What's Up Wednesday (December Edition)

December 21, 2016

Happy Wednesday friends! I am excited to link up with MelShaeffer, and Shay for the "What's Up Wednesday" Link up! I have so enjoyed reading these ladies posts and am excited to join in! It has been so fun to connect with so many other ladies who are doing this each month over this past year. Here are all of my "What's up Wednesday" this year:

 If you would like to join in and have a blog, just answer the questions above!

What We're Eating this Week... 
So back in June I shared a post entitled "17 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar" and then honestly hardly used ACV at all this summer. I think after using it in detox baths (twice a day) and drinking up to 1 cup of it everyday for almost two years my body was done. With fall in full swing and the holiday season approaching, I have started to add this back in. There are so many important benefits of ACV (you can read 15 benefits of it HERE) and I want to add this back into my daily routine. 

What I'm Reminiscing About... 
All things Royal Caribbean Cruise related that my parents and I went on in November. I only have a couple of posts left to share from this amazing experience and in many ways I am delaying because it was such an incredible experience that I want to linger over all of the precious memories for as long as I can! If you want to read more about the experience you can find the following posts:

 And guess what? Royal Caribbean is currently having some amazing sales! You can check out more about Royal Caribbean by clicking HERE
Also I am currently going through hundreds of pictures from my time at the #hearties family reunion and visiting the set of When Calls the Heart. It was an amazing weekend and I can't wait to share more with y'all in the upcoming weeks!

What I'm Loving... 
Being able to celebrate the different things this season that I haven't been able to do in years. I shared more with my IG community but every single thing is a gift that I don't take for granted.

What I've Been Up To...
Finishing up Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, catching up with old friends through long and unhurried phone calls, and savoring the moments. 

What I'm Dreading... 
I shared in a treatment update on Sunday about some of the things that I am currently struggling with. You can read more HERE. I so appreciate all of your prayers and support.

What I'm Working on... 
As I shared earlier this month, I am so excited to announce that my newest book, "From Hope Valley: A 30-day devotional on faith, community, and love inspired by the TV show When Calls the Heart" will be available on February 1st! You can read more about the book HERE! I am putting together a book launch team in the beginning of the new year and if you are interested or a #heartie I would love to have you! Please feel free to email me for more information!

What I'm Excited About... 
Celebrating a simple yet lovely Christmas with my family and the new year. I can't wait to share more with y'all, but I am very excited about lots of things that the Lord is doing. 

What I'm Watching/Reading... 
Robin Jones Gunn Pic
So y'all know that I love the author Robin Jones Gunn and all of her different series. Some of my favorites of hers are The Christy Miller Series, The Sierra Jensen Series, The Katie Weldon Series, Christy & Todd the Married Years, and the Glenbrook Series (Okay, lets be honest ALL of Robin Jones Gunn books *smiles*) I shared in my post the 5 books that have impacted my life the most how when I was 13 years old I was handed my first of many books I would fall in love with from Robin Jones Gunn and haven't stopped reading them over the last 23 years. I have read, re-read, and re-read a thousand times the adventures of Robin's characters while I have been encouraged in my faith and strengthened and challenged to return to scripture. Robin takes what some might call ordinary characters and weaves a beautiful story line that challenges me to fall more in love with Jesus, to spend more time in scripture, and to love those that the Lord has placed in my life in big ways with lots of grace. Her characters are so memorable that you feel that you are reading about friends, but beyond her talent for writing is a woman who obviously loves the Lord and has changed countless lives, including mine. 

No matter your age- whether you are 13 years old to your early thirties (and beyond) you will love these books. Throughout the last few years of my health journey I have re-read these series and books thousands (literally!!) of times, have handed out countless copies to people on airplanes, in hospitals, and even once in a grocery store line. The beautiful way that Robin writes mimics the beautiful way that the Lord calls people to Himself- with lots of love, lots of grace, and lots of beauty. 

AND I am seriously so excited that Robin just released her newest book. I received it as a present and have been purposefully waiting for some cozy moments to read it. To me it is always like a gathering with old friends when I read her book and I can't wait to dive in.

What I'm Listening to... 
So my dear friends, the Wissmann Family, released a Christmas single that is absolutely beautiful. You can listen to it above and if you aren't already you can connect with them more on their Facebook page

What I'm Wearing... 
Lots and lots of scarves. I love scarves and in the frigid weather that we have been having they are the perfect thing to wear and they are so cute! *smiles*

I would love to know your answers to these questions friends! Share your thoughts below in the comments!! *smiles* Happy Wednesday!


  1. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017!

    1. Thank you Donna!! I hope and pray you have a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful new year!
      Rebecca :)

  2. Tomorrow the stores will be filled with shoppers returning their Christmas gifts, LOL! That's why I'm such an advocate of gift cards. One size fits all and the color doesn't matter.

    I tend to use the Scarlett O'Hara approach when dealing with problems. "I'll think about that tomorrow." In the novel it was explained that when tomorrow came, Scarlett either forgot about the problem or it was no longer significant. Unfortunately my tomorrow is here. A family situation that I thought could be put off a few more months has exploded in my face and will have to be dealt with this week. Probably on Thursday. Now would be a great time for Jesus to return. In case He doesn't, please pray for an outcome acceptable to those concerned. I will pray for you too.

    1. Judi,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Since I read your comment I have been praying for you and this family situation that you mentioned. My heart truly hurts for you as I well know how difficult and painful certain family situations can be and how hard they can be to deal with. How are you doing?

      Thank you so much for your prayers. I will be continuing to pray for you!
      Blessings and prayers that the New Year brings peace,
      PS- I would have loved to email you back directly but unfortunately didn't have an email address. I look forward to connecting more with you in the future.