• Featured,  Homemaking,  Life as a Wife,  Money Management

    It Doesn’t Happen in a Day

    I sat down on our new couch today and looked around our freshly painted living room. It looks magnificent. But…. the walls are still bare. I gazed longingly at the windows, dreaming of curtains to hang from them because there are none. There is nothing on the floor, no rug, no accent furniture, no pictures. Just a couch and a love seat, and a new privacy film on the front door. Three things out of the million that I’d like to see done in here. I want to retire the plastic party foldout and serve dinner around a grand farmhouse table. I want to strip the floors and stain them dark brown and build…

  • Featured,  Homemaking

    We’re Not Having Company

    Mark and I are living on the wild side. You better buckle your seat belts for this crazy news. You ready? Okay… here it is. We had company over the other day. All this risky business may mean it’s time to take out a life insurance policy. 😉 Yeah, yeah. I realize that company is a pretty normal thing for most people but… if you know anything about Mark Pruett and his hermit wife, well… It was pretty courageous. That’s all. I know it’s probably nonsensical, but there is something about having people over that turns me into a jittery, nervous wreck. The house could be spotless. The aroma of a…

  • Character,  Featured,  Money Management,  Uncategorized

    In a Pair of Wal-Mart Sneakers

    Moseying through Wal-Mart the other day my eyes landed on a familiar pair of sneakers. A feather light pair of gray men’s shoes with velcro fasteners, priced at a mere $14.00. Recognizing them immediately, I picked them up off the shelf and held them for a second. They felt just as cheap as they looked. I couldn’t imagine them holding up through any normal day to day routine. There could be nothing comfortable or even safe about them, especially for the rigid daily grind of the man I knew that wore them. Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones, but suddenly, I was overcome with an immense wave of love and…

  • Featured,  Miscarriage

    The Miscarriage Misconception

    Today, my husband and I received a card. It was from someone reaching out to us, letting us know that though they didn’t know what we were going through, they cared. I must have read that card over 1,000 times today, and matched each neatly penned word with a tear. What a priceless treasure that card was to me; not because someone extended sympathy to us, but because in the sea of hundreds of people that knew we lost a tiny life, there was someone out there that recognized this child… this little life… my tiny little baby’s death was important enough to acknowledge… important enough to go out and buy a…

  • Featured,  Single Girl

    Being Chased- The Art of Patience for God’s Timing

    There was something about Mark from the very beginning that made me watch him with fascination. There was a determination to serve the Lord. There was personal initiative toward the ministry. He was a man that honored and respected authority and obeyed rules even when no one else was watching. He had an incredibly rare character that intrigued me, so I watched him for a long time. While I was thoroughly impressed by this guy, by this time in my life, I had well-learned not to let my heart travel down the roller coaster of emotions and drama as is so typical of young people in my age bracket. While…

  • Featured,  Featured Recipes,  Recipes

    Loaded Potato Balls

    Hellooooooo bite-size loaded potato goodness! If you have been reading this blog, you know that last week I featured “Cheesy Ranch Potatoes” which… I still haven’t come up with a name for. Well… today is the heavenly transformation of the leftovers from those potatoes. Think “Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites” better by 1000%.  If you have never had Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites, you are an unfortunate creature, especially since they discontinued them a long time ago. I have despaired at their drive-thru every time I’ve gone there ever since… “Oh ARBY’S! WHY oh WHY did you get rid of the BEST THING on your menu!?” To fill you in though, they…