Friday, August 29, 2008

First in my heart

Last night I went to "Mrs. in Ministry". I guess it pretty much sounds self explanatory, but basically its a ministry for wives of RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary) students that meets every Thursday night for a couple of hours. Chad really wants me to get to know people, which he's right, I need to, so he kind of made me go. But it wasn't so bad. I'll keep going. I was of course the youngest person there and married the least amount of time but I guess I should enjoy being the baby of the bunch for as long as a can. Speaking of which, I was probably the only one without a baby or babies, but that's ok by me!

We opened with singing "Be Thou my Vision". That made me happy. The last time I heard that song was at my wedding. I choose that song as our wedding song before we were even engaged for these lines:

"Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art."


"Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all."

A lady I used to work with before I moved literally laughed at me and called me crazy everyday, all day, for wanting to get married (she was married too by the way). I think people think it's their God-given duty to discourage engaged and newly wed couples with dark stories of hardship and woe and blought out any glimor of joy or hope they may have for the future. And then of course after they finish their long discourse, they smile sweetly and say "I'm just giving you advice". I'm sorry, but since when does that qualify as advice?! I don't need to be told that marriage is hard. Anyone can look at the divorce rates and see that! I've lived under my parents roof for 21 years and seen their marriage firsthand. I know that it's going to be hard and you're not always going to feel in love, but is it so wrong to wish for happiness and to believe that marriage can actually be fulfilling and the most joyous experiene this side of heaven? I don't want an average marriage. I want the kind that books are written about. The best - everything that God intended it to be. I want to be able to say on our fiftith anniversary that I've grown to love him a little more every day. Despite the odds and statisics I really, truly believe that's possible. Why? Because I've got some REAL advice:

"Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art."


"Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all."

The only way to that kind of marriage is for God to be first in my heart, my treasure - our hearts, our treasure. Whatever befalls, if He is first in our vision, I know we'll make it, not only make it but live happily ever after.

So one thing I learned through this whole engaged, getting married, process is what couples need is advice on how to get through the hard times. Their "reality check" will come soon enough. I'm happy to say mine hasn't yet :)

I really don't know how I got started on this...

Friday, August 22, 2008

hurry up 4:30 and get here so i can begin my weekend!

After working for a lawyer, I am definitely glad I did not choose to pursue that profession. That's what I use to want to be - a lawyer. That was until I found out how many years of school that entailed, then I quickly was talked out of it. I've discovered it's not near as glamorous as my favorite TV show Law and Order makes it out to be. We had a client come in today who was incredibly rude and disrespectful. I heard everything from my desk. She made me so mad. I wanted to pounce on her when she was storming out. I was like he is doing you the favor missy! He's winning you oodles of money! I think you forget your place. I was told by the previous secretary to be prepared for ugly phone calls. With him being a lawyer and on the city council he gets a lot of them. Fortuantly I haven't had any yet.

Though this has changed my mind about any buried longings of being a lawyer, it has made me want to sue! I've been trying to come up with who and why I would sue all day. Ok I'm kidding, I would never actually do it, but goodness, it's ridiculous how much money you can make!

Last night's supper was very very good, if I do say so myself. I'll post the recipes next week. Tonight RTS is having a luau to welcome its new students so Chad and I will be going to that and enjoy the free food! There's suppose to be a slip and slide and water games but I have a feeling it will just be for the kids. There are times I don't like being an adult. This is one of them.

Ok this is getting to be long and nobody reads long posts, at least I know I don't, so have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I'm so swamped with work, but I don't care, I want to blog!

I have good news. I'm looking so so much thinner! Upon the third week of marriage, while out shopping for blue jeans, I discovered that I had gone up an entire clothes size - in three weeks! That's when reality hit about how much weight I was gaining at a rapid pace. People have told me that getting married equals gaining weight, and I always swore that wouldn't be me. I'm very happy to say that those days are gone by, thanks to the gym, lean cuisine, and long days at the office that keep me from munching in my cupboards.

Speaking of munching in my cupboards, two nights ago I made a spinach casserole that was very very yummy and super easy (which is the only kind of recipe you'll see me making!). I'll have to post the recipe soon. Tonight's menu is a chicken and cashew mixture over rice and as the veggie - asparagus and a blue cheese sauce poured over it. We'll see how they turn out. The recipes sound good. My two week groceries and menu will end up lasting three so that's exciting. I spent a hundred dollers, so I'm quite pleased with that for three weeks, especially with how high food is now. Really it's ridiculous. I haven't been grocery shopping in probably a couple of years, and when I went last week, I about cried as I saw the prices of some things. It made me sick.

I had the absolutely best cookie I've ever eaten in my life yesterday at Fresh Market. No joke. Triple Chocolate - chocolate cookie with white and dark chocolate chunks in it. Incredible. I also paid 3.26 for gas this past week. I think those are my highlights. Yeah, nothing really exciting is going on right now.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I want!

I went to Linens-n-Things today during my lunch break to pick up something for mom. That was the first time I've been in there and my opinion is for the most part, they're over priced. I'll stick with Hobby Lobby, Target, and my favorite - Dirt Cheap ;) Anyway, I did find something that I absolutely LOVE! I want it so bad. It would go perfect with my living room. But I'm too "dirt-cheapish" to pay eighty dollars for it. I thought blogging about it would help me forget about it and move on - kind of like group therapy ;) Here it is:

Feel free to start a collection, my readers.

Piano Man

Last night after I got home from work, I pulled out all my cookbooks and made a menu for the next two weeks; then made out a grocery list; then went grocery shopping. I left the grocery store at 11:45 pm. By the time I got home, and unloaded everything and put it up in the cabinents, and got in bed it was one oclock. Once upon a time, I would have considered that early, but now that I have to be up at seven every morning, not so the case. I'm exhausted.

This feeling of self pity over lack of sleep is magnified by the fact that my parents are leaving today for the same cruise Chad and I went on during our honeymoon. I'm so so jealous. I want to go back! I miss the unlimited food at any time of the day and sleeping till as long as we wanted.

I called my post "piano man" because if I was going to write a book about our honeymoon, that's what I would call it. Our favorite part of the cruise was the piano bar - the Cleopatra Bar to be exact. It was decorated very elegantly and in the middle was a circular bar with raised up fake piano keys all the way around and in the middle of that was a grand piano. The guy who played the piano, his name was Vince. He was so so much fun and an incedible musician. You just called out what you wanted played and then everyone in the room sang the song at the top of their lungs. My favorite song was "Piano Man" by Billy Joel. I had never heard it till then. When we got back from the cruise, Chad bought me a cd of Billy Joel's greatest hits. I listened to Piano Man on the way to work this morning. It made me smile.

"Oh sing us a song, you're the piano man.
Sing us a song tonight.
Cause we'll all in the mood for a melody,
And you've got us feeling alright."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No, I haven't completely fallen off the face of the earth.

I've just been incredibly busy! I started a job last Monday - August 4. I'm the secretary for an attorney, Jeff Weill, Sr. Here's how it went down: We got back from the honeymoon on Saturday. Monday morning he calls me and sets up an interview for Tuesday morning. At the interview he says how about you come in for a couple of hours for the next few days and work with my secretary so she can evaluate you. By Thursday, he tells me I have the job. So Friday when I come in for a couple of hours, the secretary says that she'll be out Monday so could a wing it and she'll be back the rest of the week to help me. Well, she didn't come. So I've pretty much just been thrown in. I've just now started to get caught up, which is why I'm posting now....also because the boss is gone for the day :) Oh, this is the first lawyer that I mentioned in one of my earlier posts - the one that said he hired someone. He did, but that didn't work out, so he called me back and now I have the job!

I really can't believe I got a job so soon. And one with amazing pay and benefits! God has been so good to us in providing for every need!

Oh! I'm really happy today because my house is FINALLY all clean and everything has a place. Because of starting a job right away, I really had no time to unpack everything and get settled. But last night, I finished!! My home - ok apartment - looks so good :) And we even have a guest room with a bed, complete with a "Zombie Survival Guide" book on the night stand, if anyone wants to stay the night!

Ok, I should really get back to work. I really want to get caught up today because Mr. Weill will be gone three days next week and he said if I'm caught up, I can have off too - with pay!! It was nice getting caught up on the internet world though.

Oh, I guess I should answer this before I leave since everyone asks me this, "how's married life?" It's amazing! Of course that's because I have such an amazing husband. Really, he's incredible. I love him more now than the day a married him. I couldn't imagine a greater husband. Ok, I'll stop on the gush. But really, I'm happier now than I've ever been. So yeah, it's great :)