“Beginnings are Scary…”

Intentional 31 days


October 1st has arrived! And you may be expecting posts on friends and transition here. Well, let me not disappoint you too brutally but this space just got hijacked and you might not see what you expect here. >notice the new button< Funny thing about what one expects. Sometimes the story just doesn’t go as expected. And, that my dear reader is the honest truth.

IMG_1992I’ve been hyper-tuned into the my surroundings ever since nailing down my topic. I had no peace about it and a hard time outlining my posts. The voices God began sending my way started getting louder and chanting the same thing until I got the message loud and clear -

Write from the HEART
-> not from Pressure to Please.

No, I’m not throwing your ideas or my accumulation of notes away just yet but using them for a springboard which
means my topic WILL be on friendship but spill out differently than about ‘transition – the word I previously chose. >notice my new button< I’ve transitioned, if you will, to Intention. Intentional Friendship.
I’m getting more excited now – forREAL. I guess you could say I had a ‘transition of heart to be more intentional about my writing!’ Yay!
Let’s be open with our expectations, open to transition, open to intentional living and come along with me each day to find out how the Spirit is leading. I hope God has something for each one of us here throughout this month! The future might look a bit obscure so stick with me!



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Home at last and Topic Reveal for 31 days!

There is nothing like coming home to our house. Our home. Our bed, kitchen, couch, and fridge.

There is nothing like walking into your house after a week away and taking that deep breath, slowly exhaling and  letting the sights and smells penetrate through your entire being.

We’re home.

The house looked smaller for some odd reason.

Our fridge was very empty.

There was moldy bread on the counter.

The floor was sparkling.

The dog didn’t even bark when we pulled in the driveway. Strange.

Our yard, front and back was a field of the greenest grass.

Not long after we started unpacking, Gavin wanted BACK in the jeep. Maybe he was having jeep withdrawal? Like he couldn’t imagine life not sitting strapped in that crumbly carseat? What has 16 hours on the road done to him??

This morning I open my eyes to a beautiful warm fall glow pouring through my bedroom window. What happened while we were gone? The weather for the next 5 days predicts 90 degrees straight yet has fall arrived? (You’re not in Colorado anymore, sister!) The amber hue in my bedroom saturates my soul with merriment for cooler days to come. I love fall.

Before I even drank my first cup of coffee, I opened my eyes to a Rocky Mountain pile of laundry. Now, when others complained on social medias about their piles of laundry the day after vacation, my mean side would growl – ‘shut up and go do your laundry’. Last night I got called out and my husband promptly told me to, “Shut up and go do your laundry!”
This morning I am doing just that.
Thank you husband. He’s such a good, wise man. I love him so for telling me like it is.


I canNOT believe Wednesday is October 1 already! Where did September go? 31 Days writing project is getting closer and closer and I’m starting to freak just a little bit! We just got back from our Colorado trip only to turn around and start writing daily posts for October – makes me feel cRaZy busy!!!

Well dear readers, I asked your opinion for a topic and y’all spoke your mind! For that I am most grateful. The biggest response I got over all was for something that matters to ladies everywhere. (And guys too, if you are a guy and you’re reading this. It might look slightly different for men though. So please don’t stop reading if you’ve been a fan of this space.)

This subject is one that I struggle with and ponder as well. God leads us to so many different seasons and therein it can be a doosey to deal effectively with the change. I don’t think I am adequate to blog on the matter for a month but maybe that makes me all the more qualified? I’m going to be ‘Moses’ on this one people. How ironic since I’m reading Exodus in my quite time right now.
Moving on!

My subject is……………

>drum roll< …………………………..

Transition of Friendship!

I will be writing about changes that occur throughout the seasons of life and unpacking questions tucked in with what that looks like. Stay tuned to see what all Jesus and me pull out of the bag in the next 31 days. I have the month outlined for now but that could be subject to change depending on your comments and where the Spirit leads me.

For the most part that will be my focus then on Wednesday I’ll do a WIWW post and also do a Foodie Friday to break it up. I still feel drained just thinking of writing about one thing for 31 days! Maybe next year I’ll buckle down and do it – who knows!

I’ll be linking up here. Click October 1 to check out other bloggers who are crazy along with me to take on this challenge! I’ll also attach my button daily and be linking up with them so it will be available on each post.
Happy weekending everybody!

31 Days 2014 II

Getting closer to 31 day challenge!

So I’m about to join the 31 Days link up party here with the Nesting Place, Chatting at the Sky and many, many others.
I’m gearing up excitement as I nail down my topic for 31 days. Last time I did this, 3 years ago, I didn’t pick a specific topic. My logic in that was I wouldn’t lock myself into writing for 31 days on one single subject and run out of things to write about on that subject. I recently researched blogs and library books on creativity, and they tell me that more restrictions you have on yourself actually help the creative process to thrive- so I’m going to do just that: restrict myself. (Oh dear, sounds scary)
My idea is to write about the topic I’ve chosen, which I’ll announce later, and then on Wednesday do a WIW post or something about fashion and then do a Foodie Friday for my fellow foodies out there. I think those 2 days ‘off’ will be a nice break and distraction for my subject.
I’m all stored up energy at this point! Lots of ideas and words swirling around in my brain! October I’m getting ready for you!
“Hut, hut, HIKE!”

Surprised by That Mother’s Ways


Have you ever spotted your neighbor’s little child running around in a pamper repeatedly and on occasion nothing at all? And as you rubber neck by their house you think to yourself, that child’s gonna grow up with issues! Poor kid! Do his parents even love him at all?

Have you ever walked in the grocery store and see a mother grab a box of gold fish off the shelf and start shoving little fishes into her whinny, won’t sit in the cart, restless child?

Have you been over to a friends house who has a toddler and noticed how dirty and drolly and perhaps even stinky that tyke was and much to your horror, that mother held him, rubbed herself tightly to him and kissed him, gave the dirty faced, crumbly handed child snacks and a sippy cup?
And walk away like you feel in a slimy puddle? I know, gross right?  Who would do such a thing??

welcome to our house.
Welcome to our world.

We like it here – {most days}

Here we take showers and bathes most evenings.
Here we run free with a black dog that should be named Shadow.
Here we get fresh air ditch the spray tan.
Here we use the coolest shirts for mouth wipers.
Here we clean up only after we are done making messes and then again only if we feel like it.

Here we dance to the rhythm of our bellies, cuddles and our sanity sleep.

And, here,
we are most importantly

> > h a p p y < <

3 days + 1 week and a ‘thank you!’


In 3 days, 1 week, and I’m not sure of the hours, we are planning to:

* drive for an extremely longer than long time
* look at mountains that are big & rocky
* hug smiling faces we haven’t seen for months
* {finally} wrap ourselves in long-sleeved sweaters
* tour a couple big cities
* tour one special small city
* fill our nostrils with fresh mountain air
* sip pumpkin spice lattes
* hike where we’ve never stepped foot before
* make memories for a lifetime!

Will we draw faces on our fingers and have a finger puppet show as well? That’s completely debatable!

 And, thanks to everyone one who made suggestions for my 31 day challenge I’m thinking about doing in October, whether is was here, on Facebook and on instagram! You guys are the best! I appreciate it so much and it was so good to hear from you and what topics are of interest to my readers! I’d like to keep my blog fresh and current so your input was most helpful. If I don’t blog about any of them in the challenge I’m def thinking about tackling them sometime down the road!
And, if reading this you thought of something else to add to the list of suggestions for topics, please don’t hesitate to share! Thanks everybody!