Thursday, April 30, 2009
Saturday we're planning on sleeping in & then heading home in time for a friends' wedding. She's actually the girl who does my hair & I know she's going to be be an absolutely beautiful bride!
Sunday promises to be exciting as well because it's Hubby's 26th Birthday. We don't have any big plans, but I'm really looking forward to giving him his presents. I've planned a little shindig at our house on Monday night with cake & ice cream with some family & friends. Guess I better find some time this weekend to make that cake!
Have a great weekend!
Monday, April 27, 2009
My gorgeous clematis! It must have 20-25 blooms that are just ready to burst! It's probably going to be beautiful all summer!
Friday, April 24, 2009
I can't believe it's already the weekend & I'm so excited because the weather is supposed to be absolutely beautiful! I think we've finally made it to Spring with highs in the upper 70s & low 80s. Sure, we have our share of plans, but most of those plans involve being outside which is a definite plus!
Monday, April 20, 2009
This....is the photo of what we were expecting our hotel to look like when we arrived. Pretty nice right? Well, this IS what the lobby area looks like. Too bad the rest of the place doesn't even hardly hold a candle to a 50 year old Best Western with outdated furnishings, beds that have way too many springs, & a bathroom area that has cracks & stains. The rest of the location is actually a Mo-tel....yes, a motel as in accomodations with exterior doors. I happen to very much dislike motels & this was no different. However, it was in a decent location & the water was warm for our showers so I guess my complaining should stop now. Other than the motel, our weekend was fantastic.
Friday night started off with wonderful worship music & then we were all super excited to hear none other than Kirk Cameron speak. It was so surreal to see him actually walk on stage. He had a good message about being willing to share the most important news of Jesus Christ with everyone we know--but in all honesty I wasn't that impressed. Now don't get me wrong-he had an excellent message & point for us all to here, but it just didn't do much for me compared to the other speakers for the weekend. However, he was actually the only picture I took all weekend (man I really need to work on taking more photos).
Saturday morning we had more worship time & also heard from Carol Kent & Priscilla Shirer. These women are incredible & truly have a gift that comes from God to teach the Bible to women all around the country. I came away from those sessions with a new look on those hard situations & I only hope I remember what they taught when I fall into those rough patches.
Saturday afternoon, myself & the 2 girls (Amy & Andrea) I went with headed out for some serious retail therapy. We hit Tanger Outlet Mall, Michael's Craft Store, Kohl's & then the Landing. We had a great time & we had some fantastic coversations that made me so grateful for these 2 women & the rest of our small group. We had such great coversation that we actually skipped out on the Saturday night concert (Selah & Point of Grace--oops?!?). We also had a fantastic session on Sunday morning with Lisa Harper. We made it home around 12:30 just in time to meet our husbands who were coming home from church.
We also had a small group BBQ last night to celebrate the end of the session. We're stopping a little before school gets out just because everyone's schedules get so hectic! The rest of the week will just involve Hubby & I working outside & enjoying the beautiful weather! It's supposed to be 80 degrees by the end of the week! Summertime here I come!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
My husband is absolutely amazing & such a blessing from God. He's been working 55+ hours a week for the past 3 1/2 months & never once have I heard him complain or whine about his job. I fully realize that some men would expect to come home and sit around since they have been working so hard---not my Hubby. He is probably more helpful around the house with the dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. this time of year than any other time. Sure that may have something to do with the fact that it's freezing cold outside & he can't spend his time mowing the grass & making our yard look like a golf course. However, I know that it has more to do with the fact that we are a team--in everyway & at every point in our lives. I know this because even last night as I said I was proud of him for making it through & this morning when I gave him a kiss as he walked out the door & gave him a high-five for being such an amazing husband--he didn't take all the credit, he followed up my compliments with a "I'm proud of you too" & "Thanks for being such a good, wifey!" Hubby is very good at his job & I know he's willing to work so hard because he is providing for us as a family & also he just has an amazing work ethic. This is so refreshing to see each day & I have so much respect for him as a man, a husband, a son, & sometime in the future I know he'll be an amazing father to our children.
If I've learned anything in our almost 2 years of marriage it's that no matter what circumstances life may throw at us that the most important thing to know is that I have a partner that God brought into my life for a reason. Sure, we may be opposites in some small ways or maybe even in some big ways--but God brought us together fully knowing that we would compliment each other perfectly & that if we will embrace the idea of being a team with God, He will bring us through anything.
Please don't get me wrong & think all I'm doing is complaining about Hubby working, Hubby loves his job & at this point in the world he is so thankful to have a job that is very stable--it's just so nice to go back to a normal working schedule where we actually get to see each other for more than 3 hours a night.
Monday, April 13, 2009
While it was nasty yesterday, it was beautiful on Saturday & Hubby & I were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. We headed to a local Par 3, 9 hole golf course on Saturday afternoon so I could practice up on my skills. I was pretty terrible the entire round until my last shot of the day--it was certainly my 1 moment of brilliance. Then we grabbed a quick dinner out & headed home to get the firepit up and going. I just love this time of year, warm enough in the daytime to enjoy being outside & just slightly cool at night to enjoy a nice fire outside. We enjoyed smores & good conversation with our neighbors & had a great evening.
Easter Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year, the church service always manages to speak straight to my heart & then we get to spend time with great family & fantastic food! We always have our Easter gathering at my parents' house so we headed down quickly after church to help them out. Normal Easter tradition includes gathering at my Grandparents' house (my dad's parents) & taking family pictures with us all dressed up in our Sunday best--well, as the grandkids have gotten older & have their own families & their own church homes this has become a little difficult. Plus, this year the rain would have caused problems anyway. We had plans of taking pictures at my parents' house but it never got worked in. Hubby & I did manage to pull off one picture together & I'll try and remember to post it once I get it loaded on my computer.
Rain always seems to put a damper on things, no Easter egg hunt, no family tradition egg toss, no family pictures...oh well, at least we can still certainly celebrate the resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! What a mighty God we serve!
One of the ladies at church sang this song at church yesterday--it really made me remember why God had to do what he did.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
In addition to the computer issues, they took my grandma to the hospital by ambulance because her pulse rate dropped to 38....Not Good. Her blood pressure has been on a roller coaster (mainly staying really high) in the past few weeks & they are running a bunch of tests to hopefully figure out what's causing this. I posted about my grandma a few months ago & she seriously is such an amazing woman of God, but I know how much this scares her when she doesn't quite know what's wrong. I'm just praying that they'll figure out what's wrong with her very soon & release her from the hospital in time for her to enjoy Easter Sunday...
With some good news, we got our Easter package from my mother-in-law early this week & it was full of Easter goodies...Reese's peanut butter eggs, an Easter dish towel, Easter Candy Corn, Easter dinner napkins, & a silly little Easter game. Those packages always make me smile--especially this one which was covered in bright colored paper & had paper eggs & Easter grass at the bottom. I wanted to take a picture but she had written the address quite large so you'll just have to use your imagination. Also, we are closing tomorrow at noon!!! YIPPEE!!!
I also thought I would share one of my favorite worship songs right now, it is appropriate for everything that's been going on recently & it just reminds me of how God is always there & will never ever go anywhere--even when I try my best to push him away. With all the craziness of the week, I haven't done a very good job of remembering what this week is all about---but God sacrificed so much & is still so willing to give us all we ask for. His love is so abundant & his grace will just pour out on us--I just have to remember to run to him & seek refuge in His arms.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
My dad had another business meeting in Kansas City yesterday & today so Hubby & I are dogsitting the lovely Josie again. She is so hilarious & has such a fun personality. The whole potty training thing is going better & Bogey has not yet relieved himself on her so I figure that's definitely progress. She'll go home tonight & I'm sure Bogey will be slightly delighted that he has all of his space back.
Work has been a little crazy yesterday & today---my computer contracted some sort of virus so it is in the shop & this just completely throws my game off. Yesterday one of the ladies I work with was out sick so I used her computer & then today our part-time lady is off so I'm using her computer. I hate not being at my own desk--it makes me feel very very very unproductive. Hopefully we'll have the computer back by tomorrow!
Oh & remember those lovely tulips I posted pictures of on Friday...well they are now in a lovely glass vase on my counter. With temperatures in the low 20s last night they would have never survived so I cut them on Sunday afternoon & put them in our kitchen. They are just beautiful & hopefully they'll last for awhile. I guess we'll just have to wait for more spring color in our flower beds--at least it's supposed to warm up in the next few days!