Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Life Lessons

Got this in an email...thought I'd share. My own thoughts on the thoughts are in ( ) Enjoy.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. (But, be sure to be thankful for the times when life is fair...to you or for someone else.)

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. (It can only get worse...just kidding. What harm can a small step be? take a risk and take a big step)

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. (Amen!)

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. (They don't???)

5. Pay off your credit cards every month. (Hmm...this is easier said then done...I tried once and it wasn't so much fun...I like having fun. This is a good lesson though I suppose)

6. You don't have to win every argument. (Whoever said this is dumb. I can admit when I am wrong but in a sense that is still winning...sort of. that's what I keep telling myself anyway)

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. (crying is healing...thanks oprah!)

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. (He can also get very angry too...remember saddam and gomorrah?)

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. (I have no choice...my work takes it out automatically...good thing too or I would be wearing my retirement on my feet!)

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. (I love this one! If you could see my butt you would know I follow this one by heart!)

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. (Get over it. Holding onto past mistakes or missed oppurtunties is a huge waste of time. Everything happens for a reason and if you waste your time hanging onto the past you won't figure out what the reason is.)

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. (I don't have any children but I remember the first time I saw my dad cry...it was a very humbling experience and I think a man should cry sometimes.)

13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about. (what's that corny but true quote...something about wishing you were someone else makes you something you are not...that is not what it says at all but i tried and I do agree with the saying)

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. (but it's more fun. just kidding.)

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks. (actually i wonder if the person who wrote this really knows if God doesn't blink...)

16. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. (and if you hear someone say no...ask another person. you will eventually find someone who'll say yes)

17. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. (I am bad about not wanting to use the nice things but when i have children I am going to make breakfast every day but on Saturdays we will use the nicest china we have...not just on holidays. I think they will enjoy it. And if one breaks there is always a replacement set I can buy)

18. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. (i've never heard of anyone waiting to wear purple.)

19. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. (exactly)

20. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years , will this matter?" ( I say 1 month! Most of the time in a month it won't matter!)

21. What other people think of you is none of your business. (I just think they should be big enough to tell me what they think to my face. Cowards.)

22. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. (i hate waiting on time to heal but it really is nature's cure for most everything)

23. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. (so what you are telling me is that if it's bad it will get worse and if it's good it will get bad? i dont' know what to think about this one...they didn't put a good spin on it)

24. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch. (i am kind of bad about staying in touch...i try though)

25. Believe in miracles. (I do)

26. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. ( i really love this one...it is not by works that you are saved but by faith)

27. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. (sometimes...hahaha)

28. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable. (my parents made mine memorable...and so did my siblings. i hope to make my childrend's childhood a memorable one as well.)

29. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion. (they are very helpful in times of need...i like the Psalms)

30. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. (i love this one..that's all)

31. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. (sure)

32. If you don't ask, you don't get. (i always ask! :) and if the answer is no...read #16

33. Yield. (PLEASE!)

34. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift (how sweet)

Blessed

Last night something quite funny happened. It wasn't funny at the exact moment that it happened but it is now. I was in the living room cleaning up a bit while Blake was in the other room on the computer. I was picking up shoes, dog bones, and books all the while having to dodge two precious dogs who wanted my love and attention. Then it hit me. A scary thought that I had never thought before: "This is what I have to look forward to for the rest of my life?"

I know, sounds depressing right? I thought, "This kind of sucks...where's the passion...where's the romance?" Okay, none of those thoughts crossed my mind but it was slightly depressing for a second to think that everyday I will go to work, run errands, come home, cook, clean and then head to bed to do it all again the next day.

So, I stood up, dropped the shoe I was holding, walked into the computer room and told Blake the thought that came to my mind a few minutes earlier and you want to know what he said? "I know! Isn't it wonderful?!"

It was then that I burst into uncontrollable laughter and I realized...yes, this is wonderful. To have the one person I love the most, the one person who can make me happiest, at home with me and two healthy doggies running around my feet, begging for my love and affection, it is wonderful. If it's what I have to look forward to for the rest of my life then I am blessed. To love and be loved is the greatest gift of all.

Monday, December 24, 2007

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

I can't believe that Christmas is tomorrow! This year, as slowly as it seemed to pass at times due to my excitement of our wedding, went by very quickly! Every year there is always something that we look forward to that seems far away and once it has passed we sit and think to ourselves, "Where did time go?" In exactly one week we will be ringing in the New Year with a great group of friends and I know that this week will go by so quickly and all of a sudden we will be saying again, "Where did time go?"

There are many things we are thankful for as this year has been one filled with many wonderful memories and even some sad ones. Since I have known Blake he has always "grounded me." I am a very high strung individual, as most of you who are reading this know, and Blake has always reminded me that we can't have the good without experiencing the bad. We wouldn't know what happiness is without having to experience the bad times. However, you can also look at it the other way; you can't have the bad without the good. There are always good times...the glass is always half full. It's how Blake approaches life. He is very wise beyond his years and when something happens that makes me feel like I could be upset for days he always gets me turned around and pointed in the positive direction. (I know where he got it from even if he doesn't yet realize it.)

This year these are a few things I am thankful for:
1. God for bringing someone into my life who knows exactly who I am and what I stand for and still loves me unconditionally for all the good and the bad.
2. Family. The one's I grew up with and the new family members who have entered into my life. Knowing where I came from and and where Blake came from a blessing. Blake, the official newest member of my family is also something I am especially thankful for because he's always been there for me no matter what.
3. Great friends who probably don't even know how much they mean to me. Each and everyone of you help to complete me and make my life merrier.
4. Laughter. Even though there are always days when it seems we can't or don't want to laugh being with someone and surrounded by family and friends who can always bring a smile to my face.
5. Forgiveness. I'm thankful for God's unfailing love and forgiveness and the forgiveness of others for things I do out of a lack of understanding or otherwise.
6. Memories of 2007. This has been an exciting year and a lot of fun. There has of course been some sad memories; my grandparents failing health and not getting to spend as much time with them as I like and a job loss due to reasons beyond my control and understanding, that is pretty much the extent of the "bad" times this year. However, there is always a lesson to be learned and growth that comes with change. God has blessed us tremendously and has provided for us.

There has to be more...I'm forgetting so much right now, but this year has been super from the very beginning. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and for allowing us to share our lives with you. We look forward to an exciting 2008. Blake's brother and sister-in-law are expecting thier first child, a little girl who is due in April. We are excited to be an aunt and uncle to another wonderful child. Both Blake and I will be one year closer to graduating. That will be one thing that can't come soon enough and we will be happy to say, "Wow, that really did go by fast." Also, more birthdays of family and friends and anniversaries and many things to celebrate and send us out on the road to spend time with everyone. 2008 will be another wonderful year.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Cards

I had the best intentions of sending out Christmas cards in the mail but that's not going to happen this year so I made some cute e-cards...hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

December is here!

Today is December uno! Only 24 more days until Christmas! Yay!

Before we get to all that excitment though I had to get my house in some kind of working order. Since we got back from our honeymoon things around the house have been terrible...boxes, suit cases, laundry, mail, cookbooks, pictures...almost everything we own is everywhere but the places it should be.

You may know that I am not the most organized person...I come home and drop my purse and mail and whatever else I have on my on the kitchen table and then it stays there. Once the table is full I move to a new location. Blake's "drop zone" is the bar and the two bar stools. So, once all the spots are full it is about the time when I have had it. This week was one of those weeks so today all I did was put everything back in proper order.

Then, I headed to the garage and now have all the Christmas stuff everywhere! So, tomorrow I will continue to straighten up and take down the "everyday" decor and exchange it for our Christmas decorations. I have already re-done the mantel and hung our stockings over the fire place and put our bell jars filled with ornaments and a bunch of holly berry stuff I have all over the house. Man, I love this time of year!

Another thing I am excited about: we bought two ornaments on our honeymoon! I can't wait to see them hanging on the tree. The first one we got is from The Peabody Hotel in Mempis, it's a pewter ornament that dipicts the beatiful fountain and the swimming ducks. I wanted to get the Christopher Radko ornament that he makes for The Peabody every year but $45 dollars for something that we put out for one month a year...Blake wasn't having it.

The second ornament we got because we stopped into Wal-Mart to find a back-pack for our hike and I saw a cheap little "Our First Christmas" ornament that had holly berries on it...It was $5.95 and I didn't have to talk Blake into that one. It did say, "Our First Christmas" and it had holly berries on it.

So, hopefully tomorrow everything in the main part of the house will be done. My next goal is to rearrange the guest bedroom/office/junk room. I want to move the bed and the computer desk and Blake wants to move the treadmill that is out in the garage inside because it gets very cold in the the garage in the winter and very, very, very hot in the garage during the summer. That is my project tomorrow.

Today, Blake was very busy himself. My mom and dad wrangled him into helping them build a green house. Mom has been wanting one for a very long time and I guess now is the perfect time for it. Blake was over at his in-laws :) all day. He will be back over there tomorrow, too. I can't wait for him to come home after a long day of hard work to a beautifully holiday decorated home! :)

So, that was our first day of the second greatest month of the year! The first greatest is...November! But, that's come and gone and we look forward to next November when we can actually enjoy it. This year we were planning a wedding and then travelling and it flew by we didn't even really take it in. We did get to experience a "real" fall, which was dream come true and hopfully next year we can visit another part of the country on our anniversary trip...who knows. I guess next year around October and November will be filled with planning after all...another trip. :)
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