Friday, August 31, 2012


Check this out...

Our bamboo! You know those tiny stalks you can purchase from Meijer? Corey and I bought one a few years ago, and it has taken off! We're graduating it to a large pot today. I must add that Corey is the one who waters the plants in this household--kudos to him.

We also have done a few other minor home updates. Spray painted the round, wicker star that I found at an antique store downtown Grand Rapids. I wanted to put something on the high ledge, but I think this is perfect instead! It completes the entry way.

 Corey is working from home today! Doesn't he look thrilled?

I deeply apologize for the poor lighting, but our dining room curtains are finally complete...Thanks to my fabulous MIL, Jill! 

On the open wall (see picture above), I'm going to get this. But in our name of course :)

 We also moved the large picture to the beige wall which looks way better

And a little puppy and cat love for the grand finale!

Like Maggie's collar? Let's go blue!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Beginnings

As you may know, the Traffick Stop 5k was a success! We had over 200 participants again this year, and we fulfilled our goal of spreading the word about the tragedy of human trafficking...and also that there is something to do about it besides being ignorant or passive! Results and some finish-line pictures can be found at our website: I'll post more pictures once they are edited/posted by our photographer.

I also started work! Yes, I technically started a few weeks ago with orientation/training/setting up shop, but this was the official week that all staff at Rockford Public Schools came back. This is how I'm feeling so far:


Needless to say, I'm a bag of emotions right now. Missing some former students/staff, but pumped for this new year. Wishing I could already have a year under my belt in this district, but gaining joy as I nail down my schedule (piece by piece by piece). Grateful for the knowledge I gained last year, eager to learn so much more. 

I'm also desperately in need of a more consistent workout plan. Remember when I did a nice job at the end of the school year/beginning of the summer? Well then I went to Ukraine, and I've done very little since. I'm hoping to start a new running/eating routine come Tuesday (obviously I need to live up Labor Day goodies ;)). I've heard that the My Fitness Pal app is super, so we'll see if I dig it as well.

Lastly, my stellar mother-in-law is a decorating genius (she seriously has taken classes) and coming to help with some house stuff on Friday. Not major things, but fun nonetheless. I'll post pictures afterwards.

Well, I better go retrieve the dog from eating cat poop again...

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Middle School

I feel like I'm in middle school again. Why you ask? 

Because my face is breaking out. Ick. 

It's obvious my stress levels are high (as evidenced by the huge red mountains on my chin). I couldn't fall asleep last night because I was thinking of everything I had to do. Then I realized I couldn't remember the last time I felt like there was too much to do and so little time...which made me thankful! 

I don't typically become stressed-out (like this) because I like to view these situations as a challenge to my efficiency and productivity. (Yes, I'm weird). But every now and then I think it's healthy to have important, big tasks that keep me humble and on my toes.

This week those tasks are the Traffick Stop 5k (over 200 participants) and my new job! 

I am SO eager to get into my offices, go through my caseloads, plan groups, etc. 

But I can't fully do that yet. 

First I will stuff race bags, pick up bananas/bagels/water, re-walk/mark the race course, do race bag pick-up, and have FUN at a 5k that's for an awesome cause. And praise the Lord for how He has surprised me and blessed our team this year!

On a different note, some exciting news...I get into all Rockford sporting events for free (and can bring a guest). That in itself is not super exciting, but Corey's reaction was.

Corey: "Wait, every sporting event?
Me: "Yes"
Corey: "When does it start?!" (childlike giddiness)
Me: "I guess tomorrow since I get my ID"
Corey: "We get to go to the first football game of the season! YES!"

Ha, we're losers. 

So many wonderful things occurring this next week despite the middle school face breakout. 

And I cannot wait to share how the 5k goes with you...I'll be back soon!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hibma Baby Shower

Happy Monday, folks!

So I didn't take as many pictures of Becky's baby shower as planned, but you'll get a taste :)

At the vintage-themed shower we had...

-fresh cut flowers from my mom's friend's garden
-mason jars with striped straws for punch
-vintage tablecloths and doilies (all that my grandmother made!)
-pink and green depression glass
-delicious vegan and non-vegan sandwiches, veggies, fruits and desserts
-bath and body soap party favors
-"wishes for baby" note cards (soon to go in an album with pictures)
-pretty pink bunting

Yes, my grandmother made that table cloth...
No, I did not inherit her skills 

Books instead of cards

And a beautiful momma-to-be

Alicia MADE this adorable apron without a pattern...and it matches the baby's room!

The fabulous women in our couples small group  :)

It was such an honor to co-host this shower with wonderful friends and for an amazing woman. 
We can't wait to meet baby girl Hibma! 

ps And we are still DYING to know the name. I'm thinking Adelyn, Anabel or Ansley ;)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Minor Home Updates

Hi there, happy weekend!

My Dad and I finished the shelves in one of the upstairs bathroom I was telling you about previously. I think they turned out nicely! 

I still need to put cotton balls or Q-tips in the jar...

I also finally put something prettier above our bed. I was thinking a sunburst mirror, but saw this and loved it. It pulls out the black in our lamps. (Ignore poor phone quality...)

Tonight we have our Ukraine team coming over for a mini reunion, and I am SO pumped. It will be wonderful to see them again. Then tomorrow I'm co-hosting a shower for a woman in our small group. I am very eager to celebrate her new baby, and even more eager meet the little one in September when she's born! Here is a sneak peak of the party favors...

More details to come!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Excitement is in the Air

So I met with one of my former social work supervisors (a different one from my other other post), and it was just marvelous! It definitely made me more excited to start in a new school district, and she helped subside my anxieties. I'm so thankful for encouraging friends like Jen :)

And boy, I am just SO pumped to be working at Lakes and Meadow Ridge in two weeks! My first day of work is Tuesday August 28, but I have two days of orientation this week and next. These upcoming weeks will be busy with the 5k and increased hours at Fossil (I know, so rough ;)), as well as preparing for my office, caseload, and relationship building at a new job. I'm am truly thankful (and eager)!

I've also finished a small, easy project as you can see below...

I painted a chalkboard, but it doesn't look so cool since there's no writing yet. (Our curtains are almost finished thanks to my lovely, mother-in-law!) The more I look at it in the dining room, I'm thinking that I don't want it there. I think this is what it will be transformed into (except Michigan football of course)

AND another exciting thing is that I've decided what I want to do with the strange basement landing! This may seem silly, but the ideas all came together last night as I searched the interwebs and Corey played video games. (We lead such exciting lives). Right now, the basement landing area has quite a large pipe that this huge mirror is currently hiding.

I decided that we're going to put up wainscoting that looks similar to this...

It won't be soon, but I'm hoping within 6 months. Maybe within a year if necessary. (I mean, we're going to be living here awhile!) So the ugly pipe will be less noticeable when it is surrounded by white wainscoting.

Then I want to put a pub table with 4 chairs in that corner to help cover the pipe/be a game playing area. There are also french doors leading to our utility room which is completely bizarre, so instead of changing the doors, I want to add yellow curtains over them and a yellow corner table as well. 

For the wall decor in this little landing area, I'd like to blow up post cards and frame them. My great grandparents had hundreds of post cards their friends sent them, so I've sorted through some and kept my favorites. Some are hanging in our bedroom, as seen here.

I will also have the MI football chalkboard schedule and a few ongoing scrabble games (magnetic boards and lettered tiles) on the walls. Wow, this is a lot of typing...are you getting the idea?

After painting the rest of our basement this color I thought, "holy bright blue, batman!" I knew I wanted something to "dull" it a little, but keep the blue and add yellow for MI colors. I found this as my inspiration...

Although all this planning is in my head, I'm eager to add these little details to our home over time. For now, I can remain excited of the little changes, but more importantly, grateful for what we have now!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fiesta Chicken

At dinner on Friday...

Corey: This is so good! Wait, you made this?
Me: Yes
Corey: How much of it was pre-made?
Me: None...except I didn't raise and kill the chickens.
Corey: Seriously?
Me: Why are you so surprised?! Oh yeah, because I don't cook.

Corey cracks me up :) I don't cook different dishes too often, but we had friends coming over, so I decided to try a new Fiesta Chicken crockpot recipe. It was SO easy and SO good. He seriously couldn't stop eating it. And the friends agreed! So I thought I'd share...

I got the recipe from pinterest (of course), and The Girl Who Ate Everything blog. 

4 boneless chicken breasts, frozen or thawed
1 can (15.5 oz) of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz) of corn, drained
1 jar (15 oz) of your favorite salsa (I used Meijer organic original)
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (or you can use the healthy kind)

Take 4 frozen (boo yah!) chicken breasts and put into crockpot. Add black beans, corn, and salsa. 
Keep crockpot on low for 4-5 hours or until the chicken is cooked.
Once chicken is cooked, take it out and shred it. Then return to crockpot.
Add cream cheese (can just throw on top!), and let it sit for 1/2 hour.
Stir in cream cheese and serve over rice or in tortillas. 

I served it over rice, and it was delicious. 


Friday, August 10, 2012

5k Update

The Traffick Stop 5k is only 15 days away!

We have had many more participants sign up (over a 100!) over the past few weeks, but we are still in need of volunteers. Although last year went smoothly, we've made many improvements for a more professional and a more successful event.

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering to do easy things like pass out food, water, or registration bags...then please email me at Volunteers need to arrive at the Riverbend Shelter (Riverside Park) at 8am and they will be done by 9:30am at the latest. For more information, check out

All proceeds go to Women At Risk, International

Hope to see you there!

ps FREE and fun Zumba night at Nylan Dental this Tuesday to support the 5k! Check out for more information

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Design

Well, it was time for a new design. I'm not tech-savvy and I'm not an avid blogger, but I thought it was time I obtained a prettier and more-adult-looking blog background. Who knows I may change it again...but for now it's a nice change from the last one.

Guess what else? I got to wear my slippers today! Although it rained, I loved today. Cool and cozy is my thing. And I even managed to venture out for some garage sales with my sister-in-law and nephews! I snagged up Apples to Apples (yes, we're the only ones who didn't have this game), some tops for me and the hubs, capris, a clock, an apple slicer, glass toothpick holder (weird?), an organizing rack for my pot lids, and a glass cheese/cracker tray. All for less than $20!

Lastly, I'm finally going to finish the silver bathroom upstairs! One thing at a time, right? My dearest friend Leah let me purchase black shelves from her company, so Tuesday my mom and I are cleaning and finishing the big details. Eventually I want to paint the ceiling a dark gray and change the light fixture and mirror, but at least the majority of it will be done. I'm also looking for a magazine a wire one to hang on the wall. I'm thinking Home Goods. Anywho, I'll post pictures soon.

Can this post get any more random?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stony Haven

As promised, here are some pictures of camping (Yes, Corey camped!) at Stony Haven this past weekend...

Getting ready to tube down the river out to Lake Michigan

 My mom finally saw our new tattoos! (Corey's is on his chest and mine is on my right side ribs. You can't see it in this picture). 

Corey with all his friends...he stood in the shade by himself till the entire fam arrived

The whole family minus Tara and baby Carson...we missed you!

My beautiful madre

Brother Justin and sister-in-law Megan

 My wet, half naked brothers crammed into Dad's truck. So red neck.

 Baby Carson

I should've gotten more pictures of our nephews, but they were having a blast doing their "bike races" :) 

A great weekend indeed!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Can I just say that I'm so proud of my husband? Here are a few reasons:

1. He is diligent about working out (wish I could say the same)
2. His boss is featuring him and our trip to Ukraine in their central newsletter (goes out to all IRS employees in MI, IN & OH)!
3. He spent the night camping (in an air conditioned camper, but camping nonetheless)
4. He loves both Luna and Maggie like crazy (what a softy)
5. He perseveres when things do not go as planned 

This past weekend we went camping with my family, and we were able to have an hour long tube ride down the Stony River into Lake MI. It was glorious! I'll be posting pictures soon...

A picture from yesterday at my friend Jana's. Maggie had fun with my co-workers and their kids at the pool. (Although Mags didn't like the water). I'm impressed that she was so good! She snored all the way home :)

Maggie and Luna continue to work things out...I think they really love each other, but Luna just gets a little scared since Mags can be ultra excited to play. 

Today I'm reminded of and thankful for the relationships the Lord has blessed me with. I was able to meet up with my former social work supervisor, a woman who knows how to encourage (and make me laugh) like none other, as well as a friend from college who is serving as a missionary in Mexico. Both conversations were uplifting, and they both reminded me of the power of community. I love how the Lord works through so many people to bring me back to His purposes.

I hope you, too, are able to find joy in a relationship today!

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I am so excited for fall. Summer is nice because I have a break, but I'm definitely not one of those who loves this hot weather. 

But I adore fall.

I'm pumped to begin a new school year (and a little nervous too), wear tall boots and plenty of scarves, and celebrate MI football victories. I feel like I don't look that cute in the summer because it's so flippin hot that I can never keep any cute clothes on. tmi?

I really just cannot wait for the crisp air, the colors changing, getting pumpkins, drinking cider, walking Mags in cooler weather, and planning outfits that will stay on.

Check out this photo from the fall hick-a-date in 2007 at Taylor
Who doesn't love overalls?

Speaking of ensembles, has anyone noticed that belts are coming back? I mean, we all know that the skinny belt around the waist is in, but I'm seeing a lot more ladies wear bigger belts in the belt loops again. Just an observation.

Yes this post was completely random, but who else is ready for summer to calm down, and for the excitement of a new season to come?!