Category: my family

february friday fun facts (day 10)

Well.  Something new to try. 

Every Friday in February, I will be posting random fun facts.   This week’s category is Me.   

Here are the fun facts for this week. 

Random Fun Facts about Me: 

  • I despise “Wizard of Oz” & “The Sound of Music”.
  • I have never flown…ever…
  • My husband & I have NEVER danced nor have we ever gone to a dance.
  • I don’t wear glasses…although, I’m almost 40 and I am pretty sure that these ‘old eyes of mine might need some help soon…lol…
  • I have never broken a bone. 
  • I haven’t had any pop in about 10 years. 
  • I am a TV addict.  I can’t stand silence in the house. 
  • I love doing laundry and despise cleaning bathrooms & floors.
  • I prefer to watch movies/DVDs/TV with the closed captions (subtitles) turned on.  I think that you catch more of what they are saying, when you are reading along with them.  Plus if everyone is asleep you can turn the TV down and still know what’s going on…lol…
  • I fear that I will have a heartache and often think that any sudden pain on my left side will be the death of me. 

So, those were 10 facts about me.  Not sure how fun or entertaining they were, but they are facts. 

Only 10 days till my birthday.  I am somewhat of a control freak.  My husband is planning all sorts of things and I have NO idea what they are.  ARGH.  He simply tells me the date & time and that’s all.  Not my usual routine.  I mean, how is a girl supposed to know what to wear if she has no idea where she is going, or who will be there?!?! 

10 more days.  I hope I survive.  LoL 

the view from here (day 11)

…this is the view from my comfy chaise chair, 

from under my favorite Steeler blanket,

with my hot cup of coffee, (this week’s, @ home, brewing choice  Seattle’s Best Creme Brulee) within reach,

(along with my home phone, cell phone, tv remote and favorite chapstick)…. 

with my green laptop, camera & accessory bag at the end of my chair,  

and my fuzzy friend, Chewy, practically attached to me. 

(The picture below is awful, I know.  As soon as Chewy hears the camera, he always moves….guess he’s camera-shy…argh)  

I think I have a case of the winter-blahs. 

I haven’t been feeling too inspired… 

I am hoping to accomplish lots of scrappy projects this weekend,

PLUS my Studio Calico kit of the month should be coming tomorrow!!! (yippee!!) 

Oh, and I am looking forward to a new episode of this show & that show–TONIGHT! 

…11 days till I turn 40… 

18th anniversary mini album (day 14)

Instead of a card, I made this mini album for my hubby…today we celebrate our 18th anniversary! 
Above left, are our senior pictures…1988/1989. 

The right page is a picture of us at my senior banquet.  I went to a Christian high school, so we didn’t have prom… 

Below, right are 2 pictures from when we were dating…

Above is a picture of us on our 1st anniversary, (1993).  We went to Red Lobster and then to see the movie “Matinee”…remember that movie?? 

Below is the actual computer-printed card that I gave to him on our 1st anniversary…I swiped it out of an old album that I had made.  Remember those awful albums where you pulled the clear cover up and stuck the picture to the sticky page?  I have many of those from the “early years” of my scrapbooking. 

Below left is a picture from our 1 month anniversary. 

Below right is a picture of us from our 1st Easter, as a married couple….matching shirts!  yikes! 

Above are 2 pictures of me when I was pregnant.  (1993/1994) 
These few pictures were some of us over the last few years. 

I used my vintage typewriter for the journaling.  Some of the embellishments were cut on my Cricut Expression, (like this “kiss me”). 

(Side note:  I tried to learn how to crochet these flowers–seen above–over the weekend, and failed miserably!  Guess I will keep buying them at my LSS.) 
I love to give mini albums instead of cards. 

Although I do enjoy making/giving cards, I really enjoy making mini albums as gifts.  Minis are so fun & the options are endless! 

The “hubs” took the day off to spend alone with me.  I love that.  I love having him beside me as we carry on the tasks of the day.  We ate lunch out, at our favorite Olive Garden….although, it wasn’t our typical good meal.  It was ab.so.lute.ly. freeeeezing in there.  A blower directly above our table.  Ate most of my lunch with my winter coat on.  (Bonus, my sister gave us at $25 gift card to O.G. for our anniversary!!!)  We were cold, but the food was yummy. 

We also made a trip to Starbucks…had a GC from there too, leftover from Christmas from my son…so we got to enjoy our favorite drinks…thanks Nick! 

Other than that, we did a little of this & a little of that.  

So far it’s been a good day!  

Together. 

The 2 of us. 

This evening we will spend as a family.  Maybe do something fun for dinner.  Just enjoy being together. 

Happy Anniversary, honey!  I love you! 

date your spouse (day 17)

Something I have learned over the last 18 years of being married…. 

never stop dating your spouse! 

It’s the little dates that I love. 

I don’t need huge expensive dinners. 

…how about your favorite donut at a local drive-thru donut shop, hot coffee at another place, a quick errand, a little driving around, listening to music, then home to watch a movie… 

I would rather have 50 little tiny dates, than 1 big deluxe date. 

i love dating my hubby. 

and 17 till 40!  YIKES! 

(**bonus info: favorite donut: Glazed Sour Cream Cake Donut, tonight’s movie: 500 days of Summer**) 

i got a good one (day 23)

The 1st of February will be our 18th anniversary. 

Kevin & I dated for about 5 years before we got married. 

We’ve been friends since we were about 5 or 6 years old. 

He’s my best friend. 

I love him dearly. 

He understands me like no one else. 

He loves me even when I’m unlovable. 

He’s been in my life almost all of my 40 years, and I look forward to spending another 40 years with him. 

I am truly blessed. 

23 days till 40! 

He’s waiting for you… (day 24)

24 till 40 Draw near to God, He is waiting for you! 

You would think by now, I would continue to remember this, but I don’t. 

I live it for a while, 

and then I get busy and continue on with my life 

forgetting what I’ve learned. 

But God is patient with me. 

He is there.  Waiting for me. 

Waiting for me to have time for Him again. 

I’m talking about spending time with God.  Devotions.  Quiet time in prayer. 

Psalm 46:10a “Be still, and know that I am God.” 

Reading His word.  Devoting time to & for Him. 

James 4:8a reads, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” 

As an adult, a period of time that I remember being close to God, is when I was spending time with Him.  Daily.  And one of my favorite ways is to journal about my walk with Him.  My prayers to Him. 

I am a paper person.  I love to write.  I love to make lists.  I need to be able to see things on paper.  I need to be able to hold it in my hands.  See my concerns, my joys, my struggles all written down,

but then more importantly,

I need it written down, so that I can look back and see where God was in the midst of it all.  To document His work in my life.  To see how He answered my prayers. 

So that I don’t forget. 

A few years ago, my son & husband had their tonsils out on the same day.  Now, as stressful and exhausting as that month of recuperating was for them (&me), I remember it as a time that my walk with God was sweet.  I read His word.  Studied it.  Had time with Him.  I can look back at my prayer journal and see the answered prayer.  See the struggles and worries, yet, I knew God was with me (us). 

I have been a Christian since I was a child.  I am saved by grace.  Jesus took on my sins and died for me.  Even more importantly, He rose again.  He waits for me in heaven.  Because He died, I can live for eternity with Him. 

You can live for eternity with Him too! 

Simply recognize that you are a sinner.  Confess to Him your sin and your need to have Him in your heart (life).  Tell Him that you want to live for Him.  Acknowledge that He died on the cross for YOUR sins and that He rose again.  Ask Him to guide you and direct you. 

He will! 

If you would like more information about how to have a personal relationship with Christ, contact me! 

You may also read here for more information. 

Revelation 3: 20 says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” 

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Romans 10:9  “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

count your blessings (day 30)

Count your blessings! 

It’s easy to get caught up in what you don’t have, so much so, that you forget how blessed you truly are.  Little things that you (we) may take for granted, are truly blessings.  I try to remind myself (& son) of this often. 

We live a very blessed life.  I’m not talking about being rich.  We are not.  But just,  simply,  life in general. 

We have a warm home, a shelter from the cold.  A retreat when the sun is warm.  …Electricity, washer/dryer…warm comfortable beds….hot showers… 

Clothes to wear, food to eat, cars to drive. 

For the most part, we are all healthy. 

We are all saved by grace and look forward to an enternity with Christ and eachother. 

My husband, not only has a job, but at a company where serving Christ and telling others about Him is a priority.  

We live in a country where freedom is a blessing. 

We are part of a church body and are free to worship our God. 

We have the love of a large extended family.  

I am blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom. 

All of these blessings & more. 

Not because of who we are or what we’ve done, but because of Christ and His care for us

appreciate the past (day 32)

Appreciate the Past 

Learn from the past.  Learn from those that have experienced things that you haven’t.  Learn from their examples. 

There is one person that I wish I would have appreciated before they died…my grandmother.   

I was a young mom when my grandmother’s health began to slip…I was wrapped up in my own life…too busy to truly show her how much I loved her.  I don’t deal well with uncomfortable situations.  I don’t know what to say.  I don’t like to think about it.  So, when my grandmother wasn’t doing well and she was placed in a nursing home, I couldn’t deal with that.  It was extremely hard to see her in there.  It hurt me and  I knew she hurt.  So, I avoided it. 

That is how I tend to deal with difficulties, I avoid. 

Once she had died, I began to realize that I should have taken advantage of all of the years prior to her decline and let her know how much I loved her. 

As I look back, we are so much alike. 

She was creative.  I am creative. 

She had a huge stash of crafting supplies.  So do I. 

She loved to cook & bake.  She even taught me how to make an angel food cake.  There are many secrets to making a goooood angel food cake and she passed them onto me.  I had failed miserably when I attempted to make my husband, (then boyfriend) his favorite cake.  In fact, I had even ruined the cake pan in the process.  Once she heard this, she took me into her kitchen and together we made a beautiful cake. 

My grandmother was a great example of allowing God to love people through us, (her). 

She felt that her mission was to encourage others.  So, she did.  She was always sending cards to people.  Always.  And if you received a card from my grandma, it wasn’t just simply signed by her.  She always searched to find the perfect card for the situation.  She would underline special lines of the sentiment.  She would include an encouraging verse.  She would let you know that she truly cared…and more importantly, she would allow God’s love to shine through her. 

God places people in our life for a reason.  She knew & understood that.  She didn’t want to miss her chance to let them know they were loved, not only by her, but by her God. 

I love that about her. 

2010 {stretch} (& day 35)

2010  {stretch} 

What will my “word for 2010” be?  (one little word–inspired by ali edwards)

In 2008, I began my new lifestyle of counting calories, working out, and getting healthy & strong. 

So, for 2009, I wanted to “refocus & renew”.  Not on my physical, but my spiritual. 

As I began to think about my word for 2010…I finally decided upon “stretch”. 

I tried to think of a word that sums up how I want to live in 2010.  (This goes along with my “40 till 40”, not as lessons learned, but learning.) 

How does the word stretch apply? 

  • I need to stretch out of my comfort zones. 
  • I need to stretch beyond my limitations & fears of failing. 
  • I need to stretch my creativity and push myself harder. 
  • I need to stretch beyond thinking of myself, but to thinking of others. 
  • I need to stretch out of my comfortable relationship with Christ and challenge myself to dig deeper. 
  • I need to stretch my mind and learn new things. 
  • I need to, literally, stretch my budget and push myself to do the projects that I once had a vision & ideas for, (using the scrap stash I already have). 
  • I need to stretch my state of mind, knowing that I am entering new phases in my life….I am turning 40…celebrating 18 years of marriage to my best friend/hubby….my son is going to be driving this year, no longer the ‘little guy’ he once was, but becoming a young gentleman. 

What’s your ‘word’ for 2010?