Friday, January 31, 2014

Bravery Comes in All Forms

I  know, I know, you are probably getting tired of hearing about my word to focus on for 2014 and of me being "BRAVE". Well, here is another one for you! I just felt like a comedian!

Last night I went to a meeting about an event coming up in September and they were recruiting for volunteers. Well, the meeting was in downtown Dallas. Now I have driven in Dallas, even downtown, but never on my own. 

I have no problem getting there. It kinda is in an area I am already familiar with... somewhat. But the parking! I had no idea how to get to the parking area they talked about. My hands were shaky and I felt like I could throw up or cry. Good thing I left in plenty of time. Heck I was 45 minutes early even after I found my parking area! 

I called LT immediately and let him know I made it and how scared and nervous I was. Here I am, a little "country" girl from a town of maybe 800 people, that has no Wal-Mart or even traffic lights, and now I am driving in the Dallas Metroplex! 

It was so far outside my box, I couldn't see my box anymore. I was freaking out! LT talked me off the shelf and I made it to the Renaissance Towers to go to my meeting on the 42 floor. Deep breathes: in and out, in and out. I think I got rid of the wild crazy look in my eyes before I walked in to the meeting.

Another BRAVE thing I did was to "apply" for a coordinator position. I do not know if I will get it, and I am ok with that. I will still volunteer for the day of event. I know I am so vague right now about this event, but I want to wait until I have more information before I put it out there.

So to recap my BRAVERY for the day

1. Drove to and through downtown Dallas, by myself for the 1st time, after work for a meeting
2. Went to a meeting where I literally knew one person, kinda.
3. Applied for a coordinator position (can anyone say responsibility!!)

So since I did 3 BRAVE things, I think I will take the weekend off and just enjoy myself!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Isn't He Sweet!

I saw on Pinterest a gazillion framed "I Love You Because..." where you can write why you love someone.

I bought an 8 X 10 frame from Hobby Lobby, who was having a 1/2 price sale on frames. Then I had some left over 12 X 12 scrapbook paper that I measured and cut to fit the frame.

I went to my trusty computer found a font that I loved and wrote "I love you because...". Then, for the perfectionist in me, I printed it out on white paper to see where it was actually placed on the paper and because I was using a printer I was not used to, how to put the decorative paper into the computer!

Print out the paper and put it into the frame. Viola! I hung mine in the kitchen so it is the first thing you see when you walk through the door. Now get your dry erase markers and have fun!

Here is what I came home to last night. LT actually did it! I was so excited and appreciative!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why can't life come with an easy button

The day started out with me getting ready almost on time. Made my coffee and breakfast. Loved on the little man, Gavin. Gathered my work supplies and headed out the door.

As I was loading the car it happened. BOOM! My coffee mug with my wonderful coffee from Target, crashed to the concrete floor, cracking it and rolling under the car, spilling my liquid gold.

I retrieved the mug. Said the proper farewells and buried my 18 oz mug. Grabbed my Wonder Woman mug, my last Kurieg cuppa cuppa, and dashed to work. Late. Again. On a morning meeting day. Great.

So here we are. Wondering what the day has in store for me. Praying. Begging for an easy button because my day does not end until 6:30. Back to back meetings after work. Some how I need to be two places at once.

Wouldn't it be awesome to have that easy button to push and all will be right with the world? It is not that easy though. So I will carry on and go forth hoping for a better day. Great now I have ADD. I am thinking of the song "Carry On My Wayward Son". This should be an interesting day.

I know this blog has been random and all over the place. Kinda like what is going on in my head. Welcome to my world today. Not always pretty, neat and perfect. Kinda messy, random and out there. Enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Can't Believe I Did This!

Ok, I have to confess to y'all about what I did yesterday. Oh my gosh I still can't believe I did this!!

 I had to rush home about 2:30 so I can get a new water heater. Well, as any woman can testify, the first thing we do when we get home from work is change out of our work clothes into comfy clothes. No, I didn't put my PJs on, but it was tempting. Instead I put on jeans, sweatshirt and my black slippers.

After the water heater was put in and I did the happy dance because now I could do laundry (it was piling up), Lt and I went to dinner at Le Madeline's. Lt decided we needed to stop off at Verizon so we can check on an issue I was having. As we were walking up to the door, I looked down.

Yep, I was still wearing my slippers!! OMG! I couldn't believe it. I was mortified. Lt was embarrassed. What's a gal to do? Walk in and pretend they were regular shoes and act natural. Same with Le Madeline's.

I have never done anything like that before in my life. Although I was embarrassed at first, I just went with the flow. I see young girls with what they wear both shoes and clothes and thought what I did was no different. Heck it was better than what they wear! Plus I was cozy in my slippers and thankful they looked like shoes!

Please tell me I am not the only one who has done something silly like this. Come on. Fess up. Someone out there has done something silly and is willing to make me feel better about this.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Momma and Daddy!

Today is my parents birthday!!

Yes they share the same birthday and no I have no idea how this happened. But how cute is that! I wonder if my momma thought is was meant to be because they were born on the same day. You know how us women are.

I have to say it is really easy to remember their birthdays!

Not only are is it their birthday but it is a milestone birthday. My Daddy turns 80! Yes 80, today!! Mom is younger but I am not sure if she would be happy about me shouting out her age.

Seeing my parents together for so long just makes me feel so blessed. My dad and his sister are the only surviving members on his side of the family. Everyone else has been taken by cancer. Even daddy had Hodgkin's Lymphoma three years ago and is now cancer free. So for him to make it to 80 is a very big deal in our books.

Everyone, give a shout out to my parents b-day!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Inspire Me 2014: Vacay for 2014?

One thing LT and I promised ourselves was to do one big trip every year. It is kinda funny. We went to Northern California and soaked up the Redwood National Forest. On the plane home we were like "Ok, where to next year?".

Mind you we plan to also do some mini trips in throughout the year as well, if we can swing it. So here are the following ideas that have been discussed:

1. A weekend trip to Destin, Florida. I am a beach bum and he really isn't but he does like Destin, so, win-win!

2. Oregon. No particular spot as of yet, but we want to hike mountains and to waterfalls.

3. Las Vegas. Catch a show enjoy the nightlife. We are not gamblers, so I am not sure how this will play out.

4. A weekend to Houston. We have friends down in that area we want to go see. Also while we are down in Houston, we like to slip to Galveston to play putt putt right on the sea wall. It is so cool to be playing, look up and BOOM! There is the ocean! I have to say the ocean soothes my soul.

5. This year, LT and I are both off a week for Christmas. Who knows what we have planned! I am thinking warmth. I am hoping we can make something happen during this time! Any ideas?

So this is what we got marinating for our travels. We have had to put a lot on the back burner for this month, but we will eventually get to make some plans. 

Pop over to Happiness is a Mood Not a Destination with Kristen and join this month's link up!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

What Brave Means

As you know, I chose a word to focus on for the year. This will be the 3rd year of doing this. This year the word BRAVE has chosen me. So one thing I am doing is a class with Ali Edwards. Click on the links, check it out and join if it is calling to you.

In our class, we are to chose a symbol for our word and a quote. Let me tell you, this was the easiest part of the whole experience. Here is my quote:

Yes, I made this on Rhonna Designs app on my phone. I am not creative, but I am getting outside my box with this app! One aspect of brave is doing things that I don't normally do, that are scary. Being brave is trying new things.

As for my symbol, if you haven't guessed, is a bird. I took the quote and immediately thought of a bird. I thought: if I see a bird it will make be brave; fly. I am really loving this symbol and quote! I am also using this picture of me "flying". Thanks sis for this idea! I totally love it!

So I have incorporated this in my personal life. This is my lock screen on my phone. Since I am constantly on my phone, this is a great visual to remind myself. Also journalling is a great way to dig deep into what it means to me.

You know, I have been working on it personally but I forgot an area; my professional life. I need to be brave a work too. Being a teacher, especially of at-risk students, there is a great many times I will need to be brave between conferences, parents, student issues, as well as decisions on my job. Scary times people. I decided to get a bird to visually remind myself. Luckily, Hobby Lobby was having a sale on their Easter items and I got this cutie patootie bird. I put it beside my picture of LT because he also makes me brave, adventurous and go outside my box. Isn't this the cutest!

I also love monkeys and pens. They just make me happy. Actually this whole collage makes me happy!

I just wanted to share what I am doing with my word. Being BRAVE means doing things that are scary and outside my box. Change is hard for me and being brave will help me accept change a little easier. I want to be more authentic on who I am and what I want. This means taking care of me, my needs, wants and happiness. I usually deny myself for others happiness.

Brave also means letting go of things, saying no. You always think brave is doing something heroic. Brave doesn't mean being a hero or doing things. Brave could be not doing something. Maybe, for me, it will look like not driving the way Lt or a passenger wants, but the way I want to. At work, I always take the lead and I'm the disciplinarian. Maybe being brave is stepping back and letting others take the lead.

I am excited to see where this leads me. I am glad that you are on this journey with me. Don't be shy. Share your stories, your encouragement, your word and symbol.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cleaving Together

I have heard this term, and understood it; never really experienced it. But lately I have. I must say, I have enjoyed it, just not the situation causing it.

You see, Lt's mom, who turned 87 on January 5, has had a set back in some major health issues. It has landed her in the hospital twice in one week, and eventually put her in the nursing home. We have gone to see her and she enjoys the visits, as we do. Then we got the call.

Lt.'s mom was rushed to the emergency room on Monday. It was about an hour drive for me, but I left school and rushed down there. I found her having a machine breath for her, but she was able to open her eyes a few times.

She was transferred to ICU that night and looked to be resting comfortable, or what passes for comfortable with a machine blowing oxygen into you.

Come Tuesday morning, she was in a regular oxygen mask, coherent, sassy and talking. There is talk of putting her in a regular room! Prayers were answered!

Through this, Lt and I have cleaved to one another. We have turned to each other as a source of comfort and support. We have grown closer together, giving and taking. It is amazing how that process can make you even closer to someone. It allows you to look past actions and words. I literally makes you become one.

I don't know what the outcome will be with Lt's mom. We pray for continued health improvement with the hope of her returning home. God has a plan, which I wish I was privy to, and we have to depend on him. Any prayers you can send our way would be appreciated.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What Makes Me Happy

Starting out the new year, we all have expectations, goals and desires. So let's look at just one of them: what makes me happy.

Doesn't that seem like something so small, yet is so hard to define or limit? I look at it and think, easy peasy. But upon another look, I start to think and sit and think some more. It is not so black and white. I guess I am putting more thought into than what it really needs. Maybe I am wanting it to be so thought provoking, inspirational, or moving than it really needs to be.

So I am going to try to let you know either through words, pictures, or both. You know me. I have to draw it out!

I am limiting myself to these. They are in no means my only happiness, just what is bringing me joy at this moment. They are also not in any order of relevance or importance. Just the things that popped into my head.

Gavin. My boy. I just love this little man so much! He truly makes me happy. He has such a personality! He can bring me out of a funk pretty easily. I mean, look at this face!

Minions!! I am in love with minions. I have seen Despicable Me I and II. Love them both. I even have a couple of ring/text tones with minions. I plan to buy a Minion poster to put in my classroom. They just make me smile.

Alli and Jaxon. My great niece and nephew. They just fill me up with happiness. I am so thankful for Facebook, videos, text messages and FaceTime to be able to keep up with their growth and personalities!

LT. The love of my life. He brings me happiness through his humor. That man can make me laugh like no one else can. Heck, even when I am upset with him, he can get me out of it with his humor.


Dog costumes. They just make me laugh! I used to dress Gavin up, but he hates things on his head so I stopped doing it. Plus I couldn't hand out candy and deal with him. He has earned the right to stay at home and rest in his old age. Halloween is for the young.

Showered With Design

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Hey, y'all!

Just wanted to pop in and let you know I haven't forgotten this blog, or you my sweet readers. I have just been a little bit on overload.

I got sick on Christmas and thought I'd deal with it myself. Took some over the counter meds for over a week and not much relief. I finally was able to get out of bed and felt like dressing in something other than my jammies around New Years Day.

I finally had to suck it up and go to the doctor on Monday. Found out I have a sinus infection (I get them once a year) and it moved to my chest. It was caught before it became bronchitis or walking pneumonia, thankfully! So after getting prescribed a Zpak and a cortisone shot (in the hinny!!) I felt better yesterday thanks to the shot. Today, going backwards because I am swelling and it is hard to breath. LT has been great at taking care of me, but let's face it, he is not momma. I'll still keep him.

In other news, I have joined 2, yes 2, online classes. One is a year long, you do a scrap book project once a month, in which I am immersing myself in my word of the year: BRAVE. I am really excited for the class! I am not real creative, but this is going outside my box, which is what being brave is working towards. I am taking this journey with Ali Edwards. You can join up here:

The second class is by Brene Brown. I have read her book Daring Greatly and it really spoke to me. Well, actually,  it hit me upside the head. I have been wanting to do something with her and her book. This opportunity just fell into my lap and I quickly joined up. It is a 6 week course with something to do every week. Brene is doing the class through Oprah. You can get more information here:

All that to say, I may be a bit busier with other projects and won't be blogging as often as I have or like to do. Be patient, dear ones. I will be sharing my journey with you!

I aslo linked up with Bailey Jean at Anchored in Love about our One Little Word. It is great to see others participating, growing, living, thriving. I am hoping to join every month!

 One Little Word Blog Hop

Friday, January 3, 2014

Recap: 2013

I have succumbed to peer pressure! Recapping 2013 to remind me of all the wonderful things that have happened. I am also linking up with my friend Kristen at Happiness is a Mood not a Destination for her Inspire me 2014 link up. Check it out and come join us!

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I started my wonderful little blog in February. I just had this pull to get on here and see where my mind takes me. It has been a wonderful ride and I am loving it more and more. You got to know a little bit about me and helped me celebrate my birthday!

I love March. We celebrate LT's birthday going to the St Patty's Day parade and then I vacationed in Charleston, SC with my sister during Spring Break. You also go to know a little bit of my home town through the Home Town Blog Hop. I also participated in other link ups.

Seems in April I was in some inspirational and philosophical moods in my posts. Lots of good reads for you to check out. I fell in love with some azalea bushes and got LT to help me plant a couple (which are still surviving!)

Wild weather was happening. Moore, OK had the devastating tornados. Texas even had some wicked weather that had me preparing the closet, just in case. Got a chance to do a little traveling and see my family

Scared little man during the storms

See a family resemblance there? Daddy and the great grandbaby Jaxon napping at the same time!

Last day of the school year with celebration of our graduates. LT and I love to check out the zoos so down to Houston we go to start our summer off right. Of course, I teach summer school so the summer is monopolized by that.

Last day of school with coworker and friend

Zebra made of LEGOS!!

Me feeding the giraffe!

Took a little time to spend it with the folks in Kansas. Got to see some of the fireworks from the plane and we did a lot of reminiscing while standing on the porch enjoying the show. Of course the rest of the month was all about summer school.

Did not do much blogging. Just enjoyed life. Biggest thing of the month was the wonderful trip to Northern Cali with LT and hiking through the Redwood National Forest. Just Amazing! Can't believe I was hiking 5+ miles a day. I am not very athletic, but I loved the hiking and taking in the unbelievable scenery!

School started back up. I went through some life changing, emotional whatever you want to call it. Came out stronger because of it. Still not going to share any of it. And as always, when something needs to give, I change my hair. Still working through that.

Halloween! One of our favorite holidays! Brought out the monkey masks. Got to the house late, but found out EVERYONE was wanting the monkeys! It is awesome to have a hit on our hands and it is spreading by word of mouth. Also, went to see the "Munster Mansion" in Waxahatchie, TX and got to meet Pat Priest who played Marilyn Munster in "The Munsters".

Being thankful. I did my own 30 days of gratitude blog where I blogged everyday about what I was thankful for during the month.

Texas had a crippling ice storm in which I lost electricity for 9 hours but other towns lost it for 3 days! My sister and I's annual trip to New York City! Totally love that place. It even became more magical because it snowed while we were there! The next weekend I got to see family in Guthrie, OK. Even though the town cancelled their Old Timey Christmas downtown, the family still had a wonderful time getting together. Of course, I get sick on Christmas Day and I am still sick. At least I am able to finally get up and get a little jiggy with it.

Snownado 2013! 

New York during Christmas

Guthrie, OK. Even though the even was cancelled, Santa still showed up.

Ahh, 2013, you were good to me and mine. Thanks for the memories. I am believing 2014 has more in store. Stay tuned and keep reading!