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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Not perfect

I am not a perfect mommy,
but I am perfect for my children.

My children are not perfect,
but they are perfect for me.

My husband is not a perfect person,
but he is perfect for me.

We were given as God's gifts to each other,
and He is perfect.
He knows our needs perfectly.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Working out the kinks

Hi friends!

After a month off I have made another return to the gym! Does it seem to you too that I make a lot of returns? Ok, just wanted to make sure I was not entirely crazy. The sickness merry-go-round in our house seems to be over (Please, God, let it be over!!!) and now my goal is to get back to the gym consistently three-four times a week like I had been doing. Two down for the week!

I have been reading an extremely good book lately. In it the author is talking about your relationship with your husband. One of the points she made was what are you doing to make yourself attractive to your husband? Um, isn't that kind of personal, lady? The reality is that half of all marriages in this country end in divorce and, depending on the source, it is 70% of marriages in Maricopa County end in divorce. Yikes! So, that is a fair question. Remember when you used to make a huge effort to look like a knock-out for a date? Do you remember going on dates?! Some of you are thinking, yes, before kids and jobs took over our lives. I get it--I really do. My husband's hours change daily depending on the economy and that is incredibly hard on family life, but I digress.

This got me thinking. What have I been doing to make myself attractive to my husband? Well, my husband thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world and has always (yes, I said always) made me feel that way when he looks at me. I am truly blessed. However, when I feel good about myself and how I look it does a lot for me in every aspect of my life, not just the personal part (vague enough there, parents?).

One other point the author made was that not taking care of yourself is selfish. Um, what? Go with me. If you haven't bathed in a week you are not as likely to want to go outside your house and take your children to the park or on a date with the hubs. Tell me I'm wrong. You have less energy to give of yourself generously in all your relationships when you do not work out. I am on that crazy train that likes to work out because of the energy boost and good endorphins you get.

So, not taking care of myself and my health is detrimental to my relationships and it is selfish. That is not the person I want to be. Chalk up another reason to work out and eat right!

Love and blessings on your journey today!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Therapeutic projects

Hi all,

One of the things I keep in my project closet is hand towels that need to have tops crocheted on them so that they can hang from the refrigerator, the stove, or a drawer handle. I have a hard time sitting still to watch a movie or on a car ride. I know this is hard to believe with all my complaining about not being able to work out lately (insert sarcastic tone here). I have done so many of these at this point that it is very easy for me to do and I don't really have to think about it anymore. I really enjoy making them and giving them as gifts, as anyone who has gotten married in the last year and gotten a gift from me can attest to. :) They all tell me they love them. They could all be lying to make me feel good. They are my friends and family after all and are obligated to love them...

Want to see some of the work I have been going on about? Well, good! I am going to pretend you are all very interested. ;)

A wonderful friend gave me an excellent idea for my future gifts. She suggested I collect hand towels for the different holidays and then give them as a gift set. So, when people get married they have a decoration to put out during the different holidays (think Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentine's, St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, etc.). I am going to try to get a set of 12 so they have one for each month. It might be a "winter" or "summer" theme instead of a specific holiday (sorry, they do not make hand towels for President's Day as far as I am aware). Awesome idea, right?! So, I will be collecting them over this next year and hopefully have them for the next year. I am thinking housewarming gift too, though, I do not think I could give them as a baby shower gifts. Guess I will have to come up with something else there...