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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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    Grab your apron and follow along. We love to bake around here!
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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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Ahhhh. The weekend. A spring weekend at that! The weather will be springlike here, so Steve plans to start the annual "Get ready for summer" process. Although, I swear it seems like just yesterday we put summer away! While he is doing that, I plan on doing not much other than some laundry, reading, cooking, and supervising, of course. : )

I just finished the book I shared above. I have to tell you, I am a reader. I literally love to read and get lost in the lives of characters I will never meet. This book is amazing. It is a story of a family impacted by mental illness and the effects it has had on loved ones through the years. Highly recommend.

Another recommendation? The Hershey Checkers game. Flynn and I played this yesterday, and while it is the same simple game we know and love, playing with Hershey Kiss and Reese Cup pieces makes it even more fun. Flynn beat me, by the way. Flynn received this from the Easter Bunny, but I am sure I saw it on Zulily not too long ago.

And finally. Peyton's brownies. These are the BEST brownies I have ever tasted. She made some this week with leftover Easter candy. We had some peanut butter eggs, Twix, Milky Way, and Snickers around, so she chopped them up and added them to our favorite Ghiradelli mix. She always adds an extra egg too. 

Well, that is all I have today. my friends. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you have planned. Stay safe, cozy, and happy. Thanks for visiting!


  1. Happy weekend!! I am going to order that book asap! Love you! xoxo

  2. Ohhhhhhh, those brownies!!!!

    How do you manage to *exist*... Surrounded by all such "goodies"???? ~giggggles~

    No, I mean it. I'm pretty sure you don't eat all of them. Just having such "around," would be such a chore, for me to refrain from eating. You must have much willpower.

    I know you have young people around, and they can eat them. And thus, you are super~wonderful, to be able to not!!!

    Have a lovely weekend!!!!

  3. I love your book recommendations, Billie Jo, so I will be getting this one! We like the same kinds of books. Those brownies look fabulous and Hershey Checkers sounds like fun. Have a lovely spring weekend!

  4. I also love to read, but don't get as much time to do it as I used to.

  5. I don't think you're exaggerating when you said those brownies were the best you've ever tasted. They look absolutely delicious. Now of course I'm craving brownies. Have a good weekend.

  6. Grin...I always enjoy your posts, Billie Jo. Thank you for the many smiles.

  7. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Those brownies look delicious, yummy!!!

  8. I love to read as well and will check out the two books you recommended. The brownies are good enough to die for! Hope you have a cozy weekend.

  9. Looks like a fun weekend to me! Those brownies SERIOUSLY made my mouth water:) Save one for me:) Enjoy your Sunday dear friend, HUGS!

  10. Sounds like a great book - I am right now in the middle of 3 books - all rereads but they comfort me in busy times and I love them so much so I don't mind at all - I save new reads for the summer - but even then I have to reread the whole Anne of Green Gables series

  11. that checkers game is the sweetest game of checkers I've ever seen but talking about sweets, those brownies are amazing!! You are one lucky mama to have such a great baker in your mist!

  12. Those brownies look so good! And that checkers game? Very clever!

  13. AH, Peyton! She is amazing!! I'm such a rule follower that I never think to add anything to the normal mix. I have got to think outside the box- they look SO delicious!!!

  14. AH, Peyton! She is amazing!! I'm such a rule follower that I never think to add anything to the normal mix. I have got to think outside the box- they look SO delicious!!!

  15. AH, Peyton! She is amazing!! I'm such a rule follower that I never think to add anything to the normal mix. I have got to think outside the box- they look SO delicious!!!

  16. You just do life right my Friend...Spring on the lake, checkers games with chocolate, brownies with candy bars, wonderful books to curl up into. Yep, you've got it down brilliantly! 😉

  17. Peyton's brownies look amazing. And the Hershey Checkers game sounds fun. Chocolate all around! It's wonderful that you love to read so much. Enjoy those brownies. They would be gone in one day in this house. ; )


    ps.....I visited your Madison's blog the other day. I noticed it on your side bar. I left a comment, but not sure
    if she got it, it may have been eaten up. But please tell her it's a lovely blog, and she has so many creative ideas, like you, Billie Jo. Her first Christmas at her home looked wonderful.

  18. I'm a reader too. Love books. Summer is the time for me to read since school is out.
    I usually "collect" books to read during the Summer.
    Those brownies sound oh so good!

    M : )

  19. OooH, those brownies do look delicious, Billie Jo, and a fun way to play checkers too, I enjoy reading too, just haven't had much time lately, it's our very busy gardening season, thank you for the suggestion.


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