I love my family so much! I am so blessed and privilege to call them my own. My parents are the most wonderful people on the planet! My brother is great! He is fun and pretty much awesome. I have the best in-laws a girl could ever want! I have amazing Aunts and Uncles and cousins.
I have to say the best part of family is that they love you no matter what! Plus some even read my blog (hey Aunt Sue!). I love that they show up for me, whether it is a birthday card, a facebook wall post, a thoughtful phone call, or just by praying for me. Other than getting to marry Pop Rocks one of the best things about my wedding was being with my family!
One of the best things ever is that I can call my parents when I am having a bad day or just a down day and I am better by the end of the conversation. I am so thankful for my family - they are part of me!
Today I would like to say how thankful I am for my friends. I have the most amazing friends in the world. It means so much to me to have people in my life that care about it almost as much as I do. I can only hope that they know how much they mean to me. Just to show you how awesome my friends are let me tell you a little story:
We were going to some friends of ours home for dinner. We had done this before, but we asked if we could bring Mary with us. It was warmer then so we put her crate in the garage and she also was tethered on their back porch where she can run and play in their yard. Not wanting to take advantage of their hospitality I was not letting Mary out of their kitchen. We were playing with her and she was eating carrots. Well the three girls ended up sitting in the floor of the kitchen talking and playing with Mary. Turns out, my friends did not care one bit if Mary ran around their house; we were just sitting in the floor for no reason! I commented (and i…
Today I want to tell you how thankful I am for my job. It is something that I am grateful for no matter how long a day I’ve had. It is incredible that 3 ½ years ago I was fresh out of college and I was given a job and an opportunity. Its pretty cool that its worked out and I’m still there.
Also, I have some of the best co-workers. When you work together the way that we do (a small office and no one seems to leave) you get to be pretty good friends. It has been wonderful to have them in my life for all the curve balls that come our way. They pretty much rock!
What are you thankful this year? I decided to take a week and tell you all the things I am thankful this year. Stay tuned to find out about all of it.
We’ve had Mary for almost 3½ months now. The time has flown. We absolutely love her. I hope that she loves us too! She loves to snuggle and gets in bed with us every night and morning. Its our favorite part of the day. She keeps us laughing and brings so many smiles to our face. This isn’t much of an update. I promise to to do better in the coming weeks.
I’ve been thinking a lot about transparency and being “real” lately. I’ve been trying to figure this out in my life long before President Obama made it one of his talking points. When Pop Rocks first asked me out on a date I made a very determined decision to be myself, good, bad, or ugly. Unknown to me, he had made the same decision. I believe strongly that this is the reason we were able to fall in love so quickly. It has also spilled over into our marriage which is really open and honest.
I have to admit that I sometimes struggle with my own vanity making me want to put only my best face forward. I have to realize that everyone has difficult days and when we show that we struggle we show that we are genuine. Everyone has difficulties and hardships, but it is how we act on those days, months, years, that shows who we are at our core. Some of us still find ways to laugh and smile through the heartache, some of us only find ourselves able to cry. Either way lets not mist…
One of the funniest things about Mary is when she is wearing clothes. Our hyperactive little bundle of energy is suddenly lazy, clingy, and cuddly when you put a shirt or dress on her. (Yes I said dress.) One day not too long ago I was trying to clean the house and I noticed that she was shivering. We had not yet turned the heat on like the weather wanted on that particular day. I put her shirt on her and then I couldn’t get her off of me. I thought she must be tired. Unfortunately her bedding and her blankets were all in the washing machine. I took her and put her in our bed under my covers.
I had been checking on her, but she eventually got hot or bored and wandered out of the sheets. I heard her ear flap as she shook herself, so I eventually went to check on her. I assumed she would be laying on top of the blankets. I was SO WRONG! There she was sitting on Pop Rock’s side of the bed where she had been searching for treasure. She had found proverbial gold in the form o…
Sorry it has been so long... that was not on purpose. I’d love to have some exotic excuse, like I was cruising the Caribbean on my 40 foot yacht, but I don’t. I’ve just been busy. A lot has happened over the last several weeks, though not much garnering a post from me. (I’m still working on this blogger thing.)
I did have a birthday, which was good. I was starting to feel like this would be the first birthday I would dread, but it was absolutely great!
I also walked a 5k. I was filled with doubt about being able to keep up with my friends, but I did and we had a blast! 3.1 miles are nothing when you are doing it with your friends.
I do have a Merry Mary Monday post in the works for Monday so stay tuned. I will work on getting some of my thoughts together for this coming week and hopefully I will do better about posting more regularly.
So there isn't much in the way of a Wednesday night wrap-up. We had our first long Wednesday night Christmas musical practice. It was something of a crazy night, but we made it through...
I did have one thought driving home last night. I was thinking about how easily I get bored. I have learned something from Mary and that it is okay to just enjoy sitting and being calm and quiet. Once Mary settles in, you will most often find her buried under cover, not sleeping, just laying. I have been thinking how maybe I don't need to worry about filling every second of every day with something to do, maybe I just need to take time to be. "Be still and know that I am God." E
This weekend we went whitewater rafting with some friends. We had the greatest time! This was my fourth time rafting and I have to say it was one of the most adventurous. On the second rapid our boat (which held me, Pop Rocks, one of our friends, three guys from another group and our guide) got stuck in a hydraulic part of the river. I have been down this river before and “played” in the same hydraulic. When you are on the river it isn’t exactly encouraging to hear your guide say, “This is about to get interesting.” In our case it meant we were getting stuck and the second time that another boat was going to go over us.
It was a fun weekend filled with laughter, adventure, fun, food, football, and most of all friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and spending time with my friends.
What is one of your greatest memories of times with friends?
I used to be a really fearful person. I was terrified of anything that could be a potential risk. So much so that at one point in my rather young life (probably 12 or 13) I considered not ever getting my driver’s license. It seemed too scary and dangerous. I have since changed and maybe overcompensated...
Yesterday I watched several people repel down the side of a 27 story building... in the rain... to raise money for the Special Olympics. My previous self would have said (much to the happiness of my loved ones) “That is just crazy.”
Now, I find myself saying, “Oh, I wish it was me.”
I would’ve done it, but it cost a fairly big chunk of change. Maybe next time. Instead I will be getting my adrenaline rush in another way. You can expect a full report next week...
Its a very rainy day here in Nashville. Days like this make me miss my childhood. Mostly because days like this make me want to curl up in an oversized chair by a fire and read a good book. Not that I can’t do that as an adult, but I have to work it into my schedule that today involves being in the office. Someday, I will get such as I desire. I hope it will dry out soon. I don’t like the wet and the rain... plus Mary won’t go out in the rain, we even got her a raincoat, but it doesn’t help.
Last week we started learning about gentleness. I have to admit I was a little nervous about teaching gentleness. I guess I always felt that it is something that you either have or you don’t, I never really thought about it as something that can be learned or acquired. When I began looking into the actual definition of gentleness I realized that it can be learned.
Gentleness is showing love with our actions. Its funny to me because it is something that can be instinctive (like when holding a baby) but also something that can be learned (using our words in such a way that we don’t hurt someone else’s feelings).
This week we followed up last weeks lesson with a fun activity. We had the kids get into groups and act out scenarios where they demonstrated the situation with gentleness and the situation without gentleness. It was rather interesting.
One scenario involved a teacher laden with books walking into school. Without gentleness the the students laughed at the teacher …
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:27-31
Tonight we concluded our discussion of Self-Control by talking about controlling our actions. We have previously discussed that our thoughts lead to our words. Both our thoughts and our words can lead to our actions.
We can’t control any actions other than our own and we must be careful what we do. If we are acting in an uncontrolled way we don’t look like we respect our parents or rules. If we are living in such a way then our actions become a distraction to to others. A big area where we have to make sure don’t be come distractions is at church. If we…
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
We’re still talking about self-control on Wednesday nights. Last week we discussed controlling our thoughts. The kids helped point out last night that it is important to control our thoughts because our thoughts become our words. We talked about those times were you say what you were thinking without really meaning too. That can be really embarrassing, right?
We also talked about some phrases that we use to justify saying something we shouldn’t: “Don’t take this personal, but...” “I’m not trying to be nosy, but...” “I was just kidding/joking/playing.”
We also talked about how you can’t take words back once they have come out of your mouth. Once they are out they are no longer in our control. You can say that you want to take it back, but you can’t really do that. You also shouldn’t repeat things that…
I teach the kids at my church on Wednesday evenings, I thought it would be a great idea to recap what I am teaching on an adult level for some good discussion. Most of my thoughts will be written before the session (I am the teacher after all) but I will tweak them before I publish them.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. Phillippians 4:8
We are doing a study on the Fruits of the Spirit this school year, spending a month on each fruit. In August we are talking about Self Control (We are going backwards, in case you're confused). Tonight we focused on controlling our thoughts by using self control in what we put into our minds. This is a topic that tends to hit home for me. I think so often that as an adult I feel like, I can watch what I want or listen to anything without it necessarily affecting me.
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I will tell you what I am most nervous about is advertising with AdSense because they determine what ads to place on my blog based on what I write about. This means I don't have control over what is posted. Has anyone else used AdSense and run into problems with the ads that are placed on your blog?
Allow me to introduce myself.
I am first of all a Christian. Not one that has it all figured out by any means, one that is merely trying to figure out what it looks like to live as Jesus, today.
Second, I am a wife. My husband (we'll call him Pop Rocks) and I just celebrated our second anniversary. I am working on realizing each and every day how amazing my husband is (and he is) and how blessed/lucky I am that he chose to live life at my side.
Third, I am a daughter/sister/in-law/granddaughter/niece/you surely get the picture by now. I have a rather large extended family that has its fair share of adventures. Epics that are peppered with laughter, salted with tears, and seasoned with love.
Fourth, I am a friend. I am blessed with an incredibly rich array of friends who make my life better each and every day. Friends who lean on me and who I lean on. I have come to believe that our friends are some of life's truest blessings, they can, after all, easily choo…