Month: November 2016

Thanks and Giving

Thanksgiving was absolutely lovely.

A little craft I made with the kids at our church. Some of the things I'm thankful for :)

A little craft I made with the kids at our church. Some of the things I’m thankful for ­čÖé

This special holiday always has me reflecting on God’s blessings in my life. To have a roof over my head, abundant food, clean water, electricity, a wonderful husband, a healthy family, a job, a vehicle, and so much more is crazy to think about. I have all I could ever need.┬á

On top of my basic needs, God has blessed me with much, much more. This Thanksgiving was extra special for my family for some personal reasons, so I just want to acknowledge how good God has been to us. He answers prayers in amazing ways. He goes above and beyond.


Jimmy and I celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents’ house with my mom, dad, Hannah, and all of our pups. We ate, laughed, prayed, and relaxed. It was a great day.

I also had to pet sit, so that was done before and after visiting my parents. It’s tempting to resent working on holidays, but that’s just when pet sitting is the busiest. I’m thankful for the extra work and the opportunity to contribute financially to our little family in a way that I so enjoy.


After eating, my mom convinced me to go Black Friday shopping with her, even though it was still Thursday. It was my first true experience with the craziness that is Black Friday. I went not to buy anything, but to spend time with my mom. We had fun, and it wasn’t too wacko out and about.

This time of year reminds me not only to be thankful, but to give. To give of myself, my time, money, love, and more. However I can help others, really. Here’s to having an attitude of thanks and giving the whole year round.

I hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day spent with loved ones!


Painting the Living Room

I know I’ve said it before, but there’s nothing like a hosting a party┬áto motivate you get stuff done around the house! Jimmy and I have been wanting to paint our living room since we moved into our house in 2014.

As I mentioned a few posts back, I hosted an Origami Owl Jewelry party at our house (more on that in another post!). I think we had around 15 people over–the most we’ve ever hosted–and it was such a nice evening.

I’m not sure what prompted Jimmy and I to tackle painting the biggest room in our house a week before having a ton of people over, but we surprisingly finished before the party!

Our living room walls were previously off-white. We also had a wooden mantle and corner shelf unit. We decided to paint the walls gray (Whirlwind by Olympic), the mantle and corner shelf white (Ultra White by Valspar), and the ceiling white (White by HGTV Home).

We began painting on Monday and finished up late Friday night. I don’t think we went to bed before 11:00 pm one night last week, but it was totally worth it! Here are some before and after pictures.


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living-room-1 living-room-3 living-room-2living-room-4 living-room-5before-and-after-collage

It was quite an undertaking, but I’m so glad we painted. Our living room feels like a whole new room now. We might do a second coat of paint on the walls, or we might be lazy and let it go, haha. We’ll see. All that’s left to do is hang some pictures, art, a mirror, etc. on the walls!

Do you like to paint?