Friday, January 27, 2012

About me

I've been married to, who I consider to be the most amazing man in the world, Austin for four wonderful years. We met in an un-ordinary way, where the boy from the busy, populated East; meets the small-town, country girl from the middle of nowhere. We now live in the  mid-west and love our slow-paced, country life.

Austin drives truck and I'm a stay at home mom to our little Pumpkin, who just turned two. He is our biggest blessing and we honestly don't know what we did before we had him.

I've been thinking about starting a blog for awhile now, and just decided to do it. It seems like this world gets crazier and crazier and I thought that perhaps this could be my little place to do my best to voice my concerns, thoughts, and opinions. I'll just share what I believe and what works for my family and hope that it will in someway touch you and help you.

I'm just trying to let my voice be heard (no matter how small it may be) and daily try to learn all that God would have me to and I strive to be the wife, mother and person that God wants me to be.

So please join me on this journey, we can all learn together!

United States of America-One Nation Under God

Just wanted to take time to mention the upcoming presidential election. I've been looking into the candidates and think that everyone else should do the same. There is no reason to wait until the last minute to make a choice. I like to look at their campaign websites and we've watched a couple of debates. Looking at their campaign website often seems to give me the best insight into what they really are standing for. I figure if they took the time to put it on the site, then it must be important to them.


I think that this may be one of the most important elections for our country...it will definately be a great determining factor for our children and grandchildren. Therefore, I think we need to take it seriously and look at what our options are. We all need to make our vote count and go with the person, we feel is best qualified for the job. I would also encourage praying about you're decision and the candidates and let God help lead you to the best decision.


We need to help keep the United States of America-One Nation Under God, so lets start with this next election!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Garbage in, garbage out"

Ok, so first of all, I must admit that we only have an antenna and only get three tv channels. Two of the main networks and one all weather channel, so we don't watch an over-absorbent amount of tv, but I still have A LOT of problems with it!
For awhile, I enjoyed turning on the morning show and hearing all the daily news, but then when the commercials would come on my then 1 and 1/2 year old would be in the living room and watching the tv, when all of a sudden a warewolf commercial or vampire commercial would come on! I don't know about the rest of you, but that is NOT something MY child needs to see. Therefore, I don't watch the morning shows on a regular basis anymore. In the evenings, there are some shows my husband and I enjoy, but half the time, if the little man is still awake, we constantly have to make sure he won't see something he shouldn't. So, I think that soon we will have to just watch tv once little Pumpkin is in bed.


There are some shows that started out good, but then halfway through the season they brought in a gay couple and then therefore I was done. We enjoy the detective type shows, but often find them too "gorey" and would probably watch some of those types of shows more often, if they would just leave some of the "blood and guts" out.


Then there are the movies. We get two movies a month sent to us and yes, we choose which movies we want. But sometimes a movie sounds good and then when we watch it, it would have been 10 times better if they would have left out all the cussing, with every other word! Or else they have half naked (or naked) sex scenes scattered throughtout-I don't really have to see that either! A sweet little kiss or touch of the hand is nice, but too far is just too far!


Although when I was younger, I couldn't imagine life without tv and our friends used to find it "strange" (they never actually said that, but you could tell) that we only had 3 channels, I'm starting to see how we will need to start limiting tv even more as our little Pumpkin gets older.


We still watch a tv show about every other night, but almost all of those come on once little Pumpkin is in bed (thank goodness, we can watch without wondering what might pop up). But I'm almost ready to have a "no tv" rule while Pumpkin is up and able to be in the room...it's just not worth him seeing some of the things he might see!


Do you have any "tv rules" in your house? What are your thoughts on tv?
I'd love to hear any thoughts on the subject and also, what are some ways we could push for "cleaner" tv? I'd love to go back to the days where even husbands and wives slept in separate beds, so as not to show "too much"!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I love new clothes, at a fraction of the original cost!



I bought this dress off of the internet and they were having a lot of their clothes marked down 50% off, plus I had been to the store a couple of weeks earlier and received a coupon for 15% off my total purchase (it included sale items!! yippee!). The dress was originally $49.00 (the tag even said that when it came in the mail, even made me happier to see it in person!) and then it was on sale for 50% off, which made it $24.50 and then I had my 15% off coupon which made it $20.83!!! I did have to pay sales tax and shipping, so it still came out to $29.63, but I thought that was a pretty good deal for a dress that if I had walked into the store a month ago I would have walked out paying something closer to $55.00!! Anyway, my point is, you can buy new clothes and still get good deals, if you just wait until there is a good sale. I don't buy all new clothes, I do buy some used , but sometimes if it's something I need (I honestly didn't have ONE winter dress, just skirts with sweaters and such) and if it's appropriately priced, I will buy new. I love finding good sales, it makes me think of all the poor "suckers" who paid full price for the exact same thing that I just paid half (or more) as much as they did!!! It makes me so, so, so HAPPY!!!


This dress is super cute with tights and boots! I love my boots (which, yes I bought them used ;) lol)!

Monday, January 23, 2012

How long will we "sleep"?

I'm getting more and more concerned about the direction our world and country seem to be going...Casting Crowns song "While You Were Sleeping" really says alot (if you haven't heard it, I found it here on youtube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2YrnIh57Tw). One of the lyrics, really puts it like it is and drives home how messed up our world really is...
"United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we're sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children"



WOW! We have people fighting tooth and nail to save the trees and animals and yet, they don't stop to think about how many poor little babies have been killed by abortion!!! I've always loved babies and children, but now as a mother; I have been amazed everyday since I first heard my little Pumpkin's heart beat at how intricately these LITTLE PEOPLE have been created by God. I heard his heartbeat around 2 months and it was seriously the most amazing sound I had EVER heard! Then when I had my ultrasound, I could have laid there and watched him moving and being "him" all day! I've heard talk about a law that would require all women considering an abortion, to have an ultrasound before they can have an abortion! I so hope that this passes....how could ANYONE have an abortion after seeing their little baby like that???



Anyway, there are a whole myriad of things and topics that could be put on the "concerning" list...but abortion has really been laying heavy on my heart lately. About a year ago, we had a friend that announced they were expecting after trying for around a year and just a couple weeks ago, some friends of ours, lost their baby after just announcing they were expecting (this was for sure their second miscarriage) and my SIL had a still born baby last summer. There are so many couples just wanting to have a family and it's not something that just falls in their laps, while there a hundreds of thousands of babies being senselessly killed (or a more accurate word, Murdered) out of "convenience". It just amazes me, how some people will try and try and try to have a baby and others, who maybe weren't, after all "trying" to have a baby, will just say "oops! I didn't want that to happen! Oh, well we can take care of that!" and just have an abortion! When did the line get so fuzzy to some people, on whether or not this was wrong? When did people get so hardened to killing? When did people let their selfish desires drive them to such wrong? (I guess things like this happened in the Bible too, but it's just so much more prevalant and "accepted" today).



So, I feel like we need to make our voices heard more often. Not that I do a very good job of that, but that's one reason for starting this blog...at least I can get my voice "out there"....whether anyone will read it or not, I don't know, but at least I've tried something.



What are you're thoughts? How can we make our voices heard and make a difference for the better?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Coupons-they're kind of fun!

So I went to the store today. First to Dollar General and then to our locally owned grocery store. Overall with coupons I saved $19 dollars! YIPPEE!!! Did I mention I LOVE saving money?!


Now I know that's nothing compared to what these "Extreme Couponers" do (I actually have never watched that show, but heard enough about it to feel like I have), but I figure any savings is better that NOTHING! I've always been the type to save money. Even when I was a teenager and I will admit, my parents bought my clothes then, I would often turn down shirts that were really cute, because they were too expensive...it wasn't even my money! I never understood why you would spend $40 dollars on a shirt that says some brand on it, when you can go get the same shirt (minus the brand pasted across your chest) for half or even less as much. So now that I'm a wife and mother, I enjoy saving even more than before, especially on things that we need and use everyday! So dun-dun-duh-dah!!!! Enter coupons...I heard about the "Extreme Couponers" and was seriously like "yeah right!" but then a girl I used to know in high school started posting on facebook, how she was doing THE SAME THING! So then I realized that it must actually work! Now, in truth, I've been "couponing" for a few months now and the best I've done is 50%. But, like I said, any savings is better that nothing! So I've been keeping it up. Anyway, above is a picture of my deals...I don't know if they'd be considered deals where you're from, but for me I didn't feel like it was too bad.


Here's a breakdown of it all: the Shout laundry stain remover was $1.95, the three Post cereals were $2.00 each (the best I can do for cereal it seems), the four General Mills cereals were $2.50 each (not the best, but I thought it wasn't too bad), the Stayfree Pads were $1.00 each, the Scrubbing Bubbles were $2.00 each (again maybe not great but, I needed them and any savings you know!), the Clean and Clear face wash was $2.00, the Cover Girl concealer was $5.00 (I know still sounds expensive doesn't it?), the Cover Girl eye liner was $2.50, the Listerine was $3.50, and the Johnsons baby washes were $1.75 each.


So, it's not the greatest, but $19 dollars can pay for probably half of my family's groceries for a week! I just feel like God wants us to be good stewards with our money so why not give coupons a try...so far I'm not disappointed, even if I'm not gonna be good enough to make it on the Extreme Couponing show! ;)


Let me know what you think! Do you use coupons or think it's crazy??

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Submission-weakness or God's calling?

I read a blog post this morning about submission and it got me to thinking...why do we so easily buy into the claim that if we submit that we're weak and helpless?? This is a topic that I often think about as people around me, start talking about how their husband did this or that and other disrespectful things. Why must we be considered weird if we don't join in the husband bashing? I had a friend who I feel, once felt I was just that because I do try (sometimes I fail) to submit to my husband. Now, I don't think she thought I was being abused or any thing like that, but I'm certain she thought I had NO say in what we did or what happened to us as a couple. In truth that is completely false. My husband asks me about practically EVERYTHING and wants my opinion on it ALL. Does that mean that in the end he doesn't make the final decison...No, but I do have a say. If I felt it was all wrong and said No, I don't think we should do this because of this or that, he would consider it and side with me.


The post also mentioned that maybe we discuss WHY would we make ourselves "less" instead of discussing HOW to be submissive. Can you imagine if we could sit down with our friends and talk about HOW we can submit to our husbands??? Can you believe how much more encouraged we would be to submit to our husbands? I might also add that we (women) aren't the only ones called to submit. Men are to submit to God (as we all are) and they are to submit to those in authority over them (bosses and such). Are we considered weak and helpless if we submit to a bosses wishes for us on a job?? No, I'd hope not and if we didn't submit in that case, I'd hope we'd be fired!


So why do poor little housewives take the submissive beating by the world?? I think too many people have bought into the "feminist" mindset. Even the definition of feminism should warn us that this is crazy talk. Feminism-the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men. (taken from Dictionary.com) God didn't intend for women to be equal to men so why do we listen to this mumbo jumbo??? We need to stand up and start submitting to our husbands, even though half (or more) of the people around and often our friends think we're crazy, weak and helpless! Perhaps we could even try and start to encourage our friends in the area...but, I suggest, with a little discernment on their stand on the issue ;)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hello!...now what do I do?!

Hello Everyone!
I've been considering starting a blog for a little while now, I enjoy reading other blogs and even though I don't feel like I'm completely competent all the time, I do feel like I have some interesting thoughts and perspectives and that they are worth sharing! So join me in my day to day thoughts and activities. Who knows what will be the topic of the day when I write, but I'm sure we'll be all over the board.
Please bear with me, as I've referred to, I am new to this. So I'll add this to the things I'm learning everyday!