I failed.

Yes, I failed the 31 days of writing challenge. I did not write everyday like I intended to. Life just happened and I’d forget… Or I’d just be too tired at the end of the day. There’s always next year I suppose.

I’m not as disappointed as I thought I’d be. Although I didn’t write everyday, I still wrote more than I’ve written in a long time. And I really enjoyed it. I wrote 21 days, which is technically a 68%.

I haven’t learned my lesson though. I’m still trying to meet these crazy goals. Now I’ve embarked on another challenge, NaNoWriMo. And I’m MORE excited about this one. I expect to have my memoir finished by the end of this month. So far I’ve written 2745 of my goal of 50,000 words. Yikes!

Please ask me about it. ASK ME HOW MANY WORDS I’VE WRITTEN. I’d appreciate your accountability.

Love you all!

21. letter to my daughter.


Dearest daughter,

You have grown into a lovely young lady. When I look at you, I can hardly believe you were once a tiny little baby in my belly.

I’m enjoying being your mommy so much. We cook and bake together, we take care of your brothers together, and we laugh and play together. You are so beautiful. I love those big blue eyes of yours. I love your silly laugh and smile. I love everything about you.

You love reading. You LOVE reading. Did I mention YOU LOVE READING? These days you read anything you can get your hands on, and finish books in practically no time at all. I’ve read some books lately just so I can talk to you about them. Among them are Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach, all great reads by Roald Dahl. I finally got you some Ramona books, and I’m hoping to read them soon so we can talk about those, too.


I love planning our meals together. “What should we make for dinner this week?” I’ll ask you. “Oh, how about chicken tacos or spaghetti,” you’ll say. Last week you surprised me by suggesting fish sticks. So I got you some. You flip through my copies of the Pioneer Woman and Magnolia Bakery cookbooks all the time and ask my opinions on which I’d like and what I think we should make. It makes me feel special when you ask me what I like. I wish you knew how much I just want to make what YOU want, sweet girl.

You wear a uniform for school everyday, and for a long time you wore your hair the same way. You simply brushed it and put a clip in it. Lately, I’ve noticed that you’ve started to play with your hair. You try ponytails, braids, and cute accessories. You’ve started polishing your nails, too. I like seeing you become more girly. Daddy says I need to spend more time with you doing girly things. We have to stick together in this house where boys outnumber us! 🙂


I pray that we continue to be friends. My role as your mother means I have to teach you and guide you through life, but my ultimate goal for you is to lead an honest and Godly life independently someday. I’d be delighted if, when you are a grown adult with children of your own, we can still be the best of friends. You are an amazing girl. I’m anxious to see more of you as you continue to grow. Each new year shows more of your personality and character. You are unique and wonderfully made.

I know I am not perfect, but I believe God made me the perfect mother for you. I pray that you would give me grace and always know that I try my best for you each and every day. You carry my heart with you everywhere you go. I love you always, my chocolate-loving girl.

love, Mama


This is part of a series called 31 Days of Living the Good Life.


31 Days of Living the Good Life.

You’ve landed at my 31 DAYS OF WRITING IN OCTOBER Page!

Join me on this super fun journey while I write about living the good life. I’ll write about being a mom, being a wife (to my husband who recently became a quadruple amputee,) and the joys and challenges that come with those roles. I’ll share about my faith in God, the reason my family and I are living the “good life” that we enjoy today!

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You’ll find links to all my posts below. I hope you enjoy! Please, please contact me for any reason! I’d love to hear from you! Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe if you’d like to receive my posts through email. Grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile. I’m excited to tell you how I’m living the good life one day at a time!

Day 1: Hello, Fall! I’ve been expecting you!

Day 2: Throwback Thursday. Beach.

Day 3: JOY in the Lord

Day 4: Video: ‘Disabled mannequins will change the way you see beauty’

Day 5: Take Care of Yourself.

Day 6: Give Grace.

Day 7: What happened to Ian anyway? part 1

Day 8: What happened to Ian anyway? part 2

Day 9: TBT. Mother.

Day 10: Long Week and a Movie Night

Day 11/12: Old Army

Day 13: Family Time

Day 14: Rest.

Day 15: Words are Powerful.

Day 20. Sausage, potato, and kale soup.

Day 21: Letter to my daughter.

Day 22: Letter to my oldest son.

Day 23: TBT. Vail.


Sept. 30 post:  I’m doing it! I decided to participate in the challenge. I will write EVERY SINGLE DAY in October!

It will be nice to take a break from my memoir to write about other things on my heart. Writing consistently will hopefully be good for my soul, which desperately needs to be uplifted and encouraged. Don’t expect a lot of deep posts, some will just be photos or videos, or anything else I can think of. BUT, I do promise SOMETHING. There will be a new post everyday… or else… geez… I don’t know. Something bad.

Wish me luck!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13