Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween with a purpose

This year is my first year handing out candy to trick or treater's! If you can't tell, I am very excited about it:) Last night, we had a few kids come by and every time they knocked on the door it scared me! Tonight may be terrifying...

 I've been reading a lot of different opinions on facebook about Christians celebrating Halloween. There are those who have strong convictions against it, those who say it's their favorite holiday, and many in between. I grew up being taught against Halloween. In fact, we never celebrated it at all because of the many "evil" connotations it carries. 

This year I want to look past the connotations and remember that no matter what the Holiday signifies, it is a huge opportunity to be a testimony for Christ. This is the only day of the year that dozens of kids who need Jesus will come to your door asking for free stuff. My challenge to you, is don't just give them candy, but include a bible verse, a little bible, a bible coloring page, a scripture card, or even a cute little poem like the one below!

Our Trick, God’s Treat

It was really quite neat
that you asked for a treat
when you stopped by
and rang our doorbell.
Though we don’t know your name
we are still glad you came
and would like to pass this on as well.

Long before time began
Father God had a plan
for His people to all get along.
But, we blew it, you see,
when we chose selfishly
to insist on OUR WAY and do it wrong.

What we did was a trick
that made God really sick,
but he didn’t trick us in return.
He reached out with a treat
that is sweeter than sweet.
It’s a treat that we could never earn.

God says, “I’ll be your friend!
I’ll forgive you all your sins,
I sent Jesus to make you brand new.
On this Halloween night
as you turn out your light,
Just remember how much God loves you.”

Copyright 2003, Reverend Greg Asimakoupoulos, used by permission.

Happy Treating :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Date Night #5

This Thursday we moved our date night to Friday because we had a busy day at the hospital visiting our new nephew Daxton Ryan Konrath!

 Tony, Holly, and Dax
Me holding Dax!
Isn't he cute:)

We also had a few friends we needed to spend some time with that evening, so we spent some date night time together on Friday night instead! It's important to be flexible with date night, but remember it's usually a good idea to schedule life around date night, rather than the other way around. 

Jimmy knew that I had been wanting to go to the river for a long time, so Friday night we went and got some fast food and took it to the river! We didn't stay long because it was kind of chilly outside, but we found a big driftwood log we sat on overlooking the river and watched the boats go by! It was a fun time cuddling and talking together!

On our drive there and back, we listened to Focus on the Family podcasts that I had downloaded on ITunes. It's like a free marriage conference...and we like free:) The podcasts have a lot of great advice and challenges for young married couples and even couples who have been married a while. We both learned a lot just by listening to the experiences of other couples. It's great to hear that something you have been through in your relationship is something that other couples have dealt with too! They were fun to listen to!

You can download the podcasts for free by typing Focus on the Family into the ITunes podcast search bar. 
You can also visit Focus on the Family's marriage website for great articles on marriage and the family!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Wife of Noble Character

These past few weeks, the Proverbs 31 woman has been on my mind. Seriously. If you think you're doing better in life than the women around you, just read about this woman and you will think again. 

Here is this Wife of Noble Character in a nutshell:
-She brings good to her husband all the days of her life (vs 12)
- She works with eager hands (vs 13)
-She get's up while it is still dark. (vs 15) (my least favorite;)
-She provides food for her family and even her servants (vs 15)
-She buys property and invests in it (vs 16)
-She works vigorously and is strong and capable (vs 17)
-She does what is profitable (vs 18)
-She makes things with her hands (vs 19)
-She loves the poor and gives to them (vs 20)
-She keeps her family clothed (vs 21, 22)
-She is one of the reasons her husband is so respected (vs 23)
-She is resourceful (vs 24)
-She is confident, strong, and dignified (vs 25)
-She is prepared for the future (vs 25)
-She watches over her household (vs 26)
-She is not lazy (vs 26)
-Her children bless her and her husband praises her (vs 28)
-She is beautiful because she fears the Lord (vs 30)

Wow. Although this overwhelms me, I am so thankful for her Godly example I can be striving towards. This passage is not meant to be discouraging. I know there is no way I could ever measure up to this woman's example! However, I think it's awesome that in verse 30, this woman is not praised for all the things she has done or is capable of doing, but is praised for her heart that fears the Lord. I believe that is where we are to start.

God has called each of us to different things, whether it is being a mother, friend, teacher, wife, homemaker, business owner or a combination of those! It's not about doing all the things that this Proverb's 31 woman did, it's about being who God has called you to be and doing what He wants you to do with the right heart. Remember, God looks at our hearts. If we start with a loving, selfless, God-fearing heart, we are well on our way to becoming a wife of noble character.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Date Night #4

Every now and again, we all have those crazy weeks where we feel like we haven't had any time to relax...and that feeling sucks!
If you've got that feeling on date night, then use that night to relax...together. 

For our date night last week, we decided to not go anywhere and spend time together at the house. Yes, I think that counts as a date so long as you are doing things together:)

We had a great time making dinner together, talking, laughing and just being together. We played piano and guitar and then a competitive game of Poker and ERS. I'm not kidding when I say competitive...I may or may not have been giving mean looks to my husband;) Yes, believe it or not, we are both very competitive! Sometimes that makes it more fun though.  By the time we finished playing games, it was pretty late, so we ended the night watching a movie in our living room. 
Now that's affordable dating right there!

That's the thing about date night... it's yours to do with what you want. There's no rules you have to follow or expectations you have to meet. It's all about your relationship with your husband/wife and taking time to deepen it! 

I was trying to look up the definition of dating and a summary of what I found is this: Dating is when a couple spends time together to get to know each other and be with each other. 

In my opinion, that should never stop, even when you are married. We are all changing as we get older and mature, so there can always be something new to find out about your spouse. The couples that stop spending quality time together are the couples that look at each other 20 years later and say "who are you anymore?" Don't let it get to that point. Take time to care about who your husband/wife is and is becoming!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Button Flower Frame

I LOVE the way this frame turned out. Thanks to my Aunt Bea's inspiration for the buttons! 
I have been working this week on learning to make fabric flowers. It's been fun! I will post more about those soon. I had been planning on doing something totally different with this frame but after messing around with it a bit, I came up with this:

 I've already added it to my Etsy shop...check it out! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Double Date Night

Well, I'm a little late on my Date Night Friday posting, but better late than never right? It has been an unbelievably busy but amazing week. I'm very excited about finally opening up my Etsy shop!
It's still in progress, but I have really enjoyed working on it!

This Thursday, for our date night we mixed things up a little and went out with our friends Matt and Nicole for a double date. We ate together at Chilis for dinner, hung out in Evansville for a while, and then spent the evening at our house. We even topped off the evening with yummy cookie bowls and ice cream! 

 We spread the cookie dough on the back side of the muffin tin!
 This was the bowl that turned out the best. I will admit, Nicole was the one that made this one! 

Double dating is actually a great way to add variety to date night! In fact, there are many marriage counselors that recommend double dating as a way to bring the two of you closer together. For example, being able to share stories with the other couple about your relationship and your pasts can be a great reminder of what you really love about your husband/wife. 

Double dating can also be an inspiration to your relationship. Whether you have been married 5 months like we have, or 50 years, there are always things to be learned from others. Spending time with other married couples can encourage you to work through something you have been dealing with, provide you with a solution to a conflict, or inspire you to try something new! It can also remind you that you are not alone in some of the struggles you may be having. Depending on the couple you are hanging out with, you can either follow their positive example of how they relate to each other, or learn from their mistakes!

So for this week, find another couple that you both enjoy spending time with and double date it!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vintage Button Magnets

  My new DIY project for this week was vintage button magnets! I bought a bunch of vintage buttons from ebay/garage sales and wherever else I could come across them. 
It was a lot of fun sorting through the buttons. There are so many neat colors, shapes, sizes and patterns.
Aren't they gorgeous?I spent a few afternoons cutting out perfectly sized magnet pieces to stick to the backs of them. 
I now have my vintage button magnets for sale in groups of ten on Etsy. Check out my shop:)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Huevos Rancheros

I learned out to make these from a friend and they have become one of my favorites! In fact, tonight they were dinner and my brother Abe was over to try them out. 
Hope you enjoy this simple yummy recipe for two:)

-2 Corn Tortilla Shells
-2 Fried eggs
-1 Can of Re-fried Beans
-Fresh Cilantro
-Jalapeno Pepper
-Sour Cream

First, fry the eggs and heat up the re-fried beans

 Then cut up the onions, jalapeno, and cilantro into small pieces and arrange on a plate 
 Toast the corn tortillas in a little oil.
Spread the beans on the tortilla, then add the egg, sour cream and other toppings to make a delicious combination! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Date Night #2

Date night requires creativity. Sometimes after a long week or a hard day, creativity (not to mention energy) is lacking. We usually try to go to Evansville or just get out of the wonderful small town of Princeton, but this time, we had a close to home date. It was fun though because we tried something new and played tennis together. Last weekend, I found 2 tennis rackets at a garage sale for a dollar and we stopped at the store for some tennis balls. See, dating can be cheap:)

Not going to lie. It started out really rough. I have never played tennis before and for those of you who know me, my coordination is slightly off. In fact, I will share an embarrassing part of the night.  We had been there for about 15 minutes and some other people had come to play on the other half of the court. Well I was just getting into the game when Jimmy hit the ball really hard. I bravely went for it, and as the ball connected with my racket, the ball went flying….and so did my racket, onto the other side of the court. I am sure I looked ridiculous! lol

We had fun with it though and finally were able to hit the ball back and forth. I never realized what a workout tennis is. Seriously. I was sweating!  It was great to be doing something fun together. After tennis, we got a cheap snack and went to see the movie Moneyball. Yeah I know movies are expensive and these are supposed to be cheap date examples, but sometimes breaking rules is okay;)

So get creative for your dates! Try something together that you've not tried, and who knows, it may end up being your new hobby. Remember, going on a date isn't always about trying to find something glamorous or super fun to do, it's about taking time out of your busy stressful life to just spend time together and be reminded of your love. Good luck and don't forget to join me again next Friday!

“Life was about spending time together, about having the time to walk together holding hands, talking quietly as the sun go down. It wasn't glamorous, but it was, in many ways, the best that life has to offer. Wasn't that how the old saying went? Who, on their deathbed, ever said they wished they had worked harder? Or spent less time enjoying a quiet afternoon? Or spent less time with their family?” 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My Pinterest Obsession

I usually hate new trends, like uggs and leggings when they first came out. I still say I will never wear leg warmers, and I mean to stick with that one.  After trends aren't trendy anymore is usually when I finally get used to the idea and start liking them. I even took a while to switch from myspace to facebook when it first came out. With Pinterest, I actually am one of the first of my friends to explore it and I absolutely love it. Thanks Aunt Bea for inviting me:)

If you haven't checked it out, you should. Here is the link to mine.  I love getting craft ideas and new recipes and the best part is having a place to save them for later. One of my favorites from this month is an apple desert. It's super easy and a great fall treat, so I will share it with you.

I made this for church tonight and meant to take a picture of the finished product. Oh well, you will just have to trust me; it's delicious!

Apple Desert Recipe
1. Peel and cut two medium sized apples into 8 pieces each or so. I use my apple slicer which works great!
2. Take 2 crescent roll cans and roll each individual apple slice in a crescent roll.
3. Place the rolled apples side by side in a greased 9x13 pan.
4. Melt 2 sticks of butter and mix with 1-2/3 cup of sugar and a tsp of vanilla.
5. Pour mixture evenly over apple rolls in pan.
6. Pour about 1/4 cup of lemon juice/sprite/mountain dew over the apple mixture.
7. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Yummm it's so good! Try it out and let me know what you think!
Hope you all have a fantastic Thursday and don't forget to join me for date night Friday! 


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