My Heart

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So I just recently let the twitter world know that I have a blog.. And while I think it’s important for people to read what you write, it’s scary knowing that people will. My heart is a mess where this is concerned. I want to be real in ALL areas of my life, but there are some things that it’s hard to share. Are there any fellow bloggers out there that deal with this?? Any suggestions on how to overcome this? Is it ok to keep some things private?

Right now I’m praying through some pretty big stuff, and I’m not quite ready to let the world know all the details. Is that ok?? I guess what I’m saying is please be praying with me. God is doing something and while I don’t know how it’s all going to work out I’m excited. He has put some new dreams in my heart this year. I’m excited about what HE has in store.

And I promise… I will give you more details soon :).

A Post with Pictures

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Last week, I was in Florida with my dad’s whole side of the family.  It was wonderful and I’m ready to go back.  I don’t get to be with this side of the family often, so it truly was a treasure to be with them.  I kept being reminded of what a blessing it was to be there and tried to be grateful through it all.

This was my view on the plane flying to Atlanta.  I flew to ATL on Thursday to drive my Pop (grandpa) down on Friday.  He has cancer and is on major drugs and doesn’t need to be driving.

Breakfast on the road with Pop and Ms Essie

This was my view most days..

Some of the food we ate.  All the families took turns cooking so we didn’t have to eat out every night.  It worked out great and saved money.  We still had our good “Beach” foods.

The Deadliest Pontoon.. Basically we tried to sink our pontoon boat in the ocean.  But we had fun and created lost of fun memories.

Me with my Pop 🙂

Some of my favorite pics from last week!!

And last but not least.. my favorite one of all..
My family minus Aaron (Bil)

Oh wow ya’ll there were so many pictures to choose from.  I hope I haven’t bored you with them all.. there are many more that I didn’t share.  Oh well!

So that was my vacation recap… How have you been??

Adventures with Osbourne

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I prayed for a dog for a long time.  I didn’t want to spend money on one.  I really wanted to help a family in need that either couldn’t take care of it or was moving, but basically they wanted to give a dog away.  I know this seems like a long shot, but God answered my prayers!!  A friend of a friend is building a house and had Oz (they called him Peter Parker) and didn’t have the time to give to a ten month old puppy that he needed.  So they put out something on facebook (see something good can come from it!!) and my friend contacted  me. It only took a couple of days and Oz was mine.  It happened very fast, but remember, this was something I had been praying about for a while.  This is what I remind myself of when he never settles down and only wants to play.  Needless to say having a dog is very rewarding, but it can also be a challenge at times. 

I am hoping that what takes place tomorrow fixes one of those challenges.  Oz is a male dog & tomorrow he goes under the knife and will remain a kid forever more.  Need I say more?  My prayer is that this calms him down, and that it stops his need for excitement.  My sister has two dogs and they can’t hang out because Oz won’t leave them alone.  I’m so excited I can’t sleep!! (This really bothers me because I don’t want to have a dog that is a nuisance.  Thus the excitement!!) 

Oh the joys of owning a dog…

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Vacation

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This picture doesn't have anything to do with a vacation but its relaxing and isn't that what a vacation is all about??

Today was one of those days when I realize how much I am in need of a vacation.  Working for a church, you don’t really get a lot of time off.  Yes you have a day off here & there, but they’re typically not in a row, and you usually have something planned and are always busy.  What’s worse are when you have to work on your off days and you don’t get time off to make up for working those days.  I had a couple of weekends in the Spring when that happened and I think I’m still suffering from it.  Now I’m not complaining, I know there are some perks to working in ministry, and I am very blessed in my job.  But everyone needs a vacation right?? 

My vacation starts next week kinda.  I leave next Thursday night & fly to Atlanta and spend Friday with my grandpa (Pop).  Then Saturday we drive down to Florida and meet the rest of our family.  This is going to be a crazy vacation because not only does it include my parents, sister, bil, & Pop (plus his wife), but ALL my aunts, uncles, and cousins from this side of my family will be there as well.  Needless to say I may need a vacation to recover from this vacation, but I’m grateful for it no matter what!!  To be completely honest, I’m kinda nervous about all the family stuff, but seeing my dad (its been since Feb.) and Pop make it all worth it!! (Disclaimer: I’m excited to see my mom as well, but I saw her last month.  I’m also excited to see the whole family, but its been a LONG time since we’ve spent this amount of time together.) 

What I AM really looking forward to is laughing with my family.  Being together with the people you’ve known forever & knowing that they will always love you.  Playing games after dinner.  The OCEAN!!  (I’m such a beach girl.)   My dad threatening to wake us up with his singing every morning, but him never following through.  Tacos (a family tradition).  Getting some sun.  Reading on the beach.  Long talks about what God is teaching us with my parents, sis & bil.  Having special time with just my Pop who has cancer and we don’t know how long he has.  (I’m driving him down from Atlanta on Saturday.  Is it weird that while I hate driving, this is one of the things I’m looking forward to most?) 

There are a lot of things that I could dread when it comes to next week.  I’m going to be with family and family is messy.  But I’m going to focus on the good moments.  Look for the little God Blessings in the day to day, and really try to enjoy it ALL.  And hopefully somewhere in there I’ll be able to relax.  Cause isn’t that what vacation is all about??  

The Honest Truth

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Since this blog is fairly new, being open & honest on the internet with people who I may or may not know kinda freaks me out.  I know that’s the point of a blog so I guess I should jump right in huh?  This morning I weighed myself and I weighed the most I’ve EVER weighed before in my entire life.  And while I’ve known for a while that I needed to do something about my weight, it really hit me this morning.  Freaked me out hit me.. To the point that instead of grabbing my usual diet soda for the ride to work, j grabbed a water instead.  (And I hate the taste of water & survive my days by caffeine alone.)  I had tried Wednesday & Thursday to eat healthier, but I see that something needs to change.  Thus why I’m sharing this on here. 

At the beginning of 2011, God gave me several words for this year, and one of those was Healthy.  God was convicting me that my life needed to be healthy across the board.  And it wasn’t just about my health, but about my relationship with others, & with God.  So I’m still working on other areas of being healthy in my life, but I know that I need to make a CHANGE (another 2011 word) in my health. 

So I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do, but I stopped by the store on the way home & picked up some carrots & healthier foods.  So this is me putting it out there.  I’m going to try & cut back on soda.  I would LOVE to get to where I don’t drink any, but I’m going to start with one a day & go from there.  I have a dog that needs to be walked.  I’m going to be more aware of what I eat.  Then we’ll see what happens and move forward with what works.  I know that I don’t like diets or exercising (thus my weight issues), but I don’t do well with cutting things out completely.  So its a trial to see what works, but with help from God anything is possible. 

So its out there internet world.  Help hold me accountable please.

Quick Update

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I have several posts that I’m working on but sometimes the words just don’t come.  My heart is jumbled today.  If I’m to be honest it has been for a while so what’s new.  I’m tired & cranky this morning & I have a busy day ahead.  Not the best way to start a day, but I’m praying for lots of help this am.  I love how good God is & how He meets us where we’re at.  Even in the bad times. 

Oh a lighter note, I got a dog.  I still have mixed emotions about it because I don’t know what God is doing in my life (more to come) but I love him.:)  I’m going to try & upload a pic from mg phone so you can meet him. He’s a cutie!!!

Movie Weekend

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I’m in one of those crazy seasons of life right now.  My life has always been full of crazy seasons but this one seems to be lasting longer than normal.  I’m not complaining, it makes life fun, yet interesting at times, but it requires more down time than normal.  This week has been CRAZY!!! So while my whole weekend isn’t going to be as relaxing as needed, I do think that a lot of movies will be watched!

It got off to a great start last night with a spontaneous late night trip to the movies at the with some girlfriends.  We laughed so much, it was a good thing we were pretty much the only ones there!  I love things like that.. spontaneous adventures.  It makes me thankful to be an adult and able to do stuff like that.  It’s silly I know, but I wanna be grateful for the small things in life.  It’s something God is working in me!