Sunday, December 20, 2009

Soooo ready for a New Year!

I don't know about you, but I am ready for 2010 to arrive. I am expecting great things to happen. I am opening a new business officially on January 1st!! My office is amazing and things are falling into place in perfect timing. Here is a picture of my new sign... more pics of the office later.


My website is www.PensingerProperties.com... Let me know what you think! I am still trying to make it better, but it is a lot of work! I have had to teach myself how to do so many new things. Building a website is one of them. =)
I can't believe Christmas is in less than a week. I am not ready!! Tuesday is going to be turbo shopping day! I have had a very hard time getting in to the holiday mood this year. I miss my dad. I haven't even pulled out one Christmas decoration yet. Thank goodness for Nana Emma... the boys adore her and she has decorated our house with the things that she and my dad used. I will get with it... soon. Have a Merry Christmas!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

More Pics…

 

2009 Kern County Fair!

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We had a great time at the fair!  I enjoyed a deep fried snickers and cotton candy!!  OK… and a corn dog… yumm.  We ran in to a lot of friends and family.  It was crazy busy…. but fun. 

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pics of me…

 

These are pics I took yesterday.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Motivate me Monday… on Tuesday!

 

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Good Morning…afternoon actually… Today my motivation for you is to get up and get out… get active!  I went to the gym today and feel so much better.  It helps me not only physically, but mentally too.  I have not been going like I want to.  I honestly have to MAKE myself go sometimes… but I do not regret it.  Grab your Ipod, put on some comfy clothes and go!

Tonight I have a softball game at 9:15pm… ugh.  That’s late!  I am playing on Tuesday and Saturdays right now… love it! 

Enjoy your day!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

My funny boys…

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Kevin Lee and Matthew dressed up on “Gender Bender” day at school… aren’t they cute!  LOL… it was sooooo funny.  I can’t believe they did it. 

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Trip to El Paso, Tx

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Me and Robin in Cloudcroft, NM at the Texas BBQ

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We found these fun signs at the Apple Shed store…LOL… me, have an attitude?!

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This is Robin and I after we tore down 80’s wallpaper and painted the red/green walls behind us.  Oh the memories!!

 

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And this is Keith… playing with my camera…. LOL… he is so weird.

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Keith and Robin… great friends!

 

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And one more of me and Robin

I had a really nice time in El Paso.  We went to Phoenix, The Cheesecake Factory, a nursing home, Cracker Barrel, Cloudcroft, Hooters for lunch, lots of shopping, and every Starbucks between here and there!! 

Eating Clean and loving it!

I am so excited about the eating clean lifestyle and how it can change your life!  I have been able to motivate my friends and be an inspiration to them!  That feels so good!  I want to encourage anyone out there that is struggling with weight loss, to try Clean Eating… it really works. 

Here are a few recipes to get you started…

Eat-Clean Egg Salad

1/4 c. fat free cottage cheese

1 T skim milk

1 t. mustard

4 hardboiled egg whites, diced

1 hardboiled yolk

2 T. celery

Dash of sea salt & curry powder

Whip cottage cheese and milk until smooth in medium sized bowl.  Blend remaining ingredients except egg whites, with cottage cheese mixture.  Add diced egg whites and mix well.  Serve on toasted whole grain or Ezekiel bread.

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Smashed Potatoes

1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1 parsnip, peeled and cut into chunks

1 c. cauliflower, cut into florets

3 T. plain, low-fat yogurt

1/2 to 3/4 c. low sodium chicken (or veggie) broth

sea salt

 

Bring potatoes and parsnips to a boil.  Add a dash of salt.  Remove from heat once cooked and drain, reserving cooking liquid for later use.  Place cooked vegetables in large mixing bowl.  Steam cauliflower until tender.  Once tender, add to potato/parsnip mix.  Using a potato masher (or hand mixer) mash the vegetables well.  Add the yogurt, seasonings and chicken broth.  Continue to mash until smooth.   Enjoy!

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Eating Clean is not a fast solution to weight loss, but it is a permanent one.  Start today!!  You won’t be sorry!  =)  Eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink water and green tea, give up sugar and sodas!!  (It isn’t that hard) Eat lean meats, egg whites, oatmeal, whole grains… no artificial stuff.  No preservatives… eat as natural as possible.  Get motivated!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Songs seem to say it all...

I feel like I'm a million miles away

From my self more and more these days

I've been down so many open roads

But they never lead me home

And now I just don't know


Who I really am,

How it's gonna be,

Is there something that I can't see?

I wanna understand


Maybe I will never be who I was before

Maybe I don't even know her anymore

Maybe who I am today ain't so far from yesterday

Can I find a way to be

Every part of me


So I'll try

Try to sort things out

And find myself

Get my feet back on the ground

It'll take time, but i know I'll be alright

'Cause nothing much has changed on the inside


It's hard to figure out

How it's gonna be

'Cause I don't really know now

I wanna understand


Maybe I will never be who I was before

Maybe I don't even know her anymore

Maybe who I am today ain't so far from yesterday

Can I find a way to be every part of me


I don't wanna wait too long

To find out where I'm meant to belong

I've always wanted to be where i am today

But I never thought I'd feel this way


Maybe I will never be who I was before

Maybe I don't even know her anymore

Maybe who I am today ain't so far from yesterday

Can I find a way to be every part of me


Every part of me

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm Letting Go...

I'm laying down my burdens
I'm laying down my pain
Every care and worry that is written in this face
I'm letting go
I'm letting go

I'm laying down rebellion
I'm laying down my pride
All the broken promises within this broken life
I'm letting go
I'm letting go

Holding nothing back from You
Ready to do all the things You call me to
Holy hands are reaching up to You
I surrender
I surrender
I'm letting go

I'm pulling down the image
The idols I let stand
I'm holding to the hope that sure they're resting in Your hands
I'm letting go
I'm letting go

I'm bowing in Your presence
Poured out before Your throne
To be a living sacrifice and follow You alone
I'm letting go
I'm letting go

Holding nothing back from You
Ready to do all the things You call me to
Holy hands are reaching up to You
I surrender, here I stand
I surrender, all I am
I surrender, my heart sings
I surrender

Holding nothing back from You
Ready to do all the things You call me to
Holy hands are reaching up to You
I surrender
I surrender
I'm letting go
I'm letting go


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Beauty from Pain

The lights go out all around me
One last candle to keep out the night
And then the darkness surrounds me
I know i'm alive but i feel like i've died
And all that's left is to accept that it's over
My dreams ran like sand through the fists that i made
I try to keep warm but i just grow colder
I feel like i'm slipping away

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i've cried my last, there'll be beauty from pain
Though it won't be today,
Someday i'll hope again
And there'll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

My whole world is the pain inside me
The best i can do is just get through the day
When life before is only a memory
I'll wonder why God lets me walk through this place
And though i can't understand why this happened
I know that i will when i look back someday
And see how you've brought beauty from ashes
And made me as gold purified through these flames

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i've cried my last, there'll be beauty from pain
Though it won't be today,
Someday i'll hope again
And there'll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

Here i am, at the end of me
Tryin to hold to what i can't see
I forgot how to hope
This night's been so long
I cling to Your promise
There will be a dawn

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i've cried my last, there'll be beauty from pain
Though it won't be today,
Someday i'll hope again
And there'll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

Monday, June 15, 2009

Clean Eating menu... just for Ellie!

Wow... I haven't been on here in a long time! I guess I don't have anything to say... nothing worth putting in black and white anyway. =) Ellie has asked for a menu of Clean foods for this week... so here it is: Remember... no sugar! No preservatives! and lots of water. =)

B-oatmeal with whole grain toast (use a little organic brown sugar for taste)
S-apple slices, whole grain crackers, light string cheese
L- lean turkey with swiss cheese on whole grain bread (dry or with mustard), carrots
S-raw almonds and a 100 calorie dark chocolate bar from Trader Joes
D-roasted sweet potato with real butter (1 t.) and a little brown sugar
S-banana or strawberries

B-scrambled egg whites on a whole grain tortilla with salsa and a little grated cheddar cheese
S-pear, kashi granola bar
L-chicken sandwich from carls jr. (dry), fruit, iced tea w/lemon
S-celery sticks with almond butter
D-baked salmon, asparagus, brown rice
S-bowl of cheerios with fat free milk (no sugar!)

B-whole grain toast with almond butter, fat free milk, banana
S-air popped popcorn with sea salt
L-Chicken breast on salad with lots of veggies, lemon juice as dressing
S-low fat cottage cheese & light yogurt
D-Turkey burger, steamed broccoli
S-String cheese with whole grain crackers

B-Organic whole grain waffle with real maple syrup (1 T) and berries, black coffee
S-lowfat yogurt, Kashi granola bar
L-subway sandwich on wheat with tons of veggies (dry)
S-raw almonds, apple slices
D-multi grain pasta with organic tomato sauce, artichoke hearts and chicken breast
S-Orange, unsalted walnuts

B-scrambled eggs with mushrooms & spinach & tomatoes
S-berries with light yogurt
L-whole wheat pita pizza (mozz cheese, artichoke hearts, spinach) bake until hot
S-hummus with veggies
D-Turkey breast cutlets, roasted sweet potato, sliced tomato
S-Kashi granola bar and fruit

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I did it!

So... I finally made my debut in front of the whole church (well, whoever was there that Sunday night) and I spoke on Practice. The Dodger fans were out full force! =) I had a lot of fun with this... once I got started. The clips I had and pictures I used were a lot harder to get together and working at the church than I thought it would be. Thank goodness I have friends who know technical stuff and helped me. Here are a couple of pics from that night...

Me and my new softball bat... love it!


I haven't been blogging much lately... seems like I just don't have anything to say. I am going to try to get back into the Motivate Me Monday swing of things. =)


I have been going to the gym almost every day. It is a great stress reliever! Plus I am toning up and feeling better every day. Our whole family has gym passes now. I love that we are finally trying to live healthier as a family. The kids still eat junk... but they do order water when we go out (except Ryan of course... he always has to be different!). Bobby walks at least 5 miles a day and goes to the gym too. Well, I hope you all have a blessed Sunday. See ya tomorrow!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Random thoughts...

  • I wish it wasn't rent week already... feels like it just ended
  • I'm going to have to work this weekend
  • I love wearing a size 4!!
  • I want to try sushi (cooked)
  • I just ate and apple and string cheese... wish it was Tony's Veggie Pizza
  • I am going to watch Ryan play ball tonight. He's using my new bat!
  • I am bummed I don't have a game Saturday
  • I got a new Blackberry
  • I love walking on my treadmill
  • I found a cute pair of jeans for $10 today!
  • Matthew wants to play highschool football... scary!
  • Relay for Life is tomorrow... I might go visit my friend Cindy

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thoughts for Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today has been a good day. A bit busy at work... but good. I've been thinking about my friend Lori's sermon on Sunday night. She did an amazing job! Her team was the Yankees and she spoke on being benched. Not a fun thing to have happen to you... but her insight on how to get off of the bench was fabulous! Attitude, focus, and practice make things better. Here are a few pics from last Sunday night... enjoy!


This is Lori in her Yankees uniform.. she's so cute!

Me and Ryan - my oldest
Matt and Gloria


My sweet Kevin Lee (middle son)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Encouragement

Matt and Raymond

Sharron and Me ... aren't we cute


Silly Gloria and Me (Go Dodgers!!)

LOL... Terry wiping his nose on the Yankees jersey!

Me and my pal, Kim

Last night was Opening Day for our Fields of Dreams theme at church. We had a great time! Teryy Skiles Sr. preached a great message about Encouragement. It is so important that we guard what we say to others. Words can change their lives forever. I am really looking forward to hearing all of the other speakers. AND I am still working on my message! Distractions... there are so many.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Change...


Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not unto you own understanding... This verse is something I am keeping in my heart today. There are a lot of changes going on and I feel like I am at the top of the rollercoaster, getting ready to plunge down the big drop. It is scary and exciting all at the same time. Life seems to throw things at us all at the same time! Why is that?
Pastor told a story Wednesday night about Mary and Joseph losing Jesus when he was 12... How do you lose Jesus? Well, they left him at the temple (at church)... when they went back to get him, they questioned where he was. He told them he was where he was suppose to be doing what he was suppose to be doing. Do we leave Jesus at church? Is he with us on Monday at work or on Saturday at the ball field? It made me think... Good job Pastor! =)
Tomorrow night is softball! Yea! I am really enjoying playing again. I've walked on my treadmill 4 times this week, to help get myself in better shape for running bases. It feels good to be active. I've also lost 3 pounds this week just by eating clean and watching my portions. I am not really trying to lose any more weight... I just want to tone up and look like Tosca Reno! Have a blessed day all!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!


Good Morning Everyone!! Happy Easter! I am up early, anticipating service today. I love going to church. My favorite people are there. =) I have a cute new dress to wear too. But most importantly, Jesus is alive and we get to celebrate Him! Everyday I grow closer and closer to the Lord and realize just how important He is to me. He is my peace, my strength when I am weak (often!), my friend. I hope you all have a blessed day with friends and family. Motivate me Monday is coming tomorrow... I promise! =)
Authors Note... Never make a promis you can't keep!! Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Field of Dreams...


I am suppose to speak on "dreams" at church in May... Ahhhhhhh! I am really excited and nervous and SCARED! We're starting this Sunday night with the baseball theme - Spring Training. Field of Dreams is the movie we are using for clips. (I really need to watch it!) I have been tossing things around in my head for weeks. I have the title of my message and even a few thoughts... but getting them all out in a sensible way to a crowd of people will be the hard part! I don't know how Pastor does this every week... 3 times! I really want what I say to make sense. I can write all day... but to get up and actually speak it... Lord help me! My team is The Dodgers... Go Blue! We get to decorate and wear our teams jerseys... it is going to be fun. I will post pics!

Yesterday was a hard day. I am feeling better today. Sometimes I just get overwhelmed with sadness and frustration. Reading the Word and journaling help a lot. God has opened my eyes to so many things in my morning quiet times. Yes... I still get up with the chickens at 6am. I haven't made it to the 5:16am time yet... but I am ok with that. Today I read Proverbs 8. (All about Wisdom) Pastor talked about "unguarded moments" last Wednesday night. What an awesome message he gave! We all have those moments. He used David and Abigail as an example. When David got so angry he wanted to kill Abigails husband and family, she stepped in and reminded him to use Wisdom. She reminded him who he was (a king) and helped him be reasonable. We all need Abigails in our lives (and to be an Abigail to someone else).

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thankful Tuesday

Things I am thankful for today...

My job... it keeps me busy
My Bible... it keeps me focused on the right things
My bathtub... it helps me relax
My journal... it helps me get my thoughts out of my head
My friend Robin... my accountable friend who always listens to me
My radio... it helps lift me up

Thats it for today.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!

I have really been thinking a lot about being "better" ... about being above average. I really feel like God wants us to excel at all we do. If we are going to take the time to do something, we may as well do it the best we can. At work, at home, at church... even on the ball field. Sometimes it is hard, because if you're anything like me, you just get tired of trying sometimes. Then reality kicks in and you realize that what you're doing is important. It affects everyone around you. I've been making a mental list of things I can improve on. Hmmmm, I probably should write it all down... it's a lot! =)

Be blessed!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

My Husband Rocks...



My husband Rocks because he is "taxi" all week long to our three boys. He sacrifices a lot of time to make sure that the boys get where they need to go... and so that I don't have to take them. I really appreciate him... way more than I let him know.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Who we are...


Have you ever looked at someone and thought "wow... they really have it together". I think a lot of us judge others by outward appearances more than we think. She dresses cute, she has great hair, shes thin, she has a good job, she has "perfect" kids... the list is long. But there are a lot of people that have hurts and confusion going on all the time and you don't even know it. The "look" fine. That person you think has such confidence could be scared to death on the inside. Or the one that you think has the perfect marriage, may be completely miserable and feeling trapped. No one ever really knows what is happening in someone elses life. Everyone struggles. We need to look at our friends and the people that are closest to us through new eyes. Pray for them more and be available more. I know that I get so wrapped up in my own world at times, it is hard to see others hurts ad needs. I want to be more sensitive... to see outside of the box.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Revival!

We have been in revival at my church this week. It has been awesome. Sherlock Bally is the speaker and his knowledge of scripture and end times is amazing. I have heard so many times that the United Stated is not mentioned in the Bible anywhere... but that is so not true! We are everywhere! It gave me a lot to think about. Praying for Israel and our leaders is something I haven't given much thought... but I plan to change my way of thinking.

Work this week has been good. I feel like I've gotten a lot done. It is nice when the phones aren't ringing off the hook!

Softball starts this Saturday night! I can't wait to play. I am soooo ready. I know I will hurt like crazy on Sunday... but it'll be a good pain. =)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Moving day!

We moved Emma in with us today! It went really smoothe and things are looking good. She had her bed made before we even had the truck unloaded! =) I am looking forward to having her here. I joke about her rearranging furniture and things... but mark my words... my house will constantly be changing from now on. She loves to stay busy and move things around. Life is going to be different... but I think it will be good. We'll have a lot more company. (and chicken and dumplings) Matthew thinks Nana is here to cook for him. I am no longer outnumbered as the only female in the house. Even my dog and cat are boys! Well, I am off to the grocery store. Have a fabulous weekend! Love you!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bring out the best...

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." Proverbs 12:25

When we speak... we can either lift others up or bring them down... it's our choice. Once our words are out of our mouths... they can't be taken back, even if we really didn't mean it. We should use our conversations as an opportunity to give gifts of words to our friends and family. It takes no time, trouble or thought to be critical. So how about you? Are your words presents, wrapped up with ribbon and a pretty bow on top?

I know I need to work on that area of my life. It is easy to be critical and insensitive of the ones we love the most. We should always try to bring out the best in someone. Just something to think about.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My day off...

It's another beautiful Thursday! I love having the day off. I get so much done. Today I vacuumed Emma's room and shampooed the carpets (getting it ready for her to move in on Saturday). Cleaned her windows and blinds. Did laundry. Rearranged furniture in Kevin Lee's room and hung up all of his clean clothes! (that he should have hung up a lonnnnnng time ago). Picked up Emma and took her to my dad's grave. Today would have been my dad's 75th birthday. We took balloons and flowers out there. Then we ate lunch at Los Hermanos and went to Smith's bakery to get a birthday cake. Yes... we are celebrating without my dad... because he LOVED pink champaigne cake and it brings back good memories for us. Anyway... Smith's was out of cakes, so we went to Green Frog Market and got one. (I did not know there was a Smiths bakery in that store!) Took Emma home and loaded my car full of stuff to move to my house. Came home, unloaded my car and have been cleaning house ever since. Whew. What a day! It feels really good to get a lot done. I know that the office is getting busier and busier every day, so my Thursdays off are probably going to come to an end soon. I will miss them! Well, back to cleaning.
Happy Birthday Dad... I miss you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thank you Jesus!

This morning during my quiet time, I realized how very blessed I am to have a God that loved me so much, He gave His son for me. He made it easy for me... compared to what Moses and Aaron and the Israelites had to do to get forgiven. All of those sacrifices... that was a lot of work! Reading Levitcus is not easy, but it is eye opening to me... showing me how truly amazing God is. I need forgiveness often, for silly things I say/do and thoughts I have. Thank goodness I don't have to scarifice a goat or a dove every time I fail. Thank you Jesus!

I am reading the book "It takes so little to be above Average", and in the chapter I read today, it talked about self image. As a child, I hated the way I looked. I had crooked teeth, thick and unruly hair, hand me down clothes. I had a very negative attitude about myself. As an adult, I have realized that there are things I can change... I had a gap between my teeth, so I had the dentist fix that. I was overweight, so I started eating better and lost it. I learned how to use a flat iron and now my hair is straight and managable! =) I think I dress quite cute now too... but I had to learn how. I read lots of magazines and watched a lot of What Not To Wear. There are still things I do not like... like my thighs... but I can exercise and work on that too (or get lipo! Just kidding... sort of). There is very little we can't change, with a little work. I also realized that a lot of what I thought, came from what others said. No one can change your thoughts but you. Don't let negative people tell you who you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made... by God! He loves you and wants only the best for you. He has a purpose and a plan for you! Be the best that you can be because you never know whos life you are going to impact. Speak life, not death.

Have a BLESSED day!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thankful Tuesday...

Things I am thankful for today...
  • Goals... I love making goals and seeing them happen!
  • My green shirt... no pinches for me!
  • Fresh & Easy... great store!
  • Online banking... it makes my life so much easier
  • Good books... I love to read, especially a book that motivates me
  • My husband... he loves me even when I am unlovable (often!)
  • Facebook... I love keeping in touch with my family and friends
  • My job... I am so blessed
  • Comfy jeans... Love em!
  • Drive thru car washes... my car would never be clean without them
  • Pictures... they help keep memories alive
  • Hot tea... especially London Fog from Starbucks
  • Softball... exercise and fellowship with friends... it's the best!
  • Papermate Extend Pens... they write so good (blue ink!)
  • New clothes... it is so fun to wear something that makes you feel good
  • Texting... I love being able to tell people things instantly
  • My Bible... for keeping me in line! God is so good and speaks to me clearly through His Word.

What are you thankful for today? Leave comments! =)

Monday, March 16, 2009

It takes so little to be Above Average...

It's Motivate Me Monday time! And I am motivated!! The past couple of month's have been a struggle for me. I lost my focus and let myself slip into a place that was foggy. (Being from Bakersfield... that term makes sense!) Well, I am back! I've got my head on straight, my heart in the right place and most importantly... my mind is focused and ready to take on a new day. I read a book years ago called "It takes so little to be Above Average" by Florence Litttauer. It is a book that motivates and encourages you to be more... and that is exactly what I want to be, I want to stand out from the crowd and to shine... to be Radiant! (That's a plug for the LIFT Conference) =) I am passionate about my family, my job, my ministry... so that needs to shine through in all that I say and do. When others look at me or hear what I have to say, I want them to be inspired, encouraged and motivated. Here I am Lord, use me! I have a lot of "stuff" going on right now, mentally and physically... but I am not going to step back and let the enemy steal my destiny. I KNOW that I have a call on my life and that God has big things in store for me. I am excited to step into that "dream" and enjoy every moment of it. Pastor Mark said that God uses our "stuff" to push us forward sometimes. If we never went through anything... would we move from where we are to where we're suppose to be? Our problems can be a springboard for us. So don't give up! Don't stop believeing in yourself... get up, dust yourself off and move ahead... Be Above Average! Don't settle for anything but the best... you're worth it!

To read more Motivate Me Monday Posts... head over to Sarah Mae's blog at... http://likeawarmcupofcoffee.blogspot.com/ and enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Things I am passionate about...

Pastor has been preaching on what we are passionate about so I decided to make a list...
  • I am passionate about my relationship with the Lord. When I think about all that God has blessed me with and who He is to me... it makes me smile.
  • I am passionate about my family. I love being a mom especially. Yes, the teen years are harder than the toddler years, but I still adore my babies and can't wait to see what God has in store for them.
  • I am passionate about Women's Ministries. I love the planning and the joy I see when the ladies enjoy something. It is a topic I do not get tired of talking about.
  • I am passionate about my friends. I think I have the best friends ever! I have LOTS of friends... each one special and unique in their own way. I am blessed!!
  • I am passionate about my church. Celebration Church is awesome! We have a vision for our community and I can't wait to see how things unfold in our future. We also have the best pastor's ever.
  • I am passionate about food... clean eating has changed my life and I love telling others about it...when they want to hear it. =) I've lost 40 pounds as of today!
  • I am passionate about my quiet time... I try to guard that time, so that I can spend the first part of my day with the Lord. It is so important to me.

So... what are you passionate about? Share your comments with me! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spring Cleaning...

Ugh... my house is a mess. It is time to think about Spring Cleaning. (OK... it is beyond time!) I need to take each room and clean from top to bottom. I am so tempted to hire Merry Maids to come in and just get it done. I think once Ryan has his bedroom moved out of my sitting room, it won't look as bad. I have had his "stuff" sitting there for almost a month now. So anyway... I am going to make a plan... and stick to it! Room by room I am going to clean sweep my house. Time to de-clutter and freshen things up. I'm sure my family will appreciate it.

I have Thursday off... so I will start then. I am going to start with my bedroom, because usually it is the last place I start. It needs some TLC. I've been good about going through my clothes and getting rid of things that I don't wear or that don't fit. (And really good at buying new stuff that does!) There are stacks of things that I have no idea what to do with. Goodwill, here I come again! I give Mr. Goodwill so much stuff! Yet, I never run out. OK... until tomorrow... Hugs.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rests


This was sent to me in a card when my dad passed away. The cool thing is, the person that sent it had no idea that my dad had a background in music.
God does not write the music of our lives without a plan. Our part is to learn the tune and not be discouraged during the rests. They are not to be slurred over or omitted, nor used to destroy the melody or to change the key. If we will only look up, God Himself will count the time for us. With our eyes on Him, our next note will be full and clear. If we sorrowfully say to ourselves, "There is no music in a rest," let us not forget that the rest is part of the making of the music. The process is often slow and painful in this life, yet how patiently God works to teach us! And how long He waits for us to learn the lesson. John Ruskin

Monday, March 9, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!

Hello!! I'll bet you thought I was going to skip another Monday... LOL... I almost did! I still don't know what I am going to write about. Quiet times have been hard lately. I don't know if it is because I am reading Leviticus... and that is SOOOOO hard to get through at 6am... or if it is because I just feel numb. Nothing seems to be getting through. What do you do when you can't feel anything? Motivate me... I need it!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Thoughts for Tuesday...

Me and Aunt Linda

OK... so I totally didn't have time to post my Motivate Me Monday post yesterday. Yes, I know, You're all bummed. Well, here is my thought for the day... or actually, my verse for the day...

Proverbs 3:5-7 (Message)

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track."

I cannot begin to describe to you the peace I feel right now, even though it seems like I am being pulled in many different directions at the same time. I have GREAT friends that I KNOW are praying for me. Prayer works. I don't understand why things are the way they are... but God knows. When I think about my dad, I try not to dwell on the sadness of him being gone. I picture him in Heaven and I just imagine his face when he looks at the Lord. Especially the first time he saw Him. It makes me smile.

So... I have this gigantic picture of my dad now (thank you Aunt Linda). I need to get it framed and hang it somewhere. The only wall big enough is my hallway or the garage! LOL... it is BIG! But I love it. My dad would think it was just the right size. You should have seen my face when my Aunt said let me show you the picture I got for your dad's service. She thought it was the same size as the one she got for my sister's service a few years ago... but it is about 6 times bigger! She laughed and said remember I had an anorism and lost my memory for a while (good excuse). =) I have enjoyed being with my family so much. I plan to keep in touch better and cherish the times we have.

My sweet cousin Kelli sent me flowers yesterday. They are so pretty... and my favorites... wildflowers. (in a purple vase!) I am going to take them to work today and enjoy them all day!

Well, have a blessed day and be a blessing to someone else!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Time to move on...


Yesterday was my dad's memorial service. It was exactly the way he would have wanted it. It was so good to see my family and friends... there were so many people that came. That just shows how much my dad was loved and respected. I miss him so much and I know that there will be good days and bads days... but it is time to move on and accept the change. My step mom is moving in with us soon. We are getting her room ready and looking forward to having her with us.
Today is my oldest sons 19th birthday! I can't believe I have a kid that old. =) We are going to go to church and then take him to Tajoe Joe's for lunch. Tonight we have church again. the youth are doing a dessert auction and my middle son is speaking! I can't wait to hear him... his subject is faithfulness and legacy. It is fitting for this time.
I'll get back on track tomorrow with my Motivate Me Monday post. ((hugs))

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My dad...

Glenn C. Phillips
Mar. 19, 1934 - Feb. 20, 2009
My dad went "home" yesterday. I am full of mixed emotions, but I know with all of my heart that he is with the Lord in Heaven and that he is in happy. It is so hard to lose someone that has been a rock in your life. A strong place to go and lean. I'll miss him everyday... until I see him again.