Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I'M STILL ALIVE!!!
I know you may not believe it and you may have thought that I dropped off the face of the earth, but I haven't. Life's just been extremely busy, sometimes busier than I'd like it to be. Between working full time, moving at the beginning of November, taking care of the house, spending time with my husband and family and friends, Thanksgiving and Christmas life's been pretty chaotic and I've completely neglected this blog. I decided today that I'd write a quick post just to say hi and let you all know that I haven't completely forgotten this. I'll try to blog more, but I'm not promising anything.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as you celebrated the birth of our Savior! Have a great night and take care!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Despite being saddened and angry, I realize that all I can do is pray for her. Pray that somehow she finds the Truth and uses her influence on millions for the good and not for the bad. Would you pray with me for her and for all of those who are blinded to the truth?
Friday, October 1, 2010
- I GOT A JOB!!! I went for an interview at a childcare center on Tuesday and was offered a position that day. I, of course, accepted the position. I started training on Wednesday and trained for 2 days. Today was my first day with the children and I loved it. Monday will be my first time all alone with the children in my class for a full day. I am working with 6 darling one year olds. They're absolutely precious! I'm excited to see how things go and excited to see them learn and grow.
- We've been apartment searching for a few weeks now. We've found several apartments that are and/or were possibilities. We went and saw one last night that we both really love. We submitted the application for it so we'll see what happens. We're praying we'll find one soon, especially since the 31st is our last day in this apartment. I'm definitely excited to find a new place!
- I started teaching Sunday School at our church a few weeks ago (at the beginning of September). It's been a lot of fun and I'm enjoying having an avenue of ministry in our church. I definitely love the kids there too!
- Josh has been keeping busy with work, the Marines, and helping out at the house and calling prospective apartments. He has a lot of things to keep him busy at work. I really appreciate how hard he works, both at work and at home! I'm thankful for the blessing of a wonderful husband.
So, those are some of the happenings here. As you can see, there's lots of new adventures and lots of exciting things happening. It's great to see how God provides opportunities and opens doors. I'm so thankful for the doors He's opened already. I'll be sure to keep you posted on how things are going with all of this.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
After Family Day, we headed up to my parents' house for the rest of the weekend. On Sunday we celebrated my nephew's second birthday. It's so hard to believe that he's already 2 years old!
On Sunday night we headed home after a busy, but nice weekend. Then the week happened. Both Josh and I worked most of the week (of course he worked more than I did). Also, during this week (after a series of events) we decided that we're going to be looking for a new place to live. We can't stay here much longer than we need to now. So, we're officially apartment hunting (which I've found out isn't very fun). Hopefully we'll find one very soon.
Besides what I've mentioned, there's not much else happening here. It's been a long, busy week and I'm sure glad that it's the weekend! Hopefully it'll be a relaxing one.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
People always say that life is like a roller coaster ride. It's full of ups and downs, twists and turns. Well, whoever came up with that analogy was right on. Life definitely is like a roller coaster. On a roller coaster, you slowly go up the hill and it's super exciting. You get to the top of the hill and it's amazing. You're excited about everything, things are great. You're ecstatic to be up there. Then, all of a sudden you drop and you drop fast. You're at the bottom - lower than you realized you were going. Your stomache's in knots and your head is spinning. But before you know it, your headed back up a hill. You don't have time to think about what's going on. You just hang on tight and go with the flow of the ride. You might scream. You might cry. You might close your eyes and tell the person next to you do let you know when the ride is over. Then all of a sudden you come to a stop. You get off the ride and are so thankful that you made it through. You stagger down to a bench and sit down, slowly letting yourself unwind from the experience that you just had.
To me, life truly is like a rollercoaster - although more intense. Actually, life's like a series of rollercoasters that are ridden right in a row. You experience the "ride" - the slow uphill climb, the joy of being on top, the sudden drop to the very bottom, the quick ascent back up, the whips around the corners, and the turns that lead to the end. The "ride" stops. Then all of a sudden it starts back up again. You don't have time to get off and unwind. You're going through it again.
In life, the joys come (the uphill climb). Things seem to be going wonderful - God's pouring out His blessings and things are wonderful. You think to yourself, "Can this get any better?". You're at the top, the tip-top of the hill, and you don't realize what's coming ahead. All of a sudden bad things come your way and you drop faster than you knew you could. While you're dropping you're having second thoughts, wondering if you can just get off the ride. All of a sudden you're at the very bottom and it seems like it can't get worse. Then you're suddenly going back up - you know this is the better part of the ride. As you go up, the bottom is a distant site. The bad things are history. However, you get back up and realize there a loop and a twist in your plans ahead. Then there's another dip. Then you're back uphill and downhill and "BOOM!" you come to a stop. Whew! What a ride life is...
I hope you're following my analogy, the analogy that's been floating around in my head. It may be slightly confusing, but I hope it's not. What do you think? Do you think our lives are like a series of rollercoasters? Or perhaps our lives are more like a windy, country road....
Think about driving on an old country road at night. There's twists and turns. There's deer running out, obstactles of all sorts. There's the occasional drizzle or perhaps the downpour. Then a clearing comes into sight. You can see and drive perfectly fine. All of a sudden the road gets bumpy. Your car is being jerked around and you're starting to feel sick. However, after a few bumps the road is smooth again. You drive through the night and soon the morning comes and everything clears up. You can drive comfortably and see better. It's much better and much easier.
Perhaps life is more like that? As we go along the "road of life", we encounter the twists and turns and obstacles. We never know when they're coming because we can't see around the next bend. We also encounter the storms, times where we have to do all we can to be able to see through the rain and stay on the right path. We have to work hard to keep our focus on the road ahead and our ultimate destination. Sometimes the "road" is bumpy and other times it's a smooth ride. Sometimes it's dark and rainy, and other times the light is bright. The good times are there and so are the bad times. However, the bad times (the darkness) seem like nothing once the good times come (the light).
What do you think? Are our lives like a rollercoaster or a country road? Or perhaps life is kind of a mix of the two? All I know is that, whether on a rollercoaster ride or country road, the ride is always challenging and sometimes scary. But in the end we always look back and say "Wow, that was worth it!" or "Wow! That wasn't as bad as it seemed."
So, whatever we're going through in life - whether we're on the bumpy part of the road or on the uphill climb of the rollercoaster, we can be assured that in the end it'll be worth it. As long as we keep our focus on the ULTIMATE goal and purpose - the Lord Jesus, the ride will be worth it. Also, it's comforting to know that no matter how scary the ride gets, He's right beside us holding our hand the entire way...
Friday, September 3, 2010
In July, my friend Emily came and visited for a week from Vermont. We got to enjoy the whole week together, which was really nice. We spent some time with her sister, Becky, too. This picture was taken when we went to a petting zoo on Friday night.
At the end of Emily's week here, her boyfriend drove up from North Carolina to surprise her with a visit. He's in the Marines too, so he doesn't get to see her much. Josh and I got to spend the day with them and be part of the surprise. To get to Robert (the surprise) we took a hike that lead to an old tower. Robert was at the top of the tower waiting for Em.
My big brother got married this summer, August 7th to be exact. They had a beautiful backyard wedding and it was a gorgeous day. Their reception was the next day. Overall it was a gorgeous weekend and now I have a new sister-in-law, Abby. I'm so happy for them!
Those are some of the photo highlights from my summer. Watch for part 2, which will have even more pictures of what went on this past summer...
Thursday, September 2, 2010
So, THANK YOU to all those who serve! I wish I told you more often how much I appreciate what you do. But, I'm telling you now - thank you...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
- It's hard to believe that today is September 1st! It seems like it was just May and we were preparing for summer. Now summer is pretty much gone. Kids are going back to school and the weather is cooling down (well a little bit). It's crazy how fast time goes by!
- Speaking of going back to school, I didn't get a full time teaching job for this year. That means I'll be substituting this year. I'll also be working on my resume and cover letter, trying to make it better as I apply for new jobs as they are posted. I actually don't mind subbing though. I kind of like the adventure and the unpredicatability of it. So it should be an interesting year.
- Josh was gone for over a month of the summer. In June he had his normal Annual Training with the Marines and was gone for 2 weeks. In August he was involved with another training exercise and was gone for 17 days. To say I missed him would be an understatement. I missed him more than I could have imagined! But, now he's home which of course makes me happy. Hopefully he won't have any more long training exercises in the near future.
- We celebrated our second anniversary in early August (right before Josh went away). It's hard to believe that it's been over two years already since I married my best friend! I do have to say that each day is better than the last and I fall more and more in love with my husband every day. It's great to be able to spend my life with my best friend. And, although there are challenges and trials, it's great to know that we have each other to go through them together. I'm looking forward to many more years with him!
- We went away for a little weekend away earlier in the summer. It was actually over the 4th of July weekend. Of course, with our luck, we both were sick with pretty nasty colds over the weekend, but that didn't stop us from enjoying our time with each other. We didn't go far from home. We actually just went to Allentown. We went to the drive-ins together and out to dinner on Saturday. On that Sunday we went to Dorney Park. Josh actually got in free because he was military, so that was nice. The park was definitely interesting, but we still had fun there. Then on Monday we just hung out and then headed home. It was a relaxing weekend and was our early anniversary getaway, since we knew we couldn't get away on our actual anniversary.
I can't think of anything else to write about from this past summer. I'm sure I'll think of more later. Hopefully you all enjoyed your summer as well and are enjoying the cooler weather!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
- My niece just turned 6 years old last month. It seems like just yesterday that she was born!
- My nephew will be turning 2 in just two months. Again, it seems like just yesterday that we were in the hospital seeing him for the first time!
- In less than 5 months I'll have another niece or nephew (due date is December 7th). It seems like we just found out the exciting news, yet my sister's already over half way through her pregnancy!
- In less than a month Josh and I will be celebrating our second anniversary. It's crazy that we've already been married for two whole years! It seems like we were just saying "I do".
- I've been out of college for seven months already. It seems like I just walked across the stage.
- My husband's EAS (End of Active Service) in the Marine Corps is in just 6 months. It seems like we were just talking about how he was halfway done with his contract, and now he's almost done with it!
Anyways, those are some of the things that have just struck me recently and made me think about how quickly time flies by! It makes me treasure each second even more, knowing that time passes so quickly. I guess as I've gotten older I've begun to realize the value that time has. I'm working on really making the most of each moment in life, knowing that soon I'll be looking back and saying "Wow, it's already been 5 years since that happened. I can't believe how quickly time flies!" and also knowing that as each second passes, it's a second that we can never get back...
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
- I'm not dead... despite the fact that I haven't written on my blog in exactly one month.
- But I am a slacker. That's my only reason for not writing on here.
- I'm not working. Hopefully I'll be substituting in the fall. It'll be nice to be productive in the outside world.
- But I am trying to keep busy around the house. It's not always easy to find things to do in a little apartment, but I'm trying my best.
- I'm not promising that I'm going to be better at writing on this blog.
- But I am going to try to be better at it.
So there's an update. Now you know what "I'm not" and what "I am". And you also know that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. Hope to be back writing soon. Until then...
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Do you want to know something that really bothers me? There are a lot of things that bother me, but this one thing has been on my mind the most. What really bothers me is people's lack of respect and appreciation for our military. Maybe I'm a little biased because my husband is in the military or maybe having a husband in the military has just made me notice the lack of appreciation even more...
It seems to me that a lot of people have absolutely no respect or gratitude for our nation's military. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the last time I checked these are the men and women who have voluntarily put their lives on the line so that each of us can be free. Because of them we live in a country where we are free to worship, free to speak what we want, and free to do many other things as well. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have freedom at all.
Numerous times I've heard people bad mouthing our military. I've heard "They're just in it for the money and the free education" or "They don't deserve our support in a war for oil" or many other things. I'm tired of hearing these things. I'm tired of the disrespect. If someone wants to join the military for a free education, then kudos to them. They're signing a contract that may require them to give their life and in return they're getting a little paycheck and some money towards an education (yeah, for those of you who don't know, the education isn't always free). I think the education is the least they can get in return for their sacrifice. So quit complaining! Also, I don't care what you think about the war - whether you think it's right or wrong - you should still support our military. They don't make the decisions to go into combat - they just listen to their commander and go out to fight when they're told too. They need our support!
Another thing that bothered me regarding the lack of respect and gratitude for our military is our president's recent decision to skip the Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetary and instead head out to Chicago for the holiday weekend. This just goes to show where the president's priorities are. He's chosen to go to Chicago to "keep a campaign promise" instead of honoring the lives of our nation's heroes at Arlington. I mean, seriously, our nation's commander-in-chief can't even lead by example and take the time to honor those who've given the ultimate sacrifice. If he doesn't appreciate our men and women who serve, then how can we expect others to appreciate them. It's this thing called "leading by example"...
Then there's the whole "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" vote that was scheduled to take place today in Congress and the Senate. Of course they want to repeal this policy. But when they decided they wanted to repeal it they said that they'd take a survey of all military and their families to get their opinions on the policy and whether or not it should be repealed. The "survey" (more like an open forum to debate it) was started about a week ago and hasn't even been formalized or finalized. However, the vote was scheduled to take place today. Just another example of a lack of respect for the military. Each military branches' Chiefs wrote letters to express their concern for conducting the vote so soon and also expressing their opinion that voting on this issue so soon was breaking a commitment to the military (the commitment was that they'd do the survey and hear everyone's opinions before voting on the issue). So, here we see it again, broken commitments and promises. In my eyes, that's blatant disrespect.
Of course, to make my point clearer, there's also wacko "churches" like Westboro "Baptist" Church who consistently show a blatant disrespect and hatred toward our military. They picket military funerals, write hate letters to military families, and are even planning on picketing the services at Arlington National Cemetary on Monday. They mock the sacrifice of our men and women, yet somehow get away with it. It just sickens me to say the least.
But, the moral of all of this ranting is that we really should appreciate and respect our men and women in the military. Honestly, I wouldn't want to even imagine what this country would be like if it wasn't for them. Come to think of it, this country wouldn't exist today if it weren't for them. So, have a little respect and gratitude for them. They sacrifice so, so much for us yet half of us just bad mouth them and make fun of them in return. So, next time you see a member of the military, hold the door open for them and as they pass by say "thank you" to them for what they do. I can pretty much guarantee that you'll get a shocked look in return, mainly because they're not used to hearing those words...
Monday, May 24, 2010
My mom's knee surgery went really well. The doctor said that everything went perfectly and that things looked great. She was in the hospital for 3 days. The day after surgery they had her walking a little bit and progressed a little at a time from there. After the three days she went to in-house rehab at a local rehabilitation center. She was in there for a week and had rehab every day there. She came home from rehab last Thursday and is doing great. She's getting around wonderfully with her walker and has been out and about every day. The doctor is very pleased with her progress and she is pleased with how things are going. We're just praying her recovery continues to go smoothly and any pain that she has left goes away soon. But it's definitely a huge praise that she's doing so well!
I had a job interview today. It's for a tutoring position at Sylvan Learning Center. I'm not sure how the interview went... it was hard to judge. But it'd be for a part time tutoring position. So we're praying for God's direction and for His will to be known regarding the position. I should know by the end of next week whether or not they want to hire me. So for now we're just waiting and praying.
It's hard to believe that it's already almost June! The month of June is going to be crazy busy for us. Josh has his annual training with the Marines from June 5th until the 19th. During that time I'll probably go to my parents for a week or so. I plan on helping my friend Christina with anything she needs to get done for her wedding on the 26th. Then we have her wedding on the 26th, which I'm in. Of course during the month we also have Josh's birthday (the 10th), his dad's birthday (the 11th), my niece's birthday (the 18th), and father's day. So the month is pretty jam packed. I'm sure it will fly by too.
I know that I still haven't posted about my the roadtrip that Emily and I took last month. I plan on posting about it sometime, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. I promise I will do it sometime, even if it takes another year...
Anyways, there's not a whole lot else to write. I'll try to post again sooner. Otherwise you can leave me comments and harass me for a post. Let me know that there are still people reading this. It makes me feel better about spending time blogging. But, I'm off to make dinner and enjoy the evening with my husband...
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
This past weekend was Easter weekend. It was also my friend, Christina's, bridal shower. Josh and I headed up to my parents' house for the weekend. On Friday night I hung out with Christina and most of the bridesmaids for her wedding. (Did I mention that I am one of her bridesmaids? If I didn't, I am mentioning it now.) We went shopping together and just had fun. On Saturday was her shower. The shower was a lot of fun! We played the normal shower games, saw lots of people, and of course she opened her gifts. She got pretty much everything that they need for their apartment, which was definitely nice. After the shower I helped them take some of the gifts over to their apartment. They have a really cute place! Then we hung out for a little. It was a lot of fun!
Sunday was Easter. We woke up early and went to the sunrise service at my parents' church. It was a blessing. After the sunrise service, we had breakfast at church. Then we had the normal service. My entire family was there, which was nice. It was a great service too! On Sunday afternoon we went over my sister's house and hung out. Then we went to my aunt and uncle's house for Easter dinner. It was good to see my extended family again and to hang out with everyone. It was a great Easter and a great weekend!
In other news, Josh's grandpa got out of the hospital last Friday. That is definitely a blessing. He is now at a nursing home for rehabilitation. They're hoping to get his strength back and get him back on his feet. It's definitely an answer to prayer though that he is out of the hospital!
Oh, something that I'm excited about... in less than two weeks my college roommate, Emily, and I are taking a road trip. The road trip actually just came together. Emily's coming down to PA from VT to visit from April 17th-24th. When she gets here, she's going to spend a couple of days here in PA. Then comes the roadtrip (which I am calling One Insane Roadtrip, or OIR for short). On Tuesday, April 20th, we're leaving bright and early in the morning and heading down to Camp Lejeune, NC where her boyfriend is stationed. We're going to spend the night there and visit him. Then on Wednesday, the 21st, we're going to leave NC and head up to Virginia Beach to stop and visit our friends from college. Then, on the 22nd, we're heading back up to PA. Have you figured out why it's going to be an insane roadtrip? We'll be traveling three days straight, but I'm really looking forward to it! It's going to be a great and random time!
Well, I guess that's enough random ramblings for today. Hopefully I'll write again on here sooner. Take care and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
They loved her so. She grew up fast too!
Alot has changed in those 24 years. She went to kindergarten, made it through high school, went to college, and even graduated college. She had many skinned knees that got kissed better, many spankings for being bad and rewards for being good, many hugs to tell her she was loved, and many words of affirmation spoken to her. She met many people, had many friends. She met her true love. Her daddy gave her away. She moved away and started life with her prince charming. She grew up....way too fast.
Though many things have changed, there are some things that haven't.
Her momma still loves her, and has her as one of her best friends.
And on her 24th birthday that "little girl" wants to say something. She wants to say thank you to her parents for bringing her into this world and for loving her so much and bringing her up in a Godly home. She wants to say thanks to them for always putting up with her and showing her unconditional love. She wants to thank them for being wonderful people and tell them how much she loves them! She wants to tell them that they're her heroes - and they mean the world to her!
Mom and Dad.... I love you and just wanted to say THANK YOU for everything!
Your Little Girl - Your Jennifer Lynn
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Add these all together and you get friendship, which is priceless!
Monday, March 22, 2010
This month has definitely flown by. Has it went so quickly for anyone else? It seems like it was just the beginning and now we only have a week and a half left in it. Of course the last week of it is the best part of the month to me anyways, not sure why that would be. It's not like there's a special day in there somewhere or anything.
Josh and I went to a new church yesterday. It kind of happened "by chance", as I woke up late and we didn't have time to make it to our normal church service. So we headed up the road to a different one. The church was having their missions' conference and I was definitely blessed by and encouraged by it. The speaker challenged us to "take the next step" even when the next step is the hardest to take. It left me thinking about what the next step is for me.
I really liked the church that we went to though. It's relatively small, less than 100 people and definitely traditional. However, the people were super friendly and the service was definitely a blessing. It was nice to have the "close knit" feeling in church. It kind of reminded me of the church I grew up in. That's probably why I felt so at home. We just might have to make another visit, or two, or twenty to it.
There's a lot of different needs that I have been praying for recently. If you would like, you can pray for them as well. First, as I had posted before, I've been praying for the situation in Morocco. I'm praying for the deported workers and the children left behind, as well as for the rest of the Christian workers in the country. It's definitely weighing heavy on my heart and I think and pray for them often.
Second, I've been praying for Josh's grandpa. He's been really sick with one thing after the other since the beginning of February. It's been a rough road for him, but he's still fighting and holding on to God's promises. He's 82 years old and such a great testimony of God to everyone around him. We're just praying for his health and strength though and for the doctors to have wisdom in how to treat him.
Third, I'm praying for my cousin. She's also been in the hospital for over a month. She's had a lot of complications and the doctors are doing everything they can to treat her. So we're just praying for her and for the doctors continued wisdom in treating her and for her family.
Those are the three requests that have been on my mind the most. I've also been praying for our country (with this crazy healthcare bill) and our leaders to have wisdom, our pastors and spiritual leaders (to continue to stay strong in the Lord and be able to lead us as Christians), and for our churches (to continue to have the boldness to stand up for what is true), as well as many other requests. If you have anything I can pray for, just leave it in the comments section and I'll be sure to pray about it!
We've still been trying to exercise and lose some weight. It's definitely been a rough road though as far as sticking to it. I have lost 6.5 pounds since I started, though that doesn't seem like much to me and I feel like I can hardly notice. I'm trying my best to cook healthy meals though and stick to eating right. Anyone have any tips on how to stick to it? Any good recipes or exercise plans?
Well I guess that's enough randomness for today. I've got lots to do around the house and am not feeling quite up to par. However the housework is calling me. I'll post more later.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Please pray for this situation in Morocco. It's one very near and dear to my heart. Foreign workers have been deported and families have been torn apart. Children are left without their parents, and parents without their children. There's a chance it can happen to more orphanages as well. Please pray for God to intervene. I know that He has a plan for all of this and can do anything! Watch the video to get a glimpse into what is happening. You can read more about the story here as well. Thanks for your prayers!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I thought of this song this morning while I was processing some things that are on my mind. The lyrics are so true and basically say that in all circumstances, no matter how difficult they are or how hard they are to understand, we should praise His name. So incredibly true! So no matter what we're going through, whether big or small, we should always praise His name! Listen to the songs and the lyrics. I'm sure you'll be blessed by it.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I can't help but wonder why you have decided to visit southern Pennsylvania so much this winter. You haven't been around in such large amounts for as long as I can remember. Normally you only come for short visits once or twice a year. If I recall correctly, you came in the form of about 47 inches within this past month. We have spent numerous hours (approximately 12 to be exact) moving you from our pathway and our parking spaces into large piles off to the side. I finally thought you were gone for good when I got a glimpse of green grass this past week. Boy was I wrong! Now, as rumor has it, you have decided to come back for another visit in the days to come. I hate to say it, but you're really not welcome. I'm pretty sure that most of us have seen enough of you already and would much rather see sunshine, warm temperatures, and flowers. Please stay away. As a matter of fact, please go into hiding until at least late November or December. Then you will be welcome to make an appearance again. Thank you very much!
P.S. I have enclosed a picture that is proof of your visit earlier this month. As you can see, there was plenty of you around...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
It's pretty sad that an individual would get laughed at and practically dismissed for suggesting that an immigration rally be started by saying the Pledge of Allegience. Makes me wonder what this country is coming to...
Friday, February 5, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
This past weekend was definitely a blessing. Josh and I went up to my parents' house and lead the teens from their church on their winter retreat. It was a great time for all! It was such a blessing to spend time with the teens and to be able to get to know them better and have fun with them. The speaker for the weekend was great. He talked about living out our faith outside the walls of the church. His messages were definitely very challenging and made me think a lot about my faith and how I need to be living it out better everywhere that I am. Outside of the services we also had a lot of fun. We got to play different games and sports, hang out at a bonfire, play hide and go seek in our cabin late and night, and just do a lot of random things. It was definitely great!
Here's a picture of the eleven of us who went on the retreat (the guy in the back middle wasn't with us - he just jumped in the picture)....
Over the weekend we also got to spend a little time with my family which was definitely nice. We got to see my sister on her birthday as well. It was just a great weekend all together!
Now I'm back home and back into the normal routine of life. I'm trying to figure out things to do to occupy my time, yet be productive at the same time. It's working somewhat. I still have some more figuring out to do. I guess I'll go now. I just wanted to update this and tell you all about my wekend and let you know I'm alive. I'll try to post better this week.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I got a lot accomplished today as far as organizing and cleaning the apartment. I washed dishes, finished up laundry, straightened up a little more, folded and put all the clothes away, and even sorted through some of my college things and got rid of some of the stuff I don't need anymore. I feel like I made a little bit of progress, so that's definitely a plus. I still have a lot more to do, but every little step is a great one.
Anyways, just figured I'd write a little on here before Josh got home. I have to go start dinner though. We're having pineapple glazed pork chops and green beans. Should be good, but we shall see how it turns out. Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the break from work!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Anyways, I was sitting here looking at the apartment today and realized just how unorganized things are and decided I need to do something about it. I started off by putting some things away that were laying around. It's not much but it's a start.
Now I'm sitting here looking at our closet (which is semi-organized, but not enough for my liking), Josh's desk (which has things stacked on it), our bookshelf (which has books and random things filling it), and the rest of our room (which just isn't cutting it organizationally). Looking at these things is starting to bother me so I want to do something about it. The problem is I don't know where to begin or where to put things so that their organized better. In a little apartment with minimal storage space, it's kind of hard to keep things need and organized.
Anyways, my question is do you have any tips for organizing a small, cramped apartment? If you do they would be greatly appreciated! Being at home in an organizational disaster is driving me crazy so any tips or suggestions on how to improve would be welcome. Just let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks!
I'm off to see what else I can do around here before Josh gets home from work...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Josh started working out with his SSgt last Saturday. He set him up with an exercise routine. It's a really good workout and I'm sure that it'll be good for him and will push him physically. I'm still working on what exactly I want my workout routine to be. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I'm not good with knowing what exactly to do.
As far as eating healthier, that's going to be fun. We have been doing good this week so far though, granted it's only been three days. We're eliminating all carbs after 4pm (so no carbs for dinner or after) and are adjusting our diet before hand. I can already see a difference in how I feel just from these few days of eating differently and working out a little.
So, hopefully this will all go towards making a healthier us. It's going to be a challenge, but it'll be well worth it. We have each other for support, which is definitely good. I also have my friend Emily for support, as she's working on losing weight too. Right now I have a short term goal of losing 24 pounds by my 24th birthday which is on March 24th. I think this is a pretty reasonable goal since you always lose more weight when you first start. So we'll see how that works out.
Anyways, cheers to a healthier us! I pray that we'll have the will power and stamina to keep working at this and to stick with it!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Though I love being married and love being a wife, it is difficult at times. It's hard for me to believe people, including Josh, when they tell me that I'm doing an amazing job. I know deep down inside that I'm trying my best, but I also think that there's so much more that I can be doing for my husband and so many things that I can be doing better at. I guess part of the reason I don't believe people is because of my stubbornness - which isn't a good thing. I need to start listening to them when they tell me I'm doing great, especially listening to my husband when he tells me that I'm doing a wonderful job.
Being married is definitely fun though. It's a never ending adventure and you never know what each day will bring. It's spending each day with your best friend and waking up next to them each morning. It's a giant learning and growing process, one which never stops. It's definitely cool to see how much you learn through marriage. As a couple we've already learned a lot since we got married. Some of these things include how to better communicate with each other (which we're continually learning), what each other wants and needs, how to serve each other better, and so much more. God's continually teaching us new things and showing us how to better love and serve one another. Marriage does require work, but it's definitely fun work and it's well worth it.
Anyways, back to the whole being a wife thing. I guess before I got married I never realized all of the things that a wife does and all of the things that a husband does. It always seems so "easy" on movies and you just lounge around with the love of your life without a care in the world. Maybe I'm just naive or maybe I'm just not observant, but it's taken me awhile to realize these things. Now I know that wives clean the house, do the dishes, do the laundry, pay the bills, cook, support their husbands in every way possible, help their husbands in every way and ensure his needs are met, and so much more. On the other hand husbands do a whole lot too. They go to work and work hard every day, help clean around the house, help with dishes and laundry, support their wives and ensure that her needs are met, and so much more. These are just how things are done around our house (as far as who does what), and to think that there's not even kids added into the mix yet is a crazy thought.
Now I don't want this to sound like a negative post or sound like I don't like being a wife or doing the things I need to do around the house. I was just thinking about how we often times don't realize what it means to be "all grown up" and to have the responsibility of being married and taking care of a home. So I wrote about it. I surely love being married and love serving my husband and doing everything for him! I just want to make sure that I'm always being a good wife for him and always finding ways that I can be even better. Being a wife is an honor and I love each second of it - even if it does require work!
Monday, January 18, 2010
It was January 18th. I was just starting the second semester of my junior year in college. I was single. I was semi-content with where I was (or so I thought). I was roommates with my best friend, Emily. I had several close friends at school. I was happy for the most part.
Then my friend Eddie told my roommate and I about this new guy. This new guy, this Marine, was gonna be his roommate. New guy came around. He joined several of us at school to play games that night. We played Dutch Blitz and Apples to Apples. I sat across the table from him. We all thought he was a "bad boy". I thought he had the most gorgeous blue eyes and a great personality. He also had an amazing smile. I thought there was more to "new guy" than just a "bad boy". I wanted to be friends with him and get to know him better. It was January 18, 2007. This new guy had caught my attention...
... and we all know where it went from there. This new guy's name was Josh. From the time he initally caught my attention I was intrigued by him. We quickly became friends and started to get to know each other better. Before we knew it we were falling for each other. Then we were dating. Then we were in love. Then we were talking about spending forever together. Then we were engaged. And finally we were happily married - and still are today.
It's funny how God brings people into your life at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected ways. He brought Josh and I together at the perfect time, the time that He had planned all along. It's hard to believe that it's been three years since we first met! In one way it seems like just yesterday, but at the same time it feels like we've known each other forever. I'm so thankful for every moment that He's given to us together and I look forward to many more together in the future. I'm so thankful for the "new guy", the "bad boy", the blue eyed prince who I met three years ago today! I'm thankful for all he is to me and for God's provision of the perfect husband for me!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
As I sat in bed this morning, images of little faces came to my mind. Little faces just like these ones...
As I thought of the children of Haiti, I couldn't help but weep. Little boys like this one...
... now lived in a town that was devastated by an earthquake and looked like this.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
- A job
- A bigger apartment or a house
- To live close to my family and friends
- To start a family of our own
- To lose weight so that I can look and feel better
... and the list would go on and on. But I've realized that it's not about me, it's about God. I'm reminded that God has promised to supply all of my needs not all of my wants. Even though it's so hard to remember this and to cling to this, it's something that I need to do.
To be honest with you, I've been discouraged and sad lately. I graduated a month ago and had an interview for a job which I thought was perfect for me and felt confident that I would get it. It turns out that I didn't get it. I know that this was God's plan, but I was discouraged that it didn't work out. Since then I've been looking for a job without a whole lot of luck. I found out today that to substitute in the public schools I need to have my state certification in my hands. I don't have that yet - it's still being processed. Because of that I can't sub yet. Yet again I find myself discouraged, but I'm being reminded that it's not about what I want - it's about what God wants. In his timing He'll provide the perfect job for me.
Since I've been sitting around the house because of my lack of employment, I've also found myself having a pity party that our apartment "isn't big enough" and "there's not enough space to store things" and just wishing we could live in a different place. I haven't been sitting here thanking God for providing us with a place to live that is warm and gives us a roof over our heads. Again, I've been focusing on what I want instead of what He wants.
I can continue to elaborate on my list of things that I want and how they've been on my heart and mind lately, but I won't. Instead I'll try to begin looking more at the things that God wants instead of the things that I want. It's a hard thing to do, but it's something that I need to continue working on. Afterall, my existence isn't about me, it's all about Him!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Let's see what's been going on lately....
First of all, I finished my student teaching and graduated from college. It's hard to believe that 5 1/2 years of college are over and I am now a graduate with 2 bachelors degrees - one in Bible and one in Education. Graduation was a great day! It was a nice simple ceremony and I had 7 people there cheering me on (aside from friends and people who work at the school). After graduation we went out to dinner at the Olive Garden and then went to my in-law's house for dessert and hanging out. My mom, dad, sister, nephew, husband, mother-in-law, and father-in-law were all there for me on graduation day. Others would have been there but were unable to be. It was definitely a blessing!
Second, I am officially on the job hunt now. I had an interview for a long term subbing position which I didn't get. But now I am looking for other positions. I haven't found anything yet, but I know that in God's time I will find the perfect job.
Third, Christmas has obviously come and gone. It was definitely a great Christmas. We went to my in-laws' house on Christmas eve and spent time with them, as well as my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. We exchanged gifts there, had dinner, and watched a movie. It was a lot of fun. On Christmas morning Josh and I opened our gifts at home together. It was a blessing to spend our second Christmas together. On Christmas afternoon we headed up to my parents' house for the rest of the weekend. My sister and her fiance hosted our whole family at their house for a great dinner. Then we opened gifts and visited with family. It was a great Christmas all around!
Of course the New Year has also come. It's hard to believe that it's 2010 already! Time sure does fly! I'm eager to see what God has in store for us this New Year. There are alot of things on our hearts and minds and alot of decisions to make, but it's exciting to see where God is going to take us and to see what He is going to do in and through us!
I guess that's about it for today. Hopefully I'll be better at blogging now that I have more time!