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    When I was young, I dreamed of being a wife and mother. I am blessed to live that dream every single day along with my husband Steve, our four children, one son-in-law and two precious pups.
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    Perhaps my favorite thing to write about. Mothering is my vocation. A dream come true.
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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 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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Farewell, February


February was cold, snowy, cozy, quiet, and homey. As we near the end of the shortest month of the year, we see something outside that reminds us winter and darkness don't last forever. The past few days began with beautiful rays of sunlight streaming in and brightening our world. Sunlight is good for the soul. Remember that when you notice the layers of dust that it highlights as well.

This weekend some of us will be going to work while others clean bathrooms and vacuum. Sunday is our monthly Saint Meal! In honor of St. Paul Miki, we are preparing a simple Japanese meal of Oyako Donburi, a chicken and egg rice bowl which Peyton has made many times, and Misoshiru or Miso Soup. I will share photos on Monday! 

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends. I plan on snuggling on the couch with some coffee and a throw blanket while visiting you here in Blogland. One more photo before I go. Motherhood is such an amazing vocation, isn't it? Bringing home bundles of new life, bottles and baby food, strollers, and backpacks. Bikes, friends, tears, giggles, phones, first dates, jobs, and then suddenly, that baby you cared for, dressed, carried, hugged, soothed, and loved beyond comprehension is an actual human being, as tall as you are, independent and capable. Yet, inside, tucked deeply as memories, are all the things you shared together. Now, mommy and baby become mother and child. No matter how old that child is. 

Happy weekend, my friends.


  1. I love the beautiful life you live and how you make everything special. I share your feelings on motherhood, and love reading your blog. Hugs to you my friend. ~Juli

  2. Have a wonderful and cozy weekend! with the family!

  3. Beautiful post!! I love your Stolz Family sign! How precious. <3

  4. Beautiful photos...have a lovely weekend, my friend.

  5. Billie Jo - you have three beautiful daughters. The oldest looks so much like you! I always enjoy your posts. Cozy weekend to you my friend!

  6. I love how you celebrate each moment and go out of your way to make things special with your family. Your saints meal is such a cool idea! Have a cozy weekend and yes, the sunshine has been the most wonderful gift!

  7. Beautiful girls. Have a great Saint's Day.

  8. Sounds like a wonderful weekend planned, nothing beats getting together with family. You are blessed with beautiful daughters.

  9. It's interesting to see, how each of your daughters, is lovely, in her own unique way.

    I think this is so interesting. How mother and father's genes, mingle together, to produce unique individuals, but siblings all.

    📕 📗 📚 📙 📘

  10. Ah, yes! The only downside to this sunny weather - it shows up the dust :)
    Have a lovely weekend. X

  11. Your home looks so cozy and your daughters are BEEEEEEAAAAAUUUUUTIFUL!

  12. Beautiful post, beautiful family. Blessings for your Sunday.

  13. Sounds like a great weekend has been planned except for the cleaning toilets ;)
    Enjoy your dinner tonight, how wonderful to have your daughter cooking for you all!

  14. Beautiful photos, beautiful words of wisdom from a beautiful Lady! Love the way you share here. Your family is such a blessing. xo

  15. What a beautiful Cross. I really like that photo. And a lovely picture of your daughters. Yes, we are their Mothers and we will have concern and protect and love until we leave this earth. And someday they will know the same. The circle of life. : ) Catching up on your very special posts this morning, Billie Jo.



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