Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Sunshine is coming, the storm is passing

What a great day! I am praising God for it.

First, got a free pedicure from AVEDA. This week they are giving teachers or school employee's a free service.. My pedicure would have normally cost $45!  Plus, I was able to get a free bottle of nail polish, the expensive kind.. It was so nice and relaxing.. Refreshing for sure...

Second, I opened the mail to find an anonymous cashiers check.... I don't know who you are, but thank you and I am on a mission to find out if it was YOU! 

Two days till the start of camping vacation and then to see the mouse.. God is working everything out.. I need to trust and have faith.. AHH..

Now we gotta get Drew's job situ. figured out and life will be stable again....

Friday, June 24, 2011

What I'm reading: Prayer Walk Becoming A Woman of prayer, strength and Discipline

Author Janet Mc Henry, a sufferer of depression, exhaustion and weight gain decided to make a change that would require spiritual discipline, strength and the courage to do something that would change her life. 
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She decided to begin a prayer walk routine that would transform her mind, body and soul. "Prayer Walk" is very practical on how to get up, get exercising and start praying. This book includes a thirty day prayer and fitness challenge, which I'll admit is hard because it requires a lot of spiritual discipline. It also has a great Bible Study and discussion guide that would be great for a Women's Bible Study. In addition it provides information on how to organize a community prayer walk. 

This book has made me think about prayer on my runs. Often, I just let my mind wander, but I am now challenged to pray for my friends, family, church leaders, government leaders and those who are less fortunate in other countries. This book is very challenging and is hard to take in. This book will spiritually, physically and emotionally challenge you.

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah publishing company for providing me this complimentary book to review. These opinions are my own, they did not pay me for this review.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Might as well continue to be knocked down

Well, since the diagnosis of being an epileptic not only is that scary itself, but I have to have an expensive ($800 + MRI out of pocket) to rule on brain tumors. If you ask me, I think I have a brain tumor, if you ask my husband, he thinks I'm nuts. 

Either way we hope to have a real answer in about a week.. Seizures can be a symptom of a brain tumor and that is why we have to have this very expensive test.. I cannot even begin to explain medically how much we have spent this year, at least $1000 for sure and now we are adding this expensive test. Also, I forgot to mention we are going on vacation in a week too.. How this seems to have perfect timing. 

My husband says "everything will be fine", but let's be real... It my mind, not everything is fine. Whether I truly have epilepsy or a brain tumor, life isn't fine right now. I am just very angry and I feel the right to be angry...

I am mad.. Pissed even.. To have a label... to possibly lose my drivers license.. I am in for a real treat or maybe my husband is.. .God grant us patience because I am about ready to lose it..

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


The word alone freaks me out. The implications of the word is enough to change people's lives. Today, I was diagnosed with Complex Partial Epilepsy Frontal Lobe. The passing out incidents are actually seizures. Drew and I were both floored with the diagnosis. 

The good news: I can be treated with medications, which will put an end to this. The bad news, well, I could lose my drivers license and we have a lot of unknowns. The neurologist did not give me a reason why this came on as an adult, again very unknown. He was not a pleasant doctor to deal with. He gave us exactly fifteen minutes, opened the door and let us out. Very awkward, unhelpful and unprofessional.

I am going to have an MRI on my brain to see if a tumor is causing the possible seizures, to find out exactly what is causing them, if their is a reason about why they are happening.  It could show a possible growth, scar or any physical reasons why the seizure is occurring. The MRI will hopefully be able to tell us where in the brain and if anything can be done or if their is a specific cause. If a specific cause is found, the seizure could be a symptom of something larger. I am a nervous ball of nerves, but for now I will be taking meds and hope to continue living life. Will keep you posted.
Prayers could be used as Drew and I are dealing with the initial shock and implications of this.

What I'm Reading Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance

Authors John Trent and Gary Smalley offer a unique perspective on unconditional love and approval that comes from relationships with one's parents. This book offers very practical advice on how important relationships with parents are, but how as children we do not have to only seek or gain only their approval. While this is vital to the way we view ourselves and how we relate to others, we also know that God views on as a child who is loved. Whether one has good or bad family relationships, this book is helpful. Towards the end of the book it includes help for those who grew up in an environment where parents weren't so able to bless their child.

The books breaks up "the blessing" into five elements; meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future and active commitment. This book is well written and easy to follow, but very practical and would be a great tool for new parents or adult children trying to seek/gain the approval of their parents. This book is scripture based and is just a great read.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, June 17, 2011

The most Productive Day EVER

I am so blessed to have summers off from my job.. I don't get paid, but my husband and I are fortunate enough to live off one income if necessary. I pick up a lot of odd job in the summer like babysitting and dog sitting, ect. 

Although this is only my second day of summer, I have been so incredibly productive. First, this morning I went to the mall where I scored some great deals at Yankee Candle and Bath& Body Works. I then found a super cute red shirt at Charlotte Russe! Then I went off to Target to buy a lighter and finally finished by going to Aldi's to buy some much needed groceries.

I ended up cleaning out the freezer and the refrigerator, which was disgusting, but needed some serious attention. I was able to get rid of three bags of old food that had gone bad... I need to get better about the expiration dates. After the groceries were put away, I emptied the trash and began dusting the entire apartment from top to bottom. You can smell a heavy scent of cleaner. 

I then cleaned up this awesome Dell laptop bag I found at Goodwill for $4.99. Drew needed a new one, his strap broke on his old one, so I found this awesome one and was pretty excited about the price. It is all cleaned up and ready for some serious action. I then fixed our wheel to the suitcase, which was seriously messed up.
Finally, I sewed up my favorite pair of shorts and added two buttons.. Is anyone else having a hard time finding shorts? What is with the crazy style this season? They are all so up the butt tight or so short you might see a cheek... Serious!! I can either find super skanky shorts or grandma shorts.. .Why cannot find shorts in the middle?? At least I was able to save my favorite shorts and thank goodness for knowing how to sew!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What I'm Reading: Cure for the Common Life

If you are a fan of Max Lucado, I suggest you read "Cure for the Common Life." This book is all about living in "your sweet spot" and how God has made us each for a special purpose. The book is very encouraging to the 70% of working adults who feel like they haven't found their sweet spot yet. How often does Monday come around and we drag ourselves to work wondering why we are doing it? How often do we feel incapable of the work God has called us to do?  How come our talents are not being used? We know God has gifted us with talents, but how can we use them to benefit the kingdom?

This book give practical ways to see the ordinary life in an extraordinary way. Max is able to make you feel like even the job that you are currently are in, God is using your gifts. The difference is attitude and seeking out how God is using your gifts whether you like your job or not. Also, Max make good points on how your job doesn't define you. This book will motivate you to find "your sweet spot."

This book was given to me for my honest review , I was not compensated by Book Sneeze for this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Offically Summer Vacation!!

 Today was my last day at K-Ville! Well, until the fall... We had a great day at the park and roller skating.. Our kids really enjoyed the last day.. I will miss all of them, but I am ready for the official start of SUMMER vacation!!!

Love the people I work with and some that just show up for fun!
 Lily bean!! Such a sweet little girl..
 Love my Splat the Cat who would not show his face, but super cute!! Expect more pictures and posts to follow.. I am now home for the summer and expect to be completely available for blogging!!
Happy Summer!


Saturday, June 11, 2011

What I'm Reading: Managing God's Money

" Managing God's Money" by Randy Alcorn is a very easy, quick and inspiring read. For only $5.99 this book offers great practical advice in how to spend and tithe money. Money is an essential part to our daily lives whether we want it to be or not. Randy provides Biblical teaching in how to handle our finaces in a Godly way.

This is a book that would be great for a Pastor, Recent Graduate or a family who is trying to be a good steward. This is a great book that I will keep as reference on my book shelf from time to time. I think parts of this book could be applicable for a youth group or church study. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ridge and Kennedy

How is it that babies grow so fast? My new cousins have gone from being babies to almost toddlers.. Take a look.. They are so cute..
 A year ago... and now....

 I cannot believe how much personality they have now...  What sweet little blessings these two are...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Disney Trip

This afternoon, our travel documents arrived for Disney. Drew and I are completely excited! We are thrilled to spend our first anniversary in Disney. We know the weather is going to be hot, but we could care less. We even got these cute luggage tags.. Will post pictures later.

Friday, June 3, 2011

101 in 1001 Update

101 in 1001

101 Goals in 1001 Days
I have goals for my life and I will mark the progress of these goals over the next two years. I challenge you to join me in the journey.

Start Date: March 27, 2011
End Date: December 25, 2013 

1. Finish my Social Work Limited License (4000 hours) Close to completing 2000

2. Pass my Licensure Exam
3. Get a school Social Work Job

4. Develop and Design a workbook on Anger for Kids

5. Learn photo shop
6. Blog every day for a month
7. Host a giveaway on my blog

8. Inspire someone else to do 101 in 1001 day

9. Purchase a new Desktop Mac Computer

10. Organize bathroom and find a new, efficient way to store towels.  May 8, 2011

11.  Hang 5 pictures on the wall (3/5)

12. Keep the kitchen floor clean for 1 week

13.  Learn how to use the grill

14. Try to cook 30 new recipes (2/30) Greek Yogurt Recipe, Taco Salad

15. Cook homemade meals for every weekend for a month.

16. Organize my computer files

17. Get rid of unnecessary items filling clutter

18. Go to bed at 9pm for a week straight

19. Fit comfortably in a size 6  (Currently, between an 8-10)

20. Lose 30lbs (15 down)

21. Run a Marathon

22. Drink only water for 2 weeks.

23.  Inspire someone else to lose weight.

24. Get a flatter stomach

25. Eat breakfast for a week straight.

26. Be confident in a bikini.

27. Count Weight Watchers Points faithfully for 1month
28. Finish writing my children’s book.
29. Learn how to use my Digital SLR Camera
29. Make our wedding Scrapbook

30. Buy a sewing machine.
 31. Learn how to use a sewing machine.

32. Make up my own social skill activities for 8 lessons (8/8) Completed  June 1, 2011

33.  Send 30 cards to people expectantly (4/30)

34.Rent/ Watch 50 new movies (11/50
Despecable Me
The Back up Plan
Christmas in Wonderland
How do you know?
Christmas Cottage
Grown Ups
Denis the Menace Christmas
Christmas Dogs
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown 
Mall Cop 
Old Dogs

35.Go to the Library 1x a month for 6months (1/6 March 26, 2011, April 22, 2010, May 6, 2010)

36. Try 5 new restaurants

37. Go to a Hockey Game

38. Go on a date with Drew each weekend for a month (0/4)

39. Stay home for entire weekend without leaving

40. Read 100 new books
1) Life without Limits
2) Love at Last Sight
3) Chocolate Diaries
4) Max on Life
5) Unleashed
6) Sister Chicks Sombreros
7) Departures, Sierra Jensen and Christy Miller
8) A Cowboys Touch

41. Read my Bible every day for a month

42. Read “1000 Gifts”
43. Pray together with my husband at least 2 nights a week for a month.

44. Go on a girl’s vacation with Rachel & Mom

45. Have professional pictures taken of Drew and I 1x every year (0/3)

46. Meet 5 new people

47.Play a board game

 48. Go on a family vacation with my parents

49.Go to a museum

50. Go snorkeling with fish

51. Go to 5 different states

52. Go out of the country

53. Take a Cruise

54. Send Children’s Book to Publishers

55. Cook out of a cook book for a week

56. Pay off three more student loans (Would like to become completely debt free at somepoint)

57. Stick to a monthly budget for 6months

58. Buy Curtains for our living room Bought them and returned them. Decided it looked better with out curtains. May 18, 2011

59.Build a Snowman

60. Call in Sick to work (not to be sick, but just to take the day off)

61. Go to a Bingo hall and play Bingo

62. Buy and re-read a book from my childhood

63. Visit a Zoo

64. Organize my book shelf  (April 2010)

65. Buy a new car( new to me, can be used)

66.  Buy a lottery ticket for fun

67. Read 4 self helps books

68. Sleep a week straight without getting up in the middle of night

69. Cut and Color my hair

70. Organize my scrapbooking supplies  (April 18, 2011)

71. Stop biting my nails

72. Paint my fingernails 1x a month for 6months (March 18, 2011, April 22, 2011, May 8, 2011)

73. Buy new lipstick

74. Wear makeup for a week straight

75. Clean up my language

76. Go Christmas Caroling

77. Stop being critical of myself

78. Get Life Insurance

79.  Give my blog a transformation ( April 9, 2011)

80. Get a diagnosis for my passing out episodes

81. Go Ice skating

82. Keep my email inbox to 0 emails

83.  Complete my “Wreck this Journal”

84. Complete a coloring book

85.  Do a random act of kindness for 10 people (1/10, March 26, 2011- Huge Tip for Waitress at Fridays, )

86. Finish a 1000 jigsaw puzzle

87.  Fly a Kite

89.  Get my picture taken with Santa

90.  Get a new cell phone

91. Make Monkey Bread

92.  Paint on a Canvas (May 4, 2011)

93. Visit Disney World

94.  Make a family Tree

95. Go to a Casino

96.  Learn to French Braid

97. Donate $1 to Charity for each item I do not complete on this list

98.  Buy an expensive camera lens

99. Change my name

100.  Have a pampered chef party ( May 6, 2011)

101. Give up candy for a month ( as I am eating a bowl full of jelly beans at the moment)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Yummiest Taco Salad on Earth

I made the most yummiest taco salad yesterday evening. Drew isn't a big salad fan, but he definately loved this delicious recipie. The ingredients are listed below. Enjoy

 1 Head of Lettuce
1lb. Hamburger
8oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Chopped Onion
4 Med Tomatoes, chopped
1 pkge of Nacho Doritos
1 pkge of taco seasoning

8oz Thousand Island
1tbsp. Taco Seasoning (Reserved)
1 tbsp. Taco Sauce

Brown hamburger and drain off fat. Add taco seasoning (remember to reserve 1 tablespoon for dressing). Let meat cool. Layer lettuce, hamburger, cheese, beans, onion and tomatoes in a large container.
Put cheese on top and refrigerate 24 hours.

Dressing: Mix Thousand Island dressing, sugar, taco seasoning and taco sauce. Refrigerate until serving time.

Just before serving: Crush chips (not too small). Add chips and dressing to layered salad and toss.

Note: Smaller portions of layered salad, chips and dressing may be tossed at each meal so that chips don't get soft and lettuce stays crisper.