Monday, September 29, 2008
Wow...I am exhausted from our anniversary weekend! To sum things up, on Friday we got to go see the new movie Fireproof with our friends, Kim and Doug. I highly recommend that you see this movie...it was EXCELLENT! Even the men loved it! It is very real and something you can relate to, and if you can't relate...one day you will. But if you are in a relationship/married...you CAN relate! It is a MUST SEE! We got home around 10pm Friday night (which is late for us), and got back up bright and early Saturday morning to help our friends, Charles and Bekah, with their yard sale. Sadly we couldn't help as much as we wanted since we had so many anniversary plans, but it was still nice to hang out with them, and hopefully we were a little help...and, hey, we did buy a $2 cake pan and a $1 bottle of water, so that's $3 towards Charles' education! :-) After the yard sale, we went home and got ready, and hit the town. We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner (YUMMY), and then went to see Bill Cosby LIVE at TPAC. This was an amazing night. Just to be in the same room with him was awesome. We got home really late that night. Sunday morning we had to get up very early because I had to teach Sunday School. Luckily, Brandon came along this week since he was off this weekend. After church we went home and cleaned up a little before going out to dinner with my mom and dad. Mom and dad treated us to dinner at Logan's for our anniversary...thanks, Mom and Dad! After that, we were off to church again for Real Marriage, which is a semi-annual event at FBC which is a lot of fun, and we get a lot of tools on how to make our marriage become what God really intended it to be, and what it really CAN be. This event is always tons of fun. AND the church even presented Brandon and I with a couples' marriage Bible since it was our anniversary! (when you go in, you can send a text message telling where your husband proposed, so I did, and I said that it was also our anniversary, so we won 2nd place). We thought that was really sweet. After Real Marriage, we went home, and I think it took all of 5 minutes for us to hit the bed and fall asleep!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Brandon and I after we first started dating
Brandon and I the Christmas he proposed
And now for a few wedding pictures!
Friday, September 26, 2008
See, in today's society, marriage is considered casual...you get married when you want, and if you get tired of the person or things don't work the way you want, you just get divorced...no biggie. It is also condidered no biggie to live life outside of marriage, if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong, I have friends who have done all of these, and I absolutly LOVE all of them! I would never judge any one of them...I think they are awesome people! But I do have my beliefs, and I believe that what God's word says is true. I am not without fault myself. But when it comes to marriage, it is NOT casual. (Ok, I'll get off my high horse now)
Brandon and I have had a VERY hard two years of marriage. I know...marriage IS hard. Any marriage is hard, and if you plan on getting married thinking that it makes life better....think again. Again, don't get me wrong...I love my husband more than any person on this earth, and I thank God every day for him, but God did not create marriage to make our lives easy. Sometimes I wonder if he created it for his own entertainment so he could get a good laugh. No, really though. Brandon and I, it seems, have had an exceptionally hard marriage. It's an extremely long story and there is a LOT of detail, but between familiy woes, my criticism, Brandon having to just now deal with a very extensive past, counseling, living with my parents, being poor, and many other obstacles, our marriage has not been easy, and there have been times when it was nowhere near fun. I wish I could say I have loved every minute of it, and mean it. I can't. I wish I could say I have been the happiest woman in the world these last two years. I haven't. This is real, people. This is life. This is honest. There have been times when I have wondered if I made a mistake marrying him. There have been times when I wanted to walk out...and almost did (Satan, you would have loved that, wouldn't you?) BUT, I have grown and learned more in the last two years than I have in my entire life. I have learned so much about how to love, although I have yet to perfect it, and I have learned about myself and what I truly want to do with my life. I have learned what is really important in life. I have gained discipline and maturity. More than anything, I love my husband twice as much today as I did two years ago. I love my husband with a love that can overcome anything, I believe. Our marriage is challenging, but he is an amazing man who loves me very much. Baby, I love you!
1 Cor. 13:8 "Love never Fails"
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I won't say what my stance is on Bush...I'll let you guess (I will say that I am neither Repub nor Democrat...I vote for who I like and who has the best morals according to God's word). But I get so tired of everyone talking so negatively about him. Yes, he has made some poor choices. Yes, I am tired of the war. But what is he supposed to do? Pull them out so that China can come over here and wipe us out? How about I come to your house and dig up every mistake YOU have ever made and then hold it against you and tell you that you are terrible at your job because you made some mistakes. If my boss fired me because I made mistakes....WOW! Where would I be? Where would any of us be if God expected perfection out of us? I find it ironic how we expect our leaders to be flawless when we ourselves are far less than they.
Here are they scriptures I have found.
"Don't curse God; and don't damn your leaders"
"Good leaders abhor wrondoings of all kinds. Sound leadership has a moral foundation."
Fear God, dear child- respect your leaders. Don't be defiant or mutinous. Without warning your life can turn upside down, and who knows how or when it might happen?"
"'Get smart! Your leaders are handing you a pack of lies, and you're swallowing them! Use your heads! Do you think you can rob and murder, have sex with the neighborhood wives, tell lies nonstop, worship the local gods, and buy every novel religious commodity on the market—and then march into this Temple, set apart for my worship, and say, "We're safe!" thinking that the place itself gives you a license to go on with all this outrageous sacrilege? A cave full of criminals! Do you think you can turn this Temple, set apart for my worship, into something like that? Well, think again. I've got eyes in my head. I can see what's going on.'" God's Decree!
Don't bad-mouth your leaders, not even under your breath, And don't abuse your betters, even in the privacy of your home. Loose talk has a way of getting picked up and spread around. Little birds drop the crumbs of your gossip far and wide.
I am praying for Nov. 4, but I am also praying for myself, that I will have enough faith that no matter who God chooses to place in the White House, I will be able to respect and honor him, although it may be hard. This is a very scary time for our families and our country, and I know that God knows best and has everything under control.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This weekend should be a fun one. Friday night (if it's not sold out) we are going with our friends, Kim and Doug, to see the new movie, Fireproof, which is a movie about a Fireman who is a hero to everyone but his own wife...should be excellent. They've been selling out in several theatres apparently. Saturday night we are going to a nice dinner and then to see Bill Cosby (yep, THE Bill Cosby) LIVE at TPAC! We are so excited about that! Then on Sunday evening we are going to Real Marriage at church, which we are also very excited about! So this weekend is apparently All about marriage! :-) And may I just say that, I love my husband?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This was a really pretty trail, with lots of trees...and I mean lots.
See all the pretty trees? We hiked for a good while on this trail, and really enjoyed it. It was a really nice day out, too...not too hot, not too cold.
THEN... all the sudden, we realized we were no longer on the trail....
When I looked around, saw no trail, and saw only trees around us, I realized that.... WE WERE LOST!!!!
After about two hours of trees, this became a litte monotonous, and I became tired and upset. I was upset with the park for their lack of markings and signs along the trail (the only thing you had to go by was a white spray painted spot on random trees, and every trail was marked the same way, so you didn't know if you were following the right trail or beginning a different one).
This is me after about thirty minutes...
And this is me after two and a half hours...
Needless to say, the 5 mile hike was not a good choice, and by the time I got I had to pee quite badly (Brandon couldn't convince me to go in the woods for fear of poison ivy in the worst possible area...if you've watched Grey's Anatomy, you know what I mean!)
However, we did get to enjoy dinner with some friends, Kim and Doug, that we haven't seen in quite a while, so that was a nice end to the not so nice afternoon!
A few more pictures from the day
This is how I felt once I reached the car....
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I think the next things I want to work on are:
- Creating our Family Mission Statement (already in progress) and having it printed and framed
-Having our pictures taken
-Starting a scrapbook
I'm working on several other goals on my list already. I spent a whole day at work last week cleaning out and reorganizing my office...now I just have to keep it that way. We have only eaten out ONCE in three weeks....this is major, people! We are starting to look at houses. We are becoming quite involved at our new church, and I love it! I still need to work on the exercise thing :-(
Asian Chicken Skillet
1 to 1-1/2 lb. boneless, skineless breast, cut into 1-inch pieces (you can also use beef strips, but be warned, marinate it or put some meat tenderizer on it first!)
3/4 c. Kraft Toasted Sesame Salad Dressing
1.5 Tbsp Teriyaki sauce
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (or as Rachel Ray says, EVOO)
1 c (or however much you like, I like a lot) frozen stir fry veggies
Linguine Noodles (Since I kinda made my own spoof of this recipe, I'm not sure how much... however much you need.
In a skillet or wok, heat oil. Add chicken and cook until almost done. Meanwhile, Mix together salad dressing and teriyaki sauce. Also, while chicken is cooking, boil linguine. When chicken is just about done, add veggies. Cook until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta. Add sauce to chicken and heat through. Toss chicken with pasta in large bowl and serve (you can serve the pasta on the side if you want. Brandon likes his noodles with sauce on the side. I also like to add a little soy sauce to mine to give it a little kick).
Brandon and I really like this dish. We eat it once a week sometimes. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
2 lbs ground beef
2 or 3 (15.5 oz.) cans chili beans (depends on how much you like beans)
1 can tomato sauce
2 packets McCormick's chili seasoning
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Brown beef in skillet until done. Drain fat. Mix all ingredients together in crock pot, except garlic and red pepper flakes. Add water or beef broth (broth will help with flavor) until desired consistency. I like mine a little thinner. Season to taste with garlic powder and red pepper flakes for an extra kick. You can even throw in a can of diced tomatoes and add less broth/water. Serve with Fritos and desired toppings and enjoy!
I was going to add a picture, but, apparently, since I like my chili thinner, it doesn't look very pretty in pictures. All the "stuff" sinks. So I decided not to :-)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Well, this week I felt a sudden urge to apply for a home loan, and, much to our surprise, we got APPROVED!! Yep, that's right! So, hopefully if everything goes right, we'll be buying our first home when our lease is up in February! I am so excited I can barely contain myself! It actually feels like something is happening in our lives. I know that what we have here on earth makes no difference in the long run, and believe me, I am not exactly a materialistic person, but ever since we got married it has just felt like we could not get ahead, and every time we have started to get ahead, something would happen that would knock us right back down. But, I think this is totally in God's hands, and if He decides to bless us with this at this time, then we will do whatever we can to open our home up to others and bless them. I believe God blesses us with THINGS so that we may bless others, not just so that we can keep them all to ourselves.
Ahh...I'm excited!! I told you something big was coming!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
We're also going back to the Pumpkin patch in October. That seems to be a tradition for us, which we started last year. We went to the pumpkin patch, got several large and small "punkins," as I call them," and came home and spent the afternoon painting and carving pumpkins. It was so much fun. I can't wait until we have little ones to take to places like that... sometimes it almost seems empty or dull...like we are missing out on something when we go places like that. I know, I know, don't rush it.
The only other (vague) thing on my list is to visit some of the state parks. I love to go on nature walks during the Fall and see the leaves change. I would love to take a trip to Fall Creek Falls. If anyone wants to join us on any of our excursions, just let us know. The more the merrier!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
The end of each chapter (I read one chapter a day for 40 days) has some questions to think about here are a few with my answers.
1. Have you ever wondered about, or felt confused about, the purpose of your life?
A. Oh yes. There are some things I know that God has called me to do, like teach and work with children. Ultimately I want to teach small children full time. I also know I am supposed to be a mommy someday. But other than that, I have asked myself, "How can God use me to help people?" I see so many flaws in myself I don't think He could possibly use me, but then I remember nothing is impossible for Him, and if He couldn't use me, I wouldn't be here.
2. What ways have you tried to discover your life's purpose that hasn't worked?
A. I once took a job in a medical office because my best friend at the time was going into nursing school. I wanted a change, but I didn't consult God first, and it turned into a nightmare.
3. Why do you think people try to discover their life's purpose without turning to God?
A. Independence. Everyone wants to believe they can do it on their own, without help. It's like the book says, if you are an invention, you don't know what your purpose is until the person that created you tells you. And if you see a new invention, the creator has to show you what it's for before you can figure it out. We don't need to be independent. We need to be GOD dependent.
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