Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our Anticlimactic Weekend

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If you remember reading this post you'd recall that we had a full and fun weekend planned. Planned being the opportune word.

Here's how it ended up unfolding.

We started our weekend Friday. Around 1pm to be exact. The beauty of the Mr.'s work schedule is we generally have Friday afternoons together.

I convinced him, with some bribery I might add, to help me clean all 16 of our windows, inside and out. It put us in the mood {hey, quit that!} to do even more cleaning. We wiped down ceiling fans and ended up rearranging our bedroom too. It feels like spring in the Walsh Household!

{What a guy I have. Sorry, I snatched him up before you all had the chance.}

We were able to catch a little of the Opening Ceremonies Friday night, which was also fun and memorable.

Saturday morning rolled around at about 6 am because a nasty stomach ache woke me up way before I ever planned on getting out of bed. Boo.

I got out of bed to use the bathroom {ahem}. Then I started feeling all sorts of queasy, nauseous, and dizzy. I was determined it was some weird fluke {since I never get sick} and by noon time I'd be feeling fine. Except, that wasn't the case so much.

As the day progressed I felt even worse. Then I discovered I had a low grade temp.

Say goodbye to our plans.

We had to cancel a birthday party, a dinner date with some friends, and I skipped Church Sunday morning.

By Sunday afternoon I had literally had enough of feeling like crap so I told Jim he better start praying. We had another birthday party Sunday evening, this one for the 4 year old I used to nanny for. I was not about to miss that party. He would be crushed if we didn't show up. Plus, we had a pretty sweet nerf gun to give him.

I slowly started to feel a little better, then even more better. Until finally, I was able to walk around, get some sort of public appropriate clothing on and head out to the party.

It was a blast! I was weak and tired, but the smiles on the boy's faces when they saw us pull up was so worth it! They were practically glued to our sides.

I am so grateful that our weekend didn't turn out as planned. I learned a serious lesson. All we had to do was stand in prayer together and you know what guys? It worked. He answers our prayers. He's a pretty cool God.


Sorry for the lack of pictures. As I'm sure you can understand, pictures weren't on the forefront of my mind this weekend.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Goodbyes

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You guys, the Fur Baby and I just dropped the Mr. off at our church. He is taking a bus full of youth to a summer camp until FRIDAY. 

I have to admit there were tears. The Fur Baby was crying, loudly. I was silently tearing up. The Mr. was trying to be strong for us both. It was hard.

I can sit here and call myself a cry baby or a ridiculous wuss. But, truth is I think it speaks volumes of the love we all have for each other. All three of us.

We have done the long distance thing already. I have earned my dues. So I know these five days will be okay. Nothing compared to the 10 months apart we had to endure in the early part of our relationship.

I'm still going to make a paper chain countdown. Don't laugh.

I'm still going to send mushy texts to the Mr.

I'm still going to have a hard time sleeping without him next to me, even if Bree and the Fur Baby will be doing a great job of hogging the bed and the covers.

That's my right as a Mrs. To be sad when I'm apart from my better half. To feel kind of lonely without him around. To cry when we say goodbye, only if it's for five days. To embrace him a little longer and a little tighter.

Say a few prayers for me if you think about it. And the Mr. too.

I will be fine. I am always determined to make the best of every situation.

Bree and I will be getting a lot of quality sister time in, complete with romantic comedies, laughter, good food, the Olymipcs, and treats.


I miss you Mr. See you in approximately 124 hours!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Friday's Letters

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Dear friends, go check out this super fabulous giveaway at the Red Barn Candle Co. blog. I mean seriously, who doesn't want the chance to win 5 (five!) summer Essie nail polishes?! Dear humid, muggy, make my hair frizzy weather, please cool down. Thanks for the rain though, and the thunder storm the other night that kept the Mr., the Fur Baby, and I wide awake. Dear Bree, our 7 day lipstick challenge makes me laugh. Never in my life did I think I would leave the house and say, "Shoot, I forgot to put on my lipstick". Don't worry, I used Mom's. Dear DIY Crafter Self, you rocked it this week. You made a few handmade cards and a pretty sweet wedding towel cake for a bridal shower. {Pictures to come.} Dear weekend, you are so jam packed full of goodness; two birthday parties, a graduation party, and a double dinner date. Yay! Dear Mr., I want to go camping again with you. Pronto. We have so much fun together even if we are doing absolutely nothing. Dear God, I feel so honored that you have entrusted youth ministry into our hands. It blows my mind that you have given us that responsibility.


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Pure Hearts

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When youth are given the opportunity to share their heart, the outcome is riveting. 


Lately, the Mr. has been talking to our youth group about the armor of God {Ephesians 6:11-18} and how important it is to use that armor we've been given.

He gave an illustration a couple weeks ago to help them understand the importance. He had a big guy suited up in armor in the literal sense and a petite girl across from him with just a shield. He asked her how comfortable she would feel defending herself against him. She replied that she would be scared. 

Slowly he would give her pieces of armor; bigger, shinier, and more sturdy than the guy had. 

The helmet {of salvation}, the breastplate {of righteousness}, the sword {of the spirit}, the belt {of truth}, the shield {of faith}, and shoes {with feet ready to share the gospel}. 

As she took each of the pieces she became more confident, more courageous, and she looked like she could defeat the big guy across from her. 

That illustration in the natural was paralleled to that in the spirit. It was awesome to see it "click" with them.

Last night we had our Wednesday night youth service. We shook things up a bit and all met in our cafe on some cozy couches and rocking chairs for some great discussion time.

The Mr. wanted to focus the discussion on the sword of the spirit; the Bible. He asked each of them to find a scripture in their Bible that they have used in their everyday life as a sword. 

They each took turns sharing what was on their heart. I was taken back by the words coming out of their young mouths. Their hearts are so pure, so unadulterated, so honest. 

A couple of verses that were shared that stuck out to me were Isaiah 43:1-2 and Job chapter 5. 

I hope you take the time to read these verses. They are so powerful. To hear how these 15 and 18 year olds apply these scriptures to their daily lives are so humbling. 

Isaiah 43:1-2 
{NKJV}
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. 
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. 
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Job 5  
{The Message}
If I were in your shoes, I'd go straight to God, I'd throw myself on the mercy of God. 
After all, he's famous for great and unexpected acts; there's no end to his surprises. 
He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends water to irrigate the fields. 
He raises up the down-and-out, gives firm footing to those sinking in grief. 
He aborts the schemes of conniving crooks, so that no none of their plots come to term. 
He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies-all that intrigue swept out with the trash! 
Suddenly they're disoriented, plunged into darkness; they can't see to put one foot in front of the other. 
But the downtrodden are saved by God, saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist. 
And so the poor continue to hope, while injustice is bound and gagged. 

So what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you! 
Mind you, don't despise the discipline of Almighty God!
True, he wounds, but he also dresses the wound; the same hand that hurts you, heals you. 
From one disaster after another he delivers you; no matter what the calamity, the evil can't touch you-

In famine, he'll keep you from starving, in war, from being gutted by the sword.
You'll be protected from vicious gossip and live fearless through any catastrophe. 
You'll shrug off disaster and famine, and stroll fearlessly among wild animals. 
You'll be on good terms with rocks and mountains; wild animals will become your good friends. 
You'll know that your place on earth is safe, you'll look over your goods and find nothing amiss. 
You'll see your children grow up, and your family lovely and lissome as orchard grass. 
You'll arrive at your grave ripe with many good years, like sheaves of golden grain at harvest. 

Yes, this is the way things are-my word of honor!
Take it to heart and you won't go wrong. 


I encourage you to ask a young person around you, in your family or circle or friends, what scripture{s} speaks to them. You might be surprised by their response.


When youth are given the opportunity to share their heart, the outcome is riveting. 


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

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Here's what I'm loving today....

I'm loving my 7 day lipstick challenge with Bree. For 7 days we swore to wear lipstick to feel more girlie and grown up. So far so good on my end. Bree, you better be holding up your end of the deal!

{wearing Fresh Sugar Rose}

I'm love, love, loving my wild and crazy nails. 

 {Aquamarine by Sinful Colors + Rainbow in the S-kylie by Nicole by OPI from the Kardashian Kolor line}


I'm loving being reminiscent of God's blessings. This blessing came last week when the Mr. and I were waiting for his car at the dealership. We were given a Dairy Queen dilly bar. Free tastes good.



I'm loving this little fly assasin. He goes crazy if there is a fly in the house. He won't stop till it's dead. This particular day we were at Gigi + Auntie's house {that's what the Fur Baby "calls" his Grandma and Aunt}. Not one, but two flies came in. Here he is eating one he caught against the window. Pay close attention to Bree's face. 


I'm loving you guys! All of you make me smile everyday. I so enjoy reading every single one of the comments and encouraging emails you send me!


{linking up with This Kind of Love}

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Camping We Will Go

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One of my favorite things the Mr. and I do together is our annual camping trip.

He is a seasoned professional so that makes it much easier {on myself}. Boy Scout, baby! We set out Wednesday to our favorite camping destination, Devil's Lake, for four days of pure relaxation and fresh air. Here's where we called home while we were there.


Packing and prep for our camping trip always gets me excited! Making the menu, grocery shopping, bringing the "camping bins" up from the basement along with all the necessary gear, and loading up the car. We pack that sucker full, top to bottom, inside and out. We kind of look like hillbillies I think.

{Exhibit A: The Mr. had to pull over to strap the bikes down a little tighter}

Wednesday around dinner time a nasty storm moved in with a forecast of quarter size hail and 70 mph winds. We I was freaking out. We decided to ditch the campsite and head to Walmart to ride out the storm. 

{an iPhone pic taken while we were driving to Walmart}
 
We browsed the aisles for a good hour and would periodically head to the front of the store to see how the storm was looking. Sheets of rain, wind gusts, and eerie green/black skies is the only way I can describe it. The shopping carts were strewn about the parking lot and the lightning was unbelievable! It was intense. 

I am so glad we were able to find shelter other than the tent. After it died down and was only raining we headed back to check on the campsite. We found everything the way we left it, thank God. We prayed like crazy on the way to Walmart and were very relieved to find everything safely in the tent. We had a little water in the corners of the tent, but nothing a towel couldn't handle.


The positive side of it all is that we made the best of it. We found a Word Search book at Walmart and a pad of paper which came in handy for the rest of our time there. We sat in the car in the pouring down rain and ate Subway sandwiches for dinner and just chatted. It was nice.

 Here we are Thursday morning. The Mr. is cooking us up a yummy breakfast of eggs, bacon, and breakfast potatoes.  


 {stud muffin}

{mmmmm....food!}
 
One of the best features Devil's Lake has to offer are the cliffs, complete with hiking trails. We filled up our hydration backpack and started our two hour hike. I voted for the easy side of the cliffs this year. 

The Mr. was busy snapping pics for the blog {how sweet} while I was huffing and puffing up the straight incline. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and foggy the morning of our hike, but still beautiful.


 {up we go}









  {looking up as we were descending}


{the path on the way back to the lake is surrounded by these boulders}
 


 The rest of the time was spent eating picnic lunches at the lake, people watching, eating lots of yummy food, biking, getting up at 1am with flashlight in hand for potty runs, campfires, making pudgy pies and smores, showering with spiders, playing all sorts of games {Canasta, Golf {the card game}, Cribbage {our all time favorite}, and Carcassonne}. Oh, and I can't possibly forget enjoying the melodic songs death calls of the pretty annoying birds. If you've ever camped you know what I am talking about. They wake up at 5am on the dot to bring you a very loud spectacle of their talents.

 

There was also a lot of this going on. I am addicted to Word Search. It's a problem really.


  We'll head out again for another camping trip sometime in fall, hopefully!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mumbo Jumbo

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Happy Monday! Today I bring you a spattering of thoughts in bullet points.

  • I was in a funk yesterday. The Mr. knows just how to bring me out of such a funk. Bree + shopping = laughter. It's a good combo. 
  • I bought a couple tops from the Lauren Conrad collection and two new bottles of nail polish. Happy girl. 
  • I also tried on this dress. It was gorgeous. But, the smallest one on the rack was 2 sizes too big. I had to pass. I might have to track down the right size and pick up a pair of nude heels. Mmmmm.
  • The Mr., Bree, and I picked up pizza to-go for din din last night. Bree and I took a pizza photo shoot in the back seat while the Mr. chauffeured us home. It was the best. 




  • The Mr., Bree, and I took a disturbing photo and video together. Below is the result of stuffing your upper lip with two large grapes. I can't decide if we look like Who's or just plain creeps. Proceed only if you are prepared to tinkle in your panties. 

video

That's all for today, folks. I will be back tomorrow with some more goodness.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday's Letters

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Dear Summer, you are going by so fast. Pleeeeeeeease slow down. We have birthday parties, another graduation party {does that make five this summer?}, a bridal shower, and a wedding. Here's the kicker. All within the next 3 weeks. Dear self, I know you are going to want to make handmade cards for all five events, but that is probably not realistic nor efficient time wise. Go to Target already. Dear Mr., you made dinner for us the other night and I could have eaten you up for being so sweet. For some reason food tastes better when you're not the one having to cook it. Dear Fur Baby, I don't know how you get cuter by the day. You are so goofy and sweet. You make me so happy. I know you love that mama is home with you, but baby bear there is a little change around the corner. I have faith you will adjust well. Dear God, knowing you is better than anything this world offers. I love drawing near to you because you draw near to me. Thanks for being a part of my everyday life. You really showed up this week and blessed me in big and small ways.


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Love From the Farm

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 Last Sunday we spent the day at the Mr.'s parents' farm for a family reunion they hosted.

Side note: I was born and raised in the city. A town really. The kind where we walked to the gas station as kids to buy candy. The kind of town where we bicycled to our cousin's house.

Then I met the Mr., born and raised on a dairy farm his whole life. Talk about polar opposites.

I remember visiting him when we were dating and holding my shirt over my nose to shield the stench of manure. Thankfully I have gotten used to the smell of a dairy farm and can enjoy myself without walking around with my shirt up to my eyeballs. {You still can't pay me to go in the barn.}


His parents built their beautiful dream home on the farm when the Mr. was 11. It looks like a white dollhouse, plopped right on top of a hill. Next to the picture perfect house sits a big barn where all the pretty girls get milked. Then a milk truck picks up the milk and takes it to Organic Valley. Yup, organic dairy farmers. I am quite proud to call them my in-loves.

End side note. 

So that's the backdrop to our Sunday Family Reunion.

There were around a hundred people who parked their cars in the hay field. Kiddos blowing bubbles and coloring on a picnic table covered with drawing paper, volleyball, washers {the game, not the appliance commonly used to clean clothes}, kid games, frisbees, live music, and food. Oh, the food. Never in my life have I witnessed such a variety of deliciousness.

Wanna see?


These pictures were taken in the beginning of the day before more food showed up. Pictured above is only about 1/3 of the yumminess I consumed. Some of my favorites from the day were BBQ pulled pork sammys, corned beef dip, grape salad, german potato salad, veggie pizza, seven layer salad, and apple struesel. I ate 4 plates. I had to repent of gluttony.

Here are some other pictures from the day.


{That's the Mr.'s older brother in the grey shirt. His band Those Guys played some pretty great cover tunes for everyone.}



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

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I'm loving my quiet time this week. His goodness and mercies are new each morning. 


I'm loving that we are spending the next few days relaxing by the lake, eating picnic lunches, hiking, biking, swimming, running early in the morning, cooking our dinners over the campfire, and spending our nights in a tent. Camping with the Mr. is one of my favorite things.

I'm loving the weather forecast. Cooler temperatures and a chance of rain. We need rain so badly.




I'm loving Pandora, as usual. It's on more than our television. 
I'm loving pairing skirts with summer tanks. 


{grainy iPhone picture}

I'm loving my time at home as a stay at home wife, but that's all about to change next week. 
More details to come. 

What are you loving today? Share it with me in the comments below. 

{Linking up with This Kind of Love}

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blogger 411 {all you need to know about me}

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I'm linking up with From Mrs. To Mama to give you the 411 on me! Lucky you.

Here is the list of questions Becky provided. You can find my answers below. Hopefully you learn a thing or two about me. I can't wait to read all of yours so I can learn more about you too!



Questions:
1. How long have you been blogging? And what got you started on blogging? Has your blog changed?
2. Did you go to college? If so where, and what did you study?
3. Where have you traveled?
4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?
5. What are your 3 biggest pet peeves?
6. What is your favorite movie?
7. What is your drink of choice; wine, beer, or liquor. Or Water, Soda, Tea?
8. What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time?
9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be?
10. Share with us an embarrassing moment of your past? Or present.

11. What day would you love to relive again?

12. If your life was turned into a movie... what actor would play you?

13. What are the jobs you had in high school/college/the early years?

14. Show us a picture from high school or college.
15. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?
16. Show us the most current picture of you or you and your family.
17. Where do you see your life 5 years from now?



Answers:
1. I have been blogging since June 4, 2012. That's just a little over a month! I have been overwhelmed by all the bloggy love. I truly am loving every minute of it. The Mr. got me started. He has been pushing me for quite awhile and one day I took the leap. He truly is my biggest fan; I wouldn't have it any other way! My blog just got a face lift. I absolutely love the redesign {hopefully you do too}. 


2. I attended a Tech School straight out of High School where I studied Accounting. Turns out I hate Accounting. Anything beyond balancing a checkbook is dreadful to me. I stuck out a few semesters, but I wasn't happy. The only reason I went was to abide by "the world's standards" and because "that's just what you do after High School".  I learned I don't need to find my self worth or confidence in a higher education. All in all I am happy with my decision. It lead me to where I am today and I know this is the place God wants me. 


3. Oh my goodness, I traveled quite a bit as a kid and lived in a few different states {parents were both in the Army}. I was born in North Carolina, so I have lived there as well as Hawaii, {sis was born there}, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. I have been to New Zealand {::waves hi to New Zealand readers::}, Kwajalein, {no joke I didn't make that word up} Colorado, New York City, Upstate New York, Florida {three times, once at Disney World}, Texas {a few different times}, Alaska {three times}, Illinois {Chicago}, Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky. I think I got them all.


4. If I won the lottery the first thing I would do {not buy} is tithe. So that would be a $100,000 check written out to our church. Then, I can't say I would buy something. I would make our dream of adoption and building a home in the country a much quicker reality. That's for darn sure. 


5. Pet peeves. That's a tough one. The first one that comes to mind is when people interrupt others while talking. Rude. I know, you're wondering if I expect people to raise their hands before speaking or something crazy like that. For the record I don't. Now, sometimes it accidentally happens {and that's okay}, but I am talking about the habitual interrupters. I really don't like unclean homes or cars. Yuck. I was informed by my sister that I hate when people put their knees on the back of a car seat I am sitting in.


6. Favorite movie, of all time? Gosh. I have one for each genre. How about the movies I have watched the most times? Italian Job, Serendipity, or How to Lose a Guy in 10 days. Those three have had equal screen time. Oldies, but goodies.


7. I love water. Summer, Fall, Spring, or Winter I drink it all the time. Not a soda drinker at all, only at birthday parties, weddings, etc. I live on the wild side. Otherwise chai, lattes {iced or hot}, mochas {iced or hot}, and caramel or coconut hot chocolate. All made with almond milk. Yummy. 


8. One word. Target. Even if I don't need anything. Target. Even if I just want to push a red cart around. Target. Even if I feel like surrounding myself with khaki and red. Target. Even if I want to play dress up in the dressing room. Target. Even if the Fur Baby wants a new toy, but destroys them anyway. Target. Target. Target. Target. Got it? 


9. Really? Did you even need to ask? Target. 


10. Once in High School {ninth grade I believe} I split my pants open in the cafeteria. Right down the butt crack. And, the worst part? I was wearing white granny panties that day. I was a shade of red you can't even imagine. 


11. Hands down, my wedding day. I would do it all over again and change everything, except the man waiting at the end of the aisle for me. {Cue awwwww's here} See, I was a fresh 20 year old and the things I like then I do not like so much now. For instance, a white gown? No way. Cream all the way. And I would do trash the dress pictures for sure.


12. I'll give you the answer I know my Dad would say. Anne Hathaway. He tells me all the time we look alike. Fine with me. What a self esteem boost. Love you Dad {I know you are reading this}. 


13. My first job was forced upon me. I was not ready to enter the real world. I was 18. I applied at Georgetown Cleaners and got hired on the spot. I worked there for 2 or 3 days and then quit. I wasn't cut out for the dirty work. Plus, I was scared to work alone at night. Wuss. Then I got the best job ever at a local coffee shop. I was still 18, but I found my niche. Someday I hope to work in one again. After I birth and raise babies and they are off learning in school, maybe. 


14. The Mr. and I when we were 19 years old.



15. That's easy. Israel. 

16. The most recent picture of us, taken July 15, 2012.


17. Five years from now I see us celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary. Woah. That means by then we should have a couple kiddos of our own running around. Maybe we'll have started our adoption or perhaps have our beautiful boy or girl in the States with us. I see us moving to the country to enjoy the simplicity it brings and continuing to cherish each other and every day we are given.  

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