Sunday, December 30, 2012

the road

"what road do i take?"

"well, where are you going?"

"i don't know."

"then it doesn't matter.  if you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

profound thoughts from lewis carroll.  do i know where i am going?  do i stay on the path to get me where i want to end up?  no and no.  i have some vague idea, but often end up getting distracted, or too busy, to be mindful of how my current actions will affect my future.

i need to be more mindful, which is easier said than done.

as the new year approaches, i would like to take some time and map out the road i am going to follow for the next year.  money, organization, hobbies, lifestyle, parenting, being a friend, being a wife, following Jesus... they all could use some direction this year.

Friday, November 30, 2012

i am thankful

i spent the month jotting down one small thing that i appreciated.  here is my november list:

1. to bed at 11 and up at 3 with a poor boy who had an earache. i am dragging but i got in a 6 mile walk this morning. i am thankful for small miracles.
2. "girl, look at this body. girl, look at this body. girl, look at this body. i work out!" i am thankful for music that helps me push one more mile when i don't think i can go any further.
3. i am thankful for a lazy saturday morning (that hopefully morphs into a productive saturday afternoon).
4. 67 miles this week! i am thankful that dailymile keeps track of my walking/running/biking routes. come join me over there -
5. looking at the massive laundry pile i have ignored, i am thankful that i do not have to wash this by hand.
6. i am thankful for the days when our mornings run smoothly. today was not that day so it makes me appreciate it even more when it does happen.
7. it was so warm today! i am thankful for the heat during fall.
8. i love my thursdays!!! hubbers takes the boys to school for me so i can sleep in. i am so thankful for the kind, thoughtful man i married. thankful, grateful, blessed beyond measure... there are not enough words to describe how i feel about him.
9. i am feeling lazy and sad so i am thankful that my yogacycle class forces me to get up and leave the house. i will come home in a much better mood. :)
10. progressive dinner at 3 of my favorite restaurants up north - happy sumo, wine and cheese, and asti d'italia. i am thankful for not having to cook! lol.
11. despite having groceries and a meal plan, we ate out every night this last week. i am thankful for the flexibility in our finances to do that.
12. i am thankful for craft fairs.
13. the technology that helps us keep in touch, and gets us from point a to point b is amazing. i am so thankful my husband is home safe and sound after a guys long weekend. it is nice to have him back, even though we were in constant contact while he was gone. :)
14. i am thankful for the opportunity to help people i don't know through charities, such as operation christmas child, arvada food bank, denver rescue mission and our local church.
15. impromptu overnight trip: although i have a ton of stuff to do, i am thankful for spending time with my family (a total of 11-12 hours in the car).
16. so dry in the car. i am thankful for chapstick!
17. i am so thankful for a group of women that makes me feel welcome no matter how often i see them. :)
18. i am thankful my boys enjoy playing hockey. i am thankful my boys are competitive, but good sports about losing. i am thankful my boys listen to their coach and are willing to put in the work to learn better skills.
19. my husband's boss is so generous. i am thankful for the job he provides and the nice things he does for us.
20. i am thankful for all of my friends, who provide support and encouragement to me.  you (i mean it, you) are amazing!
21. i am thankful for a house that accommodates all of my family staying with us during holidays. it's going to be crazy this weekend.
22. woke up to the smell of garlic and lemon. yum! i am thankful for the food that nourishes my body and the people that grow it.
23. i am thankful that there was nothing i wanted so badly that i would brave the crowds and long lines on black friday. i am content with all i have.
24. i am thankful that my family lives close enough to visit often. my children love seeing their cousins and spending time with them.
25. i am thankful my mom likes crab. she treated us to crab buffet last night. so yum!
26. three years ago today, my dad went into the hospital and never came back out. we thought his fight was over, but he was able to eek out six more months. i am thankful for the extra time with him. in addition, i am thankful for the people who work in hospice care. they are amazing, and what they do is a debt that can never be repaid.
27. a friend is having a complete hysterectomy today, after receiving the shocking news that she has ovarian cancer yesterday. please keep hallie in your prayers. i am thankful for modern medicine and inventions that improve our quality of life.
28. i feel like a huge baby complaining about the pinched nerve in my neck when my friend is going through so much. :( i am thankful for my health.
29. i am thankful for massages. <3 br="br">
30. i am thankful that i am forgiven. my sins are great, but my God is merciful. i am thankful that He knows me and loves me anyway.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


just when i am feeling my most vulnerable and raw, God reaches down to sooth me and give me peace.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’

“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Numbers 6:22-27

Thursday, February 2, 2012


i am finally sitting down to think about my goals for the new year. what do i want to have accomplished by 2013. here is what i am currently thinking about:

-take a family vacation to an exotic location, possibly europe
-read a book (chapter of a book) to the boys each night and teach them all the traditional card games
-become pregnant or start the adoption process
-mentor a troubled kid once a week
-become fit and strong by working out 3 times a week consistently (a side benefit will be that i will reach my goal weight of 110-115)
-run a half-marathon in under 2 hours (not walk-run)
-replace my wardrobe with 50s style clothing
-start saving the money we were spending on debt (school loans, car loans, credit card) for retirement [$10,000-$20,000 minimum]
-find a job that makes me happy and content
-find a location for everything in our house and get rid of the clutter (a side benefit will be that we will no longer have to pay for a housecleaner)
-write a bible study and become published
-stop procrastinating and spend less time on the computer

what do you want to accomplish this year?

Monday, January 9, 2012


one word. one word to describe what you would like 2012 to bring.

i am throwing around 'increase', 'activeness', 'movement', 'determined', 'advance' and 'purposefulness'. can you help me narrow it down?

i am really leaning towards 'increase' since we want to add to our family, we want to up our giving to others, we would like to see a raise in hubby's job and i want to grow in my fitness (run a half-marathon in may, complete 90 days of a beachbody program and attend yoga on a consistent basis), but the other words appeal to me as well.

what would your one word be?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

He loves us

this morning i was listening to a song that i've heard a million times before. maybe even heard a million and one times.

i started singing along. i not only heard myself sing the words, i felt them.

And oh, how He loves us so
Oh how He loves us
How He loves us all
Yeah, He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves

go ahead. sing it. sing it with some heartfelt feeling to it. and see if you don't tear up too. He loves us. wow! how incredible is that?!?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

things i want done in 2012

repaint the family room (light blue)
organize the boys' shoes, hats, gloves, winter coats, etc
empty the downstairs closet floor
purchase a black bookshelf for the eating nook
wainscoting for the dining room
hang new pictures/wall scones in the dining room
add a fireplace to the living room
new light in the upstairs closet
get the boys' football stickers up
drapes in all rooms
sidewalk and patio (cement)
build a workbench
research jobs-from-home
buy a king bed
sell car and bravada to buy a new vehicle
continue to declutter books!
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