Today…my heart speaks to me…

I don’t have time to blog today. But that is often when my heart speaks to me! Not even a spare moment as I am hosting and preparing to host my best friend and brother’s engagement party this evening. I have tiny tomatoes and such scattered all over my counter and I just made 100 mini BLT bites. I have a gift half wrapped sitting right behind my laptop screen. I have a cluttered house, dirty dishes and everything has roughly a half-inch of dust on it (okay, I am exaggerating there). But needless to say, I have a billion other things I could be doing.

Last week, I started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. What a genius! I love her writing style and I am so excited to continue the book. This phrase really sums up what makes it so exciting for me, “Was my happiness project just and attempt to extend my driven, perfectionist ways to every aspect of my life?” said Rubin. “My happiness project was both. I wanted to perfect my character, but given my nature, that would probably involve charts, deliverables, to-do lists, new vocabulary terms, and compulsive note taking.” I’m literally gitty-excited to continue reading…hopefully on a Lake Michigan beach somewhere very soon. She also mentions “transcendant perspective”, which I will write more about how that applies to my life later.

Church, Church, CHURCH this morning was so awesome! Wow! I love feeling and being so alive in my faith. God is so awesome. This morning at church, we got to hear from 5 men that are staffed in leadership positions at the church and I just cannot get over how effective and energetic they all were! It just fascinates me how our church really involve and inspire young people to “get it” and what is most impressive and awesome is that everyone loves to be at church! Every week, VFC is changing who were are by challenging us to be who Christ meant for us to be, influencing our son’s life, and overall strengthening our marriage, relationships and family. We are looking forward to what the future holds!


My heart was speaking to me this morning about Memorial Day and what it really means. I am forever so thankful and grateful for the men and women that serve our great country. Sometimes, I will be walking in the woods or in the middle of an intense workout and I will think, ‘Wow. I can do this because we are free.” Freedom is NOT free and there has been such a cost and sacrifice. Memorial Day weekend is a time when we remember our fallen heroes. They are the reason we are free. Enjoy your family time, cookouts, camping and time on the lake; meanwhile, never forget why it is you are able to do all of those things so freely in this great country!! Thank a veteran today for their service. I will be spending Memorial Day weekend celebrating the engagement of my brother and my best friend, Brandi. I could not be happier for them! Happy Memorial Day!!

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Until next time, when I will have so much more to say about The Happiness Project!





Today, May 16, 2013, is Noah’s last day of his first year of preschool. He has changed SO drastically since September that I really can hardly believe my eyes. Every morning, I think he is 3 inches taller than he was the night prior when I kissed him goodnight. How does that happen so fast? I told Noah I was going to put a brick on his head so he would stop growing and he got that “I’m thinking really hard” look on his face and said, “But mom, the brick would grow too!” He always has something to say, a reason behind what he does and what he says – a lot like his mommy. I am so proud of the little man he is becoming. Below is a picture of Noah from September 11, 2012 – his first day of preschool.

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Below is a picture of Noah on his last day of preschool – today. At the end of every school year, I plan to ask him these same 20 questions and I REALLY look forward to seeing how the answers differ every year. He is a thinker, so I am sure the answers will be great every single time! I adore his answers this years because he is so honest and thorough in his thinking. I admire his little mid so incredibly much! I love you, Noah Thomas Rice!


1. What is your favorite color?  “My favorite is….I like lots of colors.”

2. What is your favorite toy? “My favorite toy is cars.”

3. What is your favorite fruit? “My favorite fruit is kiwis.”

4. What is your favorite tv show?  “My favorite TV show is old McDonald.” (HA! Shows how much he watches TV!)

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  “My favorite thing is peanut butter and jelly.”

6. What is your favorite outfit?  “Clothes with animals in it.”

7. What is your favorite game?  “My favorite game is UNO.”

8. What is your favorite snack?  “My favorite snack is crackers and cheese.”

9. What is your favorite animal?  “My favorite animal is a giraffe.”

10. What is your favorite song? “My favorite song is all the songs in my CD case.”

11. What is your favorite book?  “My favorite book is ‘I Love Bugs’.”

12. Who is your best friend? “My best friend is Addison and Alyssa and Savannah.”

13. What is your favorite cereal? “My favorite cereal is mini wheats.”

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  “My favorite thing to do outside is play in the tree house and pick flowers. What is my next questions?”

15. What is your favorite drink?  “Chocolate milk.”

16. What is your favorite holiday? “My favorite holiday is Christmas because it is Jesus’ birthday, we gets some presents and because it snows then. And after Christmas is MY birthday!”

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? “I like to take all my stuffed animals to bed and my 3 books for lamp time.”

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner?  “My favorite think to eat for dinner is chicken.”

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  “Cake. I want cake.”

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? “I want to be a fireman.”

Singing off today because “rest time” is over and the kids are waking up. I am a very, very, very proud mom. Noah has a really big heart, he cares so much for others, he is just as curious and interested in the world around him as I ever could have asked for him to be. Being home with him has continued to be a blessing and watching him grow has been priceless. There is no career, dream job, or pay scale that I would ever give this up for. ❤