a gracious whirlwind

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Well, looks like it's been a few weeks since I've posted on here. Sorry, not sorry. I've been overwhelmed and underwhelmed and everywhere in between the past month. What a gracious month December has been! We have had many adventures and ups and downs, and are all too excited for what the new year will bring us in 2014 - Disneyland trip in the upcoming days included! In the meantime, here is a recap list of what I, and the both of us, have been up to as of late, in no particular order:

  • I read 10 books. Yes, you read that right, TEN books in just this month alone. Loved every minute of it! Later on, I'm sure I'll edit and add the titles.

  • We road-tripped over 20 hours each way to various areas in Texas to visit family and friends for Christmas. Oodles of joy and love and fun and Jesus happened! Gracious for Marshall doing a majority of the driving!

  • I registered for my next certification test, the PRAXIS Special Ed Content & Applications, to be taken next June. Very excited about this! This one transfers directly to Texas certification, and from there I will have my foot in the door for when we move home. Looking forward to next summer when I start my certification classes through the state, as well.

  • I had an amazing semester with Christian Women's Fellowship, the bible study group on base, and loved the presentations at the Christmas party, until spring kick-off. Ballerinas, teacups, hats, delicious food, fellowship, and Jesus were just what I needed!

  • I painted four canvases, and absolutely love them. Two are Frozen and Tangled themed, and the other two are of Belle & Mulan. (Yes, all Disney) I gave the latter to my good friends back home, Holly & Tracey - ahem, each with their fave princess. Love creating art!

  • I met a group of lovely military spouse bloggers, living in the greater San Diego area, for lunch and some painting. I painted this cute mug with a sunset picturesque, and the other ladies made some fine creations as well. It was so sweet to meet with these ladies of which I read of their lives so often! Can't wait for the next outing!

  • I ordered textbooks for my final semester of university at Liberty. I am beyond excited! They are set to arrive a week before classes start in January. It is surreal indeed.

  • After finals commenced, I was finally able to do some real, hard cleaning in this little abode of ours. Although it's not where I want it to be, it looks much better than it did during the stresses of this semester!

  • Speaking of school, I applied to graduate and will do so May 9th 2014! At least that is when my finals are due. Degrees will be conferred within that next month, so here goes the waiting game. Besides the point, I am very thrilled to be this close! Thanks to the stud for willingly funding this last year.

  • We finally got the flag latch hook rug framed, and it looks wonderful on our living room wall. Speaking of which, d├ęcor is finally up in a collage, and it looks much more home-like than before.

  • I made lots of peppermint fudge & white chocolate peppermint cookies for Marshall's Marines and their families. Word is, they were a hit. I think, it was a day well spent with my lovely Kitchenaid. Baking is such a joy.

  • We met my parents, brother, and aunt in Vegas a few weeks ago for the National Finals Rodeo - my aunt Jean was running barrels! It was such a fun trip. During which, the highlights were the Santa Run 5k, and Max Brenner's Chocolate Bar in Ceaser's Palace. We had some amazing fondue and partook in drinking from the famous Hug Mug! So neat (and definitely on my wish list!) I am also motivated to start running now, along with pilates - new year's resolution, perhaps?

And some more pictures as of late, of which may or may not pertain to the bullet points..



Until next time - I am planning on posting about the many books I read this month, as well as one dedicated to the celebration and wonder of Christmas.

the season begins

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Why, hello there December! I cannot believe you are already here. Where has this year gone?! We've been California lovin' for nearly a year now. If only the weather was a little nicer!

This month is always one of the most exciting for me. We have a mini pre-lit tree in the living room that I put all the ornaments on, at least all that I could fit, on Thanksgiving day. We are going to the National Finals Rodeo this weekend in Vegas to see my aunt ride and meet my parents for a mini vacation. We already have plans down and leave set for our road trip back home over Christmas. We are very excited to be back home for a bit in Texas and celebrate the truth and reason for the season --- Jesus.

Now, we just need to get gifts for family, finish finals, clean the house, pack, and we're ready to go! Oh, and find a place to board Scruffy while we're gone this weekend. Just gotta get through this week..

Today I met a sweet friend downtown for the movies! I always knew there was a movie theatre there, but just never went. Oh, and the parking situation - who knew there was a free lot across the street from the beach?! I have to go back. We saw Frozen --- I loved it! Of course, I saw it the second time. I went last week down in San Diego with a friend from high school as well. It is such a good movie! It reminds me so much of Tangled and I love that. Now I have to watch Tangled again. I am crazy about my Disney movies!

Oh, and did anyone else notice that it s Advent --- the waiting, the days before our Savior's birth? I have already read through but am going through it again as it was meant to be --- The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. It's a Christmas devotional which traces the line of Jesus all the way back to Jesse. An upside down Christmas, a true celebration. Is anyone else doing this with me?

Ann Voskamp - The Greatest Gift

Ready for this season.
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