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A Peaceful Sunday Morning!

beautiful landscape of meadow sunrise

Good morning, Beautiful Creatives!

This morning, at my house, is a very peaceful place to be!

Almost all of the chores are already done, papa is in the kitchen making breakfast, and Gracie and Bitsy are in their bed in the living room playing with one of their favorite stuffed squeaky toys!

Breakfast, in case you are curious, is 1/2 a bagel with cream cheese, 2 scrambled eggs with one slice of bacon in it! That will be followed by some fresh berries!! YUM!

After breakfast, we will all pile into the car and head over to Dutch Brothers to pick up our weekend splurge, which is one of their freezes! But then, we are back to the house, and spending a quality lazy day together!

So far, besides hanging with my little fam at the manse, I know I am going to put a big pot of chili on later this afternoon, which is one of our favorites! That is in honor of the fact that the weather is finally starting to cool down around here, and we can feel our favorite season rolling in…FALL!! I can not wait until the leave starts changing colors – they may have already, I just don’t seem to get out of the house every day to check on their progress! So, for my hubby and I, we are officially back into the season of Hygge!! MY FAVE!!!

For us this means, candles, homey meals, fires in the fireplace, snuggling while watching movies, or reading, under big fuzzy blankets on the sofa, bundled up walks around our neighborhood while holding hands, and pretty much living a quality, but simple life just enjoying each other in the moment! Doesn’t that sound dreamy??? Now you can see why Fall is our favorite time of year!

As I write this, I also stop and think about all of the people in the Southeastern part of this country, and all of the tragedy they are going through, as the States experience one of the worst hurricane seasons in our history. It really breaks my heart! I feel so helpless, and don’t really know what to do to help! So, for now, I pray!

Okay, so I realize that might have come a little bit out of left field, but this is how my brain works…random thoughts pop in and out whenever and wherever they want to. I have made the conscious decision that if this morning journaling session is going to happen, then it has to be real. So there you go…you are welcome! 😉

Anyway, I am hoping that this feeling of peace can last throughout the entirety of my day, I realize that not everyone is so lucky. My heart goes out to you!

Here is to finding a little bit of peace, wherever you may be!

 

Just Another Manic Tuesday!

Bitsy & Gracie sleeping!! Sisters and Besties Forever!! 🙂

Good morning, Beautiful Creatives!

Okay, so maybe it is not quite a manic Tuesday, but the Manic Monday song ran through my head as I was trying to figure out what to title this post…so there ya go! 🙂

My day of taking micro baby steps to be a better me than I was the day before was a success! If I may say so myself!

I’ve decided to keep track of my baby steps in a small, pocket-sized, notebook. That way I have no excuse not to write it down. I thought that this way would also give me an easy, electronic-free way to look back and see how far I have come in my progress!

I just counted and I ended up with 39 things on my list, and a few of those things were:

  • Lunch with Papa Jay and Crystal
  • An afternoon walk
  • Play with the puppies
  • When they did something they are not supposed to, I stopped to remember that they are still puppies!
  • I had a healthy breakfast
  • Purchased enough slim hangers to replace every regular one we have in the house – project closet purge is well on it’s way
  • and climbed in bed early to read…a quick note on this one, I was soon interrupted by pre-bedtime-spazzy-puppies, and reading did not commence. It is dang near impossible to ready with these 2 little hooligans around!! 😉

So, that is just a sampling of how I did yesterday. I think I did a lot of things really, really right, and I still did a lot of things that I can still improve on. As for today, I am going to keep tracking my micro successes, one thing at a time!

HOWEVER, the thing I am most excited about today is that today is the first day of our girls’ puppy training classes!!

YAAAAAAY!!!

and whew, I thought this day would never come!

For the most part Gracie and Bitsy are well behaved girls! Okay, that might be a lie, but I think they try!

Gracie is super friendly, social, and just loves E-V-E-R-Y-B-O-D-Y!!!!

Bitsy, well, let’s just say she has other attributes!! 😉

She is a spazz, is terrified of anyone and everyone, gets really vicious when she plays, and once out of the house she is loooooooooong gone!! She is a wild child that just can not be tamed!! Which is really cool, but also has caused a lot of extra WTF??? commentary in our little household!

I am really hoping that puppy training will help, because we cannot afford to have Cesar Milan come to our home and show us how to let Bitsy know that we are the pack leaders, not her!

She does have her awwwwww moments too, mind you – she is the best car passenger! She loves watching everything happening outside, which is awesome!!

Ooh! My alarm to head out to work just went off, so I have got to zippity-do!! I will let you know how puppy school goes!! Until then…

Here is to a Beautiful Creative Day!

If you want to have a Beautiful Creative life, you have to take beautiful and creative actions!

Starting Anew!

Good morning, Beautiful Creatives!

I have decided that I may be the world’s worst blogger. I never seem to get around to updating my blog, so, instead of dwelling on that, I’ve decided that this morning I will start anew!

I have been asking myself, “how can I improve myself?” This question is something that seems to be following me everywhere I go. I am not sure why, but last night I had a bit of an ah-ha moment when, out of the blue, I reheard something that I have known for a long looooong time! You can improve yourself by taking baby steps every single day to do something – anything – better than you did the day before!

So, that is what I am doing, starting this morning!!

I woke to go pee – now come on, I am pretty dang sure that is the first thing you do every day too!! 😉

The difference for me this morning, is that I told myself I could not play on my phone until I had done two things, brushed my teeth, and did my face skincare routine (which is I guess technically has to be done on a regular basis to be considered a routine!)

I am not sure if this is true for you, but my phone can seriously be a major time-suck in my life!! I great avoidance measure for getting anything of actual great importance done in my day!!

Anyway, I have decided today is the day to change all of that!

So, this morning, so far,

I have…

  1. brushed my hair (working from home, this is not always a requirement, since no-one by my sweetie usually ever sees me)
  2. Brushed my teeth
  3. Flossed
  4. Tongue scraped
  5. Mouthwashed
  6. Washed my face (with more than just water)
  7. Used facial toner (I am not sure I have done that in years!!!) Oh, and this is where I should probably tell you that I have recently gotten new skin care products, because EWWWWWW-GROSS to something I might have used years ago!!!)
  8. Moisturized, down to my neck – yes, something that doesn’t happen too often either, so I am feel rather proud of myself!
  9. Let my sweetie and the girls sleep in a little bit, we all are a little sleep deprived, and anything I can do to help us all stay grump-mode-free is always a good thing!
  10. and now I am blogging!

Did I mention that I have done all of this before 5:30 AM this morning?

Well, yeah, I did! 😉

I am trying to figure out how I want to track my progress, do I want to carry a mini notebook, something that could fit in my pocket, or do I want to track my baby steps electronically? I do not yet know, but I will keep you posted!

I am hoping that I can take just a few moments every morning to journal/blog! I figure I can kill two birds with one stone (man, I really hate that phrase!) and maybe I might be able to share some helpful ideas, insights, or maybe even just give people a reason to smile every morning!

Alright, so there you have it, short and sweet!!

Here is to a BEAUTIFULLY CREATIVE day!

 

 

If you want a beautiful creative life, you have to take beautiful creative actions!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Crown HeaderGood morning, world!

I am sitting in my living room, with my sweet Sophie girl already asleep by my side, her matronly age is starting to show. It is still early morning, and it is very quiet. My sweetie has already left for another day of hard, laborious, but gratifying work.

I can hear the ticking of a small clock on my living room wall, and a slow water drip from somewhere off in the distance. I live on a very busy street, so I hear the buzz of cars whirring by, but I am used to its steady rhythm. My world is very peaceful.  As I sit here, quietly looking out on my ever changing life, I am struck by just how incredibly thankful I am for my life.

You would think that with all of the changes going on, health, job loss, move to the big city on the horizon, and all in the middle of the holiday season. You would think that I would, or maybe should be, freaking out right about now, but there is something peaceful going on inside of me. I am just so thankful. Thankful for all of it. There isn’t any usual sign of fear, or dread, or panic, or worry, which that, in and of itself, is a new thing, especially with all of my years of anxiety tucked neatly under my belt, as if it were a badge to be worn with honor.

To put it simply, life is really good.

I am really blessed.

If you asked me how everything was going to unfold, I would have to honestly tell you that I have no idea, but I know that everything is just as it should be. I am on my path. That sounds so odd coming from me, I need to say it again. I am on my path. I am on MY path!

My ongoing daily mantra is:

I am following my true north, staying in gratitude, and am living to connect, create, and empower.

That can sometimes feel like a really difficult thing to live up to, but this morning it seems to flow out of me with ease. I think that is because I feel like I am FINALLY turning this Titanic of a ship, a ship that has been my life for so long, onto the course that I was meant to live on all along. I am not sure why I have resisted, and pushed back, and struggled against for so long. I know my course will not be easy, and heaven knows just HOW MUCH work I still have yet to do, but for the first time in my adult life, I feel like I can do it. I am going to make it. I am going to be okay.

This knowledge is HUGE.

I am going to be okay.

I am going to be okay.

I AM GOING TO BE OKAY!

This is music to my ears, and FINALLY I have let my soul hear it’s song!

(insert power pose here!)

I am going to be okay.

To anyone who might be reading this post today, my wish for you is that you will find yourself, quite soon, peacefully sitting on your sofa, in the quiet of the morning, hearing your soul, too, tell you, that you are going to be okay.

Here is to new adventures!

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Random Thought Kinda Post!

Crown HeaderGood evening!

Tonight is the first night in a really, REALLY long time that

  1. I got off of work and home at a normal time
  2. I have no pressing commitments, appointments, or really anything needing my full attention right this minute!

Let’s just have a moment of silence, join me, will you???

Do you feel that?? Yeah me too!! It is the feeling of peace!!

I know I haven’t really posted anything besides Art Journal Thursdays in a really long time, so I thought I would sit down, and just fill you in on what has been going on in my life right now! 🙂

Well, to start! As you may remember, I had been taking a hiatus from my career – I wasn’t sure how long it was going to last, but I was very fortunate to be able to hang in there, being a full-time artist for 6 months – and man it was fun!!

BUT…mama’s got bills to pay!!!

and although I have big dreams for a full time creative career in the future, I realized I had better get to work if I was ever going to have a chance of making those dreams come true!

So, I was lucky enough to have a girlfriend refer me to a job at one of the company’s I had left, and before I could say “BOO” I was back at work, doing what I do!!! 😉

I am officially a Project Associate, which I am not sure exactly what that means yet, but what I have figured out is that I am getting paid to HELP. MY. NEW. TEAM. and that feels sooooooo good!!! 😉

And let me tell you about my new team!!! They are happy, fun, supportive, and really ALL AROUND AMAZING!!! I have to say I am feeling like one lucky girl right now!!!

SO, as all of the pieces of my life are falling back into place again, after getting tossed up into the air, it has taken me some time to get back to where I have some breathing room, and I think I am finally there!

So where does that leave me now? Well, I am working, hard, and trying to focus on the best of every situation I run into! I still try to art as often as my tired self will allow – my sleep has been suffering so I have to figure out how to make that more of a priority here too soon! I am happily dedicated to getting my weekly YouTube videos out, and LOVING all of the feedback that I have been getting, and am still teaching my monthly Soul Book Clubs, which is probably still my FAVORITE time of my month!!!

I am looking to the future, trying to figure out how to best put together an online soul+art class, and I am also working with a new friend to try and come up with a Yoga/Soul/Art retreat for later this year, that I am thinking is going to be SO AWESOME!!! I cannot wait!!! 😉 Our ultimate goal is still to have a small farm, out in the country somewhere, and be able to host soul+art classes retreats and classes from there!! COULD YOU IMAGINE??? OMG – I COULD JUST FAINT WITH THE EXCITEMENT OF IT ALL!!! 😉

Anyway, there is more to come, and I will try to make sure to take and share lots of pictures, and keep you posted with any new going ons in our lives!!!

Life is soooooooo good!

Here is to living a Beautiful Creative Life!! 😉

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Why Do I Art?

Crown HeaderGood afternoon!

I have been asking myself, and have been asked a lot lately about why I art?

Well, the short answer is that it is fun, but the long answer is that I have been using art journaling and mixed media to deal with a lot of stuff going on with me right now, mentally and emotionally!

I left a 14 year career in IT healthcare in July of 2014. I left with the idea that I was just taking a break…that this was just a sabbatical, and as soon as I was rested, then I would put my pantyhose and business clothes back on and get back to work. Well…I hadn’t really let myself listen to my soul whispers in almost 14 years, if not longer! I realized that, when I finally did get quiet, there was a lot going on inside of here that I had just really stuffed down, and did my best to hide from everyone including myself. As I started to get quiet and just listen, so many things started to pour out of me. The sense of immediate overwhelm almost left me catatonic…I was paralyzed with “what the hell is going on here??” kind of thoughts, and so many repressed feelings. Feelings of guilt, inadequacies, sadness, fear, loss, anger, resentment, years of self abuse, and ultimately a real longing for something more…but honestly I had no idea for what.

It has been 6 months since I have walked away from what I had thought was my security, future security, financial security, health security, benefits, etc, I realize that I had been putting my faith in all of the wrong things for far too long, and now that I am clawing my way out of the hole I have created for myself, and trying to climb out into the sunshine, I realize that I may never go back to that work no matter how good the money is. I also am learning first hand that I may have to let my life completely bottom out before I am actually successful at starting over again!

For someone who has always been the “fixer” and the “protector”, the idea that I may not have hit rock bottom yet, is very hard for me to acknowledge, but one that I am staring in the face.

There is a little church song that I grew up singing. It is called something like Spirit of the Living God Fall Afresh On Me…at least those are some of the words I can remember. The words to the chorus are:

  • Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me
  • Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me
  • Break me
  • Melt me
  • Mold me (we also added “Fill me” here too)
  • Use me
  • Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me

I find that I am singing this song a lot lately. I think I am at the “Break me” point of this song. And man, can I tell you, it is rough…I have cried more in the last six months than I think I may have ever cried in the entirety of the rest of my life.

I know that really is more than the “break me” part, but I just have to keep pushing through to get to the melt me, mold me, fill me, use me parts of this little song. I just wish that the break me part wasn’t taking so long, or that it wasn’t quite as painful as it is turning out to be.

That is what arting is helping me move through. When I art, it forces me to be quiet – to shut up – to stop talking – stop over thinking everything – stop trying to control everything! That is just not possible in art! When you are arting, you have no choice but to go with the flow, and see where the finish product will take you!

I know that God has big things in store for my life…I have known that since I was a wee child! I just don’t know what that life is going to look like. I pray that it has to do with tons of arting and helping women! Those two things feeds my soul and makes me smile all the way down to my spleen, like I never thought possible! I want to be able to sit down and say, “I can NOT BELIEVE that I get paid to do this! I would SOOOOOO do this for free!!”

In the meantime, there is a very good possibility that I am going to lose my home, which in my heart I am okay with, in my head I am completely rebelling against the idea! I have been teetering with the idea of going back to my old job, just to help save our place, but the other night I had a dream that I had gone back to my old job, and in my dream, I was sitting at my office desk, getting ready to work. I looked up, noticed where I was, and I could literally see and feel my insides turn black like charred paper that had been set on fire, curl up and crumble away, into charcoal dust in the wind. I immediately awoke, feeling so sick to my stomach from what I had just seen and felt. I knew, without a shadow of a doubt that I could never go back, but then what? What am I going to do?

Do I keep pushing forward with my art? Teaching art classes and leading my Soul Book Club?? My soul shouts “YES!!!!” at the top of her lungs when she hears that message! So, I DO KNOW that that is what I am supposed to be doing, but how can I make a living doing that? I am not sure.

Until I figure that out, I am just going to have to keep walking in faith.

  • Faith that I am not alone.
  • Faith that even if we do lose everything, that this is a process. A process to help get me back on the path that I was meant for, not the one I had been mindlessly following for so long.
  • Faith that God really does have a plan for me.
  • Faith that God is talking to me through my soul whispers, and I really need to keep listening to Him.
  • Faith that everything really will be alright!

Wow! Could that have been any longer of an answer?? I just wanted to make sure you knew where my motives were coming from, and I am guessing there are going to be some big changes coming in the form of my living arrangement, which might effect how some of you get a hold of me, but after talking through it with myself…that is ok. It really will all be ok! I am worth fighting for, even if that might be the hardest thing I have ever had to do!!

Here is to living a life that is both artsy and authentically me!

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Happy New Year!

Crown HeaderGood evening!

It is January 6, 2015!

Happy New Year!!!

I promise, I have not fallen off of the face of the earth!! 😉 I have just been incredibly busy!! 😉

Let’s see, I am taking and the AMAZING life + soul class, Life Book 2015! I am only into week 2 of this class, and I can already tell that it is going to be a FABULOUS life changing, art improving series of classes!!

I am also partaking in the Documented Life Project, which I honestly have already fallen behind on already, but I am hoping that it will be a fun way to mix art journaling and creative life planning! 🙂

I also am soooooooo excited to be able to share that I am teaching my first in-person art class this Saturday! I am teaching how to make 6 different background techniques, called Eclectic Backgrounds, at Runaway Arts and Craft Studio! I am scared, and very excited about that, all at the same time!! If you will be in the Salem area this next Saturday, I would LOVE to have you join us!! 😉

What else? Ok, let’s get serious!! I am really looking forward to taking advantage of the clean slate that is the new year! 😉 2014 was not my favorite year, but it was a year of making scary, but much needed life changes!! Well, at least one big one!! Anyway, 2015 is going to be all about picking myself and moving forward to the life that I have always dreamed of living! 😉 I am not sure what exactly that is going to look like, but I am seriously ready!!!

Here is to a FABULOUSLY CREATIVE New Year!! 😉

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A Quick Post!

Crown HeaderGood evening!

I just have time for a quick post before I zip off to bed this evening!

Listening: I am watching a Matlock DVD, playing on the tele – I just LOVE this show – takes me back to my childhood! Just the intro credits makes my spleen smile!! (Trust me that is a GOOD THING!!)

Reading: I am reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and Two for the Dough by Janet Evonovich

Drinking: An iced, sugar free, sparkling water, Wild Cherry (my FAVE!!), with a red straw, out of a cute mason jar

Wearing: Some comfy PJs, the kind with pants and a long top, and some fuzzy socks (yep, that’s how we roll!!)

Feeling: Tired, but so thankful for my comfy home and for all of those peeps in my life who love me, including my two four-legged babies!!

Wanting: An uninterrupted night of deep, refreshing sleep, in a well made bed!!! OH SWEET BLISS!!!

Needing: Did I mention I need sleep? I think the cold that took me out on Thursday and Friday has morphed into full on bronchitis, which means I have been a coughing fool the past two days/nights, so I think sleep – GOOD QUALITY SLEEP is definitely in order!!!

Thinking: Maybe I had better plan out my week before bed! Mama’s got a lot that she is wanting to accomplish! Plus I have an interview on Tuesday! YEAH!!! 😉

Loving: My sweetie (he is my HERO!!), my M-I-L (she is AMAZING!! and she sounds so HAPPY!!!), my sistahs (they cheer me on and keep me motivated to do my BEST every day!!)! Have I mentioned, I LOVE MY PEEPS!!!

Mantra: I am on my right path! I know who I am! I like who I am! I know what I have to do to keep moving forward! I am blessed!

Ooh! That felt really good to say that out loud!!! 😉

Here is to a FABULOUS evening!

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A Yummy Rainy Day!

Crown HeaderGood afternoon!

I just wanted to quickly hop on and share a little about what is going on around here today! Because of some weather issues…rain, lots and lots of rain, my sweetie ended up switching one of his weekend days off (he is a contractor) with today, so he could get some of his work done while it was still dry out! So, I get to spend the day with him!! YEAH! I really LOVE that!! 🙂

My sweetie is in the kitchen right now, cutting a hole in our kitchen floor, to help eliminate access to an intruder…AKA a mouse! Yep! That is correct!! We have a little visitor that has been helping us eat our food, namely my dogs’ food, but I digress! Although I would never want to see any harm come to any little creature, I do not like the idea of a mouse living in our house!! (That sounded a little Dr. Suess-ey, didn’t it???) This little mouse has been spotted on numerous occasion, and has thwarted our every mouse catching idea, all while still managing to eat the traps’ food, so I am thinking that he is a very smart little bugger!! He has been around so long now, my sweetie has taken to affectionately calling him “Jerry”. I thought, at first this was funny, until I realized my sweetie was going to let Jerry live with us permanently!! Uhmmmmm…nope! So, needless to say, my sweetie is on a mission for me!! Thank you, Love!! 🙂 I will be just so happy to no longer have to share my kitchen with any guest who does not happen to be housebroken!!!

With that said, as soon as Jerry has had all of his doors of access closed to him, I am just itching to get into the kitchen and get some cooking done for this lovely rainy day!!!

My plan is to make an apple and onion pork loin roast, which I am sure is going to be DREAMY!!! I am going to use the recipe that I have found here, at Pioneer Woman, who I ABSOLUTELY ADORE!!!! Ree Drummond has my dream life, although I am sure she doesn’t know that!!! 😉

After dinner, I am wanting to have made a peach apple crisp with maple cream sauce for dessert, also from the Pioneer Woman site, and that recipe is here.

Combine all of that with snuggling up in a reading chair with a good book, a lovely cup of my favorite tea, and my two-four-legged girls, and I have gotta tell you that today looks to be a mighty perfect day!!

Here is to having a FABULOUS day! 🙂

~Chrissie! 🙂

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Random Post Monday!

CrownGood evening!

This post is for my sister Alex!! Thank you for encouraging me to get back out there and hop back on my own bandwagon!!! I love you girrrrrl!!! 😉

I know it has been a while since I have last posted anything! I would love to tell you that I have been off accomplishing some great dream that I have been sworn to secrecy about, but really, I have just been keeping busy. Very busy!

Besides trying to get my literal house in order, I have been spending a lot of time getting my mental, physical, and financial house in order.  I have been spending a lot of time reading, working, walking, jogging, spending time with close friends, and seriously doing some more reading!

For those of you who may have followed my blog for quite some time, you may remember me saying that I have a lot of books, and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT of books. Over 2000 at last count, which was quite a while ago (so  I am sure there has got to be WAAAAY more than that by now!!!)!! It has come to my attention that we have way too much stuff in our little condo, and even though we have been cleaning out and purging, it just still never seems to be less stuff! Part of the problem, at least in my mind, is that there is really nothing to do in this little po-dunk of  a town that we live in. You either walk the parks, which can be quite nice when the weather is cooperating, eat at restaurants that my sweetie and I now have a difficult time eating at, or you go shopping, so naturally I have usually chosen shopping! This can and is a problem!! I have decided that for a while I will have to start shopping my house whenever I feel the need for something new, because inevitably I am sure to find something I didn’t know that I had in the first place!! Right now, that has been “shopping for books”. I have read probably 4 or 5 books over the last 3 weeks, and it is quite startling because they were REALLY GOOD books and I didn’t even know that I had them on hand.

I realize I am rambling, but I think this is what happens when you don’t spend enough time with your inner dialog. When you finally do tap into it, it just kind of bursts out of you!! At least that is where all of this randomness seems to be coming from right now. So bear with me, I am sure that once I get it all out, when I blog again in a day or two, my thoughts should be more cohesive!! I hope!! 😉

What else? Well, in the last week or so my sweetie and I have started jogging every morning! I have this ginormous life list that I want to tackle, and one of those things is to run a mile (that is without stopping/walking/passing out/or kicking the bucket!!). Well, after walking jogging the hills in my neighborhood for the past week, my sweetie and I decided that we should go to one of our local tracks and try a measured jog to see if I could go at least one mile!! Well, I was ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED when not only could I jog a full mile, I actually jogged an entire THREE MILES STRAIGHT!!!! Who would have ever thought I would actually be able to do this, once seemingly impossible task???? Well, apparently ME!!! 😉 To make this whole walking/jogging/running thing work, we have to get up an extra half an hour early, which means we are up and at em at 5 am, every morning!! but, really, it is sooooo worth it!!! For as long as I can remember, I would see women jogging along the street, and I would always mention to my husband, “man, I want to be one of those women!” (you know healthy, vivacious, alive???) Well, I can see that women in me starting to come out into the world! I really am learning to LOVE HER!!! 😉 She is much stronger and braver than I could have ever imagined, and she is quite balls-ey!! Who knew????

Getting up so early means that we are also going to bed as if we were an old 90 year old couple nowadays too, but it is worth it! Don’t bother calling the house after 8 PM, we are probably sleeping our little heads off, but don’t worry Jason and I are truly happier than we have ever been!!!

My sweetie is working like a fiend, six days a week now that his busy season is picking back up again, (hence all of my reading time!!) but he is happy being so productive, and I am seriously proud of all of the work he is doing! He is remodeling interiors and exteriors, and I have always known how good he is at what he does, but I am still so pleasantly surprised when I see him doing his thing – it makes me proud to be able to call him “my husband”!! Have I mentioned that life is good???

Well, it is!!

One last piece of news before I log off for the evening, and that is that my second to youngest sister, Jennifer, is going to have her first baby in December!! I am so EXCITED for her, and can not wait to meet my new little niece or nephew and start spoiling the heck out of him or her!!!! Isn’t that what favorite aunties are for???? I am thinking that us sisters may have to go to Women of Faith again this year – the next time we will have the opportunity is when the new baby is a bit older, unless we can talk Uncle Jay-Jay into babysitting for the weekend????? That could be fun for both my “child”, and Jennifer’s – HEE! HEE!!

Anyway, that is enough rambling for one night!!!

Until I see you again!!

Have a FABULOUS evening! 🙂

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