Wednesday, January 29, 2014

F-e-b-r-u-a-r-y. Fe-bru-a-ry. February Goals.

When I was a little girl, I always had trouble spelling February, Wednesday and Kindergarten. So, every time I have to write/type these words, I have to mentally spell them out. I'll blame it on English being my second language. :-) No, I can't use that excuse. I've been learning English since Pre-K.

Moving on.

Remember that time I made a post on my January Goals? Let's see...

1) Prepare healthier meals. Smaller proportions. = Well, I think I did good on this one. I am eating healthier, prepared at home and in smaller proportions. I tried giving Greg smaller proportions, but he said boys have a different metabolism and need more food. Excuses. ;-)

2) Gladly exercise every morning. = Ok, so I haven't been exercising every morning. However, I have been exercising every morning or evenings! AND I've been semi-gladly going to the gym. Yay! This month was full of family things, birthdays, dentist appointments, etcetera, that took up most of our time in the mornings.

3) Get my Minnesota nursing license and apply for a job. = I applied for my Minnesota nursing license! I hope I receive it soon, so I can start applying to jobs. I don't want to be selfish, but I really, really want to work with babies, children and teenagers. Please pray that an opportunity comes up where I can continue my vocation as a Pediatric RN.

4) Actively look for a house. = Ok. So, we have decided that it is in our best interest to stay where we are now and search for a house later.

5) Organize the white binders and folders where we keep our bills and other important papers. = I am so proud of myself on this one. I have a "Home Management" Binder for bills, a "Love Notes" binder where I keep cards, notes from friends and family, a "Healthcare/Insurance" folder, a "Vehicles" folder, an "Apartment" folder, etcetera. So many of them! And I have an agenda!

6) Attend Mass at least every Sunday this month and other spiritual things. = We did go to Mass every Sunday of the month. I am falling more and more in love with the church we go to. Also, I have read a book on basic Christian beliefs and right now, I am finishing reading a lovely book - whose author I follow - about a Catholic girl named Grace. When I finish this one, I am planning on reading another book on Catholicism that was suggested by a new bloggy friend (Thank you, P!). So many books, so little time! ;-)

Iceskating with my sister.

Ok. F-e-b-r-u-a-r-y.

Besides continuing with my January Goals, here are three I would like to add:

7) Spend quality time with my husband. 

Without getting too personal, this morning, Greg said, "You know? I was thinking. I want to spend more time with you. Quality time. We have been so busy that we haven't had time for us." Yes, I agree.

8) Organize my kitchen.

Y'all. There is seriously no space left in my kitchen. We received a Kitchen-Aid from my sister, a set of plates and bowls from in-laws, a microwave from my sister's fiance, baking dishes from more in-laws and a ton of other little stuff. When we cook and make a mess, the kitchen seems like it is about to explode! No complaining here. ;-)

9) Place stuff that needs to be in storage, IN STORAGE. 

We have been procrastinating, but now that we are staying a longer time at our current home, I need to put away some boxes and other stuff we don't really use here.

10) Be more actively involved at my church. 

I want to be part of a group! I found young, married couples' groups, but they are all at times that my husband works. Maybe a ladies group? I would also like to be involved, somehow, with youth/young adults ministry. When my sister and I were younger, we were very involved with children and pre-teen girls' groups (from cheerleading to ministry), and I would like to continue that!

Ok, so there they are.

Do you have any BIG plans for February? I would love to know! Ah, Valentines Day is coming up! WHAT?! 

Wishing you a happy, happy day (or night - if it is night for you)!

Love,
An Open Book (haha...but seriously)
(a.k.a. Gabby)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Happy Birthday #48, Daddy!



I am extremely blessed to have him as a father.

Gracias por todo, Daddy.

Tu "Princess",
Ale 


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sunday Sledding

This past Sunday, Greg and I were invited by his brother and sister-in-law to go sledding!

The last time I went sledding was over two years ago, in these same hills. However, it was dark and I couldn't really see how steep the hills were (dangerous, I know).

I have to confess I was kind of scared this time around. Just a little. Especially because the only people in our group who were sledding were boys and they like to crash with their sleds into each other...and I was right in the middle of them.

I like sledding, though.

Beautiful day!
 

There goes my husband...


and goes...



...and breaks his sled!
(Later, I told him he could use mine, and he ended up breaking it as well! Boys.)






The Boys: Husband, BIL, BIL, nephew, and BIL


Have you ever been sledding? Is there snow where you live? I was hoping for warmer days ahead, but I heard the news today, and the weather forecast person said, "It will soon be time for our residents to tough up, again. The cities will get the coldest air of the season next week." I was like, "WHAT?! I thought we were over that!" Ahhhh! I love winter, don't get me wrong, but the Ice Age kind is too harsh. ;-)

I hope you are having a great week! We have a busy, busy one around here. 

Keep warm!
Love,
Gabby

Monday, January 13, 2014

First Snowman!


"You've NEVER built a snowman before?", asked (exclaimed) Greg. There was no question as to what we would do next on our lazy, Sunday afternoon. Off we went to his parents' house to build one! 

And I tell ya', it was a work-out!

Our three-year-old niece named him "Mr. Frosty". 

Our first snowman together, and my first snowman EVER. 

Have a great, great week!

Love,
Gabby


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nothing Compares to You, Jesus


Nothing Compares to You by Danielle Rose

He could give me diamonds,
But you're the treasure that I seek.
He could whisper sweet nothings,
But you're the voice in my dreams. 
He could sing me a song,
But you're the melody.
He could give me a home, 
But you're my safety.

Nothing compares to you.
No one compares to you.
I have found a love that's true.
I belong to you.

He could give me roses,
But you're the earth the rain the Son.
He could kiss me softly,
But you're the maker of love.
He could give me his heart, 
But you're the beat within mine.
He could lay down beside me,
But you lay down your life.

You are the heavens.
You are eternity.
Is it true that you wanna marry me?

Ah. I had heard this song previously, but tonight, I heard it again, and it brought me to tears. I was reminded how much God loves me. How Jesus is the only one that can fulfill all my needs and desires. Yes, I have a husband who plays a part in that role, but I can't look for Greg to fulfill my deepest needs. That would make me selfish. My greatest hope is that our intimacy in marriage is a reflection of our intimacy with Christ - our first, true love. 

Married and single ladies, as you pray for your husband/future-husband, let's make it a priority to grow closer to our Savior! We are His beloved! This relationship with Him is worth more than any earthly relationship we could have.

I hope you were encouraged. Have an awesome day! It's almost the weekend! Yay!

Love,
Gabby

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Uninterrupted Communion with Jesus


We said good-bye, for now, to one of Greg's family members this past week. We believe she is now face to face with Jesus, her Lover. I only met her once, but I know this sweet lady was fond of her Savior. The services held were full of hope and thankfulness!

This was her Bible.

"Oh, if it be so sweet to see him now and then, how sweet to gaze on that blessed face for ever...If to die is to enter into an uninterrupted communion with Jesus, then death is indeed gain and the black drop is swallowed up in a sea of victory." C.H. Spurgeon

Can you imagine? 

Gabby

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January Goals

I feel silly writing this post. I write this not because I reallyyy need for you to read my 2014 goals. I am sure your blog feed is full of posts like this one. I am writing (typing?) this post because I need some sort of accountability (besides my partner in crime - my husband).

To tell you the truth, I am not fond of yearly goals. I tend to forget about them. Except, of course, for the reallyyy important long-term goals in life specific to that year, such as graduating college, getting a job, buying a house, etcetera.

Also, I tend to stress a lot with yearly/long-term goals. Who doesn't? ;-)

Hence, this year I will try my best to have and write reasonable, monthly goals, to keep myself in check. Some will be physical, some others financial. Some will be family goals, and some spiritual. And some, my personal favorite, pleasure/hobby goals.

Ok. January.

1) Prepare healthier meals. Smaller proportions. 

This is a big one for my husband and I. We both love to eat. I, especially, love junk food. Sometimes, Most of the time, we go overboard and eat way more than a healthy, food proportion size. Plus, it doesn't hurt to loose some weight. Don't let me forget I need to make/buy a "recipe book" where I can place all my recipes (currently in a zip-lock bag).

2) Gladly exercise every morning. 

We have actually been exercising almost every day for the past month. I said almost. There have been several days where Greg has to drag me out of bed. Another thing, I have never, ever liked going to the gym. Just ask my sister. I dread it. Therefore, I am usually crabby at this time in the A.M.

3) Get my Minnesota nursing license and apply for a job. 

Why in the world are you not part of the compact states, Minnesota? It's a pain. Good news is, you only take the NCLEX RN once (already did, obviously). End of story.

4) Actively look for a house. 

We looked for a house before we were married. However, it didn't work out too well. We currently live in a one bedroom apartment. As of now, it works. However, we signed a six month lease and our goal is to find a house before the lease ends (soon!). Please pray that God leads us to the house that fits His purposes for us as a family.

5) Organize the white binders and folders where we keep our bills and other important papers. 

I tend to not get rid of documents. Especially the ones I know I don't need. I ask myself, "What if I need this grocery bill one day?". I am exaggerating, but you get the point. Thus, I have so many folders with random papers.

6) Attend Mass at least every Sunday this month...and other spiritual things.

Ah. I can't tell you how difficult it has been to find a parish. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of Catholic churches here in Minnesota. However, I want the church to be just like the one I attended in Texas. I know I shouldn't be selfish. It's difficult finding a church that you feel you can serve and build community with. It's also difficult because it has been less than a year that I began to attend the Catholic church [once again]. I never "stopped believing". I truly believe God wanted for me to attend a non-denominational church at the time. Now, for more personal reasons, I was led to "come back". I want to explore and learn more about the Catholic faith this year. I don't want to be a passive Catholic - I want my heart to be set on fire for Him.

In other news, I really like Pope Francis. I love his vision for the church.

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I hope you liked reading about them. I'll try to post on how and if I accomplished them! ;-)

Did you make a list of goals for 2014? Are you good at keeping them throughout the year? Regardless of this, trust that our Savior knows exactly what we need. He already knows what will happen - and not happen - for us this year! I pray that we accept His will, come what may. How He loves us!

I hope your year is full of His goodness, grace and love!

"'For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord..." Jeremiah 29:11

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3: 22-23

Love,
Gabby