Conquering My Kitchen – Weeks 13-16

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Has it really been a whole month already…and where the hell did April go…it’s gone in a flash.  I must say though, April, my favorite, my “birthday” month has been a blast.  I can honestly say that I have lived fully and intentionally this last month…leaving it all on the field (or trail).

The month kicked off with Holy Week – crazy enough as it is but when you add being a church employee to the mix it can be downright miserable.  Terrible right?  Sometimes that’s just where I find myself…don’t judge.  There wasn’t any cooking…or time at home during the week for that matter.

IMG_7130The following week a couple of my friends and I started a young women’s Bible study.  This probably is the thing I am most proud of this month.  You know how when you have a good idea and that’s where it stays…an idea?  Well this one has come to fruition and it’s been the greatest blessing. IMG_7195I have discovered on this journey that contrary to my tendency to want to go about most things solo, I find that company makes cooking so much more fun.  We spend our first hour or so together cooking a meal, laughing, sharing and enjoying each other.  Not only am I sharing The Word, hopefully these girls will come to love their kitchen much sooner than I did (am). Other than Monday…not much cooking…

The third week was AWESOME – hiking the Grand Canyon for my birthday…leaving it all out there – completely living out loud. Not only did I complete a bucket list item, challenge myself to the physical limits…I spent a week focused on my marriage…that can be just as challenging but certainly rewarding.  #Thisis45 – bring it on!

This week has just been busy with life.  The girls on Monday, helping a friend on Tuesday, graduation preparation tonight and supporting my husband tomorrow at a work function…living into all the relationships I have been blessed with!

Thanks for listening and journeying with me!


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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.