It is really easy for me to push my wants aside in the best interests of my husband and kids. If I want a new shirt or jewelry, I can easily say no to that temptation, especially when the budget is tight or when formula and diapers are on the grocery list (which both have been for about 3.5 years straight, over half our marriage!). So, I don't buy the wants very often. The needs, well of course I buy those! But here's what I am constantly learning... the difference between a need and a want.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Check out my blog for an amazing recipe. PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps. YUM!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have been feeling a little bit blue about the fact that summer is coming to an end here in the Pacific Northwest. I love the summer here, the few hot days, the occasional rain, and of course the perfect 76 degree day of NW bliss. I love to garden, take the kids outside, go for walks with strollers, and jogs with my ipod. I love the vacations, the lack of schedule, warm evenings at sunset. You get the picture, I love summer.
Posted by Megan at 5:53 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Shellee has challenged me to decorate two areas in her home through pictures only so here are some thoughts...See her blog for the pictures and challenge.
This is tricky because 1. I have never been to your house to see what the rest of the rooms are like which is really how I love to decorate, I try to integrate every room. and 2. I don't know what kind of decor you have in your home that could possibly go in these spots you are asking about. But regardless of these things, I will give you my ideas and you can go with it:) That's why it's a challenge right??!
Okay. For the fireplace..here are my thoughts.
1. You could stick with pictures, but I would do a darker wood frame or black frames. I think the contrast to the white fireplace would make the frames and pictures stand out more. I would probably frame abstract black and white pictures. (have your niece take some of Renee)
2. I think it would be really cool to put some crown molding under the cubbies to look like shelves. Make sense? I don't know if you can hang anything on it, because I don't know what it's made of (if Adam can rip out that tree stump, he could probably figure something out) but if you could, I think that could look cool. It would give the illusion of a shelf! You could even hang an actual shelf that just wasn't very deep. Make sense? click here for more info. (don't decorate your shelves the way they show you to in the last picture...not good:)
3. I would stick with black or dark frames all around the fireplace. The pic of Renee is adorable, if you framed it in a darker frame and then got a couple more, I would arrange them on either end of the harth in the widest part.
(Sorry, this is really hard to describe in writing)
4. I really like the screens, those look very nice!
Okay, so the bookcase. This is challenging because again, I'm not seeing it in person but here's what I would do.
(It's a nice bookcase by the way) I would keep it simple. I think bookcases can look cluttered very easily. I would pick only a few colors as far as the accessories go and stick with that. I would get together a few frames, a couple candles or vases and some small potted flowers or plants. (fake or real) I would arrange a few of the shelves with these things in a very simple way. Don't arrange these things in a straight row across the shelves. Put a frame and candle in a corner and then a potted plant in the other corner..do you know what I mean? Be creative with it. I would save one or two shelves (depending on how many books you have) and arrange some books on them. Again, not putting them in a straight row. You can divide books by size, color, style, etc. or you can just put them in randomly. I like to line up about 5-8 books (depending on size) vertically, then about 8 books horizontally stacked next to the vertical books. On the other end of that you can put a frame or plant.
As far as the top of the bookcase goes, I would keep the decor to a minimum, I would only put a few things on top. Here are some pics of the tops of some of my furniture. Hopefully they will give you an idea of what I mean.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I tried a new "chicken maggot" (as my 3-year old calls them) recipe tonight and it was a hit! It comes from a healthy cookbook that I love. Anyways, here is the recipe:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
After taking that survey on here a while back and seeing that many of you wanted to see more posts on decorating, I went blank. It's like all of my ideas, tips and creative juices were erased from my brain. I think the pressure is too much. Smile. I was never a test taker, the pressure of trying to remember information was always too much and I buckled under pressure.
So, I am working on an interesting and informative decorating post. Stay tuned but don't hold your breath:)
Posted by Faith at 8:48 AM
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I want to do more than simply "stay married". My husband and I just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in March and I was really proud, that we are still married after five years, AND that we have so far experienced (and worked hard to achieve) a great marriage. And this is because of the grace of God.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I realize summer is almost over:( but I wanted to post a really good summer salad (could be made anytime of the year) I just made for the first time the other night that I really enjoyed! It was great as a salad or as salsa with tortilla chips. Next time I make it I am going to try it in pita bread or flour tortillas with sour cream. yum. It was fresh, flavorful, light but hearty at the same time! (if that's possible!!)
Black Bean Salad
2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
8 green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (I didn't have one and it still had plenty of flavor)
1 red bell pepper, chopped (you could do green or orange as well)
1 can diced tomatoes (or fresh)
1 lime, juiced
1/2 c Italian dressing
1/2 t garlic salt
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Chill well before serving.
(The nice thing about this dish is that you really can't mess it up. You can add whatever you want to it. Change it to fit your own tastes! It's great! Enjoy!)
Posted by Megan at 7:48 AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
This was a post my sister did recently on her blog and she said I could post it here. I know that many of us will be able to relate! Thanks for sharing Jenne, I appreciate your honesty. I have been there.
I mentioned earlier this week that my sister and her friend started up a cool new blog. It is called "Choose to Bloom" and it is all about encouraging others to bloom where they are planted: to take the circumstances you find yourself in and not just make the best of them, but find joy in them. Glorify God where He has placed you, and be thankful for the placement.
I was joking with her the other day that I had a "REFUSE to Bloom" day. And oh boy, did I ever. I won't go into detail, but it is sufficient to say that I was angry at my husband and it had been building for a solid three weeks. But, you know, I am pregnant so I was having a VERY difficult time discerning what the underlying cause of my anger really was, and if that anger was even defensible.
So in a fit of rage, I stormed out of the house (again) determined to discern. I really wanted things to get back to normal between the two of us so I wanted resolution and I did not want to argue about superfluous things. Its too easy to tangent into arguments that have nothing to do with the real issue - incidents from which you have built up ammunition. We end up fighting about things that don't REALLY matter and never really getting to the bottom line. Result: everyone is super mad, and nothing gets fixed.
And so I tried to make sure I knew what the main point of contention was. And one other thing I have learned in marriage: if I don't know what MY problem is, what MY unmet needs are, how can I expect Ryan to have a fighting chance to meet them?! Yes, knowing why I am mad is only half the puzzle. The other half is my ability to articulate to him WHAT HE CAN DO SPECIFICALLY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. My husband is a problem-solver, so if he does not have this critical puzzle piece, he gets pretty frustrated with me.
One thing that Megan said to me a long time ago about marriage is that it would be really nice if our husbands could read our minds, but they can't so don't act like they can. TELL HIM what you need. Don't hint around and then get mad when he doesn't get it. That's just not fair. She was not necessarily giving me marriage advice at the time, but it is something that really stuck with me and I have often times looked at marriage conflict through that lens: have I told him what I really need from him? And often times the honest answer I give back to myself is, "I don't even know what I need!" And so out the door I go, searching for discernment so that I know what to ask for that would really make a difference BEFORE I engage in a conflict.
So, it started out with my refusal to bloom - I was angry and was kind of enjoying the pity party I was throwing. I was really enjoying feeling sorry for myself. And even more so, I was revelling in the list of strikes I was building against my Ryan. Of course if you were to ask me, I would have said I was miserable. But really, I liked the misery. But I was not blooming.
Am I blooming now, after the conflict was dealt with and resolved? I think I am well on my way.
Friday, August 8, 2008
There is one week left to enter the recipe contest! You will see links in the right margin to those who have already entered. These recipes sound so great, thanks for entering and sharing your recipes with us. For more info about the contest, click here.
Posted by Megan at 1:14 PM
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Zucchinis are delicious in so many different ways. If anyone out there is growing zucchinis this year, you may be with me in having an abundance of the veggie right now! So, here are a few ways to use it and save it.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Does anyone else ever have a day where things pile on top of each other and all of a sudden feel too heavy to bare? I am having one of those days. The straw that broke this camel's back wasn't necessarily a heavy one, it just was the last one I could handle before breaking. But, His mercies are new every day :)
Posted by Megan at 2:52 PM