Learning through a child’s lesson.

I work at Cross Timbers Community Church in child care throughout the week. Tonight I was with the older kids that are in the Garage/Loft (1st – 5th grades). These kids are awesome. They really are. We had a lesson over Isaac and how Abraham sent a servant to find Isaac a wife.

We had the kids do an activity that had them draw their future spouse. Yes these are young kids, it doesn’t matter when I get to the moral of the story. The boys drew their future wives with hair and the had dresses on (except one, she had no pants at all) and the girls drew their future husbands with big hearts and one had suspenders. We explained that the inside matters more than the outside and the girls seemed to really grasp that. I explained to each of their parents what we talked about and that they are supposed to be praying over their future spouses. Several of the dads were a little weirded out, but one mom told me that she prays over her daughters future spouse and that really stuck out to me.

I even wrote out a list of what I want in my future spouse. I pray for this man. I am excited to meet this man. God made this man special and I need to pray for him more. I want him to know that I have been praying for him since before we met and I want that to be true. I want to teach my sons and daughters to pray for their future spouse. I think this is a subject that isn’t prayed over enough. This really just touched my heart tonight and I realized that I need to pray for this man that I have not met yet just like these little girls are going to do. I need to teach my children that they need to pray over their future spouse just like that little girl’s mom is teaching her.

God will provide for me. I trust that completely.

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Fitness LOVE.

Okay, as I said I wanted to run a marathon in 2014. Well, I’m officially training! I love love LOVE Nike+ Running (which can be downloaded onto your smartphone). It has coaching and you can pick what you want to train for! Right now I am training for a 10K because there is absolutely NO WAY that I could run the 12 miles it was calling for on the marathon training one. I would have died. Seriously.

I also have Nike Training Club for the days I don’t run and I cross train. I rode the bike this past week, but that sucked. 100% AWFUL. I do not like to sit there and workout. I want to be moving and running and DOING something. Biking is awful. I also hate cyclists, so there’s that. I want to hit them with my car or kick their bike over. Not even sorry.

ANYWAY! The whole reason I wanted to take some time to write this was to give y’all a few fabulous apps AND because I made PDFs for a fitness binder! I wanted to offer them to everyone for FREE! Free stuff is always better. My pictures are terrible, but you will get the point…

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You can download that here –> Fitness Tracker

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I’m not big into counting calories, but I do like to see where I slip up so here’s the food journal here –> Food Journal

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GOALS! Oh my. I can’t even stress how important setting goals is!

So I’ve got a yearly goal sheet AND a weekly goal sheet! of course you are going to meet your big goals (hopefully), so you can update as the year goes on! Find them here –> 2014 Goals AND here –> Weekly Goals

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Measurements for when that scale won’t budge! Just because you aren’t losing weight doesn’t mean you aren’t improving! Measure! Also, if your measurements aren’t showing signs of progress, YOU are improving through your workouts. Things get “easier” to do. Find this one here –> Measurements

I hope y’all enjoy these as much as I do! I like to plan my workouts so that I can check them off when I’ve done them! It’s such a great feeling crossing things off of your list. Now get out there and do something amazing!

Starting Semester #10

The semester has officially started!

But, let’s back up to before it started, last week.

I signed up to pay for everything, got an email saying it was paid, thennnn got an email saying all my classes had been dropped. UMMMM, EXCUSE ME?!?! Yea, I flipped a lid. It happened, I cried, it’s over. I thought my life was crumbling. It was ugly and bad and eww. (I mean, I bought a pair of shoes… They’ll be in a fashion post later.)

Well, I had to pay more money because that’s how college works and I got to register again. I didn’t get back into all of the classes I was in and was thoroughly freaking out. I didn’t think I was going to graduate in December because there was ONE class that was ONLY offered in the spring semesters. So, I obviously cried again, but was glad that I did get into other classes.

I started classes on Monday at 9:30 am. I have Parenting Issues and Education, Foundations of Early Childhood Education, Administration & Management of Early Childhood Environments, Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective, and Practicum I. I’ve got to have 24 hours of observation for two classes, take another class for one class, and loads of other assignments…. I was so happy to be in that class on Monday even though I wasn’t going to graduate in December. I made an appointment with my advisor to see what in the world I could do to graduate in December, but decided to pick up my degree plan and a Family Sciences course rotation schedule.

As I was putting things into the summer and fall columns to see what I still need to take and when it’s offered I found out that the ONE class that was standing between me and graduating in December is now offered in the FALL too!!!! I was absolutely ecstatic! I still am! Although I may have to take 15 to 18 hours in the fall to graduate with Practicum II and it’s 140 hours of interning, I’m pretty happy.

Graduating college will be one of the greatest accomplishments (if not THE greatest accomplishment) of my life. My parents don’t have college degrees so it’s pretty awesome to have this sense of accomplishment and education. Now, Nana and Papaw both have degrees and Papaw went to grad school so he has two degrees, but this is still REALLY cool!

To think that I will be certified to teach in the state of Texas by Christmas is AMAZING! I can’t wait to be a teacher!

Anyway, back to homework. I hope y’all have an awesome weekend and rest of the semester! I’ll try to check in regularly!

New Year, New Me… Cliche, but true!

New year, new me is so cliche and everyone says it around this time, but I’ve already begun to transform into an entirely different person.

Jesus is my reason for the person I am and I’m going to continue to give him all the glory and trust in him whole heartedly! He’s why I’m here, forgiven and saved, like I’m innocent. It’s incredible to think what God has given for us to be saved and free. I love that feeling of unconditional love! He’s amazing!

Since He has given me another year I’ve got some goals, not resolutions because I want them to morph into lifestyles, but actual goals.

  1. Start running. I started reading Run Your Butt Off, which was put out by Runner’s World. I love their website and read a ton of articles there, they really help. Anyway, I have read the first chapter and it’s already awesome! SOOOOO good! I’ve started the first week of the program and it’s great. I’m really excited! I’ve always wanted to be a runner and this year, I will be! I want to run the Dallas Marathon at the end of the year so I better get going with my training!
  2. Drink more water. I guess this could just be overall health and well being, but I’ve got to drink more water everyday!
  3. Work extremely hard in all of my remaining classes. I want all A’s, but a B here and there won’t kill me. I want all A’s though.
  4. GRADUATE! December 2014 is my graduation date and I could not be more excited! Before I graduate I have two internship opportunities that will hopefully produce an awesome career! Graduating will be the greatest accomplishment of my life and I can’t believe I’m almost there. I’m ready though. Terrified, but ready!
  5. And of course, I want to be a better disciple for Jesus! After all, that’s what he wants from us. Love people and be Christ like (read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis).

My goals are completely achievable. They will be tough to achieve, but nothing worth having ever comes easy!

What are some of your goals this year?

Bring on 2014! Happy New Year everyone!

Pixie Series Pt. 3!

I think it’s about time for another pixie update! I’m on month 7?? I think? Something like that.

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This is the day I got it cut! June 7, 2013. Definitely a memorable day in my book. It was scary and I didn’t want to go through with it, but I did it anyway! I thought about this cut over and over, looked at hundreds of photos, and went in once before and chickened out. Guess what?? I didn’t chicken out this time! I did it! It really is empowering. I loved the pixie while I had it, I guess I still do, but its a lot longer than it was!

Now, I’m really loving the growth! The growing out… not so much. It sucks slightly. I’m really happy that it’s growing though and that I don’t have to get my mullet cut anymore! It’s actually gotten fairly long, well, sort of. 

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The comparison side by sides are crazy to me!!! I’m ALMOST to that good bob stage, not quite, but about an inch… inch and a half will be great!

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Just me and my mom on Thanksgiving braving the shopping crowds! But, I can braid my bangs and tease my hair and it looks pretty good.

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Didn’t even straighten it that day!

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Another side by side. This one baffles me!

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Straightened and I am starting to actually love it. I just want it to grow, but it’s super healthy and that is what is truly important to me.

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Ashlynn’s Nutcracker recital. Everyone LOVED my hair. I had even made an appointment to get it cut, but was told that it’s looking really good, so I cancelled it. I teased it super high and just wore my favorite headband. I even loved it this day!

I can’t say that I miss the pixie because I don’t. I loved it, but I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again. Ever. Just ready to go into the new year with healthy, beautiful hair. No matter how short it is or how fast it grows. Can’t wait to post my year update!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on a recap of 2013!

Through the Fall 2013 Semester

This semester was the start of my second year at TWU. I really enjoy going to TWU. It may be bigger than LCU, but the class sizes stay small. It’s kind of strange not knowing as many people because at LCU you literally know everyone. I miss it terribly, BUT I’ll be doing my master’s there so that makes me happy!

Anyway, this semester was the start of ALL majors courses. I had absolutely no core classes which is really awesome. I thought I’d never be done with core classes! I did it though and now I will be graduating December 2014! Holy wow! I never thought that would be happening. Go back and read the post about how many times I’ve changed my major here! I really have enjoyed my time in school and it’s fixing to get a LOT harder, but I know that it’s all going to be worth it when I walk across that stage and grab the fake piece of paper that is supposed to take the place of my degree. It doesn’t. I won’t be happy until I get the real one in the mail. And get a job. I CANNOT wait to be a teacher. Seriously. I’m tired of seeing only adults! I want to see little humans all the time! I know that’s probably backwards, butttttt I don’t care.

I didn’t want this to be a too long post I just always get carried away. Oh well. So here’s the semester in review in photos!

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Yea, I didn’t actually use some of this…. OOPS! I have used the planner until it’s nearly falling apart and I love post its! I’m going to switch back to the Lilly Planners though!

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I went through a tube of face masks this semester.

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Broke a couple of fingers…. blah!

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Got annoyed once or twice.

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Went through a No Makeup period!

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My best friend got MARRIED!

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Sat through several freezing football games and some stifling ones too.

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Made who knows how many dozens of cookies! I LOVED these monster cookies with Zoe.

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Actually went to a few Halloween parties this year.

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And I made some personal relationship boundaries.

This semester has been awesome, but I am so glad it’s over. ONLY ONE YEAR LEFT! This weekend next year, I’ll be graduating!

I hope y’alls semester was as great as mine!

CAUTION! NOT a post about thankfulness….

So I told everyone that I was going to post about thankfulness, but this has really just eaten away at me for almost two weeks, so i’m posting about dating…..

I heard a conversation between several people about how dating is hard. The women were arguing that dating is hard and the men were arguing that they weren’t making an effort.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!

That is one of the most absolutely ridiculous and STUPID things I have ever heard.

No I do not push myself on men because that is girlish, stupid, slutty, and annoying. Call me old fashioned but I think that men should be intentional about pursuing women and that both parties should make an equal effort. I’m sorry that I’m not going to ask a man on a date, but I’m also not going to sit here in self-loathing about how much I hate not having a significant other. No I do not like when family or friends or anyone else asks, “So you don’t have a significant other right now, right?” Uh… NO, I DON’T, but I also love myself and my life without having to have a boyfriend. I am perfectly content with who I am in GOD and who I am in life.

The next MAN to tell me that I’m not actively pursuing men or that I’m not trying hard enough, you are right. You are right because women shouldn’t have to do that. Men always get upset when women say chivalry is dead, well step up to the plate and ASK US OUT!!!!!! WE should not be asking YOU out, duh.

I’m sorry that I had to write a nice little rant, but I feel a lot better. 🙂

Wishing you all peace, happiness, and LOVE this holiday season!

Aunt Betty’s Yeast Doughnuts!

First, I am so so sooooo sorry that I am Just now posting this!

Okay now, my Nana was talking about Aunt Betty’s homemade doughnuts this afternoon because I’ve had an itchin’ for learning to make homemade doughnuts. She told me that Aunt Betty’s recipe was in the worst looking cookbook because it has been used SOOOOO many times! It’s an old Ponder, TX cookbook. Nothing like southern foods!

Just a little side note, Aunt Betty’s real name was Nettie Bell. I love it!!!!

Anyway, I have had to do a few things differently from her original recipe, at least what she wrote down. She even made a glaze. Oh Em Gee! Let me tell you, these puppies are delicious!!! I am so impressed with these doughnuts.

First let me give you the recipe…

Yeast Doughnuts

Ingredients for Doughnuts

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  • 1 c. water
  • 1 pkg. yeast
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp shortening
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • about 6 c. flour

Directions for Doughnuts

  • Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water

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  • Scald milk. (to scald milk, put in microwave safe dish, high for about 3 minutes) Add sugar, salt, and shortening (soften/melt the shortening)

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  • When milk cools a little, add yeast

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  • Add enough flour (I added about 5 3/4 cups) for workable dough
  • Dump on a floured board and knead
  • Place into a greased bowl and let rise until doubled (about an hour and a half)

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  • Cut doughnuts out and let rise for 45 minutes

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  • Fry in hot oil — 350 degrees in our deep fryer — until golden brown

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Ingredients for Glaze

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions for Glaze

  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Heat and boil slowly for 15 minutes

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  • Dip doughnuts as soon as they come out of the fryer!

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ENJOY!!!

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Let me just tell you, we stood in the kitchen eating and eating these doughnuts. They are TO DIE FOR! If I had to imagine my mansion in Heaven, it’d be full of these doughnuts. Seriously guys… They are THAT good! I have never had a doughnut that tastes like these.

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IMG_1309(Of course we had to eat… and eat… and EAT! You cannot stop once you start so I recommend that you are ready for a MAJOR cheat “meal”.)

What made these doughnuts so special was not just because it was my sweet Aunt Betty’s recipe, but because I got to make them with my Nana. Nana used to take me to Aunt Betty’s library in Ponder, yes it is still HER library, and it made this that much more special. When we would go to the library I got to pick whatever I wanted, but usually Aunt Betty would show me what was new, I always went with Mrs. Piggle Wiggle of course! The book AND the movie!

I sure do miss Aunt Betty. She was a one of a kind lady and there will always be a special place in my heart for her. I think she may be the reason I like libraries so much! I love bonding moments with my family. Food truly does bring people together!

I hope that y’all like them! Let me know if you make them and what you thought! 🙂

Oh how HE loves us!

It’s truly incredible how much God loves us!

Sons & Daughters at CT has been awesome! I’ve definitely seen an orphan and big brother spirit in myself and I’ve got to change that. We need to have a spirit of a son or daughter of God. Sometimes it is hard for us to do, but we’ve just got to pray about it!

This isn’t going to be one of those long drawn out posts, I just really had this on my heart.

I’ve struggled over the last year with two awful relationships. My “problem” is that I give trust to you until it’s broken, but then I give it right back after you say something perfect. “I’ll never do it again.” “No that’s not true.” Well, in those relationships, it was true and they did do it again. I’ve tried over and over again to forgive myself and the people involved, but as soon as I feel like I’ve forgiven something reminds me of them and guess what, it STINKS!

Today, I’m laying it all out in front of God. Every grudge, every pain, every heartbreak, every heartache. It’s laid out and I’m getting rid of it. Does that mean that I won’t be reminded of the past now and then? No, of course I’ll think about it from time to time. The only difference is that they will be memories instead of present bitterness.

I’m getting rid of all of it. I’m not going to let someone live rent free in my head.

It’s not fair to me or God. He cannot get to my heart if I’m blocking out love because I don’t want to get hurt! I’m fully accepting Christ into my heart everyday for the rest of my life.

It’s all in God’s time, not my time.

I will be throwing myself into volunteering and bible studies, and of course school. I’m going to meet new people and make new friendships. It’s time to turn the page and start a new chapter.

Time to be happy with myself and with my life.

Geez! I’ve already got a massive weight lifted off my shoulders! That’s the power of prayer right there!

I hope this inspires some people to put things behind them or encourages them to inspire others!

Have a fabulous week!