September 18, 2020

Summer Vacation at Unicoi Lodge and State Park + Life Updates

September 18, 2020
I know life is different for each of you now. This whole COVID thing has changes this for forever. But this post is really not about that.

I wanted to talk about some of the changes that are happening in our family. I thought it would be fun to share. 

I hope you all will drop in the comments to let me know what's new for you and your family. How are you adapting, coping, and growing in the midst of so much change.


We went on our first family trip we haven't been on vacation in years. We didn't do anything elaborate not that you can in this current climate. Fortunately we enjoy fishing and camping so we took a trip to the north Georgia mountains. 


The Unicoi Lodge is more like staying in a hotel although it does have a nice courtyard. But we did go fishing near by as well as visited there man made beach. There was plenty to do although I couldn't do much in the heat being pregnant.

We had a great time and would definitely recommend it if you are ever in Georgia. I know we will be back but next time having a cabin is a must. We need a kitchen.

So I now your thinking what's the big update....

We are expecting a second child #Johnsonspartyof4. This was totally unplanned and I definitely struggled to cope with the change. Morning sickness surely did not help the process.

But I know this is a blessing and I'm not sure I would not have had the courage to plan for a second. Now that I am working full-time finding balance is hard enough with Rose. 

I didn't think we could juggle two but I must be wrong. Because God clearly has other plans.

Speaking of work, COVID resulted in a layoff as well as resignation. I survived the layoff only by God's grace. I was only 4 months in when the layoff happened and there were people who had been with the company longer than myself.

But God saw fit for me to stay and it has been a blessing for our family. After paying off my car we decided to start looking for a home.

Buying a home is nothing like I thought. It's a sellers market, there is shortage of homes available, and houses are literally going under contract within a day of being on the market.

We have gone under contract twice and unfortunately neither home worked out. We decided that a new construction would be the best option for us because negotiation costly repairs are tough in this process.

But I know God is going to lead us to a home that is perfect for our family and suits all our needs. I am hoping to get a nice size yard to we can restart our garden. Which is exciting because Rose loves being outside and my husband already has a list of items he wants to plant.

God willing I will be able to update this post with a photo of our new home. My first plan of action will be to get our refrigerator organized using my Dollar Tree post.

Since Rose stop breastfeeding our fridge looks a lot different. Plus being pregnant I tend to need a lot of snacks and ginger ale to cope with the nausea. Whenever we get in our new home, I will be sure to record the process of organizing our kitchen.

Since COVID our church has closed and I have had a hard time staying consistent with attending online. But my bible study routine was fairly intact until my work hours changes.

Nonetheless I know I will get back on track. I still love using my faith journal and Jesus Bible (you can read the Jesus bible review here). I decided I am going to give my DIY Journal a try this go round don't know that I will like it better but I figured I would give it a try.


I'm loving these essential oil diffuser and lavender oil. I usually get it started during bible study and keep it going all day.

My second plan of action when we get into our home is to start a new sourdough starter. I decided to let my old one go when we moved. 

I figured it would be too much to keep up with and didn't know if we would have the space to do so living with my in-laws.

But I definitely have noticed the difference without it. I have found that I get upset stomach more often now that I am not eating sourdough regularly. I can't wait to try to new recipes and get back to my sourdough waffles!


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September 10, 2020

Trusting God in Uncertain Times

September 10, 2020
Learn how the book of Habakkuk will inspire you to trust God during seasons of uncertainty. This audio bible study with reflection questions will help you wait for God.

Have you ever had those days when nothing seems to go right? To be honest it feels like I have been having a series of those days. Let me just start by saying I don't do well with uncertainty.

I like to be in control and when I don't know whats happening next. I get frustrated, afraid, anxious, and annoyed.

Uncertainty has pushed me closer to God. Which is maybe why I repeatedly find myself in these situation. So that I can remember that He is in control.

It's just crazy because I was all geared up and ready to complain. But while I was in the middle of writing this blog post I started watching a vlog by Life with Us TV.

Lynette and Stanley just so happen to be sharing their experience volunteering at Meals on Wheels. Which I have done so myself in the past in Florida and Georgia.

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Back in Florida my coworkers and I actually delivered meals every week for seniors in our community. I won't lie the conditions that some of our seniors live in is heart breaking.

So Lynette and Stanley were sharing about the fact that the Meals on Wheel program funding has recently come to an end due to changes in our government. In most states, Meal on Wheel funding has been dramatically decreased because they are now relying on private grants and funding to service their clients.

In the Atlanta area alone there are more than 300 seniors on the waiting list. Which means many of our seniors are going hungry. In the Richmond area, more than 3000 seniors are going without hungry.

Needless to say, watching their vlog reminded me that there are others who are suffering and struggling. Many dealing with hardship much more difficult than my own.

As I sat there writing this post feeling disappointed and rejected during my job search. I began to praise God because my family and I have a roof over our head and food on our table. Many people are going without those simple things.

God is so good that today I can add to my testimony, because I have a full time job doing something I love. Helping give people the opportunity to work and provide for themselves and their family as a recruiter.

Let me not stop there because not only am I back doing what I love. But I get to work from home full time, which has been such as blessing for my family.

Now don't be fooled I still have foolish moments of pride. There are definitely still times when I get frustrated with work but I am often reminded Habakkuk...

If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. "Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:3‭-‬4 ESV

The book of Habakkuk has been such a blessing during this season of uncertainty I am in.

Sometime the best thing we can do during uncertainty is wait on God. Pushing yourself to pray in those moments of fear. Asking God to show you the way in which he would have you to do things.

Instead of doing things your own way. Trusting that no matter how wrong, how lost, how sad, or how desperate the situation may look God is still here.

God can uses the misfortunes of our lives to glorify his name. Remember what God has already brought you through. So that you can continue to go forward with confidence in the Lord.

If you are struggling to trust God because of the things that are happening in your life please grab the Habakkuk audio study. This 4 part audio and 9 day reading plan will help renew your mind.


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August 20, 2020

Spring Mocktail Inspired by my trip to Santa Monica

August 20, 2020
Mocktail | Inspired because I wanted to share some photos from my trip to California. Figured I would share this crowd favorite cocktail or "mocktail" recipe. Believe me your friends will thank you. santa monica | santa monica pier | beach | mocktail recipe | mocktail recipes non alcoholic easy #drinks #recipes

It's been about 3 years since my trip to California. This post was suppose to go up forever ago but I somehow never got around to hitting the publish button.

Anywho my husband and I had so much fun visiting family, exploring Santa Monica, and celebrating my cousin wedding. Although it was a short trip we definitely made the most of every moment.


While visiting the Santa Monica Pier we decided to stop by this beautiful hotel with large bay windows for drinks before heading to visit family.

And boy am I glad we did. Not only was the hotel beautiful but the walk to the hotel was breath taking.

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I'm originally from California but it has been a while since I have seen California architecture. Every time I visit I'm reminded how much I love {textured and smooth} stucco buildings. They're just classic, distinctive, and beautiful.

While at the hotel we had a great conversation with the bartender {he was a really cool guy}. I ordered this amazing pear drink with rosemary that I don't think my taste buds will ever be able to forget.

Anyhow it really inspired me to start creating my own concoctions at home. I wanted to share the recipe to my favorite fizzy mocktails at home.


Sparkling Lemonade Mocktail
1.5 oz Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
10 oz Sparkling Non alcoholic ginger beer or apple cider

Sparkling Lemonade Cocktail
1.5 oz Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
10 oz Sparkling White Wine - Yellowtail Moscato is a great choice
1.5 oz Vodka of your choice

I have made this drink for several parties over the years and it is always a big hit. Don't forget to give this recipes a try at home. All these ingredient can be found at your local grocery store.


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Mocktail | Inspired because I wanted to share some photos from my trip to California. Figured I would share this crowd favorite cocktail or "mocktail" recipe. Believe me your friends will thank you. santa monica | santa monica pier | beach | mocktail recipe | mocktail recipes non alcoholic easy #drinks #recipes