Monday, September 26, 2011

Kids & Mommy Calls

I had a great week last week! Hope you did too!  I spent the majority of my week helping do 3 and 4 year old kids school physicals.  I love kids at the age!  They are so funny and honest and don't seem to have a care in the world.  As I see each and every kid, I can't help but wonder what kind of life they will have when they grow up.  I also wonder what kind of life they have at the present moment.  You just never know.  The kids I see 9.9 times out of 10 come from very low income families and I just worry so much about them and the kind of life they have.  I was so blessed in my life to come from such a great family and I can't help but hope that these kiddos do too. *sigh*  Prayers for the little ones...

As I was seeing one of the little boys, I asked him how old he was.  He just kinda looked at me with that "who are you" look.  So I said, "Are you four?"  He very surprisingly and suddenly said, "NO! I am not FOUR, I am Fo."  So funny!
Kids...Gotta love 'em. 

I had a mommy call the other night.  In case you forgot, a mommy call is where I get woke up at all hours of the night by my awesome pager that I love so much with "emergencies."  They are hardly ever emergencies, but that's besides the point, kinda.  They other night around midnight I get a page come across my pager that says, "talking in her sleep."  Enough said.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Dear Hubby of Mine

My dear husband turns 29 today!  Andrew and I met when we were 13, that was 16 years ago, which is over half of our life ago.  Wow!  Time sure flies!  

I thank God everyday for putting him in my life.  He is the only person in the whole world that can put up with all of my "me-isms." 


And he loves me so so much.

I love him more than anything and I am so blessed God choose him to be partner in life. 

Happy Birthday Andrew!  I hope this is your best year yet! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What Women Fear

I just read the most amazing book.  What Women Fear, written by Angie Smith, was such a great read.  It has inspired me in more ways than I can count.  Angie is such a unique writer and makes you feel like you are her friend as you read about her story and the struggles and fears she has faced.  I think the most important thing that I learned from the book was that it is ok to worry, to have fear, as long as you trust God and have faith along the way.

Shelia Walsh said it best in her review of Angie's book when she stated, "You don't have to be around Angie Smith very long to fall in love with her.  She is funny and transparent with a passionate love for Christ.  In What Women Fear Angie holds up a mirror so that we can see ourselves from every angle, the thoughts we display on the front shelves of our lives and those we hide.  The greatest gift tucked into this book is the overwhelming picture of the mercy  of our God who understands our fears and invites us to stand beside Him in the rain and let His love wash us clean."

To sum up the book, Angie said it best when she wrote, "You have a God who longs to be the peace of your life and the glory of your days.  He desires your relationship, your trust, and your obedience.  He doesn't want you to live a life of fear, but the only way you will really believe Him is to do the thing that seems impossible."

If you are looking for an inspiring, provoking, life-changing read, read this book.  You won't be disappointed!  

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!

This past Saturday was my first day off in 19 days, not that I was counting or anything...It was so nice to relax and get to spend some time with my family and my husband.  Friday night Andrew and I went and ate sushi.  The little Owasso sushi place is so delicious!  The only problem is that you have to wait to so long once you get there for it to be made...but we were smart and called our order ahead, so as soon as we sat down, wa-la our sushi was ready!  After dinner, I passssssed out.  I was pooped!

Saturday, Andrew went on a 71 mile bike ride, he is a little crazy like that.  He tried to talk me into riding and had me convinced for about mmmm 5 seconds.  Then I realized that sleeping in was much more important to me.  Ha!  Who was I kidding?  I only slept till 8.  Then me and my trusty psychotic side-kick Roxy went on a nice run.  It was so nice out!  So much better than the 105 degree weather, dontcha think?!?  My mom then decided she really really missed me and her and my dad came to Owasso for breakfast.  I think she was going through "I miss my favorite daughter*" withdrawals.  We ate breakfast at Cracker Barrel and I shared with her my lifelong hopes and dreams and almost have them both convinced to move to San Diego with me...almost.

Andrew came home around 1 pm and was complaining like an old man that just got off a horse in good spirits and not the least just a tiny bit tired and sore after that grueling/supposed to be leisurely ride!  I convinced him to go to dinner and a movie.  I'd tell you what movie we went and saw, but then Andrew would kill me and blackmail me to no end.  Sooooo I guess you will just have to ponder...It most certainly was not Smurfs 3D!

It was a great night out with that wonderful hubby of mine!  Oh, and that movie I went and saw that I can't tell you the name of it, don't go see it.  It really wasn't that good, totally got my hopes up!  Such a bummer.

On Sunday, we went to this really cool Safari Zoo.  There were lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  And there were baby kangaroos!  We bought food for the animals and we fed tigers, lions, even a liger!  We also fed bears, monkeys, llamas, camels, deer, kangaroos, goats, donkeys, etc.  The list goes on and on!  It was so cool!  And you all remember how my husband is when he gets around animals dont you?  Like a kid in a candy store!  The best part of the whole day was getting up close and personal with the baby kangaroos.  They are so soft and neat little animals.  And that pouch of theirs?!?!  Crazyness!! 

We had such a great weekend!  It was so nice to relax and enjoy each others company for the first time in weeks!  I hope your weekend was equally as great :)

Its a Lion, I mean a Tiger, No's a Liger!  Can anyone explain to me the man's obsession with a Liger?  I just don't get it!  I had to pry Andrew away from the Liger's cage.  I think he would have gotten in there with him if I would have let him.  Anyone?!?!

The camel was trying to spit on me.

 What's with the pouch...I think there was a baby in there!

If you haven't been to this safari zoo, you should check it out sometime!  It's pretty cool.

*just checking to see if you are reading dear sister of mine ;)

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Ten years ago today, I was a sophomore at OU.  As I heard about the terrorist attacks, I was driving to a class, that was soon to be canceled.  I remember being glued to the television day after day after that, hearing story after story, and I remember it like it was yesterday.   

New York is very near and dear to my heart.  My mom is from there and my aunt and uncles still live there; therefore, it is like a second home to me.  I grew up going to NY year after year.  I can remember that just the year before 9-11, I went to visit my aunt Susan.  We went to NYC for a day and took a boat out to the Statue of Liberty.  On the way out and back we got a gorgeous glimpse of the NYC skyline, with the World Trade Center right smack dab in the center.  It's crazy to think that the next year, the skyline would never be the same...


"I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." Lamentations 3:20-23

So often we take for granted this amazing country we live in and those that fight for us to remain free.  Let today remind us that we will never forget 9-11 and those that continue to fight day after day to ensure our freedom.  God bless those fighting for our freedom and those that died trying.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Blog...oops

I can't believe I missed my blogs birthday.  Shame on me.  I must have been too busy road-tripping in California to remember this important day.  Oops!  Happy Birthday Blog!  You have been one huge blessing in disguise for me...

Geez, a year sure flies when you're having fun and working like a dog.  It's been a crazy year to say the least!  I can't wait to see what this year has in store. 

The past month was a little rough for me and slightly frustrating, ok a lot frustrating, for reasons I don't really want to go into.  (Thankfully this month is starting out much better)  Lots of stuff going on and having vacation withdrawal depression on top of it all doesn't help things.  I was looking back through some previous blog posts of mine and found this post about life and was suddenly reminded of all the good things I have to be thankful for.  Sometimes its so easy to get frustrated and dwell on the bad things, that we forget to remember all the wonderful things that life has in store for us.

God is pretty freakin amazing and does wonderful things...if you let him.  Be thankful for the life you have been given, and always always always say your prayers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Oh My Pinterest

I've fallen in love with Pinterest. Oh my goodness.  It is so amazing.  If you haven't checked it out you really should.  I'm not completely familiar with it and all of its wonderfulness yet, but so far, I am in love. 

So what is it you ask...It's a website that has pictures of anything and everything you could ever think of...clothes, vacation spots, food, rooms, decorating tips, quotes, animals, photography, etc.  You can like a pic, then click on the picture and it takes you to the site that tells you all the details you ever wanted to know about whatever it is you clicked on.  It's pretty amazing.  Whether you are looking for yummy recipes, trendy outfits, amazing vacation spots, inspiring quotes, etc. pinterest is your site!  And there is so much more to it that what I have just mentioned but you get the drift. 

Here are a couple of pictures of where I am going on vacation to as soon as I can convince my husband to take me.  

Oh and did you know there is only 83 more days until my husband will finally let me put my Christmas tree up?!?!  I think that is one of my most favorite days out of the whole year.  I'd leave it up forever if I could.  I really think we should celebrate Christmas in July too, don't you?

I love the outfit ideas on pinterest.  I'm not a very trendy person.  I really like to dress comfortably and you will almost never ever find me in high heels.  But there are times when I HAVE to dress up and could use some good ideas of what to wear. 

And then there is the inspiring quotes that I have found on pinterest.  I love quotes and the feelings they can provoke.  Here are a few of my favorites for this particular time in my life.

Oh and lets not forget about the yummy food...I can't wait till my husband cooks all these things for me.

Anyhow, you get the drift.  Check out  I'm apologizing now for the addiction.  Your welcome ;)