Friday, February 24, 2012

FQF... And so forth

So excited to have received a new book & game night tonight! Bowling! && my (AWESOME) aunt found a book by Jill Briscoe that some of the women had been talking about reading! I posted some of Jill Briscoe here ... She is my new favorite! She found it for $.75! I love finding good deals, and I especially love when my aunt thinks about me.
Look at it HERE
<----- You should check this book out

So now its time for.... Five Question Friday! Whoohoo!! As always I'm linking up with Mama M. over at Five Crooked Halos.

1. What's your favorite way to spend down time (alone or with a significant other)?

Well I love to read at a park by myself or take a nap. That would be my down time. However, with J it would be going to the mountains just the two of us. I love it up there. We always try new restaurants. This year we actually bought passes that last a year and we can go to any of the Ripley's attractions! It was well worth the money. Hopefully going up there this Sunday :) We have so much fun together!

2. Are you the kind of person that wants things more as soon as you know you can't have it?

Not really. I'm a pretty steady and predictable person. So when I want something. I just make actions to get. But I'm pretty content with what I have. Most days. 

3. If you were given $1000 to spend on yourself, what would you buy?

Hmm, probably some clothes. I would def get me some shoes. Maybe a net book... my laptop is dead now :( It was good to me lol

4. Do you ever go out to eat by yourself?

Sometimes. To like fast food but not sit down. Before I got married I did all the time. I even went and seen movies by myself. I like my alone time. Now, when J is working I'll go grab a quick bite and do some school work. 

5. What company would you want to do a blog review for?

Wow, I don't know. I think somewhere like Lane Bryant or  some make-up company. 

Well everyone have a great weekend! Happy Blogging!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BLAH Thursday..

I'm a slacker! a blogger slacker! lol... Yes I have been horrible about blogging. But this week children, Mrs. Lauren is back! :) Well, I guess its more for next week, Ha!

Well, this weeks I started my new class, and I loved it!! Hebrew and Christian Traditions... basically a bible study class. I love it! But there is alot of reading. Today was a ho-hum day. Lots on my mind. Some old things trying to creep back up.

I've made some commitments this year... one was to live in there here and now.  Not looking to what I could have, want, desire. Today is just one of those days where I fight it more then others. I hate feeling this way. As soon as I leave work here in just a bit, I'm going to grab me some lunch and head to hideaway where I got to think, pray, and sometimes cry. Its a place where no one knows where I go (Except Josh... just in case... of what I don't know). I love being able to go by myself and just reflect, pray and read my bible. Nothing is more peaceful then God's word. It fills my soul. I'm determined to get out of this funk...

God is amazing, always meeting our needs even when he doesn't have to. I have been watching the lady Jill Briscoe. She is so amazing! I have loved listening to her teachings. So I leave you with a couple of videos of her teaching, trust me she will crack you up!! Good stuff!

Until tomorrow for Five Question Friday, Happy Blogging!!

This is actually part one they labeled them wrong...

This is part two
On of my favorite things she says is "Holiness isn't a set of rules you have to follow because you will feel guilty if you do not, but because you LOVE HIM"... I don't follow God because I see him as a tyrant, but because I LOVE him so much, I want him to be my LIFE not just IN it....

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thank God this week is OVER

Well I have not blogged much this week due to I have had a sick husband, and I love my hubby but usually when a man is sick it WEARS the wife out... Plus we have a new puppy and we had a thing for the church which was GREAT! I talked about it HERE ... FINISHED my LAST philosophy class which I explained my woes HERE & needless to say it has been crazay! <--- Like my new word :)

Anyway now for something fun FIVE QUESTION FRIDAY with Mama M.

 1. What do you do when you are really upset to calm yourself down?

 Usually pray, cry, walk, write in my journal... Try to do something to calm me down. EAT! lol

2. Do you go all out for V-day or is it just another day?

Well, we usually ALWAYS go out or stay in and have a romantic dinner. Last year I cooked and we stayed home. This year that was the plan, but however Josh was sick.So we actually did NOTHING... I was bummed. I even tried to decorate.Oh well. Maybe he will make it up to me. 

 3. Are you more or less productive when Hubs is away?

With the cleaning its about the same, if its school work then I am MUCH more productive when he is gone. 

4. What is your favorite time of day and why? 

 Probably when Josh gets home and I'm home. We are done with the day and I sit by him and he gives me the biggest hug!

5. What is your go to karaoke song?

 Probably YMCA- HA! No, I actually karaoke all the time! Love it! My favorite one to sing is "Friends in Low Places" and "Boot Scootin Boogie"

There ya are! Happy Blogging!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentines Day 2012

Linking up with this fun blog in honor of Valentines Day!!

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
Five years in August! Holy moly! I can't believe I just typed that! WOW!! 

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
Josh and I both joined a dating website for separate reasons then finding someone... I joined because they had a personality test and it was free (the psych major coming out) & it I was fulfilling a promise to my grandmother (I'll have to blog about that sometime) ... He joined because he seen a band he liked was actually a member, he claims curiosity. He seen my profile and seen that one of my favorite scriptures were one of his favorites. And he said I was BEAUTIFUL :) . So he sent me a pre-made message (we were both using the free trail). I checked my email very frequently and always had messages about my "Matches" from the test. So i would just delete them. I almost deleted the one from JLAW (Josh). I thought well lets see what he said... I went on there and sent on back. I seen he was pretty cute. I liked what his profile said. He sent one back and changed his about me section telling me his email. Well being the geeky guy he is he typed it in a way the web site didn't catch it! =) Well, I decided to do the same. And I waited. It wasn't very long, I believe it was the same day. We emailed for about a week (July 07) then exchanged numbers. When we talked the first time he was so country I couldn't understand him, he says I talked too fast. Some how we communicated and he promised to call later. And HE did. After about month (8/4/07) we went our first date. He picked me up at my grandparents house. We went to his company picnic (a job he had only a short time). On the way there we got lost, his car started smoking, but he bought me a drink. (the reason this was so sweet a guy had never really treated me so sweetly before) There I met his best friend and spouse. Everyone kept asking how long we had been married! So after our TEN hour first date (we kept finding stuff to do) he took me home. After that weekend we were together every weekend. And... we fell pretty hard very quickly... 
8/4 First date
8/11 Met my parents
8/18 became officailly bf & gf :) (He asked me if we could change our myspace profiles HA!!)
9/23 became engaged
12/1 Married :)

3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}
We have been married four years ,2 months, and 12 days :)

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding?  If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?

We were married in the church of our (then) pastors families church. In Knoxville where we reside. It was a medium size wedding. It was everything I wanted it to. I had my closest friends and family. All together I think it was about 150. Our reception was at  a community center. My mom and grandmother did a great job of decorating!! 

Our Wedding Cake

Wedding Party table in process... 

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!

Yes, while we were dating Josh told me I was all that and a bag of chips, but not just any chips but something good like Funyuns! LOL! So funyungrl was created... and Jbooty was created by my bestfriend and hubby b/c they insisted he needed a nick name. 
Mostly we call eachother babe... he calls me lover, love, sweetheart... my heart melts still <3

Grooms Cake! It was a surprise we loved it!

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

His big heart. His devotion to me. His love for God. 

7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
It was perfect! My bestfriend and her hubby came up to TN to meet Josh. And we had the best weekend. Well Josh and I had decided that we wanted to get married, however everything was going so fast I was a bit scared. So I was expecting a proposal with my bestie here. (I was there when was proposed to) So when they left I was like OK he is waiting. It was on a Sunday, he wanted to go somewhere together for some alone time instead of going to church. After some pursausing we headed to a park with a lake I had never been to. So we get out walk around.. and walk... and walk. Josh gets a phone call supposedly an annoying one  ( there was some scheming going on). I'm ready to sit down, he is like no we have to keep walking... LOL

We walk toward the lake and around a curve in the sidewalk and he starts walking toward this tree it has candles lit all around on the ground, flower petals, and out steps my bestie from around the tree with a cd player play "say you love me" from Phantom of the Opera (one of my favorites). I was so SHOCKED! I turned around to look at him and he was on his knee! AND it was at SUNSET!! Know is that not the sweetest or what!! 

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberrieschampagne, and rose petals?

He is def flowers.. and notes... He just sent me flowers Thursday! =) They were beautiful! 

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

I'm a spend time on something and I love it! To me its all about the thoughtfulness. When he plans something anything it makes me feel very loved!!

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?

I would love to go on a cruise!! And possibly Europe. And I would love to be a mommy and daddy. =)

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.
Our plans were to have a romantic, relaxing day at home. BUT he is very sick so we will be home.. just don't know how romantic its going to be! lol

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?

Thoughtfulness.. He already knows that though! lol

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.\
Communication. Communication. And always put them first. If you both have a self-less love, imagine how strong and great your relationship would be. Choose your spouse, not your parents, friends, or what ever. AND TALK THINGS THROUGH!! 

14.  Show us a picture of what love means to you.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hidden Truth


She hesitated at the post box, not knowing if she should really send the letter. Quickly opening the metal flap and dropping the letter. She could almost hear it hit the other letters and postcards. Wondering if any of the other seventeen year old that were contacting a family they had never met. She still could see the hurt on her mothers face when she had lost her temper and said hurtful words that she could never take back. Why had she lied? Sara wanted the truth. That's all. Even after confronting her mother with what she had found, she still could not get the whole story.

After hearing at school that the senior prom was going to be themed “Blast From The Past”, Sara was ecstatic. She knew that her mothers old prom dress would fit her. Sara remember when her and her mother would drag out the photos of Sara's parents at prom. Sara missed her dad so. She was only twelve when he passed away in an automobile accident. Her mothers always said that she had that dress still some where in the attic. And that is where Sara went directly after school.

After looking through tons bins of baby clothes, old toys, pictures, and lots of junk Sara came to the conclusion that the dress was never to be found and her mother was a pack rat. Sara chuckled to her self, turning to leave something caught her eye in the far right corner. Trying to not think about the nasty crawly things that were taking up residence in the corner, she made her way over there. Something just felt odd about this dark green travel chest. Sara didn't know why could feel the hairs stand up on her neck. Brushing off her doubts she reached to open the trunk. Nothing it was locked. Sara looked around for something to open it. She remembered in one of the bins was her dads old tools, surely something was in there.

After finding a crow bar and a pair of pliers she went to work. After about an hour and almost giving up, click. It opened. Sara closed her eyes almost scared to look and see what was inside. Sara peeked, then opened her eyes. What were all these envelopes? Christmas cards? Birthday cards? Picking up one that had a big pink two on the front after reading the inscription,”To our beloved granddaughter, we hope you have a wonderful second birthday. We love you and one day hope to meet you. Love Grandpa and Grandma Newheart” Sara didn't know what to think, that was her last name. Grandma and Grandpa. Her parents said both of their parents had passed before she was born. How could they be? Sara felt her head spinning. Did she have family that she didn't know?

When her mom got home she had took all the cards,letters, pictures down to the kitchen table and spread them out. When her mom walked in the dining room she seen the blood drain from her face.

Where did, how, why?” Her mother was obviously in shock.
What is all this? Mom, please tell me the truth.” Sara begged.
I, I, we need to just put this away and let it be” Her mother walked to her room and that was where she stayed. That is where Sara's mother was when she left to mail her letter this morning.

Sara desperately wanted to know who these people were and she wanted her mother to talk to her about it. They were so close and this was breaking her heart. Sara had stayed up all night thinking about what to do. About five o'clock this morning she decided to write a letter and it took her until around seven o'clock to finish. It didn't say much, just asked if they were willing maybe to call or write. S

This was her first time making a decision that was a major one without consulting her mother. It hurt her heart, but knew this had to be done. Every day she would check the mail before her mother. Everyday was closer to finding out the truth. With or with out her mothers help. Why would they keep her away from her family? Even after her father died.... To be continued

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blessings, breakdowns, and other stuff

Oh my goodness!! Its already Feb 7th! Before we know it March will be here. Cray how quickly time passes by. This past weekend was the best... I only mentioned it in 3 post that Josh and I were going away for a weekend. Well last week when our little Eli got sick we didn't think that was going to happen ---you can read about that here and here--- Our trip was going to be postponed obviously if Eli was to remain in the hospital. But PRAISE God he was not... There was so much that happened this weekend. So some very funny moments! HA!

So on Friday night Josh got off we immediately left... WHOA back up, first lets talk about Lauren's CRAZY day before we left. I left work at 3. Josh text me, "I want to leave tonight" (our plan was just to drive up EARLY Saturday morning) WHAT.... I had been so preoccupied with Eli I hadn't gotten anything ready to leave. So I raced to call the hotel book an extra night, then I was like ok well Fashion Bug was right across the street from where I was I'll go in really quick to see if they have any boots for sale... BAD IDEA... my sister calls (dddrrraaammmmaaaa) so while we are discussing things and she is updating me on her latest... I'm looking at sales not realizing how much time is passing....

An hour and half later its 5:00 and Josh gets off at 7:00. I have two hours. No boots. New nighty PJS.
 ---> NOT. ENOUGH.TIME. I then realize I needed to run by ANOTHER store to get Josh some jeans (bless his heart, he had one pair he wears) Now its 5:40 because of traffic. I run into ANOTHER store because Josh forgot we still had not purchased our passes (Ripely's Ultimate Fun Pass---BEST THING EVER---- Check it out) So now it is 6:00... and I'm just heading home.

Now, I get home. I run like a mad women to pack. Making sure we have the essentials... OK done.. Now by this time it was 6:40!! Luckily my parents live close by so I run by drop off our key so they can take our sweet Abby out and feed her.... Now its 6:50.... Get in the car and I'm on my way. Get to Josh's job on time!! Yeah, that was my afternoon =) Josh gets off ...

Me: I'm exahusted
Him: Why love?
Me: You do realize that we had nothing ready.. no clothes. No passes. nothing.
Him: Oh I didn't even think about that
Me: (Busting out laughing) I love you!

Not sure what he would do without me! =) He was pleasantly surprised by his new jeans.

We arrived at the hotel around 8:30. We get into the room and it was a suite!! We didn't realize! It was wonderful! Here is a little video done by the hubs Saturday morning.
VIDEO  ... For some reason it wouldn't let me download it. So theres the link...

Alrighty I will continue our trip tomorrow! Time now for counting my blessings..

11. our fun passes
12. weekend getaways
13. jacuzzi with the hubby
14. holding hands
15. my sisters laugh
16. my phone takes great pictures
17. the waitress I met lastnight
18. my parents
19. the boots i DO have
20. corporate prayer

By the way the waitress we met last night. Brownwyn. Her husband killed himself in their back yard in November. He was obviously a very unstable person from what she told us about him. Now its just her and her 6yr old daughter. Please pray for them. They have no family. She needs to know God loves her.

Happy Blogging!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Five Question Friday

Before I get into Five Question Friday I have to take a moment and Praise GOD!! My nephew Eli who I requested prayer for in my last post is coming home from the hospital today!! EVERYTHING is normal! All test normal!!!! They tested his white blood cell count last night and was still VERY high, and only 8hrs later everything was normal!! Thank you Jesus!! I know Jesus touched his little body, he was so VERY sick. The Drs are saying it was just a virus, but I know the GREAT physician healed our baby boy!! I rejoice in you Lord!! 

1. What have you done recently that you are proud of?

Really work on my relationship with God. More prayer. More studying his word. ... and I'm also proud that I'm in school even if its taking me almost 10yrs to get a 4yr degree lol

2. What is your favorite way to work out? Or if you don't workout, what are you wanting to try?

I LOVE to walk outside and DANCE! I love top dance to my Michael Jackson experience... Michael and I can move it move it! =)

3. If you knew you best friend was cheating on spouse would you tell?

Well, I would be furious with my bbf. She would definitely be hearing from me!! And I would say either tell him or I will. Because her husband is my friend too. I would expect her to do the same. B/c if your that unhappy either work on your marriage or leave. Why betray someone and hurt them that way?

4. If you could afford a live-in maid or nanny, would you have one?

NOOOO to the live in... I like my private space. However if I could afford a maid to come clean FOR me then leave WHHOOHOO! That would be amazing!! 

5. Do you stress out about birthdays (specifically the age) or do you enjoy them?

Not really, 25 was big for me and I did have a mild breakdown. But I was hiking in the Smokey mountains... it could have been the elevation or just the exercise making my emotions freak out! lol

And, a bonus question from Scott, that I wasn't brave enough to put in as a regular question...answer at your own risk, or not at all! (Or something...)

Bonus: Lights off or on?

Depends. And no I'm not telling you on what.. =)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday... and other stuff

Linking up with Jamie!

I'm Loving that I made it to Wednesday... 

I'm Loving that in only 2 days the hubby and I are having a little get away

I'm Loving (praying) my nephew is getting better 

I'm Loving that I have the best friends and family

I'm Loving that I got to eat a breakfast burrito this morning... mmm

I'm Loving my hubby

That wraps up What I'm Loving Wednesday. I'm going on very little sleep and I have some kind of allergy thing going on. Stuffy, sinus pressure. Of course I have been extremely worried about my nephew. Please pray for Eli, he has some kind of infection in his body. White blood cell count high. High fevers. We were at the ER almost all night. He needs a touch from God. He is getting blood test results this afternoon. Thank you in advance! 

Until tomorrow, Happy Blogging!!