Days like this..

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Ever have "one of those days"???


Well, I'm having one of those WEEKS...

Someone, somewhere, needs to pray for this lady before I just have a come-apart.

WILW: Thankful

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Don't forget to go and link up with Jamie!


Today, I want to focus on being thankful.  Thankful for second chances.  Yesterday I had a heavy post that led to several emails and texts making sure I was okay.  Those are the people that truly exemplify what a real friend consists of.  And for those of you who made the effort to reach out, a big THANK YOU to you. 

Now today I have no plans on harping on what that issue was about, or even really explaining.  It has crossed my mind over and over and over again since it occured and I'm still at a loss for how to fix things. 

But I know the only solution I can do is keep praying about it.  God knew it was coming and He let me put my foot in my mouth.  As hard as I want to be upset that something like this could happen on God's watch, I know He had a reason for it.  Whatever that reason is.  So I'm trusting in Him on this one. 

I am one of those girls who uses my Facebook status to portray my feelings, either directly or indirectly.  So last night I was trying to come up with something to use, and I stumbled acorss something I haven't looked at in quite awhile.. The Proverbs 31 Wife.  I got to thinking about how God let me see that page right then and there for a reason. 

The title of the first entry on the page was "Speak for Good."  I immediately went to pieces and cried before I could even read the entry.  And before I was even done I knew I was changing.  For the better, I hope. 

I have a tendency of putting my foot in my mouth and always at the wrong time.  Always.  And I'm going to work on that.  I always say I will, but this time is different.  When you see yourself standing in a position that could cost you something precious, something changes.  Reality is faced and you can take a long hard look at yourself.

So today, I'm Loving....
The new woman I will become.  I'm still going to be me, but a better version.  A stronger version.  A woman who will trust in her God a little better than she has.  A woman that will face each day's problems and settle them before bed so the next day is a brand new gift.  No burden needs to be carried from one day to the next.  Life is too short and way too precious to sit in sorrow and guilt.   Accept your flaws, Admit your faults, and Actively change your actions for the good.    That's my new motto.

Well, that's it for me today.. be sure and go link up!

"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” ~ John 14:27.

Words.

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They can help you.
They can hurt you.
They can bring a smile.
They can cause a tear.

They can strike a nerve.
They can cause a sigh.
They can be uplifting.
They can be degrading.

They can hold a memory.
They can hold a scar.
They can hold a smile.
They can hold a pain.

Words are all around us.  We use them every single day and yet most the time never really think what those words can do to those we love.  What can be just a series of words to us, can be hurtful to others. 

Some of us use words to explain ourselves.  Others use time and space.  Some of us want words to be spoken.  Others yearn for the peace. 

Words can change a whole day, a whole week, a whole month, and a whole life.

Think about when someone told you they wanted to break up.  We've all been there.  We all know the pain that comes from it. 

Think about the joy in hearing someone you love tell you those sweet words back.  We've all been there too.    And that's just three little words.

Three little words.  Yet a huge statement.  

I'm not perfect, and never have claimed to be.  Sometimes I say things that hurt people and sometimes I say things that make a person feel alive.  Today just happens to be a hurtful day.  I've shared words about something with someone I should have just kept to myself.  No, I didn't tell someone's secret or anything like that.  I just used an example to try and explain something about myself and it turned into the wrong move.  The very wrong move.

And that's the funny things about words.  They can change a whole moment, just like that.  

So what do you do?  Do you cry?  Do you get angry?  Do you pretend it didn't happen? Or do you beg for forgiveness?  

I chose to accept that I did wrong and make my apologies.  I chose to be the one at fault because it was my words that did the harm, not their fault for how they came across.  

And now I wait.  To see if this person can forgive me. And maybe help me learn to keep a quiet mouth and stop using so many words..

Wiggle your toes!

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Just dropping in to share one thing...



I'm so thrilled that summertime is here! :)

The Newlywed Game..

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No, you didn't miss something.  I'm not married, or even engaged.  I'm just playing along with a link up that one of my fave blogs is hosting!  And just for the record she even said you don't have to be married, haha!

So, I'm linking up with Megan from Mackey Maddness and joining in.



1) What do you think my best quality is?

She said: The way you always find a way to make me smile, even on the worst of days.  You're the life-line that can turn my frown upside down.  And the amount of respect you have for me just pours out of you. 
He said: I am very caring.


2) What would be your ideal date with me?
She said:  I'd love to be cuddled in a cabin in the mountains with no cell phone service or outside distractions.  Just you and me and time for just us.
He said: What we hope for our honeymoon to be like with a nice secluded cabin, & going out to eat and seeing movies.

3) What was your first impression of me? 
She said:  "He is SO tall!" haha.  And then I immediately thought you had a great build and were gorgeous. 
 He said:  That I was sweet and innocent.  (And he now knows differently, ha!)

4) What is your favorite memory of us?
She said:  The first time we ever laid on the bed, in the dark, with no television or radio going, and talked for over two hours about life. 
He said:  The night I sat in his lap in my Jeep after our first real date & I cried because I didn't want him to leave.   He said it was "pure love."

 5) What do you see for us in the future?

She said:  I see a very happy and long marriage.  I see us continually finding a happiness that we never knew was out there for us.  I see us doing home projects on the weekends and watching crazy shows during the week.  I see us playing with our furbabies and then maybe having a real child of our own to spoil.  I see us spending time with our families and enjoying the little moments that life has to offer.
He said:  An open and honest and caring relationship that will surpass all of our negative relationships in the past.  



A Dog's Life...

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I hope everyone had a good weekend!  It sure was a pretty one here in North MS.  And I totally didn't want to come back to work today..  I didn't do a whole lot this weekend.   I moved some things around in the house and got ALL my floors mopped.   I have been trying to get that done for about three weeks and it's never been the right time, so I took advantage of it and did it.  

Brian spent some time with his family this weekend, so I didn't see him much, but I know he enjoyed that so I'm glad he had a good time.  I'm sure my dogs were happy to see me at home and spending time with them as well.  I'm sure Roxie gets super tired of sitting in that crate all the time.  So I was a good mama and didn't crate her one time all weekend.  And of course, I got the evil eye when I made her do it this morning before coming to work.   I wanted to leave her out, but let's face it- she is smart.  And I'd come home to a disaster area.  Not today Roxie, not today.

Speaking of my furbabies, Reagan Jensen took full advantage of his mama being at home as well.  I miss getting to snuggle with Reagan at night (I stopped letting them sleep with me back before Christmas) so it's nice when I can go lay on the couch and he comes and gets in "his spot" beside me and we can snuggle like the old days.  Roxie never was a snuggler so she just lays wherever she wants, ha!


Mama's baby!

I also got to see Jenna bugg a few times this weekend.  Here's a recap of some of her moments.  If you follow me on Instagram, then overlook this because it will be a repeat for you!


And my a long shot, my favorite picture of the weekend...


And just because I'm not normally in any pictures, I pulled a stunt and took one of myself, ha!

Have a fabulous Monday lovies!!!

teehee..

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What?  It's 5 o'clock somewhere...

Enjoy the weekend! =)

Fill In the Blank Friday..

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I'm linked up with Lauren!  Join in! =)

1.  My favorite color is   brown   .
2.   My home decor color palette includes   brown (duh!), greens, blues, and off-white   .

3.  Other people always tell me I look good in the color     Black.  It seems to be my color.  I always get compliments in black or blue   .
4. The color I detest is    orange.  I don't think it is flattering.  I think it is too bright, too obnoxious.  Just not my thing, at all.

5. If you were to look in my closet most of the colors you'd see would be   neutrals.  I work in a bank, so basically I dress like I go to a funeral 5 days a week. (Sorry!  That was morbid!)

6. A color that I simply cannot pull off no matter how hard I try is   I've never had a color I couldn't "pull off" I don't think.  Orange doesn't work for me unless I've tanned enough to be dark, but I've done expressed that I don't like orange, therefore I don't usually do orange.
7.  The color of my favorite dress is   black. Who doesn't love their little black dress?

Watermarking.

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None of us think it will happen to us. 

"Not my life..."  "Not my boring pictures.." "Not my life..."

But they do.  And before you know it, and even sometimes you never do know it. 

It's like blog identity theft.  Yep, you heard it.  There are people out there stealing people's pictures, stories, etc. and claiming them as their own.  If that doesn't creep you out, I'm not sure what to make of you and we probably won't be friends anytime soon.  For real.  

So, you might be asking why am I all of a sudden on this topic?  Well, ladies, it's because I post some pictures of my niece on this blog.  As well as pictures of myself, my boyfriend, my friends, my family, my dogs, etc.  But I never really considered that someone somewhere might be stealing those photos.  And luckily, as far as I know, no one has.   But that doesn't mean they wouldn't some day. 

No, my blog isn't popular and I don't even have over 100 readers.  But it just takes one weirdo to steal your photos, and that weirdo probably isn't even "following" you.  They are just a creeper.. waiting to steal another one of YOUR precious memories. 

Are you going to let it happen?

If the answer is no, then I have some advice.  Watermark those photos.  Does it take an extra minute? Yes.  Is it annoying?  Kind of.  But I'd rather know I spent an extra minute on a picture and kept it as mine rather than knowing someone in _____ is using my photo for their blog-type life. 

PicMonkey can become your new best friend.   And don't be worried that you can't figure it out.  It doesn't take a lot of steps.  In fact, one of my fave blogs to read did a tutorial on this topic, and you can find the link to that post of hers right here.  Aly broke down the steps, and even included pictures.. how nice of her!! 

Now, if you have read all the way through this and still don't think you should be doing it.  Then just read this and then tell me if you still think it's pointless.  The beautiful woman behind this blog also gave a tutorial for some other programs to watermark photos.  You can find that post here.

So, before you post that next photo of yourself or someone you love.  Mark it so it can always be yours. 


Keep YOUR photos!

New look..

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I'm currently sporting a new look.

I wasn't necessarily "tired" of the leopard print because if you know me then you KNOW I love it.    I just wanted something different.  Some lighter...

**Fun note about yours truly:  I sport a lot of leopard print that none of you ever know about.  Yes, ladies, I mean my undies.  I own more leopard print pair than I do anything else.  And I have it in all shades.** 

ha! 

On to a more serious topic,  wait, what?  That was a joke.  I don't have anything serious to talk about today.  I'm going to spend the rest of the day tweaking at the page and making it more what I want.  You know, updating some picutres and things.  

And then since it's nasty weather outside, I'll bust out my Kindle from the bag and read some more.  I'm still currently reading Growing Up Amish.  I haven't finished it yet.  I've been fighting with a headache from hell (sinus) so reading has been last on my mind.  But I think it's getting about that time again!

Oh, and I need to show ya'll what my sweet man did this morning. 


What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man.   =)  This ole gal done went and got on the lucky and blessed train!  I mean, seriously?!  HE did that free willingly.   

Again... what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!

Now, just for giggles.. check out the gypsy Jenna.  :)


She had Nana's pajamas on over her clothes.  It is safe to say she is going to be all girl. 

& SASSY!

Have a good day lovies!

WILW

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I'm linked up with Jamie!  You should be too!

Today, I'm loving..
  • The weather we have been having!!  Upper 80's in March is my kind of day!
  • That today is Wednesday and that means I'm almost over the "hump."
  • That I have some amazing people in my life these days!  It sure makes life that much "sweeter!"
  • That Reagan had a good check-up at the vet yesterday.
  • That I have switched vets and am LOVING the new place so much more!!!!
And as always, I'm loving.. my man!    I love you B!   You are my heart & soul!

Compulsive Complainer...

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I'm sure a few certain restuarants and a local cable company would agree....

Yes, in fact I just might be one.

But for anyone who knows me, knows that I get it honest. 

Let me back up.. my whole life, and I do literally mean my whole life, I've watched my dad do the exact same things as I am doing now.  The minute we set down in a restaurant he looks at his watch (I look at my phone..), we scan the room to see who is there before us, so we can be sure and watch who is getting their food and we know that our shouldn't be that far along after. 

I've watched him my whole life and grew into the same person he is.  And it actually used to embarrass me.  I can remember being a little girl and asking mom if we could go on to the car before daddy complained.  And now I'm just in awe that I was ever that way because while my dad has actually mellowed out about things, yours truly has gotten worse. 

And it isn't that I LIKE to complain.  It's that when I am sitting at work facing the public all day long and I have to be happy and make sure things are done correctly, then I expect the same when I go to somewhere myself.  What I DO NOT agree with is goofing off, being on your cell phone, dragging around half-hearted, and not even pretending to be happy.  None of us WANT to go to work every single day.  But it's a part of life.   And in this economy you better shape up or you are going to lose it and then you really will have a reason for those frowns on your faces. 

I'm saying all this to say that B and I went to Longhorn for my birthday dinner.  It was honestly far less than a good time.  We waited well over the time we were told, then got inside and had terrible terrible service and ended up there over two hours.  Nothing we ordered was correct, and we had to repeat the order for the FREE desert we were given because of the bad experience.  Just all around bad.  

Well, B knows me and knows my stand on this kind of thing.  In fact, he witnessed himself that I got an Olive Garden gift card just shortly after we started dating for bad service.  So I think he was more than happy to let me handle the LongHorn thing.  Well, let's just put it this way.  Our bill was $46, and my gift card arrived yesterday.  

For $60.00.  So apparently I know what I'm doing! =)

Again, I don't do this just to be doing it.  I just think people need to learn to do their jobs.  If I am going to drive 45 minutes to eat (because I live in a small town with nothing) then I expect service for the price you pay at these places.  Well, the price B paid.  

And the only way these restaurants know about the problems are if people tell them.  So, next time you get a bad service or experience somewhere- don't be shy.  Speak up

My weekend recap.

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It wasn't that it was a big ordeal... I sadly didn't do any St. Patty's day parties or even wear anything fun.    And now that I think about it, I'm not sure why I didn't at least wear something cute since green is my favorite color?  But no, I was a bum and opted for a pink tshirt with green writing.  Can we say cheater........


Okay, back on track.. What I DID do was spend the day with my mom.  I think I mentioned in last week's blog that I was anxious about getting to spend some time with her.  So Friday night she kept the queen.  And by the queen I'm sure we all know that means Jenna-bugg!  So we got up Saturday, stopped at few yard sales (nothing to show off.. bummer) and then took the angel home.  Then we went down to Tupelo.  I had a mass of coupons to use in Victoria Secret that were going to expire.. and um hello, who in their right mind lets a VS coupon expire? 

Well not me.. and I came out of there with 11 new pair of undies and spent $34.00. 

{Doing a little happy dance again...}

AND THEN... we made a very important stop.  

Gigi's cupcakes, none the less.  I opted for Wedding Cake, while mom went with Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

There are no words to describe it.   Perfection. 

After all that sugar fun I came home and laid down on the couch.  I ended up renting Water for Elephants and was pleasantly surprised at how well it went along with the book.  I'd recommend it for real... 

Okay, and so maybe I liked seeing my man too.........


That's about all I've got, lovies.  Hope yours was good!

Bookworm

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Yes, I am one.

Yes, I am proud to be one.

I know some people (like my sweet boyfriend) cannot get into books.. but I love a good book.  And lately I've read some really good ones!!  So I thought I'd put this out there for anyone who was considering reading any of these...

Let me start with The Vow.  This is the book that inspired the movie that just came out.  While the movie shows more of what the audience is going to want to watch, the book goes into details about how it really happened.  Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie.  But it is just a closure to me to read the pages of the real events.  While a lot of changes were made to adapt it into a movie, the base of the storyline remains.  This book isn't one that is always cheerful, or lovey.  But it's a good eye opener to make you think that if you were to be put in that spot, then how would you react and how would you cope with dealing with a spouse that doesn't even remember you?  Something to definitely make you think.. 

Then let's move onto The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, & Mockingjay.  I have to admit, I was not going to read these books.  I had read about it probably 10+ times and never felt like it was something I'd even want to read.  But I kept hearing things about these books and I finally got my confirmation when my friend Hillary told me to read them.  I've always trusted everything she has told me to read, and most the time agreed with her on whether or not I liked/disliked it.  So I took a chance and started the first book.  And I'll be plain honest.. the first two chapters I was lost as a goose and still unsure about reading this stuff.  I felt like it just threw you into somewhere and you had no background to make sense of it with.  However, I knew there was something there making people love these books, so I continued reading.  And found out.  I won't give away too much here in case someone who hasn't read them wants to do... but just trust that it isn't my typical kind of read and I found it fascinating.  The first book was probably my favorite of the three.  Once I got past not knowing what was happening, I was hooked.  The second was a good read as well and let you learn more about the characters and their backgrounds, and the third was starting so good.  Things were finally coming together and then it's like she just trailed off and finished it.   So, while yes I enjoyed the collection of the three, the last book felt rushed to me.  I felt like once we got where we wanted to get the whole time, the story just ended abruptly.  I'd still recommend this series to someone, for sure, though.   
& and I'm very excited to go see the movie when it comes out!!  If it's anything like the book, it will be awesome to watch on the big screen!

And my latest read, Water for Elephants.  I've not watched the movie on this one yet, because I knew I wanted to read this book first.  This is a good light read in my opinion.  It only took me two days to knock it out and it was a good story.  I hear the movie is good, so I'm planning on renting that this weekend and seeing how true to the book it is.  So, in my opinion, if you want a good book then pick this one up.  There is a lot of language and graphic material in it, but I think without that it wouldn't have been as real in my mind to watch it play out.  

Well, folks, that's my litttle bookvent and now I'm going to go start my next book... Growing up Amish.   Hope it's a good one!!!

Friday chit chat!

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I'm pooped.  & I wish I had a reason to be.. but I don't.   I don't know what's wrong with me, but it's like this overbearing tiredness has swept through my body the last two days.  Except yesterday I was feeling like my stomach was flip flopping.. SO glad that's gone

But really, the reason I'm feeling so drained is a mystery to me.  I've recently stopped drinking soft drinks and I got in a bind Tuesday when I worked the election.  My bottle of water was long gone and the only option I had was the drink machine in the building.  So I had two Nugrapes, and then a Dr. Pepper.   Shame, shame, I know.   

And I know that was Tuesday and all, but dang I really think it has done something to my body. And you can bet your sweet butts I won't be doing that again.  Blah.!

But, I'm not all depressing today.. there is a good thing to show off..

This will melt my heart for years to come.  This little lady is full on talking now, even making short sentences.  I never knew my heart could open up and love the way I do.  I can only imagine what will happen if I have a child of my own one day.  

Whew..

I sure am looking forward to the weekend though!  It's FINALLY good weather and mom and I have several yard sales to hit up!  { I'm hoping I will have a jewel to brag about come Monday morning!!! }  And then mom and I are taking off to Tupelo.  I've got several things I need to get at Victoria Secret and she was happy to go along for the ride, so I'm excited for a little time with Mom.  I feel like we haven't gotten to really get out and do much lately so this will be great!

Oh, and I may or may not going to be stopping for a GiGi's cupcake... hehehehhehehee..( I will def have a picture of this baby!)

Well, ladies (and gents if you are reading..) hope you all have a great weekend!!! & don't do anything I wouldn't do!!!

WILW!

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*** This is my public apology for my MIA stunt I've been pulling.  I've had major writers's block, and just haven't even been on blog reading as much as normal... So sorry! ***


        Be sure and link up with Jamie today and let the rest of us know what YOU are loving!!!

I'm loving... that today is Wednesday.  Can I get an Amen?? 


I'm loving... my new curling iron my sweetie bought me!  He is so precious.. =)  It has argan oil infused in the barrel, and it makes me hair feel awesome... Super love it!

I'm loving... this beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful weather we are having here in Mississippi.... && I really love that I have had flip flops/open toed shoes on lately I HATE closed toe shoes..


I'm loving... that today is my friend Lacey's birthday!!  Happy birthday girlie!!!

I'm loving.. that I have weeded out some negative people from my life and only have the good remaining ones still in it.  Life is SO much sweeter when you are surrounded my wonderful people instead of constant pity parties.  Hence, the reason I did a MAJOR clean up on Facebook.. I'm tired of all the dang drama. 


I'm loving.. ARMY WIVES.  I mean what esle can I say?  Who the crap doesn't love it???  

 
I'm loving... Sons of Guns.  This might be a surprise one for some of ya'll, but the man started watching this show at my house and now he even has me hooked.  Love does strange things to people... hahahahhaha (Love you B! =) )

I'm loving..  This picture of me and my babygirl, Jenna, playing.  She is my world! :)  And she makes me really look forward to having a child one day! =)
 
&& as always... I'm loving.. MY MAN!
 
                          So, what are YOU loving??

Here I am..

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Whew, I know I said I'd be back, and while I'm late.. here I am!

I am in a funk.  I have nothing to talk about people. 

At least it's getting prettier outside and that means I'll be able to start getting into something that's NOT at home!  Hallelujah!

But, in good news... I got a new bed for my birthday!!! My sweet mom and daddy surprised me with it Monday night.  My birthday is tomorrow, so it came early, but a good surprise!

I don't have big plans tomorrow.. going to go by the man's work early.  He asked me to, so I'll have to let you know why once that's over and done with.  My gifts :)   And there will be dinner with mom and dad tomorrow night I'm sure.  Then this coming Saturday B and I are going on my official birthday dinner/date!

I'll be posting all this...

Until then friends, have a good week!!!!!!!!!!!

Gosh...

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I'll be back in the blogging world tomorrow...

Today has been busy.. I just don't want to even be near a keyboard at the moment.. ha!