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.

Free Printable Friday…with a purpose!

I trust that as the year 2021 closes, you’re in good health and good spirits…and if not, then good hands.

The year 2022 will be one of reflection, gratitude and purpose for me. I wanted to create some free Printables for you all that reflect those things. As always, please remember these are for personal use only and are not to be commercially used. They’re also best when printed no larger than 8×10. If you reshare them on your blog or social media, please link back to me. Thanks!

The first is a gratitude journal. Simple but direct.
By far, my favorite of the three.
A journal/writing prompt style that you could even use with teens or tweens if you’re a teacher.

I hope you enjoy these free Printables as you rest, reflect and renew in the new year.

2022 Word of the Year

If you know me, you know I really don’t make New Years Resolutions. I do set goals, I choose a scripture for the year, and I choose a word for the year. My word of the year for 2022 is “presence.”

I chose this word because I want to remind myself to be present. Put down the phone and the computer and pay attention to life around me. Spend more time with my family and friends. Fall into books and God’s word instead of the social media rabbit hole.

I also want to focus on His presence. Before I make any decisions, I want to focus on what God wants for me. I want to fully trust in His plan and His presence in my life. I want Him to be present in every aspect of my life.

My Bible verse for this year is Psalm 95:2: “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”

We’ve been through a lot the past two years: everyone has. I want to focus on being thankful for the good things and praising God for getting us through the bad things.

I challenge you to come up with a word of the year and Bible verse to live by for the new year. It’ll keep you grounded and help you know where you want to focus in 2022. I would love for you to comment below and share your word or verse with me!

Happy New Year, friends.

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.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at Lumber in my Minivan!! We hope the year 2021 brings you a renewed spirit and many blessings.

Our office will be closed for the holiday and we will resume our regular schedule on Monday, January 4.