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North vs. South

I love living in the north (Wisconsin/Ohio) because…

  • snow is beautiful and cozy…and necessary for Christmas spirit!
  • the icy cold water that comes out of the faucet in the winter time is so refreshing
  • fireplaces (that actually get used)
  • basements for storage (and extra living space) not to mention a place to go when it storms
  • Packer football. Nuff said.
  • Fall colors. Leaf piles.
  • Casseroles & Supper Clubs
  • Scarves, hats, and mittens
  • Crystal clear lakes (WI, not OH)
  • Campfires
  • Hair that will STAY flat when flat ironed nearly year round (as in… lower humidity!)
  • loading on the big heavy covers in the cold winter nights

I love living in the south (as in, TEXAS) because…

  • you can wear flip flops all year round
  • spring comes early… you don’t ever have that moment in february where you just can’t take the “winter” any longer
  • country line dancing (particularly at the Broken Spoke)
  • cowboy boots are part of every day life
  • Brisket. Barbeque doesn’t mean “cooking something on the grill” or eating a sloppy joe sandwich. Nope, it means good ole’ fashion SMOKED amazingness.
  • The overabundance of awesome bible believing churches
  • Mexican martinis & Tex Mex food
  • the acceptability of “y’all” in every day and professional conversations
  • state pride

I’m sure there are a lot more… but that’s what I’ve got for today.


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Babysitters & Date Night

Steve & I have been blessed enough (and strong enough) to leave Pax in the care of others overnight a few times already in his short little life. Let me start by saying, it is SO hard to leave him~ but it is also so incredibly good for us and our marriage.

Over the last few months we’ve been talking about how important it is to spend time together, just the two of us. Date night is a must in marriage (in my humble opinion)!!

Up to this point, we had only left Pax at night time with our folks and our day time babysitter who we love like she’s our blood. Last night for the first time we left pre-bed time and came back post-bed time with a non “family” member. We are so blessed to have friends who love and care for our son. Here’s the key for us … would the sitter/caregiver save our son if the building was burning to the ground or run out the door and save themselves? Obviously, we’re looking for the former!!! And I can say without a shadow of a doubt that our sweet sitter from last night wouldn’t think twice about it. We are so blessed by her and her love for our son!! Thanks GeNae … or “Nae” as Pax would say 🙂

Oh, and not only did we come home to a soundly sleeping child, but one who is now able to clearly articulate the word “TEXAS”

Score. I think we’ll keep her.

Next time GeNae, you must teach him “Hook ’em Horns”

ps. in case you’re wondering what we did on date night…Chris Young Concert!!!

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Spending time

I often comment here (and in “real life”) that there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done; there’s simply never enough time. Time to spend with Pax & Steve, time to shop and cook our meals, time to clean up from those meals and keep the house from being condemned! Time to teach, prep, grade, WRITE. Seriously. There is never enough time.

Something that has gone by the wayside with the time crunch – and I am sincerely embarrassed to admit this – is my bible reading. There’s always some excuse, something more pressing, something more “important.” But really, what is more important than spending time with Jesus?

Today, I got up a bit earlier than normal and spent a full hour in the word and reading systematic theology (nerd alert!). It was glorious. And you know what? I’ve been more productive today because of it. So thanks Jesus for pushing me to get exactly what I needed today!!

Now I will fully admit that an hour is not going to happen every day. But a passage, a versus even would be so refreshing to my exhausted body and mind. I just need to REMEMBER that each day when I rise.

“In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus.” Amen.

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Just for laughs

I read this post written by the blogger of “Honest Toddler” yesterday and I could not stop laughing 🙂

Hopefully it makes you smile! I know I’ll be subscribing to her blog!

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You know you’re a real “Chef” when…

… you slice and dice… your fingers.

** disclosure, if you are squeamish, don’t read this post**

Okay, I know that slicing my fingers does not make me a real Chef!! I didn’t go to culinary school~ nor will I 🙂 but I do love to cook/bake and it seems like cutting oneself is a rite of passage, right? And a messy one at that!
In 2006 I was working on my PhD. It was my first year. It was November. Final paper deadlines were approaching and then, one faithful day, I literally sliced off the tip of my finger.

It was bad enough to go to urgent care (Read: would NOT stop bleeding) but not bad enough for stitches (Read: I cut off too small of a chunk to reattach). I had to keep a bandage on it for WEEKS. Do you know how hard it is to type without use of your left middle finger? I do.
I looked like a chicken pecking the keyboard. It wasn’t pretty people.
I still have a permanent scar from the “episode.”

So last week, I’m cruising along chopping veggies at my parents house for a yummy omelet when the knife strikes again.

Now, I should tell you that my mom’s knifes are NOT sharp at all. If I had been at home, I would been in a world of hurt and some serious, ER Room-Type trouble, but luckily, that was not the case. I blame the baby. He was distracting me and my mom was talking to me. Certainly, it’s their fault, right? Not mine. I’m not clumsy at all!!

Needless to say, I sliced off my fingernail on my left index finger. Well, almost off… it was cut through and through, but didn’t “come” off for about a week. You know, since it was attached to my skin and all. Can you say, yuck?

Mom kind of panicked b/c she doesn’t like blood 🙂

That said, she was the most helpful in the situation. She grabbed this cute little dixie cup, filled it with sugar and shoved it in my direction. “Here”, she said, “sugar stops bleeding and it’s anti-microbial” hmmm… didn’t know that. Well, it totally worked. The bleeding subsided and I bandaged my finger up. Fun fun stuff. I’m now on the mend, but still missing a good chunk of my nail. It’s pretty gross looking. But I know it could be a lot worse. Like last time, for instance!

All that to say, I think I need to be more CAREFUL with my knives… (read: Brit, pay attention when you cut veggies!!!)


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Something striking

So if you follow the news at all (or if you’ve been on FB or Twitter for the last few weeks), you’ve heard about the Chick Fil A situation.

In all of the stuff I’ve seen/read about the controversy on both sides of the argument~ this pastor’s response has been my very favorite.
It’s so good I just had to share it.


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Odds and Ends

On Friday night Ohio and much of the midwest/east coast was hit with a massive derecho (spelling?) …essentially equivalent to a land hurricane. It was crazy. We were blessed in that everyone was safe and we didn’t have any damage to our house. BUT. We lost power friday night around 7pm and didn’t get it fully restored until Sunday night @10pm. Yeah. That was fun.

To complicate the situation, Steve’s family was in town. We ended up meeting them in Columbus and spent Saturday night there. We had planned to do all kinds of fun things like go to the zoo (too hot) and Cosi museum (didn’t open till 12:00 on Sunday)!! But unfortunately none of that worked out. It made for a bit of a disappointing weekend.

Also, I spent the entire time worried about the grass fed beef (read: expensive meat) in our deep freeze.

So apparently, the power magically came back on at 9:00AM on Sunday and then flipped back off at noon. Our elation was quickly vanquished with frustration/fear…when would it come back again?!? Luckily, by this time our neighbors got a generator and they allowed us to plug our fridge and deep freeze in (random aside, generators from Lowes are $650. They got a shipment in Mon AM of 200… they were gone with in an hour).

We had put all of our condiments in coolers on Sat AM after 12 hrs with no power~ so those seemed okay. But we ended up loosing the dairy (obviously not safe) and the food in our regular freezer. I know it could be worse, but it was still frustrating.

Steve’s folks were very generous and put us up in a hotel in Athens on Sunday night as we didn’t think we had power. It came back on at 10pm that nice, praise Jesus 🙂 We continue to have internet (just came back on) and cable issues (still not working) but at least we have A/C!!

To top things off, I have been super sick with a cold for the last week. It has literally kicked my tush. Yesterday I woke up and had to hold back tears b/c I was so upset I couldn’t sleep (coughing = no sleep!). So I loaded up the kiddo and went to urgent care. Let’s just say that codine is flipping amazing. I finally got some restful sleep last night and am feeling loads better.

Alright then, I hear a little voice calling me from his room 🙂 Okay… if I’m being honest, he was babbling away when I started this post, but I really wanted to blog a little!! I best go get my patient little squirt! Much love all.


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