Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday's Letters

Hey its Friday! And I for one am excited that its the weekend. I'm mailing off my two blog gift swaps today! One I'm late on.... sorry! But when funds are low... I have to wait on that paycheck :) I received my first gift swap in the mail yesterday! I was SUPER excited! I got the cutest stuff! The reveal is not for a couple weeks I think so I will be sure to share... 

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Dear NB, I'm happy for you. But this whole thing is making my heart hurt. 

Dear self, remember its ok to feel sad and have bad days. Just don't camp out there.

Dear Christmas in July partner, Your gifts were amazing!! I hope I can get you some cool stuff!

Dear 4th, I'm excited that we are having our first holiday get together at our OWN house

Dear House, I WILL finish unpacking you! 

Dear Josh, Thank you for being so positive and helping me sleep better

Dear nightmares, Thanks for taking a hike! 

Dear God, I know that you have a plan. I know you have a perfect timing. But right now I'm angry. Again its not my turn. But I still love you and I'm trying to trust you. Right now my heart is hurting. I know you know this. Give me strength today. <3




Thats all for today! Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Happy blogging!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Heavy Eyes

This past few days I have not got much sleep! I keep having nightmares. Horrible ones. Feeling some extra anxiousness this week over everything. The nightmares not helping!

But last night Josh prayed for me and read a Psalms and I slept wonderfully!

Had my class Tuesday - Introduction to Geography... and to be honest I loved it!!  The professor name is Sheldon! Which made me laugh... Even though I don't really care for the show "Big Bang Theory" it did make me laugh!

He is also from New York! Which made me just like him more because he was my grandfather times about 100! LOL Which you knew my grandfather he is such a character and always makes me laugh! So needless to say I was very entertained by Professor Sheldon :)

Thats all for a today!

 Happy Blogging!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Linking up with Jamie

I'm Loving that my geography class last night was actually very entertaining!

I'm Loving that today is Wednesday and one day closer to the weekend!

I'm Loving that I have such an amazing group of friends :)

I'm Loving that my hubby is so cute! 

I'm Loving my day off yesterday, where we spend 3+ hrs outside playing with the dogs and our version of baseball :)

I'm Loving that our babies blanket will be in the mail soon

I'm Loving that tomorrow I'm mailing my first gift swap today (a little late oops) 

I'm Loving my husband for being so sweet

I'm Loving our baby and miss her so much. 

I'm Loving my Jesus for his peace and strength

What are you Loving??

Happy Blogging :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A beautiful day

Enjoying a beautiful day! Getting to go back to the school grind tonight :)

Here are some pics... Pixel trying to get Abby to play with her .... Josh with o & e at the aquarium

See you all tomorrow

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday? Already?

So Saturday Josh actually had Saturday off! :) We stayed up late and got up early. Picked up O and E... headed to the aqaurium! YAY!

Boy it was HOT! And crowded. But not too crowded. It was a normal crowd for tourist season.

I got some cute photos! But alas they are on my Ipod! I only have my cell, so you just get a couple of pics...

Olivia being cool with Uncle Josh's hat and sipping her juice!






Every few minutes.. "Lala, you are taking me to see the fishes..." A pre-schooler does not understand its a long drive, we will be there shortly LOL







Eli Loved it!! 
When we finally got there, after Olivia cracking us up. Her new word is "gagummet" her memaw says that while driving apparently because this was Olivia's attitude on the ride "Come on cars its green, gagummet" LOL How funny!!










They were not still unless we were holding them! 
They had so much fun!! They were I believe over excited!! Olivia was up at 7:30 waiting on us to pick her up at 10:30! :) Gosh I love these kids!












Sunday was a more of a relaxing day. Cleaning and having my grandparents over. Grandpa hadn't seen the house. He really liked it! They both said it felt so homey! We feel that way too! :)

It was nice having company and they brought us some groceries as our house warming "gift"! What better gift then that?? Did I mention I have awesome grandparents?? Well I do!

This week I'm back to school for 6 weeks for some Geography... hopefully that goes well. Then a month break. After that I will be in school for the next year and 1/2 (with the exception of a couple weeks here and there) But then I will have a DEGREE!! :)

Can't wait to be finished.

Happy Blogging Everyone!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fridays Letters && FQF

Its Friday... I'm so thankful. Looking forward to a day of fun tomorrow. Which I hope will lift my spirits.


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Dear Friday, you really took your time getting here. Don't go too fast, but not too slow either, to much to ask? 
Dear house, You are still not unpacked. oops. only a few more things to go through. Promise.
Dear J, Thank you... thank you... What you said last night wasanswered prayer. 
Dear O and E, Lala is so excited about spending the day with you tomorrow! 
Dear Self, Relax. Keep pushing. 
Dear emotions, I'm really trying not to let you rule me. 
Dear God, thank you for your faithfulness and never ending
 love. 





1. What do you keep a stock pile of?

I always have condiments!! Mayo, bbq sauce, ketchup! I always have to have these 3. My food has to have condiments. 

2. If Ben & Jerry asked you to invent an ice cream, what would it be?

I would love one with all kinds of nuts! almonds, pistachoes, and cashews with dark chocolate .... mmmm Lala Delight :)
3. How do you blow off steam?


Blog ;) or I talk to Josh or my BFF and I can vent vent vent :)


4. What would you do if you had an hour to yourself anywhere within a ten mile radius of your home...no kids, no hubby, just you?

Well, I'm usually by myself so if it was something for enjoyment... I have no idea. Go to a pretty park and walk. I love to walk. I need to do it more actually. LOL 
5. When you were 16, what was your curfew in the summertime?

Well the first time I had a curfew that my parents tried to enforce was when I was 17. They didn't care for the girl I was with so my dad said 10:30 LOL

Then my mom said between 11:30 or midnight. That there was nothing to do but get in trouble after that. 

But that was only one time. Other then that mom and dad trusted me to be wise. And I never got into to trouble... now my bro and sis... um yeah WHOLE different story :)


Well Happy Blogging everyone! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday, Thursday

Have lots on my mind... Thinking about various things. 

Mainly our baby. Missing her terribly right now. That is whats going on. I've warned you several times that I'm going to be extremely transparent. Today is one of those days. 

Mommy misses you. oxox

So, I'm going to post a video that has been playing in my head over the last couple days.... and brings me comfort. Its a beautiful song. 



Happy Blogging :)


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Linking up with Jamie at Her blog

I'm Loving that today is Wednesday... closer to Saturday

I'm Loving that Josh has Saturday off!! 

I'm Loving that I get to spend some quality time with my niece and nephew

I'm Loving that when I asked my niece where God lived she said "Lala's House" 

I'm Loving my hubby

I'm Loving our sweet baby

I'm Loving my sweet savior, he is forever faithful

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Mr. Wonderful

My Mr. Wonderful...

Josh came to me through the wonderful WORLD WIDE WEB! We met on a Christian singles website. Both of us HUGE skeptics. But as fate would have it, he found my profile. He messaged me. After talking for about a month online and on the phone we met.

When I first seen Josh I thought he was the cutest thing ever. He opened doors for me. One night he sweetly held my hand and kissed me. I knew then he had stole my heart.

Josh always is ready to help where ever he is. Almost every time we arrive at an event, service, family gathering Josh is called to duty - to help the technology challenged. He does it every time with a smile. Any one who knows him knows he will do what you ask of him without complaint or grumble. He doesn't act prideful about it. He is one of the most humbling man I have ever met.

Together we have been through so much together. Recently losing our baby. The week of losing our baby he was right there with me. Not expecting nothing of me, but just to be loved and cared for. He wouldn't let me lift a finger. He celebrated his first Father's Day with our child in Heaven. He handled it with love and grace. Concerned with making sure our baby was celebrated not him.

Always telling me to rest. Constantly making sure that I'm feeling loved. He truly takes care of me. (a good thing too).

When he loves, he loves with his whole heart! He loves my siblings as his own. My parents as his own. He loves his parents with everything in him. His love for God is deep and rooted. The way he is compelled to reach out and teach our Jr High group is amazing.

All the while this wonderful man never thinks much of himself. Or that he is anything great.

But he was and is my knight in shining armor. I LOVE spending my life with him.

He is my Mr. Wonderful... He is my Josh


** I'm entering Josh in a contest at this LINK ... Find the link at the bottom of this post that says "My Mr. Wonderful @ Aunt LaLa"  and click "LIKE" underneath.**


Monday, June 18, 2012

A Sweet day

On Saturday I posted my new recipe HERE (It was delicious!)

Leading up to yesterday I felt such apprehension. It would be Josh's first Fathers Day... and with our baby already in Heaven. I knew it was going to be a rough day. It was going to be painful.

After much deliberation in my own mind I talked with Josh and we both agreed we would share the name of our baby with our parents. And give them something to remember her by. I don't know what I was apprehensive about, I guess because when you go through a miscarriage you get such various reactions. Reactions sometimes that hurt. But are said or done with good intentions. Being so sensitive to anything about our baby - the apprehension came.

So Saturday night Josh and I got together our gifts for our parents. And Sunday we woke up and went to church. Josh was struggling, I could see it. After we made it through service (which was amazing. Our associate pastor brought an awesome word! ) We were on our way to my parents when I told Josh I had something for him.

I had searched and searched for a Fathers Day card for him and our little baby. I found it. A website that has a great selection of cards to give loved ones that have gone through a loss such as this. You can find these cards at Missing Solace

After we had our tender moment with each other, it was on to my parents. Where we presented them with their gift. And told them our babies name. My dad said one of the sweetest things. As he put out our gift he said "She is apart of this family". That one statement made my heart smile.

Next we presented our gift to Josh's parents. When the time came to give it to them I knew it was going to be difficult. Then my Mother in Law said one of the sweetest things, "She is apart of our family". And was already talking about what and where she would put our gift.


There were tears. But I know this is going to help all of us heal. And we can all celebrate a little life that impacted us so much, and through that life I'm growing in Christ.

We celebrated Josh's fathers day too. He got a card from his parents and shared a cake with his dad
Love this picture


Afterward we went to see my grandfather (who I adore by the way) had a great time talking to all of our family. And I was the "puller" of a full wagon of kids! :) Loved every minute of it!


So you see yesterday was such a sweet day. We were able to celebrate the life of our baby, And were able to celebrate the men in our life. That made my heart smile. I know I will see her in Heaven. Maybe one day I will feel like I can share with everyone her name and what we have done to remember her by. It will just take time. I want to share with a few loved ones before I announce it to the "world" (Smile)

Happy Blogging :)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cooking with Aunt LaLa: TLC Chicken Wraps and Grams Slaw

This is my first ever cooking post! So bear... bare... (whatever) with me! It was so hard getting in the groove of cooking only to remember "crap, I didn't take a picture of the wrappers" But don't worry I wasn't above getting them out of the trash can! Don't worry they were on top and I know that my blogger friends would love the photos! So.. first up:


TLC Chicken Wraps created by Aunt LaLa

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless chicken breast frozen
  • lemon pepper salt (approx 1 tsp per chicken breast)
  • coarse black pepper (depending on your taste)
  • 1 bottle of Kikkoman teriyaki base and glaze
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 4 regular home style tortilla shells (the burrito or regular size)
Directions:

Makes 4 wraps
Preheat oven to 425 -450 (depending on your oven)
Season Chicken breast with your lemon pepper salt and the coarse black pepper

place in oven for approx 45-55 minutes. 

Take chicken out of oven pour just a drizzle of your teriyaki and poke just a few holes in the chicken.
I know its more then a drizzle...LOL...I love teriyaki

Turn oven off and replace chicken into oven
 
While the chicken is in the oven get your 1/2 bunch of cilantro and lime juice mix those ingredients into a small ball

warm tortilla shells according to package

Take chicken out of oven. I cut the chicken into strip but at a angle and thin.

Put chicken in a bowl and add a good amount of teriyaki. This is where it becomes your own - I love sauce so mine chicken was covered mmm.. (Notice the drizzle..)

After you mix the chicken placed the chicken in your wraps, add your cilantro-lime mix, fold or roll and enjoy


Grams Slaw

Ingredients:
For the coleslaw:
1 package- coleslaw
1 bunch- green onions
1/2 package- sunflower seed
1 package- beef flavor ramen noodles (crunched by hand)
1 package- slivered almonds

For the dressing:
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar or Splenda

Directions:
Mix coleslaw, onions, sunflower seeds, almonds, and crunched ramen noodles in a mixing bowl.

Mix oil, vinegar, and sweetener into a plastic sealable container. Shake well to mix. Pour over coleslaw and toss in a bowl.

Just before serving, add the beef flavoring from the noodles with the coleslaw and mix with the ingredients in the bowl.

This was SO yummy! The hubby thought so too! :)
Hubby Approved! :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday's Letters & FQF

It's that time again! I Love it! This is honestly one of my favorite blogging days :)

Make sure you come back tomorrow! I'm starting my new series, Cooking with Aunt LaLa... where I am determined to learn new things to cook that are semi healthy (No promises but I am trying to do better) So with out further ado...


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Dear Friday, You got here QUICK! I like it :)

Dear Precious baby, your daddy and I miss you so very much. You have been gone a month today. But mommy is trying to let God heal her heart. But I will NEVER forget you. Love you so very much.

Dear Hubby, Thanks for all the compliments on last nights dinner (wait until you see his cute pic from lastnight... tomorrow)

Dear SafeHearts, Thank you so much for all your prayers. I truly feel them. After spending time with you Tuesday, I'm feeling the Lord heal me. Each day I'm a little stronger.

Dear Dad, Grandpa, Ricky - Happy Fathers Day!

Dear Dad, I love you! Thank you for being such a great dad and always being my #1 fan :)

Dear Grandpa, Don't know what I would have done with out you. I love you so very much! And what happened with that guy that one time? LOL

Dear Ricky, I'm SO proud of that dad you have become. I never would have imagined 4 years ago you with 2 kids. But you are so great with them! I love you bro!

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your healing, peace, and strength

Dear Hubby, I know this would have been your first Father's Day. I'm praying for you. Love you. We will be ok.






1. Would you grow your hair out to donate it?

I love the idea! But my hair has been processed SEVERAL times :)

Kudos to those who do!

2. What song makes you think of summer?

90s music! It reminds me of growing up with my music turned up loud. It just seems I did that more in the summer. LOL

3. Are you a flip flops or sandals kind of person?

Flip flops all the way. I wear them the ENTIRE summer!


4. Favorite summer treat (ie ice cream, snow cones, etc)?

I still smile when I hear the ice cream truck :) 


5. Do you do something special for the father of your children?

Since this would have been J's first Fathers day, I'm not sure what we will do. But since he sometimes reads these post I'll let you know later :) 


Happy Blogging!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

(not so much) Thoughtful Thursday!

Well honestly, my mind is tired! :) I'm thinking about trying something new here at Aunt LaLa...

Yesterday I mentioned that I wanted to learn to cook new things. I really want to! There a few things I've got the skills down pat, but I'm cooking the same things. I want to try some yummy stuff.

I'm not promising all healthy (even though we are trying to be better)...

So on Saturday I'm going to post a new recipe I'm trying... We will see how that goes :) It being a holiday weekend it might end up being a Monday post (heehee)

So stay tuned!

I'm also pumped! I just got my email for Secret Summer Sisters for my secret blog sister! Can't wait to put the package together! So fun! It's my first one (giggle)

Happy Blogging!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

I'm Loving that I have an amazing group of friends and family

I'm Loving my JOSH! I can't wait to spend some quality time with him!

I'm Loving that today is sunnier then it has been 

I'm Loving the new desire to learn how to cook more food

I'm Loving that through my grief I feel so close to the Lord

I'm Loving that this weekend is Father's Day and we celebrate the wonderful men in our life

I'm Loving that today is a good day & I feel peace 

I'm Loving our precious baby who I hold in my heart

I'm Loving my blog.. seriously love getting on here and connecting with new friends :)


What are you loving today?? 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

28 days...

And the pain is still fresh. Sometimes I do feel like I'm drowning. I do feel broken...

I read this devotion this morning shared by a friend. It touched my heart. Gave me some Hope for the day.. I hope it encourages you

"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure." 2 Corinthians 4:7a (NLT)
I knew there were secrets. I pressed gently, but she shied away. I prayed she would tell me when she was ready.
The phone call finally came.
"Can you come get me?"
When I arrived I found her battered and we drove to get medical help. On the way she spilled her secrets. Her mother was often beaten. She and her siblings were secondary targets. Leaving home had been her only escape. She had returned to visit, only to find her brother being abused. She stepped in and crushing blows followed. Her father finally stopped when she begged for her life.
Shana came to live with us until she found a safer environment. In those two months we often stayed up late talking. Her greatest fear was that she would always feel broken.
We prayed together that she could move beyond her father's actions.
Paul, an apostle in the Bible, also knew what it was to be bruised and battered. He was imprisoned unfairly. Beaten.
He once described himself as a chipped clay jar, saying, "We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." Paul had discovered something valuable. There was a light inside that fractured jar healing the hurting places on the interior, then shining through the broken places so that the world could see.
That treasure, nestled in the center of the clay, was Jesus.
As time passed, Shana began to see herself through that light. She wasn't just a battered daughter; she was a woman with purpose. The wounds inflicted by her earthly father took time to heal, but as they did she was led to share her story.
Her message, one she would shout from every mountaintop, is this:
You are loved.
You are made for more than this.
God can and will heal the broken parts of your heart.
Today Shana is a mom and a wife. The treasure inside of this woman illuminates through the once-broken places in a powerful way. She has adopted a son and fostered other children who came to her home with their own broken places, her hope to love them to wholeness. Children trust her because she understands their pain, but also because of the light and love they see inside of her.
Maybe, you were bruised by an earthly parent's words or actions. Can I tell you something? Those words, those actions, they do not define you. You aren't limited by the chips and cracks in the outer shell.
There are thousands, like Shana, like me, who were once chipped and broken. God blazed His light through those cracks, not just healing us, but allowing that light to lead others straight into His loving arms and these truths:
God sees you.
He loves you.
He's reaching to make you whole again.
Dear Lord, I can't change another person's actions or the past, but I can open my heart to the treasure of You. You are the light in the darkness. You are reaching for me today and I am reaching back. Thank You for a fresh beginning inside of me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Reflect and Respond:
Your family may have been far from perfect, but Christ offers a family tree, one with a new and beautiful legacy.
Read Ephesians 1:18. Make this paraphrased scripture your prayer today:
I ______________ pray that my heart will be flooded with light so that I can understand the confident hope Christ has given to me, for He has called me as His own to give a rich and glorious inheritance.
Power Verses:
Psalm 147:3, "He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds." (NLT)
Psalm 34:18, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed." (NLT)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Choosing...

Have you ever heard that song "Praise You In This Storm" by Casting Crowns? Well take a listen



This is my heart right now... I'm praising God through the all the difficult situations I'm facing right now. I know I can rest in the arms of him...

These are the lyrics

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away



And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth





There are a couple things I highlighted because this is what my heart is focusing on right now... I'm choosing to praise him through these storms. 



Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday's Letters & FQF

Yes its FRIDAY!!!  Do the Friday dance, the Friday dance... :) And its time for Fridays Letters with Ashley over at Adventures of the Newlyweds and Mama M. at My Little Life... I love Fridays!!


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Dear Friday, I'm so glad you are here. Dear A, M, S- Loved dinner last night. It was what I needed. Dear F, really? Do you enjoy this cycle? Dear S, um yeah if I never dream about you again that would be awesome! Dear J, I love you. Sorry for all my erratic emotions. Dear August, I can't wait for you to get here. Vacation is calling my name. Dear Tusculum, I can't wait for class to begin... seriously I miss you. Dear house, I can't wait to continue to decorate you this weekend! Get all those boxes unpacked! Dear J, don't be addicted :) Dear sweet Jesus, all I have been able to do is praise you Lord. Even through this storm of uncertainty you are here. Dear Blog Friends, Hope you have a great relaxed Weekend!




1. Did you do anything special for your kids on the last day of school? Or did you parents do anything special for you?

We would have friends sleep over or go to dinner. Something like that. 

2. What's your favorite summer tradition with your children?

Well I don't have children. But I like to swim with my niece and nephews
3. What was your favorite thing to do during the summer as a kid?
SWIM!! Its still my favorite! 
4. How old were you when you were married? Were you a Bridezilla?

I was 22, and no I wasn't. Now my mom and grandmother went a little crazy, more like worried. They wanted my day to be wonderful. 
5. What is your favorite girl name? (I'm needing suggestions.)

I love the old names. Victoria, Elizabeth, Madeline... 



Happy Blogging!!