Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wed.- Music

This is one of my new favorite songs.  It reminds of me of one of the songs I think should be included in the Twilight soundtrack for Twilight or Eclipse for the meadow scenes.  I want my friend Kim to use it in her wedding. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Top Two Tuesday! 2 Random facts.

2 Random things About Me

Let me think of some things that I my readers may not know about me because I have not blogged about it before. I can't talk about my obsession with all things Twilight. I need to post a picture of my new hairdo. It is very Alice! I talk a lot about my goals with Mary Kay and my drive for constant drive for self improvement. Most of you know that I am girlie and love all things pink! So let me think......

I am a reader! I love books. There is nothing betting than getting lost in a story and looking forward to getting back to a book when you have to put it down. I try to read good books before the movie comes out. My son and I are on the third Harry Potter book. Each night we are reading a chapter and he looks forward to it as much I do. I love that he loves reading as much as I do. Darin is a reader too. I love that about him. One of my favorite date nights we had was just sitting by each other in complete silence with the windows open in our room reading in silence. I was lost in the world of Forks and he was riding the range in Texas lost in a Zane Grey book. (If we had, had another boy he would have been named Zane after Zane Grey.) We decided that all of our pets would be named after story characters we loved. Our first dog was named Scarlett. We are saving for a new dog to get this summer and the kids and I know she will be named Bella. The Twilight series has been an awesome read! I loved reading The Other Bolynne Girl and all of the books by this author about the Tutor reign in England and their Queens. Historical fiction is awesome! Sophie Kincella is another one of my favorite authors. Her Shopaholic series is so funny! But, by far Nicolas Sparks is my favorite! I just wish people did not have to die in all of his books. It is fun that a lot of my friends are readers too. We trade good books around and then talk about them. I am currently reading a new Francine Rivers book, Voices in the Wind. It is about the early persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. My favorite Francine Rivers book is, Redeeming Love. That book is a must read! I can't wait to start, Wicked, next. This is the story about the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. I borrowed it from my sister-in-law and it is sitting on my desk waiting for me to dive in. I try to have a fiction book that I am reading and a nonfiction book for self-help. I am also reading Approval Addiction by Joyce Meyers. So that would mean I was currently reading 3 books right now. Dalton and I will finish Harry Potter and the Prisoner from Azkaban this week and can't wait to start, The Goblet of Fire. We hope to have read all of them before the next movie come out this summer.

My number 2 fact goes a long with reading. I have a learning disability and was told it would affect my reading. When I read Gone with the Wind in 6th grade they rethought that. It was discovered in college that I have S.S.S. I can't remember what it stands for but it is a light issue with my brain and eyes. I used the colored overlays in school to help me be able to read. Bright white paper that most tests and worksheet are written on was hard to read. I saw rivers of white in between the words and light sparkling off the paper. This is due to the florescent lighting that is used in schools. It was like looking at a 3D puzzle and waiting for the words to come out of the page so I could read them. Add testing anxiety or a time limit when in a testing situation in school and I could not do it. That made taking scantron test unbearable. I would miss sentences in directions that were printed out to assignments. It was like I never saw it on the page. One professor started highlighting the directions for me and taught me to do that for all my assignments so I would not miss important instructions. I even did that when I was teaching school and having to fill out important documents for testing students. When reading most other books they are not printed on bright white paper and I have no trouble. Plus, I love natural light as much as possible. I was given extra time on taking my ExCet tests for teaching. I was allowed to write directly on the tests with unlimited time and used my covered overlays. I was also given a separate testing room to eliminate distraction while reading. I was given my own bathroom pass to get up and leave the testing environment when I needed too. When your degree is in Special Education I knew who to write to and how to ask the official test givers for all of my testing accommodations. I took my SATs and TAAS test the same way when I was in school. I find people's little quirts with studying and test taking fascinating. Like, me needing to clean my house and have clean open spaces when studying in college so I can concentrate. That is if I did not opt to leave my house totally and go study outside. This is opposite when I compare to the way Darin use to study. In Seminary he would lay in our closest floor with his notes and books all around him. He needed a closed in space to be able to concentrate. It is one of the reasons I went into special education. If letting a kid sit on the floor to take a test in natural lighting makes him successful in school then I am glad there is such an easy fix to making a kid successful in school. So there are my two random facts.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday!

Is it Thusday already?!! Man this week has flown by.  I getting ready for a trip to Dallas tomorrow and Saturday.  I am so thankful for career conference.  I get to be around all of my Mary Kay friends and I love it!  I love what I get to do! Speaking of that I have a huge praise! I beat my own record of my highest class.  It was over $1,000!  Thank you to my sister-in-law Jenny for being my hostess!  It was a blast and it was the first day of my work week.  So I started the week off at $1000 in sales and am at $1200 already!(50% of it is my profit.)  I am also thankful for my family that helps me with keeping my three kids.  I have had some major adjustments to Darin's schedule being so crazy and unpredictable.  I am thankful for the awesome girls that babysit.  I have a list of 4 that my kids all love!  I am thankful for revelation.  I feel like I am in such a state of learning right now.  Through my bible study and some books that I am reading.  Through this journey with Mary Kay right now too.  I am learning new truths about myself and overcoming things that I have struggled with all of my life.  I am learning to embrace self-discipline and the freedom it is actually bringing me.  God is so good to bring us into a closer walk with him and a higher place of living and he does it with such grace and love.  Today I get to go be a hair model for my hairdresser, who is trying to change salons.  I am getting a free haircut and color.  I am so excited because she has to show what she can do so I am getting a fancy cut and funky highlights and color. 
Lastly I am thinkful for my sweet thoughtful husband.  He really loves to show his love for me through gifts.  Last week he worked a crazy work week with a lot of crazy hours.  He worked Friday night until midnight.  At 12:30 I got a text that said I am bringing you a present.  I thought,"Please don't let it be food."  I was not hungry and I did not need a late night fatty snacks.  When he got home he woke me up by tossing a small flat box on me in the dark.  I woke up and turned on the light I saw that he had stopped at Walmart after he had gotten off work to pick up one of the first copies of New Moon the ultimate fan edition.  He had researched his phone to find out the one that had the most extras on it.  He pointed out as I opened it up, "this is the one with footage about shooting Eclipse and all the background of making the movie."  I love this man! He is so thoughtful and thinks of the details.  I mean he does not make fun of my Twilight addiction.  He knows enough about the books to even know that Eclipse is being shot right now and it my favorite of all 4 books.  He really rocks. 

I was in my car yesterday and it just hit me how blessed I am.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Give Away and Public Opinion

I found this Giveaway today and man I want this necklace.  You can enter by going to this blog.
Blond Abition
The designer's etsy shop link I have also listed.  Oh my gosh I love her stuff! 
Devin Bayer designs

So, I have a question for those out there reading my blog today.  What do you think of Kate Gosslin on Dancing With the Stars?  I have very mixed feelings about her and I always have.  At times I feel sorry for her and all that she has had to endure in the public eye.  On the other,I think she was very ugly and hateful to her husband on their show and brought a lot on herself.  Then again I do not know what it is like to have that many kids and can not comprehend what that kind of stress is.  I can also only imagine what a TV camera would pick up in my house with the way I talk to my kids and husband at times.   I did like how she handled some things in her daily routine and found it interesting.  I do think that she is a good mom and loves her kids.  That being said, I am not sure what I think of her being on this show.  She is a mom who was on a reality TV show.  How much of her fame has been her exploiting her childen? I know the show helped them pay for things they never would have been able to afford and I don't judge that.  But now with the book tours and doing this show how much time is being taken away from her children.  Plus she was terrible on Monday nights show.  One judge even said, that she understood that she is not an actor or performer and that has come as a disadvantage to her.  That is right! She is not a star.  She is a mom that did a reality show on TLC!  The mom in me is excited and thinks, "You go girl!" as she represents all of us moms out there.  But then the other part of me feels like, "Your not a star! Go home and take care of your kids."  Plus I heard on the radio about of all of the money she spent on plastic surgery to get ready for the show.  Now again, I am not anti plastic surgery.  I thought it was cool that a doctor donated his services to fix her stomach after carrying all of those babies.  I mean someday I would like to have work done to fix somethings that pregnancy has done to my body.  But she had her eyes done, cheeks done and other things to get ready for this show!  She is only in her 30's! Why would she need all of this done?  Plus I thought she looked great before she had additional work done. Again I think every woman should do things to make herself feel and look great and be the best that they can be.  But how much is excessive?  I don't know.  I am very torn in how I feel and wondered what other's opinions are. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday

Top Two Tuesday!!! Two things I can't live with out......

I can only pick TWO?!!!  I am having a hard time narrowing it down.  1st off I must put my Iphone! I did not think I needed one and my hubby surprised me with one for my birthday last year and now I could not live without it!  I love having the internet on my phone! Plus all of the other apps. on it make life so much easier.  One day I left it at home and I was lost.

The other is music.  My Radio, my CD's, my Itunes.  Music helps me calm down when I am stressed. It motivates me when I am feeling lazy. There are songs can inspire me when I have lost my vision.    There are songs that are just fun and sweet and make me smile when I need it.  There are songs that I hear and I am 16 driving in my car or at a highschool dance. Just listening to the 90's music station on my T.V. and in my mind, I have big bangs and size 6 jeans and I am doing my best running man in my livingroom.   There are songs that remind me of the early days of when Darin and I were dating.  I can hear "Dust on the Bottle" and I am in his blue Ford driving back to UMHB from Temple.  When I feel distracted and far from God there are worship songs that usher me instantly into his pressence.  When I sing I feel close to God and blessed.  It realeases something inside of me that no other way can express the love I feel.

Third (Told you I could not do just three)
My Mary Kay!  I do not leave home without make up on and I use my skincare twice a day.  I just can't go with out it!  I wear it to the gym even! Yes I am that girl! When I was an athlete growing up I still had my hair and makeup done. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday!

For Thanful Thursday I am linking up with Women Taking A Stand.  You can click on the link below to see this awesome blog and link up with other Christian Women today.

I am thankful for....
* the awesome weather we are having for Spring Break this week!  We only had one rainy day!  It has been beautiful and I have gotten to open my windows.
* A husband that helps me.  My house was a complete disaster yesterday and I was overwhelmed with cleaning it.  There was so much that needed to be organized on top of cleaning.  Plus with all three kids being home, were trashing it behind me as I went.  We divided up the house and had it all done it two hours.  He made it a game for the kids and got them to help.
* I also went through the girls drawers yesterday and put away all of the winter stuff, cleaned out the small stuff and got out the spring stuff.  I realized how blessed I am.  My friend Heidi-Anna has two girls older than mine and set us up with some beautiful clothes.  Brighton will not need jeans or denim skirts for a long time.  Plus my mom took the girls shopping for new sandals and they came home with some really cute clothes and three pairs of shoes.  We will be doing Dalton's clothes today. 
* I am thankful for my family! Sunday night we all went to my moms house and cooked out.  My sister-in-law, Stephanie and I went to shopping and then came home and started cooking.  Darin grilled.  My brother Shane came and played in the back yard with the kids.  We made a fire in the back yard and cooked smores.  My brother & sister-in-law Stevie and Jenny came and played.  Then we all cleaned moms kitchen together.  It was so much fun.  I love that we all live close to each other and how they are some of our best friends. 
* I am thankful for my awesome customers.  I had the terrible stomach flu last week and was in bed until Wed.  It was the end of my quarter so I sent out text messages and emails telling people that I would be selling gift cards to use towards their purchases for the next year and it was a great way to stock up and save.  I sold over $1000 in sales in 4 days! I could not have done that if I did not have awesome customers!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Style

1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly?
0 I am not superstitious at all.

2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, "I came, I saw, I conquered." Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?
Today it is my messy, terrible house that needs to be cleaned. With my Mary Kay goals it is becoming a director in the next three months because it is the final three months of our year.

3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?
Early in the morning if I don't sleep in.

4. Re springing forward for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you've ever been really early or really late for?
Church for both occassions.

5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?
The colors of clothes and sandall season! Also getting to open up my windows more.

6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty's Day?

Yes! I love any reason to dress differently and I love theme's.

7. One of Caesar's assassins, Casca, said, "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me," which of course means he didn't understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is "Greek to you," something incomprehensible or indecipherable?

Numbers, accounting and a lot of computer stuff.

8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?

9. "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?

Read a good book.

10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?
New spring clothes with jewelry and shoes to match

11. "The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you." Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every dayMy three beautiful children even though they are fighting over the breakfast table right now.

12. Just for a bit o' fun, click here ( and then report your Irish name. Mine is Zoe O'Kelly

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday!

Top 2 Favorite Celebrity Styles

Victoria Beckam

I LOVE her hair!  I have had this cut for about two years and I want to go back to it.  I love how sleek and stylish she always looks. 

Tory Spelling

I love that she wears bright colors.  She is a mom that balances her career with her kids.  She is not just a celebrity that has kids but is a mom and a career woman.  I have been inspired by seeing her loose the baby weight with both of her pregnancies. 

Monday, March 15, 2010

Day 20!

Day 20

todays challenge:

Can you believe it's almost the last day?

Here's what I want you to do today....

Make a list of all the things you loved about this challenge.

Make another list of all the things you HATED.

And then ponder why...

I enjoyed this journey.  A lot of this has gone with my New Year's resolution and weightloss journey so it was not a huge stretch.  Some days it was hard because I did not have time to blog and keep with with it.  It does makes you think about taking opportunties everyday and making every day count.  We waste so much time procastinating putting things off until tomorrow or next week or month.  We live our lives wishing for someday, hoping for tomorrow or regretting what we did not do and just not foccus on what we can do for today.  Taking time each day can add up to some real change in your life.   As Mary Kay taught us that you eat and elephant one bite at a time.  I enjoyed doing this challenge. 
You'll understand why tomorrow.

Book Reviews

I just finished reading some great books in February and March.  I wanted to add them to the review on
It is a great blog with other readers.  
I read Nicolas Spark's Newest Book The Last Song.  It was a really good book to read just like all of his books.  To me it was not as good at The Notebook or A Walk to Remember, but not bad.  I am not excited about seeing the movie that is being made about it.  I think Miley Sirus as the main character is a terrible idea.  She is not intense enough to play this troubled teen.  I also love listening to the previews as she talks with her thick southern accent and she is suppose to be from New York.  This book is an easy read and as always with Spark's books is a tear jerker. 

The Second book I just finished was Rhett Butler's People.  I found this beautiful hard back book at Goodwill one day while I was looking around.  I loved this book!  I am a huge Gone With the Wind fan and collect items from this book and movie.  I hated the book Scarlett when it came ot.  (Hated the movie even more.)  It was not true to the story, the characters and was a total disapointment.  But this one is a perfect sequal to Gone with the Wind.  It gives a lot of back story to Rhett Butler growing up and the story from his prospective.  It also gives more details to things that happened in Gone With the Wind.  Things like why he was at the 12 Oaks bar-b-que, why he was in prison after the war when Scarlett went to see him and the back story on his and Belle Watling's history.  I loved this book.  It was hard to read because it jumped around a lot between times and characters but at the end when it all came together it was great.  It reminded me of why I loved Rhett Butler.  He definately gives Edward Cullen a run for storybook characters that will make you swoon.  This book is a great book to add to my Gone With the Wind collection. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Getting to know you Sunday! I missed last week because I was sick.  I am glad to get to play this week.

1. What's your favorite Easter candy?
Chocolate Cadberry Eggs with Caramel! Yummy!

2. Who do you think is or women?
In my house it is me but my husband is the organizer and I maintain it.
3. Which do you prefer..wordy blog posts or ones with pictures?
I like both.  I like to hear a story and have the pictures to go a long with it. 

4. Were you popular in highschool? I wish I was but I don't think I was.  My school was a 4A school so everyone knew each other.  With a name like Nocona I knew a lot of people but I did not make cheerleader the times I tried out. 

5. What's your bra size? Too small for my taste. 

6. How many states have you lived in? 1.  I am a Texas girl and I plan on always being a Texas girl.

7. What's one blog you read every day? I am not sure because a lot of the ones I read don't post everyday.

8. Peanut butter or Nutella?
Creamy Peanut Butter

Day 19 of the 21 Day challenge!
Day 19

todays challenge:

Ask someone who is really close to you,

that loves you a whole bunch,

what one of your weaknesses are.

{Ask them to to tell you in a LOVING & GENTLE way}

Take that information and pray over it...

and ask God to show you how to work on it.

Do not, I repeat DO NOT, ask someone who does not have your best interests at heart.

Because they will just be mean.

And that's not the point.

We're trying to GROW here.

I will have to think about who to ask.  Probablly my sister in law Jenny.  I asked Darin and I he said, "Oh Lord it's my day off. Don't me that."  He said. "I have not idea because you are pretty solid in everything." I love this man!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Day 18 of the 21 Day Challenge! Almost there!

Day 18

todays challenge:

Try something new.

It can be ANYTHING.

Just mix it up today,

go wild and crazy
Not sure what I am going to do there!  I have the kids and Darin is working.  Today is already pretty filled.  I will have to think about what I can do that is new. 
Have a great Saturday!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Feature Friday- Stevie

Today I am featuring my other handsome brother, Stevie.  I love that even as an adult he has not gone to being called Steve because that is my dad.  He is and will always be Stevie.  He is the middle child of the three of us and is the peacemaker of the family.  The smart, always even, logical and the most like my dad.  He often plays the peacemaker role between my youngest brother and me because we are both too much alike.  Stevie is a phamacist and I love that he is into holistic methods with diet and vitamin supplements.  I am so proud that he and his wife just recently paid off over 100,000 of debt in a little less than three years. He is so focused and driven.  Most of it was both of their school debt and they attacked it and were done with it before they bought a house, a new car or went on a fancy vacation.   He is also a deacon at his church.  I think he was one of the youngest men they ordained at MBC.  Steive is also a huge Aggie.  He was in the Aggie band all 4 years at A&M.  He was a Ross Volunteer too.  To all of you non Aggie's that is a huge honor.  He got to go to the Inauguration of President Bush when he was elected into office. 
Stevie has one of the most giving hearts and is so thoughtful.  He totally spoils his wife and does things that most husbands would not do.  Once Jenny was entered into a hostess contest with a Mary Kay event I was involved in.  The contest prize was a $500 gift card to Nordstorms.  But, you had to be present at the Mary Kay event and fashion show at Nordstoms to win.  Jenny had to work that night so he came in her place in case she won. He came  to this Mary Kay event being one of the only men there and was a great sport about it.  Neither Jenny or I won the drawing and two weeks later for our birthdays we both got $100 gift cards to Nordstorms that he went and bought that night after I left the event. 
Stevie was at every one of my children's birth and he had a job.  He made the food run after I had each of them.  I love sonic hamburgers, so he would find the closest Sonic and run and get me my burger each time.  When Brighton my second child was born he took care of Dalton while I was in labor and afterwards even went to the store for me to get my prescriptions filled and things I needed.  When I got pregnant with Madison he brought me a goodie bag from his pharmacy.  He got me bellybars, gingerroot and prenatal vitamins.  He is usually taking pictures at all of my kids birthday parties.   My kids love hanging out with him because he is so silly and fun.  Both of my brothers are the most fun uncles! When I found out my first child was a boy I have to admit that I was disappointed.  I wanted a girl so bad and I did not know how cute a little boy would be.  (I know very stupid.)  But then I remembered what a beautiful baby Stevie was.  He was the prettiest baby with big blue eyes and round cheeks.  I should have stopped by my mom's house so I had a picture to post of him as a baby.  But I thought, if my little boy looks like Stevie I will have the prettiest baby boy.  Stevie is so funny and has the best laugh.  It has not changed since he was two years old.  Those of you reading this that know him can hear it in your head right now.  It is just a Stevie laugh.  Stevie also has asthma.  Growing up we would judge how funny something was by if Stevie has to pull out his inhaler because he got so tickled. To know Stevie is to love him.   So this is my little brother Stevie, one of my favorite people to be around.

I am also linking up with Follow Friday Again! I met some great people last week doing this and found some great new blogs to read.  Play along if you want to and click on the button.
Friday Follow
Last but not lease is todays Challenge of the 21 day challenge.  Day 17

todays challenge:

Write a goodbye letter to someone or something that needs to go from your life.

It's not necessarily a letter to be shared or sent,

but written only to release your heart from the pain and hold it has on you.

Maybe even find a symbolic way to destroy the letter after it's been written.

Find a way to let it go.

Man I did this back in January and I felt so good about it.  I wrote a letter to tell 2008 goodbye and it was so good for me.  Just getting closure was so worth it. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Playing Catch Up!

I have been so sick since last week.  I got the terrible stomach bug my kids had.  Only they were only down with it for 24 hours I had it for 4 days!  It was the hardest way I have lost weight yet!  So I wanted to catch those of you following the 21 day challege up.  I feel behind on everything.  My monthly sales goals, my house work and everything! The 15th of the month is MONDAY!!!!! Deep breath!  One job at a time, one day at a time.  The day I was feeling better Darin kept telling me to calm down and rest because I was going to relapse.  One thing I am excited about is that I started a new schedule.  I have been terrible about being disciplined with my daily schedule.  I don't get up at a consistant time.  Lots of times I would got back to bed after I took Dalton to school.  (Wow! I am keeping it real here and laying it all out.)  It would be 9:00 am before I was starting to get ready for the day. Then I was jumping on the computer first thing in the morning and I would have wasted an hour playing on facebook or my blog.  It was wearing on my self-esteem because I knew that I was not doing right by my family and I knew I would do better with my goals if I would just get my schedule under control.  So my goal is to be part of the 5:00 am club.  In Mary Kay that is what she called those people that get up at 5:00 am 5 days a week.  It adds hours to your life to get extra things done.  I have never been a morning person.I have alway discounted the idea when it was talked about.  But this week I was convicted that I had to do better with my schedule.  I was meeting each day feeling behind, and frantic.  That is not fair to my family or my kids.  So I started yesterday.  I got up at 6:00 am instead of 6:30.  I have to have Dalton at school by 7:30 each day.  My day was double in production and I felt so much better.  We had the smoothest morning getting everyone ready and out the door.  This morning I pushed it to 5:45 and it was even better.  I was able to do my bible reading before anyone is the house was up.  Half my todo list is already done and I feel great.  It has made me feel more confident because I am taking steps to gain control over something I have struggled with for years.  I am so excited about all of my new followers.  Leave me a comment to let me know how your 21 day journey is going.  I look forward to hearing from you.  I promise to catch up on my reading and commenting on your blogs this weekend. 

Day 13

todays challenge:

Time to unwind and relax.

I am ordering you to do just that today.

Your challenge is to find a way to relax and DO IT!

CHECK! What else could I do while I was sick!  Got caught up on sleep and my DVR shows. 

Day 14

todays challenge:

Today might be a real challenge for you, because it's uncomfortable.

I want you to do something that you wouldn't normally do alone.

Go for a walk without your ipod.

Go see a movie.

Get some lunch at a coffee shop and bring a book.

I think it's important to be comfortable being out and about with just ourselves.

So give it a shot, see what happens.

I have done this recently because my bible study has asked me too.  Check!

Day 15

todays challenge:

This one is more for me than anything,

so you're welcome to take it or leave it.

But, the challenge today is to stay off the internet all day long.

I'm committing to 12 hours.

But, of course you do what's right for you.

Remember it's your own personal challenge,

these are merely suggestions.

I did this while I was sick too.  It was kind of nice and I am not as obsessive about my blog and checking it as I was.  I was not getting as much done because I was getting addicted to my blog and reading others blogs.  So this one is checked off. 

Day 16

todays challenge:

Last week!

Okay, todays challenge is a good one.

I want you to memorize a quote or scripture that brings you peace.

Don't know one?

Google some!

And when you find just the one, write it down on an index card and carry it around with you all day.

Hopefully by the end of the day,

not only will you have it in your head...

but most importantly,

it will permanently be in your heart.
Wow I love this one!  I have been convicted of that recently in my bible study.  Mine this week is 2 Tim 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power love and self-discipline.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Follow & Day 12 of the 21 Day Challenge

Today is my first Friday to try this.  You can click the link to link up with Tammy. 
Friday Follow

21 Day Challenge
Day 12:

todays challenge:

We all make mistakes.

We all need another chance.

Today you get that opportunity in regards to these challenges.

It's Do Over Day.

Pick one of the previous challenges that maybe you weren't ever so successful at....

And try for it again.

Practice makes perfect.

I love this idea.  I am doing over the day to get something off our todo list.  The day that is was challenged I was sick.  I did get my office cleaned but not that much done.  I am going to clean my house from top to bottom with the kids to surprise my husband.  We have been crazy busy lately and we have been tag teaming the household chores for a while.  So as soon as I get off here the kids and I are going to turn up some loud music and get going.  I bribed them with Dairy Queen icecream  on the way home from school.  We will see how paying them upfront works out.  You can click on Summer's link for more of the 21 day challenge. 

Le Musings of Moi

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday and day 11!

I am thankful for many things.  Even when this week has been alittle difficult there is always something to be thankful for.  God's mercy is new every morning.  Everyday is a new day.  Just when I want to feel sorry for myself God alway reminds me that others have it worse.  I am really blessed.  I love March because it is getting closer to Spring.  I love all of the Spring clothes and colors we get to wear.  I am blessed with many wonderful friends.  Darin has a great job and is up for a promotion (HUGE promotion).  February was a big month in Mary Kay for me even though I have to double my production in March.  I love that I am not teaching anymore and get to stay at home with my kids. (Even when we have sickness in the house.)  Dalton has a great teacher in 1st grade and I found out this week he is reading on a 3rd grade level.  He loves our reading time that we share every night where I read him a chapter book.  We started the 3rd Harry Potter book last night.  Just stopping and taking inventory on all that God has blessed me with helps me feel better about difficulties that happen.  I am thankful for this 21 day challenge.

Here is Day 11
Day 11:

todays challenge:

Are you ready for this?


I know, I know.

{unless of course you are at work...}

But only for work purposes.

Get off the dang computer and DO SOMETHING.

Hey, it could be worse.

It could be 21 days!
So I will be doing this tomorrow.  I think this is a good idea because I check facebook and get on my blog then look up and I have lost an hour to my morning.  It throws off my productivity for the rest of the day.  Have you ever noticed that if you have a really productive morning that your day just jives for the rest of the day!  I may take this challenge for the rest of the 21 days.  I would love to hear your feed back on this.
Have a great Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 10- Patience

Day 10:

todays challenge:

We're almost half way there!!!

And with 11 more days to go, we definitely need to be working on patience.

Let today's focus be on just that.

Lots of deep breaths.



Notice that I said practice patience.  I am not saying praying for it. (Old joke about praying for patience.)  Another way to say it is to practice keeping your peace.  I read a Joyce Meyers book a couple of years about about ways to keep your peace.  It is a discipline to practice.  Not one I always succeed at but one that I keep striving for.  Just being concious of it is a lot of the battle.  Thank you all for you comments.  This 21 day challenge has been a fun one to blog about.  I am super excited to have reached 50 followers.  I can't wait to have 50 more.  It is more friends! 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day 9!! Just Do it!

Day 9: 
todays challenge:

Let's start getting things DONE!

You know that to do list that you've been staring at or thinking of for FOREVER?

Today you get to tackle one of those tasks that has just not been attended to for quite some time.

You will feel SUCH a sense of relief when it's finally crossed off the list.

I love this one because I am a to do list gal.  There is such a sence of accomplishment when things are done!
Leave me a comment and tell me what you did or are planning on doing. 

Top 2 Tuesday

Top 2 Favorite Stores

Charmin' Charlies or Hanna D's

Hobby Lobby

Monday, March 1, 2010

I heart Faces!

Week 9 - "Hilarious Outtakes" Photo Challenge


This was the first Christmas where we were trying to get a Christmas Card picture with all three looking at the camera.  This is the best shot we got.  (Notice the three year olds tounge)

Day 8! Have fun!

Day 8:

todays challenge:

Doing something fun today.

Dance in the living room.

Have a picnic in the park.

Go shopping.

Play this song and see if it does not make you want to get up and dance.  This is one of my theme songs.