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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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New Year's 2018

Happy New Year, my friends! We rang in the new year together, just the five of us, with food, games, and of course...New Year's Rockin' Eve. It was quiet and cozy and lots of fun. Here are a few pictures of our wild and crazy New Year's Eve...

We enjoyed Happy New Year messages and video chats with these two as they celebrated with Nicolas' parents, delicious food, and fireworks!

Back here at home we awaited midnight with some 2017 Trivia and chocolate peanut butter cake.
We all made it to midnight, and the teens...even longer!
New Year's Day began with a few small gifts from Mom and Dad.
Because, you know, Santa brought all the good stuff last week. : )

The rest of the day involved relaxing, eating, and enjoying our traditional Twilight Zone Marathon.

And that's a wrap on The Holiday Season of 2017.
I hope you all enjoyed it with your people in the way you dreamed.
Looking forward to sharing 2018 with you here. 

Happy and Blessed New Year, my friends.


  1. Love your New Year's Eve celebration, Billie jo, I also love intimate family celebrations, such a wonderful way to start the new year!
    And that peanut butter cake looks scrumptious, and gifts on New Years is such a great idea!

    Wishing you and your family the happiest of New Years!

    Thank you for visiting, for your sweet comments, and friendship.

  2. I guess it's okay to comment twice in one visit. Billie Jo, I went and checked your previous posts especially the twelve days of Christmas, your #10 post of "what if" was such a great read, You have such a wonderful gift of writing your thoughts,. I am truly blessed every time I visit.
    I also enjoyed your Christmas posts, you can tell there is a lot of love in your home, reminds me of a song that Perry Como sang, 'Love in a Home". What a wonderful heritage you are giving your family.
    Thank you for your friendship,

    Wishing you much continued blessings in the New Year!

  3. What a wonderful New Year celebration! We definitely did not make it to midnight! But that's okay! I love playing trivia, so playing a "look back at the year" trivia seems like a really cool idea. I may borrow that for next year!

  4. What beautiful pictures! Looks like a very festive time. I didn't make it even until 10:00 - let alone midnight. :)

  5. What a wonderful celebration! You always make everything so pretty!! Twilight Zone marathon sounds fun!! Happy New Year sweetie!

  6. So enjoyed following along with you and the family during the holidays. I agree with Sue, you can tell you truly put a lot of thought and intentionality into each and every day. And the love that flows shows for sure!

  7. Flynn is the cutest little girl in the WHOLE entire world!!!

  8. Your New Year's celebration sounded and looked great! Praying the new year will be your best yet!

  9. You know...I just want to move right in, smiles. We didn't do anything like you...I didn't set the table pretty, or handed out more gifts (smiles). We played UNO until midnight, ate Ham/leftovers. Thank you for the many smiles, Billie Jo.

  10. Such a wonderful celebration, everything looked so beautiful.

  11. Looks like your New Year's Eve was pretty and festive! Love the outfit in the firsts photo.
    We don't stay up till midnight, went to bed early. Fireworks nearby woke me at 12 but I went right back to sleep.

  12. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, Billie Jo. I like the idea of gifts in the new year. Flynn is such a cutie all ready for the new year. Stay warm and cozy, my friend. ♥

  13. Happy New Year, Billie Jo! Hope your year continues to be filled with abundant blessings!

  14. Isn't technology great where we can share those special moments with our friends and family even if they are all the way across the world from us? Happy New Year!

  15. Happy New Year Billie Jo!! Your little Flynn is such a dolly and her dress is perfect!! What a wonderful time you all had and being able to chat with Madison and her handsome beau made it even more special!

  16. Hi Billie Jo!

    Wow, you really know how to do, New Year's Eve! I love that you just make every holiday feel like a very special occasion...that is a true talent, and one I'd love to have!

    I loved seeing, Madison's post and photos as well, she is just like her mama in so many ways! All your kids are amazing!

    I hope you have a very blessed and wonderful 2018. I can't wait to see what it brings!

    Hugs and Love,

  17. makes me think of that quote you have at the top of your blog (our favorite place to be, is together)

  18. Well the only thing we had in common was the Twilight Zone marathon haha! We were in bed by 10! In years past we've gone out with friends or had friends in, etc. but it was SO cold this year and I have a broken ankle so we opted for being "old people" this year haha!

  19. Your dining table set for New Year's looked absolutely beautiful!!! You are such an amazing hostess. What a blessing you are to your family. And Madison...all grown up and living abroad?!?! Wishing you all the best for 2018.

  20. Oh I Love little miss Flynn's outfit and those boots- too cute!!!! Happy New year!


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