10 on the 10th, January 2018

When Erin from Perfectly Port announced that she would be hosting a 10 on the 10th link up in 2018, I didn’t hesitate to pencil the dates into my planner. It’s post like these that are a fun change to the blogging monotony and always fun to read.

Erin is kicking off this years prompts by asking us to share 10 random things about ourselves. After nearly 4 years of blogging I don’t feel like I have too many secrets left. But maybe, if you read this post, you’ll learn a thing or two you didn’t know already. 

1~ Career ambitions through the years have been really random. As a child I always wanted to be a model. I think this came from people always making remarks and fuss over how tall I was. Then as I grew older I wanted to be an elementary school music teacher. Now days I think if I was to go back to school & pursue a career, it would have something to do with graphic design. 

2~ Motherhood made me thinner. I’m not sure if it is the constant being on the move or the girls eating half of my food. But over the years, I have dropped 4-6 pant sizes.

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The Versatile Blogger Award…4 Months Late

About 4 months ago I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Whitney and a few other favorite bloggers of mine. It was during the business of the holiday season and I said “I’ll save this one for when things slow down a bit.”

And here we are 4 months later #fail
But, it’s better late then never, right?!

So how about a dose of randomness on this post Easter Monday morning as I finally “accept” my award.


So the rules of accepting this award are as follows:

 Thank the person who nominated you
 Link back to their blog
 Share 7 facts about yourself
 Nominate up to 15 other bloggers
Seven Facts about Me:
1) I’m blind as a bat without my contacts in. Like I can’t find my glasses if they aren’t laying right where they are supposed to be. My vision woes are nearly identical to my mothers too which is really creepy seeing we have identical green eyes.
2) I started cooking when I was pretty young. At first it was making the salad, mixing the brownies or anything else my mom would let me do. By the time I was an early teenager I began baking more and more and eventually she let me start cooking more. I have to attribute my love for all things domestic back to my mama. She has always been a suzy-homemaker and I followed right in her foot steps. 
Me & E
3) I really don’t love to run. I love the company, I love the exercise, I love the high after completing a run. But with pretty much every strike of my foot on the pavement or treadmill belt I am thinking I just wanna be done x 100. People think I love the activity and that I love getting up early. They couldn’t be any more incorrect. I do however love being in great shape in my 30’s, doing things a lot of people can’t and setting a good example for my girls. So I press on.
4) I wear a size 11 in shoes. Totally normal when you’re a hair over 5’10”. I HATE shoe shopping big, narrow feet can be oh so stressful. Everything has huge heels which I try to avoid and not many places carry many or any size 11’s. Flats and tennis shoes are my friends and thank God for online shopping.

5) I started canning jams, jellies and salsa’s in my early/mid 20’s and it is still one of my favorite things to do. It feels so nostalgic and timeless. I just love that feeling. Someday I hope my girls want to learn too.

6) I am slightly obsessive when it comes to finishing projects. Once I get something on my brain and in my focus I will burn myself out trying to get it completed. Such a great and TERRIBLE quality to have. If I didn’t tend to sabotage myself so much I’d feel like it is more of a blessing than I do now. I need to come with a warning label that reads: may self destruct.
7) It takes me about 2 minutest to fall dead asleep when I lay down at night (unless I am stressed out over something). It is almost scary how quickly I can be completey asleep. I never used to be this way until I became a mom. It must be their fault. 

As for the tagging part, seeing I’m about 4 months short and quite possibly the very last person to get around to doing this post. We’ll just say anyone who would like to join the fun can do so by self nomination. 

Now it’s your turn to tell me one random fact about you in the comments!

Happy Monday friends!

About Me

Hi, I am Beth.

Welcome to my Blog. The happy little place where I am able to be me. I like to post about the adventures that I have with my beautiful girls and husband, aka life. I am an imperfect follower of Christ, a first year homeschooling mom, a lover of baking, cooking… and eating, a crafter, an athlete, a car girl and a penny pinching thrifty shopper. I always like to refer to myself as a jack of all trades, ace of none kind of gal.

I was married to my husband Russ on August 18th, 2007

We didn’t have the frilly fancy wedding, more like an elopement in a popular tourist town.

2 Months after we were married we found out we were expecting our first child.
This picture was taken when I was 20 weeks pregnant. Yes, that is right 20 weeks! I was definitely not small. 

We welcomed Marissa Renea into this world on June 17th, 2008

After the birth of Marissa I continued working. We just couldn’t swing living on one income at that time as much as we wanted to.

Days after Marissa’s second birthday….

We immediately planned for me to not return to work after the birth of our next child. So we saved and pinched every penny we could to make it happen!

Emily Elizabeth came into this world on February 21, 2011

Life was going great! I was at home with our girls living my dream job. 

On Sunday May 22, 2011 our life had a drastic change that would forever change our hearts. Our city was devastated by a massive F-5 tornado and our home was destroyed along with 1/3 of our town. We moved in with my husbands parents, then into a rental while we put our life back together.

In the winter of 2011/2012 we started building a new home. This is the first family picture we took inside.

In April of 2012 almost one year later we got to move in!

That next year was a whirlwind, the girls kept growing faster and faster. And, we tackled project after project to make our house a home. 

Marissa started Pre-K the following fall. Our plans were to do private pre-K and send her to public school Kindergarten the next year. Then another unexpected change came. We felt God calling us to do something we never thought we would do, home school.

So, in the fall of 2013 we started Kindergarten at home.

We are currently wrapping up our first year of home school, and we love it. We know that it was the best choice for us.

Even through all of the unexpected events and plans getting changed we know that we have never once been alone. We have a loving, patient and gracious God who is pursuing us always and has never once left us.

We are blessed.