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Fun with the Family at Universal Studios!

Hey Everybody! This has been one long busy weekend! My Mom and two of my brothers came to stay with us this weekend. We had so much fun!

My Mom and I went shopping for hours!! It was great and I got some great summer dresses and found a graduation dress for my hubby's graduation coming up in about a month. We did a pretty gruesome hike up a mountain and went to Universal Studios! It was s much fun. So I thought I would share a few pictures of our fun weekend with my family.












We had a great weekend and a wonderful start to our Spring Break! I was able to take a few days of work..but tomorrow is back to the daily grind! Work and lots and lots of homework! At least the beginning of Springbreak was fun ;)

Whats up this next weekend: Apartment Hunting!!! :D

How was your weekend?


Headband Love!

So a couple of days ago I posted a million pictures of fun polka dot dresses. I've been looking for one for my husband's graduation coming up soon and I went shopping with my Mom and found the perfect one! It wasn't exaclty what I was looking for but it's perfect!!!

So the next step is finding the perfect headband :D So I of course went to Etsy and decided to share with you some of the fabulous headbands I found!

I need a pink/whiteish one to match my dress but some of these were too cute not to share! Enjoy!

{Click on the link below each picture to go to the item in Etsy}

Have you found any super cute headbands lately?!?
 Share with me!!! :D


Welcome Friday Follow Friends!

It's Friday! The best day of the week ;) And wow am I ready to the weekend!!! This week has been crazy busy but very exciting :D To read more about our exciting week check out yesterday's post.

Friday FollowSo Welcome Friday Follow Friends! I'm glad you have stopped by and I'm excited to get to know you!!

Okay while I of course LOVE getting new followers I also love having followers who actually like my blog and want to read it..I know call me crazy!! ;)
So take a minute to get to know me and if you like what you see then great! Nice to meet you :D If you don't like me...hehe no harm done!

Read my About Me page HERE.
Read about my 2010 Word of the Year  HERE.

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This has been an Exciting Week!

Wow this has been one exciting week for us!!

My amazing Hubby got a job offer this week and we couldn’t be happier!!!
We have been so blessed since August. Hubby has been working full time for great pay at a company that he has been wanting to get into for a long time!! The company didn’t have any open positions, in fact they were doing some layoffs (Yikes!) but they really wanted my husband working for them.

So he impressed the pants off of them and they’ve had him working since August as a temp full time while working on getting him into the company as a full time. Well the company’s hiring freeze just ended and a bunch of jobs opened up. My hubby has been in and out of interviews for weeks now trying to get hired and we got the call a few days ago that they are offering him a position!!!!

And it’s way above where he’s working now :D They are giving him a new job and a promotion essentially. It is going to be in a different office then where he works know which was kinda of a bummer at first but know we are totally excited!!! It’s about 30-40 minutes away from where we are living now. So we decided to look into moving to where his new office is and the housing prices and area looks amazing!!! So assuming all goes well we are starting to look at apartments in the area and will Lord willing, be moving in around June. This will bring us closer to our Sister who is moving down here in the Fall.

We are so excited for everything happening this weekend and soooo excited for my hubby’s new job. He will be starting his new job May 3 which is the beginning of finals week. Haha so he will be in the last week of his bachelor’s degree when he starts his intense training at this new job! Then he graduates that week!!!! Wow…God’s timing could not have been BETTER!!! And we are so excited for him to jump into and start his career.

Also my Mom and brothers are coming to visit us for the weekend and we can’t wait to see them! This has been a fantastic week! And if I’m not blogging too much this week it’s because I will be on Spring break, looking at apartments (YAY), enjoying relaxing time with my Hubby, and bonding with my family.

I hope you all have a great weekend!!!


Polka Dot Love

So. I. Love. Etsy!!! Yes, it's no secret...if I was a millionaire I soon wouldn't be because all my money would be spent on Etsy! Hehe anyway I have been looking for a new dress lately for my husband's graduation. And I am in love with polka dots right now!!!

So where else do I go then Etsy? I thought I would share with you some of my fabulous finds!!!

Most of these are a bit too pricey for me...but hey a girl can dream!!! ;)

Click on the link below the picture to view the item.

Okay this one is like my favorite dress Ever!!! lol it is soo adorable...I wish I had somewhere to where it to ;)

This one would be fun for work!

Okay and know for my Favorite one that I would love to have for my Hubby's graduation:
But alas I will have to find one that fits my budget..Ross here I come!!! :D

What are some of your favorite Spring trends right now?

And if you know of any cute inexpensive dresses please let me know where to find them! I'm on the hunt for a fun dress..and it doesn't have to be polka dot...hehe.

Do you SocialSpark?

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I haven’t done very much with it yet but so far, so good.

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SocialSpark was very easy to sign up for. It took less than 5 minutes and I was exploring the site. And like I said, the site is very clean and user friendly. After you initially sign up SocialSpark has to verify your blog but for me this only took a few days and I was verified and ready to explore more of SocialSpark.

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Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World

A couple of weeks ago my husband went to the Shepherd’s Conference at Grace Community Church. He had a Great time and came home with 33 new books! I wrote a post about that HERE.

So anyway, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to blog let alone crack open any of our new books (all of which I am very excited to start reading!!). But this week I decided to give up a little blogging time (and sleeping time) to try out one of my new books. And boy I’m sure glad that I did!

The first of our Shepherd’s conference books that I started was:
“Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World”
By Carolyn McCulley

{Now before I begin, please note that I am not receiving anything for this review. I simply love spreading the word about great new books. Especially because you never really know what you are going to get picking up a Christian book. There are so many different types of Christian books out there. From ultra conservative to ultra liberal.}

So here goes: My Review

I began this book a little skeptical because only so many books can be written on Biblical womanhood without everything beginning to repeat. And I have never found a more comprehensive book on biblical womanhood than Martha Peace’s book “The Excellent Wife” {I highly recommend this book to everyone!!!!}. The bar is already set really high for a book on womanhood to even compare.
But I was pleasantly surprised! After reading Peace’s book the first few chapters of McCulley’s book seemed a bit too basic {Although she does quote Peace’s book :)}. But don’t stop reading!! The first few chapters are a great summary. However I do recommend that you read Martha Peace’s book first to better understand where McCulley base of Biblical womanhood is coming from.

After {briefly} describing Biblical womanhood she then delves into the Feminist world view {Now it gets interesting!!}.
McCulley herself used to be a feminist and has a first hand view of what that means. In one chapter she lays out the fascinating history of Feminism and the modern effects on our culture. Many of us who are under 30 or 40 don’t often even realize the effects that feminism has had on our modern ideas of womanhood and motherhood.
She makes a great call to Christian woman to live Biblically in a feminist world.

The Bottom Line:
I highly recommend this book!! But like I said I do recommend you read “The Excellent Wife” first. Especially if you are not very familiar with this definition of Biblical womanhood. To get a little glimpse of her book check out my post HERE on living life as a godly wife.

McCulley did a great job of pulling many different resources together to present a succinct overview of feminist history and its affects today. While this book does not go into every detail of this subject it does present enough if you wanted to get a good solid overview and a quick read. It presents a jumping off point if you want to delve deeper into this subject.

Have you read this book? What do you think about it? Do you have other books like this you want to recommend!!?

Friend Making Monday!

I keep seeing people doing this Friend Making Monday so I popped over to see what it was and decided to partake!

I love this idea because I love getting to know new bloggers! And it's hard to find new people sometime...and even when you pop over to someone's page you may not know right away if you two will get along.
So with Friend Making Monday there are different questions each week you fill out so that when you pop on over to other blogs you have a fun way to get to know them a little bit! I'm excited to find some new friends today!!

Here Goes:
1. Favorite things about Spring: I loathe cold weather and so my favorite thing about Spring is all the nice beautiful warm weather that's coming out again! I love the feeling right after a rainy season to step outside into the bright warm sunlight :D

2. What I'm doing for Spring Break: My Mom and two of my brothers are driving down to come stay with us for half of the week! We are gonna have so much fun. We are going to Universal Studios one day and the rest...I'm not sure yet. But I'm excited! Then the second half of Spring break will be homework, homework, homework, focusing on Jesus, and then some more homework.

3. Favorite Spring flower: My favorite Spring fower is for sure the gerbera daisy!!! It is my ultimate favorite flower and the theme of my wedding :D
4. Do you have a garden? No :( Unfortunitly right now we live in an apartment and there is no place for a garden...aaaw but some day! :)

5. If so, what do you grow. I would grow everything!!!

6. Do you do Spring cleaning? Oh yes oh yes of yes. Actually I am in the middle of it right now. I gotta get my house all clean for my messy brothers to come mess it up ;) I actually enjoy it..well not in the middle of but at the end I feel so relaxed to have my house clean.

7. What is your weather *really* like right now? {Just b/c it's "officially" spring, doesn't mean that it feels like it for some of you} Oh our weather is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I live in sunny Southern California and the weather is amazing!!!! It's a little overcast right now but this week has been amazing!

8. Snapped any weather related photos lately? Share one with us! No! I've been stuck inside while this amazing weather is going on outside!! I gotta grab my camera and head outside!

9. What's your favorite thing to do on a sunny afternoon? Grab a great book and head out to our porch and sit in the warm sun reading :)

10. Favorite TV show right now? DEXTER! Haha it is a great show!! I love that it has moved to regular channel though. While it is a great show with great content, there is just WAY too much nudity and swearing. WAY too much!!!!! But know it is off of showtime :)

I can't wait to get to know you all better! Visit my About Me page up in my menu bar to get to know me even more. I'm excited to make some new friends today!

Do you want to join in on the fun? Then head over to meet Amber HERE. Isn't her blog just adorable!?!?

Have a wonderful Spring Day!


Intentionally Living...My Attitude

Okay after a longer break that I anticipated here is the second post in my Intentionally Living series.

If you’re new to my blog then head up to my menu bar and check out my 2010 Word of the Year post or click HERE to see it. For 2010 I decided that my word for the year would be Intentional. I am going to be Intentional about living out my faith, my love and my life.

So far I have 12 statements that about how I am going to Live Intentionally this year. The first was on living as a godly wife. Click HERE to view that post.

My second statement for this year is…
I am going to be intentional about being in a good mood whenever I'm at home.

This is the perfect one for me to writing on this week. I have been in a funky mood all week. You know sometimes when you just get in a funk and can’t seem to get out of it? It happens to be everyone once in a while and I hate it!

Anyway…this is a big one for me. I’m not a too terribly moody person. However my frustration with things often gets taken out of my poor innocent Hubby.

When I’m having a bad day I don’t often let many people in on that. At work and class I may seem tired but I seldom let on that I’m just in a stinky mood. Which is good..I shouldn’t take it out on anyone! Lol

But then I get home and I’ve covered my bad mood (I’m sleepy, I’m hungry, I’m sick, I got a bad grade, I feel embarrassed about something…whatever that bad mood may be) all day from everyone and I get with my Hubby and don’t want to cover it anymore. So even though I’m not mad at him in any way it ends up getting taken out on him.

And sometimes it’s not even that I get mad at him it’s just that he’s all happy to see me and I’m in a depressed mood. This is not fair to him!!!

Now this may seem like I do it allll the time, I don’t! Only once in a while…but even that is not God honoring and is not fair to him! My Hubby is a very happy guy and can let things roll right off his back. So no matter what kind of day he has had…he picks me up from work and he’s the happiest guy just to be with me.

Can I share something with you? This has been one of the biggest sin areas in my life when it comes to mine and my Hubby’s relationship. I struggle with having the right response to him when I’m angry. 99.9% of the time he is not even the source of my anger…he’s simply there…wrong place at the wrong time kinda thing.

So the past few years I have been very aware that I do this and have really been trying to change. Some days are much better than others. Some weeks are better than others. But with God’s grace I have noticed my attitude has been changing. And looking back 2 or 3 years ago my attitude has drastically changed.

On days when I’m not responding in the most godly way, God always somehow reminds me of these Bible verses on how to respond in a godly manner.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” Ephesians 4:31

ALL! Let All bitterness. Wrath. Anger. Clamor. And Slander. Put it all away…don’t let any of it sneak out!

“and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure…” Titus 2:4

We are to be self controlled in all things. INCLUDING our moods! As wives we need to live self controlled lives.

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3

This passage is particularly important to me and consequently very convicting. We are to walk in all ways in the calling to which we have been called.

So this year I am going to be even more Intentional about being in a good mood whenever I’m at home. This doesn’t mean that I will put on a smiley face and be “fake” around my husband. I will simply make sure that I don’t let my mood get the better of me and ruin the precious time spent with my hubby. And when I can articulate my feelings in a more calm manner than it’s easier for my husband to comfort me and get me talking about what’s eating me up (which even I don’t always know what that is until I start talking it through.

Do you struggle with this sometimes? I’m sure it must be even harder for you Mothers!! How do you all handle your mood?


Friday Follow

It's Friday...again...so soon? Wow..this week flew by!!

Anyway welcome new Friday Follow Friends :D I'm glad you have stopped by. Take a few mintues and get to know me:

Read my About Me Section HERE
Read about my 2010 Word of the Year HERE

I'm glad you stopped by and I can't wait to get to know you all :D I usually post more than  have this past week..I've been very busy.
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Have a great Friday everyone and a FANTASTIC weekend :D

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My Hubby & His Popcorn

I havn't had hardly any time the last few weeks to blog which makes me sad :( I just started my blog back in October and am reall enjoying it now!! I long to form great new relationships and see where God is leading me with my blog and possibly online ministry..but more of that later.

For a little while I will just be posting quick posts to remind you all I'm still here ;)

And today I'm thinking about my Hubby :D He just started working night shifts last night for the next three weeks. Poor guy, like he's not already busy enough!!! Now through night shifts on top of that?!? Anway he got home early this morning around 5:30 so I got to spend the morning with him which I NEVER get to do...so it was really nice.

And right now he is at an interview for a REALLY amazing job!!! I'm thinking about and praying for him!!

And I came across these cute pictures and wanted to share. We recently got a popcorn machine and he LOVES it!!!! Don't believe me? Check it out:

I love this picture of him! He looks so cute and happy as he catches the falling popcorn!

And honey when you get up today and read this I hope you know how much I Love You ♥


Q & A Part 1

I have been so busy lately I have not had ANY time to write any posts :( But I'm back for at least a couple quick posts.

Last week I aksed you guys to ask me any questions you had and I got some great responses. So this is post one of my Q & A answers.

This post is Wedding related! Yay! I LOVE this subject :D
And if this post brings up any new questions, feel free to ask away!!

Okay here goes:

1) What was your favorite detail from your wedding?
Wow this is such a great question that really got me thinking about our wedding day again ;) And it came down to our family. Our family was the best detail in our wedding. We have a LOT of siblings. I have three younger brothers and my hubby has 6 younger siblings...yes you heard me right...6!!! Anyway my three brothers were his groomsmen along with his oldest brother as his Best Man. His oldest sister ws my maid of honor and his next sister was one of my bridesmaids. His youngest sister was our flower girl and his two youngest brothers were our rings bearers. It was such a blessing to have our family so close to us at the wedding. Some of our siblings were a bit young to be in our wedding part but it was the best dicisions we made! It was wonderful.

2) Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to Hawaii! It was simply amazing!!!! Neither of us had ever been before and it was wonderful. My Mom's wonderful and amazing boyfriend gave us our honeymoon as our wedding present :D aaand he did it as a suprise. We knew he was plannng it but didn't know ANY details and it turned out being amazing! I pretty much planned being that we live so far away from our family so it was really nice to not have to plan it. It the THE most amazing honeymoond :D

3) What did you enjoy the most about your honeymoon (besides the obvious ;))
Oh everything about our honeymoon was amazing! We really didn't do any one huge thing. We went to a waterpark one day which was a BLAST! The park was empty and we got to ride all the rides as much as we wanted! Another day we went and to Pearl Harbor which was amazing to see. After seeing Pearl Harbor we took a bus around the whole Island and got to see lots of Hawaii. But what I loved the most was just the relaxing time by the pool with my HUSBAND!!! We were so busy and crazy having finals a WEEK before the wedding...yes a week! and then the wedding and everything it was so nice to just relax. It was so amazing to be sitting with my Husband :D Our honeymoon was perfect!

The CheeseCake Factory in Hawaii :)

4) Do you remember what you cooked/baked for your first meal as husband/wife?
Wow this is such a great questions..but honestly...I have NO idea!!! I wish know that I remembered but I don't. I do remember however that our first meal together other than our wedding dinner was McDonalds!! Haha very romantic!

Our first meal married: McDonald's at the Airport ;)

Wow these were great questions and if you want to know more about the wedding just let me know! I love everything that has to do with Weddings!!!!! Anything and everything ;)

Next up will be where the Mr. and I plan on going in the next few years. So if you have any questions about that let me know :)


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