Enduring All Things: September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blogger Men Tell All {Volume 1}

You guys! I am so excited for today's post. I loved having Pearson on the blog a couple times for the Boys Behind the Blog linkup (here and here). So when I saw Samantha announce a new Blogger Men Tell All link up, I was beyond excited! So without further adeu, I give you Pearson's answers to this month's questions. (I tried to type as close to exactly what he said as possible. Anything I said is in bold).
  • If you had a blog what would you call it and what would it be about? It would be about science & technology and a little football. I have no idea what it would be called. 
  • If you could live inside any videogame, which would it be? Would I have the powers of that person or would I just be a normal person in the game? Um, you can have the powers. Force Unleashed. I would be a Jedi. Ooh or Assassin's Creed. I want to be able to jump from the tall buildings and see all that stuff without dying. And to assasinate bad guys.
  • Who is your best player on your fantasy football team this season? Uh... Either Andrew Luck or Marshawn Lynch.
  • If you could play for any professional sports team, which would it be? The Falcons
  • What do you typically do with an hour of free time? Play video games
Becoming Adorrable
So what do you guys think? Did he have some good answers?
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspiration of the Month: The Duggars

There seems to be a theme going with the people I am most inspired by. Most of them are famous people who are not ashamed of their faith. I've talked about the Robertsons (on a couple occasions) and Candace Cameron Bure among others. I think the reason I'm so drawn to and impressed by these people is that I sometimes find myself not wanting people to really know how I feel about issues and I don't share my own "unpopular" convictions and beliefs. But these people do and they do it on a much larger scale than I could ever imagine. Practically the whole world knows who some of these people are.

Today is no exception. Today I want to talk about the Duggars. It's no secret around these parts that I am addicted to 19 Kids and Counting. I've been watching through the whole series on Netflix and am obsessed with that amazing family!
The cover of US Weekly a couple weeks ago.
Now I am not saying I agree with everything they do or say (like, don't you think for a second I'm gonna have 19 kids), but I completely admire their willingness to let the world see how they live their lives. They are different. They stand out like a sore thumb in our society today, but they don't care. They want to show others Jesus' love through their show anyway, no mater what sort of persecution and disapproval they will face.

Another aspect of all of this though is they are genuinely loving people. They do not judge others who don't act the same way they do. They are honestly just as excited when their friends have great news like expecting a child as when it happens in their own family. They give what they can. They take time out of their lives to talk to fans and answer questions. They have written books to help families get out of debt, to help raise obedient children and to save money using their mentality to "buy used and save the difference." And the family will be the first to tell you that their lifestyle is not for everyone. They make decisions because they believe they are the best for their family but they are well aware that other families have other needs and not everyone can take care of 19 children.
Part of the US Weekly article.
Speaking of the Duggars' interactions with fans, lets talk about the platforms that they have been given to share their Faith and lead by example. I'm sure you know they have a reality TV show on TLC, 19 Kids and Counting but other than that, they have written several books, as I mentioned, they are always being interviewed for magazines, and they even travel around speaking at churches and schools. Why do they get to do this? Because people like them and are interested. Granted, some of these "fans" probably only want to hear what they have to say so they can lash out and bash these wonderful Christian people. But I think more so that Americans crave this. We want inspirational families to be in the lime lite that we can look up to. We want wholesome shows on TV to watch with our children. We want to see, through them, that it's OK to stand up for our believes. The Duggars are making an impact and it's working!

Do you watch 19 Kids and Counting? What do you think of the Duggars?
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful Thursday Party - September

It's time for the monthly #ThankfulThursdayParty link up! Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my Church Family. What a blessing! God's family is the best. Of course we have our problems, like any family. And we don't always get along, like most brothers and sisters, but the family is wonderful. And the family is global. I know anywhere I go, I can find brothers and sisters who will treat me like, well like a sister.
Just last week I was in Atlanta for work and I went to a gospel meeting at the church I grew up attending. Not only was the speaker amazing and inspiring, but the fellowship was so encouraging! That congregation is made up of people who are so dear to my heart. I thank God all the time for putting these people in my life. I thank God for the institution of the church that He established. Jesus knew what he was doing when he said not to forsake the assembly. And those first century Christians knew what's up at the end of Acts 2 when they fellowshipped and had all things in common.
Y'all there ain't much better than fellowshipping with the saints. And there's not a better feeling than knowing you have family anywhere you go and there are people who love you and are praying for you that don't even know you.

What are you thankful for this month? Link up below!
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We have so much to be thankful for and a lot of us take that for granted. Lets change that! Introducing the #ThankfulThursdayParty linkup with Rachel @ My Wholesome Home and Charlene @ From Bisons to Buckeyes! We will be writing about what we are thankful for and linking  up on the last Thursday of every month. We would love to have you and can't wait to see what you're thankful for in your life!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Date Ideas

Happy Fall, Y'all! Today is the first official day of Fall and I couldn't be more excited! There's a slight chill in the air, I am making Fall scented candles at a ladies' craft night tonight, a lot of our shows are coming back this week, and I've been watching the Bulldogs and Falcons play for a few weeks now. This is my happy place. Can a season be your happy place? I say it can. Anyway, since today is the first day of Fall, I thought I'd share some Fall Date Ideas with you all. Some we've done before and some I am excited to try to do this year. 
Fall Date Ideas

  • Go to a football game. It can be any game. Splurge and go to an NFL game, dish out a decent amount for an NCAA game, go to a D2 game like my alma mater's homecoming game we'll be attending, or just head down the street to the local high school on a Friday night. No matter what level of play, football is a Fall must-do and the excitement in the air is addicting.
  • Watch football on TV. If you're anything like us, you're probably saying "we do this every weekend. It's not much of a date." Well, make it one! Go all out. Both of you get all decked out in your game day gear. Plan all sorts of football snacks like these adorable "Pigskins in a Blanket" or these delicious looking football cupcakes. Place bets on the scores. Do whatever you can to make it exciting.
  • Pick apples. We did this twice last year, twice the year before already once this weekend at Lynds Fruit Farm. It is truly one of my favorite Fall activities. You have to do it!
  • Bake apple pie with the apples you picked. Baking and cooking together is always fun. I love enjoying a wonderful creation you made and using fresh apples you picked yourself makes it that much better.
  • Pick pumpkins. We do this at Lynds too. Usually we only do it one time though.
  • Carve those pumpkins. This is so much fun to do with your significant other. And it's even more fun if you make it some sort of competition.
  • Make pumpkin pie with those pumpkins. Again, baking together is wonderful and nothing quite says Fall like good old pumpkin pie.
  • Go on a coffee date. Order another #PSL and reminisce about memorable Halloweens from your childhoods.
  • Visit a corn maze. I have actually never been to a corn maze but it just seems so fun to get lost with your love and to work together to find the way.
  • Visit a haunted house. I LOVE Haunted Houses. And holding your hubby's hand so tight it turns red makes it so much better.
  • Throw a TV Premier party. Fall is when all your favorite TV shows come back so throw a premier party. Dress up and make fun snacks that pertain to the show. You can invite other couples or keep it just the two of you.
  • Enjoy a hay ride. Talk about romantic! Bring a blanket and snuggle up together.
  • Visit a fall festival. Walk around, play games, buy candied apples and just enjoy each other's company.
  • Have a scary movie marathon. I'll take any excuse to snuggle up and hold on to my hubby for dear life.
  • Go camping. I love camping and Fall is certainly the best time to do it. Find a weekend when it's not to hot or too cold, go far enough away to forget about your responsibilities, leave your phones at home and enjoy the beauty of God's creation.
  • Drive through the countryside viewing the changing leaves. This, like camping, is best in the Fall. The scenery is breathtaking. But this is much less of a commitment than camping and you don't have to get too comfy with nature if you don't want too.
  • Flea Market/Farmer's market. By the Fall, the local farmer's market is at the end of it's season. You may find some even better deals than usual. And now that the temperature has cooled off a bit, it will be a lot more enjoyable to walk around all morning.
  • Hot air balloon ride. I've been wanting to do this for a while. And really it would be great in any season, but I bet the changing leaves would be beautiful through a bird's eye view!
  • Ride bikes at sunset. Take advantage of the cool air and enjoy the romantic sunset while getting some exercise in as well. 
  • Dress up, decorate your house and wait for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. I never thought I would say this, but sadly, I think I am too old to trick-or-treat now. So I make the most of Halloween by dressing up for parties and living vicariously through the kids who knock on our door. Have fun with it!
What would you add to my list of Fall dates? 
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Monday, September 22, 2014

A Day in the Life: Ohio vs. Georgia

As many of you know, I live in Ohio but I work for a company in Gainesville, Georgia. I got the job when I lived in Georgia before we moved to Columbus, and when they found out I was moving, they really wanted to keep me. So the wonderful company and my fantastic managers let me work from home every day. However, I do have to make the trip to Gainesville every couple months to work in the office for a week. This is just to help me maintain a relationship with my coworkers and to attend important meetings and Christmas parties. It's a pain to have to travel and be reimbursed, and I hate being away from Pearson and Pip for that long, but I get to see family and old friends. Oh, and I get to work in my pajamas the rest of the time so I can't really complain. Anyway, I was in Georgia last week and I noticed (not for the first time) that my days look a lot different when I'm in Georgia. So I thought I'd share with you a few of those differences.
Ohio Stadium taken from the plane on my way home on Friday.
A typical day in Ohio looks something like this...
  • 7:30 am: My alarm goes off
  • 7:55 am: Get out of bed, brush my teeth, make coffee
  • 8:00 am: Log into my computer and start checking emails
  • 8:00 am- noon: Work
  • noon- 1:00 pm: Take Pip outside, run, shower, make and eat lunch
  • 1:00 - 5:00 pm: Work
  • 5:00 - 6:30 ish pm: Take Pip outside, clean or blog or read. And get dinner ready
  • 6:30 (ish) pm: Pearson gets home and we eat.
  • 7:00 -10:00 (ish) pm: Watch TV with Pearson or go to a devo or whatever we have to do that night.
  • 10:00 pm (ish): Take Pip outside, go to bed (or at least that's the goal)
Part of Atlanta taken on my way to the Airport on Friday
A typical day in Georgia looks something like this...
  • 6:30 am: My alarm goes off
  • 7:00 am: I get out of bed and get ready
  • 7:30 am: I leave the house heading to work
  • 8:00 am: Get to work, log in, talk to my coworkers about what to do in the case of a zombie apocalypse
  • 8:00 am- noon: Work and have a few conversations here and there about the Garth Brooks concerts this weekend.
  • noon- 1:00 pm: Eat lunch while working and talking to coworkers
  • 1:00 - 5:00 pm: Work and listen to a few conversations here and there about the new iPhones coming out. (I don't participate in those conversations ;))
  • 5:00 - 5:30 pm: Drive home
  • 5:30 - 6:00 pm: Get my hair cut, or help mom with dinner, or do a Blogilates video or two (this one only happened once)
  • 6:00 (ish) pm: Eat dinner (3 out of the 5 days, I ate out and the food wasn't the best for me if you know what I mean)
  • 7:00 pm: Go to a gospel meeting at Buford Church of Christ (the church I grew up attending)
  • 8:00 pm: Stay after the sermon and talk to tons of people who are surprised and excited to see me
  • 9:00 (ish) pm: Finally head home and watch TV with my parents
  • 11:00 pm: Make my lunch for the next day, start getting ready for bed, talk to my mom about everything under the sun, show her pictures and new clothes I've gotten since the last time I saw her etc. etc
  • midnight: Call Pearson and talk for a while
  • 1:00 am: Set my alarm for a measly 5.5 hours in the future and finally go to sleep
Did you notice I got a lot less sleep in Georgia? Did you notice I was going non stop and constantly talking to people (which tires me out) in Georgia? Did you notice I didn't work out much at all in Georgia? Did you notice I ate horribly in Georgia? But you know what, I wouldn't trade it. I love seeing everybody! Including my coworkers. I don't consciously feel lonely in my apartment all day, but when I go into the office, I can see what I've been missing.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Letters to the World {September 2014}

Dear TV Shows,
I am anticipating your return!! Can you hurry up and get here? I am so excited to start watching again.

Dear Weather,
I am so glad you are starting to get cooler. Yay Fall!

Dear UGA,
After last week I was super excited and hopeful to have a place in the first ever college play off. But you really let me down on Saturday. I still love you but I'm a little disappointed.
Dear JustFab,
You are awesome! I LOVE the booties I ordered from you last week. I've already worn them like 3 times. I love that you know my style (because I took the quiz) and you show me things you think I would like to buy. You have some pretty cute stuff and at great prices! I can possibly see our relationship causing problems for my check book in the future.

Dear Bloglovin Feed,
I have been having a hard time keeping up with you lately. I think the problem is that the time I used to read a lot of you (lunch time) is now being consumed by running and exercising. And it's not going to get any easier to find time. I am sorry. I hate not reading all of the wonderful posts that my brilliant bloggy friends publish. I just need to set aside another time of the day or week.
Dear Life,
You are about to get real busy. But I love it! I'm in Atlanta this week for work. Then next week I have ladies craft night, my Premier Jewelry party, book club, and 2 devos. Then in October I'm GOING TO HARRY POTTER WORLD with a friend from college, my parents are visiting and we are going to Harding for home coming. At the beginning of November we are renting a cabin near hocking hills with a few other couples from church. And then we're getting close to the holidays. I am so excited! We haven't had a vacation or anything all Summer so I am ready for some fun this Fall!

Dancing With the Stars,
I am super excited for you this season. I'll be voting for Sadie and Mark (Go #TeamQuackAttack!), but I am excited to see everyone dance! There aren't any contestants I am disappointed with and I am actually eager to watch all of them!

Who would you write to this month and what would you say?
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Blog // Bloglovin'
  • What is your cure for Blogger’s Block? My cure would have to be taking a week off and getting in nature as fast as possible! We get overwhelmed keeping up a regular blogging schedule and all of the emails, tweets, posts, likes, comments.... it gets too much sometimes! So, I like to unplug from all social media and just go hiking or camping with loved ones and my bible.
  • If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why? Oh man, Charlene is making me think hard today! I feel like this question is impossible to answer. I feel like a great book will make you bond with the characters, and I can't decide on one! Maybe Hermione? 
  • What are you most looking forward to about Fall coming up? PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING! I'm not just going to stop at coffee, I want pumpkin in all things, at all times. My pumpkin obsession is so bad that my niece and nephews are saying my new nickname is "Pumpkin." Yeah, it's that bad. OH, and football! I'm not looking forward to the Winter that will follow, but I will enjoy every day of the changing leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, football cheering, and camp fires I can get my hands on! 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Favorite Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Every month, the college and young adults groups at church have a "Sing Night." We pick one Saturday night and all go over to somebody's house. We share a meal and sing praises to God for a couple hours. I LOVE this tradition. I always look forward to the fellowship and the singing is so uplifting and encouraging. So after Sing Night last week, I thought a lot about what my favorite worship songs are and I've narrowed it down to these 5 that I want to share. Now if we're being honest, there really aren't praise songs that I don't like, but I wanted to keep it to a minimum here. So enjoy!
It is Well (With My Soul)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin--oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall re-sound and the Lord shall descend
"Even, so," it is well with my soul

I Stand in Awe

You are beautiful beyond description,
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension,
Like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Majesty enthroned above.
And I stand, I stand in awe of you.
I stand, I stand in awe of you.
Holy God, to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you.

The Battle Belongs to the Lord

In heavenly armor we'll enter the land.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
No weapon that's fashioned against us shall stand,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord.

The power of darkness comes in like a flood,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
He's raised up a standard, the power of His blood,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord.

When your enemy presses in hard do not fear,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
Take courage my friend, your redemption is near,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord.

As the Deer


As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after You.
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship You.
You alone are my strength, my shield.
To you alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship You.

You're my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king.
I love you more than any other,
So much more than anything.
You alone are my strength, my shield.
To you alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship you.

I want you more than gold or silver,
only you can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy giver
and the apple of my eye.
You alone are my strength, my shield.
To you alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship you.

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sins curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand.



Aren't they beautiful. Not only do the sound beautiful but the lyrics inspire so much thought and encouragement. Our God is amazing and worthy of our praise! 
What are your favorite hymns and spiritual songs?
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Back to School Essentials {I know I'm a little late}

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It's no secret that Autumn is my favorite season, but the last several years have been a little weird for me. You see, I'm not in school anymore. Autumn used to signify the beginning of a new school year, but that part of my life is over. One of the biggest things I always loved about Fall is school supplies shopping, picking out a new school wardrobe (OK, not a whole wardrobe, but we always got a few new things), and gearing up for the exciting school year ahead. Each year brought something new and another reason to want to get up and go to school. Maybe I was starting middle school, high school, or college for the first time. Maybe I was finally no longer a Freshman and the lowest of the low. Or maybe I was starting my Senior year and ready to rule the school. Whatever it was, I was ready for Autumn!

Now I know most schools have been in session for several weeks now, but I wanted to put my 2 cents in on the "Back to School Essentials" bandwagon. You could maybe say I miss going back to school. Maybe. And I want to contribute in some way. Even if it is several weeks late.

Mrs. Maugeri's Back to School Essentials:
New Clothes and Shoes 
So as I said, mew clothes and shoes were one of my favorite parts of going back to school. There are always clearance sales on summer items and the new fall stuff is already out. Love! Right now there are some great deals on clothes and shoes for all ages on Zulily. Of course, there are always great deals on clothes and shoes and everything else you can think of on Zulily. It's is a daily deal site and they have some of the cutest clothes for kids and adults. And some other fun and practical things too!
Cute School Supplies
I am a sucker for school supplies. I always wanted the latest Lisa Frank folders and notebooks growing up. Now I get the boring office supplies that my company provides for work related things. So I have to get creative with planners and pens. May Designs has some CUTE planners and notebooks. I mean these are to die for. And you can customize them. I don't actually have one of my own, but maybe I'll get one as my 2015 planner!
Hottest Makeup Trends and MOISTURIZERS
There are always some new trends in makeup and beauty for each season just like there are in clothing. Although, in my opinion, you can get away with wearing mostly the same makeup year-round. However, as the weather cools off, my skin always seems to get real dry. So when Fall rolls around, I always try to stock up on lotions and moisturizers. I've written before about how much I love the Vaseline brand of petroleum jelly, lotion, and lip balm. But as far as a facial moisturizer goes, I LOVE Trader Joe's Nourish Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer. Y'all, this stuff feels so good. It's easy on my skin and it keeps my skin soft and moisturized all day.
Healthy Snacks
Another important thing to stock up on for back to school and for Fall in general is healthy snacks. The kids will probably be packing their lunches and you want something easy to grab but still healthy. Or if they buy lunch at school, they still going to come home from school looking for something to snack on. As we move towards the Autumn and Winter months, it's harder to find healthy snacks like fresh fruit and vegis. How does it sound to have healthy and yummy snacks sent to you door every 2 weeks or once a month? Enter Graze. For only $6 per box (and that's good for a subscription box) you get 4 different yummy snacks delivered right to your mailbox! You can go log in to your account and tell them what you like and don't like and you can specify if you want a low calorie box or not. And you can change these preferences at any time during your subscription! I received my first box last week and LOVED everything in it. You can use the code PN3XYGYMP when you sign up and get your first and fifth box for just $1.00 each.
Team Apparel
And last but not least, for back to school everybody needs some team apparel. Fall and a new school year brings with it a new football season. You gotta represent your team in style! If you live in the state of your favorite team then you will have no problem finding a plethora of paraphernalia in any store you walk in right now. At least that's the case for the Buckeyes in Columbus. But you run into a problem when you are a Georgia Bulldogs fan and your Husband a Miami Hurricanes fan living in Columbus, Ohio. I have ordered countless items from fanatics.com. They have any item you can think of representing any team you can think of, pro or college, all in one place! They also have swag for MLB, NBA, NHL, Soccer, Olympics, and NASCAR if that's what you're into. Last year I think I ordered 4 or 5 Christmas presents from them for family members who support different teams. It's great!

So there you have it. My back to school/beginning of Fall essentials. What would you add to my list?
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

What I do is NOT My Passion

Recently, Pearson and I were hanging out with some friends and while the boys were grilling, I mentioned to the girls that I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom. I talked about how I don't care much about my job or my future career because I know it won't be forever Don't get me wrong, I love my job. It's just not my number one priority like a career is for some people. It's just not something I'm passionate about. And I even said that I chose my major in college with this in mind. Then one of the other girls said "So you went to Harding to get your MRS degree?" or something to that effect. This really upset me at first. She said there is nothing wrong with it, but I was a bit embarrassed.
On one of the infamous swings at Harding. The phrase "Three swings and a ring" rang true for a lot of students.
You see, Harding University was known by many as a marriage factory. It was a big joke that all the girls were only there to get their "MRS degree," meaning they were just looking for a husband. I hated that. I thought going to college to find a husband was really stupid. And I technically didn't find my husband in college, I found him in high school (but that's a story you can find here). My thoughts (and words) were always against the mentality that women need a man in their lives. I went to school to get a real degree and education and if I had a man when I got out, great. And if not, great! But it is also true that the goal of eventually being a SAHM was always in the back of my mind.

Anyway, since that conversation with the girls, I've read several blog posts (like this one, this one, and this one) talking about being a SAHM and I feel much better about it. There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay home and pour yourself into your family. This is my passion. It's what my soul wants. It's what I truly feel I've been called to do. And that is fine. And it's also fine for other women to want to work and make their way in the corporate world. Or for women to be passionate about health care or teaching our children in school. We need those women! It's just not me.

No this post is not implying anything. We still have a long way to go before we start thinking about raising our own family. It's just been on my heart lately and I wanted to share.

What do you think about SAHMs? Are you a SAHM? Do you ever feel like people look down on you or were you ever ashamed?
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Confession Session

Sometimes I hide dirty dishes in the oven when someone is coming over. Most recently this was for maintenance men coming in the apartment to pin point a water main leak in the building. They aren't worth actually doing the dishes (especially since I didn't have time to do them when I found out), but they are worth hiding them.

I continue to put milk in my coffee that's at least 2 days past the expiration date. Sometimes older. I can't taste a difference and I haven't gotten sick yet.

I have known all my life that I eventually want to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom with my children one day. All of my life decisions so far have been made with that in the back of my mind.

I've completely burned through my "bookstore" candle from Megan for the #PamperYourselfSwap. I've only had it for 3 weeks!

I am a little obsessed with the Duggars of 19 Kids and Counting. I don't quite know what it is but that show is just so addicting. It's so interesting to see how they live with 19 kids and stay true to their values.

I got a #PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks in case anyone out there still doesn't know what that means) on August 25. It was 85 degrees outside, I wore shorts and flip flops and Fall didn't officially start for another month, but I didn't care! I got my first pumpkin fix and it was wonderful. And I've had a couple more since then.

I finally shaved my legs the other night for the first time in several weeks. And yes it has been Summertime. And yes I was wearing shorts and dresses. I just didn't care.

I've been wearing Halloween socks for a while now and they make me so happy! #FavoriteHoliday

I put up my "Fall" decorations on September 1st! The earliest date I would allow myself to do it. They are wonderful! Sub confession: I might have more Fall decorations than Christmas decorations. At least when you count Fall stuff and Halloween stuff together.

I am excited for Fall. Can you tell?

What do you confess today?
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sharing Scripture - Nature Edition

*I got these pictures mostly from unsplash.com (except the one with flowers, I took that one) and I added the text myself. Just in case you wanted to know.

Linking up with The Artsy Cajun for Sharing Scripture.
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Showing the Respect I Feel - Marriage & Relationship Goals

This weekend, I started (re)reading the book For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn. I talked a little about this book in my post about 5 books to strengthen your marriage and decided to read it again because it had been a while. Oh my goodness, what an insightful and eye opening book!
The beginning of the book talks about respect. It is a theme that runs through every aspect of most men's personality. So my goal for this month is show respect to my husband in every way possible. It is not enough to respect him, I need to show it.

One thing the book talks about is teasing. So many women (myself included) tease our husbands in public or tell jokes at his expense. We don't think anything of it. In the book's example, the wife reveals, at dinner with another couple, that their dishwasher is broken and mentions in jest that her husband "isn't really a handyman." To most women, this seems harmless, but according to the book, it's detrimental to our husbands. And worse, if we are out with other men, it makes our man look weak and everything in life is a competition with men. Even subconsciously. The other man could be thinking "if his wife doesn't even respect him, he'a nothing! We'll walk all over him in our next business deal." I know I can certainly be guilty of this public teasing.

Another aspect that's somewhat related is the idea that a man's ego is the "most fragile thing on the planet." Have you ever thought your man was too proud of himself and it's your job to knock his inflated ego down to size? I've caught myself thinking like this at times. But the reality is that it's not a matter of pride, it's just the way men act and sometimes, how they mask their insecurities. 

I respect my husband very much, but as much as I try, I know I don't always show that respect. So this month, I am going to focus on showing that respect. I will not ever put him down or tease him in public. I will respect his judgement and his actions in everything from his priorities in getting housework done to his wanting to find his way without asking for directions.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Handle a Week from You-Know-Where

So this week hasn't been the best, to put it nicely. But I’m trying to stay positive. God never promised life would be easy, but he expects us to handle hardships with dignity, class, and love. Basically, I've tried to have a “What would Jesus do?” mentality by looking at the bright side of things, not dwelling on the negative and feeling sorry for myself, and being thankful for what I have and thankful it’s not worse.

So let’s take a look at this week, shall we?

Monday (the most mild day):
Problem 1: I went to 3 stores trying to shop End-Of-Summer sales and guess how many great deals I got... Zero. I bought nothing. 
How I handled it: Instead of grumbling about all the clothes I wanted to find and complaining about how I hate shopping etc, I decided to be thankful for that I have plenty of clothes already and I am not going to die or freeze because I didn't find anything this weekend.

Problem 2: Also, Miami lost. Pretty bad. And the score was terrible even though they just made stupid mistakes and could have probably won. My husband was [very understandably] upset and hasn't stopped talking about it.
How I handled it: Instead of telling Pearson it's just a game, going to bed early that night, and resenting him, I decided to watch the entire game, support him, and give him someone to vent to. I am thankful to have such a passionate husband. I am thankful he watched the Georgia game on Saturday with me. I am thankful he wants me to watch football with him. I focused on (and helped him focus on) the fact that Miami is a very young team. I mean, they started a true freshman quarterback on the road on Monday night.

Tuesday:

Problem: Pearson’s car broke down on the way to school. He finally got it to start again and made it to the mechanic only breaking down one more time on the way. It turned out some hoses are loose and the car is overheating. It was $500+ to fix.
How I handled it: Instead of getting upset and worrying about where the money would come from, I know we will be OK. We just might need to cut back in other areas this month. Instead of complaining about only having one car between us for a couple days, I am thankful we have a car and that this happened after we got the new one. I am also thankful that we have a mechanic we trust and that Pearson was in a relatively safe place when he broke down. Both times.

Wednesday:
Problem: Pearson woke up before me and tried to get on the wifi with his tablet. We had no wifi. He woke me up and I tried to get on the internet via an ethernet cable with my work computer. That didn't work either. Great. This is actually a bigger problem for us than it would be for some people because I work from home every day using that internet. I kinda have to work. Pearson called the internet company and they said there was an outage in our area and the techs had been working on it since 1:00 AM. So Pearson dropped me off at Starbucks on the way to school so I could use their internet for work. I was stuck there till all day until he got off. Remember, we only had one car at this point.
How I handled it: Instead of complaining about having to get work done in a loud coffee shop with the smell of coffee and yummy pastries, I am thankful for the lovely smell of coffee and ear phones. Instead of grumbling about not having my own car and literally being stuck at Starbucks for about 9 hours (actually I did start to complain about this, but stopped myself), I am thankful places like Starbucks exist with free wifi and they let me sit there all day and get my work done. I listened to a cappella worship music which always puts me in a good mood and I limited myself to only 2 Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

I don't write this to brag on myself. I write this to share that I am working on having the right reaction when trials hit. I want this kind of thing to become second nature to me. I want to stop worrying and complaining so much. I want to trust that God is in control even when it seams the storm has hit. And I want to share my struggles as well as my successes. And besides, I share everything else with you wonderful readers, right? Why wouldn't I share this?

Have you ever had one of these weeks from You-Know-Where? How did you handle it? Did you try to focus on the positives?
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Personal Goals for September

It's time again for me to share my progress on my personal goals from last month and set some more for this month. So lets see how well I did in August...
  • Buy a new car. Check! We got a Nissan Rogue and I love it!
  • Be active 6 days per week. Mostly Fail. I did horrible for the whole month until the last week of August. Last week I started the "Couch to 5K" program below. I had seen it on the internet a lot, but for some reason, when Rachel posted it, It struck me. I wanted to try and it didn't seem too daunting. (and if she can do it after giving birth to a sweet baby boy, I can do it). So far so good. It isn't too hard and I love the way I feel after I run.
  • Spend time in the Word every day. Mostly Check! I have been going through a "Promise Journal" that my grandma gave me like 5 years ago. Every day marks a new promise from God with scripture to back up the promise and quotes to get your mind thinking. Then there is space to journal your thoughts about that primise. I am really enjoying it. I've missed a couple days but I always catch up.
  • Publish at least 3 blog posts per week and set aside specific time for blogging. Check!
  • Only check my social media at lunch time and right after work.Fail This was a major fail.
  • Finish The Book Thief and read the 2 Sherlock Holmes books my book club is reading this month. Fail. I am still working on The Book Thief and I didn't even finish one Sherlock Holmes book.
Hmm... About 50%. So, my goals for September are...

  • Continue the Couch to 5K program 3 times per week and do some Blogilates the other three days with one off day.
  • Spend time in the word every day with my Promise Journal and talk to God about everything.
  • Continue to blog consistently and set aside time for it so it doesn't take over my life.
  • Leave my phone and laptop in another room while I'm spending time with Pearson in the evenings so I'm not tempted to check social media or blog.
  • Finish The Book Thief and Margo.
Let's see how well I do this month. I'm shooting for 100%! 
What are your goals for September?
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What I'm Up To {September 2014}

Happy September! In just a few weeks it will officially be Fall! I just love Fall so much. I love that school has started back, and it's football season. I am so excited for cooler weather and pumpkin everything. I think this is going to be a great month! So here's what I'm gonna be up to this month...
Making: A Fall wreath for my front door. I made one last year, but I took it apart for other seasons so I'm really just putting it back together and maybe adding a little something.
Cooking: Yummy Fall soups and crock pot meals.
Clicking: Fall crafts, recipes, and decoration ideas on Pinterest
Drinking: Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks! Yummy!
Reading: Still working on The Book Thief with Ashley. (My best friend and I are reading it together. She lives in Mississippi but we've been discussing over text, phone and Skype. It's a lot of fun). I'm also gonna start Margo soon for book club. It seems to be a Holocaust book season in my life right now.
Wanting: UGA to do well this season 
Playing: Words with friends! My dad got be back into it
Wishing: Fall would get here fast
Enjoying: College Football! Go Dawgs!!
Waiting: For Fall
Liking: All the Pumpkin, Halloween, and Fall stuff everywhere
Wondering: Who's gonna be on Dancing With the Stars this season! Lets go, Sadie Robertson!!
Loving: My hubby
Needing: A vacation
Smelling: My Pumpkin/Harvest candles I've started alternating.
Wearing: Halloween socks.
Following: The roomers about a revival of Full House being in the works!
Noticing: That seasons and holidays seem to hit the stores earlier and earlier every year
Watching: 19 Kids and Counting. It's so addicting! Thanks, Erika for getting me hooked! haha
Listening to: Disney Music
Obsessing over: The Duggars (19 Kids and Counting). Seriously. I think I now know everything about them that there is to know.
Shopping for: End-of-Summer clearance clothes
Learning: That End-Of-Summer sales start before the end of the summer
Wasting time on: Getting Swagbucks
Praying for: Students starting another year in school
Working on: The Couch to 5K program that was re-introduced to me by Rachel @ My Wholesome Home
Looking forward to: My parents coming to visit and possible going to Harding for homecoming!

What are you up to this month?
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