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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Word for Wednesday: Solution

Recently a friend posted on Facebook that she didn't know what was wrong with her plant. Now, I don't have the world's greenest thumb, but I manage to keep (easy) plants alive more often than I kill them. I've had to take the time to figure out how best to care for them. One thing I've figured out, which I passed along to her, was that sometimes they get over-watered. They need a chance to dry out. Otherwise they can develop issues with mold and other diseases. This is why its best to water them in the morning during hot months, so that by evening's cool they are dried out. 

I guess my point is this: sometimes the solution is obvious, but there are times that it is not. I have a hard time telling people about things that I am going through because their advice can just become more of the problem. There are people in my life that I trust and whose advice I want. When I seek them out they help me to find the solution. Lately, I've know the solution, I just didn't want it to be what I knew it was. Anyone's advice might have just become more noise in my already clambering mind. Another possibility was that it would allow me to get off the hook and not follow what I knew was the right thing to do.

Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Friday

A happy for your Friday!

This is one of my favorite songs. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I've had a lot on my lately and thought I would share. 

I got beautiful roses for Valentine's Day. They are still going strong on my desk. This may be their last day on this earth. They had a great life, at least in my opinion. 

Mary is doing well. She had her teeth cleaned last week and has been recovering from the anesthesia. She was super cuddly all weekend, which was fine with me. 

I read this post over on Don Miller's blog and really liked it. It made me think about the things I am failing at and what that means. It also encouraged me to keep going. 

I have several things to be planning, so I need to get on with that. One is a baby shower, any great ideas?

So what's been going on with you?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


So Taylor Swift's new single, Ours, has been one of my favorite songs from here Speak Now album. I just watched the video for the first time today and it is so sweet and wonderful. I thought I would post it here for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to watch the whole thing, the ending is amazing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!

What do you have going on today? A surprise from someone special? A special gift? A fun movie night? Anything else.

When I was still living at home, my dad would do something special for me each and every valentines day. It was so much fun to come home from school and find his special surprise waiting for me.

Today my sweetheart came and took me to lunch and out for ice cream! He also brought me a dozen roses! 

He is just the sweetest! 

Love to you all! Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Music Makes the Show

So when I was a senior in high school a new show started on the WB. That little show is One Tree Hill. I have always liked the show when I watched it, but I have never been a loyal viewer. I have been watching it on Netflix for the past while and I have to say, its been fun to watch. The main characters on the show are currently where I am so the past episodes involve things that were going on in my life too.

The best part though has been the music. The show has a fun and wonderful score that often reminds me of times in college or when I was first on my own. I recently found this website which shows you all of the music from each episode. Its great when you hear a song that you love and want to download it. Anyway, just a random tidbit for this Thursday.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Word for Wednesday: Blessed

Sunday morning we sang "It is Well with My Soul" during morning worship. Its one of my favorite hymns. As we sang though I thought about the words.

When peace like a river attendeth my way.

I don't generally think about the state of my soul when my world is bathed in peace.
When sorrows like sea billows roll.

I realized that I don't say it is well with my soul when sorrows roll into my world. I've always thought that the act of saying it is well with my soul didn't matter. I know that it is well with my soul I don't have to say it. But to adequately share my faith I have to say it. What if I don't? When sorrows come in I don't act like all is well with my soul, I act like a spoiled brat.
Whatever my lot thou has taught me to say, "It is well with my soul."

It occurred to me in that moment that I don't always verbally praise God in the storm. Instead I verbally question God. 

My lot is to live in a home with a dog and husband I love. My lot is to go to a good job each day. My lot is to eat three meals a day, without wandering where the next one will come from. My lot is to drive a car. My lot is to have pretty much whatever I want. My lot is to use indoor plumbing. My lot is to have electricity. My lot is not be to scared of truly bad people who are out to get me. My lot is wonderful. And beautiful. And privileged. And so often I mistake a patch of class 2 rapids for a stormy gale. And I need to get a better perspective. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hello Moto

How is everyone? I woke up at 3:00 am yesterday morning not feeling well and took the day off from work and really from life. I pretty much watched TV for an awful amount of time yesterday with sweet Mary. I did manage to post some pictures yesterday for Merry Mary Monday, so I hope you got a chance to check those out.

Anyway I'm back in the saddle today and wanted to tell you what my favorite commercials were on Sunday. (I didn't really watch the game, just the commercials.)

So in fifth place, mostly because I didn't really see the whole thing on Sunday was the M&M's commercial.

In fourth was the Hyundai commercial. It made me laugh, but I think I was the only one in the room.

Third was the Toyota Reinvented Camry commercial. I love my Camry, so I'm a little partial. My favorite part was the reinvented DMV.

In second place was the Doritos Slingshot commercial. Doritos always does a great job and tend to have my most memorable big game ads.

My favorite ad was the Skechers ad with the French Bulldog. I'm a little biased toward ads with dogs, but this one took it for me. (I did like the other Doritos ad with a dog and the cute rescue dog Weego.) So here it is:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Its the Small Things: This is Why I'm Here

So a quick funny story for your Friday.

On Wednesday night we were doing an activity where the kids were acting out some scenes that they had been given. One of the kids was "overlooked" and the other one had to come up with a way to honor them. Only the overlooked part was scripted. One of the groups of boys asked me, "Can we have a flash mob?"

My answer of course was, "No. You don't need a flash mob, be more realistic."

When it came there turn the overlooked kid was not good at math and got frustrated. The other one honored him with a flash mob with the three words, "Don't Stop Believing." There is no way that they know its one of my favorite songs. They didn't even know more lyrics than those three. There was definitely a hand in the air and some hip movement. HILARIOUS!

It was not like this:

So Thursday morning I'm driving to work and what comes on the radio? Journey's Don't Stop Believing. 

And I cracked up in my car, alone. Then I realized, this is why I love working with my kids.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Winter's Promise

At my family's Christmas celebration I picked up a volume of four books that had been my Grandmothers. It was the "Never Miss a Sunset" Pioneer family series by Jeanette Gilge. I finished the first book last month and as promised here is an update:


Never Miss A Sunset

This first book of the Pioneer Family Series focuses on Emma Vergerler and her husband Al. Emma is alone in the harsh winter to take care of the children and animals while her husband works away at the lumber camp. While the book only take places over a few weeks it gives an insight into the relationship between Emma and her heavenly Father. She deals with a wide assortment of emotions. Her and Al's courtship is revealed through Emma's reminiscence of their past. The story only has one real surprise, but it does show a lot about personal growth and the relationship between a husband and wife.

In my defense I did actually finish another massive book last month, but I had already read it once before. It's first part recently came out as a movie that greatly disappointed me so I wanted to re-read it to make sure what I remembered about the book was correct. I just don't want to blog about it other than this. Maybe this counts as blogging about it?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Word for Wednesday: Resilience

Lately resilience has been on my mind. Standing firmly where I'm planted. Not because I am fighting God's will, but because everything else seems to fight it. 

It would be easy to throw in the towel when things get tough and I get frustrated. Walking away is where my mind goes immediately. So how do we stand firm?

I've also been thinking about what happens when we stand firm. Lives change. People see that we don't need to falter in our convictions. We don't have to bend to peer pressure. We don't wander off to pursue something that seems shiny. People begin to look up to us and ask how we do it. 

So lets do it. Lets stand. Anyone with me?