Monday, October 24, 2011

Meal Plan Monday!

Oh my gosh – could it be?  I am finally able to post a meal plan!  It’s been about 2 months.

Now that we’re moved and settled (for the most part), I’m enjoying using my new kitchen.  I love love love it!  I’m still making adjustments to my recipes because my stove does NOT cook like my other ones did in the past.  It’s turbo charged or something.  I have to decrease my temperature and cook time to adjust, so bear with me if you’re sampling anything I make in the coming months.  And as promised, I am continuing to include recipes from Pinterest weekly.  I loooove that website!  Here’s our meal plan this week:

Monday: Baked Salmon, mashed potatoes and steamed veggies
Tuesday: Baked Potato Soup (via pinterest)

Wednesday: BBQ Crockpot Chicken with steamed veggies
Thursday: Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Friday: White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce (via pinterest)

Hope you have a blessed week!  I survived my first 9 weeks as a teacher.  PTL!  Now I know why teachers soooo deserve those summer vacations…whew.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


I didn't really know what to title this blog post, so I decided on speechless because that is exactly how it left me.

As most of you know, J and I just bought our first home and officially moved in last weekend.  Before we moved in, we had spent weeks repainting, packing, and tying up other loose ends.  We hadn't been to church in almost a month.  I felt so guilty every weekend as I made the decision not to go so that I could get other things done around my house.  Also, we hadn't been able to tithe either since we hadn't been at church.  And as the moving weekend was drawing in on us, I was already making excuses in my head for why I wouldn't be able to go this past Sunday either.  I was going to be exhausted, I needed to grade papers, I needed to do 100 loads of laundry, I needed to unpack boxes, grocery shop, blah blah you get the point.  I was REALLY struggling with it though because the Lord has been SO faithful to Jared and I.  More than we could have ever imagined.  Since we've been married, His presence has been so strong.  He guides us, He provides for us, and He had led our financial decisions.  He even brought us a renter so we were off the hook for paying the rest of our rent through February.  Praise the Lord!

When Friday of last week rolled around, I was really feeling the urge to not go Sunday.  I had had a very stressful week at school and the moving was about to send my OCD self into a nervous breakdown.  Until something happened. 

A little girl in my class, who happens to have a very evangelical name, came up to me right as the bell rang for dismissal.  She handed me a homemade folder she had made that had drawings of Heaven, God and Jesus all over it with sayings such as "go to church often" and "pray every morning and night" that she had decorated.  She said, "Mrs. G...I made this for me, but I think you need it more.  I know you haven't been going to church lately and I thought you should have this."

saaaaay WHAT!


How did she know that?  I had NEVER told any of my students that.  Never.  In fact, I hadn't even talked about anything related to that.  And none of them could get a glimpse of my facebook page if they tried.

And then I knew that God was working on me through my students.  He knew exactly what to do to pull me back in line.  I went home and told my husband that night that no matter what, I was going to be in church on Sunday.  And boy am I happy that I went.  Yeah, I was tired, but my spirit was so refreshed and revived afterward.  I felt like a new person.  It was exactly what I needed.

I really just wanted to share this story with anyone who might be struggling with anything in their life.  He is there, friends.  He is listening, watching.  And He knows everything about us.  He knew I was already thinking about not going to church and He had an intervention because He knew it was exactly what I needed.

Now there have been other times in my life where this has happened.  Sometimes they weren't so clear at first but after awhile, it was crystal clear as to why He let things happen the way they did.

So, thank you Lord for all you give and for all you take away.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Show us Your Life - Show us Your Pets

I'm taking time out of a busy schedule to hook up with Kelly over at Kelly's Korner for Show us Your Life - Show us Your Pets.  Let me clarify that for me, it is simply PET.  She is enough, ha!

Let me start from the beginning....J and I had been married about 4 months.  We had talked about getting a dog, but it pretty much ended there - until one freezing cold rainy day in January of 2011.  My friend had rescued a little puppy from the side of the road.  She was almost run over by a UPS truck, her little ribs were showing, and her tail was broken.  Long story short, the dog was lost and didn't have any identification.  My friend couldn't keep her and posted a picture of her on facebook before taking her to the Humane Society.  J saw it and emailed me telling me he wanted her.  I thought he was joking.

We went to see her that night and she immediately ran up to us and starting kissing us.  She was the sweetest little thing ever.  We took her home that night.  We named her Rosalie, Rosie for short.

The first night at our house went well, but it was CLEAR that she had never been an inside dog.  We immediately started kennel training her and she did fine...until two days later.  We both work so we had to leave her in her kennel.  I was going to come home on my lunch break and let her out.  When I walked in the door, she greeted me.  At first, I bent down to pet her but then the realization hit me that she was not supposed to be out....she was supposed to be in her kennel.  She had escaped.  She had jumped in the trash can and trash sprinkled my floors from the kitchen through the dining room and into the living room. I walked in the guest room (where I used to get ready) and she had pooped on my bathrobe and peed on the bed.  I spent my whole lunch break cleaning and sanitizing and wondering what to do about this dog.  This timid little shy puppy was starting to show her true colors!  But at least she hadn't eaten any shoes.  (I am pleased to report that she engages in no such behaviors anymore.)

Time went on and I realized this dog is just plain crazy.  But she is so entertaining.  She definitely has a walnut for a brain, she can't help it.  She loves to ride backwards in the car, eat blankets, tell on herself, will tear any toy apart in minutes, absolutely LOVES kids, digs way too many holes, eats peanut butter everyday, begs for ice cubes, prefers to give hugs rather than just being petted, sneaks on the couch when I'm not watching, hides from you, yawns very loudly each morning to announce that she's awake, howls every night, and will run from you if she doesn't want to come inside.  I love her, bless her little heart.  There have been many a tiff over our little dog-ter but I don't know what I'd do without her.  She is pure entertainment - if not for me, then for someone listening to a story about her.


Here's Rosie's life in pictures.  We still don't know what kind of dog she is.  We thought Rottweiler at first but she is too little.  Definitely some Lab in there and possibly Beagle, maybe German Shepard, a hound of some type.  She is a good old fashioned MUTT.


always ready to play.  i love her eyebrows.


hiding because she didn't want a bath


this is what we call "butt sitting".  she's a butt sitter.


ahhh...the "indestructible football" that she annihilated in days.  she's also laying behind two holes she dug that morning.


she ran straight into her kennel.  i later found new holes in the yard - just an example of how she tells on herself.  also, notice the shredded blanket.  doesn't matter what kind we use, she eats them all.

Rosalie Posalie - she's the coolest, weirdest little pup on the block. ;)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Look

My blog has gotten a new look! It's still a work in progress, but I like it much better.  Thanks to Michelle at Shabby Creations for hooking me up.  She does great, affordable work.  Check her out down on the bottom right of my page! She was so fast and the process was as easy as pie.

Hope y'all are having a great week!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


A lot of progress has been made this weekend.  The rental is spick and span for folks to come view it whenever, I've been working diligently on school stuff, and the boys have started painting the new house.  Brian trimmed the entire house on Friday and he and Jared worked all day Saturday painting the great room, dining room, started the bedrooms, and took off the cabinets and began sanding.  Work, work, work!  The cabinets should be ready to be painted by this Thursday or Friday and then it's time for new carpet in the bedrooms.  I feel so overwhelmed.

Let me stop myself for a second and reflect on how far it's come in just 2 days.  That'll make me feel better.  First, a little background info on the new home - all the walls had been painted (no wallpaper) but the great areas we a pink/peachy color and the bedrooms and bathrooms were a mint green.   We decided they gots-ta-go.

The master bedroom - painting is finished!

The living room.  I am happy to report that it is completely painted now as well.  You can kind of see the pink color that was originally on the walls.

The dining room getting prepped for painting.

Okay, I do feel a little bit better.  I don't mean to complain and I am so fortunate and blessed.  I just feel like life is coming at me really fast lately.  I'm so afraid I'm going to miss something.  I hate this anxious feeling.  I think it's time for some Bible study and KLOVE listening to calm myself down.  But this is just what way it goes - when you think it's about to slow down, it kicks into high gear.

Other than the fast paced housing situation, I did get to enjoy some time with friends this weekend.  Saturday morning, Erin and I got up and the crack of dawn to go to a garage sale.  This was no ordinary garage sale.  This was a neighborhood wide garage sale with around 80 houses participating.  So, we stocked up on Starbucks and waited patiently in line to be allowed in the neighborhood.  It was honestly so overwhelming for me.  I need baby steps, ha!  I did manage to snag a great cookbook for $.50 and a beautiful fall wreath.  I can't wait to hang it on my new front door! :)

Saturday night I had dinner with some of my best childhood friends.  We were at the restaurant for nearly 6 hours just talking, cracking up, and reminiscing about the old days.  It was so good for my heart.  I hadn't seen one of the girls in about 7 years and I felt so good to hear her voice and her laugh.  She still had that same goofiness as she did when we were kids.  I love when people stay true to who they are.

It's time for me to get back to the school stuff - I have a stack of papers to grade!  As Monday approaches and we all feel the stress of the approaching week, I'm going to make a point to sit down and list out my many blessings.  Sometimes we just need to stop, breathe, and give thanks.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18