Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mind Dump

 * This post is nothing but ramling and slightly neative and whiny. I almost didn't publish. You've been warned :)*
 My facebook status tonight is "Sometimes I wish I had a man mind, so I could think nothing every once and a while." It has already gotten several comments and "likes"  (a proverbial "Amen Sister"), so it seems to be a sentiment that resonates with many.My mind is just spinning tonight, and for no real reason at all. So, maybe just for my sake, I'll see if I can unravel the spaghetti just a bit. 
    1. I truly, deeply, madly want to have a pure heart, mouth, and mind for Christ, but I suck at it. I KNOW He is able to bring  true victory to my life. But I am just so tired of my flesh.
    2. Similar spaghetti strand, I LOVE my church, but why can't we all just love each other and have the attitude of Christ (speaking mainly to myself here)? Churches and Church families should be the closest to Heaven we can be, but it seems there is sometimes more malice, jealous, greed, pride, etc. there than other places. Maybe it is because we are all trying to "play" nice and cover up the ugly.
   3. I am so tired of thinking about my weight, exercise, eating, etc. Will I be on this hamster wheel forever? If there was one thing I long to be healed of, it is this.
   4. I wish I could see progress in my life. I feel like in my spiritual maturity, it is just more of the same all the time. Always the same battle.
   5. Why can't I be simpler and not over analyze everything?
   6. I want to be an EXCEPTION. When every other woman talks about others behind their back, I want to change the subject. 
  7. It is in this moment that I need to apply all the truths I heard this weekend at Beth Moore (more on this later). I am clothed in strength and dignity. I am a daughter of the Most High. 

I must renew my mind, and take each thought captive...but it would be a whole lot easier just to have an off switch. :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

How I met my Husband:





Jason and I are quickly approaching our 1 year anniversary on June 20th, I can't believe it! It's been a long wonderful journey to this point, and  it is crazy just how the Lord orchestrated it for the two of us to come together. So let's rewind  seven years to June 2003...

I am 16 years old and have just finished my sophomore year of high school. My rockin grandma invites me to accompany her on a mission trip (she has been on a total of 50, I'm telling you.. she is awesome!) with an organization called Builder's for Christ. The trip was to Washington State to construct a church. I remember boarding the plane with my grandma and other group members so vividly. The in-flight movie was "How to Loose a guy in 10 days". Well, drooling over Matthew McConaughey and admiring the ways of Kate Hudson for two hours was enough to send my 16-year-old-never-been-kissed-or-had-a-boyfriend brain into dreamland.  I reached for my journal and wrote...
"I wanna be sexy, cool, confident, independent! I gotta learn to love the person I am...I am on my way to Washington to be with God and make myself better." If only I had known just how my life was about to be altered...

So, we arrive at the work site and everyone goes off to do various jobs. My first job was marking boards to be cut with a 50-something lady name Charlene. Now, nothing against Charlene but I was honestly thinking that if this was a preview for the week, it may be a long one... But in that moment I heard what I knew would be my salvation. I heard laughter from younger people. My eyes searched to find the source and there they were. It was a group of people who looked to be teens to twenties aged. Glory Be! I excused myself from the job with Charlene and sized the group up as I walked over. There were two guys and one girl in the group. When I walked over, one guy immediately looked over and introduced himself. His name, Jason. He showed me how to do the job they were doing, and invited me to sit with them at dinner. I was already becoming smitten. Even within our first exchange I could see what a genuine guy he was. I later described him as they type of person who makes you feel good about yourself just by talking with him! On top of all that, he was so cute, boy was  is he cute.

So, I sat at the "youth table" with my new found friends at dinner. We all started exchanging introductions. That is when I found out that my new found friend and crush Jason was 22 years old, 6 years my senior. Ouch. Although this was initially a blow I didn't let it stop me from shameless flirting (along with all the other girls) through out the week. But, I never thought he thought of me as anything more than a little sister type. We did spend one really awesome day together: excursion day. This was when we all took a break from working on the church and saw the sites of the town. So we spent the day at some national park museum which was less than thrilling, but I was in Heaven. It was on that day that we took our first picture together of just the two of us:


Soon after that, the trip ended. And I must throw out a fact he will never live down, he didn't tell me bye :(. We went back to our own lives and didn't talk for an entire year. We both dated other people. But then a year later, after a "reunion meeting" for the trip, we started hanging out. First with others, then by ourselves, and as they say, the rest is history. We officially became a couple on May 5th, 2004. Many people didn't think it could work because of our age difference and the fact that I was about to go to college, but we dated for 5 years and here we are, as happy as can be. 






Wednesday, April 21, 2010

[almost] Wordless Wednesday

Zero has an announcement...


We mailed in the last car payment, and earned his name!!!!!

WE'RE DEBT FREE!!!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

2 weeks later.. Easter Pictures!

We had a wonderful Easter! He is Risen, hallelujah!!! We started the morning with Sunrise Service where my Dad preached an awesome sermon! Then We headed back to the house and took pictures with our boy and with the family: 




Next we went to our church for a wonderful service. The Spirit was so sweet. I was brought to tears more than once thinking about my Savior and His love and sacrifice for me. The choir sang "In Christ Alone", it was awesome! The most wonderful news is that He is still alive today, and we can celebrate it every day! We snapped some pictures with Jason's family at church (We are so so so blessed to be so near both our families).

We didn't even plan the purple thing!

My hubby and his sistas

After church, we went to my Aunt's house for Easter lunch. Our niece (Jason's sister's daughter) decided she wanted to come too! We had some fun in the back of the car with the camera...

Love that girl!
After my Aunt's we went back to Jason's parents for dinner. Whew, holidays are tiring, but we sure a blessed to do it all!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Where is my fairy godmother when I need her...


Jason and I had a lazy night tonight (my favorite). We ordered pizza and just laid around watching movies with our sweet pup. Shrek 2 was on, and that fairy godmother got me thinking about some wishes I would wish if she would come around. So, in no particular order...

1. A magic weight loss potion.
I put on some sleep shorts from last summer and I could barely get them over my ghetto booty. Was it just last summer that I was in my best shape ever for my wedding? Only 10 months and I've reverted back to my alternate state. I'm thinking that pizza surely wasn't helping me out with this one.

2. Wisdom/ Magic 8 ball to see the future
I really, I mean really, need to make a decision on weather or not to go to grad school this summer. There is just so many factors out of my control that influence that decision. I just don't know what the heck will be best...

3. A billion dollars
Money can't buy happiness, but it could buy a Mac, and a new car, and a house, and vacations, etc...

BUT, you know, I'm actually glad I don't have a fairy godmother. First, if you have seen Shrek, you know the lady goes crazy. So, I'll stick to my Heavenly Father, He knows best anyways. :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Meet Zero.


Meet the newest member of our family: Zero

Jason and I (okay mostly Jason) have been wanting a dog for some time. First we had to decide on a breed. I am more inclined to medium size dogs. The only other one I've ever had was my dog Smokey who was a beagle/mutt, and came up to just below your knee. Jason loves bigger dogs, he says a dog is not a dog if it isn't bigger than a football (insert grunt here). His favorite breed is American Bull. He had one that passed away just a few months before we got married named Chance. So, what is marriage without a compromise? We decided on a Lab. I know, I know, there isn't very much medium about a lab. I blame Marley and Me for convincing me.


So, once we decided on a breed, we started casually looking for dogs. Then we discovered another compromise was in order. Jason and I differ slightly largely on spending habits. He was ready to pay $300 to a breeder, and I was hoping they wouldn't charge more than $30 at the animal shelter. We decided to set a budget of $100. We honestly weren't activley searching for a dog yet because we didn't have the fence up, but that all changed last Tuesday. I had gone up to Berry to take the MAT, and when I got out of the test I discovered the following voicemail on my phone...
"Hey Chels, I know you are taking that test, but...Well, I found a dog. There is a guy selling them outside of Wal-Mart. They are little black labs and they are only 8 weeks old. He wants $65 dollars for them. So, it's in the budget! He is as cute as he can be. So, yeah, just call me back if you get this. I love you."
I had to chuckle when I listened to it. I called him back and we talked, and what do you know...I relented. That was the longest drive home from Rome ever. I couldn't wait to see our new pup.
We had been talking about what to name our hypothetical puppy for a few weeks. Finally we decided on Zero. It has two meanings. First it is Jack Skeleton's dog's name in the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas which is one of Jason's favorite movies (note the shirt). The other reason we are quite proud of. He represents a huge accomplishment for us because as soon as Uncle Sam pays us back for the interest free loan we have given him all year, we will mail in our last car payment, and we will be DEBT FREE!! Oh yes, Dave Ramsey will be so proud, we are moving on up in the university!
We are just loving this little guy. Some things we've learned about him in our first few days together include...
- He is suprisingly lethargic for a puppy (which I LOVE). He is so content to just lay around, and likes to lay under the couch or chair.
- Yes, you read right, we (the people who swore we would never, ever have animals inside) have had a puppy indoors all week (and totally loved it). His fence is being built now (minor set back, he fits through the holes), so he will be an outside dog, he just doesn't know it yet.
-The vet told us she thinks he will be a big dog (darn), this morning at the vet he weighed 11 pounds. Why can't they stay little forever?
-I counted back and i think he was born around the beginning of Febuary. We are going to say it was 2/1/10, since that is his Aunt Amory's birthday and it will be east for me to remember.
-He does this cute prance type run (Jason says "My Dog does NOT prance), haha. When he starts running he kinda thows his head back like his feet start moving too quickly for the rest of his body. So cute!! He also sits down really funny. He kind of plops down and then throws his feet out from under him.
- He likes to chew, but hasn't gotten into trouble yet. My Dad calls him Chewbacka, har har. Although he got a hold of my computer cord for a split second, but I rescued it. On second thought, that might necessitate me getting that MAC... hmmm, Oh Zero!
-He does NOT like being couped up or being alone. The only real mischeif he has created so far is that he pawed his way through a canvas kennel we borrowed from a friend. Grrrrrr...
-He is a great cuddler, and great to "talk" to. Don't you just love that about dogs?
-We've played the "Who's boy are you" game by standing on opposite sides of the yard and calling him. So far, he runs to Jason each time. I think it's just because Jason is a better whistler, he will be a Mama's boy in time.
-He has already picked up a few nicknames, including Z and Boo Boo.
- Everyone who meets him is absolutely smitten by him. We took him to church on Wednesday and he just laid and listened to his Daddy give the lesson. He is a Jesus loving pup for sure.
Our new family of three. :)

We are definately embracing the whole Puppy-as-practice-for-a-baby thing. I kinda feel like he is a newborn baby except that we can lock him in the garage. My parents and siblings have fallen in love too and embrace him as their new grand-pup. Mom even "kept" him on Thursday and said it was how might be when we have kids. I'm not gonna lie, I kind of like it when Jason tells him to "go to Mama", haha!

Overall, we are loving these puppy days, and we know, like everything else, they will go by so quickly.

PS: To my Berry pals, I've already been telling Zero about Mountain Day and he is SO excited!!!