Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
He and his wife are so sweet and I just love them as if they were part of our family. It has been neat to see how many lives he impacted. During the last few weeks people have been posting on his facebook page just how much he was used in their life. If I am only half as useful in the Kingdom of God as he was, well I don't know how to finish that statement. Let's just say this man was a true man of faith. He was happy and cheerful even though he knew his time on earth was coming to a close.
I ache for his sweet wife. I could not imagine all that she has been through and will continue to go through. I hope that you will join me in praying for her and her kids.
We will miss you David, but I know you are not reading this in heaven because you are singing praises to our Savior! Sing a song for me and I will see you when I get there.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Yesterday we had our friend Lindsey over for dinner. Her husband works out on an oil rig so he is home for a week or two then off at work for a week or two. I don't know why I hadn't thought of this sooner. Anyways, she came over for pizza and then I went to her house and helped her with some cookies. I told her several times that cookies are not my thing, but she still trusted me enough to roll the cookie dough and cut shapes with the cutters. It was fun doing that and made me want to bake some! I told Justin that and he said something to the effect of "oh so you took a day off from wanting to bake?" He was being silly, but of course it is true. I want to bake everyday. I just love it! Lindsey and I decided it is therapeutic. I also enjoy making people happy when I give it to them. So today at Target I got some Pillsbury sugar cookies with the pictures in the middle (Christmas tree and reindeer) and made them. My friend Misti is planning on coming over and we are going to try to outline the pictures in the middle with icing. Hoping it goes well, if not who cares, they taste yummy! I will post some pictures if they turn out good. :)
This weekend Justin and I are participating in a 5K in downtown OKC! I am excited. It has got both of us walking on the treadmill this week in preparation. I will let you know how that goes too.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
So any suggestions on what I can have ready for Justin's lunch on days that I am sick or don't sleep well? He doesn't like to take things that have to be heated up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
What have you been doing to be a Proverbs 31 women? Stay tuned because soon I am going to have a guest post from one of my good friends, telling us how she is doing at being a Proverbs 31 women. If you would be interested in doing a guest post let me know I would love to post it or link up to your page so people can read about it.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I honestly though I would gain seeing how I went over my points limit a couple of times this week. But I am so glad that I went because (drum roll please) I lost! 1.6 pounds to be exact. This brings my total weight loss to 13.6 pounds!
I thought it only fitting that I heard this song on my way home. The part that says "I was yours but I'm not yours anymore. You don't own me" Just really hit home because that is what I wanted to say to my weight!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
I love that I have friends with little girls. This gives me a reason to shop in the girl section of stores.
For now it is just me and my boys! I even got them shirts today that said "no girls allowed, except mommy". I love it! I am so blessed to have my boys, but maybe some day we will be blessed with a little girl of our own. Here is hoping it isn't anytime soon though. ;)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
I firmly believe that this book saved my marriage. Now, when we read it we had only been married for about 4 or 5 months, so it is not like our marriage was bad. We were still in that "honeymoon" phase. I do believe, however, that by reading this book we avoided a lot of arguments and disappointments.
You see my love language is gifts and words of affirmation. Which means when showing someone that I care for/love them I often get gifts. I love shopping for gifts. I think it is one of my favorite things to do! To find that perfect gift for someone you love...ahh, it is just great.
Ok, now my husbands love language is acts of service and quality time. So when I built up what I thought was going to be the best Christmas gift ever, our first Christmas together, I was pretty disappointed with his reaction. Not to say he wasn't thankful for all of the effort and thought I put into his gift because I believe he was, but to him it was just a gift, it didn't say I LOVE YOU, like it did to me.
I would like to say that since my husband and I know each others love language that we always speak it and are constantly reminded of how much we love each other. Let's just say we are human. We make mistakes. We get tired, lazy, selfish, depressed and just plan worn out. So one way that my husband and I keep each other speaking our language is by asking if our "love tank" is full. Sometimes it is hard for me to realize that is what is wrong with me, other times I think I know right away.
Today I thought it was time to stop thinking of myself and speak to my husband. Now I know that he reads my blog (love you baby), but I will go ahead and share what all I have done today! I cleaned the kitchen (finished unloading the dishwasher and loaded it), washed bottles, and I have picked up a lot of the stuff that we had laying around in our dinning room, oh and started another load of laundry. I just hope I can finish it!
I love my husband so much and I never want him to forget that. Which is why sometimes we, as wives, have to get up off our lazy, needing a nap butts and show them that we care.
If you know your husbands love language have you spoke it lately? If you don't, let me know encourage you to go to the website 5lovelanguages.com and take the test to see what your love languages are or even better yet, get the book and read about how much it can help your marriage!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I am still working on the whole making money for our family idea, but I know that God is in control and will provide something for me to do in his time.
I am making some frames for Christmas gifts and baby gifts! I think that this saves money so we don't have to spend so much on gifts. Plus I love doing it. I think I get better with each one. ;) If you would be interested in knowing how to do this I would be happy to teach you. I will post some pictures of them (once they are given as gifts, I don't want the recipients to see them before they get them).
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I am pretty sure it is a known fact that I suffer from depression and anxiety. Justin is so wonderful in helping me through those times. Like tonight, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with laundry building up, the living room was a mess, I had a headache and to top it off I didn't have anything planned for dinner. This in turn resulted in a mild anxiety attack. Justin just sat down and said "Ok, lets figure out what we need to get done, first we need to eat so do you want to get us dinner while I stay with the kids or do you want me to take the kids and get us something?" Notice that both options gave me a break from the kids. He is so good! We also had Ian put his toys up and when I got home the living room looked SO much better. Now all I have is laundry (and I am sure a million other things that I will think of while in bed) to do.
I love my husband so much and I know that God brought us together. He is so patient and loving when I get in one of my "moods" and knows exactly how to handle it.
Here is the song that we had sung at our wedding. I am pretty sure it so defines our story...The greatest story ever told!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...
You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up; She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'
'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy..
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. - James 1:2-4
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I am learning as I read Proverbs 31 that this woman is not a lazy woman! She rises while it is still dark and provides food for her household (verse 15)! I am not a morning person at all. In fact waking up is the worst part of my day! When Justin and I were dating I told him that I would make him his lunches everyday once we were married. Do you know how many times I have done that? I am ashamed to say that I maybe did it once or twice in the almost 4 years we have been married.
I want to change that! It isn't hard to make a PB&J sandwich. I mean really, I could stop and do it right now if I wanted to. ;) Only then Ian would get into everything he is not supposed to get into. Maybe he could help? What do you think?
"She perceives that her merchandise is profitable." (verse 18) I want to make some money for our family. I know I am not currently called to work full time or even part time (outside of the home). But perhaps there is something I could do to help out with the finances. (I should mention that in NO way has Justin ever asked me to do this, this is just a new desire of my heart).
What are some things that you do that you would think a Proverbs 31 woman would do? I would love to hear some ideas! Join me in my quest to be a better wife and mother! Let's pray for our husband and our kids. Lets be an example of Christ to them and to those outside our family!
I want to be the sort of women that when her feet hit the floor in the morning Satan says "crap she is up!"
*Update* I just made Justin's lunch for tomorrow!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thanks baby for saving us from the attack of the giant spiders this weekend!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
All About Cha. Love that place! Had a sweet potato latte. It was SO good! Thanks for joining us ladies!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
We celebrated Ian's 2 year birthday on Saturday the 18th! It went great. We had a blast and Ian was super tired and went to bed early. ;)
I made Elmo cupcakes. They were so fun to make and really once I got started they didn't take long at all. I did sort of an assembly line...icing, sprinkles, eyes, nose mouth, icing, sprinkles, eyes, nose, mouth. Once I got that down I really started popping them out!
I made chocolate cupcakes (boxed mix) and added dark chocolate chips to the mix. Yummy! Then I made a white chocolate butter cream frosting. This was easy to make, but because of the white chocolate it made it hard to work with. Also, I used candy melts instead, to get the red color, so that probably didn't help with that problem. If I make this again I will probably use another recipe or actual white chocolate. The eyes are marshmallows cut in to thirds (I tried doing 1/2 a marshmallow but it looked too big so I did the thirds and that seemed to work out good), the pupil is a chocolate covered marshmallow (you can buy these at the store!) cut in half. The nose is a pretzel M&M and the mouth is 1/2 an Oreo (I figured out that instead of just cutting them in half you really need to do more of a sawing action with a butter knife otherwise you will have pieces of oreo all over the place and won't be happy with the mouth). Oh and I also used red sprinkles to get the fur effect. Over all I think these turned out well!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It's worth a quick read:
Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ring tone.
While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture" a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.
ROGER STARNER JONES, MD
If you agree...pass it on.