Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Let me leave you with my favorite verse before I continue...1 Thessalonians 5:16
The best part in all of this madness is the fact that I celebrated a birthday recently. One of my nieces turned one. She is so sweet in every sense of the word. I can't wait to see her grow up, but at the same time I want her to remain little forever.
Also another reason to celebrate...
This genius passed his CPA exams!!! Heck yes, no more studying!!!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
California was amazing. We were both ready to be home but extremely sad to leave. In all of my visits to Cali I have never been this sad to leave before. I cried for about 3 or 4 days in all, some before we left, some after we got home. I was just overwhelmed with sadness about leaving my family.
This time around my niece and nephews were older, and Emily I am happy to report was some what obsessed with me. No complaints here, I loved every minute of it! We did a lot, but I mostly wanted to just hang out with family, which was accomplished. Here are some pictures.
At the beach
My sister and her husband
More to follow :)
Monday, July 12, 2010
We have some great things planned. Since I was in High School I frequently visited my sister and would stay for as much as the summer as I could. I have made some lovely friends and have been to some fabulous places like Venice Beach, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills...This year we will possibly get to see Santa Barbara and Irvine. I love seeing new places! But most of all I love seeing my family. For living so far away Nicky and I are really close, and I love her cute little family. Here's to praying that they move closer!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Here is what we love about it:
-The location is fabulous, while we would love to live out in the country that is hard to find so the next best thing is a subdivision. This subdivision has nothing but nice houses too!
-The yard is amazing. It sits on a double lot, totally fenced in and beautiful!
-It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths...exactly what we are looking for!
-It has special perks like wood floors, water softener etc.
The downside, or the things I would change if I could are:
- All three bedrooms are upstairs, that is fine for now and when we have smaller kids, but for some reason I think I would like the master bedroom to be downstairs.
-Small kitchen, and this one is sad to me. I love to cook, I love to have lots of counter space and this house just has a small kitchen! I think there is room to improve though.
-Architecturally it is not what I envision as my house on the outside. It's totally fine and up-to-date, but it's boring. It's basically a box. I love a house with a little more character going on.
Anyways we won't even consider buying until March so it could be that this house is gone and that's ok. We trust God has a fabulous house for us! In the meantime I keep looking at cute decor and dream!
How could you not love this kitchen? My favorite color combination is yellow and pink. Then with the gray cabinets, floral print chairs, vintage table...I'm drooling!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This has to be the most fabulous kitchen I've ever seen!
First let me explain this site that I've found. It's houzz.com, for anyone that loves decorating this is the site for you. They have thousands upon thousands of pictures. I found it all thanks to a fabulous blogger I follow Home&Harmony
Now back to this picture! How about that pantry door...a screen door in a fabulous color. Also the woodwork on the walls, the ceiling, and the cabinet doors, some people may see that as overkill but I see it as wonderful. Last but not least (because I could go on and on forever about this picture because it's perfect) but those counter tops! I'm in love...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Yes my husband I are are celebrating two years of marriage today! So very exciting. I can still remember our wedding day vividly, how I felt, what I was thinking. It was so fun and exciting. Knowing that you are marrying your best friend is the greatest feeling in the world.
We are from a very small town and have always gone to school together, but I never knew he existed until I started going to his church. When I met him, I didn't like him. Not romantically, but not even as a friend. I started becoming better friends with his group of friends so we would hang out a lot. Then we became friends, naturally...I mean what's not to like about Kolby? Even in high school, being a big bad football player, popular etc etc he was always super nice. We were friends for a couple of years before we decided we liked each other.
The process it took to actually start dating was long and awkward but well worth it. I remember when went went from just friends to dating and how awkward we both felt because we were just best friends and now we can hold hands and kiss...weird...
Anyway, 4 years later we got married! I couldn't be happier with him, or our marriage.
Monday, May 10, 2010
They are Angel Lush Cupcakes...So delicious! And of course they are easy to make, because that's my style.
Note: I only used strawberries, and they tasted fabulous
HEAT oven to 375ºF.
PREPARE cake batter as directed on package; pour into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until tops are golden brown and cracks feel dry. (Note: If baking in batches, refrigerate remaining batter in bowl until ready to pour into lined muffin cups and bake.) Cool cupcakes in pans 10 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.
MIX dry pudding mix and pineapple in medium bowl. Gently stir in COOL WHIP; spread onto cupcakes.
TOP with berries.
Only 90 Calories! Thanks Kraft Foods.
If you haven't been to Kraft's website before you just have to check it out. They have the best recipes, and they are so easy to make. My husband never really cooked before, but I set him up with the ingredients and one of these recipes and he can produce a wonderful dinner.They will give you a dinner list for a week including a shopping list. That for me has been the best way to stay on budget, and to try new things.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We planted broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, cabbage, corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumber and zucchini. After the broccoli and cauliflower come up we might plans some more beans, I heard you can do that.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
There are so many challenges that a Christian faces today, and being a teenager only adds to that by about 1000 x's. All of the popular music today glorifies getting drunk, rebelling, sex outside of marriage, hooking up, chaotic relationships and the list goes on and on. Most teens, and people in general argue that they listen to music for the beat. They don't really care or even pay attention to the words. However, if you listen to a song even once how often does the chorus get stuck in your head? Or the next time you hear that song you can sing along to at least part of it? Even if you aren't "listening to the words" you are still hearing them.
I don't think that music is evil or that it necessarily causes people to do things (even though there are studies out there that say teens who are over exposed to sex in the media are more likely to become pregnant or get someone pregnant) but listening to that stuff desensitizes us to it, it starts to seem acceptable, normal and fun. This is no lie-sin is fun, and when we are listening to how fun it is, with no consequences we start to think we can do it too.
If we are one of the lucky few who do not feel we are influenced in that way it's still important to consider the music we listen to. Why? Because it makes our walk with God that much easier. I feel so much closer to God when I am reading my bible, praying and listening to Christian music.
I meant for this to be a much shorter post than what it's turning into. My goal is to leave you with some bands that you may fall in love with. Stop assuming all Christian music is like what you hear on Sunday mornings, if you like a certain genre search for the Christian version...I promise it's not all cheese :)
I have an eclectic taste in music but here is my very very short list, with some new people I've discovered: Paige Armstrong, Carlos Whittaker, Vicky Beeching, Anberlin, Family Force Five, Further Seems Forever, Underoath, Addison Road,Emery... There are way to many to list.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I have helped with a few gardens before, but this will be my first time actually planting my own. I'm anxious to see how it's going to turn out, and I fully expect a couple mistakes to happen the first time around :)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Last night we talked about what it means to be a Christian. What it means to live for God, not just believe in Him. I incorporated Cardboard Testimonies. I think these are so powerful, and I thought it went along with what we are talking about. Christians aren't perfect and we don't always have our lives together, but we put that all in God's hands. Here is the video I shared. And then afterward the teens made their own cardboard testimonies to share with everyone.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Along with that I've run across two blogs that are very interesting. One is Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project. A teacher from IL is going undercover (for fear of losing her job) and blogging about the school food epidemic. How unhealthy, not to mention, unappetizing it is. There is also a student who is trying to do something similar. She's been trying to contact her school's food distributor just to get a simple ingredient list. That sounds harmless right? Well it's proving to be a very difficult task.
Here are their blogs you should check them out!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I don't want to be looked at as a hippie or an environmentalist or a naturalist or anything else. I just think the things they were talking about made sense and now I want a garden, and locally grown meat and a midwife instead of a doctor someday. If placing a stereotype on those opinions helps someone understand it, then I guess it's okay. I'm just the type of person that when I have information, I can't ignore it. If the facts say one thing, then I can't ignore it. I would check them out if you get a chance!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Here are some lovely things I would like to own:
I love purple, this dress is so casual and cute! The flowers are not over-kill.This one is more formal, I love the length of the sleeves and the shape of the dress.Perfect top to pair with cropped jeans and flats.This tank makes me happy...It's very subtle and beautiful.
Friday, March 5, 2010
In other news the youth group is working on a fundraiser. Or at least they are suppose to be working on a fundraiser. They have been warned that if zero effort is put into this, they will never see another one coming from me. We are selling personalized kitchen ware. I personally have received two of these as gifts, one for my bridal shower and one for Christmas. I think they are perfect as Mother's Day gifts, and wedding gifts.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
For the past few weeks though we have been talking about witnessing to friends. This is one of the last things Jesus told the church to do before He went to Heaven. He told us to go make disciples who make disciples. It's so very important that we all do that, but I also know how terrifying that can be for not only an adult, but for an insecure teenager.
So I'm putting our lessons into action and we are having a "fun night". Not your typical Wednesday night youth group service, but a night to just play games and relax. This is also a super easy way for the teens to invite their friends to church. I hope it will all come together, we are suppose to have Wii's, Xbox's etc hooked up and ready to go as well as board games available.
Friday, February 19, 2010
The book talks about how woman have this deep desire for love. If you are a woman reading that you are probably thinking, duh yeah... Well then it goes on to say how men have a deep desire for respect. When I started reading this book I thought to myself "well I want to be respected too." What women don't understand is that men need the respect like we need to be loved, it' s on another level for them.
I'm not able to explain as well as this author does, but I would encourage any wife to check it out. It has so much insight and I'm thankful to be reading it.