Friday, October 31, 2008

I saw the cutest yard sign yesterday, and since I don't have a yard...I'm posting one I made just like it on my blog! :)
Also, don't forget, TODAY is the LAST DAY to enter into my first giveaway!! I'll count any comments on this post too! Look for the winner tomorrow morning!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Guess Who!?

My friends, come out and vote for us next Tuesday!

Team McPalin at their church's Fall Festival!
(or is it team Collinessa?)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"I will rufuse to look at anything vile and vulgar." Ps 101:3

I saw this note posted by a friend on Facebook this morning

She titled her note, "Hmmm..."

"According to MTV News, theaters "all over the country" hosted Saw marathons to mark the arrival of the fifth entry in the torture/horror franchise. MTV sent two female interns to sit through the 10 hours of Saw and to record their observations. "The doctor begins to saw his foot off," Kristen Freethy writes during the first movie. "Meanwhile, I'm thinking I have eight more hours of Saw movies." During Saw II, Summer Barry notes, "An hour into the movie, I am finding myself bored. The sequel isn't keeping me on my toes quite as much, and the novelty of blood is wearing off." A few hours later, she says, "Saw IV opens with an autopsy of a naked Jigsaw [the franchise's torture-inflicting mastermind]. ... They rip his face off, then cut him open—I assume they're going for shock value here. Oddly, I discover it's not working on me. I suddenly realize I'm becoming immune to blood, gore and torture. This can't be good." As the fifth installment rolls, Barry says, "The movie opens with a guy being chopped in half. This does not surprise me, but what does surprise me is that the theater erupts with cheers. The question goes from 'What have I become?' to 'Who are these people I'm surrounded by?'" [mtv.com, 10/24/08] "


One other girl responded with a quote by Susanna Wesley, "Whatever weakens your reason, whatever impairs the tenderness of your conscience, whatever obscures your sense of God, whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind, whatever takes away from your relish for spiritual things, that to you is sin, no matter how innocent it is in itself.

My response:
Last year I wrote a letter to a younger friend going on a "search retreat" with her catholic school. On the last day they get encouraging letters from friends and I remembered writing something about this topic in there, so I found it on my computer:


Limit what you put in to your heart and mind:
Our society has a serious amount of garbage everywhere. And it’s all yours for the taking if you’d like. It takes a serious amount of discipline to not fill your heart and mind with worldly images, mentalities, relationships and attitudes. But last time I checked God is pretty pro-self-discipline.
  • Proverbs 15: 32, “He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.”
  • Proverbs 12:1, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”
I also like this verse a lot; it really sums up how we should react to our society of “who are you to tell me what’s wrong or right for my life?”
  • I Corinthians 10:23 & 24, "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.”

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pop, Pandora and Pumpkins

I filled pop machines by myself today. Not exactly my first choice in daily doings, but it needed to be done and Jason is swampped with remodeling work. He is currently at his parents house laying tile in their kitchen before the big Thanksgiving family gathering. His dad and brother are working with him though, so it should be a fairly smooth and quick job! I'm pretty exhausted from loading pop machines so I'm enjoying a slow quiet evening. I've managed to spend at least an hour on this website entering in blog giveaways. :) Since I'm still new to all this blog stuff I decided to leave my current giveaway the way it is and enter into the Giveaway Carnival next time around. So your chances are high if you are one of the six people who have entered mine so far! :)

I'm listening to pandora.com right now on my Hillsong United station. If you've never done pandora before, give it a try! It's AWESOME!! My PaPa was the one who got me hooked on it! It's all about the music you like and no commercials!!

Vanessa & Collin's wedding is coming right up...only 26 days! Tomorrow afternoon I have to get going on my list of to-do's...I think I need to have Grandma hem my bridesmaid dress asap too! I'll leave you with some sparkly pumpkins we made this pastweekend for the centerpieces.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Feeling Inspired

I just have to say...Bren really inspires me to quilt! She is so fast (in my opinion!)

My friend, Donna, told me she'd teach me how to hand quilt this winter as she works on her daughters senior graduation quilt!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Photo Albums!!

It is raining cats and dogs here today. I was supposed to work filling vending machines today, but decided to do that tomorrow and Friday instead. I'm sure glad I did! It is NO fun driving around and getting in and out of my car all day long in the rain!! It's been a nice break. We came home Saturday night from camping in Arkansas, but then I have been away from the house all 3 days since then. So today is catch up day ~ yay for getting to upload photos to Facebook albums!! I am so thankful for the flexibility of my work and that I get to spend a decent amount of time at home. :)

Check out my photo album links here:
October 2008, miscellaneous pictures

Camping, Part I

Camping, Part II

Visiting the Family Farm on the way home from our camping trip


Also, my dear friend Danielle just started a blog yesterday!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Home Again!

We just got home from a beautiful 3 day camping/anniversary trip to White Rock Mountain, AR!
It's going to take me a day or two to get back into the swing of things... Also, I think I took about 300 pictures! So be on the lookout for new photo albums!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Andrea's Giveaway!!

Now that Bren's giveaway is over (she had 145 people enter....woah!) and I've finally figured out the email subscription I am ready to do mine! Since this is my first giveaway, it's a simple start, but it is one of my many hobbies that I enjoy!

Decorative File Folders- to help keep you organized in a fashionable way!

Rules are the same as her's: all you have to do is leave a comment! And if you don't have a gmail account, it is real easy to sign up for (I'm not a fan of anonymous comments.) Drawing will be held on Friday, October 31st!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Our 2nd Wedding Anniversary!!

*love him*


December 26th, 2004

I was in the middle of my sophomore year of college, so I was part of the YAP (young adults pursuing...____) group at church. One of our associate pastors was leading a small group of us down to Juarez, Mexico to build a house with Casas por Cristo between Christmas and New Years.

I arrived at church at 6am the day after Christmas 2004. I remember I was wearing some pajama pants (we would be riding/sleeping in a van ALL day) and my winter coat- nothing very attractive at all! I was standing in the hall right inside the door, I had already loaded my stuff in the church van and was waiting for everyone to all get there. There was this other guy waiting there too. Now, I've gone to our church since I was born so there really weren't very many people I didn't know, however I only knew the name [Jason] of this guy waiting there by me. I didn't really know anything else about him, but I was in college and single at the time so my antenna were up so to say. I stuck my hand out and introduced myself to him. (I figured it would be good if he knew my name too ;) We proceeded to load into two vans, I got in the one with all my friends and he got into the other one.

The next day we spent working a full day doing construction.We came back to our host church very exhausted from all the physical labor we did. I remember shoveling two whole pile of rocks and sand into buckets with my friend, Diana. (That was our part of the concrete mixing for the foundation.) Now that I think about it, I have been the sand shoveler on all three Casas trips I've been on!

Jason told me later he had his eye on me, he was impressed I got right in there an shoveled both those big piles all day. :)

After dinner we just hung out playing board games and talking. Jason was over on his sleeping bag, laying on this stomach reading a book. I don't remember what I was doing, but I was a little ways over on my air mattress- probably talking to one of the other girls. I turned my attention over to him and asked him what he was reading. "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." He asked if I'd read it, nope. ....talked a little more about books and then he asked me, "Have you ever read, 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad?'" ...."Actually my parents bought it on audio and we listened to it once on a car trip, I remember it." [His ears perked up at this point] "Really, I've never met a girl whose even heard of it before!!" Our conversation continued, what are you doing/what do you want to do with your life kind of questions. He told me, "I really want to own my own business, I don't want to spend the rest of my life working for someone else." At this point my jaw dropped I think. Ask my parents how many times I had said those exact same words in high school!! My mind started going crazy at that point, "I've got to know this guy better!!"

Meanwhile during this whole trip (I think there were only eleven of us on this particular trip) one of the other guys, also named Jason (married though) caught on to Jason and and I real quick. He was always giving us a hard time, trying to make it all awkward and such! He still gives us a hard time about flirting and whatnot on that trip! But it's ok, by now you've figured out I married that Jason I met "in Mexico!" (We really do like to tell people we met in Mexico, it just sounds cool!)

As I look back on that time today, so much was the hand of God on our lives. :) I had been single for close to a year at that point, really content just waiting on God's timing. I honestly wasn't really looking hard for another relationship. (I was not oblivious to my surroundings though!)

His story is even cooler. :) He had just sold a house he had remodeled in Arkansas, had some money and was thinking about moving to Dallas. He had even already gone down to Dallas to acquaint himself with the city. He took a week visit to Tulsa somewhere in there and stayed with his aunt and uncle who live here. He visited our church that Sunday with his other uncle who attends there. That Sunday he came the Casas trip was announced, any young adult who wanted to go still could. He signed up. He figured he would enjoy a construction trip and even if he was going to move to Dallas he could still come on it!! He ended up moving to Tulsa, and we were married a year and a half later on October 14, 2006.

I love you Jason! Thank you for being my best friend! Happy 2nd Anniversary!

2004, Casas por Cristo trip.
Jason is the really tall guy in the blue in the back. I'm the really small girl in the blue pants in the front. Did I fail to mention he is 6'5" and I am 5"...that is 17 inches! I always wanted to marry a tall man!


2005- Arkansas
This was the photo on the front of our wedding program.


2006
We're MARRIED!!!


2007 -Chimney Rock Lake
(self portrait!) This was our Christmas picture we sent out last year.


2008
At my cousin Robert & Sarah's wedding. Really Jason does not wear a tie as often as this blog might portray he does! haha!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tour of Our Traditional Home (Part II)

Part II: Laundry, Bathroom & Bedroom

Our laundry "room" that holds all sorts of odds n' ends. Our washing machine was a wedding gift from my in-laws!! And my best friend, Elise, found our dryer the same week at a garage sale for only $60!! I am so thankful for our washer and dryer in our apartment!!!

Bathroom vanity. My Aunt Chris made the little pottery bowl we use as a soap dish. Our soap is from TNFarmgirl... I need to order some more soap, its AMAZING stuff!!


Other view of the bathroom. The medicine cabinet was a shutter/window thing one of Jason's clients gave him after a job. I had him add shelving to it and then painted it to match my decorating scheme.

Master Bedroom.
Jason's Uncle Rick is a cabinet builder. Sometimes when he has mess ups on doors (wrong size, etc) he'll pass them on to me and I'll decorate with them! All five of those pieces over our bed are cabinet doors. The largest one says, "Dream No Small Dreams Here." I describe the paint color in our room as "chocolate milk brown."


This is my "Pottery Barn" photo wall. :)

This is my reading corner. I love to snuggle up under a blanket and read! I currently have a huge stack of magazines I'm working on, Mom gave me probably 6 months worth of Traditional Home and several other decorating ones last week! I also am working on my Psalms of Ascent Bible study here too! The little stuffed puppy dog is named Johnson. He came to keep me company when Jason was on a 10-day missions trip this summer and I got really lonely by myself. :) I have some very sweet friends who picked him out for me. See that dish up on the wall? It's from those same friends (not her taste and it was a wedding gift), it means I am my mother's daughter...she has dishes up in every room of their house in some way or another! Mom LOVES dishes!

And last but not least, I am a real person who makes real messes especially when it comes to crafting, painting or sewing!
Hint: this has something to do with my giveaway coming...tomorrow, maybe?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Restful Saturday

It has been a very relaxing whatever kind of day. We slept in, Jason actually got up before me- that never happens! Must have been the fact that we got home past midnight Friday, way past my bed time! Jason talked me into going to see the 10:15 showing of Wall-E at the dollar movie. Which by the way was an excellent movie!! Two points about it:
1.) Don't be wasteful, the earth might be covered in trash one day...I think we are on our way there though :(
2.) Work is good for mankind, having too many automated things makes us lazy and extremely unhealthy

So we slept in and then Jason wanted waffles for breakfast. We mixed up the batter, he even beat the egg whites with the mixer! We started out using our George Foreman waffle maker, which I told him didn't work very well for that....he ended up going over to my parents house and borrowing Vanessa's again. We really should get our own waffle maker soon!

After breakfast Jason wanted a haircut. It never fails that he finally gets around to asking me for a haircut the same day or day after I have cleaned the bathroom floor really well. That's just life I guess. :)

He went to the shop for a while and I went over to my parents house and helped Vanessa get started on her thank you cards from both her showers. I wrote addresses on the envelopes and she did the card. She told Collin to lick the envelopes cause neither of us wanted that job, he did about 10 of them and came back and told us he couldn't do anymore that he would get sick. We should've just gotten a wet washcloth...

Jason's good friend Jerry's grandson got married today. We went to the church at 3pm only to get there and everyone was already in the parlor having cake and punch. Apparently we weren't the only ones who missed the announcement that the wedding time was misprinted in the church newsletter. oops! Jason commented...a suit twice in two weeks, that's a rarity!
Jerry & Jason

Then we came back home and took it easy. Jason went through his stack of papers, magazines and catalogs that had accumulated on his desk and I took a nap. He is fast asleep already tonight at 10pm and I am wide awake from my nap! He said he really enjoyed a break from work today, he has been working very long days the past week and a half. His current project is a very nice bathroom remodel - he is tiling the shower and floor. The shower has about 1,500 2"x6" tiles on the wall!
Getting started on the shower wall.

I even helped one day last week, I "buttered" the tiles- meaning I put the thinset on the back

This is where we finished the day I helped, I think it's much farther along now. He is waiting for several specialty pieces to come in still.


I am ready for my first blog giveaway, so keep your eyes open for it in the next few days!!! Also, Part II of the home tour is in the works!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

To My Mom & Dad


I was thinking about something Vanessa told me tonight- I guess this is public news now: Mom gets to quit her job at the end of the year and be a stay at home wife (mom still too!) again!!!!!!!!!

Three years ago she took a job at Oral Roberts University so that Vanessa and I could have free college tuition. What a sacrifice that was! All my growing up years our mom worked one night a week at the hospital as an RN- so she slept on Mondays while we were at school. As far as I knew my mom was a stay at home mom since her once a week work meant she was never not-available to us. Then in 2000 she came home full time. In 2003 I started college...major expensive. Spring of my sophomore year, God opened a door for my mom to become a secretary at ORU for a friend we go to church with. That was a huge change for our family- my mom had never worked full time. Even though I was in college it was really hard for me, mom wasn't available to me anymore! And now that I'm married and don't work full time I'm really bummed my mom is at work all day every day. Anyways now that Vanessa is pretty much done with school and getting married, neither of us need the tuition benefits anymore. I am SO excited!!
In the spring I can have lunch dates with my mom, she and I can do Tuesday morning Bible study together at church, she can come over or I can go over there during the day, she can focus on her beautiful flower beds again, she can spend a day with her parents if she wants....and I'm sure she has plenty more to add to that list!! Have I told you how excited I am for her to be at home again!?!

So I got to thinking about what awesome parents I have. I love them a whole whole bunch and am very grateful for them! Here are a few reasons why: (I'm a list maker to the core!)
  • First and foremost they taught me to love the Lord- to seek Him and to listen for His still small voice.
  • They love me and Nessa unconditionally...even when we might have made them go crazy a time or two when we were teenagers.
  • They love Jason and Collin a whole bunch too! Someone said to me just yesterday, "Isn't it awesome that you don't have to 'sell' your spouse to your parents, they just love him too!?" Yes, that is awesome!!
  • They taught me self-discipline and self-motivation
  • We have a lot of great memories from around the dinner table
  • I have an appreciation for an old black and white movie- we probably rented every classic movie blockbuster had when we were in middle school and high school. We watched them together every Friday night as a family. Cary Grant is my favorite actor!!
  • We traveled a lot as a family- many cool experiences! (Chicago, Boston, NYC, Seattle, Spokane, San Diego, Naples, Yellowstone, Glacier Nat'l Park are some off the top of my head.) I remember the time we had calamari in San Diego and Dad let Vanessa and I eat the whole plate, say it was yummy and they he told us we were eating fried squid! eww!...but we both like it still, something we probably wouldn't have tried on our own!
  • They were the ones who put a camera in my hands at 6 years old and had me take a picture of them on a hike we were all taking...I think that's when I discovered pictures!
  • They sacrificed a lot for Vanessa and I- 13 years of Christian schooling and 3.5 more years of college each- and not one school loan to any of our names!
  • They taught us how to work out our own problems instead of fixing them for us.
  • Mom taught us the art of making cookies...I don't think our cookie jar was empty very often!
  • They taught us responsibility with money -Example 1: When we were in middle school mom sat us down and said, "Here is what I have budgeted for your activities (camps, lessons, etc) and clothing. Starting now you are going to get this money each month on the 15th. You are now responsible for your own activities and clothing purchases. If you have a big camp or need a winter coat, then you are going to need to save your money for several months." (live within your needs and plan ahead.) Example 2: They taught us to tithe in early elementary school...something that has stuck with me all these years! Example 3: When we turned 16 we had to pay dad $800 for the "use" of his [11 year old] Honda Accord. (you value things more if you had to pay for them)
  • Mom taught us to be resourceful- "A bottle of craft paint goes a long way in making something useful to you!"
  • Mom doesn't do flylady.net like me, but she might as well! She taught us to declutter once or twice a year- don't hang on to things you don't use! Do laundry once a day and it won't overwhelm you or take all day. "We can do ____, but first thing I have to finish my morning house cleaning chore" Do something once a day, 15-30 minutes, and your house stays clean! Get up early and spend time with the Lord, it starts your day off right!
  • By example: never quit reading/learning!
  • They taught us hard work: just because we were girls we didn't get out of much- lawn mowing, raking leaves, vacuuming the pool, Vanessa has even painted the whole house twice now and I can't tell you how many times I had to paint the shed...seemed like once a year!
  • I asked Jason why he thought I had great parents: "Responsible and involved"
  • They taught us contentment- they were never ones to make a a ruckus about something just because we didn't like it. Vanessa mentioned this too me last year- that she thought mom and dad had exemplified contentment in church going. They are not "church hoppers" which is an easy thing to do in Tulsa, there is a church on every corner!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Reason's Fall is OK

I'm a summer person. I like being warm or even hot for that matter. I really dislike being cold. Jason always says to me, "You're so temperature sensitive!" So this morning I was trying to think of reasons fall was ok after all. :)

  • Having the windows open all the time is nice- fresh air and it cuts down on utilities!
  • The bed is easier to make in the morning since the covers stay more in place while sleeping when it's cool.
  • I start to want hot chocolate, tea and coffee again on a daily basis- I love a nice warm mug of something to drink!
  • Even though I like the summer best, I like the change in seasons here. I like wanting to wear jeans again instead of shorts all the time. Vice versa in the spring!
  • I like decorating for the fall: pumpkins, squash and turning leaves are so pretty!
  • Bible study and quilt group start back up in the fall after a summer break
  • Basketball season- I really enjoy watching bball!!
  • Picking pecans. We were just discussing yesterday how we needed to find a place to pick pecans once they are ready. (that might be a little ways away still)
  • Jason comes home earlier in the evenings since it gets dark sooner
  • Our 2nd anniversary is coming up!! October 14th!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tour of Our Traditional Home (Part I)

We worked a very, very long vending day: 6am-9pm. I'm exhausted, but need some unwind time before bed....So tonight I am using an idea off my "blog topics list." :) This idea comes from another blog I read: Bren, she is a quilter and adoptive mother. (Two things that really catch my interest!)


A Tour of Our Traditional Home- apartment style!
(You already know I love too cook....I love to decorate too!)

Part 1: Kitchen and Living Room

The Dining "Room"
My Mom was so sweet to get me some fall decor for my birthday! Our table came from a local antique shop years ago- it had been the librarian's desk in a nearby small town. My mom used it as her sewing table when I was a little girl.

decor on the other wall in the dining area
(I painted all but the silverware...gotta love garage sales!)


One side of my itty bitty kitchen. Jason even wanted to paint the cabinets, but we figured that would be a little harder to undo than all the painting on the walls when we move out!


The other side of the kitchen...I cannot wait for the day I have a HUGE kitchen designed just the way I want it! However, the lack of counter space has not stopped me from taking on any cooking project! (Yes, the microwave is on top of the fridge. We don't use it too much and I need the counter space!)

Our "new" sofa and my craft corner. Again, someday I will have a whole craft/sewing room!

My desk
My Grandma painted the picture above my desk as a wedding gift!

Jason's desk
The quote above his desk reads, "Keep Moving Forward." It is the theme line from Meet the Robinsons, one of his favorite movies!


Ok...I am ready to go to sleep now, so come back by later for part two!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Photo Albums

I just added a link list of my Facebook photo albums down on the right...I probably won't be adding all my albums at once- there are 53! Keep looking for new ones though~ I have about four albums I need to make!

A friend recently asked me, "So when we have kids are we going to sit around and show them our photo albums on Facebook? I mean nobody prints all their photos anymore, they are all online!" I seriously wonder that myself!