Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tackle It Tuesday


I actually accomplished 2 tasks today! I cleaned out my van. But to be honest I was too embarrassed to take a before pic! So you'll just have to take my word for it that it no longer looks like we live in our van! The other project that I tackled today is the refrigerator. Of course, this is a never ending project since I'm sure it will look like the before pic again in 2 weeks! But at least it's tidy for now!
Before:

After:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Psalms


As you know I am doing the Bible study Me, Myself and Lies this summer. I absolutely love the Psalms, and in week one I loved how the study had me insert my name into
Psalm 139:1-4. Try it!...
O Lord, you have searched ________
and You know __________.
You know when _________ sits and when _______ rises;
You perceive _____'s thoughts and ______'s lying down;
You are familiar with all _______'s ways.
Before a word is on _________'s tongue
You know it completely, O Lord. Psalm 139:1-4

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fruit of the Spirit Friday


I feel good day today! I love days like this-I got up and cozied up on the couch with caramel coffee and did my Bible study (Me, Myself and Lies-are you doing it with me?). I ran some errands. I completed my cheesy Leslie Sansone work out. I've already drank half my water for the day. I paid some bills online. And it's only noon! I feel productive and effective today. This doesn't happen as often as I would like. WHY NOT?? Because I lack self-control. I read a few verses today that nailed it-
2 Peter 5:5-8 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness: and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness, and to godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Self-control is key in so many areas in my life-staying in the Word like I should, exercising, eating well, using a soft voice with my children, not doing things in excess-like watching tv, cooking at home instead of going out, not spending frivolously, and the list goes on and on. I need to pray for self-control before my feet hit the floor in the morning! Can you relate?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thankful Thursday


I love summer! I love the heat-yes, I said I LOVE the heat! This is why I live in South Florida. Now- I can enjoy the heat probably more than many for several reasons- 1. I have a/c in my home and my vehicles, so there's always a break from it. 2. I have water all around; pools, beach, water parks-these all make the heat enjoyable.
The most important part of summer that I look forward to is being a SSAHM (summer stay at home mom). I can enjoy my children at our leisure for 2 1/2 months. I consider that such a blessing. When I wanted to be a teacher as a little girl at age 5, it never occurred to me what a great profession it is for moms. I am always able to be with my children on nights, weekends, holidays and extended vacations. I am able to know their teachers' personally and have even had my son in my class for 2 years. I am so thankful that God placed a desire in my heart to be a teacher. Not only because of the obvious reason that teaching is a part of me, but because of the blessings that I am able to experience as a mom.

Weigh Down Wednesday


Weigh Down Wednesday-I GAINED A POUND!!! Now I can act all shocked and say "How did this happen??" But that would be dishonest since I only exercised once this week. And I even drank coke a few times this week. Of course I will also blame it on "that time of the month"! So...it's a new week. I'm going to implement a couple of my 101 goals to work on this week in hopes of getting motivated and seeing some results.
I will work on #3,#4,#7 and #10. Motivation is my real problem! Why is that so hard? When I get in the groove there's no stopping me. But it's so hard for me to get there! How frustrating!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tackle It Tuesday


My project to tackle today is my van. It is always a mess! However, it is storming like crazy outside-so I have to put this project on hold until the storm passes!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Marriage Monday


Sometimes you just have to laugh!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

101 Goals


Monday, June 22, 2009
101 Goals:
I saw this on a couple of other blogs and was inspired. So here it goes...

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.


Some common goal setting tips:


1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Here are my goals for the next 1001 days!

101 Goals in 1001 Days

Health
1. Lose 15 pounds by my birthday. (August 12, 2009) Totally failed at this one! So-changing it to "by Christmas"
2. Lose 30 pounds by Christmas. See #1! In place of this one-my friend Renie at work has inspired me to complete a triathalon. I don't know why I want to do this-but I do!
New goal: 2. Run one mile without stopping.
3. Exercise 4x's per week.
4. Don't eat after dinner for 30 days.
5. Do 50 sit ups without stopping.
6. Do not feed my children any fast food for 30 days.
7. Drink 48 ounces of water/day for 2 consecutive weeks.
8. Take vitamins daily.
9. Eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day.
10. Do not eat any fried foods for 30 days.
11. Start use of FREE 3 month gym membership, then attend at least 3 days a week.
12. Complete my night time "beauty" routine for 30 consecutive days.


Spiritual
13. Complete two personal Bible studies per year.
14. Prayer journal every day for 1 month.
15. Do not skip devotions on Saturday or Sunday for 1 month.
16. Read one spiritual growth book-not about parenting! Finished Crazy Love 10/20/09
17. Memorize 50 scripture verses.
18. Review memory verses twice a week.
19. Read through the Bible in 2 years.Did this one in 4 months! It's a God-thing for sure!
20. Share my passion for Christ with a stranger.
21. Complete the 30 Day True Woman Challenge
22. Complete Beth Moore David devotional
23. Complete the Passion of Christ by John Piper


Personal
24. Finish Dylan's cowboy birthday scrapbook.
25. Finish Holly's baby shower scrapbook.
26. Put all completed pages in scrapbooks.
27. Complete Dylan's scrapbook up through 4th grade.
28. Complete Holly's scrapbook up through K4.
29. Make a honeymoon scrapbook.
30. Wash all curtains in the house.
31. Paint entry way/stairway/hallway.
32. Clean back patio to make it suitable for entertaining.
33. Read 10 books over the summer. Read 8-close enough!
34. Read one book per month from August-May. (Sept, Oct,)
35. Keep my van clean-really clean for 1 consecutive month. Completed Oct. 2009
36. Find an effective organization system for coupons.
37. Organize freezer with baskets.
38. Sew a real dress for Holly.
39. Be friendly and talk to a person in a checkout line.
40. Go one week without complaining.

Family
41. Finish reading Love Languages for Children. Completed 7/16/09
42. Start a family devotion time once a week.Been doing this almost daily!! Another God-thing!
43. Read Say Goodbye to complaining and arguing. completed 7/14/09
44. Respond to my children with a soft answer for 7 consecutive days.
45. Finish reading Little House in the Big Woods to Holly.
46. Plan a family fun night that does not include tv.
47. Read a book to children every day for 14 consecutive days.
48. Plan one fun family activity every week for 1 month that does not include tv.
49. Reread Creative Correction to refresh on ideas to creatively deal with sibling disagreements.
50. Get new family photo.
51. Go to the drive in.
52. Play kickball with my kids.
53. Go camping. Thanksgiving weekend 2009 -It was an awesome time!! Can't wait to do it again!
54. Throw a surprise party for Brian's 40th birthday.He absolutely does not want a surprise party and I promised I wouldn't...
55. Go an entire week without any TV.
56. Start and keep a journal of the cute things the kids say and do.
57. Make my bed everyday for 30 days.
58. Go 24 hrs without computer. Completed (now that I'm back to work, this happens quite frequently!)

Marriage
59. Start once-a-month date nights and do for 3 months.
60. Read book together with Brian.
61. Go on a date and don't talk about the kids. completed 7/10/09
62. One overnight date a year.
63. Greet Brian at the door or driveway everyday for 2 weeks.
64. Thank Brian once a week for something specific that I usually take for granted (ex:working, playing with the kids, helping me) for 4 consecutive weeks.
65. Let my husband pick an activity or outing for us to do instead of always doing the planning myself.
66. Complete the 30 Day Husband Prayer Challenge.

Friends
67. Call or write a friend in another state once a week for 1 month.
68. Keep up with all birthdays for 3 months.
69. Volunteer to babysit for a friend.
70. Ask a friend how can I pray for them.

Financial
71. Do not buy grocery items if not on sale or without coupons for 1 month.
72. Lower grocery bill to $60 a week for 1 month.
73. No Starbucks for one month.
74. Only eat out once a week. Completed-we have gotten pretty good at this! Our one night is usually Wednesday night @ Sonny's for kids eat free!
75. Save for Christmas budget.
76. Don't eat out at all for 2 consecutive weeks.
77. Pay off loan.
78. Go 2 weeks without going to Super Target.
79. Go an entire month without any unnecessary spending. (dessert, snacks, clothes, new makeup, etc)

Professional
80. Pray for each of my students by name specifically once a month.
81. Have a personal conversation with a student about their interests once a month.
82. Get to work 10 minutes early.

Household
83. Dust entire house once a week for 2 consecutive months.
84. Clean out entire refrigerator and freezer.
85. Organize recipes.
86. grout in kitchen.completed 7/14/09
87. Clean inside and outside of glass doors.
88. Make homemade plum jelly like my Grammie used to make

Just for Fun
89. Make breakfast in bed for my family on their birthdays.
90. No reality shows for one month.
91. Grow fresh herbs.
92. Grow my own strawberries.
93. Grow my own tomatoes.
94. Make lettuce wraps.
95. Get a short haircut.
96. Get a facial.
97. Make a crystal anklet for myself.
98. Make a new fish recipe once a month for 6 months.
99. Make dinner for my neighbors.
100. Bring dinner to my parents for no reason.
101. Buy myself a new outfit in celebration of completing my 101 goals!!!

Start date: June 22, 2009
Completion date: March 19, 2012

Whew! This is going to be challenging and fun! I should add one final note: as a Christian, God can and probably will change some or all of these goals as He sees fit. So, pretend that there is a "God willing" after every one of these items.

Happy Father's Day


I have THE best dad there is. I remember as a kid thinking he reminded me of the Brady Bunch Dad (of course that was before we knew the details of the Brady Bunch Dad!). I know Jesus today because of my Dad. And of course that is the greatest gift a Father can give to his children. I am thankful that my dad taught me how a husband should treat a wife so that I would except no less when I found a husband. He modeled a godly home for us to grow up in, as a result I have been able to enjoy the blessings of a godly home for my children. So many of my morals and standards are from my dad. It is so awesome that his were morals and standards that I have been proud to have been taught. And now that I am a "grown-up" I love how my children have a loving, godly Grandpa that will never steer them wrong. My children realize what an awesome "Pa" he is and that thrills me.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Psalm


I am a woman-I love to talk. I love to sit and chat with girlfriends on the phone, over coffee, whenever, whereever. This by itself is not a problem. But sometimes I find the conversations going where they shouldn't. "Sharing" about others' problems. "Tsking" over someone's poor decision. I am very guilty of the "G" word. I have to say that I love how God convicts me the minute the words leave my lips. Otherwise I would go on and on and on-because I like to talk it up! I have been known to carry verses in my pocket as a reminder of God's promises. One that I have carried alot recently is:
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep a watch over the door of my lips.
Actually I don't need to carry this one around any longer-because I have it memorized by now!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fruit of the Spirit Friday


PATIENCE-this one is huge for me-sometimes. There are times when I am THE most patient person in the world. Other times-WATCH OUT! Why is that? I often suffer from "CLF" otherwise known as Checkout Line Frustration. Maybe God is showing me that I shouldn't be shopping-no I'm sure that's not it! Today I was in Publix strolling up to the checkout, about 2 feet from turning into lane 6 when out of the blue a woman zoomed past me with her lonely loaf of bread and went right in front of me in MY lane 6! SERIOUSLY! I thought, "O No, she didn't!" Now, please know that I am not a confrontational person-so this whole CLF thing happens strictly in my head! I am very careful to keep it to myself for my children's sake. But...I know my heart and it really sickens me sometimes! So back to Lane 6-when I rounded the corner of the isle I see that the woman already had checked out and apparently had to run back to get a loaf of bread that she forgot. She wasn't rushing to cut me-she was rushing to finish checking out so she wouldn't keep the next customer waiting. WOW-God yanked me back after that one. This was the second episode of CLF that hit me today alone! I had an "attack" at Target as well when there were only had 3 lanes open. "Why do they have 24 lanes when they never have more than 5 open at a time??", I muttered to myself. Well... now that you all are afraid to ever be seen with me at a store...I am so glad that God doesn't have the kind of patience with me that I had with Lane 6 Lady. I shove my way into situations I shouldn't. I don't let God do all that He has for me because of disobedience...yet He is patient with me time and time again. I know patience is a fruit that I need to let God develop in me. I am representing Christ at all times-to those at Publix, Target and to my children, and the fact that I fail Him so miserably after He has given me the ultimate Gift shames me. I will be joining CLF anonymous this week-but most importantly I will be praying for patience as I walk into any store this week!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thankful Thursday


What am I thankful for? Of course the basics...faith, family, friends, blah, blah, blah-but I want Thankful Thursdays to be more specific. I hope to really think about the details in life that I am grateful for. Today is June 18th. I'm challenging myself to list 18 specific things that I am thankful for, so here we go...
I'm thankful for: 1. laughter in my house, 2. a home that is small and comfy, 3. a husband that is handsome, 4. a daughter who says the most hysterical, dramatic things, 5. a son who is mature and thinks of others before himself, 6. my passion for teaching, 7. a God who hears me when I pray and even when I don't, 8. parents who have taught me through example how to live a happy life, 9. girlfriends who I can call anytime just to talk about nothing, 10. a job that allows me to spend the maximum time with my children,
11. the ability to read lots of books, 12. the freedom to worship and read my Bible without fear, 13. a husband who provides so we can pay our bills, 14. Super Target,
15. summers off,
16. yummy hot coffee to pick me up in the morning, 17. the pictures of my kids that preserve our memories, 18. my wedding ring, 19. living near my family...

I got stumped around 9 and then before I knew it I was at 19! Wow, I have a lot to be thankful for-so much more than what's on this list-and I'm so thankful for that!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Weigh Down Wednesday


On Wednesdays, I will track my weight loss progress. About a year and a half ago I lost thirty-something pounds. And much to my dismay I have gained about 15 of it back. I've never been a yo-yo dieter. I've never lost weight and gained it back-so this is new territory to me. I'm also not an emotional eater; I don't have some deeper issue going on that causes me to eat (as Oprah would have me to believe). I simply got lazy. I stopped exercising, stopped drinking water and made poor food choices. My clothes are tight and some don't fit at all. And I'm so over it. With all that said I'm returning to counting points on WW that led to my weight loss success previously. I'm also going to commit to doing the 3 types of exercise that worked for me as well-riding my bike, using the weighted hula hoop and doing the very cheesy Leslie Sansone walking dvd-which you too can own by going to the nearest Walmart. Most importantly, I'm going to make glorifying God my top priority in my eating and exercising choices. Last Sunday, our Pastor preached right to me on I Cor. 5:31 Whatever you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God. My Ryrie study Bible had the following notes on how to determine if conduct is glorifying to God:
1. Is it beneficial?
2. Is it enslaving?
3. Will it hinder the spiritual growth of a you or a brother?
4. Does it edify (build up)?
I thought these were key guidelines to follow as I decide what to eat and how to stay disciplined in exercise.
I hope to have some great progress to share with you next Wednesday!

Tackle It Tuesday

Every Tuesday this summer, I will tackle a project in my house and share the before and after with you. This week I am tackling my itty bitty linen closet. You'll see that is jam-packed! Stay tuned for the after. I'd love to know what project you tackled this Tuesday.
BEFORE



AFTER


Monday, June 15, 2009

Marriage Monday


I have been married almost 15 years. You would think that I would have it figured out by now! WRONG! I do know that my marriage rests on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Any other foundation would have crumbled long ago! Mondays will be Marriage Monday on my blog. These will be little excerpts of things that I have found useful, needed, funny, encouraging, or all of the above!

Top Tips For Married Women

1. From this day forward promise, swear you will shower him with two words that are like air and water: Thank You.
2. When he compliments you, smile broadly. Tell him you appreciate it.
3. Tuck his photo in your wallet. Let him know it’s there.
4. Looking good is feeling good. Don't ask him if you’re getting fat.
5. Don’t criticize. Especially when he gobbles down a bag of potato chips or cookies.
6. Don’t give him driving directions unless he asks. Just smile. He’ll figure it out.
7. Cook his favorite meals. Cooking is primal. It’s potent.
8. Make direct requests with as few words as possible. Get to the point fast.
9. When he makes a mistake, bite your tongue. Keep biting.
10. Give him some space. Let him do "guy" things without you.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Psalm


Last Sunday, I went to Cleveland Baptist Church while visiting family for my cousin's high school graduation. The Pastor preached on Psalm 108. Psalm 108:1 (KJV) The first 4 words of this Psalm captured me: "My heart is fixed..." This is my prayer-that my heart would be fixed on all things God and only things that glorify Him.

Words of Wisdom from a 90 Year Old Woman...

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

So I Think I Can Blog...

So it's about midnight and I got a bee in my bonnet to BLOG. I see friends and family doing "it" and I am drawn to their blogs. So, since it is summertime and I have time on my hands, I have decided to publish the Kris Kronicles. Will they be interesting? Will people be drawn to my blogs? Probably not! But I will enjoy laughing at myself and reliving certain little moments in my life through this blog. And maybe friends, family, and random strangers might learn to laugh at themselves and enjoy the little moments in their lives as a result.
Well-whatever will I blog about? As I think ahead, I have some life stuff headed my way, like: my baby starting kindergarten, beginning a new job in August, turning 37 (yuck! I hate seeing that in print!), trying to lose (at least) the 15 pounds that I gained back, and the adventures of being home with my children over the summer.
As I finish my entry for today, for some reason Roseanne is on my tv and I hear her say "In times of crisis lots of people pray, but how many people pray during good times?" Wow, did she just say that? I give my Father above all the glory for the "good times" that I am living right now! Amen...

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