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I’m not even going to say it…

I’m not. (I so suck at keeping up with my blog) Moving on..

Only 5 (and not even really 5 whole days) work days left until summer break. Let me just tell you the past month or so, since spring break really, has been a whirlwind. So I can hardly wait.

Only five days until….
sleeping in…
keeping up with laundry, cleaning, and cooking…(I’ve been a serious slacker)
crafting…I’m making a “t-shirt hook-a-rug” and hopefully a coffee table and perhaps a dining table out of pallets! I’m so excited.
laying by the pool…
antiquing…
maybe just maybe with no promises some organizing…
planting a small tomato garden on our back deck (my garden has to start someplace!)…

Oh summer…I can hardly wait.

11 things.

I’ve been a bad blogger the last few weeks…but I’ve had good reason(s). I’ll post about some…such as moving and leaving Ken and I’s first home together, a recipe, and, our 2nd anniversary. I need to figure out how to post a blog with pictures first…I just can’t figure it out on here. I love technology, but I’m really not the best at it. I can handle my iphone, that’s about it.

Anyways…I saw this post about and then and was so hoping I could get tagged so I could post it too…thank goodness I was tagged.;)

1. I am the most indecisive person you will ever meet. I’m being serious. If I’m going to a new restaurant I have to study the menu online days before I go, so that I can still make the waiter/waitress stand there and wait for me to decide.
2. I don’t have a very good sense of smell.
3. I love sweets. Every meal needs dessert, including dessert. But yesterday I made myself have a sugar fast, cause I had been eating too much of it. I’m craving it less today. I guess it worked.
4. I love to travel, but I love coming home just as much, if not more.
5. People think I’m organized (and I am at work), but I can’t organize to save my life.
6. I don’t know how to drive stick or parallel park.
7. My husband is my best friend.
8. Reading blogs is the most reading I do outside of work.
9. I love my iphone.
10. I really want some palazzo pants.
11. I want 5+ kids.

1. What is your favorite color and why?
Mostly, lime-ish green. It makes me happy, but I love anything brightly colored.
2. What is one moment that changed your life forever? When my mom told me my husband was getting a divorce (with his first wife). I knew at that moment Ken and I would be together, the way I think the Lord meant it to be all along.
3. What’s your most embarrassing moment? Things that should embarrass me don’t, and vise versa. The only one that comes to mind is a season when every time I went to Walmart I fell. I don’t know how or why, but I didn’t go into Walmart for like 4 years after that. ha!
4. If there is something that you dislike doing and could have someone else do for you for the rest of your life what would it be? Cleaning the shower. I hate it.
5. Do you have a random talent? I can sound like Kevin (you know the bird on Up…I’m really not talented…)
6. What is your favorite meal and why? Grandma and Pa’s spaghetti dinner. I love everything about it.
7. Where were you born? Here. I’ve never lived anywhere else. I love it here and would be lost without my mountains.
8. Have you ever won any contests that you’ve entered? No! Boo. I enter them all the time too.
9. What’s your favorite book and why? Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. If you haven’t read it and don’t know why ask me to borrow it and you’ll find out why. It’s amazing.
10. When you were little did you ever pick out baby names that you liked and say that you were going to name your kids that? If so do you still like any of them (or remember any of them)? I know I had names picked. I don’t remember any of them now and they are probably not even names we would consider. We already have names picked out. 🙂
11. Did you end up growing up to be what you wanted to be when you were little? Not yet. All I have ever wanted to is be a mommy.

Now here is where it’s your turn. List 11 random facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions I have given you below and then write your own 11 questions and tag some of your friends.
Ready.
Set.
Go.

1. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
2. What is the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make?
3. What is your favorite song to dance too?
4. Do you dance when no one is watching?
5. Do you sing in the car?
6. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?
7. What movie never gets old?
8. Would you ever go on a reality tv show (amazing race, survivor, house hunters…)?
9. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
10. Where do you shop for jeans?
11. Do you like social media?

long weekend.

I’m so excited to have a four day weekend. It came just in time and with a list of things to do.

I was going to clean the house, attend a yoga class, take pictures of our first “little apartment” (more on that later), and begin packing today (we move in 3 weeks…oh holy cow I seriously just realized we move in 3 short weeks!!!).

So far today I have done none of that.
We are completely out of paper towels, so cleaning the house is out the window until I go to the store.
I did clean the kitchen, that’s progress.
I decided not to go to yoga, because Ken wants to go to the gym tonight (which I’m ok with. I’ve been listening to the Bible while working out and LOVING it, plus I’m catching up with the group online at church I mentioned before. So working out has double purpose. Love that!)
I showered before noon. That’s a major accomplishment for a day off.

Instead of packing I’m going to visit my sweet 92 year old great grandma, who is in her final days. I’m so blessed to have had her around my whole life. Life is precious, so is time. Packing can wait until other day, my sweet Gram may not.

On a lighter note, I joined Pinterest last night. I haven’t spent a ton of time on there yet, but I can tell I’m going to love it! I’ve already seen some projects I want to do for the new place.

I’m craving coconut! All I want to eat is coconut. I just had some dark chocolate with coconut. I was going to make coconut muffins for breakfast, but the eggs were bad. Boo! I’ll do that later. And I just found some yummy macaroon recipes to try. But I may just need to venture to Whole Foods and get something coconut in case I can’t wait to bake something…do any of you love coconut? Have recipes to share or products to try?

I guess I should go curl my hair so I can go out.
Enjoy the long weekend all!

hope.

It was a really rough week. Seems to be a theme lately. I was talking with one of my best friends Thursday night about the uncertain season we have both been in. It was agreed that even though EVERYTHING is uncertain it’s more certain that God is working and moving. His presence has been clear and makes life less scary even when it is so uncertain.

I was reminded via FB status yesterday to be hopeful, that hope is faith in action, and the enemy has come to kill our hope. Our job is to press into the Lord and rely on Him to give us the strength and peace to live out His calling on our lives.

On a side note to this week…my husband is amazing. He has had to “put up” with more emotional break downs recently than any one man should have to. But he has been so patient and so strong. I’m really blessed to have him. And I couldn’t have picked anyone better myself to journey through life with. God is good.

*It may sound like my life really sucks right now. It doesn’t. God really is good. We are really blessed. Blessed with wonderful family and friends. Blessed with jobs we both love, a roof over our heads, cars that run (even if one came with a flat tire this week), food to eat…

And hope. Hope that HE has good plans, even when plans don’t go the way we think they should or when we are in a season of uncertainty.*

So here’s to hope. *cheers*

This is a test.

A test of the blog linking to my facebook…

testing.

Seriously suck…

I seriously suck at blogging. I really truly wish I was good at it, but I’m not. But I’m gonna try…I know you’ve heard or shall I say “read” that one before and I’m only like 3 posts into this blog. Oh boy I have issues. 🙂

I kinda feel like I suck at a lot of things right now. I’ve lost a lot of motivation recently…mostly due to life’s circumstances, which temporally drained me of just about everything. But motivation has been the big one. Like…

I think I can count on ONE hand the times I have worked out since November.
I think I can count on probably both hands the amount of times I have cooked dinner since right before Christmas.
I’m trying really hard to keep up with a group online at church and read through the Bible this year and that is proving nearly impossible (although I’m in the Word and I know that’s what counts and is important).
My house is a disaster.
I think I could go on.

A dear friend of mine always reminds me to have grace with myself, to allow myself to go through seasons when I’m not on top of everything and to relax, sleep, heal, cry, enjoy time with those that I love and to let go of some of the standards I set up for myself. That’s been a good reminder.

I’m thankful it’s a new year. Last year kinda and mostly sucked. Although I have taken time to thank the Lord for the good, the bad, and unfair. That’s important too, to praise God when life sucks. He is so faithful. And His presence in our lives has been so evident the last month or so. That’s so comforting.

Ken and I started the year saying “new year, new beginnings”. I don’t know what the means just yet. And I have no idea what the Lord is going to do. Which is exciting…and scary.

So here’s to a new year…a little late. Perhaps…with no promises, that maybe I’ll be a better blogger.

applesauce

It finally feels like fall! Which I love…the colder the better. 😀

Here is the applesauce recipe I use and love! Enjoy!

Ingredients

4 Granny Smith and 4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 cup apple cider or juice
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash nutmeg

Directions

Add apples, apple cider, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks and a dash of nutmeg to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 15 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove cinnamon sticks and discard.

Mash with a potato masher (this applesauce is chunky. If you don’t like chunky applesauce in the food processor or blender to make it smooth), and stir in the 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and dash of nutmeg. Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm.