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About The Blog

This is a blog about living life, laughing at our mistakes (and kiddos), loving one another, and learning more about our Lord and Savior along the way! From craftiness to marriage building to activities for kids to study of the Word - it's all here!  The ultimate goal behind my ramblings is to use this blog as a facet of my ministry.  I want to share what I'm learning about all of the aforementioned and more so that you can grow right alongside me.  My prayer is that this blog will change lives for the better - God is so good and I pray He uses this blog each day, if even in a small way!  The title, 'Learning to Be 31" is derived from my desire to become a Proverbs 31 woman (the Psalm is written out at the bottom of this post if you would like to check it out).  And since perfection is unattainable in this lifetime, I will forever and always be learning until the day my Lord returns. 

About Me

Been married to my wonderful hubby for 3 years and running!  In January this year we bought our first home and have been working on it ever since.  Then, in February, we found out we were expecting a baby - something we had been hoping for for quite sometime.  Turns out that beautiful baby is a girl and will be here sometime in October!  That's just a little bit about all of the big stuff.  I also love to write, craft, read, and spend time with my family.  And most importantly, this girl loves Jesus!  

Our church directory picture - about a year ago

My crazy family...I kind of love this pic!

Us kiddos and Grandma - really love this one!
 Now for some fun:
1. Are you named after anyone? Nope.  My parents heard my name at the mall and thought it was super the mall is good for more than just shopping.  ;)
2. Do you have kids?  Little girl on the way!
3. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?  Is this a trick question?  If I say no that means I dislike myself.  But if I say yes, am I self-absorbed?  lol.  I leave that one up to you all...
4.. Do you use sarcasm a lot?  Once I get to know you well...yes.
5. Will you ever bungee-jump? Bungee-jump?  Probably not.  Sky dive?  Heck yes - that is on the bucket list!
6. What’s your favorite cereal?  This is a tough one.  Cereal is the only food I eat for breakfast.  If I had to pick a favorite, I'd probably say Honey Bunches of Oats.  So yummy!
7. What’s the first thing you notice about people?  I've never really thought of this...I have to say one of the habits my husband hates is that I look for the best in people.  Not sure if that is the first thing I notice, but I'm always looking...
8. What is your eye color? Blue.  :)
9. Scary movie or happy endings?  I love the adrenaline rush from scary movies but if I had to pick one or the other I'd much rather prefer a happy ending.
10. Favorite smells? The way the air smells right before it rains.
11. Summer or winter?  Summer.  Hands down.  Summer.  But fall is my favorite over all!
12. Computer or television?  Computer!  So much more diverse...
13. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?  I was in Tecate, Mexico for a missions trip once - that would be about 2,400 miles (thank you Google Maps).
14. Do you have any special talents? I can sing, play the violin, and organize.  ;) I'm also learning how to play the mandolin.
15. Where were you born? Good ole' Brookville, PA
16. What are your hobbies? They are numerous.  lol.  Anything crafty from scrapbooking to sewing and crochet to DIY.  Music, blogging, reading, etc, etc, etc...
17. Do you have any pets? Nope, I've always wanted a pig though...just can't talk Hubby into that one...  ;)
18. Favorite movie? Up or Pride & Prejudice.  I could watch either of them over and over and over (you get the point).  
19. Do you have any siblings? One brother, 4 years younger, currently serving in the U.S. Air Force in Japan
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  :)  A mom.  A stay-at-home mom to be more specific.  But I would also like to change the world for the better, if even in a small way.  A SAHM in ministry - perfect!

Questions taken from LE Beauty Girl

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

**All Scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.


  1. I am an orthodox Jew and we call that segment of the Psalms "Eishet Chayil" or "Woman of valor". Every Friday night at the Shabbat (Sabbath) meal husbands sing it to their wives (children to their and mothers) in acknowledgement of everything she does. I love the tradition and find it fascinating to learn that is where your blog name comes from!

    1. How neat! I have had the privilege to sit through two Jewish services and I learned so much both times! Very intriguing.


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