Thursday, January 31, 2013

A multi-tasking blog post

We have been having absolutely beautiful weather, and a week and a half ago we hit the trails at Village Creek State Park.  

Can I share some of the pictures from that day and tell you about random things that need to be told and have no connection to the pictures?  Kind of a multi-tasking blog post?  I can? Great! Because that's what you are getting.  :)

I'm busy, busy with college. But I'm happy to report that I am 2/15 of the way through this semester.  And halfway through week 3.  I can't wait until graduation day in August!!!

I'm taking four online courses and one on-campus course, the dreaded Public Speaking.  UGH!  I have a problem in that I don't like to get in front of a room full of people and talk. I may have serious issues with this class.  I tell myself not to get nervous, but I do.

I think the gene for public speaking passed over me.  My father, the preacher, and my mother are both gifted, dynamic public speakers.  I was talking about this with my Mom and she said she has never been nervous to speak in front of people.  I don't understand this.  Then my sister is also a superb speaker.  My two brothers are both pastors and are in front of people all the time.  Me, I got nothing. No gift or talent to speak in front of a group...just fear.

I'm in the process of organizing and sorting and minimizing all the stuff we have in every room of our house.  I'm flirting with the idea of becoming a minimalist.  Really.  Plus I keep coming across blogs and websites of people who are not purchasing anything new for a year.  I'm intrigued.

We would like to save some money for some big purchases.  Buying less stuff would help us do that.  :)  I may be developing a problem though.  I received a $25 gift card to Hobby Lobby and have been there three times to spend it and I just can't do it.  I want to make my purchase really count, and I just can't bring myself to spend it yet.

I've also been busy lately with mine and A's (the husband) little side hobby/business.  Reselling items on ebay.  We've been finding super cheap items at thrift stores that are making us lots of $$$.  I've been busy every few days packaging and shipping multiple items.  Someday I'll do a post about some of the great things we've found and have turned around and sold.

My glasses, which I only wear around the house, have broke.  I can just barely keep them on my face when I need to.  Money Saving Mom blogged about a couple of websites that are offereing free glasses!?! I trust MSM, and I ordered my free pair of prescription eyeglasses today.  My cost was $38, because I upgraded and added $25 for thin lenses.  Add to that a $7.95 shipping charge and a handling fee.  But no way on earth would I be able to buy glasses anywhere near that price in store.  I should receive them in five days or so.  I'll let you know how they turn out.

I've been pondering lots of things lately.  Like kindness...and contentment...and the future...and trust. Maybe I'll share more soon...thinking I need to.

Our running club has started back up.  Our running club consists of 3 moms and 8 kids, and we have begun the Couch to 5K training.  Today we met at the running track at 3:00, where it was so cold and the wind was absolutely crazy, but we ran.

I've been drinking coffee off and on for several months.  But I'm giving up.  To me the taste of coffee just can't compete with hot tea.

I have made homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, which A and I both love, twice last week. Once with roast and once with chopped steak. I'm not sure why I needed to share that.

Looking at my picture, I realize my sunglasses, shirt, sweater, and bag all came from Goodwill.  My jeans too, but not my shoes.  Totally true, I promise- there is an older lady who works at Goodwill who we have developed a relationship with.  At first, she only knew A and would always talk to him.  Then I got to know her.  She now gives us hugs when we walk into Goodwill.  She will stop what she is doing and come and talk with us when we come in.  Apparently, I do not struggle with making purchases at Goodwill.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~


My new $3.99 coat from Goodwill. 


My Mom passed these dishes on to me, and I absolutely love them.  We have been using these plates at every meal.  I'm calling them winter plates instead of Christmas plates.


Luke after bath time, with a soft blanket next to him, his two puppies, and one of his airplane books.  So Luke.


Our cat may be a little spoiled.


Mocha Frappe and laundry....keeping it real.

I'm linking up to Like Mother, Like Daughter.

round button chicken

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas on the Farm 2012

We excitedly woke up on Christmas Eve Eve and had a flurry of packing and all those annoying tasks that come with going on a trip.  We finally had everything ready and off we went to Grannie and PaPa's farm.  After our arrival at the farm in McKinney, we met up with cousins and off we ventured to the Gaylord Texan to continue the family tradition of seeing the Christmas lights. 

We gave Luke a camera for Christmas and here are some of his pictures of us taking pictures.  So funny.

Christmas Eve we attended the candlelight service at my Dad's church.  Side note: can I just say that my Dad is one of the best preachers I have ever heard?  And he is such a people person and a fun and caring person.  We were blessed to be in service with him.  
Yes, I did take out my camera during the service.  The pull to capture this moment was too great.  Luke said the service was awesome.  I agree.

After church pictures of the fam.  These pictures make me happy!

Then Christmas morning....

I love these ladies! I never have enough time with them though.  Our trips to the farm always go by too fast.

Then in the afternoon the most magical thing happened....snow!
Snow is a big deal to us living in Southeast Texas.  I think it snows like once every 10 or 15 years or so.  We have worn shorts before on Christmas day.  When we saw the forecast for McKinney included a white Christmas, the boys and I were doubtful, but cautiously excited.  We were in the perfect place at the perfect time for our Christmas wish to come true.  Just 45 minutes south of the farm there was little or no snow.  Not only did it snow on the farm, but it snowed a lot and it stayed on the ground.

The cousins spent Christmas afternoon playing in the snow, then the next morning it was sledding.  Us Texans of course don't own a sled, so we improvised and used the lids to plastic containers and they worked fine for us!
Our Christmas this year was beautiful and relaxing and enjoyable.  We always have such a wonderful time at the farm with my parents and family.  Sadly, we had to drive away from the snow that afternoon and start our five hour journey home to Beaumont. 
This may have been our best Christmas yet.  And I love that the boys were able to experience a white Christmas and sledding and the delightfulness of snow.