Currently: September 2017

Current book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I try to read this book once or twice a year. It’s just a wonderful reminder that each of us were created by God for a purpose.

Current blessing Receiving a letter from the boy Jimmy and I sponsor at Niños de Mexico. It makes me heart so incredibly happy to know that he is safe, healthy, has a home, and is learning about God.

Ninos de Mexico sponsorship letter

Current beauty product Yes To Carrots Super Rich Body Butter. It fits my beauty product criteria: natural, smells good, and works great!

Current goal This is a lofty one, but I want to finish the first draft of my book by the end of the year. Can’t believe I’m putting it out there, but I’m hoping it will help me stay accountable.

Current indulgence Watercoloring. I love pulling out my paint and brushes every now and then. This time I was making some simple art to put in a 5×7 frame for our bedroom. I chose the bottom right one.

Abstract watercolor painting

Current drink As always, coffee. Really enjoying the single origin organic Peru beans from Aldi. Also had an iced vanilla latte the other day and it hit. the. spot.

Current craving I want to paint my nails. I just need to find a chunk of time when Mavis is sleeping so I don’t worry about picking her up with wet nails, ha.

Current food Vegetables from our garden! I know we’re nearing the end of the gardening season, so I’m trying to soak up all the garden time I can.

San Marzano, cherry, and purple tomatoes Japanese eggplant, purple tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, and green beans

Current confession I don’t want summer to end, but at the same time I’m looking forward to fall and the holiday season. I’m planning a fall dinner for Jimmy and I and looking forward a new season of Gold Rush.

Current obsession Anything that has to do with our fur babies. Jimmy and I brought Mavis to her first training class this week and it was so much fun!

Girl cuddling cocker spaniel puppy

Current need Absolutely nothing! Feeling extremely blessed.

Current procrastination Mopping the floors. I’ve Swiffered the living daylights out of them, but I know they need a good old fashioned mopping.

Current excitement My mom bought a truck! She was torn between a few different Chevy models and the Ford F-150. She went with the Ford and told me she is loving it. I can’t wait to take a ride with her!

New 2017 Ruby Red Ford F-150

Current prayer For all the victims of Hurricane Harvey to find comfort, safety, hope, and solace. Watching the news has been heartbreaking. I highly recommend checking out the nonprofit I.D.E.S. if you’re looking to donate.

Current mood Happy. Looking forward to the weekend!

Current question Have you ever had someone tell you that you look like your name should be something other than your real name? I cannot tell you how many people have told me I look like my name should be Daisy. I’ve also gotten Alice, Genevieve, and Luna (apparently I look like Luna Lovegood?), but I get Daisy a lot. So much so that my parents call me Daisy instead of Allie.


I’ve always been intrigued by collections. When someone tells me they have some sort of collection, I just have to see it. Whether it’s coins, dolls, stamps, or mugs, it’s usually pretty interesting.

Jimmy and I were watching American Pickers the other night, and there was a former race car driver who collected Nascar memorabilia and old race cars. It got me thinking about what I collect.

I used to collect postcards and quarters when I was younger, but I fell off the wagon with those 😉 These days I have a few things I like to collect, but they aren’t actually material items. I collect names I like, favorite scriptures, and affirmations or quotes that really speak to me.


I’m pretty sure I drive Jimmy absolutely nuts with questions about whether or not he likes a name. He usually doesn’t because I have quite the propensity to be attracted to unique names. He actually (jokingly) told me he wants me to sign a contract that I will give him a “name-asking break” while we’re on vacation, haha.

A few of my favorite guy names are Arslan, Miles, and Ryder. For girls, I love the names Blythe, Katya, and Natalia.

When I see or hear a name I like, I’ll write it down and say it over and over just to hear the sound of it. I also love to look up the meaning of a name. It’s fun when I hear a name I like and like the meaning of it.

Collecting my favorite Bible verses and affirmations in one place is pretty easy because Pinterest is full of awesomeness.

Luke 18 1

I have a whole board dedicated to scripture and inspiring messages that makes me so incredibly happy and encouraged every time I look at it.

A few of of my favorite scriptures:

  • Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

Philippians 4 6

As for affirmations and quotes, I love these:

  • Don’t let your struggle become your identity.
  • Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.
  • It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop.
  • Be the person you needed when you were younger.

Be who you needed when you were younger

Do you collect anything?

What are your favorite scriptures/quotes/affirmations/names?