Word of the year (or words)

For the first time in a long time, I have struggled to choose a word of the year. A word of the year is just a word you choose to represent how you want to live or change in the year.

The first word I chose was “together.” I want to spend time together with my family and friends as much as possible but I especially want to spend time with my husband and my kids. The nights are long but the years are short and I want to make as many memories as possible.

The second word I chose was “renewal.” I want to experience a total renewal. A renewal of my faith and relationship with God. A renewal of my relationships with my family. And a renewed spirit and sense of calm within myself. I feel like I spend so much time being tired and stressed; why feel stressed when you can feel blessed and renewed?

What is your word (or words) of the year? Comment below and share.

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Happy 2020: word of the year and New Year’s Resolutions

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:

1. Money

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?

Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year from our family at Lumber in My Minivan to yours. We wish you a fantastic 2020.

We will resume our regular posting schedule on Friday, January 3. Have a wonderful day!

Free New Years Day Printables

Free New Years Day Printables

Are you planning a New Years Party but you’re struggling to find the perfect decoration? Look no further than Organized and Simplified! Today, I am offering two brand new, completely free New Year’s Printables just for you.

First, we have this simple, gold Happy New Year print. You can print this up to 11×14, but I think it would make a fantastic postcard to send out to your friends and family. You could have it printed and put a picture of your family on the back.

This second one is a take on the traditional song “Auld Lang Sine” and it’s pretty simple and elegant as well. I could see this framed and hanging on someone’s mantle.

For best results, right click and save to your device. It is always a good idea to have these Printables professionally printed by a copy house or print shop (I like to use Staples Copy and Print). They will often print an 11×14 for less than $5. I would not recommend printing these designs larger than 11×14.

Happy New Year! Join us on January 2 for our New Year’s Resolutions.

2019: Our New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year! Hope 2019 holds many blessings for you!


This is the time of year when many of us resolve to do something better, or to be better at something. We commonly desire to do different things, like visit a new and exciting vacation destination, or stop worrying about something, or the ever popular “lose weight.” While I have some personal resolutions this year, and I will share those, I have some resolutions for my home and for my blog. Some people would just call these things a “to-do list,” and that’s accurate as well. Whatever you want to call it, I’m more than happy to share them with you.

Personal and family

  1. A healthier, more mindful, and better me

Things have not been the greatest on the homefront. I’ve struggled with mental illness and it has taken a toll on everyone. This year, I’d simply like to learn more about my anxiety and depression, and work toward finding a healthier balance. I’m journaling a lot, I’m reading a lot, I’m in therapy, and I’m learning to handle things through a different lens. And it’s helping, but there are a lot more bridges to cross.

I was in a good place with my diet and fitness journey, but my recent bout of bronchitis and pneumonia really took a toll on it. This year, I’d like to work out at least 5 days a week and get back on my Trim Healthy Mama journey. So far, I’m doing well. My oldest daughter has become my biggest cheerleader and my running buddy.

I’m also working to make more time for what’s truly important: my family and myself. I am practicing saying no and trying to do less. I’m working toward not worrying so much about the trivial things in life- the messy rooms, the dirty laundry, and the crowded to-do lists- and enjoy the little girls who made those messes and that dirty laundry.

And lastly, I’m spending more time reading. I’ve always loved to read and I often find that I’m reading things for work and things to my children, but I rarely read for my pleasure anymore unless it’s summer break. I’ve created quite the list of books I’d like to read in 2019. Will I read all of them? Probably not. My goal is to read at least 75 books in 2019.

Home and blogging

So. many. things. I. want. to. do.

First, I plan on sharing the things we NEED to do, and then I’ll get to the things I WANT to do. Doesn’t it seem we are always sharing our wants and needs, and trying to distinguish between the two?

  1. Finish our bathroom refreshers (WANT)

Currently, we have already started a small remodel/room refresh on our master bath. Last year, I installed plumbing pipe shelving, and changed out the builder grade mirrors and light fixtures for two mirrors and farmhouse style lighting. This year, we plan to change out the faucets and begin planning for our next big bathroom project: new flooring and new tubs. We also may entertain refinishing the vanity. We may even change out the mirror, lights and faucets in our hall bath this year.

2. Replace some of our lost landscaping (WANT)

We lost about ten plants in our front foundation gardens and in our backyard to the crazy, overly rainy weather we experienced in 2018. We will be replacing them this year with something new and colorful.

3. Washer and dryer (NEED)

Our washer and dryer is on the blink. We looked at several different ones this past spring, but never truly lit on one we liked. Plus, we figured we could get a few more months out of ours. Well, we did, but we can’t push our luck much longer. So, we’ll be buying a new washer and dryer soon.

4. A living room refresher. (NEED/WANT)

This one fits into both categories. Does out living room function well now as it is? Sure. But…we are still using the same furniture we bought before Emorie was born, and she is now almost 8. It’s taken a beating from both these baby girls, and it’s time to replace it. Plus, I’ve had this gorgeous antique mantle in our garage for over a year now, and I’m dying to have it installed in our living room. This should be happening soon.

Now, for the things I want to do. This list will be far less detailed.

  1. Gather quotes for new bath tubs and bath flooring
  2. Gather quotes for new kitchen cabinets
  3. Finish our built in bookshelves in the office and convert the office into a playroom
  4. Convert the current playroom into a formal dining room
  5. Screen in our back porch

Do you see now why there are two lists? I’m not saving we will do all of these things, but each year I like to decide what I want to do and what I need to do, and try to balance out the lists.

What are your home resolutions for 2019?