Birthday Party January-style!

We decided to celebrate Tatum’s birthday in January due to an overload of activities during November. Alas, the time had arrived. January 21st. Nine years old!!? HOW!?

She wanted PUPPY as a them, so I went to town. Shirts, gift bags, erasers, keychains.

The day arrived, and we were so excited to head to the park to set up.

Isabelle and Lincoln came early to help.

And my dear friend, Eva, baker extraordinaire, made the cutest muffins ever.

Cuteness overload.

We wrangled all the kiddos for the train and then a picture.

I had the honor of holding the Tot.


Wow. We had so many fun friends who joined! Hayden, Mason, Maddy, Winton, Eli, Luke, Sebastian, Isabelle, Lincoln, Ruby, Selah, Carley, Olivia, Sophia, and …there’s my mom! Love it!
Cake time!

Happy Birthday LOVEBUG!

What a hit these little sweet treats were. My HHH hubby took the pics. All the kids had so much fun!….after eating, RUNNING all that sugar off at the park.

It couldn’t have gone better!
We got home and ate then opened the ENORMOUS amount of presents.

Tot is a perfect fit! She truly is a gift.

We took notes on all the gifts so she could make TY notes. That is SO important, I stress to her.


So, the next morning, she got to work.

SO grateful for all the friends, fun, and family.

Till next year, when we enter double digits. YIKES!

Montana Tripping: Equipping, Empowering, Enjoying!

What an opportunity! I was invited to teach to a small Christian school, Foothills Community Christian School in Great Falls, MT. The dean of school wants to be more “Data-driven,” and one of his teachers had me as a Professor for one of her GCU courses. I accepted, and headed out to Montana for MLK Jr. Day and their Professional Development day. They. paid me $1200 for all expenses. Quite an honor!

The ramp up to get to Montana was steep. I spent three months studying, analyzing, praying…I had to really learn so much because this is not my wheelhouse! Upon much work, I put together a 133 slide show with all the info. The notebook I created for each teacher was pretty hefty too: 133 pages! Whew! It was a monumental task for me…a one-girl show. (with Holy Spirit power of course!)

My health is not so optimal right now, so I really needed to make sure I was eating enough and not overdoing it. A task in itself.

The day arrived for my departure, and Oh…my little girl. She put this picture in her pocket and carried it around with her:

So, it’s 6:30 am Sunday morning. Ready to go! I’ll miss you and Daddy so much.

I arrive that night in Great Falls, and basically just rest and ready myself for the next morning.

I wake up to a beautiful full moon.

Also, the weather is so favorable (it’s about 52 in the morning when usually it’s in the teens!)

Cool marquee in front.

Hmm…Kelly, Kasey…lot’s of K people I know, so I will.

One of the teachers takes my pic in front.

I’m so filled with gratitude and anticipation. Will they be amenable to my message, and how can I impart it with love, grace, and excitement?

I get to know all of the teachers (and I try to memorize all the names). They had that deer in the headlights look when I began because they probably are thinking this is MORE to add to their plate. As I speak AND LISTEN, I work with them on understanding to think outside the box with how to help their students. Yes, you teach but how do you KNOW if they have learned it? That is what this is all about….Assessing and analyzing to make sure we are maximizing our teaching opportunities. As the day progresses, with Dr. David Culpepper’s help, we come to some great conclusions about what is their next step. It’s going to be a two-year plan…not TOMORROW! So take a breath. I also get to come back in the summer and see how it’s going. They’ll take each scope and sequence objective and find a way (or a question) they can use to evaluate if the students has mastered that SSO. Really, that is it. Every 4-6 weeks, have these interim assessments to track their progress on their teaching and the students’ learning.

David is excited!

And…they are all undergirded in God’s word. Their is so much prayer in this place; they even prayed over me! Such a blessing!

After it’s over, I go celebrate with some McD’s ice cream and peanut butter. YES!

My love bug and hubby miss me and send me pics. (I gave Tot some jammies)

Oh, and COOPY!
Supposedly he’s on a hunger strike. I’ll be home soon, Buddy!

I miss them all sooooo much, but going away gives me so much gratitude and perspective.

As the night progresses, I’m reminded how blessed I am. I also am just filled with HIS love and so grateful for these opportunities. Also, I’m feeling great! Tummy issues basically non-existent. The hotel staff is so good to me and I’m just feeling so happy.

Tot and Daddy call me later.

Oh, love this!

I read, eat, pray, and relax until bed. Fell asleep about 9:30!…and woke up to…….


Yes, it’s 100% snowing! BRRRR..

So, what do I do!? I go out in it! (after my devotions of course). Drove to the gym, and it was so surreal out. Reminded me of college at Boulder. Peaceful and white.

But, I’m bundled!

It’s so nice to have this NON-HURRIED morning. Later Starbucks, working, writing, and relaxing until my flight. I can’t wait to see my family later. I miss them so.

On the airplane now, and oh…it’s icy! They had to de-ice the wings so we were delayed quite a while.

Better safe…though!
Off we go now. Look at the cold view! How pretty. Leaving this white snow…

And into the sunset in SLC! Look how beautiful.

Then into PHX. Look at this sunset!

Finally getting home and my sweet family….look at what I opened the door to!

For me!!

They made me feel like royalty as always.

What a blessed trip. Thank you, Jesus.

IDEAS for Jan 2022 (one year anniversary)

We love these second Mondays!

Salmon, parsnip fries with honey mustard sauce and salad!

First, we always start our dinners with our gratitudes for the day.

Then, Tatum went first. She only had 2 ideas, but she wanted to focus on her and Daddy’s time together when I’m away next week.

She started Karate on Thursdays; done! Now she wants to do a bracelet contest. She’s also brainstorming ideas for her and Daddy.

She and Daddy are on the same page because he did the same!

Whatcha think, Daddy?

Now what did he ideate?

He always has food ideas for me! I gave him an acrostic. SO TRUE!
Tot got one too!

Now, what did I do?

The cool thing about these nights is we take them to heart, and we implement our ideas. Some of my ideas have already happened.

More to come in Feb!

Memory Rocks… guide to remembering!

We decided to create memories like God had the Israelites.

Joshua 4: 1-7

“When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

It’s important to remember! Artifacts are the best way, so let’s do rocks!

What are some of our memories to memorialize?

And we’ll display them on the window sill, and we’ll continue to add to it!

May we always celebrate our memories!!
They rock!

Is life fair? Well, God works ALL things for GOOD

Tot and I are ready to greet before church today:

She shines like the SON! All love to be greeted by her.

Onto church:

Dr. Darryl Delhousaye preached this morning, and oh was it delightful. He spoke on Ecclesiastes 3 as Solomon talks about there being a time for everything. Things don’t always turn out the way we want, do they? Let’s suffice it to say, we shouldn’t be surprised. We are not God. We are not in control of this society or really our own lives when it comes to it all working it justly. Nope. But, after all is said and done, we await the 2nd Christmas. (300 times in the NT this is promised) Jesus will return, and when He does judgment will occur and all the bends will be straightened. All the wrong will be righted.

Then, what does it say in the meantime to do? Ecc. 12 says it: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

So, should we just wait and be sad boohooing? NO WAY! We look for the GOOD in all we do. We switch our perspective! We don’t feel sorry for ourselves or complain about the wrongs of this world. We understand it and then we say, “Yes, this is true, but I choose to be THANKFUL IN ALL THINGS: Paul said it in 1 These 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” YES. IN ALL THINGS GOD WORKS FOR THE GOOD for those who love HIm. (Rom 8:28) There is good in everything. We just have to look.

She swallowed her first pill!

Oh, heartburn. No fun. Tot seemed to have a trifecta tonight: Stomach, heart, and head all aching.

A gave her a Gas X.

And at 9, she finally did it. I had to turn around so I wouldn’t watch, but she was so proud to announce: I DID IT!

Now, let’s get ready of the gassy pains, my dear. I’m so sorry this is happening tonight. I don’t ever want you to experience what I have had for so long. I LOVE YOU

Starting out the year: Quiet time and Lessons

Up at 6:30am, Tatum and I have been enjoying our Bible Study and learning a QT routine. (We are on day 5)

Today’s topic was Worship, and she enjoyed singing the song: God is SO GOOD!)

Here are some of the days’ entries: (Day 4, Day 5)

And, I tested her on the memory verse. She got it!

Luke 6:27-31

It came in with a roar, this new day. 1/1/22. We are so grateful, and we are ready for 2022!

In the meantime, I look forward to a new year because of all I learned this last year.

I would never have experienced true love. It takes conflict in some form to bring out the best or worst in someone. For our family, we grew immensely. You either became BITTER or BETTER through hard times. For me, my health took a downturn, and it forced our family to literally nest (and become BETTER!). I became unpredictable in my ability to plan things because I had so many gut issues that it was so hard to go places. This meant my family would suffer also because they would stay home with me. But what else did it mean? My family would spend a lot more time together. Good? Well, it was amazing because we spent so much time in prayer and focus on HIM> They would pray over me constantly, and my health would be a conduit to a closer relationship for all of us. (to God and to each other)

I also experienced the POWER of the Holy Spirit. I am tapping into His power more than ever; it’s changed me. I’ve learned how much I am loved and how I am truly HIS child. No more self deprecating thoughts. No more, putdowns to myself.

Finally, I’ve learned to be content with so little. Just the daily sunrise; the smell of our fresh flowers; the cloud formations; the meals to savor. So many LITTLE things I have taken for granted in the past. No more “future” living. No. I want to live in the present of HIS presence. Now that is a present for the NEW YEAR!

See my smile? This is now my new normal. Keep smiling, fighting, and living in love.