God Bless the USA

Happy July 4th! I hope you are enjoying this day with those you love!

God Bless America!

Alex and I are headed to Dallas with friends for a Texas Rangers game. I cannot wait! Box seats + friends? Yes, please!

I found some great reads and links this week around the web that I wanted to share. Take some time and check them out. You won't regret it! 

1. Have you heard of the Lively Podcast? I have recently come across this podcast, by Jess Lively, and have been working my way through all the episodes. The podcast is all about living your life with value based intention. Definitely check this podcast out.

2. Jen Hatmaker. This woman is taking the world by storm with her books, blogs and all around quirkiness. Jen loves Jesus and that makes me love her even more. She champions goodness and well - goodness is a good thing. Check out her new book, For The Love. It comes out August 18 but I went ahead and preordered it thru Amazon. You will want to as well. Trust me.

3. Are you on Fit Bit? I have a Fit Bit for awhile now but really am only now starting to use it like I should. Late to the game, again. I love it! Most days I am somewhere between 8,000 - 10,000 steps a day. And being able to track my sleep? Awesome. Are you on Fit Bit? Leave your Fit Bit name/email in the comment section and we can cheer each other on.

4. Ali Edwards Story Kit this month is out of this world.  The theme is Go and I have found so much inspiration from her this month. Best $20 I have spent this month. Check it out here.

5. Have you seen this from the Sugar Box? 16 Celebrity Lookalikes that Will Totally Creep You Out. I laughed so hard! Best chuckle I have had all week!

Have a great long weekend, friends. Take time to celebrate with those you love & laugh. But also take time to remember just how blessed we are to live in the U.S.A.

Minted + Father's Day

I love giving gifts.

But I especially love giving gifts that have been thought out and chosen with care.

I'm not so much into running to the convenient store and grabbing the first thing I see.

With Fathers Day quickly approaching (June 21st) , I thought I would share some great thoughtful gifts that I found over at Minted. Any of these art prints would be perfect for Father's Day for the great Dad in your life!

I chose these items with my Dad in mind. He loves all things cowboy, rustic and Texas. I can easily see any of these prints hanging in his office, above his desk.

Personal - check.
Easy to order - check.
Ships quickly - check.

I have ordered from Minted several times, and let me tell you - I am never disappointed. I love that you can choose to receive you order framed or not and the size is customizable as well.

My last order was for our Christmas cards and we have received so many compliments on the design. I know no doubt that once you look through the Minted website you will be able to find the perfect gift for your dad for Father's Day.

I will share what I end up ordering my Dad after Father's Day. I know he reads here and I don't want to spoil the surprise for him!

Have you ever ordered from Minted? Share with me what you ordered - I am always looking for great gift ideas!

This post has been sponsored by Minted I received a Minted credit for in exchange for my time and honest review. All opinions and views are my own.

If you don't make a list

Can you believe Summer is already here? It's crazy how fast time flies by these days. Last year my family made a Summer Bucket List and it helped keep us on track of how we wanted to spend the lazy days of Summer.

Who am I kidding? The summer will fly by, but atleast with a list we will have something to look at and give us a goal.

You can see last years Bucket List here.

Go see the musical TEXAS


Redecorate Ben's room

Camp Out

Catch up on Project Life

Baseball Games

Hit the Lake

Read, Read, Read

Cook At Home

Drive (this is specifically for Ben)

Get Back Home to Louisiana

More Movies

Less Screen Time

This list included ideas from the entire family. Some we will accomplish - some we will have a great time trying! 

How about you? Do you have a Summer Bucket List?  

Memorial Day 2015

Thank you to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

You have not been forgotten.

Happy Mother's Day 2015

It's almost midnight, which means Mother's Day is only minuets away. Im laying in bed, crying, because that's what I do when I think about not having you here with me. I cry, mostly at night, when everyone is asleep. I just miss you & somehow the tears just run down my face.

I think about all the times I know you cried yourself to sleep, worried about your babies. With five kids, I know you must have cried many times that I wasn't even aware of. I am also thinking of the times I made you cry and I knew it - like when I boarded a plane at 16 years old to be an exchange student to Russia. I don't think you really understood why I wanted to go -but you let me go - knowing it was something I needed to do for me.  You cried with me many nights, as I figured out how to get out of a bad relationship, and face the world alone as a single mom of two boys.  You cried when all three of our my babies were born. You were so proud of your grand babies. I remember you crying at my wedding. You were so happy that I had found my soulmate with Alex. You knew he would love me and our boys forever. 

I sit here thinking about how you would be crying right beside me, right now. You would not want me crying over missing you. That year - not so long ago - that was the hardest year of my life? There were many times you would crawl into my bed and cry with me, because thats all we could do. 

Tonight, though - I can close my eyes and feel you rubbing my back, reassuring me that everything is happening the way God intends it to. You are reminding me that I am not alone because you are always in my heart. 

Well, Momma. I will wipe away my tears and remember the three decades of Mother's Day that we had together. And I will give thanks to God for blessing me with a Momma who had a heart so gentle and loving that she was not afraid to cry over those she loved. 

Happy Mother's Day, Momma.