20 Fun Facts (about me!)

1. I have chronic hiccups. I get them almost everyday, usually twice a day.  I’ve been a victim of chronic hiccups for the past few years.

2. My favorite color is PINK.  This is not a phase. It’s the real deal. Pink makes me smile.

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3. I’m a stomach sleeper. Hardcore.  This is a somewhat recent development.

4. Speaking of sleep, to sleep well, I require 2 things: complete darkness and white noise.  I sleep with a fan on every single night (now Jeremy has gotten addicted to the white noise too) and I need pitch black…I even have to turn my alarm clock away from me so the red numbers don’t keep me awake…intense, I know.

5. I like theology. I like learning about it and discussing it with others. I’m minoring in religion at Calvin – for fun.  I’m not good at it, and my grades aren’t the highest, and I certainly don’t understand the half of it, but I enjoy being stretched in this way.

6. I married my high school sweetheart. I think it’s even more fun to say that I married my prom date.  We’re not traditional high school sweethearts (we didn’t go to the same high school) but it counts all the same.

Me and my now-husband before senior prom in 2010 :)

Me and my now-husband before senior prom in 2010 🙂

7. The Goo Goo Dolls are my all-time favorite band and Jeremy and I have seen them in concert 4 times, including the night we got engaged.

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8. I love all animals, but I have a particularly crazy obsession with squirrels and ducks.  Mainly ducks. They’re just pretty great.

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A squirrel I feed on campus :)

A squirrel I feed on campus 🙂

9. I have a passion for adoption, both international and domestic.  I hope one day to use my social work degree to work in this particular area, assisting families in the adoption process.

10. Jeremy and I have a dog and 2 cats.  Our dog, Optimus Prime, is a chorkie (chihuahua-yorkie mix) and weighs 4 pounds.  Our cats are Sanford and Puma (aka Princess, aka our little linebacker.)  They’re all boys and we never plan to have any girl pets – I just prefer boys for some reason.

Our sweet San-man, as we like to call him.

Our sweet San-man, as we like to call him.

Our Optimus Prime :)

Our Optimus Prime

Our little linebacker :)

Our little linebacker

11. I currently have 3 tattoos and I hope to get more.  I also will never get inked with something that doesn’t hold powerful meaning and that can’t be a witness to my faith.

12. I enjoy watching sports: Football, baseball, and basketball (during March Madness with the hubs.)  Favorite teams are New England Patriots and the Phillies (they became my go-to baseball team when I married a Phillies fan.)

13. I like lists. (See current posting. Ha.)

14. I’m a coffee girl. I try to limit to two cups a day, but some days require three cups! Hazelnut creamer is my fave.  Starbucks is an occasional treat but when I go, I always get a grande, cinnamon dolce, soy latte!  I prefer Dunkin Donuts, but sadly, we don’t have any of those here in Grand Rapids.

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15. I love pens.  I like buying new pens and I like writing in different colored pens.

16. If I had to pick one song to describe my Christian walk and my faith, I would pick “Sweetly Broken” by Jeremy Riddle.  This song has spoken to my heart for years.  One of my tattoos is even based on this song! If you’ve never heard the song, you’re missing out – listen to it here.

17. Usually at different times in my life, different Scripture speaks to my heart, but there is a verse that is my constant (which also inspired another tattoo.) That verse is Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  I have suffered from anxiety in the past and this verse is my constant reminder that God’s peace guards my heart and my mind, and His peace is greater than my small understanding and my fears.

18. I can’t live without my aquaphor! This stuff defies all chap stick and lip gloss that you’ve ever tried. It’s particularly helpful in the dry winter but I like to use it all year long.  You can ask Jeremy – I will have a slight panic attack if we go somewhere and my aquaphor isn’t in my purse!

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19. My go-to candy: Junior Mints. Yum.

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And finally…

20.  I’m obsessed with journals.  I always have a journal that I currently use but mostly I just buy them and then they sit around our house filled with blank pages. I just love journals and I might have a slight addiction to buying them.  I know for a fact that I’m not alone in this one, though!  So if you plan to put me in an intervention for this,  I’ll give you some names of other girls who should be right there with me. You know who you are. Grin.

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Grateful.

Today I am grateful.

I am grateful for my husband, my rock.  For those of you who don’t know Jeremy, he’s a solid guy.  He loves God and because of that he loves me so well.

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I’m grateful for the home we have been blessed with.

I’m grateful for the three little rascals (aka our furry friends) that inhabit our home and make life at home quite fun.

I’m grateful for my job, and for Jeremy’s job. I’m grateful that God continues to provide.

I’m grateful for my family, my biggest supporters. I’m grateful for our close relationships even from miles and miles away.

My momma and my sister , Kaleigh.

My momma and my sister, Kaleigh.

I am grateful for the start of a new Bible study. I’m grateful for the women who I will grow alongside of over the course of the next 12 weeks as we study Beth Moore’s “Daniel.”

I’m grateful that my soul is craving God and desiring precious time spent with Him.

I’m grateful for a spontaneous date night with my husband to get ice cream tonight… and I’m certainly grateful for Moose Tracks on a waffle cone. Grin.

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I’m grateful for my friendships and my girlfriends that God has blessed me with, both near and far.

My dear friend Kelsey, who resides in Nebraska.

My dear friend Kelsey, who resides in Nebraska.

My sweet friend Ashley, who lives in New Jersey.

My sweet friend Ashley, who lives in New Jersey.

My awesome college roomie and friend, Linnea (who is right here in Michigan with me!)

My awesome college roomie and friend, Linnea (who is right here in Michigan with me!)

I’m grateful for the summer. I’m grateful for a time of rest. I’m grateful for a break from homework and papers and tests.

I am so grateful for my God, my Jesus.  I am grateful that He has saved me from my sin and that He has given me new life in Him.  I’m grateful that I can put on a new self because of what He has done for me.

What are you grateful for today?

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P.S. Our amazing wedding picture at the top was taken by a very talented guy named Noah. Click on the picture to see more of his work! 🙂

Today I’m linking up to…

Old Self vs. New Self

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:22-24
 

This scripture rocked me to the core this morning.  I needed it this morning. Not two mornings ago when it had been emailed to me on Saturday. (I’m subscribed to a great blog called The Heartbeat of the Home and the scripture came from this lovely posting.) But this morning, when I finally got around to going through my email.  God has impeccable timing like that.

I don’t have many words for this scripture…it speaks for itself.  I do have lots of feelings and thoughts, though, which I’ll try to express briefly.  Since accepting Christ as my Savior, one of my continuing struggles has been walking the line between my “old self” and my “new self.”  I’m realizing more and more that accepting Christ as my Savior may be a one time thing that I did in ninth grade, but choosing to “be made new in the attitude of my mind” is a daily choice that I must make.  My “new self” is “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” but I must daily pray that God would give me the strength to “put off my old self.”  No, I can’t do it alone, but it is my choice to make.  And each morning, whether consciously or not, I am choosing the person I am going to be that day – I am choosing to be my “old self” or my “new self.”

I know I can’t be alone in this struggle, so I’m expressing what I’m able to in hopes that someone out there can resonate with my struggle.  My hope and prayer for myself, and for you reading this, is that we would daily pray for God to help us put on our new selves, and that we would have the courage to ask for prayer in community when we are struggling with putting off our old selves.  It’s hard to be honest with our struggles, but God has gifted us as Christians with community to do just that – to be honest in communication about our joys, pains, praises, laughs, and yes, even our struggles.

Father God, I pray thanks to you for opening my heart and my mind with this scripture this morning.  Thank you for fellow bloggers whose postings have spoken to my soul.  Lord, I pray that today, and everyday, you would help me to put on my “new self” in you, the self that was “created to be like You in true righteousness and holiness.”  In Jesus’ name, amen.
 

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GraceLaced Mondays

Thanks for that, Nashville.

Nashville. Yep, that’s the name of the capital of Tennessee, but I know it better as the name of my new favorite TV show (currently on summer hiatus.)  I was hesitant about watching the series initially because I am was NOT a country music fan (no offense to those who are/have always been.)  Then a friend of mine (also not a country music fan) convinced me that the show was too good to miss.  Long story short, I caught up with the first half of the season and began avidly watching every Wednesday night through the rest of the semester.  You can catch up on season 1 of the show here.

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So… here comes the crazy part. Brace yourselves (that’s what I should have warned my husband before I told him)… all of a sudden I’m finding myself enjoying obsessing over country music.  WHAT??!?  I feel like I woke up a different person one morning.  For those of you reading this and wondering why this warrants a blog post, you obviously don’t me or my music tastes that well.  I’ve always had many friends who love country music but that is was not me!

So what does this have to do with my new fave show “Nashville”?  Well, obviously, I blame the show!  I started liking the music on the show and it went all down hill from there.

Now for all you country music lovers, and in defense of the genre, I never absolutely hated all country music.  I’ve actually always enjoyed Carrie Underwood’s music and could handle some “light” country including Carrie and Lady Antebellum.

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But now my always existing Carrie Underwood Pandora radio station gets played nearly every day…and I find myself “thumbs-upping” many songs of the Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, and Eli Young Band variety.  Oh, and plenty of soundtrack music from my fave new show and the changer of my music tastes – thanks for that, “Nashville.” 😉

“Nashville” image: http://www.tnvacation.com/triptales/watch-nashville-and-enter-to-win-a-nashville-experience/

Carrie image: http://beatcrave.com/2010-01-28/carrie-underwood-will-sing-national-anthem-at-super-bowl/

Lady A. image: http://www.molsonamphitheatre.net/events/event/lady-antebellum/

Summer Resolutions

I love lists.  I love making them and I love crossing things off them even more.  So I decided to make a list for my summer.  Things that I have time to accomplish, things that I hope to accomplish, and maybe even some things that probably won’t get crossed off.

So here is my list of summer resolutions:  (New Year’s Resolutions are a nice thought but make no sense.  Who has time in January to get things done?? Not me. So my resolutions start now.)

1. Learn to cook. (Okay, I know this is broad and big… I’d like to at least try a few new recipes, learn to master crock-pot cooking in time for the start of school in September and maybe even learn how to plan a weekly menu.)

2. Become more than just a “good Bible-study girl.”  This goal is based off this book that I hope to read this summer.  I want to dig deeper in my faith.  I’m craving growth, but I’m craving it now more than I have in awhile.  My soul is longing. And my soul knows that I have some time on my hands.  I want to be more than a girl who does Bible study.  I want to know God and be known by Him. Yes. Good stuff.

3. Eat better. (Not diet, by the way…just be more intentional with what I put in my body and how it makes me feel and function.)  My body is a temple. I want to eat better and exercise and strengthen my body.

4. Visit the zoo. Deep and thought-provoking, I know.  My husband is aware of this “to-do” item because I’ve asked him to take me to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids this summer (we’ve never been in the three years we’ve lived here.)

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5. Spend at least one day at a Lake Michigan beach.  Sorry Michiganders, your “beach” does not compare to the Jersey shore.  Yep, I went there. Your water is not ocean and your boardwalk should not be called that.  But I’ll forgive you because the lake-shore in Michigan is beautiful and I’ll take it.  Yep, spend at least a day there. Check. (Hopefully.)

6. Take a trip to Chicago.  Hubby and I plan to do this later in the summer to celebrate our anniversary.  Really hope we execute this goal because there are some stores calling my name in that city!

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7. Date my husband.  We’ve had a wonderful first year of marriage, but during the busy school year as two full-time students and each of us working 20+ hours a week, finding time (and money) to date can be difficult.  Now we have more time on our hands and a steadier income.  Let’s date! (We’ve already been working on this one – last Friday night was mini golf and shopping at the mall.)

8. Read more books.  I’ve been doing good on this one.  My goal for the summer is to read all the books that are currently on my Goodreads “To-read” list.  It’s a lot of non-fiction that I really don’t have the brain power to process during the school year.  Perfect summer resolution.

9. Be more intentional with my blogging.  I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t really mind when I go forever without blogging.  It is okay in my book.  But what I do mind is looking back on the past few months and the many situations and circumstances that I’ve processed and realizing that they were not put into words.  That’s why I want to blog.  As a method of process and reflection. So I want to do more of that this summer.  And use the blog as a way to document my above resolutions.

I think my list of resolutions is good for now.  Edits can and will always be made.

Any summer resolutions on your to-do list? I’d love to hear about them!

Chicago image: http://nixietale.com/tag/chicago/

Zoo image: http://thewmeacblog.org/2012/04/18/earth-day-event-party-for-the-planet-at-john-ball-zoo/