This past weekend, we went to The Mountain State to see my grandmother and my aunts, uncles, and cousins. We didn’t get to see some of my more extended family but we will return in about a month to visit again.
We even got to see a little bit of snow while we were there. It wasn’t enough to play in but it was a lot of fun.
My girls dressed alike and looked adorable when we went to church with my grandmother. The littlest lumber didn’t want to participate in the photo festivities. 🤷♀️
We ate the most delicious meal at Savory Flavors in Bluefield, V.A.
And I found this sign that pretty much sums up my existence.
We played an antler ring toss game that had everybody cracking up.
And I managed to do something I’ve never done- walk out of Hobby Lobby empty handed. Not that I didn’t find a lot of things I wanted. I am just trying to be more intentional with my spending. I also didn’t want to buy something that might not survive the trip home.
We had a blast but we surely miss our family now. We will see them again soon.
Well, life returned to normal this week when we all said goodbye to our beloved Christmas break and went back to work and school. The oldest of the Little Lumbers actually went back to school last week.
Because I never get to do fun mommy things like eat lunch at school with my kid, I did exactly that. This is one benefit to working on a different school system than the one your children attend- you can sometimes do some non-teacher parent things when you’re off and they’re not.
I also captured this super cute picture of the Littlest Lumber modeling her Daddy’s church shoes. Daisy the cat seems to be saying, “what are thooooose?”
I’ve been a bit under the weather this week but I went back to work. A certain little kitty decided to keep me company. She’s a pretty good nurse.
I’m working on transitioning my out building into a new crafting space for me. I needed somewhere to spread out my projects and not worry about having to clean them back up each day. Right now it still looks like a hot mess but I’m definitely not done.
Well, that’s what’s new with the Lumbers this week! Check back tomorrow for Scripture Sunday!
Happy New Year, dear friends! I hope you are doing well and have had a wonderful week. We are doing well…and still trying to clean up from Christmas.
We were very blessed and had a great Christmas filled with family and sweet memories.
Now that the new year is upon us, I have been taking some time to reflect on what I need to do better this year. I don’t like to call them “new year’s resolutions,” as I feel that is somewhat cliched and, if I’m honest, I have a better chance of keeping them if I don’t call them that.
So… in no particular order, here is what I’d like to improve in the year 2020:
I’m probably not the only person who plans to spend less and save more in the new year. I’d also like to be a little more intentional with my spending and purchase less.
2. Live with less
Less is more, and we have a lot of things we don’t need or use. I’ve been on a personal quest this week to clean out and clear away all of the unneeded items in our home. Our house feels cleaner and brighter and it’s great. If you have something in your home you don’t need, donate or give it away so someone else can enjoy it. I’ve gone through and purged every room except our playroom, our closets and our dressers. That’s happening this weekend.
3. Spend time with my family more
Together is my favorite place to be, yet I feel like I didn’t spend enough time with my family this year. Those are moments and memories you can’t get back, so enjoy them while you can.
In fact, one of my words of the year is going to be “together.”
4. Continue my fitness journey
I made a commitment to get healthy by exercising more and eating well. I’m really glad I made those changes and I look forward to improving my health even more in 2020.
5. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to improve my walk with Christ.
I have seen time and time again that when you put God first, everything else falls into place. I want to be sure to put God first and stop struggling with things that I need to trust God to handle.
Tomorrow I will share my two words of the year. What are your “New Years improvements” for 2020?
The Christmas season is upon us, and we are doing well. We have made some wonderful memories and have spent lots of time together as a family.
Our Christmas pictures were beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with them!
Photos by Hildaberry Creatives
My oldest lumber child and I went with some friends to see The Nutcracker. It was a blast and we loved it! We also got to take pictures with the stars of the show.
We also took random pictures at our town Christmas tree. These could have been good pictures, but the littlest lumber wasn’t having it.
This one is kind of funny though.
Our Christmas season has had some rough moments. Our sweet yellow lab mix passed away last week. We had him for 13 years and all four of us miss him terribly. Despite how much we miss him, we are in no way ready for a new pupper. Please keep my family in your prayers as losing fur babies is tough.
The kitties have been getting some extra love, as they miss him too.