reading: Bella Grace magazine, art books by Dina Wakley, Radiant Faces by Jane Davenport, and needing to re-read any book by Shauna Niequest or Anne Lammott.  
playing: chase, hide and go seek, and a huge variety of Anna Ruth's made up games
watching: Parenthood, which aired the finale last night.  I'm am honestly so sad about this. :( Watching Shark Tank too.
trying: to be patient with the girls as they are both so strong-willed and independent and confident and full of life.  Trying to be kinder to myself, nurture my friendships more…and "shake it off" when it comes to criticism or negativity.  
cooking: non-processed, super simple meals.  I've decided to no longer beat myself up over our lack of gourmet meals.  We eat healthy and we're fed well.  The end.
eating: my Greek yogurt parfait blogged here, and black pepper Triscuits…I mean other stuff too.  But these are my current favorites by far.  Add in some goat cheese with the Triscuits and I'm a happy camper.
drinking: lukewarm coffee.  This is evidently the year of the dentist.  I'll let you guess how much fun that is.  (and yes, I know…thankful to have the money and means to go)
calling: my twin, Jana
texting: my neighbor friend, my new church group community, my playgroup friends, my Grandma and Papaw
pinning: artsy ideas, spring decorating ideas, outdoor things...
crafting: hmm….lately it's mostly been lots of art and planning activities for my girls!  But I have a few things up my sleeve in preparation for my three Rosy Retreats!  And some rainbow decorating for spring...
doing: my best to arise early enough to have coffee and Jesus before the girls wake.
going: camping this spring!  We bought a pop-up camper! And to a Valentine's Day tea party, on my Momma's birthday! Can't wait. 
loving: bird-watching, eating Taco Bell in the car (by myself) with the country music blaring, waffles with real maple syrup, watching the sunrise/sunset, talking to the cows, watching a candle burn, going to bed early, my girls' hugs and kisses, going to my Grandma and Papaw's house with the girls, watching my nephew Winston grow up, the warm weather, browsing at Barnes and Noble, watching my girls learn and dance and grow and jump and just BE. 
discovering: I am terrible at yarn crafts.  I tried pom-poms and finger knitting.  Fail.  Both projects.  There should be a hash-tag for this…. #fingerknittingFAIL
enjoying: having close friends again…it's been a while and boy does it feel good.  So good to be known and needed and loved and understood.  
thinking: about Anna Ruth going to school in another year and a half.  We're doing public school (despite the heaps of criticism I've received, boo)..thinking how much I appreciate her preschool teacher, Miss Betty that works at Wal-Mart, Linda that works at the post-office, the nice library lady who doesn't bat an eye if Betsy throws a fit but welcomes us back instead, 

so I suppose mostly thinking how grateful I am for our hometown heroes. 
hoping: more than anything, to please God in this season…and to be an excellent wife and mama.  In more shallow news, hoping to get some creativity back this spring with my outfits!  
listening:  to my most random playlist ever.  No one else would even begin to understand the order of it.  Except for my twin. 
celebrating: Anna Ruth going poop in the potty! LOL.  Just keeping it real folks.  That is absolutely the biggest thing that jumped into my mind. 

OH, and getting a much bigger check than I expected in the mail for a magazine thing I did.  
thanking: God for new chances by the bucketfuls.  Can I get an amen?!
finishing: up my list for Vintage Market Days in April…so that I can start checking things off!  Other than that, I don't really ever finish anything.  I guess I start canvases and finish them..
but mostly I finish putting the dishes away, folding the clothes, cooking the meals, teaching the girls, cleaning the house…then it starts over.  See the word below!
starting: All that finishing stuff I just mentioned! 

Starting to feel like a shift has happened in our lives too…
we're in a new season.  
I'm not quite sure how we stumbled upon this particular chapter..
but I'm so glad we did. 


  1. I just love your blog! My day is always brighter when I see a new post pop up in my e-mail. I thought of a question related to your Etsy art: have you thought about doing a bucket list for each season? I love the Fall/Autumn one I purchased, and would love to have one for spring, summer, and winter too! Just something to think about. Thanks for showing up here and sharing your rosy world with us!

    1. Hi Beth! Thank-you so much for your sweet words about my blog…that really means the world to me. I absolutely LOVE your idea to do a seasonal bucket list! I actually jotted down a similar idea last week but haven't put pen to paper to sketch anything yet. You've given me the inspiration to do so! :) So I want to know-what would be on your bucket list?!

  2. I currently work (as a big God surprise to me) in a private school, but am a big fan of public schools! They are a good option, and in the end, we each have the freedom to do what God calls our family to do and is right for our family and season in our lives.

    1. Thank-you for reminding me that we are indeed free to do as God tells each of our families. I needed that reminder.

  3. I currently work (as a big God surprise to me) in a private school, but am a big fan of public schools! They are a good option, and in the end, we each have the freedom to do what God calls our family to do and is right for our family and season in our lives.

  4. I attended private christian school and college. All our children have attended private christian school and college. My husband is currently a fifth grade teacher in a private christian school. I can assure you, NO MATTER what you choose, people will criticize! Do what God leads you to do for YOUR family, realizing other people will be led differently, and forget about the rest!! My main issue with all the schooling choices we have these days is the people who feel THEIR choice should be EVERYONE'S choice. Your family will be blessed and a blessing in whatever schooling option you choose. Go confidently knowing you are just where GOD wants you!

    1. Thank-you for your so very wise words….especially the part about choosing wisely and forgetting about all the rest. Reminds me of the verse "God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind." Blessings to you and your family.

  5. I identified with your comment on school choice. I was home schooled and private schooled. My daughter spent K and 1st in public and is now home schooled with a weekly co-op. I have received criticism on both choices. My mantra is this. It doesn't matter what your choice is, as long as it is an informed choice. If you weigh all the options and decided to public school, then that is the best choice for your family that year. If you weigh all the factors, and choose home school or private school, then that is the best decision for your family that year. Take it year by year. Every year changes. We home school now but finances, work scenarios, family needs can change like lightening and we could be sending her to public school next year. Who knows? Only God does. Just pray, make an informed decision and then be confident in that decision. You are the parents and you will make the best choice for your child. No educational format is perfect.
    Good luck!

    1. Sweet Leah, I have read your thoughtful response several times and have appreciated your words more each time! Thank-you for your wise advice to take it year by year…and for the reminder that we know the best choice for our own children!


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