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New Year's Weight Loss Challenge

Thursday, February 26, 2009

31 days to CLEAN!

Look what I found and I am starting March 1st.

What an amazing thing! I am ready to get started, and I am sure my dear OCD hubby is ready for me to get some extra motivation too.

After having our house on the market for nearly a year last year (9 months to be exact), and having to keep it perfectly clean for all the fabulous no-shows, when we took the house off the market, and football season got into full gear, our house got really out of shape.

We have been slowly working our way back to a show-ready house for our own sanity, but it has been difficult trying to keep up with two full time jobs, a two year old, a daily-puking cat, and a dog who likes to get in the litter box for some "cat snacks." Time and our busy schedules have gotten the best of us, but we are getting back on track.

If you are going to join me, give me a comment, and then follow the link and let's devote March to clean!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Oscars

Seriously, I was in awe at the Oscars tonight! Have they finally listened to the people and cut out all the things no one on earth cares about?

They didn't introduce us to the super-attractive (wink, wink) accountants that had briefcases handcuffed to their wrists. They didn't have long drawn out performances of the originals scores for movies. They didn't have long speeches of people going on and on and on about things we don't care about....well, maybe one in particular but I won't name names.

I thought it a little tasteless that they kept showing Brad and Angie while Jennifer Aniston was on stage, but I guess I would have been missing it that if it were lacking, but seriously once would have been enough.

Good clean humor. Check.
Good clean presenters. Check (well, Ben Stiller didn't really count against them.)
Lack of druggie jokes (unlike the Golden Globes- except those idiots from Pineapple Express, but whatever). Check.
Short, sweet, to the point, and entertaining. Check, check and double check.

I was very moved by the Oscars. I have to admit, I don't think I have seen any of the movies but the Dark Knight. I was moved by Heath Ledger's family accepting his award. I was moved by the 5 previous winners giving the intros for Best and Supporting Actor/Actress. I thought it was just a very tasteful show that was entertaining, not boring, and showed a beautiful picture of what an awards show should portray (unlike the Golden Globes.)

I love the Oscars and I always have. I am glad to see they have shortened it, cleaned up their acts, and maybe, just maybe listened to the people.

Oh, and I didn't know that Michael Crichton, Paul Newman, or Charlton Heston died this year. I need to watch the news more!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

~*My husband rocks Friday*~

My husband is amazing. A few weeks ago, an opening came up at my office that would have been a promotion for me. Immediately he told me I had to apply, and not applying wasn't an option. I knew I could handle the job, so I applied.

He was more nervous about the job interview than I was. He was more on edge waiting after the interview than I was. When I got the promotion this past week, he was more excited and proud than I was! He is so supportive and loving and does so much to help me be the best mother, wife, and new boss I can be. That is why my husband rocks!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Oh, how crafty am I???

Anything that has a surface that is easily adhesive I think I am going to modge podge it. Seriously. I am looking around my desk trying to figure out which picture frames can be modge podged easily.

I am getting obesessed. I went to bed at 9:00 last night when I put Cori down, but not before I had time to modge podge a frame that I have had since the wedding, sitting on my desk at work all these years-- well, really only three, but it feels like longer. I thought to myself...that frame could be black and white to fit my "theme" in my cubical. I even walked with my family to Hobby Lobby (or Hobby Hobby as Cori calls it) for the sake of "exercise" but really I wanted scrapbook paper that I could glue on something.

I know that it is merely elmers glue in a wide mouth jar that the crafters sell for $7. I know it is ridiculous to try to figure out the adhesive-bility of every object that I see. I know that I am the least crafty person that I know, but everything in my body screams for me be crafty lately.

What happened to me? Did my one weekend at Affair of the Heart change me? Am I now a crafty, Martha Stewart-like mom??? I guess something had to happen because my husband sees these women who craft or scrapbook and asks me why I don't. Now I do!!

If you come over to my house, and my HD tv is modge podged, please hide the evidence before my husband comes home and we can just tell him we were robbed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

God's Accuracy

This is an amazing picture of the Awesomeness of our God.

Evolutionists want us to think that things just happened this way. Nothing as complex as the eye, just happened…..Not once, but twice.

How incredible to think about the way our Creator God planned everything so carefully and perfectly, everything with a plan. As His highest creation, 'we are fearfully and wonderfully made.'

God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.

For example;

The eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;

Those of the canary in 14 days;

Those of the barnyard hen in 21 days.

The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;

Those of the mallard in 35 days.

The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.

(Notice, they are all divisible by seven).

God's wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other Quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs.

For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.

A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.

How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation! God's wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.

Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.

Each orange has an even number of segments.

Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.

Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.

Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.

The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.

All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks

The Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundredfold - all even numbers..

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linneus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence.

Only the God-planned life is successful. Only the life given over to the care of the Lord is safe.

*Author unknown

Sunday, February 8, 2009

if I can make it, you can make it

Look what I made for my office. Well, I say office, but I really mean cubicle. I am changing my "theme" to black and white and red. on the inspiration of Affair of the Heart this weekend, I made my very own memory board.
I am very impressed with myself! My mother in law told me how to do it, but I did it all by my very own self. I thought I had a frame that I could frame this with, but it is the wrong size so it will be unframed for now, but I plan to get a beautiful silver frame. I need to take a detail picture of the buttons. They are really pretty.
Can you tell I am proud of myself? My husband is too. He always wanted me to be crafty. I guess I was and just never knew it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


We finally saw Fireproof. It took us nearly a week to find time to watch it, but we did and it is AMAZING. It is something that can be impacting on your marriage, no matter what state your marriage is in. We were very moved and impressed. We will be purchasing the movie, not only to own it and watch it when we need the spiritual kick-in-the-pants it offers, but also to support the movie makers. We need more movies like this in the main stream media. We need more stories of Biblical restoration. We need more talk of salvation and hope and peace.

I think that "during times like these"--where things are difficult--people are looking for something to turn to, and we need to be offering them Jesus. We need to be making sure our lives and our marriages reflect Godly values and principles. We need to make sure that we are showing and sharing Christ and not just living our lives trying to get by just like everyone else.

And, more on the Love Dare. I kind of misplaced the book--but will find it and do it, but now my cover is kind of blown since he saw the movie with me. I don't think he put two and two together yet tho! But, I bet he will now.

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