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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

God Does Answer Prayers

God Does Answer Prayers

When I was in high school, I had a few different boyfriends. I know that sounds bad, but I was looking for confirmation and love in that area of my life. I truly believe it stemmed from the type of relationship I had with my dad. I wanted someone to spend time with me, someone who gave me their approval... someone who would tell me they loved me.

I was the type of girlfriend that gave her all and was looking for a long term relationship.

Unfortunately, three of the boyfriends that I had... cheated on me. I ended up not going to prom my junior or senior year because one boyfriend bought a new hat instead of tickets and the other decided to go to a party.

I would spend many nights crying myself to sleep. Praying. Asking God to help me find a guy that would love me and wouldn't cheat on me.

I also prayed that in the future, God would bless me with two children... a boy and a girl.

I used to regret going through those things. Now, I don't. It caused me to pray and ask God for what I wanted in my life.

And...

He answered my prayers.

I've been married to my wonderful husband for 20 years. He is always there for me, loves to spend time with me, he's faithful, he takes care of me, is a great father and tells me that he loves me multiple times a day.

The boy and girl that I prayed for... I received. In that exact order.

My family means the world to me. And I'm so happy that I prayed those prayers many years ago and that God listened and answered.

Don't be afraid to ask God what you would like in your life. He may not answer them all. He may not answer them in the way you had imagined. But... He hears your prayers!!

God Does Answer Prayers
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

3 Things That I Try to Do Every Day to Keep Our Home Running Smoothly

3 Things I Try to Do Every Day to Keep Our Home Running Smoothly

It's tough to do it all. Am I right? I definitely have a hard time completing everything on my "to do" list.

As I sit here and type this, the dishwasher is going, there is a load of clothes in the washing machine, and I'm thinking about the pile of games that I need to relocate, the floor that needs to be swept, mopped and vacuumed, the kids bathroom that I need to clean and what I'm going to cook for dinner.

It's a constant struggle. I want to blog more, I want to cross stitch more. Yet, I have responsibilities to my family. If I don't take care of my responsibilities... things get out of control. Dishes will be overflowing and I will not want nor have room to cook, my son will be looking for his favorite pair of jeans that I didn't wash, my husband will be wondering why he has no socks to wear to work, or we will have to crumbs on our feet from walking through the kitchen because I didn't sweep the floor.

I don't get everything done that I need to during the day. I still haven't completed my weekly blessing for the week. I'm not perfect. I strive to be the best that I can be, but I don't strive for perfection. I would drive myself crazy.

3 Things That I Try to Do Every Day to Keep Our Home Running Smoothly

Make the Bed. I'm sure you have seen me writing about this before. But, I feel it is so important. Believe me when I say... when I was first married... I never made the bed. Now, I have learned that it's really a pain when you are tired and wanting to get some rest, but you have to make the bed first.

Wash the Dishes. Have you ever went to the grocery store and came back to a dirty kitchen that you have to put away your new groceries in? Frustrating. Right? Does it make you feel like cooking when you see your dishes piled in the sink and on the counter? Sounds like a pizza night. Right?

Laundry. I try to do at least one load of laundry a day. It really helps to keep your laundry tower from growing. Many times... if I wash and dry one load of clothes, it makes me want to do another. I'm working on the put away part. I will take them out of the dryer and hang or fold them, but actually putting the laundry away.... I'm not so good at.

There are days when I don't get all three of these done, but it sure does help when I do. I've noticed that not only does this help our home run smoothly... it also helps my stress levels. I don't feel like so much is hanging over my head that I need to get done.

Do you have any tips to share on things that you do to keep your home running smoothly?

3 Things You Can Do Every Day to Keep Your Home Running Smoothly 
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ripley's, Rainforest Cafe and the Sea Life Aquarium

We took a mini family vacation to Grapevine, Texas. We had been looking into vacations and would love to go to Atlantis, but seeing as it would cost us around $10,000 we went the cheaper route.

Ripley's Believe It or Not

On the way to Grapevine, we stopped at Ripley's Believe It or Not in Grand Prairie, Texas to the Odditorium and the Palace of Wax. You definitely get your money's worth here. There is even a "horror" part in the Palace of Wax that we decided to go through and I totally had a freak out. In order to enter the Horror part, you have to go through this hallway that has an air bag type of thing that you have to squeeze through. It started closing in behind me as I was going through and I started having a mini anxiety attack, turned around to go back out and my sweet husband called out to me from the other side so I was comfortable going back through. It was neat, but scary as all get out for me.





Rainforest Cafe

After we left Ripley's we checked into our hotel and headed over to the Grapevine mall for a bite to eat at the Rainforest Cafe. Since we had to wait for an hour and twenty minutes for a table to become available, we walked the entire mall. This mall is huge! And awesome! It took us an hour to walk the entire mall and we only stopped at one store.



It took us a while to get our food, but the atmosphere kept us entertained and the food was amazing!

Sea Life Aquarium

The next day we headed back over to the mall to visit the Sea Life Aquarium. I don't like to leave negative reviews, but the price wasn't worth what we got to see. It was neat, we enjoyed seeing the sea life, but it was quite short. They have a map on the outside of the aquarium and it is very misleading as to what is actually inside because it makes it seem like a huge place with tons to look at. But, if you have small children, I think they would really enjoy going. My favorite part was seeing them feed the stingrays.

 

We had a great time and I would love to go back to the mall.

If you are ever in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, you should definitely go to the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.
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