Week in Review 

My sweet family is having an awesome week and I hope yours does,  too.

This tiny girl is getting bigger and more grown up every day.  Her little personality is coming out more and more. 

Even when she’s grumpy she’s still so much fun. 

And our sweet Emorie.  She is loving school and is learning so much. 

And she’s growing soooooo fast!!


We are all doing well and enjoying life. 

Even though the weather is rainy this week, I hope you can find some sunshine.  Thanks for reading. 

Easy Homemade Pizza 


A few days ago,  my husband came home from work talking about making homemade pizza.  I was skeptical but decided to humor him. 

The pizza recipe he gave me was delicious and easy.  I enjoyed it and will make it again. 

You will need some frozen canned pizza dough.  You’ll find it in the freezer cases next to the biscuit dough in a cylindrical can. You will also need your choice of pizza sauce,  your choice of toppings, grated cheese,  butter, and  a baking sheet. Also, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. 

Take your dough out of the can and gently roll it out onto the lightly greased baking sheet.  Make sure you roll the dough flat. 

We wanted some sausage and pepperoni on our pizza,  so we browned our sausage while our dough baked. After your sausage cooks, drain it and crumble it up. 

When your pizza crust has baked for seven minutes and is completely cooked,  Put your pizza sauce on your pizza, taking care to spread it evenly. 

Next,  add your grated cheese to the top of the pizza. 

Add your toppings 

Cook your pizza at 425 door three minutes, or until the cheese has melted. When it’s done cooking,  let the pizza cool for a few minutes before eating. 

Enjoy!!

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Best Bibles and Devotionals for Kids!

For awhile now,  I’ve been posting top five lists related to children on Mondays. Today I thought I’d share some children’s Bibles and devotion books with you. 

1. The Beginners Bible for Toddlers 

This was Emorie’s first Bible and soon we’ll order one for Aubrey.  The Bible has colorful illustrations and is a very durable board book. It costs less than $10, too.

2. The Big Picture Storybook Bible 

This is the Bible we bought our oldest last year.  We originally bought it because it aligned to the Sunday School curriculum that is used at our church. We love the way it’s written so that the verses are easily understandable. There are pictures,  there are sections for parents and there’s even an Android app that goes along with the Bible. 

3.100 Favorite Bible Verses for Mommy and Me 

My grandparents gave us a copy of this devotional a awhile back.  We have been reading and enjoying it.  Each section contains a devotion for kids on one side of the page and a devotion for adults on the other side of the page.  It’s a great way to make sure you’re getting your daily quiet times in.

4. The Bible Storybook for Girls is a very neat devotional book.  We have only recently purchased this one so it’s still very new to us.  We really appreciate the brightly colored illustrations and we love how the devotions are worded.

5. Bedtime Devotions with Jesus 

 We use this devotion a lot,  and in fact, I like it better than any of the others I mentioned.  Two pastors who’ve preached revival at my church are published in this book.  
What Bibles or devotions do you use in your home? 

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A new creation 

Let me begin by telling you what I’ve dealt with recently.  In my personal life I am enduring something that is not likely to change or improve. I have faith that if it is God’s will, he will intervene and things will turn out like I hope. The hard part is knowing that it may not be His will. That’s why I’m struggling. Lots of people are currently /have been on this exact same struggle and that’s ok. 

What isn’t ok is that I have allowed this situation to cause me to be discouraged.  I’ve allowed this situation to influence my walk with God in a negative way and I’ve gotten away from Him. 

I’ve talked recently to my pastor about this and with some close friends and family members.  Early this morning I was reading a Christian magazine that our church gets and I fell upon 2 Corinthians 5:17. 

I’m not a Bible scholar by any means,  so often when I’m reading my Bible, there are things I don’t understand.  I recently read a commentary that explained the verse like this :

In Paul’s language, to be “in Christ” meant to be united with him in faith and in baptism. To be a new creation literally meant it is as though you were born again. Your old ways and your old life passed away and your new, renewed spirit is like a new creature. (See also Romans 6:3-4, Titus 3:5,  and Isaiah 43:18-19).

This morning,  I realized just how far away I’ve gotten and how I’m pulling other members of my household along with me.  I made the commitment to lay my burden at His feet and simply trust God and His will for my life. I challenge anyone who is in the valley with me to do the same. 

Thank you for reading and for allowing me to be transparent.  

Your Friend,

New Creation,  but still a constant work in progress. 

Weekend Reading

I hope you have had a great week. We did, but we had a very busy week. First of all, we had revival week at our church. It was wonderful, and despite some obligations at work, I was able to attend all but one night of services. We were very blessed and uplifted by the revival. If you’re wondering why I didn’t blog much this past week, well, this is why.

Fortunately, I am using this weekend to catch up on some much needed tasks around the house and the blog. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not still reading and enjoying some wonderful magazine articles and posts from other bloggers 🙂

cookie-clCountry Living- Fall cookie recipes that are better than apple pie

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Southern Living: Fall’s Best Outdoor Spaces

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Better Homes and Gardens: Your Home’s Fall Checklist

Enjoy! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Taming the paper clutter 

​I don’t know about you, but we surely seem to be drowning in paper, and I don’t mean the spendable kind.  
Each day,  it seems like there is a lot of mail, Emorie’s school papers and who knows what else.  I thought for this week’s organization post we could talk about methods of management for all the papers. 

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1. Sort that mail!
In our house,  we have three mail bins. One is for outgoing mail,  while the other is for bills and one is for anything that needs to be filed. Anything else goes straight to the shredder.

3. Use a paper shredder 

You would be surprised how much junk mail we get each month. Our papery shredder really comes in handy.  I’ve started shredding junk mail as soon as it comes in.  

5. National “Do Not Mail” List 

Yes,  it’s a thing and it’s awesome. Remember when the “do not call” list first became popular? This is the same kind of thing but for opting out of Unwanted bulk mail. I encourage you to try. 

6. Finance binder

We use a finance binder to hold on to bill stubs and other documents.  It’s nice having all of those things in one convenient place and it truly does help you track where your money is going. 

7.Put Those School Papers in A Folder

We use two fingers at our home.  One is for parent communications and one for homework.  This is working well so far. 

What paper organization tips do you use? Feel free to comment below and share!!
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Approaching Toddler Town: My Favorite Products for My Almost Toddler 

My baby is almost not a baby anymore.  Boy, did it hurt to write that.  At ten months (almost eleven months)  she is a tiny,  giggly bundle of personality,  energy and sass.

As we are getting closer to having a one year old,  here are some things we could not live without for our tiny girl.

1.5 ounce Nuk Learner Cup 

Little Miss is picky about her sippy cups.  We have just started offering her a cup and we went through about six different kinds before we found one she’d take. These have a soft spout like a bottle,  are easy to clean and they are cute. 

2. Surprise by Stride Rite

Earlier this year,  Target began selling a line of shoes created by Stride Ride.  They are moderately priced,  which I think is important,  since they seem to outgrow shoes so quickly.  The shoes are well made and cute, and sturdy enough for when she decides to walk independently. 

3. Oxo Roll up Bib

This thing is awesome!!  It protects baby’s clothes by catching spills and dribbles,  and it wipes clean.  If you buy nothing else on this list,  buy this Bib.

4. Britax Marathon convertible seat 

My oldest daughter used this car seat from eighteen months until she turned five.  It’s not the cheapest seat on the market but it’s well worth the money. We’re buying another for Aubrey. 

I hope this list is helpful.  As always,  please feel free to comment and add anything I may have left out. 

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Sunday Scripture: John 15:5

Yesterday I was sitting on the back porch and I looked down to see this sweet little flower growing around our spindle. 

I have torn down the vine several times and I’ve sprayed it and even tried digging it up.  

In fact,  I’ve never left the vine long enough to know that it had such pretty flowers. 

Despite my efforts to kill the vine it always comes back.  That vine is resilient.  The kind of resilience I’d like to think I had. 

This tiny little vine got me thinking about our True Vine,  our Lord Jesus.  The verse says “apart from me,  you can do nothing.” 

I can be the “resilient I’d like to be”  if I trust God to make me that way.  Our relationship with our True Vine is like that – apart from Him,  we can do nothing,  but with Him,  we can do anything if it be his will. 

Have a wonderful week. 

Grocery shopping made simple part one 

Grocery shopping is my least favorite chore.  No,  I’m serious.  I’d rather do laundry AND clean toilets than go grocery shopping. 

I literally put off going to the grocery store until the last possible minute.  I hate it hate it hate it.  

I have learned a few tips in recent years that make me hate grocery shopping a little less.  Most of them are probably no brainers to everyone else, but I’m a slow learner.  

1. Don’t take your kids. 

Haha.  Yes,  I’m serious. I have a five year old and an almost one year old and I do NOT take them to the grocery store unless it is a very quick trip.  My baby just doesn’t have the patience and while she’ll be a perfect little angel for most of the trip, and will get tired and she will let everyone know about it.  My five year old actually does pretty well if it’s just the two of us,  but I do have to keep her from putting things in our cart that we don’t need. Besides- the grocery store with no kids? That’s like vacation!! 
2. Know what you need 

This one might seem like overkill but it really does help me a lot. Have you ever needed an item but didn’t realize you needed it until after you get home from the store?  I use this grocery inventory to help me keep an eye on our pantry, fridge and freezer.  I walk around checking off what we have and making a list of things we are out of or running low on. It’s really cut down on those second trips. 

3. Know what you need part 2

Keep your grocery inventory and a shopping list right beside your fridge..  Or you can get magnets and put them on your fridge.  As soon as you run out,  add the item to the list.  If you wait,  you’ll forget.  
4. Plan your meals 

The first tip I have for meal planning is to see what you already have. What can you make from what’s already in your pantry or fridge? Then, plan some meals according to your schedule.  For example, we tend to eat something we can pick up on nights that my daughter has gymnastics,  because we don’t have time to cook.  Sometimes we’ll make crock pot meals if we have church that night and need a quick meal. 

After you plan your meals, add the ingredients you don’t already have on hand to your list.  This makes sticking to your list way easier.  I’m not saying impulse purchases never happen, they just happen less often. 

What meal planning and grocery tips do you have?  

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