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I’ll Do More of…. in 2019

First and foremost! I am SO excited for a new year! I am excited for new beginnings in 2019 and for new connections! The hubby and I will be back in the south (God willing – send us all the prayers y ‘all) and I will hopefully be having so many sister dates with my sissy, seeing my great aunt (Sister Celine, who is one of my very best friends) at the convent as much as possible,  lots of movie dates with my mama and cousins and having tons of coffee dates with my friends! To say I am excited would be an understatement!

For the new year, here are a few things I would like to do more of! Not listed in any specific order.

Reading My Bible:


My relationship with God hit an all new level in 2018 and I plan on growing into a deeper community with Him! That includes learning more and more about Him. I plan on diving more and more into scripture both individually and with my husband in 2019. Something we started doing this past year was reading a Proverbs chapter a day (there are 31 chapters – perfection), normally in the mornings while we sit and have our morning coffee. It has been a game changer for us! We want to go deeper into this habit and really start studying scripture and dissecting what we read in order to go deeper. We want to learn MORE about Him and His ways. We want to get to know our Father and who He wants us to be and what He expects from us. We learn TRUTH in the WORD! So, reading more scripture is a HUGE part of my 2019 goals.

P.S. If you are looking for a new Bible, I have reviewed two amazing Bibles that you would LOVE! You can check out reviews at my book review blog. The Spirit Filled Life Bible and the Minister’s Bible for pastors and ministers – both AMAZING Bibles!

Growing Spiritually With this Hunk:


Pouring into my marriage has never been something I lacked, but I def want to keep growing more and more into the wife God has called me to be, and the wife Darin deserves. Our marriage moved into a whole new spiritual level this year and I want to keep riding this spiritual ride with this handsome husband of mine. I have seen Darin grow more and more into the man of God he was created to be. He has taken the reigns of leading our marriage, me and this little family of ours in a way that awes me daily. He has always led us, but something shifted in a major way this year and it has been amazing! It wasn’t an easy ride, we had some struggles along the way BUT thank GOD for those struggles because He met us where we were. He met us where our marriage was and where we were individually and elevated us to a whole new level. I wouldn’t change any of our struggles or hardships for anything! God knew what He was doing when He allowed some mess to happen! The Addis duo has some AMAZING things happening in ministry. God is directing us to build the Kingdom together and I CANNOT wait for us to help shine HIS light and speak HIS truth! I am so ecstatic to do this with my husband! Doing ministry with my husband are prayers answered. Prayers that were prayed for many years before I even met Darin! God is so good y’all! If you are single and reading this, wait for him – he is out there! I promise!

Spending Time with Girlfriends:


Living away from TX and close friends has made me truly see the value of community and strong connections. I haven’t been on a coffee date with a girlfriend in SO long. I haven’t just sat and talked about Jesus and all the ways we are growing. I haven’t had a chance to encourage a girlfriend in an area of her life that she is struggling with and vice versa. I haven’t been able to go get Pho on a cold day and just chat about marriage, ministry and all that God is doing in our lives! I did not realize how important those moments were, until I no longer had them. My girls matter and I CANNOT wait to be back in the trenches with them, doing LIFE with them! Hold your tribe tight y’all! They truly matter!

Loving My Body and Taking Care of Her:


The past two years have been trial and error of finding the perfect PCOS and fertility diet for me. My body has been through the wringer with multiple miscarriages, cyst ruptures, inflammation, illness and so much stress! Since I FINALLY found the exact diet I need to be on, I plan on loving this body of mine SO MUCH BETTER in 2019. I want to work out more, stick to my strict diet better, drink more protein shakes that are packed with all the nutrients and goodness she needs, nurture her and honor her more than what I ever have before! She has been through some stress throughout her life, and I hope this is the year she can finally just be healthy and FEEL GOOD! I’ll be sharing more of this health journey throughout the year. I really wanted to get the diet I needed to be on before I started sharing a ton and I finally feel confident in that diet to start sharing more and more! If you have PCOS or trying to conceive, I hope to be a cheerleader and giver of knowledge for ya in this area!

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Drinking More Hot Tea & Just Relaxing: 

20181228_192051_HDR_1546057616951 I am a tea drinker through and through! I love to drink it daily BUT rarely will I just sit and have a cup of hot tea and do nothing. I am normally reading a book, talking with the hubby, scrolling through social media, reading a blog or doing business. In 2019, I want to simply drink a cup of hot delicious tea and just be in the moment. I want to take in every detail of the steeped flavors and sit in gratitude of this beautiful life I live.


Reading More Fiction:


I am not much of a fiction reader. I tend to be drawn to self-help and faith based books. I guess the life coach in me likes to read about things that can help me or my clients in everyday life. I decided to join The Book of the Month Club last month and started reading Spinning Silver and FELL in love with this book! I forgot what it was like to just read a fiction book and get lost in fantasy land (without having to take notes because I am reviewing it). It has allowed my brain to rest from the busyness of life and just enjoy a made up character’s journey! By the way, if you haven’t read Spinning Silver, you gotta! SO GOOD!

So, these are just a few things I want to do more of in the new year! I def have more on my list, but that might be a really LONG blog post haha! I hope this helps you think of more things to do more of in the new year!

Please share with me what you plan on doing more of in the comments section! I can’t wait to hear from you and HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIEND!!!!


Book Review, Christmas

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow (The Moonglow Christmas Series Book 4) – Five out of Five Stars


The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people’s lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature.

When a nearby theater burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year’s guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope.

*Cookie and candy recipes included!

Cryssie’s Review: 

The only complaint I have about this book is not knowing how to check into Timberton Hotel for the holidays or how to become besties with resident chef, Mist?! I LOVE these books! Such a comfy read for the holidays that provide holiday cheer and hope. 

I have been sick  in bed with the flu for the past week and this was the perfect read for me! It was nice and cozy and reminded me of the wonderful holiday season that we are in! I can’t wait to feel 100% better and try out the recipes! 

If you are looking for a good Christmas read, then grab this book! It can be read as a stand alone, but I would encourage you to get the whole series! They are a perfect holiday treat!

The Moonglow Series…
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow, Book 4

Available to buy from…… Paperback

Also available in The Moonglow Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn’t been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavor to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people’s lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter’s grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

Available to buy from…. Nook iBooks Paperback

Silver Bells at Moonglow by [Garner, Deborah]

Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there’s more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door’s wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

Available to buy from…. Nook Paperback

Gingerbread at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 3

The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambiance of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist’s mysterious way of working small miracles in people’s everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

Available to buy from…… Nook GPlay Paperback

About the author

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now pides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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