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My 2016 New Year’s Resolution

As the year comes to a close, many spend this day reflecting on the last 365 days and all the joys and trials they have experienced. Me, well, I’m spending the day trying to get caught up on life and wrapping my brain around the fact that another year has FLOWN by! I guess the saying is true… “life is like a spool of thread, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!”

My new year’s resolution has been the same for the last three years and I’m going to continue it for 2016 – Read the entire Bible cover to cover. It is my goal to make this my resolution each year for the rest of my life. I’ve been a Christian since I was 9 years old and I’ve gone to church my entire life, but until 2013 I had never read the entire Bible. I had always brushed it off by proclaiming myself as “not a reader”, but the team chaplain for the Colts changed that. He asked me to join a group to read The One Year Bible. I told him that I wasn’t a reader and made a few excuses about being a mom and traveling, etc. Then he told me something I’ll never forget. He said, “God gave you his word in book form, you need to become a reader.” Ouch! Point taken. So, I began to read The One Year Bible on January 1, 2012 and I made it to… February and quit. The next year I yearned to start over. I used a plan I found online and accomplished my goal at the end of 2013. It just so happened that 2013 was one of the worst and best years of my life. I was diagnosed with cancer, my grandmother who I was very close to passed away and near the end of the year I became pregnant with our baby girl. God knew I needed to be grounded in his word that year, and I’m SO thankful I was. Y’all it is only by God’s grace that I can keep this up because much to my mother’s dismay I am *still* not a reader.

 There are lots of plans for reading through the Bible. The One Year Bible is a very popular one, but I just can’t jump around to different passages. If I jump from Daniel in the lion’s den in the Old Testament to Paul in prison in the New Testament, my brain goes crazy and I can’t compartmentalize what I’m reading. So, I chose to read from cover to cover, Genesis to Revelation. I found a plan online and re-typed it in 2013. I wish I could give credit to the original creator. All I remember is that I got it off a church’s website. So… sorry and thank you!

I would love for you to join me in reading the Bible in 2016! It only takes 15 minutes a day. If you get behind (like I often do), just double up a few days and you’ll be caught right back up. Just print out the pdf below and get started tomorrow morning. I promise you won’t regret it!

One Year Bible Reading Plan

The picture of my babies below totally sums up their personalities right now. Luke can’t stand take a pictures and Lyla just wants him out of her way. Even though she’s the baby, she thinks she is the boss! I can’t wait to see how they grow and change next year!

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I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2016!

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe + the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER

Most of us are in a state of  PCDDS- Post Christmas Diet Distress Syndrome. If you happen to be one of the lucky few who escaped the Christmas season with your waistline in tact, bless your heart… but I have two recipes that will have you trading your jeans in for leggings in no time!

But seriously, if you read my blog at all, you know that our family isn’t scared of butter. We eat healthy for most of our meals, but we definitely indulge in treats a couple times of week.

Baking biscuits from scratch was on my 30 in 30 list, and the weekend before Thanksgiving I decided to give it a go. I usually shy away from making recipes for the first time when serving guests, but we don’t consider our family to be a guest in our house, so I made them anyway.

I spent entirely WAY too long searching for the perfect biscuit recipe on Pinterest. What started as a search for a recipe led to looking at spring fashion, which then led to vacay research and then ended up with a search for a front door for our new house. Pinterest is a black hole, y’all. Don’t go in, you might come of out there and find out it’s three days later! Seriously, you.are.warned.

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Anyway, I chose a recipe from Better Homes & Gardens, because it looked simple and it used the word “classic” in the title. I consider myself to be pretty classic… old, boring, not a risk taker, so this is the one I chose:

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

They turned out perfect the very first time. And my goodness… they are delicious! I served them with an assortment of jellies, maple syrup and of course, honey butter. We didn’t have a single biscuit left!

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These were flaky, buttery, delicious morning goodness! And oh, so easy! You probably have the ingredients in your house right now. Except for buttermilk… who keeps that on hand?

Last week, I posted on Instagram that I had found THE perfect sugar cookie recipe. Several people asked me to share, so here it is:

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER

I will seriously never make another sugar cookie without using this recipe. You don’t have to chill the dough, I really did have every single ingredient in my kitchen already, they kept their shape perfectly and they are DELICIOUS! Santa said these were his favorite cookies he had ever eaten, and I know because I asked him myself!

Sugar Cookies

And here’s, my last little baking tip for the day: use parchment paper! If you don’t, I’m not sure why you don’t love yourself, but you are worth the $3 it costs to buy yourself a roll!

Happy baking, y’all!

Santa through the Years

We love Jesus AND we tell our kids about Santa. I know a lot of people have very strong views about Santa, but we enjoy the tradition of him. Santa is NOT our focus this time of year. Our focus is celebrating Jesus’ birthday. We don’t talk about Santa daily, but we do talk about Jesus daily. I think keeping everything in perspective is the key to how each family celebrates Christmas.

 Kelly Stamps of Kelly’s Korner has instilled in me a love of comparison pictures, so here are our kiddos with Santa from 2011-2015. As you can see, Luke’s love for the big guy has never wavered. The jury is still out on Lyla’s opinion! Hah!

Santa collage

Santa 2015

30 in 30 Results

Well, if you were to give me a grade on my 30 in 30 list, you would have to give me a big, fat F! Whomp, whomp! I set the bar high, I jumped to reach it and then did a face plant, metaphorically speaking. But, even with a failing grade on my list, I had a wonderful year as a 30 year old! Here’s what the list looks like today:

30 in 30 list

15 and 2/3 out of 30 isn’t too bad, right? Hah! My prideful self is having a hard time admitting I failed at my list, but I’m excited to keep working to finish it as a 31 year old! I have a few of these items already in progress and I’ll keep posting as I finish them! Thanks for following me on my journey. This list was my main reason for starting this little ole blog and I’m so thankful that I did!

Sunday Scriptures

Romans 1221

After weeks like last week, where fear seems to be the overriding emotion and evil seems to prevail, this verse speaks to me. Our family stopped watching the news in August in order to curb the fear and anxiety it was inciting. It’s not that I want to be immune from the hurt that is happening around the world (although sometimes I do). It’s the fact that I do not want to be overcome by the fear of evil. And honestly, Jacob and I were tired of Luke having to watch it and become fearful. He started asking questions about what he saw on the news and we weren’t comfortable with the conversations that needed to follow. We still keep up with national and world events through online news outlets, so we aren’t completely out of touch with the world. I’m not saying it’s bad to watch the news, it was just one way that I was allowing evil to consume my mind and decided it needed to end.

We can’t single-handedly stop terrorism and it’s unlikely that we will ever stop a mass murderer, but we can overcome that evil be doing good. By loving on our neighbors, by feeding the homeless, by inviting someone to church. In a world of bad news, tell people the good news… the best news. Tell people about Jesus.

Bitty Baby Matching Pj’s for a Steal

Lyla received her first American Girl doll for her first birthday back in August. We took her to the American Girl store and she got to pick out her Bitty Baby. She I had SO much fun shopping there. Everything was so girly and fun. It was magical! Until… I started looking at the price tags. Yikes!

IMG_0613I had planned on buying Lyla and her new baby a matching set of pj’s, but the smallest size they make is a 3. Bummer. Jacob was thrilled they didn’t make any small enough to fit her, but I was disappointed. I began my search on Pinterest to find a pattern to make my own matching set, and that’s when it hit me… I bet Bitty Baby can wear preemie sized baby clothes.

I went straight to Carter’s.com, pulled up their sizing charts and started measuring our Bitty Baby. Sure enough, the sizes lined up! Hallelujah! I ordered a matching set of pj’s for Lyla and Baby and waited patiently for them to arrive in the mail. We tried them on last week and they are a *perfect* fit! I mean, it’s like they were made for a Bitty Baby to wear.

IMG_1785Seriously, why isn’t this fact plastered ALL over Pinterest! Not only are there dozens more options for matching pj’s, but the price can’t be beat. At American Girl a matching set costs $64 and I purchased our set at Carter’s for $16. That’s a whopping 75% savings! You can buy your matching set here. They go up to size 12, so girls of all ages can match their babies!

IMG_1781Of course, they don’t have the detailing like the American Girl set has and they obviously don’t have the Bitty Baby tag sewn in them, but Lyla doesn’t seem to mind. And, she will out grow these before Spring and I won’t cry my eyes out over a $64 set of pj’s that no longer fit.

IMG_1784Santa will be delivering this sweet set to her on Christmas morning. Thankfully, she’s too young for the surprise to be ruined by trying them on early.

Carters vs. AG