I’m Back! (And Merry Christmas)

I’ve been kind of quiet over here. A lot has been going on…too much to try to bring y’all up to date. But here are several things (in no particular order) to kind of fill in the gaps of my absence.

  • My aunt came to live with us for two months before she started her new job…and it was amazing and wonderful to have her here! (Wish she never left. 😉)
  • I celebrated my one-year anniversary at the Trophy Shop!
  • I am in the process of launching The Quilted Rose Co., my new Etsy shop! (Stay tuned for details!)
  • I went to see a For King & Country concert on my birthday. They were outstanding as usual. I cannot wait for next year. (Album #3 is coming out eventually!)
  • I still don’t know how to drive. (I still have not been behind the wheel.)
  • Princess O graced us with a five-day visit and we made cookies and watched movies and colored. She has grown so much and she’s such a treasure!

  • My cousins from NYC came for Thanksgiving for the second year in a row!!!
  • We have a new cousin on the way and it’s a girl! 😄
  • We had the privilege of watching the life cycle of four black swallowtail butterflies. E. was the main caretaker.
  • I’ve got all my presents finished and wrapped. (No staying up past midnight to hustle this year!)
  • We saw The Last Jedi and it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • I still love my job. 😉
  • On that note, I am on vacation (stay-cation) for two weeks.
  • My sisters and I have been trying to exercise together every day and we’re still alive.
  • Travis and Angel took me to Big Church Night Out last weekend and we watched the Newsboys, Blanca, 7eventh Time Down, and Sidewalk Prophets perform along with a couple other acts. It was amazing. We had a wonderful time together. Angel picked awesome seats and I got a picture with Blanca!

One thought that has been on my heart this Christmas is that I am so thankful Jesus did not stay a baby. He was born. He lived. He grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men. He died for me and my sins. He died for your sins too. He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. And now one day He’s coming back. This is what brings me joy this year.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I hope your Christmas is merry and bright. (To my quilty friends, may your bobbin always be full.)


The Best Is Yet To Come

So there was this song I heard a long time ago when I was visiting Jami. We were in her car driving home from The Big White House. Windows were rolled down and the sun was setting. I remember now that we had Pandora’s music on shuffle and this song came up. I never caught the lyrics or even the name of the song, but I really liked the tune.

I found the song yesterday.

It’s “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Sheppard.

The lyric video is here.

This has been floating around in my head for years. I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am that I found this. 😄

Summer Recap




4th of July.

Myrtle Beach. (Jami though.)

McBee Road Trip.

Peach Canning.

Olympia. ❤


Summer is over. I’ve loved every bit of sunshine, fun day, road trip, canning day, and any other day I didn’t have school ;). It’s been great. Our first summer in a new state, new area, new house (!), with new friends, as well as some old ones, has been fantastic. I still get homesick. Like, I miss my friends and I wish that I could hang out with them and make memories with them. I still get really sad some days. But, it’s better. I think I finally get what my mom and dad have been trying to tell me, “Make new memories. Make new friends.”

So here they are. My new memories.

Our Florida Vacation

This has probably been the most relaxing vacation ever.


My family took a trip to Orlando, Florida for a much needed week long vacation. It’s been wonderful. We did not go to Disney World this year. We didn’t have any plans to do anything or go anywhere, actually. But we did lots. We brought board games and movies. We met up with some of Mom’s friends and family. There was lots of swimming, a beach day, and two birthday celebrations. It was great!







Fresh ramen! I am never going back to instant ramen.


The Bacado. A bacon avocado omelet.


Happy birthday, E.


Incan Gold


Ticket to Ride


"Five Crowns"



It’s been a good week.

Five good vibes:
1. The drive here.
2. All the good food we ate this week.
4. Those quiet times I had with Jesus in the late nights and early mornings.
5. The beach. Someone please take me back.