• GOALS,  LIVING

    2016: My One Little Word

    With Christmas just over a week away and the year close to coming to a close I’ve been thinking of my one little word for 2016. 2015 was the year of hospitality, do for 2014, 2013 was the year of serve, create & celebrate were 2012’s words, and my first year, 2011, I had move & pray. I know many people who think (and have voiced their opinions) that the one little word for the year is a pointless fad, maybe it is for some but I know for myself, these past 5 years that I’ve been choosing a word (or two) I’ve had much more clarity and a stronger vision…

  • GOALS,  LIVING

    Twenty-Nine Things

    Here it is, the last year of my twenties! As usual I’ve got a few things I’d like to accomplish this year (you can also check out my lists for twenty-six, twenty-seven and twenty-eight). I love this quote I came across in a Dee Henderson book a few months back and it really hit home: “she doesn’t waste her life. she just lives it.” Living life is what I’m aiming for. On to the list for this year: 1. get professional family photos done 2. order photo books for 2013, 2014 & South Africa 3. decorate our master bedroom (and get a new bed since Jared broke ours) 4. continue our now-annual…

  • GOALS,  LIVING

    Twenty-Eight Things – Final Update

    And just like that another year has come and gone. Next week marks my entrance into the final year of my twenties. For the last few years I’ve been making a list around my birthday of things I’d like to accomplish throughout the year. I purposely put some easy items on so I can cross them off as well as some that I doubt I will get to but I like to dream 🙂 Before I share this years list of twenty-nine things I thought I’d share how last years list of twenty-eight things went: 1. travel to South Africa and complete our adoption – boo yeah! you can read…

  • BOOKS,  GOALS,  LIVING

    Twelve Classics

    A few weeks ago I set a personal goal for myself to read 12 classic novels this year. I realized that I was a huge bookworm as a teen but really didn’t read very many classics. I think Little Women was the only one I read by my own choice. In the last few years I’ve also read The Hobbit, Pride & Prejudice and Emma. Since I only made this goal near the end of January I’m already a little behind since I’m re-reading Little Women but January is already over and I’m only half way done the book, we’ll see if I can catch up. I’m also reading some…

  • GOALS,  LIVING

    2015: My One Little Word

    I have been contemplating my one little word for this year for quite a few months and keep coming back to the same set of words: hospitality, gather & community Maybe it’s not one little word, but it is my one little theme. Remember that hospitality project that I started at the end of last spring? The one that I focused on for a few weeks and then kind of put it on the back burner? Well, this year my plan is to revive that project and make it a lifestyle. This year I want to practice hospitality. We want to invite people into our home and into our lives. I’ve been working…

  • GOALS,  LIFE,  LIVING

    twenty-eight things

    Next week marks my twenty-eighth birthday. As has been my tradition for the last few years, I’ve written a list of twenty-eight things I would like to accomplish this year. You can also check out last years list of twenty-seven things and my list of twenty-six things. I’ll be posting an update to let you know how I did on the twenty-seven things later next week, and if you are curious how the year of being twenty-six was for me you can see my final update for that one. My list of twenty-eight things: travel to South Africa and complete our adoption (please, please, please let this happen!) have professional photos…