Quick Catch Up

Life has been a little crazy. I started a job at a library about a month after my first semester of grad school ended. For about two months I was learning the ropes and getting acclimated. At the start of month three, I started planning story time for the year. Planning all of the themes, finding the books, finding crafts on Pinterest, and getting the music together. So most of it is together. I now just have to get it all together one month prior. For example, getting all of November pulled and ready to go during October.

As soon as I had my feet ready and going, the second semester of grad school started and everything fell apart for me that first week. Thankfully, I am working less hours at work as I work to balance work, three classes, and my personal/home life. The first three weeks though were rough because Hurrican Harvey was coming (didn’t touch us), my family was losing a cat, all day every day on base with hubs (my work and his guard duties), and then my cat of 17 years died. Let’s just say I was a wreck emotionally, physically, and mentally for all of September.

As for DH, he has been having fun with guard duties after Hurricane Harvey by working on creating an escape room for his squadron. It’s been really fun to watch him light up as he talks about it. I don’t want to give any details away. I have to say that I hope we get to go and do one soon as a little study break for me.

I do have to brag on DH real quick. I have been feeling like a lousy spouse with trying to find how to balance everything. He has been picking up the ball for me on things. I have to remind myself that I don’t nor should I try to do it all by myself. I am not the only one that can cook and clean. It is a constant battle inside of me to let him do stuff around the apartment because I am so particular about how things are done. I am constantly having to remind myself to let it go because as much as I would like to think I am, I am not Wonder Woman or Supergirl.

I am going to try and make this a regular thing with posting. Even if it is once a week or every other week. We’ll see how it goes. Plus it helps. 🙂

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New Town, New Adventures

Quick update on what has been going on in our lives. For my friends on Facebook I know y’all are able to get little snapshots from some of my posts. For my nonFacebook friends here is an update.

We made our move to San Antonio successfully between a class for me in DFW and a paper due as soon as we got there and unloaded. We continued the search for a job for DH. He had a few interviews along the way and picked up a part time gig, which I have now started as well. A few weeks ago he found a more permanent job and has been enjoying it. With only one car right now, I drop him off in the morning and then go to a Starbucks or library to study because I can’t focus at home. When he calls to tell me he is off work, we either go home or he gets dragged along for me to study some more.

My job search is a little more focused. I am looking to work part time at a library. I have started volunteering at a local San Antonio Public Library branch and next week will start volunteering at one of the bases libraries as I now have base access again (Woohoo!). So hopefully with this volunteer experience I will be able to find something part time.

When things are calmer in the schoolwork front or I need a break, we go out and about to the cheap/free attractions. We have walked along the Riverwalk multiple times, been to the Japanese Tea Garden, and just walked within our neighborhood. It’s great having a lot of things within walking distance of us! We actually walked to Family Dollar one night and then took the long way home. I used Google Maps later and found we had walked 2 miles. It didn’t feel like it at all.

We really love it here and are really glad to be living here. Looking forward to seeing more of San Antonio!

Look for some pictures soon and maybe on lessons learned since moving here. 😉

Have a good day! God bless!

Things I Miss About Base Access

  1. Going to the gym for free
  2. Walking with my DH at night
  3. Wandering around the BX
  4. Cheaper gas
  5. Going to the gym for free
  6. Participating in the 5Ks
  7. We, mostly me, wanted to drive around and see the Christmas lights
  8. Lunch dates with my DH when he was active duty
  9. Going to the gym for free
  10. Walking with my DH at night

I know a few were repeats but I could not help myself. I really miss those things. It has been a lot harder to workout at home. DH says we can go for walks by the river and do some exercises at home. This is all very true, but I don’t like it. I function better at a gym than here. Here is hoping we can go for a walk today before the weather gets bad.

First Married Christmas

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
-Christina Rossetti

 

This December gave me a wonderful lesson about Christmas. Being a December baby, I have always loved Christmas! My family always made sure that my sister and I understood the true meaning of Christmas. It never mattered how many gifts we received (always three), the day was about Jesus. There was no rushing to open things before mom and dad were up. We all woke up. Mom would make breakfast, usually Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs. Then we would go into the living room where Dad would get the family Bible and read the Christmas story. After a prayer was said we would then commence with opening gifts.

This year was the first Christmas as a married person. Also a married person about to move and having to watch what money is being spent and saved. DH and I made a pact this year that we would not exchange gifts with each other. I forbid him from even getting me something for my birthday. We also agreed that if something happened, we would get something for each other afterwards.

At one point during the month my mom had asked my sister and I about things we might need or even want. I had a very hard time responding because I knew I could not give her anything in return. I told her that I didn’t think we would be able to give anyone anything because of us being very frugal right now. She told me something that has stuck with me. She said that I shouldn’t feel compelled to give a gift because someone gave me one and that they are doing it because they want to be a blessing. My add on is that I should not use this as an excuse to become a Scrooge that never gives gifts. I had to realize that it may be true right now that I can’t give something physically, but I can give my time and support.

God gave us the most perfect gift in the world that precious night, His Son. It was His most prized possession. Jesus came to us and lived among us. He taught us what it meant to be a child of God. Then He gave up the most important thing for us, His life. Those gifts mean everything to me, more than any earthly possession. In return, God has my heart.

So in closing, I hope that everyone hugged their family and loved ones extra tight this holiday season. Tell them how much they mean to you. Remember, Christmas is holiday that is all about God.

Life Update 12-29-16

Life has been crazy! I know it always is, but this time it has been a little nuts for us. After DH left active duty, my hours at work increased. YAY! Then as of Christmas Eve, they decreased to pretty much they will call me if they need me. This is a good thing for us. It has given us a chance to focus more on what will be coming with new jobs and the move. We know a lot of people are worried about us and what is going to be happening next. We ask that everyone just pray for us and not ask too many questions because we don’t have a  lot of answers. We wish we did!

Applications have been getting filled out right and left. I was getting very anxious about not having any responses. Then we realized that because it is so close to the holidays, we probably won’t hear anything until the new year. We have also found that we are having to depend on God a lot more to provide for us. He is taking care of us and making sure that we have all we need at each moment. I have to keep reminding myself of what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

-Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

Then Paul in Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV), “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

DO NOT WORRY!!! Ever notice how we as humans worry and stress over the STUPIDEST things? I had a moment today when I was so worried because something I ordered off Amazon was suppose to show up today. The website said it was out for delivery with USPS and the mail person came and went. No package. REALLY!?!?! A package people!! I was worried about a package! It is not an important thing we need. We will live.

Again, I ask for prayers for us. We thank you all for the love and support!

 

Thanking God

I want to take this time during the Thanksgiving week to list like a child the things I am thankful to God for. It may seem silly to you, but it is something I want to remind myself. It may seem pretty generic one some of these, but I think we should still be thankful for it all because it is a way of telling God that He is awesome and that we love His work.

A – apples, arms, autumn, apartment

B – beaches, Bible, books, my Blazer (Chevy)

C – CATS!!!!, The Church, cupcakes, coffee

D – DH, Daddy, dessert

E – elephants, education

F – fuzzy socks, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, fingers, family, friends

G – Granny, grad school, Gilmore Girls

H – home, hamburgers, hygienic products, heart

I – ice cream

J – job, Jesus

K – kittens

L – land, legs, lotion, love songs

M – Momma, movies, music

N – nose, Netflix

O – onions

P – pickles, purple

Q – quilts

R – roses

S – sensitive skin, sterling silver, shampoo, Sister

T – tacos, toes, turtles

U – umbrellas

V – vegetables, venison

W – wolves, warm clothes fresh out of the drier

X – x-rays

Y – YOU

Z – zebras, zoos

Life Update 11-13-16

Hello everyone!

As most everyone knows my DH is separating from the USAF at the end of this month. We have prayed about this and talked it out together for a long time. I was admittedly selfish at first of wanting him to stay in because I have been through so many life changes this year, that I wanted him to wait. However, God has given us a peace about this and we know for the most part what is about to happen. DH still has some paperwork that has to be done before everything is final, but we wanted to go ahead and share.

We are moving!

DH is leaving active duty with the USAF and will go part time with the Texas Air National Guard. Everything that he has now as far as rank and what he has put in towards retirement will carry over. Because of this transition, we had three options of where we wanted to live and we chose that we wanted to live close to San Antonio. It is a new area as far as living for both of us and we both love it as tourists. We may or may not live directly live SA. We just have to be close enough for DH to report one weekend out of the month.

When it comes to outside of his one weekend a month duties, DH is looking into some work that he can do full time. While he is doing that I will be doing my grad schoolwork online and working part time.

Like I said before we do not have all of the details yet and hope to find them out soon. Love and thank you all for your support!

Lesson in Dependency

As babies we all relied on our parents. Someone to change our diapers, feed us, help us fall asleep and to dress us. As we grew we learned to be independent. Many people learned how to cook food for either ourselves or maybe help cook dinner for the family. Then in those teens years you were responsible to get your homework done, at the right age drive yourself around, and maybe even have a job to pay for things you wanted. Then in those adult years you should hopefully be able to take care of yourself and no longer rely on your parents for everything. Congratulations! You are independent!

However, it is different in our Christian faith. We start out as babes in Christ and needing others to help teach us so that we may grow in our knowledge and understanding of God. We learn scripture, how to pray, stories and lessons from the Bible. During all of this we grow and grow until we think of ourselves as “independent.” I use that word very loosely because we can never be independent from God. To quote a favorite hymn,

“I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my Savior
I come to thee”

This has been a lesson He has been teaching me in both my spiritual life and earthly life. He has been calling me to trust Him to provide when I can’t do it on my own and to rest in His time. He has also been teaching me to rely on my DH for things I can’t do on my own. It has been a very hard lesson and there are days that I won’t it over, but I know it is an ongoing process.

“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

-Matthew 6:25-34 HCSB

Cherry Cream Cheese Cobbler

I’m sorry it has been a while. Been a little crazy here and been dealing with a bad case of the “I don’t want to’s.” That being said, let’s have fun with one of my favorite recipes that I recently tried something new with.

Anytime I try to look for a recipe for Cherry Cream Cheese Cobbler, I can’t find it and I hope to never lose my recipe card that it is on. So maybe if I lose it now I can just go back here and find it. It is really easy and I think of it as a Sopapilla Cheesecake minus the cinnamon and plus a can of pie filling.

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This was a blueberry and a strawberry cobbler.

Ingredients

  • 1 – 8 count can of crescent rolls
  • 1 -21 ounce can of pie filling of your choice (I personally prefer any of the berries or the cherry filling)
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar for the filling
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar for the top
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces of cream cheese softened (one and half blocks if you use the 8oz blocks)
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350. Line the bottom of a greased 8×8 pan with four of the crescent rolls.Spread them out so that they cover the bottom entirely. In a large mixing bowl, place cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat this until it is nice and smooth. Add the vanilla and beat again. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the crescent rolls in pan. Pour pie filling and spread evenly over top. Top with the remaining crescent rolls dough. Melt butter and pour on top and sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar on top. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Chill any leftovers.

Notes

I like to eat any leftovers cold. To me it tastes better that way. Then again I like leftover peach cobbler cold.

If you ever make it with the cherry pie filling add a 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips to the cream cheese filling. It is perfectly delectable!

Friday Fun Day

I was looking forward to Friday all week! There were so many exciting things we were going to do. So rather than give a long story about all that happened, let me just run through a quick list of what made it the perfect day so I can get to some pretty exciting news.

  • It was finally cool outside! (52 degrees at 6am)
  • I completed my second 5K
  • Won a raffle after the run
  • Visited an awesome Pumpkin Patch at Ellis Pottery in Longview
  • Donned my Halloween costume
  • Finally rode the Jefferson Fright Train

Now for the awesome exciting news! Back in August I finally applied for a Master’s program. I had been dragging my feet out my pure just being scared and nervous. So I bit the bullet and just did it. After the university received everything and was reviewing my application, I was constantly wanting to rush to the mail box to find out Yay or Nay. My poor DH must have been thinking I was about to go crazy. While we were out enjoying the day I decided to check my e-mail on my phone and that was when I saw it. I stayed silent as I nervously pressed the message and began to read. I MADE IT!!!!

I will be starting in the spring semester and doing it all online. Woohoo!!! So excited to be starting this new phase in life!