A Blogiversary Of Sorts


April is my blogiversary of sorts. I started blogging in 2009 at the end of April on a private site called A Questionable Mind. Mostly, the site was a journal of written thoughts but what the experience taught me was that I enjoyed writing online. I had always been a notebook/yellow legal pad with a pen kind of girl and had erroneously thought that I would dislike the computer because the creativity wouldn’t flow properly and I wouldn’t be able to type fast enough to capture my thoughts. I was wrong.

In April of 2011, I made my first public blog post under a blogspot site called Change of Plans. I thought I would be writing lots of posts about our house renovations and life as we became empty nesters but like my blog title, my plans were changed.

To reflect the change of focus in my posts, I renamed my blog to State of Hospitality in November of 2012. Yes, I took a year to change the name. I struggled with finding the right one and in my defense, I didn’t post as often back then.

That year, I did begin posting more often and gained a few followers and decided to make the big leap and plunge myself into owning my own domain site. In September of 2013, I moved to WordPress and here I am today. I, also, began another site in 2013, Sweeter Than Honey Ministry, where I share online bible studies, uplifting videos, posts, scripture, and music.

Between all of the name changes and addresses I’ve published 330 posts. A small amount when compared in the blogging community but I’m not writing to win a blogging race — only to share and write about life as I see it. It’s taken me several years of blogging to learn that valuable lesson.

My Most Popular Posts Of All Time

My Favorite Things 2013

My Favorite Things 2014

My page that lists all of my posts from my participation in the 31 Day Challenge.

An Unexpected Remodel

Graduation Day and Bragging Rights

This year, the #1 post so far is about my personal stylist.


I enjoy this writing medium and as long as I do, I’ll keep showing up. To read and to write.



“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 NIV Bible


The State of State of Hospitality


This past week, I’ve been taking inventory of the blog and making plans for this brand spanking new year.  While I was digging around and dusting off, I discovered a few things.  I’d like to share them with you and see if I’m on target to deliver you better blog posts for this year.

What did I discover was the #1 viewed post for the year?


Y’all LOVED My Favorite Things 2014.  In fact, 734 of you loved to read that post.  What?!  You missed it?  Catch it here.  The #2 favorite was My Favorite Things 2013 and other posts rounding out the top 10 included posts about house renovation, family events, and Catie’s cooking challenge. ( Thanks for supporting my baby! )

If I’m interpreting this data accurately, y’all would really like to know more about our family life and recommendations of favorite things or the sharing of products I like.  I’ll be writing more on these topics for this year.  To start off in the right direction, I found an awesome clothing company I can’t wait to share with y’all.  I’ll be posting about it soon.  You’ll thank me, I promise!

The time for posting about Christmas and decorations came and went.

christmas tree 2014 1I didn’t decorate much nor did I take many pictures.  Our tree was simple and inexpensive this Christmas.  The big flowers are made from brown paper bags, glitter, and paint.

reading and writing bannerI read 51 books this past year.  Overall, I had an average year as far as books I really enjoyed.  Most were only 3 stars.  I’m hoping for better adventures this year.

  • My favorite classic for 2014:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  A 5-star book for me about a fireman whose job was to start fires not put them out.  What did they burn? Books.  Books are subversive, books cause people to think, and books are trouble.  The fireman, on a whim, decides to save one and keep it.
  • My favorite reread for 2014: The Giver by Lois Lowry.  I’m ho-hum on the movie but I love the book and the issues for discussion that surface during reading.
  • My favorite memoir for 2014: Good Old Boy by Willie Morris.  He spins a tale about growing up in Yazoo City, MS which was my grandfather’s hometown.  Reading the book was like listening to my grandfather.
  • My favorite collection of stories for 2014: A Touch of Wonder by Arthur Gordon.  The memoir tales are beautifully told pieces of wisdom.
  • My favorite YA for 2014: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  This book is the first in a trilogy.  My credit card will be plunked down quickly for the second book.  This story is categorized under fantasy but the first book, I would not have placed in fantasy.  The story reminds me of Hunger Games meets Sleeping Beauty. Emma Watson has bought the rights and a movie is being developed. Woohoo!
  • My favorite sappy- feel good- predictable Christmas read for 2014: Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid.  A coming of age story about a young boy overcoming tragedy and loving a dog named Tucker.  Yes, tears might be involved so have tissue.
  • My favorite non-fiction for 2014: Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner.  I loved her other book, girl meets God, and this one was equally good.  Ms. Winner compares and contrasts 11 Jewish practices with Christianity.  A great resource tool.

All of the above books were 4-5 stars for me.  I read others that were good and close to 4 stars but something was amiss in the telling.  I have no favorites in a fiction category for this past year that met the 4-5 star mark.

In writing news, all I can offer is it’s coming — slow, arduous, and procrastinating-ly. (Is that even a word?)  I hope, hope, hope to be finished with the draft by the end of the month.  When that happens, I will share a little more.

Thank you to each and every one of you that choose to share a little time out of your busy lives to read my posts.  You put a smile on my face and gladness in my heart and I hope I do the same for you.



“Commit to the LORD, whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV Bible