Friday, February 26, 2016


Images from around our home.

44K Down - Debt Update

The good news: we have paid off over $44,000 since being married three years ago.

This year Sallie Mae has been transferred to Navient so everything looks a bit different. I am always suspicious of the new terms and conditions whenever our loans are bought out.


March 7th 2015
March 8th 2014
December 27th 2012




$72,212.12     Remaining

Debt when we were married: $116,735.90
Paid off principal to date: $44,523.78

I think that we will be able to have our debt down to $50K by this time next year. That would seem like serious progress to me. We are using the Dave Ramsey method of paying off the smallest loans first and the remaining ones will take a while to eliminate.

Each year we have found a growing longing to own a house and property. If we took on a mortgage it would have to involve a career change for Kevin in order to take on more debt and continue paying off the student loans. Our monthly payments, at this point, are the size of what a decent mortgage would be but we have nothing extra to spare for housing. So much to pray about!

At least for now our apartment is a comfy home.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Stolen Kisses

Truly, truly I am grateful for every moment I have with you. Even when I am tired or frustrated, I have never been so deeply happy about anything in my life as each day that passes with you. Thank you for helping me grow.

Tomorrow, again, I will try harder. I will try to be better. I will ask God again to change me, conform my will, lead me toward peace, growth and selflessness. Just to know that he loves me beyond even how much I love you, is my comfort. There is nothing so worthwhile as this.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sketchbook - Flowers (are hard)

Just my usual weedy self over here. God's little weed.

This has been stuck in my head. So ironic to be sketching it while watching the Bachelorette ladies compete with each other. ahhhhhh

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sketchbook: Konrad

"If you look at it kind of sideways and squint it definitely looks like him!" 

But at least I drew something today!

Konrad the brave, the magnificent, the valiant, the cuddly.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sketchbook: Beatrix Potter

These stories are stressful but I've always been drawn to her illustration style.

I'm hoping that working on this sketchbook will help me develop more of my own style.
How do you teach a kid to ask "what does God want me to be?"