Saturday, February 28, 2009


You know you might need a little time to yourself if:

You are riding in the car alone, enjoying silence, no whinning, no radio, just simply thinking to yourself...when all of the sudden the thought crosses your mind:

"It is pouring down rain. What if the car breaks down right now? I wonder if I could just sit here for about 30 minutes before I have to call Ross?"....:)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Imperfect Life

My life is in no way perfect. (Those of you that know me, already know this!) It is fun and encouraging to read others blogs and write my own. We get to see and share what is going on in life, the cutest pictures of our kids, we get to tell the whole world how great our husbands or wives are, what fun things we have been doing, etc... I love this part of it. Unfortunately, there is another part of life that happens. Imperfection. Sin. My life is not perfect. My love for my husband is not perfect. My kids are not perfect (although I am the first to proclaim this usually:) ) I am mean and grumpy some days. I cry some days. You get the point.

I am a sinner. With hope. I am thankful for the grace and forgiveness that has been given to me through Christ. I would be one nasty person if not ;)

My friend Tasha really got me thinking about how I think and feel as I read others blogs. Sometimes I am envious or feel as if I have not just fallen short as a wife, mom, and woman, but just fallen completely off the wagon!

All this to say: no matter how cute my kids are (and I do think they are handsome little men), no matter how sweet my husband loves me (and he does love me in an awesome way), no matter how clean my house is (and I know I am obsessive), my heart is in need of Christ everyday, I need Him just as much as you do, my marriage needs Him just as much as yours does, my parenting needs Him just as much as yours does, I need Him every hour...

This is the "real world" of blogging.

Today I rest and rejoice in knowing that Christ is working in my imperfect heart and my imperfect life :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

What Does Your Man REALLY Need?

Our Valentine Weekend:

Friday- Food and Fun with Ross' family

Saturday- Hot lunch date with my husband and a little shopping, the boys went to my Mom and Dads, started painting our kitchen cabinets!!

Sunday- church, food and fun with Ross' family again, church again-Marriage class :)

Valentine's Gifts:

For Ross: card and day planner for work
From Ross: a card with 20 things he loves about me...some of these things I didn't even KNOW and we started dating 13 years ago!! That was fun...and a facial mask from Mary Kay :)....

I will have to say, I loved our lunch date, but my favorite part of the weekend was last nights Marriage Class at church. This week and next are for the Women. We are going to be encouraged and commanded to be the Helper and Submissive to our Husbands.

Me? Not a helper? Not submissive? I think I do pretty good...compared to a lot of other women.

How short I have fallen in these areas. Other women should not be my standard. God's commandments to me as a woman are my standards. They are commandments that are FULL of richness and will result in a thriving marriage. That is something to be excited about...

I wish I could have taped the class and posted it on here. I was so excited when we left :) I can't write everything we learned, but here is something that really struck my heart...

Our leader (the wife is teaching the part to the women, although the men are still with us) said that on Sundays she would cook a HUGE meal at lunch for her pastor husband. She just knew this thrilled his soul. She would exhaust herself "helping"/serving her husband...all the while, he would have been content with a ham sandwich. She never asked. He would have prefered a small lunch and more time talking about "work" or getting feedback from his wife...

Was her desire to serve her husband wrong? NO! But was she being what he needed her to be? NO!!

I wonder how much effort I put into things for Ross that he might not care so much about?? How much am I missing out on serving him in the areas that he REALLY NEEDS? Part of my homework from class, is to ask him what he needs...and to not get angry when he tells me :)!!

So, ask your husband..."How can I be a better helper to you?"....and yes, he is allowed to say sex ;)

We were blessed and look forward to being encouraged to strive for a godly and fulfilling marriage:)

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I HAD to post the deals I got at ALDI today...many of my friends are experts at money saving when it comes to grocery shopping, but I haven't figured it all out yet. However, I do like to do some shopping at ALDI when I can...

There are many staple things that we can't buy there such as: diapers, wipes, the organic items that we are slowly switching too such as milks, peanut butter, eggs, etc...I prefer organic fruit and vegetables, but I have found it is so hit and miss. I do not want to go to 4 different stores each week. I am not stable enough to do that ahhahah....

Here is a run down of my items:

Three tubs Whole Rolled Oats(2 lbs 10 oz in each tub) $1.79 EACH (I am going to start soaking these overnight and I need lots of them since all 4 of us will be eating them)

Sparkling Grape Juice- $2.29

Grape Tomatoes- $1.49

Multi-pack 3 peppers- $2.69!!! (red orange and green)

Seven Packs of 1/2 pint Blueberries- .67 EACH!!!!!

Green Grapes (2 lbs!!)- $2.99

Facial Toner- $2.99

Cone Coffee Filters- $1.59!!

Bleach- $1.29

Whole Pineapple- $1.99

Romaine heart lettuce (3 hearts in a bag)- $1.99

Four Squash- $1.69!!

Four Zucchini- $1.69

Bag of Fugi Apples- $2.99

TOTAL= $38.55

For fruits and veggies you CAN'T beat this!! Well, at least I never have :) I was so excited. I laid everything on the counter for Ross to see and went over every price with him...:) I am quite pleased...;)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Tonight, Ross was putting together a new bookcase that we bought for the extra bedroom. When he was finished, we were talking back and forth about how good it looked and how happy I was that he got it put together! (He has been sick this weekend) A few minutes later, Ross was cleaning up the leftover mess and Luke walked in and said:

"Daddy, you do's awesome."

That is the sweetest thing ever :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Abundant Life of the Judy's

South Carolina holds many fond memories for me...

I had two favorite places to grandmother BJ's or my Aunt Angie's.

My Aunt and Uncle, along with my two cousins, lived (and still do), in the country of SC. Farm, pigs, cows, goats, peacocks, chickens, emu, tractors, dirt bikes... just to name a few. It was so much fun... simple, relaxing, productive, up early (literally awoken by a rooster! ha), the day was always full. Full of life.

Not much has changed on the farm, as far as farm business goes. Still the same house. Still one bathroom that everyone shares, and you have to go through my aunt and uncle's room to get to it! We dont even think twice about it! Still the same furniture. The same smells. My uncle still has the same truck, good old Chevy.

As far as heart business goes, a lot has changed. God has grown, matured, ripened, and overflowed my Aunt and Uncles hearts for Him and for other people. Since I have "known" my Aunt Angie and Uncle Bud, I knew they loved God. But the awesome thing is, they don't love Him the same that they did 27 years ago. They love Him more. They love themselves less. They love other people more.

They live, according to us city-folk, in the middle of nowhere. Here in this deep country area (not even a town), they have planted a church! Homeward Bound Ministries is the name. They have devoted their lives and time and energy into providing a place for people of this area to come and worship in Spirit and in Truth. Would you believe that after building their worship building and rooms, they had to add small trailor-like buildings on the grounds, for added space? I would, because they are being obedient to Christ.

They don't live the "American dream". Never trying to keep up with latest fad and fashion. They don't have to have the newest car or the biggest house (especially when it comes to the number of bathrooms :).. They really don't care about these things.

They don't need to. They already have everything. They are living what most of us don't even know to dream about. The Abundant Life. It is awesome. It is worth being jealous about ;)

I am very proud of my Aunt Angie and Uncle Bud. They are an encouragement to my family, to live out the Abundant Life that God desires for us.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.