Friday, July 29, 2011

week in the life: friday

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friday: 1. wake up too early 2. tub time while mommy gets ready 3. what i'm wearing: shirt- Target, leggings- thrifted, flip flops- Target (at least 10 years old) 4. garage sale success 5. snuggle time 6. not too hot today! 7. clip coupons 8. tub time for kitty? 9. tackle this mess 10. sytycd on hulu 11. snuggle time with dad 12. lunch: leftover pasta and apple 13. mail 14. nap time 15. play on the big bed 16. dinner- jambalaya with chicken, tomatoes and okra 17. read 18. admire fish tank

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday

Thursday, July 28, 2011

week in the life: thursday

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thursday: 1. morning snack while checking email and other social media 2. iron 3. pick up kitchen 4. wake up from morning nap 5. watch fish 6. sew 7. bath time! 8. hang curtains 9. play on mommy's floor 10. waffles for lunch 11. cuddle time 12. praise Jesus for this yummy banana and avocado 13. blue bell

monday, tuesday, wednesday

trials of many kinds

Right now I'm studying through the book of James. I'm using this book (which I highly recommend.. it also goes through 1,2,3 John and Philemon). When I started the study, I actually had forgotten that the entire first chapter of James is about facing "trials of many kinds." But as soon as I started reading, I knew this is the book God wanted me to be in.

On day 5 of the study we cross referenced 1 Peter 4:12-19:

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.


There is so much in this passage about who we are in Christ, what we should do in the midst of trials, and what will happen when they're over. But I wanted to share the practical applications that the Lord revealed to me.

How to deal with "trials of many kinds":

1. Don't be surprised when they happen (v.12)
2. It will eventually lead to joy (v.13)
3. You will be blessed (v.14)
4. Do not be ashamed (v.16)
5. Praise God (v.16)
6. Commit yourself to the Lord (v.19)
7. Keep doing good (v.19)

God is so good. While I know we all wish we didn't have to face trials, He allows them for a reason. They grow us and mold us into who He has for us to be. And I'm thankful that He considers me worthy to face trials for that reason. I want to be a better Christ follower, wife, mom, daughter, sister, and friend.

So today I am thankful for the trials I've faced in my life. I know on the other side of trials are blessings of many kinds. Praise be to God.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

week in the life: wednesday

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wednesday: 1. good morning! 2. breakfast and news on xbox 3. finally organize this stack of books 4. organize fabric piles 5. what i wore: shirt- Walmart, shorts- White House Black Market, thrifted 6. couch time 7. trip to Walmart 8&9. leftover lunches- bbq sandwiches and grilled skirt steak tacos with guacamole 10. 6 month photos 11&12. run errands 12. daddy/baby time 13. dinner (recipe, I added chicken)

monday, tuesday

Gussy

you ask, i answer: answers!

I should be picking up, cleaning and organizing my house right now (seeing as we just moved in), but alas, I'm avoiding it by blogging.

Your questions, answered:

I'm a new blog follower. Is your husband still in the military?

My husband is not in the military anymore. His 2nd contract just ended this past April. He was in for a total of 8 years and we just felt it was time to call it quits and move on. You can read more of the story here and here.

I have one! Why did you stop blogging at your "beautiful feet" blog? I really loved your posts...they were thought provoking and full of God's word. Why did you decide to stop doing that?

The honest answer is: time. I just don't have enough of it anymore. I loved writing posts for that blog. That's actually why I started blogging. But, a lot of what I wrote about I had to do research for and it just became too time consuming once I had the little one. I hope to eventually start writing on it again. For now, you can read similar posts and some recycled ones from that blog in the my thoughts segment on this blog. In the mean time, if there is an issue, topic or Bible passage that you would like to see me blog about, please email me about it!

What's different now about being a mom vs. a few months ago? In what ways have you grown into it? What modifications to your schedule have you had to make?

Oh my goodness.. everything! For one, I cannot afford to be selfish, like at all. Before I had Isaac I was a stay at home wife. I didn't work and so I had so much time to myself while Ben was at work. Of course some of that time was spent keeping the home picked up and making dinner, but a huge chunk of my day was me-time. Not anymore! Now I have to be very intentional about me-time. That means reading during a nap here and there. Going to Bible study once a week and lining up a babysitter if I need it. It means asking my husband to get up with him when I need just another hour of sleep.

As far as growing into it, it was hard. We were married almost 7 years before we had this little tyke. In a lot of areas we were set in our ways. I would have loved to have kids earlier, but that wasn't God's plan. Now I have to rely on Him to make me more flexible and re-shape me. So far it's been an amazing learning experience and I wouldn't change enything.

Number one change in my schedule: I don't get to sleep until 9am anymore! I was so set in my sleep schedule before Isaac came along. We used to go to bed at 10 every night because Ben got up early and I could always sleep in. Now we stay up late because it's the only time we get alone and I get up early for obvious reasons.

How do you stay in such good shape as a momma?

This is where you all un-friend me. I breastfeed and rely on my metabolism. I've always been naturally skinny.. just the genes I was given. I thought for sure after I had the baby things would change and I'd have to start working out to stay in shape. But to my surprise (and delight), I lost all 50 lbs of baby weight without any workout schedule or diet plan.

I think what helps though is that I eat pretty well and I stay active in just my everyday life. One rule of thumb I have is that snack food has to be prepared. If I can just grab and eat, it's probably not good for me. If I have to work to eat it, then I'll think twice about if I really need it and if I do, then it's probably better for me.

Can you recommend and good thrift shops in the Oceanside, Vista, Fallbrook area?

Yes! My favorites are:
Potpourri Thrift and Resale (PCH)
DAV Veteran's Thrift Store (PCH)
Assistance League North Coast Thrift Shop (Oceanside BLVD)
Garment Gourmet (Vista)
Catholic Charities Shopportunity (Vista)
There is a huge shopping center in Poway with like 8 different stores.. that is my favorite place to shop. It's on Poway Rd.

... what about Las Vegas, Henderson?

I haven't lived there in so long so I'm sure more have popped up since I left. But my favorites were:
Saver's (Trop and Pecos.. Warm Springs and Stephanie)
Goodwill (Warm Springs and Stephanie)
Salvation Army (Warm Springs and Stephanie)

If I didn't answer your question, please ask! You can comment below or email me :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

week in the life: tuesday

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tuesday: 1. blanket tents 2. rice chex and nectarines 3. brush teeth 4. tub time while mommy gets ready 5. what i wore: skirt- Target, shorts: Gap, thrifted, shoes- Payless 6. car nap 7&8. visit to the Doctor for 6 month well-baby 9. thrifting 10. snack time- homemade cookie dough 11. more laundry 12. boy time 13. toe nails painted 14. avocado dinner!