Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Learning Experience

I recently asked a friend to come with me to church and she accepted. Her and her husband are looking for a church in the area...they're Christians...but I knew the service would be a lot different than what they were used to...

It was a Wednesday night...our church is very informal on Wednesday nights (not that it's formal on Sunday's). We gather in the basement around tables...someone usually brings some sort of snacks (cookies, etc...) and we have a Bible study. Input is encouraged. This is a very "country" church. Old fashioned you might say. We sing out of the hymn books... A piano is usually the only instrument played and this preacher preaches! He steps on toes and doesn't apologize for it. I love this church. It's also the friendliest church I have ever been to. You won't come in and slip back out without being noticed. Someone will always say hi, shake your hand and most likely give you a hug.

My friend that I invited...well she's become a close friend in a short time. She's one of my few friends in this area...at least that's my age. I like talking to "older" folks...say 60+. Don't get me wrong..that's not old.
But, inviting this friend to church was easy...I was doing good. Then the study started and that devil stuck his head in and made me start to worry that "what if something is said that offends her"..."what if she doesn't like it"..."what if, because of this, I lose a friend..." I was worried, y'all...
I of course had nothing to worry about. She liked it...said it was definitely different, but she liked it.
In those moments of doubting what I had just done, God came to me and softly told me... Whether she likes it or not...whether you lose a friend or not.... It'll be ok. I'm here. You did the right thing. To lose a friend by planting a seed is better than to keep a friend and not plant it at all.

I learned my lesson... now hopefully it'll stick. God's way is best. Always lean on Him and trust Him and everything will be all right.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunshine in July


The lovely and beautiful Cat over at Yes Deer gave me the Sunshine Award back in June (yes, I'm slow...sorry Cat). 
The Sunshine Award is a kind of thing that I like because I like answering questions...give me a form to fill out any day and I'll be happy (even though I might skip a few questions because I have no idea what info you're wanting..haha). Anyway...let's get to this thing.






  The rules are simple



- Post 11 random facts about yourself.

- Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.

- Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award.
- Write 11 questions for those bloggers to answer.
- Notify the 11 bloggers that they have been nominated. 



11 Random Facts: 
1. I leave things all around the house until one day I can't stand it and then I have to organize it all.
2. I try to make every one happy...usually doesn't work though. 
3. I'm in the "process" of getting a photography business going...it'll take a while (years). 
4. I'm getting to visit the Colorado mountains for the first time ever this Summer!
5. I also went on my first ever cruise this Spring (hello Honeymoon!) Can't wait to go back on many more!
6. I'm a stay at home wife...I also volunteering occasionally. 
7. I've never been a cook (I've always known how) but since getting married I've had to do it...but let's just say our meals are simple.
8. The end of this month will mark 8 months of wedded bliss. That saying...
9. I got a wonderful guy to call mine. He cooks, does laundry and helps clean.
10. I'm on a journey to a healthier lifestyle while not limiting myself. The gym is my new friend and enemy on some days. (that saying...yesterday it was an enemy. I was doing deadlifts and I guess I twisted a bit without realizing and pulled a muscle...now I'm moving very slowly...so prayers for a quick recovery would be appreciated.)
11. It's been almost a year since I've worn makeup...let me tell you those first few months were terrible. haha

Cat's Questions:

Why did you start your blog?

In all honesty, I don't remember. I now am blogging to remember my life...what will one day be my past. I may not blog every day, week or month but I will every once in a while.



What is your holy grail beauty product?
As I said above I've not worn makeup in almost a year but before I quit it was definitely liquid eye liner... Now I love my chapstick. :)

What is your favorite movie?
I love the Christian ones like Facing the Giants, Fireproof, etc... I also love the Disney ones like Cinderella, Tangled, Frozen, etc... And things like Dear John, Letter's to Juliet.
My husband is now getting me into Star Wars, Lord of the Rings etc...

What is something you can't be without?
My husband! or if you wanna go material...my camera and phone.

What is your favorite song?
What's up with favorites...haha I'm more of a multi like person. 
Celtic Woman (anything of their older stuff, not listened to their newer stuff yet). I listen to mainly Country, Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Contemporary Christian. 

Do you have a pet peeve?  If so what is it?
People that can't give clear directions (I volunteer...I know the pain. haha)
Also, my pet peeve's constantly change so ask me again in a month and I'll probably have something new to add. haha

Do you have a life verse or favorite quote?  What is it?
The one that always comes to mind when someone asks me that question is 1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: 
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; 
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The beach or the mountains? 
As of now I would say the beach...but I've never seen Colorado and I hear their wonderful...I'll know soon. ;) 

If you could be anything "when you grow up" or have any job what would it be?
I always wanted to be a Doctor or a Nurse but there's no way I could go through that much school. haha
From about the start of my teens though I've wanted to become a really good, well known photographer. 

Since I am a Pinterest addict.... What is your favorite pin? Share it with me.  This can be a recent favorite or an all time favorite.
I have over 3,000 pins. They're all favorites...but since I know you'll love it Cat, I picked this one.

Who is your role model?  (This can be a a childhood role model or current.)
Let me be cliche and say my husband... 
Also, my parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Especially 2 of my uncles that we lost to cancer over the past 5 years. They showed me how to be a witness for God even in the bad times and to always stay positive when life's not perfect.



My Questions for You:
1. What is your favorite book of all time? (fiction, nonfiction, biography, whatever)
2. Favorite song?
3. What's your favorite thing(s) about where you live?
4. Favorite recipe? (can you provide a link?)
5. Do you run/workout/exercise at all? If so what's your favorite workout/exercise?
6. What's a day in your life look like?
7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
8. Favorite tv show?
9. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where's the one place you'd go?
10. Favorite app?
11. Post the best and your most favorite picture that you've ever taken. :)


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

We Moved!!!

This will be long...if you don't want to read our moving story then just move on. haha

Moving day(s) came last week. Finally and thankfully.
 When MK had to move for his job, before we got married, he'd been living in a small, studio, apartment. Everything (except for the bathroom of course) was in one room with only 5ish small closets which were used... 2 for clothes, one for the washer and dryer, another as a pantry (there was hardly any cabinet space and NO counter space) and the last one had the hot water heater in it.

Kitchen
After MK and I got engaged he was put on a waiting list for a bigger apartment (1-2 bedrooms). Anyway, 11 months pass and nothing had come up but we were number 1 on the waiting list...so we went on with the wedding and hoped for the best. We didn't want to really change landlords because he was getting such a great deal and we knew we'd be fine in one room for a while. God's plan is always perfect.

Finally on the last week of May (6 months after we got married) we get the call that they'd had an opening on a 2 bedroom and we'll be able to move our stuff within the next few weeks. YAY!!! So we anxiously awaited the next phone call that said we were good to move.... It finally came on Monday, June 2nd. They said we could start moving Wednesday afternoon!!

Master
So I started the "yay, we're finally moving" and "blah...I don't want to pack up everything" thought process.  The good news was we only had to move stuff about a block to 2 blocks away. 

Wednesday morning came (I don't think I slept much that night...I was too excited)...it was a rainy morning. MK went to work and when there was a lull in the rain I went and got the key and everything from our landlord.    Thankfully MK was able to get off a little early from work so we could start moving (they wanted us moved ASAP).

Our moving was slow but in a fast way. We didn't really have any boxes to pack stuff up with. We had 1 box and 2 laundry baskets. So we'd fill them up, take them to the new apartment, unpack them and repeat for the next 4 hours. 
Living Room
(It was also raining on and off all afternoon/evening. It would either start raining as soon as we got to the new place to unload or when we got back to our first apartment to load stuff...(bipolar weather)...thankfully nothing got extremely wet.)

We took a break and went to church that night for Bible study and did 2 more loads after it was over.  It was dark by then so we did a "short" run to Wal-Mart. Having a bigger place we realized we needed some other things...like more curtains.... We went from 1 window to 4. haha So after that, we went back to the new apartment and put things in place.  We finally got in bed that night at about midnight but thankfully the majority of the little stuff was moved in around 5 hours.

Thursday came...another rainy day...as in it poured most of the morning.
MK headed out the door to work and I packed up some more stuff, grabbed a broom, mop and cleaning products and went to the new place and cleaned (I feel better when I know it's clean because I cleaned it.) I cleaned everything and had the floor mopped by around noon. I then left to let the floors dry and went back to pack some more and get things situated. 

Guest Room/Storage
I'm so thankful for my parents and older younger brother (my youngest brother who is older than me) who drove 2 1/2 hours to help us move our furniture that evening. It was all moved in about 2 hours. After we went out for some supper, MK and I went and cleaned our old apartment and was back in our new place by about 9 or 10 that night. I'm also thankful it didn't rain at all when my family got there to help us move furniture.

Friday was spent organizing and putting everything in it's place. We put the majority of stuff in the guest bedroom during moving so it was a mess...but it was all done by the time MK got home from work that night.

That Friday morning (6th) we turned in our keys of our first home...It was small but served it's purpose for 2 1/2 years for just MK and the first 6 months of our married life. I think it helped us become "closer" in our first 6 months...we were constantly with each other when we were both home. It's still hard not to start talking when you're in the kitchen and then you realize he's in the bedroom. haha But we're so thankful for a bigger space. 

Goodbye first home.

Everything except the bathroom of our first home.




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Photo Prints. HELP!!!

So...now that MK and I have been married for almost 7 months (say what????).... and we've moved to a bigger apartment (post coming up soon)...the walls are looking bare and I'm ready to tackle printing my wedding pictures and engagement pictures (I'm a terrible person...it's been almost a year since we had our engagement pictures taken.) But anyways... I'm wondering... Where is the best place to print pictures from online??? I know there's Wal-Mart but I'm not happy with the quality....

I'm also slightly familiar with Shutterfly and Mpix although I've never used them for actual prints. Are there any others that do good quality but for a cheapish price. I've also heard of SnapFish but I know nothing about them at all...so help would be appreciated. :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Spring!

I just updated my photography blog with some new pictures of Spring. You can go here to check it out.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Semi "Healthy" Personal Pizza

If you're wanting pizza but want to keep it easy and a little healthier than that thick crust here's you an option.
If I'd looked around longer I probably could have gotten it even healthier but I was too lazy. Haha


Preheat oven to 350ยบ



Ingredients:
Ground Turkey
Turkey Pepperoni
90 calorie Flatbread
Cheese
Pizza Sauce

Step 1: Brown ground turkey.




Step 2: While the turkey is browning, spray a sheet pan and lay flatbread on it. Put some pizza sauce on the flat bread and smear it around with the back of a spoon.

Step 3: After the ground turkey is browned put it, the turkey pepperoni and cheese on the flat bread.

Step 4: Slide your pizza in the oven for 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Step 5: Enjoy!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Favorite Reads

Today I went over to my Bloglovin' account to clean out my lists. I have LOTS of blogs that I don't hardly read anything. If I have 100 unread blogs on my account then I'll be lucky to ready even 30 of those. So, as I was going through them I saw a lot of blog names that I hadn't seen on my feed recently and so I looked at them...and you know what...all of my favorite blogs seem to have quit writing...and that makes me sad. :(

Do you enjoy reading my blog? I realize I don't post much but if I have some readers that love to read my stuff then I'll try to continue blogging. Life just sometimes gets in the way....