Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Monica over at The Homespun Heart and her sister Carrie are hosting a sister swap with a theme of REFRESH! I already have some ideas. If you'd like to join in on the fun, click on the picture and head on over to read all about it!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Would you like some roses from our rose bush? Of course you wouldn't, because they are full of earwigs!!!! Those nasty little bugs hide deep down inside the rose petals and sneak into our house when we fill a vase with roses. Do you have a summer pest that you'd like to deter? Head on over to Shakyard and get in on this contest offering an array of pest control products that we are all sure to need in one way or another!
Ok but let me first give my disclaimer of the week "I haven't been home." I have been away from home all week and thus my routine has had to flex and some of my SMART habits have been put off until I return.
- DRINKING WATER: 6/7 days I drank at least 5 glasses of water. The 7th day I had a little less. Overall, this is well on its way to becoming a habit.
- DAILY EXERCISE - 20 MINUTES/DAY: 5/7 not too bad. My feeling sick has contributed to 2 days without exercise. Drat!
- RELAX - 20 MINUTES/DAY: 7/7 This one's becoming easy. Or maybe it's the retreat-like environment of being away from home in a nice quiet house with 2 lovely doggies for company?
- EAT MORE VEGGIES: I'm tracking 4-5 servings per day. 4/7 days I met my quota. The other 3 days I had some veggies, but didn't meet the 4-5 serving quota. Still working on this one.
- FOCUSED HOUSE-WORK: 20 MINUTES/DAY: 1/7 DRAT! Again, I was not home and I'm not counting the house I'm staying at, which is virtually spotless to begin with. I only need to sweep there and wash any dishes that I use so that doesn't count. But I did come home on Saturday and did some focused housework then. I'll be home on Monday and will work on this during the upcoming week.
- READ 3 HEALTH-RELATED ARTICLES/DAY: 5/7 So-So. I'm trying to keep this goal as somewhat of a priority. I'm wanting to do it in the same time-frame when I am checking my e-mails in the morning, at home or at work doesn't matter. I just need this to keep me focused on my health.
- HOME COOKED MEALS 3 DAYS/WEEK: Hmmm... how shall I rate this one? Having not been home, I was having sandwiches most every day. Does making breakfast yesterday count? So maybe it's a 1/7ish? Again - will try harder next week when I am actually home.
- MORNING DEVOTIONS DAILY: 7/7 HABIT!!!! If I don't have time to actually sit down and read my Bible in the morning, I always tap into the devotional series from The Upper Room as part of reading my e-mail each morning.
- PRAISE AND PRAYER WALKS 20 MINUTES/DAY: 7/7 on the Prayer. 5/7 on the walks. Doing quite well and feeling so blessed! God is good!
- STRENGTH TRAINING: 2/7 not great. Didn't take my weights with me, so I only achieved this when I was at home last weekend. Will pick them up again this coming week.
Thanks to Lara over at The Lazy Organizer for hosting this even though her computer is on the fritz this week. Come join us in creating good habits!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
• What are we really saying when we give him the eye roll?
• What body language communicates acceptance to your spouse.
• In your own marriage, how has your body language defused an explosive situation?
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
I've been at this establishment for 6 years now. I have endured several changes in management and several title changes all within the same department. When I was moving to Kentucky I had given my resignation notice a couple months in advance. That's when I dreamed up the possibility of working from home! THEY TOTALLY BOUGHT IT!!! We worked out all the specifics and off I went to Kentucky. They flew me home every month and I would stay with my friend or family for about 10 days before returning to my ol' Kentucky home.
I can honestly say that my employer has been good to me. They support me in educating me and getting me the tools I need to do my job. I am well compensated for my work. I have a flexible schedule and plenty of perks. I can definitely see myself working here for the long haul. I am very blessed to have the opportunity to serve here.
Join us in Blessings Monday won't you... Head on over to Down On The Farm and tell us all about your blessings!
There were a couple of times when I found myself feeling selfish about things. I caught myself and turned it around. Man that's hard sometimes. I have to say though... before this challenge I never realized how different things could be! Really - things are great!
Would you like to join in on this challenge? Head on over to Fruit In Season and tell us all about it.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
This week Kim asks us to share our "Defining Moment" in respect to our Spiritual journey. So here's my contribution...
I'm one of those people who grew up in a church-going family. Having been consistently exposed to it, I had no earth shattering experience that brought me to Christ. I have had many times of growth that have changed my life for the better.
I think the most transformation was when I was engaged and the first few years of my marriage. My husband grew up Catholic. I was protestant. When we were engaged, we were seeking a church where we could meet in the middle. We found one and were married there. This church offered much in the line of biblical education... classes, bible studies, and small groups, and we even started volunteering in the church youth group. We dug in together and have been blessed abundantly. As a couple we include spiritual growth as part of our routines. We attend church regularly. We tithe. We pray before our meals. We take part in regular bible study (together and individually). We pray for one another daily, and we seek to surround ourselves with Godly people.
After my hubby graduated from college, he worked for a time in a non-related field before the Lord called us to move from our home... several states away... to leave behind all that I had never wanted to leave. He enrolled in Seminary in KY, fully expecting to be surrounded by Youth Ministry for the rest of our lives. We had some significant experiences there. Looking back I think that our time there may have been more for me than him. I endured joy and sorrow and a closeness to God like never before. After a year of studies and some personal struggles, we returned to PA... where we call home.
There have been many instrumental persons who helped me along on this journey... my Grandmother's faithful prayers for me... our good friends from small group... our close friends and pastor in KY. This is merely a snippet of my journey... stay tuned on Fridays for more insights from my spiritual walk with the Lord.
RELAX - 20 MINUTES/DAY: 7/7 days YES! I hope this isn't becoming a lazy habit!
EAT MORE VEGGIES: I'm tracking 4-5 servings per day. 1/7 was perfect. I notice a steady decline thru-out the week. This is my wake-up call!
FOCUSED HOUSE-WORK: 20 MINUTES/DAY: 2/7 is not good. As mentioned earlier this was a work late almost every day kind of week. I need to get out of that routine and into better ones! In better news our house is no longer under construction, at least for now. It's still a little unorganized, but is being put back together one room at a time.
READ 3 HEALTH-RELATED ARTICLES/DAY: 6/7 - Fantastic! This is so good for keeping my health-related focus!
HOME COOKED MEALS 3 DAYS/WEEK: 4/7 Over the top!!! The new fridge came on Thursday and I stocked up on some fresh goodies!!!
MORNING DEVOTIONS DAILY: 7/7 YES. I subscribe to the online version of "Our Daily Bread."
PRAISE AND PRAYER WALKS 20 MINUTES/DAY: 4/7 while walking, but 7/7 overall. This is essential to my successes overall. I am so blessed!
STRENGTH TRAINING: 3/7 not bad, but not where I want to be. Another wake-up call!
First - fold the fitted sheet. See Mrs. U's post if you haven't already mastered this task.
Next, fold the flat sheet.
Fold all but ONE of the pillow cases.
Place the pile INSIDE the one unfolded pillow case.
Fold one end in towards the pile.
And then up over the pile... look out for the kitty!
- Jesus meets me every morning. For as long as I can remember I have loved mornings. There is something about the freshness of each new day. Have you ever seen the beauty of the rising sun? Mornings mean that the day is new. It's time to start over... to do better than yesterday. With a glimpse of the sun I am reminded of how he comes forth from his chamber bringing light to the world in which I live. Psalm 19 reminds us "The spacious heavens declare the glory of the Lord." My Grandmother used to sing to me in the morning... "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
- Jesus is the perfect example. Would you like to converse with someone who has walked a mile in your shoes? God put himself in our shoes. Christ was born as a man and understands the limitations of such. He put himself before us in that he gave his life so we could one day enjoy life eternal in his presence. In our innermost relationships on Earth, especially marriage, we strive to put another's needs ahead of our own. Our human nature interferes and fills us with selfish needs, but Christ is anything BUT selfish. This is the example that God has demonstrated in the Trinity. The example is perfect.
- Jesus understands me. When we struggle, we seek the advice or consolation of one who 'understands.' Jesus came to Earth in the form of a man. He experienced life, temptation, and death in the most complex of forms. When we are struggling, we can rest assured that Jesus was there. He understands.
- Jesus took the nails for me. My imperfections abound. I am lazy. I am selfish. I make poor choices. These are only the beginning. Have you ever imagined the pain that your nails caused Christ? It's heart-wrenching to realize it. I'm ashamed to admit how painful my nails are and this is often what drives me to make positive changes.
- Jesus loves me. He didn't have to choose me. At times I feel so un-lovable. I am so blessed to have a relationship with him. Isn't it just like me to love someone who loves me first.
Oh, now am I supposed to tag some others to glorify God by telling us how they love Jesus... so here it goes:
My Mom at World of Jemit
Marci at Down On The Farm
Mrs. U at Making A House A Home
Marci at The Homespun Heart
Ok, so I'm almost a week late on this post, but not because I forgot. So the Honoring My Husband challenge has come to a month-long close. Wow - that went all too fast. Rest assured, this challenge is a life-long quest of which I am honored to be participating in. Christine, our host over at Fruit In Season, reminds us that:
No marriage is perfect.She is so right and we all know it! Her challenge has opened our eyes to so much indepth insight into our marriages... how we bond, how we communicate, how we honor, lift-up, and serve our mates, and how blessed we are to have such a union.
Looking back I can see how my marriage has grown. I've questioned my hubby about my being a "good wife" many times and he always proclaimed that I was. After the efforts of this challenge, I don't have to ask about it. His response to my new found attitude says it all. I've gone from "I'm a wife not a maid" attitude to "It's my honor and pleasure to serve him." WOW what a drastic difference. He's gone from "couch potato/computer game addicted" to "what can we do together today Honey." That about says it all!
Thanks Christine for all these eye opening weeks of discovery and here's to a life full of such adventures! If ya'll would like to participate or just simply peruse the posts of the many other ladies who have endured this life-changing challenge, click on the photos at the top of this post.
P.S. If you'd like to see some of my progress in praising my Handy Hubby, peruse my blog to see the recent work he's done on our home! He's so HANDY!!!!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
No folks... there is nothing wrong with my camera... That's the dust flying! (or do we have orbs?) Ha ha ha. See how the living room and dining room both fit in the dining room? Well... almost!
Marci over at Down On The Farm hosts this lovely weekly discussion. Head on over and join us in sharing our blessings!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I had a peanut butter sundae - made at home. I took 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter and smeared them onto the bottom of a custard cup. I nuked it just long enough to make it nice and soft and warm. I topped it with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUMMMMMMY!!!!
I was checking the Bruster's site online. Did you know that if you bring your own banana on Thursdays you can get a banana split for half price? How about... if you have a dog, the give free sundae's for dogs. Little kiddos can get a free baby cone if they aren't over the height requirement. Some stores even host a PJ weekend where you show up in PJs and get a free treat. WOW - who knew all of that!
Can anyone tell that I LOVE ice cream!?
What's your favorite flavor? I like a strawberry sundae with chocolate soft-serve ice cream. Or a peanut butter cup sundae with chocolate ice cream. Well folks... I do believe it's time for me to indulge!!! What about you?!
P.S. For a good homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, head over to Scribbit and check it out.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Would you like a chance at it? Head on over and get in on it!
"We all know how strong an influence our habits can be in our lives but have you ever thought of being a slave to them? Are you imprisoned by them? If bad habits are keeping you from reaching your life's goals then you are."
DAILY EXERCISE - 20 MINUTES/DAY: Doing well. Hit the treadmill every day this week except for Friday. I'm happy to report that my workout was no less than 25 minutes each. I'm keeping up with the strength training too. I added forward lunges with weights at least 2 days.
EAT MORE VEGGIES: I'm tracking 4-5 servings per day. 5/7 days is pretty good for me!
FOCUSED HOUSE-WORK: 20 MINUTES/DAY: 2/7 I'm ashamed to say. This week has been one of those work-late every day kind of weeks.
Many many thanks to the host, Kailani over at An Island Review for hosting this saweet give-away. I've been a regular reader for about a month now... obviously one of my new faves!
What??? YOU want to win something??? We'll you've got to play to win! Head on over to An Island Review and get in on some of the upcoming fun!
For a glimpse into Kailani's life, check out An Island Life. And if you have tiny ones or nursing mothers in your life who would benefit from some really cute personalized baby stuff, check out Island Baby Boutique. She's got some sweet embroidery to choose from - Personally I like the "Sweat Pea" design.
Yippie... I can't wait to get my new bling!