Monthly Archives: February 2009

goodbye domino

earlier this year (well last year) brian surprised me by buying me a years subscription to my favorite magazines: domino. It is a home decorating mag that is just fabulous. Well, i just found out that march is the last issue. how sad is that? what else am i going to use to fuel my obsession with decorating the house that i don’t have??? ha ha. i guess i will have to learn to be content with what the lord gives me… as usual, a struggle for me. anywho… here are some of my fave pics from the latest and past issues. 

 

i love that the books are arranged by color :)

i love that the books are arranged by color 🙂

 

this is a square bathroom! crazy how the paint plays tricks on your eyes! i wonder if i could ever be this gutsy?

this is a square bathroom! crazy how the paint plays tricks on your eyes! i wonder if i could ever be this gutsy?

i LOVE exposed brick inside! especially if it is painted!!!!!

i LOVE exposed brick inside! especially if it is painted!!!!!

i love white cabinets and vibrate paint colors

i love white cabinets and vibrate paint colors

 

although i LOVE color, i am intrigued by this black and white-ness. i especially love the stripped wall and the picture frame collage.

although i LOVE color, i am intrigued by this black and white-ness. i especially love the stripped wall and the picture frame collage.

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okay… the bbc marriage retreat recap

i can’t even say how refreshing it was to go to the marriage retreat. I told brian that for my b-day all i wanted was a chance for the two of us to get away and spend some time together. We had been planning on going to a b&b, but unfortunately our plans had to be put on hold because of Brian’s job situation. so this was more than a blessing for me… it was an answer to prayer. We were spoiled to stay in a nice hotel and spend the weekend laughing and playing together AND we got to learn more about living a Godly marriage. So here are some of the main points that i learned about marriage/relationships:

1. Why do we develop relationships?

     World view: to feel good about ourselves, b/c humans are social, to be known and loved… ME FOCUSED!

     Godly view: so that we may be built up, so that we may mature and grow… the more we grow the more sanctified we become (eph. 2:1-6,12-16). Getting married was a subconscious win-win situation for me. I would never have said it, but i love me… and he loves me. So that’s a whole lot of ME loving 🙂 But that is wrong. i am being sanctified because marriage IS a mess… but it’s a mess worth making.

2. There are 4 qualities that will foster redemptive relationships:

     ~ Humility- i look at my own sins and failures and weakness before i look at yours.

     ~ Gentleness- having strengths and gifts bridled by the gospel so that they are used to empower, not OVERpower

     ~ Patience- how you hang in there with those sinning against you

     ~ Forbearance- how you hang in there with those who “annoy” you

3. The Trinity is the perfect relationship and social entity.

4. We also learned about communication, conflict and forgiveness.

         It’s funny how after only 6 months, i think that i know brian fully and that i have mastered this thing called marriage. Ha! We were among the “youngest” of all the marriages there! there was a couple married for 49 years! and they were still teasing each other and flirting. i want to be them when i grow up 🙂 

What i’m taking away: I love people. i pride myself on it. I’m a good pastors kid, so i love everybody. i stood before God and man and promised to love Brian til death parts us. He is so easy to love. That is until he annoys me to my breaking point and i lash out in anger! He is so easy to love, until he doesn’t meet my expectations and then i am disappointed.He is so easy to love until he hurts my feelings and then i am Smad (sad + mad = Smad). The point is… if i am so IN LOVE with brian, why is he hard to love sometimes? if it is hard to love my love, what about difficult people? i am NOT a one who loves well. But by the Lords grace i am learning.

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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken… the only place outside heave where you can be perfectly safe from the dangers and perturbations of love is HELL! ~C.S. Lewis

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i love pop-up books

they are just so great! my grandmother used to make pop-up books. They were great! so much time and love put into them. Hence my love for this music video. Lisa Hannigan is the woman who sings with Damien Rice. I always loved her voice. Now she has her own album out. And now i love her even more because i love pop-up books.

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i wish i spoke french

 

i wish i spoke french because this is such a cute video! cute boy. and i am a big fan of red balloons, europe and cute kids. And yes i did waste 30 mins watching the whole thing! couldn’t help it 🙂 Maybe Katie is the only one who could enjoy this fully.

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marriage: a mess worth making

Bethlehem is putting on a marriage retreat and we are going! it’s funny cus i didn’t even think about it being an option until ashley knox mentioned it last sunday. But brian doesn’t work this weekend (weird) and jack delk told mathis he had some free tickets so he called brian. i guess the lord has something he wants to teach us this weekend 🙂 one this is for sure, i don’t at all feel old enough to go on a marriage retreat. i grew up with my parents going to these retreats (not BBC ones, but similar) and now i am becoming an adult. i guess it’s finally time to grow up?

i know you single ladies think there is something magical about marriage. i did too. and while it is so sweet at times, there are other times when it really does seem a mess. I’m excited to hear the sessions because the theme is perfect! “a mess worth making.” I’ll let you know what i learn… cus that is what blogs are for 🙂 (also… the word retreat always makes me think of camp…. but this is a crazy nice hotel! it’s like a weekend away! so excited!)1807

 

 

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don’t judge

so ever since brian lost his job at LA Fitness, i haven’t been that active. Mostly i am either working, stalking facebook/blogs or cooking. Ah, the life of a wife 🙂 jk. So i was sitting down for a little blog stalking with my coffee this morn when i came upon a post by Katie Stromwall abut exercise tv. i was intrigued. So decided to et off my butt and try it. i found some free full length exercise videos and did one called hips, buns and thighs yoga. Things that i learned from this experience:

1.  i am not at all flexible.

2. i have no balance whatsoever. 

3. i am so uncoordinated that i can’t even breathe the right way when he says breathe. 

4. After the workout, i ate some ice cream because i was hot and i felt i deserved it! ha ha

5. But it was really fun and i will most definitely be doing some kind of exercise tv video each day! 

Tomorrows plan… the sexy chair routine? ha ha ha

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somedays you just need a giggle

 

My Nephew Olivier  

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Here is a video of Oliviers giggle. So cute. My mom was making a funny noise and he loved it. He was so excited about it that he tried to make the noise himself. What a cutie 🙂

 

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