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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

and a merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas everyone! :-D

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

1, 2, 3...

Still on a high from this past weekend, and slowly but surely catching up on everything that's been on hold... God is good!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A sigh of contentment

Life is good right now. Blessing abound, if you only focus on them. Some things I am thankful for:


* CC is home safely from his work conference (He was gone almost a week!)
*Gabe is home safely from his third deployment
*Dinner with family tonight
*Hand & Foot until 1:30am, followed by Hand & Foot until 2:30am!!!
*Great sleep
*Awesome friends who are family to us
*Financial blessings during a difficult economic time
*A really great church

Friday, November 07, 2008

Moving ahead...

Glad I'm on the mend as we have such a fun weekend ahead of us! I'm going to learn (and probably lose a lot) how to play poker from our 'whale' of a friend! Woohoo! We'll hopefully get my office finally moved-- very much looking forward to that! And we get to visit CP&L (& B)!!!! I'm so excited!!!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sigh

Two colds, a sinus infection, and now strep throat... I still say it's the most wonderful time of the year, but it's hard to be excited about it today.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A most blogworthy day!

Yesterday was such a wonderful day! Some highlights include:

  • It is beginning to FEEL like Fall!

  • Candy corn is sooo addictive!

  • A truly relaxing day for me

  • Successful shopping-- what could be better than that?!

  • High school football, especially when we won (You're out of the pocket!!!!!)

  • Being with fun people

  • Dessert and reconnecting

  • Cherry cough syrup that we HAD to drink, since it was $8! (it's the principle)

  • An overall truly fun and special date night

  • Looking forward to the next one!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rant

I just saw a Klondike commercial where a husband was rewarded with a Klondike bar simply for listening to his wife (or at least pretending to). Things like that make me so angry!

I know many people (single, divorced, and married) who struggle with marital issues. Why have our society add to it, which seems to encourage the unhappiness?! What about those of us who are happily married and quite content? Why can't our society encourage happily married people?! Argh...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Provision

He always provides. I don't know why we doubt this promise so often, but our God is always faithful. Praise the Lord!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Missing a cigar (butt)?

So tonight CC & I went to eat dinner at a restaurant which shall remain nameless. Now, when it first opened, this place was amazing! Lately though it's gone downhill quickly, and we leave disappointed every time. Well, we're tired and we were hungry and hadn't been in a while, so we both went to give it one last try and we each got a basket of fries and chicken fingers.

I had given up on my meal (it tasted weird, but I was hungry and ate about half) and went to consolidate my basket with the empty bread basket when I lifted off the tissue paper (that sits between your food and the basket) to find an unsual and unwanted present.

There was an old cigar butt in my basket! Gross was an understatement! It was so nasty that not even the manager had words. Fortunately, she was thoroughly disgusted and embarassed and ate the cost of our meal (CC's too). Needless to say, I think I've officially given up on this restaurant, despite the kind manager, Katee. Poor Katee. Ugh.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

So last Friday I went to wait in line to get the new iPhone 3G. I was about 33rd in line and settled in for a long wait. It was fun and CC eventually came to wait with me, which was super sweet. (He ended up missing two meetings at work to do it, so that was even more sweet.)

Well, the short version of the saga is that the one I wanted (black 16G) was all but promised and in my hands TWICE! To my chagrin, I left empty-handed, and the manager gave me expedited shipping and a free car charger with my order-- that's how close I was to having it! Big SIGH...

All this to say, I sure hope it comes in tomorrow!

Friday, July 04, 2008

A sigh of contentment

In case anyone actually reading my blog doesn't yet realize, I love our friends. We had such a great time (as always) and I am continually amazed at how God has blessed us through our friendships. Our friends are our family, and I always look forward to the next time we get together.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Dark Side

Today CC switched to the Dark Side. He's been thinking of it for a few months, and today he made it official. We are now the proud owners of a gas grill. Last week we had a yard sale where he moved toward the Dark Side by selling his charcoal grill. That was a BIG deal. He's almost got this beast put together, and I for one can't wait to see how short an amount of time it will be until we're having grilled chicken for dinner. The verdict is still out on the taste; but if the grilled chicken at Dave's two weeks ago is any indication, we should be good to go.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Elucidate, vacillate, and more -ates

I love big words. Not just big words, but uncommonly used big words. I don't like them because some people think they make you sound snobby or smarter-- I honestly like how they sound when you say them. And me being the grammar/punctuation nazi some think me to be, I love how they spell too. :-)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The curse is broken!

We finally got away for a vacation-- we've been trying for a couple years now, and every time in the past one or both of us has been sick and not able to go. This year we finally made it! Woohoo!

Highlights from our vacation:

  • Visiting Dave & Merrill (and Bear!)

  • Nashville in general is a place we love

  • IKEA!!!

  • 32 types of Coca-Cola from all over the world (N-A-S-T-Y! for most of them)

  • NOT the prime rib, but the winking pepper was funny!

  • The road trips we take tend to be some of God's best handiwork (and the most beautiful)

  • Movies, movies, and more movies

  • Amazing times of worship

  • Cracker Barrel

  • Wii Fit

  • House

  • My mysterious allergic reaction resulting in some 'Angelina Jolie' lips

  • Susan Day-- whatever I wanted us to do

  • CC Day-- whatever CC wanted us to do

  • I finally got to the downtown Summer farmers' market-- yay!

  • Fun times with friends

Thursday, June 12, 2008

All good

So I know I haven't written in a while, but my life is still very much a blessed one. Our friends right now are such a blessing and such a HUGE part of our lives-- God sure does know what He's doing, doesn't He? We love them like family, and we're having the time of our lives right now.

Speaking of which, Congrats to the Johnsons!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

How cool!

"But the boy [Samuel] ministered to the Lord..." 1 Samuel 2:11

I was reading 1 Samuel yesterday and this verse stayed with me. I tend to forget what a blessing I can be to the Lord. I so often think of how He blesses me and how grateful I am for the way He ministers to me (through the Word, other Christians, etc.), that I rarely stop to realize exactly how much of a joy and blessing I am to Him. How cool is that?!

Of course, it makes me take stock of my thoughts and behaviors to realize I could definitely be more of a blessing than I probably am (to be more Christ-like, in other words). How humbling is that?!

Just some thoughts to think about...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to my favorite person in the whole world, and my best friend! I love you more each day. I hope your day oozes with awesome!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Discouragement schmiscouragement

I'll not lie... today was quite the discouraging day-- poor JP got bashed around a bit, a friend's son is in the hospital, and today is trying to be rainy (a good thing typically, but this is just depressing). JP and I figured out that the stupid devil is trying to bring us down and turn us in the wrong direction. I'm glad he figured that out for us so we can stand against it.

The nice thing is when I got home, encouraging things took place: guitar hero came today, a friend is turning two next month and we got an adorable invite to the party, and two of my favorite magazines came today. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Say what?

Last week at Chapel we learned how to be better listeners and to be more encouraging to others, especially our coworkers. I almost skipped due to the massive amount of work to be done, but I ended up being really happy I was there. It's a great reminder of where our hearts need to be in relationship to other people, Christians and unbelievers alike.

It's interesting to me that after Chapel, being heard is a common frustration I am hearing from my friends and family, repeatedly. How much easier would life be, in general, if you felt heard and listened to? What a great thing then that Jesus is always listening to us, no matter if it's 3 in the afternoon, or 3 in the morning. And- here's the part I like- we ALWAYS have His undivided attention. How important we are to Him that we receive His undivided attention anytime we want it! I don't even feel that way all the time towards my husband- and that's me wanting to hear his great work stories! Anyway, I'm just thinking... the next time I don't feel heard, I hope I remember there's always Someone willing to listen, no matter what.

Friday, March 07, 2008

My cup runneth over...

This week has been a lull in between some really crazy busyness at work, and I've been truly enjoying it. I've even had time to listen to my iPod this week, and enjoying a throwback to my growing up years with some older-but-just-as-good music. I have also been listening to the song CC proposed to. We also used it during our wedding ceremony; it's called "A Page Is Turned" by Bebo Norman. It's a very appropriate song for where we were at the time.

It's also a great song for where we are now, with eyes on the Lord and then each other. It's been interesting to me to think about what we thought then that life would be like now, versus what it actually is now. I don't know if that makes sense, but though I thought life would be good, my life is so much better than what I could ever have imagined. The blessings are innumerable to me, and I praise the Lord for this life I have.

He's brought me to a wonderful place and I am truly grateful. I have a lovely home, a job and people I work with that I absolutely adore, great Godly friends, and I am still married to my best friend who I love more each day.

Friday, February 29, 2008

SOLD!

Craig's List is our friend! We'd had stuff for sale all week but it came down to the wire. Our new furniture comes tomorrow at 9:30am, and we got home tonight at 9pm. By 10pm it was all gone! We were trying to trust the Lord last night (me struggling more than CC) that He would work it all out, even if everything was squished into the kitchen until it sold. I know better than to doubt God, but isn't it great that He still reveals Himself even when we are being stupid? All this to say-- Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

K.I.T.

It's that time of year again-- one of my most favorite events of the year (despite the hard work it takes to pull it off). This means we're crazy busy, and well, just plain crazy at this point. We're having fun, which is always good when you're serving the Lord. That's also a great reminder to me when I'm tired or frustrated-- that I'm working for the Lord.

The bummer right now is that it feels like I'm living at the church, or soon will be. This of course really means that I am not able to connect and stay in touch with everyone I would like to. I think about these people, and pray for them, which is well and good; but it's hard when there's no time to spend with your loved ones, much less write a quick email or note to let them know they're on your mind.

So to everyone I say-- love you, miss you, thinking about you, and I can't wait to catch up! Just bear with me!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rest

Lately the Lord has been so very good to CC and me. We have so much to be thankful for, and we know it. We have to continue to be very wise but so far the Lord is providing answers to our questions, and smart decisions are being made. We're just so pleased! It's all about holding out for His best, and not just His good. Praise the Lord for what He has done!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

snow!

CC had to work today, so I have been home all day waiting and waiting. For what you ask? Snow! The 'weather forecasters' predicted it would begin about mid-morning, and thus far (it's 2pm), nothing but rain. I'm so disappointed, but I'm holding out hope that the snow is on its way.

If you are more experienced with snow where you grew up, you may think my excitement is an overreaction, but I assure you, it's not. We so rarely get snow, I was beginning to think there would never be the chance for snow again (what with global warming and all that stuff)! When it's September and the temperature is still over 100 degrees, you don't hold out much hope for snow during the wintertime.

I hope this explains my excitement, as I sit here dreaming about snow cream and Frosty, with the windows wide open, just waiting for the first flake to fall...

Friday, January 18, 2008

An interesting thought

SO very many blessings have been poured out on us lately, that I even hate to mention any negativity. However, today is the second time this month that a very important financial resource has been incorrect, and it's getting old, which means I'm getting angry about it.

However, I've been rereading my Lori Wick books recently, and one thing that one of her characters says has really been sticking with me. This character is angry with the people and situations around her, and someone points out to her that she's not really angry with these people or situations; she's angry with God. Since He's in control of everything and everyone, even when He's not pleased with what's going on, He's still taking care of her. I don't know if I'm explaining this well, but the point is she was mad at God at the root of the issue because He was allowing these things and people to get to her. So she had to confess that anger and deal with it.

Now clearly since I think these people who've caused us this problem are a bunch of idiots, I've got a lot left to learn. At least I was reminded of this lesson last night. I need to handle my anger correctly and focus on the blessings in the situation and not just the problem.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lazy Days

Reconnecting with friends and a long nap made for a great Sunday afternoon! What a great way to start this week.