Have a very happy New Year. Be safe tonight and enjoy!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Have a very happy New Year. Be safe tonight and enjoy!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Speaking of craziness, I made it through the hectic holiday season. From what I hear- we are going to feel like we're on vacation from now on. I'm really looking forward to that. Plus it will give me time to really get to know all aspects of the job and strengthen myself in some of the areas where I'm lacking confidence.
We had a great Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve with the Marshalls. We are so blessed with great families who really support us through everything! We were reminded of that this weekend. Today we spent the morning with my family and the afternoon with the Huber side. I have missed my cousin Andrew, so it was great to have him home from New Orleans! We left reminicing about some funny moments and feeling like there just wasn't enough time. We always seem to leave feeling that way. But I guess that's a sign of a great visit!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Just a friendly reminder from an exhausted retail associate :)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Mike has been AMAZING with helping out around the house while I'm at work. So far, our schedules haven't conflicted too much. The weekends are the worst part though- when he's off on Saturdays and I have to work all day. But it's not too bad.
Tomorrow is our 1st Anniversary!! I have to work, but I think afterwards we're going to go out for dinner or something. We both agreed- no gifts. We can't afford it and we don't need anything. Yes, I know it's our first anniversary, and Mike's boss has been giving him a hard time over it, but we decided last weekend that if we would do anything we would make it meaningful. At our wedding for our wedding favors we gave money to the AGC baby center in the names of our guests. So this year for our anniversary we're doing the same thing. That's a gift that helps others. What's better than that!? And those sweet babies deserve it more than we do. If you would like to help the babies in Kenya visit http://www.nmcandthebabycenter.blogspot.com/.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I hope you all had a great week! I am going to enjoy having today and tomorrow off with my husband before I start work. I'm so grateful for this job. Please keep praying that we get adjusted and that I all of my other in-studio training goes well!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is a verrry FUN one!! I love looking online at unique, personal, gift ideas. Alot of them are made by stay at home moms or women working from home to make another income for their family. I love helping them while they are helping me with gift ideas!! So this week is perfect for me! On Kelly's blog there's a long list of links (tons of them!!) from the women that make these unique items. Have fun browsing. Mike is working late tonight so I'm happily watching "Say Yes to the Dress" on TLC and browsing all the fun things getting Christmas ideas!! Enjoy and let me know what your favorite is!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Even when I forget it. We were definitely blessed this last week. I was offered a JOB!! I will be working at Portrait Innovations here in Merrillville. I'll be traveling to North Carolina for a week of training November 1-9th, and then I officially start work on the 11th of November. I'm excited to start, but pretty overwhelmed at all of the things to do before I start! I know that since the holidays are right around the corner that it will be a very busy few months at work. Thank you so much for your prayers through this time. Mike and I are very happy that this opportunity has come up, but we'll still need your prayers as the studio has told me that through the holidays I'll be working around 60 hours a week. Mike and I won't be seeing each other much and we'll have to try and stay positive. Please be praying for that. Also, I really hope that I'll still be able to go to small groups on Tuesdays. We have fallen in love with each couple in our small group and I would hate to miss out on anything. Especially now when we're all growing closer to one another.
If you're in the Merrillville area this winter bring in your kids and come visit me and I'll take your picture!! :)
Saturday, October 10, 2009
2. I really hate cleaning up after cooking.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Today at Kelly's Korner it's show us your life day: TAILGATES AND FAVORITE TEAMS!
I've been excited for this one because it seems that on Kelly's blog most of the blogs are fans of the SEC and southern teams. I'm reppin' the midwest this week!! The Mast's and Marshall's have always been NOTRE DAME fans. I've grown up cheering for the Irish and have since enjoyed a few games in South Bend.
Notre Dame has so many neat traditions. From the band, to mass before the games, to singing the alma mater after each game going to the games to cheer on the Irish is always exciting!Notre Dame is off this week with a bye. BUT next Saturay is a BIG game vs. USC. It's a big rivalry so you can bet that Mike and I will be decked out in our ND stuff cheering on ND!!
HERE COME THE IRISH!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I hope everyone in your households are doing well and staying healthy! Have a great week!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Today I added The Sullivans. I don't know these people. But my heart goes out to this young husband. He has been married for five years and his wife just gave birth via emergency c-section to a beautiful baby girl, Chloe. His wife was dealing with breast cancer during her pregnancy. Unfortunately, just yesterday, this man's wife, and Chloe's mother went to be with Jesus after experiencing some seizures. You can read the story for yourself. Just click on the link on the right. I can't imagine what this man is feeling as he says goodbye to his best friend and wife but also as he deals with having to raise this newborn on his own. He needs our prayers.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
My recipe is for: No Peak Chicken
*This was a big hit with my husband! It's very easy and takes little preparation.
1 pkg. Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice
1 Chicken in pieces or Chicken Breasts (I used three chicken breasts)
1 Can cream of mushroom soup
1 Can cream of chicken soup
1 Can chicken broth
Put rice in bottom of 9x13 pan. Place chicken on top of rice. Cover with seasoning packet from rice. Mix soups and broth together in separate bowl. Pour over top of chicken. Cover pan with foil. Bake at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. DO NOT PEAK!
I don't have a picture of this recipe, but trust me, it's great! enjoy!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Six years ago today - We lost a man of God. We lost one of our best friends. We lost a man who never failed to make us smile.
But within the last six years, we've all found strength we didn't know we had. We've found a deep friendship from people who were once aqauintances. We found renewed faith in God. I'm thankful for Nick. I'm thankful for his legacy. I'm thankful for the faith that he never failed to share with others.
Today, we remember you, Nick. Your heart. And your Smile.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
And here's one of us in Chicago in front of the Briar St. Theater. We would LOVE to go back to see this show again. Mike commented that next time maybe we'll see it in Vegas :) No complaints here!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
We're SO excited for this weekend! A good friend of mine, CJ Cunningham is getting married! I'm very excited to see this group of friends that will be at the wedding. CJ and his family have been such a support to me in the years since Nick has died. CJ, Megan, and their parents Dave and Janice are so generous and loving. I'm excited to celebrate with them!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Aren't these soo cute!? Adorable I think. Maybe when it's time (waaay down the road) for me to have a baby shower I'll request cookies like these!!
Join in the "Show Us" fun!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
This week is Vacation Spots. Kelly's Korner is a great place to check out other people's favorite spots. Mike and I haven't traveled very many places together yet. I have some personal favorite places - like Kansas and Sarasota, Florida. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that Kansas is one of my favorite places. I learned so much about myself in Hesston, Kansas and I have so many fond memories. Sarasota is a place that my family went year after year while we were growing up. Both sets of my grandparents now live there half the year and the memories we have created will last forever. Olympia Fields is the place to be! :)
However, the place that Mike and I have loved going together is JAMAICA!! We have traveled to Florida together, but Jamaica takes the cake! We went for our honeymoon and loved the laid back lifestyle, the fact that clocks were not a necessity, and the gorgeous blue water.
This was our pool area at night at the resort we stayed at. This was our favorite place to be at night. It was so relaxing to hear the ocean in the background and the calm waters of the pool.
One night before dinner.Pure Paradise! We loved waking up each morning and seeing this sight. I could definitely live there!! We would love to go back sometime and try out another resort.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Just one pic from our VERY fun reception! It's taking too long to upload pics to do anymore of the reception!
Ok, I think I'll have to wait til later to upload more pictures. It's just taking too long and my internet connection is never very reliable. Have a great week and please join in the "Show us your Life" series!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Summer is almost over. I'm excited for all that is coming up but I'll be sad to see my pool days go! Have a great week!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I love this dishwasher detergent! Since getting married I've tried several different varities, but this is the best. No need to pre-wash or rinse before sticking them in the dishwasher! This little baby takes care of it all. I used to get crusted on stuff in my glasses, but since using this it doesn't happen near as often. I give these my seal of approval :)
Honestly, I don't have much to say about this mop. It seemed very cheap. Mike got it before we even got married, so I didn't have much say in it. But I'm a big Swiffer lover- so I would much rather go with the Swiffer model. There's probably not much difference except the brand name, but I'll stick with Swiffer. I do still use this mop, because I don't see the sense in buying another one when this one isn't broken. But instead of using the Clorox wetwipes I buy the Swiffer ones instead and just attach them to this mop.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thanks for all of your kind words and prayers thus far. We appreciate it more than you know!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
While we were in Michigan we made a stop at a Harley store, and found the perfect little Harley for Mady!! She loved it. The second her dad pulled her off of it she would start crying. He sat her back down on it and she was smiling and happy! It was so cute. The Marshall's definitely aren't against adding another Harley lover to their clan (don't worry - they haven't pulled me in.)
Monday, July 13, 2009
I hope you all had a great week.
I'll try and get pics posted soon. We canceled our internet to save some money, but once in awhile I pick up a signal.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I know this is a little random, but those comments on his site just got me thinking about how I measure myself. What do I do in Life? I love my husband. I value my time with friends and family. I make time for those relationships and make sure they are growing everyday. I strive to be a better wife. I consume the Word in order to follow God more deeply. I try my hardest to make these things control my happiness instead of what the world believes.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
We loved the company that we shared and loved watching Anessa run and enjoy the park. She took a little spill at the end of the night after her mom spun her on a toy a little too long. haha. Anessa loved the spinning but did NOT love the feeling of dizziness when she got off and did a faceplant into the dirt. After we got done laughing, possibly adding insult to injury.. we headed back and watched a movie while Anessa slept.
Thanks Corey, Jill, and Anessa for such a great night! We're so thankful for your friendship!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
On Monday we spent the day with Jill and Corey and Jill's daughter Anessa. We went to the very short Memorial Day parade in Nappanee. Then went out to Jill's parents' house in Mentone. We love being with the three of them and couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the day! We wrapped up our weekend with visits with each of our families.
Unfortunately, the same thing happened on our trip back to Merrillville that usually happens. We began wondering and vocalizing why in the world we are in Merrillville. We know that God must have some plan for us here, but we still can't figure it out. My ultimate wish is that after this year is up, we can make it back to the Nappanee area. At least a little closer. Mike said last night he prays for the same thing. We just need to keep trusting that God has bigger plans, but he does know our hearts and our wishes. On the bright side - I do know that being away from our families and being alone here in Merrillville has really helped our marriage and our relationship with each other. So maybe that's part of the Plan.
Sidenote--after watching the premiere of Jon & Kate + 8 last night. I say to them... GET OUT and GET HELP. There's no reason to go through all of this pain in front of the entire world. It's effecting your children. As much as I love the show, I would rather have their marriage be saved then know every bit of their lives. They kept saying "We're here for our children". Well if you are ... do the right thing.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I thought that maybe this product would be worth it, but I was wrong. I really don't think it does more than soap and water. The first time I used it I needed it for some stains on my countertop caused from purple kool-aid. It did a great job and I was happy with the result. However, the second time I needed it was for something on the kitchen floor. It got the stain up, however it took ALOT of elbow grease and I had to use some other product too. I also didn't appreciate how the "erasers" fell apart. When you scrubbed hard enough like I had to do on the kitchen floor it left pieces behind creating another mess to clean up.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I never really appreciated my mom and all that she did while I lived at home. Not enough anyway. But now that I have my own household and am married I realize all the things that my mom has had to do for her family. She basically has had multiple jobs her whole married life. Her job that she went to during the day, then she was a cook, a maid, and a wife. I now appreciate how she didn't always have to have the cleanest house - but she took more time out for my brother and I. Thank you mom for being a great mom, a great role-model, and a compassionate person. We love you! Happy birthday.
HAPPY 6 MONTH ANNIVERSARY!
It seems like just yesterday that we got married. We'll both admit that some days it feels like longer than six months. Ha. But it's been the best six months of my life. I have loved being a wife. I have loved learning new things about Mike, when I thought that I knew everything! No one really tells you about the adjustment of marriage. And while we've had to adjust to each other and our own little quirks, it's been such a blessing to both of us. We have had to really think about each other's needs instead of our own. That helps us think about how God loves us. He's always think about our own best interests. I am excited for many many more anniversaries. Happy anniversary love!