Currently: November 2017

Current book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I’ve been reading a few pages each day during my devotion time. I’m not reading anything for leisure, though. Any recommendations?!

Current obsession Having our pets complete “puzzles” to earn their food. Our trainer recommended using puzzles to keep Mavis’ mind busy, and we got all the animals involved. It has been really neat to watch each of the pets figure out the puzzles. Lola is definitely the best because nothing gets between her and her food 😉

Dog and cat doing a puzzle together with tennis balls

Current indulgence Napping when Mavis is sleeping!

Current beauty product Micellar Water. I was skeptical of how well it would work, but this stuff is amazing at cleansing and I love the fact that I don’t have to rinse it off!

Current procrastination Painting our office. I have a paint sample on the wall that has been sitting there for months. Eek! Maybe I’ll get that done by the end of the year?

peach whisper paint sample by Valspar

Current goal Still wanting to finish writing my book by the end of the year but I’ve been majorly slacking lately. Well, not slacking, just very busy!

Current craving A weekend away with Jimmy, perhaps a visit to West Virginia?

Current mood Happy and hopeful. Mavis had her second puppy level II class on Monday and did great! I’m really hoping, praying, and working toward having her become a therapy dog so we can visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc. together. It’s a lot of work, but we are both loving it!

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy

Current food Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I’m working on perfecting a recipe. I have the texture and flavor down, but need to experiment with a different type of chocolate chips. I take my baking seriously!

Current blessing Having Jimmy home safely from his trip.

Current confession I feel totally behind on my real estate work. When I began working for my parents’ business, I thought I would mostly be doing that, and sprinkling in pet sitting to fill in the gaps. It has actually been the other way around, with pet sitting becoming a full time gig. There’s a lot of upkeep and things to be done in the real estate world, so I often find myself wishing there were a few more hours in the day. Either way, having too much work is quite the blessing. I’m definitely not complaining!

Chocolate lab sitting in grass

Pet sitting has been keeping me busy!

Current need Totally random, but I need socks. I’ve been stealing Jimmy’s when I run out (I totally fit his socks because I have biiig feet!) and he’s not too happy about it. I’ve heard these are a good brand, so maybe I’ll order them soon.

Current excitement The upcoming holiday season! This time of year is so incredibly special.

Current drink Coffee with peppermint mocha creamer. My mom had me try this combo when I slept over last week and it was delicious. Remember when I first blogged about her obsession with this creamer? It’s still going strong 😉

Coffeemate Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer

Current prayer A family in our church had their baby in the NICU for months and months, and she was cleared to go home but is now back in the hospital. I’m praying for health for her and strength for the family.

Current question Where would you travel for a weekend trip?



  1. For a weekend trip I’d love to visit NYC. I’ve never been there!! I love seeing all the new coffee creamers! I want to try the Reese’s PB Cup one, but it only comes in a huge container! What if I hate it?! Then I have so much to drink 😦

  2. I think Mavis would be such a sweet therapy dog. I once saw a pug and pomeranian set of therapy dogs at a health expo and it was love at first sight ❤

  3. OK- that puppy puzzle is too funny- I have never heard of that, but it’s awesome. Does it work?! Alsooo you are writing a book?! I must have missed this post. How stinking exciting!!! What about ?! (unless you are not disclosing that yet!). EEK! So exciting, sign me up- I’ll buy your first copy! Girl, you are the master of all trades from the baking to writing to real estate?! I will definitely be praying for that sweet babe in the NICU. My heart breaks for that family. Please keep us updated !

    To answer your q: Not quite a weekend trip (for weekends… definitely SF).. but DJ and I are planning a vacation in Hawaii (hopefully) early next year (or maybe a cruise?!) we are unsure still! XO

    1. The puzzle is so fun! It’s amazing watching the animals “get” it and solve the puzzle! And yes, I am writing a book!! I started probably before you began reading my blog, so that’s why it’s new to you! It’s going to be a novel!! Thank you sooo much for the encouragement and also the prayers for the sweet baby in the NICU!

      I am so jealous of your Hawaii or cruise vacation next year!! I can’t wait to hear about it!

      1. OH. MY. STINKING. GOODNESSS. Girl, that gets me so excited. Do you have a plan for when to release it? I might have missed that too. Seriously.. I will buy it the second I can!

  4. Have you read Bread & Wine?? I love it so much!

    I really think Mavis will be such a great therapy dog! I hope that she’s able to continue on that track. You two would be so great at that.

    I like the color you picked for your office. I look forward to seeing the finished product… whenever you finish it. 😉

    Oh, my heart breaks for the NICU baby who is back in the hospital. You know how near things like that are to my heart.

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