You guys, I did it!  3rd trimester exhaustion and misery didn’t stop me from completing my October photo challenge and I am so thrilled.  I know it wasn’t that hard at only a month but it was a lot for me.  I’m proud of myself but feeling oddly bereft now that it’s done.  I may pick up the challenge again and do a December daily but since baby may be here in that month I may rethink that.  Here is… Read more »

It’s no secret that autumn is my favorite season.  Cooler weather, gorgeous colors, apple picking, warm pie, boots and scarves.  I love everything about it and the fact that it ushers in fun holidays culminating in my favorite holiday as winter begins, just icing on the carrot cake.  To celebrate all things fall I’ve started a series on Instagram for the month called Everyday October. You can follow me there, which I hope that you will, or just search for… Read more »

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a bit of talent left and I could say “I used everything you gave me”.  {Erma Bombeck} I’ve seen this quote before and thought it was nice and perhaps even pinned it to come back to later but it never really settled in and made an impact.  After being sick for a long while at the beginning of this pregnancy opportunities… Read more »

Well, another unexpected long blog break.  I’m sorry, I truly am but this time I have a good excuse.  I’ve spent the last several months in a horrid, sick, “God please spare me”, magical  time called pregnancy.  That’s right, crazy Brandie is having baby #4!  I’d love for you to meet baby Cecelia♥ Regular posts coming back this week:) ♥Brandie

I wrote about journaling once before on this blog and it really said perfectly how I feel about it so I thought I would share it again and then talk about what I think about it now. February 2, 2011 This post brought to you by the letter J. Growing up I kept a diary.  Well, let me be honest, I kept many diaries.  At times I wrote in it everyday, whether I had something to say or not.  My… Read more »

Last year was the first time I picked a “word of the year” and I am so excited to do it again this year.  What a great way to set expectations for the new year and all that one hopes to get out of it?  When picking my word I like to think about what I want to do with my year, what kinds of things I hope to accomplish, what changes I’d like to make and what will leave… Read more »

It’s been a wee bit quiet around here but I didn’t fall off the edge of the earth, I promise.  As life sometimes goes, things can happen that take us away from our plans and schemes.  Soon after moving into the farmhouse I came down with what my doctor called “a weird strain of the flu”.  This weird flu makes you feel like you are at deaths door with no help in sight.  It lasted almost 3 weeks.  In this… Read more »

I know it can’t only be me that has noticed the complete regression in fads lately.  Overalls are back in style along with harem pants(MC hammer pants back in the day), acid wash jeans with high waists, even the mighty tight roll(or peg depending on where in the country you are from) made a brief comeback.  I cringe a bit every time I see an old crazy style that I never thought to see again and while some of it… Read more »

I have made you, I will carry you, I will sustain you and I will rescue you.  Isaiah 46:4 Ever since I was a child I have always been a bit of a Pollyanna.  Always look on the bright side, my cup isn’t full it’s overflowing, you know what I mean.  The kind of bright eyed optimism that often inspires rolled eyes and thinly veiled scorn from others.  Looking back I can see how I was a bit naive, it’s… Read more »