Wednesday, February 27, 2013

{a little update & a giveaway!}

I know i've been mia, but life's been a little crazy around here to say the least...please know i miss you and will be back to blogging soon! in the meantime why not a little giveaway??? i have once again teamed up with a night owl and all her other lovely sponsors, make sure you check them out, to offer you a chance at winning $100 gift card to target! now, how amazing is that! I wish i could win it!
All the info is below. remember this giveaway ends sunday!
what would you do with a $100 gift card to Target?
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

{valentine's day fun and link up}

Here are the instructions:
  1. Fill out the Valentines Day Questions. You can find them here.
  2. Hand over the same set of questions to your spouse and see if they can answer the questions about you. 
  3. Write your post and compare both of your answers
  4. Link up your blog post below!

Want to see how my husband and I did? Read our answers below. 
How long have you been married?
Me: 5 years in March
him: 5 years
Where was your first kiss?
me: in my car in front of his parents house
him: in your car in front of my parents house
Who first said, "I love you"?
me: he did
him: i did
What were your wedding colors?
me: silver, pink, chartreuse, tiffany blue
him: a blue color, a pink color, white
If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
me: strawberry lemonade or cherry coke
him: cherry coke and strawberry lemonade
What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
me: steak and twice baked potatos
him: steak and potatos
What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
me: the pancakes that i put too much baking soda in
him: the pancakes you made that were really grose
What would she say is your most annoying habit?
me:he cuts me when i'm talking
him:i cut you off when your talking
What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?
me:tuck my sheets in
him: tuck the sheets under
If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be?
me: my white shorts
him: your white shorts
What would you say is your favorite thing about her?
him:your hilarious
What's her blog's name?!
him: the lemonade diaries

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

{when i am weak....He is strong}

i am a wife and a mommy.
i am a daughter, granddaughter and sister.
i am a student.
i am not perfect.
i fail more often then i would like to admit.
i make mistakes, many mistakes.
sometimes it take me repeating a mistake a couple times before i learn from it.
i have lots of dreams and ambitions.
i am filled with self doubt.
i lack confidence.
i sometimes have trouble trusting God.
sometimes i lack faith.
sometimes i let fear over take me.
sometimes i wish i could go back and start over.
sometimes i am afraid of what other people will think of me.
i am sensitive.
i have a sensitive heart.
i used to be ashamed of this, but now i proud of this.
i love easy and i love often.
because of this, i tend to hurt often.
sometimes when i look in the mirror i am ashamed by what i see.
sometimes i wish i was prettier and thinner.
sometimes i do not like myself.
sometimes i eat more candy than i should.
sometiems i wish i was better.
sometimes i feel like giving up.
sometimes i don't want to get up in the morning.
sometimes i want to hide under the covers.
sometimes i take on too much.
sometimes i lie.
sometimes i shut out the world around me because that is the only way i can get through the day.
sometimes i feel like i cannot take another step.
sometimes i just do not want to go on.

but it is during these times....

when i made weak, He is strong.
when i feel like i cannot go on, He gives me the strenght to keep going.
when i lack confidence, i find my confidence.
when i cry, He wipes my tears.
when i need comfort, He comforts me.
when i fail, He gives me the strenght to keep going.
when i am afraid, He holds my hand.
when i look in the mirror and hate what i see, He helps me to see myself though His eyes.

He loves me so much He sent His son to die for me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

{I'm a recovering worry wart}


I know from the picture above this may be hard to believe, but it's true. You see when I was taking that picture, believe it or not I was worrying...worrying that you might see the cirlces under my eyes due to lack of sleep {I had just given birth to my little princess one month before this picture was taken}, or that my face might look too fat, or that perhaps, gasp, I might look my age {the big 3-0}. 

For as long as I can I remember I have always been a worry-wart. I want to say that it's in my blood, that I got the "worry gene" from my mom and she got it from her mom, so on and so on. But to be honest, although I may have grown up amongst worriers, I still made the choice to worry.

Yes, I said "I made the choice to worry." You see, being a daughter of the King, I have all the tools I need to not worry, but instead I choose to worry. I choose to let the what if's of life to consume me to the point of worry. And most times, it's the little silly things I worry about like: what if people think I'm fat, what if I say the wrong thing, what if I trip and fall on my face...and the list can go on and on. It is then that I hear his still voice telling me to "cast all my cares on Him because He cares for me" {1 Peter 5:7} Sometimes I find it hard to believe, that will all things going on in the world that God cares for little ol' me! But He does! And not just me, but you too! He wants to know what worries you because He loves you. And not just the little worries, but the BIG worries too!

Over the last year, our financial situation changed. I went from working part-time, to just one day a week. And while the income adjustment has been significant, it has been manageable because we have been living off the savings I had set aside for a situation as this. But now that our savings is all most gone, I have been worrying about the future. Worrying if we will have money to pay the bills or buy food? And it was during one very difficult day, when everything seemed to be going wrong, and the kids were doing everything, but listening that I happened to come cross these verses: 
 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?   Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;   and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34 {NKJ}

I must admit, after reading those verses I felt a little foolish. All my worrying for nothing. Why was I doubting God and His goodness? If He takes care of the birds, then He can surely take care of me and my family. But I think the last verse, is the verse that says it all, "do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it's own things."

And so, like I said in the beginning, I am a recovering worry-wart. I must admit still worry a little bit here and there, but when I feel the "worries" coming on, I recall to rememberance the verses above and I am at ease. And just in case I forget, I put a little reminder on my planner.


***note: I orginally wrote this a guest post for Naptime Diaries here.


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