Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane...

I'm off to NYC today! I'll be gone until Friday...

Lots of pictures to post and much to talk about when I return!

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Power Of Prayer...

It's a long story...


...but to quickly sum it up...

...hottie hubby and I were AMAZINGLY blessed today...


We had a HUGE prayer request answered by God today...


...someday, I'll share the story with you...

...but for now, just know...

...the POWER OF PRAYER!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1040 Reasons Uncle Sam Is Not A Hottie...

Dave Ramsey is a hottie.  We've established this already...



....Uncle Sam, however, is NOT a hottie. 



There was a time I adored Uncle Sam.  Our relationship really blossomed when I turned twenty-one and I was "on my own", free from my parental units...the first year I "filed" independently.  Uncle Sam gave me a big cash bonus at the end of that year and I bought my very first sofa for my very first apartment.  Every year after Uncle Sam continued to send me cash bonuses at the end of each year, and every year I bought a new "luxury" item, my first 36" color television, my first pair of Prada shoes, my first real piece of jewelry....

...then, Uncle Sam became quite the family favorite! When I gave birth to my first born son, Uncle Sam gave me an even bigger cash bonus at the end of the year! He showed his support and love for me after my divorce and I was living as a single mother...that year I used Uncle Sam's cash bonus as a down payment on a new car. 

Of course there was the year that Uncle Sam was stingy with his end of the year gift, the year that I remarried...but I know that he was jealous of hottie hubby, and quite frankly Uncle Sam really made up the frugality the following year when hottie hubby and I welcomed our son Jack!  And then when we welcomed Benjamin to our family that very next year....whoa! Uncle Sam was really good to us and we bought another new car!

Each year Uncle Sam has loved on our family, providing us with the means to make useless, cheap and senseless purchases...it's been a whirlwind of a relationship with dear, old, Uncle Sam...

Then we met Dave Ramsey.

Oh Dave...Dave, Dave, Dave.  Easy on the eyes, hard ("strictly" speaking) on the pocketbook.  "Uncle" Dave swooped into our lives and changed everything! He demanded that we make changes, things like "saving", "smart shopping", "cutting up credit cards", ....."tithing" (GASP!)....

...he even had hottie hubby and I change our W2's.....

....in the beginning it was awkward.  Uncle Dave was the "black sheep" of the family, nobody really ever wanted him to be around, nobody ever talked to him...but Uncle Dave never gave up...he said things like, "live like nobody now so you can live like nobody later..." ....yeah, okay Uncle Dave, whatever that means....

...But I gotta admit, Uncle Dave has begun to grow on us....

...then Uncle Sam showed up last night.

Crap.

Uncle Sam's visit wasn't what we expected....this year....

....this year, Uncle Sam TOOK money from us!

{SCREAM}

The audacity! Who does Uncle Sam think he is? Is he jealous? Yes! Uncle Sam is jealous of Uncle Dave...

...and do you know why Uncle Sam is jealous of Uncle Dave?

(besides the fact that Uncle Dave is a hottie, of course)

...because Uncle Dave PREPARED hottie hubby and me for Uncle Sam's meanness. 

In your face Uncle Sam!  Uncle Dave stuck with us in the good times AND the bad, he was honest and open with us, calling us MORONS for taking your silly cash bonus at the end of every year and flaunting our ridiculous purchases! He FORCED us to SAVE our money each month for things such as your little stunt you pulled last night!

You laughed in our faces last night Uncle Sam....you pointed your creepy finger at us and taunted us with "Ha! You OWE me money! I'm TAKING your money!"

But the joke is on you crypt keeper....we will be writing you a check out of our SAVINGS and it won't really even put a dent in what we have accumulated...

...thanks to HOTTIE UNCLE DAVE RAMSEY!

Cheers to you Uncle Dave, we DO love you! We finally see the benefit of having you in our family! We want you to come to EVERY family function, EVERY family meal, you can even sleep with us....well, that's a bit awkward, but we do read your books before bed!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Happy Heart, My Restful Soul...

It's amazing what over twenty inches of snow can do for your heart...


Monday afternoon I returned home from work and it was the last time I set foot outside of our home for FOUR days (five if you count today, I have no plans on leaving the house today)!  Four days confined to 1500 square feet is a LOT of "quiet" time...(did I mention that my boys were at their aunt and uncles for the week?), countless hours for a mind to toss and turn...


...in the deep hours of the nights I found myself restless, so I soothed my soul with words from a few of the books on my "must read" lists, books of encouragement, books of faith, the Bible...


and as I soaked in beautiful scripture, the words of my Father, His disciples and the wisdom in the Psalms, I came upon a verse that created new reflection within my heart...

Psalm 62:1 "My soul finds rest in God alone: My salvation comes from Him."

I whispered the words...over and over until I could close my eyes and whisper the words from deep inside, not needing the print in front of me...I whispered the words until they became engraved on my heart, forever.


What does this scripture mean to you? Do you find comfort in these words? Does this verse stir your heart and move your soul?

For me, this verse posed the question, "where does my happiness, my rest, come from?" A loaded question, for sure.  If I'm going to be honest with myself (and with you) I would admit (selfishly so) that for as long as I can remember my happiness and my rest comes from what people think of me, how I look, material possessions, people that need me...all things that in the end will fail me. 


...but I am finding more and more within my Christian life, that my happiness and rest comes from Him.  He, who will NEVER forsake me, NEVER leave me, NEVER fail me...


My desires to please people are lessening...but my desire to please my God...it's growing!  I've discovered much happiness and rest in my passionate walk with Christ, my thirst for His knowledge and wisdom, setting a Christ-like example to my family and my friends. 


My snowed in sagacity is that I don't need your approval, your adulation...

...because I'm walking with Christ, and my soul finds happiness and rest in Him alone.