Tuesday, July 31, 2012

grab a coffee and study with me

P31:26-27 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

i'm back to reviewing with the study bible this time.

although proverbs has often used men as concrete examples of wisdom, the proverbs apply equally well to women, and the wisdom that god teaches in proverbs can be well understood by both men and women. she looks well to the ways of her household focuses on this woman's diligence in caring for her home and her children and servants. her rejection of idleness embodies one of the chief virtues of proverbs.

this is a passage that comes at just the right time (but don't they all seem to?). i had just been thinking recently about speaking kindly-- and whether i do or do not. i think, more often than i'd like to admit, i don't speak kindly. not that i'm necessarily mean, but being unkind can be worse than being outright mean sometimes. and same with the wisdom! am i speaking off the cuff and not thinking about what i'm saying, or am i being wise in considering the effect my words will have on others?

again with the household statements. i am a homebody. i love to stay home, i love to host people over, i love to cook, and i love to clean (gasp!). but i do. i feel worthless when i sit and don't do anything-- which speaks to me finding my worth in doing. one thing i need to make sure i'm taking time for is intentional rest. not lazy days, but intentional rest. time for sleeping well. time for meditating. time for relaxing with husband. there's a delicate balance to be found, and i hope to someday be balanced.

Monday, July 30, 2012

my biggest blog redesign

and no, it's not mine. i recently updated my MIL's to help her aim the look of her blog towards her long-term goals for the blog. if you're a scrapbooker, or just like to get great deals on craft supplies, you're definitely going to want to follow her blog. she's always posting sales at online stores, a great deal Michael's is hosting, or ways to get craft supplies for FREE. you'll learn this and a lot more by visiting her blog. enjoy!

here's the before:

and the after:

this was a fun one, because i got to play around with my adobe photoshop and fireworks to figure out all of the little buttons. i enjoy this because, since i'm done with school, it's my new little project. i hope to work on many more in the future, because i'm also doing this to raise money for our adoption.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Now what?

I finished my master's program on Saturday. Well, I finished it as long as I pass the final I just took. So, when school has been such a big part of my life lately, what do I do now?
Plenty. For one, I blog more often. I like to blog. I like to write about my life even if no one reads it. I'll also take more pictures. I love taking photos, and I'm fairly good at it. I want to do that more and learn more about my camera. I will study the bible more. I will be able to be more consistent in my quiet time because I won't be tired from staying up late studying.
I can read for fun! I can get back to meal planning! I can take care of our home! I can find ways to raise money to help bring a baby into our world! There's plenty to do. And I'm looking forward to doing it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

coaster tutorial

so you all are well aware now that we're adopting. and that we're trying to raise money to bring our baby home. well, this could be a great way to help do that! these coasters make a wonderful gift, but they'd also be a creative way to raise money! think of it: sets of four in pretty colors-- using wrapping paper or scrapbook paper... oh, yes. i can see it now.

so, here's how you can do it!

get tiles. they're like, 10 cents for the cheap-o ones at Lowe's. it's pretty standard to have 4 per set.


find cork, and cut barely smaller than the coasters. my coasters were 4.25" squares, so i cut 4" squares for the cork. oh, and the cork came from target. i'm sure you could get it at a michael's or hobby lobby, but it was a fraction of the cost for 12" squares that i cut into many squares for coasters.


hot glue the coaster to the back of the tile.


cut your photos or fabric to match the tile. again, i did a little smaller, like a 4" square, so there was a slight edge where the tile starts to angle differently.

put a thin layer of mod podge (or similar decoupaging substance) on the tile, place your photo (or fabric) where you want it to go, and press it so there aren't many bubbles. for the photos, it's important to press them or else you'll get a giant bubble right in the middle. layer with mod podge. i use a foam brush and try to not have many streaks in it.


let them dry. when they're mostly dry, do another layer of mod podge, going in the other direction from your first application.


after they've dried the whole way (usually i wait until the next morning to do this step), spray them with a clear matte spray. this helps them to be waterproof-- you don't want all that hard work wearing off with the first glass set on it, do you??-- and it also makes them look professional and really finished.


congrats! you've just made a beautiful set of coasters for a birthday or christmas present! it's neat to do something personal. my friend used her own photos and gave it to family members. i used (probably copyrighted) photos from a Las Vegas book to match my daddy's LV bar. you can use anything! be creative.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

{frugal} friday

as i mentioned before, adoption is expensive.
but that doesn't mean you can't do it just because you don't have a lot of money.

with a few changes to our spending, and putting a lot of money in a special savings account, husband and i hope to have enough money saved up to adopt our child when a mother chooses us. we are doing this with your help, too (see donate button on right side).

but it's not just donations that help us get where we need to be...
i'll be covering a few different ways that we are saving money around the house (and putting that savings towards the adoption) so that you might be helped by this-- whether you're saving for adoption, or to buy a house, or want to pay cash for your next vehicle!

how to afford an adoption, part 1

one of the biggest blessings we've had is two vehicles. husband and i work at the same location, and we would often ride separately to work just for convenience. he goes in at 6:30 to work out before his 8-5 shift, and i have a 7-3:30 shift. 

the paid-off escape
so we decided to go a little outside our comfort zone and become a one-car family. since the escape above was paid off, we were able to sell it and put all of the money in what we're calling our "babings account". heh. get it? baby savings account. babings account.

our shared jetta!

so now, the slight inconvenience of having one car is totally worth it when we see how much closer we are to our goal. we alter our schedules and both go in early, then i come home before him and pick him up at the train station when he's home. on that note, stay tuned next time when i talk about how we take the train into work (instead of driving) to save money!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

thankful thursday

325. camping weekends
326. farm fresh tomatoes
327. homemade salsa
328. the time to make quality food
329. less than 3 weeks left of school!
330. a husband who helps around the house.
331. new pillows
332. friends with children
333. new phones
334. a god who listens
335. a quiet lake
336. walking with husband and dog
337. oklahoma city
338. the village as a commonality
339. god-provided options
340. fresh air
341. citronella
342. burn relief
343. anonymous donors
344. baseball games

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

it's starting

i haven't been too emotional about adoption yet, because it always seemed so far off.

three months away, then
nine months away, then
a year away, then
three years away.

but no.
it's closer than that.
at least, the start is.
and so here come the emotions.

we have teamed up with an adoption agency and have begun the process. we only sent in the application, but we are so hopeful that this is the agency that is right for us.

there's still so much.
home study
raising moneys

and speaking of moneys, you might notice a new button on my blog
over there.
it's a donate button.
so you can help us bring a child into our arms.
it costs approximately $20,000 to adopt an infant from the United States.

more options coming soon, but for now, will you prayerfully consider donating? every small amount will help us get closer to our goal.

Monday, July 9, 2012

{old} music monday

downloading some tunes from amazon, thanks to some free credits i'd acquired. at the recommendation of my bestie, i picked up some death cab for cutie, circa 2005:

also damien rice from 2009: