Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a great gift for Valentine's Day?  It really doesn't have to be expensive.  If it has a sentimental value, you are golden!

Here are some ideas for you:

And here are a couple cheaper options:

Besides...What can be better than a visual reminder that you love her!  A rose that can last forever!

Happy Pilgrimming


Saturday, February 2, 2019

And an Early Spring It Might Be....or not

Happy Ground Hog Day, Friends!

Is everyone ready for an early spring?  Well, Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow and we all know what that means!  Am I really ready for warmer weather?  Absolutely not.  What defines a winter for me is that I have to see snow at least one time to feel like I have had a winter, and, this year, I didn't even travel to see any.  Maybe there is still some hope...after all what does Phil know?

The weather does seem to be warming up as far as the forecast goes for the week.....but I have the full belief that the control of the weather is far beyond a ground hog's fear problems.  It is far beyond any of us!

Psalm 148: 6-7 (ESV)
6. Praise the Lord from the earth, 
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
7.  fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling His word!

I mean...just take a look....the weather is literally at His total command, and He can use it to do His bidding...

Jonah 1:4 (ESV)
4 But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, 
and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, 
so the the ship threatened to break up.

We are not talking about Him being able to control with weather like some some mega human from "The Flash"....He owns the weather....He is God.  And we get to be friends with Him.  It is beyond cool the more you think about it.  I think I want to walk a little closer with the controller of the about you?

Happy Pilgrimming everyone in whatever weather is to come!


Monday, January 28, 2019

2019 & Good Habits

Hello Friends,

As we enter 2019, I wanted to do something a little different from just writing down goals.  Although goals are good, there are some habits that I have that keeps me from attaining them.  So, I thought I would start by breaking some of these habits and putting some new practices into place.  Therefore, my word of the year for 2019 is actually two words:

Keeping House
Word Choices
Working Out
.....and so much more!

Life didn't seem to matter as much to me as it does now.  I used to be consumed with work, come and go as opportunities arose, and lived by the seat of my pants.  Becoming a wife changes everything.  Suddenly, things matter that I noticed before but put on a "deal with later" list.  It's not about just me anymore but about being a help meet to my husband.  Neither one of us have been living up to the standards that we thought we had for ourselves, and we realized it is time to set some good habits into place as we continue to build a beautiful home together.  God has such an incredibly amazing vision for us, and I am no longer okay with settling for the sub par.   

  • First step is what we eat......After the holidays and crazy schedule, I couldn't think of a better place to start than by cleaning up what we put in our body to bring us to our optimal health!  When you are eating healthy, you feel powerful!  It seemed like just the ticket to equip us with the energy to conquer the rest of the habits we needed to add.  Tough decision made, and the start of the Whole30 program it was for us!  It was less about a diet and more about cleansing our bodies from what we eat.  It is a lifestyle change!  I was able to find a way to meal prep while working full time, do it on a budget, and make food that my husband enjoyed!  I'll share more details on that in my next post, so stay tuned!

  • Next was organization!  I was starting to feel like a failing wife with the way our house had run away from being ran.  Day after day walking into a house with clutter in what seemed like every possible room was driving me crazy and slipped me deeper into a sense of defeat.  These feelings only made problems worse, for clutter attracts clutter....and feeling defeated?  It makes you feel too tired to make a change.  I'll share this week about my trip to Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Amazon to equip myself with the necessary tools that I love and my husband can tolerate.

  • Getting into better shape is always a goal for me...and I get made fun of every time I mention it.  You see...I am 5'10" and I wear a size 2, that's with gaining weight, so people have this idea that I am never the person that should grace a gym or eat a healthy diet.  I can eat just about whatever I want and lose weight pretty easily, but that is not the key to my best life.  Eating bad food and not exercising has terrible repercussions for anyone!  I get winded, I feel tired most of the time, and I can't lift what I feel like I should be able to.  To get stronger, a workout routine was going to be necessary in my it gets those toxins worked out that I have been releasing from my system through detoxing my diet even sooner!  Also, when you take someone with you, it is much more fun!  So, Monday and Wednesday night trips to the gym with my brother have become a thing.  I can not tell you how much of an improvement two weeks worth has already made.....

  • Sleeping more...but on a regular schedule.  I want to be that morning person I used to be and catch that rest before the clock hits 12...but there is so much to do all of the time.  I feel this one is going to be the trickiest for me to tackle.  It is going to take making a deliberate decision to leave something undone until in the morning...or having a little less free time.  I'll let you know how this one goes.  I suppose I should go get started now!

Setting up good habits is a steep challenge, but having a husband means having an accountability partner and a team mate along your side.  I think I might actually be set up for success this time!  I am beyond excited for 2019 has to experience!  I hope that you all enjoy reading about my journey through it.  Y'all are amazing!  Remember that...

Happy Pilgrimming!



Sunday, January 6, 2019

When Your Eyebrows Have Eyebrows

Hi there, Friends!

I know the holidays keep everyone very busy, and I am definitely no exception.....In fact, I have never been more busy from October through New Year's than I was this year.  Life felt crazy!  My schedule was completely filled, I forgot that Christmas presents have to be bought, and I think I may have skipped more than a few meals....thankfully the way my family eats on the actual holidays makes up in calories for any meals that had been skipped.  To top everything off, I got married this year....which means double the family to love....and being asked a million times when we are going to have kids and if I'm pregnant yet.....I'm not. Just to clarify for everyone.

Thankfully, my husband and I both got some time off over the holidays and when I would like to have thought I would get caught up on tidying the house, actually cooking a decent meal, etc....I just ended up sleeping more than I have in months, and doing next to nothing for a few days...It was one of the best decisions ever.

Now, life is slowing down, sleep has been gotten more regularly, and I have started to tackle all of the life things that got put on hold for the last couple of months. My musings are something like this.....

- If I have this much kitchen cleaner in this bottle, has it really been that long since I have been cleaning regularly?  Or have I just not been cooking?  If that's the case then where do all of these dirty dishes been coming from...there have been an awful lot of those....or maybe we just haven't been cleaning the messes we make....ewww we are so gross......
-This buttermilk....when did I buy that again?  I wonder if it's safe to put in these biscuits...Oh well, it was sour to begin with, so what does it even matter?....I'll go ahead and use it.... 
- If my eyebrows have eyebrows...then it might be time for some grooming...were they like this for the pictures that we had taken for our Christmas card?  The Christmas card that was about to go out to everyone?  Phew I am glad I decided to go with New Year's cards instead...that would have been sooooo embarrassing....Note to self: call Jessica at Sanctuary Massage and Spa and get this eyebrow waxing taken care's going to take more than tweezers.......
- Speaking of that the same nail polish still on my toes from our wedding back in July?  Oh that needs taken care of I have nail polish remover? Yes, I do....where?....Oh!  That's right.  I just haven't unpacked it yet....goodness, we've lived here for six months...I should really start working on this more diligently... 
-Oh boy!  Birthdays are coming up!  Do I have birthday wrapping paper?  Christmas paper is everywhere...okay a gift bag it is...or better yet, I'll just have amazon wrap it for me!  Boom!  Winning at something feels great!
-Wow!  There is so much laundry to have we not run out of clothes?  What have we been wearing?  Have we been re-wearing dirty clothes?  ewwww Or maybe we just have way too many clothes and didn't even realize the laundry situation existed....oh my...I need to take care of that....Note to self: go through clothes with husband and then make a donation to the Goodwill up the street...
Has anyone else had this kind of a season?  My 2018 was absolutely crazy...but it was our crazy...and it was some kind of wonderful!  I know having my husband on this ride has been my favorite thing.  God blessed me with the perfect man for me.  This is the first I have been able to sit down and write since Christmas, and he is right by my side.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and were blessed beyond imagination this last year!  I am so grateful to everyone that poured into our lives so graciously through all of the changes we went through!

Happy pilgrimming everyone!



Monday, September 17, 2018

Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt: Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage

Hello friends!

I have a pretty big announcement today, and it involves bragging on my good friends, Morgan Huneke, and her sister, Rebekah Huneke, for a little bit!  I met Morgan and Rebekah when I was about six years old; after I had moved to Cartersville. Since then, our lives became pretty interwoven.  We were a part of the same homeschool group, volunteered on the same political campaigns with our families, we were in the same home church group, went to the same balls and social dances, members of the same bible study groups...then later, leaders in the same groups and so on......Through the entire time that I have known them though, I have noticed they are always in creativity mode.  Whether it be with yarn, a sewing machine, constructing words into stories, or a good memory, they keep their hands the very opposite of idle.  The talent that both of those young ladies have always been inspiring to me!  I can't even hem a skirt properly to save my life.

Morgan emailed me a while a back and informed she was releasing another book, but this time a picture book; a little different from the novels that she had published recently.  ...And with Rebekah as the illustrator!  I was beyond excited, but even more so when she asked me if I'd be a part of her cover reveal scavenger hunt.  So, friends, check it out!  I heard there is a prize/give away involved......see the details on Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage below and help share the love!

Here is a piece of the cover of Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage ,you'll have to go to 9 other blogs to find all of the pieces to be entered to win the prize. Have fun searching!

About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!

Coming October 22!


It’s scavenger hunt time! The Carrie Mouse cover has been cut into nine pieces and scattered across nine different blogs. Visit this post to find links to all the cover pieces. Assemble them and email the completed cover to hunekeauthor(at)gmail(dot)com to be entered in an extra special giveaway: A book signed by both the author and the illustrator and a handmade Carrie Mouse doll to be shipped upon publication of the book. If you need a collage creation software, you can use, a free online photo editor. All entries must be submitted by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 20. The winner will be announced Friday, September 21 at Happy hunting!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit:


About the Illustrator

Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.

To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit:


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May the odds be ever in your favor! I can not wait for this book to come out, and I am so privileged to be able to support such amazing young women!

Happy pilgrimming!


Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Story of My Engagement to My Now Husband

Dearest Friends,

I figured I could not get by with posting the last update I did and not post the story written as our engagement announcement early 2018.  It should fill you in on the gist of our romance.....

Our Story

From the Stage to Real Life

Once upon a time, far far away....well, not just any time or place, but a time a little over a year ago and, well, on the stage of a local theatre...a girl was introduced to a man affectionately called "Buddy the Elf". He was funny, vivacious, and so full of mystery. That moment a friendship was born....One that was filled with rehearsals, set strikes and even special called rehearsals because both of them were playing leads and this girl kept getting corrected because she had more chemistry with her character's husband's best friend then her character's husband. She tried to be a little bit sorry, but the actor was so charming, she just couldn't help it. You was the story of Gomer and Hosea staged in the 1940's...carrying on.

Weeks went by, and time spent together conversing about anything and everything on the stairs backstage in between scenes became more and more frequent. The man that used to avoid "the pretty girl" was not ignoring near as much....

However, we were through with all final rehearsals and it was obvious that she had better move on because he clearly wasn't going to ask her out. So she accepted a blind date on Thursday for Sunday afternoon with someone else. She had no clue he actually had a plan up his sleeve. He had people lined up to deliver a ginormous bouquet of red roses, tulips, irises etc. after the end of Saturday night's show for her debut as leading lady. She was beyond surprised! So when that call came the next day even while on her blind date, she stepped away to answer and accepted an invite for a movie and ice cream on Tuesday.

And let me tell you....he made a point to meet her family the night before, picked her up at her house, opened all of the doors for her, offered her an arm and treated that girl like a queen. He was old fashioned, had that rare chivalrous quality, and she was greatly impressed. There weren't the typical awkward moments of a first date, he made her laugh, she made him laugh, he didn't put up any fronts, and he made her feel free to be herself. It was so special that she knew she knew wanted more...and he felt he better not screw it up either.

So a beautiful journey was embarked upon...a family death on his side...some health struggles of her own. Nothing seemed to chase the other fact it grew them closer. That man even went on dietary restrictions with her to support her. If that isn't love...

Several months passed, and he never ceased to treat her like a princess through it all, and she grew to adore all of his quirky ways. His puns made her smile, his jokes were the best, his advice greatly valued, his shoulder rubs treasured, his leadership skills appreciated, but best of all, his generous spirit and wholehearted love for God was the most attractive thing. They began spending more and more time with each other, loving the stage more than before, having lots of adventures, splitting holidays with each one's family, having disagreements and resolving things together, talking about God for hours, and dancing whenever there was a chance. They'd grown more than just a friendship, for they had blossomed into the best friends the other could ever imagine.

That girl later became a staff member at the theatre where they met and performed together. She had taken over managing the gift shop, concessions, and some admin work. Of course, that meant he always knew where to find her. Then one Tuesday came and that man knew she got off at 5pm and had a birthday party they had to go to at 6pm sharp. He had the ring, the parents' blessing, and a clever little idea. He showed up at the theatre right as she was getting off. He said he needed to show her an item he had found for the gift shop..."it's gonna blow your mind," he was in the theatre so she followed him. She warned him about the floors getting buffed and was rattling on with questions, when he stopped in the middle of the stage. Dancing...dancing with her was his default anytime, anywhere, so he started to dance with the girl.

"What are you doing?" She laughed, knowing full well the answer would be the typical.
"Oh, I'm sorry. Not the time to dance?" he coyishly replied.
"Why are you so weird?" she said as she was still laughing.
"Because I love you...," he replied in a low sweet tone.
Again, a typical response....She had never been left to wonder how that man felt about her.
"...And I want to spend the rest of my life with you, "he finished as he stopped dancing and lowered to one knee. "Will you marry me?"
And she replied, "All of the yes!", knowing she would never have to wonder if he cared, that she would always be taken care of...maybe not richly but always responsibly, that he would be a leader but not squelch her strong points, that she would laugh a lot, and that he loved her but loved God more. Best friends forever....and it all started by having an "affair" on stage. That beautiful stage where they met, fell in love, and now got engaged on....even on the same set of that first show together as it's running again through February.

They may not know when they're going to marry or if there's going to be a small little wedding or a family blessed elopement, but they are happy just knowing that "they lived happily ever after" isn't that far away.


Of course, that girl is me and that boy is Benjamin Kiser, and we are GETTING MARRIED! I hope you enjoyed the story, for it's my favorite.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

An Update in the Life of Destiny

Hi friends!

Remember me?  I know it's been a million years since I posted, but it is better late than never.  I've had a lot of posts in the works and I wanted to wait to post them after I had given a quick update into all of the beautiful amazing things that have been happening in my life.  I love bullet points, so I decided to go with that style for today and for efficiency purposes since it has been quite the year.....well, years technically....I think the last time that I posted was in 2016.......

If you've been reader of mine, you know the drill.....grab your cup of coffee if you don't have it already...make it iced if you want; because, even I wouldn't blame you.  It's August, and it's hot.....and GO!

  • In May of  2016, I moved to North Carolina from the beautiful state of Georgia, the one I was born and raised in, steeped and engraved by.  It's a long story on how I got here that I will dive into in a future post, but God's hand was in every bit of it.
  •  Kept on working in food service except as a human resources director this time.
  • Fill in the rest of the year with more working than ever before, the occasional escape to hike a mountain or kayak the waters.....and more working.  It was kind of a problem...that's why I realized I needed a life.
  • My mother had seen an auditions poster for a dinner theatre called Narroway Productions, and she decided it was time to intervene with my current work consumed lifestyle.  Therefore, to auditions I went.  She had no idea that I would meet my future husband there; as he was already a cast member.  I walked into a dance partnership to last my lifetime.

I'm going to pause for a moment and say this is when life really sped up.....okay, un-pause......
  • By mid November, I had eventually resigned from my current job in food service and before long was on staff with the Broadway of Christian Entertainment.
  • In January, Benjamin proposed and I accepted.  The speed of which that came shocked some, but surprised none.  We were made for each other, and if I'm being honest it took three months longer than I thought he would.  
  • By March/April, my fiance bought a house that needed some renovation, so we started on that together.  That was a great growing experience!  Of course, we could not have done it all without our dear friend, Tim.  He is one fantastic contractor and I would recommend him to anyone in the Carolinas.
  • June, my family moved from one Carolina to another, so of course we went ahead and moved all that I had had in my apartment into the in progress house of my fiance. Then, I just lived out of a suitcase for a while....all while planning my own wedding.  
  • Y'all, I GOT MARRIED on the seventh day, of the seventh month, in the year of our Lord two thousand and eighteen!!!!!  We honeymooned in Alaska, I ended up in the hospital for over a week after getting back, plumbing problems at the house, and a ton of doctors appointments ensued.  July was most definitely a whirlwind of a month and one that should have shook the boots of both of us.  Let me tell you though, when God is the one behind the wheel, He can pull you through some tough stuff and all you can feel is blessed. 
  • Come August, we are finally able to start settling in for real into our new home together.  Nesting may be my new favorite hobby!  It has been so gratifying to set up life with my incredible cook for do laundry for clean for find he secretly observed how you make coffee so that he can take over and get it made before you even wake up.  Marriage is an awesome invention...just saying! :)

That's the quick version of an update for you all!  Don't go too far!  My next post is coming up pretty quick.....and coming on September 17th, we have a cover reveal!!!!  Plus, new blog design is in the works. 
Pretty exciting stuff!

Happy Pilgrimming!