Thursday, September 20, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
And I won this bathroom by having the best husband in the entire world.
Three days and very little sleep later:
He picked out all the fixtures without input - we had talked a little bit about it, but in a future, this is what I might want someday, kind of way. He even asked me while I was gone how tall I am. He was trying to decide where to place the wall sconces so I could get the best light for doing my makeup. Does it get any better than that?
Think about a few days without your spouse - even though you miss him or her, you try to think of the things you can do with a little alone time: read a book (or a magazine if you're my husband), watch your favorite TV shows, watch a movie he or she wouldn't like, eat what you want, follow your own schedule, work on your hobbies...all the stuff you have very little time for during a normal week. He gave up all those things plus a lot of the basics like food and sleep so he could finish this bathroom for me.
Do you know what he said? He knew that I wanted a finished room in our house, and since he knew the basement bathroom couldn't be completed in 3 days, he decided to do this room so I would have one room that is completely done. How amazing is that? He totally put himself in my shoes and did what he thought would make me happy. Holy cow - I knew I married an awesome man, but this is so over the top and amazing. He works so hard at his job that he's often pretty beat when he gets home. For him to set aside so much time to complete this room for me is beyond what I could have dreamed. He finished it from top to bottom: ceiling tiles, baseboards and all the trim, fixtures, a new half wall to hide the plumbing, new electrical and plumbing, new laminate hardwood-look flooring (I absolutely love it), new wall color...there's probably even more I'm not thinking even thinking of right now. That makes ME tired! And thanks to my wonderful father-in-law, Vern, for pitching in on Saturday to get it all completed before I came home!
Thank you, baby. I feel like I won the lottery for the greatest, most loving and giving husband that can be found. You inspire me to keep thinking up new, fun surprises to show how much I love you.
I suppose I have to finish soon. I could write about this forever. Here is the very awesome wall sconce he picked out:
It is all even cooler in person, so please come over and see it soon!
And here is my wonderful baby at 3:57 a.m. on Saturday morning (it's hard to see the time in the picture):
I couldn't ask for a better husband. You were SO worth waiting for!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I took some pictures. I hope they turned out okay. This is my new office! I am so stressed today that I am not enjoying it very much, but it is a great office. And I like it very much. I just prefer to be putting on my workout clothes and walking out the stress in just a few minutes.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I am going to enjoy this for as long as it lasts. And hopefully I'll get a picture taken soon so you can see it, too!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
- We are beginning to switch over to a new church management system. More than just a database, it will help us track volunteers, assign kids to classes/events, securely check them in and out, identify students by school/grade/birthdate, and a host of other items too detailed to list here. I am in charge of the implementation project with the awesome T as my sidekick (seriously - that's what they call it, a sidekick). We're very superhero-ish. Anyway, yesterday we had some problems entering data, so I worked on that. I also reviewed T's bunch of e-mails about a meeting we have scheduled this week to train data entry volunteers and attempted to line up child care for the meeting.
- I entered into this same program a list of as many schools as I could find in the phone book if I knew that we have children who attend there. I also set security rights for all the staff who are the only users we have entered at this point.
- I counted the offering from Sunday's kid's services.
- I cleaned up some curriculum that was returned to me and took it to a closet upstairs.
- I met with the leaders from our Sunday morning kid's church program. They have kicked off a new program in the past few weeks, and we talked about getting schedules put together for those volunteers. I helped them make one up in Excel and I will follow up with them next week to see if they were able to plug volunteers into all the spots as needed for the next 3 months.
- I updated a quarterly schedule of youth volunteers for my pre-school classes. Each quarter, I get new curriculum for these classes. I have to update and copy new schedules, list the quarterly Bible verses, schedule youth volunteers, assimilate and distribute the materials (6 separate sets of teachers during those 3 months), and create a quarterly calendar for the entire children's ministry with a note to parents regarding that quarter's lesson themes and other activities or news. I am going on vacation at the end of May, so I need to finish all this work ahead of my regular schedule.
- I made a few phone calls and sent e-mails to find substitutes for next month.
- I have a meeting on Tuesday, so I printed off some materials to go over with a new teacher so I would be ready to meet with her.
- I looked over the VBS volunteer list and considered who to ask for some of the empty positions still to be filled.
- Last year's VBS materials were on a hard drive that crashed, so I have to create any documents used from scratch. I began yesterday with the creating schedule for the week.
I don't know if that sounds like a day's worth of work or not. I may have done a few other things in there, but that is the bulk of what I can remember. Anyway, it seems as though it's never a regular "to do" list but rather a constantly revolving door through which many events and people pass. There is no "typical day" in ministry. Not that I have ever experienced, anyway.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Thanks for an amazing first year, baby. You have shown me more love than I ever imagined I would experience in this year, and I believe God has blessed me with the most incredible husband - even more than I could have asked for. I know the best is yet to come for us!
Monday, March 26, 2007
I'm also very glad that the super strong burning smell in my home this morning was not the house burning down. I forgot that when the weather gets warm, the Asian beetles get in the halogen lamp in our closet and they smell like the house is burning down. Thanks to my husband for driving all the way home to figure that out.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I love you, Maggie. You are an amazing friend and I miss seeing your beautiful smile. Thanks for sharing your infectious laugh with me on Sunday and proving that God is still good and will be with you through it all.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
What did you do in 2006 that you had never done before?
Got married (that should be enough right there)...lived in a church...changed my name...
Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't recall making any. I am making one this year...it's my secret, though. Well, two. The other is to be more consistent with my journaling.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Lots of people I love did (or will soon)...Melanie is the closest person I can recall giving birth last year.
Did anyone close to you die?
No - my grandpa came close at Christmas, but he's doing better now.
What countries did you visit?
What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
More self-control. More trust in God.
What dates will remain etched in your memory and why?
April 1: wedding day. Celebrating our birthdays together for the first time.
What's your biggest achievement of the year?
Adjusting to marriage...still working on that. Getting into journaling and being more consistent and seeing my relationship with God grow.
What was your biggest failure?
Putting myself before others too many times.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Illness - I was pretty sick in February. I ripped a nice chunk out of my arm when moving some stuff into our house...still have a scar from that one. That's about it from my recollection. Other unmentionable stuff.
What was the best thing you bought?
My birthday present to Matt. I'm very proud of that one.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Matt and I have worked hard on setting a good foundation for our marriage. I am proud of us.
Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
All front page celebrities.
Where did most of your money go?
Hard to say...it seems like bills. But we got to have fun, too, so I'm not complaining too much. We do eat out a lot, too.
What did you get really really excited about?
All the firsts of being married! Everything I get to do with my husband makes me excited...our wedding, our honeymoon, our Galena trip in July, our Chicago trip in December, our first Christmas together.
What song will always remind you of 2006?
"All I Ask of You" from "The Phantom of the Opera." Our wedding song.
Compared to this time last year are you?
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) fatter or thinner? Fatter, but it's a temporary situation.
c) richer or poorer? Richer
What do you wish you had done more of?
Letting go of my expectations.
What do you wish you had done less of?
How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
I was at home with my husband.
Did you fall in love in 2006?
What was your favorite TV program?
"King of Queens" and "Law & Order"
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
What was the best book you read?
Such a tough one for me...so many great marriage books. Ask me if you want a list. :-) The biggest life-changer was the Bible. And Joy That Lasts by Gary Smalley was amazing.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
I still listen to a lot of United Live...probably a lot more rock since hanging out with my husband.
What did you want and get?
Someone to share life with.
What did you want and not get?
What was your favorite film this year?
I really loved "Rocky Balboa." "World Trade Center" was awesome, too. Oh, hello - "Nacho Libre"!! Has to be top of my list with the new Rocky. "Did you tell them they were the Lord's cheeps?"
What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
Drove to Des Moines...shopped...ate dinner with my parents...enjoyed spending it ALL with my fiancee(at the time)!
What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
The same thing as every year - worrying less and trusting God more. A constant struggle. And some other things I won't share.
How would you describe your personal fashion in 2006?
Cheap trendy and black?
What kept you sane?
God and Matt and Starbucks and shopping.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
There is no "fancying" - just morbid curiosity.
What political issue stirred you the most?
They all get me worked up...the whole Iraq war gets me up in arms...ha ha ha.
Who did you miss?
My family; Christy; the Rasmussens; Leann; Tricia. But I got to see most of them at my wedding!
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
God works best when I am in the least amount of control. Wish I could learn that better.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime"