Saturday, February 28, 2015

Just be you

I've had a realization in recent months that there are some things I don't like that really make me counter cultural. By admitting these few things it totally makes me a weirdo.  I don't know why I used to keep these things top secret.  I've always been okay with being weird.  

Are you ready to find out what things I don't like that it seems like everyone else does like?  Promise you'll still be my friend. Pinky promise?

This first one may cause people to gasp out loud. I didn't even realize it until Matt pointed it out to me. It's boots. I don't like boots. Tall boots, short boots, booties are just shoes trying to be trendy. I have ugg type snow boots, tall black boots, calf length brown boots, and gray sweater boots. All took me forever to find. One day while I was grumbling about putting my boots on Matt said he knew why I had such a bad attitude about boots and a hard time finding just the right pair.  He said it's because I am a summer girl. I love the beach and sandals and flats. He said it's okay if I don't like boots. 

It was like a light was switched on!   Suddenly, I felt like I had permission to be out about my feeling about boots.  I could stop my search for the perfect over the jeans, goes with everything, won't cut off circulation, or drain my bank account pair of boots.  Freedom!

Then it got me thinking about other things I don't like that I hide from the world.  There are some that I haven't been so silent about but I don't bring it up in conversation like some teen lit - think twilight, I couldn't get through the books and don't get me started with the movies. Recently, there has been divergent and hunger games. Both of the first books were not bad but not awesome or life changing or worth picking up the second. I'll just catch the movies on Netflix, maybe. 

Now this next one may be a shocker. Shrimp. Bleh!  It's a texture thing. Sometimes I find it to be rubbery and tasteless.  If it's peel and eat I can't handle it!  My father in law loves shrimp like that. The first time I quietly peeled and ate. The second time I had Matt peel.  If it's deep fried (like a shrimp po'boy) I can handle it. 

Number 4.  Kale!  Seriously, what is wrong with people?  It ranks up there on my disgusting scale with seaweed. So gross!

If I had a foodie membership card, I am sure it would be ripped to shreds for this next one. Quinoa, quinoa, quinoa.  I try to like it. I have some in the cupboard. I flavor it with things I know I like or hide it. But no, I can't get past the eyeballs. Am I the only one who thinks it looks like eyeballs and imagine corneas as I eat it?  

The last is not a huge secret either. I know I have expressed this before. I don't like running.  There, it's out officially. I can run, I do run, and I will continue to have times in life when I try to run more than others. It's good for you. Not always for the knees, but good for the heart.  Good for this chubby girls self esteem. I will forever be grateful to Mayela for gently pushing me, encouraging me, and leading a running Bible study. I never thought I could run but learning that I could was huge. 

I guess my point is just because you don't like something doesn't mean it's not good. Lots of people like things I don't. I like things others don't. That's okay.  But If you don't like something because you thinks it's hard, I encourage you to try it. You will surprise yourself. 

Ultimately, just be you.  There's no one like you. God made you to be you. That's pretty great!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Coffee cozies - Made by Me

I made crochet coffee cozies. They are such easy gifts to make. Pair it up with a gift card for coffee and you have a great little gift. 

They are really quick and easy to make. Here's a quick run down. 
Chain 30
Join the last chain to the first chain with a slip stich. 
Row 1:  Chain 2(counts as first stitch)
Half double crochet around (29 hdc) 
Join last hdc to chain 2 with slip stitch
Continue row 1 until you reach your desired size and fasten off. 

Both of the secretaries I work with have January birthdays and both are coffee drinkers. I made a navy blue one I forgot to photograph. It was 8 rows of half double crochets. 

The tan one above I did 1 row of half doubles. Then I did 4 rows of half double crossovers. It's like making a little X with your stitches. Then one more row of regular hdcs. 

It was a fun little project and just a little way to celebrate two great new friends!

Lazy Saturday

Matt and I have gotten into the habit of having lazy Saturdays. We don't run errands or go out to eat. We sleep in. Slowly drink our coffee and have breakfast then maybe some lunch. We do a little housework in between naps. 

Today we got in the kitchen together and made homemade pretzel bites. Or, since we cut them kind of big, pretzel two bites with some cheese sauce. 

They are pretty easy to make. It just takes a little patience.  They were delicious!  

We thought next time it might be fun to make pigs in a blanket with pretzel dough.  Cocktail sausages wrapped in pretzel dough?  Yes!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Super Sunday! 1-24-15

What a great week and weekend!  Last week was pretty routine. Just a nice normal week. 

1.  Tuesday night Matt and I went to the new Sprouts market in Liberty.  It was the preview before opening on Wednesday. It was crazy crowded!  But I think I will really like having it so close to Aldi as an alternative to shopping at Walmart.  I've noticed that Aldis produce has really been awesome this last couple of weeks. That's some good store peer pressure. 

2.  Friday I woke up around 8ish and was just lazily drinking my coffee and planning my shopping day when I got a phone call from Oakley. She asked if I had any plans for the day and if I would want to meet them at Wonderscope.  It was such a fun day!  I loved playing with Walker and Oakley and spending time with Jill. 

3.  We had lunch at First Watch. I always get something breakfasty there. But on Friday I had a half sandwich and half salad so I could try some new things. The sandwich was very good. But the salad!  Oh the salad!  It was the pecan Dijon salad. Pecans, chicken, bacon, teeny amount of cheese, shredded carrots, on a spring mix. The dressing was a warm honey Dijon dressing I could have drank straight from the bottle. I need to remake this at home.  Oh and this was the napkin holder. 

4.  Saturday was one of those lazy but productive days. We got a ton done around the house but I was in my pajamas until about 2:30. 

5.  Saturday night we were so blessed to have dinner with our old small group and the missionary team from our church that will be leaving this summer to plant a church in Western Asia. It was so exciting to hear how God has called them to go and make disciples of the nations. (Matthew 28 - my paraphrase).  

6.  We had Johnny, Sonia, Jackson, and Evalyn over for taco night tonight.  I pulled up some of my old center time toys from my kindergarten days.  Jackson played dinosaurs, read books, played bus, and had Matt and I following him around on his pretend fire truck.  Evalyn has 2 teeth and just talks away. Great times!  

7.  Somebody's getting brave. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's Friday! January 16

This has been such a great week!

1.  To start let's talk about how my husband got a new job in a day!  God is so good. Matt had not been loving his job. It was stressful. It drained him. He wasn't appreciated for his dedication and hard work.  Probably not by any fault of anyone and maybe he was more than I knew (he's not one to toot his own horn). It was just a high stress, go, go, go, now, now, now job. I've prayed for an opportunity to come that would let him use his talents and make him less tired and stressed.  Matt talked to his boss about a transfer and told him why he wanted one. I was a nervous wreck when he told me he was going to have the conversation. Wouldn't you know it I get a random group text from friend and former small group leader to all of us girls to make plans for a dinner this month. Well, I jumped on that and asked them to pray.  They prayed, told some husbands to pray, and sure enough Matt let me know he was getting a transfer. Yay God!  He ended up starting on Monday this week.  He goes in at 6am and is off at 2:30 which is awesome!  I get off at 3 most days so imagine the time we have!  Does this new job as a pharmacy tech pay less? Yep.  Did God teach us that He provides when I left my higher paying job? Yep!  Will He continue to provide? Of course!  Am I thrilled to have a happier more present husband?  So so happy!

2.  Today is Walker's third birthday. Last night we went to his Chuck E Cheese birthday party. What a great time!

3.  Matt and I found a new small group at church. Yay!  We are looking forward to new friendships. 

4.  I got tired of the red so I brought out the khaki covers and blue pillows. 

5.  Do you see that sun streaming in the window?  Hooray for sunshine!  It's going to be nice this weekend. I can't wait to get out and enjoy it. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

High Five for Friday

What a super duper cold week it has been!  This first full week of January has been downright frigid. But the sun has been out and the photos of sunrise and sunset out there are amazing!  

1.  Matt and I rang in the new year at home. We had appetizers for dinner and bought some mini 2 ounce bottles of flavored vodka to mix with coke and sprite.  We were crazy!  Ha!  We even managed to stay up until midnight. Well, two out of three Vaughan's made it. 

2.  New Years Day we went to a movie. We saw The Hobbit and that night I had nightmares about trolls. Ha!  

3.  We also bought a puzzle. We had never done a puzzle together. We took a couple days over the weekend to put it together.  Now I've got puzzle fever!  

4. We rearranged the house. We got rid of the TV cabinet and put the love seat by the window.  It really opens the place up!  So much more room for activities.  I want to work on a gallery wall there. 

5.  As part of my #rejoice2015 I felt like I should read 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  It's been on my wish list for a long long time. I was only able to check out the audio version. Man is it good!  The picture below is from right after I stopped crying. That first chapter!  

6.  We had the Vaughan Elwell family Christmas last weekend. It was so much fun!  I love that Sawyer, Oakley, and Walker are so lovey and sit on our laps and want to be with us.  Jill is having another girl in July and we just can't wait for niece number 3!  No photos because I was too in the moment. I love that.

7.  Finally, is it weird that a cleaning tool has made my list?  My mom and dad gave us a DustBuster for Christmas. It's great!  I'm working on the couches and the dog hair. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Word - Rejoice 2015

1 Thessalonians 5:16
I was recently challenged by a sweet new friend from central Texas to pick a word for the year.  She actually just posed a simple question but it really challenged me to think about what word I need to focus on. What word would have the most impact on my heart, faith, and life.

I've been thinking about this and praying for some guidance. I looked back at past words. 2013 my word was purpose. I was lost in my career, in the midst of infertility, and without a church. God rocked my world that year.  We found a church that was more than we had prayed for.  I changed jobs not once but twice and it led me to a job filled with grace, love, and support. A job where I discovered new skills and new ways to bring glory to God. We ended the year dramatically becoming parents and losing our first child all in the course of a day. 

2014 it was hope.  I didn't so much pick the word as it was given to me. I thought it was hope to get pregnant but I was so wrong.  I learned that my hope is not in getting pregnant or things of this world. My hope is in Jesus.  Hebrews 6:19 ran on a loop in my head.

Next year my word is rejoice. Rejoice in the glory of God. I want to be thankful and praise Him even in the hard times. I want to find His beauty in all things.  I'm so guilty of saying but God, if only things could go my way or why not me Lord or really God really?  This year I will " Rejoice always." 1 Thess 5:16