Monday, January 14, 2019

ANNE'S ROOM MAKEOVER

Is there such thing as too much pink? I sure hope not! 
When Anne originally wanted to redo her room it was going to be navy/gold with lots of stars. Well, you see where we arrived...with lots of blush PINK, white, and gold accents. This helped a lot because it didn't require me to paint the walls, which I really hate doing.
Decorating for an eleven year old is kind of tricky. Finding the balance between a teen/kid room can be quite challenging. 
The little doll bookshelf is what Michael's dad built for her when she was just a baby! Definitely sentimental about it, but I think we will end up replacing it soon with floor to ceiling built in shelves.
We also plan to add a small ballet bar for her birthday next month. 
I'll update this post as we continue to make changes!
I pretty much gave Anne free reign to style her desk area. The nutcracker doll was a recent purchase from the Dillard's New Year's Day sale. Anne fell in love and said he couldn't be packed up with the other Christmas items.
Anne is now a happy camper and so am I! We had a great time doing this together and it really set me on a cleaning out streak that is still going...well, this and Marie Kondo! 

Bedding, rug, llama lamp, round gold shelf, canopy, never grow up pillow, heart wall art
side table- amazon
Floral Art Print- Lindsay Miller, Good Soil

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Monday, January 7, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


hello friends! it's so hard to believe it's 2019 and I started this blog over 9 years ago. i definitely haven't been as consistent as i would like, but it is still one of my favorite things to have this little space on the internet to look back over the years. this past year was quite the roller coaster. we were not without heartache as well as joy. i can look at each of us and see how we have grown so much.
anne is almost 12 and i am already seeing glimpses of what it will be like to have a teenager. can i tell you though...I am nothing but excited about the time i have with this girl. she is the sweetest thing and i'm trying to enjoy every stage of this parenting gig.
liam is a fun-loving, full of life boy! he is kind hearted and loves his momma most...which of course i love!
michael and i celebrated 16 years of marriage and i can honestly say it keeps getting better. he started a new job this year that brought him close to home and it has been so fun having him be home more and able to spend more time with all of us. his heart is constantly striving to search and know God better and lead this family in a way that would honor him. i feel so incredibly blessed to have him by my side.
so, here's to 2019. may it be a filled with adventure and making fun memories with these guys!

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Monday, July 23, 2018

JOURNEY TO DEBT FREEDOM

Michael and I have recently decided that we want to live a debt free lifestyle...starting with essentially paying off any debt besides our house. Thankfully several years ago we went through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and have not acquired too much debt over the past several years. What we haven't done, is managed our money well. We have inherited a little money here and there which has mostly kept any small debt paid off, but we have never managed to stick to our budget or SAVE! 

We have started our journey to paying off about $79,100 worth of debt--I know, I said we didn't have much debt and that looks like a really big number. Most of that number is what we owe on a building we own and rent out..we have always looked at it like an investment property but have decided we wouldn't be too sad to part with it. We are currently trying to sell it with hopes of getting out of all debt quickly. Fingers crossed we find a buyer that will do something amazing with it. It's located in the heart of our downtown area and has so much potential!

This would also allow us to have our 6 month emergency fund in place so we could begin to pay off our house. I feel so incredibly blessed that we are starting at this place. Michael and I both are so thankful that we didn't have student loans or much credit card debt to start with...we are looking forward to GIVING more when we can. We both have a heart for missions and local ministries that we would love to be able to support more.

DISCLAIMER: Before starting this journey, we had already planned a Disney vacation with our family this fall. While I am SO very excited, I feel a little guilty since vacationing isn't on the list to get out of debt. BUT, I plan to enjoy it and keep plugging along on this journey like it never happened ;) If you'd like to follow along, I've created an instagram account to track our journey @debtfreeinsouthms
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

CURRENT READS

My friend Hope and I have a little book store in Laurel and shortly after we started, we formed a book club. It's been great for me! I have read several books that I probably never would have picked up otherwise and ended up loving them...or at least having some really great discussion based on them.

This past month we chose the young adult novel, Wonder. It was such a great, quick read that really made me examine my heart on some issues with how I'm raising my kids and teaching them to be kind. Not to mention that Anne picked it up and read it in three days when I finished! It was cool to get to discuss this with her and hear her thoughts on this book as a 5th grader herself.

Definitely recommend if you love a good heartfelt story about overcoming hardships. And I hear the movie is great but haven't had a chance to watch yet.

One of my favorite quotes:

“MR. BROWNE'S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT:

WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING
RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND.”
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CAMPING AT BIG CREEK

One of the things I dream about is traveling the country in a little Airstream camper. I totally think I could home school my kids and explore the world and be a happy camper. *pun intended!

This past weekend we spent a night camping at Big Creek-which is only 15 minutes from our house...not exactly traveling in my camper, but we sure did have a great time! The kids were giddy at the idea and couldn't wait to get there. The weather was perfect and we soaked up some much needed family time.

Anne caught a big catfish and Liam learned how to cast his fishing pole. He didn't too much care for touching the worms, and I can't blame him. Those wiggly wet things are so gross! It's amazing how much life you can squeeze into just a 20 hour period at the lake.



These two are such troopers. They are eager to go on adventures and are growing into the coolest humans I've ever known. God has blessed us big!
For all you Laurel folks, I highly recommend a night at Big Creek. It's beautiful and well maintained, and close enough to home that you can squeeze a lot of fun into a short amount of time!
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