Friday, February 28, 2014

The Big Purse Dump

Hello, ladies! It has sure been quiet-er around here. Well, maybe a little bit.

Anywho, today I am linking up with Kendra, and other ladies, for The Big Purse Dump. I thought it would be fun to join - and it would also make me clean out my purse! Rules: Dump your purse and take pictures.

Ladies and Gents, I present... my purse.

I've had this purse for almost 6 years (?). I treated myself this purse for one of my birthdays and have never left it since! I love the classic look of it. Many of my friends have told me that when I don't want it anymore, I should donate it to them. My mom, on the other hand, dislikes this purse...a lot. ;-)

And, here, are its contents.

1) Grandma's picture: No idea how it got into my purse, but hey, Grandma!
2) Stamps: Aren't they lovely? I don't want to use them! ;-)
3) Valentine's Day cards: Huh. I guess I forgot to take them out.
4) Hair clip.
5) Hand cream: Absolutely necessary in Ice-Age Minnesota.
6) Sunglasses: Very old as well...probably 6 years.
7) Receipts.
8) Portable toothpaste and toothbrush: Don't judge... I like my teeth clean. ;-)
9) Coin purse: Lots of coins and lots of bobby-pins!
10) Money.
11) Earphones and MP3 player: I don't use the MP3 player so much, but I do use earphones at the gym.
12) Pens, pencils and highlighter: Because I need 4 black ink pens.

14) Sunglasses: Because I obviously need a second pair. Or not.
15) Gloves: Another of those absolutely necessary things to survive Ice-Age Minnesota.
16) Checkbook: Never use it.
17) EOS lip-balm: First lip-balm I haven't lost the second day of owning it. Seriously, though.
18) Wallet.
19) Scapular: You know you are Catholic when...
20) Bobby-pins.
21) Brush: I won it at a fair! ;-)
22) Lip-stick and Lip-gloss: I don't know why I carry so many.
23) Keys.
24) Feminine products: Because I like to be prepared.

This was such a fun link-up! My husband thought it was funny and ridiculous. ;-) Now my purse is clean and organized...until next week, that is.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

There is always something to be thankful for. 4.0

1. Warm-er weather! The weather in Minnesota has been a little warmer these days. Spring,
2. Two free tickets to the movie theater! My husband and I used our tickets to watch Frozen! As tradition goes (whenever a movie about of two sisters and/or two best friends comes out), my sister and I had the conversation of who was who in the movie. "You are totally Elsa. I am Anna." Yes, people. We totally have those conversations in our twenties. We have been having them since we were little girls! ;-) I am thankful for my sister, as well.
3. Quiet time for prayer, journaling and/or reading. I've done a lot of that these winter months.
4. The opportunity to stay home and help my husband "build" our home. I understand that some wives desire this and are not able to. I've learned so much!
5. My husband's job. He told me, just yesterday, that some of his coworkers were laid off due to the company restructuring.
6. Apple FaceTime. It may seem ridiculous, but I get to "see" my family in Mexico and Texas almost every day thanks to modern technology. :-)
7. This past month, I have been applying to jobs that hire a (Pediatric) RN. Well, I looked into two jobs and I was rejected for both. At first, I tried to throw a pity party for myself. However, none of the [two] guests responded. Talk about dying to self! I was immediately led to praise! I praise God because He has been so faithful. I know that He will guide me to the place where He wants me to serve Him and His people as a nurse.
8. Snail mail! Who doesn't love snail mail? This includes a letter and a picture frame from my sister, a necklace from a friend and a homemade soap from another!
9. The blogging community! The blogs I follow, the blogs who follow me...the friends I've made. Can I just tell you how much of a blessing you are?
10. Water. Last week, we had absolutely no water in our restroom for four days (perks of apartment living). Not fun! Well, it was a way. Don't worry, we did bathe. Have you ever used a bucket? ;-) I am just so thankful for it!

What are you thankful for today?


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Love-ly Weekend

Hi! How was your weekend? We had quite a busy one! Extra lovely, nonetheless.

Random Question: Do you ever save your glass candleholders? I have been living in Minnesota for about 3 months and I have bought 6+ candles. That is a lot...considering how expensive they can be. As I was about to throw away the candle, Greg asked me if I ever cleaned and saved them. 

So, this was a project I did this weekend. It was so easy and I have leftover wax that smells lovely.  

This was also our first married Valentine's Day! ;-)

We also wanted to spread the love with family (and some strangers)... so I also made some Valentine's Day goodies!

I spent $2 for 20 people - so cheap! The cards were even "scratch-n-sniff"! ;-)

It was so fun passing them around. It's such a gift to give. Hopefully we can make this a tradition and carry it to our children!

Did you do anything special? I hope you have a lovely week!

Time to prepare dinner! ;-)


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dying to self this Valentine's Day (and every day).

Girl at the Mirror by Norman Rockwell

Ah, this is so hard for me to tell you about. I promise it won't be preach-y and be too long, it's just been on my heart lately.

For years, and I mean years, I did everything for me. My wishes, my success, my ambitions, my goals, my plans, my way. ME, ME, ME. With a decent consideration for others, of course. Afterall, I called myself a Christian, right? Not the exact portrait of a woman who "denies self".

And then, I entered marriage.

We have been married for only a few months, but let me tell you, this overused and sometimes scary phrase - dying to self - is a difficult process. I am constantly reminded of how full of self I was during my unmarried years! Jesus must have known I needed my complete opposite - my husband - to teach me what it is like to truly carry my cross and follow Him (Matthew 16: 24).

I am learning that when dying to self:

It doesn't mean I am rejecting myself.
I stop trying to get my own way.
I stop trying to "lead" my marriage (family).
I stop trying to be in control of a situation.
I don't make decisions by myself.
I let go of anger/rage.
I have self-control. I watch my behavior and my words.
I don't become defensive when I am questioned.
I stop thinking that my husband is responsible for my happiness.
I aspire humility.
I give.
I receive.
I place my trust in God and learn to accept His will, even if His plans have nothing to do with mine.
I ask for forgiveness and I forgive.
I aspire modesty of heart and dress.
I respect others (especially my husband) and assume them higher than myself.
...the list goes on and on.

It's such a difficult process (I know, I've already said that). Sometimes - scratch that - most of the time, I fail. I have so much to learn, and I just can't do it by myself.

I need Jesus to guide me. I need Him - His Spirit - to show me, convict me, slay me and humble me. Dying to self would be a fake act if it wasn't through Him.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2: 20

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like...But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control...Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Galatians 5: 19 - 25

And, baby, that's the beauty of submission.

This Valentine's Day (and every day) I pray I do that - deny self. I invite you to do that, too. And believe me, you don't have to be married to deny self. You can give this Valentine's Day (and every day) gift to your husband, to your parents, to your siblings, to your friends, to your authority, to our Savior.

What do you think? Come learn this with me! Let me know how it goes. 

Ok. I said it wasn't going to be that long. I've got to go before I write some more!
Have a happy Valentine's Day! Tomorrow (and today) is a good day to spread a little love around. ;-)

How He loves us!
So much Love,

Monday, February 10, 2014

Of fire trucks and a view of the city.

So, as we were walking home after our stroll in the park, I began taking pictures of the neighborhood, specifically of vintage fire trucks that were parked by our home.

"Do you need a taxi? Are you looking for a taxi?", asked Neil, a hotel employee. 

"Oh, no, we are just taking pictures. Thank you.", I answered. Snap! Snap! 

"Oh ok, well, if you don't have time right now and want to come by later, I can take you two to the top floor and you can have a special view of the city, so you can take more pictures...I know how it is." 

Kindred spirits. 

And so we did. 

Neil, an older man and photographer from New York, took us to the top floor of his hotel. It felt pretty weird - and awesome - passing through those "staff only" areas, having a special "tour". 

Breathtaking, right? You should've seen the entire 360-ish view! 

It's Valentine's Day week (yeah, I just said that)! Do you have something planned with your family, friends or a special someone? I love this day. When we were little, my dad would place little gifts in our backpacks for us to find when we arrived to school. I still have a porcelain heart hanging decoration that he placed in my backpack when I was in grade school. :-)
With an extra amount of Love this week ;-),

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A stroll in the park

Winter days in Texas: sunny, sunny, sunny, sunny, cloudy, sunny, sunny (with spring, summer, fall and winter in the same week, I might add).

Winter days in Minnesota: cloudy, cloudy, cloudy, cloudy, sunny, cloudy, cloudy.

This past Saturday was one of those sunny days! We had a beautiful, sunny but-very-cold day. Greg and I thought it was a good idea to go to a nearby park and just enjoy the day. To our surprise, there was a free event going on and there was a ton of people.

At the park, there was a concert, iceskating, ice sculptures, pony rides and food!

This was a funny one: Katniss Everdeeeeeeen!

And a weird one. I get it - it's just weird looking.

My favorite.

Of course, we couldn't leave without trying some food goodies like: cheese curds, mini doughnuts, and hot chocolate!

I stood there, as Greg was going to take me a picture. I noticed that he was taking several pictures very slowly. Then, I noticed why: There was a little boy right beside me, posing for the camera. He then held to my purse (I think he wanted more pictures). His dad then came and told him we were not taking pictures of him and told us he was used to posing for the camera. We had a good laugh!

There was a lot of children and adults iceskating. They charge you $2 (including skates) per person! 
Don't you just love those balconies?
So dreamy.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! I love coming across events like these - full of life, fun and inexpensive! It's the little things.

I'll share on another post something really neat that happened to us on our way home (and a parade)! :-)

Wishing you a lovely week,