Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Well if you know our family at all or have followed our blog for any length of time, you know we are animal people and total suckers for a sweet furry face. So that will explain why we were heart broken to have had to put our sweet great dane Macy to sleep this past weekend. 
She really was the best dog and loved our girls so much. We used to joke that she thought they were her puppies. 
We were told about six months ago that they thought she had bone cancer in her foot and if that was the case she would maybe live at the longest six months...and that's exactly what she did. She fought hard for six months to stay active and even on bad days followed me and the girls around.
She never knew she weighed 190lbs. she was HUGE but thought she was a lap dog.  When Morgan was on her mission trip this summer she moped around for two weeks and then the minute she saw Morgan walk through the door she was like a puppy again. If Ryanne went for a run or to ride her bike Macy would sit at the end of the driveway and watch over her until she was safely back in the yard.
Saturday really was the worst day because we love her so much and she was a part of our family. Having pets is hard because we get really attached but we had a lot of good years to love on our Macy girl so that's what we are remembering. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Low Down on Skinny oil, Passport to Purity Trip & a Giveaway...

So I got an email from Skinny Co. asking if I wanted to try their products. I agreed to blog about my findings and so they shipped me a free sample of all these goodies. 
The box came with lots of information on their products and I was excited to give them a  try. I am all about natural products and especially love coconut oil.

One of the jars was a coconut oil and other essential oils for teeth whitening so for two weeks me and Dan tried it out and we noticed a huge difference in just polishing up our teeth and making your mouth feel clean. I brushed with the coconut oil and then brushed regular with my Toms of Maine toothpaste and we are hooked. One night after we got the oils Ryanne broke out in hives something awful so I rubbed her down with the coconut oil and the hives calmed down, were less itchy and gone the next day. Yahoo! Lastly, my favorite thing they sent was the coconut oil scrub that I have been using on my heels and other rough spots and it is AMAZING! So if you love all natural products like I do check them out at Enjoy!
So when Morgan was entering Jr. High I took her away for a two nights to the beach to have some girl time and work through the Passport to Purity series. This past weekend was Ryanne's turn and so we loaded up the car and headed for Carlsbad....
We loaded up on good food...

And of course long walks on the beach in the morning when it was quiet and calm...

We also decided we definitely need a living wall on our patio...
Ryanne singing on the worship team for Jr. High. She is growing up quickly but not to quickly, she still likes to jump in my bed on cold mornings and snuggle and tells me she is never going to drive ha! The time away was good and blessed both of us. If you have never heard of Passport to Purity you should totally check it out. It broaches subjects with the kids like puberty and dating and asks them to come to some kind of accountability with their parents on how they will conduct themselves as teenagers when it comes to the choices they make. In the end we gave her a purity ring and she loves it! We talked about her desire for a Godly marriage later in life and her desire to be obedient now as she's going to be faced with peer pressure etc. 
This has really been a God send for our family and we want to bless you by passing on a Passport to Purity kit. The only thing you would have to do is go on to Amazon and buy the journal to go with it. But the Cd's and workbook are all here.
Leave a comment over the next week telling me on a scale of  1-10 how freaked out are you to talk to your kids about sex and then I will have my girls pick a number and whoever gets picked wins!

 If you live close by I will drop it off on your doorstep and if you are far away I will happily mail it to you.
This is just for fun and to pass on the blessing oh and because I am doing the happy dance and survived two! Count them people, TWO! weekends away with my girls talking about the hard stuff ha!
Also, if you have sons this kit works all the same as it has the CD's for the father-son get away.
This is ideal for kids about 11-12 years old but you can always win it and put it up because they will be there before you know it.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy 80th Betty!

My mother in law celebrated her 80th birthday last week and so we surprised her and got a suite  down in LA for the night and also bought tickets to see the Broadway hit Newsies....
The show was AMAZING! The dancing is ridiculous and the singing so good!
I found this place in LA called Fo Nuts and it had baked donuts, so good for you right? Ha! They had bacon covered donuts, raspberry and mocha too! The best part? They had gluten free and vegan  as well so this meant that for the first time in 10 years I was able to walk up to a donut counter and order a donut. 
I was fascinated with the mirror in the elevator and drove everyone nuts!
We enjoyed dragging Betty to new restaurants, walking around The Grove, getting into crazy Uber cars and going to a show.
Such a fun couple of days. We love you and pray your year is a blessed one!