The Circus is in Town

No, not Barnum and Bailey’s.

In my crazy mind, it always seems like a “fun” idea to bring the kids along when the dogs have to go to the vet.  My memory blocks what happened the previous time and I imagine us all skipping around, laughing, and bonding over the dogs being so cute at their checkup.

Let’s get back to reality here.

Pretty sure we de-callibrated the dog scale.  If that’s a thing.

(For the record, Drew was 36lbs)

(I was not)

20150713_212201148_iOSWhy not bring your stuffed animal to the vet, Jake?  It’s not like it could catch a spare flea or tick from the previous patient.

Another thing is that veterinarians are just that for a reason.  They like dogs.  If they liked kids they would’ve been a pediatrician.  So it is a strange alternate universe when they look super pumped to see our dogs and weirded out by my kids. Although today they resembled wild monkeys so perhaps they were just worried about how to tranquilize a moving target.

So tomorrow, I will move my expectations a little lower and think twice before something seems like a fairy tale in my head.  Because fairy tales don’t involve sweating, threatening, tattle-telling, and time out.  They just don’t.  I know they don’t.

It’s good to be back.

What’s on my Bookshelf?

Y’all.  I don’t know what to tell you.  I have had such a hard time finding time to write this past year.  And we’re all feeling the repercussions of that because either my brain can’t turn off at night (anyone else write stories in their head?) or Seth has to hear me talk a lot more than usual.

I should also mention that my laptop is getting ready to kick the bucket because it now refuses to type the letters “t”, “u”, “j”, or “p” without a really good pounding of the keyboard. This is super helpful, as you would imagine.

My friends and family have been so sweet in encouraging me to write because 1) I always wanted to be an author (nerd) and 2) did I mention that I write stories in my head a lot?  In order to avoid the mental institution, I will just put my thoughts here.

I am super good at making excuses.  And I will pile my to-do list with 100 things then get so overwhelmed that I can’t seem to do any of it.  So I thought I would show you all the books on my bookshelf…that I have intended to read for some time…but just haven’t gotten around to it.


I have heard fabulous things about all of these!  Amy Poheler (duh), Angie Smith (one of my faves), Candace Cameron (love a little DJ), Spending Less (no brainer), and SO looking forward to reading The Fringe Hours.

I’ve also got Shauna Niequist’s new devotional Savor on its way to my doorstep.  Can.not.wait.savorSadly, it doesn’t stop here.  I have that handy dandy little Kindle that I am obsessed over filling with books.

I did just finish A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet last month.  SO heartwarming and funny.salty And am in the middle of reading The Antelope in the Living Room.

antelopeMelanie and Sophie are such sweet bloggers and it’s been fun to see them turn some of their funniest stories into books.

Amazon seems to have free books for Kindle often so I am like a hawk downloading whatever I can for zero dollars. I probably have 20 more unread books on my Kindle.

Yes, it’s probably about time for an intervention.

Or an all-expenses paid, child free vacation where I can simply read all my books for 3 months.

Either work.  Let me know.

Lastly, I’m excited to announce that one of my FAVORITE authors is coming out with her first Bible study on April 1!  I’m part of the launch team to spread the word so would love you to share Angie Smith’s new study “Seamless” with your friends, family, women’s ministries, random people, etc.


God has gifted Angie with an incredible way of words and if this is anything like her other books, we will be blown away.  More info coming soon.

If you’re like me, you’re so ready to see some sunshine this week!  And hopefully ready to see more of the Anderles.  I will give you a 34% guarantee I’ll be back soon…