Sunday, July 31, 2011

Storm plays Ketchup

I know it has been about a week since I have blogged. I apologize for that, but I have been on vacation once again soaking up the good life! The girls and I went for a little vacation to the Great Wolf lodge. We were gone Monday- Wednesday. Thursday & Friday I had been babysitting the Marchek kiddo's. Yesterday and Today I have been scrapping. 


I have finally started to scrap our wedding pictures. It has taken me a long time to gather all the pictures, mementos and wedding planning items. 
Here is the page I worked on today. Hopefully, they won't all take this long, but this one was special to me. It was the "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue." This page was a lot of fun, but I spent a lot of time typing all of this on each page, but I hope the next wedding scrapbook pages go quicker..

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Storm has a little baby Moe


 My dear Andrea is rather pregnant and glowing! She looks so beautiful and you can tell she is so excited to be a mommy!!


 I think she looks so beautiful in these pictures and she didn't know I was taking them, which is even better....  Look at the cute Belly!!


Did you know Andrea is having a boy? She will not tell anyone the name of her baby, so I call him Moe.. I know his name start's with an M... I am almost sure of this.. She won't even give me a hint, so I call him "Moe."


All of us girls... Wishing Katrina was here for this picture, but am so glad the three of us could get together with Andrea.. It was such good fellowship.. .I am so glad to see all my SAU girls!! It is so wonderful!! 

Dave, you better watch out! Kelsey really loved to hold Elijah and I think she wants a baby, so watch out... 

Erin made some yummy and beautiful cupcakes.. They were so delicious and had cookie dough in the middle of them.. Yum.. I am still thinking of how yummy they are now..



Andrea is opening baby gifts for Moe and Kelsey is her secretary.. So cute.... Love those two!! 


Happy Baby Shower Moe and we are so thrilled to see you in September. I am hoping you come out soon because Mom is starting to become uncomfortable, but when you come out, you got lots of people who will love you... So excited to celebrate "Moe" baby day!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Enemies of the Heart

Andy Stanley who is a pastor and founder of North Point Ministries has written a new book called Enemies of the Heart. This book talks about four specific emotions; guilt, anger, greed and jealousy. Andy talks about these four emotions to be responsible for undesirable acts that we as Christians commit. In the book he explores each of these emotions and how they influence the daily lives of the human race. These four emotions have the power to build or destroy relationships with others. They have the power to destroy families, homes, friendships and careers if not explored/ challenged.  This book talks about how our heart reflects our real emotions and feelings. The heart is the wellspring of our life and often we hide stuff in our heart, but don't realize how those feelings actually play out in our words, actions and deeds towards others. 



This book has a six week discussion guide too and would be great for a small group bible study. I am spending a lot of time understanding my anger, guilt, greed and jealousy. This book will open up your eyes for sure. This gets a 5/5 stars for me! Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for a free review copy. They did not compensate me for my review. This is my honest opinion. 

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 (5/30)

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 (5/6 March 26, 2011, April 22, 2010, May 6, 2010, June 6, 2011, July 18, 2011)

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 (Great Wolf Lodge July 2011)

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 1/5(Flordia 2011)

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 (June 2011, Seizures)

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 (June 2011)

91. Make Monkey Bread

92.  Paint on a Canvas (May 4, 2011)

93. Visit Disney World (July 2011)

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)



Well, slowly I am getting there!!

Storm's Sweet Sanctuary

I have to tell you about this new book that I am reading.. Oh, I so love it.. Many of you may be familiar with Shelia Walsh. She is best know and recognized as a "Women of Faith" author. Anyways, she wrote this new book called "Sweet Sanctuary" and I think you might really relate to it..

Wren, a single mother tries to meet the needs of her son, Charlie by working in a small town library. Her grandmother shows up at her door steps and wants to plan a family reunion. Wren has a difficult time trying to balance all the different areas in her life. As she works hard to put her son through music school, she has not seen or heard from Charlies dad in ten years. Suddenly, her ex-husband shows up wanting to get to know Charlie. While all of this is going on, Wren has to learn that we don't always know the plans God has for each storm we face in life.  This book has reminded me that God is in control and that we have to let him be the one to steer the boat. This book was a great reminder no matter how big or small, God is in control and he is going to use each situation to help us grow, trust and love more... Great book.


Book sneeze provided me this complimentary book and did not compensate me for a positive review. I would give this 4 out of 5 stars.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Storm's Mixed Emotions

This afternoon I feel a bunch of mixed emotions. First, I found out that I did not get the School Social Worker job at Wayland Union Schools. While initially I fell disappointed, frustrated and upset, I also feel relieved.


These mixed emotions come from this huge emotion pool that I have been dealing with... I am disappointed because as Drew and I try to move forward in paying off our student loans, we can't pay them off as quickly as we could if I made more money. Unfortunately, Drew's salary won't be increasing anytime soon, so the pressure is on for me to find a job that pays more money. Now, I don't want to sound ungrateful or that I am complaining. Let me say, I am completely grateful for my job and my husbands... We both are so thankful to have jobs! However, we both would feel the weight of debt leave us if we could pay them off quicker.. We are doing the best we can, with what we have.. 


In some way, I am relieved I did not get the school social worker job because I love the people I work with. I love the kids I work with and I am invested into the district I serve. While I do not get benefits and do not make a high wage, I love where I work. I also love that they have been the people who have been so supportive during this medical mess of my life. It is nice that I do not need to start over and that I have such supportive people in my district who care about me.. Or at least I think they do......


Also, I am highly thankful and able to say the ovarian cyst that they found, did burst.... Which is great, but explains a lot of my pain last month. I am praying and hoping nothing returns, especially since I am not on birth control anymore...


Thanks for all the prayers, well wishes and support... I have just needed it so badly during this hard time.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Storm's Worry

I probably worry a lot more than one should.. I am a big worry wart.. Why? I don't know.. I think it has gotten worse, as I have gotten older.... 


When we were in Disney, I bought a bracelet that said " Don't even Tink about It." This bracelet is a constant reminder not to worry so much... I lose sleep over worrying.. I know what the Bible says about worrying, but I have a hard time stopping my racing thoughts.. Are you a worrier? 


You might ask "What are you so worried about?" My response:  I am worried about the job interview I had today. While it wasn't the worst interview, I feel very much on the fence about how I interviewed. I couldn't have done anything to prepare myself, I know that if its right, than God will work out the details. At the same time, I don't know that it is a right fit for me either. I pray that God will direct the steps of this because for the first time I don't have a gut feeling or intuition that will help direct my mind... 


Now that I have that off my chest..... I have one more item of business and then maybe I can join my snoring husband and get some sleep........




As you may have found out... the MRI was completely NORMAL!!!   Great!!! However, it doesn't entirely explain the seizures, however a family member has come forward and has explained to me that two of the woman in my family have had seizures directly relating to hormonal shifts, birth control and menstruation. (Sorry guys!! Gotta get it off my mind)..  In females, one can have permanent brain irritation due to birth control pills because of the hormonal shift that occurs.... Luckily for me, I am stopping my birth control pills, without my doctors consent, which I may get in trouble, may not.. Not sure... 


However, I had a cyst on one of my ovaries, so the birth control was supposed to reduce that problem. Tomorrow (Wed), I go in for anther pelvic ultrasound (so uncomfortable) to see if the cyst has gotten smaller or I will have to get it removed.. Most women continue to develop these unless they have their ovaries or are no longer ovulating... 


After all this thinking.. I wonder if the seizures are a direct result of the ovarian cysts or a direct result of too much or too little estrogen or a huge shift in my hormones? If this is a the case or would be the case for the rest of my life, would it better to get rid of my female organs???  Stop the hormones??? You have hormone shifts for most of your life.. .Till like 50??? Worry wart me says... Who has the answers to this??
According to my Aunt, I need to go to Mayo Clinic and be completely looked at... Sigh..... 


Just some thoughts... I need to get my worrying done... Now, I might be able to sleep..

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Storm who has an interview

Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. I have an interview with Wayland Union Public Schools for either a part-time or Full-time Social Work position.


 I could use prayer not for about "getting the job" (Which would be great too), but that it would be the right fit for my current life circumstance.. I need understanding, loving and supportive people.. Could use the prayer...
Thanks friends!

1st Year Anniversary to a Storm

As Drew and I have been through our first year of marriage, a lot has happened both big and small in our lives. Some things have been better than others, but each challenged has helped us grow stronger. 
In April, we booked a trip for Disney World in celebrating our 1st Year Anniversary. After paying off some student loan debt and all the never ending medical expenses, we decided we needed to do something for us.... So.. How about a trip to Disney World? All of which was Drew's idea..... 









We took over a thousand pictures and I believe it was our best trip ever.. We both look forward to the next trip, which will not be for a couple of years, but for now we will remember all the memories that we made..


Make a wish and do as dreamers do..... Then all your wishes... Will come ... True...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Storm meets the Famous Emily Maynard

If you have watched the past season of the Bachelor, you know that Brad Womack fell in love with Emily Maynard, a sweet southern woman with a little girl, Rickie.

While in Disney World, I spotted Emily and Rickie. When Drew and I were walking past the Teacup ride, I passed her and did a double take because I wasn't sure, but I thought it was her because of her white teeth.  Drew told me to go check and see if it really was her, especially since she was with a Disney worker... We had to find out if it was her. We watched her get on the Teacups and then I knew it was definately her. 
Emily and Rickie on Tea Cups



 After she got off the ride, I went up to her asked if she was "Emily from the Bachelor" and wondering if she would take a picture... She said "yes" and I was star struck... Drew and I have talked about famous people being at Disney, but I have never seen someone, until this trip.


In person, she is very sweet, super pretty and so nice... It was so cool to finally meet someone famous.. Here is my picture with her...

What I'm Reading: The Final Hour

If you enjoy high crime, suspense and action then the Homelander series is for you. The story of Final Hour is about a young teenage boy, Charlie West who finds himself in Jail. One minute he was a teenager who felt alone, despite struggling to do the right thing and then next time he knows he is in jail with a recollection of a memory about a terrorist attack that soon will occur and if he doesn't do anything, millions of people will die and he will have the guilt of knowing that he could have stopped it. 


The final book, Final Hour allows closure to the entire series and the reader will find out if Charlie will succeed or have to live the rest of his life as an enemy of America filled with guilt and regret.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes fast pace or action books.

I received  this book from Book Sneeze. I was not required to write a positive review for this book, and I was not compensated in any ways for this.

What I'm Reading: God's Love Letters to You

Dr. Larry Crabb wrote God's Love Letters to You as a 40 Day Devotional Experience that invites you to spend time with the Savior, which takes about 5 minutes per day. It is a short devotional that starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation. At the end of each devotional, there is a section on reflection and prayer time. This is a great devotional that is simple, but allows one to further and deepen their relationship with the Lord.  Great for a women's Bible Study...

This book was provide from book sneeze. This was my oponion and I was not compensated for this review.

What I'm Reading: Never the Bride

Never the Bride is a novel full of humor about Jessie Stone who has never been the bride, but always the Bridesmaid. This book reminded me some what of 27 Dresses with the exception that when Jessie had failed relationships time and time again she finally allowed God to write her love story, it was better than she could ever expect. The interesting part about this book is that God shows up in human flesh, which can make this story a bit confusing to the reader at times, but overall I think this book has a good message about allowing God to be the author of one's life.
This wasn't a favor book of mine and I probably would not buy this book, but rent it from the library. I would give this book three stars.

This book was given to me from Multnomah Water Brook Publishing company for my honest review. They did not compensate me for this book and this is my honest review.
 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Vacation

I will not return until July 13th. Happy 4th and talk to you soon fellow bloggers!