Thankful Thursday 0918

Thankful Thursday

How’s your week been so far? Are you struggling? Counting down the hours until the weekend? Just remember to look for the sunshine, count your blessings,  and remind yourself all you have to be thankful for. That’s what I’m doing today! Here are five things I’m thankful for this week.

1. For family and friendships that can handle distance and time. Last weekend I visited family that I haven’t seen in years and I talked to some friends who hadn’t talked to in months. Isn’t it nice when you have those people that you don’t need to talk to every single day or week to stay close to. The people you can just pick up with no matter how long it has been. I love having people in my life that I know will be there in a second if I need them — no matter how long it’s been since we’ve talked or seen each other.

2. For dreams of the future. I love looking at nursery room ideas on Pinterest or talking with my husband about what kind of house we want to build someday. We have no idea what all the future will hold — both good and bad — but it is so fun to dream about it all. I’m so thankful God holds the desires of my heart and that they are just as precious to Him as they are to me.

3. If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw my post about how I fell more in love with my husband this past weekend (if that’s even possible!). I am just so thankful for the man he is and that I get to be a part of his life to see so many of his character traits. He is patient, kind, caring, has a great attitude, a gentlemen, has the heart of a servant, a great sense of humor, a cute laugh, good looks, helpful, and so much more. He was just so sweet this past week. I wish I could better show him how appreciative I am of him. Anybody want to buy a boat for me to give him as a gift? ;)

4. For Christmas excitement. I know it is only September… but I’ve already bought my nieces’ Christmas presents because I got really excited one day for the Christmas season. I just couldn’t help it! I love getting gifts for people! Did I mention I’ve already started on our Christmas cards for this year? I don’t believe there is such a thing as “too soon.” I’ve never been a procrastinator, why start now?

5. For fans. This one is kind of out there and random! I am so thankful to whoever invented fans. We have a large fan in our bedroom, and I love how it keeps us cool at night and also creates some white noise to help me sleep. Fans rule! :)

What are some things you are thankful for this week? Any other fan-lovers out there? Anyone else bought Christmas gifts already?

Save the Date: It’s Party Time!

Guess what ya’ll! Something new and exciting is about to happen at Seeing Sunshine. Bust out the confetti! I’m throwing a party! A Facebook party! Yes, put on your party hats!

What’s a Facebook party? It’s where all you party animals get into your comfy pj’s, grab a snack (I recommend something sweet) and join me on your computers to interact with each other and win some prizes. That’s my kind of party!

The party will be Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. EST. That’s the first day of fall! Yes, we are celebrating my favorite season!

Facebook Party Save the Date 1

If you are still not too sure what I’m talking about, let me explain better.

The Facebook Party Scoop

Head over to the Seeing Sunshine Facebook page on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. EST and like the page if you haven’t already. This party is going to go by quickly and you don’t want to miss any of the giveaways, so refresh your page often to see all the updates. You can click the refresh button in your browser or press F5.

Answer the questions and interact with each other – you might even make a new friend! And I love hearing from ya’ll!

When the giveaways are announced, click the link I share to go enter the giveaway. Each giveaway will have several ways to enter – meaning several chances for you to win!

Some of these giveaways are sponsored, meaning someone else is helping make this party possible by giving away an item. I would appreciate if you like their pages on the entry form to show them some love and help them know they are appreciated for helping with the party! Of course, that’s not required – just a suggestion!

The party will last for one hour, and I hope you can all stay for the whole thing.

So, who’s coming?

Favorite Friday: She Reads Truth

Favorite Friday Logo

It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote a Favorite Friday post! But I recently found a new favorite thing!

It’s an app! It’s a Bible study! It’s the Bible! It’s a network of female believers!

It’s She Reads Truth!

I guess I came across She Reads Truth through Instagram when I saw the #shereadstruth and looked it up. Basically, it’s an online community of women who are committed to reading God’s Word together. 

SheReadsTruth App

I downloaded the app, and started on the study of Hosea along with hundreds (or maybe more) other women.

What I love about this app is it includes the entire Bible for reading. You can take notes, copy scriptures or bookmark your favorite passages. The She Reads Truth team also has reading plans every 1-3 weeks for women to join. Like I said, right now we are studying the book of Hosea, but they’ve also done studies on Hebrews, the Sermon on the Mount, Nehemiah, Titus, and more! Each study lasts between 8-20 days and only costs a couple bucks to download.

She Reads Truth

For the book of Hosea study, each day we read a part of the scripture and then a devotional about that passage. Then there is also a section where we can comment or share our thoughts with everyone and read what others are saying. During the study, you can also take notes and it saves all your notes in a certain section — like your own notebook. I plan on writing a post about what I gained from this study once it’s finished.


Another thing I love about this app and online community is the team designs lock screens with scriptures for you to download and use. It’s a great way to see scripture every day on your phone and helps when trying to memorize a certain verse. This one is my favorite!

Lock Screen

So if you are wanting to dig more into the Word, or if you need a way to be more accountable, or perhaps you just like the beautiful lock screens, go check out this app!



Currently {Vol. 5}

It’s time for my Currently series, where I share with you what I’m currently up to. This post is linked up to A Mama Collective where everyone is sharing what they are up to too!

Currently 5

Here’s what I’ve been up to currently

Thinking about: How blessed Travis and I are to be able to travel so often. We were able to head home last weekend to Indiana for a wedding. It was perfect timing because Travis hasn’t seen his family since Christmas. He was able to visit them for a couple days. My cousin’s wedding was beautiful, and it was great getting to spend time with Travis’ family. We also finally got to eat the top of our wedding cake. It was a few months past our one year anniversary, and I can’t say the cake was too delicious. Who came up with that tradition anyway?

Reading: I had read all my books, so I bought a couple magazines to read while we were traveling to Indiana last weekend. I had no idea how much I would enjoy Good Housekeeping. I might have to get a subscription to that magazine at some point!

Watching: The new season of 19 Kids and Counting! I just love the Duggar family and can’t wait to see the episodes with Jill’s wedding and Jessa’s proposal.

Listening to: Last weekend at my cousin’s wedding, they had a friend perform a song at the reception. Shane played the guitar and sang the song “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge. I have to admit our family friend Shane sounded even better than the famous Brett. But ever since hearing it, I have fallen in love with that song. Travis and I had never heard of it until Shane sang it at the wedding, but the very next day we heard it on the radio. Ever since, the two of us have been singing it. I wish this song had existed when Travis and I got married. It is so sweet and romantic.

Eating: Have you guys ever had Popcorn, Indiana’s Aged White Cheddar Kettlecorn? Oh my goodness, this stuff is addictive!

Praying for: Travis and I are asking God for his guidance as we make a big decision about our future. We’ve been asking for guidance from our families, doing research, and praying a lot. I just wish God would audibly shout to us what is best. I need a big blinking neon light that says either “YES” or “NO.” Will you join me in praying for us to make the right choice? Once the decision is made, I plan to share with ya’ll what we’ve been deciding.

Working on: Next week, I’m announcing something new and fun that I’ll be doing on this blog of mine. And I think you guys are going to like it! At least I hope so, because, dang, there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into it!

Feel free to share in the comments what you have been up to, and be sure to check out the link up to see others’ posts.


Italian Beef

Sometimes I feel like all we eat is chicken around here. Probably because I don’t like hamburger, as I’ve told you before. But I do like beef. Just not in hamburger form. So I started making Italian beef, and it is delicious! It is juicy and flavorful and has a zip to it!

Italian Roast Beef

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Roast (round or rump)
  • Italian dressing mix
  • Banana pepper rings
  • Onion
  • Garlic

Ingredients for Italian Beef

First, put the roast in your crock pot. Sprinkle the Italian dressing mix on top. Pour the whole jar of pepper rings on top — peppers and liquid. Mince the garlic and put it inside the crock pot.

Mince Garlic

Chop the onion and put it inside the crock pot too.

Add chopped onions

Add 3/4 cup of water. Cook on low for eight hours. Shred the roast after it has cooked, pulling away any fat. Add the shredded roast back to the crock pot with the peppers. Mix it around and keep warm until ready to serve.

Shred the roastItalian Beef

Italian Beef
Recipe type: Entree
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1 round or rump roast
  • 1 package of Italian dressing mix
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 jar mild pepper rings
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Add all ingredients to crock pot
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours
  3. Shred roast and add back to pepper mixture
  4. Serve using slotted spoon

For more recipes, check out my board on Pinterest!