Wednesday, May 18, 2011


SOS- Summer Of Sewing  
I might be a little over zealous, but I'm gearing up for a few summer projects I've been wanting to start since the first 9 weeks of school.  We'll see how far I get down the list in 2.5 months.

I really want to quilt because I'm 96 years old on the inside, but I'm not very patient at sewing yet.  A raw edge quilt is just up my alley.
Anthro-inspired duvet cover for our bed?  Don't mind if I do.

Something to gather up run away toys and play food in the play room- but not in nesting form.

This skirt for Faith because I think it will be super cute layered with tights later on this year.  And just about everything else on this website.
And I loooove this chick's fabrics.  Everytime I look at them I see many new things.  My favorite is her Parisville line.  Plume is gorgeous too.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Confessional Booth

I have a few things I need to get off my chest.  Here they are in no particular order:

1. I have no interest in the fact that the OKC Thunder is in the playoffs.  I know nothing of basketball, and despite my attempts, have no interest in learning.

2.  As of this very moment I would have no trouble with signing up for one of those 30% interest credit cards and completely charging a tropical vacation.

3. I want to tan, but I'm afraid I'll get some sort of skin disease.

4. We have 8 days of school left.  Rally caps are in place and we're going to need them.

5.  I'm trying to read Water for Elephants, but I just can't seem to get interested.  I've started over it and have made myself a promise that I'll finish it by Friday.  I'm never good with ultimatums, especially ones with no consequences whatsoever.  Will you please come and swat my hand on Friday if I'm still reading it? Thanks.

6. After completely finishing dinner tonight I realized that the TJ didn't like anything I had made.  BBQ chicken sandwiches with sweet potato fries.  I felt like a jerk, but I heard no complaining so he must love me.

7.  I think I might be a hypochondriac.  I'm still having the migraines, one side of my throat and ear is hurting, and my back is hurting like a mother.  Or it's all in my head.  I keep telling myself,  "Amanda, you're not sick.  Your ear isn't hurting, those migraines are just in your head.  Cut it out or else!"  But you know how I am with ultimatums.

8.  TJ told the guys at the firestation about my couponing.  I feel like a major dork.

9.  Speaking of the firestation, another girl made cakeballs for the station after calling my house to get the directions.  I am annoyed by that.  And yes, I'm aware that admitting that makes me the whiniest, most petty person you know.  You might need to delete me from your life immediately. 

10.  I'm not Catholic so this confession time means absolutely nothing.  Not that it would if I was Catholic because I don't believe any Catholic priests read this blog. 

Don't you feel less crazy now?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

"REAL" church

When you don't go to a traditional church, people have a lot of opinions about it.  You hear "I did that once when I got hurt by a church, but not anymore" or "You don't go to a REAL church?"  It's a little frustrating, especially when you're sifting through your own thoughts and struggles.  TJ and I love our church, but I'll admit there are so many times when we've struggled with missing the activities that come along with those so-called "real" churches.  When I see my friends videos of their children singing in the Christmas cantata I cry sometimes.  When Faith didn't get to hunt eggs at a big Easter egg hunt with her church friends a few weeks ago, I was super bummed.  Knowing that she doesn't have a "Sunday School" class sometimes just bugs me.  I know, those things seem petty, but I was raised in those things.  They were big deals to me. 
But I was reminded this week of why I love our church, which IS real by the way. I was with a group of women (from all kinds of churches and I'm not knocking their churches) and we were talking about getting together once or twice a month for Bible study.  We were talking about how we would absolutely have to have some sort of child care because some of us are single parents.  I chimed in and said, "well at my church it's just part of your job of being in our family to take a turn caring for the children.  Everyone has a turn to love on everyone's kids."  I was so pumped because it was such an obviously great idea.  Or not. Some women didn't think it was their job because they don't have kids coming.  Some said that the kids were the wrong age for them to work with.  I was in shock.  So I answered their questions and explained that from teens to elderly at our church, everyone has the blessing of taking their turn to love on and teach someone else's most prized possession.  My friend even suggested just putting in a movie and snacks on your night if you're not comfortable with little ones.  Still no applause from the audience.  Go figure. 
I am so thankful that my church is a family.  I'm grateful that each person sees enough worth in my daughter to spend time, even sacrifice time, to show her God's love.  I repeat, I am NOT knocking the churches of those women.  It just reminded me that while Faith might be missing out on some of the activities of a traditional church, I am grateful for what our church values and teaches.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tiny Intercessor

My daughter.  My beautiful little girl.  She is going to be a mighty intercessor.   My mom scraped her foot pretty badly and Faith has been very concerned about it, to the point where my mom has been purposely wearing jeans and socks to cover it when she comes over.  A few night ago when I was putting Sis to bed she starting praying for my mom.  She reached down and grabbed her ankle and starting asking God to "make Grandma Hope foot feel better and not hurt anymore!"   She's also been having bad dreams lately and very often will prayer "make the bad dreams go away IN JESUS NAME!  And angels come around my room."  Then just matter of factly look at me and say, "No bad dreams comin', moma" with a huge smile on her face. 
I'm not naive enough to think that everyone who reads this blog thinks exactly like me, but I will say this: I know God hears those prayers.  How could he not lean his ears to such innocent and sincere words?  And if he hears Faith's, then He hears mine and yours too.  And I just wonder how greatly God could move if we approached him with the same amount of confidence that she does?  I pray one day we'll know. 

Just somethin' to think about...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Resolution Check (Alternative Title: When the Fit Hits the Shan)

Dear, dear friends.  Please be gentle with me.  My resolutions aren't going so well.  In fact, they're going horribly.  I, like always, have big plans in the works to make them happen, but somehow I keep spinning my tires.  Probably a heaping helping of laziness, actual exhaustion, aaaaand I think my give a dang might be busted.  I think I even missed a month of posting my resolution check.  I can't imagine why... maybe public humiliation will get my butt in gear!

1.  Make something and give it away once a month. I'm still stuck on food.  Making food for people's birthdays, etc.

2. Learn to knit and/or crochet. Saving it for fall/winter.
3. Work out 3 or 4 days a week. FAILURE... so far.  But like I said, I have plans.

4. Get our pictures into scrapbook/albums. Summer project.

5. Contact every immediate family member on their birthday. I missed one, gosh dangit!  I knew that was going to happen.  My nephew Blake, went uncontacted by me on his birthday.  I am super hacked about this one.
6. Continue losing weight until I reach/go beyond my goal then maintain my goal for the remainder of the year. I have gained back a few pounds, but I'm still looking at between a 25 and 30 lb loss total.  I've set another goal to be at by the time I get back to school next fall.

7. Enroll Faith in some kind of MDO. Probably the only resolution I feel good about.  Faith is doing so great and she loves school.

8. Read more. I mean, I’m an adult and adults read, right? I've been reading through a Bible Study that I was a part of with a friend's church.  God worked in that book people.  Good stuff. 

9. Engage somehow (read Bible, journal, sing praise, etc.) with Christ on a daily basis. This is not a failure, more like a semi-success.  I feel more in tune with Jesus than I have in a long time.  God is good.

10. Scout out and purchase some kickin’ furniture for our living room. I put this on the backburner on purpose until I get my priorities straight.  I am decorating with items I already bought that I love and I have alot to do in that department.

11. Drink more water than DDP. Failure.  But I have a plan. 

So there it is.  See why I didn't want to post, it's not even fun to read when there's no plus side whatsoever.  But it's truth so there you have it.