August 18, 2014

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Liebster Award? Ah Shucks!

I was recently nominated for the Liebster award.  What is the “Liebster Blog Award?”It’s an award that was reputedly started in Germany in order to give smaller bloggers recognition for their hard work. You receive this award from a fellow blogger that feels your blog is both worthy & important to them. (source)  I was nominated by Yanic at Family, Faith, Food and Fabric. Her blog is a lovely and peaceful place to go, and I enjoy reading her updates on life, family and the delicious recipes she creates.

Here are the rules that those who are nominated are to follow:

  • Write a post thanking the person that nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions this person gives you.
  • Write down 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs (with less than 1000 followers) you think deserve the attention. This is meant as a way for them to get known and hopefully get new readers!
  • Inform the blogger you’ve nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Here are the questions I am to answer today:

  1. What is your favorite thing about your favorite season? I love two seasons:  fall and spring.  Both are warm with a little chill in the air and I feel a sense of ease in my life being outside all the time.  Love the warmth inward and outward.
  2. What is your favorite ingredient to cook with? Garlic!
  3. Besides your family and pets, what would be the one thing you would grab running out of your house if it was on fire? Photographs and Bible.
  4. If you could take up any hobby/sport, what would it be?  I would love to take up skiing.  I have done it, but I would like to do it more regularly.
  5. What song could you always listen to without fear of getting fed up with? Lumineers Stubborn Love
  6. What was/is your favorite subject in school? Love science!
  7. What other languages (besides English) do you speak?  I know a little German.
  8. What does “heaven” mean to you? Peace and Love
  9. Beach or Mountains? (and why)  Beach and mountains together.
  10. Tea or Coffee? Tea
  11. What is your biggest regret?  Not quitting my job sooner after the adoption process.

Eleven Random Facts

1.  I like to watch really mindless television sometimes such as the Fashion Police.

2.  I bring stray animals home far too often.  My husband has banned me from bringing home anymore.

3.  I have a vintage business.

4.  I can read Anne of Green Gables over and over again and never get tired of it.

5.  I love Dr. Pepper.

6.  My favorite flowers are sunflowers.

7.  I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Colorado and Las Vegas Nevada.

8.  Met my husband in Oklahoma when I moved back there for College.

9.  I did not learn how to cook until I was married.

10.  I have a secret love of cowboy hats.  I guess it is not so secret after all.  I love to see my husband in his.  Looks rugged.

11.  I love to travel!


Here are the blogs I nominate:

The Art Bug

Mothering with Mindfulness

Pumpkin Sunrise

This Little Blue Homestead

The Red Feedsack


Moment of Stars

Our Ash Grove

Simply Farmhouse

Joyful Living

Treasured up and Pondered


Here are my questions for you:

1.  What is your guilty pleasure?

2.  If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

3.  Where is the most “exotic place you have been?

4.  What is your favorite flower?

5.  Favorite book?

6.  What is your most embarrassing moment?

7.  Dogs or cats?  Why?

8.  What is your fondest memory?

9.  Favorite song?

10.  What is your favorite past time?

11.  If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be?


Thank you so much for nominating me.  Truly an honor.  I look forward to seeing and hearing from all of you whom I have nominated!




August 12, 2014

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Feeling so Very Tired


These past two weeks have been exhausting!  I find myself feeling zombie like this morning.  There is so much I want to share with you all, but my mind is not allowing it this morning.  I will join you tomorrow, hopefully fresh and inspired.  I have been nominated for the Liebster award, which is a blog award, and I am so very honored.  I will have the post ready for you tomorrow!  For now, enjoy a picture of my dog which reflects how I am feeling!

Have a great day everyone!



August 11, 2014

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On Saturday, I had a women’s retreat that I was attending, so Mr. Bits was in charge.  He told me that he was going to take the kids fishing and maybe do a little swimming.

Later in the day, I received the picture above of my kids looking like moss covered monsters.  In the middle of the retreat, I started laughing, and then showing the other women what my family was doing while I was away.

I had to laugh at all four of my children!  I am so glad that I married Mr. Bits, and how much fun and laughter he brings to our family.  I am so happy he loves to take the kids on adventures and he allows them to do such crazy things.  I am so happy my kids want to do crazy things and step outside of the box.

Truly such a joy!

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Looking forward to hearing all about it.



August 7, 2014


A Day at the Dinosaur Park

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I love how my kids enjoy the dinosaur park.  I even love how my oldest still gets a kick out of it, though I found him hanging out with me much more than usual.  He seemed to appreciate the museum part more than the outdoor park this time around.  I don’t mind, I enjoy the fact he wants to hang out next to me.  Different phases of childhood.  The other two still enjoyed the outdoor areas more than the museum, and it was a gorgeous day to do so.  It has been the most perfect weather around here lately so we have been trying to take advantage of it.  I think we are being spoiled, and when it reaches 100 degrees again, we will be a little upset about this, but for now, we will enjoy.

What do you all have planned for the day?  How are you enjoying your summer?

Have a great day everyone!



August 6, 2014


Good old Country Pond Swimming


Oh summer!  I love you!  You are the only time of year when I feel brave.  When I feel like I can jump in creeks and ponds and not be afraid of what is lurking underneath.  Water beckons us all in the summer to come and jump in, feel refreshed and renewed. To do belly flops and accidental back flops when trying to do a front flip.  To swing on ropes and feel like kids again.  We are filling our kids with these good memories of summer as well, with trips, ponds, staying up until the sun goes down.  Just I like do now, my kids will one day look back on their summers and think about how wonderful they were.  These feelings make me feel brave to experience every single part of this summer with them, even when it means grabbing onto a rope and swinging into a pond.

Here is wishing you days that seem to go on forever!



August 5, 2014


In Honor of a Home




(Who is that photo bomber in the window?)



The reason we went to Michigan was to celebrate a family and a home.  This home was filled with much love and laughter in its many days that it has been standing.  A old farmhouse with stories that will always be remembered.  Sadly this home will have seen its last big party.  Too old to save, it must be torn down.  The cute family who has been living in it has tried everything to save it, but it will be more expensive to renovate than to rebuild.  So they called us all up and said it was time to have a reunion and be joyful of the many, many years it has been filled with love.  One hundred family members from near and far gathered together.  I was honored to get a tour and hear stories of the scary closet at the end of the hallway. I am grateful that what could have been a sad time, was turned to a joyful time of remembrance and of hopes to come.  I am grateful to be a part of a family who can celebrate and love through difficult times and through happy times.  And I am grateful for the home that it all started in.

Here’s to love and laughter in all of your homes, new and old!




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