Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Family Pictures

{Pictures I took on Easter of the fam}

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Struggle

I struggle daily.

I'm not perfect.

Honestly, I'm glad I'm not.

My struggles make me depend on God.

I struggle with food (big surprise there...I've talked in detail about that before).  I struggle making good choices, I struggle with being lazy, and I struggle with taking care of this body I've been gifted.

I struggle with selfish thoughts.

I struggle with loving others (especially a few others that get on my nerves).

I struggle with thinking too highly of myself.

I struggle daily.

I say all of this to say, I know that I have a great life.  I know that I showcase that here in my corner of the Internet.  But I want you to know one thing about me: I'm the biggest of sinners.  I'm the worst offender.  I'm NOTHING without the love and grace of Christ.

I also want you to know that if you feel the same way, that you're too far gone, you're hopeless, you're a terrible human're not.  There is hope in God.

He can forgive and redeem and make new.

I still struggle, but I know who to turn to when I struggle and I know the most important thing: I'm a God girl who is created to be more than a conqueror.  With His help, I can find victory and freedom.  All I want in life is what God wants for me.  I'm hoping I can align myself with Him and walk in that way.

I may struggle, but I have God there carrying me through it. And for that, I'm SO glad.

I'm also glad you're here following along on my sometimes crazy, sometimes boring, sometimes fashionable, sometimes kooky little life. :)


Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Recap: Friends and Easter

We had a great weekend!  Lots of fun and family time.

Friday after work, I stayed in town and did some leisurely shopping.  In fact, it was mostly looking because I went into Target, Kirklands, and Bed Bath and Beyond, and didn't buy a THING!  I did get some fun stuff at Brick City Emporium though! ha!

After some shopping, we had dinner for my friend Candyce's birthday!  Here's the pretty birthday girl!

And all of us at dinner.  Fun friends I've met through Zumba...

Saturday morning, I was able to sleep in a bit, do some housework, and then go to rehearsal for Easter.  I was Mary Magdalene in our church I looked like a jedi! ha!

After rehearsal, I picked up Caitlyn and she and I did some shopping.  Then we came home and cooked everything for Easter lunch.  After our cooking, the family came over and we spent some time outside.

Gavin and Dwayne even caught a catfish in our pond! 
We went over to Mom's for dinner and to dye eggs!
We went a little overboard with the colors! ha!
After dinner, Tyler played soccer with the kids (and a dog!).

Easter was GREAT with two wonderful services, a great lunch (that I hosted at our house!), an egg hunt, and some family photos (which I'll share later in the week).

We had all this wonderful family all together.

I hope you had a great weekend!  Happy Monday. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five: Fun Stuff

This week was not all fun.  Tuesday and Wednesday I was home with pink eye.  Boo.

But a few fun things happened.

1. Mikey looked super cute while I worked at home.  This is him saying "Mom, stop working and play with me!"

2. Monday night when we were in NWA, we found some Fiesta tablecloths while we were shopping.  I finally put mine up.  It's so bright and cheery!

3, Tyler started working this week!  Woop!  He's selling life insurance, so he's gone all day.  We knew we wanted to install a gate for Mikey to keep him in the kitchen/mudroom all day.  Tyler got it up and working.
And real life, for the pic above, I had to move the shotgun that always sits there.  We have critters to shoot, y' right now we keep a gun handy.  (Don't worry...when we have kids, those things will be locked in the gun safe).

4. I found some roommates for ARWB and got all registered!  I'm excited to finally meet lots of local bloggers and learn more about growing this corner of the Internet!

5. I'm going out tonight with some friends for one of my friend's birthday. I will be working out beforehand so I can eat chips and drink a margarita. Gotta do what ya gotta do.  Earn those treats!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


I'm thinking about going to ARWB's Conference for the first time this year.  Who else is going?  I need a roommate before I commit because I don't want to pay for a whole room!  Let me know if you're thinking of going....of if you know someone that is!  The deadline to register is I want to get a roomie soon!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1st CSA Box and Cabbage Stir Fry

I am SO excited about this weekly produce box.  I signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Wild Things Farm just over the Oklahoma border.  Wild Things Farm is actually in Pocola, just about 10 minutes from Fort Smith.  I signed up that I was interested in the CSA program back in the fall, and I got an email weeks ago offering me to join.

I jumped on it!  For my first year, it's $22/week.  I think returning members get a discount at $20/week.

We got our first box on Monday!

It came LOADED with veggies.  It came in a big reuseable box.  We bring the box back with us next week to trade out.
 We had the option, in our email from the farm, to add some herbs to our box this week.  I asked for dill and garlic chives (there was also cilantro and marjoram available).

There were two BIG bags of beautiful, fresh purple asparagus, a bag of butter crunch lettuce, and a bag of kale (hello kale chips!)

There was also a bag full of carrots (gotta find out what to do with the carrot tops!), a bag of spinach, and some spring onions.

This was a GIANT head of napa cabbage.

The email from the farm also said they had mustard and collard greens available, but I wanted to hold off and see how much stuff we were getting before we got in too deep.  I want to be able to use all the produce we get.

So...I used some the produce to make a cabbage stir fry.

I used about 6 cups of chopped cabbage, one spring onion chopped, and 2 carrots shaved with the peeler.  I sauteed them in some oil and garlic.  I sprinkled it with ginger, pepper, and soy sauce.  I added in some brown rice and scrambled an egg. 

I added about a tablespoon of store bought stir fry sauce and we devoured it!

 It was fresh, light, healthy, and locally grown.  I know we are supposed to get at least 9 more CSA boxes this season.  I can't wait to see what other yummy things are coming our way!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trading Wheels

So back in January, Tyler drove to Kansas City and picked up a new (to me) car.  I wanted something more fuel efficient and wanted to trade for something a little newer.  He came home with this: a 2012 Prius V.  

It's JUST what I wanted, and it's a great car.

We listed my old car for sale, but it wasn't moving. I got this as a college graduation gift, and it's been great...but it was just time to pass it along. 

So this past weekend, we took it to NWA with us and Tyler took it to Adventure Subaru to look at trading it.  Well, he found what he wanted: a 2012 Prius C.

Yup.  We now own the baby Prius and the big Prius.  A happy Prius family!  Tyler needed a great fuel efficient car to drive around for his insurance business, and he LOVED my Prius and wanted one too.  The C is more sporty, more compact, and just what he wanted.

So yesterday after work, we said goodbye to Roger the Rogue and hello to this new little guy.

And now to sell a couple of Tyler's cars (yes, he now has 4 cars and a truck! an old Mustang, newer Mustang, a Miata, and the Prius) a couple of those will be going.  But I'm glad we got a great deal on the Prius, got rid of my Rogue, and are all settled for now.

What do you drive?