Friday, September 30, 2011

Date Nights!

Go out for pizza and have them cut it heart shaped. What??? 

Belive it or not, that is the first date idea on the most popular date night idea website. I'm sorry, but the fact that I would get less pizza just for the sake of it being a heart is honestly upsetting to me!

Well because of lame date ideas on the internet, I have been inspired to start a weekly Date Night post!

 In spite of our busy schedules, Jimmy and I have recently started to have a date night every Thursday night. Since we live in a small town with nothing to do and are on a tight budget, this has it's challenges. However, we are creatively finding fun ways to spend time together. From now on, as an inspiration to other married couples, I will dedicate my Friday blogging to sharing our date nights with you. That means no more heart shaped pizza runs!! None. That's too cheesy!

Date night Friday's will include:
-date ideas
-a good movie
-a fun recipe
-or just something new I've learned about being married!
Sound like fun? Let's get started:)

What did we do last night? Well, last night Jimmy surprised me with a picnic (don't worry, I packed the food:) Did I mention that Jimmy doesn't cook? Yes he tried heating up a corndog last week and then complained about how it exploded and was like beef jerky. Just one of the many things I love about my husband!
Anyways, I packed a picnic of noodle salad, hamburgers, chips, and muffins and I even brought a blanket...how romantic! 

Well as you will find, even perfectly planned dates don't usually end up being perfect...unless you are just one of those people and in that case why are you even reading my blog? Either way, things go wrong for Jimmy and I all the time, and as it happened this time, the road we needed to get to the lake we were going to was closed. 
Being the stupid adventuresome girl that I am, I suggested we try to go down the road anyways, but God blessed me with a logical husband who often saves me from myself. Needless to say, we did not go down the closed road.

Now this was a perfect opportunity for us to start fighting, call the date a failure and go home. Instead we took a nice little drive through the country talking with each other until we eventually found a little pond out in the middle of nowhere. We grabbed our picnic basket and fishing poles and had a great time together eating, fishing, and just laying in the dark watching the storm roll in. It was a beautiful night!

Yeah, it's really nothing special, but when you are with someone special it means a whole lot!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Look what I made!!

I am so excited about this reversible bag, I had to post it as soon as I finished! It's not perfect, but it was fun to try. I made it out of an old pillow case from a garage sale and some scraps of tan fabric I had laying around. Super cheap to make!
For this side, I didn't have tan fabric to make it solid so I did a patchwork theme. That took the longest out of everything.
Here is the reverse side!
  I made this side with just the pillow case fabric. Isn't it cool?
 I loved this fabric. 
And there it is: the finished product! Hopefully more to come:)

Monday, September 26, 2011

This Momentary Marriage



Jimmy and I have been reading through John Piper's book This Momentary Marriage. Although I have trouble following along with Piper at times, this book has been a great challenge to our marriage. This Momentary Marriage is not one of those sappy "quick fix" marriage books that give you 6 steps to a happy marriage. Piper challenges the heart of marriage, the serious calling we have as married couples to uphold the representation of Christ and the church. It's not all about us and our love for each other. It's about Christ!

"Marriage is more than your love for each other...In your love you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind. Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more than something personal-it is a status, and office. Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man."
                                                      -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I will admit, I still struggle with this a little. I would like to believe that I will be this happy in love for the rest of my life. However, in an imperfect world, there is the reality of sin. That is why my perspective of this is so important. Going into my marriage, I think my focus was directed in the wrong place. My goal was to be the perfect wife, and make sure that we always stayed in love. This may be my plan, but God's plan is so much bigger! 

Marriage is not only God's creation, but it is for His glory! Marriage is intended by God to be an earthly display of the covenant relationship of Christ and his church. (Mathew 9:15; 25, John 3:29) It is so much greater than my happiness! What a high calling to be chosen as a representation of Christ and the church. I  pray that when others look at our marriage they don't just see happiness, but that they see Christ.



"It is not your love that sustains the marriage,
 but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love"
-Piper




Looking for more great marriage books? Here are My Top Eight Favorite Marriage Books.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Old car...new car!

I've had my 1997 Honda Acccord for 3 and a half years now. Even though it's broken down on me and I've had my share of problems, I'm going to miss my beautiful car. Over the past 3 years, it's taken me to Minnesota and back over 10 times, Georgia, Tennessee, and wherever else I needed to go. I put almost 100,000 miles on it! So what was so great about my Honda? Well...
-The muffler is held up with an old hanger, duct tape and zip ties.
-It's missing both blinkers on one side.
- The oil dip stick is held together with a zip tie and goop.
-I have to press 6 buttons just to turn the radio on.
-The air conditioning knob has been missing since I bought it
...and I liked it that way!
-The front hood is dented up from a deer hitting it. And sometimes it doesn't latch properly. 
Anyone remember when I used to hold it closed with a ratchet strap? Yeah those were my cool days...
-And then there's the culprit that backed into my car and drove off leaving this.
I will find you whoever did it! 
 -Last but not least, there is a distinguishable noise that my car makes to let people know it's around. 
So now you understand why it was a little hard for me to get rid of it. However, the girl who bought it was the same age as me and already loved the car just as much as I do! It's hers now. But I'm going to miss it.

Here is what I get to drive now! 
It looks almost like my Honda except no dents:)
Isn't it pretty? 
It's a 99 Toyota Corolla and will hopefully get up to 38 mpg!
Yeah I'm loving that!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New project!

I'm so excited about this, I just had to share it! My friend Allie and I have been looking at different craft ideas lately and this is one that kept popping up so we decided to try it. I found an old frame for basically free at an old boutique here in town. We just spray painted it yellow, made an insert painted with chalkboard paint and here is the finished product:) 



Hopefully more to come!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hephzibah House

Many have seen my Facebook posts lately in regards to the Hephzibah House located in Winona Lake, Indiana. Although this may seem like just another case of human rights and abuse, it is very close to my heart because of what I went through as a child. Hephzibah House is very similar in it's beliefs to the cult that my family was a part of. In addition, a childhood friend of mine was sent here for 2 years when her mother felt she was rebelling.
 

It would be easy for me to stay out of these types of issues. My family is no longer a part of the cult, and all the pain we experienced is in the past. It doesn't feel good to relive the hurt. However, as a fellow sister in Christ to these girls, I know it is the least I can do to stand up for their cause. I wish someone had done the same for me as I was growing up.


I know what it's like to be belittled, embarrassed, abused, and lonely. It breaks my heart to think of young innocent girls being treated this way.  It's going to affect them for the rest of their lives. God has brought me through my past for a reason, and even though I can't change things, I have a voice that these girls in Hephzibah House do not have. 


 Watch a video summarizing the situation at Hephzibah House
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/09/01/ac-tuchman-ungodly-home.cnn?iref=videosearch


Visit a website dedicated to girls who have been in Hephzibah house over the past years. 
http://formerhephzibahgirls.webs.com/


It seems like a hopeless cause. This organization is protected under the law. However, it is the voice of the people that can change things. 
You can write to or call: 
    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (317) 232-4567
     http://www.in.gov/apps/afss/afss2

    Indiana Representative David Wolkins (800) 382-9841
    Winona Lake Mayor Ernie Wiggins (574) 372-9595 ewiggins@warsaw.in.gov


Matthew 25:40
 
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


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