MIA Blogger

Just wanted to post a quick update about this blog. My computer died approximately 300 days ago.

Long story short, it was an old laptop that I didn’t feel was worth repairing, and I haven’t replaced it with anything else.

The result = MIA blogger.

Until I get reconnected, feel free to peruse past postings!

The Redhead’s Skin Care Routine

Every now and then, I get asked about my skin care routine.

Here it is, if you’re curious:



That’s it! I don’t even use a cleanser!

This is the result! (In full disclosure, my hair usually does not look like this. It’s usually curly. I’d just been to the salon, and my fantastic stylist straightened it after my cut!)


This is me, only with straight hair!

The Perfect Tote Bag: Madewell Transport Tote

Last year, I was on a quest to find the perfect tote bag.

I found it!

Let me introduce to you the Madewell Transport Tote. The. Best. Tote. Bag. Ever.

Since August, I’ve been carrying this bag on a daily basis, so I’ve had some opportunity to test it. It’s even been to Atlanta for a work trip.

It’s beautiful. It’s roomy. It fits nicely on my shoulder. It’s durable.

I purchased this bag with some trepidation because it was – for me, anyway – an expensive purchase. But I’d carried my Timbuk2 bag for so long that I knew I wanted a tote bag with the same kind of staying power.

Conclusion: The Madewell Transport Tote is worth every single penny.

Proof: My sis-in-law liked mine so well, she bought one, too!

It’s 2015. I’m back, and I have some goals.

Like it or not, it’s a new year, and I’m back to blogging!

With a new year come new goals.

My verse for the year is Ephesians 4:29. Words can hurt, or words can help. I get to choose. God has given me the gift of words; it’s my opportunity to use them to His glory.

Here are my two simple goals for the year:

  • Finish organizing my office.

My fantastic mother-in-law has set me up for success with this one. She not only spearheaded the effort to put together the shelves I purchased for the room, but she also has unpacked most of the boxes in that room. All I have to do is purge some things and organize it. Really, it’s that simple.

  • Build relationships.

I’m great at making plans that never happen. Months may pass by before I realize I have no idea what’s happening in a friend’s life. This year, I’m not going to wait until that “perfect moment” to get together with someone. This year, I’m just going to invite someone over for tea, or supper or whatever. It doesn’t matter if the kids interrupt 150 times, or if I haven’t mopped the floor in a while, or if I still have a messy pile of mail on the table. People are important. Relationships are important. Letting God use you in someone else’s life is important.

Do you have any goals for the year? Please share!

The Perfect Messenger Bag: Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

For the past few months, I’ve been scouring the Internet for The Perfect Tote Bag. It occurred to me today that I would be doing you, dear readers, a huge disservice if I did not share with you The Perfect Messenger Bag: a Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag.

It’s attractive, durable, weather resistant, convenient, and it is loaded with organizing pockets. Working on a college campus, it was perfect for carrying everything I needed. It’s also traveled with me on the few occasions that I’ve flown or taken a train.

For probably at least six years (I don’t remember when I bought it, but it was before I had any children), I’ve carried this bag to work with me on a daily basis. It still looks 95% new. Its biggest blemish is completely my fault. When my son was about two, he scribbled on the inside flap with an ink pen.

This bag is still going strong and has shown no signs of slowing down. Timbuk2 knows how to make a good bag.

I purchased this one before I was a mom and before I owned a smartphone or a tablet. I’ve outgrown it a little bit for my day-to-day needs, but I love this bag.

Timbuk2 sells very practical, good looking bags, and you can customize many of them. Mine was a standard issue, but since I love green, it totally worked for me.

This is my trusty messenger:

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Below is a shot of the interior, loaded with my stuff. See that red ribbon? On the other end is a hook for keys – love that feature! And there’s a pocket that’s the perfect size for some sunblock!

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Evergreens No More

Ben’s been hard at work on the yard. Most weekends, and many evenings, you’ll find him wielding a chain saw or an axe or some other manly type tool.

Now, thanks to his hard work, we can see our property from the back of the house!

Last week, he took down the trees that had grown in front of the enclosed side porch (on left in photo below). Now that they’re gone, we can be in that space and watch the deer in the yard. Today, he took down the trees on the opposite side by the garage. Pictures of tonight’s project are below. 20140707-221416-80056196.jpg






Creating a Fire Ring Area

When we purchased our home last fall, there was a small section of dead ash trees and other shrubbery on one side of the yard.


This is an area where Ben is working to remove dead trees and clear an area for a fire ring. This is how it looked in June 2013.

This spring, Ben has been working steadily to remove the dead trees and other growth to create the perfect space for a fire ring!


This picture was taken in May 2014. It’s a slightly different view from above, but you can see that the space is clearer.

The long-long-term plan includes a fire ring, seating area and outdoor food prep area.

The short-term plan is to clear enough space for a basic fire ring and probably some camp chairs.

Bring on the roasted marshmallows!