Wednesday, September 11, 2013


So my family and I have made a huge decision earlier in the year, and it was to find a new place to worship. That change was hard because we were at the same place for almost 12 years...there were people there who were like family. But a change was sooo needed.

Since then we have visited and visited until we found a place that felt like home. We felt as though we belonged! Boy have we learned a lot there. My kids love it and are also learning so much. 

One night the author of this book, Daniel J. Haight, spoke at that Church....and his message really hit home. You see, he spoke a bit about dreams and goals, and how they are God given. We were created to be creative, to see a "vision" and work towards it! It's just up to us to act upon them! Now the creative side of me hasn't resurfaced in years...(my scrapping room has been cleaned this weekend...yeah, baby!) and it began to tug at me... can I share a bible verse? Well of course I can! 

                                         Then the LORD answered me, "Write the vision. Make it clear on tablets so that anyone can read it quickly. Habakkuk 2:2

So I read the book and it has made an impact in my way of thinking! Actually...I've got a whole bunch of books that I've read and plan on reading...I may just list them here as I go along.

That said...I was inspired to set up a few lists of goals. One for myself, with my hubby for our family, and the other for our business. 

I'm just going to list mine here so that I don't forget. You want to know something? I actually scrapped on my goals a few years back and was surprised to see that more than half were completed. Now how's that for having a vision and writing it down!

So with lots of fanfare...My goals....GULP!

1) be better organized. I used to be on top of things...what has happened?
2) be social! the twist? by not employing social media! people think that I post EVERYTHING on my Facebook page...what they don't know is that the app is on my phone...and what I post are random thoughts/something-that-hit-me-hard-in-the-noggin-as-I-read-my-devotional/photos of yummy food that I want to think about later. I really am a private person with my private thoughts kept to myself!
3) being more purposeful with my time. I find that I spend time on things that aren't really worth it. :ashamed:
4) read more! (actually...I am on a roll with this one...)
5) work harder on staying on track with my health. You know how it goes...once you get to your "ideal" weight....yeah, downhill!
6) be on time for EVERYTHING! nothing more needs to be said about this one...
7) apply what I read to my everyday life. this kinda goes hand in hand with #4. 
8) Have a devotional time with the kids. 
9) Keep on growing and learning. (this will happen I guess if I stick with #'s 4 & 7.) 

Hope I can stick to them...or at least keep working towards meeting them all...if not most. should scrapping be thrown in??? oh, let's not get carried away....

Monday, March 25, 2013

good deeds....

It's surprising to me how little life situations can teach us a huge lesson, if we pay attention. It can be through anything, too...something you see on TV, read in a book, experience through a conversation.....

Last week, my daughter performed in the all-district Orchestra for school. Before this she had to practice: at school, at home, stay after school until 6 for practices, etc. Yes, she is very dedicated and works hard. (I sat there teary eyed watching her perform, and not because they sounded horrible, on the contrary!)

One evening as I was finishing up preparing dinner, I ask her how practice went. She told me that she was sad & disappointed. So of course, I ask her why.....

She explains to me that they have a HW time and there was a boy who didn't understand his math homework. So she volunteered to help him with it. Her teacher told them both, if she helped him, he had to go the next day to let her know so that my baby can get a reward for helping out. So, my baby being her usual sweet self, helps him out so excited because she knew she was getting a reward from her teacher. The next day he didn't tell the teacher. She didn't get her reward. And she was let down.

Seeing my daughter's reaction just made my blood boil. She helped him! Why didn't he go and let the teacher know? he took advantage of her kindness!!! Now my daughter's all sad, and there wasn't a thing I could do. 

In anger, I blurted out: "well, now you know not to help him again! He didn't appreciate your help!" She slowly nodded her head and walked out. As she walked away, my hubby quietly told her "maybe he just forgot. Don't worry about it."

Then almost immediately I felt so bad. SO bad because what did I teach my daughter there? Not to help anyone in need, especially if you weren't going to get something out of it. In an uncharacteristic moment, hey, maybe I was too hungry to think straight...LOL, I lost my cool and probably added to making her feel bad. So I called her back and told her that she did right in helping. I also asked her to forgive me, because what I said was wrong.  Even though she didn't get her reward, God was watching and will reward her one day...a bible verse that a good friend of mine quoted to me some time ago comes to mind:

 Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

It turned out that my hubby was right: the kid forgot and went after my baby reminded him. All was well in her world again!

Monday, March 4, 2013

sticks & stones and other quotes...

I often find myself wishing that I were the outspoken type.

You know, the one who can just blurt out how they feel without feeling bad/shy/not wanting to hurt feelings.  Be a "put-people-in-their-place" type of gal.

I don't want to be a mean girl, but just someone who doesn't just stand there and just takes it. To then smile, wish them well, and move on. Just for once, I'd like to be able to say "that's NOT how it is/supposed to be!!!" and then vocalize what's going on. I get frustrated because I feel that my kindness/restraint/patience is being taken as a sign of weakness. Honestly, I often wish that I can kick myself for not speaking up!

The grass is always greener on the other side.

 Until you get to said side and have to mow it, or find lots of hidden surprises.

A thought came to me after a conversation with my mom. She made a comment on how as a child I was very easy going and how I still am very much so. Never had problems with fighting in school, rather if anything happened, she would know because I would cry about it with her.

I have hot headed people around me all the time. You know, the type who don't mean bad, they just blurt out whatever it is they feel, however it is that the words come out. Or the type who have a bad day and take it out on the next available person. (Customers at work have come in so rude and nasty, but I treat them as if they has come in with a sunny disposition to be able to visibly see their attitude change completely!) I've experienced the hurt from biting and cutting words. So I have learned that words really can hurt and do have a lot of power.

 You know, sticks and stones.....

Proverbs 31:26 says "When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions."
 in the same book chapter 29:11 you can also read "A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back." There are many other verses that speak towards wise words.

Now I have seen cases in which hotheads regret their hastily blurted words, and often they find themselves apologizing more often than they're comfortable doing. Or worse....realize they have been wrong but refuse to take any measures to fix things because of pride.

Thinking about it, I am comforted in the thought that I am known as being an easygoing person. Be it that it can be taken advantage of, or mistaken as a weakness. I know that being careful with my words also means that I am less at risk at hurting someone for taking the liberty of a full blown vent and feeling that momentary feeling. Let's face it, my conscience wouldn't allow me to. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. To be meek.

Smile on, people! Smile on......

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

when we're apart,

we are incomplete.

That is how I explain my new tattoo.

I don't believe in tattooing a person's name although if you chose to do so, that's fine. But I was looking to get tatted on something that represented how I felt about my hubby. You know me, I wanted something different, not the usual. So.....

I totally fell in love with a tat I saw on pinterest, and we had it done. the font is different, of course. I think mine is prettier. :)

My hubby and I got it done on Valentine's day, which day could be more appropriate?

oh, I just realized that I should've done this post as a lovey dovey V-day blog post.... oh well....

to ink or not to ink....that is the question.....

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How would you like to be remembered?

It's been a while since I posted here regularly...mainly to show a crafty project, or for a DT plug. Now that I am no longer practicing in my scrap booking crafty duties I often find myself torn between closing this blog down or keeping it up. 

I mean, this started out as a place to share everything, my likes, my art, silly moments, etc. Then when the scrapping came to a halt, so did my blogging. This saddens me. Because no matter what I put here, I always wanted to inspire someone to do something! 

Think! Create! Smile! 

I've been blogging little fluffy posts to kind of try and stir that back into my heart....but those posts were just that: fluff. yeah, I am obsessed with pops of color, and short hair...but really? who doesn't have their little quirky likes/dislikes? 

I get a little text every morning with a little Biblical tidbit to help me think on something. It helps me stay on track because let's face it. It's not easy being a mom, a wife, and work a 9-5 on top of it all. It is easy to let things fall through the cracks if it doesn't command your attention every once in a while. 

the text this AM said:

"there has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face."
 DT. 34:10

Now I'm well aware that I am not a prophet, a big shot hoity toity in the business world...I am just me. Arlene. A mom. A wife. Do I really want to be remembered as someone who's just into fluff or as a woman who yes, is simple in her daily life and who let's face it, can put together some things and make it look ok. 


I want to be remembered as a lady who's heart reflects something deeper. 

How would you like to be remembered? 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

short hair

I am obsessed with several things lately...and this one is hard to miss if you have seen me's been SHORT hair.

I chopped off my hair in October and still loving it. The only drawback is that my hubby really misses my long hair. I miss it from time to time, being able to pull it up or just having variety...short hair kind of limits you as to what you can do with it.

so...I love this do:

Source: via Arlene on Pinterest

and this one inspired my lopping it all off to begin with:

different, right? I aim to be unique....LOL.

Source: via Arlene on Pinterest

may be my next do....

I've been hooked on pinning things to my pinterest, it's the best way to store things that inspire me daily without having to bother to remember the site I've seen it at....ever had that problem? seeing something you loved and promptly forgetting where you saw it, causing you to go crazy trying to remember it. Mommy brain!

what hair styles are you into?


Monday, November 19, 2012

Seeing Red?

Taking a look at what I've been wearing lately and I have noticed a little trend...

I have been wearing lots of red.

In little pops here in there as small as red shoelaces on a pair of brown boots, OR as bold as a red blazer or red dress.

It's not even my favorite color. Imagine that....

I think I'm going to keep documenting my outfits to see if I notice anymore trends in what I wear. What have you been fond of wearing lately?