II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Monday, March 30, 2009

11 years and more in love than ever!

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Fairytales DO come true!

Last week my hubby tipped me off that he had been making secret plans for us for the weekend to celebrate our 11th anniversary! For those of you who've known me for sometime you know...this is a DREAM COME TRUE! I have always wanted him to take the reins and be in charge of the plans. Never, not once, in our 11 years of marriage and all the countless celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, valentines days, etc.) has he ever done something like this so I was in for a REAL treat! The best gift of all was that I didn't have a single moment of stress or anxiety about what we were going to do, how much it was going to cost or what the kids needed. He took care of EVERYTHING!
First of all he told me to dress nice for dinner and to pack an overnight bag. When he said dress nice for dinner...I didn't know exactly what "nice" meant. He said I didn't need to wear a dress, so this is what I came up with. If I had known what kind of place we were going for dinner I think I would have nixed the hat and the holey jeans...but oh well.

As we loaded into the car, he told me that he had arranged for my parents to keep the kids for us for the night. Then we headed off to our dinner destination--a fancy schmancy place that I had never even heard of in a real uppity part of town. We had reservations for 5:30 but ended up getting there at just a little after 5. It was by far the fanciest place we have EVER been and I didn't know quite how to act. Certain forks for certain foods....wine glasses....white linens....a menu that didn't even list the prices!!!!!!! When the waiter came out and told us the Chef's recommendations for the night...we both just ordered that. I got the sea bass with spinach and mashed potatoes and Matt got the T-bone with asparagus and mashed pototoes. We said no to soup or salad or dessert. So...you wanna know how much our bill was? $116.00!!!!!!! I think we both almost lost our dinner when we saw the bill. And what is WORSE???? We ended up leaving and going to another resturant to eat again because we didn't even get CLOSE to full from our $116 meal!! It was the kind of place where your entree is GORGEOUS and very intersting looking---but there is really only enough there to feed a hungry toddler. We went to one of our favorite Italian resturants afterwards and shared an order of Italian nachos and an Oreo Mountain for dessert! (YUM but SHAME SHAME on me!!) It cost a whopping $13 and was sooooooo good!! Ha Ha
Afterwards we walked around a little shopping center and went into American Eagle. They had their shorts Buy One Get One 50% Off so we both got a pair of shorts. I can't help but tell you what sizes we bought---as this is a HUGE testimony to our hard work with P90X. Matt's were a size 30 waist and mine were a size 4! YAHOO!! Those are both our "goal" sizes! Hooray!

When we pulled up to the hotel, I was so excited. He had booked us a room at the nicest place in the area--a place I never DREAMED I'd EVER get to stay at! It was SO beautiful! Then when we walked into the room...this is what I saw:

He had been there earlier in the day and had dropped off a vase of a dozen pink tulips (My ULTIMATE FAVORITE flower) and a bottle of wine and wine glasses! What a GUY!
We talked about trying to book a couples massage the next morning but decided to run across the street to Target and just buy some massage oil or lotion or something and just give each other massages. We found some great smelling organic botanical body butter stuff and I think we gave each other much better massages than we could have gotten at the spa! ;o)
We also exchanged gifts back at our room. He got me these Puma shoes I have been really wanting and I got him a new bible (Spirit Filled Life Bible--the BEST!) and a shirt from AE that he'd been wanting.

When we woke up the next morning and went out on our balcony...this is what we were greated with! SNOW!!!

Here is a GOOFY pic Matt making a silly face at me while I'm out on the balcony taking these pictures! I just had to show you his goof-ball side!

It was fuuuuhhh-reeeeeeee-zeeeng! We went out to Panera Bread for a delicious breakfast consisting of a spinach bacon souflee, a cinnamon crunch bagel with honey walnut spread and a caffe mocha! DELISH! After breakfast we went back to the hotel and got showered and then spent the remainder of our time going from cell phone provider to cell phone provider looking at new phones and plans. Our contract with T-Mobile is up and we can't WAIT to switch providers. We didn't know when we signed up...but T-Mobile doesn't have good coverage in our little town so we have horrible receiption! Anyway, we looked them all over but decided to wait a couple of days to make a decision...and think it through. The phone I want is expensive as it has internet and navigation (which I desperately need (the navigation)) and we just wanted to make positive of what we want before we make a choice. Anyway, after that we picked up a movie (FlyWheel which we HIGHLY recommend) and came home, popped popcorn and watched. It was a great weekend and I am SO BLESSED to have such a wonderful man to share my life with!

I love you babe~forever, for always, no matter what!

Friday, March 27, 2009

A lightbulb moment!

So, I'm in my bedroom this morning putting away laundry watching Joyce Meyer on T.V. Listening...but not really focused in on it completely. Until...I hear her say this:
Just because it says in the Bible "You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you", it doesn't mean you SHOULD do ALL things. Running around busy-busy-busy all the time is NOT what God meant. She said if you're using that scripture to justify having 3 jobs and being stressed out and never having any time for anything else...then you are wrong. If you can't say "no" to anyone ever (that's me!) and you say to yourself "God will give me the strength to do ALL things" then you're taking that out of context. God doesn't want us running around like chickens with our heads cut off. He will strengthen us and empower us to do the things that are necessary and that He has called us to do.
WOW! What a revelation for me! I am ALWAYS using that scripture to justify my chaotic, insanely fast-paced way of life, quoting " I can do all things, I can do all things, I can do all things". I am definitely looking forward to thinking about this more and seeing how I can apply this newfound revelation to my life! Just had to share with you all....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Snow?-NO Hail-YES!

So...while enjoying a quiet afternoon chat with one of my buddies, I was abruptly interrupted with this hail storm! It was pounding so hard on the roof that she could hear it through the phone! When I looked out the back window, I could see what all the commotion was about! HOLY MOLEY! The dogs cracked me up! They were scratching on the door like they wanted me to let them out. So, I opened it up and they started backing up! I think they were just as alarmed as I was that our sunshiny day went from windy and sunny to THIS!

And...on top of this...they ARE forcasting SNOW for this weekend! What happened to SPRING?

Monday, March 23, 2009


To the natural eye...my day today could have been interpreted as horrible.

5:28 am -awken to massive throw up covering every surface in my newly decorated Pottery Barn bathroom. Spend the next 1 1/2 hours scrubbing, washing, and wiping.

7:00 am - do 5 loads of laundry and a load of dishes.

9:00 am- take my car into the dealership to have a few little tune ups and find out that the bill is $1,400 instead of $600!

10:00 am - change into my work out clothes, get out DVD, insert into player to realize that our flatscreen plasma TV in the living room isn't working anymore! GRRRRR...

11:00 am -spend an HOUR looking EVERYwhere for the STUPID tv manual only to give up and have to work out in the 3 foot space between our king sized bed and our little 19 inch tv in our master bedroom.

12:37 pm - Get ready to take Grant to school at 12:20 pm at which time he informs me he has just pooped his pants. Wait on him to take a dump and end up being late to school. Have to go inside school and take him to his class whilst wearing the clothes I wore to church the day before, slept in and still have on!!

3 pm - Take Brooklyn to doctor to see why she exploded brownie remains all over the bathroom and find out nothing other than that she has "an angry stomach." Get prescription filled for anti-diarrheal and anti-nausea meds and are told to bring her back in the morning if she is not better for C-Diff testing (infection of the colon).

4:26 pm - Finally regain ability to eat (had lost all appetite after the vomit clean up) and go to local resturant for dinner. Order a bowl of salad and soup and leave feeling like "Whats for DINNER?" (not one of us got enough food to get full off of!)

5:30 pm - Put away laundry for about an hour, RE-make the kids bed, enjoy a little "afternoon delight" while the kids watch a movie in the other room, then do my Ab Ripper X video before I sit down with a bowl of banana pudding and watch a movie.

OH what a day! Thankfully, while overwhelmed, I kept my perspective and was able to smile about it all despite the circumstances! It just goes to show..it's not what happens to you..it's how you deal with what happens to you!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Some fun pics!

This first pic is just adorable..so I had to post it. I caught my "boys" while they were zonked out on the couch together. A look at their softer side!I made cupcakes for Grant's teachers birthday party last week. Here is one of him with his teacher, Mrs. Gilreath and also one of my cute Hawaain themed cupcakes.This is my buddy (and Sunday School teacher) Lisa! It was her birthday on the 12th but we all (our Sunday School class) went to Dave & Busters for dinner (and a surprise cake!) on Sunday night. I had our bakery do this cake up especially for her because I know she loves black, red and white. It turned out really cute and tasted delicious!! Happy Birthday Lisa!! Lastly, my mom and I took the kids to a Children's Museum here in town on Wednesday. It really wasn't that great...but I got some cute pics. Here are a few. This first one is of Grant at the grocery store, shopping. He liked pushing his own cart around!

Here Brooklyn is being the "Chef".

Next we went to the County Jail. Grant was the police officer and Brooklyn was the convict.

Now she's a very HAPPY convict! ha ha

Here is one of Grant when they were playing dress up on the stage. I caught him right after his had had fallen down onto his face. No smile..but still pretty darn cute, I think!

Lastly, they got to do some rock wall climbing! This was their favorite part!

After the museum, we went out for pizza. The cool guy at the pizzeria let Grant throw the dough up into the air a few times!

It's been a pretty uneventful spring break week for us...except for Wednesday when we did all this stuff. Still, very glad to have a break from the every day routine!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Something for FREE

Hey girlies!
Just wanted to pass along the goodness: Origins is having a deal today--you get a free tube of their lip tint ($11 value) with any order today and it is free shipping today (no minimum order).
I decided to order their "Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash" for $18.50 because my face is in major need of some good cleansing, moisturizing and replenishing and plus--you know me--I can't pass up a good deal! For $20 bucks I got a bottle of quality face wash, a full tube of lipstick and they're bringing it to my front door. It doesn't get much better than that!
If you're interested you can just go www.origins.com
Happy Shopping!
One of my other FAVORITE things they sell is the Sensory Therapy Peace of Mind On the Spot Relief. It is unbelievably amazing when you have a sore muscle or tight neck...it NEVER fails to take away the tension and soothe my aches! (and it's only like $11!!)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Never mind--It won't do after all

So...that ring I did a whole post about a few days ago...well, never mind. I took that ring back today. It's fallen off my finger several times over the past couple of days. I figure even though it was only $11.49, it's still worth nothing to me if I can't keep it on my finger. Grrr....
After checking practically every department store in this town for a fake diamond ring--I'm confident in saying there aren't any to be found in a size 6 or smaller. Apparently sz. 7 is the standard size and that's what you're stuck with unless you wanna pay the big bucks. So, I stopped by a jewlery store today and asked about a simulated diamoned I've been hearing about. It's called Moissanite. The lady told me the 4 carat round is $39.99 and the 2 carat would probably be about $29.99 and then it's like $165.00 to have it set in 14k white gold. JACKPOT!!! She was going to check on it and call me Monday. So, I tell Matt about it and I am so excited because these are GORGEOUS stones and for only about $200 I can have a 2 carat "diamond" ring in 14k gold!!! YIPPEE!! (now imagine the sound of a car coming to SCREECHING halt) because that is what just happened to my little fairytale I had going on in my head. I came home and googled "Moissanite" and a website popped up with lots of beautiful rings. The problem was...the were WAYYYY more than what I had been priced. Hummm....that's weird, I thought. Then it dawned on me (lightbulb moment) when she said the 4 carat was $39.99 she meant $3,999.00!!!!!! OH! MY! GOSH! No WONDER she was so happy to be helping me! She thought I was considering buying a four thousand dollar ring!! I feel like SUCH an idiot!! At least now when she calls me with the grand total for the 2 carat princess cut in 14k white gold, I won't be shocked that its close to $3000 and not the $175-$200 that I was expecting!!
SHUCKS!!!! I'm SO disappointed now... :o(

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It'll Do

As most of you know, I lost my wedding ring on New Years Day this year. It was a major tragedy to me. It became apparent that I was VERY attached to that ring. I've always loved my ring and had told Matt many, many times how much I LOVED my ring...but when it suddenly came up missing on Jan. 1st, I couldn't believe how devastated I felt. Since then, I have learned a lot and I know God has taught me some big lessons in being too attached to material things. I don't want to be like Lot's wife. Losing my ring was awful, but nothing like losing my home or a friend or my child. It's just a "thing" that can be replaced. (not any time soon--but replaced nonetheless). Anyway, I have become quite "okay" with the whole lost-ring thing for the most part and have gotten used to wearing just a simple gold band on my ring finger for the past several months (something I already had). But today I went to Target and saw this sterling silver CZ for half-price and couldn't pass it up. It's certainly not my dream ring or anything..but it is pretty and it definitley says "I'm Married" which is important.
Bummer though---it's a size 7 and I needed a size 6 or even 5 1/2...so its at least as big or bigger than my real ring was. Hopefully IT won't fall off too...but if it does...at least it's only $11.49 lost.
(great price, huh?? :o)
In the meantime, I am being patient. I want to learn as much as I can from this whole ring thing. I never want to be so caught up in "things" that I lose sight of what is REALLY important in life. I'd give that ring away a million times over if it meant keeping/making my relationships stronger. If I can learn to be a more humble, more giving, more loving, more caring person through this----then I don't want it back. But I know God wants more than just that for me. If I don't eventually find MY ring....I know He has got a ring for me that is better than what I had and I'll wait as long as I need to for it!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Soooooo Baaaaad

It was one of those moments. An "I wish this was just a bad dream" moment. I got up early this morning, did my work for the dr. office and then cleaned house all morning long (dishes, laundry, vaccum, dust, mop). Suddenly I realized it was time to take Grant to school already! AUGH! Quickly I ran him through the shower like a car-wash and then out he went to get dressed and hurry off to the car to leave. As ALWAYS, the dogs were standing at the back door waiting to go with us, so I shuffled them into the car as quickly as possible and off we went.
When I pulled into the drop-off line I was relieved to see I wasn't the only mom running late...there were still a couple of cars there dropping kids off. I hustled Grant out of his booster seat and handed him his back pack to put on. He opened the van door to get out and in the blink of an eye...OUT WENT KINLEY!!!!!! Like a 4 pound speeding bullet, she catapulted out of the van and took off like a Pitbull was chasing her or something. Meanwhile I'm yelling at Grant in my sternest voice "GET HER!!!" It was at about that time that Grant's teacher (who was standing in line with the entire rest of the pre-K class, looks at me through the passenger van window and says "is that your dog?" I nodded yes but stayed put in my seat. You see....I was only wearing a short little nightie and my slippers. That's IT. No way on EARTH could I get out of the car and chase down my dog exposing all my goodies to 50 four and five year olds and their teachers!!! Even if I could keep myself covered...the wind was blowing like crazy and I knew something would fly up or out eventually. So there I sat--in my seat--wishing I could melt away into the velvety fabric--while the elderly teacher is chasing MY dog around the schoolyard. Embarrasing doesn't even come close. Finally she caught her (Kinley) and brought her over to me in the van where I explained why I hadn't gotten out and chased after my OWN dog. The look on her face when she saw me there in my jammies at 12:30 pm dropping my son off for school felt like a slap on the hand. I'm sure to anyone--it looked like I had just woken up (even though I had been up since 6:30 am and had been super-dooper busy!)
As I drove away I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry. All I knew at that moment was--this is gonna make one heck of a blog story! ha ha ha

Friday, March 06, 2009

Dream On

Do you guys believe that dreams have meanings? Do you think it is mere coincidence when you have the same dream several nights in a row? Do you think that you are in control of your dreams? Do you think food or activity affects dreams?
I have been having a reoccuring theme in my dreams for about a week now. It's not good. I wake up every day in a sour mood and it literally takes me like an hour to shake off the "memories" of what just happened. I'm totally frustrated by it and I want it to STOP! But how can I possibly change what my mind does while I'm asleep? I've tried changing up what I do before I go to bed....meaning one night I watched TV, one night I read my Bible, and last night I read Joyce Meyer's "The Battlefield of the Mind" book before falling asleep. It doesn't seem to matter. All of a sudden this morning, I am reflecting on the whole thing and starting to get paranoid that this "theme" in my dreams is possibly a warning sign that something could be going on along these lines in real life....!!??? Probably not, but maybe it does mean something. I don't know...
What do you guys think?

Thursday, March 05, 2009


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Yah. But wouldn't that be SO COOL?
Why hasn't anyone invented something yet that is safe, healthy and that will turn you tan FOREVER? We have laser eye surgery, laser hair removal, laser skin correction....can't we get laser lifetime tans or something? I mean, I'm no rocket scientist or anything...but certainly this would be a sure ticket into millionaireville...

The Deoderant Debate/Decision

So, I went out and I bought 2 new kinds of deoderant. Secret Clinical Strength and Degree UltraClear. Both have been suggested to me by people who know their stuff when it comes to sweating and smelling good.
Here's the low down:
Secret Clinical:
I was skeptical at first because I really wanted a "solid" and this is more like a whipped up version of a solid. It actually comes out in like a cream or lotion. I wasn't too keen on having to turn the dial and "click" it up each day. I put my deoderant on immediately after I lotion myself up...so my fingers were too slippery and I had to use a towel. However, once on, it amazingly vanished into my skin and left NO residue. It has a nice, light scent and seemed to still smell nice the next day---UNTIL I worked out. After a vigoros 2 hour work out...I was just as stinky as if I hadn't even worn any deoderant. So...as if the almost $8 price tag wasn't bad enough...this was the straw that broke the camel's back. This one is the LOSER in my book.

Degree UltraClear:
At $3.74, I wouldn't necessarily call this cheap (other brands the same size were selling for $1.99) but, still nothing compared to $8 for the clinical stuff. The scent was clean and fresh but still very, very light. I actually would have preferred to have a little bit of a stronger scent. However...as I wore it thoughout the day, I would actually catch a whif of my pits every now and then while lifting my arm in the air and it smelled really nice. It goes on ULTRA clear--just as the name claims and didn't even make a smudge on my tight black tank top this morning! The real plus though came after I had applied the deoderant a few nights ago before bed. Wore it all day the following day and then did a strenuous SWEATY workout that evening. Afterwards---I smelled JUST as fresh as when I had put it on 24 hours earlier! This deoderant is definitly the WINNER in my book.
I just KNEW you were all wanting to know about all this! ha ha ha ha ha

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Well...hello up there!

So today when I got home from picking the kids up from school, I parked the car at the end of the driveway so the kids could play outside and use the concrete for their bikes and scooters and basketball and such. Brooklyn ended up deciding to come on inside but Grant stayed out. Well, for those of you who don't know this, we live in the country and people drive down this road like maniacs a lot of the time. Also, I can't tell you how many various strangers we have pull into our driveway. (people turning around, UPS drivers, people who are lost, people who are looking for asphault work or tree trimming or mowing, etc.) So...typically, we don't let the kids play outside in the front yard without an adult. We are working on getting an electric gate opener right now so we can feel a little safer about this..but in the meantime..it's just not a great idea for them to be out there alone. So you can imagine my heartpounding fear when I stepped outside to check on Grant and couldn't find him anywhere. Thankfully he didn't let me freak out for too long before he calmly said "hi mom!"from somewhere. But where? I couldn't see him anywhere but I could hear him. Hmmmm....

Yes, the kid had climbed up there all by himself without me knowing it! And...he was perfectly happy just sitting there and did not want to get down-no matter how "Dangerous that is!!!!!" What a little stinker!

Snow Fun

This is definitely NOT how it looks here today. We are getting ready for some 80's weather this week! YAH BAY-BEE!! But I uploaded some old pics from my mom's camera onto my computer today and this one was on there. I thought it was cute enough to post--even if it is from 2 months ago! This is Brooklyn pulling Grant on the sled in her new go kart (that she got for her birthday!) We all had SO MUCH FUN with this!

Day in and Day out

It's Wednesday-hump day. I'm feeling extraordinarly bored today. Not bored in the sense that I don't have anything to do...I haven't had that feeling in YEARS. But bored in the sense that this every day routine is totally boring me. I do almost the exact same thing every. single. day. I would list it all out for you...but then I'd bore you all too and you'd probably stop reading this...so I just won't. Matt keeps saying it's "time for a vacation" and it's true...we usually do take our vacations around this time every year. Our anniversary is March 28th and I can't remember a time that we didn't do at least SOMETHING that week or weekend. But-this year is different. For one, that date is right around the corner and it would be really last minute to try to plan anything now. And secondly....I am so focused on getting out of debt and getting a savings built up that I can't imagine spending (or wasting) any money right now on hotels/food/entertainment/extras. Matt has been on board with me and this whole "getting out of debt thing" all along...until this past week or so when he made the comment "you know, getting out of debt is great and all but what good is it if you can't ever have any fun and enjoy life."
My thought at the beginning of this year was "if we can just stick it out for one full year--not spending any extra--then we can probably be close to if not totally out of debt by this time next year." And...we are well on our way. So far we've already paid off 3 big debts and are whittling away at the others with every penny we have.
But now I'm thinking "are we going to be able to do this? Are we going to be able to go a whole year without getting out of here for a while? Are we going to go stir-crazy and drive each other nuts if we don't get a break from the daily routine? Is Matt going to go bezerk at his job if he doesn't get some time off?"
I've always considered it an asset that I am such an all-or-nothin' kind of girl. When I do something, I really DO it. I give it 100%. So for me to concede and "allow" us to spend a thousand on a vacation...just feels like I've given up. Like I'm saying "to heck with it". I don't want to stop the track we're on...but I also don't want to be so SERIOUS that I can't have ANY fun either.
What do you all say?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

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One of my hats

Of all the many "hats" that I wear--here is one you don't get to see very often--my "teacher hat." Our church photographer came through a couple of weeks ago and took some shots of me teaching the 4-year-old class to use in the slideshow at our volunteer banquet. He e-mailed me the pics so I thought I'd share one with you since it happened to have me AND Grant in it! This is one of the ways I give to the Lord and have really found a piece of me that has been "closed" for a long time. I always wanted to be a teacher all during my childhood and even into adulthood. When I went to college, I knew for sure I was going into Elementary Education....but....I fell in love and quit after just 1 year...so no teaching degree for me. Being a teacher at church is the best of both worlds because I get to not only teach them...but teach them the Word of God! Plus, I've discovered that I probably wouldn't have made a very great teacher after all. I do a good job in my class at church...but now I can't IMAGINE doing that every day for 8 hours a day! I'm exhausted after just a few hours at church!! As the song goes...some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers!

Monday, March 02, 2009

A few pics of the kids I couldn't resist putting on here. Brooklyn is getting SOOO grown up. Sometimes I can't believe she's ALREADY eight...and other days I can't believe she is ONLY eight. She's got the sassiest attitude ever...but she is also the most tender, precious girl on the inside. So, so compassionate and thoughtful. We're realizing that NOW is the time to start really guarding her heart and mind, as the world (devil) would love to grab ahold of her from here on out.

So, do you think she looks like me? It's crazy how some people will say she looks "just like me" and then other people will say "she sure takes after her daddy". She might get her red hair from her daddy, but the girl has the exact replica of my body structure. Also, if you compare pics of me at age 8 to her...about the only difference you will see is the color of the hair! I'm not sure what that says about her future "looks." Hopefully she thinks her mamma is pretty since she might be stuck looking just like me! EEEeeeek!

And of course, here is my little man. This was taken at the batting cages a couple of weeks ago (shortly after we cut all his long hair off!) He wraps me tighter around his little finger every day. I'm telling you---between him and his daddy---I am totally whipped. He is playing T-ball this spring and I can't wait to see how he wow's everybody with his skillz. The kid has got mad-baseball hitting skillz. He rarely misses a hit, no matter how lousy the pitch (or pitcher ie. his mommy). There will be lots more baseall pics to come as the season gets started! And for the record...who do you think HE looks like? Again, we hear both sides...some say he looks like me (the dark hair) others say he looks just like his daddy. He may get his dark hair from me but he definitely has his daddy's body structure---tall, lean and thin. (NO FAIR! :o)