What I Learned in January

I am linking up with Emily Freeman’s monthly link-up today. You can check out all the posts over at Emily’s Place.

1. Sharing in friend’s special days is such a joy. My friend EG was ordained in early January. I loved getting to be a part of her day.

2. I also love creating pieces for others. For EG’s ordination gift, I wrote her a poem that I framed and gave to her. Several years ago, when my friends MG and KG were married, I wrote them a poem too. There is something so incredibly holy about creating for others. I love sharing this gift that God gave me.

3. Time with dear Word and Service friends is balm for the soul. Such a refreshing day. I cannot wait until we get to gather again. So thankful for these dear women in my life.

4. LuLaRoe leggings are the best and feel like butter. I never thought I would jump on the leggings as pants band wagon. But with my new found love of LuLaRoe, I am in love! (Sorry not sorry!) I also love their Randy tshirt, the Cassie skirt and cannot wait to try out the other items as well.

5. Having your purse stolen is an extremely VIOLATING experience. My purse was stolen this month. I lost Christmas gift cards; probably close to $200 worth. Had to pay to get a new set of car keys made. I am so thankful for people who God placed in my life during this time. Also thankful for the cops and detectives who work hard to do their jobs. It is good to have a soft place to land.

6. Spending time with friends is such a joy. Loved spending the other night with CT and her girls. Loved spending time with EG and KG earlier in the month. At CT’s house, I got to try out Blue Apron. Excited to try my first box in a few weeks.

7. Fox TV has taught us all what LIVE theater can truly look like. Grease LIVE was so much fun. I hope the other stations take cues from Fox and learn what live theater can truly look like. Julianne Hough and the cast were so much fun…so talented!!

8. One must embrace the Beautiful Uncertainty of it. This month, I participated in the The Single Woman’s 31 Day challenge. Mandy had us pray prayers from her new book, write a letter to ourselves to be read exactly one year from today, and also make a list of those things that we love about ourselves. This process reminded me of the gift that I am to myself and to others. God created me this way for a purpose.

9. Six months is WAY TOO LONG to wait to get a haircut! It was way past time to get my haircut. But the new do is my absolute fave in a long time.

10. Receiving a phone call from a friend that you haven’t seen or spoken to in a long time is INCREDIBLE! So excited to talk to my friend LA on the phone and even more excited to hug her in real life in a few days. Friendships like this are the best because we can pick up right where we left off last time we spoke.

You will see me linking up with these lovely ladies as well-Holly and Testimony Tuesday, Kelly and the RaRa linkup, Jennifer and Tell His Story, and Holley and Coffee for your Heart.

Sunday Blessings 112



(1) Receiving fun mail (LuLaRoe clothes and new cards)

(2) Finally hearing from the police

(3) Talking about names with the Curves ladies.

(4) Trish and Jake’s twins being born

(5) A great night at Confirmation

(6) A hug from and a conversation with one of my fave little boys.

(7) A long overdue haircut

(8) Stopping by to see my friend CT

(9) My hairstylist telling me that her daughter calls me “my Tara!”

(10) Supper with CT and her girls.

(11) Hugs from CT’s girls before I headed home for the night.

(12) Trying a new recipe

(13) Catching up on my DVRed shows

(14) Running into church peeps at Target

(15) A hug from one of my fave kiddos at church.

(16) Good annual meeting

(17) A PLN!!! (Post liturgical nap)

(18) Grease Live