What’s your vision?

Have you ever created a vision board?

If you’re unsure what a vision board is, it’s just a visual format of your goals for the year. Make a board with pictures related to what you want to accomplish and put it someplace where you will see it daily. Studies have shown that this is more likely to make you accomplish your goals.

But, what does a vision board look like? And how do you make one?

This is the vision board I started last week. I’ve since added a lot more to it. My goals for this year are to travel (depending on COVID), lose the rest of my weight, focus more on blessings instead of stressors, eat at home more and incorporate more self care.

If this vision board doesn’t float your boat, there are other options.

I found this one on Pinterest. I can’t find the original post but I love the use of words.

I love this one. It is simple but board is also very neat looking.

Maybe creating a collage isn’t your thing and you want to do a graphic organizer instead. Check this one out: it says 2014 but you get the idea.


There are also a number of free vision board printable you can find just by doing a Google search. You can also use planner stickers if you like. The possibilities are endless.

Here’s to kicking off 2022…and hoping it will be much better than 2020 and 2021.

2021: a year in review

I didn’t do a typical “year in review” post last year, because, quite frankly, there wasn’t a lot of awesome to review. I had hoped this year would be better, and in some ways, it has been. Sadly, Covid hasn’t gone away, and I really don’t believe it will go away anytime soon.

In my opinion, The only way to get through all of this craziness is to focus on the positive. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do with this post.


We kicked off our new year by building the girls a new swing set. It was fun and they love it!
I bought a polytunnel greenhouse and began learning how to use it. I made some mistakes and still have a lot to learn.


I went on a cleaning and organizing rampage and donated over 50 pounds of unneeded items.


We bought and installed the cutest little playhouse ever in our backyard.


We celebrated Easter in our brand new church home and loved it.

Emorie went back to school from being virtual and we got chickens! We started with four chickens and now we have 6.


We planted a bigger garden but it didn’t do well. You live and you learn.


Our dance studio finally got to have a recital! And the girls competed at Nationals this year.
Emorie competed her solo as well.

We also went to Boone and Blowing Rock for the weekend for Emorie’s birthday.


We went to the beach for the first time in two years.


These two little stinkers started school and Aubrey went to kindergarten!


Nothing too awesome happened, except this flower pot side table! And we started a new dance year.


We went trick or treating at the zoo with our church’s children’s department and had a blast!


Thanksgiving, Chatham Rabbits concerts and back to Boone for Aubrey’s birthday

And finally, December.

The dancers got to dance in a parade again, we went to see The Nutcracker, and I took some super cute pictures of my favorite girls.

Well, 2021, that’s a wrap! May 2022 bring us all joy and wellness.

Merry Christmas!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

We will resume our regular posting schedule on December 28. Have a wonderful Christmas Day!

2021 Christmas Home Tour

Another holiday season has nearly come and gone. I couldn’t let the season pass completely without sharing our home tour from this year. I changed up our decor quite a lot but I wouldn’t say I simplified anything. Please allow me to share my favorite features with you.

Living room

When you walk in our front door, you’ll see this wreath that I made last year.
Our living room. The plastic on the couch is to discourage cat scratching.
Daisy wouldn’t get out of the picture.
Our fireplace mantle is one of my favorite areas of our house to decorate, especially at Christmas time.
These zinc houses were a Target dollar spot find and I love them!
On our sofa table in the foyer.
My grandfather built this manger for me some time ago.

Our family room

Perhaps my favorite room in the house, for lots of reasons.


My grandmother’s food scale, and my great grandmother’s butter churn are a part of this vignette.
I love snowmen! You’ll see these everywhere.
My grandma made this yo-yo quilt Christmas picture for us.

Dining room

The girls’ trees

Each of our girls have a small white tree with pink and purple ornaments

Our little bedroom tree

Bathrooms: hall

Master bath


Merry Christmas to you all. We hope you enjoyed our home tour.

Christmas Traditions You Can Do With Your Family

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we are excited! We wanted to share some of our favorite traditions with you all, as we prepare for Christmas Day.

1. We read The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve night.

This has been a tradition since the oldest Lumber was a tiny tot. We make it a point to make popcorn or hot chocolate and read this classic story together. If you’d like to own a copy of this beautiful book, you can get one here.


2. Ride around and look at Christmas decorations and lights

Get some hot chocolate and ride around your town looking at the Christmas decorations. This cute set up was spotted while we were headed to see The Nutcracker.

And you never know, you just might find a cute photo op (if your kids will cooperate, that is).

3. Get your elf on

We have a blast with our elves on the shelf. You could always read the Elf on the Shelf book or watch the movie. If you don’t have them, you can get them here.

4. Turn off all the lights and simply enjoy your Christmas tree

This is one of my favorite things to do, and it doesn’t have to be Christmas Eve. Just enjoy the peace and quiet and bask in the soft glow of the lights. This leads me to my next thing.

5. Read the Christmas story in Luke.

This is my favorite tradition. There is no Christmas without Jesus, and He is definitely the most important part of the Christmas season.

What are some of your family’s traditions?

We will resume regular schedule on December 26. Have a wonderful Christmas Day!