I have decided

September 28, 2010

There isn’t much in my life that I feel I have any definite answers, but below you will find some things that I’ve decided today.

1.  I’ve decided that I need to figure out how Apple marketed their Iphones to the World.  Somehow they made them seem like a necessity and even people who are up to their eyeballs in debt or are so poor they can’t afford food have them and pay the large sum of money to operate them monthly.  I will be joining them on Saturday.

2.  I’ve decided that if you want to have ice cream, just replace a meal with it then it’s not so bad.  I’ll be going to Culver’s in the next hour to get my ice cream dinner.

3.  I’ve decided that selling Thirty-One has been a good move for me, without really ANY effort at all I’ve been able to nearly reach my goal every month.  I also signed my 1st recruit this month, it’ll be fun to have a teammate.

4.  I’ve decided that I need to make a cleaning list of something I do daily, weekly, and monthly to keep our apartment cleaner.  We cleaned this weekend and it feels SO nice to have things more organized and cleaned up.

5.  I’ve decided that if I ever move away from a seasonal state I will miss fall SO MUCH.  This weather is killer and I’m hoping it stays like this until at least next May… a girl can dream right?


Spoiled, and thankful

September 27, 2010

Today my friend Jenna brought me a CD titled A mixed tape for Laura.  I bet you can guess what songs were numbers 1-4, you guessed it, the ones in the my last post.  I’m listening to it right now.  So blessed to have a friend like that!

Put it on a mixed tape

September 24, 2010

Remember mixed tapes, how rad were they?  I guess now I should say,”put this on your next mixed CD”, but that just doesn’t sound as good.  I don’t like most Christian music, I’m sorry, but it tends to be either worship music(which I like certain times of day) or cheesy (why can’t it be more like regular music).  Here is my list of music that I am actually loving right now despite the fact that the “Christian” station plays it:

My Own Little World by Matthew West: A little cheesy, but makes you think about how you’re living your life.

NY to LA by Press Play:  Makes me want to dance, looked up the words and then didn’t like it as well, but it still pumps me up when I hear it.

Your Love is a Song by Switchfoot:  Love it!  No disclaimer on this one!

There He Goes a Hero by Abandon:  It’s definitely got a message to it, love the guys voice and the style of the song.

Please don’t judge me for my opinions on Christian music… happy listening 🙂

How I Numb Out…

September 21, 2010

So this week has been a little stressful.  Every week for the past few months has been stressful.  Not only is our life uncertain these days, my health has been attacked as well.  Over the last 4 days I’ve been exhausted, sick to my stomach, headache, back aches etc.  And NO I’m NOT PREGNANT.  Every person I come in contact with asks me that and the answer is NO.  So when I’ am too sick to sleep I’ve been watching a certain T.V. series to numb out my mind.  I can’t believe I’m going to admit that I like this show/that I even watch the show, but this blog is for complete transparency so here it goes…I’m already on season 2 of The Hills on netflix streaming and I just started it Saturday night.  I can’t stand some of the girls on there, but it’s such a mindless show that I can just chill out and laugh at how unrealistic their lives are.  Are there any readers out there who watch this show??  It would make me feel better if someone else out there is mildly entertained by this show.

A Free Gift

September 17, 2010

My main man (Andrew) surprised me yesterday by changing our netflix queue and pushing The Last Song to the top.  Yesterday when he got home he tossed that little red envelope on my lap and when I opened it I squealed, as in literally squealed with delight that he thought about me and switched that DVD.  We watched it last night and let me say I LOVED IT.  This is the first time I can say I enjoyed the movie more than the book.  I think they just edited it really well and highlighted the BEST parts.  If you want a fabulous chicky flick check this one out!!

I wish I could write all the witty posts that I have during the day in my head, but to be honest with you, by the time I get home I don’t have the energy to turn the computer on and type SO here is a boring synopsis of our last week.  I promise sometime in the near future I will return to regular blogging.  Thank you to all of you who faithfully follow even when we don’t faithfully write.  Here it goes:

Use 3 adjectives to describe how I’ve been feeling this week: This question was posed on Sunday at our 1st ever The Vineyard Church-Peoria meeting.  Here was my response: discouraged (with how life is going), emotional…I’ve been crying a lot lately, and optimistic (about what life could be like someday).

The crying:  Don’t worry as far as I can tell I’m not pregnant, but let me tell you I’ve had a lump in my throat and tear filled eyes a lot lately.  After attending the Illini game where Andrew and I enjoyed cheering the team to victory I found myself sobbing in the car (not because of our win).  You see as we were walking to the car we saw an elderly man walking to his car alone, he was probably in his eighties and couldn’t find his car.  He had a key-less entry and it appeared that he was pressing the panic button in hopes he would hear his car and find it.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of him, but couldn’t really help him seeing as I had less of a clue where his car was than he did.  So we continued to walk all the while I could feel sadness bubbling up inside of me.  The thought of him being all alone was more than I could shake and I cried most of the car ride.

On Friday I got an unexpected call from a friend who I had just been thinking about.  I was hoping we could find time to get together and it turns out her and her husband were having people over for a game night and wanted us to come.  She was SHOCKED when I told her we were actually available and we had a great time catching up, playing cards and staying up way too late.

KINGS:  If you have netflix put this series in your queue right now.  You will not regret it.  You will however be REALLY sad when the last episode plays because nothing is resolved.  Due to the cancellation of this show you will need to choose your own ending, or Andrew’s suggestion is to read the Bible story…I chose my own adventure on this one.

This week I started a Beth Moore Bible Study at church on Revelation and one of the “assignments” is to ask Jesus to reveal himself in some way everyday.  So each day I get up and ask just that.  Here is a little recap of how I’ve seen Him in my life this week. Thursday:  My favorite song played on the radio at just the right time. Friday: I got the call from my friend. Saturday: Spending the evening at a football game in BEAUTIFUL weather. Sunday:  Receiving words of wisdom from a fellow church planting team member that I really needed at that moment. Monday: Accomplishing SO much at both my jobs AND having a longer conversation than normal with my brother. Tuesday: An unexpected date with Andrew.  Some of you might be thinking… those aren’t Jesus, they are just good things that happened in your day, but I am choosing to believe that “every good and perfect gift is from above” and right now ANYTHING good that happens I believe is from God because frankly friends our life is pretty rough right now.

Andrew continues to apply for jobs as he is finishing up is PhD, it looks like his defense will be sometime in mid-October.  Please pray for us that we will have good news soon.

Things I am thankful for this week:

-Andrew and I have spent some time just having fun and not being so serious.

– My family:  they are doing their best to emotionally support us through this transition

– My job at Bella:  I’m having so much fun working there and it makes the 12 hour work days bearable.

– My girlfriends….ladies, not sure what I would do without you.

-Prayer:  I can FEEL the prayers from our family and friends and it really does make a difference, so THANK YOU!!

-You:  To all of you who made it to the end I am thankful that you care about us and want to stay updated on our life.  Thanks for reading.


September 6, 2010

Here is a brief confessional/summary that should give you more insight into who I (Laura) am and what we’ve been up to lately.

1. After this blistering hot summer I may have decided that moving to Texas in this lifetime is out of the question.

2.  Although I may not be moving to Texas, part of my heart is there…I am missing my family terribly and praying I will see them sometime before Christmas.

3.  This whole diet thing has been kind of a joke…I have managed to lose 4 pounds since my post about gaining all my weight back, but I could be doing a whole lot better….maybe I’ll start tomorrow?

4.  I have realized this month that I am a total sucker for advertising.  Particulary advertising for toilet paper.  As soon as I was out on my own buying toilet paper I was drawn to Cottonelle and Charmin.  The puppy on the Cottonelle commercial was just so cute that I had to try the toilet paper…turns out I hated it.  I love the bears on the Charmin commercials and since being married that has become our paper of choice.  Thank goodness we don’t watch T.V. containing commercials for the most part, or I’d be in trouble.

5.  This week I have discovered that I would be a horrible foreign exchange student.  My parent’s are hosting a girl from Hong Kong.  She is awesome and will try anything we serve.  She let us all try some seaweed, which they eat as snacks and it was all I could do to swallow one bite…I’m a whimp!

6.  I am terrible at Monopoly!  Andrew and I have played twice this weekend and I’ve gone broke while he’s had Thousands to spare.

7.  On Saturday I spent 5 hours cleaning and packing more.  Yeah I know I’m packing with no moving date in sight, but I can’t help myself.  Now that I’ve packed up all our non-essentials I like our apartment so much better.  It feels cleaner and I’m wishing I could just back a dumpster up to our place and throw the boxes in…don’t worry Andrew, I won’t actually do that.

8.  If I know something at the store has a coupon inside the box I open the box and use it for the purchase that day, is that bad?

9.  I haven’t driven my  car (Train37) in a month.  I’m afraid it’s going to die on me and I’m going to be stranded.  Also there is a hole in my tire that needs to be pumped everytime you drive it and that in itself intimidates me.  Oh and it needs an oil change, don’t know when I’ll get around to that.

10.  Last, but not least, I’ve gone into TJMaxx 3 times this week just to gawk at a beautiful B Makowsky Bag.  I carry it around the store and then hang it back up before I leave.  They sold the big one I wanted which was $179, but they still have this smaller bag that is $149 WAY out of my price range…a girl can dream right?  I even took a picture today so you could see this beauty.

Sorry it's a bit blurry, it's a Blackberry Picture