Officially Under Contract

Our home is officially under contract as of this past Thursday! So thankful the Lord has brought us through this process. We will close March 27th. This gives us a good amount of time to find another home.

Today, we spent a few hours driving around to look at homes found online. We like to look at the outside of a home before we decide if we want to look inside. We eliminated 5 homes today by doing this. The outside is very important with little ones. :)

My hubby has a meeting this week to get pre approved for our next home loan. We also need to figure out if there is a creative way to purchase our home before we close. This will insure we do not have to rent.

I am excited to see which doors the Lord opens and closes. Please join us in prayer in finding our next home. :)


Bi-Weekly Menu Plan 12/29 - 1/11

Skinny Taste Cookbook - Christmas Present

I am trying something new this year. Instead of a menu for just one week; I have decided to plan for two weeks at a time. This will (hopefully) save me money in the long run since I will not be going to the grocery store 4 times each month...this is the plan anyways. 

I am proud to say I have cooked every day this week except one since we had leftovers but with a twist. Here is our menu for this week and next. 

  • oatmeal
  • protein bars with fruit (nathan has started going to the gym again)
  • cereal 

  • peanut butter sandwiches
  • fruit and/or veggies
  • leftovers

  • monday - pancakes with bacon
  • tuesday - chicken parm with spaghetti
  • wednesday - slow cooker santa fe chicken (skinny taste)
  • thursday - french bread pizza supreme (skinny taste - modified)
  • friday - santa fe chicken leftovers on tortilla shells 
  • saturday - baked potatoes, grilled chicken (from work) and tossed salad (dessert: peach crisp)
  • sunday - sunday roast with gravy (skinny taste) mashed potatoes, tossed salad, broccoli
  • monday - grilled chicken (from work), pasta and tossed salad (dessert: strawberry crisp)
  • tuesday - italian bread pizza (either bbq chicken or pepperoni)
  • wednesday - chicken saute with peppers and goat cheese served with pasta (weight watchers)
  • thursday - tacos with dear meat
  • friday - leftovers (raid the fridge!)
  • saturday - country fried steak with roasted sweet potatoes and veggies
  • sunday - homemade pizza (this will probably be changed to something else) 

I am excited to see how much money we can save by planning for two weeks instead of one. Also, we will save by not going out to eat. I am so tired of that. We just want home cooked meals! 

Between Aldi and Walmart I spent about $108 (this includes toilet paper, diapers and breathing strips) - food total was about $85. I picked up a few things twice this week since saturday and sunday we added people to the dinners. That added about $40 - we purchased peppers, cucumbers, 2 ice creams, italian bread, coffee, coffee creamers and a couple other things. 

What is on your menu plan? Is menu planning on your New Year Resolution List? 


Happy New Year!


I have been thinking a lot about setting my new year's resolutions...as I am sure many of you have been too. Usually, it is always about losing weight and getting healthy. This year it will be different for me. 

I have come up with a few: 

1. Start blogging again. I have missed writing. I did not think it was such a big deal but the past couple weeks have been very stressful for me. I went to an art class on tuesday and it helped so much. It got me thinking that I need to use my creative side more to help relieve stress. Blogging does this for me as well as art making. 

{My very close friend told me the other day she was so glad that I was painting again. I have missed it and my skills need some work to get back to normal. lol} 

2. Make our meals at home. I have been working a TON lately so our meals have been from work or we have gone out to eat. Too much eating out. I will say that not all our meals were out to eat but it has felt like they have been. 

I have already gone shopping for the next two weeks. I have planned everything out....so far so good. I have made all the meals on the list this week. It was nice to get a new cookbook for Christmas so I have lots of new recipes to choose from! 

3. Get our house sold. It is still on the market...since October. We have received on offer but it was super low. We are now waiting for another person to (hopefully) make an offer. I would like to get into a new home and get all the rooms ready. Especially since....

I AM PREGNANT WITH NUMBER 3! :D We are expecting another little girl. Her name will be Everly Reese Rankin. We are so excited. 

18 weeks @ Christmas 

So as you can see, life has been crazy! But I am so thankful for all of it. Here is to a great year...which I know will have its ups and downs but thankfully God is in control of it all. I need not worry. 

What are your plans for this year? I would love to hear about them!


Getting Our House Ready To Sell...

Some big changes have been taking place in the Rankin household! We have been so busy with all the new things going on that I have had to put my lovely little blog on the back burner. I realized tonight that I really needed to post something! I have been missing writing a lot lately.

What are the big changes? well....

I am working again for the time being. Serving at Southern Star (Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri nights.)

Teaching at Woodland Park Baptist Church MDO (Tues and Thurs days - 1 yr old class.)

Wednesday night teaching 3-5 yr olds at Calvary Chapel (our church.)

Hailey goes to school every day. 9-2 M, T, T and F. 9-12 W

We still visit grandmommy every Wednesday after Bible study and school.

Biggest thing: WE ARE SELLING OUR HOUSE!!!

It was a spur of the moment thing...well we have been talking a lot about it but really wanted to get a jump start on school for next year for Hailey. She is currently at Silverdale Baptist Academy for Pre-K but we would love for her to be in a public school.

I have 8 days as of tomorrow to finish everything around the house and boy is the to do list long! I have been painting, packing, cleaning, painting and more painting. haha

updated mailbox

painted kitchen from green to revere pewter

front before we cut the trees down 

after - trees are gone! 

the front as of today - we put pavers down...now for flowers!

update on the main bathroom 

There is much more progress but as of right now all I see is what we still need to do. I am trying to not get overwhelmed. I know I can get it done. I just need to get through this week! 

How is everything going for you?! 

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