After Christmas Sales

Tim and I went to the mall today to get a couple links taken out of my watch that he gave me for Christmas. We decided to go to a few different stores to see who had the best price. In the midst of that Tim got shopping fever when he saw all of the after Christmas sales, and had to go check them out. We made 2 big hits.

First was at the Christian Book Store. Tim bought 2 books, and then we got a couples devotion by Jim and Elizabeth George, and I bought 2 other books by Elizabeth George, one of with Kym had recommended to me a while back, and then I also bought Angela Thomas' 2nd and 3rd books she wrote. I loved her first book I read, and had wanted to get her others but waited since they were full price, but tonight I found each of them for half off. This book store was having a major sale!

Our second great hit was at the Van Heusen store. Tim got some nice dress clothes and I got some cute winter clothes. We went to a few other stores, of which Tim got a couple things, but these were our good deals.

Tim is actually on the phone with a friend right now telling about his awesome finds he got. On the way home Tim asked if we could go shopping again tomorrow! We'll have to see if I've got the strength. I'm not a big shopper, but man, now's the time to go when Tim is excited about it! :) We might try to go see what kind of sales Old Navy has. We'll see.


All of our Christmas pictures are up on Tim's photo album now. Hope you enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

What a wonderful day! Tim and I woke up after struggling to sleep in 'cause of the smell of our Christmas Chicken. Something about smelling delicious food makes it hard to sleep. We stayed up 'til 1am while I prepped our Christmas dinner. I didn't realize how much work went into making a holiday meal from scratch. I had fun with it, but am glad it is over. I still need to do the dishes (tomorrow). :)

When we woke up I heated up the oven and kept putting dish after dish in until lunch. Tim built us a fire, although the house was already warm...we just had to make it at least look like Christmas. It's bright and sunny outside right now. Tim and I sat by the fire as he read the Christmas story and we ate our breakfast pastries. Then we opened up our Christmas presents from the family, friends and each other. God really blessed us with everything we received.

Tonight we will go to the Sones for dinner. It'll be nice to spend the evening with friends.

Tim posted some pictures of our Christmas with my family last night. Click here to see all our fun! And check out my previous post to find out more info on the pictures.

'Tis the Season!

It's Christmas Eve and I have finished making my grocery list for mine and Tim's Christmas dinner tomorrow. I'm really excited about everything I am going to try to make. This is our first Christmas as a married couple, and both of our first Christmas' to be away from our families. It'll be a small quaint Christmas Eve and Day, but I'm looking forward to God drawing us even closer together.

Last week we went to my parents on Wednesday and came home Saturday. We had a wonderful time with my side of the family. Everyone was there. We went and saw The Nativity Story, played Imaginiff, drove around and looked at Christmas lights, Tim and I bought a tri-pod so we could try taking good pictures of Christmas lights after studying up on it a little bit. All of us siblings also surprised our parents with a Christmas picture of their kids.

Althought Tim and I wont be spending Christmas Eve and Day with family I'm glad we had the chance to be at my parents with our whole family together. Tomorrow I can focus on Christ's birth, and on my new family, Tim.

Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

I was tagged by my Husband. So here's my 5 things...

1. I have lived in 12 different houses with my family before getting married.
2. While making a fist I can move the tendons over my knuckles.
3. A large wild turkey chased after me and sat on me when I was 4 years old.
4. I have been on 12 separate mission trips at least one week long since 1998.
5. I really enjoy photography.


I have started my transition out of my receptionist/administrative assistant position. I am going to start substitute teaching. One girl was brought in who was a complete flop, so they had to start their search process over. This time through I prayed that God would send a great girl to take over 'cause I finally set a time limit for the company to find someone in time for me to train them. So my last day is the 29th.

Prayers were answered and the girl that is learning the ropes is doing great. She is a fast learner, has great phone skills, and has a warm personality. She will fit in great and do a good job.

I have found out a couple things about myself. One, I'm a busy body. I can't just sit around, I have to be doing something of some use. The last couple days the girl has just been watching me go through a full day, and today she tried to take over for the whole day. She did really well for her first shot, with a couple glitches here and there. I had to keep something to do at all times so I wouldn't step in and do my normal routine and not let her work.

Yesterday as she watched my day, we ended things early, which I have been doing the last month since I have the routine down great. So today when she took over she was a little overwhelmed with doing everything herself. Thats how it was for me starting off, with having things that had to be set aside for the next day, like she has for tomorrow.

I'm taking the next 2 days off that will give her a time to do everything without any help from me. I'm interested to hear how it goes.

Through this time I have also noticed how attached I have become to my work place. I absolutely love the people. When I was overwhelmed with first starting I had to concentrate on how God can use me to serve the people in the office instead of focusing on all there is to do. God has really blessed me with the change of focus.

I'm nervous and kind of sad though to be handing over my position to someone else. I have really enjoyed my time and am glad I have until the end of the month with them. I'm excited and nervous about substitute teaching. I'm ready to settle down with things and get into one thing I'll be doing for a while.

A Bad Hair Day Made Good

I have a couple scarves for my hair that I wear when my hair likes to go everywhere. I would call these my bad hair-days, except when I wear the hair scarf I get more compliments on my hair than I ever do. I don’t usually wear trendy things or try to start something fashionable. The first time I wore my hair scarf I was pretty self conscious going to a church party, but then noticed another girl wearing one, which made me happy. I have only seen a few others wearing these. It sure does help me from worrying about how my hair isn’t cooperating when I get compliments for trying to hide the fact! :)