Friday, February 24, 2012

White Out

Not much new to report. Today is mid-winter break, so I do not have to go into work! The only bummer is I've gotten a cold. Rats. I'm hoping it will pass quickly due to the festivities of this weekend. Today I'm going to rest, but I also have to measure the space for our fridge and bake some goodies for a friends birthday party tonight!

Tomorrow will be filled with running (if this silly cold eases up some more), packing, maybe a friend's hockey game & then out for drinks with Corey's brother. He's 21 now! Sunday after church we'll finalize our paint selections and  purchase all our paint. Then off to small group.

Back to work on Monday, and finishing up our final preparations before closing/moving on Friday. We've been so blessed by all the people who are willingly to help us paint and move...I can't wait!

This was a pretty lame update, and I'm sure you really didn't need to know my schedule for the weekend, but there isn't too much else going on...at least nothing I feel up to writing about right now :) Updates on work and pictures of the house will be given later...

ps Luna says "hi". She's been watching the snow fall all morning as she sits on her blanket by our slider window. She's nervous about moving, but I've assured her she'll have even more bathroom sinks to chase her tail around in...she's looking forward to that.

Enjoy the day!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Preparing

Yet another great sermon at Ada on Sunday. Corey and I also had small group last night--which was stellar as usual. We are so grateful for the people God has placed in our lives to continue to guide us on His path. This week my goal is to try and focus on "not rushing". Knowing that I'm such a planner, I like to take things into my own hands. However, I'm not going to rush into figuring out all the details (i.e. house, 5k garage sale, 5k event, job situation) before praying about it. I want to make sure that the details come after consulting with Him. That way when things happen however they do, He can get the glory...not me.

I have to admit, I did do some healthy house planning today :) More of creating schedules since the big details are done. God has already blessed us so far with this house journey, so I want to make the moving process as smooth as possible from my end (I can't slack off, you know). But He will decide how it really should go!

This Saturday we're going to finish packing, taking down our curtains, putting up the old apartment curtains, etc. We're also going to purchase our kitchen appliances! Corey had the day off today (yay for federal holidays), so we checked some out at Best Buy. We also got all our bills transferred today, as well as installation dates/times set. 

Next week my Dad and I will go over items that need to be spackled/dry walled/calked. Then on Friday March 2 we will close, clean, start painting the 1/2 bath (thanks for your willingness, Tara!), and unload some items. There are a million other details typed out for March 2-4, but I'm sure it will go just fine (and you don't really need to read about them). 

Thankfully, we can take our time and have nothing to rush or worry about when we move in 10 days. I especially don't want to make it a big deal, although it will be very busy, because I have conferences that following week (which means getting up at 5am and getting home at 9pm). Did that feel like a run-on sentence? I do that sometimes. Anywho, I'm thankful for the home, the process, my job, the opportunity to meet with parents, my hubby, and the list goes on. It will be all wonderful things! Especially the part where I can sleep in a little on March 10...and yes I'm already planning to sleep in that far in advance (and yes, we know I'm nuts :))

This post seemed quite random. It was more for me to collect my thoughts I guess. And you get a little glimpse into my silly planning brain. But I need to remember: there is NO NEED TO RUSH OR WORRY. I do my part & God does His.

Over and out!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thrift Store Love

Got some great news...

1. Corey is here to stay!
2. I got a cute end table, metal tray and milk crate today
3. I love lists
4. I also got a dresser that I'm going to use as a sideboard
5. Dinner with the Osbeck family at Logans tonight...yum.

Great day so far, right? Heck yes!

My sister-in-law, Tara, and I went to White Barn Thrift Store today. That's where I got this super end table for our family room (Only $20!!). My mom was SO nice and picked it up with my Dad's truck from 28th St today. Gee, I'm grateful for our family.
Here is the metal tray ($4). I'm going to sand it and paint it white. Then I'm going to put it in our master bath with some apothecary jars (filled with cotton balls and Q-tips), lotion, our toothbrushes, etc. on it.  


I'm not exactly sure what to do with the milk crate ($3) yet....Luna likes it. Maybe a spot for her toys? Or buy some jugs to put in it? Do you have any ideas? I need to think about it more.

(oops, too much flash!)


I do not have a picture of the dresser that I'm using as a sideboard. It's brown but needs a fresh coat of paint. It also has a mirror that I'm going to re-work and paint black to put in the basement. The set was only $40 total. I saw some metal wall decor at the same thrift store (Jazzy Junk) I got the sideboard/dresser at that I may or may not purchase to put on either side of the mirror so that's not the only thing on the wall.

We start the closing/painting/moving process in T minus 13 days!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Reunion

I have some exciting news...after 17 days COREY COMES HOME TOMORROW! I'm pretty pumped. (And so it Luna).

And I'm working more which is a bonus.

Many things to be thankful for!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Better is One Day

So last night I went to The Gathering at Ada's Cascade campus with my friend Leah. I have come to love these monthly worship services, and since Corey is still out of town for work, I didn't want to spend Valentine's alone. One of the first songs we sang was "Better is One Day." Which struck me because 1. it is an older song and 2. I had just read Psalm 84 as my devotional the day before. Click the link to check out what it reads: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2084&version=NIV

We also sang "It Is Well" which is my favorite song. I think God was trying to get my attention. But what does it really mean, "better is one day in your courts"?

Perhaps the Lord is trying to remind me that nothing else compares to Him, and what else should I desire than the only One who can really lift me up/provide for all my needs?

I need practice in living my life with a focus on God's holiness and provision more this week...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Here Comes The Sun

Like a typical cat, Luna loves the sun! She's actually pawing at her own image
on the computer screen right now...hilarious!




Oh hi there




She's a goofy cat, but we love her. In fact, I don't think we'd
know what to do without her now :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rest

Jeff Manion, our senior teacher pastor at Ada Bible Church, gave an awesome sermon on rest this morning. Now that I'm no longer in school (and we don't have kids yet), I feel like I have a TON more time to explore what it means to rest. Yes I love my lists, but I've actually been adapting more of Corey's laid-back life style since being out of school and only working part-time. Jeff gave some great examples of things he and his wife do, and I love how taking a break with your spouse can be a way to bring two people closer.

I especially love how Jeff focused on "we are not what we achieve". It was a great reminder of my sophomore year at Taylor. It was either the fall or spring semester (when in Dr. Lund's Lifespan class) where I would say to myself, "I am not my grade" every single day. (Literally, every day). I did not find my worth in making others happy anymore, but I was sure trying to please someone through my grades. Don't get me wrong, I know God takes pleasure in my hard-work, and I'm not a poor student, but too much of my self-perception was based on my "aptitude" for school (or just my ability to do well when working hard).

Anyway, I've come a LONG way since then (and obviously have a ton more learning to do), but this message  was such a great reminder about the importance of planning rest and the purpose behind it. I'm big boundary person (not when it comes to talking about poop or bodily functions of course), and so I feel like I've done an okay job with leaving work at work. However, how much of my other time do I waste doing things that still aren't restful? (i.e. exchanging one to-do list for another?) I would encourage you to check out the sermon when it comes out online on Monday or Tuesday this week. Go to www.adabible.org. It should be on the home page or under "Commitments that Matter: Rest".  If you do end up watching it, I'd love to know what you think :)

Enjoy the sunshine today!

ps Also had a meeting with our team for Ukraine today. (We have a monthly meeting). I'm really loving getting to know the 12 other people...and it makes me more excited to go each time we meet!

pps Here's a link to the sermon video: http://www.adabible.org/media_player/?id=543

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Time to Put the Toys Away

Since we're moving from out apartment to our new house in just under three weeks, I decided to was time to start packing. In case you don't already know, I like to do things way in advance (often times ridiculously too far in advance)...I can't help myself! Anyway, my mom came over yesterday to help wrap items and put them in boxes since she's a superstar at it.

Luna likes to check out all the changes. She's such an adorable cat (yes, I'm one of those people..but no worries, we love dogs too). I threw in a few more pictures of her just because I can. Yes, she is on top of the fridge in the last pic.






Oh and this was the view from out apartment balcony today! The one thing I will miss is the view of Lamberton Lake. I don't think I'll miss the yelling and pot-smell from our vivacious neighbors below.


This blogging thing might help me update my pictures more often! I've been slacking on that a lot lately. And since Corey is still in Cincinnati for work until Friday (he left Jan 30), I get to spend more time visiting with friends. I just had coffee (well, vanilla chair for me) with a gal, and now I'm off to see my lovely Leah!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Perhaps It's Time

I decided it was time to start a blog. I'm not so sure I will keep up with it...or if I have anything astounding worth sharing...but what I've come to realize it that stories don't have to be "astounding" to be shared. I'm not much of a writer either, but I thought this would help after a long day of work or just when I want to share something new happening in our lives!

I'm still trying to figure out the details of all this, but hopefully you'll be able to learn about our new home adventures, our crazy cat Luna, our trip to Ukraine, and so much more of the experiences we are blessed to have each year. So bare with me as I figure out this blogging thing and stayed tuned to hear about the little joys in our life!