Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Have you ever been to a hospital and if so why?

I have only been admitted to the hospital once and that was for the birth of my baby girl :)

I do know that I was admitted once as well when I was a baby, but I can't remember what that was for.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

When you are in trouble, who do you call for help?

It depends on the kind of trouble I am in.

My husband is always first.

My parents are second if I feel like they can help.

My best friend Jenn would be next, but if its a car issue her husband Tom would be next if Abe didn't answer.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

I am going to say my divorce. It was the last experience that I have been through that had every emotion every made involved. I knew getting a divorce was hard, but I didn't expect to go through so many emotions that were involved. 

It was the best decision my ex and I made and it was the best thing we did for our daughter. I know that sounds crazy and most people are going to say you should have stayed together for your daughter, but I disagree. We were unhappy and we did what was needed.

In return she now has an awesome step father and an amazing sister. She also has a caring and loving step mother that I couldn't have asked for a better one. She is incredible with my daughter and I am blessed to have our life the way it is now. 

Life sure does throw some huge mountains your way. You can either give up and let the emotions win or you can fight and climb over the mountain and be better on the other side. That is what I choose to do :)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

What do you miss most about being a kid?

The innocence.

The freedom of not having to pay bills.

The food that your mother made.

The friends you had and the fun that you had.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

The last time I sang to myself would be today. I have the radio going all day long at my work and I sing when I have a song I like come on.

I would say singing to someone else would be my daughter. I sing to her all the time. She is at the age that she thinks I am crazy and I love it. We love to sing at our house and we do it often!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Who is your favorite author?

HANDS down, my favorite author of all time is Nicholas Sparks. I have never read a book by him that I didn't like and I have never read a book that I didn't cry in.

I can say though, with all his books being made into movies, that his books are by far the best. His books have more in them and definitely would be my first choice if I had to read the book first or watch the movie! I want to get all out of the book first and then watch the movie!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

What's the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

The craziest things I have done in the name of love were...

~ Moving from Louisiana to Washington state when I was 19 years old...

~ And then eloping at the age of 35 to my current husband. Eloping was definitely exciting and fun until you get back to deal with all the people who could not believe you did it. I am very thankful for my husband and wouldn't change anything!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The elf...

Live, Love and Lead with Courage

MOPS International Convention 2010 Notes

Workshop Title: Live, Love, and Lead With Courage
Speaker: RJ

Sadly, I arrived about 15 minutes late to this class. I was physically and emotionally tired while I was in this class, but tried to take notes as best as possible.

·         LIVE from the inside out.
o   Life happens. If we know who we are on the inside, it’ll show on the outside.
§  Integrity -> Honor your word
§  Influence
§  Impact
o   What do people say about what you’ve done?
·         LOVE like Christ.
o   Love yourself – you can only give what you have.
o   See yourself the way God sees you.
·         LEAD with courage (using faith).
o   When we live and love, we lead differently.
o   Be willing to put faith into action.
o   Put the person above the task.
o   Lead by example.
o   Life is measured by what you give, not what you have.
o   Don’t ask people to do something you aren’t willing to do.
o   Be ok with giving up authority.
o   See the best in people.

·         Where are you going? What is your vision?
·         Don’t worry about what you don’t have. If God says, “Go,” then, “Go.”
·         Can you see or do you have vision for where you are going? They are 2 different things.
·         Those who can’t accept their beauty don’t get it.
·         If you see others differently, you will treat them differently.
·         It’s ok to be afraid, go anyway. It requires you to be able ask for help.
·         God wants to change the way we do and see things.
·         Don’t DO leadership, BE leadership.

·         Don’t worry about what you don’t have, use what you do have.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Things you remember... - FIRST house

Things that I remember about my first home...

We lived in the same house all throughout my life growing up with my parents. I never moved around from house to house and I got to call this one house my home all my life. It was definitely a great experience growing up. My childhood house was amazing. It had a front porch swing which was sat in many times by many people. We had a fridge outside and then next to the fridge was our wash room. It had the washing machine in it and the dryer as well as my dad's tools and a ladder that led to the attic. The backyard was gated for many years, but part of the fence fell down and I don't think it was ever replaced. We had a brick thing in the backyard that was kind of like a garden but I don't think it was. I can't remember what it was, but it was there for a long time. We had many many trees on our property and the memories of helping my dad rake and bag up pine needles were many. I even planted a tree once and watched it grow outside my bedroom window. It was one of my favorite things to do. 

The inside had 3 bedrooms, 1 very small bathroom, a kitchen and a living room with a hall closet and a bigger pantry closet. We had a hallway that went along the kitchen and the bedrooms and that is where we spent many nights during bad thunderstorms. We would close all the doors to the rooms and we slept in the hallway. My bedroom was painted blue and my brothers was gray I believe. My mom and dad had wood paneling walls and then the bathroom I can't remember, but we had a laundry shoot in there where we would open it and put our clothes in it and sometimes I would pull it out and block the door so no one would come in. The bathroom had a heater in the wall that you would light with matches and it would heat the bathroom rather well. But having 1 bathroom was challenging with 5 people. The kitchen was yellow and we had many meals in there. Mom was always cooking for everyone and baking and it was very well used. 

I can't remember what the living room was like but I remember we had the piano on the wall by the kitchen and then they had 2 recliner chairs and a couch in there growing up. With 2 bookshelves that were on each side of the TV. It was a great house growing up and one I will never forget. We had great memories growing up and of course some not great ones, but the great ones far outweighed the not great ones!!!