Friday, January 29, 2010

What brought this on...

I have been blessed with some amazing women in my family to look up to, to honor, to emulate and admire. My grandparents raised 4 daughters in a one bathroom house without any closets (right there is a lot to admire about my grandfather!). Oh yeah, it didn’t have a shower, only a tub. I guess that was common place “back in the day”, but can you imagine that now. Then again I grew up in a house with only one bathroom that just had a tub, but there were only two of us kids... but 4 girls wow!

Bunny trail... Sorry. Back to the topic at hand, recently one these really cool women joined the world of Facebook; and she asked me to be her friend. Hard to believe I know! As I was checking out her new page and photos I discovered this quote.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--- WOW-- What a Ride!“ (Anonymous)

This quote will not leave my brain, or my subconscious, it even taunts me in my sleep. Okay maybe taunt is a hard word, more like awaken my innards. My gut’s talking to me like it did when I was in my early twenties. At first it was a bit strange, I dismissed it. My innards are persistent though, and I began listening, contemplating, wondering.

Why now though, is it really because I am turning 39 in a few weeks? No, I really don’t think that’s it at all. Age has never really been a big deal to me. Everyone said I’d “freak out and feel different” at 30, that it was a huge mile stone and my life would never be the same. People are telling me that and worse about turning 39. I don’t feel any different, and I certainly don’t feel old or that my life is half over. It’s barely begun.

I think, keep in mind this is my innards talkin’ to me, that I am feeling this way because for the first time in my adult life I am debt free. Even before I married Mark I had a loan on my truck and college loans. As of the 15th of this month the only thing we will owe on is our home. Both cars are paid off, no credit card debt, nothing hanging over our heads. This freedom is astoundingly liberating. We’ve finally got a pretty good handle on saving vs. living pay check to pay check and this is a stage in my life I’ve never been in. And it feels surprisingly peaceful.

So why is this quote jumping in my spirit like Mexican jumping beans? Why is it keeping me awake at night, encouraging my imagination run rise up within me? It’s the lack of financial burden. I never realized how much of a stronghold it has on you. It extinguishes your creativity, your life blood, even your passions. But once it’s gone it’s extremely energizing, like walkin’ on sunshine, unexplainable aaahhhhh. There really are no other words to describe it.

Okay, but what about this amazing quote... and what does it mean to me?
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--- WOW-- What a Ride!“ (Anonymous)
Does it mean to ‘try new things’ ‘to live each day to the fullest’ ‘dare to dream’ ‘take time to smell the roses’? Sounds all good and wonderful, but I think not. And since my gut is speakin’ to me I know it’s not a pie in the sky wish or hope or word of wisdom. But rather a life altering make plans to live, to truly live and experience ALL that God has created for me and my family. Put it on the calendar, because in our house if it’s on the calendar it’s gonna happen! Tomorrow I am going out to buy a 5 year planning calendar. I have decided to fill my calendar of life. So that my bucket runneth over! Not really a bucket list so to speak, because I do have a few things on my life list that I want to accomplish before I “kick the bucket”. But rather I want our children at the end of my life to look back and say “Mom didn’t just live a full life, she lived life to the fullest and road the ride hard skidding into home plate on last time!”

What is gonna fill my bucket? You’re gonna hafta check back often to see what we’ve been up to! My bucket is deep and wide and I gotta lotta livin’ left in me!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I've been wasting a lot of time cruising around different blogs and exploring the internet. I've found there to be some very inspiring and moving articles, videos, blog entries, art, and photography. They are becoming part of me, causing me to dig deep into my subconscious; they continue to challenge me to reevaluate myself. Overtime I may share with you some of my 'refined coal' that I have discovered, but today take a few minutes and watch this. You really need to listen with your eyes, your ears and your heart.

Don't allow the dream stealers to keep you from your calling in life, allow it to be the fuel that ignites you from the inside out... allow it to refine you!

Monday, January 25, 2010

My Cheerleaders...

This is my Junior... my Katie Joy. She's such a cute cheerleader. I never dreamed I would one day be a cheerleading coach. It really is a lot of fun and the girls just love it. So thankful my girl is a nature girl at heart with a great outgoing SPIRIT!

These are my girls... they named the team. We are the Chipmunks, the Mighty Mighty Chipmunks. So proud of them... I just had to brag.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blog Design Give Away

A fellow military spouse blogger is having a give-away. She's giving away a new blog design. I want to win, as you can tell my site needs a face lift. I am trying to figure this out, but it's hard.

So Check out her sites... you might find one you like.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Meeting goals...

I just completed my 25th scrapbook page in this month's challenge. I am not going for super creativity, outstanding or amazing pages, but I am having tons of fun. I am simply meeting little goals while putting my perfectionism where in belongs... away! It feels great. I'll be sure to post my favorite pages at the end of this month.

20 Days and a wake up til Mark comes home! I can't wait, the house is filled with excitement... it's way better than Christmas morning... my baby's coming home!

Monday, January 18, 2010

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

OHHH My Achin' Arms!

I can hardly move my arms. Typing this is painful. You ask why… I’ll tell you why. The stupid chainsaw died (chain fell off and I don’t know how to put it back on!) and I had to trim the trees with those pinchy squeeze your arms together cutting tool thing. HOLY CRAP my arms hurt. I got about 75% of the trees done. Two trees which housed bird nests in them & I didn’t want to kill the birds, so I left them alone. And the rest I couldn’t reach due to the fact my arms were now dragging on the ground because the hurt so stinkin’ bad. We got a huge pile of limps out front so I am happy about that, but sure I’ll pay for this hard labor for a few days.

I was blessed to have 6 eager young children (our 3 and my friends 3) here to help carry all the branches out front. The only payment they requested was 2, yes two, Icee Pops. I paid them in full, I owe no one an Icee Pop… except my aching back and sore arms!
Above is the actual picture of me in my hooker heels trimming my trees. I am usually a lot tanner in the summer, but I've got the winter white skin going on!

Here is how I really felt.

This is the type of tool I used, but mine was older than the trees themselves, it has literally 50+ years of use put into them. The next picture is the tool I want to use next year.
Let me tell ya, these trees better bloom huge this spring & summer! If they do believe you me I am getting me one of these alligator loppers from my tool guy at Lowe's. You can count on it!

Friday, January 15, 2010

My Jones Cream Soda...

Mark received his Christmas gift today in the mail from one of his Marines! Every year he's been in Iraq for Christmas they do a "Secret Santa". I am sure they prefer the term "Special Ops Santa" or "Under-Cover Gift Giver", but the truth is they love it. I have no idea what Mark got for his Marine, but I know what he got! It's perfect. I wish I could tell you who purchased this 6 -Pack for Mark, but I cannot... call it National Security! (Okay the fact is I don't know!)

But aren't these the coolest things you've ever seen! I do think I will have to remember this come the next deployment or retirement, whichever comes first! Wonder if he'll want these for his wetdown?
Merry Christmas Mark... from your Under-Cover Secret Santa!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Caleb, you are too kind

A conversation Caleb had with me during the morning hours of getting ready for school...

Caleb: "Hey Mom, how much does is cost to go to the spa for a hot-tub and massage?"

Me: "Caleb, I don't know why are you asking me this? Please eat your breakfast."

Caleb: "I am done Mom, I need to brush my teeth. But really Mom, how much is it?"

Me: "UGGHHH, Are you talking all day at the spa? And why do need to know?"

Caleb: "I don't know, how much?"

Me: "Well, a couple of hours is about a $100, and all day a couple of hundred!" said in frustration.

Caleb: "Oh?!" said with a bit of confusion and disappointment.

Me: "Why is this so important?"

Caleb: " Well, Mom you are looking a little rundown and stressed out."

Me: "Nice Caleb, thanks for letting me know!"

Caleb: "I am just trying to help."

Me: "Go brush your teeth, now please!"

Caleb: "Yes, ma'am. I love you!" said with eyebrows raised and a half smile!

Not sure how I should respond to this, but it's apparently obvious to my kids that I am rundown and disheveled. Praise God, we only have 30 more days till Mark gets home.

Anyone wanna sponsor a day at the spa for me?!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Couldn't Resist

I couldn't resist this comic; it's so true on so many levels. Mother's everywhere gotta do what they gotta do!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Can't believe...

I can't believe it's 2010. That means that my boys will turn 11 this year and my daughter 10. How can that be... seriously I still feel like an insecure 27 year old. Why 27... I don't know, when I was in my early 20's I had much confidence and wore it on my shirt sleeve. When I was 27 I was pregnant with the boys, and scared to the innards of my being. I was crazy in love with Mark, we were soooo naive yet so sure of ourselves in the parenting/marriage department. We had spiritually, emotionally and mentally grown so much since we had met and married, we hardly recognized our lives. Yet here we were, ready to have some babies. Everyone told us having children will change you forever. I didn't get it until the day they were born, but I sure do now. Since that glorious new year of 1999 the world has changed, we've changed, boy have we ever changed.

In so many ways we've grown become stronger, more independent and yet still lack confidence in ourselves. We have achieved many of the goals and aspirations we wrote down years ago; so why the lack of confidence? Why do I still feel so insecure. I heard this quote once by Ray Kroc "When you are green you are growing, when you are ripe you rot." I certainly don't feel like "I've arrived", but I also don't feel like I am growing to the depth I desire. I need to fertilize my foundation, my roots so to speak so that I can grow stronger and fuller. The key question is ... "How?"

It's been a while since I've had some goals, I've always had dreams. Goals are different. I think I would add to that quote above... "When you are green, you are growing because you have goals and a plan. When you are ripe, you just have dreams and you wither away because you have no plan."
I've set some goals and laid out my plans to see a harvest. I hope over the next several months you'll see the results of my actions... for I have an Action Plan!