JOY

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Do you start your new year with a word?

For instance, something that you want to stand for, your meaning for the whole year?

Maybe it’s for you,
for your family,
or even your business,
but something that you look to
for the upcoming year?

I’m starting this for our family.

This year, 2018, is the year for
JOY
for the our family!

I have been drawn to this word, for a while.

I want us to find
JOY
in all areas of our lives.

JOY
in the triumphs & happy moments.

JOY
in the failures & sad moments.

JOY
in the BIG & POWERFUL moments.

JOY
in the PRIVATE & PERSONAL moments.

Here are some pictures I found when trying to lead into 2018 & our new word
JOY!

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So, if you and your family do this, drop your word below👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼!
I want to hear!
I want to share in the celebration with you.

Share in your
JOY
in your special word and year!

we bought a zoo???

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Well, we DID IT…we bought a HOUSE!!! (Collin keeps saying we bought a zoo! HAHA!)

we bought a house!

We are beyond excited, scared, happy, nervous, sad, anxious and everything in between! It’s a HUGE step for us and completely taking us out of our comfort zones (especially me!) but we know that God is in control and guiding our steps as we go!  We cannot wait to see our three boys running around like crazies and checking everything out!  They are so stinkin cute!

Thanks for your support and see you SOON! ; )

♥ Collin & Andi

door update…

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Well,

I got a call from my AWESOME realtor, Jackie, today and they sellers agreed to replace the door!!! I’m beyond excited! That was one of my FAVORITE things (I noticed the door and the countertops — thanks, Shawn — in every house) and commented on the fact that it was the only one that I liked out of all 34 houses we looked at!

So, we are still on track for closing on December 4th!!! SO. HAPPY.

House update…

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Well, we had very minor problems from the home inspection. All of them Collin can fix. I just don’t think it’s fair for us to put in the money and effort into a house that we are buying, on problems from the previous owners! Well, they are fighting us on it…and I’m not backing down! I am having MAJOR anxiety about this, because I feel like they are taking advantage of us because we we’ve been so accommodating so far.

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Cheddar-Ale Soup…

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Friends and family,

I made the most AMAZING potato soup tonight!  Yes, it’s made with beer, but it cooks out…but it’s got the most amazing flavor!!! It’s Cheddar-Ale Soup and quick, easy and fairly inexpensive to make!  Supposed to feed 6-8, but I added an extra bag of potatoes, so mine feeds a not-so-small army! ; )

What are some soups that you all like to make when it starts getting chilly outside? Do you have any family recipes you’d like to share?

Baja Butternut Squash Soup…

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So, after a week of eating nothing but CRAP fastfood, I decided to look up a variety of healthy somethings to eat.  Since we’re getting a few days of cooler weather, I searched for some yummy soups…

Tonight, I made Baja Butternut Squash Soup and all I have to say is Y U M ! Even the hubs liked it!  It’s easy to make, tasty and VERY filling…I couldn’t even finish my serving!  I also added some grilled chicken in it for added protein.  Each serving is about 60 cals and not much more past that!

Ya’ll should try it…besides, what’s more comforting in cold weather than soup?