Thursday, October 29, 2009

Forget the knight in shining armor..

I'm lovin' my hero in his dirty BDU's!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Becky at My Life, From {Army} Brat to Wife gave me this blog award:

{Thanks Becky!!}

The rules are that I have to list 5 things that I'm obsessed with and then pass the award on. Soooo.. here we go..

5 Things I'm [currently] Obsessed With:

1. Counting the days til New Moon!! No, I'm not kidding :)

2. Febreze limited edition Cranberries & Frost Fabric Refresher. I bought some a few weeks ago and I have been using it EVERY DAY. It smells that good! I'm planning to stock up on it soon since it's limited edition.

3. Campbell's Select Harvest soups. I'm normally not a big fan of soup, but these are sooo yummy.

4. Imogen Heap. She has an amazing voice. (My favorite songs are "Not Now, But Soon" "Just For Now" and "Come Here Boy")

5. FlashForward. Have you been watching it?? I think it's awesome.

& Now I give this award to...
all of my fabulous followers! :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yesterday there was a helicopter crash.. today there was a roadside bombing..

I've learned not to watch or read the news because it just causes me to fear and stress until I make myself sick. I always know when something bad has happened over there because a family member or someone I normally don't speak to will contact me and the first thing that comes out of their mouth is "have you heard from J recently?" I hate when they do that. I know they mean well, but do they honestly think I can't figure out that something horrible obviously happened and it's posted all over the TV & that's why they are calling?? They try to play it off.. try to talk about a few random things.. usually the weather or how great the Saints are doing (they are 6-0 right now which makes my family VERY happy).. and then the call is over. Sometimes I hang up the phone and think oh, I'm doing fine.. surviving the best I know how.. thanks for asking!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 For Military Wives

Friday, October 23, 2009

Love is patient during long deployments, demanding training and an erratic schedule.

Love is kind after months of being a single parent with no help with the house, the kids, the finances, the pets, the cars, homework, grocery shopping, sickness, or dirty diapers.

It does not envy the fact that every so often you get to deploy to a place that sounds more like a vacation than work.

It does not boast that I get to eat Mexican food for dinner while you finish yet another MRE.

It is not proud…well, actually it is proud of what you are doing for your country and your family, but never in a self-righteous way.

It is not rude because you aren’t really a phone talker and don’t have much to say during our few phone calls while you are away.

It is not self-seeking as evidenced by the sacrifice I make, along with you, each and every day.

It is not easily angered when you come home late, miss another soccer game, or don’t get back on the date I was told.

It keeps no records of wrongs because we know that our time together is so limited and precious that we can’t waste it on such pettiness.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth that through every deployment, every challenge, and every trial God is strengthening our marriage in a way our civilian counterparts can never understand.

It always protects our marriage from steering clear of temptations during separation,

Always trusts that God will bring us back together again,

Always hopes that it will be during our time on earth, but we know it may not be until we reach heaven,

Always perseveres through this military life because we have the strength of our Heavenly Father and an intense love for one another.

Love never fails because it is in it for the long haul, no matter what the cost, no matter where this military journey takes us.

[I did not write this--I found it here. Wives of Faith is a great and very encouraging site for military wives. Check it out!]

Chicken, Pumpkins, & Wild Things.. Oh My!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I was suppose to have surgery at 6 AM.. but.. I chickened out.

I tried not to think about it / tried to force myself to think of the positives, but it did not help. I was beyond freaked out about being put to sleep. I've only been put to sleep once and I had a hard time waking up from the anesthesia (I wasn't waking up when most people would have so they had to give me a drug to wake me up), so of course that added to my nervousness.

Plus, I really wanted J to be there. I think if he had been here I definitely would have done it. He always helps me stay calm. So right now my plan is to have it done some time after he comes home.

On Saturday I took my nephew and niece to a pumpkin patch. I haven't been in years so I was excited - until we got there. It was waaayyy over priced for what they had to offer. On top of that it was freezing & windy so I was constantly having to make sure the kids had their ears covered which made them grumpy with me.

I had to tickle them just so I could get a picture!

They stayed the night and we went to see Where The Wild Things Are the next morning. I always read my nephew the book so he was extremely excited to see the movie.. and to say that he loved it would be a huge understatement! I think it was too cute seeing his reactions to certain parts of the movie that he remembered being in the book. & My niece.. well.. she snored slept through the whole movie as usual! She's just not the type of kid that likes to watch TV/movies yet. She would much rather be putting on makeup, talking on the phone, or shopping. She is 3 but acts 13!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

I've been wanting to get a tattoo for over a year now.. but I wasn't 100% sure about what I wanted to get and I didn't want to choose something in the spur of the moment that I might regret later. I have three things I would like to get, and right now I'm trying to decide which one I want the most.

Tatt idea #1: roman numerals

I was actually going to get this last year while J was deployed to Peru. I wanted I-XII-MMVIII, which is our wedding date. It was going to be a surprise but I ended up spilling the beans. He thought it was a cool idea so he asked me to wait until he came home so he could go with me.. but we never went because we were low on $$ by the time he came home. I still want to get it but now I'm not sure where I want it. I can't decide between my lower back or my wrist.

Tatt idea #2: small heart

Simple but cute!

Tatt idea #3: scroll design thingy? HA! I have no idea what you would call it!

I really like this! I think it's very feminine. I wouldn't mind something similar on my foot (since I always wear flip flops) but maybe not as big. I like this one too...

So what do y'all think?
What kind of tattoos do you have?
Do you regret getting it??

Monday, October 12, 2009

This morning I attended my second FRG event. We filled care packages with baked goods to send to the battalion. The FRG had originally planned for the packages to only be sent to the single 'bees, but apparently a spouse complained that they didn't think it was fair to only send the packages to the singles so the FRG had to change it. I thought it was silly that someone would say it was unfair--I mean, 99.8% of the time the married men and women have someone to send them stuff but the singles don't. And the funny part of the whole situation is that the person who complained didn't even show up! So what was the point??

After volunteering an hour of my time to the FRG I headed to a friend's house to babysit. She thought my boudoir photos were a great idea so I offered to watch her little girl while she had some taken. When I arrived home a few hours later I had a bouquet of beautiful fall flowers + a very sweet note [to calm my fears about my surgery next week] from J waiting for me..

I wonder if he realizes he is starting to spoil me?? ;)

I love him so much. Being a Navy wife can be tough.. and I might hate his job deployment with a passion.. but I feel sooo blessed that he chose ME above all other women to be his wife!

The Little Things

Friday, October 9, 2009

This morning I was able to talk to my husband on FB and he told me they recently received letters from kids in California. In one of the letters a young girl wrote, "I had pizza today. Do you like pizza? Thank you soldier!" It was something so simple, and yet it made his day. He thought it was cool to know there are people out there that still care about them. It had nothing to do with getting a thank you (in fact, he would actually tell you he doesn't deserve it).. it was just the simple fact in knowing that people back home in the USA--the people that they are fighting for--are still thinking about them.

I asked if they were able to write the kids back and he said yes, there was an email address included with the letters. I told him he should definitely write a thank you back... and now that I think about it, I wouldn't mind writing one myself! I want them to know how much we (military families) appreciate them for supporting our loved ones while they are overseas. I know they are just kids, but I want them to know how important and special they are for supporting our troops. I don't want them to think it ever went unnoticed.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

He is married to the Navy..

I'm just the mistress.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's free and super easy! The best part is you create the stations/control what you listen to. I created a station with only my favorite artists (a mix of Rob Thomas, Paramore, Dave Matthews Band, Jeremy Camp, Plumb, & Nicole Nordeman), and I usually have it playing all day while I'm hanging out around the house.

2. Dionis - the goats milk bath & body care company
I'm addicted to their Vanilla Bean and Peppermint Twist lip balm! I buy mine from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (am I the only one that goes to Cracker Barrel just to shop?? ha) but the website has great deals. I've never tried the lotions but I can tell ya that they smell yummy.

3. Herbal Serenity Foot Creme My mother-in-law gave me a bottle of this foot creme the last time we were in Ohio, and I LOVE IT. I put it on at night (when I remember) after I take a shower, and then I put socks on... The next morning my feet are super soft! I've tried a million foot cremes and I promise this is the best!!

4. Artemis Woman Heel SmootherI use this BEFORE I use the foot creme. It's great at removing calluses and dry skin on heels.

5. Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
I use it only on my face--before I apply any makeup. I've only been using it 1 month and I've noticed a big difference.. my face is softer and smoother.

6. St. Ives Apricot Scrub I very rarely ever get breakouts since I've been using this! The St. Ives brand smells good, but I found the Equate brand is cheaper and works just the same.

7. Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo + ConditionerMy boudoir photographer told me about this.. she swore by it, and well.. I do too! It smells AMAZING and my hair feels so much healthier since I've been using it.

8. a mesh lingerie bag
You can buy one from Wally World. It protects delicate bras, panties, slips, hosiery and sleep-wear from snags, tangles and tears while machine washing and drying. Seriously, every girl should own one.

New Guilty Pleasure

Monday, October 5, 2009

First of all, I'm excited to announce that my best friend since 7th grade got engaged on Saturday night and she asked ME to be her matron of honor!! She was a big BIG help to me during my wedding planning--actually she was the only bridesmaid that helped at all--so I can't wait to help her! I've already been doing my homework and printing every maid of honor checklist that I can find. hehe..

Now on to my new guilty pleasure...

My friend Alicia (who is also surviving a long distance relationship right now..) & I decided we should treat ourselves to pedicures this evening because we've both been under sooo much stress the past two months. It was the best decision I've made all month. (Well.. besides the wonderful decision to have my tonsils removed in a few weeks.. but we'll talk about that another day!) It was very relaxing--especially when the pedicurist used hot rocks to massage my legs! Ohh, it felt like heaven!! I think I'm going to start making it a monthly treat for myself.. you know, to celebrate surviving each month of deployment. :)

Beautiful Redemption

Friday, October 2, 2009

Coming clean to my husband that I'm struggling with this deployment was the best thing I could have ever done. Since then Jeremy & I have been communicating more and a lot better. I'm not saying everything was fixed over night, but my faith has definitely grown from this. More importantly, I feel like we are growing in faith as a couple--something I've always prayed for.

No one/nothing is perfect.. but I believe God can take a huge mess and make something absolutely beautiful out of it. The hardest part is being vulnerable and admitting that you need His help. (Trust me, I know.)

"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

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I love this song. It definitely speaks to my heart right now, so I thought I would share it with all of you!

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