Thursday, May 31, 2012

it sure feels like summer around here

I don't know about where you are, but in Texas, it's been feeling like summer for a little while now; which means morning pinics [because the afternoon is just way too hot], walks by the river, pool time, golfing in the backyard, fresh strawberries, and crazy sweaty baby hair!

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I hope you're all enjoying the start to summer!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

a speed date with me

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Wanted to know more about me? Lucky you! Today, we're going on a speed date:

I was born in New York

I grew up in Southern California and Las Vegas

I met my husband when I was 16 years old

I have a BA in Psychology and I don't owe a penny in student loans. I only went to school when I had the money, a grant or a scholarship. It took about 5 years to finish

My husband served 8 years in the Marine Corps and is now in college (and was just accepted to TCU!!)

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[post deployment #5, 2010]

I am pro-life and am very vocal about it. I believe we need to do something about it and don't mind a good debate

I've been thrifting since I was a kid and its one of my favorite things to do, ever

I love a good deal. Because I'm ridiculously frugal

Jesus saved me when I was 12. He's been changing me every day since then, for the better.

I haven't worked outside the home in over 5 years, and I'm proud of it.

When I was growing up I wanted to be a waitress, a teacher, a county coroner, a forensic psychologist, a fashion designer and a politician (yikes!). Once I earned my degree, the only thing I wanted to be was a mom. 3 years later, the Lord blessed me with that position.

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[brand new Isaac]

Anything you want to know that I didn't list? Ask below or send me an email and I'll be sure to answer next time!

linking up with this little momma

Monday, May 28, 2012

family date night

Friday was a rough day. Isaac was being difficult. If I wasn't directly involved in what he was doing, he was crying, fussing, or getting into everything he knows he shouldn't. In less than an hour and a half, we had played outside, played in his toy closet, read books, eaten breakfast, eaten snacks, drew with crayons, listened to music and played with toys in the living room. I was exhausted, frustrated and at my whit's end. Nap time could not come soon enough! [and all the moms nod their head]

When my husband came home he could tell I was not a happy camper. And so later that night he wanted to get me out of the house to do something fun. So, for the first time in weeks (other than church on Sunday mornings) I put makeup on, did my hair and got dressed. I felt like a million bucks!

We went to Chipotle (cheap, healthy dinners are the best), wandered the aisles of Toys R Us, chasing a toddler and stopped at Braum's on the way home for an M&M sundae. It was a fantastic end to a terrible day.


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[the "after"]


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[he has finally learned to drink using a regular straw!]


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["look mom! a pirate ship!"
I'm wearing: shirt- garage sale .50cents, pants- Target $3 with coupon, sandals- Target, anchor necklace- thrifted]


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[he was very happy with his purchase]


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[yum, yum, yum!!]

I'm linking up with a good life and finding beauty in the ordinary

Thursday, May 24, 2012

pretending like its myspace in 2005

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[temps in the 90's around here means days like these are going to become the norm]

What is the best thing about your job? I get to spend my entire day with the cutest, sweetest boy in the world

Have you ever gone camping? Yep. I come from a camping family. We actually camp at the beach for Thanksgiving every year since I was 7 years old.

What are you doing tomorrow? No major plans. Hang out with a toddler, clean the house, finish laundry, cook dinner. The usual.

Are you on a laptop or a desktop? Desktop.

Where were you 2 hours ago? Cooking Orange Chicken in the kitchen.

What does your hair look like right now? Damp and wavy.

Is your hair naturally curly or straight? Somewhere in between.

Ditched school to do something more fun? That pretty much describes senior year of high school. And by 'something more fun' I mean, breakfast at IHOP.

Played dress up? Who hasn't?

Sang karaoke? Yes. I prefer Spice Girls, Wannabe. That's my jam.

When I look down I see: An ice cream cookie sandwich. Yum!

The happiest recent event was: 'Swimming' in Isaac's baby pool with him today.

If I were a character on 'Friends' I'd be: Mix the quirkiness of Phoebe with the style of Rachael.

By this time next year: Who knows?!

My current gripe is: Anon commenters really should have the guts to show their identity, mostly so I can debate them.

I have a hard time understanding: People. Just people.

Take my advice: Meet Jesus. Give Him all of yourself. And live for His glory. It's worth it.

If you visited the place I was born: You would be on Long Island, New York!

If you spent the night at my house: You'd have to sleep on the couch. This place is small.

Hope you're having a lovely Thursday! And please, tell me something about you.

Oh and if you didn't get a chance already, be sure to check out Erin's post on 50 Shades of Grey and of course, mine from yesterday.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

why I won't be reading "fifty shades of grey"

My prayer in writing this has been (yes I've been praying over this post), first of all, that the Lord would give me the words to say clearly what is on my heart and for it to be scriptural. Second, that you would understand that I am not writing this from a place of judgement. I struggle with my own sin just as we all do. But I write this out of concern and because it has been heavy on my heart.

I've noticed a trend recently, among married Christian women. Obviously women love 50 Shades of Grey. Apparently 1 book is sold every second. But what is truly surprising to me is that it isn't just women outside of the church who are buying it, obsessing over it and recommending it to friends. It's women inside the church; women who are in Christ, saved by grace and called to be the light of the earth.

Let's first begin with a brief explanation and synopsis of the book (keep in mind that this is based purely on what I have read about the book and an interview with the author):

This book is characterized as Erotic Fiction.

Anastasia something-or-other is a young college student. Oh yeah, and a virgin. She meets Christian Grey who is older, wealthy and interested in her. The two fall in love and (I don't know if its before or after) they enter into a contract in which he takes care of her completely in return for her being a "submissive" sexually.

The book is based on what is known as BDSM, which refers to "bondage and dominance, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism." Basically, the plot is tied together with a series of graphic bondage sex scenes. When asked, "There's a lot of graphic sex [in the book]?" by the interviewer, the author EL James plainly says, "yes."

There's no denying it: the book "is pornography, plain and simple." At least that's how one man characterized it. When I originally heard about the book, the first thing I wanted to hear was a man's opinion. Let's face it: it's become normal and expected for men to watch and enjoy porn (that's sad and pathetic to me, but it's the truth). Therefore, I wanted to know the opinion of someone who knows pornography when he sees it; someone who porn has been targeting for decades.

Frank writes: "The narrative is comprised of 9 or 10 lengthy yet well-paced sex scenes tied together with some mindless, almost purposefully banal filler..." Wow. Remember what the author said? Those sex scenes are graphic and apparently "well-paced."

"50 Shades of Grey" is pornography for women.

Now before we dissect the rather alarming storyline, we need to address the fact that books like this induce sexual lust. That is their purpose: to cause the reader to get swept up in the story and fantasize about it. The author admitted herself that 50 Shades is a culmination of all of her fantasies (which is quite disturbing, but more on that momentarily).

Pastor Mark Driscoll talks about these types of romance novels in Real Marriage. He says, "They commonly entice sinful lust and cause women to fantasize about sexual sin with all the alluring power of visual pornography for men." In other words, these novels affect women's minds and hearts in the same way that visual porn affects men's mind and heart. It's all porn in God's eyes.

But let's just say for argument's sake that it doesn't cause you to lust or fantasize and you really are just reading it for the storyline (which, let's face it, is exactly like saying you read playboy for the articles). You are still exposing yourself to graphic sex, sinful fornication, sexual immorality.

Ephesians 5:3 is incredibly clear on this point: "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity... because these are improper for God's holy people" [emphasis mine].

As a Christian, you are called holy; meaning sanctified, set apart, clean and pure! We must not do anything to defile ourselves before the Lord. Jesus says it most simply: "Be holy as I am holy." Consider that Christ lives and dwells in you. Is 50 Shades a book that you would read to your Savior? If not, and I sincerely hope you answered 'no', than it's not a book that He would have you read to yourself.

Now, on to the storyline. Can we talk about bondage for a moment please? Words I never thought I'd type into my blog or say aloud. PS- I'm about to apply my degree in psychology; it could get a little technical.

Recall that the entire novel is based on BDSM, or in layman's terms: bondage. Bondage is basically sadism and masochism in action. Both are considered by psychologists to be paraphilias: "paraphilia being a biomedical term used to describe sexual arousal to objects, situations, or individuals that are not part of normative stimulation and that may cause distress or serious problems for the paraphiliac or persons associated with him or her. A paraphilia involves sexual arousal and gratification towards sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme." [emphasis mine]

The characters in this novel, the ones that readers are obsessing over and fantasizing about, are involved in an "atypical and extreme" way of life, according to medical professionals. There is nothing normal about bondage as a lifestyle. But that is what must be so intriguing about this book to so many. That's also why indulging in it is dangerous and I would even propose, unhealthy.

When reading the description of Christian Grey, I can't help but think of a sexual predator, who grooms his young, naive victims. Not to mention, the reason he is in to bondage is because he was once a victim himself, as an abused child. And Anastasia, like most women in pornography, is dominated by and submissive to the man. This characterization of women is normally criticized as sexist and degrading (when the film is directed by a man for men). But when a woman writes the storyline for women to read, all of a sudden it becomes a fantasy that readers can't get enough of. Double standard?

Either way, it's all wrong. It's all twisted and perverted. It's all porn. It's all impure. And it's all sinful.

The bottom line:

As Christians, we are called to keep the marriage bed pure: "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure" Hebrews 13:4. That means nothing should defile your marriage, especially sex with your spouse. Books like this sear attitudes, expectations, storylines, images and fantasies into your mind that will make their way into your bedroom, whether you like it or not.

As Christians we are called to think on things that are pure: "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything be excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things" Philippians 4:8. Is 50 Shades of Grey true, noble, right, pure, lovely or admirable? Than put your mind to better use and dwell on the things of God instead.

As Christians we are called to live a holy life: "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written "Be holy as I am holy" 1 Peter 1:15-16. In every single thing that we do, we are to be holy. Of course that's impossible while we still wear flesh on earth, but we can make the right decisions and be self-controlled. We can choose not to read a certain book or watch a certain movie. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can put our fleshly desires to death.

As Christians, we are called to guard our hearts and minds: "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" Proverbs 4:23. If you have the time, please read this quick devotional about guarding your heart and mind. She writes, "Today I want to encourage you to value yourself and don't just allow anything or anyone, for that matter, to enter your heart. You are chosen, beloved, and special to God and He wants nothing to defile you."

Exposing our eyes, mind and heart to pornography, for any reason, in any situation, is sin. It must be recognized, confessed, repented of and fled from. Christ died for us to be holy and pure. And He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us when we fail (1 John 1:9).

How wonderful that He cares so much for you?, that your value and worth is so great that He wants nothing less than perfect purity for you? And while His call to be holy is impossible by our own strength, and through our own will, there is nothing we cannot do or overcome with Christ in us.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galations 2:20

*Soli Deo Gloria*



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

over the weekend: trip to Austin and gardening

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On Friday afternoon we loaded up the car and headed down to Austin for the night. We stopped at Denny's along the way to relax and let Isaac stretch his legs. When I pulled him out of this carseat, his shorts were soaked. So he went pant-less. And he certainly enjoyed running around outside in the desert!

We stayed just north of Austin in Round Rock at this cute little hotel. We swam in the pool and took advantage of the cable television (since we don't have it).

Saturday morning we got up, enjoyed their very delicious continental breakfast and headed south into town. Our first stop was the Farmer's Market. I bought some super delicious, juicy peaches.

Then we trapsed over to the Austin Children's Museum. Isaac had a blast. He learned how to milk a cow, fished with magnets, gardened, played with geometric shapes, found a giant magnet wall, chased golf balls all over the place and played with magnetic trains. As soon as we got back to the car and buckled him in, he passed out.

We got home Saturday afternoon and enjoyed the rest of the weekend at home. There was lots of gardening. I pulled spinach, cucumbers, and some pretty pathetic carrots. Our okra is getting close! There was delicious pizza, homemade strawberry lemonade and terrible haircuts by dada.

How was your weekend??

Thursday, May 17, 2012

the one where I get really personal

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[Isaac, watching the rain fall during a spring storm]

We've been in Texas for a little more than a year now. I won't lie, we aren't super happy here. In fact, we spent our entire first year rebelling against this place altogether. And while it's definitely not where we would like to stay permanently and while there are still 8742 things on our Texas-pet-peeve-list, at least this place is finally starting to grow on us.

Look, I'm a California girl. My heart is still on the west coast. And my husband isn't a whole lot different (although he loves San Diego, his heart is still in the deserts and mountains of Nevada).

We had a plan when we moved here: finish school and leave. Simple enough, right? But that plan has been getting a little bit more complicated than we had originally anticipated. As Ben nears the end of his Gen Ed. studies at the community college, we're finding out that the university to which he planned to transfer doesn't accept several of his credits (lame right?).

So in comes a new plan. One that we don't quite know yet. We've been tossing around all kinds of ideas; looking at schools and jobs here and there; trying to keep our options open. And God has been slowly showing us that we have options. We aren't stuck. And we're so thankful for that, because when you feel stuck you are frustrated and discouraged. We were there last year and I'm thankful to be on this side of it.

Turns out, we may end up staying here after all. And I think we can stomach that. I can't tell you all of the details now (I know, boo) but when things seemed to worked out and ends are closer to being tied up, I can't wait to share what all God has been doing.

Here's the botton line: we've been in this state of waiting. You know the one. You aren't quite sure when things are going to settle down, but you can't go back to how they were before. You're just, waiting. But I've found that it's in those times, like this past year, that God really does show Himself to be faithful and true.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Proverbs 27:14

I wondered for a while if we were just going to be stuck in this place. And I don't mean Texas, I mean in anticipation; trying to figure out the next step. You watch friends find careers, settle down, start families, buy mini vans and you wonder, when will it be my turn?

But you know what God showed me? Waiting on that, anticipating security, hoping to be settled is just plain lame. So I quickly gave up on it. He's shown me, time and time again, to rely on Him. That's it. Trust in Christ, believe the scriptures and live each day not worrying about tomorrow. Stop worrying about everyone else. Stop worrying about myself even!

"There are only two days on my calendar: Today and That Day" - Martin Luther

I am certain there will come a day when we won't be waiting. I know that is the day that Christ returns or He calls me home. Until then, we'll always be waiting. But the question is, how will I spend my time?: Hoping for something I can't control; making myself frustrated and angry. Or hoping in the Lord and allowing Him to carry me through and guide my path. Trusting His plan and purpose.

Right now my purpose is to serve my family well. I don't need to know where my husband will be going to school next semester to do that. I don't need a bigger house in which to do that. I don't need to be in a place I love to do that. All I need is to focus my time and effort on each day that the Lord grants me, live in grace and have a thankful heart.

linking up with Casey Leigh

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

menu plan for the remainder of May

In an effort to get back into menu planning (and to quit being lazy!) I am going to start sharing my menus on the blog! lucky you :)

Ever since we moved to Texas I have started menu planning. For years it never even crossed my mind to do so. I would head to the grocery store sans a list and just buy the same things every time. When it came time to make dinner (I cook every night), I would dig through the kitchen cabinents and pull something together. Man was that exhausting!

Because my husband gets paid just once a month, I plan the entire month at once. I also do just a few major shopping trip at the beginning of the month, freeze a lot of stuff and make just a couple more trips throughout the month to pick up produce, other perishables and snacks.

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[one month's worth of food]

Well, lately I've gotten away from my planning and boy have I noticed a difference in our financials! We have been really good about going over budget lately and it all thanks to a lack of planning. Its amazing how much money you don't spend when you plan ahead. And you don't even need coupons! (although they can help)

Here is the plan for this week. Check back for next week's plan, next week. I have linked to recipes online. Others come from magazines I've collected over the years and cookbooks that I love or recipes I made up on my own.

This week:

Monday- Ina Garten's Mexican Chicken Soup the best chicken tortilla soup I've ever had, and I'm very picky

Tuesday- Kale and White Bean Soup This is by far my favorite kale recipe. I usually add shredded chicken, altho it delicious without it too!

Wednesday- Confetti Chicken Pasta This one is new to us, but it looks good

Thursday- Shrimp Boil Kabobs with Orzo Pasta Salad

Friday- Spinach Tortellini and Veggies with homemade Kale and Spinach Pesto my own personal creation

Saturday- BBQ Shredded Pork in the Crockpot Sanwiches with Fried Potatoes and Coleslaw

Sunday- Orange Chicken with Fried Rice

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Having trouble planning a menu?
I highly recommend Pinterest. I do suggest, however, to read the comments under the recipes. They often have great reviews and/or tips to make the meal even better!
Foodgawker is one of my favorite sites because it's organized by photo!
Looking for Vegan or Vegetarian?
Check out
Fat Free Vegan or Whole Family Fare

Monday, May 14, 2012

fill the earth and subdue it

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Genesis 1:28

For a long time, Ben and I have wanted a big family. We would love 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 kids. Really, whatever and however the Lord choses to bless us. We've talked about adopting older children from foster care, adopting children from another country (Russia has been on my heart for years), adopting snowflake babies and of course, having more of our own. But again, it will all be as the Lord allows and has planned for us.

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As you can imagine, we get all kinds of reactions to this. I once had a friend ask why we wanted so many kids and I said, as Christians we need to expand God's kingdom. She said, "And you're going to do that all by yourself?" Well, not exactly. If other Christians would get the big picture and jump onboard we could all do it together!

Do you know that as it stands, for every 4 Christians in this generation, we are only sending 1 Christian into the next generation?? (calculation by Voddie Baucham. His sermon on the topic is very good.). That leaves few Christians to spread the word about Jesus to what is going to be a very dark and lost world. As Ben and I see it, we are raising, growing, discipling and training missionaries (our kids) to send into the next generation.

Here's the other issue with only having 2 children. Because, let's face it, that's what has become the norm in America. Have your one girl and one boy and you're all done. Right? Other than the fact that your plan may be just that: your plan and not God's it also affects the economy of our country in very negative ways.

Please bear with me just a moment while we talk economics. The current fertility rate in the United States is 2.05. The replacement rate needed to maintain a country's population is between 2.1 and 2.5. In simplest terms: in order for our nation to maintain it's economy, be able to pay taxes, medicare, social security and other entitlement programs, a fertility rate of at least 2.1 is required. Notice that we are below that? And according to a chart (its interactive) of the past 50 years, it's certainly not increasing:



What's interesting to note here is that socialized economies like Europe and Cananda have fertility rates of below 2 and are dangerously low. The irony is that in order to maintain socialism, there has to be more younger workers to support the older citizens. Instead, that is upside down in these countries. This is one of the reasons countries like Greece are collapsing so rapidly. Italy, for example, is now paying women to not get abortions because their birth rates are so dangerously low at 1.4. It's only a matter of time before the United States falls right in line with Europe.

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But why are we in this situation? It is all because we have chosen to ignore God. In Genesis, we are clearly called to fill the earth. That means, have lots and lots of babies! While He's not commanding us to have large families in this text, He is saying that children are a blessing. But, instead of listening to God, we play god with our own fertility and use birth control and abortion to control the size of our families. I've talked about birth control and how it affects our view of children before. We believe the lie that "children are expensive" and so we think we can't afford them. I'll remind you of what God says about children:

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Psalm 127:3

I saw a tweet one time that said, "Children are not expensive. Lifestyles are expensive." I don't think I could say it any better. Why is our perspective of children so skewed? And how can we not see how damaging that perspective is?

"Evangelicals in America are not pro-life, they're just anti-abortion; just look at our birth-rates." ~ Voddie Baucham

The bottom line is simple: God said children are a blessing. God said, have lots of them and fill the earth. We say we know better. And yet, our children's future looks grim because of how few Jesus followers will be there. Turns out, when we start having more kids, when we start training and discipling more missionaries to send into their generation, when we step up and fill the earth with Godly kin, the future looks bright.

Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15
Of course God's plan for the size of each family is specific to each family. No one can tell you how many kids to have. You'll need to pray about it, talk to your spouse and listen for God's guidance. Some are called to have large families, some small. Some are called to adopt many. Some are called to foster a few. But we are all called to make disciples. [Matthew 28:16-20]

To the fathers and mothers: your children are your first mission field. Disciple and teach them well. Equip them for the mission field that they will soon enter: their own generation.


Friday, May 11, 2012

a must read comment

If you have a chance, you can read my husband's War Story from his time in Afghanistan last year, here.

From time to time I go back through blog posts from my very first blog (that I have since taken down). It's fun to read the things that I wrote about several years ago. Sometimes I republish them here in the "my thoughts" series.

Tonight I found a post I had written consisting primarily of a comment I read on another blog several years ago. I found it to be a heart-felt, clear and concise plea from one man to another about seeking and finding reconciliation with God. Apparently, the man to which the commenter is writing claims to have no faith in the God of the Bible, who he refers to as a "monster".

If you are a Christian, let this be a reminder of the heart we should have for anyone who does not know Christ.

If you are not a Christian, hear this man out and very seriously consider his request.

I'm sorry you feel that way. I wish I could say I don't understand what you mean, but I really do. I was brought up in church, and then got out of it for a few years. I drifted farther and farther from my faith, and it culminated a few years ago when my Dad died at the age of 51 from an inoperable brain tumor. I decided that no "Holy God" could let my Dad die like that and let people like Osama Bin Laden, and other evil people live. I decided I was going to find enough inconsistencies in the scriptures to convince myself God is imaginary. In order to give it a fair chance, I not only found every listed inconsistency, but I searched for possible explanations. I even compared scripture with different denominations to see if they really believed the Bible or not. I found, when laying everything God said (Himself and through verified prophets in the Bible) that God's nature was this: He is a jealous God, who will not tolerate worship of anything else. He is a loving God, who truly wants us to enjoy our time on earth. He is a God who is slow to anger, but HATES sin. He is long suffering, but has some boundaries that man will not be allowed to cross.

I can honestly say that I now believe, not because my family did, or because I was raised in church, or because of some single religious experience at an altar somewhere. I honestly found legitimate explanations for anything I questioned. I found historians like Josephus who were not Christian, yet backed up Biblical history. I found verified dates of events that were prophesied long before anyone could have possibly known they would happen (rises and falls of empires, etc.) I am a believer today because FIRST I have experienced the power of God. I am a believer today SECOND because I realized that there is too much that had to line up for life to exist on this planet, and for us to survive in this universe for it all to be some cosmic accident. I am a believer THIRD because simply by believing God exists, and is the Creator of the universe, I am acknowledging that it's His world and I only live in it as one of His creations. Therefore, I am in no position to question his motives. Considering His immense, unimaginable act of love in allowing his only begotten Son to suffer horrible torture and death on the cross so that I might be able to live with Him forever, I don't need to question Him, because He obviously has my best interest in mind.

I can assure you that He is no monster. He has created a situation where we never have to suffer. We don't have to do anything but accept that His Son's death paid the price so that we don't have to. It's just so easy to get to Heaven, I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't do it.

If you absolutely HONESTLY don't believe there is a God, then I understand why you don't worship Him. It's still a mistake, but I understand. However, if you have the slightest inkling in your mind that God exists, you had better get your sin debt settled right now, before it's everlasting too late. You might not have that moment on your deathbed we all imagine to settle things. My Dad didn't. I pray we all die of old age, but things just don't happen that way. Please get saved. I know it sounds corny, and it's something you've heard so often, but I just don't want to see anyone go to Hell because of their own pride, or they feel that belief in God is something for "wimps and women" as I've heard it said. If He disappoints you, you can always renounce Him later, but I have confidence you won't. Life's not necessarily easy after you get saved, and many times you'll be persecuted just because you believe on Jesus. I have been living this new life for years now, and have NO regrets, except that I had to get so far from God before I found Him again.

Soli Deo Gloria

linking up with Casey Leigh

Thursday, May 10, 2012

art journaling

In May 2010, my husband deployed to Afghanistan. As with his previous 4 deploymentss, I needed to find something to keep my time and mind occupied while he was away for those 7 months. Elsie had advertised an online art journaling class that would take place over the summer and it sounded perfect! I quickly signed up and jumped right in. It became a creative outlet and what was even better, I could spend as much time as I wanted doing it. I journaled every day.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite pages from the my art journal:

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Unfortunately after getting pregnant, welcoming my husband home and having the baby, my journal got tucked away and rarely did I ever think about adding to it. It's something that I've given up, even though I didn't do it intentionally. But it's something that I've been thinking about alot recently. I want to make more time for it because its something I enjoy.

linking up with naptime diaries