Friday’s Five Faves {#3}

Friday’s Five Faves {#3}

I’m tired!

Anyone else tired? No? Just me?

Well today my five faves are all about resting and relaxing…so come hang out and just relax.

And then enjoy your weekend!


This is how I feel today…thank goodness for the love of Jesus!




This is my favorite place on earth. Seriously — by far. So much so, that this is where Ty proposed to me!

This is one of the most relaxing places on earth to me.


Lake Havasu, Arizona


I took this picture at the women’s conference at my church this weekend. It was definitely a time of recharging my batteries!

These Chinese lanterns capped off the first night.

Every woman wrote their hopes, fears, prayers…and then lit them and as a group sent them into the air. It was a sweet sight to see all these women watching their vulnerability float into the sky.Talk about freeing and refreshing!

Chinese Lanterns


Seriously, this is the BEST place on earth for me — being goofy with my family.

Gosh, I could eat those kids.

Silly Family Pic - Thanksgiving


Wouldn’t you just love to be right here right now?!



What would your book choice be for laying in the hammock?

Leave it for me in the comments so I can check it out (if I haven’t already)! 

Little Moments

Little Moments

I’m in a season. A busy season. A long…long…busy season.

Things are crazy around here, and sometimes I feel like we are all in survival mode. And you know what? I’m sad. I feel like we don’t have a lot of time together, or that I specifically have a lot of time for others — especially my family.

But I was just reading a post by Paul David Tripp called “The Significance of Little Moments” and I felt refreshed and encouraged, and still a little convicted. 

Project Elephant {#1} – TV tables

Project Elephant {#1} – TV tables

Okay you guys…I did it! I finished a project on my Project Elephant list!!

Wait, what?

Back to the beginning. I started a new challenge thanks to Abbie over at 5 Days 5 Ways.

(*side note: I just realized we have more than the parentheses in common…I love to have things centered on the page, and so does she! You guys, it might seriously be a match made in blog heaven…although, while I enjoy watching her 5 kids on her blog, I think I might honestly have an aneurysm if I had 3 more kids — 2 of whom are twins! For reals…She’s amazing.)

Anywho…she started a project on her blog called Project Elephant.

five days five ways | project elephant

The idea behind the project:

Q: How do you eat an elephant?

A: One bite at a time!

I’ll say it just like I said last week — GENIUS!

It seems so simple, but I mean, really…why didn’t I think of that?

You know when you’re so bogged down by all of the chaos and often insanity inducing activity life that happens every day, and then your project list just grows and grows? Before you know it, you can’t even bear the thought of cleaning out the refrigerator, and forget about washing the windows on the house, or — what’s even more — renovating that room!

So whether it’s a big or little project…I’ll be breaking it down into one bite at a time! If they are bigger projects, it will mean breaking them down into smaller steps, or completing smaller projects in their entirety. At one a week, I will be able to make a big dent in that list in no time!

Well here is my list now –

Project Elephant #1a

I did the TV tables! Wanna see ’em??


Well, okay…I tricked you. This is what I started with.

They were a little beat up with some scuffs — nothing structurally wrong with them.


The reason I chose not to just keep them black and cover up the marks was because all the furniture in my living room is black! While I love what I already have, I seriously just couldn’t add more black!

I’m trying to make a concerted effort to brighten it up in there…this was a good start!

These are the colors I chose, because I have some fabric in mind for later. We’ll see if I change my mind by the time I decide to do the project….


I got these at Wal-Mart, and they are pretty cheap. I think they were around $4 a can. Also, I should have posted the picture twice, because each table actually needed two cans of paint.

Side note: If you have to spray paint anything other than a tiny little object, I recommend getting this little contraption:


I got this at Wal-Mart, too, and let me tell you — this has changed my life.

It attaches to the spray paint can so that you can use the trigger, rather than pressing on that itty bitty little button and cramping your finger until it feels like it’s gonna fall off! I want to hug whoever invented this.


Anyway…this also helped me to get a more even coat  because I wasn’t focused on my finger hurting. Lame, but true.

I should note here that I should have sanded the tables (while wearing a mask), but I was too impatient and I really wanted to get it done that day. However, if I was painting something more important or more “fancy”, I would do that step. You decide.

So now we can see some pictures of the tables:


See why these needed two coats? Covering up the black was a little difficult.


I applied one more coat, and then turned them upside down to get the bottoms.


Then I let them dry, and…ta-da!!!


I’m so excited to have these in my living room! We love having people over all the time, and this provides even more eating spots in the living room!

This bite of the elephant was delicious! Can’t wait to chow down some more this week!

Wanna see Abbie’s project? Check it out here. It’s a BOMB plate wall. So cute!

What about you? Did you do any projects for Project Elephant? Leave a link in the comments — I wanna see it! 

Friday’s Five Faves {#2}

Friday’s Five Faves {#2}

Welcome back to Friday’s Five Faves!

Wow, what a week! I have been working really diligently on getting my projects for Project Elephant, so stay tuned!

So until my first reveal on Monday, here are my 5 favorite things this week!

New Project – Project Elephant!

New Project – Project Elephant!

If you’ve never visited the blog  5 Days 5 Ways, you must! She’s amazing, and she has so much fun every day on her blog! Someday I’ll be  like Abbie…


Already, we share the love of the parentheses, so it just may happen!

Aaannyywaaaay… of her new projects is what she calls “Project Elephant“.

Friday’s Five Faves

Friday’s Five Faves


Okay I’m starting something new on Fridays.

It’s the day that my kids aren’t in school, so we are using it as a fun day around here. No time to post!

So instead, I am going to post 5 of my favorite pins from my Pinterest.

So…here’s my first Friday’s Five Faves!

Words – You Choose

Words – You Choose

Today I got hit over the head…with truth.

I have been feeling really guilty lately about how much of a yeller I am becoming. I’m not even sure how it happened. I mean, I know that I am loud by nature. I can be heard from miles around when I’m just chatting. But this is different. I’m yelling out of frustration.

So many times, it’s at my kids.

And then I want to curl up into a ball and cry. My poor children! What a terrible picture of their mom — as someone frustrated and taking it out on the people that she loves the most! 

Okay, so I freaked out. So what??


Really. Wow. That’s all I have.

When I started my blog, I didn’t realize that within 5 posts, I would be at almost 1,000 views!

So when I started this blog, my biggest hope was that people who read this would first understand about me that I just want to be authentic and honest. In turn, I hoped that people would be vulnerable and open with me, too. I want this place to be a safe place.

And then I got almost 1,000 views.