When I’m Only Just A Memory – Remembering Mandy Kelly

Mandy Kelly was not a personal friend of mine. Her name was familiar to me via other blogging friends and I had visited her website, Worshipful Living.  So I was aware of who she was when I heard the heartbreaking news about the house fire that claimed the lives of herself, her husband and two of their four children.

When I'm Only Just A Memory - Remembering Mandy Kelly

Perhaps you have heard about this incident that happened last week?  For those who haven’t …

The Kelly family lived in Cayce, South Carolina and on March 21st, their house caught fire.  The cause is unknown.  Scott and Mandy and their two children, Lizzie (age 9) and Judah (10 months), lost their lives in this fire.

When a blogging friend invited me to participate in this tribute to Mandy, I hesitated because I didn’t know her and obviously could not share from any personal experiences or memories.  But her passing brought to mind something that I had been considering for awhile, and that is what I would like to share to honor her memory. Read more

A Giveaway – Citrus Fresh Essential Oils

A Giveaway - Citrus Fresh Essential Oils

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy essential oils? 🙂

And to be completely honest, I really like Young Living essential oils because I have found them to be far more effective than the cheaper brands.  One of the perks of being an Essential Rewards member is that I often receive free oils (as well as earning points for free products) … and I want to give away one of those oils to a reader!  In fact, I have 2 bottles so I can choose 2 winners!

Each winner will receive a 5ml bottle of Citrus Fresh Vitality essential oil.  Why is the word “vitality” in that phrase?  Because Young Living’s Vitality essential oils are intended for dietary supplement and culinary use.  So not only can you use Citrus Fresh for aromatic benefits (like running it in a diffuser, or placing a few drops somewhere to freshen the air), but you can also ingest it for health benefits. Read more

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, outside of the Biblical festivals!  It’s a wonderful time to gather with friends and family and the food is always outstanding!  But the most important aspect of Thanksgiving is simply that … giving thanks.  We have so much to be thankful for and so often we get caught up in the busy-ness of life that we forget to count our blessings.

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

For the past several years I have really put an emphasis on Thanksgiving/giving thanks on the blogs.  This year I have had no opportunity to do so.  My days have been so full and blogging has been put on the back burner.  I apologize to those of you who have contacted us with questions or suggestions for posts.  We hope to be able to catch up soon but even if we can’t, I know that it will be okay and the world won’t stop spinning simply because we’re not keeping up with our schedule!  It seems like I’m learning that a lot lately … to let go and not stress over a to do list!

In spite of all the craziness over the past month or so, I didn’t want to let Thanksgiving slip by without an acknowledgement so here goes –

I want to hear what you are thankful for!

Please leave a comment on this post sharing one or more things for which you can give thanks.  Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into the drawing to win a Lilla Rose flexi-clip of your choice!

Have you visited the website lately?  There are MANY new and beautiful styles to choose from!

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Black Friday is always the big Lilla Rose event of the year!  If you have been on the fence about whether or not Lilla Rose is as great as it sounds, this is a good time to try out the products, since some will be up to 60% off!

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

And remember, if you order the wrong size … or if you just can’t seem to get the products to work for you … the company has a great money-back guarantee.

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

So if you have been thinking about placing an order with Lilla Rose, you may want to do so sometime between early Friday and late Monday!  If you have any questions or need any sizing help, feel free to contact us.

In the meantime, I would love to hear about the things that you’re thankful for!  Please do leave a comment and share them.  All comments that are submitted between now and Sunday afternoon/evening will be entered into the drawing for a flexi-clip.  If you’re not interested in a hair clip, feel free to share your thankful thoughts anyways … if you win, you can always give it to someone else!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a beautiful rest of the week!

Trump, Hillary & This Election – It’s Our Fault!

We are five days away from Election Day and I decided to share a few thoughts.  I believe there is a permanent hole in my tongue from where I have been biting it every time I see a political post on social media!  Has anyone else ever seen an election like this one?  I certainly haven’t!

So as we approach the big day, here are a few things to consider.

Trump, Hillary & This Election - It's Our Fault!

Disclaimer: this is written from the perspective of a Bible believer, for fellow Bible believers.  There are a thousand different angles from which one can view this election and the surrounding issues.  I’m addressing it from a Biblical background.  If you want to argue with me, make sure you bring your Scriptures 😉 Read more

Coffee Mug Exchange Fun w/The Enchanting Rose!

Coffee Mug Exchange Fun w/The Enchanting Rose!

Most of our readers are aware of how much I enjoy coffee!  But the truth is that I enjoy tea almost as much as coffee.  And I also enjoy a variety of mugs and teacups.  That’s why I was excited to join the recent teacup/mug exchange that was hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose.  Abigail and I participated last year and really enjoyed being a part of the swap.  This year I had kind of forgotten about it so my decision to join was spur of the moment but I’m glad I did!

Somehow I forgot to take pictures of the things that I sent to my swap partner.  Perhaps she will share it on a blog post for Stephanie’s big reveal – a linkup on her blog that will be hosted on Wednesday.

But this is what I received in the mail.  Rebekah is the young lady who was given my name – she is from Missouri and is close in age to me 🙂 Read more

Happy October To You – Twins, Sukkot & Coconut Oil!

Can you believe that we are already in October?  I’m not sure where this year has gone!  It has been quiet around here lately and I apologize for that.  But I do have an excuse!  Or at least, a good reason.  That sounds better, doesn’t it? 🙂

Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!


Several weeks ago, we received a call at 2:15am from Clinton and Sharon (who are like family to us) and they asked for my mother and Sarah to come to their place because Sharon was in labor. We were surprised since it was a couple weeks before her due date but they hurried out of the house and drove the 1.5 hours to where Clinton and Sharon are living.  We received a text several hours later that read, “Baby girl born before we got here … waiting on baby #2!”

That began a whirlwind of a week and a half!  To start with, they didn’t know that they were having twins!  But some hours later, baby #2 was born – another beautiful little girl! Unfortunately Sharon did have some complications after the birth, which resulted in 2 unexpected emergency trips to the hospital.  During this time, Sarah was staying with them to help care for the twins and their 15 month old son.  Others in our family, myself included, spent time back and forth between their place and ours, resulting in loss of sleep and crazy schedules.  But it was worth it all!  I mean … they have TWINS!!

Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!

To say we’re all excited would be an understatement!  But with all of that going on, not to mention me and the other girls having more puppy business work to handle since Sarah was away, we haven’t kept up with things around the blog as much as we would like to.  More on that in a little bit!

Isn’t this a beautiful family?!Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!

I mentioned that Clinton and Sharon had some unexpected hospital visits, which resulted in some unexpected expenses.  Another friend of ours has started an online fundraiser for them.  If any of you feel led to help them with the medical bills, it would be greatly appreciated.  You can do so by clicking on this link:

Let’s Bless Clinton & Sharon Cauthen’s Growing Family


As most of you know, our family observes the Biblical feasts and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) is beginning next week!  So it’s going to be quiet on the blog for a little bit longer but we look forward to catching up in a few weeks!  I know I still have one more house photo post to publish and we have some other things in the works too.  I’m sure we’ll also be sharing pictures and videos from our Sukkot celebration.  This is always a highlight of the year and I pray that all of you who are celebrating it will have a very blessed one!

Coconut Oil!

Do you use coconut oil?  It has some amazing health benefits! Our family enjoys using it in many different recipes and we go through a fairly large quantity.  I have searched around to find the best price on organic, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil … and I think I have found it! {affiliate link} Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on Amazon only costs $16.14 for 54oz!

Disclaimer: this is the price before shipping.  But I like to combine items in my order to get the total over $49, which gives me free shipping.  If you already have Amazon Prime, you can get free shipping anyway!  Or if you don’t have it, you can get a free 30 day trial at – try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial 🙂

Question: do you order many items through amazon?  What are some of your favorite finds?

Hope you have a lovely week and we’ll be back around the end of October, YHWH willing!

P.S.  Do you know what else I usually order on Amazon?   Cafe Don Pablo Organic Coffee Medium-Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee Beans!  It’s $15.99 for 2lbs and it’s VERY GOOD coffee 🙂

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 2

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 2

Last week I shared part one of our remodel project photo record!  Today I’m sharing pictures of the remodel process in the stove room and our girls’ bedroom.  The photo above is from our girls’ room.  It was taken while we were in the process of moving in, so it is still fairly empty and wide open!  There are more pictures of our room below … Read more