Interview with a Five Year Old

1. Who’s your best friend?
One or two? How ever many you want. Isabella, Catalina and Rowan.

2. What do you want to be when you grow up? A chef. Why? Because I want to cook.

3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
A force-field. It’s like a circle. It’s a huge circle around everybody to be safe.

4. What are your five favorite things to do?
Eating and drinking and jumping in the pool and having fun and doing activities.

5. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
Can I skip?

6. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
I wish Teen Titans were real and Raven birds.

7. What are the best things about Mom and Dad?
Can I tell you something? There is this girl named Aubin who you would let babysit us. And after dinner she would give us candy.

8. What are the worst things about us?
About getting us on time out.

9. Can you name one thing that scares you?
The dark.

10. Would you rather give up TV, chocolate or friends?
Why would I give up my friends at school?! I wouldn’t do that.

11. What does heaven look like?
It looks like a world with a rainbow pony and animals and a lot of angels and Jesus and God. And a lot of animals. Did I already say that?

12. What is the most disgusting thing you can think of?

13. If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why?
Could it be a Disney character? Yes. I pick Ariel. Cause she’s so beautiful. And if they were not a Disney character who would it be? Like Mickey Mouse? Not a cartoon, a real human being. I pick Mauricia. Why? Because she’s so kind to me.

14. What’s the hardest thing about being a child?
Cleaning up your room.

Caterpillar, Our Quiver - 01.03.170 comments

The $1000 Flush

Before. And…


Sooooooo… The unthinkable happened. You know when you have a very healthy digestive system, like Miss C does, and after you’re done poo-ing and wiping, it all can’t fit down the drain? But you don’t know this, so you flush, only to see the water rising just to the edge of the commode and you hold your breath as it stops just before the first droplet spills over the edge? Typically, you back away at this point and wait for the water to subside or you find a trusty plunger, hold your nose and stab the bowl until it hiccups. Well, when this happened to my eight-year-old, he accidentally pushed the flush lever while trying to close the lid. What happened next was that poopy water overflowed, and it kept overflowing. It ran over the bathroom tiles, seeped through the carpet, sunk through the floor boards and dripped into the living room. And then you have poppy water dripping in a room far, far away from toilets that should not have poppy water anywhere near it.

Apparently, poopy water is known as Category 3 water (sounds serious, doesn’t it?). Well, it is. Here is the definition: “This is the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.”

I never knew what to do if my children ever clogged and then flooded a room with poopy water, but thank goodness now I do. You call for help. And then these nice people show up and tell you that they have to cut a hole in your ceiling and rip out all the poopy-touching things upstairs. The only positive thing from this $1000 flush is that I get to remodel the horridly-wallpapered upstairs bathroom. More to come on this…

Children, Life, Motherhood, The Home - 01.02.170 comments

Hello 2017

2016 was full of several changes we didn’t expect. We sold our home, moved into a new home, changed the kids’ school, joined a new church, sold and bought a car, and Hubby and I started new jobs. Only one of these things was on our goal wall. Oh, and I joined the Catholic church (that’s a whole blog post itself – coming soon).

We decided to sell our home when a little boy used the N-word at Gadget’s school, and we disagreed with how the administration handled it at the public school. Hubby was always a fan of Christian schooling, so we applied at the last minute and were blessed that all three children were accepted into private school. As a result of the new school being about forty minutes ways away, we decided to move closer. We packed up our beautiful home and moved to an older home that’s only three minutes away from the new school. After living there for six years I was putting the final touches in each room, so I was disappointed to sell our finally-decorated nest.

Our garage housed our chalkboard goal wall, and the stairway to the second floor was checkered with canvas images from some of our favorite moments together. I gave Hubby a box of collar stays one Christmas that engraved the highlights of our relationship on the wall… A field of sunflowers that we walked past each morning we spent together in Geneva, memories from the Austin Food & Wine Festival, and the chicken ham we ate after spending a day in Tobago after we got married.

Our 2008 Passat sputtered its last mile, and we traded in the Corolla for an Infiniti. As a result of starting the kids in a new school, we began attending the local church that housed the school. Saying goodbye to a church that has your heart is not easy. It felt like we were breaking up with a close loved one as we shared the news we were leaving.

Not sure what this year will bring, but we have a plan that we’ve submitted to God. Hello 2017.

Life, The Home - 01.01.175 comments

Daniel Fast Rice & Beans

This versatile dish works well as a protein-rich breakfast, packs nicely as a lunch (wait to slice your avocado), and makes for a savory dinner. If you have the time, I like to roast a fresh tomato in place of canned tomatoes and use that instead. It’s hard to find canned anything without sugar. I was out of corn and green peppers, but those goes extremely well sauteed and added on top.

Brown Rice
Sauteed Onions
Cumin, oregano, salt & pepper seasonings
Stewed tomatoes
Black Beans

Breakfast, Daniel Fast & More, Daniel Fast Recipes - 12.31.161 comment

3 Tips for 2017 Resolutions

Excited to write goals for 2017? Here are three easy steps to create goals and resolutions that will inspire and motivate you in 2017. Even though I’ve written my 100 Life Goals, I’ve found that writing New Year’s resolutions as a couple helps with accountability and strengthens your marriage.

1. Reflect
Think about what you’ve already accomplished this year. Some of our biggest accomplishments were sharing at least two date nights a month, getting rid of our timeshare, and making dual career changes. All three of these goals were posted on our ‘goal wall’ which is a chalkboard list in our garage. We keep our goals front and center, and no better place than a huge wall in the garage that we see at least twice a day. If there are some areas in your life that concern you such as eating healthy, make sure to make note of that as you reflect by jotting down any areas that you think are still outstanding in your life.

2. Make a List
We use a pretty comprehensive list of goal categories to make sure that we cover all areas. Since we make goals as a couple, we recommend that each of you write down three to four goals in each category. The categories are: spiritual, purposeful, physical, emotional, relational, financial, parental, generational and professional. Take about twenty to thirty minutes to write down your goals individually.

3. Edit & Prioritize
Now it’s time to share your resolutions. As you listen to each other you may be surprised at how many you have in common word for word. Hubby and I shared about ten goals this year, and those became the basis for our joint goal list. We looked through the remaining goals and added a few more. You can edit these goals to fit your joint desires for the year. After your final list is complete, display it somewhere prominently that you will see daily. We added bottle caps to our magnetic board to keep a tally each week if we’ve worked toward a goal that week.

What are your top three goals for 2017?

100 Life Goals - 12.30.160 comments

Hi. I live in North Texas with God, my man, my boys, and a sweet baby girl.
Read more.

  • Meet my big boy, my speedracer. He is 39 pounds of car racing energy.
    Read more.

  • Meet my cowboy with the heart of a lion. He believes all the horses in Texas belong to him. Read more.

    Meet my sweet baby girl. She loves sleeping and I love hearing her coo.
    Read more.