Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Christmas project

One of my friends introduced me to pinterest.com and I've been a little addicted since! There are so so many cute ideas there. I found this idea, which is a slipcover for a card table:

I talked to my sister-in-law who is really talented, and she will hopefully make the basic shape for me. I found this etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/missprettypretty  her stuff is perfect! I was thinking for our house, the front would be a house, one side a pet store, another a bakery, and the fourth a garden. Here are a few houses from Miss Pretty Pretty that inspired me:

For the pet store wall I am going to try to do this:
Isn't it gorgeous?? I found it here. I'd be happy if mine comes out a tenth as cute! I plan on making all my creatures and items with velcro backing so they can be moved around.  I want to have it done for Christmas, so I have some time. Here are a few I've started:

Monday, August 29, 2011

What I want to be when the kids grow up.

The other day Sam told me he didn't know school was going to be so hard, and I told him he had to go to school and learn lots of things if he wants to be a soldier when he grows up. Well, we thought about that for a while and then said, "I want to be a golfer when I grow up."

Haha! Anyways, it seems like the your whole childhood you are always asked "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I only went to college for a year before I dropped out and got married, but honestly, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I thought I really wanted to be a nurse, and then I realized I don't have the stress tolerance for that, although maybe now that I have a little more self-confidence it wouldn't be so bad. I haven't had to think about it for a while though, because I've always known that I want to stay home with the kids, but now that Sam has started school, I've been thinking about it again. Really I have at least five years, but if I end up going back to school I'd be lucky to finish that quickly.

I've thought of something in health care. Medical science has always fascinated me...I was a CNA for a while and loved working with people. So, that's a possibility (not being a cna again, but something else that takes more training than that, but less than nursing), my only problem is I want to be at home with the kids during the summer, so I don't know how that would work. Maybe if I did part-time?

My other idea, and the one I'm leaning more toward, is being a "professional volunteer" or whatever you want to call it. As long as we don't need the money, I don't need to be earning any. I think the thing I would like the most would be foster care, but I don't know if Joel will ever feel ready for that...it's an enormous commitment and task. I'd also love to work with the church or an organization that helps women/children/families in crisis situations or perhaps the elderly. I don't know! There are so many people out there in tough situations or who are suffering, and I feel like if I can do anything at all (through God of course!) to make their lives a little better, then that would be a life well spent for me.

 Starting on the 7th, I'll be helping out every Wednesday morning with a program our church does. Basically, they bring in women from government housing and the worst parts of the city, and teach them about the love of God, and also help them develop skills, like reading, typing, & homemaking, and have activities like crafts. I am so excited to be a part of this, and I think this will really help me see if this is a direction I'd like to go with.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Well, my in-laws left yesterday, so we're only two extra in our house now! It's funny, because now having Michael and Bethany here doesn't seem like anything (she leaves Tuesday). It was great having family here. I am blessed to have a mother-in-law, Jenny, that I really really love, and my father-in-law, Joel is great (and no, they don't read my blog, haha). It was really too bad though, because yesterday morning as they were getting ready to leave, my father-in-law got some really bad news. The mission organization they were with dissolved. I didn't know this, but any money churches give them goes to the mission board, and then the mission board gives the money to their missionaries. Really, it's a way for churches to feel safe that the money they're sending is actually being used for missions. Anyways, they have been traveling the States all summer and raised a bit of money, plus they had other money they had saved and they just lost it all. Every penny. They do have a bank account in France that is safe, and while I didn't ask for their financial information,  it probably wasn't as much as their US account. The amazing thing is that even though they found out they were unemployed and lost all their money in one morning, they weren't in dispair. They were shocked and sad of course, but they have fully trusted God in all of this.

What an amazing example.

The other day when the government was talking about defaulting Joel (my Joel) mentioned casually that we could lose all our retirement and bonds we've saved up. I was really frustrated because here we are trying to do the responsible thing and have been storing away 10% of his paycheck each month for the last four years and it could all be for nothing. While I was ranting, Joel told me, "It's just money. If we lose it all, God is still here taking care of us."

Like father, like son.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Drug dealers and weddings.

Yup, drug dealers and weddings. Two things that kind of ring up emotions on both ends of the happiness spectrum and two things Joel and I got to experience in the last week...
So last Wednesday (technically it all went down Thursday) I stayed up really late getting the house straightened up and packing stuff for our trip to SC and finally went to bed at midnight. I had trouble falling asleep, and around 12:45 I heard gunshots. At least I thought they were gunshots, but I am no expert, and I thought they sounded far away, so I didn't worry about it at all. I just prayed that nobody got hurt. Then maybe five minutes later Hailey (our German Shepherd) started barking like crazy. She never barks at night, so I totally freaked out. I started yelling at Joel to get up and make sure things were okay (he didn't hear the first gunshots) and when he got to the hallway there were more gunshots, this time a lot closer. By the time I got the courage to look out the window there were ten cop cars parked in front of our house. :P At least they got here quick. I didn't find out until the next morning when our little street made the news what had actually happened. Apparently our neighbor (two doors down!) was a drug dealer and someone broke into his house and shot him in an armed robbery. The police found a bunch of drugs and after the guy gets out of the hospital he's getting shipped off to prison. It was a crazy night!  The worst thing to me about this whole event is the fact that I've met some of the kids that live in the robbed house and they are really sweet, nice girls...there was also a baby in the house when this went down. It's heartbreaking to think of the kind of family they've live in.
Call me crazy, but I still feel as safe and secure in my neighborhood as I did before this mess. Mostly because bad stuff happens no matter where you live...my parents live in one of the safest neighborhoods in their town, but there was a murder/suicide two doors down from them. We once lived in a small farming community and a lady in our church had her daughter murdered right in front of her. Think of Littleton Highschool-that school is in one of the richest parts of Denver.

Ahh well, this turned out to be a really long post, so just drug dealers today I guess!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

dress up

ok, this is quick. We have a wedding this Saturday, and I've been wondering what to dress the kids in (this is only my second wedding I have ever been too and the 1st bringing kids). Anyways,  I remembered that I had an after Christmas sale dress for  Annaleigh tucked away in the closet ($3!). Does her dress look to Christmasy? Is it too much? I kinda figured she's two so she can be as poofy as she'll allow. It also has a little red sweater, but I doubt we'll need it.
  I got the little suit for Sam today for only $14 (haha, plus the fedora from Target) and now I'm kinda shocked at how much we're going to coordinate. :P I also just found out that the wedding colors are black and white with a little red so maybe Joel will match too (he's a groomsman).

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I really love life in the military. I love changing homes and states for something new (Georgia is our fifth state in six years!). I think as the kids get older and more settled into school the love for travelling will fade a little, but for now it's fine.
The only part about it that is hard is being away from family so much. My parents (my dad and step-mom are in CO and my mom is in NM) are 25 hours away. I think under normal situations it would still be hard, but when Sam was only a few months old my dad was in a semi-truck accident and received a traumatic brain injury. I feel kind of like scum talking about how it has affected me, when out of my family I was affected the least (I was living in Indiana at the time, but my little brother and sister were just starting high school). But it has affected me. How could it not?? Besides my husband and children these are the people nearest and dearest to my heart. It hurts so bad to not be able to be there for them during hard times. I thank God for giving me such an understanding and patient husband, because I have needed it a lot these past four and a half years.
One of the things I've had to reconcile myself with over time is that prayer IS doing something. I never realized how small my faith in prayer was until one day, I was crying and crying because I wanted to be there with them and there was nothing I was able to physically do for them from 1200 miles away, and Joel told me to pray for them and I was annoyed because I did not want to pray I wanted to DO. And I just realized that aside from things like phone calls&letters, I was going to have to have faith in my prayers, because there's not much I can do, but at least I can do that. It's not always easy..most of the time things seem to get worse rather than better, but I do trust God's purpose in all this. This is where I am in life, and though it really stinks at times, I just have to have faith that God is working things out...that He is fixing things that I cannot. Haha, needless to say it's been one of those weeks!

Most of you have probably heard this song before, but it is my very favorite. I don't know how to do the fancy thing and have the youtube page show up here, but it's Blessed Be Your Name by Tree63.  (It's actually where I got my url name from (the 121 part, is Job 1:21)!)


Friday, August 12, 2011


Well, it's been a few days now that our house is packed full, but things are going well! To give you an idea of what it's like here- we have a three bedroom house, and fitting ten people isn't the easiest, especially when you throw in a mix of unmarried folks and little children who have early bedtimes. My in-laws are staying in Joel and my room, my sister in-law and future sister in law are in Annaleigh's room. The two brothers are in the living room, and Joel, Sam, Annaleigh, and myself are scrunched up in Sam's room. The best part? Joel and I have been sharing a twin bed. It's...snug. But honestly, I'm loving it all (well, everything besides the achy back).

Totally random, but last night I had a dream about Jonathon Taylor Thomas. I don't at all remember what the dream was about, I just remember waking up, and kinda laughing at my flashback because I had the BIGGEST crush on him back in the good 'ol Home Improvement days. Hahaha, how old was I??? Okay, I googled it, and it looks like the show ran from when I was 7-15, but I know he wasn't in the show the last few years (why'd he have to go to college!?)

I'm really trying to remember, but I think he's the only childhood celebrity crush I had. Haha, oh no! When I was 14 Armageddon came out and I fell in love with both Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler (in an I-want-to-grow-up-and-be-her kinda way). That last scene where Bruce Willis dies still makes me cry! Hahaha...it's so funny, I found my 7th grade yearbook recently and looking through at all the boys I was soooo in love with cracks me up. Oh man, it's going to be crazy when it's  my kids going through that. :P

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Ring

Well, my tears have dried. ;) Saturday Joel took me out and we went ring shopping. He told me it was his plan all along to buy me a new ring for our 10th anniversary, but I just sped things up. He's so good to me. Haha, he was planning on going out for the ring by himself, because he thought I would be a pain about the price (I thought he wanted to spend too much on me, but I promised not to look), but I'm glad he took me. I found a ring that I really loved, and it was half of what Joel thought he'd have to pay, so he was happy too.
Sam's first day of school was today! I thought I'd be a mess, but honestly I had so much to do to get ready for my in-laws arrival tomorrow, that I was glad he had something fun to do. He goes from 8:15-3:15.I sent Annaleigh out with Michael and Bethany to McDonald's on the other side of town, and almost got everything finished. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to feed everyone...I'm sure I will make either way too much or not enough. If you have any ideas on what to feed large groups (there will be ten total), please let me know!! I've got a few ideas, but I'm still missing several dinners. Here's what I have for the main courses:
-Roasted Chicken
-Shrimp Linguini


Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Yesterday, I went grocery shopping at the comissarry and I was a mess. I almost started crying like twenty times because I had to buy stuff for Sam to take to school in his lunch box next week. I'm freaking out a tiny bit that he'll be gone all day. It's funny because I didn't think I'd be this way! I have to go to the school and register him today and Friday there is an open house, so hopefully both of those go well.
Anyways after all my groceries were packed away I noticed my hand hurt , and when I looked down the little diamond in my engagement ring was gone. As far as rings go, it was a modest one, but I loved that thing. A lot.  The weird thing is I don't remember actually hitting my hand, but I hit it hard enough to bend the prongs holding the diamond. So I don't know where I lost it, but I hoped it was around the car, so there I was on my hands and knees searching for it, and when I realized I was never going to find it I started bawling. In the parking lot, crying my eyes out...I must have looked the damsel in distress because I had five guys come over to check on me. Haha, this part is pretty funny, (my wedding band is a very thin gold ring, so not that noticeable) one of the men told me my insurance would replace it, and I told him that no, I've had my engagement ring for over 7 years and it wasn't covered anymore, and he was just like, "tell your boyfriend to take this as a sign from God that he's waited too long to actually marry you."
boo. :(
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