Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's OK :)

Its Ok Thursdays
It's OK......
That I hate reading the textbooks even when the teacher tells me to... (it's a total snooze)
That I'm seriously obsessed with youtube makeup and hair tutorials. (They are addicting)
That I want the legs of a gymnast...They seriously have great legs!!
That I love finding good deals on anything. It totally excites me and I feel like I just won the grand prize!
That I've been rained on three days in a row, and have had bad hair WEEK!
That I'm a total prepared-ness junky. I would probably carry my entire room AND bathroom in my purse if I could.
Hope all you guys have a blessed Thursday! :)


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Half-Way Wednesday


What has been the best part of your week so far?
  • When my husband told me I was beautiful. It isn't like he ever says it, because he does, but it was just the way he said it.... (sweetest husband ever)

What has been your funniest moment?
  • The fact that I've been rained on two days in a row. So it wasn't really funny at the time, but this last time it just made me smile because what else could I do about it...

What are you looking forward to?
  • I am travelling up to GA to visit some family that I love oh so dearly and the fact that my husband will totally be off call! (Yay! no more ringing at 3 o'clock in the morning!)

Wednesday Wishful Thinking...?
  • That I got paid today so I could do something special for someone! :0)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Internal Battles Doesn't Equal Defeat

Good morning everyone! It's only Tuesday, unfortunately, but it is one day closer to our three day weekend (if you have one, that is). This morning, I have to say, I'm pretty tired. My husband is on call this week at the University so that means calls at one and three o'clock in the morning because for some reason college kids are destructive. Well most of them are, anways, with the exception of a few like me. Needless to say I got little sleep, and my husband got less than that, so prayers are appreciated if you would care to send one or two our way.

I haven't had the chance to blog anything the last few days. My weekends are usually slam packed and I rarely get on the computer at all. Then Monday.... well we will just say it was Monday and anything that could have went wrong, definitely went wrong, and on top of it all I didn't feel well. I made it through, however.

I'm not sure of my mood today. I want to say I'm super happy and everything is great, but I can't. I'm not complaining; God is still good and I still love my life. However, I've been having a rough few days just mentally battling some things I thought I was over, and I'm fighting hard to get back to that content stage. I won't go into details, because it's personal, but I wondered if anyone else had their own personal battles that you felt you were over with, but they just popped back up recently, and now you are wondering how to seriously overcome it?

If you are, I'd like to encourage you (and myself). Life, in general, is never easy. Happiness is mostly a choice, not a chance of fate. It isn't based on everything being perfect and easy. Even those you would think have it all, aren't necessarily happy. Right now, though I feel like I'm in an emotional kind of chaos, I'm holding to the promises God gave me. He will never leave me, nor forsake me. He wouldn't give me more than I could bear.  He loves me and his grace is abundant. God has granted us so much, it would be silly not to take advantage of the resources he lends us.

I wish I could tell you that the battle will be over soon, that you don't have to fight this for long. However, I'm finding that their are things the devil will always throw in your face and torment you with. Somedays you will feel like you have the victory over it, and then one day out of the blue it is thrown in your face how much things still bother you. That doesn't mean YOU are defeated, however. God never said life would be easy. He never said living for him would be easy. Some of the convictions he places on you will not be easy. He always said it would be worth it, though.

I don't know what you are going through today. I don't know if you have your own inner, personal demon like I do that sticks up its ugly head at the most inconvienent times. If you do, I would like you to remember that it will never have victory over unless you let it. You give it victory when you let it steal your joy and faith. I could find a lot of things to complain about, especially within the last few days, and to be honest I've probably had more of a pity party than I should have. However, it is in those moments that you have to fight the hardest. Be encouraged. Realize life is too short to stay in the defeated, unhappy mindset for too long. Even Paul admitted to not being happy all of the time, but he did say " I think myself happy", meaning he made the decision that no matter what state he was in, what situation he was going through, he would be happy. You have the same choice! Be happy, and I pray that whoever reads this will be encouraged and have an amazingly blessed day!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cousin IT....

If any of you have watched the Adams family, then you know who Cousin It is. I've been, sort of, feeling like him lately. My hair has gotten pretty long again, and though I love my long hair, it's driving me crazy. I feel like it's just BLAH, and I can't do anything with it. It's time consuming, and most days I feel like I'm walking out of the house with a raget mop.

Therefore, I've made the decision to cut it. Ahh! I'm super nervous and excited at the same time. I know most people are like "it's just hair, it will grow back", but I'm not worried about the cutting it part. I'm worried about it looking stupid. But anyways... I found this cut that I thought was super cute on Heidi Klum.

I will have a similiar hairstyle by 1:30 this afternoon! I can't wait! What do you guys think?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Its OK Thursday!

Its Ok Thursdays
It's OK that.....
...I'm missing almost an hour of sleep every day because I'm getting up early to ride with my husband and save gas.
... I'm horrible at fixing my own hair.
...That I'm super indecisive and have the hardest time making even the smallest decisions. I feel like it's life or death most days.
...My makeup kind of sucks today. :P
...I still haven't found my HG foundation (Revlon ColorStay Whipped is pretty close, but I feel like the shade is off just a little)
...It's okay that class start's monday which means homework will have to start being priority again. husband's boss isn't being very nice at the moment (he better be glad that I have Jesus) husband will be on call starting tomorrow, which means he will be more than likely called in every day because it's move-in week.
Maybe everything isn't going exactly the way I want it, but I know that God is stil God. Through him I have joy, peace, and contenetment. Even on the worst days, He can give me a reason to smile if I will entertain the positives in my life! Love you guys and God bless!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Half-Way Wednesday!


It's Wednesday and that means we are HALF-WAY through with this week! Thank God! This week has been pretty exhausting, already, so I'm looking forward to enjoying my very last Friday off before school starts back.

So I wanted to start  Half-Way Wednesdays, because I feel like Wednesday's can be a bit of a drag, where it isn't really bad, but it isn't that great either. Since I choose to be happy, I've decided to dedicate Half-Way Wednesday to the positives, thinking about all the good things, instead of the negatives. So here it goes!

What has been the best part of your week so far?
  • The best part of my week has been the fact that my husband has been home with me every night! :)

What has been your funniest moment?
  • Me and my sister's conversation. I swear we have some of the funniest conversations over IM

What are you looking forward to?
  • My niece's birthday party. She is having it a Build-A-Bear in the mall, and we get to eat Chic-Fil-A! Ahh! (I'm a chic-fil-a finatic!)

Wednesday Wishful Thinking...?
  • That it was totally Thursday Night already! That means on Friday I get to sleep in! So much to look forward to!!! :)
How is your Wednesday?! I hope it's a blessed one!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I remember growing up, and watching these movies that have awesome hero, who at the very end saves the day. It was great, and left me with a great feeling. Even now I love a good movie that has this man/woman that fights through these extremely hard situation, and still manages to win the battle or save the world (whatever). However, it isn't the heroes of a movie that truly captures my attention anymore. My heroes aren't fictional. They fight realistic battles, cry real tears, and their laugh is genuine. They don't wear stage makeup or stand in the spot light. That doesn't make them any less heroic, though.

As a child, I watched my parents. They weren't perfect. They weren't rich. They couldn't fight like Chuck Norris or sing like Whitney Houston. They didn't have a huge, fancy home or expensive cars. They couldn't buy me all the toys that I wanted. However, they gave me things that none of those factors put together could have given me.

When I hit my teen years, I had a better understanding of life. I began to understand fianances and obligations. I seen the work that was put in for the job, home, and church take it toll. And there were some days I wasn't sure why they continued to take on all that they did. Why did they give money in an offering that they didn't have? Why did he mow the church lawn when he was exhausted? Why did my mom follow my father wherever he went, when it wasn't something she wanted? Through the mind of a child, everything is black and white. If you don't have money, you don't give what little bit you have away. If you are tired, you don't go mow the lawn. Things aren't they black and white, though. They were not just man and woman. They were husband and wife to each other, parents to their children, pastors to a church, employee/employers to a business. Until I became an adult, I realized that the movie heroes were nothing compared to my parents.

My parents fought real battles. They made hard decisions, and had real consequences to face. They raised three kids, when in all logic they shouldn't have been able to afford us. They loved us, and instilled things inside of us that continue to live on through us to this day. My dad would come home and play with us after a long day at work. My mom cooked supper, paid bills, cleaned the house, and kept nice clothes on our backs. There wasn't always enough money, and not every day was full of sunshine and smiles. But they made it through each day is it came and went.

Though, I would love to give them all the credit, I can't. Because I know now that it wasn't through just their own ability, but through the God they had inside them. The faith they had and still have amazes me. The money they gave, the time they spent, it wasn't for their glory, it was for God's. Through their humble hearts, and their desire to give, and their willingness to go,  God truly blessed them.

I remember being upset one day because dad kept putting money in an offering plate when he didn't hardly have any. I was almost mad at him for doing it. His words were "We've always had food on the table, a roof over our head, and clothes on our back". And he was right. There was never a time when we didn't have food to eat, a warm bed to sleep on, and clothes. God had kept us through it all.

I also remember when I was sixteen. I would stress out about asking my mom for gas money. I knew without question that she would give it to me, even if it was her last few dollars, but I always hated asking just in case it really was. She always told me, "baby, you have to have gas. We'll be fine". I wanted to ask her how we would be fine, but I already knew what her answer would be. I couldn't count to you the times I've heard, "God is faithful" or "God will provide" or "God will take care of us". It was repetitive, and some days I didn't want to hear about having faith. I wanted to hear that we won the lotto, or some rich uncle died and left us millions. As a married adult, I now realize the faith they had in Jesus, was greater than all the millions that could have been given to us. That faith in God kept us a happy familiy even in the bad times. That faith in God kept us safe in the worst of storms. That faith in God made us rich, not in money, but in love and in joy and in peace. Not saying it was easy, but we still made it.

The true heroes are the ones who carry that faith, use that faith, and show that faith. Thanks to my parents, I apply my faith in God to every aspect of my life as an adult. They taught me to be willing to give, to work, or to go when God speaks. I'm not rich. I have bills, and I definitely don't get paid a lot. However, all our bills are paid on time. My family is healthy. My car is still running and it hasn't run out of gas. I may not can get everything I want, but I have more than everything that I need. And that is truly something to be thankful for.

If you have parents like mine, then you have better heroes than any disney, universal, or paramount movie could create.

Thanks for all your love you gave and sacrifices you made!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Family, Friends, and The Cheesecake Factory!

Hello again!!! I can't say enough how Good God has been! So many things are changing, and life seems to be in fast-forward, but God is still good and the change up is necessary to get us out of our comfortable little rut.

So I got to take a miniature little trip on Saturday to Jacksonville, a few hours away from where I live, to visit a precious lady from our church. Sister Trish has been such a blessing to so many lives! She always has a smile and even in the worst of times, she can find something positive to Thank God for. Just recently she was diagnosed with Cancer, and it is having to do treatments over in Jacksonville. God has truly used people to bless her. Time has been donated to her so that almost her entire leave for her treatment (up until December) is covered. People have also been donating money to help her stay over there in a motel until her treatments are through. Even now, as her treatments progress and take a lot of energy out of her, she is still smiling.

Saturday my mother, my sister, my aunt, and myself decided to go over and spend the day with her, that way we could see her and help her with whatever she needed. Little did we know that a group of other ladies we knew went over on the same day with the same idea in mind (so thankful for people who truly care). So we went and picked up her, and off to the Cheesecake factory we all went! It was a first time for several of us. I was super excited, since I've heard about it from several people, I couldn't wait to experience it myself.

So first off, the menu was literally a book. I was overwhelmed by how many choices there were. It was pages on top of pages of food choices. I'm indecisive anyways, so I was so torn on what to get! To make a long story short, I decided on Teriyaki Chicken for the main course and  for my cheesecake I got the Hershey Chocolate Cheesecake!

The Bread was Yummy!

I forgot to take a picture of it before I started digging in lol

I did the same thing with my cheesecake! haha!

I loved the little hershey!

I did get a picture of my sister cheesecake before she ate it. She had the White Chocolate
Macadamian Nut Cheesecake

The day ended with a grocery trip to Walmart for our beloved sister in Christ. Before we knew it, it was time to leave her. The day was wonderful, though, and I was so thankful we were able to go over and see her. I hope she knows how much she is loved and how precious she is to all of us back at home. Continue to pray for her, and help us believe God in her healing. For our God is still a God of healing.

I hope everyone had a wonderfully blessed weekend, and that this week is equally blessed!

TTFN (Ta-Ta-For-Now)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Finally Friday!!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone is having a super blessed day. Fridays are truly the best day of the week. It means you can stay up late without repercussions, no alarm in the morning, and you can chill in your pj's all day on Saturday if you want. Of course, I don't get to do any of those things tomorrow, but I"m not complaining. I will still have a great Saturday.

Today has been busy from the start. That is okay, though. I feel like I have gotten a lot accomplished. Instead of work (I usually have Friday's off) I spent my morning at Walmart. Yes, yes I know...everyone loves Walmart! Groceries were on the top of my "To Buy" list this morning. However, I found myself in the makeup section first (of course), then at the books. That is two very BIG NO NO's for me. First thing I picked out was a concealer. The Revlon PhotoReady Concealer. I've heard so much about it from You-tuber's and such I figured I would try it. I got it mine in Light. I have no idea if it will be the right shade for me yet, but I'm excited to try it.

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Makeup, Light Medium 003

The next thing I picked up and stuck in my cart was a book. I'm a huge reader. I mostly read Romance.. (I'm a sucker, I know). My book of choice today. Tempting Fortune by Jo Beverley from her Malloren series. I'm trying not to buy many hard copy books since I now have a kindle, but there is something seeing my series of hardcopies on my bookshelf. It makes me feel complete! LOL!! Since I had the rest of them, I needed the last one.

Once I arrived back home it was on to the cleaning. But not after I had to take care of my new puppies. They are two weeks and three days old, and they are cute as pie. I'm learning its exciting and worrisome to have puppies. I'm constantly worried they are going to get hurt, and I love watching as they are moving around more. Their eyes just opened a few days ago and they are trying to walk on their paws instead of scoot around.

There they all are with mommy! Salem (Mommy). Their names from left to right: Jack (he has a patch on his eye so we were inspired by Captain Jack), C.J (he has the exact coloring of his daddy whose name is Chevy, so we named him Chevy Juniior.), Ford, (since we had a Chevy ha-ha), and last Rally (She was named Rally after the Power Up Youth Rally that our church puts on. She was the very first one born there).

So now that my house is clean, my puppies cage is cleaned, and I'm clean I can sit down and chill until my hubby gets home! Yay!

What did your Friday look like?

TTFN (Ta-Ta- For- Now)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Its OK Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays

Happy Thursday Everyone! The best thing about Thursday is that tomorrow is Friday! Yay! My friend Michelle from My Simple Life ( is helping me get started with blogging and suggested I link up with "Its OK" Thursdays. So here it goes.....

It's Ok...

It's Ok that I still don't have all the blogger lingo down (I will get it eventually)

It's Ok that some people just love to make simple things complicated

It's Ok that my jeans are just a tad snug on me now

It's Ok that I'm obsessed with makeup and have subscribed to a gazillion beauty you-tubers

It's Ok that I loathe hanging clothes up.

It's Ok that no matter how much sleep I get, it never feels like enough.

It's Ok that I am horrible at liquid liner

It's Ok that I can only keep polish on my nails for about two minutes after I paint them.

IT'S  OK!! :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Take Two :)

Surprise! I know it has been a long time (almost a year to be precise on this blog), but I've been wanting to jump back on the band wagon, so to speak. Earlier in the year, I had started a True Beauty Journals blog, meant mostly for showing that True Beauty is in every size, age, color, and so forth. However, I eventually went through a phase where I lost my inspiration and got stuck in the "what's the point" way of thinking. Recently, though, I've learned and re-learned a lot about myself...

 First: I'm not just interested in ONE thing. I'm a complete A.D.D creature where I can't  talk about or do JUST ONE thing. I like to switch it up. I have things I like and things I love and somedays THIS seems more important to talk about or do more than THAT. So I've decided to merge my (very old) personal blog with that of the newer (True Beuaty) blog, and blog about EVERYTHING! Whether it be something about my daily life, my love of God, family, beauty and makeup, clothes,whatever. The point is, it could be anything, so hold onto your hats! :)

Second: I've reached that point in my life where I'm not truly, deep down, constantly worried, about what people think about me. Use to it was a problem, a gigantic one. Now, however, I don't particularly care if you think I'm too fat, too skinny, too loud, too quiet, if I don't sing good enough, my hair isn't as straight and non-frizzy as some of you lucky gals, and again whatever. I'm a person with feelings, yes. But I refuse to let what people think about me steal my joy. I have God, my husband, my family, and my friends who truly care about me. That's all the approval I need. If I decide to do or change something it will be because of one of two things: God has dealt with me on the subject or it is just something I want to do for myself. :)

Thirdly: I am not perfect. I know, I know, its a huge shocker to find out that I'm human just like everyone else. However, you will just have to accept it as I have. I don't have perfect hair, face, or body. I can get a temper just like everyone else, if you push me. I have road rage (just a little). I am horrible at ironing, and absolutely hate it with a passion. If I can get out of it I surely will. I'm a amateur at cooking, and sometimes my meals just don't turn out how I would like them to. I'm a tad bit OCD in some things. For example, I like to color coordinate my pen colors, and have fifty million files on my computers, e-mail, etc. for all the stuff I do. Anyways, you get the gist. Me. No. Perfect.

Fourth: Michelle (my bestie) from My Simple Life ( has inspired me with her blog. So make sure you check it out. She shares some really great things and I read it religiously, and it has made me want to jump back into the swing of it and blog about whatever strikes my fancy.  (Thanks Chelly for the inspiration!)

So read, follow, comment, or whatever. I hope you enjoy. I will enjoy sharing!

So TTFN (Ta-Ta- For-Now).