Friday, December 30, 2011

my only resolution

as far as new year's resolutions go, i'm not all for it. i've tried making monthly goals, but that only lasted about five months before i got bored. and everyone seems to have the same consensus-- that everyone fails resolutions, especially when they revolve around weight loss or major life changes.

so what about starting small?

what about simply praising god?

my only resolution this year:

to praise god for the life i have in this moment. to remember that the next day, even the next moment, is not promised. to praise him for the love my husband gives me, the strength my family gives me, and the courage my friends give me. to praise him for the beauty found in flowers, sunshine, and fresh rain. to praise him for the confidence found in a cup of coffee, a friend's comments, and his word. to praise him for the peace found in a morning of cuddling, an afternoon of cooking, and an evening of crocheting.

to praise him simply.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

thankful thursday

113. a saving's account
114. modern medicine
115. an understanding boss
116. pantry full of food
117. friends
118. thai takeout
119. crisp winter days
120. salads for dinner
121. hot tea and reality tv
122. my husband
123. planning
124. new starts
125. yarn
126. my enamel dutch oven
127. texting
128. new furniture
129. a husband who knows my taste
130. activities
131. that my old computer still works
132. new year ideas
133. big dinner and lots of friends
134. love
135. redemption
136. friends who offer instead of waiting to be asked
137. fresh vegetables

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

year in review

here's my favorite posts from the past year:

january-- coaster tutorial

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february-- seattle trip!

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see why i love this man?

march-- i made life goals


april-- i was really sick


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may-- we (planned before we) moved





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september-- another first- dinner at eight


october-- we had a music day!


november-- i shot my first wedding.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

la mar (the ocean)

a friend had a dream recently that i was on vacation.
at the beach.
eating potatoes.
i do love me some potatoes.
fries.
mashed.
roasted.

but the beach?
i'm kind of a "take it or leave it" girl.
i don't like my body
so, bathing suits?
ew.
but i like my toes in the sand.
i like the sound of the waves.
i love the orange in the sunset
and the pink of the sunrise.

we're talking in my group of friends of taking a vacation to the beach sometime next year. that we'll rent a house together and all live like beach bums for a week. that we'll have time to tan, read on the dock, snorkel. i did love snorkeling in belize. the fish in the reefs are amazing. colors and combinations you can't even imagine. the feeling of weightlessness is magical. the warm salt water holding your body afloat while you gaze at angel fish, octopus, cuttlefish.

so maybe i do like the ocean.

title taken from a song by the beautiful girls.

Friday, December 23, 2011

thankful thursday {on friday}

here's what i've added to the list recently:

93. christmas decorations
94. gingerbread contests
95. a chill in the air
96. cards from loved ones
97. a warm shower when the house is cold
98. cuddles from my dog
99. second chances
100. jesus' birth
101. twinkling lights
102. fresh water
103. disposable income
104. heritage
105. new foods
106. wine
107. a break from school
108. sam's club
109. a job i enjoy
110. coffee
111. hearing more "merry christmas" than "happy holidays"
112. a supportive husband

Thursday, December 22, 2011

i am {holiday edition}

crafting: a special surprise. groundhog's day is right around the corner!
reading: softland
listening: to christmas music. there is no other kind of music this month.
watching: lights twinkle in our neighborhood
cooking: so, so much. kutia and uzvar and kapusta... christmas eve is just around the corner.
planning: a large menu for saturday
doing: cooking. and crafting. no studying or teaching.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

grab a coffee and study with me

i know its saturday, and i'm supposed to post on fridays, but i had already posted something yesterday before leann and i decided to do our p31 project for the day. it's entirely my fault. so, here's my post!


P31:22:  "she makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple"
P31:23:  "her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land."

good! another verse about homemaking! i like this. and funny story, i'll maybe be buying a new "covering for my bed" in the near future. because, you know, there's this white blanket i like at bed bath and beyond, and we just got a 20% off coupon... but i digress.

i think leann put it best: clothed in fine linen and purple isn't as much buying expensive, brand-name clothes, as it's taking care of what you have and presenting yourself in a manner that shows you care how you look. because, like she said, i feel a lot better about myself when i wear something decent than i do when i wear jeans and a baggy sweatshirt.

as for the husband part? well it just goes to show that all of this stuff that the p31 woman is called to do-- upkeep on her house, provide good foods, etc-- it's not for her. it's for everyone around her. by having this sort of presence, it will make her family well-respected also.

so quick sidenote here. this isn't about how you take care of your house. it's not about the clothes you wear. it's not about how respected your husband is. it's about your outward love for jesus. if you love jesus enough on the inside that it exudes from you, you're displaying traits of the p31 woman. that's our goal here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

brick by brick

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for the rest of the year, i will breathe.
just breathe.
just
breathe.

when i grade exams for my students
just breathe

when i plan my training schedule
for the next 12 months
just breathe

when i host a christmas party for
dear, dear friends
just breathe

when i cook christmas eve dinner
-- traditional ukranian style--
for an ever-growing crowd
just breathe

when i relax in the evenings
because i'm out of school
for three weeks
just breathe

when i crochet a blanket
that's taking me a year
just breathe

when i shop for husband's
stocking fillers
just breathe

when remembering what we're 
really celebrating december 25th
just breathe

when studying the advent season
just breathe

when preparing for 2012
just breathe

just breathe
just breathe
relax

Thursday, December 15, 2011

thankful thursday

blame it on the holidays.
or being thisclose to done with school.
or that i've just been very happy lately.

i have a large list for you today!
75. relaxing walk in the woods
76. animal tracks
77. homemade chai lattes
78. homemade hot cocoa
79. walmart take-and-bake pizza on thanksgiving
80. santa in the macy's parade
81. finding "new" pants in my closet
82. fire pits
83. red wine
84. dark chocolate
85. surprise gifts for someone else
86. new lotion
87. a clean bathroom
88. knee-high socks
89. prayer
90. a good ballpoint pen
91. chocolate-covered peanuts
92. a freezer full of comfort food

Friday, December 9, 2011

What I've been up to

Yes, yes, I miss you too. But I've been terribly busy at home and haven't had time to write to you. So here's a quick recap of what I've been up to lately:


Getting my butt kicked.


Letting some homeless people live with us.


Being a tourist.


And a tourist.


And a tourist.


Cleaning the dishes.


Finally catching up to 2001. Never mind that I'm 10 years late.


Preparing.


Learning from him.


And visiting the aquarium.

See? I've been a little too busy to chat. And you know you're only seeing the fun parts. You don't get to see the homework, the big project, or the fiasco with my final exam that I'm giving. So take this with a grain of salt.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

thankful thursday

here's what i added to my 1000 things button this week:

73. that husband has just the right words sometimes
74. parents visiting!

just because it's short doesn't mean it's not sweet. or that my world was not full of things to be thankful for. it may just mean that i have been busy, and savoring each memory instead of documenting. or that the week has been so happy that all of the good memories blend into each other and i can't tell where one ends and the next begins. because it's hard to put walmart take-and-bake pizza and deer-watching on thanksgiving into enough description so that you realize just how thankful i am for these things.

and so, my dears, i leave you with a quiet thankful thursday this first day of december.
yes.
december.

welcome, december.