Friday, January 30, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday!


Prompt for the day . . . the moment or the circumstances that led to you knowing that you were going to marry the man who became your husband . . .
Bobby and I met when were 12 & 13 years old at youth camp (Bethel in the Hills, Frazier Park). He said it was love at first sight and KNEW he was going to marry me some day. LOL... I had no idea! We've been through a lot in our relationship, and I think I really knew I would marry him when he stood by me through a really hard time in my life. He loved me unconditionally... even when I made some really bad choices.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cool website...




I love Scrabble... so this website is really fun to me. I created the picture above, by going to http://www.caption.it/br/create/scrabble.php and just typing in whatever I wanted. Fun, huh! My hubby will like this one...


Here is a cool wedding cake for scrabble lovers...



I need to plan a game night... I haven't played scrabble in a long time... and I really love to play! What are some of your favorite board games?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Fruit of the Spirit


Galatians 5:22-26 (The Message)


22-23But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.


23-24Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.


25-26Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!


"First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day." Proverbs 31:17-18
I have always admired the Proverbs 31 woman. She had a lot of energy, self-discipline and committment to her family. Getting up early has made a big difference in my day. Eating healthy and exercise also plays a big part in how I manage my daily life and household responsibilities. My motivation for today is going to to be about that...
-Exercise Every Day! Do something... take a walk, do some squats, play tennis, do the hula hoop, play ping-pong! Have fun with whatever you decide to do... but make it a daily goal to get active.
-Eat properly everyday for energy. I have found that eating 5-6 small meals a day has helped me to feel & look better. Dieting isn't necessary; just concentrate on eating the right foods. Some high energy foods are whole grains (bread, crackers), spinach, beans, tuna, strawberries, oatmeal, low fat yogurt and bananas. Clean Eating works!
-Learn to control the stress in your life. Again, exercise like walking on a treadmill or even stretching and breathing will help in this area. Put on relaxing or uplifting music (whatever you prefer) take a bubble bath, light some candles, focus on good things.
-Get the rest you need. I know... it seems like the Proverbs 31 woman never had time to sleep... but I think she was actually just very organized and had her days planned out carefully. She had her priorities straight. Getting enough sleep is important for your health. Try to avoid caffeine in the late afternoon/evenings.
The proverbs 31 woman was very motivated! =) She motivates me to strive to do better with each day I am given. Happy Monday Everyone! For more Motivate Me Monday posts... cehck out http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.blogspot.com/

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Some of my favorite things...

I took a few pics of things around my house that make me smile when I look at them... Just thought I'd share...

This is in my entryway... it is a rod iron music stand with the Bible sitting on it... Jeremiah 29:11 is the page I have it open to.

These are old skeleton keys that my friend Robin gave me for Christmas. She knows how much I love old keys! These are rod iron and very heavy!

This is a magnet I got when I went to Arizona on vacation. It makes me laugh... if you know me, you know I LOVE to shop!

I got this little sign when I was in Arizona too... Stein Mart is a great store!
And this is the spoiled rotten dog, Marshall! I love him!


This is a vinyl cling I just hung on the wall over my bed. I really like it. I may get some sconces with candles to hang on each side of it... but for now, this is good.

This is my "quiet time" chair. The basket has my journal, book and Bible. The basket on the floor has my favorite fuzzy blanket. My chair is facing the fireplace... so it is a nice spot to sit.


This is my "BELIEVE" sign that sits on the fireplace.


Well, that's it for today. Hope you all had a blessed Sunday! Our church service this morning was awesome! The praise team did an amazing job and the guest speaker was fabulous! I can't wait to go back tonight and hear more. =)
Love ya!







Saturday, January 24, 2009

God's Economy is better than the worlds...


Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts,“ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. “ And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts.

Friday, January 23, 2009

My Husband Rocks! Friday

Katy Lin at The Great Adventure Blog (http://honestandlasting.blogspot.com/) started My Husband Rocks Fridays a while ago... so today I am going to join her in telling you why I have a great husband... why he rocks!

This week's prompt: Tell us about a time that your spouse went out of his way to serve you, and love you sacrificially.

Bobby and I will be married 20 years this August! He actually goes out of his way to love me a lot. I can be very unlovable at times... I know, you're shocked to learn that about me! =) The most recent thing he did was to have my dinner ready for me when I came in from work last week. He had it on the table with a glass of ice water w/lemon slices. Not only does he cook "clean" for me but he also shops for me! It's great! He'll go to Fresh & Easy and Sam's Club and stock up on fish, chicken, veggies, fruits & other tasty stuff. Last night he gave me money to go out to dinner and a movie with my friends. He does little things for me almost everyday. I am very blessed with a husband that loves me.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My day off...



Woo Hoo... it's Thursday... my day off! I have been cleaning, and doing laundry all morning. It is actually not so bad... the house is quiet (other than my itunes music playing in the back ground). I am getting a lot done and it feels good. I'm going to put a roast in the oven for the guys too.




Tonight, I am going out with my gal pals to dinner and a movie. We're meeting at Johnny Rockets at 6pm and then going to see Bride Wars around 7pm or so. It's going to be FUN! I love funny movies.

I got 2 packages of tea in the mail today! (My giveaway win!) I love tea... so this made my day. Aren't these little packages cute. What a great idea to send a little cheer someones way. Thank you Helen!! http://helenw13.wordpress.com/

Well, back to cleaning... have a great day everyone! And thank you to those that commented on my Moses post. There's always something new to learn!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Moses


Today I was reading in the book of Exodus about Moses. I saw something that I never noticed before and now I have been wondering about it all day long. God asked (told) Moses to go to Pharoah and Moses told God that he didn't think he could do it because of his stuttering... etc. Then God got angry but he said that Moses could take Aaron. That is around verse 4:14... then in 4:24, while Moses was on his way to find Aaron, God was going to kill him! Moses' wife saved him... but my questions is, why was God going to kill him? Hmmm... any comments?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Things I am thankful for today...

I am thankful for my three handsome boys... Kevin Lee, Ryan and Matthew. I love them SO much and know that God has a special plan for each of them.




I am thankful for my morning quiet time and coffee!


I am thankful for my good friends that are always there to lift me up, encourage me and even cook for me.

I am thankful for Lassens salad and soup bar... that was lunch today. =)

I am thankful for a husband that cooks me dinner and grocery shops for me.

I am thankful that my stitches are coming out of my foot today.

I am thankful that I am almost done with year end tax stuff.

I am thankful for good books. I love, love, love to read.

I am thankful for my dad. He has taught me so much.

I am thankful for Philosophy... I love that stuff! (Amazing Grace & Pure Grace especially)

I am thankful for my new flat iron. It really does work good.

I am thankful for Starbucks new London Fog tea... yumm

Monday, January 19, 2009

Motivate Me Monday



Monday... already. =) That is how I felt when I woke up this morning. I am still a 6am girl... can't seem to bring myself to change the alarm to 5:16am yet. Maybe once the time changes and it isn't so dark outside, it'll be easier for me to adjust. Today... I rolled out of bed and headed for the coffee pot (which I had pre-set the night before)... and what did I find? Yep, a cold coffee pot. Grrrrrrr (Kevin Lee!) My precious middle son (16) who has decided he likes coffee now, made himself a pot last night and forgot to re-set it when he was done. I was sooooo bummed. Do you know how hard it is to make a pot of coffee with your eyes closed? He thought it was funny... Ha Ha.

Anyway... I finished the book of Genesis yesterday. Yea! I enjoyed reading about Abraham and his family very much. It amazed me how God came to them in such a personal way... like face to face almost. He spoke to them with such clarity and they always knew it was Him. That made me think about when God has spoken to me... and He has... many times. It wasn't audible but I knew it was Him. Our relationship with Jesus has a lot in common with our relationships with friends and family. When we put forth an effort and give commitment in our relationships, they flourish. When neglected, they suffer and fall apart. Listening plays an important part too. The more I give to my relationship with the Lord, the more I am going to hear Him. I've noticed a huge change in my worship time at church. I don't just sing the songs anymore... I feel them, I feel Him. The tears flow and I have a heart of gratitude for who He is to me.
Enjoy your time with the Lord this week!





Saturday, January 17, 2009

I am a Comma...

You are open minded and extremely optimistic.


You enjoy almost all facets of life.


You can find the good in almost anything.


You keep yourself busy with tons of friends, activities, and interests.


You find it hard to turn down an opportunity, even if you are pressed for time.


Your friends find you fascinating, charming, and easy to talk to.(But with so many competing interests, you friends do feel like you hardly have time for them.)


You excel in: Inspiring people


You get along best with: The Question Mark

Go here http://www.blogthings.com/whatpunctuationmarkareyouquiz/ to see what your personality is... I think it was very accurate! I found it on another blog and thought I'd try it. =)

Have a Happy Saturday night!

Giveaways... and random thoughts

OK... I am so excited! I won a give away from another blog. Thank you Helen & Caleb!(http://helenw13.wordpress.com/) And it is TEA, so that makes me extra happy! I won an Itunes card from someone at Christmas too ... totally cool. I bought all kinds of new Christmas music for my Ipod. Hmmmm, I think I will do a Clean Eating giveaway! Once I get it together... I will post it.

I can't wait for my foot to heal. I am actually missing my treadmill!! My body totally feels the difference between getting some exercise and not. I will have to come up with a way to exercise without using my right foot. LOL... squats actually aren't so hard, since your weight is on your heels and not your toes. =) Push-ups and weights are another thing I can do. Soooo, no cardio, but I will still feel better and build muscle tone. I feel better already!

Today I am going to the church to help make Enchilada's for a take out dinner we are having tomorrow. We are trying to buy more tables for our dinners... they are about $110 each. I hope we sale TONS of dinners!

My friend Sharron has been cooking clean and sharing! I love it! All I have to do to continue getting samples, is to return her containers. Shoot, I'll buy her new containers! She is a great cook! I am so blessed with wonderful friends. I know they don't realize that all the little things they do and say mean so much to me.

I went to visit my dad last night. I sat and talked to him and Emma for a couple of hours. I took them Rootbeer Freezes (for dad) and a Peanut Butter Milkshake (for Mom2). My dad is really weak, but his mood was good. He even sang me a couple of songs. I know this sounds bad, but we were talking about his funeral and what he wants to happen. We made some jokes about it and that really helped lighten the mood. I totally believe my dad can be healed from this horrible disease. But I also know that God loves him and may just be ready to take him out of this sad world and give him some peace. My dad may be the next choir director of the angels... you just never know. He really wants to live on a horse ranch in Heaven... I guess it could happen. =) Whatever happens, I will be at peace with. Healing or Heaven... there really isn't a negative for him.

Have a FABULOUS weekend!!







Thursday, January 15, 2009

Knowing God's Voice

Last night in Bible Study at church, Pastor Mark said something that really got my attention. I hear people talk about being tested by God a lot. Pastor said that God doesn't test us to get our attention. If we are tested, it is not to teach us a lesson... it is to see what we have already learned (hmmm, or not learned). I never really thought about it like that before. The class last night was so good. I have a ton of notes... which I left in my Bible at church! Ugh. It was so cool that he used some stuff from Genesis too... because that is where I am reading right now and I totally knew exactly what he was talking about! =) He was teaching us about discernment and knowing when we "hear" God's voice. Ther are many voices... The voice of God, The voice of people/the world, the voice of satan and the inner voice. By reading the Word and praying regularly, we get to know God better and better... that is how we can KNOW His voice... because we know Him.

With the 5:16am gals, I am reading 1 John. Todays verses were this: verse 2:15-17

"Don't love the world's ways. Don't love the world's goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world - wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important - has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from Him. The world and all it's wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out - but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity." (Message Bible)

Whatever you have to do today to shut out the world and to meet with God... do it. Make time for Him in your daily life. His strength will get you through each day... each moment.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I have the greatest friends!

This is a picture of my foot... cute, huh. I had surgery a week ago. I am hoping to get the stitches out in a couple of days. I have such great friends! The day after my surgery... Sharron brought me a Starbucks Venti Hot Green Tea, some flowers and a couple of magazines. Then Kim brought me flowers, a magazine and a pretty candle! I felt so loved. I got phone calls and emails from other friends. I can't wait to be able to walk normal again and to wear cute shoes! I have lived in my Uggs (Ugg) for a week.

These are the 2 bouquets I got - put together. They are so pretty and still alive a week later!

Today was a busy day at work. I am working on year end stuff... which is a lot of paperwork! I can't wait to have it all in the mail. Tonight I am going to Trader Joes with my friend. I love that store! It's time to stock up on dark chocolate!  Have a great night!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!

Good Monday Morning (ok...afternoon)... Last week I didn't post a Motivate Me Monday blog. I don't even remember why I didn't... but I am sure there was a good reason. I've been reading through Genesis since January 1st and am really enjoying it. I know there are going to be days when reading through the Bible isn't going to be easy or exciting... like Numbers. Who knows, I might be surprised at what I learn. I am also reading through the book of 1 John with the 5:16am gals (Go to Sarah Mae's sight for more detail on that http://likeawarmcupofcoffee.blogspot.com/ ) What I have learned so far is that I need to stop stumbling around in the dark. The dark can be a lot of different things... for me, it is my mind/my thoughts. I let my mind go places and think things that is has no business thinking! I totally understand why God said to think on things that are good and pure and lovely... etc. Because HE KNOWS how crazy our thoughts can make us if we let them get the best of us. I want my life to match my words... and my thoughts. I want to trust in Jesus with all of my heart, my soul and my mind. No matter what comes my way in 2009 (and believe me, there is A LOT coming my way right now) I will not crumble (at least, not permanently!). I will take things one day at a time and stand firm in my faith. So I guess my motivation for the day is to Stand... and stand firm. Focus on the good things that are happening and do not dwell on the bad.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Yard Sale Day... over by 9am!

Today we had a yard sale.  It was FREEZING and FOGGY outside.  Hardly anyone showed up... because they couldn't see the signs!  Around 8:30am a man drove up with a big trailor and asked how much we would sell everything for.  Well, he got a bargain... but EVERYTHING went!  No clean up and no trips to Goodwill.  God is good.  

I've been reading Genesis this past week.  It is amazing how many little things you don't remember about all of these old stories.  I am really looking forward to all of the things I am going to learn this year.  I also found a new Bible Study tool called E sword that is absolutely FREE!  Once I figure out how to use it, I will share more with you.  =)

I am feeling better today... so all of those piles of clutter in my room... they're gonna be history!  I would take before and after pics, but I am too embarrassed.  (blushing)  But trust me... I am going to sleep much better tonight knowing that all of that stuff is gone.  

Enjoy your Saturday!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Time to Clean!

OK... so I had foot surgery on Tuesday (I am ok... it really hurts... but I'll survive) and have had to lay around for a couple of days. Do you know how much you see, when all you have to do is lay there and look at the piles of clutter. It is DRIVING ME CRAZY to not be able to walk around and clean. These things didn't just magically appear either... no, they've been there for a while... but I am usually so busy, that I don't SEE what all needs to done until I can't do it. I need to make a plan... or hire Merry Maids. Hmmmmm. OK... a plan... De-Clutter is my new favorite word and Goodwill be be my new best friend. Seriously... I am so embarrased that I've let my house get the way it is. I have every organization book there is. I guess I should really put some of that knowledge I have to work... just as soon as I can walk!

Please continue to pray for my dad. He is really not feeling well. We were told he needs to start a bone hardening treatment. I'm not sure when that will happen. We will find out the results of his bone scan on the 12th. The treatment should help the pain some.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Saturday night... what to do?

I wish I were at the beach... specifically at Oceano Beach, sitting in the living room at the beach house on Surf St. with my friends.  We'd be laughing and playing Catch Phrase and wearing cute PJ's. 

I am bored... and I shouldn't be, because I have a TON of stuff I could be doing.  I'm just not in the mood to do any of it.  I miss softball... that is what I want to be doing right now... sigh.

Today, I took Matt to get his hair cut at Cassie's new salon.  It is cute... and she did a great job on his hair.  Next door is a little neighborhood market that sells meat and stuff.  I got carne asada and chorizo.  (I won't eat either one... but the guys love it)  The prices weren't bad and it was kind of neat shopping at a little market verses Sam's Club for a change.  I had sauteed brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese for dinner... yumm!  

I am going to go watch tv.  There is a new Hallmark movie on tonight.  I miss all of the Christmas shows I watched in December.  Sweet dreams to you all.