Monday, February 25, 2008

Weekend Wrapup

Happy 2 year Anniversary to Meredith & Brian! Y'all are officially the GOOFIEST people I know! But I love you both!

I wish I could say I was super productive this weekend, but unfortunately I wasn’t. At least not for the most part. Chase had to work Friday night, so I went and ate with some friends and went to Meredith’s to watch a movie afterwards. Chase came over when he got off of work, and we babysat Buttons for the night. On Saturday, I had TONS of things that I wanted to get done: clean the kitchen, clean out the guest bedroom, get groceries, do some laundry, clean the bathroom, fold the towels, get all of my Christmas boxes into the garage instead of sitting in our front room.

Unfortunately, all I did was clean the kitchen and grocery shop.

I tried to get other stuff done, I really did. I just couldn’t get motivated to move on from the kitchen. BUT, my kitchen is spotless now. It’s also super organized thanks to sweet Chase’s help on Sunday afternoon. (Although I think his help was just built up frustration on how UN-organized I am. Either way, he helped so that’s fine with me!)

Sunday I woke up feeling awful, so I didn’t go to church. I pretty much just lounged all day except for the 2 hours or so where I got a sudden burst of energy and organized the kitchen. I figured I’d stay home Sunday night to just in case I was getting that bug that’s going around.

Today my mom and I met Ali and my dad at one of my FAVORITE little restaurants, Cucos. It a little Cuban sandwich shop over by my parents’ house. And tonight I’m going (dateless) to our Sunday Schools Valentine banquet. Dana and I are going together since our hubby’s decided to abandon us. (I shouldn’t complain, mine will be like 30 minutes away, while hers is in Panama)

***PRAYER REQUEST:
I just found out that our receptionist Renee lost her 25 year old son, Josh, in an auto accident today. He left behind a wife and a 5 year old son, so PLEASE keep them all in your prayers. Renee is a wonderful Christian lady, and I hate that she has to go through something so traumatic and devastating, but I’m glad that she knows she has a God in Heaven that can get her through it. Please keep my boss in your prayers too. She is a close friend of Renee’s family and she is having a hard time with this, along with trying to figure out how we’re going to handle everything in Renee’s absence.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lesson Learned

Last night was Sarah’s night to teach the 1st & 2nd graders, but since she was sick, and I didn’t have time to get a lesson ready, I decided to let the kiddos watch a movie. I went to church early so I could get the TV set up and find a good kids DVD in the church library. We’ve been learning about mercy this month, and so I thought the video on the Prodigal Son would be perfect. So we get into class and I get the movie all set up and ready to go. Well, if you don’t know the story, a son asks his father for his inheritance early because he wants to go to the city and become rich, but instead he ends up spending it all wastefully and comes back home poor as dirt begging his father for work. Instead of making him work, his father welcomes him back with open arms and doesn’t punish him or get mad at him for losing all the money. Perfect mercy example.

If you worked for a company who made cartoon children’s Bible story videos, would you put seductive belly dancers and voluptuous fortune tellers in them? Would you really think that was appropriate?

I wouldn’t.


I was just waiting to for the video to be done and for all the girls to get up and start shaking it like Shakira.

Thank goodness we had snack to distract them!! Next time, I guess I’ll preview the video before I play it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Reality Check

Last night I went to visitation at our church, and then right after that was the Ladies Bible Study. I have to admit, I’m really bad about going to these. Visitation is every Tuesday night, but I usually end up working late on Tuesdays so I miss it. The Bible Study is every other Tuesday, and I tend to lose track of what weeks it is on, so I forget to go. Well, apparently God wanted me there last night. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt God slap me in the face like He did yesterday.

Lately, I’ve been in a funk. Just a bunch of negative thoughts filling my head constantly. Things about money (or lack of), the house, my car, things I wish I had, things I wish I didn’t have to do…the list could go on. Well, all it took was that slap in the face for me to realize that I need to stop being a big baby. Seriously, I’m in a room full of women. Women who have lost their husbands, women whose husbands have left them, women who have a child in prison with a drug addiction, women with multiple health issues. I learned about a women who had to take her 4 kids and leave her husband because he beat her, and another women who is in a coma and may not survive leaving behind a 6 year old child...and here I am feeling sorry for myself because I don’t have a nicer house, or a newer car, or more clothes.

I need to get over it. Thank God I have a house to sleep in at night, a car that gets me wherever I need to go, and enough clothes that I don’t have to wear the same thing twice in a week. I have a husband that loves me and never ceases to show it. I am in good health and so is Chase.

The study we did last night had nothing to do with what I got out of it. I really couldn’t concentrate on the lesson because my mind was racing with thoughts like “How could I have been so selfish?” or “Why can’t I just be grateful for what I have?”

I’m just glad I have such a gracious Savior. One who will forgive me for being so selfish and help me to move forward with a better and clearer outlook.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Florida?

Why can't the weekends be longer? It seems like they just keep getting shorter while the work week drags on forever! Just 4 more weeks and I will be in beautiful Florida! Chase told me abouth a week ago that he actually isn't 100% sure he can get off of work so that's been on our prayer list each and every night. I've been looking forward to this vacation for months. It was going to be my parents, Ross, Ali, Meredith and Brian, and Chase and me. Well, then Mere and Brian found out that they have to be at a Discipleship conference in Arkansas that week, so they're out. Then Chase drops this bombshell on me...not that I don't love my family and really wouldn't mind going with just my parents and brother and sister, but I would totally feel guilty going without Chase. I mean, the one plus would be that if Chase weren't there my parents would tend to pay for everything...I think it's a comfort thing with my dad. If Chase isn't there, he won't let me pay for myself. And this Daddy's Girl is NOT complaining! But I'd rather pay for everything if that meant Chase got to go, so looks like we have a lot of praying to do!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Well, Valentines Day was awesome! Chase cooked me dinner for the first time EVER! (No, honey, the one time that you heated up frozen chicken did NOT count as cooking.) He made yummy Chicken Fettucine Alfredo and it was Yum-O! He also got me a Rachel Ray mag to read while he was cooking, so that was even more awesome! I want to post some pics soon but I lost the cord that attaches my camera to my computer. So until I can buy another one, it will just have to wait.

Ok, so I’m officially tired of cold weather. I liked it for the first couple weeks when I was able to pull out all my cute sweaters that I had been saving to wear….oh wait. I own like 2 sweaters! Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to stock up on sweaters once they go on sale. And every year when I go to the mall in January or February with the intention of buying some cute sweaters for next winter, the sneaky people at all the stores have started putting all the cute Spring clothes out. And even worse, stupid Kohl’s just had to have a massive shoe sale, making it very hard on me to buy stinkin’ sweaters that I wouldn’t be able to wear form another 8 months, when I could spend the same amount of money on clothes that I could wear NOW! Come on, it was like 70 degrees outside. Who wants to buy a big bulky sweater when you could buy a cute skirt, tank and 2 cardigans on sale at Old Navy?

Oh, I know who. Someone who watches the weather!!! Because they would have known that the weather was going to be back in the 30-40s and their cute skirt and cardigan would NOT keep them warm. Ugh.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hi!

Well, I've been meaning to start up a blog for a while now, but it took me forever to decided on a name. Well, I finally decided on one (am I creative or what?!) so I'm going to try to keep up with this. I'm basically using this as a journal of sorts. So, here goes!


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Happy Valentines Day! I have been in a GREAT mood all day, which probably doesn’t happen very often, at least not on days that I have to go to work. Don’t take me wrong, I actually do enjoy working with most of the people at my office, and I usually like doing what I do. I just have too much to do sometimes. I do not handle stress well at all - I think it runs in my family. My mom has nightmares about work, and I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about something I may have forgotten to do at work. It’s so annoying. BUT, I’m not as bad as Meredith. She is practically on the verge of a panic attack anytime she’s stressed, poor thing! Anyways, moving on….

You know that saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?” Well, apparently I’m a MAN! My sweet hubby got up extra early this morning so he could surprise me with my favorite breakfast (although I kind of figured it out when I heard his truck pull back into the driveway. Hint: If you’re going to surprise me, don’t use your truck. It’s loud. Even louder than the trains and you KNOW how loud those are at our house.) Anyways, he brought me my chocolate sprinkled donut (little sprinkles, not big ones), a sausage roll, and chocolate milk from my FAVORITE donut shop! Seriously though, that could be my only VDay present and I would be happy! We decided to go out on Saturday, since I don’t feel like waiting an hour to be seated anywhere. Chase is supposed to be planning what we’re eating tonight, so I’m excited (and a little nervous) but I’m sure whatever he does will be super sweet. He’s an amazing hubby and I just love him like crazy!