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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Still so much to do

CookiesMy favorite time of year continues, although it doesn't feel like it based on the weather outside (which is rather despicable). Christmas is just around the corner, as is a much-needed vacation. The baking is about halfway done, and the levels of both stress and fun are high. I can't wait!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Kudos to the best husband ever!

CCMy darling husband has been doing everything for me lately, and he knows I appreciate it, but I wanted to publicly thank him. Here is a short, and not at all comprehensive, list of all he's been doing for me lately to keep our home running smoothly.

  • Dishes, dishes, and more dishes... and then yet some more dishes

  • Cleaning the house

  • Decorating the house for Christmas

  • Cooking meals

  • Taking out the trash

  • Working very well at his job each day

  • Being the best husband ever


Thank you, Honey! I love you!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Unattainable

What do you do when your dreams seem so unattainable? Patience is not easy for me, and when dreams worth having take many years to reach, it seems like you'll never get them. I suppose the answer to the question is to keep waiting.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Christmas MantleWell, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and it was relaxing, quiet, and lovely. We've been decorating for Christmas for the past couple days now, and I think it's finally done.

Ever since we first saw the house we now call home, I've been planning and dreaming of where the Christmas tree would go, how the outside lights would look, and where everything else would go. Now that the moment is finally here, I am certainly enjoying it!

Husband and I have always wished we had a true fireplace mantle to hang the stockings, and we finally have one. We are so thankful, and don't they look great?!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

One more day...

Well, Hubby and I are in dire need of a vacation. Fortunately with Thanksgiving right around the next corner, we are one day away from said vacation! After I leave work today, I'm a free woman, and he's a free man! We are so excited we're giddy! This of course means there is much work to be done today, and many loose ends to be tied up in pretty bows before we head out until we return hopefully rested and relaxed and recovered next Tuesday! Yippee!

Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

Friday, November 17, 2006

Not so quick a fix

I hate when something is supposed to work and doesn't. I guess I'm one of the few this solution didn't work for, even temporarily, but now I have to deal with the aftermath and take care of it the right way afterall. I guess this will work out better in the long run.

In other news... 10 years is a long time to be with one person nowadays, but we're still having a blast and Husband is still my best friend! Happy ten yesterday CC! Thank you for my crossword puzzle! I loved it! And I love YOU!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

180

arrow.jpgIt's great when things come into the open and change can occur for the better for the health of the relationship.

I praise the Lord and am very thankful for the opportunity to be blessed with these friendships.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Bittersweet

christmas-ornament.jpgI found out yesterday that our service project is during the Christmas parade, so we'll miss watching the Christmas parade on tv this year (at least live, since they replay it a thousand times).

I'm pretty bummed since seeing the parade (in person or on tv) has become a tradition of sorts over the past several years. It's always when I do my first Christmas baking and I try to start decorating the house for Christmas (as early as it is).

So I'm bummed we'll miss it, but I am happy about hanging out with the small group. Like I said, bittersweet.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Fallin'

Fall Lake PathFall has been so perfect this year. As my favorite season, I have high expectations each year that all the leaves will turn absolutely gorgeous colors, then fall so I can go around stomping and crunching on a colorful carpet of leaves. Each year lately has gotten better, but this year has been just wonderful!

It's been chilly and colorful and the leaves have been falling steadily to form a lovely carpet of color, just as I hoped. With the holidays just around the corner, it can only get better...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Hurt

slate-rocks.jpgYesterday we spent all day working in the yard. We made two huge trips to the dump and got a lot done. Our yard and thus our home, now looks a lot more like it belongs to us and not someone else; but oh, are we sore! I can't wait until we start planting, but darn it if I find another rock!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Concerned

Well, life's been good lately and the Lord and I have been closer than usual, so of course satan is trying to mess things up. I've been having some trouble with my hand, and I can't figure out what the problem is, so I hope it goes away soon.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Great times.

This weekend was so much better than I thought it would be!

Friday we went to a big concert event, and we encountered no traffic, no parking issues, no mobs of people-- just an awesome time of worship and some good food and great friends!

Saturday was way more incredible than I ever imagined. I learned so much and got so much out of the leadership conference. We had great people sitting with us at our table, it was interactive, and we had a lot of fun.

Today was so great! My brother surprised us by being in town this weekend, and went to church with us, which was totally the Lord speaking what I needed to hear. We had a great lunch afterward with him before he took off. We then found some bushes that will fit perfectly in front of our house next week when we have our first day of true yardwork.

How great will that be? :-) Another fun weekend coming up it looks like!

Friday, October 13, 2006

And now for the big reveal!

I've been thinking about this for over a month, and it's finally happened! With Husband's help I present to you-- Manna, the new recipe blog!

I am so excited by this new website, and I hope you like it too! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Catching up...

I've been a little behind for the last month or so in wishing friends and family happy birthdays, happy anniversaries, happy events, congratulations, etc. So to make up for it, please accept my happiest wishes for the special goings- on in your life!


Woohoo for you! :-)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The look- it is a changin'!

As you can see, the look of the bloggie has been changed to reflect my changing tastes and preferences. Instead of being cutesy, I'm going for 'sophistication with a little cuteness' thrown in for good measure. What do you think of the new look?


Coming soon... my newest venture-- the recipe blog!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Some of my favorite things...

Because it's my favorite time of year, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite things going on right now.

*The leaves changing colors and falling
*Snuggling up in warmer layers due to cooler temperatures
*Time with family and friends
*Hot cocoa and hot apple cider
*The state fair and caramel apples
*Remembering my first date ten years ago and all the wonderful memories since
*Being pursued and romanced by my wonderful hero of a husband
*Enjoying our first home during this season
*Scented candles from my favorite candle store

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Happy Fall!

It's finally Fall around here and I am loving it! It's gradually getting cooler, and slowly but surely the leaves are falling off our tree. Every day is beautiful, and I want to be outside all the time. What a wonderful time of year!

Monday, October 02, 2006

I'm watching you!

Lately it seems that everyone I know either has children, is having children, or is planning to have children.

(I think Nicole Kidman is pregnant, but after her rep shot down that rumor, everyone seems to be ignoring her baby bump in every papparazzi picture, except for me.)

I can totally understand wanting to keep a pregnancy secret for the first trimester, but let it be known-- I'm on to you! I think you're pregnant, and I'm officially on baby watch! :-D

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Cinderella Cinderella...

Wow, I'm exhausted. I haven't yet been able to catch up on my sleep, but I'm so happy because it's officially Fall! We're getting ready for the in- laws to come for a visit and gearing up for our "Thanksgiving celebration" next weekend. Fun times are ahead!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A funny sitcom...

The new comedy, "'Til Death" is probably going to get cancelled soon because Hubby and I both really like it and have gotten into it. I say it'll probably get cancelled soon because most new shows we like get cancelled-- a sad reality we have come to accept. However, to pre- empt this, I want to encourage you to watch this hilarious show. It's got great writing, great acting, and basically; it's just very entertaining. This show has great quotes as well; I only hope I can remember them (something at which I'm not very good). Enjoy!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

It's weird...

how Grandmother's not here anymore.

I'm used to being able to call her when I want to talk to her or ask her a question about growing tomatoes, a family story, or just to tell her what's new and going on. I'm really happy she's not miserable and uncomfortable anymore, but sometimes I'm just really sad. I still felt like I was grieving Grandpa's death, and now I have Grandmother's death to grieve as well. It's good to know the memories will always be with me. That woman sure could make me laugh.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Memories

To Grandmother

I know you've seen this picture before, but in honor of my grandmother whom I loved very much, I am repeating it here today.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Speed Demon...

This weekend I bought a bicycle. I have wanted one for four years, so it is a big deal that I finally have one. We've had lots of fun relearning how to ride bicycles again; only to discover just how extremely hilly our neighborhood truly is! What a rush!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I have a dream...

I have been floating on clouds for the past two days due to the possibility of finally realizing a dream. We'll see what comes of it, but it's out of my hands now.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A webnomenon!

Check out this hilarious video!

http://www.whiteboydj.com/babygotbook.html

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

In honor...

... of my 201st entry and my upcoming birthday celebration and extravaganza, I am having a great week. The celebrating has begun and is in full force, which always makes me happy. Hubby is in his super spoiling mode, so I am feeling even more loved and special than normal. I am going out tonight for lettuce wraps with my good buddy Jan, who always makes me smile. On Saturday we're grilling up some hot dogs and enjoying some more friends and having some more fun!

The only bummer in the whole week is the stupid ongoing tooth situation. My root canal did go pretty well last week, although the temporary crown is happening tomorrow and I must admit I'm a little nervous. I've been praying about it for a while now, but only just yesterday began to get nervous. Why specifically? Because a couple people mentioned that the crown still hurt months later and was sensitive to sweets. (Now I know Dr. D will be happy with that, having lectured me last Friday, but still...) So that is why I'm more than a little concerned about this event tomorrow morning. I guess we'll see how it pans out, but at least there are some happy things going on this week to keep my mind off of it!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Riding around in style...

I clearly remember almost everything about the day I met Meredith. It was in one of my all- time favorite stores, Target. (Who knew that store would be so important to my life?) After meeting her, I remember thinking about how very cool and friendly she was. What a fabulous thing that I was right! I say all this because yet again, we're trying to be like Meredith and her hubby.

We just got a second car exactly the same as their second car. It feels good to have two cars with great gas mileage, instead of just the one. It feels really elegant and snazzy to ride around in style in our new spiffy car.

I'm interested to see how next the four of us try to be like each other...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Asian hottie in the house

Yesterday I was made known about this web phenomenon called www.myheritage.com. They have a free demo of what they actually do, which is face recognition software. The free demo however, lets you upload a photo of yourself, then they give you photos of celebrities you look like. If you look closely enough, you eventually can see some resemblance to yourself. The idea is that if you do several photos of yourself, you see who look like by whose picture keeps coming up in your group of celebrity results. It made for a pretty fun day.

The interesting thing for me yesterday was discovering that over and over again, picture after different picture, I look like these pretty Asian women (If I dropped tons of poundage and wore make- up and you know, was actually Asian.). I thought that was kinda cool since I'm not at all Asian, not even close. I think it's because when I smile, my eyes get all scrunchy. Anyway, I'll take it.

Husband kept getting told he looks like Asian dictators and Chad Michael Murray. We couldn't figure out that last one.

Try it out for yourself! I'd love to know who you most resemble. Cameron Diaz? Ben Stiller? Tim McGraw?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Good vs. Bad

Flowers Against The Sky

The Bad:

*I probably need a root canal. I am currently drugged up until Monday morning, when I will find out exactly how bad off this tooth is.

The Good:

*Husband called to tell me about crushed tomatoes! We are very excited! I am very proud of you, CC!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

1... 2... 3.... Pull!

Dentures. I want dentures. I've said it many times before, and I'll keep saying it until the dentist finally listens to me. It seems to me they would be so much easier to deal with than what's currently residing in my mouth.

I've had tremendous amounts of mouth pain for the last week now, getting worse every day, to the point where I've now lost two nights of sleep. I went back to a substitute dentist the other day, since Dr. Tim is out on tour this week, who told me there's nothing wrong and my TMJ was just aggravated. Take some Advil for 4-5 days and use a heating pad when it hurts, and I should be okay. Well, I've tried Advil, Sensodyne, Anbesol, heating pads both wet and dry, and considering nothing's officially wrong, I'm about to revert to the 1800s and rip the suckers right out of my head! Suffice it to say, I think I'm losing weight since I can't eat very much. I guess that's one positive I can take away from this experience.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Adios

Lots of little things going on with us lately... I think things are simmering and God is about to explode with big blessings soon, but in the meantime it seems like He's setting things up and we're in that waiting stage while He's preparing us.

While I was waiting between appointments yesterday, I went to my used-to-be-my-favorite Mexican restaurant for a late lunch. I hadn't been there in a while, especially lately what with all the yummy (and authentic) Mexican places to eat in my new town. My old fave had been going downhill fast in my eyes, and I wanted to give them another shot, so yesterday was a perfect time to go. I had a book, a lot of time to kill, and I was hungry.

I am very sad to report that the place definitely did not have the same charm it did seven or eight years ago when I was first introduced to it. Yesterday it was dirty, hot, not that outstanding in the tasty department, and the service was only so- so. While they did let me stay and read for a while, I must say that I am sad and disappointed in my Mexican restaurant. They have definitely lost out to the cleaner, yummier, more authentic Mexican places that are definitely closer to my house-- with more variety on their menus I might also add.

So alas, I feel I must bid adios....

Friday, July 14, 2006

Going along swimmingly

First Tomato

We've been in our new and first home now for almost two months. Except for all the boxes hidden in the attic, we're all unpacked and the house looks great! My tomatoes are finally growing and turning red; big and beautiful enough to eat in a delicious salad-- next comes guacamole and salsa! Things are going well for us now and the Lord is to be praised for it all.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Trans- fat Avenger

Last night Husband and I had a lovely evening discovering new places to go in our town that we love, shopping and eating yummy food. One place we went was to the warehouse store to buy these yummy tortilla chips that we like. As we were walking out to the car, I was reading the recipes on the back of the bag. Husband and I were enjoying each other and the moment, laughing and truly having a great time until.... a lady who was passing us by pointed at me and the bag and says, "Those have trans- fats in them." I of course am in shock that someone has dared to intrude upon our lovely time with such a nosy comment, while Husband is upset that the lady has been rude and inappropriate. In a fit of pique, he replies back to her, "Mmmmmm! My favorite kind of fat!" Fortunately, we made it to the car without further incident. We did however, laugh about our run- in with the Trans- fat Avenger the rest of the evening.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

A great weekend

This weekend has been fantabulous-- so very restful and full of fun! Some highlights include:

*Going to explore the indoor shopping mall two different times with friends (I LOVE my new town!)
*Painting pottery and hoping it comes out the way I imagined it
*Lasagna and garlic bread-- both homemade
*A great sermon about rest and relationships
*New curtains
*Yummy restaurants
*Taco dip-- also homemade-- along with movies galore all weekend long

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Yay!

Two extra good things to share today:

*Jan's coming home today, lala lala! Jan's coming home today, oh ladida! My buddy has been on vacation (forever, it seems!) and is finally coming home today! Woohoo! I can't wait! She missed our housewarming party through no fault of her own, and even since then a few other (minor, but still important) changes have been made to the house. All of this to say I can't wait for her to see it all!

*Last night, we finally met some of our neighbors! Woohoo! Yay! We met Dean next door and his family, who seem very awesome, and we met Frank and Lee and little Frankie, who are equally awesome! For those of you wondering, Chris was happy to meet Frank because Frank is the neighbor we dubbed the Tool Guy because he's always working on something in his driveway. When we first saw him before we even closed on the house, we decided we needed to get to know him real quick! They were all extremely friendly and welcoming, and I'm very happy and relieved now to know that. And in regards to the fireworks for next year, July 3 not July 4, we can see colored smoke from our street apparently. (No actual fireworks due to the tree line separating us from the high school, but colored smoke is apparently good enough for us! Yay!)

Monday, July 03, 2006

Two years' of thoughts

In realizing that my blog will celebrate it's two- year- old birthday next month, I decided to reread all the entries since August 2004. Well, it was certainly entertaining to go back and remember everything that had happened on certain dates and how I was feeling about certain things in my life at the time, compared to how I feel about them now.

A few highlights:

*I'd forgotten that Meredith broke her toe right before John's birthday at PF Chang's.
*I hadn't realized how much I've grown spiritually in the past two years. It was very cool to read that progress.
*I enjoyed reliving the funny stories and moments with friends (The Great Grill Spill of '05, anyone?).
*I really am obsessed with Fall and the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons!

I say all this because as you may recall, Husband has declared 2006 to be a year of surprises for us and our friends and family. The Lord is proving Husband to be correct about this, and I'm very interested to see what the other half of this year brings us.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Watch your mouth!

The sermon today was very convicting for me to hear. I've been praying for a while now that God would help control my words because I want to get back to the sweeter, gentler girl I was a few years ago.

So with that said, here is my prayer for myself for the next while until it happens for me: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29, NIV)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

The B word

The B word. It's such a dirty and bad word, for Christians especially, but I feel the need to set the record straight, especially today on someone's birthday.

Boundaries are not bad or scary or unbiblical. God created boundaries to help us have healthy relationships with one another. They're very difficult to set and enforce, but they are desperately needed. Remember, we are in the world, but not of it, and therefore called to a higher standard. Boundaries either call us to repentance by helping us see and hear the truth in love, or we refuse to repent and do not accept the boundaries or the grace and mercy extended to us. That is when the boundary- setter experiences the most difficulty, like we have today.

Someone's birthday was today, and for the first time ever, absolutely no acknowledgement was able to be made from us to them. Even last year, we were able to send a card. It's been a very sad day for me because of this, and due to the boundaries we've had to set, and the refusal to repent and apologize, a very heartbreaking and prayerful day for me.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Bedtime Story

Once upon a time, Belle and the Beast (a cute, handsome Beast, and not really 'beast-like' at all) moved from their rented cottage house into their first castle. They spent an entire month fixing it up; every day and night they slaved like their friend Cinderella to get their castle ready for the big ball- painting, recarpeting, putting together furniture, etc.

Well, the big ball came and went. It was a big success and every villager who came to see the castle was very impressed and excited for Belle and the Beast. Congratulations were in order, for this castle took four years for Belle and the Beast to acquire.

Belle and the Beast were glad the ball was so much fun, but were having trouble picking a favorite room in their castle. All their hard work paid off and now they get to enjoy their castle, and of course, live happily ever after...

The End... Or is it only the beginning?

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Driving Miss Susie

I drove by myself tonight in the dark.

That might not sound like much, but for me, it's a big deal. I hate driving in the dark. With a passion. Especially by myself. I knew that by moving farther away from everything and having a longer commute, I was going to have to do it at some point and get used to driving at night, but tonight was the first time. A sick friend had a hankering for some Gatorade and Bo's and I had to help like a superhero must rescue the world. Well I did it and it felt great! I blasted some KLOVE and sang to my little heart's content driving down the highway eating french fries and drinking Pepsi, calling my beloved hubby every so often to tell him I was doing okay. My poor friend was even surprised to see me by myself at night, but I delivered the goods and sang my way home (My poor car is the only privileged thing to hear me attempt to sing, with the exception of my poor patient husband who puts up with it.). So I did it! Yay!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

We are a people who wait. It’s just what we do. At traffic lights, at checkout lines, at gas pumps and restaurants, we wait. I imagine that if we were to total it up, we would find that we spend a rather significant portion of our adult lives waiting for one thing or another. Sometimes our waiting is peaceful and mild mannered, yet at other times (perhaps as we become more and more used to the world of instant-everything) our waiting is filled with frustration and impatience. It’s not just the small stuff that we wait for. We all experience seasons in our life where we are waiting: waiting on an answer, waiting for God’s direction as we face a major decision, waiting for an end to a season of hurt or of doubt, waiting for justice to be done, waiting to be noticed, accepted, and loved. The bottom line is this: at some point in our lives we will wait, and while we are here in this place, waiting, what are we supposed to do?

I recently came across the story of a man who was in a season of waiting. The book of Habakkuk is one of those minor prophet books we often forget are tucked away in the Bible until we stumble across it, but what I found is a story chock full of humanity and relevance. If you have never read the book of Habakkuk I strongly recommend that you do so (it’s only three chapters long!), but here’s the skinny: Habakkuk was a prophet living in Judah during a time when he saw his own people disobeying the Lord. He waited and waited for justice to be done but it seemed to never come. When Habakkuk questions God’s lack of response and allowance of evil to continue, God responds by telling Habakkuk that He does know what has been going on and in fact is raising up the Babylonians (who are even more wicked than Judah) as a chastening rod against Judah. As you can imagine Habakkuk is even more perplexed and troubled by this answer and responds with more questions and more doubt about exactly what God is trying to accomplish. It is here where God responds a second time that I was struck by these words:

“For [the vision] is yet for the appointed time; It hastens towards the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it: For it will certainly come, it will not delay.” (2:3)

God proceeds to reveal to Habakkuk that He is completely in control of all that is taking place and that not only will He bring about His perfect plan, but that it will take place in His perfect time. When Habakkuk hears the Lord speak a second time, he has clearly undergone a change of perspective and responds with a heart of praise in the face of adversity, claiming that regardless of the current situation he faces he will rejoice in the Lord and allow God to be his source of joy and strength (v.18).

As I read this I began to think about the seasons of waiting I have experienced personally. So many times I have wanted to rush God into a solution that would benefit my needs immediately, only to find that God had a much better plan in store if I would only learn to wait on His timing. There are often times when we feel as though God is not responding as we think He ought to be, but it is during these times that we need to have a change of perspective and remember that God is in control of far more than we can even comprehend. While things in the here and now may not make the most sense to us, we must trust His plan and His timing. When we are able to leave things in the hands of the Creator, we no longer have to carry around the weight of controlling our outcomes and instead can find strength and peace in the God we serve. Regardless of our present circumstance, regardless of what we are waiting for, God is God, and therefore deserves all of the worship we can give.

Written by Brett, my awesome co-worker buddy

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A Great Day

We had a great day today, just being together, shopping for house stuff. When we left the house this morning, our task was monumental, but we were quite productive and we now have even more awesome stuff to make this our home. Husband didn't hit any rumble strips today, he made me laugh so much my cheeks hurt like on our wedding day, and I fell more in love with him than ever. What a great day!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Go see "Nacho Libre!"

It's one of the funniest movies ever! We giggled and laughed through the entire movie, which is awesome! It's also very educational for you parents out there, as it's got some Spanish sprinkled throughout as well. Take the kids to get educated about another culture and language while you all get entertained by Jack Black and the rest of the cast. What a fantabulous movie- one we for sure will be owning on DVD in the future. :-)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

It figures...

that the first day ever I decide to wear a pink girly skirt to work all day long, it decides to pour hurricane- related monsoon torrential rains. Eight inches of rain in flip flops ain't nothing to sneeze at, and it took quite a while to not look like a drowned rat for the rest of the day, but I eventually managed to end up looking quite cute in my skirt.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

New Adventures in Homeownership

So apparently I'm the only person ever to hurt herself sweeping. Last night I really whacked myself on the chin while sweeping the driveway. It still hurts, but at least I didn't lock us out of the house again! I did that our first night we lived in the daggone house over Memorial Day weekend. I have been told these adventures will only get better, which is certainly a good thing, because I can't keep getting hurt like I did last night! We did however, buy a new broom today so it can't hurt me again. We also went and made six copies of the daggone house key too, so I won't get locked out again. Whew.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Our first home

I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells. ~Psalm 26:8

Monday, May 29, 2006

Back to work we go...

Well our 'vacation' is over and tomorrow we go back to work. I'm interested to see how long my new commute will be.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Modern day miracles

This week has been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows getting into our house, complete with God doing modern day miracles in order to bless us with this particular house. It's definitely been a stretching and growing time for my faith, which is a good thing. We've been painting the last four days and our appliances come tomorrow, which we're very excited about. This house is finally starting to feel like our home, which is great, since we've felt like we've been camping since we closed. We go back to work on Tuesday which I don't feel ready for, only because I feel like I need another week to get things done and unpacked; but other than that, I'm more than ready to get back into a routine of some sort.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Movin' on up...

Well, it's finally here, the big move. This next week will probably not involve any, or very few, blog entries, due to our big move to our very first house. We've been stalking our new neighborhood and house every other day this week, and it looks like the work is finally getting done, praise Jesus! I can't wait to finally be in it and have the keys and know we're broke because we finally own the place we live. What a great feeling that will be! Someone the other night suggested we take a picture of the check at closing because we'll never see a check that big again! We just might after all. Anyway, we're super excited of course. I'm already looking forward to the housewarming party!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Are you back yet?

To whom this concerns:

You know who you are. You've been gone to another state for great reasons, but the people who love you here miss you. I can't wait to see you and hang out with you next!

Love you,
Me :-)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Poor bloggie!

So as you know, I've been horribly delinquent lately with my bloggie, but I hope to get back on track now. There's just been bunches going on of course, and many blessings, along with satan being on the warpath. I don't know why I bring this last item up like it's not always happening; I should and do know better. I guess we better remember this more often and stay on top of our spiritual game. Look for more postings soon...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

On the lam...

Superman

It's so amazing to me how deceived people can become...

Yesterday we had a situation because someone had become deceived through lies of the enemy. It astounds me to think of how often satan gets away with accomplishing what he wants. We need to keep vigilant and aware; to keep fighting for Truth and Love.

I don't mean this to sound like a superhero, but in a way, that's who Jesus is, our hero. I love how passionate He is for us! He cares and loves us so much! It's just incredible to think about. Tomorrow I am going to a seminar to remind me what a hunky hero my Hubby is, and it's going to be a great picture of what a hero Jesus is for me as well.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

A new home on the range...

Belt Buckle Cowboy

As you can see, we are quite enamored with our first little nephew. If you're not into cute little babies, well quite frankly, get over it. :-)

This weekend we're headed with Husband's parents to move them far, far away to cowboy country (Thus, the ginormous belt buckle!). It will be a very long weekend as well as a very emotional and exhausting one. We are however, looking forward to having time with them before we don't see them for a while. In short, a very bittersweet time ahead. On top of it all, Husband says he's going to drug me with a hamburger like the A-team did to Mr. T back in the day (to avoid the travel-sickness and flying anxiety). We'll see if I come back with the bling and mohawk I guess.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Isn't he cute?

Going for the camera

This past weekend was full of busyness, helping Mom and Dad say goodbye to everyone before they move away. We had a lot of fun with the family and our still- new nephew who is, of course, adorable.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Through the looking glass...

Bradford Pear Tree

Today was a great day. This weekend will be great as well, though very busy. Saying goodbye (multiple times) to the 'rents as well as Husband's birthday while he works the weekend away should make for an interesting few days.

Everything's been so chaotic lately for not just us, but everyone I know. I can't wait to sit by the window and look out at our tree while I have my quiet time or read. It seems so relaxing and peaceful...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Inspection, schminspection...

Side Entry

Well, the house- buying is coming along normally, if not smoothly. Yesterday was our inspection and while most of it was pretty good, one major glaring problem surfaced. The inspector himself was 'baffled' by something he's never seen in all his years of home inspections, which I took to mean that of course, it would happen to us. In the meantime, we now wait to see what the seller will and will not fix.

Also in the meantime, we continue to thank God for His many blessings and provisions...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Jesus and me

Husband and I just finished watching "The Passion of the Christ" for the first time and the first thing that struck me is that when Jesus prayed to 'have this cup taken,' God said 'no.' I have never thought of it in that way-- God's answer to one of Jesus' prayers was 'no' also. We as people, are told 'no' or 'not yet, wait' all the time, and it totally struck me that Jesus had to hear that answer too. He didn't just hear 'not yet, wait for my timing' like we usually do, he heard a flat out 'no.' Wow! How much more do I feel Jesus can relate to me, even though I knew before that He could, now I really know!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Blessings fall down on me...

Cookies

Like all good things lately, God is more than taking care of us, He's [overflowing our cup] with blessings. Everywhere I turn in the midst of the crazy stress we're experiencing now, great things are going on!

The first night we went house- hunting, we found it right away. An offer was made and eventually a counteroffer was accepted. People are very excited for us and our newest big decision in our lives: that of your first house. More and more, we're discovering what a God- house this is, which is what we've been praying for since January.

A God- house by definition, means there's no logical or reasonable explanation for why you own this house, except that God did something so amazing and cool that that is the ONLY reason, and to Him be all the glory!

Okay, so our house by definition, is a God- house. There is no other house in the area in our price range like this one. Comparable houses elsewhere in the area are selling for much higher than we can afford (another word for this: God- house!). This house is amazing. It has tons of storage inside and out, TWO kitchen pantries (with real wood shelves, not the wire shelves), a laundry ROOM not closet, the floor plan is great, and there's potential coming out its little foundation! The ginormous kitchen with its two pantries is already my favorite room and we're not even moved in yet. (I keep telling people I can't wait to get baking in there!) The list goes on and on...

We're very excited and making different plans every day. I can't wait to decorate it and get it looking like 'our' home. Thank you Lord for our new home!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ready for some spiritual and physical rest...

Crown of Thorns

Husband finally got his computer back from Dell (another story for another day), which is why I haven't written in a while. Thanks for being patient.

In the meantime, I've been working almost round the clock lately in preparation for the Good Friday and Easter services this Sunday. Our whole department has worked especially hard the last couple weeks getting everything ready, and when I left today, my boss was still working on getting everything in place. About 10:30 Monday morning, you could literally stand in the middle of the work room and feel the urgency as everyone in the office began to prepare for everything going on this weekend at the church; almost like everyone suddenly realized that this weekend was Easter! What a crazy week it's been! I am more than ready for some rest and rejuvenation this weekend.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

On our way...

House Hunting

Well, we're finally house hunting-- and in God's time! We're more than ready, so let the fun (and paper- signing) begin!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Ho hum...

Come Back Tomorrow

I don't have much on my mind today, other than getting ready for our eventual move in a couple months. We've been cleaning and clearing away, going through junk to the point where I broke our shredder! Oh well, at least we now have less junk to deal with, pack, move, and unpack. Woohoo!

Maybe I'll have more to say tomorrow...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Good things...

Peeking through

Lots of good things have happened lately, and they have made me very happy.
In no particular order:

*Time with Gabe, including church
*Finding a new quilting store that is possibly even better than the last
*Wake-up calls from my friend Caleb
*Grandmother's doing better
*Heating pads
*New Berry Krispies cereal! Anyone remember Smurf cereal?! This is smurfier!
*House-hunting
*Time with Mary, especially for dinners
*Special extra time with the in-laws before they move far away
*Awesome time with Husband

Monday, March 20, 2006

March 20

Spring Beginning

The first day of Spring is here and you wouldn't know it by looking outside! It's yucky and cold outside, and I say 'it's about time!' Where's my snow during the Wintertime, I ask you?!

The good news is the flowers are beautiful this time of year and once we're in our new place, Husband and I plan to plant a garden. We've been reading up on tips, tricks, and techniques; and who ever thought I would be reading a gardening book like it was the latest #1 bestseller? Certainly not me!

Spring Blossoms

Friday, March 17, 2006

Not by bread alone...

Bread

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Matthew 4:4 (NIV)

Lately I feel I've been completely in God's will, as far as our latest big decisions go, especially with budgeting and financial decisions. It's amazing the peace I have been feeling and I love it!

Recently I read that it's harder to not be in His will than it is to be in His will. At first that didn't make sense to me, but I finally got it. The unrest I feel when not in His will is huge and it's very convicting to know you're not following God's best for you. For once, I'm being obedient and it feels great!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

In Shock and Much Mourning...

Sidewalk

I am stunned and VERY bummed! My favorite quilting store, which I only found last year, has announced that they are closing and the owner is retiring. I am so sad, in case you can't tell! Much like this sidewalk ends and then another one begins in a new direction, I now have to find another fantabulous quilting store AND one in this area, which is extremely difficult to do! The saddest part about this whole situation of course is I didn't find out about the closing sale prices until the day after we budgeted our money for the next two weeks. I sincerely hope they're still open with some great fabrics in two more weeks! Please join me for a moment of some serious silence...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

A little good news...

Arboretum Flower

My grandmother has been very sick in the hospital. Today we got a little bit of good news and her doctor is slightly more optimistic now than he was before. So in honor of Grandmother and because I'll get to visit her again tomorrow, I celebrate with this photo from our visit Saturday to the Arboretum. We got many beautiful photos, so look for more in the future.

Monday, March 13, 2006

To brighten your day...

Carpet Cleaner

I have been trying for four days to get this picture available for you to enjoy! Finally with the help of Hubby, it's possible. This happened last Friday and I thought it was hilarious!

I am in desperate need of some laughter right now, so I'm sure someone else is too. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Testing 1, 2, 3...

Laptop

We've really focused lately on getting our website up and running, to the point where friends and family will want to visit our site on a regular basis. Husband has been working almost nonstop incorporating all the visions and ideas I have for the site. It's going to be awesome! Give us a few more days, and hopefully soon, you'll have a new website to enjoy!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Goin' downtown...

Downtown

Last week Meredith and I had TONS of fun together downtown taking pictures. When the two of us together are unleashed somewhere, people better watch out because craziness and hilarity ensue (much like a sitcom, but even better)! Suffice it to say, taking pictures with the lens cap on doesn't work very well, and traffic does not stop if you're standing in the middle of the busy street trying to take a picture! But we had fun, especially when we ended our afternoon adventures with some donuts! Yummy!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Thank you Brett & Rebecca!

Strawberry Lipsalve

SEVENTEEN tubes of chapstick! Brett and Rebecca went to the UK for a well-deserved vacation and I asked them to please get me my favorite chapstick while there. Boy did they ever! THANK YOU very much! You are both very appreciated! I'm very glad ya'll had such a great time together, resting and having fun!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Fixer- upper available for major overhaul!

fort doorway

Slowly, Husband and I are making improvements to daily life:
*a new server for the website
*a place to live when our lease expires
*healthy diet and new recipes
*exercise
*date nights to draw us even closer together
*more time spent with the Lord

It's very interesting to me that what I've been learning recently is so very true: The closer you are to the heart of God, the more aware you are of the 'sin that so easily entangles' and the more you want to 'fix' everything in your life. How wonderful to keep in mind it's not my responsibility to fix me, but Jesus working through me!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Pardon our dust...

We're working on moving the old blog over to our new server. Thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

He's home! He's home!

Gabe's First Deployment Home

So after two and a half days (plus the other seven months) of waiting for him to come home, my brother is finally home safe from his first deployment to Iraq!

It was VERY exciting to experience a Marine homecoming like this, as Husband put it: "I feel like I'm standing in about 340 living rooms right now." Very emotional reunions surrounding you amidst the sea of camoflage colored uniforms.

God blessed our little trip very much, and we got bonus time spent with one cool cousin and one cool aunt.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Quilting 101

Jan's First Quilt Fabric

Yesterday was our first meeting of Quilting 101 at our home. I was very nervous because I've never taught anything sucessfully in terms of hobbies like this. Quilting is not like scrapbooking where anything goes usually and you can pick it up so quickly. Quilting is a little more difficult but well worth the effort you put into it.

We had a lovely time spending the day together and my two "students" left still extremely excited about making their own quilts. The above shows Jan's quilt fabric which I happen to LOVE, as evidenced by the fact that we share the same fabric for our backings. Both Jan and Julie did a beautiful job choosing all of their fabrics, giving careful thought to both the comfort and aesthetic of the future quilt.

I am very proud of the start we have all gotten and I'm very excited to see what happens next week!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Tuesday Tuesday....

First Quilt Back Detail

Today was a fun, productive day with some fabric shopping thrown in. Fabric shopping is tons of fun and I love it! We didn't buy anything yet but I have very high hopes come Friday. I am however, full of yummy dinner food and ready for some rest and quiet time with the big Man. He's doing some amazing things right now.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Here it is!

First Quilt Front

First Quilt Back

Here are pictures of my first homemade quilt! It's gorgeous and I like it more everyday! This type of quilt design and size is called a Log Cabin lap quilt. I was cold earlier and it kept me from freezing to death on the couch. VERY handy to have around the house!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Trying something new

pretty sunset

I'm learning how to upload pictures here so I can put a picture of my quilt here. Just enjoy the pretty (yet grainy) picture and have no worries!

News, news and more news!

After hand sewing for about 7 hours with a dinner break, I finished my first quilt yesterday! It's beautiful and fun and very cool- looking, and we're already "arguing" over who gets to use it when we snuggle on the couch to watch tv.

I'm stinkin' excited to get started on my next quilting project, which I'm still debating exactly what to do and how big it will be. I'm very excited about the quilting class I'll be pseudo-teaching though. I can't wait to begin that!

In big news, my brother who's been serving in Iraq for seven months is soon to be on his way home! I can't wait and I'm very excited!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Adult, schmadult...

When did I become a card- carrying member of the adult world? I remember the day I realized I was old enough to pass for an adult: I owned a car and paid bills and had a job (I was doing laundry at the time too.).

But lately it seems as though life has thought up new and surprising ways to show me that yes, indeed, I am a true blue, full- fledged adult. Real hard- core life issues and problems, medical issues, health histories, job losses, death, politics and relationships become what I talk about with friends and family members. I remember when we used to talk about school and boys and high school jobs and what our parents were doing to embarass us.

When did that crossover occur when all responsibility landed on my shoulders? I think somedays I would like to put on some overalls, eat a fudgesicle, play outside with my friends, and not think about the 'adult world' for a while.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Is it just me?

Is it just me or is satan working extra hard lately? I've been finding it a little more difficult to find the blessings amidst the hard things going on. There are still many good things going on and lots of fun but it seems like it's taking more effort to remember the good vs. the bad.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The start of 2006

Well though Husband has been working nonstop, we managed to get a good half day together today. The weekend was good for me though the resting and playing came before the working and errands (I prefer the opposite for my usual weekend plans.).

This week is busy but lots of good things are planned, so I'm looking forward to experiencing each day. It seems like that is how this year will be-- lots of busyness and plans but lots of good stuff too.

Husband thinks this is our year of surprises and I think he's right. I wonder what our first surprise will be?

Friday, January 13, 2006

Happy Birthday Jan!

My ode to Jan:

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Jan who is rockin' awesome!
Happy birthday to you!

I hope your day is special and filled with pampering and all kinds of wonderful surprises!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Say what?!

"You're not on the list and you haven't paid to take the class."
This quote was said to me on the phone last night as I was walking out the door to my quilting class. I've been signed up for the class for two months but for whatever reason there was a mix up but the teacher still let me come. Whew!

"I don't like to quilt."
This quote was one of the first things our quilting teacher told us last night when she began the class. Suffice it to say I got a little worried when I heard this and had to have her repeat (and explain) herself. Turns out she likes designing and piecing the quilts more than sewing the three layers of the quilts together (She lets another quilting buddy do that part for her.).

My class last night was so awesome! It was fun and my teacher is awesome! She's hilarious and very knowledgeable. Her husband comes to take pictures of the classes to put on the store's website, so one day soon my embarassed face will be on the web making my quilt.

Three more weeks to go and I'm on my way!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Today's the day!

Today's the day I begin to learn to quilt! I'm stinkin' excited and can't believe I have to wait until tonight to go. I ironed all my fabrics last night, which if anyone knows me at all, was a tremendous feat for me. (Might I add that all the fabrics are still pretty wrinkly looking?!)

I can't wait to reveal to all my finished quilt. I'll probably end up carrying it around with me for days so everyone I know can see it. I'll have my own special "binkie."

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The fabrics, dahling!

Husband is working this weekend so I'm spending my days being lazy and getting better. Today's one errand was to buy fabric for my quilting class this Tuesday. I had so much fun picking fabric in that store that I think that's my favorite part so far of quilting. (By the way, Meredith couldn't be with me today in favor of the nap she so desperately needed. I missed you Mere, but I hope you got some good rest. I can't wait to show you these fabrics!) These fabrics are so fun and funky and pretty all at the same time that I just can't wait the 4 weeks it will take me to make the quilt! I am praying this teacher doesn't mess me up this time (I don't think she will.) and that I will go on to many future years of quilt-making. Just wait until you see it!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Snow, snow, snow, snow, snowwwwwwwwww!

Where's the snow?! It's like spring here when it should be winter. I heard thunder twice last week which tells me I'm expecting what, for our area, should be blizzard like conditions. Where is it?! I've got some candles, water and milk. I want to have to rush to the store for bread and batteries and cans of soup. I want to try to remember the friends with fireplaces in their homes and play games while trying to see by flashlight and candlelight. So bring the snow!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Never again

So I am getting over yet another infection, having been sick AGAIN. The doctor gave me lots of medicines, one of them being something to help me sleep. Well the other night the instructions for this medicine were not very clear so suffice it to say I accidentally took too much and was loopy the following day (yesterday).

Jesus totally protected me and took care of me because I went to work and made it through a whole day and night before "sobering up" today and realizing how out of it I really was. I never want to be that drugged again, even accidentally like this was. What a scary experience.

On a lighter note, my quilting class begins next week and I am EXCITED! Husband and I will go shop for fabrics for the quilt this weekend. Woohoo!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

It's about time! 365 days to be exact!

Well happy new year 2006 everybody (the three of you that read this site- wink wink). I am extremely happy to see last year go and a new year begin. 2005 was a very difficult year for Husband and me in many ways, but in the last month as we have been gearing up for the annual change, we've found many blessings to be thankful for:

*Husband got a permanent job that he likes with great benefits
*Brother is still safe in Iraq (or as safe as can be)
*We will see Grandpa again one day; in the meantime he is having the time of his life with Jesus
*My job is rockin' awesome as always and my boss thinks I am VERY good at it
*Our new nephew was born in September and is stinkin' blinkin' cute
*Our friends are wonderful as always and truly from God
*Husband and I are closer since he quit his part-time job back in April

And the list continues... Thank you Lord for the good times and the difficult times. May the good times outweigh the difficult times!