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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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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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Monday Morning Coffee

Happy Monday, my friends! And Happy March! Today I am sipping Duncan Original with my new favorite Italian Sweet Cream creamer. I use ground coffee because I am lazy, although freshly ground whole beans make life better! I do have an automatic grinder that I really should start using again. My mug is a favorite because I am a Disney fan forever and because it was a gift from Rhett one Christmas. 

The weekend passed quickly, with cleaning completed! Honestly, I have lowered the bar for what I consider clean as I have aged, and I am quite alright with that. Years ago, before homeschooling, I literally cleaned our entire house every Friday. I started in Madison's bathroom and worked my way around and down until both floors were sparkling clean. Oh, to be young again! Now, I am much more relaxed and clean sporadically when things get dirty. Every now and then, I get the urge to clean top to bottom, which I did this weekend. It felt good. Well, during. After, not so much! Sometimes I forget that this body of mine isn't 30 anymore!

Sunday, Steve and I had our weekly grocery pick-up and coffee date. This week Flynn joined us, with two very vocal pups who did not want to stay home alone. Steve and I had a wonderful time together with our youngest blessing that we thank God for every single day. Sunday evening, we enjoyed our Japanese meal in honor of Saint Paul Miki, and it was delicious. Afterward, some of us played a very competitive round of Phase Ten, while others, myself included, relaxed and visited. My mom once told me that I did a wonderful job creating a place that my children would want to return to, even when they were older. I looked around last night and realized that while I have a difficult time receiving compliments, I understood what she meant. And I was humbled and thankful. And happy.

Now we jump, or perhaps in my case, saunter into a new week and month. Today Flynn and I will homeschool while chicken breast with salsa simmers in the crockpot for our dinner of Chicken Bowls tonight. Then we will watch The Bachelor before calling it a night. I hope your day is whatever you wish it to be, my friends. Stay safe and happy and cozy!


  1. I love Princess Sassypants, don't you? Enjoy your day! Happy March!

  2. Perfection! I've got a snickers coffee creamer. I actually don't care for a snickers in candy format but it's a nice little treat in coffee. :) Have a wonderful first day of March!

  3. The freedom to relax a bit with the need for everything to be perfect is one of the best gifts of age. We really do get wiser. :) Have a wonderful week!

  4. What a wonderful weekend and morning!

  5. Love that mug!! So cute! I hear ya about the hurting after cleaning these days. 😂 I threw myself into closet cleaning with abandon this weekend. Going through lots of clothes etc too. Plus, the usual weekend cleaning and I am paying for it. I did some real soul sharing on the blog today. My family is in need of prayers and even if you don't get a chance to stop by - please say some for us. I know there is such power in that. Thanks my Friend. Have a blessed week ahead! xo

  6. Hello March! That cake looks delicious. It is nice to have a welcoming home, great compliment. Enjoy your evening dear friend. Hugs

  7. Hi Billie Jo~

    What a wonderful compliment, moms are always right ;0)
    I feel the same way about cleaning...it's hit and miss as I get older. I think it all good.
    Darling picture of the five of you, don't you just love those moments?!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs and Love,

  8. My Mum said much the same to me and here I am now saying it to my own daughters. Sounds like an idyllic weekend.

  9. Your posts always encourage me to work towards a happy home my girls will want to return to someday. <3
    And yay for coffee dates!!

  10. Happy March! I have been wanting a cup of coffee for the past few days! It sounds like you had a lovely weekend!

  11. That Disney cup is so cute. I always smile when I see it, as my daughters go to Disneyland about every other month haha. The Cooking with the Saints book is so special. I'm not familiar with Saint Miki. It's a good feeling to clean the house, isn't it? I know what you mean about tired bones as we get older. Flynn looks like she's having fun joining you on your coffee and grocery time. You're a woman who is filled with gratitude for her family and home. That's a wonderful thing, Billie Jo.



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