Monday, August 31, 2009

Dirty Little Secrets

It is Fall here in the grand ol city of Terre Haute, and it is very welcome. School is officially in full swing, and Daniel isn't too far behind me. I'm going to try really hard to remember this beautiful weather when it is brutally cold and January/February/March. The encouragement that it won't always be hell on ice will get me through those harsh mornings.

Because we are college students and money doesn't grow on trees, I've been searching more and more for place with free samples, great deals, and frugal ideas.
This place is my new favorite. I've got free designer perfume samples (who doesn't like to smell different every once in a while?), cereals, home products, hair products... most everything. And, it is neatly categorized so you aren't spending unnecessary time looking through crap you don't want. Also, check out for wonderful deals such as $65 off a $100 purchase (yeah... I know!). They are all over the place, but has great updates daily.

There you go. It is because I enjoy seeing others use their money wisely that I share my dirty little secrets.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Completeness by Oswald Chambers

This is an essay part of the daily devotional "My Upmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers.
It was convicting to me... and I know in this day it is SO incredibly easy to lose sight of God. Allow this to encourage you to receive rest from the One who can give it best.


"And I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once and ask Him to establish rest. Never allow anything to remain which is making the dis-peace. Take every element of disintegration as something to wrestle against, and not to suffer. Say - Lord, prove Thy consciousness in me, and self-consciousness will go and He will be all in all. Beware of allowing self-consciousness to continue because by slow degrees it will awaken self-pity, and self-pity is Satanic. Well, I am not understood; this is a thing they ought to apologize for; that is a point I really must have cleared up. Leave others alone and ask the Lord to give you Christ-consciousness, and He will poise you until the completeness is absolute.

The complete life is the life of a child. When I am consciously conscious, there is something wrong. It is the sick man who knows what health is. The child of God is not conscious of the will of God because he is the will of God. When there has been the slightest deviation from the will of God, we begin to ask - What is Thy will? A child of God never prays to be conscious that God answers prayer, he is so restfully certain that God always does answer prayer.

If we try to overcome self-consciousness by any common-sense method, we will develop it tremendously. Jesus says, "Come unto Me and I will give you rest," i.e., Christ-consciousness will take the place of self-consciousness. Wherever Jesus comes He establishes rest, the rest of the perfection of activity that is never conscious of itself.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Random Rants (May I have your attention please?)

Last full week in the Nati. I can't believe how time has flown by! I also can't believe that I'm starting school again in a week and a half. That is NUTS! I am feeling a weird mixture of emotions about jumping back into school. I mostly want to get it all over with, but I also love learning... so I'm trying to savor every part of the school experience. Though I'm currently not openly saying this in conversation, I sorta like Cincinnati. It is not Colorado by any means, but it has a lot to offer. Ohio is a pretty cool state to be in. There is a lot of outdoor activities, the people are friendly if you're friendly first, and if you live in the outskirts of town the crime decreases significantly. I suppose if GE Aviation gave us a deal we couldn't refuse, I wouldn't mind residing here for a little while after college.

College is another situation. I'm praying really hard that everything works out smoothly with trying to graduate in two years, and getting all the classes I need in. It would royally suck if Daniel moved to Cincinnati and I had to stay another summer in Terre Haute to finish my classes. Yeah, royally suck. Long distance dating was really hard, I can't imagine long distant marriage.

I really liked the 'not working' part of my summer. It sounds lazy and slightly ridiculous... but it was glorious! I had loads of time to think, play, recover, and read! Even though I really want to get a teaching job after school, I could definitely see myself staying home and being a housewife someday. I could have a huge garden, be thrifty, manage my household, and clean with green products. Oh yeah, I'm totally into cleaning green now. I wish I had discovered being environment friendly soon in my summer, because I would have had more time to explore the loveliness of making your own ways to be green. There are books beyond books on how to simplify your life, and be a good steward with your resources. I see lots of baking soda, tonic water, lemons (OH, I want a LEMON TREE!!!), and white vinegar in my future. I've also come to love fresh veggies from the markets. It makes me super excited to be making my own salsa, hummus (though I haven't tried it yet), pickles, jam, and granola. All I need is some jars and those sucky machines that vacuum all the jars air tight. Some would wonder why I finish school then not be enslaved in the workforce all the days of my life... School is my selfish ambition in life. It is for me because I told myself that I would finish college and get a four year degree. I couldn't let myself down, and it something that I won't compromise (this is the part where I add the bit about God perhaps changing my heart down the road or whatever... just sayin' for now, school beckons me). What life after graduation holds, only God knows. I've tossed around the idea of graduate school if the market is really bad still, but I might be happy writing blogs and nothing, being a housewife, and being involved in the community. I'm reminded by Proverbs 16:9 In his heart (mind) man plans his way (journey,course), but the Lord determines his steps.

Mom came to Ohio last week. It was amazing. She taught me all sorts of cooking things, and I was SO grateful to have a buddy in town to explore with. She is ridiculously funny too and Daniel and I can't get enough of her. There were multiple nights where we would say goodnight to her and shut our door... only to hear 5 minutes later her cracking up in the other room. It was hilarious.

She taught me how to make red chili sauce from dried chili's! We made chicken fajitas one night, and smothered burritos the other... and those meals kept on giving long after she left. I made carne asadas, a breakfast fritatta, an international dinner frittata, AND more burritos with the leftovers. Whew. It was awesome.

And now... I need some suggestions. As school oh-so-quickly approaches, I need some quick dinner ideas from EVERYONE! They can be anything, I'm just making a personal cookbook that I can go through (or Daniel.... right, honey?) and pick out a meal that I have most everything for on a fly. So give me some options people!!

I love you all, you beautiful people you.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mom in OH: pt. 1

These are pictures of Mom and I prancing around OH. There is never a dull moment. More stories and pictures to come, but we have some outlet shopping to do!