No More Naked Door

I like to decorate or house, especially for seasons, but during the summer, there isn’t much you can do except brighten the house with lovely flowers.  I bought some silk flowers to put in the vase in our hallway, and that made me happy for a while, but I began to feel like the front of our house was naked.

I’d been wanting a spring/summer wreath since Easter was over and I took down the little egg decoration that had been hanging on the front door.  The problem wasn’t that I couldn’t find a wreath I like.  The problem was that I wasn’t willing to spend $50 for  it.  One day while showing Chad a particular wreath that I thought was pretty nice, he mentioned that I could probably make one just like it.  I thought, he’s right!  So, that’s exactly what I did.  I went to Hobby Lobby during a time when their floral stuff was half off.  I purchased the wreath base and then picked out flowers that I thought would look gorgeous together.  I brought it all home and put it together, hot-gluing to secure the flowers.  I tied a ribbon on the back to hang it up, and it is now adorning our front door.  I have to say that I am more pleased with this wreath than any other that I saw to purchase.  I’m so glad I was able to make it just the way I wanted, and, the best part, for under $25! That might seem like a lot, but comparable wreaths that I liked and wanted to buy were originally $80-$100. Even on sale, they don’t beat the price of this Jennie-made wreath. Feel free to stop by and admire it or wave to it.  There are only a couple more months until the fall decor goes up.

Top Ten Reasons I Think my Husband is the Cutest

#10 He times how long we cook our meat at The Melting Pot to ensure it has been exactly 2 minutes.

#9 He tucks me in with a kiss EVERY night and answers when I call for my “tucker.”

#8 To appease me, he wears his snowman pajama pants at Christmas time.

#7 He takes his Harry Potter book with him everywhere “just in case” there is a chance he can read it.

#6 When he knows how my sentence is going to end, he mouths along with my words without realizing it.

#5 He throws a little hissy fit when he has to go back to work after lunch.

#4 He gave me this t-square to help with Uppercase Living.

#3 He says, “Look, my socks match my outfit.”

#2 He actually believed that it was me under the covers and told the pillows, “wakey, wakey.”

#1 Just look at that face.

I love you, cutie!

100 Posts

I like to celebrate milestones in our life and in our marriage, so why not on our website as well?  I noticed when I finished my last post that we have now written and published 100 posts (this one makes 101).

On average, we have written a post every 5.6 days.  January is the month of most writing with an average of 10 posts per month.  July might come in second place, but we have only been through 1 full July since having the site.

It is so nice to look back at the things we have done and what we were thinking. We hope to keep them coming by the hundreds.  Thanks for reading!  Enjoy all 100 of them!

Lifetime and Eternity

Ok, I hate to admit it, but I watched that show on Lifetime called Drop Dead Diva, and I kinda liked it.  It is about this cute model who dies, and when a gate keeper is trying to decide whether she should go to heaven or hell, the girl hits a button to make her go back to earth.  The twist is that she returns into the body of an overweight, not as cute, girl, Jane. Now, she has to pretend that she is Jane, who is smart and a lawyer.  It is actually a pretty cute and funny show.  The actress who plays Jane does a really good job of trying to be this self-centered model trapped in a plus-sized woman’s body.

When the girl first dies on the show, the gate keeper looks on a computer and can’t determine where she should go because she has done just as many good things as bad things, so there is this straight line across the computer screen.  I know I used to think that that’s how it worked: you do more good than bad, you go to heaven.  The only problem with that is, who decides what’s good enough and what’s bad enough?  If it’s us, well, we can always find someone worse than us.  And if it’s God, well, we could never reach the perfection of God.  Thankfully for us, that’s not how it works!  We do not work for our spot in heaven.  Grace is given to us by our Father.

In Bible, it says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

So, what the show really should have looked like is this.  The gatekeeper looks at the computer, and he doesn’t see “Was she good or bad?”  He turns on the screen, and looks: “Did she love Jesus?”

Birthday Fun

I had a wonderful birthday!

The celebrating started on Monday, when my mom and dad stopped in Bowling Green on their way back to Louisville from Atlanta.  They showed up at my door with a balloon and cupcakes.  It was so sweet…literally! The cupcakes were delicious.  We met Chad at Mariah’s for lunch and then came back to the house where they gave me some nice gifts.  It was a good visit, even though it was short.  I will see them again this weekend when I go to Louisville.

Tuesday (my actual birthday), Chad woke me up by bringing me breakfast in bed.  The menu was the same as last year, but this year he brought me two dozen pink and red roses.  They were beautiful, and it is the best way to be woken up.  During Chad’s lunch break, I met him at AT&T to get my birthday present, an iPhone.  Now I can have something to play with when Chad’s on his.

That evening, I had a couple girls over for a bible study.  My friend, Jaclyn, surprised me with a cookie cake.  She didn’t even know that I like them.  I thought that was very sweet.  We enjoyed our study and talking over cookie.

After the girls left, Chad pulled out a Blizzard ice cream cake that he had ordered for me.  It was Tagalong flavor.  Can you tell that I like sweets?  Even Quiznos sent me a coupon for a free cookie.  We decided to wait until after dinner to dig in.  Then, he surprised me with another gift, a makeup mirror.  I thought it was precious because he was able to remember that I have wanted one from a long time ago.  It was months ago that I told him how, if I don’t do my makeup in the closet, I have to move my full length mirror to another room or use a tiny little compact mirror.  He actually wrote it down, so he could remember to get it for me.  How sweet!

Next, Chad and I went to Red Lobster for dinner.  Chad doesn’t usually want to go there, so I took advantage of getting to choose.  He loved it, though.  He really likes the lobster pizza.  We came home and enjoyed the blizzard cake.  It was sooooooo good.  I really liked it.  The rest of the evening was spent just relaxing with my hubby.  It was a wonderful birthday!  Thanks, everybody!