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7 Books I Want to Read Before 2017 Ends

I love reading, which probably isn’t a surprise to any of you if you have been reading my blog for a while, or if you know me in person. I have loved reading since before I could even comprehend words on a page. I have my parents to thank for that. They made the effort every single night to read my sister and I to sleep from day one. When we got a bit older, before we could watch tv we had to read for at last 30 minutes. Then it got to the point that I would get up early in the morning just to read, and there were also times that everyone else would be watching tv and I would have a book in my lap. I read so much growing up that I couldn’t even tell you the title of most of them unless they were in front of my face.
As I got older I had less and less time to read, so when I was in high school, I would often spend my nights reading instead of sleeping, then go to school the next day on 3-5 hours of sleep. Not healthy, wouldn’t recommend it, but, I also don’t regret it. Those nights a…
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Dinosaurs at the Zoo!

One thing I remember distinctly in my mind about my childhood is summer vacation. My mom had a job that allowed her to have the summers off so we would always go and do fun things. We would go camping, fishing, to museums, and parks. But what I remember the most is our annual zoo trips. Now before you get all animal rights activist on me, I did not cage those animals, I am not saying I condone caging animals, and I am not saying I agree with the way that the animals are treated. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s continue reminiscing. Every summer we loaded up in the car bright and early and drove an hour to the nearest zoo. We would be there right when the zoo opened and we would be there late into the afternoon, spending several minutes with each animal attempting to talk to them and learning facts about them. My favorite was always the mallard ducks in the pond, and the polar bears.

We took our zoo trip every year until me and my sister were in our early teens and since th…

A Battle Won

Back in January I published a post called “For the Ones That Push People Away” talking about my struggle with anxiety. As progress has been made in that area of my life I thought I would share with you a bit of writing that I never thought would go anywhere. This is a piece that I honestly thought would stay tucked away for a while the later serve as a reminder of how far God has brought me. However, when I was finished with it, I felt a little tug from the Holy Spirit telling me to share it. I was reluctant at first, but then I took a few more days to revise it and tailor it to be more up to my blog standard. So here is an update on what God is doing in my life;
Stop letting fear make decisions for you.
This is something that I must remind myself of daily.
That is what battling anxiety looked like for me. Numerous times a day, telling myself that fear does not control me, anxiety doesn’t control me.
Every second of everyday, praying for courage to step out of my comfort zone. Prayi…

Family is Ten Chickens, A Duckling and A Chihuahua

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” ~Psalm 145:18~

Oh where, oh where do I begin. May 13th was the last blog post I uploaded, that may be a good place to start. I have fully intended to upload since then, but the time has just gotten away from me. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to do what I need to do and what I want to do. However now that I have gotten some time I wanted to do a little update. There isn’t a whole lot to update you all on though. I have just been living life away from social media, away from the hustle and bustle of the blogging biz.

I was able to spend more time with my family, more time with my church family and I got a chance to just clear my head from all of the negative thoughts that tell me that I am not any good at writing. It also gave me a chance to step back and focus on deepening my relationship with God, and start really zoning in on the path that He is leading me down. I feel like God change…

For My Mom

“A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being” -Susan Diranian, 

If I become half the woman that my mom is, I will consider myself a very blessed person. My mom is not only the strongest woman I know, but she is also the most loving and caring. I am not someone that is usually at a loss for words, but when it comes to trying to express in words what my mom means to me and everything that she has done and continues to do for me, words just escape me.

When my mom was young the only thing she was certain of is that she wanted to be a mom. She was told that she wouldn’t ever be able to have kids. Then along came my sister. My mom was told that my sister would be the only child she will ever have, another pregnancy could be life threatening. Then I came alo…

Breakfast and Bible Reading

“And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: and the damsel's father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.” ~Judges 19:5~

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” How many times did you hear that phrase growing up? I certainly heard it at least every other day growing up. How many times did you hear this and just brush it off? I certainly did. When I was young my mom made my sister and I breakfast every morning, she made us sit there until we were done. As I got older, middle school age, my mom got a new job where she had to be at work much earlier in the morning so it was up to my sister and I to get ourselves fed and out the door. To say the least, this is where our breakfast habits went down the drain.

A typical morning for me when I was in middle school, didn’t include eating breakfast, and if I did it was a granola bar or a piece of fruit. I just…