“I’m Still Here” Post No. 120942

I’ve had some writers block lately.  June was very busy, and then I spent a good bit of time working on house projects, none of which are completely finished, so I’m not quite ready to share.  And then I decided to add a couple more crazy irons to my fire and well, I just haven’t been blogging.  Forgive me, tiny audience.  I do have photos for some posts in the works, I just need to sit down and write them.  However, today I just have this quick update and I’d love to know how you all are spending your summer!!

House Progress and the Reality of Moving

So we have been working our little booties off on our house for the last two weeks.  My knees and [weirdly enough] my ankles are crazy sore from all the hours spent painting, doing trim work, and moving we’ve done in the last ten days.  I don’t really know why my ankles are sore – that’s so strange to me.  Maybe because of all the up and down off the floor when I was working on the baseboards?  I don’t know.

Anyway, I do have a few pictures of some of the progress we made painting, so I will share! Continue reading

The Most Important Things in Life Aren’t Things

I’ve never really been afraid of tornadoes.  I lived in “tornado alley” for most of my childhood and can remember more than once watching a tornado out the bathroom window when I was a little girl.  I guess weather has never really been frightening to me – I’m not sure why.  Maybe it is the rush of really feeling the power of God?  If you have ever experienced a Texas thunderstorm you know what I mean.

But this morning I realized that maybe part of the reason inclement weather never frightened me is because I am not yet a parent.  I cannot imagine how those people must feel today.  I know I was glad I was able to wake up next to my husband and feed my dog this morning.

I saw a picture someone posted on Facebook today that depicted a decorative sign showing through a pile of rubble.  It said, “The most important things in life aren’t things.”  How true!  I am so thankful for the non-things God has blessed me with, and I’m sure you are too. 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Romans 8:38-39

Yes, There Are Americans Under 40 Who Aren’t Democrats, Part 1

I know some people aren’t going to like this post.  But before we get going I should say right away that what really makes the United States great is that we can all have our own opinions and are free to express them as we wish.  If you don’t appreciate how meaningful that is, I ask you to take a moment to think about all the people in history and the present who did not and do not have such a luxury.  Many have given their lives for it.  So with that being said, if you don’t want to stick around to hear my opinion or discuss politics, I understand.  Next week you can come back and we will talk about paint colors (although those can sometimes be just as polarizing as politics, can’t they?). Continue reading

Thoughts on Being a Coffee Snob

Husband and I recently realized that we are coffee snobs.  It was actually kind of funny, because we realized it separately but on the same day.  In an attempt to trim our grocery budget to the last available penny while in what we called “crazy house saving mode” I purchased a can of store-brand coffee instead of the usual Folgers dark roast.  (Oh and p.s., I know that real coffee snobs would never drink Folgers)  Continue reading

The Before: More Pictures of Our New Place

Many people have expressed interest in seeing more pictures of our new house, so I’ll oblige.  We are closing the deal on Wednesday if all goes well!  I’m so excited to get going on all the projects we want to do.  As you’ll see from the pictures, there is a good bit of work that needs to be done.  If anyone finds themselves bored on a Saturday and feels handy, come on over and I will hand you a paintbrush. Continue reading

Movin’ On Up

 

Hello friends,  it’s terrible that I haven’t posted in over a month!  Work has been quite busy, and as it turns out purchasing a house is quite a process that also demands lots of time and energy.  There were some updates I wanted to let you all know about, but I was kinda afraid I would jinx it or something if I put it on the blog.  Do you ever feel that way?  Like when you have great news but it isn’t for sure yet and you have to keep it under wraps?  It is really difficult for me.  I think that’s why I haven’t been able to even think about posting anything else here.  But I think I can safely spill the beans now…. Continue reading

Our Other New Year’s Resolution

Good morning!

So if you read my last post you know that I, like everyone else in America, has a weight-loss-related New Year’s resolution.  It is going pretty well so far, but slow going ha!  I’ve lost three pounds.  Which always reminds me of Regina George from Mean Girls.reginageorgeAnyway, we have another really exciting resolution – Husband and I decided that we are going to buy a house this year!  Yay!!  We didn’t really want to move into an apartment after we got married, but since we had relocated from Dallas and got new jobs we weren’t able to qualify for a mortgage just yet. :(  But we knew it was something that we wanted in the near future, so it’s always been in the back of our minds. Continue reading

No, I Actually Didn’t Fall Off of the Earth

Hello, loves!  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday.  Maybe you noticed I took a holiday from blogging?  This was unintentional.  Do you ever find that the longer your break is, the more stuff you find to fill it with?  I was somewhat busy for the holidays, but I did get a good bit of r&r in too.  I just took a little unplanned hiatus from technology.  Well, except from my new Kindle Fire that Santa brought me.  And from the wii.  And the reason I was glued to the wii over Christmas break??Image

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Black Friday and Seeing Red [and Green]

I did Black Friday this year.

Well, sorta.  I went to one store.  And I was only out and about for one hour.  But I think that is really some sort of Black Friday miracle feat.  My American Christmas consumerism guardian angel was watching over me and my wallet.

Here’s how it went down: I knew I wanted to get Husband a nice watch for Christmas.  He’s been hinting about it for a long time.  That man has a mild obsession with dress watches.  When we went to pick out our wedding bands he was practically drooling over the watch case.  Anyway, I wanted something really nice for him, and we decided our Christmas budget for each other this year was $200, so I really had something to work with.  Enter Black Friday.  Kohl’s had Men’s Bulova watches on a ridiculous sale; some were 75% off!  I inwardly rejoiced.

So off I went at midnight.  I thought to myself, This is a relatively small city we live in, and our Kohl’s is off the beaten path – there won’t be hundreds of people in line!  I’ll just show up about 30 minutes before the store opens and I’ll be good to go. Continue reading