Thursday, March 26, 2009

May Be Boring... but New!

Not much has been going on lately.  Just staying busy as I try to wrap up this semester.  I think I'm down to about 6 weeks left til graduation!  Woo-hoo :)

Other than school related stuff, I have been staining cabinets again.  This cabinet project is taking F.O.R.E.V.E.R, but we have to go slow cause we are so busy. 

We've also been spending money like crazy.  You would think this is a good thing, but it hasn't been too fun. 

See, my idea of "fun" spending money is on new springtime clothes, shoes, new phones, a good book, some lenses for my camera, etc.

But instead this is where our money has gone...IMG_0875 IMG_0878

                 tile for our kitchen counter

It's not yet installed, but I'm happy to know that it will soon replace the 1970's looking laminate that we currently have.

         door with internal blinds for our carport

It looks similar to this, but without the side panel.  Our current door is the original door from this house and looks like it belongs on a travel trailer or something.

                            range hood-vent thingy

I'm not really sure what these are called, but we needed a new one.  Our old one was yellowish-beige.  All of our appliances are white.  Yep, this was a necessity.


I warned that this would be a boring post, but it's important to me. I'm so ready to have a completed new kitchen!  And even though I'm not spending money on "fun" stuff, I'm happy with our new purchases.


Hopefully we will have a fun weekend so I can post some fun stuff.  Ha!  Thanks for bearing with me on this one!


Now I'm off to put up laundry and put another coat of stain on those cabinets.  Then for the rest of the night I'll look like this....


           just hanging out on the couch being lazy

                                and LOVING it!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

prayers needed

Baby boy Stellan needs prayers today.
You can read details here.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

the weekend

Oh how I love weekends! Especially weekends with good weather. It's been gorgeous around here lately. Not too hot, not too cold, not too windy... just sunny and wonderful!

Saturday Justin surprised me and got someone to work for him so we could spend the day together. We just hung out at the house mostly. Oh, and we went "tree hunting". Ha. We want to plant an oak tree in our front yard. We went out in some woods behind his parents house to look for one, but didn't have any luck. This is what we were looking for and didn't find--

Later that evening, we decided to go out and eat.

I have lost about 8 pounds on my diet. And what better way to celebrate weight loss than by eating out AND having dessert?! haha! :) I know, it makes no sense. But it sure was good!

Justin was not feeling the camera, and this is the one and only picture I got from the evening.CIMG2391

Today (Sunday) was my very first time to help out with Kids' Church. I didn't really do too much. My job description is "crowd control". The kids were really well behaved, though, and I didn't have to get mean with 'em. ;)

I actually got a lot out of the message. It was about the peace of God and how He's with us all the time. We have access to Him and His peace in every circumstance. We just have to accept it.

And then...

it was time for prayer. Dun, dun, dunnnn...

I pray for myself and for others all the time. But I have prayed out loud for someone very, VERY few times. Crystal (the teacher of the class I was helping) asked me to come and help pray with the kids. My heart started racing and my palms got sweaty. I have no clue why, but that thought made me sooooo nervous.

I didn't think I would know what to say. But I did it anyway. It ended up being an awesome experience. I prayed with this little girl that one of her family members would come to know Jesus. She was very worried about this person. We prayed about her concerns and that God would just give her peace in this situation.

It moved me to tears. I could not believe that I was crying! It was very moving. And afterward the girl looked at me in they eyes and said, "Thank you so much for doing that." It made it all worth it.

That's all for now. I'm off to enjoy the rest of my weekend! It's back to school and student teaching tomorrow.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, March 20, 2009

What do you think?

So, I know I just changed my background on here a few days ago, but I decided to change it again.

After I chose my last background (black, white, and green) I started seeing it on several other blogs. There's nothing wrong with that, I just wanted something different that I don't see often.

So, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Keep this, go back to what I had, or try something else different?

Cloth Diapering

So, you know how I said I've been thinking about all things baby?

Well, one thing Justin and I have been discussing is what kind of diapers we will use. Funny, huh? Considering we aren't even pregnant yet.
But I like to be prepared. I'm a big time planner and list maker.

I've done a little online research into cloth diapering, and I really want to give it a try. It seems pretty easy and very beneficial to the environment. Not to mention we would save a ton of money over the years. Can you imagine how much we would spend to diaper 3 babies??!

Today MckMama wrote a post all about her cloth diapering system. She has four little ones and seems to know alot about it. I thought it was interesting AND she's giving away some diapers so I thought I would share! Check it out here.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Love Languages

Do you know your love language?

I have a book called The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.  I read it a while back before I met Justin.  Recently, though, I had him take a quiz with me so I could know what his Love Language is.  I took the quiz too.  We found out that my number 1 is physical touch and that is his last!  Ha!  Opposites attract?  I dunno, but we work it out.  It's helpful to know your spouse's love language because you can do things that show them love in a way they can understand.

I just found this quiz online where you can find out your Love Language and thought I'd share.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

good times with friends


Yesterday, my friend Heather asked me to go shopping for baby furniture with her.  Heather has been a great friend of mine for many many many years.  We were even roomies in college for a while, I was in her wedding, and I am super excited that she is having her first little one in August!  So of course, I said yes and had a great time!  I love looking at all things baby related.  We didn't buy anything, but she narrowed it down to just a few choices.  It made my baby fever just a tad bit worse.. haha! 

Congrats, Heather and Chad on the baby!  I cannot wait to find out if it's a baby boy or a baby girl!!!


Then last night was mine and Justin's double date with our new-found friends from church, Ryan and Lindsey.  We decided on sushi from a local place called Samurai.  It took about an hour for our food to come out, but it sure was worth the wait.  It was so very yummy.  Since I have been on this new diet, I haven't been eating a lot of tasty food, and last night was a TREAT for me. 

After dinner, Ryan and Lindsey invited to their house to watch American Idol.  They bought an older home after they got married and completely gutted and remodeled it.  I loved it.  It was so cute and cozy.  I told Lindsey I wanted to steal some of her decorating ideas and redo my house!

We never got to American Idol though.  We kept talking and talking and by the time they turned it on, this little lady was ready for bed!  Since I started student teaching I have developed a new built in bed time.  I start getting REALLY sleepy about 11:00.

Needless to say, I can't wait to do it again!

I thank God for friends!!!

and a wonderful hubby!


Monday, March 16, 2009


It did FINALLY stop raining long enough for me to make a trip to visit my momma. My sister and niece went with me. I got my mom a photo album full of pictures of Ava, myself, and my sister for her birthday. She loved it. Yay! I love when I do a good job on gift giving. Heck, I love gift giving in general.

Riley was there visiting again so Ava got to play with her cousin. They are only one day apart, yet so different. They are at the age where they realize each other are there, but still don't play together. They do take toys from each other though.. that was interesting! Ha!

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When we FINALLY left, this is what Ava looked like, and how we all felt! I wanted to go to sleep so bad. Driving home was a little more important at the time though.


I FINALLY got to see my movie! Justin worked the early shift and got off work by 5pm!

We got to see what it's like to be a "normal" couple. Justin cleaned up around the house for me and then took me to eat dinner at Olive Garden. Then back home to watch Changeling.

I have to say, I really like Angelina Jolie as an actress. I don't always agree with her life decisions, but it is her life. Anywho.. she did a great job in this movie. The movie was really good. It is 2 1/2 hours long, but Justin even stayed interested (which says alot). It does have a handful or two of ugly words and a tad bit of violence. I wouldn't let my kiddos watch it (if I had kiddos), but it was okay for me and the hubby.

We FINALLY have plans for a double date! Justin and I are what you could call "lacking" in the friend department. Individually we both have friends, but we don't have couple friends to hang out with. We've both been praying that God give us some good married friends to do stuff with. Well last night after church we made plans to go to dinner with another couple from church. They are the youth pastors and are both super cool and sweet. We are going out for sushi and I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

He's no janitor

I know, I know.. I'm spending way too much time blogging and messing with my blog tonight, but Justin's at work and I'm bored. :)

I just read my devotional thingy for the day and really liked it. I want to share a piece of what it said.

Stop treating God like a janitor you call when you've made a mess and need someone to clean it up; or as your "go to" person when you need something you can't otherwise get. Don't go to God for a miracle, go for a relationship- and you can walk in His miraculous provisions every day.

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (psalms 91:1). Note the words "dwells" and "abide". Instead of commuting in and out, stay in contact with God and all that He has will be available to you.

Okay, that's it. No more blogging for me. At least until tomorrow!


Rain, Rain, Go Away!

I like sunny, breezy, 75 degree weather.
I'm not liking that it was sunny, breezy, and 75 only 2 days ago, but is now nasty, rainy, and 40 degrees.

I need this raining nastiness to leave because I wanna go see my momma tomorrow for her birthday. For any normal person, rain wouldn't be a factor. But I'm not normal.
I absolutely hate driving in the rain. It scares me. I have to go slow and hold onto the wheel with both hands at the 10 and 2 positions while hunched over as close to the windshield as possible. Yes, I'll drive around town if it's raining and even get on the interstate if I need to. But I'm not about to drive 45 minutes in the country with no cell phone service in the rain. No thank you!

So, please, rain... just leave!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Momma!

Today is a special day to me.  It's the birthday of a lady that is simply irreplaceable to me... my mother.  She is very special and dear to my heart.  I love her more than I know how to say.  I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't had her in my life.  She has been so strong for me through so much.  I didn't realize it when I was young, but now I do.. she made so many sacrifices for me.  She would give up just about anything to make sure I was happy.  I have a feeling I will be a good mom some day thanks to the example she gave me.  It wasn't always easy, and we had our fights, but I wouldn't trade my momma for the world.


My mom lives about 45 minutes away from me now, which neither of us are happy about. I wish we still lived close so we could have mommy-daughter lunch dates, movie dates, park dates, and afternoon visits.  But for now, I'll just visit as often as I can and be thankful for how blessed I am to have her as my mother.

Happy Birthday, Momma!!!  I Love You!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I Feel Like Being Random Again!

My student teaching evaluation went pretty well.  I had my little ones paint with scrubber sponges that I found at the dollar store and play with play dough.  My teacher gave me good scores and said that she thought I was doing a great job.  She even said she thinks I was too hard on myself during my self evaluation.  That was nice to hear!

I think I'm really going to like the dollar tree when I'm teaching in my own classroom.  They had a bunch of little stuff that I could put to use for different activities!


The in-laws rented this movie the other night and let us borrow it.  They know that I'm a freak about movies, and Justin even likes ones that are based on a true story.  We usually try to stay away from rated R movies, but I have really been wanting to see this since I saw the previews for it.  And since Justin's parents watched it, they could tell us what to expect as far as language, violence, and all that.  I can't wait to have time to sit down and watch it.  Anyone seen it?  If so, what did ya think?


I've been debating about writing this next little section for quite a while now.  I don't mind being personal on my blog, but since I don't know who all reads this that I know personally, I've been holding off on writing this.  I don't want to get anyone thinking anything wrong or get any rumors started.  I've finally decided though, that this is my blog for things I want to remember- so I'm writing whatever I want!  Ha!

For the past several months I have had a touch of baby fever.  I know we aren't ready yet, and I'm okay with that.  But it doesn't change the facts.  I feel like I'm ready to be a mommy.  I've always wanted to have children.  A mom and wife are the only two things I really want to be when I "grow up".  Lately, it's been apparent that the time must be getting close.

I walk through the baby section everywhere I go.  I read books about pregnancy and parenting.  I spend time looking up baby names and their meanings on the internet .  I have a closet full of baby clothes and other baby items that were given to me by my sister.  I have a bookshelf dedicated to baby and children's books.  And lastly, I have been dreaming about babies, my babies, ALOT.

I have dreams at least once a week where I'm either pregnant or just had a baby.  I have had dreams about having twins many times and even triplets one time.  (God help us if that's true! ha!)  Last night was the most vivid of them all.  We had just had a baby girl in the local hospital.  We were trying to decide on a middle name.  And I was up taking pictures of her with the camera I just got for Christmas.  All of my family was there with us.  It was very real.

I wonder when our time will be?...


My sister and her little family went to Georgia to visit with Dom's dad and his family.  I miss them bunches.  I can't wait to see this little face again.Imported Photos 00275 She's so pretty.  Even in the bathtub.  :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

It's been a while..

Almost a week since I've posted.  What's gotten into me?!  I hate that I've been a bad blogger, but I'm just too darn busy!  Like right now for instance, I need to be studying for a midterm that I have tonight and then showering and then eating dinner and then picking up the house.  Oh well, it can wait.

Just a couple of quick updates--

*Today I'm starting a new diet.  It's embarrassing the amount of weight I've gained in the past year and half, therefore I will not mention that enormous number here.  Just know that it's ALOT.  And starting today, I WILL get rid of some of it.

*I recently decided to volunteer at the church doing Children's Ministry.  I'm pretty excited about it.  My first time will be not next Sunday, but the next.  Woo-hoo!  I know I'm called to work with the kiddos, so this is my first real step in that direction!

*Justin got laid off from his day time job.  It's a bummer, and money is tight... but we are trying to see it as a good thing.  Now he has more free time to get involved at the church.  He is starting some new things as well.  I just don't know all the details yet.

*We have an opportunity to do missions this year!  The trip is to Honduras in September.  That is all I know so far. I should find out more details soon.  I'm really hoping (and praying) that we get to go!

*One of my bestest girlfriends, Penny, came and visited me today for the first time since I got married.  It was fun to catch up.  I miss her alot.  We were BFF for a long time.  I even lived with her and her family for a while.

*Midterms are this week.  I don't like that idea because it means I have extra work.  But I love it because it means I'm almost done with school!!!


And just because I like to have pictures in my posts---Imported Photos 00168

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

real thoughts...

***This is gonna be a long one***

I finally have some time alone.. some free time.  (I do have class in 2 hours, but I don't want to think about that just yet.)

I still haven't figured out exactly what is going on in my spirit/mind/emotions/heart right now.  All I know is that I'm being changed.  It's not an easy process either.

For the past 3-4 years I have been a Christian.  Although I grew up in church and loved Jesus, I didn't really give my life to Him until much more recently.  And only in the past 2 years have I really started having a daily personal relationship with Christ (which in my opinion is what being a Christian is all about.)  I read my Bible.  I talk to God about things big and small.  I pray for myself, my family, my friends, and others in need.  I go to church regularly twice a week at least.  I have been involved in small groups.

BUT something has not been RIGHT.  Lately I just feel this extra burden in my spirit.  Something tugging at me.

I know I'm not living my life in a way that completely glorifies God.  Sometimes I get caught up in the busyness of my life and start just "going through the motions".  I go days at a time without spending time with my Creator.  I don't treat my husband good.  I don't put others before myself.  I can be plain out rotten to be honest.

However, I know I'm called to more.  I know that I'm called to walk as He walked.  I'm called to be loving, joyful, patient, kind, forgiving, merciful, faithful, etc.  I know that I'm called to be a Godly wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, teacher.  I know that I'm called to share God's Word and His Love with those around me and those on the other side of the world that have never heard His name.

My question lately is "how do I get from HERE to THERE?"  There's a huge difference between where I am and where I need to be, where I will one day be.

Although I still don't have it figured out, the Lord has been speaking some things to my heart.  He's been telling me first of all that in order to see a change in my outcome, I must first change what I'm putting in.  If I continue doing the same things, I'm not going to see changes in my life.  For me, this means that I need to change how I spend my time.  I need to spend less time watching TV and movies, less time on facebook and myspace, less time reading blogs, and more time focused on my Savior. 

He's been telling me that I need to stop focusing my attention on the troubles in my life.  I am one to always look at my storms/battles/problems.  But instead I should be focusing my attention on the positive things in my life.  I need to be thankful for all that I do have.  I am blessed beyond measure.  God is so faithful to Justin and myself.  He has never let us down.  Ever.  It's so easy for me to say that and know it is truth, but when hard times come it's not so easy anymore.  Well, my goal is to push myself to be more positive in all things.

He's been telling me that He is that same as He always has been and always will be.  If I could trust Him so many times before, I can trust Him again.  And again.  And again.  And again.

He's been telling me (and this is one of my favorites!) that if I'll do my very best, He will do the rest.  I don't have to be perfect or near perfect. I just have to desire to be better and put myself completely out there, and He will meet me where I am.


I always see great speakers, great musicians, great singers, great prayer warriors and honestly I want to be like them.  I want to be a person that leaves a mark on this world when I leave it.  I want God to use me to turn peoples' worlds upside down.  I want people to see Jesus and His love shining through me.

But am I willing to do what it takes to see those things come to pass in my life?  I haven't been.  But I feel like that is where I'm going.  He is preparing my heart and my mind to take that next step.  I'm definitely not there yet, but I'm happy to be on my way.


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Monday, March 2, 2009

busy, busy

Since my last post I feel like I haven't had ANY free time to get alone with God. I hate that. And the worst part is, I'm gonna be busy all week. I still plan on praying and reading as usual, but before I write about what all is going on I want to really spend quality time focusing on what He is trying to say and do.

I'm so busy because.... well, for one, school is nuts-o right now. Next week is midterms, so I have alot of work to get done for all my classes. Student teaching is taking m0re time now because I'm having to write my own lesson plans.
Oh, and to top off all the normal weekly stuff (school, student teaching, cleaning house, cooking, spending time with my hubby) we decided to have a garage sale this weekend. And yes, we just started getting ready for it today!!! It's hectic to say the least. But we have lots of junk to get rid of and can for sure use some extra cash.

Total change of subject-- I bought some rugs online for my living room. They came in today and totally do not match. They look nothing like they did in the picture on my computer! Grrr... Now I'm back to square one on that too!

Sorry about all the complaining. Just ignore me. I'll be fine! haha :)

Have a great day!!!