Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Images from Christmas....

Presents wrapped and ready to be opened.

Mistletoe hung.

Everyone has a stocking....even the cats.

The kids checking our their presents from Santa. New toys, their favorite treats, and a new litter box. Everything a cat would love.

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sometimes and Always Link Up

I am linking up with Megan again from Mackey Madness.

Sometimes....I have good intentions of putting away my clean clothes right away when they come out of the dyer.
Always....The clean clothes sit in the basket for about a week before I put them away.

Sometimes....I intend to eat more healthy.
Always....I just can't resist chocolate and potato chips.

Sometimes....I get motivated to clean the whole entire house.
Always....I either procrastinate or I get distracted and I do not get everything cleaned that I intended to.

Sometimes....I intend to get up early so that I can actually get to work on time.
Always....I hit the snooze and end up being late.

Sometimes....I enjoy just being by myself.
Always....I enjoy the company of my husband and wish weekends were longer so that we could spend more time together.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ornament Swap

I was so excited to hear about the ornament swap that Megan and Julie were hosting and had to participate. I had so much fun with this. I was linked up with Kari. She sent me the most adorable ornament. 

I just love this ornament. Snowmen are my favorite. Thanks Kari!! 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Today I am linking up with Megan again from Mackey Madness. I had so much fun last time that I had to join in again.

Sometimes I wish I had an office with a window.
Always grateful I even have an office. 

Sometimes I wish I was a better cook.
Always grateful that my husband loves to cook.

Sometimes I really intend to put more money in savings.
Always I find that new shirt or pair of pants that I really want.

Sometimes I wish people still sent letters/cards through the mail rather than email.
Always I get excited to find a card in my mail box.

Sometimes I enjoy a lazy Saturday.
Always grateful that I do not have to work on the weekend.


Monday, December 12, 2011


The third week of Advent is about joy. Many of us are happy, but being happy is just an external feeling. Joy is internal. Joy is a deeper feeling created by God. We feel joy knowing that God cares for us and loves us. Joy is remembering that God sent Jesus so we would know that God cares for us.

In Luke 1: 47-55 we read Mary's song of joy. Even though she was frightened and uncertain of her future she chose to keep her eyes on God. She looked for joy in times of uncertainty.

Lord, help me to look for joy in times of uncertainty. Help me to live in such a way that my words and actions help others know of the joy you give.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Coffee: The nectar of the gods

When I was in the six grade my social studies teacher drank coffee every day during our class. And every day after taking a drink he would hold up his cup say "the nectar of the gods." I never had any clue what he was talking about, but assumed that he must really be loving his coffee. Just recently I decided to look up what "the nectar of the gods" meant. And according to the Urban Dictionary it means, "a name for the drink which has the sweetest taste of any drink." Now that I look back on it and think about my teacher saying this about his coffee and what it actually means cracks me up. But I have to admit, now that I drink coffee myself I do share his love for it. I always enjoy a good cup of coffee. My day is not complete without my coffee first thing in the morning after I wake up. I do believe that I am addicted to coffee. I am not sure what I would do I could not drink it anymore. So to me coffee is a drink which has the sweetest takes of any drink.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Today I am linking up with Megan from Mackey Madness.

Sometimes...I go to bed at night motivated to get up early the next morning and go to the gym and workout.
Always....I wake up unmotivated and wanting sleep longer and 9 times out of 10 skip the gym.

Sometimes....I wish that I had a higher paying job with lots of power and that everyone would know who I am.
Always....I want to be able to stay home when we have babies and not have to deal with a high stress job.

Sometimes....I want live in a place where it is warm all year round.
Always....I am thankful that I live where I am able to enjoy every season of the year.

Sometimes....I want yell at the car in front of me who does not seem to know how to drive.
Always....I try and keep my cool and not let my anger get the best of me.

Sometimes....I wonder how it is I got so lucky to have such a great man as my husband.
Always....I thank God for bringing him into my life and for blessing me with the perfect man for me.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hope and Love

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is Advent. I have always loved each Sunday seeing the candles being lit and hearing the message that is for that week. It always reminds of what the true meaning of the holiday season is all about.

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. The message for that week was hope. The first candle lit was to symbolize hope. Advent is a time of waiting and hoping. We wait for the day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. With the lighting of the first candle we also remember God's promise. God promised that he would send a Savior to the people.

Today is the second Sunday in Advent. Today's message is love. Today we remember God's love for us. We remember the love that God has for us and that he loved us so much that he sent his Son to us. We remember the ultimate sacrifice that He made for us all.

Advent is a time when we can stop and remember what this season is really about.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

December is one of my favorite months of the year. I love putting up the tree and setting out all the decorations. It always brings back so many memories of being a kid and enjoying the holiday season. I love all the pretty lights and sparkly decorations. It is almost magical.

This past week I put up all decorations around the house. Here are just a few images for you to enjoy.

The cat's new favorite place to sleep.

My favorite ornament from when I was a kid. This was a present from my grandmother one year.

My new snowman. Love him!

December truly is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the lights and decorations. And I love what Christmas stands for and the reminder of Christ's birth and love for all of us.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Movie Night

Ok, I have to admit I am a Twilight fan. Last night my husband and I met some of our friends at the theater to watch the latest saga of the Twilight series.I had really been looking forward to the movie. After seeing the movie I am kind of wondering what all the hype was about. I think that is was my least favorite of the series. Our husbands were party poopers and sat and laughed through most of the movie. I do have to admit that there were some really silly parts to the movie and parts of it could have probably been done better. But there were some sweet parts to the movie. I am not sure though that it lived up to what I had expected out of the movie. However, I did like the movie and it was fun to be able to hang out with my husband and our friends. And it was nice that our husbands let us pick the movie this time.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Reflections on Giving Thanks

Over the last few weeks, I challanged myself to find something that I was thankful for everyday until Thanksgiving. I really believe this challange gave me a chance to pause for a moment and reflect on those things in my life that I am truly grateful for. We spend so many hours of the day complaining and wishing things were different and I wanted to give thanks rather than voice my unhappiness about what I don't have. I found that through this challange it gave me a greater appreciation for my family and friends. I was reminded of how blessed I am that I have a job, have a roof over my head, and food on the table. It also caused me to have more of a love and appreciation for my Heavenly Father. I hope that now rather than complaining about what I don't have I will be grateful for the many blessings that are in my life.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 23

Today I am thankful for the small things in life. Sometimes it is the small things that make me the most happy and content. I always enjoy a nice warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winters day. Or sometimes it is the unexpected bouquet of flowers I get from my husband for no reason what-so-ever. Or it might even be a note from a friend that brightens my day. I have come to realize though that I should enjoy these things more and savor each moment in the day even if it is a small one.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 22

Today I am thankful for answered prayers. After a year of struggling with a particular issue God answered our prayers. So, today I am thankful that God still hears our prayers and does answer them. The answer might not come when we expect it. But if we are patient He will answer.


Monday, November 21, 2011

24 Days Of Thankfullness Cont.

Day 17: I am thankful for the air that I breathe.

Day 18: I am thankful for my education.

Day 19: I am thankful for the water that I drink.

Day 20: I am thankful for my neighbors

Day 21: Today I am thankful for the mechanics that know how to fix my broken car.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 16

Today I am thankful for my extended family. I have many aunts and uncles and cousins. And I love them all. I always look forward to the holidays when we get together. I feel very blessed to have such a wonderful family in my life.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 15

Today I am thankful for the beauty of God's creation. Today I am at a conference in South Carolina and the hotel I am staying at is right on the beach. It is so nice to be surrounded by the beauty of the ocean and the beach. I am always amazed at creation and its beauty.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 14

Today I am thankful for my car. I am grateful that I have a means of transportation. While it is not the most fancy car on the road, it gets me where I need to go. I am thankful that it stills runs after 100,000 miles!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 12 and 13

Day 12: I am thankful for my extended family. I have such a great family and I feel blessed to have them in my life.

Day 13: I am also thankful for my church. I love my church and my church family.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 11

Today I am thankful for our military men and women who have so bravely fought for our freedom. Today on Veterans Day I remember those who lost their lives fighting for what they believe in. They paid the ultimate sacrifice. I am also thankful for my husband who gave 12 years of his life to serving as an Army Ranger and Special Forces. You are my hero!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 10

Today I am thankful for acts of kindness. I am especially grateful when it comes from unexpected sources at unexpected times. And it is often the small things that mean the most. Today at one of my co-workers showed a random act of kindness toward me. It was something so simple that to some might not mean much. But to me it spoke volumes. I think the thing that meant the most is that I would have never expected this person to do this. It really touched me. This small act inspired me to do more and to show kindness when least expected.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 9

Today I am thankful for food on the table. I am thankful that I have the resources available to be able to have a meal everyday. Thank you Lord for the food you provide for us on a daily basis.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 8


Today I am grateful for friends. I am blessed to have some really great friends in my life. My life is so much richer with my friends. I will be forever thankful for these special people that God has blessed me with.

My very best friend, my husband Robert.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 7

Today I am thankful for the beautiful world that I live in. I am grateful that I live in a place where I get to enjoy every season of God's beauty. I love spring and the beautiful spring flowers. I love fall and all the beautiful colors that the leaves turn. I love snow, but only when I do not have to get out and drive in it. I feel blessed to be able to enjoy God's creation each and everyday.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6

Today I am thankful for my health. I am grateful that I have been blessed with good health and that I am able to enjoy each day that I live.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 5

Today I am thankful for having a roof over my head. I am thankful that God has provided us with a place to live. I know that there are many people who do not even have a place to call home. So I feel very blessed to have a home and a bed to sleep in every night.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4 of Thankfulness

Today I am thankful to be alive. I am thankful that God allowed me to wake up this morning and enjoy another day with friends and family. I am thankful for the opportunity to make new memories and experience new things. I long to experience more and to live every day to the fullest. Every day that God allows me to live I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy His creation and live each day expecting good things to happen.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3

Today I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my loving, supportive parents. They have always been there for me supporting me and encouraging me. Thanks mom and dad for everything you have done for me. I am thankful for my two sisters. I cannot imagine my life without them. I am so grateful they are a part of my life.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thankfullness Project

Everyday from now until Thanksgiving I am challenging myself to find something that I am thankful for. I hope through this project it will cause me to remember those things in life that I am blessed with and to be thankful for even the small things in life.

Since I missed yesterday I am posting two things that I am thankful for today. First I am thankful for my wonderful loving husband. My life is so much richer with him in it. I am thankful that God brought us together and that we continue to fall more and more in love with each day that we spend together.

The second thing I am thankful for is my job. I know that there are days when I complain about my job and that I wished I had a different one. Instead I should be grateful that I have been blessed with the job that I have. There are many people right now that do not even have a job. So I am thankful that God has allowed me to continue to work. My challenge for myself is to remember how blessed I am and to be more grateful for what I have been given.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Life Verse

One of my all time favorite verses is from Ephesians 3:13-21. I have always loved these verses and have made it the prayer for my life as well as my family.

"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
To try and comprehend this verse with my mind is so incomprehensible. It is hard for me to imagine how wide or how deep Christ's love for me is. I long to know this love and the depth of the love that Christ has for me. I know that I have just barely begun to tap into the knowledge of what this love means. I long for deeper knowledge so that I might know just how much my Savior loves me.
Lord, strengthen my inner man. Root me and ground me in your love that I may be able to comprehend the width, length, depth, and height of your love. Lord, I ask that you dwell in my heart and the hearts of my family. And that we will all know the depth of the love that you have for us.


Happy Birthday to my man

Today is my wonderful husband's birthday. I am so greatful to have him in my life. He is such a wondeful caring person. He does not show this side to everyone though. He truly is a wonderful husband and I could not ask for anything more. I love everything that he does for me and the love that he shows for me daily. He is a great man and at times I wonder what I have done to deserve someone like him. God must have known what he was doing when he put the two of us together. I love you so much babe! Happy Birthday!


Thursday, October 27, 2011


Just recently a friend of mine had the amazing opportunity of becoming a US citizen. This caused me to stop and think about what being a citizen really means to me. I think many times we really take for granted what it means for us to be citizens of a country. I am grateful that I was born in the United States and that my ancestors immigrated here many years ago so that our family could have more opportunities and a better life. I am grateful for my freedom. I am grateful that living in the United States offers me many opportunities and I wish that I would have taken advantages of those sooner in my life. While I know that the US is riddled with problems and an economy that is suffering I am proud to say that I am a US citizen. I am proud of where I came from and I hope that my children and my children's children will be as proud as I am.

I think really you do not realize how blessed you truly are until you hear of someone that has worked for many years to try and gain citizenship in another country. I know it has caused me to reexamine who I am and caused me to to have a new found gratefulness. It was great to be reminded of how blessed we are as Americans. If only for a moment we could stop complaining about how bad things are and be grateful for what we do have. We are a truly blessed people to be living in such a great nation!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Here's to a new beginning

For a while I have been comtemplating the idea of starting a blog. So here I am. I have finally decided to try it out and see how things go. I am hoping to learn a lot about myself and maybe even meet some new people. Today I start a new journey of exploring more about life and things that I learn along the way. Until next time....