Love, Juliebug
As you might know, I struggle with anxiety. But, here's a secret: I feel much less anxious when I am making time to be in God's word. I guess that's not really a secret but it changes my focus from me to God. Here are 10 Bible Verses that help calm me and I hope, with all my heart, that they help you as well.

Instead of just reading these, I recommend taking one that resounds with you the most and committing it to memory. When you are feeling most stressed or anxious, you will be able to pull this verse from your mind. It makes all the difference in the world, trust me.

Shortly before her ninth birthday, my daughter lost another tooth. That night the tooth fairy did what she always does and brought a little treat in exchange for a pearly white. The next morning is always my favorite part. Our beautiful, bright eyed girl came bursting in to share what treasures she had received. Her pure joy makes me smile.

Later that day we were chilling out on my bed just cuddling when she got a little serious. "Momma, is the tooth fairy real?" Cue panic. What do I say? So I reply with my typical question. "What do you think?" And she replies, "Yes?" We start to move on, I think, and she asks again. "But is she real?" and I know. The end is near. So, I gently tell her no. I expected tears, heartbreak but what I got was acceptance. And another question.

"What about Santa? Is he real?" I paused, unsure of how to proceed. Then finally tell her about Saint Nicholas and about the magical story that is Santa. I tell her that we have to protect this secret so we don't ruin other children's fun and she likes that, I can tell. In the next minutes, she asks several more questions and I must confess everything.

At the end of the conversation, she knows the truth about every holiday. I ask her if she is sad and she says no with a smile. She made me giggle by asking about Thanksgiving (Yes, turkeys are real!) and her birthday (Yes, you are real!) It has been about a month and a half since this important conversation and she still comes up with questions. She'll ask if we really were the ones who ate the milk and cookies. Did we buy her the legos she wanted? So many questions and she is so thankful when I reply yes.

In a way, I'm glad the truth is out but honestly, I'm a teensy bit sad. She's growing up so quickly and it's like the end of an era.
As you all know, I am a huge fan of music in general. I have to say though that praise music is my fave. It is uplifting and connects me to God in a way I can't fully describe. I can't talk about praise music without mentioning Hillsong United. There are so many Hillsong United songs that I adore. So, when I found out there was a new full-length album by Hillsong United called 'Wonder' I was super excited. There are twelve songs and I've listed them below. By the way, can I say I love when they include all the lyrics in the CD booklet? I do!

1. Wonder
2. Shadow Step
3. Future Marches In
4. So Will I (100 Billion X)
5. Splinters & Stones
6. Glimmer in the Dust
7. Greatest of These
8. Shape of Your Heart
9. Not Today
10. Life
11. Rain/Reign
12. Water to Wine

I've been listening to this album on repeat and I've come to the conclusion that I love it! Shocked, aren't you? I thought I'd share the official lyric video for the title track, 'Wonder'. I hope you enjoy it and I have a giveaway below just for you!

As I mentioned above, I have a copy of 'Wonder' by Hillsong United to give way to one lucky reader. I was provided a review copy & giveaway copy by the ever gracious Capitol Christian Music Group. So thanks to them!

To enter to win, please fill out the form below. I will announce the winner (drawn randomly) shortly after the giveaway ends on 7/31/17. Good luck and feel free to share this post!

Hillsong United 'Wonder' CD Giveaway
We moved just over three weeks ago and would you believe we just got all our belongings.This is all due to the cargo trailer tire explosion. Most of our actual "stuff" was in the trailer and living without it has made me realize how much I don't miss it. Well, except for my plates and mugs. I miss those. And, our sheets and towels as well but I digress.

We've been trying to adjust to life in Arizona again. The heat. Oh, the heat. Now while it feels like most of our days so far Arizona has been extremely kind to us on the heat front compared to its usual, it's still much hotter than Wyoming. So there's that. The main kicker is having to adjust to taking the dog out on a leash instead of simply opening the back door. We're spoiled on that front.

Apartment living isn't horrible so far. Granted we've only been in our place for a week but I like our little place. It's a townhome style apartment with two bedrooms and I'm thankful we got it. This may sound silly and it probably is but one of the first things I noticed was the flooring in the downstairs. It is a sort of grayish-brown "wood" that I couldn't possibly describe well enough but it's completely something I love. It was one of those things that made me very happy and I even thanked God for it. I know, I'm crazy but sometimes it really is the little things.

Back to the trailer, we didn't have a problem with the people at Uhaul being nice. No, they were all very nice. But, they were completely disorganized. My hubby had to explain the whole situation no less than five times. We received a call asking us why our trailer (and belongings) was sitting in their yard. Mind you, this was after them having it for a whole week. There was nothing written up about the trailer at all. A few days later we got a call about why we hadn't returned the trailer. Explanation of what happened ensued. Got a call saying the trailer was ready. We went down to pick it up and was told the tire had been fixed. There was no record of the brakes being worked on at all. Explanation of what happened yet again. We had to leave empty handed and were told we would be called. Two days later we were told it was actually ready. And, it finally was.

Honestly, I'm going to think twice about ever using Uhaul again...if we ever decide to move again.

Moves are never easy. Saying goodbye is difficult, sure. But, there are also the things you don't think about. The million little tiny details of moving. Switching addresses over. Setting up services. Deposits. I'm not even going to talk about boxes or unpacking them. We're not to that point anyway.

In fact, we move into our rental tomorrow. God provided said rental one week and one day before we actually moved. I'm writing this here so I can remember his faithfulness. It's a townhome apartment and while I am extremely grateful for it, I'm also nervous. We haven't lived in an apartment setting in, oh I don't know, 17 years? I could be wrong but it seems like an accurate number. 

I'll be glad to have the actual moving part done. This living out of suitcases is getting old. [I don't want to sound like I'm grumbling. Honestly, that is something I am working on and for me, it is a real struggle. It's so very easy to find things to worry about or complain about. I want to put effort into finding the joy, the beauty in each day.]

The move was not uneventful but I can truly see how God protected us. First of all, the drive down to his sister's house was horrendous. We had the trifecta of bad driving situations [for me anyway] and it really tested me. Snow, Dark, Trailer. I had never done well with the first two and the last was a new experience. It wasn't even just snow. It was ice and the wind as well. I think if I hadn't had my love encouraging me in my Bluetooth I would have lost my mind a couple of times. We made it down safely though I'm not sure how and we were thankful for that.

We planned on leaving the next morning for Arizona. Nope. The weather made sure of that. I'm glad to say we made the best of that situation. It was nice to spend a day with his sister and her hubby. We even went to the movies [Smurfs: The Lost Village]. We ended up leaving sometime the next afternoon and thankfully the weather was fine from that point. 

It took nine years to get here. Okay, it didn't even take nine days but my point is that it seemed to take forever. We pulled up in front of my mom's house and [dun dun dun] the cargo trailer's tire exploded. I kid you not. Apparently, the brakes had locked up and caused overheating, flames, and the subsequent explosion of said tire. There was a gigantic boom and looking back we were all amazed that it happened right at the end of our trip. Another 'thank you God' moment. 

Now if I could just invent the unpacking machine that would be great. Wishful thinking, I know.


Welcome to the $300 in gift cards: Amazon, Target, and Walmart Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

In today’s promotion for the PopCorn Maker, it started out at $20.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates. WOW Win You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free! Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the PopCorn Maker and you will be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries! This giveaway ends on 5/2/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends. Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.


Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 5/2/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends. Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Walmart Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 5/2/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends. Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.
One week. Well, one week and a day. That's how long it took to be under contract. Joy! We were so excited. Two weeks and two days later, the buyers backed out. Back on the market, we went. As it happened, we were out of town when all that occurred. So, in addition to the awesome friends who had been watching our pets, we had other friends that saved us by taking our dog into their home so we could have showings right away.

Within two days of it being back on the market, we were under contract again. Now we are less than a week away from closing. I'm not going to lie, some days have been tough. Emotions are running high and crankiness abounds. Both me and my kiddo. Some moments there is nothing to do but rock in the rocking chair while holding a crying child. And, might I add, that is not as easy to do with an 8.5-year-old?

Finding a rental in Arizona was proving quite frustrating. Between the cost, the application fees, and the sheer volume of applicants, it was hard not to lose my cool. There have been many days where I almost had a meltdown. But, I've been praying and not in the "God please give me my way" sort of prayer. But I'll talk about that another time. The bottom line? God provided a rental. A townhome. One week away from moving. That seems to be how He works. In His time.

Have I said I will miss Wyoming? I will miss it so very much. Not just for the beautiful open space, the small town, the trees, the weather but also for the amazing friendships that have been forged here. I feel so blessed to be this conflicted to leave.

Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to #LightItUpBlue with Autism Speaks to increase understanding and awareness of autism. It’s highly likely that you know someone with autism too since the CDC estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in every 68 children in the United States.

Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

Autism’s most obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Autism Speaks encourages parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.

The “Light It Up Blue” campaign is about more than awareness -- it is about increasing understanding and acceptance of autism. This includes advocacy and support for people across the entire spectrum throughout their lives. It also includes advancing research into personalized treatments for autism and related conditions. I encourage you to test your understanding of autism by taking this quiz!

Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include GI disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.

You can help make a difference too by taking the Light It Up Blue Quiz to see how much you know about autism. If you’re moved to do so after visiting, please show your support for and understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with autism by sharing a photo to #LightItUpBlue for Autism Awareness Month too. Also, check out Autism Speaks’ nationwide calendar of autism-friendly friendly events and activities in April.
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.
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10 Bible Verses to Calm Your Soul

As you might know, I struggle with anxiety. But, here's a secret: I feel much less anxious when I am making time to be in God's word...