19 Months and Counting


Riley Faye, 19 months into your little life and you are CERTAINLY living up to your name.

Riley, it means courageous.  This has been our prayer for you from day one.  That no matter what life hands you, you will be full of courage.  Courage to stand up for truth.  Courage to walk in a way that is obedient to Christ even when it means making hard decisions.  The courage to be YOU and walk with confidence…

I am already seeing this courage displayed as you are one STRONG WILLED sister.  You know what you want and you fight hard for it (we are working on reigning that in a bit…)  You have learned to throw some intense fits, but as I see the determination in you, I see our prayers being answered.

Faye, it was my granny’s middle name.  A red headed southern woman who loved her family well and bloomed where she was planted.  She worked hard in her home and saw the role of wife & mom as one to be cherished.  These are not simple tasks but ones I pray you will value in the years to come.

You are starting to understand A LOT of things.  Although you have few words (Dada & Yaya) you are saying a lot.  I am not exaggerating when I say EVERY DAY you grow up a little bit more.

You LOVE being outside.  Anytime you get upset all I have to say is “do you want to go outside?” and your tears stop and you run to the door to get your shoes.  Always ready to go!

You also love people.  All smiles and all waves.  You brighten peoples days sweet girl because you SEE them.  Always always look for others.  We all need to be seen.

I was talking with a friend of mine today who has a teenage daughter.  A daughter who is in love with a young man and dreaming of their future.  My heart tightened as I thought about walking this journey with you in the years to come.

I’m already praying that I will know how to guide you in matters of the heart.  I am praying that you will see the importance in guarding your heart and trusting the Lords timing as he brings you to your husband.  I love that you are my daughter.

It’s a bond that NO ONE can separate and I am honored the Lord chose me to be your momma.


We love you sweet girl.  Keep being your crazy self!

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Seeds Family Worship


Five Minute Friday- (On a Saturday) Linking up with my sisters hosted by Kate Motaung.  A time to let go of edits and specifics and let the words flow.  Each Friday a new writing prompt is given and the timer is set.

Todays word- Comfort


My kids love music!  We listen to music while we straighten up the kitchen each morning after breakfast.  Our favorite songs are on in the car on short or long treks.  If a show is on t.v. and a song begins you better believe my two are up and moving.  One of Colby’s current favorites is the soundtrack from the movie “Troll’s”.

He regularly requests “Hair Up…” (If you’ve seen the movie you know what I mean, if not, I can’t say you are totally missing out.)  As I’ve noticed this little guys love for songs I have began to seek songs with meaning and purpose.  Don’t get me wrong we will still be busting out moves to “I can’t stop the feeling…” by Justin Timberlake, but I have found a few go to’s that still get our feet tapping but are so rich!

At the close of VBS this summer each student received a copy of a “Seeds Family Worship” cd.  I had been told about seeds before but honestly hadn’t looked much into it.  Nothing like a free cd to get you hooked.  I popped this baby into the car and we have been hooked.

Every song is STRAIGHT scripture.  Catchy melodies that get in your mind and stick as you truly begin to meditate on the word.  And the best part, as the songs play, Colby yells from the back seat….”Mom, what’s the miry pit”  “Mom, what does it mean Christ Jesus…”  “Mom what does it mean that God comforts…” and I kid you not…”Mom, what’s the Holy Spirit…”

Just to name a few!

THIS is talking about the word when you go out and come in and go about your day!  It’s so easy & so much fun!  If you haven’t tried out any seeds albums, you are missing out.

Here’s one of our current favorites:

Seeds Family Worship

(Also check out, The Ology, by Sovereign Grace Music)



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Why not July 12?


Planninginpencil.com, I have missed you!

Why not post again 3 months later (eek!)

Over the last few months between wifing (…the act of being a wife) motherhood, Beachbody coaching, investing in a new community, and countless other “to do’s” my blog posts have taken a hit.

But can I just say, I have MISSED this!

As strange as it is to say my blogs are a time of relaxing & reflecting.  They have become a bit of an “ebenezer” (places of remembrance) if you will.

These “routine” days of stay at home mom life are ones to be treasured.  I have seen this in the past months thanks to a little thing called “timehop” on Facebook.  (You know, there is a lot about social media that is negative, but some things I just love!)  Over the past few weeks I have been reminded of so many sweet sweet times over our last 3 years (since I started blogging).

Everything from moving to Haiti, announcing our first pregnancy, visits with friends, and lessons (oh so many lessons) the Lord has taught me and continues to teach me in the midst of my day to day.  Each time a blog post from the past would resurface my stomach would tighten.  I would be reminded of how long it had been since I had actually sat down to write.

And then I would feel overwhelmed with where to begin again.  How can I “catch up”?!

How long had it been since I took time to look through my pictures and recount a joyful moment from a week gone by?

How long had it been since I took the time to “re visit” a teachable moment the Lord had brought to mind during my quiet time.

These are big deals!

I realize I could record these things in a journal, which I do.  Those pages are where the real nitty gritty is stored (the dirty laundry you know that stays between you and the Lord.)

But there is something the type of writing I do via blog posts.  First, I type SO MUCH QUICKER than I can hand write anything.  Second, how often do I think to revisit a journal or remember a certain month and time, when this technology age has it literally at my fingertips.  Third, the pictures, oh the pictures! (I still have it as a dream to print several of these bad boys off, but for now the blog is my saving grace!)

Will my posts be perfect? No, English teachers be afraid!  Will they always have some huge life altering point? No.  Will they be treasured by anyone besides me & maybe my mom & grandmother?  Probably not.  But they will BE.

So here is me saying to myself (and anyone else who may be reading this…)

I’m back!

And at risk of totally retracing way too many steps and hitting that “overwhelmed” stage, here are a few summer highlights…

*First trip to our new neighborhood pool!

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Splash Park with our Thursday preschool moms group from church!


Park days…


Lots of park days!


First VBS for our crew!  And momma led the preschool music…all while dad was out of town.  Shew!


What’s the best way to end VBS?  Fly to Arizona alone for a few days at the Grand Canyon with your best friend! (Thanks grandparents for holding down the homefront.)


And sometimes summer nights means $5 pizza outside…ya’ll know thats our happy place.


First family beach trip!



Chik-Fil-A, Cow Appreciation day!


Wednesday July 12…


Just because.

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Five Minute Friday- Linking up with my sisters hosted by Kate Motaung.  A time to let go of edits and specifics and let the words flow.  Each Friday a new writing prompt is given and the timer is set.


Enough- occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations.

Here are a few things I cannot seem to get enough of these days:

*My anniversary surprise from Trey!  7 years of wedded bliss & Trey surprised me with our wedding vows (thanks to Kam Roberts & One Girl Design Shoppe!)  Our dining room has become “my space.”  It’s where I spend the nap hour at our house doing my Bible study & Beachbody Coaching & other “quiet” activities.



*Spring Break!!  Even though my kiddos are not “school age,” we have had our own spring break of visits from family and more to follow!  It’s Friday, but it has felt like Saturday in our neck of the woods for the past few days.  I cannot get enough…


*My love for at home workouts is out.of.control.  I cannot get enough.  Over the past few weeks I have gotten up before our kiddos to work out.  It is FINALLY starting to “work.”  The alarm clock doesn’t make me want to cringe (most days) because I am seeing the benefit of caring for myself before my family needs me.  Not to mention, getting an energy boost to start my day.  Not to mention we are slowly putting together a space in our basement to work out, I’m pretty excited!


*Every Body Matters- I started this book a few days ago for our monthly fitness accountability group and I cannot get enough.  If you are interested in health & nutrition or need a bit of motivation in this area, I highly recommend!


It’s Friday y’all!  Enjoy the things you cannot get enough of this weekend!


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Future Daughter-In-Love


Dear Future Daughter-In-Love,

I’ve been thinking a lot about you recently.  You see, as the mom of your future husband, I cannot help but watch him and think of what he will be like years down the road.  I am not exaggerating when I say he gets bigger and more grown up every.morning!  Here are a few things you should know…

Our Colby, he is a sensitive boy.  Some of this is due to just being little, but some of it is in his blood.  He LOVES people.  He cares and notices when those around him are happy or sad.  He legitimately celebrates with others (Birthdays are his favorite!) and he loves to surprise people.  This sweet heart is seen in his willingness to serve…

I am currently trying to teach him the value of helping around the house.  Most of the time he is eager to do it!  You see, my mother-in-love trained my husband from a young age and I am reaping the benefits of a man who not only likes a clean house, but helps me to keep one!  I am hoping to do the same for you.  Our little servant is also quick to give a compliment.

He probably plays the “guess what” game with me about 20 times a day…

“Hey mom, guess what?”

“What Colby?”

“I love you!!!”

And you know what?  I love it.  It’s so important to let others we love KNOW it and this little boy likes to proclaim it.  That’s not the only thing he likes to proclaim…

He likes it when girls wear their hair down.  He does not like ponytails.  There have been several moments recently where I will get ready to leave the house with my hair in a ponytail and he is quick to tell me I should’ve worn my hair down.  Now, I see this as a good thing, he notices!  You will want your man to notice when you do something different with your hair or put on a new outfit, but I’m thinking you will also want his compliments and not critiques.  He is quick to give those too, so just say no to ponytails.

Do you like to laugh?


I hope you do!  Colby has become the king of making people laugh.  He will work hard to make you laugh.  And he will ask you if you are happy…a lot.  Our guys like to know their ladies are happy, and well that’s super special!

And one last thing, how do you feel about singing & dancing?  Colby likes it a lot!  In the car, turn the music up and sing.  At the kitchen table, bust out a tune.  Going to bed, you guessed it, sing!  It’s good for the soul…

Those are the BIG things I’m seeing in our boy today.  He’s growing up and though it seems fast some days it is so exciting to watch.  He’s not perfect, a far cry from it, but aren’t we all?


Until next time…

Your Future Mother-In-Love


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