Saturday, February 17, 2018

A cold, Saturday evening

I'm sitting by the fireplace on this lazy Saturday evening in February, and there is frozen precipitation falling to the ground... it's like powdered sugar falling from the sky dusting everything in white.

"We're not in Kansas (Texas) any more Toto." The weather here is just as unpredictable, and the forecast changes by the hour. The only difference is that the temperatures drop so much colder here. The move has been an adjustment. Some good and some not so much. I miss my family and friends like crazy. I miss my church and familiarness of my grocery store and the security of knowing I could always find someone to help in a pinch. But, I've enjoyed meeting our neighbors and the newness of a season. I've enjoyed wearing a coat in the winter time and seeing snow, making a snowman, and having a fire crackling in the fireplace. I loved fall and the gorgeous colors displayed on the trees. I adore the rivers and the falls nearby. The water speaks to my soul.

February is hard. It's such a reminder of the loss we have suffered. The February in Ohio is a sure reflection of how my heart feels...bitter cold to the core, empty, barren of life. Then there are days of sunshine and warmth, reminders that spring is on its way. They seem like sort of a tease when we are hit with the cold and snow again.

I know God gave us seasons because He put such a desire in us for change. I look forward to each season. This is a season of Lent. A time of reflection of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. A time to be so thankful for His sacrifice in order to provide us eternal life. I hope Easter is beautiful here. I hope the sun is shining, the grass is green, and the flowers are blooming. It's such a beautiful reflection of what the resurrection is...hope.

I guess today I'm a little tired and gloomy. The sin of the world is overwhelming at times. The weight of the hate and destruction is too much to bear. Sickness, death, devastation, and darkness seem to cover the light. I look forward to Jesus' the day there are no more tears, there's no more sadness, and no more hate. Until that day, shine Lord Jesus, please shine Your light into the darkness.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

Today was a beautiful day in Northeast Ohio. I should have been outside soaking up the sun, but after church and warming up some leftovers for lunch, I changed into something comfy and plopped down on the couch with my laptop to continue the search for a house. I’m trying to stay positive and believe God will lead us to the right one, but sometimes I get discouraged. There’s just not anything available right now in our price range. Bummer. 

I enjoyed the rest today. No hustle and bustle. I have done most of my shopping online. I ordered something for the youngest in our family today while I was online. I love that someone brings stuff to my door and saves me the madness of going out in the shopping jungle! 

I did make dinner and clean the kitchen  this evening, so I’m not feeling completely unproductive. 

I enjoyed the church service so much this morning. Today we celebrate Jesus being the light of the world. A family from the church read scripture and lit the first advent candle. It felt so peaceful. We also took communion because it was the first Sunday of the month. It was such a time of reflection and awareness of my need of the Savior of the world...Emmanuel, God with us. 

I’m praying for peace and healing in the coming year. For now though, I’m focusing on the one who provides the peace and healing, Jesus. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


There’s not much that calms my spirit like sitting by a fire. The fire pit is my favorite...especially with good friends or getting to know new friends with a yummy drink or marshmallows! Now that we live in a much colder climate, I’m enjoying the fireplace. It’s a chilly morning, but the fire in the fireplace is warming my bones and my heart. 

I hope as you prepare for Thanksgiving you feel God’s peace in your spirit and discover new things for which you are thankful. I’m thankful this year that our precious friends drove up from Texas to spend Thanksgiving with us. My heart is full. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Christy's Confessions

I think I'll start a new segment on the blog called, "Christy's Confessions." Clever, huh? It will be a spot to share the good, the bad and the ugly. Something maybe you're not super proud of or maybe something that you're knocking out of the park. I'll start, and you can chime in with your confession too if you so desire. It'll be fun! We'll see if I make it past this first one! Ha!

Here goes...

1. I might be addicted to sour cream and onion potato chips. I think I could probably down an entire family size bag, thank you very much. No, they don't fit in with my otherwise healthy diet, but I love them. I'm not particular about the brand. Just bring 'em to Mama!

2. I might also be addicted to Tessamae's Creamy Ranch salad dressing. Y'all, it is SO good. Just like with any Ranch dressing, it goes well with everything, except this one IS good for you! (well, maybe not the whole bottle in one sitting) It's Whole 30 approved, dairy-free, gluten-free, and all the things. It's not vegan-friendly...sorry vegan friends. I used to buy it at Target and Kroger when I lived in Southeast Texas, but now that I'm in Northeast Ohio (holy cow! I'm still not used to saying that) I buy it at Giant Eagle and Walmart. I wish Aldi carried it because that's where I've been shopping lately. Anyone with an Aldi connection? Let's make that happen, pretty please?

3. Most mornings I get up at 5:30 and go walking with my neighbor. BOOM!! We are basically walking rock stars! Today, I had a teacher conference at 7:10 (isn't that kind of early for a meeting where you have to think clearly) and had to cancel on my friend. Guess what? She went without me! I'm so proud...and jealous that I'm not as awesome!

4. I might have completely forgotten about packing Cora's lunch today. Like, I totally didn't even think about it until I was making my lunch at 1:09 p.m. Gah! (It was that 7:10 a.m. meeting that threw me for a loop!) I hope the sweet cafeteria people took care of her. I'll make them something special.

5. I start a new job tomorrow. Cora's over the moon because I'll be at her school every day. I guess this one isn't really a confession or a bragging point. I'll be in touch with which way it goes. Hopefully, I'll knock it out of the park!

Happy Monday!

I'll leave you with something pretty from my Instagram story yesterday evening...

I love the marina in the fall.

Gorgeous sunset for fishing.

Good night, Sunday.

Friday, October 20, 2017


It's been a while since I've been in this space. I've missed it so much. I know I say that every time. I really hope to carve out a time to write consistently. I need the outlet. And besides, there are so many new things to write about now!

I still can't believe our family moved to Ohio over the summer for Kelvin's new job opportunity with Lubrizol at the corporate office. It was just last year we were settling into our new house on Landon Lane and loving our pool and shop and land and neighbors. Who knew we would be all the way across the country in less than a year?! Crazy times. We are enjoying our new surroundings. The weather is gorgeous for now.

I can't believe the colors!

Y'all, this is a real pumpkin patch! Like the pumpkins are actually growing on the vine!

I'm a little anxious about the winter, having never lived in snow or cold. We will embrace it as much as we can...skiing, snowboarding, sledding, fires, hot toddies, sleigh rides and more! I'll need to go shopping too. We just don't have the appropriate clothes for this climate.

The move hasn't come without adjustments. We all left everything and everyone we knew and loved, but I think it has been good. The kids are making new friends and so are we. We love our neighbors. Everyone has been so kind and accommodating. We're in a rental for now and hope to buy in the same charming neighborhood. It's like Mayberry! There's a beach, the lake, trails, green space, and lots of community activities! I love it. The kids love it too. Luke has been fishing and caught quite a whopper!

Cora loves the friends she can play with in the 'hood, and Carleigh enjoys walking down to the beach to read and chill.

Stay tuned as I share our new adventures!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I ❤️ summer and more favorite things

Don't you just love summer?! No schedules, staying up late and sleeping in, eating whenever and whatever, watermelon and watermelon slushies, Malibu Rum, reading, the beach and the lake, produce stands, and just hanging with your people. Ahhh yeah! We aren't taking a vacay this year because of the whole house purchase thing, so I'm trying to soak in all of the summer things. I'm a little sad it's going by so quickly! There are so many books still to read and so much grilling to do and chips and salsa to eat and so many pounds to shed!

So, this summer I have found quite a few new favorites! They include, but aren't limited to...

This candle! I bought it today from an awesome little shop not far from me, Altar'd Market (@altardmarket on Instagram.) You know coconut and lime are two of my varrry favorite things, and now I can smell both of them at the same time! It smells delicious!

Golf! Who knew I would like it so much?! Well, I like being on the green with a breeze blowing and no kids threatening to kill each other anyway. I really have enjoyed my first two lessons though. I'm getting prepared for the Stoerner Family and Friends Golf Tournament August 13th benefitting Emma's Hugs. I'm excited! If you live nearby, visit for more details and registration information. I would absolutely love to see you there! In case you don't know what Emma's Hugs is, you can find out all about it at or click the link on the sidebar.

Bluetooth. Technology (when it works) is a beautiful thing. I love having bluetooth in my car so I can connect and listen to my favorite podcasts or Pandora. And I love connecting my phone to our JBL or Bose speaker and hearing some good tunes while I cook or chill on the couch or the back porch. It's just so great!

Zumba! I used to love going to the gym and getting my groove on at Zumba. For one reason or another I haven't been able to shake my booty to the Latin tunes in quite a while. The past couple of weeks I have been able to catch my sweet friend, Jessica's class. I love her! Hope I can keep it up when we return to school and work and the craziness of soccer and dance, etcetera, etcetera. It's so much more fun sweating my back side off doing Zumba than anything else.

Downton Abbey. I've almost completed the last season. I really like historical fiction, and this series has been so interesting. I love the costumes and learning about how society was way back when and the changes it saw through the years. I hate to see it come to an end. I guess all good things do. 

Getting my eyebrows waxed and tinted. I rarely get haircuts and only make it to the salon to get my brows done every couple of months, but I love it so much. I get to lay on the esthetician's warm, cushy table and close my eyes. They usually have soothing music playing and there are never any kids screaming at each other. It's wonderful! Today, as I waited, I relaxed in the waiting lounge with a warm wrap around my neck and sipped on lemon water and a glass of vino. Ahhhh! My own mini summer vacation minutes from the house. 

Well, that is about all I can think of right now. I hope you're summer is shaping up to be everything you dreamed it would be and more! What have you been doing? 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

More of my favorite things

What do you do to recharge or chill out when things are a bit crazy? I have found I have to dig in the dirt or write. Today I'm doing both. I mentioned we sold our house and are supposed to close next month, which is great, but we also needed to find a house. We have managed to find a house that seems to be a good fit for us, and now we're working on the purchase. There are so many hoops! My brain is just kinda tired! There's also the regular summer stuff, packing boxes, more packing boxes, paperwork and more paperwork, blah, blah, blah. So, today I was picking up some free boxes at the grocery store (one of my favorite things), and picked up some herbs too. I know I'm packing and moving and all, but I still cook, and I use herbs when I cook. AND, I noticed that my mint plant disappeared. I think the yellow lab in my backyard, aka Remi, had something to do with it, so it needed to be replaced. Mint is important for things like the fresca drinks I posted about and tea and stuff. So, I bought some mint and cilantro, because I needed to, and one can never have enough cilantro. So, there's that.

Other things I'm loving include but aren't limited to...

  • Free boxes-important in my life right now because of the whole moving thing and all.
  • Herbs-they just make me happy, and I feel so chefy when I use them when I cook.

  •  Dresses with pockets-they just make life easier.

This is our Easter matchy-matchy this year, and my eyes are closed, but this is one of my favorite dresses with pockets! Marshall's for the win!
  • July 4th! I love the 4th of July! We are usually at the beach for the week of the 4th with some of our dear friends, but this year they are going to Yellowstone or somewhere in their new camper, and we are buying a house, so we are taking the year off. I'm having withdrawals, but it's gonna be ok. We received an invitation to go to some other friends' home and visit and eat BBQ for the 4th, so I'm thrilled! So even though I'm packing boxes like a mad woman, I had to decorate a little corner for the 4th for some normalcy. I figure I can pack that box after the 4th. 

I'm gonna miss my window seal. I decorate for the seasons and holidays in this spot. I'm sure I'll find another spot in the new house, but I've really learned to love this spot. We took out the breakfast table in this area and put in a pretty blue love seat a friend gave me and a little orangy side table. There's a lot more space in this spot now, and I love sitting and sipping coffee and flipping through magazines, or visit with the kids or any other manner of things. So all of that to say, this is the spot all of the 4th decor is. 
  • More podcasts- The Big Boo Cast with Sophie Hudson and Melanie Shankle. They are so funny! Their podcast is light and witty and about nothing in particular. Podcasts are what I love to listen to when I'm by myself in the car, but I'm finding I love to listen while I'm packing boxes too! 
  • Watching America Ninja Warrior with my family. We really get into it, cheering and yelling and the whole bit. We watched last night. It was SO good. There was a man on last night who reminded me of my father-in-law. He was the oldest contestant on the show so far. He had so much spunk and such a good attitude. He seemed like such a fun much like Marvin! Today is his and my sister-in-law's birthday. I tried sending a voice text to my mother-in-law and couldn't even finish it. From out of nowhere my lip started quivering and the tears started flowing. The sting of death is never far away. Looking so forward to the day when there are no more tears, no more sadness, no more pain. 
  • Well, I had other things, but I didn't write them down, so they have escaped me. Maybe they'll come back later and I can post them in my next favorite things post.
Hope your summer is going splendidly! Back to packing for now and other related exciting things!

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