{National Infertility Week // Our Story}


Today I am changing things up a bit. Instead of the normal Five on Friday I wanted to talk about infertility. This week is National Infertility Week {April 23rd through the 29th} which is a week to bring awareness to infertility. I am sharing our story and journey through infertility. We are currently about 5 years {combined} into this ride and now in secondary infertility.

{The Guys Behind the Blog // April edition}


Time for the Guys Behind the Blog - April edition!! I love getting to feature Nate on the blog each month and always look forward to his answers! Most of the time I can predict exactly how he would answer them and sometimes he totally surprises me. Here are his answers for April's edition of The Guys Behind the Blog.

{FREE Spring Fonts}

{This Past Weekend // Sleepovers, Antique Alley, a day at home}

Happy Monday!! What another great weekend we had. It was one of those that I didn't really want to end. Or at least not so soon. It was filled with the perfect balance of busy and relaxation. I am already looking forward to the next weekend. Here is a look at our past weekend...

{Five on Friday // Storms, Mason & Diesel, Art Gala}


Happy Friday!! This week was fairly uneventful for us. We didn't do much besides church on Wednesday and an Art Gala at Mason's school on Thursday. Other than that we were just at home. Oh, I gave up all diet sodas a week ago on Thursday. I started having some health concerns and decided I was done with soda. I've had nothing but water and a couple of sweet teas since. I feel so much better and can definitely tell a difference. And I tried sushi for the first time. It was a fried roll with avocado, jalepeno, cream cheese and crab. This is big for me because I eat ZERO seafood and I am not adventurous when it comes to food. So, maybe it was kind of an eventful week for me. Mason had a couple of rough days at school, so that was a bummer. One lunch lady keeps putting the entire cafeteria on "no talk lunches" and if you know my son then you know he doesn't do 'no talking" very well. He said, "Mom, I can't not talk. It makes my brain hurt." I totally get it, buddy. I do. That was Monday and Tuesday, the rest of the week was better for him. Tonight is bible study and we are looking forward to that. Here's a look at our week...

{Five things that are bringing me joy right now}

We wrapped up a bible study at church about true joy and how it's God's will for us to experience joy. It is so easy to feel weighed down by drudgery & everyday things and so I want to document the things that are bringing me joy right now. I hope to do this every so often. Today I am sharing five things that are currently bringing me joy.

{Easter 2017}


Easter 2017 was nothing short of amazing and could easily have been one of our best Easters yet! It was the perfect day filled with celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and family time.

{This Past Weekend // New Glasses, Lake, Easter}

Happy Monday! This past weekend was one of those weekends you never want to end. It was filled with so much amazing; family time, church time, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and so much more. I feel so grateful and humbled to be living this life with these amazing people. Thank you, Jesus. Here is a look at this past weekend...

{Happy Easter}



Hope you have a Happy and Blessed Easter!

{Little Letters // Vol. 4}


I found the Little Letters link-up by Kristin at Taz and Belly's blog back in December and I couldn't wait to start linking up. I had so much fun writing my Little Letter's post in January and February and now March! If you haven't checked out this link-up I highly suggest it. It's nice to take a break from all of the serious and to just write a fun post! Here are my letters for April...

{Five on Friday // Easter Bunny, PTO Convention, Magic Jelly Beans


Happy finally Friday! I know I said last week was long, but this week takes the cake. Nathan and I both got sick with allergies and I have a cold as well. With that being said, we didn't go to church on Wednesday and that totally threw off the week. It was so weird to be at home on a Wednesday, but we needed the rest. I was asleep before 9 pm that night and it was glorious...until I woke up wide awake at 2:30 and couldn't breathe or sleep. I didn't fall back asleep until sometime after 4 am and then was back up at 6. And on top of everything else I have been dealing with some back issues this week. Not sure if I pulled a muscle or just slept wrong or what, but it's pretty annoying. I am falling apart. haha. Anyhow, I'm happy it's Friday. Here's a little bit of what went on this week...

{Reading and Writing with Ben the Rooster}


I was first introduced to Ben the Rooster through Dara at Not in Jersey and thought it was such a neat service. I loved seeing her son reading and writing to Ben and knew that Mason would love it, too. Our boys are the same ages! Ben the Rooster is a monthly barnyard penpal subscription service for kids ages 2-8. It was created to help kids grow a love for reading. What parent doesn't want that for their child?

{The Kids Behind the Blog // April edition}


Time for the April edition of The Kids Behind the Blog. If you're new to the blog and not really sure what this link-up is all about you can read all about it here. Basically we provide you with 5-7 questions to ask your kid(s) each month. Then you blog about it and come back here to link-up. My co-hosts and I love to hear the things that kids say and that's why this link-up was born! This month we focused on questions about Spring and Easter! Here are Mason's answers for this month...

{Easter Basket Link-up}


Today I am joining some of my sweet blog friends for an Easter Basket link-up! Every year I have so much fun collecting things for Mason's basket. And, I am always curious what other people put in their little's Easter baskets so I love this link-up! I hope you'll join us.

{12 ways to have a Christ-centered Easter}

How to have a Christ centered Easter
I mentioned in my Easter Scripture post that I want to be intentional about Easter with Mason. It's so easy to get caught up in the Easter bunny, the candy, the festivals, the egg hunts, etc. and we forget about the true meaning of Easter. Which is that Jesus died for our sins and rose on Easter Sunday, giving us the gift of eternal life. The cross meant to kill is our victory!! As Easter nears {and always} I want to Easter to be a sacred celebration and a time to reflect on the hope of His resurrection. Below are some of the ways that I do this. Some of these dates have already passed, but maybe you can incorporate them into your Easter in the years to follow.

{This Past Weekend...}

Another great weekend in the books! Man, I just love weekends. Our week days are usually really good. Mundane, but good. But our weekends? Oh how I just love those. They are filled with so much friend, family and church time and I just can't get enough. This weekend we switched things up a bit which I am sharing about below...

{Five on Friday // And an announcement}


Happy Friday! Man, I just love Fridays. Especially Friday's that we have Bible Study and fellowship with some of our favorite people. I just can't think of a better way to start a weekend!! We are also having Easter with my family on Saturday and we're very much looking forward to that. And if the weather cooperates then we'll have Sunday Funday at a lake after church!! But for now, it's time for Five on Friday...

{Spring Break // By the Numbers}


I was horrible at keeping up with the month of March by numbers. Awful. But, I did great at tracking our spring break trip by numbers! Go figure! Here's a look at our spring break trip to the Texas Hill Country by numbers.

{What We're Reading // Vol. 4}


We're back for our fourth edition of "What We're Reading"! Thank you to all you that have linked up with us thus far. It's been fun to see what everyone else is reading. My book list is now never ending and I love it. I've recently rekindled my love for reading. Here is a look at what we are reading this month.

{Scripture for the tired and busy Mama}

Scripture for the Busy Mama

Truth is, I stay tired. I’ve always been borderline-anemic and now have Hypothyroidism which basically gives me no chance at being the energizer bunny that us moms sometimes need to be. No matter what medication or how many vitamins I take I am still tired. 

{This Past Weekend...}

Another amazing {but flew by way too fast} weekend in the books! It was another super busy one for us, but I wouldn't have it any other way. We have been making so many incredible memories lately and cultivating special relationships. You just can't beat that! I'm starting our weekend on Thursday because really that's when the fun began. Here is a look at this past weekend...

{Five on Friday}


Happy Friday! This week actually seemed to fly by pretty quick. I'm not mad about it. We had a pretty good week. Monday was exciting because the tooth fairy came and we got to do a little shopping at Target, Tuesday was a special day at Mason's school {more below}, Wednesday was church, Thursday came and went and now it's Friday! Whoop, whoop. Tonight we are going to Six Flags and Mason is having his best friend come with us and spend the night. He is beyond excited. Time for Five on Friday...

{Guys Behind the Blog}

Hall Around Texas Guys Behind the Blog

Time for the Guys Behind the Blog - March edition!! I love getting to feature Nate on the blog each month and always look forward to his answers! Most of the time I can predict exactly how he would answer them and sometimes he totally surprises me. Here are his answers for March's edition of The Guys Behind the Blog.

{Spring Blog Hop // Free Spring Cleaning Printables}


 I don't know about you, but with each new season I feel a recharge and an urge to clean and purge all the things. I think it hits me most in the spring time, though. I think it is something about the sun shining through the house showing all the clutter, dirt and dust. Needless to say, I am in a major spring cleaning mode right now. Today I thought I would share a round-up of my favorite Spring Cleaning printables. I am a graphic person, so I tend to gravitate towards the pretty printables. I was so excited to find one on Joanna Gaine's blog.

{Mason // One tooth down...}


Oh sweet boy...slow down! You're growing entirely too fast and it's wrecking my mama heart in so many ways. It feels like just yesterday you were my toddling little babe that got so excited about "hick-up trucks" and now you're doing big things like losing teeth! I can barely stand it. But, no matter how big you get you will always be my baby!! Okay?!

{Easter Scripture Cards}

 Hall Around Texas Easter Scripture Cards

As I start to prepare for Easter I reflect on scripture about the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter so easily becomes about bunnies, candy and egg hunts, but I want to keep the focus on Jesus in our family. There are many ways that I keep a Christ centered Easter with Mason {which I will share about later}, but one of the major ways is through the bible and scripture. Today I am sharing 6 of those Easter {resurrection} verses.

{This Past Weekend...}



Happy Monday! I know by the time this posts that Monday will almost be over. I need all of your secrets on how to balance everything. Right now I am doing a crummy job at keeping up with all the things. Spring Break put me so behind and I still haven't caught up! I have so many emails to go through and reply to, pictures unedited from two different events, blog posts that need to get written and posted, etc. Anyhow, we had another amazing weekend that went by entirely too fast. Here's a peek at this past weekend...

{Five on Friday}


Happy finally Friday! I know I mentioned it earlier on the blog this week, but it has been a long and hard week. Nothing bad, actually we had many great things happen this week. It was just pure exhaustion that started to settle in for all three of us. Monday after school Mason was so whiny and short tempered. I asked him what was wrong and he said, "I'm just so lazy mom. I don't feel like doing anything." He was so tired and I could relate 100%/ We went from Spring Break and sleeping 12+ hours a night to getting maybe 7 or 8. That's a huge difference! Especially for people that love their sleep as much as we do. But, isn't that what spring break and trips are for? To throw you completely off schedule and do all the things you love? C'mon summer break! Anyhow, here is a bit of what we have been up to this week.

{$10 Target Challenge}

Hall Around Texas - $10 Target Challenge

 Time for one of my favorite link-ups...the $10 Target challenge! I mean, who doesn't love a good excuse to go to Target? It's no secret that I rarely ever make it past the Target Dollar Spot when shopping for these challenges and this month was no different. I needed a few Easter things to spread across the house and Target always has the cutest things! I was so excited about all that I found this month. So, what did I get and did I stay within budget? Do I ever?

{2017 Spring Bucketlist}



While yesterday was the actual first day of Spring it has actually felt like Springtime in Texas for quite a while. I don't hate it. I love the official start of a new season and find it so refreshing! Especially one that brings sunshine!! Anyhow, in honor of the first day of Spring I thought I would share my Spring Bucketlist. We are pretty random with our weekends and adventuring at times, but this is what I would like to fit in this Spring.

{This Past Weekend...}


To say that I am exhausted is an understatement, for sure. We came back from our spring break camping trip on Thursday night and jumped straight into a full and busy weekend. I mean, we haven't even had time to unpack our bags from our trip yet. I need a vacation after my vacation to just rest and relax. Anyhow, before I recap our spring break camping trip here is a recap of our weekend.

{Three Things // Currently}


Time for a good ol' random catch-up/currently post! It's been so busy lately that I've hardly had time to just blog about life. That's usually how it goes, right? So many people have asked me where we have been due to my lack of presence on social media and I just keep saying 'life, man!' We've just been busy living and doing and I haven't even had time to post on social media. But, life is good y'all. Busy, but oh so good. Anyhow...here's a little of what we have been up to lately.

{All Things Cricut}


Hall Around Texas - All Things Cricut

I have gotten a ton of questions regarding my Cricut machine, so I thought I would put it all together in a post. I still have a ton to learn because the options are pretty much endless, but I am going to share what I have learned so far.

{St Patty's Day FREE Fonts}



{Little Letters // vol. 3}


I found the Little Letters link-up by Kristin at Taz and Belly's blog back in December and I couldn't wait to start linking up. I had so much fun writing my Little Letter's post in January and February and now March! If you haven't checked out this link-up I highly suggest it. It's nice to take a break from all of the serious and to just write a fun post! Here are my letters for March...

{The Kids Behind the Blog - March}


Time for the March edition of The Kids Behind the Blog. If you're new to the blog and not really sure what this link-up is all about you can read all about it here. Basically we provide you with 5-7 questions to ask your kid(s) each month. Then you blog about it and come back here to link-up. My co-hosts and I love to hear the things that kids say and that's why this link-up was born! This month we focused on questions about Springtime! Here are Mason's answers for this month...

{Camping gear // 15 Camping activities for kids}

Hall Around Texas Camping Gear

Hall Around Texas Camping gear


{This past weekend...}


Happy Monday!! Another good weekend in the books. We didn't have as many plans, but still managed to fill the weekend. Funny how that happens. But, when you fill it with friend, family and church time you really can't complain! Here is a peek at our weekend...

{What We're Reading // Vol. 3 // Easter Books}


We're back for our third edition of "What We're Reading"! Thank you to all you that have linked up with us thus far. It's been fun to see what everyone else is reading. I've added quite a few books to my list the last couple of months. Last month I shared the devotional Mason and I are reading as well as some faith based chapter books. We are still reading the Grace For the Moment devotional {it's a dated one} and the Jesus Calling Storybook Bible, but we finished all of the others. I am sure we will re-read them at some point! Mason loves to read and I love filling his heart with truth. Here is a look at what we are reading this month.

{My Current Worship Playlist}


It's no secret that I love worship music! I work at home M-F and so more often than not I will crank up worship music on our Bluetooth speaker throughout the day. Worship music moves me down deep in my soul and helps me to not feel so alone. I love it so much! I thought I would share my current playlist with you all! Enjoy!

{This past weekend...}


Happy Monday!! We had a pretty eventful and emotional weekend, but it was wonderful. This past Sunday was our Pastor's last sermon at our church. He and his family have been called to do work in Illinois and they will be leaving in a couple of weeks. We are all sad, but we trust God's plan and understand the calling. We also had an Ordination ceremony for our Elders. After church on Sunday we had a lunch for both of the above things and it was amazing! I love how our church truly is one big family. Anyhow, here's a bit more about our weekend...

{Friday Five}


Happy finally Friday! It's been one of those weeks that drag out! All day on Tuesday I thought it was Wednesday. Mercy!! Not a bad week, just a long one. Anyone else feel that way? Well...it's been forever since I have written a Five on Friday post! Like since November. Whoa. Anyhow, here are my Friday five.

{Guys Behind the Blog // February}

Hall Around Texas Guys Behind the Blog

Wow, I am not sure how we are almost done with February. That month flew by in a flash. Time for the Guys Behind the Blog - February edition!! I love getting to feature Nate on the blog each month and always look forward to his answers! Most of the time I can predict exactly how he would answer them and sometimes he totally surprises me. Here are his answers for February's edition of The Guys Behind the Blog.

{$10 Target Challenge}


Time for one of my favorite link-ups, $10 Target Challenge {just a few days late...story of my life lately}. Target is for sure my happy place and I love any excuse to go shopping there. Sometimes, okay a lot of the time, I don't even make it past the Dollar Spot. But, this month? I totally did! I wanted to scope out the Easter section while it was still fresh on the shelves. Our Target is the only one across many cities so it gets picked over pretty dang quick. I had planned on getting Mason a plastic Easter basket and then making him a vinyl decal on my Cricut. But then I got to Target and everything changed....

{Three things // Currently}


I mentioned yesterday that I've been a little MIA and the only excuse I can muster up is life, man. It's been happening and blogging & social media have not! So what has been keeping me so busy? Well, a little bit of everything...

{This past weekend}


Happy Monday! It's a rainy and dark day over our way. We had some bad storms roll through in the middle of the night and today is just yuck! But, Mason has no school and Nate has a day off work. While I am working, I am happy to be at home with them. So, I kind of took a little unexpected blogging break. Actually, it's been radio silence across all social media platforms. The only excuse I have is...LIFE! We've had so much {good} going on and because of that I've had no time to blog or post to Instagram {I haven't posted on IG since Super Bowl Sunday...what?!}. Anyhow, I am ready to be back. While the break was somewhat refreshing, I do miss this space. Let's jump back in with a look at our weekend {another in which I failed to document by pictures!}...

{This Past Weekend...}


Well, that weekend flew by in a flash! But, the good ones always do, right? Our weekend was full of Jesus, friend and family time. I soaked up every sweet moment and now my heart and love tank is so full.  Here's a peek at our weekend...

{Little Letters // vol. 2}


I found the Little Letters link-up by Kristin at Taz and Belly's blog back in December and I couldn't wait to start linking up. I had so much fun writing my Little Letter's post in January and have been looking forward to February! If you haven't checked out this link-up I highly suggest it. It's so fun! Here are my letters for February.

{Our Month in Numbers // January}


Where did January go? Seriously! While I know we did more throughout the month it feels like it was the Youth Winter Retreat, my birthday, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and then boom February. And now we are already 9 days into the new month. Time needs to slow down. Anyhow, here's a look at our January in numbers.