A friend of mine posted this on Facebook the other day, and I thought it was so cute that I had to share! I couldn't help but chuckle when I watched this.


Happy Wednesday!

Busy, Busy

We had a very busy weekend! I'm usually better at commenting on all of your blog posts, but I fell behind this weekend, just because I was gone for most of it.

On Saturday I had a wonderful visit with a friend that I haven't seen in a while, and I finally got a bag of candy corn! Then I realized that this may have to be my first and last bag for this year - I ate practically half the bag myself. And candy corn is pretty much pure sugar. I don't even want to know the glycemic load on those things.

I bought a cute dress and belt for a wedding that Derek and I are going to in a couple weeks - I didn't technically need a new dress, but my other dresses didn't seem right for an evening wedding in October. It's really cute, and the dress was only ten bucks - the belt actually cost me more than the dress did! I'll try to post pictures sometime here.

On Sunday we ended up not going to church - it was one of those weird weeks where my family couldn't go to church, and Derek and I were going to go by ourselves, but then Derek got an offer for some cheap wood for the winter. He's been worried about getting enough to last us all winter, so he went on Sunday morning to get wood and we missed church this week. I hate it when that happens.

Anyway, Derek and I did our Bible study together instead and then went over to my parent's house for a little while. Derek and my dad watched football, and then at halftime we all went outside and shot our rifles. I need to get in practice for hunting season - the past couple years I keep missing when I get a shot at something. So I want to try to get in more practice before my season starts this year, and maybe I'll actually hit something this time!

After we finished shooting we enjoyed some delicious hamburgers for dinner, then headed down to town for Derek's hockey game. His games are usually really late at night and I can't go when they are that late, because I have to wake up at five in the morning for work. But this week his game started at 8:20 PM, so I got to watch part of it before I had to go home and go to bed. I got a few good pictures! I left at the end of the second period, but later I was wishing I had stayed, because Derek's team came back to win it in the third period and Derek made a goal. And I missed it! I really wish his games were earlier in the evening.

My parents came to the game too!

Derek is the one behind the ref.

That's my honey - number 99!

Derek is the one in front of everyone! He did great!

Anyway, there's my weekend in a nutshell. This week will be crazy again, because Derek has a training in town for work, so we'll be staying at a hotel tonight and tomorrow night. Then I have one night at home on Thursday before I head out on Friday morning with my sister to visit a friend who lives on the east side of the state. We'll be gone until Saturday night, then my brother and sister-in-law are having a party on Sunday after church, so this may be a slow blogging week! I'll try to check in at least once though.

Have a great week everyone!

Of Butterflies and Caterpillars

I read something interesting the other day in the Bible study book that Derek and I are doing together, and I thought I'd share it here.

"Biblical terminology does not say that a Christian has two different natures. He has but one nature, the new nature of Christ. The old self dies and the new self lives; they do not coexist. It is not a remaining old nature but the remaining garment of sinful flesh that causes a Christian to sin. The Christian is a single new person, a totally new creation, not a spiritual schizophrenic. It is the filthy coat of remaining humanness in which the new creation dwell that continues to hinder and contaminate his living. The believer as a total person is transformed but not yet wholly perfect. He has residing sin but no longer reigning sin (Romans 6:14). He is no longer the old man corrupted but is now the new man created in righteousness and holiness, awaiting full salvation (Romans 13:11)."
From Ephesians: Our Immeasurable Blessings in Christ by John MacArthur.

I thought that paragraph was really good, because I guess in my head I always thought some of the old sinful nature must still be there, because I don't think anyone can deny that Christians still sin. But this paragraph is saying that the old nature is completely gone. There isn't even a little bit left.

When I was growing up, I learned in church that there are three things that can tempt a Christian to still sin, even though they are saved - the flesh, the world, and Satan. When they say "the flesh" can cause a Christian to still sin, I always thought that meant some remaining bit of sinful human nature. But when I read the above paragraph in my Bible study book, I realized that "the flesh" is alot different from "sinful nature", or the old man. The Bible states very clearly that when we come to Christ we are a new creation, and the old passes away (2 Corinthians 5:17). So when we accept Jesus as our Savior, the old sinful man is completely eradicated, and inside we are a completely new creation. The list doesn't include "sinful nature", just "the flesh". That old childhood list finally makes perfect sense to me.

However, that new creation is still encased in our sinful flesh, our earthly bodies. And those earthly bodies still hinder us and cause us to sin, even though spiritually we are totally clean and new. Kind of like a butterfly when it's still trapped in that icky cocoon. The butterfly is totally transformed from that fuzzy caterpillar into the beautiful creature with wings - but it's still in the same cocoon that a caterpillar is in.

But someday, we'll shed our earthly bodies, and only the inward spiritual creature that is underneath will show. If you're a Christian, that totally new and clean spiritual nature that the Lord gave you long ago, from the moment you believed in Him, will finally be freed from the corruption of our outward flesh, and we will be able to see the Lord because He has transformed us.

If you're not a Christian, your earthly body will be shed as well; but all that will be left is that old man, the one that is not fitted to fly to Heaven, because you've never let the Lord save you from that sinful nature and make you new and clean.

So are you a butterfly or a caterpillar under that cocoon?

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Monopoly Fun

Monopoly. I just realized within the past year how fun it is!

We really get into it when we play it with my family. The bartering can get rather amusing - I really won't sell my properties unless the buyer is willing to pay my outrageous demands. Sometimes they're willing to meet my price, and sometimes they're not. But sometimes I get great deals (usually from my sister - when she wants a property, she'll pay alot to get it). However it usually comes back to bite me later, because they usually only pay that much for a property that completes a set, then they spend the rest of their money to plop a hotel down on it on their next turn. If you land once on some of those properties with a hotel, you're just done.

Like I said in my last post, sometimes I take it a "wee bit" too seriously. But that was in the past. I think I'm better now.

Why this post on Monopoly you may ask? The game is still sitting out on our kitchen table from when we had my sister over the other night.

My sister won. By alot. Despite the fact that I sold one of my properties to her for five hundred dollars, plus three times free rent. She didn't get a dime from me, but she put hotels up on those properties pronto, and drained everyone except me dry.

Ah, good times!

Lots Of Awards

I recently got two awards! One from Kristen at Ladybug Blessings, and One from One Heart Two Hands! I'm honored that you guys thought my blog was worthy of awards - thank you very much!

From Kristin at Ladybug Blessings:

In order to receive this award I have to list five current obsessions, and give it to five other bloggers.

Here we go; Five Current Obsessions:

1. Well, I'm a little obsessed with figuring out this whole FAM method right now.

2. Blogging of course! If I wasn't obsessed with blogging we wouldn't know each other, would we?

3. Clothes. It's pretty awful, but I love buying new clothes. I try to control myself most of the time, but I think my wardrobe needs an update, so right now it's on my mind alot. I especially need a new winter coat - especially since it's supposed to snow another foot today.

4. Movies! I'm a big movie buff. Derek and I go to alot of movies on our date nights - they say not to do that because you can't talk with each other, but we enjoy seeing new movies together - it's one of our common interests. And the beauty of it is that we still get to talk to each other on the forty-five minute drive to see the movie, during dinner, and on the forty-five minute drive back home! I think that's pretty good for a date night.

5. I currently have a temporary obsession with candy corn. Everyone keeps talking about candy corn, and I want some! My next grocery shopping trip, that's what I'm getting. I especially like the mixes with the little pumpkins in it. Mmmm!

There are alot of other obsessions (books, science, the Biggest Loser . . .), but those are the ones I'll list for now.

And I'll pass this one on to Brittney at Far More Than Rubies, Jenene at Prairie Girl Gone Coastal, Amy at I Then Shall Live, Kara at KSS, Jessica at Called to Serve, and One Heart Two Hands! I know, that's six not five, but that's my list and I'm sticking to it.

And from One Heart Two Hands:

To receive this award I have to:
1-Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2-Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3-Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4-Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5-Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6-Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7-Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated.

Hence, Seven Things You Might Not Know about Me:

1. I was a microbiology teaching assistant for our local community college when I was a senior in high school. And I loved it. My microbiology teacher was deeply disappointed that I was going to school for dental hygiene - she thought I should be a microbiologist. And honestly it still fascinates me. I wouldn't mind going back to school someday and majoring in microbiology. And that actually is something that I could use with dental hygiene - there are alot of research studies that I could get involved with if I did that - and I love research!

2. Ralphie was given to me by Derek when he proposed. He left me a mysterious message on our kitchen table ( I was living with my parents and my mom and sister took me away from the house for lunch - when we got back, there was the note) telling me to meet him at our community hall, and when I got there he had a table set up with white lights, a Christmas tree, and romantic music. His buddy Jed made us dinner (because he's a chef), and after dinner he brought out a picnic basket. Derek told me to close my eyes, and when I opened them he was down on one knee with the basket open, and Ralphie was inside with a little white sweater and a ring around his neck! Derek asked me to marry him, and of course I said yes.

3. I take Monopoly a little too seriously sometimes.

4. I love high heels. They make me feel fabulous, and I wear them whenever I can.

5. I was home schooled from the third grade on and I loved it! Alot of you knew that, but some of you probably didn't. I liked it because it allowed me to move at my own pace and I think I learned better that way - it also saved me from alot of the negative aspects of public school. But that whole topic is probably worthy of it's own post, so I'll save all my opinions on the subject until later!

6. I love dark chocolate. And the richer chocolate cake is, the better.

7. I used to make movies when I was younger with my friends. We got very sophisticated - we bought video editing programs, digital video cameras, and everything. But I'm sorry, you are not going to see a sample of one of our movies - it's rather embarrassing (especially when one of us had to play a boy)! We weren't that great at acting (it's good for laughs though), and I was totally in my awkward stage during that whole period. I do not want the only video you guys have ever seen of me to be one with my baby face, braces, and frizzy hair! Nope, it ain't going to happen.

And I'm going to pass this award on to Anne Carr at Bibelot: Life's Little Things, Marissa at Sparkles and Fate, Kate Craig at An Airman's Wife, Kristin at Ladybug Blessings, Paris Pink at The Pink Polka Dot, Larissa at You Make My Life So Beautiful, Rebecca at Making Memories, and Felicia at Open Up The Sky! I know that's eight not seven, but the same as above applies.

Whew, that's alot of awards! I hope you all are having a great Wednesday - it's still snowing here! I'm hoping I can get to work alright later on. Enjoy your nice fall weather (because apparently this is the only place in the country where it's snowing)!

"Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful . . . "

No people, those are not pictures of last winter! It actually snowed five inches yesterday, and it looks like it could dump more on us today. I just saw a fawn trudging through the snow with it's mother outside the window. It's actually very peaceful.

I can't believe it snowed so early this year. I don't remember it snowing this much in September in a long time. I am totally unprepared - I desperately need a new winter coat, and I haven't had a chance to buy one yet! Guess what I'm doing this weekend.

In spite of my opposition to the idea, I find myself humming "Let It Snow", and and wondering what I should buy my family members for Christmas this year. I'm even tempted to turn on some Christmas music! This after I make fun of my sister for doing those very things in September. Snow will do that to you.

I plan on spending the entire day indoors. I'm going to clean, do some research on the internet, write a few letters that I've been meaning to write for a while, and keep the fire going in the wood stove. I broke out my winter sweaters, every candle in the house is lit, and hot chocolate is also a distinct possibility.

"Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow . . . "

Teacups and Old Books

On Friday I embarked on a mission to an antique mall near us to find my friend a tea cup.

This is a very dangerous mission. Why, you ask? Because every time I go to the antique mall to buy something for someone else, I always end up coming out with something for me! You might remember this from that time I went to find a teacup for my mom - what did I leave with? A teacup for my mom, and a teacup for me.

So I go in and find a nice teacup pretty much right away. But as long as I'm there I might as well look around, right? I knew it was a big mistake even before I started.

As I was browsing I noticed a booth that had alot of old books, and I remembered that my friend loves old-looking books. So I stopped to find her a real antique book, just for something extra.

I browsed through different sections of the store looking for a good old book. As I was walking I was thinking how neat it would be if I found an old copy of a Jane Austen novel - because both my friend and I love Jane Austen.

I stopped to look at a few old readers, and low and behold, hiding behind an old speller was a copy of Pride and Prejudice from the 1940's! I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to buy it for myself!

Mission: Accomplished, but also failed. I found a great teacup and book for my friend, but I also failed to resist the temptation to buy something for me. But antique malls aren't like regular stores - you can't go back a week later and expect to find the same thing again, or even anything similar. So I had to get it while I could, right?

Here's a picture - I think it looks like a really cool old book, and I'm using it for a decoration in my living room. It was printed in the 1940's in Great Britain, so it's about sixty-five years old. I was just excited to find an old-looking copy of Pride and Prejudice! It can't get any better than that.

Doesn't it look neat? I just thought I'd share my great find! I love antique malls - you never know what kind of goodies you can find in there. Which is why I should never shop there - because if I find something I like, I have to buy it or it will be gone! I'm going to try to learn my lesson and not go there again unless I'm prepared to spend money.

By the way, I have something new up on my painting blog, and if you haven't read my guest book review on Bound to Books, be sure to check it out! Have a great Monday!
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