Waiting on Spring

Spring — It is a time of renewal. A rebirth of those things that died during Winter. I long for it!

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I want to see flowers blooming, feel the warmth of the sun on my face and enjoy a gentle, soothing breeze…..

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I want to hear lawn mowers and weed eaters and smell fresh cut grass wafting in the wind…..

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I want to hear birds chirping and bees buzzing…….

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I want to smell grills cooking and hear the laughter of families playing outside……

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I long for Spring.

Rebecca

A Little Help From my Friends

Today we are having our first ever blog hop with our East Tennessee Bloggers group!

I’m going to be aging myself with this “cheer” but when I was in Elementary School just a few years ago back in the day, we had this cheer where all the cheerleaders introduced themselves and then it went down the line until everyone had finished….It went something like this “Jump in! Jump out! Introduce yourself! My name is Rebecca, and I’m a cheerleader, and I’ve been cheering for a very long time.” Okay, I was NEVER a cheerleader (or a Fly Girl–If you know the 90’s you’re still following me. And don’t try to pretend like you didn’t want to be a Fly Girl too!), but I sure did pretend! Now I’m REALLY rolling laughing at this, but please hang with me here!

The point of that little digression is to let you know that today on my blog I am introducing some fellow, local bloggers!  I want you to get the chance to read their own words about themselves and their blog and check out their blog for yourself!

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So, you all know me, but I want to “jump out” and introduce some of my blogging friends!  Some of them I know personally and others I only follow their blogs, but I can tell you that these ladies can write! If you enjoy blogs, {blog}hop around and read theirs to see if there’s someone that you really can relate to.  You will find inspiring, funny, encouraging & informative things written on these blogs, so get to hoppin’!

858540_10201455575243696_106113655_oCandace from MERCY IS NEW

I’m Candace and I blog at His Mercy is New. I’m married to David and we have 3 children that we homeschool; we live just east of Knoxville where my husband and I met at Carson-Newman College about 15 years ago! On my blog you will find homeschooling posts, great reads, posts about faith and especially encouragement for moms struggling with depression. I pray you are blessed and encouraged each time you visit!

MouseChristina from MOUSE IN YOUR HOUSE

Living in 400-square-feet with our new sweet baby boy. I blog about the hilarious side of parenting, and keep things exciting with DIY and home decorating ideas and projects. I throw in the occasional Q&A with crafty people and dig into lifestyle trends. Grab a cup of coffee and stay a while!

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My name is Sarah and I am a homeschooling mom to three young children. I blog at www.sarahsheartshome.com where I write about daily life as a mom, recipes, homeschooling ,and more. I strive to find Joy in the Journey (as my subtitle indicates.)

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Meghan from KMAC CREATIONS

My name is Meghan and I write. Streamlined & slapstick stories of memories made. Not perfectly, but purposefully. Under blankets snuggled, my space for words is covered with stories of family, fashion, homeschool and design. Faith finds its way in too. Always. My blog {http://kmaccreations.com/blog/} documents time honest, hilarious and most certainly hope filled

melissaMelissa from LIFE OFF THE PAVED ROAD

Hello there! I’m Melissa. I am wife to Stacy and homeschooling mom to five children. We live in East Tennessee, just north of Knoxville on land that has been in my family for five generations. Life Off The Paved Road is my online home where I talk about natural living, marriage, parenting, homeschooling, and adoption. I hope you will stop by, hang out for a while and come back to visit from time to time.

heatherHeather from KISER RIDGE FARM

Hi, I am Heather, stay at home mother of soon to be 5 children. We live on a small farm in East Tennessee. We raise chickens, goats, rabbits, hogs, dogs, cats and kiddos. Kiser Ridge Farm is also my herbal shop, where I combine my 15 years of experience in herbal medicine, with my 20 years in Emergency Medicine, researching and mixing natural remedies. My blog is new and so is my business.

natalieNatalie Contributor for KNOXVILLE MOMS BLOG

At Knoxville Moms Blog we are passionate about parenting, community and the city of Knoxville. We strive to provide moms with relevant, timely and fun information about all things mom here in the Knoxville area. We are a collaborative blog written by and for local moms with daily posts on things to do around town, ways to get involved in the community, parenting solutions, personal essays from local moms, local business spotlights, giveaways, and an opportunity to share with one another in the journey of motherhood.

stephanieStephanie from THE MULTI TASKIN’ MOM

Being a wife, mother, full time work-from-homer, and a homeschooling mom, means that I must be able to multi task. Come join in as I share the journey along with several other moms on The Multi Taskin’ Mom:

saraSara from HAPPY BROWN HOUSE  &  CHATTANOOGA FAMILIES

Sara is a Chattanooga area blogger that writes about life in the Happy Brown House: homeschool, crafts, kids, adoption, and faith.

Sara is also the blogger behind the site, Chattanooga Families, a blog dedicated to helping local families find resources and local fun. Sara shares the reall nitty-gritty details about local events and places that are relevant to families in the Chattanooga area through a weekly newsletter. Want to know where the best park is or what restaurant has a free kids meal? Chattanooga Families is your answer.

melissa crabtreeMelissa from FINDING JOY ON THE JOURNEY

Finding Joy on the Journey started as I felt moved to record the blessings that occur in the every day. The beautiful blue sky, the warm sunshine on my face, the sweetness of a good book finished. I used to say, “simple pleasures” in high school and college. Only now they’re deeper than that. It’s deep-seated joy that isn’t based on circumstance. So I write here about joy in the midst of infertility, food allergy frustrations, depression, chronic health problems, and life just not turning out to be what we thought it would. (Is it ever?) The Lord’s name is to be glorified in it all, and that is what I want to do here on my little home on the web. I hope you’ll join me!

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Megan from LIFESONG

Hi! I’m Megan, a wife (to one) and homeschooling Mama of three. I am passionate about Jesus, teaching my kids, and taking pictures. But I also love baking, Amazon, reading and writing. My blog is a little of everything – homeschool days, recipes, stories, traditions, and encouragement. We have made East TN home for the past eight years, and we love it here! Come say hello at Lifesong

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Edie from LIFE IN GRACE

I’m Edie and I’m a lifestyle blogger, wife, momma, writer, home cook, foodie, keeper of chickens, and reader of many books. I’m a lover of home decor, truth, beauty, goodness, cowboy boots, and all things Appalachian.

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Kristen from WHEN AT HOME

I’m Kristen : Stay at home mom, Bible School grad, writer, yoga pants dweller, and obsessive chai drinker. I blog honestly and sarcastically about motherhood and wife-hood and whatever I feel like hood. I’m a little bit random and lotta bit fun.

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Stacey from ABIDING WOMAN

Hello, I’m Stacey, and I live with my husband and three daughters in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee. I’m currently expecting my fourth baby! I am very passionate about my walk with Jesus Christ. My heart is to encourage other women to walk closely to Him, and that is my main purpose in my blog, Abiding Woman. As I seek to encourage women to abide in Jesus I also blog about homeschooling, homemaking, fashion and beauty, recipes, marriage, parenting, childbirth, and pieces of my journey.

Thanks for checking out my friends. Don’t forget that you can follow or subscribe to their blogs to receive content when they update. We will be doing a once monthly blog hop on varying subjects, so be sure the check those out!

My $20 dresser update

I have been wanting to update my dresser for a long time! I even took one of the drawer handles off, carted it to Lowe’s and spent time in the aisle trying to match the size to something more modern. My problem was that my old drawer handles were wider where the screws go in than most newer ones. I had an option of choosing all new knobs (about $50 for the ones I wanted–not counting paint for the pieces) or painting the existing handles. Since I wanted to do this on a budget, I opted for painting my current hardware.

So, I drug the dresser outside (with a little help from one of my sons) and got to work! Here is my dresser before

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This is what the handles looked like on the drawers. And don’t mind my headphone wire in the photo. I needed to listen to something while I was working! 🙂

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I also pulled Brian’s nightstand out to paint it. He has had it since we were dating and it needed a lot of help!

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So with 1 can of 2x coverage paint, 5 cans of 2x coverage black paint and 1 can of a matte metallic paint, I turned those dressers into these works of art! I actually also painted the shelf that the tv is sitting on the same color as the handles (it was white before).

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Both pieces are painted inside & out, so the inside of the drawers are black as well. I chose a semi-gloss/satin finish that works well with the handles. I LOVE the transformation!

What can you do with 2 pieces of furniture and $20?!

What’s in a name?

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Coming up with names for things is hard. Everyone has had this problem in one way or another. Even if you haven’t had children (& let me tell you getting 2 people to agree on 2 names is not an easy task) I’m sure you have named a pet or a doll or even wondered why in the world your parent chose the name they did for you! Now, to go on record, I LOVE the names that my parents chose for me…..always have! I have just known people who didn’t.

While compiling a blog that will post on Tuesday introducing some of my blogging friends, I was reading through their bios and really thinking about the names of their blogs. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory because it’s part of a name or goes along with the theme of their blog. Mine, however, might need a little explanation. So I thought I might share the meaning of my blog name. 🙂

Obviously the “Through My Eyes” part is pretty easy….it’s like life through my eyes or how I see the world. Kind of like you are walking along with me and you can see what I see. Now, the numbers are something no one would know unless they really knew me. 4893 – it is the date I got married 4/8/93. So, I chose something special to me to differentiate my blog from others.

And then my “tag line” is Life Changes. Are you ready for change? Life changes every day. We have to be ready to change with it or we are left behind. My life has changed a lot! It changed when I accepted Christ (although I don’t know the date because I was 8 and had a lot of family problems in that age range). It also changed on the day I married my husband and continues to change–when I had my children, each stage of life both they & we have gone through, in heartbreak, in happy times, life keeps changing!

So, that’s what’s in my blog name. How did you come up with yours?

A few of my FAVORITE Apps

I am such a techie girl! You can take the girl away from the iPhone, but you can’t take the iPhone away from the girl–Yes, this is ME! I spend a little great deal of time on my iPhone. BUT–in my defense I do have a lot of great apps that help me stay organized and be productive.

Here are some of my favorites in no particular order:

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This FREE app allows you to scan and use all those little loyalty cards that you get from everywhere. Just pull up the app and flash that card! evernoteEvernote

This FREE (with some paid upgrade extensions if you choose to add them) app has ALL kinds of great little goodies!  My FAVORITE thing about this app is that any note you type into it can be “tagged”–just like tags on your blog and all those tags are searchable! BRILLIANT! So, it takes a little time to become familiar with this, but do a little google searching on what people are using Evernote for and see what applies to you. I use it for recipes, blog ideas, bills, notes and many other things!

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This $2.99 app is worth every penny! I am a color-coded kinda girl when it comes to my calendar. With a husband, myself and 3 kids I learned in order to keep up I needed to color code my paper calendar. This calendar allows me the same flexibility, yet it is always with me! It imports from Google, Exchange, Outlook & Yahoo and you can also type directly into it. It is also searchable. Like I said–worth every penny!

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I use this handy-dandy FREE app to keep up with people who owe me money for my photography business. I only use it for weddings because those people can pay deposits and then make payments or pay in full. Instead of me having to keep track of that some other way, it simply keeps track for me. I can also send a receipt when a payment is made or send an invoice reminding them of the amount due. You can coordinate this with your calendar & contact information and have a great all around system for your small business and run it on the go.

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This FREE app is a very convenient way to receive payments for anything! Things you make, things you sell, your small business, etc. It charges their credit card immediately and generally the next business day your money is in the account you linked up with (minus the small % fee for their service).

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This FREE app is the same as Square in that it takes money, but people can use their bank account or credit card info and never have to share it with you. Also, it takes approximately 3 business days to get your money this way. It is a great alternative if you buy and sell items, goods or services.

 

These are just a few of my favorite and productive apps that help by keeping me organized. Do you have some favorite apps? I would love to hear from you!

Laundry closet quick & free update

We have a laundry closet, so there’s not much to really do to it. Pinterest is my favorite place to go for frugal decorating ideas!

I have HUGE plans for my laundry closet, but I have a TINY budget for it right now. So, since we’ve lived here over 1 1/2 years you can understand why I feel like I need to get on the ball with some of my projects! I don’t have a lot of time to do them, so when I have a few minutes I try to get a little done here and there.

Here is my closet before

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Here is my closet after

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I hung up my boys’ baby frames and the outfits they wore home from the hospital. I also put my washtub & washboard up. I added a laundry printable, a piece of fabric on the dryer, a glass heart bowl to hold change or other things from pockets, a light for when I don’t want to turn on the bright light, a picture frame & a command hook for a hand towel to have handy to dry my hands. 🙂

So, there you have it. My FREE upgrade for the time being. The only thing I did was spray paint the frame the printable went in and I already had the paint.

Do you have any free or frugal decorating suggestions? I would love to hear them!

What’s Love Got to do With It?

Did you expect me to write something mushy for Valentine’s Day? Oops! Ha Ha! Well, it’s not exactly mushy, but it is about love & marriage. 🙂

If you are a 70’s or 80’s baby you should have the theme song from Married with Children in your head. Now, I will admit that this show was crude humor, so don’t think I’m encouraging you to stay up late at night and watch marathon re-runs. Ha ha! But the gist of what they were showing is that once you’ve been married for a while and your (rebellious) children are growing up that life turns boring and mundane. Basically, life goes from love to despair and that when you’re older that you just co-exist in the same room with your same routine. Well, that’s not how marriage was designed to be and definitely not how it has to be.

Since I’ve been married almost 21 years and I got married when I was 18 (Yes folks! That means I’m almost 40! Yikes!) I believe I have some experience to speak from on both the “marrying early” and the “been married for a while” sides. So, I’m going to give you my two cents on several aspects of marriage. I will be keeping this G/PG rated. 🙂

Today, people seem to be getting married younger and younger. It seems the 26 year olds planning their wedding after they have graduated College and secured a job and been on their own for a few years are no more. Now, since I was married at 18, I can tell you that I understand! Maybe you (& hopefully your mate) have matured early and you both have good jobs and are ready to be married. That can be a good thing! But what I’m finding is more the opposite. I’m not saying I should be the judge of when ANYONE gets married, but I do have some suggested guidelines (based on my experience) on what you should be sure of before you take the plunge.

loveWhat’s love got to do with it? Well, it has a lot to do with it, but it isn’t EVERYTHING! Read on my friend!

1. You need to love this person. Not lust, not need, not dependence, not thinking they are your soul mate…..but love. Love is not a “feeling” that comes and goes….it lasts forever. And the type of love you have for them should be unconditional–you love them even when they don’t do the right thing, when they aren’t all fixed up, when they have health issues or are struggling with something. You should want the best for them because they are the best for you.

2. They should be what you want in a mate RIGHT NOW. You should not think or plan to CHANGE them into what you want to be. Or believe that “in a few years” this or that will change. People do change as they mature, but in general their personality is not going to change. If they are argumentative, explosive, whiny, clingy, etc….that’s their personality. If you have dated them long enough and they haven’t changed yet, don’t expect it to happen later.

3. Don’t settle! And don’t get married just because you want to or because everyone else is. I KNOW. I know. EVERYONE your age is getting married and having babies! (Remember your Mother or Grandmother’s question “Just because all your friends jumped off a bridge doesn’t mean you should!”) You see all your friends posting on Pinterest their wedding plans–dress, venue, decorations, honeymoon and it doesn’t stop there. They are already pinning stuff about their future children and they haven’t even gotten married yet. It just seems like the logical progression of how life goes. But that doesn’t mean you should settle for someone you love but doesn’t have the same general life plan as you. Someone can say (& act) like they love you, but really they don’t want the same things out of life as you. Just be SURE and don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions. It will be much harder years down the road.

4. Do not be unequally yoked…..If you are a Christian and your boyfriend/girlfriend is not, you should wait. REALLY!!! Otherwise, you will be dragging your spouse (or family) to church and arguing about it or they will be dragging you down and you won’t be involved in church. Or even worse, you could be going to church while they stay home. You personally cannot save someone. Only God can change their hearts, so make sure that is the case before you are married.

Do you know what the 4 most causes for divorce in today’s society are?
Money, Sex, Children & In-Laws

You may look at this list and say “We don’t have a problem in any of those areas. We agree on everything and have made a budget; we have discussed intimacy; we know how many children we want and have agreed on things like discipline, school and religious upbringing; we love our in-laws …… Well, I know this sounds good, but listen closely THINGS.CHANGE.

You have a budget, but one of you loses your job or gets sick or has a hidden spending problem, your parents become ill or both your cars break down at the same time.

You have discussed intimacy, but one of you develops a health problem that is ongoing, becomes addicted to pornography, finds yourself in a situation with the opposite sex when you are having an emotional low, or you use sex as a weapon to get your way.

You have agreed on children, but one of you decides you want them closer together, sooner, more, less or you cannot have children of your own. Then what? What happens when you have a special needs child or they become rebellious as teenagers? What happens when you have agreed on discipline, but one of you can’t carry it out or worse yet goes behind the other one’s back to not follow through.

What about when the in-laws have a falling out, your spouse tells them WAY more about your flaws than they should and they start disliking you, they treat you differently or your children differently?

Now, I know you are saying “That will never happen to me.” But trust me my friend, it can. Maybe just 1 will be an issue, maybe all 4 or maybe at different times you will deal with different ones. But take my advice It.Will.Happen.

So, why am I telling you this? It isn’t to discourage you from falling in love and marrying that person. Quite the opposite really. I just want you to be prepared for reality–not Nicholas Sparks’ books reality or Hollywood reality, but “normal” people’s reality.

Your spouse is the person who you should feel safe with, who should keep you in second place in their life ONLY behind God, who is united and committed to you and you alone and who never gives up on your marriage.

Let me share a piece of advice I was given, albeit 20 years too late. LOL! “Don’t do anything for your spouse now that you don’t want to be doing 20 years later.”

What does this mean? Well, I’m a “server”. I love to serve my husband. So I have always (literally almost always–like when I wasn’t laid up with surgeries or bad illness) gotten up to pack my husband’s lunch for work, laid out ironed his clothes and seen him out the door. Now, I love this time with him, which is why I started doing it when our boys were young. But, do you know what happens when you’re tired or you have a day off and could sleep in or they are in a bad mood and decide they don’t want to wear the shirt you just ironed or eat what you packed them for lunch? You start feeling unappreciated and taken advantage of. So, make sure you can work through those feelings too. If you want to truly serve someone because you love them, you MUST do it without strings attached. True service is done regardless of whether you get anything in return.

So, do you think you have what it takes to get married? Do you have more than just love & butterflies? Do you have that love that can carry you through the good times and the bad? Good! I applaud you! Just remember that any marriage that is going to succeed needs to have God at the head. That won’t mean you won’t have any problems or bumps along the way, but it is the best way to start your life together–as ONE.

Oh, there will definitely be a follow up post to this. I have WAY more to say on the subject. 🙂

 

Rebecca

 

A few Pinterest Projects

Today I had a few hours at home alone and decided to attempt a couple of Pinterest Projects. It still isn’t warm enough for me to paint my dresser (& I’m still trying to get my hubby to believe it will be as fabulous as it is in my mind), so I decided to tackle a couple of easy and FREE projects!

Project 1
The first one is the shoe rack with cleaning supplies. I put it in my hall closet (which is between both bathrooms). It holds a lot and it cleaned out the underneath of my kitchen sink.

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Project 2

Since I had cleaned out underneath the kitchen sink, I decided to solve the unsightly problem of the bottom of the cabinet having water damage from a leak. I cleaned and scrubbed the wood, then dried it. I then got some 12×12 stick tiles that we had from an old bathroom project and set them in there to see what I would need to cut. I then took them out in the garage and used a square to draw a line, used a box cutter on the line and snapped off the excess tile. I peeled off the backing and stuck them down…there was a little piece of each corner I needed to trim to fit around the door, but they fit perfectly. I laid some heavy objects on top of the tiles until they had time to set and then put back in the items I was leaving under the sink.

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Project 3

I remembered I had seen on Pinterest about a way to refill Swiffer Wet Jet bottles. I had saved my last one and decided it was worth a try. I am typing the directions, but click here to see the pin I used.

You put on a small pot of water to boil. Once it comes to a boil, use a towel to hold the end of the bottle and dip the top into the boiling water for 15 seconds. Once you take it out, screw the top off and use a funnel to place your choice of cleaning fluid and water. Use the directions on your cleaner to decide how much to use. Screw the top back on the bottle and mop that floor!

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Project 4

I used this nifty hanger that I already had (& had previously used to hold the shoe holder from Project 1) to make more room in my closet. I decided it was perfect for my tank tops, so I have them organized by color family and hanging in a row. Did I say WAY more room?! I don’t have enough drawer space for them, so this was the perfect solution.

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Grand total of all these projects = $0. I did everything with someone I already had, so literally it had to be pennies. Now, if it will just get warm so I can paint my bedroom furniture!  I might even need another day when Brian won’t be home so he will just have to love it after it’s done. 🙂

Delighting in Obedience

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For the Proverbs 31 Made to Crave Blog Hop today, I chose the topic “Delighting in Obedience”.
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I’m going to throw this out there–I have not been completely obedient even in this study. Currently, I am behind in my reading, but I am trying to catch up! 🙂 I’ve also had a few weak moments in this study of eating healthy and craving God. Maybe you can relate to me today?! That doesn’t mean that it’s over or I (or you) have failed! It just means we need to press on and be OBEDIENT!

So, here’s my take on this subject.

The definition for Delight(ing) is: Great pleasure with synonyms of happiness, joy, glee and gladness.

The definition for Obedience is: Compliance with an order, request or law or submission to another’s authority.

Oh boy, there’s that word SUBMISSION!!!! I don’t say “bad words” on my blog, so I can assure you that submission is NOT a bad word!  We must be happy & joyful about submitting to Jesus’ authority and comply with his request. The way I look at is this–Yes, the Bible is full of laws. As is the world we live in. I slow down when I come near a red light camera because I don’t want to get a ticket in the mail {I’ve never had one and my family would enjoy that too much!}. I know the “danger” ahead of me, so I respond to it. BUT–that is not a CHANGE in my behavior. Why? Because I don’t always drive the speed limit at other times. Basically, I am conditioned to knowing where the cameras are, so I slow down. But if I truly changed I would drive the speed limit ALL THE TIME!

What does this have to do with Made to Crave? EVERYTHING! If I changed my behavior I would not have an issue with eating. Let me just ask you this……Have you ever eaten a salad when you went out with your girlfriends (because they know you are trying to watch what you eat and be healthier), then gone home and eaten potato chips or pulled out that can of frosting in the fridge or bag of cookies from the shelf? It’s the same thing. You are conditioned to being a certain way around others, but still never really changing.

I LOVE the way The Message puts this verse:  “So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!” Romans 6:16

I don’t want to “live any old way I want”! I want to live how God wants me to live. I want to be Delighting in Obedience to Him. 1 John 2:3 says “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” WOW! That is a powerful verse! If we KNOW God then we KEEP His commands (which means we OBEY him)!  Do I want to please my friends or do I want to please God? Oh friend, this took me a LONG time to figure out! And I have to tell you that I’m okay now with pleasing God, not people. I am far from perfect though.  In Galatians 1:10 it says “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” So according to this I can’t be a servant of Christ if I want to please people!

I must delight in obedience to please the Lord and follow His commands! This means with EVERY area of my life…..even the chocolate, bread, pasta, sugar loving areas (which makes up a WHOLE lot of me if you know what I mean!). I must be willing to follow Him not only when it’s easy {for me}–like being faithful to my husband, but when it’s hard like not eating that brownie or pizza. Although it is horrible & difficult for me to admit–I struggle WAY more with food than with most other areas of my life. I know that my struggle is not secret because the world can see what I look like on the outside, but if God sees what I look like on the inside then He can help me fix what you see on the outside! 🙂 The number on the scale doesn’t define me. The person who looks at me funny when I walk into the gym doesn’t define me. The mom across the street who runs 10 miles a day {and is a size 0} doesn’t define me. God defines me! Oh precious Sister in Christ–let God define you!

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Pets are family-1 year with Sadie

Yesterday, February 8th, marked our 1 st year with Sadie. Oh what a blessing she is to our lives!

Here is our story on how we acquired her. On December 31, 2012, we lost our beloved full-blooded Chocolate Lab, Hershey.

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We purchased him as an 8 week old puppy in October of 2001 and he was part of our family. He had been with our boys through their childhood…our youngest was only 6 when we got him. So losing him was very difficult. We actually never thought we would get another dog. It was a month before I could even watch a commercial with a dog in it (think Subaru commercial-chocolate lab–{insert tears here}).

We went to Tractor Supply one day and they had some dogs outside one day from a local facility. Oh how I loved hugging on them. Then, I looked on our local Animal Shelter page and saw a picture of a dog we thought was cute. It was snowing and cold, but we decided to go anyway. The dog we were looking for was a yellow mix. She looked cute in the picture. When we arrived, we found the dog but the sign said she was being adopted.

We were sad and cold because of the weather, but decided to take one more stroll through the cages anyway. We looked, talked, petted, and even moved away from each and every cage. We saw a cage with 1 dog in it next to a cage with 3 dogs in it. We were told that the boy dog kept jumping out of the cage his sister was in and into the other cage. This is the face we saw when we looked into the cage with the 1 dog.

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Isn’t that the cutest face! She looked so sad and just seemed to be begging us to take her with us. We decided we would get a leash and walk her. All the while, the 3 dogs in the next cage were barking like crazy. We think her brother was definitely the alpha dog, but she didn’t seem to care. She was VERY skittish when we first opened the cage, but once she realized we were taking her for a walk she was excited! She was very good on the leash and just had to stop and sniff everything. Her fur was so soft and she had the prettiest eyes. We talked about getting her and we were going to go look at Tractor Supply for a bed, leash and toys while we talked it over and decided for sure.

The weather kept getting worse, but by the time we decided we were going to go back and get her on Monday I had seen a FB friend post a picture of her saying they had adopted her and were picking her up on Monday. My heart was broken. We wanted her so bad, but just decided it wasn’t meant to be. I sent a message to her and told her I was happy for them and that if they hadn’t gotten her we had planned to get her on Monday.

That Friday, that person sent me a message and they had run into an issue and weren’t going to be able to keep her after all and wanted to know if we wanted her. I told her we absolutely DID! Since it was a weekend, they brought her to us and I was going to contact the Animal Shelter on Monday to see what needed to be done to get her transferred to us. We wanted to do everything the right way for fear we would lose her again. I actually contacted a friend of mine that volunteers at the shelter and gave her the story. She talked with the director and assured them that we loved our new fur baby and we would be really good parents. I’m SO glad everything worked out because she had our hearts!
This is the picture of her after her 1st night with us!
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One thing you have to remember and be aware of is that animals that come to the shelter have all kinds of backgrounds. It was immediately evident that our girl had been abused in some fashion because she was terrified of most men, quick movements, loud voices and pretty much her own shadow! It was a very sad thing for us, but we knew that once we proved we were her family (and she accepted us as such) that she would be fine. And she is better than fine! We are FAMILY! This is such a personality shot of her!20140209-205127.jpg

Here are some cute things that she does that make us smile:

  • We tell her she is part cat. She loves to lick her paw and clean her face and she LOVES milk!
  • She has to have a collar/bandana on at all times. If you take them off, she puts her nose back into them basically begging you to put them back on. We believe that is part of her identity. I don’t know if she had a collar before she went to the Humane Society, but she acts as if she didn’t. Like this is WHO she is.
  • Every time we change her bandana, she prances around and wants to “show it off” to you.
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  • She has a particular chair and blanket that she prefers. We still have the first dog bed we bought her, but she is too big for it now. We bought her a large pillow, but she doesn’t like it. She would rather be sitting beside you or snuggled up in the chair.
  • She HATES a cage of any kind! I will never try to put her in one because it is too traumatic. Been there/done that/never again!
  • She doesn’t sleep with us all night, but she always comes to our room in the mornings and jumps in the bed. She wants to be near us.
  • She knows exactly what and where her leash is and you’d better spell it if you’re talking about it. Otherwise, she thinks she is going on a trip. She gets very excited when you get it.
  • She doesn’t scratch to go outside or really do much of anything except just look at you. If you ask her if she needs to go outside, she starts turning circles. And she loves it when you hook her up to her cable and say “Ready! Set! Go!” when you open the door.
  • She rarely makes a peep! She is the quietest dog we have ever owned. If someone knocks on the door she will bark or if she doesn’t know someone, but most of the time she doesn’t.

She made several trips with us last year. She is a great traveller. She went with us to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina in April, Ft. Eustis, Virginia in July, Missouri (almost Kansas City) in July and Ft. Eustis again in September along with countless other short trips. She goes everywhere with us and a “pet friendly” hotel is the only kind we will stay in.

Having an animal that you love and loves you back is such a blessing. I wanted to write this post to share about our Sadie, but I also want to encourage you to help out the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society by adopting a pet, volunteering and/or donating items they need. I have a friend who is a volunteer at the Humane Society and has a huge impact there. She will be writing some information on how you can get involved for a future post! I can’t wait to share it with you!
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