Thursday, October 28, 2010

Proverbs 31 update...

Usually when I aim for something like waking up at 6:30 in the morning to make my husband lunch I fail. I am just being honest. I need my sleep! However, the last week I have been up at 6:30 every weekday and all but one day I have made him a sandwich! The one day that I didn't was because he ate out that day.

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).

How have you been doing with being a Proverbs 31 women?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My friends Tigger and Pooh...

We spotted Tigger and Pooh at the park yesterday! ;) I never knew they were so cute!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Family pictures...

We had our family pictures done a few weeks ago! These are my favorite ones. We had them done by Life Captured by Katy. I think she did an amazing job!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Depression and Anxiety...

It takes a special person to be married to a person who suffers from depression and anxiety. I happen to be married to that kind of person.

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

worth sharing...

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

Proverbs 31 woman...

I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman! I mean really who doesn't want this to be said about her? "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

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

Take that 5K...

I did it! I finished my first official 5K (3.1 miles). I participated in the Race For The Cure this past weekend. It was so much fun. I think I might be addicted to it. My next goal is to run/walk a 5K then after that I will run a 5K and after that who knows. Maybe a half marathon? I know I can do it with all of my family and friends that give me encouragement. My husband has to be my biggest encouragement. He believed in me the whole time! And is still encouraging me to keep doing them.

Friday, October 8, 2010

3 months has gone by fast!

I can't believe our little Owen is 3 months old today! I was looking at his one month picture and he doesn't even look like the same baby! He is so stinking cute though! I just love him so much!

Owen at 1 month (above)
Owen at 3 months (below)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

my husband the hero...

My husband is my hero! This weekend must have been the weekend of big spiders, because we found 3 huge spiders right outside our house! My wonderful husband killed them all. I don't know what I would do with out him.

Thanks baby for saving us from the attack of the giant spiders this weekend!

I am pretty sure this was the smallest of the 3 horrible spiders that were attacking our house this weekend.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bitter sweet moment...

My sweet friend Liesl and her husband have moved away. :( I am so happy for them and this new chapter in their life, yet so sad that she won't just be a hope skip and a jump away. We will miss you on our girls nights Liesl! But we will for sure be making a trip to see you...Girls weekend anyone? So glad we got to go visit at All About Cha. Love you friend!

This was our very first official girls night. We had breakfast for dinner! It was so much fun getting these ladies together.

All About Cha. Love that place! Had a sweet potato latte. It was SO good! Thanks for joining us ladies!

Yeah, I am covering myself. I didn't want to be flashing everyone. :)