Friday, December 18, 2009

2 1/2 hrs

Anxious to get to my Christmas decorated and full of love home in Duncan, I was on the phone scheming some Christmas plans with brother. With my eyes focused on the final destination ahead, I took a second to observe my right and left when I realize I was passing right over my exit for HOME! Ugggg, am I the only one that has "adventures" like this? I managed to laughed knowing that I just added another hour to my trip. Brother got me on the right track to the wonderful town of Lawton and told me to "screw my head on". Ha! Instead of thinking, "Seriously Amy?!?! Again?" (Yes, i've done it before but that time I was in deep thought.), I focused on the surrounding God-given landscape. It's flat, brown, dead, and beautiful. The Oklahoma kind of beautiful. Cows living their lives (have you ever wondered what goes through a cows head on a daily basis?), peaceful waters, and "mountains" in the horizon. I had a realization that in the midst of what appears ugly and no good, God has placed wonderful blessings at the tip of my nose waiting for me to stop looking past it in worry and is begging me to discover his creation. What curve balls has God placed in your day to help you see the simple?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What I Like About December


Senior Fall Nursing Semester COMPLETE!

Apple Cider made with apple juice and red hots (warms my insides)

Driving around and getting caught up in the Christmas lights

Lots of blankets on my bed

Learning how to cook and decorate from my mom

The energy of children

Dreaming of the day of dressing up a house in garland, red ornaments, lights, and candles

Home Alone 1 & 2

Mom being older than Dad for 1 week

Dad catching up to mom's age after that week

Fun coats

Planning and celebrating Brian's birthday

Wonderful food (pumpkin roll, honey-cured ham, cream corn, rollies, pecan pie, 1 tiny bit of cranberry salad, green salad... yum!)

Shopping days and laughing at the crazies out there

Christmas PJ's


Changing my mind a million times trying to figure out the perfect gifts to give

Watching my breath in the cold

Eating ice cream in a warm car while looking at the sparkling lights

Christmas music

Odd and delicious flavors of candy canes

Cute warm hats and scarfs

A specific set of big arms that give big hugs
(these are year around thank goodness)

Holidays courtesies such as "you were in line before me" and free holiday food samples at the mall and Sam's Club

Purchasing the perfect gift that was originally $84 for $6 after credit card us and coupons

etc, etc, etc...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Don't Tell Me Anything

Ok, you can tell me some things. I can keep other people's secrets pretty well but my own... yeah right! My "secret blog" is slowly becoming, well, not a secret.

Highlights from Thanksgiving

My little sister is the best rollie maker!

The products of Mom's 101 Wreath making class. Mine is on the left.

Sisters... by blood and marriage... love them the same!

Fact of the week: God's faithfulness had been incredibly evident in my life and the lives of those closest to me this week (and always). Psalm 18
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Gift of the Day:
Explanation: My creative momma creates "The Days Until You Come Home for Christmas Break" presents for her college kids to open as encouragement to get through the last few weeks of the semester (the killer days). With each gift, she includes a little riddle and a scripture. I have never received duplicate riddles or scriptures... she's on top of it!

Today I opened a pair of... panties (definitely a first). The cleaver riddle read, "Don't get ants in your pants- stay in your seat (and study) 'til it's time to eat! Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all yoru heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..."
I have the best mom ever!

Happy Frigid Cold Day!