Love, Juliebug
It's that time of year birthday! This year I've turned 41. No shame. For so many years I struggled with my age. It was mostly due to a preconceived idea of something that should have happened by that point. Or, it was due to my anxiety about growing older. This year I've been trying to enjoy each moment. That's not to say I've been successful but I'm in process and that's okay.

Here are some things I've learned this year:

  • Perfection is not only not required, it's not real.
  • Take each day a moment at a time.
  • You are not powerful enough to ruin God's plan for your life and that's a good thing.
  • Be who God made you, not who you think people need you to be.
  • Celebrate each year you're given because many aren't given that chance.
These are seriously things that God has been whispering to me for a long time until that whisper turned into a shout. "I hear you, I do." I still struggle. I'm human. Those things I listed may seem cliche to some but they are words I still need to read every day. 

So, I thought you might too. Have a great day! 
Well, it's official. Our house is on the market. Suddenly it has all become very real. If you're just tuning in, we are moving to Arizona. Yes, again. It has been five years since we made the trek from Arizona to Wyoming and we have no regrets but still, we feel it's time to move back.

This is not to say it will be easy. After all, we have an amazing church and friends that are family. And yet, we are thrilled to be moving back down near family and good friends there. God has truly blessed us wherever we've lived and I am so thankful.

Please say a prayer that our house sells quickly and that we find a place to rent that is perfect for our needs. Throughout all this chaos I've had to keep reminding myself that God is with us. He is in control so when I feel out of control it is still okay. I'll keep you posted as I can.

Okay, I know I've done a few Christian artists and the reason for that is I am a Christian. However, my plan is not to strictly use Christmas music. That being said, this week's pick is also Christian. Tonight is my daughter's first concert ever and we are going to see Sidewalk Prophets. I cannot wait! So, here is one of my favorite songs by them. It is called "The Words I Would Say". Honestly, they have so many amazing songs but this one particularly hits me each time I hear it.

If you've followed my blog for any amount of time or know me personally you may know that I tend to fear the unknown. I want to know the plan. I want no surprises. How boring is that? Very. Many times, because there is no way to know the future, I end up stalling and not taking a single step forward out of fear. So, this phrase honestly helps me put things in perspective. Curiosity is to be celebrated right? Fear, not so much. So, instead of freaking out and fearing the unknown, let's try to look forward to it with excitement and curiosity. I think it would be a game changer.

1. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

2. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

3. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

4. Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

6. Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

7. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

8. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

9. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

11. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

12. The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

13. The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle 

I have always thoroughly enjoyed the music of Steven Curtis Chapman. Not everyone knows his name, I know, but he is one of the first Christian artists I ever loved listening to. The song I'm sharing with you has a personal significance to me. It's called "God is God" and it talks about how we'll never understand everything in this world. It is so on point. I tend to be that person that needs to know all the details before I take a step. This is not faith. I've always struggled with that. This song reminds me that God is God and I am not. I hope you enjoy.

What song do you love that reminds you of an important truth?

This. This quote is one I needed to share today. I struggle with being a perfectionist and it is difficult. I am so hard on myself all the time. Sometimes you just need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on when you make a mistake. Like the quote says, forgive yourself.

Do you struggle with this like I do?

Did I miss a week (or two)? Things have gotten progressively more busy over here. Nevertheless, I'm here this week and hope you've had a great week so far! Here is my Thursday Thirteen for this week. 

1. The Instant Pot has quickly become my favorite kitchen tool. Yes, I've been sucked into the hype and it is so worth it.

2. The house had some minor things fixed today, which means the only thing standing in the way of listing it is to finish packing, and deep clean the place.

3. Wish us good luck. Ah heck, good luck has nothing to do with it. Please pray that it sells quickly so we can all be together as a family again. This is getting old fast.

4. God has been so gracious in providing amazing friends everywhere we go. This also makes it extremely difficult to leave. Impossible almost.

5. Music has been instrumental in keeping me sane and motivated. I particularly love the 1987 playlist that I found on Spotify.

6. You would not believe the amount of stuff I've given or thrown away.

7. Did you see that the Golden Girls are now on Hulu?! Truly exciting. As a kid, I didn't quite get the jokes but now I love watching it. I'm all about classic tv shows now.

8. Speaking of friends again, I am so thankful that they are willing to help me out. They are such blessings.

9. We're trying to find a place to rent when we are back in Arizona. Hopefully we are able to find one that works in the right time frame.

10. Did anybody else notice that this year marks 30 years since Dirty Dancing was released? How is that possible? I love that movie and fully plan on having a Girl's Night to celebrate!

11. And while we are talking about my childhood I have to share that there is a chance my favorite teen crushes (New Kids on the Block) are coming to our town this summer! Okay, so it's a slim chance but I would totally fly back up here to see them with all my Wyo girls.

12. The other day I accidentally spilled a crap ton of sequins all over the floor. I'm so unhappy about that one. What a pain!

13. I'm looking forward to moving back to AZ but at the same time, I think I am slightly insane to want to move back because of the intense heat. lol

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