards my debt. I am also in discussions for a promotion at work that will help significantly as well as be an exciting step on my new career journey. So incredibly grateful!!

  • Carrie says:

    I’m celebrating completing a full week of my first Whole 30! Only 23 days to go! ?

  • Torie H says:

    This week we are celebrating our younger son turning 10 months old!

  • Andrea says:

    I am celebrating a quiet week at home after a few busy weeks of kid doctor appointments, with plenty of time to practice all of the advice we’ve been given and some alone time for me to rejuvenate!

  • Megan says:

    I am celebrating a relaxing weekend spent at home with my family! It was very much needed.

  • Kali says:

    I am celebrating my marriage with my husband!

  • E Elizabeth says:

    Spending quality time with the grandboy from out of town and joined by the other grandboy who lives closer!!

  • Susan says:

    I am celebrating a healthy son.

  • Maria Miller says:

    Our septic system has been failing and tomorrow the repair work will begin! Yay!

  • Doreen says:

    Our whole family is finally NOT sick (after several months of passing various viruses around)…

  • Jenny says:

    I’m celebrating the finish of 3 quilts to donate to Quilts 4 Kids.

    I love that you were able to make your daughter’s lunch and make her day. Your story reminds me of a line from a song “take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently”!

  • Nicole says:

    Celebrating my baby girl crawling and holding her own bottle, consistent devotional and memorization time, 3 full weeks of successful meal planning, and A LOT of purging through things around my home and minimizing! Woohoo!

  • Kellie says:

    I’m celebrating my 7 year old who preformed 3 times this weekend in Irish Dance. She never thought she could preform on a stage but she faced her fears and love it!

  • Robin Schreiber says:

    That time change and the 6 baby chicks we purchased this weekend!

  • Rachel says:

    This week, we’re celebrating snow days and St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Katie says:

    I am celebrating a new job! I have been a stay at home wife/homeschooling mom for almost 28 years and this Wednesday I start working at our little local library… I am so excited! I literally have not had a job outside of our home since 1989! Back in junior high in the mid 80’s I had a class called “World of Work” and we all had a research and write a report on the job we wanted and I chose “Librarian”. I’m so excited that it’s finally coming to pass!!

  • Celebrating moments with the ones I love. I may have a medical concern…more tests this week and it has really made me appreciate each moment with my husband and boys so much more.

    Loved your story about the note in the lunch box. I need this reminder sometimes too to extend more grace instead of frustration.

  • Kristin says:

    There is much to celebrate! Our darling little five week old; my oldest daughter’s courage and openness to participating in Math is Cool and attending the competition this past Friday; my son’s 3rd place trophy at his wrestling tournament on Saturday; and witnessing my younger daughter’s creativity as she works on a book of stories. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Emily says:

    I am celebrating the pending arrival of our third baby (anytime now…I’ve been having contractions all day). And the fact that I’ll be staying home with our kids after this baby’s birth.

  • Shana says:

    Our family is celebrating our oldest daughter coming home after being gone for over a year!! We are so happy to see her again!

  • Joan says:

    We are celebrating a good check up with my doctor following a serious health issue this year. Feeling immense gratitude and so blessed for my improving health! I am tagging along on my husband’s business trip next week and we are staying over an extra night at the nearby beach as a way of commemorating this new, hopefully much healthier season in my life. Yay!!!

  • Julia says:

    We are celebrating the birthday of my husband, his sister, and lots of great friends and family. It is birthday season! I am trying to be more present, spend time with those I love, and slow down to enjoy people. Life is a blessing!

  • Jess says:

    I am celebrating a new week ahead. I just love Sunday nights and looking forward to what the week ahead holds.

  • Brenda Guerrero says:

    I m celebrating my daughters awesome performance in her school play Wizard of Oz. She is a second grader playing a small part in a high school play! She is so disciplined and has worked so hard. I am so proud.

  • Nikki McTernan says:

    A 10th birthday marked by festivity and joy, followed by the the healthy arrival of a much anticipated baby nephew.

  • Mel says:

    Celebrating my new class finally starting!

  • Jennifer A W says:

    I hate winter and snow. (Hate is the nicest word I can use to describe my feelings for winter.) Tomorrow we are supposed to get 10-18 inches of snow…boo. BUT…I am choosing to celebrate the fact that I will use this snow as an excuse to take a snow day from work. So I will be celebrating the snow as I sleep in tomorrow morning, spend the day doing all my upcoming week’s chores, and maybe even reading a little.

  • Linda Crumbaugh says:

    I am celebrating my birthday all month long, and this week that includes going to a local country music festival this coming weekend!!

  • Nora says:

    I am celebrating God’s goodness an mercy. We are coming off one of the most difficult years we have ever encountered as a family, but God remains good.

  • Chris says:

    This week my daughter left for her first deployment. Many tears have fallen but I surrounded myself with family and friends! I am celebrating the fact that I survived the first week! God is good and has truly blessed our family!

  • Jen W. says:

    I’m celebrating LIFE in general. We tend to take things for granted and sometimes need to step back, take a deep breath and enjoy the simple things in life.

  • Debra says:

    My kids are on spring break. We’re staying home, doing fun things, and sleeping late(r).

  • Nicole says:

    I’m celebrating three healthy boys and that spring will be here soon!

  • Diana says:

    I am celebrating spring! We had A LOT of snow in Northern Utah this year and so spring is extra this week with the snow finally melted and warmer temperatures. My tulips and crocuses are starting to show and I love it! I am also celebrating my twin boys turning 6 weeks old this week!

  • Diana says:

    I have made it to 38 weeks today and I feel amazing this pregnancy! I am enjoying feeling strong and healthy!

  • Marney says:

    I’m celebrating that we’re finally getting SNOW!!

  • Sarah says:

    I am celebrating my first sons fourth birthday this week!! His excitement for his party is so contagious!! My husband and I are also celebrating the return of designated survivor!! We also love that show and last weeks episode did not disappoint!

  • Jennifer Tasker says:

    I am celebrating the life of my grandmother later this week – I fly out at 11pm on Wed from Perth, Western Australia to join my family in California for 4 days. Nana was just shy of 96 years old – we are looking forward to gathering together from across the globe to remember her.

  • Tonya says:

    I’m celebrating a warm, dry house, and a wonderful family to be snowed in with. We’re supposed to get almost 2 ft of snow this week. Looking forward to being snowed in together for a couple of days.

  • Lisa says:

    I am celebrating the little moments with family.

  • Jeannie says:

    I am celebrating a new week with all the opportunities and challenges that go with it

  • Jessi says:

    I’m celebrating that Spring is almost here ?

  • Jena says:

    I’m celebrating life! I love getting to spend every day with my children homeschooling, and they just finished a medieval feast for their school project. I am so proud of them!

  • Shannon says:

    We are excited that are kitchen remodel is getting finalized! Thanks for the chance.

  • Cherry says:

    I’m celebrating the small things in my life with eight precious children and a hard-working husband. I will miss those little things when they’re gone!

  • Christine says:

    I am celebrating a less busy week and the chance to read more books. We are expecting snow tomorrow and I want to have a book reading/tea day with my girls.

  • Meg says:

    I’m celebrating my grandmother’s 90th birthday this weekend, my daughter’s first daughter/daddy dance yesterday (it was ADORABLE!) and a huge milestone this week, 10 years of nursing spread over my 4 sweet children!

  • Tara says:

    I’m celebrating my oldest child’s 10th birthday this week and the health of my family! Really looking forward to spring!

  • Heidi K says:

    I’m celebrating that we saved enough money for a down payment on a house!

  • Billie Blevins says:

    I’m “celebrating” my hope in Christ. We have been walking through some hard stuff as it relates to our oldest son leaving home. (Something that we never anticipated.) but we are trusting God and anchoring our hearts in Him as it talks about in Hebrews 6:19. ⚓️ We are learning in deeper ways that we are to walk by faith not by sight. Not just in words….but truly in how we set our hearts and minds.

  • Jessica says:

    I’m celebrating the chance we had this weekend to get away for a little bit and relax with my in-laws. It included time in the pool, bowling, and just relaxing with no obligations!

  • Ashley says:

    I am celebrating daffodils.

  • Ora Jefferson says:

    I am celebrating a quiet weekend with our family. We are choosing to slow things down and not be involved in as many activities. It has been great for my husband and I to get to spend more time together. I always enjoy reading your blogs.

  • Amy Owen says:

    spring break

  • Michelle says:

    I am celebrating a successful fundraiser for JDRF.

  • Vanessa says:

    I am celebrating our family recovering from the flu. I have been joking with my sisters that it was good on the grocery budget but it was not a fun week! And I started a weekly chores schedule at the beginning of February and it has been wonderful! I have certain chores (sweep the floors and wash dishes) every day, but it’s freed me up to not do all the chores I can think of on Monday because I know they have their proper place and day. Good luck with your experiment and I hope it either works great or clearly doesn’t work for you guys. 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    Celebrating time with family 🙂

  • April Fields says:

    I am celebrating surviving my daughter’s first slumber party. She turned 9 last week and has always wanted a slumber party, so we invited 4 other girls to come stay. They had so much fun and all said how thankful they were for me doing this. I feel like I struggle with too much on my plate sometimes, so my daughter sayings I was the best mom ever really made my weekend. I hope to get back into Stacy’s Home Management How to Course and get my schedule set to start being more organized.

  • Staci Jimison says:

    I am celebrating the fact that the house is clean (for now) and everything is prepped meaning more family time throughout the week!

  • Heather says:

    We are celebrating the opportunity to show our cattle at the Ohio Beef Expo this week. It is a ton of work and exhausting, but it is 4 days with just our family working together towards a common goal.

  • LISsa says:

    I’m celebrating the time change as my little ones are kind of sleeping in

  • Wendi says:

    I am celebrating a sunny day before a big snow is due to arrive in our area. Also celebrating the snow {instead of whining about a big snowstorm in March when I am really ready for spring} by scheduling snow days in my kiddos homeschool planners 🙂

  • Bree says:

    We are blessed to be celebrating the healthy delivery of our baby girl early this morning! Thankful that grandma was here to stay with big brothers and the snow was minor.

  • ShelleyB says:

    My daughter being over a stomach bug and we booked our first Disney cruise!

  • Lauren henry says:

    I am celebrating the snow coming this week even if others aren’t excited! I love it.

  • Hi Crystal! I have so much to celebrate this week! My daughter got student of the week last week. That may not sound like much, but she has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder and has been getting into trouble at school quite frequently this year. But I’ve been intentionally spending more time with her lately and I’ve noticed a positive change. So when she came home with her Student of the Week certificate I was ecstatic! Also, I’m celebrating me finally getting started with my own photography business and my own blog! I’ve contemplated doing both for so long but fear of failure has held me back. I finally decided to just do something, anything, to get me going and just taking small steps has given me the confidence I needed. I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it, because really I have no idea how to start a business or blog but resources and encouragement have come easily. I thank God for that!

  • sarah says:

    I celebrating the conclusion of the Legacy Journey class I lead at my church.

  • Felicia says:

    Im celebrating being able to sit down with my husband to play a game. Lol We have a toddler and newborn so life has been busy the last two months.

  • Theresa Smith says:

    I’m celebrating that 2 of my children will be married within a few weeks of each other (1 in August and 1 in September)!

  • Jennifer Budinger says:

    I am celebrating the end of my daughters’ swim season. They attended the Champs meet to swim relays with their team and they have both made such progress this year.

  • Sarah says:

    I am celebrating my first son’s fourth birthday this week! His excitement is contagious! My husband and I are also celebrating the return of Designated survivor! Last weeks episode did not disappoint!

  • Sarah says:

    We are celebrating our first litter of healthy rabbits this week! One step closer to our dream of self sufficiency!

  • Kelly White says:

    I am celebrating my first month of “eating clean” and cutting sugar from my family’s diet. EVERYBODY is feeling more chipper and less bogged down! Kicking off this week with family yoga! Here we go…

  • Meg says:

    We are celebrating the last week of school before spring break!

  • Kaethe Ward says:

    I’m still celebrating our quiet family game night here last night–and that my girls are getting so good at Scattegories. Big kids are so fun!

  • Pam says:

    Celebrating my daughter’s fantastic performance at her state swim meet!

  • Amy S says:

    We are celebrating changes in work schedules that now allow us to spend more time together and the arrival (or soon to be) of SPRING!

  • Jennifer W says:

    This week we’re celebrating the beginning of my sister-in-law’s marriage!

  • Jennie says:

    We just celebrated my husbands 40th birthday, so this week hopefully celebrating a more quiet week!

  • Sherry says:

    A trip to see our out of town son!

  • Danielle August says:

    This week, I am celebrating my daughter. She was recently offered a full time position at her work place (she was hired as seasonal). She is a very hard worker and I am extremely proud of her. I wish she could see herself through my eyes because she is important, valuable, amazing, beautiful (and so much more) but she doesn’t see it.

  • Melissa says:

    Celebrating Spring Break!

  • Danielle Wilcoxson says:

    This week I am celebrating the news that my father is cancer free after a long hard battle.

  • Jen Lehr says:

    I’m celebrating a beautiful sunny (although chilly) day before we get hit by a major snowstorm tonight/tomorrow morning!

  • Carrie says:

    I’m celebrating answers to prayer we’ve seen in our small group over the last couple weeks and the energy and mood improvements from exercise during that time, too!

  • Lynne Tretow says:

    My 3 boys, now becoming independent mature kind men!

  • Tracy says:

    This week I am celebrating my Godmother’s 50th Birthday.

  • Linda Anderson says:

    We are celebrating Spring Break!!!!! Need I say more?

  • Leigh says:

    Getting healthy and losing weight!

  • Dawn says:

    I am celebrating making it through another day as a single mom with two beautiful and amazing kids and that one of our pets who is sick (which the vet thinks is cancer) is still here and we still get to love her.

  • amber says:

    This week I am celebrating refinancing our house. We will go from 6% down to 3.8%. By doing this and paying a little extra on the principal each month we will have the house paid off in nine years.

  • Tricia says:

    I’m celebrating my baby boy Owen turning 1!

  • Katharine says:

    This is our year of celebration, so we are celebrating just about everything, Pi Day, Julius Caesar, and St. Patrick. Should be a great week.

  • Missy says:

    Yes, spring berak for us, too – AND my mother coming to town. We always have celebration when Nana is around!

  • Cassie M says:

    I am celebrating starting the week with two healthy kids. This past month we’ve had lots of sickness and injury so we are celebrating a fresh week with everyone healthy and safe!

  • Sheri Graham says:

    I am celebrating a small victory with my youngest son who has been really struggling with his reading! He is finally making progress! Praise the Lord!

  • Emily says:

    I am taking my daughter to her preschool screening today, she is so excited to go to school like her big sister! I am also celebrating because Spring Break begins next week! 🙂

  • Deanna says:

    I’m celebrating house projects being done and a friend’s new baby!

  • Amanda says:

    We are celebrating my boyfriend getting a new job! 🙂

  • Abbie says:

    I am celebrating the fact that my 7 year old son and I were able to successfully give three mission talks at Masses this past weekend. We were both nervous, but by the third one, we had it down pat. He’s even asking to do it again!

  • Rebecca says:

    I am celebrating making it to Term 4 of the school year! Whoop! 🙂 Preparing for and wanting more of God’s presence and guidance in my life, too.

  • Sarah says:

    We are celebrating snow on the ground!

  • Dara Purcell says:

    I’m celebrating my youngest daughter’s 3rd birthday!!

  • Rachel Brown says:

    Celebrating my husband’s birthday with a 24 hour kid-free getaway! Always love our time together!

  • Jill says:

    Spring is just around the corner!

  • Josephine Tam says:

    I’m celebrating my son’s birthday this week.

  • Amy says:

    I am celebrating sore muscles as I work on exercise becoming a habit!

  • Natasha says:

    I am celebrating spending time with my family. We have all been busy this winter and we are enjoying the slow down.

  • Naomi says:

    I am celebrating the life of my baby.

  • Lora says:

    Celebrating a school trip with my 14-year old daughter. She was 1 of 8 students (out of about 80) that was chosen to attend the EAST Conference (Environmental and Spacial Technology Conference). I love to see her shine! 🙂

  • Rhoda says:

    This week we celebrated being able to minister as a whole family at our church’s Kids Winter Retreat.

  • Kim says:

    This week, I am celebrating getting my taxes together and sending it off to the tax preparer!

  • Christine says:

    losing 8 lbs!

  • Angie says:

    I’m celebrating my daughter overcoming her hesitation to perform with her new-ish Irish dance group. She feels comfortable and is ready to perform as much as possible!

  • Kristen Martin says:

    Celebrated a college daughter who was home for spring break!!

  • Sara says:

    I am celebrating getting to the gym 6 days last week and going this morning, even though I really wanted to stay in bed and then once I was there to stop the treadmill. But I kept going. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’ll get there.

  • Teresa says:

    We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the start of spring this week.

  • Rachel says:

    I am celebrating that my 2nd son is coming home for a week spring break from Bible college. I’m taking 2 personal days from work this week. (I’m a teacher.) All my children will take a personal day from school this Friday so all 7 of us + my son’s girlfriend will enjoy family time together. (When you have 2 grown sons and children still in school, it’s rare to have all the family together at one time!)

  • Holley says:

    This week we’re celebrating my oldest son beginning homeschooling officially and our twins, Jacob and Julia, turned two months on Saturday!

  • Heather Luth says:

    I am celebrating it being the last week before Spring Break! I am really looking forward to having some extra time to spend with just my family.

  • Lisa Brown says:

    I am celebrating the start of a gratitude journal. I need to focus my mind on reality – the reality that my family is very blessed. So I started yesterday and I am excited to look back in a year at all the ways we have been blessed!!

  • Emily Nielsen says:

    We are on week 3 of lent! (My husband is a pastor)

  • Arianna says:

    I am celebrating the end of high school for my oldest son and his choice of the college he will attend in the fall.

  • Christina says:

    This week we are celebrating my husband’s birthday! Personally, I am celebrating adapting to a no sugar lifestyle and being consistently active.

  • LaTanya says:

    I’m celebrating my husband getting well. It might seem a small thing to be celebrating, but he’s been sick for over 2 weeks with sinus crud. A sick husband = a crabby husband. Poor thing has been miserable. He was finally back to his more positive, happy self yesterday and I’m so glad!

  • Kristen Zurick says:

    This week I am celebrating a snowstorm coming to the Northeast that will hopefully give me a chance to play in the snow with my littles! Thanks for a great giveaway.

    My husband and I love Designated Survivor too! It can be hard for us to find shows we both like to watch, but this is definitely one we both look forward to watching. This season seems to be off to a great start so far.

  • Becky says:

    Celebrating time with my 4 year old and 2 year old before our baby makes his appearance any day now

  • Wendi says:

    I’m celebrating that we are expecting a big snowstorm tomorrow and the children hope to have off school!

  • Renata says:

    We’re celebrating Pi Day, and St. Urho’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day this week!

  • Julia says:

    We are celebrating time to clean out the house! It’s gotten WAY out of hand!

  • Kim K. says:

    I am celebrating Spring Break this week. I am starting a whole new schedule and prioritizing my husband and family beginning today!

  • Leah Craig says:

    Within the span of a week, between March 9 & March 16, we have many birthdays in our family and also friends, including my niece, father, grandmother (all on the same day) , my brother, co-worker and several more. So, this week, I am celebrating family and friendships (more than usual). 🙂

  • Jeanine Woods says:

    I am celebrating the fact that I am finally starting to take the plunge on some things I’ve been afraid to do for quite a while, mostly due to your inspiration! Thanks for always being an encouragement to others!

  • Mrs. Daisy says:

    I am celebrating the fact that we are completely done with diapers and pull-ups! Our 3 year old is now regularly sleeping through the night with no accidents 🙂 #momlife

  • K Ann Guinn says:

    Thanks for a peek into your life, Crystal, as well as the opportunity to win some of your lovely books! Things I am celebrating this week include: almost being over vertigo, a week off of driving my oldest son to college & the fact that he is scheduled for his driving test this Friday!, the fact that we are healthy and strong to shovel the 12-18 inches or snow that is predicted to fall tomorrow (trying to find the silver lining), and that God keeps showing up in our lives in big and small ways.

  • Wanita says:

    We are celebrating snow and lots of it – we hope!

  • Wanita says:

    We are celebrating snow and lots of it – we hope, as we prepare for the big snow!

  • Dita says:

    Thank you for this great giveaway Crystal! I am celebrating my seven year old daughter’s first petite dance team competition yesterday! Lots of work and hours this season and they won four medals!! So happy for them. My daughter has found her joy 🙂

  • Tracy Roe says:

    I am celebrating my progress in physical therapy. I had a total knee replacement 2 1/2 weeks ago and I’m doing fantastic. I now get to move from my walker to my cane. Hard work definitely pays off!

  • Anne says:

    I am celebrating that my husband and I were able to tackle some house painting this weekend. Putting it on the calendar really helped us prepare for it and get motivated, which can be difficult with 3 kiddos running around.

  • Joanne Peterson says:

    Finding out my son has audio processing disorder, and the at home therapy we can implement to help him. This explains so much what was happening with taking directions, and his understanding what he thought he heard us say. Very grateful to be able to have answers and be able to move forward to help. He is now saying he knows the songs on the radio, and he thinks they are all new songs! To him they are new!

  • Felisha says:

    I’m celebrating buying a house after 3 years of credit building and living REALLY small!!! My husband and I slept in a storage closet for a year to make our space work ? This house is a dream come true!

  • Melinda says:

    I’m celebrating finally feeling better after being sick for 3 weeks.

  • Stacey says:

    I am celebrating that my youngest baby’s birthday is next week. I know I should be celebrating next week, and I will, but this week marks the final countdown to nursing during the day with him. While I am so thankful that I am and have been able to breastfeed him, especially after almost giving up after battling a lip ties and a tongue tie until he was 6 months. However I am so ready to have my body back (pregnant and/or nursing for the last 3.5 years) and not have to worry about if he’s eating enough or am I making enough milk. This Wednesday marks is my final 7 days and I am so happy (and a little sad) that this part of my baby days is coming to an end. Also celebrating his first birthday on Saturday and his baptism as well. Those are important too! 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    I’m celebrating time with one of my very best friends- she moved away 3 years ago so it’s fun having her back for a visit!

  • Amanda says:

    I’m celebrating my husband having consistent work again!

  • Kristy B says:

    This week I’m celebrating the birthday of my oldest, he is turning 6! Today was his due date, and in hindsight, I’m thankful he was a bit late. I’m cherishing these last few days of being 5.

  • Lisa S. says:

    I’m celebrating my children’s successes…my eight year old son slowly and methodically made spaghetti last night for the family, with only verbal prompts from me!

  • Jessica says:

    Good health! After a nasty stomach bug last week for my 3yr old I can’t be thankful enuf for the blessing it is!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’m celebrating new Etsy orders! I worked over the winter to re-do parts of my Etsy shop, and I’m so thankful for the sales that have been coming in this past month!

  • Michelle says:

    I am celebrating sunshine! Just being outdoors makes such a difference after being cooped up for some time. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Rachel says:

    I’m celebrating that this March I’m no longer suffering with post-partumdepression. I was cutting up last year’s calendar to make art projects with & thank God that through his help, my family, & my counselor that I’m free from that pain. Praise him!

  • Michelle says:

    This week I am going to celebrate a snow day home with the kids. I love having a relaxing day at home with the kids with nothing on the schedule.

  • Beth Butler says:

    I am celebrating the beginning of a new me with the THM diet. Its not easy to start, and I’m giving myself alot of grace to figure it out. All in time!

  • Amanda says:

    I’m celebrating the generosity of others. My family went out to lunch after church and another couple in the restaurant paid for our lunch. We didn’t know that they paid for our meal until they left. The server came up and told us as we were finishing. It was a lovely gesture of generosity! My five year old kept saying there are angels all around. How true it is!

  • Shauna Spriensma says:

    Our ten year anniversary is this week! Five sons later, I can’t believe how fast it goes!

  • Kaylee says:

    Celebrating with my daughter at a St Patrick’s Day party at our local library’s storytime program!

  • Lillian says:

    We’ve been changing up our homeschooling – switching some textbooks and revamping the schedule. The first week was a success!

  • Jen says:

    This week I’m celebrating my ideas of wanting to possibly starting my own blog and/or apparel line. Getting ideas typed or written out makes it more of a reality and a step forward!

  • Stephanie says:

    We are celebrating a great spring break week and lots of time together!! 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!! 🙂

  • Penni says:

    I’m celebrating the loss of a few pounds! Here’s to a new lifestyle!! 🙂

  • Lynnea says:

    I am celebrating enjoying my children while they are home for Spring Break!

  • Sheri says:

    I’m celebrating shopping with my only daughter for her first prom dress, where has the time gone???

  • Lindsay says:

    I’m celebrating an unexpected week off before I start a new job next week!

  • Nichole says:

    I’m still celebrating our new son. He’s 5 weeks old today and has been such a joy! He is our 6th son and his name is Jeremiah David. He’s also my first big, fat baby (all my other boys were on the little side) and it’s so wonderful to see such a roly poly little boy!! I’m also celebrating that he sleeps really well at night!! So many things to be grateful for… 😀

  • Tamah says:

    I’m celebrating family, memories made, and memories to come!

  • Robin says:

    This week I’m celebrating my daughter’s excellent report card. She continued worked really hard this quarter and it paid off!

  • Kim says:

    What a great stack of books!!

    Thanks for sharing your daily tasks list. Best of luck!!

  • Jenna says:

    I’m celebrating a husband who has forgiven me more times than is (or at least should be) humanly possible and a church family who I love and hope can be my church family forever.

  • This week I’m actually celebrating I’m not traveling any where. I’ve travelled the last four weeks for various (good) reasons and then I have to travel the next two weeks due to my son having surgery in Kansas City (we live in Wichita) and then going back a week later for his follow-up appointment. He has Autism, so the days that we do it in one day, it makes for very long days!

  • Lynn says:

    I am celebrating spring break and spending extra time with my family!

  • I am celebrating a week of not having to drive my kids somewhere daily. We homeschool and the public schools are off for the week, so all extracurricular activities are on hold this week as well – it’s nice not to spend more time at home 🙂

  • Samantha says:

    I’m celebrating one on one time with my youngest while olde brother visits my in-laws! One on one time is so infrequent, so important but so rare in our house.

  • Jennie says:

    I love to read and so many of these books are on my list!

  • Suzi says:

    Glad you are having a great week Crystal. I am celebrating the doctor’s report on my right eye, although I will be needing laser surgery in 2 weeks again. My left eye is blind, so this is all I have now. Great news and definitely worth celebrating. The Lord is in charge.

  • Sarah says:

    This week I’m celebrating my sons first time going on the potty. He is 3 1/2 years old and starting g school in the fall – you can imagine how anxious I’m getting that he isn’t potty trained yet. I am trying my best to extend patience and encouragement In the midst of my anxiety. I am so proud of my son for his accomplishment!

  • Ashley says:

    I am celebrating my last week of a slight vacation from work. (I’ve been working from home for 6 weeks to deal with a family member’s surgery.) I have learned a lot from this time, and my husband and I decided that I will be quitting my job soon to be a SAHM. I am so very excited about that. Lot’s to celebrate!

  • Sandra says:

    I’m not really celebrating too much although I’m excited for the big snowstorm we are to get during the night and into tomorrow morning! ?

  • Marissa says:

    I’m celebrating my baby girl turning 6 weeks old!

  • Casey t says:

    This week I am celebrating how God has helped me through anxiety and panic attacks. Even though I’m no where near cured, I’m never without God and that gets me through it. There is purpose in the pain and discomfort.

  • This week I’m celebrating the time change! I feel more productive when I get up before the sun. ?

  • Jordan says:

    My grandfather died of cancer Sunday morning so this week, along with celebrating his life, I am celebrating the opportunity to spend some quality time with extended family as well as spending time with my three boys (4,3, and 1) while i am on my leave from work. I am celebrating that my 4 year old has taken a recent interest in cooking because that is something that I can do for some quality time with him away from his brothers. I am also celebrating the fact that even tho my husband will not be able to spend more time than normal this week with me, that he has a job and supports his family the way he does.

  • Melissa says:

    Why does a stack of books make my heart so excited? It feels like such a luxury. I’m a mama of 10 kids at home and have recently had a cold for a few days, so as simple as it sounds, I’m celebrating the rest time I had when I spent the weekend in bed and at the same time the relief to be back on my feet at the most amazing job on earth. My husband and kids served me so lovingly, but it’s good for everyone when life returns to normal. We recently had the stomach flu go through our family….it was as so sweet to encourage my kids one by one to enjoy their sick days. I reminded them it was time to rest and refuel and to try to see the special nurturing as a gift from God. Each kiddo gets a sick buddy, to take care of their every whim, or more importantly in case the need Mom RIGHT NOW; a menu of sick day food items to choose from every meal, and unlimited popsicles and TV. Suddenly it makes throwing up… not so bad:)

  • Christina says:

    I am celebrating that my roommates and I found a place to rent. We just found out that we will have to move by July at the latest, and we were looking for a week but nothing seemed to be working out, and what seemed like it might work was already taken before we could even look at it. But we finally found a good deal and went for it. Praise the Lord!

  • Liz says:

    We are celebrating our first service in our new church building. My husband took on this project when our family of three moved here five years ago, and our life has revolved around it ever since. Two (and a half) more kids, countless late nights, days of inspections and research and architect drawings, back-breaking labor (thank you, God, for Epsom salts!), and several gray hairs later… we are finally moving out of an old furniture warehouse into a huge, beautiful (and not just because I’m bias?) facility. So thankful for the learning and growing that came from this crazy phase, and excited to see what’s coming next (but maybe after a short breather…?).

  • Jessica Sprunger says:

    I am celebrating our power at our house being restored! We’re from Detroit and had a windstorm blow through, taking out our power Wednesday afternoon through late last night, (Sunday). We don’t have family in the area, but we have church family! A sweet elderly lady from church took me, my husband, and our two little girls in while our house was frigid and dark. She is the sweetest, so we’re celebrating her gift of hospitality too! ❤

  • Marianne says:

    Can you share more about your “prep day?” Wondering if that is something that might make my life easier?
    Thanks!

  • Amy Ivey says:

    I am celebrating taking some significant important steps to improve my health. I took your course and finally found the courage and motivation to take care of myself. Thank you, Crystal! ❤

  • Anna L says:

    I’m celebrating my oldest daughter’s 8th birthday and all that God has done over these past 8 years in me as a mother. I can honestly say I love all 3 of my children now with more depth, kindness and patience than ever before- they’ve taught me so much about Father Gods love for me

  • Chris says:

    I’m celebrating some things God has been revealing to me lately. It’s always good to grow in the Lord!! Thanks for another giveaway, Crystal!!

  • Cari Webb says:

    We’re celebrating colder weather. I like winter!

  • Tehila says:

    I’m celebrating that even though I currently am stuck in bed with Viral Meningitis, my family are all doing their part in running the home and serving one another. Mama’s important but all that training is paying off so that she can be served too 🙂

  • Tracy says:

    I am celebrating getting to sleep in today

  • Terrie says:

    I am celebrating trying t be a blessing to others! Crystal, I would love you input on my blog!
    https://lovethelittlechildren.blogspot.com/

  • Katelynne says:

    I’m celebrating my oldest baby turning 5 tomorrow!

  • Lisa says:

    I’m celebrating that I’m learning how God is more than enough for me in every circumstance.

  • Annette says:

    Wow! People are celebrating so many amazing and touching things! I can’t compete. I am celebrating finally addressing the stress I have been feeling lately about my husband trying to start his own business. While I had been praying and telling people I was giving it up to God, I truly wasn’t. I am so glad my husband and I could talk it through and at mass on Sunday God came through to me. I know I need to lean on him now more than ever. Here is to celebrating a living God!

  • I am celebrating that my son, daughter in law and grandson were here this past weekend. We had great family time together. What a blessing.

  • Phoebe says:

    This week I am celebrating giving myself grace! I’ve been participating in a lifestyle change challenge and a healthy lifestyle is part of the change I want to make. But, unfortunately, I’ve been really off track the past couple of weeks. Today, I decided instead of beating myself up to claim “it’s ok” because I’ve a lot going on. Tomorrow is a good day to get back on track.

  • Anissa McBreen says:

    I love how honest and humble you are!
    Thanks for your blessings
    PS: I love Designated Survivor too!!

  • Kelly Hetherington says:

    I am celebrating the end of a fabulous bible study at my church! I met a group of amazing
    Women that I am looking forward to continuing building relationships with!

  • Kara k says:

    We are celebrating our 2 year gotcha day of our Doberman shepherd, Kamo!

  • Celebrating only 4 weeks to go before my third c-section!

  • Melissa C says:

    This week I am celebrating my daughter’s birthday.

  • Erin says:

    Our family will be celebrating our puppy’s one-year-old birthday tomorrow. ☺

  • Lim May Chin says:

    I just came back from a short holiday trip to Xian, China with 2 siblings, sister-in-law and cousin. I’m celebrating the bonds of family ties and caring and getting to know the welfare of each other-something that we didn’t have time for when we were younger. I’m also celebrating the joy of coming back to my own home and the routine of home-making and appreciating what a wonderful life we are blessed with even though my body is tired and the laundry is still undone!

  • Jodie says:

    I’m celebrating having my sister so close to me! After several years moving around as a military family, it’s so nice to be near family. We’re going to see Elton John together on Thursday–can’t wait!!!

  • Mari says:

    I am celebrating my 7 and 10 year olds first attempts at organized sports. They were terrified and both a bit on the reserved side, but they rocked. Starting with 15 Days to a Healthier You this year is about rediscovering life, my passions and intentional living.

  • Debbie says:

    Celebrating sweet friendships in the body of Christ.

  • Tedi Nelson says:

    We are celebrating my daughters from her third surgery in a year, the arrival of Snowmageddon and the start of my diet!! Would love these books to help distract me from food. 🙂

  • Faith says:

    Getting ready to move and would love some new books to try.

  • Jennifer Freese says:

    I am celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Adoption Day of my two youngest boys (ages 6 and 4) on St. Patrick’s Day! As a single mom with 4 boys, they were the unexpected completion to our family!

  • Katie says:

    There have been a lot of birthdays the last couple of weeks (my mom, my grandma, my aunt) and my husband’s is next week!. So thankful for family time (and cake!) 😉

  • Ann Brown says:

    I am celebrating my relationship with my husband, both of our relationships with our 7 kids (his/hers/ours), my renewed FAITH in Jesus, my blessings, my trials & tribulations, my husband’s life because after living with a fatal hereditary heart condition for 40 years he made it thru surgery and being on life support for 14 hours, learning to cope with the struggles that come with having a double compound fracture on my leg (beating a staph infection in my bones and STILL having a broken leg 14 months later), the opportunity to live my inlaws house because we lost our house on 3 acres and painting company once my hubby became disabled, strength to get out from under the strong holds of depression daily, being able to QUIT smoking after 20 years…. PRAISES BE TO JESUS for this opportunity to think about all of my blessings AND blessings in disguise…I could go on and on and didn’t ever really know it! Thank You Crystal for opening up a place to pour my thoughts and the opening of my eyes… ANOTHER thing to CELEBRATE!!!! ❤

  • Carol says:

    I am celebrating my granddaughter’s recovery from a recent infection that really had us worried. I’m also celebrating getting clean sheets on the bed tonight! I know, a little crazy, but I love to slip under the covers with clean sheets on the bed. ☺️

  • Melissa says:

    I am celebrating that the sun is out and the days have been gorgeous, I am back to Pure Barre after 3 weeks off due to travels, and that life will be ok even tho I had to cancel a church event due to uncharacteristically low attendance.

  • Cheryl says:

    I am celebrating that our youngest is finally catching on to her reading.

  • Tanya Willey says:

    I’m celebrating getting my pantry / kitchen more organized, and shopping smarter from now on as well. Been enjoying discovering healthier recipes for my Instant Pot, like a breakfast quinoa dish that is divine, that are inspiring me to eat better! I can’t wait to read Only Love Today, I’ll have to buy myself a Mothers Day gift this year I think!! Rachel is so inspiring!!

  • Carol says:

    I wanted to comment on the daily chores. I’ve done this for years and it helps me so much. I do bills and banking related tasks on Monday, dusting Tuesday, floors and bathroom on Wednesday. I also change the sheets on Wednesday. I did it today, this week, because I’m playing catch-up after being out of town to visit my daughter and little grand. Gotta be flexible! Thursday is laundry and any dog related tasks (cleaning their ears as an example), Friday is mostly errands~ getting our envelope money, gassing up my car, etc.

    This method helps me because otherwise I feel I must be cleaning all the time. Now that I have signed days to the chores, I can stop after dusting and not worry about vacuuming. Also, if I miss Tuesday dusting, it waits until the next week. For my personality, this has really helped, plus our house seems to be clean all the time vs. cleaning everything once a week. I’m not sure why. ? I’ll be anxious to hear how it works out for you.

  • kaye says:

    I’m celebrating that my dad got a clean bill of health after overcoming cancer over a year ago. Thank you Lord!

    Also, I’m so thankful for my family in Christ who encourage & challenge me daily.

  • Jessica says:

    I’m celebrating beautiful wildflowers after years of drought in California!

  • Bri says:

    I am celebrating completing volunteer training at our local pregnancy care center! 🙂

  • Rebecca says:

    Crystal, May I please ask what you do on “prep day”?
    Thanks
    Rebecca

  • Beth says:

    I am celebrating that after 18 years as volunteer Women’s Ministries Director at my church I have finally made the decision to retire. I’m looking forward to lots more reading and other fun things!

  • Mara Roberts says:

    I’m celebrating another day of being alive! I have stage 4 cancer and am trying to beat it through building up my immune system. I wasn’t walking two years ago and am feeling so grateful to be able to walk again, to chase after my sweet boys and to keep trusting in my Great Physician’s power to heal me in His perfect timing. I’m praying that each day His strength would truly be my joy while we continue to fight this challenging and daily battle. I’m loving this homemaking course as it is giving me new hope for my home and family!! Much love!! Mara

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Crystal! Im celebrating that school has been cancelled for tomorrow and we get to have a snow day hunkered down and snuggled up together!

  • Rachel says:

    I’m celebrating the fact that my husband and I are moving closer to our church and family this week!!!

  • Elizabeth H. says:

    My birthday on Friday. St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Ashey says:

    I’m celebrating my oldest son’s birthday this week ?

  • Danelle says:

    Celebrating negative results from my first 3-month follow up biopsy to cancer diagnosis this fall!

  • Dorothy says:

    I lead worship this week since our Pastor is away and it went well. So, we celebrated that.

  • Kim says:

    All of these titles look amazing. I love the idea of specifying one day for each chore. I’ve kind of loosely followed this…..wednesday menu planning/grocery list planning, Friday grocery shopping, Saturday or Sunday morning. meal prep for week. Certainly helps set my week up for success. I guess I’ll take it a step further and plan out the rest of my days! Keep up the good work and keep the great ideas coming!

  • Charlotte says:

    We just celebrated my youngest turning 3, and that he is making a little progress in his special education preschool.

  • Melissa Holliday says:

    I’m celebrating my super clean kitchen and my friend who helped clean!

  • Sara says:

    I’m celebrating because I’m making plans to spend Saturday giving a sweet foster mother a day off while we play with her three foster sons for the day. I love these sweet boys, their foster mom, and that we have the space in our van and home to give them an awesome playdate 🙂

  • Melanie Madden says:

    Happy Monday! I am celebrating “Sharing What you Can” with the kiddos at our school.

  • Chrissy says:

    We are celebrating on closing on a new house!! Weve been renting while waiting for our old house to sell after a job/state change for the hubs and we finally got to close on the new one today!!!

  • Dina says:

    I’m celebrating how well my daughter has blossomed at her new school. Over New Years we moved from Texas to North Dakota. It was a huge change. But it has been a blessing to my daughter to get a fresh start in a new school environment. She is a sophomore in high school.

  • Ashley H says:

    I’m celebrating my FIRST ever 5K which I ran on Saturday. I did not want to run because it was cold and only 20 degrees, but I did anyways. I even beat my goal time!

  • Rebekah says:

    Spring break for my online classes. ?

  • Lori Ward says:

    We are trying to rejoice in my husband’s Father’s life. He went home to be with Jesus yesterday. Unfortunately due to the huge snow storm in the east our flights were cancelled, so we’re unable to make it to the service. So we are trying to have our own celebration of his life.

  • Amanda says:

    After a long week of illness, we’re celebrating being (mostly) healthy again!

    • Denise says:

      I’m celebrating “spring is near, need to keep going”
      I get very depressed during this time of year as snow is still in the ground and I need some vitamin D and fresh air! It will be here soon- keep going strong! 🙂

  • Misty Tooker says:

    Among many things, we are celebrating the fact that we are taking a family “staycation” next week!

  • I am celebrating my final level 2 fieldwork for OccupationalTherapy Assistant degree! Graduating in May at age 46! Very excited!?

  • Tiffany says:

    Please enter me 🙂
    I’m celbrating getting some babysitters! We live away from family and it’s been lonely and we don’t get out much. Babysitters are a game changer for me!

  • Jennifer says:

    I am celebrating my 3 month old eating better & gaining weight & my Tarheels playing in the tourney!

  • Trisha says:

    So many great choices!

  • Sara says:

    We are celebrating my sons 5th birthday this week!

  • Elana says:

    Celebrating a snow day!

  • Holly Beth says:

    Tonight we celebrated the results from my girls’ bible quizzing competition this past weekend with an ice cream party! So proud of their team for placing second & of their hard work memorizing scripture :). This week will also be the 15th anniversary of my husband’s proposal <3

  • Reb says:

    We are celebrating PI Day tomorrow – but making some homemade pizzas for dinner; daddy working from home this week, while we homeschool nearby; and St. Patrick’s Day – looking for and talking about everything green!

  • Lori says:

    Celebrating the color green and linking it to early literacy skills this week! Love when holidays provide more opportunities to have fun learning.

  • Jennifer says:

    We are celebrating my son’s 11th birthday on Wednesday as well as Spring Break!

  • Dena M says:

    This week I am celebrating my son turning 6 months old! I’ve also been working on getting onto a cleaning schedule (but let’s be real… it’s very simple and realistic… 6 month old, y’all). ?

  • Andrea Gray says:

    My baby girl has a solo in her choir concert this week.

  • Erica says:

    Helllloooo dear! I am celebrating Joey Feek (kind of different, I know) from Joey & Rory. I’ve been so captivated by them and their love for God. I watched their movie the other day and she passed year ago. She inspires me as a mother to get closer with my faith and to remember what life is about

    Hugs to you and yours. 🙂

  • Casie says:

    We are celebrating my son finally being over the Flu! Last week was ROUGH!

  • Tina says:

    This week we are celebrating my youngest cousins upcoming wedding. She recently moved out of state but will be in our state this weekend. Still 4 hours away but hopefully will meet her and other friends and family along the trip at about a half way mark. If I won, I would share with her, my only other girl cousin on that side of the family.

  • Lindsey P says:

    Hi Crystal! I *hope* to be celebrating our family being healthy and happy by weeks end! My boys have been passing this cold back and forth for what seems like forever. Just when I get one through and I think we are in the clear, symptoms start up in the other! I hate seeing them feeling so low, and I have to admit that I am one exhausted mama! Reallllllly hoping that once I can get my oldest through this fever/cough he’s got going on that we can all celebrate toward the end of the week! And I can celebrate with a full night’s sleep–haha! ?

  • Jill Melendez says:

    We are celebrating friendship by visiting friends in California tomorrow. We are celebrating our little boys by taking them to Disneyland this week. We are celebrating life everyday by being thankful!

  • Tanja says:

    I love the way you handled your daughter forgetting lunch! We are celebrating spring break in our house and my first year as a teacher!

  • Dani R says:

    That the kids are working together to help build chairs without fighting.

  • amanda says:

    I am celebrating a medical bill that we paid that the hospital mixed up and is paying us back the ammount we paid!

  • Kathy Lougiu says:

    My son was given the role George Banks in the musical Mary Poppins! He did great! I couldn’t be prouder

  • Stephanie K says:

    I am celebrating not having to set my alarm for school tomorrow, the kids and I get to sleep in! And possibly going sledding for the first time this winter.

  • Pauline says:

    This week, I am celebrating the upcoming storm hitting the northeast tomorrow, and the resulting arm muscles, and diminished chicken/bingo wings (arm flab, lol), as a result of shoveling to commence! Ha! Thanks for a terrific offering of books! Would enjoy such a stack, working my way through them and sharing with others, too!

  • Ashley Atkins says:

    I am celebrating forgiveness. I am learning to forgive myself and others when I want to hammer in on wrong doing. A friend told me a month ago: every moment is an opportunity for Grace. To give it or receive it. I’m practicing living that. It’s freedom.

  • Amy larsen says:

    Hey! I am celebrating a week of time with my kids and husband with many adventures-movies, a St Patrick’s day parade, good food and a million memories. It is going to filled with blessings. Amy

    • Becky Davis says:

      I am celebrating the possibility of a snow day and possible day off work this week! More time to read some books!!

  • Rhonda says:

    I’m celebrating our house finally being done with the stomach flu! ☺

  • Melissa says:

    I’m celebrating a snow day relaxing with my family.

  • Carol G says:

    I’m celebrating quiet time alone.

  • Gina says:

    We are celebrating a week of no travel for my husband with lots of family time!!

  • Nathan says:

    This week I’m celebrating and grateful for Spring break!

  • Mindy says:

    I’m celebrating the fact that I can admit I’m not a perfect mom and that my kids love me regardless. Thankful for Jesus.

  • MaryAnn says:

    This week I am celebrating my cousins wedding.

  • L says:

    Therapy milestones after stroke

  • Lacey says:

    Love your inspirational post!

  • Abby says:

    Celebrating my little one learning how to walk along the couch ❤️

  • Julie Winkels says:

    I’m celebrating my sister’s birthday! Thankful for my family.

  • Andrea carlson says:

    Wow! Loved this blog entry! I have using an instant pot recently and it’s trial and error but I like it! I’d love to win the books-these look great!!

  • LaVerne says:

    I am celebrating being ME! Being who the Lord has meant for me to be! And being happy with that!

  • toni says:

    Celebrating a night away and hugs from my kiddos when I get home!

  • Heather Gresham says:

    I’m celebrating my littlest squish turning 1 month old!

  • Rebecca says:

    We are celebrating spring break!

  • Lori says:

    Hello, I’m celebrating that our home study (paperwork) for our adoption is almost finished.

  • Shannon s says:

    We are celebrating finally getting some serious snow here in Pa!! School is cancelled for tomorrow and my husband’s work already closed tonight..we are all so excited!!

  • Lori says:

    I am celebrating having my oldest child finally home after 9 months. She lives in Colorado and I have missed her so much! You really don’t know what you have until it’s gone! I have definitely learned not to take her for granted… We are sure happy to have her back for a few months ☺

  • Christy says:

    We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (early) by building a leprechaun trap!

  • Ladonna says:

    I am celebrating my eldest son’s birthday!! The years are flying by so fast!!

  • Casandra says:

    I am celebrating the beautiful sunny weather that we are having! ☀️

  • Samantha says:

    I recently made the leap to become an independent consultant selling a product that I love. It’s taken me out of my comfort zone, but I am succeeding in what I intended to do and am so grateful for that.

  • Heather says:

    Celebrating surviving day light saving as I teach 4 th grade and am a moms of three little precious girls all under the age of 6 years old!

  • Breann says:

    My youngest just had her 4th surgery and it’s required a lot of time that our family doesn’t get together. So, I am celebrating the times we get to be together

  • Atlanta Donohue says:

    This week I’m celebrating time. Me time to sit and relax, when I need it, time to watch the kids play, stop and listen to the kids more, spent the entire day Monday doing nothing but wherever my 4yrs daughter wanted – walked in the rain, played on the park, puzzles, reading books and netflix. I’d never felt so amazing after this day! (Tearing up trying this) I’ve found a new way of life ❤️

  • Jamie Snyder says:

    I’m celebrating a new workout habit being started, my father’s birthday, and some extra hours on my next paycheck ?

  • Sherry says:

    I am celebrating an extra week of spring break in our homeschool! Just because we can! I don’t typically deviate from the schedule, but we are well ahead of our schedule and have plenty of extra days in already.

  • Sheri Evans says:

    In northern Illinois and we are celebrating our last snow storm of the season and praying for a snow day tomorrow! (Wishfully thinking!)
    Thank you for all you do! You’re so helpful! ?

  • Nicole Hillman says:

    Celebrating baby steps, learning to be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, and trust God! I can’t do it all on my own.

  • Jessica says:

    Celebrating the fact that we are closer to family and enjoying every minute!

  • Andrea says:

    Hi Crystal! We are celebrating our two middle children! They passed their swim tests and both get to move up to the next level:). Also, our oldest learned a new crochet stitch, and our youngest is going on the potty! Wootwoot!!

  • Sara says:

    I’m celebrating a snow day that I get to spend hanging out with my guys.

  • Emily e says:

    I am celebrating my husband being home all week! No work travel!

  • Michelle says:

    Celebrating that I successfully tutored at home school co-op today (even with a few extras in class since the nursery was closed!).

  • Janelle says:

    We are celebrating having a snow day tomorrow! ??☃️❄️

  • Brenda nyberg says:

    Celebrating the way God has been faithful the last 10 years. Ten years ago my husband became ill with a rare autoimmune disease. He has taken us thur rough times and blessed us. Yes he is still disabled, lung damage on oxygen, neuropathy but he can still walk. Most of the time takes his granddaughters to school. God is faithful. We leave on a vacation Friday. Praise God!

  • Amber Tisue says:

    Hi!!!!!! I am celebrating the fact that I am back at running on the treadmill! I took a few months off and I can feel the difference. I am excited to see what this spring brings as my 8 year old loves to run outdoors with me which makes running more fun! Thanks for your inspiring posts! I would LOVE to win this stack of books!

  • Raechel Knox says:

    I’m celebrating that I followed what the Holy Spirit told me to do. I was urged to contact a friend, who I’ve been having tension with, to talk about it. It was hard as hell and I think we’ve been too hurt to continue life together but I’ve apologized and forgiven. It still hurts like hell to realize we probably won’t continue this friendship but I was obedient to God and that’s all I can do. And being obedient when I knew it was going to hurt, that’s a first for me and I want to celebrate it!

  • Joan says:

    I’m celebrating my youngest 13th birthday!

  • Alicia Whitten says:

    Celebrating that we have a week off together as a family in two weeks for spring break 🙂

  • Jackie says:

    We are celebrating paying down medical debt. We have had some huge medical out of pockets maximums lately. Thankfully, we have gotten a decent chunk cut out !

  • Michelle says:

    I am celebrating a snow day! So thankful to have some downtime with my family.

  • Carlie H says:

    I am celebrating winning our volleyball game Spring Break!

  • Kathleen Matthews says:

    Hi, I’m celebrating our electric bill being $90 due to becoming a ninja fire starter and being motivated to get the wood burner going when I get home from work even though I’m super tired. Hearing the electric heat running when I walk in the door is like nails on a chalkboard..lol also celebrating being in the home stretch (5 months to go) of my husband and I being credit card debt free!! Oh happy day!! Some free books would so awesome and such a treat!

  • Brandy says:

    We are celebrating my husband finally being back to work after being off for 4 months!!!
    $182/week for a family of 5 – covering christmas, a death in the family, bills, kids activities, and more.
    Reading is my thing. I have a LOVE for books. Unfortunately with the unexpected lay off (and using up all our savings just to survive), I haven’t been able to buy any new ones. I can’t borrow coloring books or journals from the library lol I think the choose love and no more perfect marriage would be amazing for where we are at right now. It tested every aspect of our family, our relationships, our friendships, etc. We are still standing through it all.

  • Kari says:

    We are celebrating have grandparents visit! The kids are LOVING the spoiling and extra attention! ☺

  • Tina says:

    I’m celebrating by allowing time for me each morning by meditating so I can start my days off well!

  • Anna Hutchinson says:

    I am celebrating becoming a small business owner!!

  • Rayelene says:

    We are celebrating spring break…..no agenda..no plans…just relaxing for the week!

  • Karen says:

    I’m celebrating our first snow day of the year and extra relaxed home bound time with my kiddos.

  • Michelle Tustin says:

    Our oldest daughters surprise engagement dinner tonight! So glad we got to be present for the proposal.

  • Stacey says:

    We are celebrating this beautiful weather we have had lately by prepping our garden & flower beds, playing outside & enjoying dinner on the patio (& sometimes breakfast too!)

  • Heidi says:

    Hello! I am celebrating mine and my husbands 10 year wedding anniversary! 10 years, 2 moves and 2 beautiful little girls later…he still gives me butterflies 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    I’m celebrating being able to take our family with my husband when he has to travel for work.

  • MARLO says:

    I am contacting a recommitment to family and spending quality time with them. I am celebrating being in a new church which is faithful and has vision. I am celebrating the gift of God’s grace in life circumstances. I am also celebrating a successful beginning to a healthy living journey. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Ellie Shaw says:

    I am celebrating a tough week and I made it. My divorce was finalized, which is tough enough but then my step kids ( who really are my kids no matter if we are married) grandma passed away. I got to see my oldest step son and see all my boys in one room. I made it, sad, crying mess, but I made it stronger than ever. I even started reading a book you recommended. Wonder! So far I love it! ( I just got from amazon) thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow path

  • Sophie says:

    Celebrating that we have a family vacation coming up!

  • Michelle says:

    I am celebrating that even though I don’t have children of my own I am surrounded by so many children I can pour into. Today I had a tea party with 4 girls and 4 boys ranging in ages 3mths -12yrs. (Obviously baby didn’t have tea. I was wearing him in a wrap.)

  • Michelle says:

    I am celebrating that even though I don’t have children of my own I am surrounded by so many children I can pour into. Today I had a tea party with 4 girls and 4 boys ranging in ages 3mths -12yrs. (Obviously baby didn’t have tea. I was wearing him in a wrap.)

  • Rebecca says:

    I am celebrating a week at home with my family. We are staying home and hanging in our favorite spots around town.

  • Tracey says:

    We’re celebrating that my stepkids are here this week, my 15 year old got her temps to drive and my other daughter turns 15 on Friday. It’s gonna be a great week!

  • Amber says:

    I am celebrating my spring break. I have so many things I want to accomplish, but it’s nice to have time off to relax and get in the right mindset.

  • Bonita timmons says:

    Celebrating how God is helping me to take it one day at a time in a new state…and homeschooling with a 3 yr old and 8 yr old..

  • Deidra says:

    I’m celebrating my commitment to a weight loss challenge at work. If I put my mind to something “I CAN DO IT”!

  • Courtney Fisher says:

    Today I am celebrating the fact that my mom’s tumors in her lungs have not grown. Trying a new treatment next week to try and shrink them! Staying positive!

  • Kim D says:

    We are celebrating my husband’s birthday on Saturday!

  • Tiffany says:

    We are celebrating my grandfather’s 80th birthday this week!

  • Deborah Combs says:

    I am celebrating spring break and booking a family vacation for 2018 for our 40th wedding anniversary.

  • Teresa B says:

    I am celebrating coming home from a 10 day vacation to a clean house (done before we left) and knocking out all those post vacations errands and chores in one day. Back to my normal routine!

  • Julie F says:

    Celebrating thankfulness

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m celebrating unpacking more boxes and seeing the carpet again!!!

  • Crista says:

    I’m celebrating God ‘s gift of grace and second chances. Thankful He doesn’t give up on us

  • Amanda Banks says:

    I am celebrating Spring Break with my two kiddos! I’m looking forward to relaxing and rejuvenating this week!

  • E says:

    I am celebrating being back at work and in routine after 3 weeks of holidays! Settling back into ‘normal’ life is not that easy, but I am enjoying the familiar again!

  • Sandra Tena says:

    I’m celebrating our first official week of homeschooling, its been exciting and scary all at the same time, but I’m trusting that this is what The Lord has called us to do.

  • Brandi Lee says:

    I’m celebrating the opportunity to spend more time with my daughter outside as the weather warms up 🙂

  • Jamie says:

    I’m celebrating the whole family being done with the flu!

  • Maggie says:

    Celebrating my husband who–before leaving on a work trip–washed and put away ALL of our (four-person) family’s laundry. He knew it would lighten my load & my spirit! <3

  • Anne says:

    Celebrating birthdays a little early here!

  • Miranda says:

    This week we are celebrating spring break, plus both of my niece’s birthdays. We are using the extra time to reconnect.

  • Diana C says:

    We are celebrating the first big snow of the season, a few days before the start of spring! haha ?

    “Lilac Girls” is on my ‘to read’ list on Good Reads. I would love to win it, along with the other items. Thanks for the chance!

  • Michelle Bonk says:

    We are celebrating March Break – and a potential snow day tomorrow!

  • Nora Motomal says:

    Celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary on the 16th, St. Patty’s Day with family on the 17th and my first area meeting with my DS business on the 18th!

  • Susanna S. says:

    We’re celebrating my husband’s grandmother turning 87! She’s one of the Godliest, sweetest, most wonderful women I know.

  • Megan says:

    I’m celebrating going to see my nephews(and their parents, haha!) this coming weekend!

  • Bethany says:

    Celebrating the arrival of my
    precious new niece, Adelynn!

  • Jamie says:

    I am celebrating weaning my 2 year old. It’s the first time in 6 years I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding. 🙂

  • Nancy C says:

    I am celebrating that my husband still has a job and we are almost done with our school year.

  • Dolly says:

    Spring Break at the farm!

  • Rosemary says:

    We are celebrating the huge snowstorm that’s due to arrive in the next few hours. We’re in the 18″-24″ range for snowfall, so it’s going to be quite a sight by the time it’s all done. We’re also on break this week, so we can handle the extra work/chores that the storm brings, while not having to hurry or deal with school work at the same time. My boys are both teens, so they are a huge help to me—especially when it comes to bringing in wood for the wood stove! It would be lovely to win some new books to read. 🙂

  • Janet says:

    I am celebrating a really tough week, which sounds strange, but I’m truly thankful!

    My husband and I rarely argue, but we had one of those ugly fights where everybody is fuming and nobody is talking. While I was still working on getting to the place where I remember that he really is a wonderful man and that he’s my most precious relationship here on earth, he made a series of overtures to let me know that he loves me and to make sure that the argument was over and that we were good again.

    At the same time, we were let down (again!) in a major way by someone we have been depending upon to work with us on our side business, and we’ve realized that we just can’t trust him anymore. So now we have to find someone else (which is scary because we don’t know where to turn, and sad because it will probably mean the end of the relationship with him).

    While this doesn’t sound like much of a week to celebrate, I believe it is. I have, once again, been reminded of just how much my husband truly loves me, how God will always provide for us, and that together we’ll be able to figure out the answers we need in the right time, which is pretty amazing!

  • Jen mc says:

    Enjoying getting back into a routine after a couple relaxed weeks with company!

  • Liri says:

    I am celebrating daylight at 6:30pm! This makes me so happy after a long dreary winter.

  • Karla says:

    I’m celebrating growth. That means more patience!

  • Nicole says:

    I’m celebrating the fact that I’ve actually been able to keep up with Stacy’s Home Management course!! I’ve been doing the course with the Facebook page and I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it and trying something new. I’m a SAHM of 3 and most days it feels like I’m a mom of 12 because I’m so overwhelmed. But this course has been really great and I’m doing great with it. So it’s celebration time for sure!! Woo hoo!! 🙂
    And it’s my hubby (& his twin brother’s) 39th birthday this week. So there’s that too. Ha ha!! 😉

  • Reeca says:

    I am celebrating that it is almost spring! And next week starts spring break.

  • Chantel says:

    I am celebrating my progress in the realm of self discipline. For the month of March I have been attempting to be truly disciplined and complete my home blessings by 9 am each morning – the last few days I’ve successfully finished by 11 am and 10 am! I’m almost there and it’s only 1/2 way through the month. It’s amazing how focus and dedication to ignoring the phone can make picking up the house happen so much quicker to give me the freedom I desire with my true priorities: my sweet daughters! Can’t wait to reach that 9 am goal and stick with it to build the new 21 day habit!!

  • Jennifer Simmons says:

    We are celebrating my son being seizure free for 2 weeks!!

  • Marsha says:

    I’m celebrating the last day of marriage class we took at church and all the wonderful things I learned.

  • Amy Boisjolie says:

    I am celebrating life. I am working on myself, peace & gratitude. What an awesome time to wash away the darkness of winter & celebrate the beautiful light in the sky!

  • Courtney Lemon says:

    We celebrated Purim last night and are enjoying the beautiful spring-like days that have arrived.

  • Sarah Larson says:

    I am celebrating what God is teaching through an online Bible study.

  • Krissti Bryant says:

    I’m celebrating a big move. We are relocating our family of 7 from Mississippi to Tennessee we are missionaries to the states.

  • Karissa says:

    I am celebrating life, just had a beautiful baby girl! 🙂

  • Tara says:

    I’m celebrating that the final reservations have been made for a trip to Europe that I have been working and saving for the last THREE years!
    I’d love these books for the plane ride! 😉

  • Melanie says:

    I am celebrating an unexpected 4 hours off work today. I love it when I get to come home early!

  • Jennifer says:

    I am celebrating a great homeschool day with my two sons. An afternoon of baking and cooking together done. More than happy I’m caught up with dishes now and get to go to sleep. Fun giveaway. Love this idea! Thanks.

  • Chloe says:

    I am celebrating the blessings of fellowship with fellow believers. It is so wonderful to praise the Lord together!

  • Hannah says:

    I am celebrating 8 years of marriage to my husband (3-14-09). We are celebrating by driving our 2 cars to Detroit to sell one of them to his uncle, cause he doesn’t have one. And then staying over night at his place and then leisurely taking our time to road trip back home.

    It wasn’t our first plan, but it’s been awhile since we road tripped ( not sense we dated).

    Plus my mom is taking our 3 kids during the weekend.

    *ps if your looking for something to watch and have Netflix the British Baking Show is wonderful.

  • Allison says:

    I am celebrating the baby steps of a healing process that my son is going through. It’s been a rough journey and months of tests, but God has been good to us and we praise Him for progress even through the pain. Thank you for your encouragement, Crystal. I love what you share here. Blessings!

  • Amber says:

    I’m celebrating my extraordinary life with a happy, healthy family. We are able to chose our God, church and our boys homeschooling education. Our country is still the best on earth and we are thanking God for our blessings.

  • I’m celebrating I decluttered all my clothes and only kept 1/3!!!

  • Tiffany says:

    I’m celebrating my husband this week he has lost 60 pounds and has lowered his blood sugar.

  • Tina says:

    I am celebrating that God is a Good, Good Father even in and especially in the tough times!

  • Mary Jo Mast says:

    Today I celebrated God’s grace and love in the midst of all the messiness of being a Mom!

  • Kristi Long says:

    This week, we celebrated my husband getting a major promotion! A total answer to so many prayers. So excited for him and for our family! 🙂

  • Sara D says:

    We are celebrating making it to 38 weeks with baby 4, and looking forward to meeting her soon. God is amazing!

  • Megha says:

    I’m celebrating a long weekend with my awesome family. Normally we try to go on a little trip, but we had an amazing weekend hanging out together at home. We played board games, watched movies, did lots of snuggling, and had some heartfelt talks about life and faith. We don’t always get along as well as we have the past few days 😉 but I’m so very grateful for my tribe. <3

  • Kelly says:

    I’m celebrating my kids motherhood. My oldest lost another tooth and my youngest is teething with molars coming in. And they’ve both recently had growth spurts. I’m feeling especially blessed to be a mom of two beautiful healthy girls.

  • Jessica says:

    We are celebrating positive changes and new beginnings! We just moved to a new city (which is a good thing) for a new job for my husband (which is a great thing). Onward and upward 🙂

  • Nancy says:

    I’m celebrating the last week of school before Spring Break! I love getting to spend time with my son…and sleeping in!

  • Michelle C. says:

    This week I will be celebrating my oldest daughter’s birthday. She turns 23 years old!!!!

  • Lenore says:

    I am celebrating and being grateful for being healthy since I just visited a family member at the hospital. It’s good to be grateful.

  • Jenia VanHorn says:

    Celebrating Spring Break and enjoying the week with my kids!

  • Erin says:

    I’m celebrating life despite a very emotionally difficult last week. Despite of it all, I am learning that His plans are much greater than mine and I need to put my fears in His hands, one step at a time. So I celebrate all the blessings that I do have!

  • Anna says:

    I’m celebrating arrival of my mom to help with kids, house and life for 6 months. All the way from Russia. With love.
    She lands in 24 hours and I cannot wait!

  • Katherine says:

    Hi! I’m celebrating the purchase of an XBox for my 5 boys that my husband just bought for March Break. We’re usually about for nature hikes and cross country skiing, but due to the fact my oldest who is 9 years which has been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, we have had to switch gears completely. Looking forward to playing the games with them these next few days! They can hardly believe it!

  • Molly says:

    I am celebrating the fact that I have gone to the Bible class at church two Sundays in a row (I had really gotten out of the habit of going to church on Sundays, since I’m involved in a mid-week ministry). I am also celebrating the fact that I’ve gotten back into reading my Bible every day. I am so grateful that our God is a patient God.

  • Rebecc says:

    One of my boys is having a birthday tomorrow, so that will be a celebration! And even tho he is testing me and my sanity at times, I’m glad he is a part of our family. I know the lord put him with us for a reason! (I have a feeling it was for me to learn patience…) And I guess I’m feeling proud of myself for getting a little more organized by planning my day out the night before. It really does make things run more smoothly the next day!

  • Sally m. says:

    Life and family. We had a friend recently pass unexpectalntly. Her legacy has amazed me in all the people she has touched and how ever her death has professed Jesus and is changing lives. So this week I have hugged my kids more, kishe’d my husband more, and told everyone how much I appreciate them. Each day is special.

  • Renee says:

    I am celebrating family as I enjoy visits from both my husband’s family and mine as my son and I continue on through my husband’s deployment.

  • Jolene says:

    My sister and her family are leaving us next week, so we are celebrating some precious time together with our families, letting the kids play together and cuddling my brand new little niece, because next time we see her she won’t be a wee baby anymore.

  • Kayla says:

    I am celebrating being coffee/caffeine free. I recently discovered that my irritableness and excessive worrying was a result of recently drinking too much coffee. Since I’ve cut it out the end of last week I’ve been feeling more like myself!

  • Anna says:

    I’m celebrating my mom who’s flying in from Russia to help with the kids, house, and life. Can’t wait! 24 hours till she lands!

  • Michelle says:

    I’m celebrating my 11th Anniversary this Friday! I am remembering our wedding night, honeymoon and celebrating the life we created with our 2 beautiful daughters.

  • Doreen Springborn says:

    I am celebrating finishing my nephew’s memory quilt. My local library keeps a running dollar amount on how much money I have saved by checking out books for the year. My savings for 2017 so far is $299. I do enjoy reading. The library has introduced me to adult coloring also. I would be so pleased if I should win this stack of books. Thank you!!

  • Amanda Langworthy says:

    I’m celebrating that the next 4 weeks of our homeschool days are planned out.

  • Kristyn says:

    I’m celebrating time with extended family – always worth the time and effort to make it happen!

  • Christy w says:

    My husband and I are celebrating gratitude. Choosing a life of gratitude and passion, and by doing so honoring the love for all beings and creatures. Celebrating the small stuff.
    Hopefully this message finds y’all having a good day.

  • Alyssa says:

    I am celebrating my husband, our health and our love. We have been facing difficulty with something we are longing for that seems to be happening for every couple around us, just not to us. We struggle to remember that in due time and at gods will we will be just as blessed.

  • Brandi says:

    I am celebrating my daughter’s 6th birthday tomorrow! She is a gift from a God and our family’s wouldn’t be complete without her.

  • Holly says:

    I am celebrating my marriage. Sixteen years and still learning a lot about each other.

  • Lauren says:

    Celebrating my husband and I surviving installing ceiling drywall without our bodies breaking! Lol

  • Joyce says:

    I am trying to get more organized and get more things done. I do appreciate all your tips, but I am in a wheelchair so that limits me somewhat, and it seems that I am always cooking. Maybe I’ll win your books and find more helpful hints. Thanks

  • Michelle says:

    I am celebrating being pregnant with twins! However, I am on bed rest so these books would be great to have right now!

  • Sara says:

    I’m Celebrating a healthy family and our last (hopefully) snowfall before spring!!

  • Harmony says:

    I’m celebrating a snow day with friends!

  • Erin says:

    I am celebrating the blessing that Thrive has been in my life these past few months, both the products and the business. I am feeling so much healthier and happier, and it’s a blessing to share my experience to help others.

  • Ashley says:

    I’m celebrating family, my family!! We go thru struggles everyday, sometimes we argue and fight, sometimes we can’t stand to be apart. Sometimes we want to be left alone and other times we just want to hold each other and cry but no matter what day we are having, me, my husband and our 6 kids, 2 of which really don’t stay wt us full term, know that whatever is thrown our way we will be able to handle it and stick together. We are far from perfect, nor do we pretend to be. We accept the mistakes, the flaws, the up & downs because we know that we will stand by each other and never break. I wouldn’t know who, where or what I would be doin if it wasn’t for my wonderful FAMILY I do have and I know the same is said from them

  • Elisa says:

    I am celebrating the hearts of my three kids ages 1 to 9. After praying with my two oldest at bedtime, I was just so thankful for them! They’re all hilarious and such a blessing to my husband and I! And I was painfully aware of how I don’t celebrate and praise them enough.

  • Ida says:

    I am celebrating God’s grace and mercy and protection over us. My sister rolled her car and totaled it this morning, she is o.k. with only one little scratch on her leg! A couple Windows were busted out, and the car is smashed up pretty bad….. I am very grateful God spared her life!!

  • Natalie says:

    I am celebrating because my sister announced she and her husband are expecting their first baby im September!
    And of course celebrating St. Patrick’s day since we are Traditional Roman Catholic! 🙂

  • Courtney Hall says:

    I’m celebrating my birthday for once! We always skip my bday because my boys are the week after. Mom always gets over looked. But not this time❤

  • Tonya says:

    This week I am celebrating the fact that I made a purchase of a puppy that has created a more unified family. In the past week, everyone has pitched in, spent much more time together and have shared many more laughs. My thirteen year old told me that she feels as though the house is alive again. She has benefited the most and has a more positive outlook on everything. It really makes my heart smile:-)

  • Sara says:

    This week I’m celebrating warmer weather here in Utah…and my little toddler’s birthday! ???❤

  • Tasha Lamoreaux says:

    I’m celebrating having all of my 11 children together for the first time. My oldest son just returned from a mission to Samoa. Our youngest son was born while the oldest was gone, so it was heaven having them all here!

  • Cathi Smith says:

    I’m celebrating two significant things 🙂 . My son who has been working in London as a Paramedic for over a year turned up on the doorstep for a surprise visit!! He is here for a week and completely took my by surprise 🙂 .
    I’m also celebrating the fact that my 16 year old son and I are coping really well with threats of violence and death by our next door neighbours. We are currently staying with a friend and have all of our cats and our lives.

  • Jenn says:

    I’m celebrating my baby girl choosing her career path over a few friends who begged her to go to the local high school with them. She got accepted into a high school that offers biomed classes and she’ll be able to start taking college classes the following year. Her decision took a day after receiving her acceptance, but I am so proud of her for making the decision on her own. When she told one of her friends that she chose to accept her acceptance, the friend said its okay we can hang out outside of school. My daughter gave me the play by play as her young emotions pulled her in different directions. I kept it cool, and listened without apply any pressure. When she was looking at school options last year I suggested that she focus on something she wants to go to college for, so she can decide if she really wants to spend 10+ years on studying to be a surgeon (before I have to pay). We our thrilled to see our hard parenting work paying off. It’s official she’s fully enrolled and it was all her choice 😉

  • Anna says:

    We are celebrating my daughter’s 3rd birthday with a fun tea outing!!

  • Christa says:

    I’m celebrating my wonderful husband and two children ?

  • Kathy L says:

    Your story about giving the note to your daughter when she forgot her lunch caused me to remember a day in grade school (I’m 56, so that was a looong time ago). My mom and I had a disagreement. I walked out without “letting” her give me a good-bye kiss. When I opened my lunch, there was a piece of paper with a lipstick kiss on it. It made me feel so good.

  • Sarah says:

    I am celebrating my truck driving husband making it home this week as I only see him 3 days a month. And working through our house: thinning out our clutter. Plus pushing my son to finish rewiring my office so I can workin there again. 150 year old house with wiring from every decade that we’ve decided is a lot riskier than we are comfortable with. Busy month!

  • Jenn says:

    To be completely honest, I’m not celebrating much this week. I’m trying to refinance my mortgage after a divorce and I’m scared to death it won’t go through and I’ll lose my home. Leaning more on my faith than I think I ever have before and trying not to worry but it’s difficult.
    Thank you so much for your honest and very real posts. The one about your daughter forgetting her lunch really stayed with me. My dad has been so encouraging through this refinance process and even as an adult, that has been priceless.

  • Deborah says:

    I am intrigued by this blog and would love to win the books.

  • Terry C says:

    I am celebrating my sons upcoming wedding. Can’t wait.

  • Kiera Yaniga says:

    I am celebrating being in less pain after having a ruptured disc in my neck removed and fused Friday.

  • Betsy says:

    We are celebrating a BIG bed for our 2 year old after he has been sleeping in a pack n play for the last six months. Woot!! Amazon delivers, who knew!? 😉

  • Judy says:

    I am celebrating new beginnings. My third daughter was accepted to the college of her choice and into the Honors Program. She is so excited to start next fall and we are so proud of the women she has become.

  • Alison C. says:

    In our house we’re celebrating eating healthier! We’ve been tried to eat less processed foods, so that means more time in the kitchen, which is a great way for is to spend quality time together as a family.

  • marcie says:

    My mom had a stroke 3 weeks ago and after time spent in the hospital and rehab, she is finally showing signs that she may have improved enough to come home. Praising God.

  • Amanda says: