I never get very far with resolutions. I always try really hard but usually by January 15th, I’ve forgotten what resolutions I had made. This year, I’m taking stock in what I’ve done in 2015 and re-evaluating it for 2016.

blog more. (or at all). The last time I had hit publish on a blog that was posted here was on January 1, 2014. I’ve written several blog posts since then but some of them went to the trash bin and others were published elsewhere. I want to blog on this site… because blogging means I’m writing and I want to write more.

move my body. This has been an important move in 2015. I ran another half-marathon (April: Rock ‘n’ Roll in Nashville) with friends. I completed my first round of 21 Day fix extreme and went on to complete the Piyo program. I found that aside from running or swimming at the gym, I really love exercising in my own home. I’m getting ready to start the new Hammer & Chisel program through Beachbody and I love my coach, Elizabeth.
In one week, I’ll be running the Disney World half-marathon. 11 years ago, I found my love of running while training of this race. It’s really exciting to be going back. In April, I’m planning to another half-marathon that will be in its first year. 2016 is about getting stronger and healthier!

be an advocate. I find that God speaks to me through little nudges that eventually become big shoves when I don’t follow right away. Over the course of 2015, I continued to sense nudges about a particular need in my city. Eventually, I sought out ways I could help and have found such joy in the opportunity to give back. It’s not a type of ministry that I get paid for or any recognition but it’s the chance to be with people in their most painful moments of life. Holy moments are happening and I believe somehow and someway my presence is helping to ease their pain. I wish there wasn’t a need for this volunteer job but there is and it’s an important one. I will continue to give in this way as long as I can.

put down the phone. My phone is my lifeline. I text my mom friends instead of calling to catch up. I look up a recipe for dinner or search twitter for the latest news. I also spend way too much time looking at that device. My challenge to myself in the new year is to put down the phone and spend more time being “present” with the people I love and with life happening around me.

practice gratitude. In one of my recent healthy habit groups (see above, Elizabeth for more information), we kept a gratitude journal and it was amazing to sit at the end of the day and write out 3 things for which we were grateful. My faith increased and my cynicism about life decrease when I realized how at the end of a really crappy day, I still had a lot of reasons to give thanks.

May 2016 be a year of growth, strength, being present, and giving thanks.





Stroke of Midnight

2016 is here. I can’t believe it.

The sounds of celebration from our neighborhood and beyond are just settling down (which probably has something to do with why I’m still awake). Our celebration tonight was a bit different. In an afternoon text message we invited our friends who live just down the street to join us for pizza. When it seemed that the kids were getting cranky and restless, we brought out the noisemakers and put on the Netflix countdown show (genius, Netflix). The kids had no idea what or why they were counting down but even the 2 year old got in on that action. When 2016 flashed on the screen, we all blew our horns loudly and cheered, “Happy New Year!” My oldest (now 5) insisted that we start a parade and we marched from the kitchen through the living room.

After company had gone home and the kids were sleeping, I celebrated the real stroke of midnight while snuggled next to my husband recalling our past NYE events together. The truth is where we celebrated this stroke of midnight is like many in the past…. right next to each other, wishing, hoping, and praying for a wonderful year.

Wherever you celebrated the stroke of midnight (real or the kid-friendly one), may your hopes, dreams, and prayers become reality in 2016.

Happy New Year, friends.


“For last year’…

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
T.S. Eliot

May 2014 be a year of new beginnings.

The List….

My friend Bridget wrote about list making today. I love to make lists, too. I have one this morning for errands P and I are suppose to run later today.

She tells a wonderful story of how her daughter wrote a list of things she is good at. It inspired Bridget to make a list of her strengths. (which is hard for us to do as adults!)

Thanks to Bridget’s encouragement, I’ve made my own list.

Here it is:
*Top three are stolen from Lydia’s list


Giving hugs
Reading books
Meeting new people
Sitting outside
Singing silly songs

It’s hard to write down my strengths. I kept wanting to write justifications or think of judgements (“well, except”…  or “only if..”) Every time this would happen, I’d say to myself, “Stop. Just write the list. Embrace it.”

What’s on your list? Comment below or post it on your own blog. Go… write your list!


We’ve been on the road lately.

And folks (thankfully) have been on the road to see us.

It’s been a busy month. Let’s see if I can recount it.

Father’s Day weekend we traveled to Savannah for Barry’s grandparents anniversary

ImageWe visited the brand new Children’s Museum of Savannah which is all outdoors. It was so cool!

I left for a short trip to TX for the CBF General Assembly. I had a great time catching up with friends but I missed my guys!


The Mackey family made a quick trip from Atlanta on what I think was the hottest day of the year. How do you survive 106 degrees with three toddlers and a newborn?


We headed to Florida on the 4th of July where Parker saw fireworks from the beach. He did such a great job keeping his eyes open but just didn’t make it for the finale. He was hard and fast asleep in my arms. It was a busy week but we enjoyed good food, beach time, and lots of playing with family. Barry and I slipped over to Seagrove Beach for the afternoon/evening one day to hang out with his boss and his wife. It was a fun night.

We arrived back home and headed straight into a week of Vacation Bible School. Whew! It was fun but busy. I taught the 5th and 6th grade class and brought home two girls from our church each day afterwards. I was worn out when the week ended.

Last week, we got a call that Kalli wanted to come stay with us for several days. We said, “of course!” and I headed out the next day to get her. We are always happy to have Kalli stay with us! She was a great help to me because Parker has been teething. She helped distract him when he was really fussy. She always helped without complaining. She’s a trooper!

The afternoon that Kalli left, Mrs. Pam came for a visit. We always love visits from Mrs. Pam. She eats popsicles, reads books, and plays baseball while wearing a dress!


Where will our adventures take us next?


Enjoying Nature

It’s a good thing I enjoy being outside. It’s one of the places we spend most of our time these days. Parker loves to explore whether it’s around our block, a nearby park, or a new place. Today, we went with the preschoolers from our church to visit Dauset Nature TrailsImage. It’s a free park that helps with the rehabilitation of injured animals. It’s a really wonderful place. Today we saw a bald eagle, owls, foxes, bison, deer, otters. There was a bear and a cougar but they were busy sleeping on this sunny morning. Who can blame them? 


Each time we would finish one habitat and before moving to the next, I say, “Parker, what animal do you think we’ll see next?” He would reply, “Moooo”. Hmm, maybe the Bison were the closest animals that “mooed” but we have to find the boy some cows soon! (And Chick-fil-a doesn’t count, although he moos when we pull in the parking lot there!)


We are so lucky to have this wonderful resource about 30 miles from our house. If you are in Middle Georgia, it’s a great place to visit! 

Play Ball

We are obsessed with balls of all shapes and sizes at our house. My parents went to several spring training games and brought him back a Mickey Mouse ball and bat. He loves it. Yes, we currently play baseball in the house but I’m sure this will have to stop soon because his hitting is improving.

Today, we were at the vet with Jovi and as I was talking to the vet, he proudly announced, “I hit da ball!” The vet responded quickly and I stood there stunned for a minute. He constantly talks and I recognize words or phrases but this was the first full sentence I had heard clearly.

After dinner a few weeks ago, Parker started singing the Tomahawk Chop. I grabbed my camera and surprisingly he did it again when I asked. Here’s an excerpt:

Parker loves his Atlanta Braves

Pardon the covered in food look, that’s a regular look for us around here after meals😉 It means there’s been a good one!