Master Lists

Master List | Projects

I always have a lot of projects and ideas swirling around in my head. Why not keep a list of them here for some accountability?

  1. Project Life converted to Shutterfly Books. This means the 2 years I did project life with actual pictures and paper will be converted to “digital” versions using the iPhone app and printed in books that take up much less space than the huge 3-ring binders.
  2. Meet with a financial planner to get my past job accounts into one thing and make a plan for the future.
  3. Schedule out all the RTBTs for 2017
  4. Print off all the Bible Commentary Notes I have
  5. Replace Jacob’s Car Seat Cover

December Meal Plan

Meal planning is my least favorite thing to do in the whole “homemaking” category. Which is weird because I love planning and organizing things, but meal planning is just a whole other thing. It has nothing to do with the cooking or actual preparation of the meal and everything to do with picking things out, staying under budget and try to do it healthfully. And it just keeps on keeping on. There’s not automation to it. I just hate it. 

This past week, I’ve been sick as a dog on the couch. The two times I actually felt good were in the middle of the night. So I took that opportunity to watch “Friends” on Netflix and use my google calendar to plan out the rest of the month of December using mostly Pioneer Woman recipes. 

Here are all the links to the recipes I’m using:

Baked Chicken Parmesan and Roasted Green Beans

Herb Marinated Pork Loin and Roasted Broccoli 

Thai Pork Stir Fry

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

Beef with Snow Peas

Veggie Tortellini Soup

Chicken Kale Pasta

Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice

Black Bean Soup

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas

Hamburger Soup

Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet

Shells and Cheese with Bacon and Peas

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta


Advent 2016 | 1

This year, we’re going to take part in the tradition of the advent candle lighting. This fulfills two things for us in having traditions centered around the true meaning of Christmas without it feeling like a daily checklist of things to do. Our culture tells us this season is about activity and stuff- and those can be good things. We’re still buying gifts and doing the things. It’s just not the focus.

The focus is that this season is about waiting, about anticipation, and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Without His birth, we wouldn’t have His death or resurrection and that changes everything.

Jim and I had a date night over the Thanksgiving holiday since we were in our hometown and had grandparents to watch Jacob. We went to Hobby Lobby and for $18 got the things we needed to make our advent wreath for this year. However, the green wreath we picked out isn’t going to work (let’s just say the words “fire hazard” are involved) so we had to go to plan B. That meant, cutting out a circle of construction paper (to protect from the dripping wax) cutting off some low branches from our Christmas tree and making a “wreath” around our candles. We just bought a pack of candles and tied the necessary ribbon around them.


Since we were out of town, we had every intention of starting our candle lighting tradition on Wednesday. But a bought of sickness for me and Jacob and long 12+ hour days for Jim at work postponed that. So, we’ll just do “both” readings this Sunday and go from there. We’ll light a new candle on Sundays, as is tradition, and re-light them each evening during dinner.