Thursday, April 29, 2010

Show Us your Life - How you met your husband

Today on Show Us your life Friday - it's "how you met your husband/wife/fiancee". All of you sweet girls who are single.....I hope maybe you will find some stories on this tour to give you hope! God is still writing your story! :-)

This is my story - I shared this about 3 years ago - but here it is again!

Once upon a time there was a cute little boy named Scott who was born in Magnolia, AR
and one state away in Dallas, TX there lived a little girl named Kelly
They both grew up in wonderful Christian homes with loving parents

As you can see they lived in similar styled home and liked to do the same things (ha!)
Scott grew up in the same house in the same town his whole life.
Kelly went to six different schools in six years and lived in Dallas, New Orleans, Benton, AR and Ft. Worth, TX

But they both spent junior high and high school in small towns in Arkansas and Kelly was a cheerleader and Scott played football.

Scott went to college at SAU and Kelly went to Ouachita and they both graduated college but neither one found the "one" in college

But Kelly did make a best friend in college who just "happened" to be Scott's cousin (or maybe God divinely planned it that way) and she decided to fix them up. So in June 2000 they met for a blind date.
This is a picture of Scott and Kelly on their third date.

(I knew he was the one after the second date. I finally felt AT HOME! )

And then after 3 1/2 years of dating........

they finally said "I do" on November 1, 2003

And that is really just the beginning of the story!

We've been married 6 1/2 years and every year just gets better!

Can't wait to read your stories!

Show Us Your Life - Teacher Gifts

Since I'm not a teacher and Harper doesn't have teachers yet - I don't have any ideas for you. I do try to do a little something for all her nursery workers at church because I appreciate them so much. So if you have great ideas or cute gifts - I'd LOVE your ideas!!!
School will be ending soon and it's time for those teacher gifts let's hear you great ideas!

Show Us Your Life - Organization Tips

I like to think I'm semi organized. I keep a million lists and a zillion excel spreadsheets. I feel like ever since I had Harper I am the most disorganized human on earth. I keep losing things. Just yesterday I lost my debit card. THANK GOODNESS - I lost it at church and they found it and called me. I have gone to the grocery store and had a cart full of groceries and then realized I left my wallet at home. I have locked my keys in the car a lot. I feel like I have lost my mind.

So - I'm passing the buck to all of you on this one - what are your best organization tips? The cleaning tips were great! I'm still reading through and getting ideas! Hope you are too!

Have a wonderful Good Friday! I'm so thankful for Jesus and that He died on the cross for our sins. I know I don't deserve His grace AT ALL but He loves me anyway. And the same goes for each of you! I love Easter dresses and Easter baskets and egg hunts ............but more than anything I love what this weekend is about - that our sins were paid for by the blood of Jesus and because of His sacrifice we can spend eternal life in Heaven with Him!!! I can't think of anything more wonderful than that! You just think Easter lunch is good now - wait until you are eating at the banquet table in Heaven!!! :-)

Show us your life - Cleaning Tips

I LOVE cleaning products! I am always walking down the Target or Wal-Mart cleaning aisles and just browsing for anything new that will make my life easier or our house more clean.
I'm looking forward to reading your tips - I really hope someone has good tips on keeping your glass shower streak free and clean and the best method for mopping floors. With a BUSY toddler - I feel like I can never get our kitchen floor clean enough anymore. She is constantly dropping food or her sippy cup or some kind of mess.

My tips are mostly:
1. My house may not always be completely dust free or mopped to perfection - but it is "picked up" and "neat". I try to go just keep the rooms clutter free so they have the appearance of being clean. Harper mostly plays in our family room and during the day it can be a disaster and I have learned to let it go......but every night after she is in bed - I pick up all the toys so at least for a few hours it looks clean.
2. I make our bed every single day - rain or shine, sick or well, late or on-time - the bed is made. Harper's bed will be the same way one day. I just think one of the best ways to make you feel organized or that your house is clean is to have beds that are made.
3. I never leave dishes in the sink. I run the dishwasher every night and in the morning while Harper eats breakfast - I unload it and so I can load it up again during the day.
4. I also clean while I cook. If I use something - I clean it up right then instead of making a big pile for later.
5. I try to designate either one room or one major task a day. As in Mondays I clean the kitchen, Tuesday the family room and on and on OR Mondays I dust, Tuesdays I mop, etc. I hate saving all the cleaning for one day. I'd rather just clean a little every day.

WHAT are your cleaning tips???

Show Us Your life - Mission Trips

I have never been on an actual mission trip but I'm DYING to. Hopefully we will go once Harper is old enough to go and understand! I can't wait for that!
The closest I've been would be the Compassion trip back in November. It was more of a Vision Trip! But I have a heart for missions and hope that one day I will be able to go somewhere! In the meantime - there are always ways to give and do work in my own backyard and that is missions as well!

I would love to hear about your mission trips you have been on and what you saw, learned, and how you were changed!

Show Us Your Life - Favorite Charities

I apologize that this post is up so late on the day Friday - being out of town threw me off. But it's up now!!!

I am excited to read about different charities you are all affiliated with! It's always good to broaden our horizons and find ways to get involved and help others. I think we each probably find charities that have somehow touched us or that our life experiences have led us to.

My number one charity isn't really a charity but it's the place we give the most to and that is to our church. We tithe and hopefully give more than 10% usually because we feel that is commanded by God in the Bible. We believe that everything we have came from God and is His anyway so giving back a portion of our earnings isn't so much about giving God money - but a step of trust and faith. I haven't always tithed but I've seen God's provision as we trust Him in giving Him our tithes.

The other charities we have given to especially in the last year include the Ronald McDonald House, the Promise House (a home for unwed mothers here in our state) and Compassion International. Those are three that I believe firmly in. But there are so many other wonderful places to give money to and help. I've love to hear of places you actually get in the trenches and help with as well as donate money to!

It's your turn!

Show Us Your life - what is a typical day like?

If you receive a strange comment on your blog: please ignore and delete.

Just a reminder of the schedule for the next few weeks:
Mar 5 - What is your typical day like - I'd love to hear from single girls/Working moms/SAHM's
Mar 12 - Favorite Charities
Mar 19 - Share your mission trips
Mar 26 - Best Cleaning tips
April 2 - Best Organization ideas
April 9 - Idea for Teacher gifts
April 16 - How you met your husband/fiance

Or you can always find the schedule HERE.

So my typical day:

Every day of mine is different because we have scheduled things like Bible Study, MOPS, or play group nearly every day. But if we were to have a full day at home - this is what it would look like.

Harper is my alarm clock. She normally wakes up between 6 and 7. She eats breakfast and while she is in her high chair I clean up the kitchen, unload the dishwasher, etc. We then spent the next hour or two playing. Harper plays in our family room with all her toys or runs around our kitchen pulling everything out she can get her hands on. ha!
She goes down for a nap from 9 - 11. I use this time to take a shower and get ready and then do some kind of household chore: laundry, a little cleaning, etc.
Harper gets up and we play more and then have lunch.
After lunch we usually either run errands or spend more time playing. Here lately she has begun taking an afternoon nap. During this nap I cook dinner or sometimes I just sit and watch TV or read e-mails.
After her afternoon nap - it's more playing, chasing her around the house. I feed her dinner around 5 and then it's bath and bed around 6:30.
After she goes to bed, Scott and I eat dinner and then usually spend time watching TV. This is usually the only time I have to blog or answer e-mails.
I normally go to bed between 11 and 12.

What is your day like?