February 26, 2021

Finding, Falling and For All Mankind

 A week ago, there was still snow on the ground.  Half the city was with out power and water and life felt like it was standing still.  A week later, no snow, power and water restored to most and it feels like we have finally fallen back into routine.  The boys made it though another week of distance learning.  They got a snow week and now there is one week till spring break.  Spring Break.  It will always be where this all started.  A friend of mine calls it the great pause.  I like that.  

Life has been coming in waves.  Things are calm and quiet for a while then they pick up and knock me around a little bit.  And then just when I think I might lose my mind, smooth as glass.  I have been working really hard to stay balanced and calm.  Yesterday was a challenge but Im feeling it today.  Maybe just because its Friday but  I feel better than I have felt in years.  Like 20.  I feel relaxed.  Somedays borderline just not giving a damn, but in a good way.  I am happy.  And it feels good.

While I usually am just waiting for the other shoe to drop, Im going to just sit in this and enjoy it instead.  I struggle with feeling guilty for feeling good when there is so much bad in the world.  Like really struggle.   But for today, because its Friday and we all know Fridays around here are about happiness, Im going to share it.  And Id love to hear what made y'all happy too!  

For all Mankind

Here are a few moments from the week that made me smile.

February 19, 2021


I wanted to share a big long list of all the things that made me happy this week.  But it doesn't feel right to throw it out there when there are so many in our state right now that are struggling.  Families with out power or water.  So Im going to keep it short and sweet this week.


In a week that quickly went from excitement to worry there were pockets of happiness.  And Im holding on to those extra tight.  Im also holding on to the ones I love extra tight too.  It was a tough week but that doesn't mean it was without smiles and happiness.  There were a few things.  Like...

February 16, 2021

Menu Plan 2•15•21


Im running late this week.  As is everything else in Texas.  It snowed, like really snowed yall, and life kinda happened.  So Im rolling in on a Tuesday with my menu.  That was planned, then needed to be adjusted when the stores were out of things and I remembered that its Ash Wednesday and Lent too, so thats two meatless meals this week.  Then we like so many others right now had to shut off our water thanks to frozen pipes.  Alex and I both had appointments to cancel.  Thankfully David is home and not on the road.  Lots of craziness and lots of blessings.

Hope Whispers Menu Monday

I wasn't super specific about what we are having this week.  It was more like a "what do we have and what can we get" kinda plan.  The store was out of so much with everyone buying up all the food.  It might not all be balanced perfectly but I am just thankful to have stuff to put on the table.  In such a crazy time, I know I am blessed to have what I do.   SO what did I come up with?  Lets see...

February 12, 2021

Veggies, Video Chats and Venturing Out

What a week yall!  It is Friday and I am here for it.  I may have rolled out of bed an hour behind schedule and sipped my coffee like I had all the time in the world, when I do not, but here I am.  I have 4 things to do today.  Sweat, clean, cook and check the ac.  Life is hard!  OK maybe not that hard, but its happening.  It will more on with or without me so I need to get to getting things done.

Happiness is

But first because, I totally miss my Friday happiness posts and little thought sessions I do with myself, here I am.  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I wanted to do these on the weekend instead because I wanted to include those days too.  And because I totally always make things so much harder than they really are.  But then the weekends happened and I never sat down to do it.  So here I am.  On Friday. Sharing a few things that made me happy this week.  

February 8, 2021

Menu Plan 2•8•21

Another week, another menu.  Seriously though, where did the weekend go?  As much as I wish they lasted longer, I see you Monday.  Im ready to get this week on the road and see how it answers a few of the things we have been waiting to hear about.  

This weeks menu

Im also really excited about this weeks menu.  Mostly because I will be able to enjoy most of it with just a few changes.  It is filled with veggies and lots of color.  If you know me, you know how I love a good colorful meal.  Eat the rainbow.  Want to see what we are having?  Here is this weeks menu.

February 7, 2021

Change, Cleaning and Celebrating another year together.

Well that happened fast.  One minute its Friday and the next, we are getting ready for a new week.  Sunday nights bring mixed feelings.  I want to be excited to start a new week and get back to routine.  But at the same time, wanting a little more time with all my guys home and together.  Even if that means just hanging out on the couch catching up on some TV. 

Happiness is

But someone has to adult around here so I guess its time to get back to the grind.   At least I got my kitchen cleaned.  Clean-ish.  It needs a good scrub but I can do that tomorrow.  Today is going to be about sharing some happiness.  Because we all know this world could do with a little more happiness.  Am I right or am I right?  What made you happy this week?  Here are a few things that made me happy this week.