I know. I’m behind. I still owe y’all the conclusion on 1 John, and Daniel and I also have started on Hebrews for our Tuesday morning studies. I missed a couple of Song Share Saturdays. And I still haven’t posted our vacation photos (sorry, mom). BUT We played for the first time on stage as… Continue reading Camp and Jam!
My days with littles are running out. Today, #3 became an official teenager, which means I only have one little left. Where once we bought Barbie dolls and stuffed animals, we now buy books and craft supplies. This young lady (for she is no longer a little girl) is still all about the critters –… Continue reading Smells Like Teen Spirit
If you are my personal Facebook friend, this is a cross post from yesterday. Every day has become a “double duty” day. (Even though it is more like quadruple once you add in homeschooling/co-op and regular housekeeping, not to mention any blog posts or the like). But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When we… Continue reading New Paths
How did you spend, or at least picture spending, your 20th anniversary? This is how mine is going at 9:30 pm. We managed to spend part of the morning together, because I didn’t have to be at my office meeting until 10, and he played hooky for the first part of the morning. We spent… Continue reading Twentiversary
So back in 2020, my word of the year was “Focus”, with Proverbs 4:25-27 to go along with it. It reads, ” Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following… Continue reading Focus
We have been doing some cleaning up and cleaning out around here lately. Troy found a tub in his closet and told me I needed to look through it and see where it needed to go because it was heavy and he only wanted to have to pick it up once. Ha! I started going… Continue reading Things Every Good Leader Should Know
My walking partner has been a little under the weather the past few days, so today I took my morning walk alone. Back when I worked less and had a little more free time, I used to walk alone a good bit. And it never fails, those are some of my best times with God.… Continue reading Walk and Pray
This is just a random brain dump from a couple of weeks ago. It’s kind of all over the place, and some of it is a little raw, but I thought there might be someone who resonated with at least some of it. Are the double standards real, or are they just inside my head?Do… Continue reading Brain Dump
First official barn night of summer 2023 is in the books! I love barn nights. Food, fun, and fellowship. Mischief, music, and memories. ATVs, acapella singing, and animals. Kids, campfires, ….ok, ok, I’ll stop with the alliteration now. (I love it almost as much as barn night – maybe.) Last night we had blackberry picking… Continue reading Barn Night
We are now 2-for-2 with teenage drivers. Today was Troy’s 16th birthday. We have been at the campground the past couple of weeks, so he got his traditional 16 year old present at the camper this morning – his own cell phone, since he will now be mobile alone. Jeremy took him to take his… Continue reading Second Sweet Sixteen
You ever feel unsettled in your mind? Like, you have a lot going through it, and you’re not sure where to put your focus, and you’re waiting to see where God takes you. Not that you’re unsure in your faith, just in what path He’s taking you down. You’re at a fork in the road… Continue reading Forks and Tethers
Y’all….this is me today. I don’t know if it’s the crazy week I had last week, that has continued into this one. Or lack of sleep. Or just life in general. I’m just fried y’all. The puzzle pieces ain’t fitting together. There’s too much going on up there, and I just want to run. I… Continue reading Brain Fry
I used to work with Jeremy on the job site a good bit when he was short-handed. I actually enjoy going with him and shooting grade, raking ditches, and laying Infiltrator. There is nothing like the tired after installing a septic system in the hot Alabama July sun. Nowadays, however, my job is mostly keeping… Continue reading The Family that Works Together…
A few months ago, I reconnected with Jeremy’s cousin, Tenia. I say reconnected because although we were family and neighbors, we had grown apart and taken different directions in life. In the past 3 or so months, our paths have converged once more, and our friendship has been taken to a whole new level. She… Continue reading Lydia’s House
Sometimes we have to be “selfish” in order to be “selfless”. Let me explain, with a couple of examples. Last night, Jeremy and I were praying together. After, he said he felt like it was a selfish prayer because he didn’t stray away from praying for our family. But I think that’s okay sometimes. Our… Continue reading Selfish?
I don’t know if you’ve picked up on this, but we’re busy people over here at the Johnson house. There is always somewhere to be or something that has to be done. Last week was a particularly long and busy week. Not a bad week, just long and busy. So with nothing on our calendar… Continue reading A Day of Rest and Renewal
My family loves to go on hikes. We are blessed to live a hop, skip, and a jump from the state park and like to hit the trails there when the weather is nice and we have the time. Our friend/youth minister, Daniel, loves it even more than we do, and goes every chance he… Continue reading Take a Hike
Can I just say…it’s been a week. Not necessarily all bad, just long. Tyler got his braces off on Monday, so for the meantime, the Johnson house is braces free. Except I took Audrey for a consultation on Tuesday. She still has a few months, but it won’t be much longer before we have #3… Continue reading Can I Be Real A Second
I had a good friend make a good-natured jab at me this morning, and I thought, you know what, that hurt my feelings a little. But at the same time, it was just another drop of water over my already covered head. And I know this person absolutely didn’t mean anything by it, and would… Continue reading You Ever Feel Like You’re Drowning?
What makes a soul feel lost? Yes, we say lost soul for one who doesn’t know about Jesus. But what about those who do, but still feel lost? Not eternally lost, but like they are still searching. What are they searching for? Understanding? Either being understood by others or having their own understanding or wisdom.… Continue reading What Makes a Soul Feel Lost?
I know I haven’t posted as much lately, things have been so busy with school, work, Tyler’s birthday, and a couple of conferences. I have several posts in my head and started on paper, but I wanted to make this quick update for now. This weekend, we took the youth from our congregation to Winterfest… Continue reading Marvelous Message
God, Help me remember You are all that matters. Everything I do is to be done to please You. It only matters truly what You think of me, not anyone else. I should do all I can to live in unity and harmony with others, but when it all comes down to it, You are… Continue reading Prayer for Peace and Direction
Saturday evening was our annual gala for our local REALTOR®️ association. I know I don’t talk about real estate much on here, but it is a pretty big part of my life. Most of my work is behind the computer, but it is so much fun to get dressed up and go out with everyone… Continue reading HAAR Gala 2023
This is gonna be a short one. I just wanted to take a minute to brag on these two fine fellas. If you read my last post, you will know that several of our youth were in an awful accident Wednesday evening. We gave Tyler and Troy the option to go to the hospital with… Continue reading Boy Brag
I want to tell you a little about my church family. Last night, we pulled up to the church building, and as we were walking in, our friend (and one of the ministers) Daniel was walking out. He corralled us and let us know that several of the youth had been in a bad car… Continue reading Church is Family
This is a repost from my Facebook page two years ago. You ever feel like every time you turn around, there’s a certain verse, or message, popping up? And you finally say, “Yes, God, I’m listening.” I’ve had that so many times. And here we are again. The book that I’m reading had this sentence,… Continue reading Thanksgiving Thoughts
This sweet angel turned 8 today. It’s hard to believe my baby isn’t a baby anymore. I only have “big kids” now. It doesn’t seem that long ago she looked like these pictures. I love that happy face! This child has so much joy in her heart, and it just spills out of her. She… Continue reading My Joyful Grace
Do you ever write down your prayers? I do. Often. My brain likes to go in 15 directions at once, and I find if I write my prayers, it helps keep me focused and not headed down rabbit trails. Other wise my prayers go something like, “Thank you God for my children. I love them… Continue reading Prayer Share
Sometimes we just need reminding that God wants us to need Him.
This is a repost from my Facebook page a year ago. But it is still completely relevant (both in how I feel and what I need to remember!) Some days, you just feel weary. Maybe there is a lot going on in your life. Maybe there is just something in particular you’ve been struggling with.… Continue reading Weary and Looking for Rest
God, I’m tired. I know one thing You didn’t say Was life will be easy every day. In our life there will be problems But You’ll be there to help us solve them. I know that I can trust in You To be in everything I do. But, God, I’m tired. Earthly cares have made… Continue reading God, I’m Tired
My friend and I were talking one morning about how hard it seems to reads children in this age. The access they have to worldliness at such young ages. Friends with games and social media and videos that I don’t necessarily approve of. And it’s not even something that I can point out, “This is… Continue reading Train Them Up
So I posted on Facebook about my oldest daughter’s birthday, but I dropped the ball on making a post here. I could come up with a lot of excuses. But I won’t. I will just tell you a couple of weeks late how wonderful she is. This sweet baby was born on September 2, 12… Continue reading Skipped my Lou
Looking through my Facebook memories today, this popped up that I had shared a couple of years ago. I thought it would be good to share here. “All I’ve ever wanted is to love like Jesus. I just want to be there for people. To help people. Even people that hate me, I would help… Continue reading Love Like Jesus
Remember when I talked about the butterfly in my logo? It’s a dual representation of metamorphosis and the butterfly effect. Making changes to better yourself, and at the same time hopefully have a positive effect on what is going on around you. It’s time for another shift. You know how you’re bebopping along in life… Continue reading Fluttering
God, I sit empty and alone I fall to pieces at the foot of Your throne Begging You to make me whole To put the fire back in my soul I’m torn and trembling, weak and spent I don’t know where my courage went It feels like everything I do Falls apart to pieces, too… Continue reading Remind Me, Lord
So, it’s official. Today, I have been married to my sweet husband as many years as I hadn’t been. Today is our 19th wedding anniversary. He’s not one for big sappy posts or whatever, but I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I love this man. I am pretty sure… Continue reading 19 and Counting
So I did a thing yesterday… Then I got to thinking, I didn’t think I had ever explained why “Fearless and Joyful.” So here you go! “Fearless” comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” I’ve always been afraid… Continue reading Fearless and Joyful
This is an older post from my Facebook page that showed up in my memories today, but I wanted to share it again. There have been times when I’ve tried to take a nature picture, and been annoyed because I couldn’t get “only nature” in the shot. A shot with no fences, no power lines,… Continue reading Yahweh-Yireh
This is an old post from my personal Facebook page from a couple of years ago. But I needed reminding of it, and thought maybe you did, too. This may be one of my new favorite quotes. I was scrolling through Facebook stories this morning, and Kristina Kuzmic got my attention. I feel like I… Continue reading You’re Not Failing
Parenting through the beginning of the 21st century has been interesting. We have seen so many advances in technology and changes in culture just in the past 20 years. Our parenting techniques and way of life has inevitably been affected. Sometimes negatively and sometimes positively. However, the basic things our children need to grow and… Continue reading Parenting in the 21st Century
Have you ever been pulled into a feud you wanted no part of? Maybe two friends, coworkers, acquaintances got into it and they each want you to take their side. To turn you against the other one. And it makes you sad because you love them both, and how can you choose between the two.… Continue reading Jesus Knows How You Feel
I love this kid. 15 years ago today, I got to see Troy’s sweet face for the first time. At 4 weeks early, he looked so small, and he made Tyler, who was still just a baby at 15 months, look so big. He didn’t stay small long enough. Yesterday, I dropped him off at… Continue reading Growing Pains
Have you missed me? I’ve missed writing. There’s been a lot going on lately. Finishing up homeschool. So much work – both real estate and construction. There’s always something going on with the youth or church. And I love it all! I’ve also been spending a little more time reading some books I had recommended… Continue reading I’m Still Here!
Trouble comes in life. In so many forms. On a personal level, and on a global level. Much of it comes from a lack of clear communication – sometimes on the part of the speaker, and sometimes on the part of the listener. And sometimes both. Much of it comes from a failure to really… Continue reading Prayer Share
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been making the time until the last couple of weeks, when I’ve been making myself find time. I have really missed it. One of the ones I’m working on right now (yes, I’m a multi-book reader) have several quotes that have… Continue reading Superwhatever
If you know me, you know I love: 1) sitting around a campfire; 2) staying up late; 3) good conversation. Which is why I love our barn so much. We have people over fairly regularly, most weeks on Sunday evenings for fun, food, and fellowship, but there is rarely a week that goes by that… Continue reading Bondfire
A short poem I am like water Adapting to my environment Fitting the shape Changing with the atmosphere Offering nourishment and refreshment to others I can be powerful, sweeping others along I can be gentle and soothing I can help you support your weight But if you aren’t ready for me You can also be… Continue reading I Am Like Water
A couple of days ago, I made a Facebook post. It was just 4 pictures, summing up my day. I had comments, and I have had them before, like, “You are a superwoman!” Let me tell you. I feel more like Wonder Woman. As in, I wonder how everything is going to get done. I… Continue reading Wonder Woman
I love working with my husband. Like, for real. Not only do I keep up with his paperwork for him, but when he is shorthanded I work with him onsite doing septic installation. One part of the job I’ve never been completely comfortable with, though, is pulling the trailer through town. There was this one… Continue reading Nobody Died and I Didn’t Cry
I’m a firm believer that humans need fresh air and sunshine to thrive. So I was ecstatic this past weekend when our temperatures were in the upper 70s and the sun was smiling down at us! After many days of cold and rain, this girl was ready to spend some time outdoors! We had company… Continue reading Fresh Air and Friendship
I want to tell you a little story. Once there was a skinny girl in college. She was going to school to be a paralegal. She loved the thought of working in a law office. Legal research and writing was her absolute favorite class. Reading about cases and writing contracts and memoranda? Love, Loved it!… Continue reading A Little Story
On the phone with a friend a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about not having as productive a day as we had planned. So I called him a slacker. He came back with, “Yeah, we don’t get a Sabbath.” And that got my brain to going. We think we have to constantly be… Continue reading A Day of Rest
It has been a wacky day, but I couldn’t let it go by without talking about this dude right here. Today is Tyler’s sixteenth birthday. I’m not really sure how that happened, because yesterday he looked like this: But now he’s bigger than his moma. But still not too big for daddy to pick up.… Continue reading Sweet Sixteen
Right after Jeremy and I got married, we had our first baby. His name was Rex, and he was a black lab. I absolutely loved that dog. We had him until I was pregnant with Troy. He got attacked by another dog in the neighborhood and had to be put down. I was torn to… Continue reading Ruff Day
Let me tell you about my valentine. This man has my heart. If I could have put together the perfect man for myself, what I imagined could never have come close to what I have in him. God knew that we needed each other, and I am so glad He made our paths cross 20… Continue reading My Valentine
My son and I are fans of the MCU. We love us a good superhero movie. I don’t think there is a character I don’t like, but one of my absolute favorites is Tony Stark. (Unironically, my favorite DC hero is Batman. Arrogant business owners whose only superpowers are their money and intelligence. Does that… Continue reading “I’m Not Tony Stark.”
Are you happy and carefree 100% of the time? Of course you are. We completely ignore and don’t worry about, or even better are oblivious to, the negative things in life. We have the Spirit of God within us, so we are just bubbling joy everywhere, right? (If you have figured this out, please send… Continue reading Flaws and All
At our ladies’ retreat, I included an acrostic in the material, showing ways we are priceless. Then we encouraged everyone to come up with acrostics describing themselves. I wanted to share both the one I gave them, and the one I came up with for myself. What words would you use to describe yourself? Corri… Continue reading I’m Priceless
Maybe there is a lot going on in your life. Maybe there is just something in particular you’ve been struggling with. Maybe you feel like you are struggling with everything. Yes, I’m speaking to myself, as usual. I found myself having a morning where I was just overwhelmed. Trying to get the kids to get… Continue reading Some Days, You Just Feel Weary.
I want my roots to be in Jesus. To be full of Him and to follow His footsteps. To follow His path and grow in Him and to be more like Him. I want my roots to be so deep in Him, so tangled in Him, that the fruit I bear can’t help but show… Continue reading Where I’m Rooted
I just might be crazy. My life is a hectic mess. Between homeschool, my real estate, my husband’s construction business, church, family, friends…..there is rarely a spare minute in my day. But you know, I have really missed writing. The feeling that comes with turning out a finished project, even if it’s only for me.… Continue reading Welcome!