{The Father of mercies and God of all comfort}

Monday, December 31, 2012

A Look Back at 2012

2012: A Review

January 2012
It took us an entire month to take down our Christmas tree.

February 2012
Valentine's Day
Coco started his seizure medication.

March 2012
 We got Mosby!
I had two panic attacks.

April 2012
Winter Jam.
Bought our Cannon.

May 2012
 Ryan's 25th birthday.
Found a church we like.

June 2012
 South Padre trip with the family.
Accepted new job offer.

July 2012
 My 25th birthday.
Big Bend Trip/2nd Anniversary.

August 2012
We bought our handguns.
Ryan stopped working nights.
Decided to move back to Crosby

September 2012
Built Mosby the dog house he never uses.
Officially quit the new job.
Moved back in with the in-laws.

October 2012
Not working for nearly a month and speaking honestly about it.

November 2012

December 2012
The zombie run.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year Goals

Let's look at last years goals and see what we accomplished:

1. We did not rent a house, but moved back to Crosby.
2. Ryan is putting school on hold again after achieving an Associate's in Engineering and I was accepted into a master's program and decided not to pursue another degree.
3. We found a church, and then we moved.

It's hard to say what was accomplished and what wasn't. The goals were contingent on plans that we later changed. We didn't rent a house, because my father-in-law asked us to move back. We would have rented, but we decided I would quit my job. Ryan had to finish an associate degree before he could continue with a bachelor's degree at UofH (this is what was advised anyway), so he finished that and was accepted into a program at UofH, but we're postponing that, hopefully not forever, because of income rearrangement. We found a church probably a month before we moved. If ever back on that side of town I think we know where we'll gather and worship. So, overall, we pursued all of the goals that we said and I would say accomplished what God wanted at this time. We're waiting on the Lord still, and know that his timing is perfected in his omnipotence, but we will still plan for another year and continue to seek His will.

Goals for 2013 

Financial goal: Pay off two loans in 3.5 months and $xx,xxx by years' end.
Continued job upgrade prayers.

Spiritual: Memorize one scripture a week.
                      Read two scripturually based books.
             Devotionals in between books.
Health: Cecilly maintain weight; gain healthily 2 pounds (I don't gain easily).
                Ryan lose 50 lbs through jogging and Insanity.

Clearly our main goal is for our student loan payoffs, which is why we're with the in-laws. Our spiritual goal is to be in the word together and growth.

Run for your lives!

I just realized I didn't post about the zombie 5k I did with my sister-in-law.

The objective was to finish the race with all of your flags. We ran in the second wave of the morning, and I'm pretty sure the zombies were full of energy, because 90% of the people in our wave lost their flags; including me and my sister-in-law. It was bogus. I got to the very end--and I'm not exaggerating when I say there were about fifteen more zombies standing between me and victory and the last zombie in the field almost tackled me as she stole my last flag!! Legit, there's a picture taken by the photographer where one of the last two zombies is grabbing my wrist and the other has thrown herself towards me in an attempt to take me to the ground and I'm slapping their hands away with a crazy look on my face trying to get away. I came out with a few scratches on my right arm and a strained muscle from the last sprint. I was so very angry, and my sister-in-law said she was ashamed and proud of the way I was handling the zombies. I've never run so fast in my life. I could hardly move for almost a week; all of my muscles were sore. I vowed to never do anything like that again, because it made me very violent and running sucks! Ha, but we'll see how that goes.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas 2012

We started our Christmas on Christmas Eve at the candlelight service. 

Then we headed to my parents for a very crazy Christmas with gumbo, a hilarious game, and a ton of gifts.
Then on Christmas morning Ryan and I opened our gifts to each other and the dogs tore into their stockings.

The Week Before Christmas...

Day Four

Hot Chocolate and Netflix
I guess the only reason it's a Christmas-y thing is the hot chocolate mug.

Day Five

Stocking Stuffer Shopping
We went to Target and each had a budget. We shopped separately so it would still be a surprise.

Day Six

 Gingerbread cookies

Day Seven 

 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Week Before Christmas Day Three

Today, Ryan and I went to Freebirds for "Christmas-y" burritos. I got a spinach burrito and Ryan got the cayenne tortilla. So, it was red and green.

We also built a Christmas scene with our foil.

There is a snowman on the left and a pile of presents on the right.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Week Before Christmas Day 2

Ryan and I played a game for our second day.
It was the alphabet game with Christmas songs. We started with A and named songs that started with each letter. We omitted the letter K, X, Y, & Z, because we googled it and there are no Christmas songs that start with those letters (feel free to enlighten me). If we couldn't think of a letter, we made up titles and googled them. Mine were quite creative.

1.  Angels We Have Heard on High
2.  Evergreen (Barbara Streisand; kid you not)
3.  Go Tell it on the Mountain
4.  I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
5.  Little Drummer Boy
6.  Nutcracker Song (you know the nutcracker suite)
7.  Peace on Earth
8.  Silver Bells
9.  Under My Tree (NSYNC)

1.  Born This Day
2.  Carol of the Bells
3.  Do you Hear What I Hear
4.  Frosty The Snowman
5.  Ho Ho Ho
 (this was one of my made up songs; hilarious listen to it)
6.  Joy to the World
7.  My First Christmas (B2K)
8.  Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
9.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
10.  Twas the Night Before Christmas
11.  White Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Week Before Christmas

Ryan and I are going to do something "Christmas-y" everyday this week leading up to Christmas day. We bought Christmas Cap'n Crunch. Thus, starts our Christmas-y week with Cap'n Crunch Monday.

You can't make out the shapes in the picture (they're not so great in real life either), but there are Christmas trees, Santa hats, stockings, snowmen, and stars.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

This Thanksgiving was very low key and low stress (nice). Ryan's immediate family planned to go to Austin and changed their plans about three days before and decided to stay in Crosby. It was just his sisters, us, and his parents. The food was great and everything quite normal.

We headed out to my uncle's in Conroe to celebrate with my side of the family. We were only there three or four hours, but it was good to see everyone. There was a fire in the back after dinner. It was cozy.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I Am Thankful For

1. God's provision. It's been a wacky few months, but I know the Lord has plans for us. He promises us in His word.

2. God preparing my heart. I've been reading several devotionals a day and listening for the Lord. He is speaking and preparing me to hear from Him and mold me into a new person.

3. God's creation. Being able to see the sunrise and sunset everyday. To hear the animals, the wind in the trees, the coolness of the season, and the miracle of life.

4. Our home church. I am thankful that we are back at our home church with loving friends and people who do God's work.

5. The work of our home church. The church and it's leader are relentless in sharing God's word all over our city and around the world. I am thankful for a church that is full of truth and love for God's people.

6. My husband. Of course. He is wonderful. Putting how much I love him into words never seems to do it justice. I love him more than a thousand favorites.

7. My health. It seems there is always something wrong with my health at any given time of the year. I am thankful that I have my allergies under control and no serious health issues.

8. Work. I am thankful for the the temporary job I have to get us through the season, and Ryan's stable job.

9. Brothers. I am thankful that I have brothers and not sisters. The competition of sisters is unreal and the fights so bitter.

10. Memories. I am thankful for the memories I have made, the friends I've had, and the moments with those I love. Reminiscing makes my heart happy.

May your thanksgiving be filled with the spirit of Lord as you enjoy family and friends
Love from our family to yours
Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall Styling

    I got a cute pair of boots from Old Navy (duh), also a dress and shirt that were on sale. Seriously, the dress was $20 and they still had an XS, bought it! The shirt was $10. The boots, not on sale, but I wanted a pair of ankle boots in a tan color to wear with my skirts and skinny jeans for fall. I don't usually buy clothes for new seasons, uh because I don't have the money, I just usually buy cute stuff if I see it on sale. But, I only go shopping when I have a specific event to go to and then I never find what I'm looking for and buy a sale item. I plan to wear the dress for the family Christmas party. With my boots. Don't be surprised it it's also on the Christmas card, I'm pretty sure the boots will be.

The dress came with a cute pink belt. I wore the shirt already and love everything about it. It's a perfect tee.

If I bought for every season:

Super slouchy sweaters

Herringbone vest

Hunter green pants

Plum pants, and a leopard scarf

Fur vest

This lovely jacket

New riding boots

Cute fall dress

Loafer pumps

This coat (I actually NEED it!)

This brown woven leather bag

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fall Pumpkins

I dressed the small pumpkins on the porch for Thanksgiving. Pretty boring.

I like how the give thanks pumpkin is very crooked.

I fixed it

*Not my house = boring decorations*
That really bums me out too

Monday, November 19, 2012

Afternoon Walk

Last weekend I was really bored on Sunday evening and I didn't want to stay in the house. It was probably about 5 so the sun was still up and the weather was nice. I insisted that we go walk with the dogs. A trail was just built down the street and Ryan and I have taken our bikes, so we went for a walk with the dogs.
The trail is nice and they even built a cute playground too. Mosby has never really been in the woods before, so it was funny to watch him go crazy over all the sounds and trees. Coco's a woods pro though. He's gone camping. It was a lovely walk, much enjoyed.

 He was so excited

Someone wrote "get crunk" on the bridge; yikes

Friday, November 9, 2012


It's more like a duh moment, but it came so strongly I will call it an epiphany.

I've made excuses for why I left my job, and I guess I didn't realize how badly I would want to work. I don't need to work, we just have to monitor the bank account closely and be obedient with our money as God tells us to. We've been good, always tithing, but not a lot of saving. I like to spend money, and not always on myself. I like to be able to give to our friends when they need it and I like to give gifts. We're doing fine. I just want a little extra cash to pay down the student debt ($##@#$!%* education) and put more in savings. We can't do this if I'm not working. We need my income to pay down the debt, not just pay towards it. Other than student debt, we live on cash monies.

And to my point. I've been sending out my resume and applying for jobs non-stop. Anywhere and everywhere. Hospitals, big oil companies, Craigslist you name it. Mostly looking for administrative jobs, because I know I can't get a real job at a hospital. I've also been applying for child life jobs at the hospital, which I am 100% qualified for with my degree. So, I'm sitting here waiting for a job. I think to myself everyday and speak it to the Lord, just give me a job. Sunday night as I'm drifting off to sleep the Lord tells me, "I have provided for you. It's not my lack of provision, it's your choices that have put you where you are." Duh. I left God out of the equation when I left my job (who does that!! and in this economy!). I never swallowed my pride and admitted it, but it had been lurking in my subconscious. And there it is. Of course God has provided. We have everything we need and then some. I need to suck it up and wait for the Lord.

Our pastor did a message on waiting a few weeks ago, and what it looks like to wait on God. He simply said "Keep doing the last thing the Lord told you to do." Alright, since I screwed that up, I'll just faithfully serve and work the temporary job, until it's over. Then, I'll continue to wait.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

Our Halloween night consisted of Dexter and Insanity. I say that was one scary night!
Ryan has a lot of homework this week, so we didn't do trunk-or-treat at the church, sad.
We didn't even pass out candy.
We also didn't have costumes.
I wasn't going to dress up the dogs either, because we weren't going anywhere, but my mom called and wanted to know what her "grand-dogs" were going to be for Halloween.
So, we threw some costumes together real quickly and took pictures before the neighborhood children came by.

 Coco is an Inuit (I know lame, but he had the accessories) he wouldn't wear the hood

 Mosby is the big bad wolf disguised as grandma

No costumes here, but I creeped out this Halloween picture!

{Hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween 2012}