The World is so Full of Hate…The World is so Angry…

As I’m sitting wondering why I’ve become more reclusive than I’ve ever been, I start to imagine my life before social media and before the majority of my adulthood.  I use to be very outgoing, fun and energetic and now I’m more introverted and I tend keep to myself.  I don’t enjoy going out where there will be large crowds of people, because I’m so scared of the unknowns…Could someone have a gun and start shooting?  Could someone decide to run over everyone walking?  Could there be an explosion?

I feel like the world is so full of hate…The world is so angry… On social media, the news, the radio and everywhere you look there is so much hate and crime everywhere you look…People getting hurt and people dying, people bragging about destroying the lives of others…I could just go on and on…

Of course there’s always been crime and hate in the world but now that social media has made it so easy to share anything in a matter of a second we quickly see hatred spread around the world.

Honestly, it scares me.  I’m scared for my children, my family and myself.

Everyday I log onto Social Media I see videos showing hate and evil… Just yesterday I saw a mother and daughter getting punched and assaulted for serving cold chicken in a restaurant…Videos of children getting abused and hurt…Videos of angry people rioting on the streets, damaging property and hurting people and children…

When did the world decide that it was okay to act like this?

Instead of sharing so much hate on the news, radio and social media why don’t we start sharing the good things? Let’s share the news of new babies, children playing and laughing, community service and people helping each other?

I’m sitting here trying to imagine what the world will be like when my children and grandchildren are grown?  Will the world continue to get worse? Is this really what we want for them?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish to be oblivious to what’s happening in the world, but constantly seeing the horrible events seems to be contributing to people thinking that it’s okay to act this way.  It’s also contributing to the way I feel, and probably contributing to the way many people feel.

What do you think would happen if people stopped watching, liking and sharing these awful videos on social media and the news?

Maybe it would help…Maybe not…


Being a Parent is so Hard…


I couldn’t ask for a more loving, creative or intelligent son than my Hunter, but sometimes being a parent is so much harder than I’d ever imagined.


Sometimes he makes bad choices: talking back, not listening, you know some of the normal behaviors that come with being a 5 year old to test boundaries.  Some days it would be SO much easier to not discipline him when he does something wrong and some days I LONG to allow his free spirit to just run wild and act anyway he chooses, but I know that in the end my husband and I are the ones that have to guide him through this crazy life and teach him how to be a hardworking, strong, caring, motivated adult.

We’re the ones that carry the burden of disciplining him when he gets angry and doesn’t want to clean up his toys, or when he acts up at school… Sometimes it would be so much easier to not ground him or to not punish him with chores, but one day he will be an adult, and one day he will have to face choices and if we never show him what good choices are than he will be unable to make these choices on his own and be successful in HIS life…It’s OUR job as parents…

This boy holds a deep place in my heart…Deeper than I could have ever imagined… ❤

He’s such a sweet boy and deeply cares about so many things.  He makes SO many good choices, but there are always those bad choices that creep up…

I constantly struggle with not wanting to discipline him and knowing I need to … Realizing that being a parent, disciplining and guiding him to make better choices is what he NEEDS but usually isn’t what he WANTS

Why is parenting so difficult?

I feel parenting is difficult because we love our children more than ANYTHING else in the entire world and we WANT to see them succeed and make good choices, and when they don’t we actually feel as if we’ve failed as a parent…Maybe that’s just me, but I want to see my children succeed in all areas of life and when something happens that we don’t expect it’s hard to take in and disciplining means watching your child be upset sometimes and that I believe is more painful than anything else in the world.

Not only do we carry the burden of disciplining our children, but we carry the burden of lifting our children up.  I’m not so sure I consider this a “burden,” but sometimes when our children need us the most isn’t always with disciplining… It’s also the times when our children need our encouragement. Hunter constantly talks to me about how he’s going to build these amazing robots one day that will clean the house for me and cook dinner because he knows that if I had a robot to do that we could have more time together, he totally so gets me, and I NEED to ALWAYS be there to encourage all his dreams.

It’s so easy after a long day at work to only “half-listen” to our children.  It’s so easy to really be thinking about work, bills, dinner anything really and just nod your head.  When you do this you’ve just missed a HUGE opportunity with your child, but I must admit I’ve done this myself a time or two and it breaks my heart when I realize it. It’s my JOB as a MOTHER to do my very best to always encourage any dream or ambitions  my children have, even if that means encouraging Hunter to be the best Jedi or the best Robot Builder he can be because it’s important to HIM.  Soon my daughter will start to have dreams and ambitions of her own and I know that I need to be there for her, listen and encourage them all.

Our children need a balance of our guidance and our uplifting encouragement to help them become great adults.  Children need our guidance to learn responsibility, patience, generosity, honestly and gratitude and we can’t do that by ignoring and pretending everything is fine because we’re tired from a long day at work.

How do we teach our children these things?

We teach our children these traits by being a good role model for them and providing consistency.

It’s not always easy…It’s actually really hard, but in the end being a good role model makes all the difference in the world!

When you go home tonight, listen to your children and encourage them with all their dreams but remember you are the one that will shape the adult they will become. ❤

Sheetrock, Paint and Stain

From THIS…


In only a few short days! I CAN’T believe how different it looks with PAINT!!

So the COLORS of the house ended up being PERFECT and we’re soooo relieved!  I’ve added the color names and brand below!

  • Hardiplank Base Paint Color = Sherwin Williams Sandy Ridge 7535

  • Trim = Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan 7531

  • Stain = Mahogany

I was on pins and needles wondering how the paint was going to look in person… I originally found these paint colors from a picture of a home we liked online and we’d NEVER seen the colors in person but MAN it’s SPOT ON!! ❤  Thank goodness, right?!

The last couple weeks we’ve had to pick out our floors, lights, paint colors, rock color/type and our front door style so I’ve had ZERO time to post on here.

Let me just tell you….Our visit to pick out floors and lights…NOT our easiest task by far…This visit took 4 hours and I completely changed what I wanted with our tile colors, BUUUUUUUT I’m super excited about what we’ve chosen!!  Below is a photo of the tile, LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) and our exterior porch light we choose.


The lighter tile will be the floors for all bathrooms, the dark tile will be tiny squares inside our tile shower and the marble arrow will go across as an accent in our shower!!  THAT part of choosing took FOREVER!  I NEVER thought we were going to agree, and honestly my AMAZING husband just gave in and let me get the arrow around the shower! Hah!  We also broke the budget a little bit with our floors…oops…

I also wanted real hardwoods originally, but once we started talking with the floor company and explained that we are putting this flooring in the kitchen as well as the bottom floor of the house, with 3 dogs and 2 children LVP was our best choice.  Maybe one day we will change to real hardwoods, but for now this hand-scraped LVP is perfect!

There were a few light styles I couldn’t find when we were choosing, so we decided to purchase a few on our own.  The light below will be the chandelier for the dining room, and THIS was an exciting purchase because I’ve been eyeballing this light for a while (approximately a year)!

WoodBeamChandelierThe light was made by West Ninth Vintage and as soon as I saw it I fell in LOVE with it!  Thank goodness my husband likes it too! Our amazing family wanted to pitch in for this light for my birthday! ❤

To tie in the wood look of the previous chandelier we choose the light below and purchased two.  One will be placed in the Foyer and one will be put in the Breakfast Nook.  The color looks black here, but that’s just my photo taking flaw, it’s actually a dark brown tint.

WoodChandelierThese lights were purchased at World Market and for the price of $129.00 apiece and the style matching EXACTLY what I wanted, I couldn’t pass them up!  I did have to drive about 45 minutes away to grab them up because they were the ONLY TWO left in all their stores, but it was totally worth the drive!

After ALL these decisions were made we went to visit the house and we had SHEETROCK STARTED!!

I’ve hyperlinked below some videos of the inside!!

The sheetrock being installed really allowed us to feel the space we’re going to have in our home.  There were a few spaces I was worried about originally, like the breakfast area and the living room, but once the sheetrock was up it felt COMPLETELY different and we couldn’t be happier!

Next Steps:

  1. Have Lights Installed

  2. Have Floors Installed

  3. Have Rock Installed