Friday, April 8, 2011

A Little Bit of Everything

Again, it has been awhile.  This time I have no excuse. March brought some fun things! A visit from my mother, the mark of another year older, and many more blessings.

My bff visited from NC late March. It was very exciting to see her and her little one! It's strange how not much has changed since the last time we were together, but how SO much has. I hadn't even met C before, and man is he a cutie pie! I had such fun shopping for him and with my bff! We had a blast eating out, hanging around the house, and just talking like we used to.  I so wish she lived closer!

I started my container garden this week. I wanted to start small and have it mobile in case we found a house sometime sooner rather than later :) We planted cherry tomatoes, strawberries and green peppers. Supposedly, they should do well together and in the container, but we will see! It is all a learning process.  Unfortunately, I don't like to make mistakes ... so lets cross our fingers. I'm slightly protective over my little plants. Last night we had ourselves quite a thunderstorm that woke me up.  I just had to make sure that my plants weren't getting blown away ... or flooded! I just cant wait to pick some sun-warmed cherry tomatoes from my garden! I plan to take pictures along to way to show my green thumb in action. I wish I was better at taking photos.  I carry our camera in my purse everywhere I go, but I never remember to take pictures.  It is something I am working on ... but its one thing on a very LONG list.

I've been reading "Comforts from the Cross" by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I've returned to is several times for my daily devotional reading and I HIGHLY recommend it. God reveals more and more to me through it and it is very rejuvenating. I struggle to speak truth to myself and find that this book has helped as I grow in that area, among many others. I am planning to get a jump on my reading list... we just have to see how many books K will let me order at once.
Well, that is a little bit of everything.... or maybe just a sampling of what I've been up to. The weather is starting to get nicer and I am excited for what Spring will bring!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Days Like These

I spent the afternoon with my best friend from high school/college. It was very much the same as it was before.  Sitting in her parents living room, laughing about fun times, eating food, talking about boys.  Except those boys are now our husbands and in the background of all that fun- was her beautiful cooing baby boy. If we had known then, where we would be today - I think we would be delighted at how good He is.

It's days like these, spent reminiscing and then driving a little too fast down a back road - the warm air blowing in and the radio on too loud, that I am back there again. Back in my old chevy cavalier driving down those same roads.   I wonder what I would say to myself all those years ago.  I probably wouldn't have taken my own advice anyway.  I was just sure I knew everything.  Ha.

I think I would tell myself not to worry so much, God really is bigger than everything.  To be nicer to the people around me and look outside my little world. I would tell myself to save a little of the money from my high school job and spend a little more time at home on the weekends. Not that I would change a thing; I feel so blessed to be where I am, to have a wonderful husband.  The Lord has provided in SO many ways.  I just think I should tell myself - there is more past today.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Wife

*** This one too...  This one was from a couple of weeks back. ***

Confession #1
This may be the toughest job I have ever had.
It sounds easy, but it can be difficult emotionally. There isn't anyone to commend or praise me for my 'wonderful work' during the day. I mean, let's face it, there isn't anything life changing about clean laundry. However, and most importantly, it has forced me to seek what God wants from me as his child. I may not know why He has placed me in this role, but I will find joy in it.

Confession #2
I feel guilty
When budget day rolls around and I compile the previous week's expenses I feel guilty. If only for more cushion in our savings account, there are times I wish I had a job.

Confession #3
I love it
I enjoy staying at home.  When people ask me what I do, I get to say I am K's wife. And what a blessing that is! Weekends are chore free and when K gets home from work we can spend time together - or he can spend time on something he enjoys doing.  We still have un-fun things to tackle when K gets home ... and once we buy our first home we will probably have many more things I can't do on my own ... but we have much more free time. I am also much less stressed.  I can give 100% to what I am doing.  When I was working I never felt like I was able to do anything right, like I had too many pots on the stove.

An Accent

*** oops.  I found there were a couple of posts I didn't actually publish.  This one is from December sometime***

I thought this was such a neat idea for drapes.  I am sure it isn't new, but I stumbled across them while Christmas shopping and liked them.   These are from Urban Outfitters, but it would be fun to hunt for unique pieces and make it my own.  It would be one of those subtle touches- like the cherry on top!  
 Broach used as a tie back for drapes.

Antique doorknob used as a drape tie-back. 

Status Update

Nothing new to report in my life.  I actually keep pretty busy and am finding joy in where He has me.   My days generally start by waking when K does, getting his lunch together and morning conversations about the day's plans. I work out, shower and begin attacking the day's list of to-dos. Some days are tough, especially when the day is longer than my list. But I've found the closer I am to God the more joyous my days are.       

I'm excited for spring, it will be here before you know it! There are a handful of projects I want to start that need warmer weather.  I would like to redo some furniture and I plan to garden!  We will see how it goes, I've never actually planted anything that then successfully grew! Lucky for me (and whatever I plant) my brother and sister-in-law gave me a gardening book for my birthday! My new favorite thing to do is find new recipes to try out. I found this website, she has some really great recipes posted there. She uses some interesting ingredients (not as strange as Rachel Ray) so I will probably end up messing up/substituting a lot along the way... but that's the fun part, Right?!?

Well, I should hop to it. I plan to blog more, I just get going and forget all about it. This month should have more to share! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Church Shopping

Questions like .. "Will I ever find a hair stylist/dentist/doctor/chiropractor... I like again?" swirl around your head when you move. Silly as they sound, it stinks to break in a new hairdresser.. but those are so minute compared to finding where God wants me in the Body.

This is the part of moving that I dreaded the most.  It's difficult to leave behind friends and your normal routine, but to find a new church to call home is not something I was looking forward to. We have been in T-town for about a month now, and have been to a handful of churches in the area. Sometimes I feel like Goldy Locks. I want a church not to big, not too small... I want a church that is just right. But, it's not about what I want, or what will make us the most comfortable. We are actively seeking the church He wants us to be apart of. A place where we can served and where we will be called out onto the carpet (lovingly) because we are daily sinners. I just need to remind myself of this... weekly.

We are slowly finding our grove here.  K is back to work and enjoying his job.  I am loving being his house wife and serving him in ways I frankly didn't have time to when I worked full time. I haven't closed the door on going back to work. I still look for opportunities and have an ear out for them, I am just patiently (as much as I can) waiting.

Prayers as we continue to seek His will and not our own.

Oh, and to end on something funny...
Word is we are experiencing a "snow-pocalypse" here.  That's quite a title for a few inches of snow and a little ice - I will say it might not be as bad here as other places in the state, but it still makes me laugh.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

my red high heels

It has been a whirlwind, and will continue to be I am sure, as we begin this part of our journey.  Keaton began his new job this week and our stuff should be delivered any day now.  I have spent my time reading books I've put off, researching things I've put off, and catching up on some TV online (a guilty pleasure).  Next week will be spent setting up the new place, transferring the us over to Kansas officially, and continuing the job hunt. I'm not sure what I want in my next job, so it is making the processes a little more difficult than I had anticipated but I am faithful He has prepared something for me.

Prayers as we adjust to this transition and follow Gods leading in this new place.