209 – New Year!

It’s a brand new year!  With all of the usual resolutions people make and then not follow through with, I plan on keeping my “resolutions” simple this year.

1. Read 50 books – What with new motherhood/parenthood quickly approaching, I have no idea what to expect or what life will be like.  So I’m not going to strive for more than 50 books this year.

2. Be an Intentional Wife – As we’re expecting our son in just 3 months, I want to keep alive the wonderful marriage Don and I have shared these past 3+ years.  I also want to keep in the forefront of my mind something we were told during our pre-marital counseling.  The priest who married us told us to always keep God first, spouse second, and children third.  He talked about how if we put our children above our spouse, there won’t be much of a marriage left once the kids are grown and out of the house.

3. Be a Real Mother – By this I mean that I want to be genuine about how I’m doing as a mother.  I don’t want to put unattainable expectations on myself when it comes to learning how to be a Mom.  This is an entirely new experience for me and I have no idea what to expect.  I also want to trust my instincts and Don’s instincts when it comes to parenting our son.

4. Love God Better – I’ve been a real slacker in terms of my relationship with God.  I haven’t prayed as much as I’d like to.  I want to change that.  He deserves better.

Not a bad list.  These are very real goals.  The only one that is actually “measurable” is my reading goal.  But I think by the end of 2014, I’ll be able to see how I am as a wife, mother, follower of Jesus, and person in general.  That will tell me how I really did on these goals/resolutions.

What’s on your list?

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174 – National Infertility Awareness Week

NIAW-2013-1in8-you-knowWe’ve only “come out” to our immediate families, but here’s the truth.  Don and I have been trying to add to our family of two for 18 months now.  We’ve been diagnosed as Infertile.  And it sucks.

Unless you’ve been through it, you have no idea what it’s like.  You’ve no idea how the littlest comment is like a dagger through the heart.  You’ve no idea that your April Fool’s Day “joke” about being pregnant isn’t funny at all.  You’ve no idea how seeing a pregnant woman makes the rest of your day shitty.  You’ve no idea what it feels like to see negative test after negative test after negative test.  You’ve no idea what it’s like to spend thousands of dollars to try to have a child only for it not to work.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGoing through Infertility has been more painful than anything I’ve ever experienced.  It meant giving up on plans and dreams we had for our lives.  It meant struggling with our faith.  It meant enduring family members being insensitive.  And those are just the top three!

And yet through it all, we’re stronger than we’ve ever been.  Our marriage is better.  We know the love and devotion we have for each other and our future family.  We know we can do it.  We know it’s worth the fight.  We will not give up on the children we’re meant to have.  We press on.  We push through.  We give it everything we have.  Our children are worth it.

If you want more information about Infertility and the very real-ness of this disease, please check out Resolve’s website.  They are the National Infertility Association and have tons of information about Infertility, the statistics of how many people/couples are actually struggling with Infertility, and much more.

The first thing I’d recommend you read is Infertility Etiquette.  Please be aware of what you say when you are speaking to an Infertile.  So often people are hurtful without meaning to be.  Don’t be one of them.
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162 – Fruit Salsa & Baked Cinnamon Chips

Picture from The Thread Effect

Picture from The Thread Effect

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe on here.  Let me just say, this one was worth the wait.  I was on Pinterest a few weeks back to see what I could find on my “Food is my Friend” board that was different.  I re-found this wonderful treat.

Words cannot describe how great this tastes!  The fruit all mixed together is wonderful!  The chips are delicious!  Put them together and it’s a foodgasm.  I whipped this up a few weeks ago for a family party and everyone at the party requested the recipe.  Don’s favorite part was how the house smelled like fresh Cinnamon Toast Crunch while making the chips.  And don’t let making the chips keep you from trying this recipe.  They were great tasting and so easy to make.

Here is the link to the original post on The Thread Effect.  If you need an easy dip for a party, make this!  You will get rave reviews!

154 – Lent

Another year…another Lent.  I’ve decided to once again take on my Lenten Musings blog.  There’s a peace in spending time away from “everything” and just sitting with God and His word and basking in who He is.  Time is what I’m giving this Lent.

While this Lent will look similar to last year, I want my heart to be in a better place.  There were times last year where I rushed to get through things to keep my “goal”.  That’s not how I want this year to be.  I want honesty and truth this year.

Blessings to you this Ash Wednesday.

126 – A Month of Thankfulness

As November has Thanksgiving, a common theme on Facebook and Twitter is to make it a point to say something you’re thankful for every day.  Here’s my list:

November 1 – Today I’m thankful that my oral surgeon said I don’t need two of my wisdom teeth cut out! Only two need pulled! Yay no surgery!
November 2 – Today I’m thankful that there’s only a 50% chance of rain! Maybe we can finally dry out from the last week of rain!
November 3 – Today I’m thankful for my husband and father-in-law putting up our new porch railing despite the cold weather.
November 4 – Today I’m so thankful for the “Best First Date Ever In The History Of The World” that happened 4 years ago today. Loving life with Donnie.
November 5 – Today I’m thankful that I only have to listen/watch one more day of political ads.
November 6 – Today I’m thankful to be an American, where I have the right to vote and choose who I want to run this country.
November 7 – Today I am thankful for my mom, who has always been there for me and has always been a shining example of love. Happy Birthday!
November 8 – Today I’m thankful for the huge dinner I got yesterday because now I don’t have to make dinner for us tonight.
November 9 – Today I’m thankful for the gift baskets I won at work! CLO tickets and Pens tickets! $100 if the lockout is still on!
November 10 – Today I’m thankful for a date day with my mom at the German Christmas Festival in Harmony.
November 11 – Today I’m thankful for the beautiful, sunny, and 70 degree Fall day! A wonderful day to be outside. Gorgeous!
November 12 – Today I’m thankful for this beautiful sunrise that God blessed me with this morning.Sunrise Pic from Work —>
November 13 – Today I am thankful for God’s faithfulness. He keeps His promises and knows His timing is best.
November 14 – Today I’m thankful for re-connecting with old friends.
November 15 – Today I’m thankful for my mom’s aunt, Millie. A wonderfully fun & hilarious woman who we sadly lost today.
November 16 – Today I’m thankful for Donnie and the date night he planned for us tonight!
November 17 – Today I’m thankful for lunch dates with a friend, book talk, and family time to celebrate my cousin’s birthday!
November 18 – Today I’m thankful for my Skype date with Leanne! Germany is just too far away. Can’t wait to see her face!
November 19 – Today I’m thankful for our warm and cozy house in this colder weather.
November 20 – Today I’m thankful for Donnie. It’s so wonderful to have a husband that makes me laugh so much.
November 21 – Today I’m thankful for the beautiful 60+ degree day we had!
November 22 – Today I’m thankful for my wonderful family and friends and getting to celebrate this holiday with them. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
November 23 – Today I’m thankful for the fun and silliness that will ensue on the Chica’s Annual Shop-a-Thon. Though, we’re sad Mary and Darla can’t join us this year. It won’t be the same.
November 24 – Today I’m thankful for the snow on the ground, the snow in the air, and Christmas Carols on the radio! Eeeeee!!!! The Christmas Season is here!!!
November 25 – Today I’m thankful for lazy days on the couch with Best Husband Ever.
November 26 – Today I’m thankful for Best Husband Ever and the ice cream he bought me for my mouth and its two less teeth.
November 27 – Today I’m thankful for wonderful friends who think of me even when they’re thousands of miles away. So happy to get mail from Germany!
November 28 – Today I’m thankful for Donnie and the constant love and support he always gives me and our marriage. In the good times and in the not-so-good times, he is there to hold me up.
November 29 – Today I’m thankful for the peace that God gives you when you fully trust you’re where He wants you to be.
November 30 – Today I’m thankful for the entire holiday season and the memories from the past, the fun of the present, the hopes and dreams for the future, and the love all the time.

All in all…it was a pretty great month!

120 – Goal #2 Complete!

30-ish Before 30 – Goal #2: Try Something New

I did it!  My something new was to start running (which I hate) and run a 5K!  This past Thursday, on Thanksgiving, Don and I ran our local Turkey Chase 5K.  Now, this might not be a big deal to you, but for those that know me, I hate running.  I’ve always sucked at it and never really enjoyed doing it at all.  When I went looking for a decent workout program, I found Couch 2 5K and thought it’d be something I could do.  The program is great.  I was never able to run for very long without getting winded.  C25K was able to train me and my body to handle 30 minutes straight of running!  I’ve never been able to do that before.

So, fast forward to the Turkey Chase.  Don and I got up bright and early to get to the race.  It was only about 28 degrees, but the sun was out and we were pumped to get going.  When the horn blew, my first thought was, “What the heck am I doing?!  Why am I doing this to myself?!”  Throughout the race, since it was Thanksgiving day, I was trying to distract myself by thinking of all of the things I was thankful for.  This was really hard!  I’d name a few things and then concentrate on my breathing or those around me.  Oh well.

Since Don finished about 7 minutes ahead of me, he came back and ran my last 3/4 of a mile with me.  It was awesome.  Crossing the finish line was so great!  I came in at 36:04.  I know I could have run it faster, but I’m pleased with my performance.  I slowed to a walk three times, totaling about a 1/3 of a mile, because I knew I’d be out on my feet all day for Black Friday and Saturday.  Even though I wanted to push myself to perform my best, I also wanted to be able to enjoy the two days of shopping with my mom, aunt, & cousin.  Shopping won out.  🙂

Anyway, running this race and seeing that I could finish and finish well, gave me the encouragement and push to continue running.  I never thought I’d hear myself say that.  But it’s true.  I’m actually enjoying running.  Crazy.

91 – Muffin Update

OK…the muffins were good yesterday.  Today, I’m trying to choke it down.  The moisture from the apples condensed the muffins while they were in the Ziploc bag.  Even though they were airtight.  It wasn’t pretty.

I put them in the freezer this morning.  We’ll see if that helps for tomorrow.

I seriously don’t know if I can eat the rest of the one I brought to work.  I’m glad I have cheese & crackers, yogurt, and a banana to keep me through until my usual 1:00 lunch.

My review of these just went WAY low.