Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Steps to our Future

So many excited things have been happening in our lives, behind the scenes, from what I've disclosed on my (our) blog. So basically.....

WE NOW OWN A HOME!!!!! :D 

It may come as a surprise to you, but I didn't want to disclose any of the process until it was all official, with every detail. It was so hard to keep it a secret, but it was so worth it, because now you get a bunch of crazy excitement from us (me) all at once!! And now you will get it along the way throughout our renovation and DIY projects! Lucky you! 

Here is a little background info on our home: 

  • It was a short sale [taking us one week short of 7 months to process--that's a long kept secret!!]
  • It's a manufactured home on a 1.25 acres!! 
  • 4 bedrooms and an office 
  • 2 bathrooms 
  • Perfect for my already thought of garden and chickens [when Adam comes home!!] 
  • Perfect space for our pup to explore and play!
  • Perfect for a crafty soul such as myself, with all the DIYs needed
So last Friday I signed all the paperwork--so it was semi-official. It was a bummer not having Adam there, but he was definitely thought of with the amount of times I had to sign my name, his name [and since I was using a POA, I had to sign his name, by my name, his attorney-in-fact EACH AND EVERY TIME, along with the date for both of us] Yes, that got old quick, but there wasn't as much as I thought and what people had warned me of. It actually was oddly fun. 

 **The last and final paper I signed, that led to the end result: home-ownership!!**

 Obviously signing papers for our future house calls for some sort of celebration, right?!!? So what better way to celebrate, than to spend it with some family-Adam's Aunt and Uncle and cousins in Bellingham. Couldn't have arrived on a better weekend. We had a blast from carving pumpkins, to watching the kids chase Bax, to going to the touch pools by the harbor, and going out for Mexican! The kids are great and it was fun to talk handy-projects with Adam's aunt, who is super excited [and I am so grateful] is coming down to help me paint this next weekend. I'm actually looking forward to painting!! eekkk!! :D 

 **Pumpkin carving**

**This is gruesomely awesome!!**

 **We should get an award...these are awesome!**

 **A 36 pound Octopus-definitely isn't claustrophobic, as he's crammed in that corner**

 **We laughed and said this starfish had to go potty**

 **Never have I seen a purple starfish--I want one!!**

Today was also a special day in our journey of home-ownership, because it is now OFFICIAL, with the county, the bank, and everything: I got to pick up the keys to our home today!!!!! SO EXCITING!! I waited to open the envelope to right before bible study, and had my friend picture document my opening of the envelope. This was so Adam could see my excitement and be more apart of the moment. What a fun night. Here is the official picture reveal:


 
**The official envelope...**
 **Getting distracted while opening...**

 
**What's inside...**

 **Peeking in...**

**Hmmm....what are those??!!??...**

 
**OUR HOUSE KEYS!!!**

 
 **The process in short-story format [not my typical style lol]

This is our first home, our first dive into having a mortgage, our first real plunge into being "grown-up." This is where we plan to live, laugh, love, grow, learn: to ultimately live our lives for the next few years. We're so grateful for the blessings we've been bestowed and we can't look up to God and be any more thankful for this opportunity than we already are. He is SO good.

I promise that pictures of the actual house will come-probably on Thursday since I have nothing planned. DON'T FREAK OUT, they will come!!!

♥ your very own homeowner,
 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pit Stops Along the Way

So far on this deployment, Adam has been to Malaysia and Thailand. Out of those two countries, Thailand was the only new one. When he goes to different countries, he doesn't go and get drunk and not remember what he saw. No, quite contrary. He loves to experience their culture and eat their food and experience their town and what it has to offer. In addition to doing this, he also got to go to the beach--and get a tan!! OH MY! Who would have thought?!? lol. Glad he was able to soak up some Vitamin D while he could. Hear are the few pictures he was able to capture, before the camera had a minor dysfunction (stupid camera-just our luck with cameras!). :D

 **Adam with his delicious Pineapple drink**
 **getting off the ship**
 **the beautiful beach--so which I was there with him**
 **Soaking up the sun**
 **Look at that tan!!**

Happy new week all. Hope you enjoyed these (limited) photos
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My New Favorite Book

...of the Bible that is. 

So I've been doing good so far with reading my Bible each day. Last night I read through the tiny book of 1 Peter, a book that I don't really know if I've ever read on my own before. Let me just say I was blown away! I felt like I wanted to underline/highlight the whole 5 chapters that entail 1 Peter! There is some really, really good stuff, especially in the 1 chapter. I had share, because I want to exclaim these words with everyone, as they are so encouraging to my soul- especially this section below:

 "3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

Why have I never read this book before?!?! God really is so funny, because I know I needed to read these words, where I am now in my relationship with Him. How does He know me so well?--that just continually blows my mind away. He knows the standings of my heart, as they are at this exact moment. He knows the depths of my souls--AND STILL He loves me and continues to show me His grace and mercy. Wow. He is so good.

As I read verse 3 and 4 again, I am speechless.

What does your inheritance look like?
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Crafty Crafts

I haven't shared much of the crafts projects I have made recently. Gotta share these ones, because I just LOVE 'em!!

 **Re purposed the bottles on the right, to be wrapped with yarn. Bam! You can't tell they're dirty, and they're super cute! Can't wait to use it as a table decoration!**

 **K is for Kylie. Love how this project turned out for her birthday!!**

**My fave of all is the Scrabble coasters I made. Saw the idea on Pinterest, but there were no instructions. SO....with a long trip to Michaels {discussing the best possible way to do this with the manager of the store..haha...it turned out fabulous!!}**

Can't wait for my projects this week! Tune in later for them! 


Monday, October 8, 2012

God's Post-it Notes

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I left youth camp, yearning for Jesus more. I haven't been doing very well with reading my Bible. Actually, to be quite frank, I'm terrible at reading it every day, if anything at all. So with that in mind, I'm going to be working on reading my Bible every day. It starts with having a mindset of wanting to, which is something that is definitely a want in my book, it just can easily get pushed aside. So I'm using my umph I received/experienced at camp this past weekend, to carry me through this week, so that it can hopefully become a habit. 

I'm so proud of myself, because this morning I got up and then went on a short walk to the water and read my bible and prayed down there. Perfect choice if I do say so myself! I read through the book of Galatians, a book I hadn't read in awhile, and found myself needing to hear the words it offered.

My devotional time reminded me of a great devotional insert that my MIL included with a card she had sent me a couple of weeks ago. It talked about Post-it Notes. Saying,
"But visual reminders that help us not to forget didn't begin with Post-it Notes. They began with God himself. All through life God places His Post-it Notes on our days to remind us of Him...Through his creation, God longs for us to see and discover, observe and remember His creative beauty, His enduring grace, and His fathomless love.  In the Bible Paul wrote to the Romans, "Since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse" (Romans 1:20 TNIV). If we do not hear from God today, if we do not see His fingerprints through creation, we are without excuse. He is speaking to us all day long with holy Post-it Notes to remind us of His presence in our lives. The question is, will we listen?"

She included this insert, reminding me to include things in my planner that seem so incidental, like walks in the park, just to reflect on God's beauty. So as a part of my devotions, I used about 15 minutes and just sat and listened and observed all that was occurring around me outside, while being quiet. Here is what I took note of:

  • The breeze blowing against the trees
  • Water rippling
  • The wind causing goose bumps on my bare legs
  • Fish jumping up out of the water
  • Ducks silently swimming along
  • Sun shining and causing my back to feel its warmth
  • Birds singing and chirping a sweet melody
  • Watching an otter pop up from underneath the water
  • The silent stillness in the air
  • The sound of a bird flying by, flapping its wings
  • Watching a trio of American Flags blowing proudly in the distance
  • The sound of the waves flowing back and forth
  • A flock of Sea Gulls flying overhead
  • Ducks diving under the water for fish
These are the Post-it Notes that God placed during the stillness of my devotions. Some of these things are so simple, yet I normally would be too distracted or wouldn't have even taken the time in the first place to listen for them. If I didn't take the time to be still and listen for them, they would have gone unnoticed in my day, and as the Bible says in the verse in Romans, I would have no excuse. God is calling out to each and every one of us, but are we listening? Are we waiting for Him? Or rather, do we take the time to even listen or appreciate all that He has created for our own pleasure? It saddens me that I fall into the category of not listening or appreciating His beauty, His creation. What a shame! When I just take the time to sit and listen, all these things just point to a God that is good. So good, that He would create animals that sing a lovely tune. Or water that makes a beautiful sound when it ripples from the wind. He is good indeed!


**Just imagine the sound of rippling water while looking at this picture**

These thoughts remind me of the song by Gungor, entitled Beautiful Things.  The chorus of the song says,

"You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust.
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us."

I do have to admit that I haven't been doing very well at keeping up with my planner with the smaller things. I haven't been including items that help take care of me. So this next week, I'm stepping back on the planning band wagon and trying hard to stick with the smaller things, that will help grow me closer to the Lord and notice His Post-it Notes, but also to help take care of myself, as well. I'm going to include things this month, such as going to get my nails done, get a professional massage, take a bubble bath, etc. {I'm really bad at justifying pampering myself, but you have to do it sometimes}. I'm also going to take more walks down to the water, go to the hills, and enjoy different scenery of God's beautiful creation.

What are you doing to notice God's Post-it Notes that He has placed in your days?



 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Quite the Weekend

This weekend was jammed pack with intense, crazy, rediculous fun! I don't know if you can quite possibly imagine what my weekend entailed from this description, so I will unfold it for you. 

For the past month I have started to volunteer with the youth group at my church as a leader. This weekend was their weekend retreat, Refuel, to a camp, pretty much down the street from our church. Yes, now you know why in the description is says crazy. It was crazy, but it all the good ways crazy can mean. It was crazy as in exhausting, fun, intense, and at some points insane, but the weekend was rejuvenating for me, spiritually. The topic for the retreat was "Warriors," based from Ephesians 6:10-18 on the armor of God. Sometimes it takes hearing a message tuned down to youth for you to truly comprehend how real and serious spiritual warfare is, when you believe. 

On Saturday I had to leave camp for a few hours to go and run my first ever 5k race, let alone first ever {and definitely NOT last} 5k Mudrun!!!! I've been looking forward to this since I signed up for it. I ran with a group from my church. We were team sequins!! Overall, the race was a blast. It seriously was AMAZING!! I thought I prepared really well for the running aspect of the race {I've gotten my mile time down to a great time and some techniques I've been trying to work on}, but I wasn't quite prepared for the upper body strength needed for some of the obstacles. With that said, however, I thought I rocked it with a time of under 1 hour! Most of the time was due to waiting in line for my turn to complete the obstacles. But it was just SO fun! By the 10th muddy water pool, I just went for it with a big splash. From climbing over walls that lead straight to a mud-water pool, to crawling through mud that's clay consistency that gets you muddy up to your thighs, to carrying 2,10 pound military cases, to climbing across ropes, etc. I just felt like a tough-chick. Can't wait for my next one!!!! :D

 **Before and after pictures of the mud run**

 **Team Pink Sequins**

**Of course I had to finish with a bang: jumping over fire.**

As soon as I finished the race, I had to race back to camp and clean up-which was a project all on its own. I only had about 15 minutes to shower, and with how dirty I was, that was pushing it. Why the rush to get clean? Oh, because I was scheduled to do the ropes course at 1pm. So I cleaned up and made it over there right on time. I haven't completed a ropes course in a long time, emphasis on the long. It's a been a good while since I've done it, which is why I was super stoked this camp offered it! It was super fun!! My day couldn't have gotten any better, with all the activities that took place!!

**Completed a ropes course, check**

All-in-all, as you can now see, my weekend was hands down, exactly what I needed. I needed a dose of some crazy fun, and that's exactly what I received! For being my first camp volunteering with the youth group, it was spectacular to get to know some of the kids and staff better, in a location that was perfect for it. To top this amazing weekend off, when I came home and checked the mail, I received a letter from one of my closest friends, Della. Love that girl! 

Hope your weekend was just as cool as mine {it probably wasn't, but just had to say it to be nice} ;D

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sunshine Carepackage

Has it really been a month since I was preparing my first care package to my Sailor??!!?? Yes sir, it has! So with that said, my theme for this second care package is: 

Sending some Sunshine your way!

 **I used these items** 

 Using these items, that all relate to the sun in some way, I put together a ray of sunshine that is {as of 4pm today}, heading towards Adam. All these items either provide heat, cool off, or are just a fun snack to eat on a nice sun-shiney day. 

**I even broke down and wrote him an old-school letter, not just our typical email!** 

 
 **I sealed that letter up with a kiss, with plenty of kisses to spare him awhile.** 

 **Topped off the whole package, with a home-made sunshine card, so the first things he sees is sun!!** 

 Now it's good to go! Couldn't be a cuter package.

Can't wait to start collecting items for my next themed package!! 
So excited for this one!