Such Is Life

I'm off to get my passport today!

Yes, I have no passport. And this past week I found myself bemoaning the fact that I didn't just apply for it last fall.

Derek and I are trying to decide where to go on vacation this year. I saved up so money, so we're hoping to go on a nice trip. But we had to pass up a bed-and-breakfast deal in Ireland, and an all-inclusive resort deal in Jamaica because I don't have my passport!

I wanted to cry, because they were really good deals. Five nights in Ireland for $600 a person? Seven nights in an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for $800 a person? And both of those included plane tickets! Aren't you all just disappointed with me?

So I'm off to apply for my passport at the post office - but alas, it's too late to get either of those vacation deals. We just couldn't bring ourselves to book our vacation before we have my passport in hand. So I don't know where we're going to go.

Any ideas? Somewhere that I won't need a passport? Or anyplace that I should look for a good last-minute deal once I get my passport, probably around April?

I'm still just kicking myself for not applying for it last fall.

Se la vie.





P.S. I can't believe I forgot to mention where we are getting those deals! Funjet.com and Priceline.com.

The prices are just amazing, so if you are looking for a cheap vacation, check out the "Hot Deals" and "Pricebreaker Deals" sections of the pages. If you are willing to go on a spring vacation some of the deals are just incredible!

We found the Jamaica deal on Funjet and Ireland on Priceline. Those specific deals are gone now, but there are alot of other ones, so check it out!

Bowling Fun

Wednesday has become my bowling day.

There's a place near where I live that has free bowling from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesdays, and my sister and I have spent the last couple Wednesdays just going bowling together. It's alot of fun, and it's free!

Plus it's something that my sister and I can do to spend time together (without just sitting on my couch and watching TV). We're off for bowling again today, so I thought I'd just post a few pictures!




















Signing out,

Goodbye Earbuds

Sometimes I wonder why I agreed to get that dog. Then he gives me a big slobbery kiss, and it's hard to stay mad.



I don't think my little earbuds are salvageable.

At least he didn't chew up the actual iPod. Then I think I would have had to cry.

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If He Couldn't See Your Heart . . .

As I've said multiple times before, one of the things I love about having an iPod is the podcasts. I love being able to subscribe to podcasts and listen to them anytime I want. I enjoy listening to music, but I get bored of music after a little while and I just like to listen to other radio programs. Hence my obsession with talk radio.

Well, right after I got my iPod for Christmas I also subscribed to some Christian radio podcasts. I love listening to certain Bible programs or the Focus on the Family radio program, but they're never on when I can listen to them - but now I can listen whenever I want!

I have about a forty-five minute drive to work each way, so it's the perfect time to listen to my lovely podcasts.

One of my favorite sermon programs is Grace To You, which is John MacArthur's ministry. I think he gives good, solid, biblical teaching in his sermons.

This past Friday I was listening to a sermon series by John MacArthur called "God, Satan, and Angels". You can download that series for free at John MacArthur's website, or subscribe to the Grace To You podcast - it aired in 2009 so you can sync the episodes of this series to your iPod that way as well.

I just finished the part of the series on the attributes of God, and in the last sermon I listened to, John MacArthur said something that really hit home for me.

He was talking about one of God's attributes - His Omniscience, meaning that God knows absolutely everything. He knows what we do wrong and what we do right, He knows our motives, He knows everything that's going on in the world, He knows how things are going to turn out in the end, He even knows how things would have turned out if we had chosen to act differently. He is absolutely all-knowing.

To illustrate the point that God knows what's going on in our hearts, John MacArthur told the story about the Lord Jesus asking Peter whether Peter loved Him. After Jesus asked Peter several times and Peter told Jesus that he did love Him, Peter finally said "Lord, You know all things; You know I love you."

MacArthur then went on to say that it's a good thing the Lord is omniscient, because if He wasn't omniscient there are some days He might not even know that we love Him, because it wouldn't be obvious.

Wow.

I was really convicted by that. I had never thought of that before, because obviously the Lord is omniscient and even though I mess up and do wrong things, He can see my heart and knows that I still love Him, even though I'm not acting like it. But I shouldn't just rely on the Lord's omniscience to give Him the knowledge of my love for Him - I should show it. It breaks my heart a little bit to think about the days when there really is no outward sign that I love the Lord - that I belong to Him, that I follow Him, that I serve Him.

How ashamed I am when I think of my behavior in that light! Because if the Lord couldn't see my heart, much of the time He might not be able to see that I love Him.

No one is omniscient but God. No one else can see my heart. No one else can see my heart. They can only see my actions. What a sobering thought. If there are days when the Lord might not be able to see my love for Him if He wasn't omniscient, how can I expect anyone else to see it?

I need to live my life with one constant question in my mind - if the Lord couldn't see my heart, would He be able to tell that I love Him right now? When I'm in the middle of an argument I need to ask myself this. When I'm having a bad day and feeling grumpy I need to ask myself this. Whenever I'm just living my daily life I need to ask myself this.

Because I belong to Jesus, God chooses to see me in the light of the righteousness of Christ, and not in the light of my own sins. He chooses to look past my daily failings and see my desire to follow Him and serve Him - what mercy He gives me, to choose to look past the obvious sins and consider my heart instead! In the light of such mercy it is such a little thing to serve the Lord through my daily actions - but how hard that little thing is at times! But He only asks that I continue to try - that I never stop trying.

No one but You, Lord, can see my heart - they can only see how I live my life. Help me to show them my love for You through every action.

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My Good Black Boots

Look at what that dog did to my good black boots!





What's a girl to do but just sigh?



Old Time Radio

Have any of you seen "A Christmas Story"? You know how they get all excited in the evening to sit down and listen to Little Orphan Annie on the radio? Ah, Radio's glory days, before the TV came on the scene and ruined everything. I love thinking about how kids used to get excited about listening to a program on the radio, and all the different radio programs there were!

They just don't play programs like the on the radio anymore. The last remaining hold-out is the Adventures in Odyssey program that Focus on the Family produces (which I love, by the way - but that's another post).

Well, my friends, I've rediscovered old time radio! I was just browsing the podcast section of the iTunes store (yes, the rosy glow of my new iPod Nano has not worn off yet), and I stumbled across an Old Time Radio section! They had all kinds of old radio programs - superheroes, detective stories, sci-fi, mysteries, thrillers! All from the golden age of radio.

I subscribed to The Lone Ranger, a Superheroes podcast with a variety of superhero programs, and The Shadow.

Now I can know by personal experience what is the name of the Lone Ranger's nephew's horse. Now I can listen with anticipation as the wondering crowds cry "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman!" I'll get the shivers up my spine as the voice of Orson Welles asks "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men . . ."

Maybe I'm I dork, but I'm completely excited!


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Away To The Westin

On the Saturday before Valentine's day Derek came home and surprised me with beautiful flowers and a teddy bear! The flowers were so pretty - I think these are some of my favorites - I love hydrangeas.





He told me we were going somewhere, so I packed my bags and we started driving Saturday afternoon.

He surprised me by taking me to the Westin! It's a four star hotel, and very fancy. The lobby was just huge and so expensive looking, and the room had a flat screen TV. It was kind of fun to stay in such a nice place for once! We usually just go for the Holiday Inn when we take a trip, so this was a new experience.



We were on the fifth floor so the view was nice too.



We spent some time lazing around in the hot tub.



We went out to a nice Italian dinner and I got an Italian soda. It was so good.



We went and got a Dairy Queen, but at this point the camera died.



The next day we went to see a movie, and Derek let me by some pretty new stationary. Then we headed to the store, then came home. We spent Valentine's evening watching The Island, which I had never seen before.

I did get a Valentine's Day gift though! It's this beautiful heart-shaped diamond necklace. Derek spoils me.





Derek asked for a new tool box, so I got him a new one, plus a couple of movies that I cleverly hid inside! I know, I'm so smart.

It was just a nice relaxing getaway weekend. We didn't do anything too unique or crazy, just spent some time together - and that's what made it so relaxing. Initially I didn't want to spend the money to go somewhere this year, but I'm glad we did, because it was refreshing, and sometimes you just need to get away!



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Oh, For An Asymmetrical Jacket

A post is coming on our romantic Valentine's Day weekend - I don't want to say too
much, because I'm planning on doing another post on it! But I will say that we went to see a movie, When in Rome.

The story in the movie was cute, though there were some things in the movie that I did not appreciate - sometimes they just ruin the movie by putting some of that junk in there, you know?.

However, I have to say that the jacket that Kristen Bell wore in one of the scenes is imprinted on my brain. I scoured the internet for a picture of it, but I couldn't find it! It was a cute military-style jacket that had a gold zipper and gold buttons. It was also asymmetrical.

It was just fabulous, and totally my style. If I knew where they got that jacket I'd be really tempted to spend some money and get it myself. Unless it was over a hundred dollars or so. I'm not sure I want it that badly.

Since I couldn't find it, I just found some other asymmetrical jackets that would fit the bill. I think I'm going to have to splurge on one sometime.



Zipper studded jacket.





Biker jacket.





Ribbed Side Seam Jacket.





Belted Zip-up jacket.




Cute, no? Except no big gold buttons on any of them - that's my only other request. Oh well, I think these are pretty fabulous too, so I'd be happy with any of them! I might have to venture over to Forever 21 and get one! There's my little fashion wish for the month.



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Perfect Love

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:10-11

Taking time to remember Jesus's perfect love for us. I hope you all have a blessed Valentine's Day.

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Our Life In Pictures (Part Two)

Derek and I got married in 2008, and we're coming up on our 2nd anniversary this summer! It feels like so much has happened since then, but at the same time it feels like we just got married yesterday. Our married life has had it's ups and downs, even in just the year and a half we've been married so far, but there's no one I'd rather live my life with than Derek! Love you, Babe!



Campfire with my family.





Thanksgiving Dinner, 2008.





Decorating the house for Christmas!







My brother's wedding.





Our first Christmas as a married couple!





Random pictures together.









Easter 2009.





My Birthday!





First year anniversary!





Vacation to North Carolina and Washington DC.







Trip to the state fair with my family.









Fall 2009.







Christmas 2009.











Derek's Birthday!







January 2010



And looking forward to spending the rest of our Valentine's Days together.

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