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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What a difference a day makes.

I mean really, yesterday I felt horrible, I went to work (because I'm stubborn like that) and went home 2 hours into my shift. Then I took a 3 1/2 hour, that is very unusual for me. After a doctors appt (sinus infection) and a z-pack as well as some Musinex D I feel much better today.

How often in life do we need to just sit back and re-evaluate the situation later. Maybe 5 min/1 hour/1 day later things will look totally different. Or maybe they will look exactly the same but you will have had time to think and process and in my case calm down and realize that the world is not going to end.

Stop, pray, take a breath and re-evaluate it can make all the difference in the world.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Thoughts on Thursdays"

"We are different and that's OK"
There are advantages and disadvantages to getting married at any age. When my Hubby and I got married we were both older we had been on our own for a while and we had our own ways of doing things. I'm a planner and depending on my stress/exhaustion level I don't deal with change well (although some days I do just fine.) Hubby is more spur of the moment or nah I don't feel like it type of guy (if something is planned already.) To be honest this drives me nuts, however I'm very aware that 'my way' is not necessarily the right way. I need to learn that not every moment needs to be planned and that if things don't happen I most likely won't die. This is something I can learn from my hubby.
There are many other differences between the hubby and I, I'm trying to view them as learning opportunity's for both of us. I'm sure we will discover many more differences along the way, but that is OK. I love him, and I'll learn from him, and maybe even he will learn from me ;)
Check out another "Thought on Thursday" at Abbey's Blog

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Green Bedroom Makeover

I added pictures!

Now this is not the change everything to a green product kind of make-over this is how can being green also help us be economical so here it is.

~We ripped of the wall paper with a steamer not chemicals (cheaper and faster in my opinion some people have luck with the sprays but not me.)

~Painted the walls with low VCO paint and left the paint color on the bottom that was already there (used less paint which is cheaper and better for the environment)

~Ripped up the old carpet and refinished some wood floors. (There are chemicals in the stain and poly but there would have been manufacturing footprints with buying bamboo floor and this was cheaper)

~Instead of buying a whole new ceiling fan (ours had wicker on the blades and yucky gold bubbly light covers) I just cleaned it up flipped the blades (the other side was solid wood veneer) and bought new globes. It only cost $28.00!

~We did buy a closet system (fail I know but the closets were TINY !!) They were not green...

~Instead of buying a new nightstand so we could have one on both sides of the bed I found a large freestanding jewelry box (which I've been looking for anyway) at a garage sale (reused and cheap!)

Woo Hoo!


My not so green hobby (With some green hints)

I love to scrapbook!

I like the memories, the creative outlet and everything else involved. I've recently even become a Creative Memories consultant to make this hobby a little more I'm about 2 years behind in my scrapbooking and need some major catch up time and that started on Saturday. Its amazing out therapeutic it can be.

My 'new' (through Ryan) cousins came over and we started her on her first ever album. She really enjoyed it and I got a few pages done myself. I can't wait to get my office all set up so I can really start working on it.

So I have found ways to make it a little more green (and save some green as well.) Here are a few hints to green up your scrapbooking:

1) Don't use a full 12x12 paper as a background of every page if you use a traditional type album.

2) When cutting a matt for a photo cut out the middle to use later (you wont see it behind the picture anyway.)

3) Photo tape is strong so limit how much you use.

4)Buy refills instead of whole new tape runners.

5) Review your photos before printing so that you only print what you need for the layout

That's all I can think of for now do any of you scrapbooker out there have any other ideas?

Friday, September 18, 2009

This is for you Taylor Swift.....

Well the links I had posted here dont' seem to work and the picture is small but it was fun for me the quote says

This website is pretty good and Im gonna let you see it but, BUT Beyonce has one of the best websites of all time!"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thoughts on Thursdays

"You can't always get what you want"

(Again this is one of my own thoughts)

Marriage is about compromise, not compromising your faith or yourself, but sometimes compromising what you 'want.' Sometimes what you want isn't good for the other person (just for a silly example a you want a dog but your honey is allergic.) Sometimes its not good for the couple (you want a new car but don't have that kind of money and can't take on another loan.) We need to work together as couples to find solutions to these kinds of situations.

Sometimes this also means giving something up. If lets say you play poker every Friday and its getting in the way of quality time with your spouse. The best plan maybe to cut down to every other week or once a month so that you still get to enjoy your friends but you also get to enjoy your spouse. Its about compromise, its hard, but its worth it to not always get your way.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The results are in...

...all four moles are begine! Woo Hoo all clear, the doctor was honestly surprised but that is ok with me.

I'm looking forward to a busy week with friends and a photography session ot 'trash the dress' it should be fun.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thoughts on Thursdays

"Be There"
This is my own topic my own words so it might not be magical but its what I'm feeling right now.
Since I've moved to MN it seems like its been one thing after the other some good others not so good.) There have been a lot of things going on in my life lately but this week has been a dozzy. Waiting for test results, Dutch, some family things, and so on. Most of these things have affected me harder than Ry but he has been amazing. He isn't doing anything out of the ordinary he is just there for me. Last night I was sorting through pics and saw Dutch as a puppy I started to tear up again he say me and just pulled me into his chest and held. That means so much.
I know that God is someone I can ALWAYS count on but is sure is nice to have someone "with skin on" to make it real sometimes. Just listening when I'm scared or sad and holding me the rest of the time .
Be there, just be there for them. Even if you don't understand why they need you.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A random topic post

I figure those of you going out of your way to read this blog are either
A) Genuinely interested in my life and what I've been learning or
B) Only interested in the 'weird' things I do.

With letter A in mind I've decided to post some things here that aren't quite public knowledge yet but I want to get off my chest. These items aren't on Facebook or Twitter just yet and I would like to keep it that way for the moment.

Its been a hard week for me, I hate waiting. Last week Friday I went to the dermatologist for my annual check up. For those of you who don't know I've had a few moles removed in the past (one pre-cancer, the other was pre-cancer that came back as Basal Cell Carcinoma.) I went in feeling pretty good (which is an awesome change I'm normally nervous) and left crushed. Not only are they watching 10-15 spots that they didn't like the removed 4 moles for biopsy. Those are the results I'm waiting for. I'm sure you can appreciate my apprehension of the word 'cancer' even if it is a highly and easily treatable form such as Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Second of all is Dutch (my awesome dog I got 3 days before Mark passed away) he has become increasingly more territorial and it became apparent yesterday that he could no longer live with us. After some debate Howard and Ricky Hoftyzer said that they would take him to the farm to try and give him a second chance. I'm very, very grateful to them for this, I wasn't prepared to put Dutch down 98% of the time he is still a great dog but that 2% is just too much of a chance in the city.

So as you can see this has been a hard week for me, I would covet your prayers for the remainder of the week and will post a follow up as soon as I can.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thoughts on Thursdays

I stole this I admit Its from a book that everyone in the world has recomended to me and I have yet to read. I was doing some reserch on it and found this on the web site. I liked it so I thought I would share.
Making Marriage Work: It doesn't have to feel like a chore

Your emotional love language and the language of your spouse may be as different as Chinese from English. No matter how hard you try to express love in “English”, if your spouse understands only “Chinese”, you will never understand how to love each other.
Marriage Myth: Married life is unhappy life.
Fact: Studies show that married people have better emotional and physical health, longer lives, greater sexual satisfaction, greater incomes, and more accumulated wealth.

The Five Love Languages
Being sincere is not enough. We must be willing to learn our spouse’s primary love language if we are to be effective communicators of love.
My conclusion after thirty years of marriage counseling is that there are basically five emotional love languages—five ways that people speak and understand emotional love. However, there may be numerous dialects. The important thing is to speak the love language of your spouse.
Communicating love isn’t as easy as feeling “in love,” because it’s quite a different thing. Falling in love is not an act of the will or a conscious choice. It’s effortless. One who is “in love” is not genuinely interested in fostering the personal growth of the other person. If the euphoric pleasure of being “in love” never ended, we might never experience true love and meaningful communication.
Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself. Most of us do many things each day that do not come “naturally” for us. For some of us, that is getting out of bed in the morning. We go against our feelings and get out of bed because we believe there is something worthwhile to do that day. And normally, before the day is over, we feel good about having gotten up. Our actions preceded our emotions.
The same is true with love. We discover the primary love language of our spouse, and we choose to speak it whether or not it is natural for us. You might not love the language itself, but speaking it will clearly communicate love to your spouse.
Love is a choice. And either partner can start the process today.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Why is it when I'm having a bad day I go to my friends instead of God? I just cut him out entirely. I know that God has blessed me with my friends, family and husband but that doesn't mean I can cut him out. I'm having a bummer day at work (a few things aren't panning out like I hoped they would.) and the first thing I did was e-mail the hubby and then I wanted to call a friend. I didn't really occur to me to pray until later. Sad. I'm so glad that I have friends that will pray for me and I hope no I pray, that I have this desire more and more.
I guess I'm going in the right direction at least I noticed this time around.