Friday, December 30, 2011

Death

Yes its a frightful word. death. Its something we all dread. You can never prepare for losing someone you love. Three friends of mine lost people they love over the last couple of days. Thats 3 deaths.My prayers are with them and their families, and the families of the ones lost. I personally have a hard time with death. After losing both of my dad's parents within 10 months, a friend to cancer and many others..death makes me a little squeamish. I believe we are promised a life after death with Jesus and that brings comfort. However we still mourn.We still have tears.

Death is scary. Sometimes I think as Christians we almost feel guilty because we get upset, angry, cry when we lose someone.We are 'supposed' to hold strong, where is our faith? We aren't supposed to question?

Death is a sad part of life, and sometimes its something good. What I mean by that is if you have a loved one suffering and they fine peace and pass, its a relief that our loved is not suffering. When my grandmother passed she was on a ventilator and not breathing on her own. I remember them doing test and there being no brain activity. As my dad and his siblings decided to let her go. Not to prolong her being on machines. That was one of the hardest days of my life. Saying good-bye, watching my dad suffer as his heart broke...

I'm reminded of a story of Jesus, when his friend Lazarus died. It's actually the shortest scripture in the bible, "Jesus wept" (John 11:35). Lazarus was his Jesus friend. He loved him. Jesus mourned for his friend.

I guess my point is its ok to cry, question, be angry... But find that peace that we have with our Lord. Let him comfort you.

Please remember Jon, Melisa, and Paul... These are my friends who are mourning and saying good-bye to a friend, a brother, and a father.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday



I can NOT believe its Wednesday already!! Well I'll be linking up with Jaime WILW! 

I'm Loving that on New Years eve Josh and I will be actually going OUT and celebrating... Planning on dressing up

I'm Loving that Christmas was spent with the people I love most, and on Christmas @ my grandparents we weren't missing anyone, everyone was there

I'm Loving that my little nephew is almost saying my name... he talking more and more

I'm Loving that I still have my decorations up

I'm Loving that I have a job I enjoy going to

I'm Loving that I will soon be back in class, every class I complete is one more class closer to graduation

I'm Loving me some Coffey Anderson this week, love his songs!


I'm Loving my hubby being so cute in his fedora's


&& most of ALL I'm loving my Lord and Savior! ~ So that I may DECREASE , so he may INCREASE ~ John 3:30

Happy Wednesday! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sooo excited!!

Me excited and waiting for the hubby


Christmas time is here...

In honor of Christmas being this weekend, and I highly doubt I will have anytime to get on here and blog and so I'm going to do another survey/questionnaire. I loved the one I did yesterday! Its so much fun to reminisce. So here it goes...


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper! I love to wrap, in fact for years when my grandmother bought for all of us grandchildren I would help her wrap, I helped my mom wrapped, and I also would help my aunt. :)  I wrap all gift at our house except my own gifts. LOVE IT! and while I wrap I play Christmas music or watch a Christmas movie. Trust me when I say I ALWAYS do this, much to my hubbies excitement lol


2. Real tree or Artificial?
We have had an artificial tree every year. But next year Josh and I hope to have a real one


3. When do you take the tree down?
Sometime after New Years day we take it down. I leave it up as long as possible.


4. When do you put the tree up?
Usually the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the day.


5. Do you like eggnog?
I do, not too much, but I will drink a glass or two during the holidays


6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My two doll houses and one year I got a plethora of scrapbook stuff


7. Hardest person to buy for?
My in-laws. They have everything or get everything through their occupation, and they are older so very particular and consistent with things they like


8. Easiest person to buy for?
My mom and niece... I buy and buy. Even after I'm done I'm still looking for stuff for them! lol


9. Do you have a nativity scene?
We do. We have a small one that Josh has had since he was a child. I love it! It still has all the pieces.


10. Mail or email cards?
Well I mail some but this year I think I'm going to email some of them.


11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I can't think of one. I love getting gifts. Because it makes me feel special that someone thought of me.


12. Favorite Christmas movie?
I have a couple I like to watch every year.
My...
#1 Polar Express
#2 Borrowed Hearts
#3 Christmas Carol (Muppets version), actually I probably watch 5 different versions every year


14. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Around Thanksgiving. I probably could shop all year, but I like the rush =)


15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
EVERYTHING! lol... Ham and fudge


16. Lights on the tree?
Colored


17. Favorite Christmas song?
Carol of the Bells


18. Travel at Christmas?
Only to in-laws and grandparents both within 30min of my house.


19. Can you name all Santa's reindeer?
Rudolph, Blitzen, donner, commet, cupid... thats all I can remember! HA!


20. Angel or Star on top of tree?
I have an Angel. I like an angel. It feels more traditional.


21. Open the presents Christmas eve or morning?
Both... Christmas Eve with the in-laws and Christmas morning with my family and later with extended


22. Most annoying thing about the season?
Probably how people get so set on shopping or hurrying they get all rude. Do not like rudeness.


23. Favorite ornament?
Our first Christmas ornament I received from some very dear friends.  It says 'Our First Christmas 2007' and it has a beautiful scripture.




















24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Ham, spinach maria, mashed potatoes, fresh rolls... K now I'm hungry


25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Boots =)
But I think I'm waiting until after Christmas. Thats ok though =)


By the way I found this through a goole search and went to this LINK

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas questionnaire!!


Christmas questionnaire!!


Found this over at Mine to Live

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate? BOTH! I love a 
good cup of hot chocolate when it's cold. 
However eggnog just makes you feel 
like its Christmas time 




2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set 
them under the tree? 
He sets the under the tree Christmas eve. 



Growing up we had the minimal presents




 under the tree. No matter how often my 




brother and I checked them! The Christmas




 morning Santa had arrived! 

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I love a colored!! If we had a house and 
not a apartment it would be all colored 
\lights! White lights are beautiful as well! 

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, my hubby and I kiss without a reason heehee

5. When do you put your decorations up
As soon as Thanksgiving is over ALL 
decorations come out and the fun begins! 
Usually the hubby and I decorate the 
Saturday after Thanksgiving

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Probably the ham... I love honey baked
 ham mmm

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Probably when everyone would go to 
Grams and Gramps and spend the night
 for Christmas! It was so much fun. I 
remember we would be up at like 4am 
and sneak downstairs to see if Santa had came. 

8. When and how did you learn the
 truth about Santa?
What do you mean the truth? J/K... 
I knew he probably wasn't real around
 10 or 11, however I held on and chose 
to believe until I was about 13. My mom
 would always tease us, "If you don't 
believe in Santa, he won't come" 
I didn't dare share my doubts with her! lol

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, at my in-laws. We celebrate with 
them on Christmas Eve. But we get 
presents from about 2weeks up to 
Christmas. She calls it our 12days
 of Christmas =)

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Colored lights, and all kinds of different 
ornaments. We get a new ornament 
every year. My in-laws have got us
 one ever year except this year we
 got our own. We have ones from 
Josh's childhood that he made. 

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
Love it, TN doesn't see that much
 usually and it doesn't stay
 long so I never tire of it. 

12. Can you ice skate?
Nope, i'm way to unbalanced and 
clumsy. I've tried though. Made it 
around the rink twice! Ha!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I remember one year I came down the 
stairs and seen TWO doll houses.
 I loved that Christmas! I have a 
blue one like my grandparents 
house and a brick house. It was great! 

14. What’s the most important 
thing about the holidays for you?
Being with family and celebrating
 Jesus's birth. I love the presents, 
music, lights... but being with my 
family and recognizing my savior's 
birth is more important then all
 those things... Oh yeah and the ham! =)

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
My grandmothers fruit and nut cake!!!
 Love it!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Probably the white elephant game 
we play at my grandparents. Thats
 always so much fun! And going 
downtown or to the mountains to
 look at the lights and walk around! =)

17. What tops your tree?
This year is a beautiful Angel!

18. Which do you prefer: giving or 
receiving?
Both, I love to give and see people 
pleased with what I was able to 
give them... but seeing a gift that 
someone got you with thoughtfulness
 is nice as well

19. Candy canes: yuck or yum?'
Yum, and I like the other flavors 
not just peppermint

20. Favorite Christmas show?
My favorite movie is Polar Express...
 I love the classics that come one. 
Rudolph, Santa Clause is coming 
to town "Put one foot in front of the 
other, and soon you'll be walking out the door!!"

21. Saddest Christmas song?


22. What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Carol of the Bells... My ALL time favorite

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Share Your World Thursday


Linking up with Jessica for Share your world Thursday

Ho...What is the worst gift you have recieved for Christmas?

Honestly, I can't think of one! That is crazy... However Josh says his was a Cd that was bubblegum HA!

Ho Ho...What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Polar Express. I could watch this movie a million times and I still tear up. It gives me that warm Christmas feeling. I watch it EVERY year as we put up the tree.

Ho Ho Ho... Fill in the Blank: My favorite Christmas dessert is...

Probably my grandmothers fruit cake. Now this isn't your average (yuk) fruit cake. It is the most scrumptous thing ever! Oh I love it! I'll post the recipe if I can get is from her.... * hint hint* I know your reading this Grams =)

AAAHHHH Christmas is only 3 days away! And if you count celebrations on Christmas eve its only 2 days, and since it is technically Thursday now its only 1 days....yeah I'm still operating on kid logic during Christmas! ♥ heehee.... I LOVE Christmas!!!





Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas!!

So today is the day I've been waiting on for 3 months (I think, its feels longer). I'll share more details later. But this could be a great day and a little peak at what God may have in store! : )

Yesterday was so good for me... I got to spend some quality time with my beautiful niece. I don't know how to express how much joy I get from being LaLa. I get the biggest smile on my face when I hear Olivia say "Lala, I love you" or here Eli sing "Lalalalala Elmo Song" or hear JJ squeal at the sound of my voice. I would do anything for these kids. I love to spend time with them.

My beautiful niece yesterday! 


Christmas is only a few DAYS aways.... Yes I said it , DAYS! I just can't believe it! And I also was able to receive a few extra Christmas blessings. I just love how God loves us so much that he makes sure to let us know he cares about even the smallest things.

Tonight I will be Christmas shopping! Whoohoo!

So until tomorrow! =) Be safe!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Five Question Friday


1. What's the best Christmas present you've ever received?
Probably my 2 doll houses and camcorders
2. Worst/Funniest White Elephant gift ever received?
red thongs haha
3. Is your Christmas tree plain and simple (white lights and matching ornaments) or is it wild and crazy (colored lights with lots of ornaments collected over the years)?
Its all colors and white lights, with ornaments from years of collecting
4. "How" do you iron your clothes? The old fashioned iron/ironing board way, the shower, back in the dryer, etc.
U mmm...non of the above. I occasionally iron this one pair of shorts. But that's it..lol
5. How much baking do you do for Christmas and what are your "must make" items? (I'm looking for recipes here, peeps...)
Must have ...
Dump cake
1 box of cake mix
1 stck of butter
1csn of crushed pineapple
1 jar of cherry pie filing
Crushed pecans or walnuts

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

Yes, here it is again "Thoughtful Thursday" ...

As I fight the feelings to blog in this day, I remind myself, 'Lauren, you started Thoughtful Thursday'...

*Smile* Yes I know. But you see I am a master of  "Pushdownism". Yes, this condition is unlike any other. You see this particular condition is when someone who analyzes, is sensitive, carries everyone weight- they go about life with so much feeling and passion but try to push it down  because sometimes its just to hard to face those real emotions. This is dangerous you see because usually what happens is after taking care of EVERYONE else they don't deal with what has made them angry, upset, hurt, disappointed... the list goes on, this persons spouse notices and asks what wrong, that my friends is when the dam breaks...

Well introducing the #1 lady with "Pushdownism"... ME!! Yes, I suffer from this. One of the prayers I pray often is that God would help me love like him, let my actions be pleasing to him. Well obviously to love or act like Christ we must have have his heart. Well that means cleaning out all the 'junk'. Sometimes that junk is selfishness, anger, laziness, ect. So while I'm on this journey to allow God to change me I have to face things I don't want to.... did you here that "I don't want to!!!" that was my 4 year old self pitching a fit! HAHA!

No seriously, I want to be a better person. But sometimes I want to hide. Which I think is pretty normal when facing certain things that make you feel very vulnerable. This week has been one of those times where I have fought anger and selfishness. I want to just sit in my cozy home and have a self pity party. I know I can't do that. Its not what God would have me do.

My desire to be better, to continue to strive to be the woman of God that is in his plan pushes me pass the place where I'm letting my selfish wants cloud my view. Is is it hard? yes... and sometimes I know I will fail. But I just have to pick myself back up and try again.

I'm so thankful to have a husband that pushes me to talk. He doesn't accept my "I'm fine" answers. Usually I get irritated at first but then I break down and tell him whats on my heart. After I do we pray together and I feel so much better, you wonder why I just don't do that in the first place... I have no idea why? It baffles me every time! *smile*

So, I guess on this "Thoughtful Thursday" I would say to my fellow "Pushdownism"buddies, talk to someone. Don't ignore your feelings. Face them and deal with them. Even when its the most painful. Its ok to be human. We aren't perfect and we were not meant to carry everyone else's load above our own. Thats God's job, he carries your burdens and he carries theirs.

1 Peter 5:7
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you"

Matthew 11: 28-30
"28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Your in my prayers, as I hope I'm in yours =)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Manic Monday-Better Tuesday-Loving Wednesday

Linking up with Jamie


Monday was just one of the days where one of the things I want more then anything was heavy on my heart. But my wonderful honey reminded me that "God has a plan, its not going to be everyone else's.We have our very own."

He is right. God does have a plan. However I'm only human. I feel what I feel. For  an amount of time Monday I did feel blah, I had a good cry. But I got better. Not wanting to go into details, I hope the next couple months will show us maybe a little peek of what God has in store.

So... What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm  Loving my sweet group of sisters at HCF (Safehearts)













I'm Loving that I found two of the cutest gifts for my niece and nephew

I'm Loving that the 20th is almost here... YAY!

I'm Loving that I have my grandma and grandpa

I'm Loving that I have 2 nephews and a niece who always puts a smile on my face.

I'm Loving my diet coke =)

I'm Loving my husband who is always supporting me! He stinks at cleaning and taking out trash but excels at supporting me, being there for me emotionally, and putting up with my hormones lol



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saintly Saturday

So today I spent my fourth year in a row at Weigles Family Christmas. Where 150+ kids get to go to Kmart in Knoxville, TN and buy Christmas presents for themselves (and occasionaly family) with $150.

So this year I ( my aunt and cousin) got to spend it with a beautiful little girl "A". She was such a personality. "A" was so excited. She was about 6yrs old. "A" said she must get something for her brother. He is 10 and very sweet. What a doll! "A" then wanted this purple sparkely dress, which she showed EVERYONE who passed! =)

"A" then proceeded tell us that her parents were both in jail and that her granny takes care of her. She named her doll her mothers name , so she could play with her mom. It broke my heart. I started looking at all these children, they were so happy! They were having the best time shopping. "A" was just so excited. I wanted to take her home! "A" made sure she gave us the biggest hugs!!

So, when we are grumbling, complaining, and busy remember there are those who are less fortunate and this season is about GIVING not RECEIVING.

So I leave you with this conversation with my aunt and "A"

On our way to the register

"A": "Ok I'm ready, wait I don't have no money"

Aunt: "Thats ok, its all paid for"

"A": "Really? Why?"

Aunt:"You know why, because Jesus love  you"

"A": "I know! Jesus love everybody"

Aunt: "But he especially loves you!"

"A": giggles

She melted my heart! So be praying for little "A" and her brother.

Until Monday... Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Five Question Friday



1. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

Hmm, I'm not a fan of cookies. But I LOVE decorating sugar cookies for Christmas!! Love it! (I do eat one or two) 

But I eat fudge the most! mmm Love it, with walnuts!!

2. What's your favorite holiday movie & why?

Polar Express, its my favorite ALL time. It never gets old. I love the songs, the Christmas spirit. It THE movie when I decorate. 

I recently watched The Man Who Saved Christmas, which was based on a true story about A.C. Gilbert... a pretty impressive man. Should look him up! The movie was fantastic! Loved it!


3. Is there a gift that you bought for your kids that you wish you hadn't after they opened it?

Well I don't have any children, but I do have a husband. Which sometimes seems like I do have a 30 yr old child (giggle). Its probably the GTA game he wanted!! HATE HATE HATE this game. I was so glad when he beat the game and NEVER plays it. 

4. What is the messiest room in your house right at this moment?

Our bedroom. We concentrate on the kitchen, LR, and bathroom. The bedroom is somewhere that doesn't get enough attention. 


5. What is the furthest you have driven for the holidays?

Probably almost 300 mi. We had moved to TN and we have family who live in GA so we travel down to see my sister and nephew. We try to go every year. Hopefully we can go down there, if not before Christmas hopefully shortly after. 

Have a great Friday!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday!

Thinking, thinking, I'm thinking...

Ok to be honest I haven't had a moment to think! CRAZY buys during the  Holiday season! I love every minute of it though!

So guess what time it is... time for Randomness.

Ever wonder why some people get so frustrated over the silliest things that don't matter? Well, they matter to that person... Or all of sudden are snappy. It happens to best of us... You didn't get enough sleep, you and your hubby just argued, your family has drove nuts all day.... Then that one person says something so simple and its "OFF WITH YOUR HEAD" HA!

You know exactly what moments I'm talking about.

So for a good laugh here are a couple videos...






And this one is CRAZY!! Top 10 weirdest phobias... This particular channel I would subscribe to they have crazy stuff


Ok, now for one that I quote often b/c this girl is so cute but the video is just hilarious!
(the low voice is my fav... I feel it in my mmooowwwtthhh)

Enjoy bloggers!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!




Linking up with Jamie

I'm LOVING that my husband and I celebrated our 4yr anniversary last week









I'm LOVING that this Sunday is our Christmas banquet for church.. It always such a blast!

I'm LOVING that there are Christmas presents under our tree!

I'm LOVING that we are celebrating Jesus's birthday! (and this beautiful pic posted by one of my pastors)



























I'm LOVING these boots! (and hoping I get some for Christmas) 










I'm LOVING that this month on the 20th Josh and I embark on a new journey

I'm LOVING my Jesus- he is my rock, strength, peace giver, and hope =) ... My everything!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Feeling Good Tuesday-Celebrating Christ

Today is Feeling Good Tuesday!

Lets remember in our hustle and bustle that this season is a special one. We aren't only celebrating our families. We are celebrating the birth of a King!! Jesus Christ!!

Whats being planned to celebrate Christ in Knoxville, TN


  • December 7
    Advent Noonday Recital/Service

  • Church St. United Methodist, 900 Henley St.

  • Recital: 11:40 a.m., Service: 12 p.m.
    Advent noonday services provide a time of meditation and preparation for Christmas Day. 
    (865) 524-3048




  • December 8
    Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 West Vine Ave.

  • 7 p.m.
    Immaculate Conception Church invites all to the lighting of the parish's Christmas Tree in front of the Church. Solemn Mass will follow in the church at 7:30 p.m. 
    WWW.ICKNOXVILLE.ORG
    (865) 522-1508



  • December 11
    Community Christmas

  • Church St. United Methodist, 900 Henley St.

  • 5-6:30 p.m
    Bring your family and friends to re-enact the nativity story. 
    (865) 524-3048




  • December 17 - 19
    Sevier Heights Baptist Church's 2011 Living Christmas Tree

  • Thompson-Boling Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way

  • Dec. 17th & 18th: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Dec. 19th: 7 p.m.
    Living Christmas Tree features a 240-Voice choir, 60-Piece orchestra, and a cast of over 300. Free tickets online.
    LIVINGCHRISTMASTREE.ORG
    (865) 577-2937 




  • December 18
    Walk Through Bethlehem

  • Church St. United Methodist, 900 Henley St.

  • 1-6 p.m.
    Experience the village of Bethlehem as it might have been the night Jesus was born. Visit the shops, worship in the synagogue, talk with the villagers, see the animals, and search for the special baby born that night. No admission charge.
    (865) 521-0282






  • Just a few things happening around here?  What are you going to do to celebrate Christ's birth?