Five Things Friday, November Joys

Hello Black Friday!

I honestly wasn’t planning to post today, but Thanksgiving weekend happened to cross pass with Five Things Friday. So, here I am. Five things Friday is one of my favorite monthly posts. Each month I share about 5 things that are bringing joy to my life. It’s a simple way to count my blessings and share what is making me smile.

Since yesterday was Thanksgiving I thought it would be fun to mix things up a bit for this months post. Today I am sharing 5 things I am thankful for, which also happen to bring joy to my life too.

Here are my November 5!


This guy. I can’t say enough about this guy, so I won’t even try. I love him to the moon and back. 

Our Girls

They may not be perfect all the time, but I feel immensely blessed in the kid department. They are sweet and helpful and mine. I adore them and I love that other people adore them too.

Friends Near and Far

I have never been the kind of girl who has a plethora of friends. I tend to have smaller circles of close friends and I like it that way. Lately I have been feeling immensely blessed by the friendships God has brought me over the past few years.

Rooted Church

It’s been nothing short of awesome to be a part of this church. To love the community, each other and God together. I am so thankful for this body of believers and that my family gets to be a part of it. 

Home Progress

After months and months of wondering if it was ever going to happen, things have really started moving on the home front. It is really exciting and a bit overwhelming too. I can’t wait to share more SOON!

So, what’s bringing you joy?

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The Girls’ Christmas Wishlists, 2017

Thanksgiving week is already here! If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, I am guessing you might this weekend.

In our home we do our best to try to keep presents an after thought, not the reason for Christmas. We love buying gifts for our girls, but we never want Christmas to be about them.

Having said that, every year I share our girls’ wish lists. Things they have been saying they want, things I think they’d want and things I maybe even have already picked up for them too. It’s a fun way to give others gift ideas and document the things they are loving.

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Run the Race

For the past 4 years of my life, I’ve called myself a runner. But even as I type that out, I almost feel like it’s a title I don’t deserve. I haven’t always been faithful to my “hobby” and I haven’t always loved it either.

I started as an almost 30-year-old couch potato who needed an outlet. I had a few friends who were runners or starting to run and it seemed like a simple & inexpensive hobby (HA!) so I gave it a try too.

Whatever it was, it worked. It was exactly what I needed at that time in my life and apparently it still is. I’m not exactly sure how man races I’ve run, but I do know they stretch from 1 mile to 13.1 miles in length. And I don’t have an exact count of how many miles I’ve logged, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if that number was over 1,000.

Some of those miles have been fast & easy, others have been slow and painful, but they have all been memorable.

Now, fast forward to the summer of 2017…

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The Shouse, Construction Begins

Last Wednesday morning I woke up sick with a cold. I went to bed knowing it was coming and praying I was wrong, I wasn’t. Last Wednesday morning was also the very first day of construction on the new house. Oh what a “hilarious” coincidence that was. Life has been a little chaotic lately, and that is putting it mildly. So if things around here have been a little more quiet than usual, it’s just us living in survival mode.

Ultimately the home build isn’t that much more on my plate. We are self-contracting all of the work since we learned what a waste of money paying a contractor was the last time. But Russ’ plate is suddenly overflowing and that means way more “single parenting” for me. Single parenting isn’t easy when you have your head in the clouds. I found myself saying sure to everything and dealing with the aftermath of what I agreed to, while doped up on cold meds, later. 

But today’s post isn’t to complain. Things worked out the way they did and we just rolled with it. One week later and I am finally feeling on the mend and SO much has happened as far as the build goes. Let’s take a look at some pictures that I took yesterday (November 14, 2017) around 12:00.
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Friday Favorites 11.10.17

Hello Fri-Yay!

A quick check of the blog showed that this is my first Friday Favorites post since September 29th! WHOA! I remember sharing about how it was great to feel like I didn’t have to do these Friday posts anymore, but I also didn’t exactly plan on taking that long of a break from them.

I guess just over a month is plenty of time for lots of randomness to accumulate inside my brain. And the best way to share all of that at once, is obviously with a Friday Favorite post.

Hack, Sneeze, Cough!

I think I spent so much time worrying that I would get sick, that I made myself sick.
With my marathon only 9 days away… I have a cold.

The “good news” is that I came down with said cold on Tuesday. So the odds are pretty high that I will be nearly 100% recovered before the race gets here. The biggest way it affected me was my last training run, 16 miles. But as long as I don’t have a fever, I can run. I’ve done that many times before… just never for quite that long. 

Construction has begun!

It may be two months later than we hoped, but construction on our house, aka shouse, aka barndominium, has finally started!

Life is about to get hectic friends. I’m hoping to share some more details with you, including the floor plan, next week!


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Actually beer does make everyone better looking. That slogan from BRÖÖ left me giggling like a school girl. We were so excited when we were given the opportunity to try this fun twist on hair care. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen Russ interested in a cosmetic item before, so that was kind of exciting. 

BRÖÖ serves up craft beer as the main ingredient in their hair care system. People have used beer to rinse their hair for ages for its nourishing properties. Plus all BRÖÖ products are brewed without harmful chemicals.

Another reason to love BRÖÖ is that they donate portions from every sale to help with clean water initiatives world-wide!

Look for BRÖÖ at your local Walmart.
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Veterans Day

Today I want to take a few minutes to talk with my girls about Veterans Day. About a day to honor those who so sacrificially serve their country. One day just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Thank you so much to those who protect and defend our country. 

OshKosh B’gosh Giveaway!

Yesterday I shared about some of our favorite Holiday kid styles from Oshkosh B’gosh.

I also talked about how you can save big this holiday season, and win big, with OshKosh! Be sure to check out my post for details and don’t forget to enter our giveaway! We are giving one lucky reader a $50 gift card so they can stock up on some holiday styles of their own.

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Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here next week!

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