Marriage, My Husband, Scripture

Take the plunge…

I somehow wandered over to The Diaper Diaries and found a very intriguing challenge. It’s based upon the following scripture:

So do not deprive each other of sexual relations. The only exception to this rule would be the agreement of both husband and wife to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time, so they can give themselves more completely to prayer. Afterward they should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt them because of their lack of self-control.

(1 Cor. 7:5, NLT)

So far I have moved the TV out of our bedroom and into the loft. Next up is to de-clutter. That might take awhile, but I am determined! I will take pictures as soon as my camera battery charges.

It’s not to late to sign up and join in on the fun. Are you willing to accept the challenge?



When I am driving there is a lot going on. There are three kids in the car. Two of those children like to argue constantly. There is either High School Musical or Camp Rock soundtracks loud enough for Katie to hear. She has issues about the volume. I’m also on my phone a lot of the time. Handing tissues to the kids, drinks, snacks, turning around to reprimand them. Add to that my pentiant for speeding and I’m sure I am an accident waiting to happen.

We were headed to the airport yesterday in rush hour traffic. It was only Brian, Alex and I. We had to catch a flight to Pennsylvania for Andy and Karen’s wedding.

Last time we flew to PA, we were in horrible traffic, which consisted of many accidents and I believe two car fires. They weren’t sure if our luggage was going to make it and we had to run to the gate as they were waiting on us so that they could close the doors. Very close call. In fact when our luggage did come off the conveyor, we jumped for joy, praised God and I passionately kissed Brian. I was excited to say the least!

So I was commenting to Brian how there was traffic and how I was glad we were almost to the airport and had plenty of time to spare, unlike last time. I was thinking in my head, thank goodness there are no car fires. That’s when I notice a bus coming in opposite traffic and it looks to be on fire. I mention it to Brian, I think that bus is on fire, nope just  a lot of exhaust billowing out of the back and out of service. That’s when I look in front of me to see traffic stopped dead. I hit the brakes and proceed to smash into the car in front of us. I freaked. Brian had me pull over to the side. He got out of the car and so did the woman I hit. I was shaking so bad. She was ok and there was no damage to her car. Brian asked if she wanted to exchange numbers, she said no. We then went on our way. Made it to the airport and had plenty of time.

Brian was very calm about it all and gave me a much needed hug. Two seconds, that’s all it took. When I normally have so much more going on. Brian tells me it’s a lesson. I think it’s one I needed to learn!

Fun Stuff

Ask anything Monday!

Is there anything you want to know about me?

It can range from something silly to what we like to call “level 3” aka very personal.

I’m excited to see some interesting questions!

Plus it’s Monday, it will give me a way to do some procrastinating 😉

*Andrea asks: What are some things you do around the house or with the kids to save time?

There are a couple of things that I do to save time.

  • My biggest time crunch is the morning. I am not a morning person and hate getting up early. Anything that saves in that area is a blessing. I make sure Brianna’s school uniform is layed out the night before, her lunch packed, school papers signed and put away in backpack, and breakfast set out.
  • The best thing I have ever come across to help with the housework is the Motivated Mom’s Planner. It keeps everything you would possibly clean in a nicely laid out, easy schedule! You can find it here: I hate doing any sort of cleaning, I would become overwhelmed so quickly. This is simple and makes everything in bitesized chunks! It is $8 and well worth it. There are a variety of styles. My personal fave is the half-sized chore planner with the scheduled Bible reading!
  • The other thing that saves me is cooking with my crockpot. It makes dinner very easy and getting dinner “done” in the morning makes my evening so much more laid back! I have the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker by Dawn J Ranck. I use that a lot as well as just googling crockpot recipes!

*Ella asks: How many kids would you have if you didn’t have to worry about logisitics???

Not having to worry about anything, I would love to have 4 kiddos. I love kids, my fave stage is babyhood. Plus I have always admired my Nana, and she had 4 children. I kind of wanted to follow in her footsteps. I loved having so many aunts and uncles, my Mom is 1 of 5 and my Dad is 1 of 4. I always wanted my parents to adopt more kids, I really wanted a sister. All of those things factor in to how many kids I want. I think it would be really cool if we had another boy. A baby brother for Alex!

When are you coming to Spokane to see me?

I would love to come out there to see you, Charles and the kids! Whenever I have the money! Of course, we have to start planning our first meeting anyway, our trip when we turn 30! Someplace nice and tropical I think 🙂

How do you keep all of your plans straight and not feel like shutting down? You know I admire you greatly for this quality )

I have a huge dry erase calendar in my kitchen. I write everything down on it. It keeps me sane. I make sure Brian uses it as well. I like to be on the go, hanging out with friends, doing things for school, cell group and church. Believe me though, I hate to plan. I’m much more of a spur of the moment type, but that is hard to do when you and everyone you want to do things with has children. Being spontaneous, usually does not work when one needs a babysitter.

Since you added the letter from your foster mom, that made me bawl for an hour, it is so beautiful and you were a gorgeous baby, do you think you may want to meet her?

I would meet her in a heartbeat! I’m really not sure how to go about finding her though. I have thought about being a foster parent to great length, as well as a surrogate mom. Brian has told me no, especially to being a surrogate. He says there is no way I would be able to part with a baby or child. He’s right. I would have to be able to adopt or keep them all! That wouldn’t work out to well. I have a special appreciation for what my foster mom did for me. I’m forever thankful to her and would love to update her on my life and thank her in person!

If you could easily meet your birthmom, what is the first thing you would ask her?

My first question would be, “Why did you think it was best to give me away?” I am very thankful for my life, as there were other options, and for my parents choosing me! I pray I could get over that feeling of rejection and think and believe it more as the ultimate act of love. I’m trying….