Thursday, March 31, 2011

God's Plan

So today is my 5-year divorciversary.  Ya know... that thing.  Maybe I am supposed to be sad today, or reminiscent, but honestly I am not.  I really forgot all about it until I was just looking at the calendar and thinking, "why does this date stick out so much to me?  Am I forgetting someone's birthday?"

I still don't know why things had to happen the way they did, but I fully believe in the verse that says God works things out for good for those who love Him.  Because I love Him and the trauma from five years ago has turned out to be one of the most obvious blessings in my life.  Yes, there is an occasional frustration from loose ends that never got tied up (mostly money issues) but I would rather deal with that any day than be on a life plan that wasn't what God had planned for me.  God is SO good!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday + a bonus Swap Outfit!

Undershirt - Target
Shirt - Gap (clearance! yeah!)
Jeans - swapped
Shoes - Dillards Outlet
Earrings - Claire's - love me some cheap jewelry! ;)

Here's a view of my earrings for you, Hannah. :)

Bonus outfit:
This is what I wore yesterday for an observation and last night for a presentation in class.

Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft
Jacket - Jones New York (2 sizes too big)
Skirt - swapped!
Shoes - hand-me-downs

I received compliments on the shoes all day, so I wish I had a for-real camera to take a nice picture of them... or the ability to take a picture of my shoes without showing you my cankles, but here is the best I could do:

Stop staring at my cankles!!!! 

No, really, it's okay.  God gave me cankles for some unknown reason, so I will just assume it's a good reason.  One day something in my life will happen that I would not have been able to do if I had normal-sized ankles, and then I'll know.

Happy Wednesday!

Peace out.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A New Shade of Green

I was talking to a friend of mine last night about being jealous of another person.  I recently noticed some beautiful compliments paid to a very sweet friend, well deserving of said compliments.  I was getting more and more frustrated, though, because I realized how jealous I was.  I kept thinking to myself, “Wow, I wish someone thought that of me” or “I wish I was more like them” and other things of that nature.

Before, if you had asked me if I was a jealous person, I would have said that was not one of my weaknesses.  I would have said that I want what other people have, but not that I wanted to take it from them, so that couldn’t be considered jealousy, right?  Unfortunately, I was mistaken.  Not only was I jealous of that person, but I was also deceiving myself into thinking I was better or more spiritually mature than I actually was. 

Recognizing that recent jealousy of my sweet friend has really made me aware of an attitude I never thought I had.  I’ve sometimes been a “why me?” person, and isn’t that just an attitude that stems from being jealous of others’ circumstances?  When others are successful with something which I have attempted and failed, I’ll often ask God why I am not being blessed in the same way.  Like, somehow bringing God into it makes it not jealousy.  Wow, I have been deluded!

The way to overcome that, I guess, is to be content in all circumstances and to be satisfied with the things God has uniquely given to me (looks, personality, etc).  Definitely something I need to work on!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What I Wore - Swap Edition 4

Earrings - Claire's
Sweater - Swapped
Shirt - American Eagle (like a bazillion years ago)
Skirt - Swapped
Shoes - Nine West
Bracelets - Premier Designs

Monday, March 21, 2011

What I Wore - Swap Edition 3

Jacket - swapped
Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft
Skirt - swapped
Shoes - swapped

Did I say I loved doing the swap already?  Cause I did. :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

What I Wore - Swap Edition 2

Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft (clearance - love their sales!)
Skirt - swapped!
Shoes - don't remember where they came from - oops!

I desperately need to clean my room and put all the swap clothes away... 
so you can just ignore the background. :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What I Wore - Swap Edition

I hosted a clothing swap this afternoon.  It was fun, but I really think that I got more clothes out of it than anyone else.  Didn't intend for it to be that way, but we didn't have a lot of participants so it was just one of those things!

To show what I got, though, I thought it would be fun to do a What I Wore - Swap Edition.  
Every day (or close to it) I will post an outfit or piece of clothing that I got from the swap.  
Here's what I wore out to a casual dinner with the family tonight.

I am always wanting at least one long jean skirt in my closet, so I was stoked to get this one today!  
Also love a t-shirt with some spunk, and I just loved this.  
Yay for swaps!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Since the boys I nanny are Catholic, go to a Catholic school, etc. we've had a lot of discussion about Lent and Easter recently.  The fun conversations started on Wednesday last week.  I knew it was Ash Wednesday and wondered if they would ask me why I did not have ashes on my forehead.  Amusingly enough, when I picked them up from school, before even saying "Hello," Nando (short for Fernando) informed me that he had to wipe that stuff off his face because it was dirty.  Nando is five years old and says the funniest things!  He didn't seem to notice that I didn't have any ashes.  Marco is seven and hadn't wiped his off.  He is old enough to start to understand what it is all about, and one of the first things he told me is that they had to give up something for Lent.

Marco has decided that he is giving up video games.  What a sacrifice for a seven-year-old!  It will be a sacrifice for all of us, though, since it would be torture for us to play while he's trying not to! haha  Nando hadn't picked anything to give up, but was inspired (?) by his older brother and said that he would give up video games, as well.  Then, he decided maybe he would just give up Super Mario.  THEN, he decided that he would give it up in January, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.  I informed him that he skipped March, and he told me he did that on purpose because he wants to be able to play in March.  I think the whole idea of Lent is a bit over his head! :)

As I expected, I was soon asked what I would be giving up.  Years ago, some friends and I would always give up something for Lent, but never participated religiously or anything.  I hadn't given it any thought at this point, so I told Marco I had to come up with something.  I'm with these boys every day, there was no way I could get away with not giving something up!  After much thought, I decided to give up frivolous spending.  Not that I do much of it these days, since I don't have much money to work with, but I do make excuses for myself to buy small things that I want.  It's really a self-control issue, and I guess that is part of the point, right?

Fun tid-bit:  On Wednesday, we had a couple appointments to go to after school, and while sitting in the waiting room for one of them, a family walked in and they all had ashes on their forehead.  Nando noticed this, looked at the woman and asked, "Are you a teacher at my school?" lol  Those kids keep me laughing!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I think it's official!

I was recently asked by my friend, Kathleen, to be involved in the planning of a charity fundraiser 5k and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk.  Well, we have the go-ahead so mark your calendars for May 21 and make plans to come to Irving, TX!  We are coordinating the event to benefit Family Promise of Irving.  I'll post the details as they are confirmed.  We will need people to be involved in every aspect - runners as well as volunteers!

Family Promise is really cool - it's an organization that partners with "host congregations" to provide a place for low- or no- income families to stay while they are getting back on their feet.  For more info, check out their website - clicky clicky.

This is just one of the many things that has kept me busy!  (I even missed WIWW this week!  Eeek!) Be on the lookout for a crafty blog post, soon! :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Headband - Claire's
Shirt - Target
Skirt - Ann Taylor Loft (love that store!  They have the best clearance!)
Shoes - Target

Happy Wednesday!