Rain in El Paso


It isn’t often that we get rain here in El Paso.

We’re actually in the “rainy” season right now and hold your hats…it rained ONCE on our side of town this week.

Sometimes the east side of El Paso will get rain that just doesn’t make it over the mountain to us.

So…when we do get rain, it is a glorious thing to be celebrated.

We all get so excited to see rain clouds in the sky and the smell of rain (okay…mud) in the air.


I usually have to pull out my camera to capture the cloudy skies.

And the kids run outside to dance in the rain falling from the sky.


I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed rain so much as I do here in the desert.

I guess the lack of it has really made me appreciate what would have been considered a nuisance when we experienced it more often.


That’s how it is with a lot of things in life.


The lack of something really makes us appreciate it more.


May we all learn to appreciate the beauties of life that are in abundance all around us!


Silly Scrapbook Layout

One Word Challenge - Silly Polly Love Anne - Amy Martin Sunkissed - Just Jaimee (alpha, elements & papers)

One Word Challenge – Silly
Polly Love Anne – Amy Martin
Sunkissed – Just Jaimee (alpha, elements & papers)

I had planned to share a new project life layout today, but it’s not ready, so I decided to share a layout of my silly girl, Jenny.

This layout was for the One Word Challenge at The Lilypad, with the one word being “silly”.

It was easy to find a picture of her laughing away and being silly.

I went with a patterned background paper and a pretty busy layout, a bit different from my usual to showcase her silliness in this layout.


Motivated Monday – Menu and Goals for the Week of July 21


For the first time in weeks, I’m excited about our meals for this week! I’m trying a few new recipes. I try to stick with the tried-and-true basics, but trying new recipes just gives me a little more excitement about cooking. And since cooking is something that must be done every. single. day., I might as make it as exciting as possible.

Here’s our plan for the week…

Monday – Chicken Taco Salad

Tuesday – Fried Rice & Egg Rolls

Wednesday – Shepherd’s Pie; Green Beans

Thursday – Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich & Baked Fries

Friday – DFAC Yakisoba (this was requested by my husband)

I usually leave the weekends open for interpretation. We often have leftovers throughout the week or something will come up that causes me to change things around a bit. Leaving the weekends open gives me some wiggle room within my plan.


My weekly goals went really well last week. For the most part I stayed focused on them and accomplished most of what I set out to do, read, learn & be in my weekly goals.

Here’s my goals for this week…


  • Wear my Fitbit everyday.
    My battery died while we were on vacation and I just remembered to charge it last night. My goal is to get back in the habit of wearing it again. Of course, I do want to meet my step goals, but first I just need to make sure I’m wearing it!
  • Plan the first 6 weeks of our upcoming homeschool year.
    This is what I’ll be working on while three of my four kids are in Vacation Bible School this week.
  • Develop a chore system for myself and the kids.
  • Complete May’s Project Life layouts and move on to June.


  • My daily Bible readings.
    I really want to focus on reading my Bible on the weekends. I am pretty consistent Monday-Friday, but then I slack on the weekends.
  • My Discipleship lesson for this week.
    I would like to have this read before the end of the week so I don’t have to rush and complete it before my meeting on Saturday.
  • Continue reading On Gold Mountain by Lisa See.
    I am really enjoying this book. I have so many thoughts swirling through my head as I read it. I hope to write more about them when I finish reading this book.


  • Memorize 1 John 1:9 and Hebrews 10:24-25 for discipleship class.
  • Review past verses.
  • Continue following along with Phone Photography Course and actually participate in lessons/challenges!


  • Kind
    Being purposeful and proactively kind to others, especially friends that God has placed in my life has been a recurring theme in my reading and something that I want to focus on for this week.

He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Job 6:14

So..what about you? Do you have any personal goals for this week?

Oh, and I’d love for you to share your favorite meal that you have planned for this week!


The Two of You Scrapbook Layout


Credits: Try-An-Angle template – Heather Joyce Sunkissed – Just Jaimee Around Here – One Little Bird In Progress – Paislee Press Sprinkles v. 25 – Valorie Wibbens

I love to see the two of them laughing and playing together.

This picture was taken while we were waiting on the fireworks to start at our 4th of July celebration.


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