Saturday, March 31, 2012

Braided Bun

Tried something new with my hair tonight.  I wanted to have some fun, but I really wanted it to be simple.  I found this tutorial here for styles for thick hair.  I gave it a shot and took some pictures of the end result.  I like how it turned out and Michael really liked it as well.
Here is the front view.  My new bangs are already in need of a trim so I swept them to the side.

Left side view

The back in all its fanciness!

The right side

And a final picture of the front.


Michael's Big Surprise

I had a surprise party for Michael's 27th birthday.  I somehow was able to keep it a secret from (which is pretty impossible for me, he always knows when something is up because he can read my face so well).  It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do.  I had the party at my moms house where Michael was expecting to just have our usual family dinner, not to have many of his family and friends ready to celebrate with him.  It was a great time!  Here is a picture of him when he first walked in to the party.  Doesn't he look surprised?

Book Review: I've Got Your Number

After the last few books I read I was really excited to get back to some easy chick lit awesomeness. And in my opinion, no one does chick lit awesomeness better than Sophie Kinsella. Her latest book I've Got Your Number doesn't disappoint.

I've Got Your Number: A Novel

Our story begins with Poppy, well it's all about Poppy really, and she loses her engagement ring, and then almost immediately her phone is stolen.  But as luck would have it she soon finds a phone that has been abandoned, left in the trash in perfectly working condition.  Poppy only needs it until she finds her engagement ring since she has now given everyone the number to the phone.  But the phone belongs to Sam, and he has agreed to let Poppy use the phone as long as she forwards every text and email that comes to him on the phone.  But before forwarding everything Poppy has began reading all his messages that were coming in and she decided to help in along the way by answering a few on his behalf.

The book is funny.  And it sucks you in completely.  I read it in less than a day.  Not surprising for me usually, but I was thinking that because of the last series that I had read that I wasn't enjoying reading as much as I used to.  I was wrong.  I love to read.  I love to get sucked into a story that makes me laugh, lets me figure things out and keeps me completely entertained.  Sophie Kinsella delivers all these things and more.  I can't wait to read more of her books as she releases them.  She is truly talented at telling a put together entertaining hilarious story.  I recommend to anyone who enjoys laughing.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bible Stories As Told By Sidda and MJ

Tonight Michael took some video of MJ and Sidda telling some Bible stories and we wanted to share them with you!  I am so proud of my children and their awesomeness!  I love them and am always overwhelmed by their love of God and amazed by their retention of their favorite Bible stories.  MJ tells about David and Goliath and Sidda tells you about Esther.  And just a reminder MJ is 3 and Sidda is 6.






Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review: White

White by Ted Dekker is the final book in the Circle trilogy.  I reviewed the previous two books.  You can read my review of Red by clicking here and my review of Black by clicking here.
White (Books of History Chronicles: The Circle, #3)
So, what can I say?  I pretty much had to force myself to finish this book.  It got long winded and I really started losing interest from the word "go."  I really had high hopes for this book because I enjoyed the first two.  I just think that with every step and choice that was made by Thomas Hunter that the story stopped making sense.  The premise of the books was very interesting, but I really feel that the story was really lost in the last book.  I understand the Christian undertones and that much of the story was about Christ's love for us.  I get it, I really do, but I think in the effort that Dekker made to get this point he lost the passion of his main character.  I felt that the decisions that were made were not true to the man that he had developed throughout the first two books.

Here's the biggest problem I have right now.  As I was looking up info about this trilogy I have discovered that there are two separate series of books that go along with this story and a supposed to add to it and make it all understandable and then as well as a final book written years after this trilogy was completed, Green.  Between the the others series and this final book (that's not a conclusion, but just an extra to the series now) it would be another eight books to read.  I just don't think that I have it in me to push myself through eight more after having to force myself to get through this one.  Maybe I'll come back to it in a couple of years, but my interest is gone.  Even if they were extraordinary books I don't think I would like them because I am burnt out.  I guess we'll just have to see.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Review: Red


This morning I finished reading Red by Ted Dekker.  This is the second installment of The Circle Series.  I reviewed the first book Black about a month ago and you can read that here. 

Red (Book of History Chronicles: The Circle, #2) 




Red starts us of again following the life of Thomas Hunter, only now in his alternate reality 15 years have passed, though not even a full night has passed in his current reality.  The colored forest is gone and he and his people are now secluded in the forests where if they do not bathe daily in the lake their bodies and minds will be taken over by a disease.  They are at war with the Horde of the desert.  The Horde are those who have let the disease in and have turned away from the forest people and instead dwell in the heat of the desert.

In the other reality the virus is still threatening to kill off the entire population of the earth.  They are searching for an antivirus and time is beginning to run out.  There are less than three weeks before the virus takes full effect, and now the world is depending on Thomas.

It did take me a couple of weeks to get through this book.  It was mainly because of my own personal busyness and not because the book was uninteresting.  A whole new set of characters are emerging and complicating things.  The realities are more connected than anyone had realized before.  The pages kept turning and I devoured the story.  As it progresses I am getting more excited to see what the next installment has in store.  I am heading to the library today to pick it up!  Hooray!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Never Ending Quest

I'm trying to live a healthy life.  I want to live for a VERY long time.  I want to be around when my kids are grown.  I want to one day see grandbabies and maybe even great grandbabies.  I want to be that lady who is 60 and looks younger.  I want to be young at heart always, and I want that to reflect in my body and my health.  The only way to achieve these things is to lose weight and get healthy.  I've already been off to a good start.  Some days are harder than  others but I am down 8 pounds so far!  This is way exciting for me.  I know that I have a long way to go but I am more motivated now than I have been in the past.

It's amazing how God has really been working on this area in my life.  I am addicted to food and I use it to fill up every part of my being.  I never realized before that you could be addicted to food.  Addictions belong to other things that other people do, smoking.... drugs... sex...  but food?  Wow.  It's a hard concept for me.  I mean food is food and I literally need it to live.  Sure I don't need as much as I want but I need to consume it in order to live in general.  This is what makes it hard.  If I was just addicted to something else and wanted to stop, I could just not have it anymore.  Avoid it at all costs.  Get the proper help, but mainly stay away.  This doesn't work when it comes to food.  There is no walking away from eating.  If you stop eating, well, that causes a whole new set of problems.  So what do I do?

Well, I needed the right focus.  I was blessed to discover a wonderful website that has given me the tools to help me in walking away from my food addiction.  Through the course The Lord's Table through settingcaptivesfree.com  I have been able to overcome much.  What's crazy is that the course focus is not dieting, though it is talked about, it's about making sure that God comes first.  It shows you how to make God truly the number one in your life, because when you focus on God everything else will fall into place.  I have just hit my halfway point and I don't look at food the same as I did before.  I actually can't eat the way I was before.  The changes in my habits are amazing.  Would I like to eat more?  Sure, but I don't need to anymore.  The hole that I was trying to fill with food is full of Jesus.  Though I have always loved God and worship him I still had food as my "side idol".  I didn't think it was, but it was.

And now that I got my eating under control I've began to really try to exercise again. And thanks to my awesome mom who went halvsies on a treadmill for my family I can walk and run anytime that I want to even when the kids are home and Michael is not.  I've been getting on the treadmill each day since we got it 5 days ago, but have been really losing motivation.  I haven't found the right stride.  I wanted to run but being as out of shape as I am, it's been hard.  And then you add to it that I have never liked running.  Hated it would probably be a clearer definition.  I've always been jealous of those who could run forever and really enjoyed it.  Running has always been hard for me, even when I was in great shape, running would wear in down.  But today I was looking for something to help me.  I've seen all this information on how to train to run marathons, but I can barely run for more than a minute without getting winded.  I needed something for complete beginners.  And I happened across this training section of Womans Health.  Today I have already done day one and it didn't kill me.  It has walking and running intervals, and even though I kept it to a jog on the running parts I was able to complete the whole workout without killing myself.  And I actually enjoyed it.  I stepped off the treadmill filling so good I think I might do it again tonight!  What!  I want to get on the treadmill for a second time in one day!  That's craziness!

This post has turned out much longer than I had originally attended but, hey, some days are just like that.  I feel so excited to finally start this journey of getting healthy!

P.S.  I totally plan on starting on some strength training very soon!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Opinions

With the latest trend of Christian bashing coming against Kirk Cameron for his beliefs I have finally grown tired of the tolerance that is not tolerance unless you agree with the majority.

Kirk Cameron went on to interview with Peirs Morgan and was asked pointedly about his views about homosexuality.  Kirk response was:

"I think that it's ... unnatural. I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
 
This is no way can be considered hate speech.  This is just a statement, answering a question honestly, which is all you can really hope for.  He did not call anyone out.  He did not state that they were evil people.  It’s just a truth.  In my mind and I’m sure as well as Kirk’s homosexuality is a sin.  I may offend some with my opinion of this, but it is what it is.  I’m a sinner as well.  Just not in that area.

Regardless of sin we are to love everyone.  I have never thought badly of a person because of their sexual orientation although I do not agree whatsoever with their decision.  I also do not agree with drinking, smoking, drug use, tattoos and many others things.  I just don’t see someone who has tattoos getting angry and calling me intolerant just because I do not agree with the choice they made to put ink in their skin.  They really wouldn’t care about my opinion.  It doesn’t effect their life.  To some who make a huge deal out of someone else’s opinion are the people who are only identified by that orientation.  I would never expect myself to be identified as a heterosexual.  That is what I am, but not who I am.  We are defined by so much more.  I am a mother, a daughter, a homemaker, a wanna be writer, a book enthusiast and so many more, but above all I am a lover of God.

And because I love God and he loves me, I understand the need to love everyone.  I don’t always like people but I do try to make an effort to love.  I am kind to everyone and I expect the same in return.  Whether your opinion differs to mine or not in any subject.  Would I like you to agree with me?  Sure.  I’m sure it is the same with you.  Life is always easier when people can agree.  It’s not going to happen though.  But I don’t think that I should be bashed and hated because I have a different opinion than yours.  I would never do that to you.

I don’t think people should be bullied for any reason.  And there are more reasons than sexual orientation that people are bullied for, they are just not as highly publicized.  There are girls who are bullied for being fat, boys for being weak, kids for having special needs and yes, being gay.  I don’t think violence or verbal abuse is ok in anyway for any reason.  In the end, we are all people, trying to live.

Would I like you to agree with me?  Yes.  Do I expect it?  No.  But regardless, I will pray for you.  Whether you agree or not; I will pray.  Whether you believe the same as me or not; I will pray.  It is not because of your sins that I pray but because I think that everyone should have the chance to live in freedom.  To live in freedom away from struggles and pain and hate.  To be free of the things that hold you down.  And I believe that this freedom is only offered through Jesus Christ.  So, I will pray for you and I will continue to do so, regardless of your sin, because that is what I can do to love you the most.

The Things we do for Jesus

So, we have been having an offering contest in Kids Inc. to encourage kids to bring in offering for BGMC.  We had different tiers of goals and when the kids made a goal the leaders would have to do something out of the ordinary.

At five hundred dollars Mr. David offered to eat live worms for the kids enjoyment.  Then at $1000 I would receive a pie in my face.  The kids made enough for both of these things to happen!

If you want to see the videos of the worms and the after effects of the pie you can check them out on the GV Christian KIDS Inc. Facebook page.  Pastor Michael even had to eat some worms himself!  Make sure to check it out.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I have Bangs!

This is a big deal, people!  I have not had bangs since I was in elementary school.  I think it was third grade.  That is definitely the last time that I had a picture taken that I actually had bangs.  This is whole new world for me.  So far every morning when I wake up I'm thinking "Okay, how do I do this again?"  And it's not like I'm actually doing anything other than taking my brush and pushing them forward.  I've had years of training for brushing all my hair back to put into my daily pony tail, so it's just different.  Let's get to the pictures now....


So this picture was taken last week, just a few days before the new cut.


Here is my new hair.  


Here you have a slight side view.

Here is an extreme close up of my bangs!

This is today.  My hair is pulled back into a knot, so I can still wear it up.

The best part is I got a whole new look without having to chop all my hair off, which is what I usually do.  The bangs don't bother me like I thought they would.  I'm pretty excited about the whole thing!