Welcome friend! Grab a cup of coffee or sweet tea or even a green smoothie if that's your thing and let's get acquainted. I'm Teri Lynne — wife to Scott, mom to Casiday, and manager of Buddy the Basset. {Check out my Instagram feed to keep up with the crazy dog antics.}

Kick off your shoes and let's chat about faith, family, and figuring out how to live well in this chaotic 21st century. And if we can't solve any of the world's problems, at least we can listen and encourage one another. In the words of that old 80s song, "That's what friends are for ... "

xo, Teri Lynne

Slowing Down When Life Is Busy

3 ways to slow down on the busy days || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

3 Ways to Slow Down on the Busy Days

Lately I’ve sort of felt like I’ve been meeting myself coming and going.  We’re in the beginning weeks of the busiest time of year at the Underwood Abode. From the time school starts until the National Championship football game, it’s full speed ahead. You’d think after years of it being this way, I wouldn’t find myself so shocked when it all starts. But here I sit, two and a half weeks into September, thinking, “Oh my word! I’m tired already.”

My body and soul need space and quiet and rest. But far too often those are the very things that get shoved to the side in all the chaos.

So what can we do when the calendar yells “be here!” and “do this!” and “don’t forget that!” at us? How do we blend all the stuff of life with our desire for stillness before the Lord?

Join me at Not Quite Amish where I’m sharing 3 ways to slow down on the busy days


Teri Lynne


Words that Matter

words that matter square

I’ve realized lately so little of what I say really matters. Let’s face it, “Did you clean your room?” and “My car needs gas {again}” are not the stuff of eternity. The life of a mom is often full of mundane repetitions of the same phrases and questions.

It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of what needs to be done. Laundry piles and dirty dishes and meals to cook and places to be leave us barking commands and urging small feet to move faster. It happens to all of us.

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Some days when my head finally lands on the pillow I wonder if anything I did matters … if anything I said counts. But words DO matter — even the ones we repeat countless times in the course of each day. Jesus said it is from the abundance of our hearts our mouths speak {Luke 6:45}. The Psalmist prayed the words of his mouth would be pleasing to God {Psalm 19:14}. Whatever we say should bring honor to Christ {Colossians 3:17} and bring hope and life to those who hear them {Proverbs 10:11}.

I really want it to! I want to live each day with purpose and intention. I want to speak life into the people around me. I want my words to matter — not just for today, but for eternity.

And while I’m not sure all that will entail, I know this — I need more time in THE WORD. When life gets busy we often settle for less time in Bible study and prayer. We allow the things of this world to crowd out the things of eternity. I see it in my life and I feel the consequences in my relationships.

The best way I know to make sure my words matter is to root them in the Word of God. So I’m determined to spend more time in the Scripture, more time in prayer, more time listening to Him before I speak to anyone else.

Will you join me in this quest?


How do you make time for the Lord when life is really busy?

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More on My Fall Capsule Wardrobe and What I’ve Been Wearing to Ball Games

what I wore {mostly to ball games lately!} || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

what I wore {mostly to ball games lately!} || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

Hey y’all! I am having the best time sharing my capsule wardrobe with you. Last week I shared my why and how about giving this a try, including my “rules” for what pieces stayed and what didn’t.  There are still a couple of items I want to find and include so I kept my total item number under 50 so I’d have room for them!  I know this isn’t what most people do when they have a capsule wardrobe but the point for me was to make my life simpler and not to create a whole new list of do’s and don’ts.  

Here are few of the outfits I’ve worn in the past week:

What I Wore Wednesday || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

Remember that tank top from two weeks ago? Yeah, it’s back … and I still love it! I wore the first outfit last Thursday to get my hair done. {I love my new fall cut and color!} I paired the tank with these adorable green skinnies I received from [affiliate link] Stitch Fix last fall.  I love them! You’ll be seeing them a lot too. :)

Friday night we headed to the varsity football game here! It is still pretty warm especially at kickoff so I wore this cute gray and black tee with a black tank under it.  Added my favorite cropped jeans and some cute mustard canvas shoes and I was ready to cheer for the Golden Tigers! {It was an intense game but we came out on top — 26-25!!}

Next up is another game day outfit.  This time for the JV game where my girl cheered on Monday. Again we have the cropped jeans and black tank {and the mustard shoes but I didn’t manage to get them in the photo}. I added a gray pocket tee I had made last year with our school logo embroidered on it. The temps here are still in the 80s even for 6:30 kickoffs so I was a little toasty at the first of the game but by the end it wasn’t too bad. {We won that game too! Looking like a good year here in Tiger Nation!}

And finally, today I’m dressed for writing and working at home now and then teaching Bible study at church tonight. I’m wearing my cropped jeans {yes, I totally should have bought two pair at least!} with a comfy three-quarter sleeve sweater and my favorite Auburn scarf. Too keep the look super casual I’m wearing my khaki Converse sneakers. Love them!!

love my Converse sneakers!!As promised last week, here is a list of the pants, skirts and dresses I’ve included in my fall capsule.


  1. cropped
  2. long boot cut
  3. trouser style {dark wash}
  4. straight leg
  5. green skinnies

Other Pants:

  1. royal blue corduroy
  2. black dress pants
  3. black denim leggings
  4. gray corduroy leggings
  5. navy shorts {will swap for navy leggings as it cools off}
  6. brown leggings

Skirts & Dresses:

  1. black pencil skirt
  2. gray pencil skirt
  3. black maxi skirt
  4. chambray shirt dress
  5. navy dress

Still would like to have:

  1. brown dress pants
  2. cute fall color palazzo pants {maybe something like these [affiliate link] from zulily}
  3. denim jeggings or skinny jeans

My total number of bottoms is 16 now but if I can find those other three items will end up at 19. I could probably pare that number down and I’m guessing there will be at least a couple of things I don’t wear much or at all.

On last thing, I mentioned my goal for only keeping items that can be worn in at least five different outfits. A few had asked me about that and I thought I’d share an example of how I’ll be doing it.  Using that  basic outfit from last Thursday, here are two other variations that will definitely allow me to transition into cooler weather.


building outfits with fall capsule wardrobeOkeydoke, y’all! There you have it … what I’ve been wearing lately and the first part of my capsule wardrobe. Come back next week and I’ll share the tops I’ve got.



Just curious, do you have any colored jeans? I love mine!!

Linking up with Lindsey and all the lovelies who share what they’ve been wearing each week.

Don’t Just Pick the Right Battles — Focus on the Real Enemy!

in the middle of the struggle, don't lose sight of the real enemy

Soooo … remember yesterday when I shared what I had learned about not exasperating our kids and all that? Yeah, well, apparently, I didn’t really learn it because this morning was sheer disaster. It was ugly here, y’all. Really ugly. In fact, after my girl left for school {an early meeting of the Christian students club ironically}, I went back to bed. Because sometimes you do the first hour of the day so badly all you want is to go back to sleep and try to start it over. {And I’m pretty sure this confession eliminates any possibility of a speaking engagement on the topic of parenting in my future.}

But here’s the thing, I really messed it up. She was tired. I was tired. Hair needed to be straightened. And while my girl is a pro at curling her hair, she and the flat iron have not yet worked out an amicable relationship. She needed me to help her. And, while I did straighten her hair, I don’t think I helped in any of  the ways that really matter. In fact, I’m sure I didn’t.


focus on the real enemy

After I got up {the second time} I sat down with my coffee and Bible and journal and spent time reading {again} Ephesians 6. I read over those first four verses and confessed the numerous ways I had exasperated my girl this morning. I read over the notes I’d written yesterday as I’d read the whole passage. One of the things I’d written jumped off the page:

Parenting with purpose is about more than picking the right battles. As much as our culture {even church culture} tries to boil it down to that simple idea — it just isn’t enough. I have to remember who the enemy is and who it isn’t. Casiday is NOT the enemy. This isn’t a battle between me and her. I have to focus on the true enemy, the one who sneaks around looking for someone to devour.  How often do I forget this??????

Can any of the mommas relate? We get so focused on training our children and our attempts to guide them to godliness that it becomes very easy to make it about us. And we go to battle for the truth — but, far too often, we {I!} do battle with my child and not with the real enemy.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the ruler, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:11

I’m not saying we shouldn’t pick our battles. I totally embrace the wisdom inherent in it. But I’m slowly beginning to grasp there is something far more important — we do have to fight the right battles, but we also have to be fighting against the real enemy.

If I could rewind this morning, I would do so many things differently. But I’m pretty sure the one choice I could have made that would have turned the whole situation to a different direction would have been to get up earlier and spend some time in prayer first. To have been wise enough to realize my girl was going to be tired and I was going to be tired and that is always a recipe for disaster without some prayer.

And so I fought with my girl … I didn’t pick my battles well. Because really, was the fact she got up a few minutes later than I thought she should have worth starting an already stressful day out with more frustration? Absolutely not. I was wrong and when I see her this afternoon at the pep rally, I’ll be saying just that.

But I’ll also be talking with her later tonight and sharing Ephesians 6:11.  I want her to understand how important it is to remember who the enemy is. Because it isn’t just moms and daughters who battle — it’s also friends and family. Relationships are fraught with opportunities to choose who the enemy is. And I want to do all I can to help my girl understand how to fight the real enemy when situations arise.

So this morning was awful. And I messed up. And I should know better. But there is also this truth from the writings of Paul in another letter he penned,

And I am sure of this, that He who began an good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Oh what grace there! He is working in me. And it is a good work. And He will bring it to completion. And the same is true for you. Even when the day starts awful and you choose the wrong fights and forget who the enemy really is. He is at work in us. And it is a GOOD WORK!



When have you got tangled up in a battle and forgotten who the real enemy is?

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