I know.  I’m a blogging train wreck.  But I’m pretty active on my FB page, so that has to count, right?

(I’m jeannettg on Insta if you want to follow).

And it turns out, I’ve been pretty quiet on Instagram too…which is my one true social media love.

Here’s the deal: over the holidays, I went mostly screen quiet.  Besides a few quick scrolls on my phone, I just kinda stayed off all digital media.  I didn’t plan it, but it felt really good.  So good, in fact, that I really wanted to lean out my screen time in general.  The problem with this is when you are a blogger, and you make like $12 a month from it (you think I’m kidding).

Anyway, I’m trying to find a balance where the pendulum doesn’t swing so far to either end.  I don’t want to quit, but I also like the quiet that comes from being away from the chatter of the Internet.  My house has been tidier, I’ve yelled at my kids less, and overall, I’ve just kinda been digging it.  BUT I’ve also missed this space.  So I’m trying to figure it all out.  Perhaps six or seven of you will stick it out with me.  Or I’ll figure it out just in time to have lost every reader I spent 8 years wooing.  Gah.


Moving right along…a dear friend of mine is being a Warrior and fighting cancer.  It’s been a really rough road.  She has been super sick and she just keeps getting non-ideal news.  I had surprised her with a teeny tiny Christmas tree on her doorstep when she mentioned she was too sick to put one up this year.

And then she blessed me right back a few weeks later by sending me this picture of the Wishing Tree she set up in her backyard.

“Her little wish tag hangs next to mine, and I watch them glitter in the wind from my bedroom and I pray for both of us.”

When is Jesus coming back?  Seriously.

I snagged this pillow cover on a Black Friday sale.

I adore it to the moon and back.


Last Christmas (2013), Henry saw a popcorn popper in a raffle prize set and has since been pining for one.

I know I could buy him a brand new one for $25, but I also knew that if I waited long enough, I could find one on Craigslist or a thrift store.

A year later, I found one for $5.

It has not disappointed.



I’m really not the Fun Mom.

And I get all guilty about it sometimes.

Like I think: “They seriously are only this little once.  And they seriously only get one childhood.  I should probably do something cool today.”

So, I busted out our fancy double flip waffle maker and made waffles.  On a Wednesday.  Because I could. IMG_1650


To continue my Fun Mom Disguise, we skipped homeschool for the day and went to the beach.

Besides, it was a gloriously beautiful day.  (My face looks like I’m pooping or something, but really the sun was shining right in my eyes.)

We did some homeschool once we got home and the Porkchop was napping.  So I wasn’t really that irresponsible.  Just half.

Alright, well, I don’t know if anyone still wants to link up to the InstaFriday gig, but I’ll put it up here anyway.

Anyone there?



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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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  1. 1

    Love InstaFridays because it makes me smile and remember when I was a mom of young children. Oh life goes quickly!!

  2. 2

    I don’t have an instagram or FB, but I’ll continue to follow your blog as long as you choose to post (how ever frequently you feel like it!). Just wanted you to know, I may be quiet on social media (best decision I’ve ever made) but you still have peeps who enjoy what you choose to share! Keep up the good work, when the mood strikes (that’s what makes it good!). Also, this is me de-lurking from the shadows. =)

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    tiffany day says:

    Hi – I am here! I always check in and totally can understand your need to be more quite here! Things in life ebb and flow – so for what my little advice is worth – just go with it!!!

    I don’t know if I have very many pics from this past week, but I will see and link up later today!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. 4

    It’s ok it’s been busy. I will still read your blog Always. And if you loose all your followers it’s ok I will still be here and then it will be like your really just talking to ME! Because that’s how it seems in my head anyway right? :) oh and the poper? I SO live mine! 5 bucks was a steal!!! Pays to hold out. :)

  5. 5

    LOL your post cracked me up. I’m in a mode where silence is calling my name. I’ve been off FB for around 8-9 months and have not missed it. Contemplating deleting my IG feed (again). I like the silence the lack of social media brings, and I feel like the chatter is less in my head.

    Went back to work this week after a roller coaster holiday. Still trying to figure out my work week lol


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    It’s good to take a break. You got a lot going on, you need to do that every once in a while. We’ll still be here. xo