I Won The Liebster Blog Award!

So I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by a great blogger bargaindiva and am super excited because this is only my second award! The Liebster Award is meant to go to some of your favorite up and coming bloggers! Some of the blogs that I chose I haven’t been following for very long but I look forward to each and every post they put out and some are blogs that I save or tell others about all the time…

In no particular order…

In House Counsel

1211rev

The Divorce Covenant

Working For Christ

Double Hockey Sticks

123 Homemaking Made Easy

Travel Lady With Baby

The Riff-Maker

The Only Option

My Journey Continued

My Meanderings

Congratulations Everyone!!!

Now I have to answer 11 questions that were given to me to answer then I have to tell you 11 things about me and then ask those bloggers that I gave the award to 11 different questions. So here we go…

Questions for Me to Answer:

1. If you could pick any view in the world for your home, what view would you want to see out of your windows? I would have one of those views where you could see both the mountains and the ocean with a great view of trees during the fall!!

2. What is your favorite place to shop? any place that has a sale!

3. Who is your celebrity crush? Denzel Washington! He’s a pretty awesome all around stand up guy!!
4. What is your fashion style? colorfully comfortable (I just made that up but it fits so well)
5. Who or what is your fashion inspiration? no one in particular, if I like something I like it.
6. What is your favorite song? I don’t have one I have many.
7. If you had an extra empty room, what would use it for? An art room and prayer room
8. What is your dream career? to be a professional stylist
9. What is your favorite movie? Mulan
10. What is your favorite TV show? Dawson’s Creek
11. What is your favorite food?  Chicken
11 Facts About Me:
  1. I want to travel the world
  2. My husband and I want seven children
  3. We want to adopt at least 2 not necessarily included in the seven
  4. I have come to enjoy the sounds that come with a clean house (i.e.  the vacuum, the dishwasher running, the washer and dryer)
  5. I really want some nerd glasses for real
  6. I would love to coach volleyball
  7. I have the bug to move again
  8. I wanted to be a hearing impaired teacher when I was little
  9. I never had a boyfriend in high school
  10. I love playing board games
  11. I enjoying baking for my husband

Questions for The Recipients to Answer:

  1. Where is your dream vacation have you gone there and if so how long did it take you to get there?
  2. What’s your dream job?
  3. What’s your favorite food?
  4. Where do you see your self in five years?
  5. Do you play any instruments?
  6. What color is your hair right now?
  7. What sport in the Olympics would you play?
  8. What do you do in your free time?
  9. Are you on social media sites?
  10. What is your favorite type of shoe to wear?
  11. What is your dream car?

Official Rules
1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the ‘tagger’ has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers (if possible, with less than 200 followers) and tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There’s no tag backs.

Body Image Issues

I can’t ignore it. I struggle with body image issues. I still think I am bigger than I actually am and didn’t realize it until recently when I went and put on a pair of volleyball shorts that were incredibly too big for me. Then and only then had I realized just how much weight I’d lost and that I in fact wasn’t as big as I thought. I still am not sure exactly how much weight that I lost. But I do know that I am once again my in shape Army size which is something that I’ve been working at for a while now. I’m excited about it I just need to change my mindset and realize that I am beautiful and stop tying the way I feel about me to how big or little my pant size is!

I am sure that every woman does it and even some men. But I’ve struggled with this since my high school days. I dunno I figured that I had overcome this issue. But I guess losing weight just made me more aware of it because now I have to go shopping for all new clothes that fit. I know it may sound like I am complaining because I have to go shopping but it’s really more than that.  I feel this unnecessary pressure (that no one is putting on me) to keep the weight off. I am more aware every time I eat something with a ton of calories and it really does something to me emotionally. It’s almost like a love/hate relationship.

I know there is a difference between being more healthy and making better decisions about my food choices and this awareness is not quite that. It’s more of a competition with every other girl that’s not me… a voice that is telling me that they are sure that the other pretty girl is not having a second piece of cake or fast food and ice cream for dinner. Telling me that the other pretty girl is working out right now not watching T.V. I’m competing with this fictitious woman and I’m tired.

This woman is not those who are on T.V. I really am aware of the media and how those women have so much done to them between hair, makeup, cosmetic surgery, and airbrushed techniques I know that the after person we see is NOT  like the before person who showed up. NO instead this woman is the enemy disguised as every woman who I see. And starting NOW I will NO longer allow him to manipulate the thoughts I have about me and my body anymore!

It’s the enemy that has me so tied up on what that other woman looks like that I can’t see how beautiful I am. It’s the enemy that has reminded me of what I use to look like 10 years ago! Are you kidding me!!! 10 years ago I was in high school on the track and volleyball teams worked out in between seasons and walked three miles both ways to and from school (of course I was a lot smaller)!!! It’s the enemy that condemns period and I am done listening to him and his lies! I am beautiful! I am royalty! I am set free!! I will eat what I want and I will work out when I want. I will see myself the way Jesus sees me everyday and know that I really am beautiful! I am ready to walk in the confidence of knowing that I am beautiful and that it’s okay to feel beautiful no matter what size I wear.

 

Chew On This: Isaiah 26:9

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve come across a scripture or verse that has caught my attention enough for me to want to memorize it and get it down deep within me but today I came across this verse on Youversion. It was the verse of the day for today and as I read these words I was instantly captured by them and really wanted them to be more than just words that I read I wanted them to become the life that I live.

Isaiah 26:9 says this,

My soul yearns for you in the night;

my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.

For when your judgments are in the earth,

the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

I hope these words become alive to you like they have become for me and that we may all be able to yearn, seek, and learn righteousness together, AMEN!

Outfit of The Day

So today I was feeling a little bold so I decided to throw on my red skinny jeans that I got from wet seal on sale for a penny and a neon green tank top along with some black patent leather flats I picked up from Khols a while back. I also wore my natural hair free today with a little lime green accent! What did you wear today?

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My Week Recap

I felt like I had a lot going on and didn’t take very many pictures! I had some great quality time with my love, worked out a bit at the gym, made lasagna, had some great Jesus time, finally got Adele’s CD that i’ve been wanting (thanks love), went to a pool party, and worked a little bit oh and I got my first paycheck! How was your week?

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Hurting People Want To Be Heard

I have always been a listener more than a talker but ever since I have tried to make myself talk more to accompany my listening skills I forgot how much God uses me in that way. This week alone I have been caught off guard by people unabashedly spilling their guts to me… Now don’t get me wrong I don’t mind listening at all but I don’t think I was expecting most of them.

What I learned was simply this: Hurting people want to be heard! It doesn’t matter if they are struggling with things, are overly stressed about situations, or have regrets they need to voice, people want to know that there is someone there to acknowledge that they hear them and fortunately for them that is exactly how God made me. He’s made me to listen first and offer words second. I just have to remember that in those times my listening is more important than keeping my schedule and I need to do everything without complaining.

Blessed are the flexible, right? Well that doesn’t just mean on a mission trip or another high paced situation, it also means in my every day life! If I am not flexible enough to be used by God I can’t call myself a passionate follower of Jesus! It’s in those moments of flexibility that I gain the most clarity and regain proper perspective on what it means to truly love others. At the end of the day that’s all that matters. Be open to being used by God today He won’t disappoint!

A Love Letter To My Husband…

My Dearest William,

I’m writing you this letter just simply to tell you Thank You and I Love You! I wanted the whole world to know just how much I love you and why it is that I love you!! So think of this as me SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS!

First off I just want you to know that I am thankful for all the work that you do! I know that at times you are working so much that we barely see each other but I know that you are providing the best way you know how for our family so thank you! Thank you for being such a hard worker and yet being sensitive to know when I need more of you. You are doing such a great job of balancing work, ministry and time with me!

Seeing you work so hard has really made me fall in love with you all over again! I guess it’s because you’re so passionate about the things that you do I can’t help but love you more and more. Not to mention the fact that we’ve been the only people in each others lives for quite some time, and although we now have a few friends you are the only friend I ever really need. I love just hanging out with you! I feel like we’ve truly become friends in the last few months not that we weren’t before, but I think somewhere along the way our friendship got lost in all the marriage stuff you know? But it’s nice to know that we can just get together and have fun, laugh together and not take things too seriously!

Thank you for loving Jesus and for always striving to better your relationship with Him. I am so thankful that we can undoubtedly say that our love for Jesus is what brought us together and is what makes our marriage work. Keep loving Jesus and we’ll always be right where we are supposed to be! I love the way you keep going after what God has called you to and look forward to the many adventures that come with that perseverance. I’m ready to follow you wherever God leads you!

I love you because every day you are trying to get to know me better and in the midst of that I get to know you better (it only took me 3.5 years to figure out you don’t like mango or the word whatever as an answer and for you to figure out that I really don’t like nature or things to be sugar-coated) I love the way you crack my back every night so that I can sleep. I love the fact that you are always thinking about me. I love that most days you come home for lunch and watch boy meets world. I love that you listen to me and that you really do appreciate my feedback and point of view. I love that you challenge me to be better at the things that I enjoy doing and how you push me to get better at the things I’m not too good at. I love that you enjoy my cooking and I love that you are one of my biggest fans (sorry I think my mom still has you beat).

I love that you love me and you’re not afraid to tell me and that you are not afraid to show your emotions. I absolutely love seeing you with kids (and have come to accept the fact that they love you more than they love me)! There is a special side of you that comes out when you’re in the presence of children. It’s like you’re more in tune with their needs and I cannot wait until we have children upon children of our own because I know that you are going to be one magnificent father!

I love your heart, I love your strength, I love your determination, I love the fact that you know so much about so many things and yet have learned when to share them with me, I love that you are such a kid at times, I love that you are an honest man, I love that you fight for others especially their marriages because I know that you will always be fighting for ours! I love that divorce is NOT an option and that there will never be a reason to think that it is! I love that we make our own traditions. I love that we are good at road-trips and we both like to travel to new places!

I look forward to our lives together for many, many more years. I promise to always love you even when I may not like you. I promise to try to do everything without complaining, I promise to always think of you first and to honor, respect, and pray for you. I love you and am so thankful that God made a way for us to be together (you make the years in the Army worth it)!  Thank you for being my knight in shining armor and treating me like a princess, thank you for supporting me and praying for me and for being a FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY better husband than I could ever have imagined! I love being your wife and always will!

Loved By Me Always,

Terri