Enduring All Things: May 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

What I Learned in May

As a lot of you know, I picked a word of the year for this year just like most of the blogosphere. I chose the word "learn." I wanted to focus on learning as much as I could about everything this year. I have talked about learning in my a few of my marriage goals posts, but other than that I've only given one real update. So I've decided that I'm going to do an update at the end of every month. How does that sound?

It will be a fun way to recap the month. And it may take the place of my "What I'm Up to" and or my "Personal Goals" posts. I haven't decided yet but things could get a little repetitive toward the end/beginning of each month. We'll see. Anyway, lets see what I've learned in May!
I've heard the phrase "God is sovereign over everything" a few times in my life. And I know it means God has governing authority over everything. Everything. But I really enjoyed this explanation I stumbled across. It sort of drives the point home.

Another thing I learned, which is more about Christianity than about God specifically, is that a long time ago, William Tyndale decided that it was not cool that he couldn't read the bible in his own language and study it for himself. From there he set out to change that and today, he is mostly to thank for the fact that we have such easy access to the bible in our own language and can make our own decisions about it instead of blindly following the Pope. It's really a cool story!

I can actually sing and dance well enough to be in Worthington Community Theatre's production of The Music Man! I haven't done any of that sort of stuff in a long time. The last (and only) time I was in an actual musical was middle school. I was in Chorus all through middle and high school and I did Spring Sing freshman year of college. But other that that, I just sing show tunes on my own and watch musicals at every opportunity.

What I really learned though is that if I don't let myself chicken out, I can do it! And I will be rewarded! I was so nervous for auditions. When I saw that we had to sing in front of everyone auditioning, I freaked out even more. But I made myself go through with it and I got a decent part in the show! I am so glad and I'm looking forward to months of rehearsals and a wonderful production!

I also learned that I cannot stay motivated to do much of anything without accountability. Whether it's reading the bible, working out, eating healthy or anything else, I need accountability or I'll just get lazy. I've tried to be self motivated. I have plenty of reason in my head to do these things. But the truth is, it's not enough. And that saddest part is that I love being alone. But I'm going to have to find some accountability.

He gets angry and frustrated quickly and easily and that affects his whole attitude. I already knew all this BUT I learned this month that he knows this about himself and is trying really hard to just let things roll off his back. And he's doing a great job.

I also finally learned what he means when he says "I'm doing the buffer right now" or "I still have to do the buffers for these three proteins so I'll be a while longer." Not that you care, but the proteins that he's working with (he shoots a laser at them and collects data from that to learn about the proteins) need to be dissolved in a buffer or protective solution before he shoots the laser. However, the resulting data will have spectra from both the buffer and the protein. So then he has to shoot the laser at a sample of only the buffer so he can take that data and subtract it from the data with the protein so all he has left is protein data. It makes so much more sense now!

I learned about Wheel of Time. Whenever Pearson starts to tell me about something, I actually mostly understand it. I know the names of a lot of the main characters and I know how the fantastical world work. If I ever decide to read them for myself, it should be pretty easy now.

Other People:
Some people are very strong willed and will never change their mind no matter how hard you try to convince them. And a lot of times, those people are the ones that speak out the most and are the most intolerant. Why can't we have an open mind and love and respect each other?

What have you learned this month? Did you pick a word of the year? How is it going for you?
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thankful Thursday Party - May 2015 {link up}

If you've been reading this blog over the last few months, you know that we've been living on one car for almost 4 months. Pearson's car died at the beginning of February and we didn't want to have another car payment on top of our Rogue. So we waited and saved money.

It's been a tough 4 months, I'm not gonna lie. We are very lucky that I work from home and we were able to live with just one car. But I was always stuck at home every day until Pearson got home from work around 9 or 10 pm. For a lot of that time, it was still cold and snowy outside so I couldn't/didn't want to walk Pip for very long or walk to the store when I needed something. I got sort of depressed. Also, while we were saving for a car, we had to cut back in other areas and it was stressful. It really wasn't that big of a deal but for some reason, it really affected me.
Anyway, all this to say we finally got another car this weekend! And I am so THANKFUL for that! It's something we definitely took for granted before these months of only having one. The Music Man rehearsals started this week and I was able to go with my own car and not worry about Pearson getting home in time or having to take him to school in the morning and pick him up after rehearsal. Yesterday, I ran to Kroger to pick something up on my lunch break! It's fantastic!

What are you thankful for this month? Be sure to 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! I bring you the #ThankfulThursdayParty linkup with Charlene @ From Bisons to Buckeyes where we can write about what we are thankful for and link up on the last Thursday of every month. I would love to have you and can't wait to see what you're thankful for in your life! 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our Memorial Day Weekend According to Pip

Hey guys! Pip here! My mommy told me I could write a post today and tell you all about our weekend since it was pretty exciting for all three of us!
So let's see, Friday night was kinda weird. As soon as Daddy got home from work, Mommy left (taking their only car) to go to a "Signature Home Styles" party. I'm not sure what that is but Mommy said someone she talked to called it a "spend your husband's money" party. Whatever it is, I think Mommy had a good time.

But she got home kinda early so they went to Menchie's to eat frozen yogurt but they didn't invite me. How rude!
Then Saturday, they left me at home all alone almost all day. But when they finally got home in the afternoon, they brought home a new car!!! A 2012 Nissan Versa! It looks a lot like their Rogue. Just a smaller version. I know they are both very happy because they now have two cars again after having to share one for almost 4 months! And they got another one just in time for Mommy to start "The Music Man" rehearsals.
After they got home, Mommy and Daddy took me to Mutts & Co which is one of my favorite places! But they took the Rogue because they didn't want me to get hair all over the back seat of the new car. I guess I don't blame them for that.

Saturday night they left again to go to Sing Night. Once a month, they go to someone's house with a bunch of young adults and college students and sing praises to God all night. They are always so happy when they get home but their voices are almost gone.

Sunday they got up and went to church like normal. But Mommy taught 4th grade Sunday School that day! She's used to teaching 3-year-olds so I bet it was really different. But I heard her telling Daddy that she really liked it and was surprised at how well the 4th graders listened and answered and how much fun the class was!

After they got home from church, they left me again to spend the afternoon at the pool. I probably would have loved it but, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at the pool.
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That brings us to Monday, the best day of the whole weekend! First off, in the morning they left me to go have "brunch" which sounded very good to me and I would have loved to join them. Anyway, then they came home and got me and brought me on the next adventure with them!

This time, they let me ride in the new car! I guess they figured I'd get hair in there eventually. I love the Versa! The windows are at the perfect height for me to hang my head out while riding. The windows in the Rogue are a little high for that.
After a short but fantastic ride in the car, we got to Highbanks Metro Park and we walked a couple of the trails. It was the best day ever! I got to smell a bunch of new smells and make some new friends with other doggies and I got lots and lots of exercise. It was so fun!
Later that night Mommy and Daddy grilled burgers on the back patio which meant I got to hang out back there without a leash. That's also my favorite. There is so much to explore out there even though it's a small, mostly fenced in place.

After dinner we all sort of chilled. Mommy and Daddy both read some and then Daddy played a video game while Mommy and I blogged. It was the perfect, relaxing ending to a great weekend!

And I can't forget to say thank you so much to all of those who have fought for our freedoms in this country. Words cannot ever be enough. I puppy salute you!
How was your memorial day weekend?
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hospitality - Peony Project

Hospitality has always been a concept I struggle with. We as Christians are certainly called to be hospitable to our neighbors (Hebrews 13:2). And we have a lot of great examples in the bible to learn from (Acts 2:42-47). So why is it so tough?
I love people and I don't mind cleaning and cooking, but I'm always afraid of what they'll think if I invite them over. I'm afraid of what they'll think of my apartment, my food, my entertainment and the list goes on. I obsess. Everything has to be perfect. I clean for a whole week leading up to an event.

Maybe this trait of mine is not bad itself. I mean, it's good to make my guests feel important and I should want to make them as comfortable as possible in my home. But my stressing about this is very selfish. It's all about me, not them. I'm worried about what they will think of me and my home. I always wonder how much they will like me after coming over and if they will ever come back. It worries me way too much!

It's always been like this. As a kid, I worried my friends would make fun of my music, or how I decorated my room. I always dreaded having a birthday party because I didn't want people to think I was lame. I didn't want to be stuck with friends over at my house trying to watch a movie but nobody liked anything from my sad collection of VHS's.

But this is ridiculous. I'm not perfect and I shouldn't be ashamed of that. Who cares what they think, right? And besides, it's not about me. Hospitality is about the other person whom I am welcoming into my home. I should stop thinking about myself. They most likely aren't worried about how great my food is and how clean my apartment is. They probably don't even notice little things I worry about. And if they do, who cares? I'm human. I have a life. And I'm putting forth the effort to invite them into my home. As Betsy (host of this link up) so beautifully put it, "In reality, it doesn't matter how well you prepared. What people will remember is how well you cared."

Showing hospitality to others can be a beautiful and fulfilling act if we let it. But it's only possible when we take the emphasis off of ourselves and put the focus on our guests. There's nothing wrong with trying to be your best and present your home/food/entertainment in the best way possible, but as soon as your reason behind it becomes making yourself look good instead of making your guests comfortable, you have a problem.

Do you struggle with hospitality? Or does it come naturally to you?
Linking up with Betsy for May's Peony Project Prompt.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Perks of Being Married to a Scientist

A huge part of having a happy and long lasting marriage is focusing on positive aspects of your marriage and your spouse. Nobody likes a Debby Downer. I'll be honest, I'm not always the most positive person. A lot of times I find myself complaining to Pearson at home. But I always make it a point to show him in a positive light to others. I never complain about him to others and I hate it when other wives put their husbands down in front of me.
I find that looking for positive things about Pearson and our marriage to share with other people helps me to stay focused on the positive all the time. Sometimes, on days when it's really tough to stay positive and all I can think about are all the bad things going on, I make a list of good things. Whether I actually write them down or make note of them in my head, my mood is always lifted after noticing the number of positives and how they always completely overpower the bad things.
That's why I love Amberly's blog series "The Perks of Being Married to my Spouse." She has asked several wives from all around blog land to contribute to the series by replacing "my spouse" with an identity of their husband. I've loved reading all about the pros (and some cons) of being married to all these different guys and I am so excited that she asked me to contribute today!

So head over to her blog and read my post, The Perks of Being Married to a Scientist!
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Letters to the World {May 2015}

It's time for some letters to the world! For the last few months I made this a link up but I had no participation so I decided not to this month. (Also I got it out there late today. Oops) Anyway, let me know if you're interested in making this a link up!
Dear Age of Ultron,
You were as great as I expected. And since we watched all the other marvel movies before you and watched you twice, my love for The Marvel Cinematic Universe has only grown. I feel like quite a nerd now as I read and learn about all the upcoming phases. I'm so excited!
Dear Worthington Community Theatre's The Music Man,
EEK! I am so excited to be a part of you this year. I haven't been in a full musical since middle school. Chorus concerts and Spring Sing don't count. I was so nervous trying out but it wasn't so bad. And now I have the confidence to try out for more productions with WCT!

Dear Ohio Weather,
Ugh. Would you make up your mind. Last week it got back down into the 50s... A couple weeks ago I was so excited to sit at the pool and all last week it was too cold. Where is spring??
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Dear Tyler,
Congratulations on graduating!! I am so very proud of you. I am proud of the young man you have become and I can't wait to see what God has planned for you in the future. Speaking of the future, don't sweat it. Being an adult is hard at times but it's also so rewarding. Enjoy it and don't worry too much about where you're gonna be down the road. Be present in the here and now!

Dear Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale,
Um what? How can you just do that? For the whole episode I was thinking "OK, everything is getting resolved." and "Oh I really thought they were going to leave that one open until next season." and "What in the world are they going to do next season? They're closing everything up." And then BAM! Within the last 10 seconds... AHHH! I won't say anything because spoilers but Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot wait a whole summer! Why do you do this to us!
Dear Once Upon A Time finale,
I'll admit, the crazy cliffhanger at the end was a little more predictable than the S.H.I.E.L.D. one but still petty crazy! And pretty brilliant. I have thought for a while that you were running out of villains and I was wondering why you had Cruella, Maleficent, and Ursula all in one season. I thought you should spread them out and try to keep the show going longer... That just goes to show you that I am not a television writer. You have your villain for next season and it's gonna be crazy!!

Dear Fuller House,
WOOOO!!! When you were finally officially announced I seriously did a little dance in my bedroom. I cannot wait for you! I really hope you're good despite how most revived shows turn out. And despite the fact that you will basically have the exact same story line as Full House. But John Stamos said they waited a long time to get you perfect so I'm hopeful. 2016 cannot get here fast enough!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Five on Friday - Animal Videos

I have found a ton of really cute or emotional animal videos lately on Facebook and Youtube. So I though for today's Friday Five, I'd share some with you. Enjoy!
So what did you think? Any tears (especially on the second video)?
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Girl Power Playlist

Last year when Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" got real famous and then Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" followed close behind, I re-discovered my love for Girl Power songs! I decided to make a playlist of all the wonderful Girl Power songs I could think of and to add to it as I found more. 

It's so much fun to jam to when I'm cleaning or exercising and it always puts me in a good mood. Check it out!
Did I miss any? What would you add to the play list?
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Graduation Photo Dump

Well, it's Wednesday and I'm just now doing a recap of our weekend in Searcy for Graduation. Sorry I'm not sorry! :) We left Thursday night after Pearson got home from work. We dropped Pip off at the vet for boarding and headed out of town. We stayed the night in Louisville and then made the rest of the trek Friday. While in Searcy, we stayed in the Guest Suite at the Harding Place, the assisted living facility. My uncle is good friends with the guy who runs the place and he let us and my grandparents stay in the two bedroom/two bathroom suite free!

I blogged in the car on Friday using my phone as a WIFI hot spot. Pretty sweet!
Friday night we all went to my Aunt and Uncle's house who live in Searcy for dinner. It was so much fun!
My first time using a selfie stick
Side Note: My cousin, Annelise (above) left for Greece on Monday! So excited for her!
The graduates with their cake!
After dinner Pearson and I made a Walmart run and then met up with Ashley (my BFF and MOH) and Taylor (her husband) at Sonic!! (sorry there are no pics of this! P.S. ASHLEY! How/why did we get through the whole weekend without taking a picture together?)
In our seats in the Benson waiting for the ceremony
Jeff (pictured above, Pearson's best man and long time friend of both of our families) came on Saturday and basically hung out with us all day. He even ended up sleeping on the couch in our suite Saturday night!
The front of the program // Tyler and Andrew's names // Nicholas's name
Dr. McLarty speaking
After the ceremony, the crazy picture taking began!
The graduate and his beautiful girlfriend, Kaleigh!
With Memaw and Pepaw!
The Graduates
That night we went to Huckleberry's Catfish house for dinner and then hung out with Ashley, Taylor, and Jeff all night. 

It's so fun to go back and see old friends and reminisce about the good old days at Harding! Sadly, all our reasons to go back are slowly graduating... I suppose that's life but it makes me really sad.

How was your weekend? Are you or any of your family graduating this month?
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Friday, May 8, 2015

Favorite College Memories

Happy Friday! Pearson and I are currently on our way to Arkansas for my brother's graduation. I've been feeling a bit nostalgic about this trip. Especially after yesterday's post. So I thought I would share some of my favorite college memories. I wanted to use this for the Five on Friday/Oh Hey Friday/High Five Friday link ups but I couldn't keep it to just five... Oh well.

ONE: Spring Sing
Freshman year, Pearson and I both did Spring Sing with the Chi Omega Pi and Delta Gamma Rho. It was very stressful and frustrating to go to all the practices but miracle week made it all worth it. I made some great friends and ended up pledging ChiO's the next year!
TWO: Club Week (formerly known as Pledge Week)
I pledged Chi Omega Pi and it was probably the hardest and yet most fun week of my life!
THREE: Hiking 
We went hiking with friends on multiple occasions. Some of our favorite spots were Sugar Loaf, Pinnacle, Petit Jean, and Buffalo River.
FOUR: Broomball and Other Club Functions
I loved all of our Chio's and Box functions. I love dressing in character and just being goofy.
FIVE: Formals
Formals were always fun. I miss getting all dressed up and fancy for a night with my love and friends!
SIX: Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments
I played on Harding's Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and we traveled around playing in tournaments. We mostly only went to Tennessee and Missouri and we stayed in Church buildings. It was so much fun!
SEVEN: Spring Break Mission Trip
Pearson and I went with a group to Manchester, NH for a missing trip during spring break of our sophomore year. It was also a lot of fun!
EIGHT: Trip to Chicago for Living World Religions
I took a Living World Religions class with Dr. Montey Cox and we took a weekend trip to Chicago to visit some places of worship for some of the religions we had learned about.
What are some of your favorite memories from college?
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Throwback Thursday Graduation Style

In honor of my brother's and cousin's graduations from Harding this weekend, I thought I'd do a little Throwback Thursday to when Pearson and I graduated from Harding. I graduated in December of 2011 a semester early and Pearson graduated in May of 2012. We took a lot more pics at my graduation because there were much fewer people graduating and it wasn't as hectic.

My Graduation:
My cheering section
I'm on stage
Got the diploma!
Wow! A lot of people loved me enough to stay at school during Christmas break and watch me graduate!
We only had 2 graduates from the Comp Sci department that semester and the teachers actually out numbered us
Dr. Baird!
My dad was a Comp Sci major at Harding and he had both Dr. Baird and Dr. Baber as teachers just like me!
The only other Chi-O Science graduate that semester :)
Coach Ragsdale (one of my comp sci professors) grew up attending church with my grandma, grandpa, and Dad.

Pearson's Graduation:
Look how young all three of them look here! I feel old!
Always have to have a goofy one.. BOX socks represent!
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