1. Do you iron your sheets? Heck no. I don't iron my own clothes Darin does.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
No, I don't like to do anything alone, although; I think that Samantha Brown has the coolest job ever!
2. Do you go the speed limit? With my kids in the car I try to. But I have always had a lead foot and once, before I had kids, I had deferred adjudication in two different counties in centeral Texas at the same time.
3. Why did you start blogging/following blogs?
I love to talk and this is another way to connect and communicate with other people. I also have always loved to write and have been published once and this was another outlet for that. I like to hear the sotries of other women who are in the same boat as I am with raising kids, managing a household and living life. I follow blogs because I connect with some of the women and I am inspired. I love the creative ideas I see on here.
4. Where do you shop for yourself? Ross, Target and Khols. Hobby Lobby for things other than clothes.
5. What was the song that you danced your first dance with your spouse to at your wedding...or...what song would you like your first dance to be to?
My father is a baptist decon and so there was no dance at my wedding. I would have loved to dance with Darin to the song at the time that was out was Tracey Byrd, "Keeper of the Stars. " But that is not a waltz. Two songs that came out after we got married that I would have loved to dance with my hubby as our first dance is Switch Foots song "Only Hope" or Edwin McCains "I'll Be".
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I love this song! Among Thorns is one of mine and Darin's favorite worship bands. It was one of the most powerful worship songs we experienced at youth camp when we took our students to Wild Week years ago. It is the prayer of my heart to bless the Lord with all that's in me.
I just found a new blog Called a Blond Walks into a Blog. That is such a cute title. Go on over and leave a comment to enter. http://blondeinablog.blogspot.com/2010/01/itunes-giftcard-giveaway.html.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The non fiction book I am reading is Tosca Rena's Eating Clean. This one is taking me longer because I am trying to implement what she is talking about into my life as I read. I am starting Joyce Meyer's, I Dare You after I finish this one. I am trying to read a non fiction and fiction book a month.
I hate to admit that I have also discovered fanfiction.net and that has really fed my Twilight addiction. There are some wonderful stories on there that continue the story and fill in some of the blanks of the story.
Hop on over to J. Kaye's blog to write about what you are reading right now.
I am thinking.... I have got to be more disciplined and get into a better consistent daily routine.
I am thankful... For my Jesus and his grace being new every morning. My wonderful family and friends. A new year and new beginning.
I am praying... My husband gets paid this month from his part time second job so things will not be so tight and he gets his promotion quickly at his full time job. Also that my business would pick back up again so we can get ahead and that my kids would get well.
I am reading... Eating Clean by Tosca Rena. It is a great book. Dalton and I just finished the reading together the 1st Harry Potter book and will be starting the second one this week. I am trying to read a non-fiction and a fiction book each month.
I am creating... a better lifestyle for my family. I have started this year getting us in better eating habits with reading this book. Gettting us financially free by working my buisness and getting me to the next level. I want to teach them to be more diciplined and diligent through my actions and expand their thinking that anything is possible through my example. I want each of them to know who they are in Christ and become fearless of the unknown.
From the kitchen...not sure what is asking but I am overhauling our pantry and fridge with better food for them to eat and not so much processed food.
Around the house... there are toys scattered that says three kids live here. I am trying to be ok with that, while training the kids to pick up after themselves.
One of my favorite things...is to be captivated by a good book and get totally involved in a story. I have had trouble doing that since discovering the Twilight series last year and am having trouble leaving the world of Forks. I also love to be inspired weather is be hearing a great story of accomplishment or something I read in my bible that hits me where I am. I love the feeling of the accomplishment of meeting a goal and doing what I said I was going to do. I guess that is more than one thing.
A few plans for the rest of the week...get more bookings on my books this week and finish my month strong. Get Dalton over strep and get the germs out of my house.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
1. Waffles, pancakes or french toast?
None of these are on the Eat Clean diet but if I were cheeting french toast.
2. Dream home..What would it look like?
A Ranch Style House on lots of land. Could not find a picture of what I have in mind. Mediterianian/Country feel.
3. Favorite sport to watch during the Winter Olympics?
Ice Skating but, I really love the summer Olympics more!
4. The first word that comes to mind when describing yourself?
Fun/Driven I could not pick one.
5. Dresses, pants (jeans, leggings, etc.) or skirts?
Skirts I love to dress up and I actually like wearing hose and high heals.
6. What is your favorite time of day?
Mid day, right after lunch. The girls are taking a nap and the house is so peaceful.
7. Beach or Mountains..which do you prefer?
Mountains. I am not a beach fan. I don't like the feeling of sand.
8.Will you watch the Super Bowl?
Yes, to be with my husband and see the commercials. But I always am working taking calls because I have a huge Super Bowl sale.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This is one of my favorite worship songs, Love Song, by Jason Morant. It is one of those songs that sweeps your heart away in worship. It reminds you to be in awe of the majesty of God.
When Darin and I were serving in our first church in south Texas we were stuck in the middle of a worship struggle. People were complaining about the different styles of worship. This is not new to churches. To me this one was worse because when we came to the church they had a hand full of hymns that they played over and over because that was the the former piano player knew and it became the way of life. I hated that worship had become a point of contention and anger. I just wanted to be free to worship and wanted people to be authentic in it. It did not matter to me how you worshiped just that you did it with an open heart to God not a ritual to get through so you could check it off for the week. We sat in a meeting one day with the deacons due to more complaints and one of them asked me, "Well we don't have to stand up for all of the songs and why is it nessisary for you to raise your hands when you sing." First off the question frusterated me because this man's heart was not in the right place, his agenda was to fight for keeping the things the same. But I was frusterated with myself because I had no answer. In my heart I did not want to do something out of rebelion or show. I just wanted to worship Jesus and feel his presence. Then I was frusterated with myself because I had no answer for why I raised my hands in worship. I went home that day and began to pray about it. I asked God to give me wisdom in this and show me the answer. The next day I was sitting in my office cleaning it. I had praise music going and a song struck me so deeply as I sang it that I had to stop and worship. I was all alone in my office and was free to sing as loudly as I wanted and raise my hands with out question. I heard a little chirpy voice behind me ask, "Mama what you doin'?" It was Dalton, my son, who was two at the time. He came and sat beside me. Then the answer hit me. "Well, Mommy is reaching to God. You know when you get scared, or sad, or you just want to see things up high and you raise your hands for mommy to pick you up?" He nodded. "Well Mommy is reaching up to God because she wants to be picked up." He shut his little eyes and threw his hands up in the air and started singing, "We reachin' to God, we reachin' to God." as he swayed back and forth. This will alway be one of my favorite memories of a moment as a mom.
Monday, January 18, 2010
1. I spent the entire week after Christmas organizing my house. My goal is to train my kids to clean up after themselves and form good habits with taking responsibility for their things.
2. Clean out the garage and have a huge garage sale. I want to be able to park my car in it.
3. Pay off all of our debt and save for that Disney Trip we have been promising our kids for years.
4. Lose all of the weight before I started having kids. I have 25 more to go.
5. Finish Mary Kay directorship and go on target for the Pink Cadillac. We almost did this last year in May and due to life things fell apart. So we are going to finish it this year. (My team and I.)
6. Get Madison's letters done for her wall that match the ones I had done for Brighton. She will be three this year and I don't have her name on her bedroom wall like her sister.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
This was taken Thanksgiving 2008. I don't consider myself a photographer. To me it is like magic when I capture a shot like this. It is of my youngest daughter Madision and my grandmother. I love that my kids have four greatgrandparents still living. I cherish everything about this shot. This is 2 kissing 82!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I think .....
*I think the dryer is eating my socks to mock me with a basket full of mates with out pairs.
* I think I love my new single story house and do not miss vacuming the stairs.
* I think my children conspire against me to taking turns of who will not sleep through the nights.
* I think life is to short to sweat the small stuff and to fuss with others and get into fights.
* I think that new guy on the McDonalds commercials, who is waiting for coffee to brue, is a little bit short and a little bit rude.
* I think that Sara Palin is someone I respect and admire.
* I think I don't know what I think about Coach Leach getting fired.
* I think that God is blessing us all around if we would open our eyes and foccus our attention on the good.
* I think I worry,complain, and gossip a lot more than I should.
* I think that my laundry mulitplies while it is in the wash and the dryer.
* I think I need to keep the nail polish completely out of reach and move it a little bit higher.
* I think that Dr. Pepper is the hardest thing I have had to give up while I am on this new diet.
* I think that oatmeal is gross but to lose weight I will try it.
* I think that the Cowboys may have a shot at the Super Bowl, if they keep playing like this.
* I think there is not better way to wake up than with a smile and a kiss.
* I think I could eat a Sonic burger every single day.
* But I think I will not wear a size 6 jean that way.
* I think that I have the best girlfriends a girl could ask for.
* I think that each day I love my husband a little bit more.
* I think that it is important to foccus on the postive, not the negative and pray more instead.
* I think that January is an awesome time to evaluate what is behind and look on to what is ahead.
* I know that God is soveriegn and I have nothing to fear.
* I Know that 2010 is going to be an awesome year!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
1. Texting become a primary way of communicating
2. The Era of the Vampire (I am only a Twilight fan, not of any of the rest)
3. Harry Potter being the most popular fiction to come out
4. Wireless Networks everywhere
5. Alternative Medicine
6. Reality T.V. being everywhere-Creation of Reality T.V. Stars (Kate Gosslin, Kelly Clarkson, ect.)
7. A first black president being elected
8. September 11
9. Michael Jackson's death
10. Crocs (Even if they are the ugliest thing to ever come out.)
11. Connectivity- Blogging, Facebook, My Space, wireless phones
I also wanted to make a list of things that have become obsolete in the last 10 years, like:
1. Answering Machines
2. Camera's with Film (Remember the drive through Fox Photo places you could drive through in the parking lots to get your pictures.)
3. Telephone's and Computers having to be plugged into walls. We are in the age of the wireless eara.
4. CD's now we have itunes
5. VCR's and VHS videos
6. Tapes and Tape players in the cars
7. Home Phones (How many of you only have cell phone now and have given up your home phone.)
8. Handwritten letter. I still have all of mine from my grandmother she use to write me.
9. Arcades We all have video games at home now and who needs to play these games at a public arcade.
10. Big paper Maps- We have GPS now.
Add to these. I know there are so many more.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
1. Julie Beader. I love this woman! It was this time last year that I met her in the locker room at the YMCA. (Yes I talk to everyone!) I was praying for God to bring women in my life to work Mary Kay with. I wanted strong Christian Women who have a vision and a drive that I could run with. There Julie was putting on her make up with an outdated Mary Kay compact. I introduced myself and the rest is history. Julie is a minister and so wise. We became fast friends. Her wisdom has blessed my life and she helped me with the many transitions life brought last year. Julie was the one that got the spark lit and the ball rolling on my team last year. She was the one that put our team on target for our first Mary Kay car and she was the last order at 10 pm that put us over the top to finishing qualifications. I love her fire and her drive. It is my goal this year to find five more of her.
2. I am thankful for all of my new followers. I makes my day to see a new follower on my blog. I love all of your comments. My love language is words of affirmation and every comment on so fills my love tank.
3. I am thankful that Madie is working on potty training and I will soon be a house with no diapers. My budget is thankful for that one too.
4. I am thankful Dalton had a good day back at school after the break. I was worried about it.
5. After cleaning and organizing all last week I am thankful for Brighton. My five year old has been little Susie Homemaker making sure everything is picked up and put away in the toy room and in the girls room where it goes. I have one that likes organization.
6. I am thankful for Darin, my man. He has just been so happy and sweet these last few months. He really likes his job and is at peace. It has been a while since I have seen this side of him. He has always been an awesome husband and father but he is happy right now and back to the Darin I married. 2009 was a very hard year on him and he is coming around.
7. I am thankful for my mom and all she does for us. She kept each kid last week for one night and took them each on a fun day with her. I love that she teaches at the school where Dalton is going. He is struggling a little in math and she knew it before I did. She sent home things for him to work on with him and how to help him. Reading I can teach because I was a reading resource teacher for 4 year but I am clueless on math. I love having her on campus with my kids.
8. I am thankful for our neighbors. They are the sweetest retired couple. They brought us so many goodies over during the holidays and then the day after Christmas they showed up with gifts for my kids. We have only lived here a month. They are such a sweet couple.
Make a list of what you are thankful for. It really helps you feel better when life is challenging.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
When I was cleaning last week I pulled out my Passion Cd's to listen to. It is sad that it has been a year since I listed to these CDs. This song is the one I have been playing over and over this last week. It has been watering my dry and thirsty soul. I love the key change when it goes into "I'm Alive, I'm Alive, I'm Alive, I'm Alive..." This song has been the prayer of my heart. It is from Passion 98 album.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
You were a very hard year to get through. Our family endured a lot of life changes and had us riding such an emotional roller coaster that I am exhausted. With career changes for Darin and the reality of closing the doors on his church and dreams of planting a church, he has survived. With the uprooting of our family to a new community and new school for Dalton we are closer and stronger. I rejoiced in the accomplishments I made in Mary Kay and dealt with the disappointments of unfinished goals and faced having to start over. Our budget survived the economy and various changes to our income. Our hearts broke as we said good-bye to our 13 year old dog, Scarlett. I am happy to close the door on you. I leave behind the resentment, fear, disappointment and feelings of failure that has weighed me down this year. I choose to remember the good things that happened to our family and the lessons that we learned. I rejoice in the blessings we received in 2009 and will let the rest go. We embrace who we have become in the process. We look forward to the opportunities that 2010 will bring. This year we are drawing a line in the sand and will look back and see that 2010 was the year that things changed. We will be debt free this year, directorship will be accomplished. I will lose the 30 lbs that have been on my goals for the last three years. Our home will be reclaimed as a Christ centered home. 2009, you will be remembered as a strengthening year in our diligence and faith. We will remember you as a year for weeding things out of our lives and placing us on a new path. We feel ready and equipped now to accomplish things in 2010. So it is with a happy heart that I bid you, 2009 a final farewell and greet 2010 with excitement!