Four Legged Clover

They say if you find a four leaf clover, it’s lucky. What about a four legged red-eared slider that mini just happened to name Clover? Yep, we’ve had the little guy (or gal) for a little over two and a half years and the stinker has grown tremendously!

This was Clover when we first found him (or her) in my mom’s yard. Clover’s mom had dug a hole in my mom’s front yard and nested a ton of little baby turtles. This picture was taken about 2.6 years ago.

Super cute, right? Mini has been so proud to say she has a pet turtle although she doesn’t handle Clover much anymore because of the salmonella scare they can carry.

Here’s a picture of Clover from about a year ago..

Then tonight while Kasey was cleaning out the aquarium, we noticed just how big Clover has gotten. Here’s a photo from tonight..

Ginormous right? I do believe a larger aquarium is in Clover’s future. Such a cool pet though and does quite well on his (or hers) basking and feeding schedule. When we get up, the sun light comes on and it’s feeding time. When the sun goes down, it’s feeding time and the sun light gets turned off. Fun little creature to watch for sure!

SWP – I’ve been a slacker!

I have not stuck with the Scripture Writing Plan and sadly am okay with admitting that. I tend to take on more than my plate has room for sometimes and don’t realize it until I can no longer fuel each portion with the attention it requires. Before I know it, almost two weeks has passed. When I last provided a SWP update, it was day 11. Here we are and it’s Dec. 28th.

Today’s scripture comes from Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Please forgive me for not trying to play “catch up” with the days I missed but instead pick up where I am able. I am human and I do mess up. More often than I’d like to admit. However, I am loved unconditionally by the One who breathed life into me. This SWP experience has taught me that no matter what our circumstances are or what the situation is, when you fall off and get off track, it is by choice that we hop back on or get back on the correct path. The path won’t always been clear and free from distractions and obstructions, but He will always be constant and there along our walk.

Life is a journey, make the best of it!

Hollie

Elfie’s Departure

This December has been a challenging one both mentally and emotionally. There have been many arguments between mini and I that could’ve and should’ve been avoided and there have been many tears shed. Granted, isn’t that a beautiful part of motherhood. Through the dark clouds, there is a silver lining. Elfie didn’t spend as much time with us as he normally does and there for awhile, I slacked on providing an update so I wanted to share a few of his moments before he left.

He spent the later part of the month hanging out in our faux trees, on the mantle, and repelling from light fixtures. He was super pleased by the effort that mini made on cleaning her room that he brought her an elf pet. While Kasey was at work, she and I left for a Walmart run and when we returned, she had an elf pet waiting on her with a bag of pre-mixed reindeer food to sprinkle in the yard.

  
She was ecstatic. She named the reindeer, Emma. We can’t wait to see Emma next year when Elfie returns and look forward to seeing their adventures together. Can’t wait!

Christmas Reflection

In the midst of the Christmas festivities, I found myself strung thin with the feeling of the world on my shoulders. Each year I say I am going to be ahead of the game and have everything prepared way before Christmas arrives and each year, Christmas hits me in the face before I even blink and realize it’s there. I am adamant it comes faster each year, don’t you agree? The feeling of getting everything wrapped, cooked, baked, and finalized for get togethers can really cause some unneeded anxiety and stress in what should be a rejoicing time of year.

Although my family is fully aware that Jesus is the reason for the season, I absolutely love giving gifts and find such joy in purchasing, making, wrapping, and giving to others. It’s one of my favorite things about Christmas aside from Jesus’ birth. This year, mini spent the night with her dad on Christmas Eve so I slept in and soaked in the quiet morning although I missed her excitement over Santa’s visit in the wee hours of the morning and I eagerly waiting for her to be home.

Our tree was absolutely beautiful Christmas morning. It had looked the same since the day I put it up but something about sitting on the couch, relaxing with Kasey, enjoying the parade, and just soaking in every second made it seem that more beautiful. There was something so serene about the calmness of not being in the hustle and bustle of the season that during those moments, I really reflected on how blessed I am. Not because I had a Christmas tree full of ornaments and lights, or presents underneath, but simply because I was awake and healthy. I was full of anticipation for my beautiful little girl to get home from her dad’s. I was full of excitement that I would be spending the next hours and days with our families and friends. I just have so much to be thankful for that I overlook and take for granted way more often than I should.

  
As the new year approaches, that is one thing that I am trying to do better at. Truly and honestly, being grateful and recognizing the many blessings daily and not just when it’s convenient. How easy it is to get caught up and only recognize our blessings when it fits into our schedule but don’t you believe that our blessings are even more apparent during our struggles and moments of weakness? It just takes a little more effort on our part to notice and appreciate them.

I hope that your Christmas was spent with those who make your heart swell. Until next time my friends,

Hollie

School’s Out!

This semester has been a trying, tiring, and difficult semester to say the least. My motivation wasn’t what it should’ve been and my organization wasn’t as it should’ve been. However, I made it! Finished off with straight A’s and B’s. That’s something I’ll take and be happy with all throughout my college years. I am looking forward to a couple weeks off before hitting the books again for Spring semester. It’s a long journey but each semester is one step closer.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Birthday

to me! That’s right, my year of being the big 3-0 is now behind me. On to 31! It’s been a busy day but before I get into all of that, I just have to say THANK YOU!! I have felt so loved today, words cannot begin to describe how much the calls, texts, messages, posts, and simple gifts have meant to me. I am so blessed to know each and every one of you who took time out of your day to wish me a happy birthday. You rock!

  
A huge birthday shout out to Lauren, my Dec. 11th “birthday sister”. I hope your day has been super amazing and full of all things cat related. 🙂 

Here’s how my busy birthday was spent, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Work, Christmas luncheon for work, picking up mini from school, going to Snip Its for her haircut only to realize they had closed, going to my mom’s house and playing hairdresser (those couple of years in Cosmetology school paid off), going to practice, grabbing a quick bite to eat, back home to work. Then I was showered with many special gifts, I’m so thankful!!

  
Here’s to a year I hope to grow stronger in faith, develop a greater relationship with Christ, be the mom the Lord created me to be, and remain healthy and happy. So many things I could say but those are the things I want the most out of my 31st year of life. Each day is a blessing and I pray I’ll make it incredible and see 32!

For any other Dec. 11th babies, happy birthday!

SWP – Day 11

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭95:1-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬