Tuesday, February 9, 2016

30 Things Before I Turn 30

It is happening, the year I turn the BIG three-o. Yes, 30. So, I made a list of things to do before I turn 30. Does anyone that makes these lists actually do anything on them? I plan on trying. 30 things before 30 is a lot, since the 30 turning will be happening in June.

Here is the list: 
1. Go to a concert
2. Run a 5k
3. Make a Stumpf Fiddle
4. Gain 30 people to It Works
5. Lose 15 pounds
6. Invest money
7. Get a tattoo
8. Overcome a fear
9. Join a club (or start one)
10. Eat at Blue Bayou in Disneyland
11. Pay it forward
12. See a musical
13. Go to Burney Falls
14. Read at least 3 books
15. Take a dance class/lessons
16. Be more active on social media
17. Have friends over
18. Go hiking
19. Make a time capsule
20. Watch some top movies on IMDB
21. Continue to learn Sign Language
22. De-clutter
23. Go on a vacation
24. Make a meal for some friends
25. Save more money
26. Go to a paint night event
27. Sign up for a class
28. Sign up for a half marathon
29. Take a girls trip
30. Throw an amazing 30th birthday party

There it is, my list. I've done some of these things before, but I want to try to do them more often. Here's to making goals and trying to accomplish them! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year, New Me... Goodbye 2015

Does anyone else dislike that saying? New Year, new me... What does that even mean? Yes, it is a new year (as I would say in a preschool setting, we said goodbye 2015 and hello 2016). A brand new year. However, I'm still me. I'm not new. 2015 has changed me. I have grown, I have stepped outside of my comfort zone in many ways, but I am not "new". Maybe I can change the saying to fit better, New Year, New Me A Changed Me. I like it.

The above verse has been my life verse for the entire year. At the start of 2015, I knew that I needed to make some changes. I was stressed all the time to the point of physical and mental pain. I cared way more about what others thought about me. I never made time for friends and really never stepped out of my comfort zone. I realized that even though I wasn't really that happy and I was in almost constant pain, I was comfortable there. I was content in the constant state of discomfort. Sounds crazy, right? It truly was. 2015 came and I decided, something has got to give. I can not and will not do this anymore. I stepped out. 

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I changed my job(which was a heartbreaking decision to make, but it was time). I no longer work full time and now have more time at home in the mornings with the hubby, which also means I will be able to go back to school to take a few classes! 
I have been doing more social things and inviting others into my home more. 
I stepped away from some people and grew closer to others. 
2015 was hard, but it was life changing. 

My goals for 2016 are much of the same as 2015. I want to expand on what I have already accomplished. I want to grow even more. I want better things for the hubs and I. I want to see my friends more and make even better memories this year than I have in the past. 

A random tree picture for me to leave you with. Until next time friends. 
Photo Cred: The hubby 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stephen Amell

Hello my people!

Life has been busy, fun, changing, growing, challenging, hard, sweet, and much much more. I decided I really need a place where I can post thoughts. Hopefully I can be real on here and if people read it they will know my intent is not to hurt but to heal. We all need healing at some point in our lives and writing here has always been a form of healing for me.
Anyway, this post is not going to be about me but about my new favorite.
For the past few months I've been following actor Stephen Amell on social media. He is wonderful to his fans, a great athlete, a family man, giving, and super funny. However, I hadn't watched anything he was in. Mainly, his CW hit Arrow! Recently, I started watching the show and love it. It is strange and a new experience for me to find a love for an actor before I see him act. Anyway, he is great, Arrow is great and you need to watch it. Do it. Also, follow him on Facebook and whatnot. You won't be sorry!
That's it for me today folks.

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Happenings!

Ah! It has been so very long! We have been down a computer and I just don't have energy to post on here from my phone. Well, the hubby amd I decided we would get a tablet and I found a case that comes with a little keyboard. It isn't exactly like typing on a computer, but it will do for now.

So, I'm back!

Preschool work has been crazy,busy, and a blessing. My bestest friend now works with me! It has been great.

The hubby stopped working at the golf course and got a job as a custodian for the school district. It has been such a fantatic job for him!

Yesterday we took Christmas pictures. Here are a few:

The hubby looks so cute.

The Robyn!

More to come soon...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Over a year...

Oh my goodness, has it seriously been over a year since I last wrote in this empty space! No, it hasn't. It has been over a year since I wrote anything for all to see. There were many time I would come here and fill up this space with information on my life, my thoughts, just to erase them all. Nothing ever seemed good enough to share.

The truth is, this year has been... Hard. Tragic. Fun. Eventful. Dull.

Last year in August, my hubby and I came back from an amazing vacation in Michigan visiting my parents and family there. It was so fun, however I came back with a heavy heart. Not knowing why, but knowing nothing in my life would ever be the same.

A couple days later, Jeremy's grandpa passed away. That was hard. I wasn't as close to his grandpa as everyone else was, so it was a weird time for me. Not knowing what to do or what to say. Difficult is an understatement.

A few days after that Jeremy got into a car accident in my car. He was fine, praise God! My car, however, was not. That was the end of Delilah. That was a hard time. A time of relying on others and a lot of faith.

A few days after that, my Dad called me and told me that he would need surgery. That cancer was found in his jaw. That they think they caught it in time, that he would be fine, that I shouldn't worry. One of the most heart crushing moments in my entire life.

A few days later Dad had his very loooong surgery. I have never been so thankful that my parents lived in Michigan than I was that day. My Dad was having surgery from incredible doctors and had a whole staff of people on his case. If you ever need scary surgery, go to Michigan, they know what they are doing.
My hubby, Jeremy, and me with my lovely parents at Grandma's for Christmas 2012! 
Let's fast forward to today, a year after my Dad had his surgery and he is ok! No traces of cancer in his body! Best news ever!

I look back at the past year and I am just thankful. I am a teacher, so I remember years by school years, August being the start. Last year was a hard, full of emotion, way to start my year. It made the rest of the year difficult, but every moment with my family and friends meant that much more. It  made everyday even more of a blessing.

Jeremy and I tried to venture out more, my parents came to visit more, we went to visit them again, we did more things with people, we started exercising more, eating better, and much more. Life just became more important to us. I like that a lot.

Life continues to change. Everyday God is bringing new opportunities and possibilities. Jeremy and I have this saying, "Don't let any opportunity pass us by." We are the type of people that get very comfy, unfortunately comfy isn't always best. We are striving to get uncomfy and not let good things pass by or fall away. Jeremy is looking for a full time job. We are moving next week into a house that we will be renting for at least the next year! More things are happening around me, and I can't wait to share them soon! The change, the newness, the beginnings freak me out but I have never been so excited (and terrified) for anything more!   

 (Photo credit: The Hubs, isn't he great?!)

Don't let any opportunity pass you by! 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A picture update

It has been a while and a lot has happened.

In May my brother came to visit.
It was fun to have him in the same town as me and to visit with him. We had him over for dinner a couple nights, watched a movie and hung out. I miss him.

In June my brother-in-law and his family moved out of state for a job opportunity. All the siblings got together one last time the day they were leaving. It was a bittersweet time. I'm super excited about their new adventure together, but I miss them so much!
 My sisters-in-law and me

All of us. 

At the end of June (the day before my birthday) marked one year of a good friend's passing. I will never forget our time together and I don't think I will ever stop missing him. 
 I wrote about my friend Jared here. Take a minute and read it.

Jeremy and I have been together for 4 years and in a couple of weeks we will be celebrating 3 years of marriage! 
We took a trip to Santa Cruz awhile ago, just for fun. 

I've been working on new jewelry ideas:

If you are ever interested in any of my jewelry, feel free to tell me. 
I am sold out of the owl earrings and necklaces, but have more owl items coming! 

 I have been spending a lot of time with this cutie! My adorable niece.

I have been missing these wonderful nieces of mine. 
They took a piece of my heart with them when they moved away.

So, there is a little picture update for all of you. I would like to say I will be better at writing in the future, but I can't promise that. We will just have to wait and see what the future holds. One thing I know for sure, God has been blessing my life and opening my eyes to new things and new possibilities.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A humbled heart

I know it has been forever since I have written... I will post an update and once again apologize for not staying connected as well as I had hoped I would. This post, however, is about something deeper than any of that.

 A week ago, Jeremy and I went out to eat. We don't go to sit down restaurants as much as we would like, so this was a special treat. We had a great time talking and just being together. Afterwards, we headed over to Joanns so I could browse the jewelry and scrap-booking items. We actually left without buying anything! (Seriously, amazing!)
 On our way out of the shopping center, we saw a man with a sign that simply read, "Hungry" I usually look right past people begging on the street corners, I hate to admit this but my heart is hard when it comes to the poor and needy. Now, I fully support homeless shelters, I pray for people who are homeless, jobless, orphans, etc. I have helped at such shelters, I donate items to the needy. However, when it comes to men and women begging on the streets for money, I typically look right past them. I am sure you have heard about people that pretend to be poor to make an easy buck. My thoughts have always been, if they are really homeless and need help, they will find it. (I know kinda harsh.)
 Looking at this man standing there shaking(it looked as if he didn't have full control of his arms and body) holding a sign that didn't ask for money or drugs, it just said hungry. I encouraged my hubby to turn around and give this man our leftovers from the restaurant. It wasn't much, but it is what we could give in the moment. Jeremy gave it to him and said, "God Bless you." The man said the same to Jeremy and immediately opened the box and started eating.
 It broke my heart and as I watched the simple exchange I broke down in tears. I felt helpless in a world of lost and broken people. Lost and broken people that I look past on a regular basis. A hurting people that need nothing more than the true Bread of Life.
 Jeremy and I have had our financial troubles(as most young couples have.) We have wondered if we could afford to do this or that. We have never gone hungry. We have never been without a warm bed. We have never been without clean clothing. We have never felt so alone and hopeless.
 I don't know how this will change my life style. I do know, though, I won't just look past hurting people. I know that I will be more thankful for what I have been blessed with. I will try harder to reach people, to love people, and to further the kingdom of my amazing father God.

 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"  -Matthew 25:35-40

"If I am in a position to punish, chances are very good that I am also in a position to teach. Today I reduce the odds that punishment may be necessary by taking the opportunity to teach." ~Anonymous~

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