The Simple Women's Daybook # 3

FOR TODAY...from Jami's Daybook
Outside my window...I am deep in the library right now (Taking a break from studying) so there are no windows near me. I suppose if there were a window you would see many students studying.
I am thinking...of all the information I must know for my Old Testament Theology quiz in 30 minutes...
I am thankful for...my wonderful family that I just got to spend a terrific weekend with!
From the kitchen...Mmmm Hot Artichoke and Spinach dip and pizza bites. I just got an appetizer cookbook and have been on a kick...haha
I am wearing...my super warm pink ugg boots, black shirt with jeans and a light green jacket with a black coat over..I get cold easy..haha
I am creating...well starting to think about creating our Christmas card for this year. I think I'm gonna play around on photoshop and try to create our own...we'll see how it goes!
I am going...to Old Testament Theology class in about half an hour. I LOVE the class, but hate the time it's at. 7:30-10:30p.m. ick!
I am reading..."Theology of the Old Testament" by Walter Eichrodt
I am hoping...to decorate our apartment for Christmas on Wednesday!! Should be fun!!
I am hearing...The sound of typing and of computers whirring...not much else..I'm in the library.
Around the house...there are boxes of Christmas decorations. I had the hubby bring them up from the garage and just waiting to put them up! the house looks messy in the meantime.
One of my favorite things...is messing around with photoshop! :D
A few plans for the rest of the week:like i said, we will hopefully be decorating our apartment for Christmas and other than that I have a HUGE term paper due so lots of research and then finals in two weeks..fun! haha
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

*Our first Thanksgiving Married*

Haha Meme is in the background! I'm sure she would love that if she knew I was posting this! ;)

Thankful Thursday # 3

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Okay so I'm a few days late. What can I say, I was on vacation. So back to my normal routine, I figured I would post thankful Thursday better late than never. So Here goes.

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

If you would like to participate head over to Truth 4 the Journey and learn how to connect and share your thankfulness!

So this week I am so thankful for so many things! I will have to narrow it down:

1) I am thankful for chapel at my school. Yes, I said it. If you have talked to me for 2 minutes before about APU you will quickly learn that I am not fond of our chapel. I feel that they never really talk about anything in Chapel. It's all fluff and doesn't encourage anyone to grow. But I am so thankful for the opportunity to slow down and praise God for an hour every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. It's sandwiched in between my classes and it is a fantastic time to slow down and get your priorities straight for the coming day and week. We have great worship leaders and I am so thankful for the built in time to praise our Lord.

2)I am thankful for my family! This is usually on my list, but I can never say it enough. The Hubby and I were able to go home for thanksgiving and it was a fantastic trip! We got a ton of time to bond with our family, but it made us want to move back up to Sacramento even more!

3)I am thankful for Black Friday!!! I have never gone shopping on black Friday before and neither had my Mom. So we decided to brave the crowds and we are soo glad that we did! It ended up being a fantastic day!! It was so much fun (I'm definitely doing it again next year!) and we got some GREAT deals, A TV (woohoo!!), boots, a super cute jacket and other things.

4)I am thankful for this time of year. Not only is Christmas an amazing day to celebrate our Lord and Savior, it is just a cheerful time! Our finals are in two weeks and stress levels are running high! But because of the time of year it doesn't seem so bad. I LOVE this time of year!!!!

5)I am so thankful for our apartment. I am so excited to decorate this year!!! I absolutely love decorating and this will be our first Christmas married! We are both really excited to get our apartment in the Christmas mood! We are excited to get in the Christmas mood and to start some awesome traditions of our own.

What are you thankful for?


The Simple Woman's Daybook # 2

FOR TODAY...November 23
Outside my window...Darkness and my balcony.
I am thinking...how dead my brain is after a full weekend and know full afternoon of writing papers..a brief rest then off to class from 7:30 until 10:30 :( ick
I am thankful for...my Wonderful family!! I am so excited to see all our family again! It's been too long. Our first Thanksgiving married :D
From the kitchen...Eh. Not too much. Jason actually made lunch and dinner today :( I've been a busy wife today!
I am wearing...Jeans, CBU tshirt, and pink sweatshirt with my comfy slippers...im so comfy!
I am creating...homemade advent calendar still...it's a much larger project that I first realized. Hopefully finishing it tomorrow.
I am going...to class in an hour. Love the class, hate the time it's at.
I am reading...a TON of books on Ancient Near Eastern myths concerning the Great Flood...I LOVE this subject! (It's for a paper by the way..but I do Love it)
I am hoping...To get some good sleep tonight.
I am hearing...Friends (the show) in the background
Around the house...things are clean! We went on a cleaning spree this weekend! Our apartment is beauitful! haha
One of my favorite things...Hot Tea on cold nights
A few plans for the rest of the week: Thanksgiving!!! We are leaving Wednsday evening. Unfortuniyl we cannot leave until after my Hebrew Lab at 5:20. Ick then an 8 hour drive!
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...(add your picture here)
Okay well three pictures...I'm reminicing about Thanksgiving!!!
The Hubby and I*Thanksgiving 2008
Thanksgiving 2008 at the Balmet's
Thanksgiving 2008 at the Sherman's


Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday # 2

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

It's that time of week again! Thankful Thursday! This is only my second thankful Thursday but I have already noticed how beneficial it is for me. I started thinking about on Monday what i was thankful for so I could post my new blog on Thursday (haha I know, not the best motive). But it got me into a mood of being thankful. My mind started automatically praising God for the things going on. I know, I know, I should be doing this automatically anyway! But my days are so darn busy and I'm always running around that I tend to forget to just stop and praise our God for how great he is. Now this is NOT an excuse! I'm just glad I found this meme and have been getting my thoughts in the right place. So here goes:

1. I am thankful for Truth 4 the Journey for starting Thankful Thursday! It is such a wonderful way to share with everyone what God is doing in your life.

2. I am thankful for my photoshop elements. I had a scrapbooking program that I used to love but have recently migrated to the wonderful world of photoshop! And know I am in love...however having elements just makes me realllllllly want to get Photoshop Cs3 (well i really want CS4 but it was just released and is like $600...haha)

3. I am thankful for my wonderful Hubby who is so supportive of my crafting needs. I am always working on something new and he is always so supportive of me. Whether it's the time it takes to take a hour long (or more ;) ) trip to Michael's, not minding when I spend hours (and money) on Etsy and being supportive of the time I take to work on projects. Currently I am in the middle of 3 projects: A crocheting project, making a advent calendar, and working on blog designs (Soo much fun)! He is always so excited (or pretends to be) when I show him a new project I just finished! He is so cute and tells our family and friends the latest things I made! Thanks Hubby!!!

4. I am thankful that we get to go home next weekend to see our family. We originally didn't know if the Hubby would have the day after thanksgiving off, but he does :) Praise the Lord!

5. I am thankful for my cell phone. Yes, I said it!! I know all the arguments that cell phones make people less social because you ignore people and text blah blah blah. haha but for me it makes me more social. I am not a phone talker. I will talk to you face to face, but the phone? Forget it!! But with my phone I'm able to text and stay in touch with my friends and family when I wouldn't normally be able to. I'm able to catch up with the Hubby during the day and see how he's doing without having to be on the phone all day. My mom is able to send me pictures of the new house she's working on and tell me how's shes doing while I'm at work and she's fixing up the house.

Sorry this was a long one this week! I tend to explain too much when a sentence would have sufficed..sorry!

The Simple Women's Daybook # 1

Well I found something new and fun to do. It's called The Simple Women's Daybook.

This meme is supposed to be on Mondays but since I just found it I will do the first one today.

Here goes:

FOR TODAY..From Jami's Daybook

Outside my window...Warm sunny November day in Southern California

I am thinking...how much I am enjoying this coffee I'm sipping!

I am thankful for...My Wonderfuly Husband

From the kitchen...Chicken Stirfry

I am wearing...A new black dress with red shoes and a red headband

I am creating...An advent calendar and working on my own blog designs. This blue design was made by me :) Not the header though

I am going...Home to Placerville next weekend!

I am reading...Deuterenomy 5

I am hoping...For some cool weather soon

I am hearing...Typing

Around the house...Christmas decorations are screaming to be put up!!

One of my favorite things...Reading a great book with a hot cup of tea in front of the fire

A few plans for the rest of the week: 2 massive papers due next week for the same teacher (2 different classes). Then packing to go home for thanksgiving!! Oh and buying me an alarm clock..I keep sleeping through my phone alarm :(

Hereis my picture of the day: My New Headband :) I love it! I just got my bangs cut last week and ever since I've been in LOVE with headhands!

If you want to join in go to this link: http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/


Tv Tuesday!

So I have decided to make my very own Meme. TV Tuesday!
my Husband and I love to watch tv. I love movies but there is something about Tv shows that I really love. Maybe it's the excitement of getting to see a new episode each week. Maybe it's the fact that sooo much more character development happens than with movies. I don't know, but I'm addicted.

Anyway I decided to start a meme discussing the past week's tv shows, new shows starting soon, and past shows.

I will start by saying CANCELLED!!!! My least favorite word when it comes to Tv shows. Many of my favorite shows have been cancelled way too early. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Tru Calling, My Name is Earl just to name a few. and I just found out that a show I absolutely love is being cancelled in it's 2nd season: Dollhouse!
This show is truly unique and soo intriging! The show has been on a 4 week hiatus and just found out that Fox finally cancelled in. The rest of the season will air but I am crushed. I almost don't want to start watching a new show until it's in it's third season and immensly popular for fear they will tear my heart out and cancel it!! ;)

But good news is we have three great new shows this season that have been getting amazing reviews!
1. Modern Family: It's a 30 minute sitcom and it's sooo funny!!! Every week seems to be getting better than the last!
2. Glee: I heard bad reviews of this show when episode 2 aired so we didn't start watching it until last week when someone told me it's gotten better. And let me tell you, I'm glad we started watching it. Just skip episode # 2..it's extremely sexual! But the show gets better after that.
3. Flashforward: People are calling this show the next Lost. It's an hour long drama and it's fantastic!! The world all blacked out at the extact time for 2 minutes and all have visions of the world 6 months from now. It is soo interesting and unique.

So stayed tuned for next weeks reviews and new shows. Any suggestions of new shows would be fantastic!

Are there any shows you love?

And a button for this meme will be coming soon..just gotta find the time!


Weekend at Cal Baptist!

I was a highschool senior again this past weekend. And it was FUN!! haha

Sienna (The Hubby's sis) is a senior and is looking at Cal Baptist. So I told her I would go to the preview weekend with her. We left Thursday and stayed the night. Let me tell you, Cal Bap is beautiful!! Everything is so green and so spread out. APU is all jammed in next to itself. Their Caf was good and there was an adorable coffee shop!
*Sienna at the School of Nursing*
They had an amazing School of Nursing facility! All their stuff was awsome!
They had sim people who talked, sweat, and one even gave birth.
*Sienna giving CPR!*
*The Sim Mommy and Sim Baby*
*Sienna's New Home!!*
This is where Sienna is going to live! hehe. These are called
the Cottages! They were so cute! This is where we spent the night, waaay better than the
Shelise also drove down with Sienna and had fun with Jason while we were gone. Then all of us had fun together the rest of the weekend!!! I LOVE our family <3>
Thanks for visiting us girls!! and I can't wait until you move down here Sienna!!! :D


Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday # 1

In light of the season I have decided to start doing Thankful Thursday that I found on a great blog (http://truth4thejourney.blogspot.com/)

So What I am thankful for today:

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

1. I am thankful for my husband having to go into work late today. Jason normally works at 7:00a.m. down in East L.A. and gets up reallly early to beat the traffic. I don't normally see him in the mornings except for the quick kiss and goodbye and then I'm Zzzzzzzzz again. But this morning he had to be at work at 9:30 a.m.! i got to wake up next to him! He made me breakfast and then drove me to work! I love and miss mornings like this!

2. I am thankful for Coffee! I haven't been sleeping very good this week due to stress and have been relying heavily on coffee. Thank you coffee!!

3. I am thankful for the College group at Foothill Church. God led Jason and I to our church the very first week that we moved to Southern California and have attended ever since! After a few weeks of attending we heard of a new home group that was forming: College group. We are so thankful to have been with this group from the very beginning. It is so much fun to see the new people that God brings into the group. I love college group and cannot wait until tonight :D

4. I am thankful for the people in my office. They are amazing and it is so refreshing to work in an office full of loving caring Christians. They really are interested in my life and where I am at. They are always there willing to help.

5. I am thankful for wonderful new blogs that I have been discovering that have been a huge inspiration in my life.

Taking the time to stop and thank God is so important in our daily walks. Often when we come to God it's when we need or want something or just need to complain. But God is Good! He is there to lift us up when we are down and to take care of us. I feel so blessed in my life and know that God has been amazing!!! Taking the time to do that is so important! That's why I'm deciding to do Thankful Thursdays!

What are you thankful for?!

-Mrs. Balmet

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,and his courts with praise!Give thanks to him; bless his name”~ Psalm 100:4

Our Wedding!

Can I just gush for a minute? I LOVE MY HUSBAND!!!! :D

As of Tuesday we will have been married for 6 months already! I can't believe it! The time goes by so quickly but it has been the best past 6 months!! We had an amazing summer and now a busy semester but we love it. (For those of you who don't know, Jason works FULL time and is taking 17 units!!!!!! Woah! Talk about an amazing Man providing for his family!!!)

Anyway in light of our halfiverssary ;) I decided to put up some Wedding pictures since I dont't have any on here.

*My Daddy and I*

*Our Vows*

You May Kiss the Bride <3

The Wedding Party
We were so blessed that day. All of both of our siblings were in the wedding party! That's 9 sibling total! Wow!
Plus my beautiful Bridesmaids Stacey Graf, Amy Guerin, and Molly Johnston
And Jason's bestfriend Jeremy Apodaca

It was such a beautiful day!!! And we had the best possible venue ever! it was truely my dream wedding! Althought it was a litttttttttttle hot (Over 100 degrees!!! YIKES!) haha but on the day of I didn't feel a thing!

Thank you to everyone who came! And special thank you to Mike Wright for getting our wedding rings that had been forgotten at home! And to Tyler Johnson for getting the bouts that got left at another home ;)

And sorry to Jacob and Ricky (my two youngest brothers) for *almost* fainting during the ceremony due to the heat, lack of water, and hot black tuxedo suits! You can make me almost faint on your wedding day hehe.

What's up ahead for Jason and I?

Jason's 22nd brithday is coming up in less than a month!! :D Jason is graduating in MAY!!!! Soo exciting and believe me, he's ready to! He is already working full time in a great job as an inspector at Simplex Grinnel and hopes to move up in the company sooooon!!

I'm not graduating for another year but I'm busy looking at graduate schools. I am looking for good masters programs in History. I am currently looking at UCLA's masters in Ancient Near Eastern History...I can't wait to go visit the campus. I've driven by it once and LOVED it..so we'll see.

-Mrs. Balmet


At The Well-In Pursuit of Titus 2

I have just stumbled across a great blog called "At The Well...In pursuit of Titus 2". The blog is just as it sounds, it is a blog dedicated to being a Titus 2 women. It is a wonderful website dedicated to being a faithful women in this crazy world. It has great inspirational stories and lots of new people to meet. It is one of my new favorite blog!!!!

If you are a women please check this blog out, it is wonderful!!!


-Mrs. Balmet

My Love Language

I have not written a blog in almost a month! YIKSE! What can I say, it's midterms season!

Anyway I felt it was time to write one and something that has been on my mind lately is gifts. It's that time of year again. And I LOVE it! I absolutely love giving gifts!! I Love seeing that look on the person I love when they often my gift that I spent hours thinking of and then hunting for it and/or making it. Handmade gifts are my FAVORITE! But that's for another day.

My love of gift giving got my thinking about Gary chapman's book "The Five Love Languages". If you have not read it, Go out and buy it NOW! It is fantastic. My hubby and I baught it when we were first dating and I am so thankful that we did. We have read it together a few times since and have even baught it on tape one time when we had to drive up to NorCal (aaag 8+ hours in the car) and wanted something to listen to. It may seem simple but it has really helped us to understand one another.

Before saying any more let me explain the five languages if you havn't read his book:

1. Words of Affirmation: Speaking kind words such as "Honey dinner was great tonight! Thank you" or "Wow! You look stunning!"

2. Quality Time: Spending time together! But that doesn't mean sitting side by side on the couch watching tv. Quality time it time spent with your undivided attention focused on eachother.

3. Gifts: Spending the time to give gifts that are personal and that the person will really love. People who have gifts as their language love recieving them but not for a materialistic benefit but because it shows their spouse (or friends/family) really love them and will take the time to find the perfect gift for them.

4. Acts of Service: Acts of Service doesn't mean the things that are expected to be done. For example taking out the trash is my hubby's job. But when your spouse does something above and beyond or unexpected. Such as suprising you when you come home by having the dishes all done and the house vacummed.

5. Physcial Touch: This one doesn't mean the rated R type of physcial touch. But a loving stroke on the arm, holding hands, or a quick peck on the cheek. People with phycial touch need that affirming touch of their spouse to feel their love.

So where do you fit in? My number one is gifts as I have already stated. I love givin gifts but I also love recieving them! I love knowing that my hubby is thinking of me and takes time out of his very busy day to pick up something for special to me. It's not about how much money he spends but about thinking of me. Jason get's to work before I am even awake in the morning and this morning he left me a note in the kitchen. These are the kinds of things I love, just knowing he's thinking of me.

Jason's love languages are quality time and physical touch. My hubby is very weird (but also cute hehe) in that he LOVES to watch movie trailers and look up movie trivia. Which is fine, that's his hobby. He could spend hours looking this stuff up. And he LOVES sharing it with me, his family, his friends, whoever he can. He loves that quality time spent sharing it with those he loves. He feels connected by sharing. And his other love language is phycial touch. Usually the women in relationships are the cuddelers, but in our case it's him! haha don't get me wrong, I love to cuddle but not nearly as much as he does. He is sooo sweet.

Not only do understanding our love languages help us to understand each other they help us to understand the other special people in our life. For instance, my mom's love language is words of affirmation (as this is the case with many women). You can buy her all the stuff you want but when she really feels love is when you thank her for the wonderful dinner or tell her how great she made the new bathroom look. Everyone is different but it's wonerful to start noticing how different people are. You can really make someone feel loved by taking a few minutes to find out what makes them tick and then to speak their love language to them.

What's your love language?

-Mrs. Balmet

"Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband." Ephesians 5:33

"Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." Colossians 3:14

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her" Ephesians 5:25

"But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love" 1 Corinthians 13:13


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About Me

Hi :)
I'm Jami and welcome to my Blog!

The first thing you should know about me is that I love Jesus! He is my life and I try everyday to live out my life for Him. It's a tough road to walk and I stumble often but I strive to walk according to His standards.

The second thing you should know is I am deeply madly head over heels in love with my Husband ♥ We got married on May 17, 2009. We are newlyweds and are loving figuring out this thing called life together. He is the most amazing sensetive, caring, godly man I could have ever asked for. He loves watching romantic comedy's, cook's me breakfast (in bed!) and is Always there to listen when I need an ear :) He is my soul mate and I love him ever so much!

The third thing you should know is that I am a craft lady :) I Love love love scrapbooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, cooking, digital things of all kinds, and soo many more. Blogging is a GREAT creative outlet for me and I love it! I have only been blogging since October 2009 and am already learning much about the wide wide world of blogging!

The fourth thing: I am actively seeking a way to make some extra income. We don't have kids yet but our plan is that once we have our first child I will stay home full time from then on {Lord willing}. So for now while I have the time I am actively seeking ways to figure out how to make a little extra money. I am currently so excited to be playing with Etsy and figuring out how it all works. I would love for you to check out my Etsy site :)
You can find our Etsy site HERE

Other than that I love and adore my family. I have an amazing set of parents and three wonderful little brothers. Yes, I am the only girl! Not only do I have a wondeful family but I love my In-Laws. Really, I do!! My Husband has the most amazing family and between his family and mine we have an extensive family net behind us.

Jason (The Hubby) and I are so blessed! God has been amazing to us and we are excited to see what God has in the future for us.

Things coming up: The Hubby recently graduated with his bachelors degree in Math and graduated in the top 10% of his class!!!  I am so very proud of him!! He is so smart and has been an amazing provider for us and I know when we have a family of our own one day he will be THE best provider. Even before graduating college he got a job that could quickly become his career and we are fairly certain he will be at this job for a long long time. I ♥ Him!
I am graduating from college in May 2011 with a bachelors degree in History and Biblical Studies. And no...I'm not using it right away. Haha I will hopefully be working full time in a secretary position of some sorts until we have children {Lord Willing}.

The last thing I'll share is that I wish I had lived in the 50's. I would have LOVED to be a 50's housewife! I share this with you just to say that is what I aspire to be. I know that is a counter cultural message today but that's okay with me! I want to stay home with our kids (when we have them..in a few more years) and homeschool them. I feel that God is calling me to be the best wife and *future* mother I can be. And the 50's housewife is just the sort I want to be :D

{Taken on our first year Anniversary}
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  1. My 2010 word of the year is Intentional. I am  focusing on being Intentional about my life this year. Read more about that HERE.

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