The VVA Veteran–A Short History of PTSD


Rest in peace, Daddy. Your war is over. ~July 22, 1948-September 27,2012 Your loving daughter, Julie Irene



Just made a huge decision and a big appointment. A lot of things went into this decision and I know it’s for the best but still, I’m sad.

Seasons change. They come and go and this one has been sweet and amazing yet the hardest season I have ever done. So , it’s bittersweet.

I’m ready to be me again.

More later……I hear world war 3 breaking out in the playroom. 🙂



Let’s work on pulling out that mote…

Things that I’m not:


°very good at socializing

°financially savvy(although I am better)

°good at writing thank you notes, although I am trying.

°rich(far from it)


°unselfish(which means that I’m selfish, most of the time)

°perfect(Who is?) Thank God for GRACE….

We all have our failures that we live with and struggle through, day in and day out. Why, do we always judge others so harshly? Have we walked a mile in their shoes? Are the “crimes” they commit any worse than the crimes we commit? Do we have a plank in our own eye that needs to be removed?

Just thoughts I’ve been thinking through, lately. Felt like getting them out of my head.

Much love,


A Holy Experience – What Christians Need to Know about Mental Health I love, love, love her way with words. I am weary, weary of death, weary of sadness, weary of ugly attitudes and people devouring each other when we should be loving. Weary of weariness, bone deep tiredness so deep it aches. Hope is in the morning and Jesus is always waiting on the other side, holding out his nail scarred hands. He knows. He gets it. He understands. He HEALS. Love to you all, ~Jules~

Daybook…. I did not get a few key ingredients on my grocery list and couldn’t make tonight’s meal so I improvised. This is delicious. Every time. As part of our school time today, the kids are doing thank you notes. I am horrible at these and I truly hope to get better at thanking others for their generosity. Today is baking day. The kitchen is HOT and we are making honey oat bread with flaxseed, artisan bread, chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles. 🙂 Hoping to visit family tonight and tomorrow. Some we have promised for a few weeks and some coming in from the northwest. It’s quite challenging to get everywhere to see everyone with 5 children but it’s important!


Now it’s almost naptime so the babies will sleep while we read our Caroline series, hang out laundry on the clothesline, finish math for today, and work on our science experiment. Then it’s time to watch some Duck Dynasty and fold laundry. 🙂 Happy Tuesday, everyone! Jules

Menu Plan Monday

Hi and welcome! I’m going to list my supper menu plan for this week. I hope it gives you some inspiration! It always helps me to see others menu plans. Okay, here we go:

*Bacon jalepeno mac and cheese, salad with ranch dressing

*Orange chicken , (recipe on this blog, my links aren’t working)egg rolls, rice

* Crockpot cream cheese chicken chili, jalepeno corn muffins

*Crockpot pepper steak, steamed broccoli, rice, buttered carrots

*Biscuits and gravy

*Friday night is family supper at my parents house. It’s my niece Katie’s turn to cook!

Crockpot lasagna, crockpot bread, salad -Sunday dinner

Desserts: Blackberry cream cheese pie, cake mix fudge

I will be back to share recipes, soon!!