Photograph Friday!

Friday, September 30, 2011

To conclude my week of quietness on the Porch, I decided to wrap it up with some pictures of the Love of my Life. I'm almost certain Caroline hates my new camera, because all I do is sit around and take pictures of her ( is this bad for her ego? YES!). So if you aren't in the mood to read after this long week, you are in luck! Sit back, and let her make you smile as much as she does to me. ENJOY!

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...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

Feeling more TIRED than INSPIRED..Yawn!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sorry I have been away from the porch the past couple of days. My creative wheels have been stuck in "park" here lately. So, due to lack of juices, I have decided to open the porch door to some other places I have found the motivation to even post this post.

* Read THIS website. I have been reading Gala Darling for about 5 months now! Need a self "pick me up?" This is the place to get your perfect dose. I particularly love reading "Things I love Thursday" and "Carousel" on Fridays.

* Stop by and check out THESE amazing ladies. Even if you aren't single, this site is "girl power to the max"!! I always look foward to "Music Mondays". P.S. The Pink Porch will have a post featured on Pink Kisses on October 5th! Mark your Calendars!!

* Definitely visit my lovely sister in Christ's blog! Thanks Stephanie for all your daily words of encouragement. She's a force to be reckoned with...YA'LL!

* Swing by one of my favorite neighborhood momma's blog, Mrs. Ona. She's sure to brighten your day with some witty humor, and make you hungry for some of her OH SO YUMMY Treats!

* Lastly, I found THIS particular article from Real Simple, about balancing work and family as quite an interesting spin on the subject. Check it out!

Let me know what you ladies and gentleman think about the people that add sparkle to my life, when I'm a little less sparkly myself.



...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

Wanna know what it's like to "Drive" in Rush hour in Dallas?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

For those of you who are privileged enough to be at home in your jammies and teddy bear slippers at 8:00 a.m. every morning, or walking to class with Starbucks in your hand, here is some exposure to the real world you will be joining soon. All of us Dallas drivers are just thrilled to welcome you to the roads, let me tell ya!






Welcome to my view every morning! Did you know your car could actually go 2 MPH and you still need to break?



Coming up on George Bush (AKA- The longest, largest entrance ramp ever!)





Lets see how long it takes me to get that 1/2 mile and all the way through another mile. It's 8:11 a.m. GO!




La La La... Still sitting! Notice I'm in the left (fast) lane. HA!





Oh look at that side go! Dang it!




HECK! Even I'll exit George Bush if I can avoid this traffic. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!







Keep in mind: This is after getting a toddler ready and dropped off at school, and BEFORE coffee. KILL ME!






No Break lights! Everyone speed up!





And we are pretty much through...8:22 a.m.



REALLY?! Ridiculous! 12 minutes less than 2 miles




Oh HEY! Yeah, let's welcome all of these new comers onto the highway! Great Idea! There is plenty of room!




Oh LOOK! I just got through that mad house and there is only an 18 minute travel time at 8:22 to my exit! Awesome! I have to be at work at 8:30.


Oh Joy! I have finally gotten OFF the tollway at my exit and am about merge on to 635 with all of these happy commuters! Happy Hump Day DFW!









I live 20 miles from work.



20 miles at an average of 15 MPH



**You do the math**






...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

"A bible that's falling apart, usually belongs to someone who isn't..."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


" A bible that's falling apart, usually belongs to someone who isn't..."

- Charles Spurgeon

So I have to admit that I feel both a little bit jealous and little bit guilty when I look at this picture on my Pinterest ( you should totally find and follow me), because it become clear to me that I am not reading the Word like I COULD be. Yes, I read my bible other than on Sundays. I'm not a luke warm Christian ( at least I hope I'm not in God's eyes), I do follow scripture and embed it into my heart and life, but compared to this bible, I feel like I have never invested myself in any type of biblical study.

THUS THE GUILT.

Furthermore, I can only imagine the fulfillment this owner must experience in their life. Based on the devotion clearly demonstrated. It's obvious that they have dived into scripture, and attempted to embed it in their heart. I want this type of knowledge that is only acquired by those who seek it.

THUS THE JEALOUSY

My cat like self got curious, and I decided to look up some of the scriptures that were captured in this image (though I'm sure it was one of MANY note filled pages).

"But because of this great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."



Ephesians 2: 4-10



Sounds pretty "note worthy" to me!




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Justification!


Yes, that is me! I do not have a bible that looks like this nor does it look any where close to as loved is this. And WHY?! Because I simply don't read it like a life manual as I SHOULD. And again WHY? WELL....





1. Laundry



2. Child Prodigy



3. Cleaning



4. Grocery Shopping



5. DVR Shows



6. Work



7. Commute



8. Family



9. Entertainment every once in a while



10. SLEEP






All of these things are vital to my survival too. RIGHT?!?!?!






God says they are important, but they are not first.






"In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success."



- Proverbs 3:6





SOOOOOO.... Maybe I should strive to have a bible that serves as life support instead of an occasional crutch.






...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...







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Saturday, September 17, 2011



Happy Early Birthday to ME!


For my birthday I purchased a new camera with some contribution from my awesome family. I have been researching different cameras, trying to figure out the best one for my life style: Busy, Loaded down with stuff, need for quick access, and desire for quick mini videos. I was really looking for a camera that would let me capture Caroline's sports and activities with quality pictures. I contemplated a DSLR as they offer beautiful pictures, with such crisp color quality. The downside: I would have to purchase the camera (expensive) and an additional lens to get close to my subjects (even more expensive). ALSO, the fact that I would have to carry and switch these lens in and out as needed. All of that being said, I choose to go with a "hybrid" camera. It is like the top of the line digital camera with DSLR qualities and capabilities. In FACT my new camera has a faster shutter speed by 2X then any affordable DSLR.



Result: My new Nikon CoolPix P500





Why does this benefit you?



Because Now I have beautiful, clear, and vibrant photos to share with you!!



OBSESSED!

Enjoy!









Caroline's No. 1 Rule!






School Picture Day!









... And That My Dear, Was All She Wrote....

Dear Husband - A letter to you

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dear Husband,




I write to you today, because I miss you already. I know the time that we spend apart is imperative for our future, but I doesn't make the wait any easier. You don't understand how much you mean to me, and how worth the wait you truly are. You see:




I have been hurt. Before you, I was hurt by boys who didn't realize the value of the heart they held in their hands. Yes, I understand you may hurt my feelings sometimes, but I am entrusting you to be the keeper of this fragile heart here on Earth, as my father is in Heaven. I have been broken before. I believed and trusted in someone who proved themselves unworthy of such power. I know we will have misunderstandings, but I expect to feel confident in you, your actions,your promises, and your words.






This job is not for the meek. This job that you have accepted is not for someone without determination, as I have many standards. Standards that I expect you to want our own child to have someday for a potential spouse. To name a few: I expect you to be a man of the Lord, and to strive to bring glory to his name in all that you do. You must love him with your whole heart, only then will you understand how to love me. For he has shown me what true love feels like. You must also be a gentle fighter. This life wasn't promised to be easy, I expect you to fight for me, for our family, for your faith, and for your future. Sometimes, I expect you to fight with ME. I will respect you when your fight has genuine purpose, and sincere motives. I will love you for fighting when you send me flowers the next day, and surprise me with a bottle of wine. I don't expect perfection, I expect forgiveness and understanding in times of imperfection. I expect you to admire grace, honesty, respect, and modesty. I expect you not to value the skill of being able to serve hot wings and beer while half naked.









Let me tell you a bit about myself for the days, and there will be days, when I forget who I am and what I want. I will need you to remind me, so that I always come back to myself with you in the end.


I dream big! I expect a lot. I am disappointed often. I am impressed by few. I am irritated by many. I am sarcastic. I am not adventurous. I am simple. I am silly. I am picky. I am ambitious. I am "whimsical". I am PINK. I am not jealous. I am protective. I am obsessive. I am intelligent. I am thoughtful. I am emotional. I am stable. I am not wild. I am faithful. I am deep. I am consistent. I am not punctual....ever. I am nervous. I am confident. I am talented. I am fun. I am loved. I am loving. I am hated. I am forgiving. I am accepting. I am a sinner. I am helpless. I am determine. I am a life planner. I am not a daily planner. I am motivated. I am restless. I am hopeful. I am a believer. I am a "doer". I am afraid. I am dependable. I am sincere.

I am 100% me 100% of the time, sometimes that's a blessing and sometimes it's the worst of curses. I am not always proud of who is looking back at me in the mirror, but I am always optimistic about who could appear there tomorrow.


I can not promise you that everyday is going to be action packed, exciting, and worth an encore. I can not promise you that I will never say the wrong things, do the wrong things, or keep myself from feeling things I shouldn't.


...HOWEVER...
I do promise that I will always try.





I need you to be silly.




I need you to be romantic.



I need you to keep your promises.




I need you to love us both. Separately.


Husband, you have chosen a special family to join. You pursued one, fell for two, and become one of three. While you may have not have envisioned going from somethings missing to a complete family, it is vital that you adore Caroline as much as you do me. We are NOT buy one get one free. We are different people. We have different needs. We have different wants. You must love us separate of each other, not one because of the other. You have to love her enough to tell her "no". You have to love her enough to pass on your wisdom and trust her with it. If you have not fallen for her tiny heart, then you have not won mine.







You have big shoes to fill.






I already believe in you. I pray for you. I wait for you.




Sincerely,



Me

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Thursday, September 1, 2011








 
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