Monday, September 28, 2009

Thank You Dear Jesus!

Some of you may know that we are going through the process of selling our home and buying a new one.  This can be a very trying time for any family and I just pray that this is a smooth transition for us.  I want to show my great gratitude for the work that the Lord has done so far.  Having only had our house on the market for three weeks, we have been blessed to come into contact with a realtor who has a home that we love and it just so happens that he is looking for a house for his mother-in-law and thinks that ours would be perfect for her.  We signed a contract today.  He gave is the amount we were looking for and it couldn't have worked out any smoother.  Although he is a realtor, since we did all this as basically by owner we still didn't have to pay any realtor commission.  That saved us about $5000!!  Our current home loan is a VA loan and so we had to be out of that loan before we could move into a new house.  I don't know of any situation that could have flowed smoother and worked out better.  PRAISE THE LORD!

Our tentative closing date is set for October 27.  We are going to keep praying that all goes well between now and the time we close.  We pray that God will continue blessing this process.  We look to him for answers and guidance.  We are going to be getting into the Christmas season and we would love to be settled in our new home celebrating the holidays.

Thank you all that have been praying for us and we ask that you please continue to do so.  We are all very excited about  this move and hope that our family will greatly benefit from it.

Here are some pics of the new house!  I hope to be able to get some pictures with us living in it soon!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY September 25, 2009...
Outside my window...the sun is shining and the weather is perfect for jeans and a t-shirt!
I am to get the most out of my day and be productive.
I am thankful for...the quiet times that I get.
From the kitchen...busy spot later in the day!
I am wearing...Jeans and a t-shirt.
I am blog.
I am search for an apron pattern.
I am reading...Skinny Bitch.
I am hoping...that the weekend is beautiful and enjoyable with family near!
I am hearing...birds chirping outside my window.
Around the house...all is quiet with baby sleeping, older kiddos in school and hubby on a train.
One of my favorite things...the feeling that fall brings!!
A few plans for the rest of the week:  whatever comes my way
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

This is a picture that was taken when I was on a garden tour a couple of years ago in someone's back yard.  Take a moment today to stop and listen to nature!  Thank God for all the beauty that he has given to us!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What's Going On Here?

Well as you can tell I am doing a little housework on my blog to get it where I want it.  I hope that the finished product is something that you will enjoy and where you can learn new things as well as stay up to date on my family.

To the right, there is a section with websites that I frequent.  I would highly recommend that you bookmark some of them if you want.  They are great.  Many of them cater to moms but there are some that don't.

Also under the website section there are two work at home sites that I posted.  For any of you that know me you know that I do transcription out of my home when I find the time amidst being a mother and a wife.  I have people ask me all the time how they can get started doing what I am doing and so I have made it easy to have this information at your fingertips at all times.  These are legitimate sites in which the companies hire real work at home people like me.  Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions.  I enjoy making the extra money and I am sure you will too.

There is also a section to the right about books that I love.  I have included the titles as well as a link that takes you to Amazon.  You are certainly welcome to buy the books from Amazon, as I have never been disappointed, but this was mostly so that you could see the book and what it is about.  I have HOPES to be able to maybe talk about each of these books in future posts so if you don't have time to read or the money to buy, maybe I can give you some tidbits from each one.  If you want more, you have to buy though.  I don't think the authors would like me putting everything on here.  They work hard to write these books and it only seems fitting for one to buy it if they see an interest after reading what I post.  I will try to add to this list as I read but with three kids and my addiction to the Internet, my book reading time seems to be cut short more often than not.

Last but not least, I like to be able to see what my fellow bloggers are up to so I would love for you to become a follower.  There is a link on the left hand side where you can do that.  I would love to have you visit more often and promise to come to your neck of the woods!

I think that's about it for this post.  Stay tuned for more updates and goodies.

On The Move!

Okay, so I had to post a couple pics of my precious Parker learning how to pull up on things now.  He is going to be walking before I know it, although I don't think he'll hit the nine month mark like James (maybe that means he will be my calm boy, maybe not).  Anyways, he loves crawling over to the back door and looking out.  These are just some shots that I got and had to pass on to you!

Isn't he just ADORABLE!!!!  Now I just have to baby proof EVERYTHING...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beth Needs

This little narcissistic activity can turn out to be kinda hilarious. You Google your first name followed by the word "needs" i.e., "Beth needs" and see what results come up. A few of mine were not family-friendly blog-worthy, but here were some of the ones that were:
  • Beth needs some love here.
  • Beth needs structure and parents who will teach and promote responsibility (WHAT?  I'm a parent myself and hope that my mother would have already taught me responsibility?)
  • Beth needs a new home (Is that cool or what considering we are in the market for a new home when we sell ours!  Maybe it's a sign.)
  • Beth needs to realize she has a problem (Any ideas on what that could be?)
  • Beth needs a considerable raise in salary (I'm game for this one anytime!!)
  • Beth needs to look within about what she is believing about her weight (Hmmmm......another one that makes me think.)
  • Beth needs your help!
  • Beth needs a good kick!
  • Beth needs to look at the program as a whole.
  • Beth needs to focus on her flat and screechy vocals (What??)
  • Beth needs to learn humility (WOW - now that's deep!)
This was pretty funny at some of the things that came up that I couldn't post.  Try it yourself.  ENJOY!

You Know Me But Do You REALLY Know Me?

In an attempt to get better organized at life and be accountable for my actions, I have created this blog so that my followers can see what I am doing and where I am at in life. Along the way I hope to post tips and tricks that may help you along your path too! So you're here, now what?

Let me tell you more about me!

1. My favorite color is red - I seem to be pretty passionate about things that I care about so it seems fitting.
2. My favorite season is fall - I love the crispness that you can feel in the air. A close second would be spring - seeing everything come to life after a long cold winter gives me faith that we can do whatever we set our mind to.
3. I am addicted to Cherry Dr. Pepper! I have tried to give up pop soooooo many times and fail everytime. If this is the only addiction I have I have settled with the fact that it is not a bad one.
4. Granite City is by far my favorite restaurant. I LOVE their Asian Chicken Salad!
5. My goal for this year is to follow a schedule in our home so that we actually accomplish things instead of letting the TV dictate what we do. That doesn't mean that I won't watch my favorite shows though - DVR will just be my friend!
6. My greatest weakness is money - it burns a hole in my pocket before I even get it! That makes it really hard to be the budgeter in the family - I am working on this one everyday. There is always something I "need". Maybe I need to figure out the difference between need and want, you think?
7. Prefer cats over dogs. The only reason I don't have more is because of my hubby. He "lets" me keep the one that I have.
8. I have never broken a bone - knock on wood!
9. My toothbrush is pink.
10. My first car was a Honda Civic.
11. The first person I call when I am having a bad day is my best friend! You can't replace them!!
12. The first thing I wash in the shower is my face.
13. I have broken the law a time or two in my life - Mom, don't ask!
14. I have been baptized.
15. I love the sound of babies laughing!