Friday, June 29, 2012

friday's letters

Dear YOU - Thank you for stopping by! :) I hope you have a great Friday!

Dear Husband - uh. I wore your watch today.... hope you don't mind. thanks for sharing :)

Dear mosquito bites on my legs - thanks a heap for looking like huge bruises on my legs :/

Dear garden - you are growing! THIS IS AWESOME!! Now, if I could just start liking tomatoes...

Dear Friday - I love you. 

Dear apartment - I neglect cleaning you... SORRY!

Dear youth group - LET'S HAVE AN AWESOME TIME AT KINGS ISLAND!! (and, don't sneak off to make out....)

Dear weather - I am loving the sun shining and the warmth, but if the humidity could cut it back a bit, that would be awesome.

Dear Family Force Five - be aware. we are going to have an awesome time rocking out to you tomorrow!

Dear Yo. M. G. (froyo, people. FROYO!) - you are so yummy. I need a separate bank account just for you!!

Dear God - thank you. There are not words to thank you enough for anything you have done for me.


I hope everyone has had a great week! Mine has been ok. Had some half days here and there, and some late nights.. so it is pretty much evening out... haha Now, go link up with Ashley!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

pinspire me

Source: via Joanna on Pinterest

Source: via Joanna on Pinterest

Source: via Joanna on Pinterest


Okay okay... MAAYBBEE this is a cop-out post because I don't really know what to write about. and maaaybbeee I just have blogger's block (that's a real thing, right?) and maayybbeee I just have to work half days this week and the inspiration will come to me. 

But, seriously... sometimes you just need a serious LAUGH meltdown so that you can forget about all the crazy things going on in your life and just... LAUGH. hysterically.

These e-cards get me every time! I have been a lover of all things e-cards (and sarcasm!) since forever, so this is right up my alley. 

For more hilarity, visit me on my "made me lol" pin board on Pinterest :)

Hopefully I will have some awesome post later today to blow your mind...

we'll see :)

have an amazing day my blogging friends!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

small victory!

I have had my current job for nearly a year. All the while.. I have been sitting in the most horrible chair. I am talking, back causing pain HORRIBLE chair. 

Below, you will find such a horrible chair: 

horrible chair

I waited to even discuss getting a different chair for..ever... I didn't want to waste money, blah blahhhh. All the other assistants who had my job previously never needed a different chair... so why did I? I couldn't justify it...

Well, I guess I finally had it out with the chair. The thing had no sturdy back to it. You could see from the picture the bar.. well, the set can "recline" back. To some, this would be lovely. Not to me. MY back needs something sturdy!!

So, I GOT A NEW CHAIR! I know nobody else cares about this. But, I need to document this day. 

Behold, here she is in all her glory:

most amazing chair

To be honest, anything would have been better. Should've probably gone modern and just got a medicine ball like Dwight in the office. 

Here are the before and after shots of the chairs at the desk. 

I am one happy camper currently. Though, my back is having to do some adjusting... it's happy adjusting :)

Have a great Friday!

friday's letters : WOO IT'S FRIDAY

sitting in my office in the dark because... i can

Dear Aaron -- Could you be any better to me? I love our time together. Thank you for laughing at my jokes when they aren't funny and choosing me over and over again. I love you!

Dear Friday -- I say this every time but... THANK YOU FOR COMING! :) I am hoping we have an awesome, relaxing night together!

Dear Croissan'wich -- Yes. I know you are horrible for me, but you are almost hitting the spot this morning. Grateful for that. Not grateful for the working out I will need to do now haha

Dear work -- Be kind to me today :)

Dear future me -- I hope that you have a sweet job where you help people and are using the things you learned back then (now).... because, sometimes... I wonder!!

Dear home-we-want-to-own -- where are you!!!

Dear thrift store -- I think I am going to spend some time with you this weekend, somehow.. someway. Just need to convince hubby ;) 

Dear in-laws -- WE WILL BE SEEING YOU SO SOON!!!!

Dear garden -- PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD. :/

Dear, oh dear sweet apartment -- sorry I have neglected you and left you messy... but.. seriously, I doubt anything will be getting done today, or tomorrow... SORRY!!

Dear Supernatural -- I really like your storyline for some odd reason, but, I cannot stand thinking there is a poltergeist in my apartment... hmm.. Maybe the Winchester brothers will have to come check it out.

Dear self -- seek His face always!

Linking up with Ashley over at Adventures of Newlyweds! Go check her out, love her blog!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Hello there!

Whew, this week has had it's fill of STUFF. And yet, we haven't been up to too much... that's unfortunate. 

 (photos do not follow order of tids below... sorry!)

+Grateful for the Lord working in my life, even when I don't see it or feel it or know it or believe it.... He is.
+Currently we are recouping from having our 4 day weekend... It's always hard to go back to work. But, it was a plus having Monday off :) I am pleasantly surprised when I look at the day and it's a day later than I thought!

+Oh. I cut my bangs. Yeah. By myself... nice. I usually do this, but not really this short... It always helps when I trim them up a bit, and I don't think I have ever really done too bad of a job, but this time...  don't know how I like them. Aaron says he likes them, so that's good since he sees me more than anyone else. 

+Trying to eat better. It really isn't going too badly! I have tons of junk food cravings and I still drink soda of course... but I am trying, I promise!!

+Aaron and I started our first-time homebuyer's classes.. well, we only had one. We were late to it. Aaron was about 75% sure it started at 6:30... it started at 6:00p. But, it was his birthday, so I sided with him and we just cut the difference so in case we were late, we were only 15 minutes late. Talk about embarrassing... plus, it doesn't help that we look like we are, what? 16 years old walking into this class with all these older people. Fun stuff. Our second class was canceled, hoping that it is rescheduled soon. 

+On Pinterest I found a workout that Carrie Underwood supposedly does for her leg workout. I thought, "well, she has pretty great legs... I will do this!!!!" yeah. about that..... it's a pretty simple set of like 5 exercises but I tell you what, it is 2 days later and my but and thighs are killing me. Like, I-got-punched-in-the-muscle-this-really-hurts killing me. So, I'd say it's a pretty good little go-to work out. 

+We leave for vacation in something like 20ish days. YES. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE BEACH.

+Glad the sun is out and has been out. Not glad the relative humidity is something like 928349384%

+I love watermelon. And it's so good for you. YES!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012


sometimes I run out of things to write about because sometimes my brain just doesn't want to work. I think, "what is something I thought about today or wanted to share?" and... n o t h i n g.

well, that's just pathetic.

so, here's something. Just now I was perusing some bloggy goodness on a few blogs I fancy and I started looking at these gorgeous gals and began COMPARING myself to them. Why don't I live somewhere awesome? Why doesn't my apartment look that cute? I wonder if I could pull that outfit/haircut/lipstick blaaahhh off?

wow. I sound pathetic, don't I? But, let's be real. We all do it. Even guys, though, I am doubting any guy is reading my blog right now. Heck, I even get surprised I have some follows over on my sidebar! (there I go... comparing, belittling, etc.)

A while back I mentioned a devotional I was working on. Well, yet again, another example of sucking and not comparing well to others. I used to be able to spend the undivided time with God and reading His Word and just really trying to relish in Him and the things He has done for me.... but now? Now, I can't even seem to muster up time with Him at the end of my day. My leftovers for the day aren't even good enough left overs. They are more just like... poop. And sometimes, I don't even offer Him that.

I don't really know what I am getting at here but that... maybe, just maybe, I need to acknowledge that we all have our little quirks, insecurities and even the different things we are good at for a reason and I just really really REALLY need to start accepting those things about myself.

Yeah, I don't really keep up with the laundry, dishes, stupid spanish homework, dusting, etc.... and yeah, that's probably really bad. But... it's also okay because, that's where I am right now. That's the point I am at. The state of my house, my work place, my lists, my brain is a direct response to how my spiritual and mental life is currently.

Currently? Well, currently I just think these toxic thoughts. I just found out these are toxic and not just normal things or normal OKAY things, but TOXIC. I think, "oh well... maybe this person is ignoring me today. Oh, that's just flipping awesome. Maybe I just suck." Or,  "I bet Aaron just hates being married to me because I am insane and I don't take care of our house or anything really and we probably don't have anything in common and i just suckkkk." Ya know, the norm. But, these things, this comparing I do (and maybe you do) isn't good. It isn't something we should be putting into our minds.

Yes, these thoughts will come, it happens. But, it's what we do with these thoughts once they come.

Somehow, I need to get to the point where I don't think on them more than the second they pop into my head. I hope that I can live my thought life like this: 

 Philippians 4:8-9
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

Monday, June 18, 2012

where did the week go?

So.. anyone know where last week went? 

To be honest, I don't remember much about that. I hate that. Sometimes my brain gets pretty foggy, especially when I seem to be working a lot harder at work because the work keeps piling on, or when I have a lot of things going on in the evenings, blah blah blah.

So, I won't bore you anymore with the details I don't remember. I DO know that both Aaron and I took Friday and Monday (today) off to spend some time away from town and celebrate Aaron's 24th birthday! Speaking of which, my husby is 24 TODAY! :) 

On Friday we had a LOT of errands to run: I cleaned out my car (first time in about a year!), the air conditioner guy came by the house to check on it, Aaron had a dentist appointment, I had a trim, I got some new tires on my car and we grabbed some lunch! Whew! Sounds like a ton just thinking about it... 

Well, after all of that, I took Aaron to Columbus for the weekend. We stayed at The Westin in Columbus because I got a sweet deal on Hotwire. We walked around downtown, enjoyed the lovely weather, worked off the huge amounts of food we ate, and caught up on some tv. I took him shopping to pick out his perfect gift at Easton. He chose a watch and we also got him some shoes and such for work which he desperately needed. Altogether, we just spent time hanging out and not worrying about having to work on Monday (we always dread Monday coming, but not today!) I made Aaron breakfast in bed to celebrate his birthday this morning and we have just been playing it pretty low key all day.


I cannot complain about life right now. 

Some other things that have been going on: 

+I for the life of me cannot get on a system of doing laundry, dishes, etc. I think someone should've just handed me a manual when I got married. I would've followed that. But, I cannot just seem to "fit it in" during my days.. I can't even fathom what life will be like with kids. wow.
+ Aaron and I are really trying to commit to eating better. We have been slowly doing so, but now, we have taken the plunge. Besides the occasional chocolate I will eat with my strawberries, weaning myself from mountain dew, and such.. we will be eating more healthy, homecooked meals. I have really been trying to be aware of the ingredients going into my food for probably 6 months at least. We try to eat very simple meals, adding spices etc. here and there... but for the main part, not really buying much processed foods (besides cheese.. I seriously CANNOT cut out the cheese! but I know my tummy hates me for it.. )  I have also noticed that I have always had some sort of a chronic stomach "ache" or hurting. More recently (probably 8 months or so) I have had pain in my hips, knees, ankles, wrists, basically any joints on my body. My back has begun to hurt a lot, and my brain seems to be in a fog a lot.. so, a change in diet is in order!! Eating healthy can never hurt and I am so grateful to have a husband who is willing to do this with me! (more on this in later posts)

 photos: 1//snuggling, 2//she won't get out of the grass, 3//i am an addict, and i am trying to quit, 4//mmm cereal that i am trying to not eat anymore because of the gluten, 5//wendyyyyyyy's, 6//aaron made me breakfast in bed, just because, 7//coral nailpolish. love, 8//clean, healthy fridge, 9//best snack

and... that's about it. honestly. I don't do much aside from work and random things around the house. Sometimes I get a chance to see a lovely friend or two or my family, but not too much going on... Hoping to be less foggy to actually update this :) Tonight and tomorrow night Aaron and I are going to a first-time home buyer's class. Hopefully we learn a lot and we are praying God will provide the perfect first home for us. 

Have a lovely rest of your Monday :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

stop me.. before i chop off all of my hair.

hair inspiration

Have you guys heard of Ployvore? Well, you should seriously check it out! My friend uses it a lot and when I started catching on to what it was, I realized I should definitely have one of these as well!

Up top is one of my "creations" on there. Lately I have wanted to chop off my hair and forget about all of my hopes of having long locks! well, Polyvore to the rescue! I decided to make a little inspiration board so I could fawn over beautiful locks and pretend mine are just as pretty... similar to what I do over on Pinterest.

Hope you are all having a lovely week! Lots of things going on in my little life, so I haven't had much time to post.. hoping to get back to it soon!

Oh, did I mention I am taking husband on a lovely weekend away this weekend to celebrate his birthday? CAUSE I AM! be jealous :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


today will be a day of construction and brainstorming for my little space on this internet. I have so many goodies I have been wanting to add to it, and I just couldn't seem to find the right tutorials, etc.

but, today is the day! haha I am sure nobody even cares but me, but I am excited. just trying to set this place up as a creative outlet for me and an easy way to share things going on in my life with my family and friends is really fun for me. so, hopefully come tomorrow some changes will be a happening. almost every week since having this blog I have had a new header (haha.. indecisive much?) and I am still toying around with some ideas. i have also been working on some other additions and just need to really spend the time figure out how to upload them. HTML is so hard to grasp and really takes my brain for a loop.. so we shall see! but, I am just excited to try and to have some sort of a little hobby to do to let me forget about work, and life, and obligations, and just.... BE. and enjoy myself.

so here goes :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

friday's letters

instagram photo of my outfit in the bathroom, of course.
Dear Friday: thank you for coming. I can honestly say I wasn't sure you would. I just wish you would have let me sleep in and not have been a work day.

Dear Husband: you are the SWEETEST man in the entire world. thank you for putting up with my insanity, with my quirks and for just being you. I am excited for your birthday coming up :) :)

Dear work: please be kind to me today.. oh, and go by really fast!!

Dear little garden we planted:  I HOPE YOU GROW TO BE THE BIGGEST GARDEN IN THE WORLD!!!! well, not really THAT big, but big enough ;)

Dear instagram: you are great for capturing life. though, you also make me extremely lazy and not really care to delete images from my REAL camera and actually use it. 

Dear chocolate: uhm. you have my heart. for REAL.

Dear YouVersion Bible App: I am glad are becoming better friends.. your devo "Soul Detox" is just what the Doctor ordered :)

Dear readers: I am just so ecstatic that someone OTHER than me read this, so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for stopping by and reading the silly things I have to say or think about life.

Dear self: believe in yourself.

Have a lovely weekend everyone :) My husband and I will be working at an entire city yard sale tomorrow for our church to raise money for our youth group. Wish us luck :( haha


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

come right out and say it

I just do not know what has been going on this week... I just can't seem to get a grip on things.
My emotions just go from one extreme to the other (and NO, it's not that "time")... my thoughts are holding ME captive, my heart is hurting, my wishes, and hopes and dreams seem to be on standby. I just don't know what's going on...

A friend of mine (seriously, go check her blog out... she is amazing) recently posted on her blog about an app she downloaded on her phone called YouVersion. I have been using that app on my phone for some time, but just seem to have forgotten it's on there or something? Well, anyways.. she mentioned a devotional that she started on it called "Soul Detox".

Then, yesterday, I am just goofing around mindlessly surfing the internet and there it was. A blog specifically there to encourage other believing women of God. Their main thing they have been using? SOUL DETOX on the YouVersion app.  WHATT?

so, I knew... I just knew I had to start it.

and so I did.. and I love it. It doesn't have much of a lengthy text for you to muster through before you get to the nitty gritty: the Bible verses. I didn't look too much into it as I chose a poor time to try to read it... so, that sucks.

but, this morning... something just really stirred my heart and made me really sad for some reason I will never know. something that shouldn't bother me. but... it did. and after that moment it seemed like everything this morning bothered me. taking my adorable dog outside, hearing Aaron singing along to music, Aaron being happy and humming and whistling all morning, and honestly... the list goes on and ON of things that annoyed me about AARON.... and then, it hit me.

I was taking a shower and it came... JOANNA, STOP SUCKING SO BAD! STOP LETTING THOUGHTS TAKE OVER YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. Thing happen. People do things. People say things that are hurtful... YOU do things that suck a lot... but it shouldn't take over your entire MIND!...

I couldn't shake it. So... I KNEW I needed to read this devotional today. Something inside of me had to read it.

Here's a bit of what it revealed to me and in me:

Day 2
+To battle against your toxic thoughts, you MUST identify and REJECT them.
+It is not a physical battle, but rather a spiritual batter that requires God's HELP in fighting
+What are some causes of toxic thoughts in your life?

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6  &   Ephesians 6:10-20

From 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 I pick out these verses:
2 Corinthians 10:3 -- For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does
2 Corinthians 10:5 -- We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Did you catch that?? "we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ"..... wow. What does that even mean? How do I do that? Sometimes I feel like I know God, but I realize, I just know stuff ABOUT God... this says so itself, "we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God".... that means, I better KNOW God.. so I can discern or judge what isn't OF God.

From Ephesians 6:10-20 I picked out these verses:
Ephesians 6:11 -- Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
Ephesians 6:18 -- And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

 This was just what I needed this morning. Did those things I thought about stop hurting or waging war against my mind and life? No.  But, that's ok... instead, I am guarded with these verses I read this morning. I can't shake them if I wanted to..  He is just that good.

Monday, June 4, 2012


I am a really attractive person, obviously.
uh. ever had those days where you show up to work, mounds of receipts, bills, miscellaneous JUNK unleashed on your desk and everywhere? where you are asked to do ridiculous things? where you take advil migraine relief within 30 minutes of being there? 

yeeaahhh... that's today. just wanted to get this out while I am taking a little break, but, WHEW.... I just want to go home and curl up in my bed.

later will be filled with making dinner, attempting to tackle the mess that IS my apartment, attempting to convince myself that running and working out is a good idea, working on some espanol for rosetta stone, and Aaron and I planting our garden..

speaking of which, anyone have any gardening tricks or secrets? Our plot is 10' X 15' which to us is HUGE. we hope to plant a tomato plant or two, maybe strawberry plant or two, green beans, peppers, lettuce, not sure what else... 

hopefully later I will have some pictures of our weekend to post up and something a little more optimistic :) until then, keep it classy blogosphere.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday's Letters

honeymoon 2011 : Florida

Dear Friday: I am beyond glad that I had today off :) 
Dear June: when in the world did you decide to show up? 
Dear May: Where did you go? As well as where has the first half of the year gone!?
Dear God: I am completely humbled by your greatness, forgiveness, mercy, love, understanding.. it goes on and on
Dear Husband: thank you for helping to paint our living room! You are my hero. For real.
Dear week: You have been good to me.. I really cannot complain!!
Dear vacation in Hilton Head: I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO COME!!!
Dear dishes: please just go ahead and clean yourself, as well as the whole house. Thank you :)
Dear everyone: Have an awesome weekend!
Dear Summer: I cannot wait to finish a list of things I want to conquer with you. 
Dear house-we-want-to-live-in-one-day-soon: are you out there?
Dear unspoken situation: I hope you work out.

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