Saturday, February 27, 2010

Celebrations and Sadness

What an exhausting week! I enjoyed sleeping in a little this morning (8:30 is sleeping in for me!) and I was able to drink my coffee while catching up on blogs. Now I'm about to go get hubs a few birthday gifts! My birthday is tomorrow and hubs birthday is on Wednesday. We are going out to lunch with his family tomorrow for a joint celebration and to also celebrate his grandparents' 49th wedding anniversary. It will be a weekend of eating and celebrating. We are so blessed!
On another more serious note, has anyone else been noticing all of the recent natural disasters lately? There have been so many devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and storms lately. I just saw the news about the earthquake in Chile. I feel terrible for all of those countries who have been affected by them. It's easy for us as Americans to take things for granted. We are so blessed with an abandance of so many things and so many areas of the world are hurting and so many people are homeless, hungry, sick, etc. I think it's important to keep these people in our prayers and to also reach out and help in any way we can!

Have a blessed weekend!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Warning: Boring!

Hello friends! Life is busy as always. Sunday was a beautiful sunny day in the 50's!!! Monday... not so beautiful. Cold rain. Blah. Not a great way to start off the week but I'm hopeful that it will start to warm up soon... I hear we are supposed to get up in the 40's and 50's this week which is awesome compared to the blizzards we've been seeing! Spring fever.
I've realized I'm not very good at keeping up with my New Year's resolutions... I honestly can't remember what they were! I think I wanted to drink more water? I came home with a headache after work today and realized I hadn't had anything other than coffee all day! I really need to do better with that one. How are your resolutions coming?
Nothing new to report on home-buying, vacations, etc. I'm feeling very blah right now. Sorry this post isn't more fun!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Travel advice needed!! Lots of it please!

This week has been exhausting. It's our first week back after a two week SNOW break. We had our Valentine's Day party today. The kids were wild, which is to be expected. They gave me some very sweet Valentine's though! It was fun but adjusting to being back at work after sleeping in and lounging lazily around the house for two weeks is tough! I'll survive.

I'm getting restless. I need to get away for awhile. I've been worrying about a lot lately and I need something to look forward to. I told hubs I want to plan a weekend trip for our spring break (his spring break is one week, given that they don't take any of those days to make up snow days, mine is 2 days... a Friday and a Monday, first weekend in April). Soooo I am thinking about taking that Thursday off and planning a trip for hubs and I on Thursday-Sunday. Granted, it will have to be a very inexpensive trip. We are still settling our finances from the holiday season... you may recall that we got paid on Dec. 18 and didn't see another cent until Jan 29! A month and a half was a long time to go without a paycheck... So I want to be slightly frugal with this trip. Those of you that live or travel along the East Coast, do you have any ideas for us? We love going to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge but have been there a lot... Maybe Knoxville? NYC? Baltimore? DC? Philly? Where to stay? What to see and do? Where to eat? Help please! =)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Spring/Cabin Fever

I have to do something today. Anything. I have been off for two weeks. Yes, you read that right. Two weeks. The snow has caused my school district to shut down for 2 weeks and I am developing a little bit of cabin fever mixed with spring fever. I've been looking longingly at my capri pants and flip flops in my closet as I dress myself in layer upon layer. There is over a foot of snow on the ground. Will I ever see green grass again? I need warm weather. Everything I love to do, hike, fish, go out on the boat, camp, etc is all done in warm weather!
 Instead of my snow covered SUV, I want to be driving this:
...and seeing this view....
I miss doing this....
...and seeing this....
I wish this was my year round workout....
....and these two were my trainers.
I want to be sleeping here...
...and waking up to this...
...and this....

Spring fever has taken over....

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"How we live our days is... how we live our lives."

Our Bible study/book club has been reading a very interesting book. Crazy Love (the book) has really pushed me into this uncomfortable place. I know that sounds weird, but it's pushed me out of my comfort zone into this awkward, I don't know what to do now, zone. It's both bad and good. Bad in the sense that I feel a little lost and don't know how to function outside of my normal, everyday routine. But good because it has made me realize I have to change in order to be the person that God has called me to be. The author (Francis Chan) basically tells the reader that God doesn't want believers to just go to church, tithe, read the Bible, and pray. Chan says that those people are lukewarm. Chan asserts that God calls us all to love and serve others. He has a very radical viewpoint on Christianity and relationships with God. It's left me feeling very confused and I have that "where do I even begin?" thought all the time now. I like that he's helped to push me out of my comfort zone but I find myself turning back to that comfort zone everyday. One quote from the book that Chan uses really spoke to me today, "How we live our days is... how we live our lives." That quote is orginially from Annie Dillard (another writer). But it speaks volumes. If we spend our days worrying, being self-absorbed, rushing through life, keeping up with the latest trends, desiring more of this and that, then that is what our lives become... That is what people will see when they look at us. They will see selfish and untrusting people who are too busy to care about others. I don't want others to see that or think that when they think of me. I don't want to spend my days worrying about myself when God put us here with the goal of loving others.
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us." - 1 John 3:16-20 (italics mine)

I didn't mean for this post to get so long but I just needed to get some of these thoughts out of my head so that I can see more clearly what God is calling me to do! I know that I need to show love for others through actions. I just don't know what that means for me.... yet. I trust that God will show me.

Have a blessed day and go pick up a copy of Crazy Love now! It's such a wonderful book! You can also visit the website: There a videos to go along with each chapter.

PS. Our school district was closed all last week due to the snow. We have been closed yesterday and today as well... I anticipate that we will be closed all week to do the forecast of more snow today and tonight!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow and HGTV Anyone?

I haven't had to work all week! Between the snow and ice refreeze, our roads haven't been very good. Our county is like 900 and some square miles and if there is ice on any road they have to close the entire county school system. Yesterday we were out due to a few of the back roads on the other side of the county so our principals invited all faculty and staff at our school to meet at Applebee's just to socialize! It was fun. =) That's why I love where I work. Everyone is so friendly and likes to hang out outside of work. My friend Ashley (our school counselor) had never been to downtown Staunton so I gave her a mini tour and hung out with her for the majority of the day. After that I went to hubs' game and his JV boys won their game in double overtime. Woot woot. =) We went out to dinner afterwards to this little pizza place and before we had a chance to go up and pay, one of the sweet, sweet moms of one of the boys on his team, told us that she had already paid for our meal! It was so nice and so unnecessary. What a nice little blessing that was. =)
Today we have been watching it snow. 20-30 inches are expected. We could be snowed in for awhile and I don't look for us to have school for awhile either. Someone said it was calling for more snow Tuesday! Oh well. Can't do anything about that. Instead of complaining, hubs and I have been doing lots around the house, organizing, cleaning, going through our closets and getting clothes ready to take to Good Will. Today we are planning on cleaning behind all of the stuff that gets overlooked and we are hoping to rearrange the master bedroom. I think I'm becoming addicted to HGTV and it's making me want to change everything in the house!
On another note, Brittany is hosting a FABULOUS giveaway! Go over to her blog (Living in the Moment) and check it out. She's been blogging for over a year now and I've been so blessed to be blog friends with her!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Random: Updates, snow days, pictures

We received about a half a foot of snow on Saturday and by Monday our roads were still icy so they canceled school. They are calling for 3-6 more inches today and last night I got a call saying we were on a two hour delay today. I received another call at 6 a.m. saying we were closed due to the winter weather advisory and expectant snow for today. So here I am, blogging from home with my coffee in hand. I've been very productive the last few days. Hubs and I have organized our teacher/man room (it's decorated with all the cutesy teacher signs that people give us, along with an assortment of hunting trophies, sports trophies, and other awards.... sooooo chic let me tell you. Ha!). I have also cleaned the house, graded papers, written lesson plans, put my grammar units into a huge binder, and bought groceries. I'm not sure what my project for today will be... I'm sure I'll find something.

Home buying update: I was really dreading this part of my post. You see, we were really excited because we thought we could afford to buy the house we are living in right now. It's sooooooo perfect for us. It's got a beautiful backyard with weeping willow and weeping cherry trees, a huge row of tall pine trees, and lots of open space of our fur babies to run and play. The house of course is nice too (maybe I'll post pics of the inside one of these days). Anyways, the guy who owns it wants too much for it and so he offered to build us a house (he's a contractor). We got excited about that and then he said he can only build it on .13 of an acre. Unfortunately that's way too small for our two huge dogs. Hubs loves to work outside in the yard during the summer and that just wouldn't give him any room to do anything. So needless to say, we were very disappointed and felt out of options. We have looked a tons of houses and can't find anything we are satisfied with. We just kept comparing everything to the house we live in now and nothing measured up. So we contemplated renting for a few more years. I was really annoyed with the whole process and then received more potentially bad news (relating to something different, might post on that later this week, not ready for it now). So I've been kinda down this week. Welllllllllllllllllll. Things turned around a little bit yesterday. My mom (who is acting as our realtor, she's a social worker but loves all things real eastate and is going to get her real estate license this spring) talked to our landlord (they have become good friends) and he said he is going to talk to his partner and see if they can come down on the price of our house! We already told him that if he could we would put a contract on it this week! So please say a few prayers for us this week! We are waiting to hear back from him. I need some good news!

Whew. So that's the update on home buying. I'll leave you with a few pics from this weekend.

Everyone has little dogs that they can dress up, we have big dogs, so I decided to put my sweatshirt on Piper!
Needless to say, she was not amused.
My big man, Mason. It's a small miracle he sat still long enough to take a picture.
It was getting dark but snow covered Mason was having too much fun to go inside!
Hubs and I. We don't do well taking pictures ourselves and usually his eyes are half closed so he made sure to keep them open, which resulted in his deer-in-headlights look. =)

 Piper's golden retriever fur collects snowballs and I have to brush them out! She loves it though.

Happy Tuesday friends!