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Our God is awesome God. :)

Lately, I have had one line stuck in my head.

“I am the Lord, YOUR God.”

A few weeks ago in church, the pastor spoke of the importance in that statement. I had never focused on that much but just the thought of it now brings my heart so much joy. That is how personal God is with each and everyone of us. He isn’t just a king that sits on a throne overseeing all the people. We are on a personal journey with Him. He is OUR God. He is YOUR God and he is MY God.

God cares about me and knows me personally. That is such an amazing thought. Who else is better equipped to help you in life?

It has been awhile since I posted. My camera is out of batteries but last Friday I had such a great time thrift shopping. I found some great treasures. I had one special project and I love the results. Hopefully, I will be able to feature it in my next post with pictures!

Last week was a bit rough. My heart felt heavy for some reason. I sometimes get bad anxiety and just generally feel uneasy or anxious. Today I am feeling much better and light-hearted. I try to direct my thoughts toward God and unload my burdens on him. It helps but sometimes I have a hard time shaking the feelings.

Today I embarked upon a new challenge! Rh and I worked up a verbal contract on a weight loss challenge. Sounds horrible I know – haha, but he knows I haven’t been happy about the few pounds I put on. I received a gift card to Cato for my birthday but didn’t want to buy any clothes since I have gained some weight so I am saving that as part of my reward.

The challenge:

I have 2 months from yesterday (Deadline: May 2) to lose 15 pounds. It is going to be tough but we were striving for  a real challenge and who doesn’t love a little competition?

The stakes:

If I lose the 15 lbs by the agreed deadline, RH is going to take me on a shopping spree! I get to spend a certain amount on new clothes (plus my saved gift card!!).

Blogland, you must hold me accountable. I will be updating you each Monday morning with my weight loss for the week. I will weight myself on Sundays when I have access to a scale.

I am excited about this challenge. I want to lose the weight I put on since meeting RH. It will make me feel so much better. When I eat healthy, I have so much more energy!

This morning I woke up at 4:30 (I have to be out the door at 6:15 to have time to drop off Jacob and make it to work at 7:00.) I spent about 20 minutes doing a work out video. I then read the bible for a bit and then got ready for work. I had leisurely time to get ready without rushing too much and it made my morning so much nicer. The day was off to such a great start. This is another goal I am making for myself. By working out in the mornings, I get my day off on a good note and it is easier to stick to my healthy-eating plan.

Let me know if you are on a similar weight-loss kick. I would love to hear your tips. Can’t wait to post some pictures of my decorating triumphs with you all! I am getting my new curtains today. They should be in the mail!

Everyone have a great day and God bless!

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Birthday recap :)

We had a great weekend.

I was sad on Friday. We weren’t able to go to Houston. RH had to work. I decided to look at this as a blessing. God knows we need the overtime! Those extra hours will make this week much better on payday.

RH was working on fixing up one of his trucks to sell on Saturday morning. I had a good time just spending time with him, watching him tinkering with his tools and letting him explain to me what various parts of the engine are for (I was trying to take mental notes for the next time my car won’t start.) He is incredible and I loved just spending the morning watching him work and riding with him to the auto parts store – getting Icees at the convenience store. That man spoils me way too much. :-p Love him.

On Saturday night, he took me out to eat for my birthday. We went to a local place with my sister and her fiance. We had a great time. I had ribs – horrible, I know. So delicious though! After dinner, we were planning on seeing a movie. We went to Kirklands (best store ever… they have the cutest home decor and reasonably price, often on sale!). RH bought me a picture for the kitchen that I have been wanting. It’s a cute and colorful, framed rooster. Whimsical and makes me smile.

After Kirklands, we went to a local fancy restaurant that is famous for their desserts. I ordered the strawberry tart and it was so so so good. RH got a chocolate amaretto mousse bombe. Just the name sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

After dessert, we were really pushing our movie time so we just decided not to go. We went home and snuggled on the couch while watching a movie. It was a great night and I’m so thankful he put effort into it – he even surprised me with a card on Friday!

Church on Sunday was about becoming a good leader. I have never really thought of myself as a leader of much but yesterday opened my eyes and let me realize that I have many opportunities to lead. I am leading my son by teaching him how to live a good life and how to function properly in society. I am leading RH as we encourage each other to become better people and constantly improve ourselves. I am leading others around me by my actions and other people see how I react to certain situations and temptations.

I am going to continue to work on sending out the right messages so people who are around me are influenced in a positive direction. I pray that I can be receptive to God’s messages and let Him lead me in the right direction.

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Desiring Purity – Time Warp Wife

First of all, if you haven’t stopped by the Time Warp Wife blog you need to do so now. Her advice is empowering and her ideas are pretty amazing. She is such an inspiration each day to try a little harder and live life the way God intended.

http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/

Yesterday she answered a letter from a reader. Although I didn’t write the letter, I pretty much could have. This issue weighs so heavily on my heart and I must confess here on my blog.

RH and I aren’t married. We have dreamed of getting married but the long rough patch we went through kept pushing that date off until later and later. I can see now that this is probably because we WEREN’T living life the way God intended. God already has a plan laid out for us and we pretty much said “No thanks, God! We got this. We know what is best for us.” We obviously don’t. I know that now.

This topic weighs down my spirit. We are trying so hard to live a Godly life but this one area is where we still sin AND. WE. KNOW. IT. After so long, it would put a tremendous strain on our relationship to stop being intimate. Should we just split our lives and move into separate dwellings? I don’t think that is the right answer. Should we get married right away? Once again, I’m not sure. We have been seeing a wedding on the horizon but for a while we were arguing almost daily and that kept pushing our dream further and further back.

I feel like God just slapped me in the face with this article via Darlene. I feel like a hypocrite asking God for forgiveness and then continuing on to live this way. I pray that we continue to keep our relationship on the right path and that a wedding will be in our near future.

This is a topic I have been wanting to release ever since I started my blog. I hope no one judges me too harshly. I am ashamed of this topic and can’t wait until it is a non-issue.

God bless.

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Tuesday

I hope everyone had an awesome Valentine’s Day. I know RH and I had a fabulous night. He even surprised me with MORE roses – a big red bouquet. It was beautiful and made sure he knew how much it meant to me. I love fresh flowers and the fact that they went out of his way to make me happy meant so much. I am trying so hard to return the favor.

I made lasagna, a nice salad and cheesy toast.  I decorated the table with a pink table cloth, heart confetti and some of my roses. I placed a picture of us as the centerpiece and lit a candle. I placed my chair so RH could still see the TV (like always at dinner time) and while I was getting our plates together, he moved my chair across from his and left the TV off. That means so much. I will always remember that. He loves watching TV to relax and it is always on at dinner time (even though I prefer it off… he works hard and he likes to unwind with the TV sometimes).  We finished off with cheesecake for desert. Simply delish! I had cheesecake for breakfast this morning… is that wrong?

My birthday is coming up this weekend. I will be 23 on Saturday. We are planning on spending Friday in Houston. There are some fantastic flea markets in H-town and I am hoping to stop by some thrift store also. We don’t have much room in our budget for a ton of spending on my birthday but I hope to snag some unique treasures I can use for decorating.

We missed church on Sunday. We took our other son out for his birthday. He wanted to go ice skating also and they have a special on Sunday at noon. Two birthday weekends in a row is tough on the pocket book but everyone had a great time. It is a fantastic workout for sure.

The boys are growing up so fast. I am longing for a baby but this isn’t the right time in our lives. I can’t wait until we can add a little girl to the bunch. Our family would be complete! I can’t wait until the day we are ready to add to our family. I will have to introduce my ovaries to patience until then… *sigh*

I don’t like missing church. When we go to church it just starts the week off on a positive note. I know that God is always there for me, not just at church on Sundays. I have been spending time reading the Bible and I love what I have been learning.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good self-taught Bible study? I would love to know.

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Valentine’s Day:.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

I haven’t been online much the last few days. My baby boy had strep throat. Not fun at all! He is doing better now and I’m back at work.

Today is the last day for the 25-Day Praise Plan. It was leading up to Valentine’s Day. I’m sure you all know that this isn’t the end. The 25 days were just the beginning! Husbands need to feel special and loved all the time. This will help with your relationship tremendously.

We have had a few rough patches but I’m happy to say we made it into February with WAY less arguments. I am so proud of us! I know we have both been working hard to cut down on the fighting. We both have the same goal in mind.

I know the previous post wasn’t all flowers and sunshine but I want to share that with whoever reads this blog as well. We are not perfect by any means but we are making it work. We are sticking it out together and we love each other so much. I’m excited for the rest of our lives together. Yesterday he even surprised me with a balloon and roses when he went out to the hardware store to get pipe parts! 🙂 It was so sweet and made my day.

Sometimes it is hard to put the other person’s needs and feelings above your own but it is so worth it in the long run. I want to continue to have a happy and healthy relationship to show our children.

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A Fantastic Weekend!

I wasn’t able to post this weekend. Our weekend was full of snow! It’s a rare thing to get snow where we live in Texas but the last three years have given us one good snow fall. It was beautiful! Jacob had a great time playing in the snow. He and Daddy would fill up their buckets and bring the snow over to me so I could shape the snowman.

It wasn’t a perfect snowman, but it was a Texas-style snowman. :-p I’m loving his peppermint eyes. Sadly, he melted yesterday. He was good company while he was around.

On Saturday, we took the kids and RH’s niece to go ice skating for our oldest boy’s birthday. He turned 9! The kids (and parents ;)) had a blast. It was so much fun.

This weekend we stayed with my gracious parents. The pipes were still frozen and messed up so they let us spend the weekend with them. I think they liked our company. They got to spend some time with their grandson. My dad made a delicious breakfast casserole and RH got to visit with them quite a bit. Everyone had a great time.

We will be going back home today. I honestly cannot wait. I want to clean, organize and work on my Valentine’s and Easter decorations (Finally!). I am thinking grilled cheese and good, old-fashioned chicken noodle soup for dinner. RH will be working on the pipes after work so I need an easy meal that won’t require much water or washing of anything.

The weather was so beautiful yesterday. I am longing for Spring!

Yesterday’s message at church was about trust, more specifically, trusting in God. The pastor said that people who completely trust in the Lord are less stressed and experience less worry. What a wonderful message. I would love to take stress away from my life. In the last month, it has been melting away. Our life has already changed so much for the better.

He said, “Why trust God?”  God loves us and God wants to help us. It is incredible to think that our Creator, the King of Kings, wants to help ME? Wants to see me succeed? Who else could help me more than Him? When you trust God with everything, the results are beautiful.

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I will praise You in the storm.

Life is hard. So you learned something new today, right?

Sometimes I have to put serious effort into being positive. I feel like such a horrible person for admitting that. I have many reasons to feel blessed. My baby boy being at the top of that list… I love him more than anything in the world. He is such an amazing little man and always has a way of making me laugh when I need it.

Look at that little baby angel. I know you just want to pinch his little cheeks. He is in the stage where he talks non-stop, chitter chattering all the way to whatever destination in the car and constantly telling me stories about Batman and Ironman. He loves when I play cars with him on his Spiderman street rug on the floor of his room. Love that boy.

RH and I are having some issues. I made him mad yesterday. He was grouchy all afternoon and night. He was being mean to me this morning. I can’t help myself but in times like this my mind instantly jumps to, “Leave! Leave! Leave! Go do you on your own. You can do it!” I know it’s wrong. I shouldn’t have that not fight and flight instant reaction. I am working soooo hard on training myself not to think that way. I just get total anxiety and panic, which leads to wanting to leave and get away from this stress. 

I know that RH and I are great for each other in so many ways. We complement each other perfectly. When he is strong in one category, I am weak. Where I am better equipped in certain situations, he isn’t so confident. We balance each other nicely and I see that clearly.

Although RH was mad at me and pushing my buttons, I continued to just be calm and let the storm pass. I didn’t yell at him. I didn’t say anything negative to him. I just said, “I understand that made you upset and I’m really sorry. I know we have both been working hard on making things better and I will try my hardest not to upset you like that again.” Eventually, around 9:00 this morning, he sent me a text message saying “I’m sorry I was being mean. I really love you. xoxo.” When we used to fight it would last ALL day, or even all weekend. It was horrible. Things are improving greatly with the help of God.

Yesterday I got a book in the mail from Amazon.com called “Finding the Hero in Your Husband” by Dr. Julianna Slattery. I was only able to read a few pages last night but it looks promising. Has anyone else read this book? I am excited to read more. It had rave reviews on Amazon. She is a Christian psychologist and talks on the importance of changing YOU to change your relationship, not focusing on the flaws of your significant other.

 As for the house, pipes are frozen. A pipe burst in the kitchen yesterday but it froze all the water that was coming out so that was convenient at least – kept the water from spraying all over the entire room. We turned the water to the house off so when it melts we won’t have a flooded kitchen.

Last night I went to visit my parents. They let us use their shower because of the pipe situation. While over there, my mom let me look through her vintage postcard collection to choose a few Valentine and Easter themed cards. I am going to do a project with them to decorate for those holidays coming up. I will be working on it this weekend and surely take pictures to post!

Hope this finds you well. God Bless!

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades. Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame.

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