Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Monster

I have a giant monster.
His name is "Hurley Bear".
He likes to chew on pipes and
it makes me want to swear.

I went to tell him no and 
he goosed me on the leg.
I bent to catch my breath and then
he bopped me on the head.

He bounded back and forth.
I thought he was possessed.
How do you fix a creature
that's completely pipe obsessed?

I picked up that darn pipe
that he had yanked out of the wall
and steadied myself as he charged.
I didn't want to fall.

Before he slammed back into me
I hit him across the back.
Don't get too worked up, now.
It was only one good whack.

He scrambled up the steps
but I didn't open the door.
I wasn't done yelling so
he froze and hit the floor.

I continued in my rant,
slamming the pipe against the ground.
The monster jumped. 
I guess he didn't like the sound.

I limped down to the basement
wincing with every stride.
My bear just followed behind me.
He had no place to hide.

I told him it was bedtime.
He wandered towards his crate.
He gobbled up his treat as
I quietly closed the gate.

Please don't repeat this story
or have me put in jail.
Did I mention I have a monster
that just might be for sale?

Monday, September 27, 2010


I love the colors of this season- the green, brown, tan, yellow, orange, and red shades are such a beautiful combination to me. I woke up this morning with the goal of spreading a little fallishness around the house. This is what I've done to bring the outside in.

This wreath was on sale at Pier 1. The ladies working in the store were asking me where I found it. Then they tried to hire me to work there. Though I was very flattered, I turned down the offer.

On a side note. A few minutes after putting the wreath outside I heard Hurley barking his deep, something is not right, bark. I looked out the window to see him standing at the foot of the steps looking up at my new wreath. Later I heard him scratching at the front door. I opened the door to see him chomping on a leaf from it. He apparently doesn't like it, which means it may not last.

This is an iron pumpkin with holders for tea candles. I also found it at Pier 1. Want to know the best news? All of the Pier 1 stuff was free! I found a gift card floating around in my desk the other day. It must have been left over from our wedding.

I have Jane to thank for this annual tradition of putting the glass pumpkin out filled with candy corn and peanuts. I don't eat it. I just think it's fun to look at, but my d-group girls make sure that it is empty by the end of the season.

I decided my mantle needed a little fall as well. I already had the mirror and red vase. I found the candle holders at Target and the rest at World market.
I plan to change the out the color of the candles depending on the mood/season. I'll probably do the same with the stuff in the vase.

Well, that was my shopping for the day. Why do I always spend money when Patrick leaves town? What is wrong with me?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Married to a Minister

Patrick and I first met when I was hired to be a summer youth intern. I was 19 at the time and completely unaware of what youth ministry was about or what it should look like. Patrick and I have now been married for almost 3 years. During this time I've grown a lot and learned a few things about ministry .

The first thing I learned is that ministry is messy. Anytime you are constantly fighting your own sin and dealing with other peoples sin, you can expect heartache and a big fat mess at times. My husband, despite what some people may think, has a difficult job. I will never forget the time I overheard a woman ask Patrick if he was going to get a "real job". We'd just gotten engaged and I guess she thought he would need to make more money. Regardless, I wanted to slap her across the face. After I repented of this, I began to think of the erroneous view so many people have on youth ministry. Not only do people believe that youth ministers have the easiest job, they also seem to think that they can do the job better. I know very few people who can do the job as good as my husband, and yes, I am biased.

The second thing I've learned is that youth ministry isn't just his job, it is our job. No, my name does not appear on his paycheck, but I've grown accustom to brainstorming for the next Jr. High "x-travaganza", listening to and encouraging Patrick as he vents his frustrations, leading discipleship group once a week at our house, going to youth ministry team meetings, using a week of vacation for Breakaway every summer, and being present at every youth event possible when I'm not working. I do these things for two reasons. 1) I love my husband and 2) I love the youth at our church. I'm thrilled that I get to be in ministry with my husband.

The third lesson learned (one that I'm sure I'll learn over and over again) is that there is a lot more to life than money. Youth pastors aren't known for the incredible salary they bring home. Early in our marriage, I figured this meant I would just have to suck it up and be the "breadwinner". Patrick eventually pointed out to me that I was acting like superwoman (something I do often). Money can buy a lot of things that I don't need and it doesn't buy happiness. Happiness is knowing that there is a sinless Savior that died so that my rotten self can be declared righteous before a just God. Happiness is watching Jr. High students come to the saving knowledge of Christ at the Edge conference. For me, one source of happiness comes from handing a newborn baby to its mother for the very first time. Being married to Patrick keeps me grounded in the things that really matter.

Lastly, I've learned that ministry is all about loving people. I've watched Patrick love on people that aren't easy to love and be patient with students that would drive most people insane. I've known him to comfort grown men who are in tears over their sons current choices in life. I've stood in awe as he somehow gets up the morning after returning from a mission trip to Belize and goes to the church to run around on a field with Jr. High students in the middle of the summer. You'd think that after a week without air conditioning he'd stay inside for an entire week, but he keeps going. I've seen him lead students in the kind of worship that makes you feel like you are literally standing in heaven with all the saints and angels singing along. His job requires such incredible selflessness. I feel like I learn what it means to die to myself and pick up my cross daily when I watch Patrick do ministry.

Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm dreaming of a white kitchen

One day I would love to have a white kitchen. Aren't these pictures inspiring?

I've also been liking the white subway tile backsplashes that have become so popular.

Maybe one day...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Sneak Peek

My goal is to tackle a project every month whether big or small. It's a fun way to challenge myself to finish projects, learn new things, and stay motivated without being overwhelmed. A bonus is that it will probably provide plenty of entertainment to you. Here is a sneak peak at this months project.

The start of something new...

At this point, I am sure you know what I am doing. Keep checking back for the reveal!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Harvest

So back in the spring I decided that I would be a farmer. My sweet hubby built me a planter box out of reach of our resident monster (Hurley). I added the soil and planted the little plants that I had grown inside the house from seed. I wanted to start from seed because I thought it would be even more significant.

So far so good, right? Well, over the following weeks I forgot to provide water to my tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, watermelons, and onions.... Apparently water is an essential component to adequate growth. Despite my poor commitment, we have had a successful harvest.

This little guy is our 2nd jalapeno! It's official, I am a farmer...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Home Sweet Home

This picture was taken the night that we closed on the house. I snapped it as we walked up the steps the first time as homeowners!

I decided that if you are going to watch us renovate our home, you should have a look at its beginning and current state. Here is a quick photo tour of our home before we moved in with a few pictures of what we've changed.

The foyer is my project for the month of September. I'll be posting about its makeover soon I hope. We'll see if I can actually finish it this month. It may be a two month project.

The family room before any paint and furniture looked pretty dark. Actually, the whole house looked dark to me with the trim color.

Painting makes it look brand new. I'll never underestimate its power again. 

The dining room had some awesome curtains filled with cat hair....

Hopefully I'll figure out what kind of new curtains to put up soon.

The kitchen, unfortunately, looks pretty much the same as it did when we moved in. We have talked about painting the cabinets, but I'm not ready to tackle that just yet. Plus, I would rather wait several years and give it a good overhaul. I'd like to knock down that wall in front of the stove which would open up the kitchen to the dining/family room. It will be a big project that just has to wait.
Okay, so it does look a little different. We bought a new dishwasher and painted the trim in here as well. Plus we have new curtains. It has brightened it up a little.

One day this little desk will be history. It currently holds our cookbooks.

This cute little table is a hand me down from Jane and Bruce (the best mother and father-in-law a girl could ask for). It fits perfectly in our tight space.

Do you see it? If you look past the curtains and trim, it's a beautiful master bedroom.

The paint I used is Tradewind by Sherwin Williams. 

The master bath only has a shower, which makes me sad because a tub was on my wishlist. Nothing better than a good bubble bath after a 12hour shift. Sometimes you just have to compromise though. I am dreaming of the day that we get to knock this sucker out and put in a tub.

Bedroom upstairs that I painted and bought furniture for while Patrick was out of town on a youth trip. It was my own little episode of "while your were out". 

I used Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams. I love it! Green is my favorite. The desk came from World Market. We did eventually hang the closet door back up. It only took about 5 months...

The basement fireplace looks the same because we haven't ventured down there with our renovation ideas. The basement living room, bedroom, and laundry will probably be the last thing to get a facelift. I am most excited about adding a third bathroom down there.

The wood paneling and dropped ceiling will have to go one day. You can see here the door to the foyer and what will be the 4th bedroom.

Just had to add one last photo of our house in the snow at the beginning of this year. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Getting Started!

Before I begin let me be honest for a second. I am a mess. This is not a blog about how perfect my life is or how awesome I am. Neither statement is true. While I do have the most amazing husband in the world, I will not even claim to you that he is perfect. So there, I've said it.

This blog is about the things that I discover, do, visit, eat, live, like, learn, and love. It's about the love and grace received from our Savior moment by moment. However, this was too much to put in one title. Currently, I am going with "anything but simple" because that's how I feel about life right now. I'm open to suggestions though.

One thing I've recently learned about myself is that I love projects. I love having a list of things to do and crossing them off. I am completely type A when it comes to this and now I have this blog to be my little "project." I imagine this blog, at times, will be like a journal but someday I hope to post before and after pictures as well as step-by-step instructions on a few home renovation projects I have lined up. I also hope this blog will chronicle some amazing adventures that God will bring. Please enjoy the adventure with me!