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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Winds of Change

Can you feel it? The wind is stirring, the leaves are waving, and there is the slightest odor of smoke in the air. I'm not speaking of the weather, mind you, but of my spirit. Lately, I have felt the Lord stirring in me...changing me...igniting within me a desire to be more receptive to Him. He is gently prodding me to change the way I see the world around me and especially to change the way I treat & react to the people around me.

For the past several weeks I have felt a driving need to learn more about what it means to be a godly woman and how that godly woman should make her home a haven for her husband and children (if God blesses her with any). I have felt a need to do something to bring myself closer to God...things like memorizing Scripture, reading the Word more, and making a conscious effort to be kind in my thoughts and words. Much of this inspiration is due in part to the many blogs of wonderful, godly women that I have found over the past month or so. There are links to some of them in the sidebar if you'd care to take a look. One of my favorites is A Wise Woman Builds Her Home which belongs to June Fuentes of Indiana. This lady has EIGHT children and homeschools them all! She really has some godly wisdom on child-rearing, being a spouse, being a homemaker, and several other topics. If you want to be challenged, go read her blog. You won't be disappointed!

On several of the blogs I've been reading lately, I've read references to being a "Proverbs 31 Woman" or a "Titus 2 Woman." I had a vague idea of what the ideal woman in Proverbs is like-- pretty much perfect! But I had never heard of being a Titus 2 woman until just recently. So, like any good Baptist girl who finds herself on the very back row in big church & hopelessly distracted by all the potty-goers, I decided to look up the Titus passage. Keep in mind my desire lately to be a "homemaker", not necessarily a stay-at-home wife yet, but a homemaker.

Titus 2:3-5, NIV
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."

That, ladies (and maybe gentlemen), is exactly what God has been stirring up in my soul! Hallelujah, praise the Lord! When I read those verses, it was as if God shouted in my head, "Look Ashlie! This is what I've been guiding you toward! This is how you can please Me!" I tell you, that was an "Ah-ha!" moment for me. I especially love how the NIV says "busy at home" because it portrays a woman who stays at home and yet is not at all lazy or bored. She is "busy" keeping a clean home so that her family will be comfortable. She is "busy" doing laundry so that her family will have fresh, sweet-smelling clothes to wear. She is "busy" cooking food that will satisfy hungry bellies and nourish growing bodies. In short, she is fulfilling the privilege, and, yes, it is a privilege, of making her home a haven for her family.

I have a long, long, long way to go before I am anywhere close to being a Titus 2 or a Proverbs 31 woman. But if the gentle breeze stirring in my soul is any indication, it will be a revealing & refreshing journey! I pray that you too will begin to feel God calling you back to a joy in godly womanhood.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sew Excited!!

I'm SEW excited!! I got my very own sewing machine! It all happened Tuesday afternoon...

My mom, sister, and I went to lunch at Posados (Mexican restaurant) and decided to go across the street to the Fabric Boutique to look at sewing machines. My sis and I have both been wanting a sewing machine for some time now and so we just went in to look around and see what the store had to offer. Well...the first thing that caught our eye was the cutest bath wrap made out of that pink minky dot fabric that a lot of baby blankets are made of. The store is offering a class on making these wraps and that got us really excited so of course we had to sign up for it! It only cost $15 (plus materials) and it was on a day that we're off so we just had to do it. Never mind that it's at 11 am and we have to work the night before. We'll wear thimbles on every finger if we have to just to keep ourselves from sticking sharp pins in our sleepy digits. Who cares if we'll be squinting at the teacher through blood-shot eyes? We CANNOT miss this class! It just sounds like too much fun!

Then, we started talking to Ms. Shirley, the owner, and she started demonstrating all the neat stitches you can do with the Bernina something-or-other sewing-slash-embroidery machine. I was fascinated! And it doesn't help that I'm the type who wants to get the equipment with the most bells and whistles for whatever hobby I'm into. But when I saw the price tag (a couple thousand bucks) even I had to reign in my eagerness. We looked around a little more and found a basic machine made by a Bernina-owned company that was on sale for about a $150 off. The good thing is, it's cute too! 'Cause that's important, right? I mean, how can you make cute stuff come out of a not cute machine? Yes, I thought you'd agree. :)

In the picture you'll see all the sewing notions I had to go out and buy because I had nothing but a pair of scissors. Literally. I didn't even have any safety pins, let alone a hem gauge, pin cushion, marking pencils, THREAD, seam ripper, and measuring tape. The pin cushion is one of those classic little tomato ones...how cute is that!? Oh, and the big blue thing behind the machine is my cutting board. It's made for quilting, which I want to get into. It's got all kinds of shapes in assorted sizes to use for cutting out your quilt pieces. Oooo, I can't wait to get started! But wait! A major element in any sewing project is FABRIC, right? Of which I also had none. Until today...

I got these remnants from Hobby Lobby when Sis and I stopped in after work. They are anywhere from 3/8 yd to 2 yd and were very reasonably priced. The white one has a tone-on-tone pattern to it, the navy blue has tiny white stars, and the others are pretty much what you see in the picture. Except the cream & floral one 3rd from left. It's an eyelet print that has floral embroidery running all across it in white thread so it gives it some texture. I'm thinking these will either be good to practice on or to make a rookie's first patchwork quilt. The start of a first quilt anyway. The possibilities are endless! The absolute best thing about this new sewing machine is that Hubby and I had prayed that I'd be able to find a good deal on one the night before in our prayer time. And then the Lord gave me one ON SALE!! God is so good. He even cares about little stuff like that. :) I can't wait to see which way the bobbin winds with this new adventure!

Have a great day, Everyone!

UPDATE: We got our bathtub fixed! Yay! The repair man is the same one who's been out several times before and he and my hubby have struck up a friendship. Hubby gave the old man some catfish he'd caught & ducks he'd shot. The old man said to call him personally next time and he'd cut us a deal for some more meat! Woo Hoo, it's good to have connections like that. :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Finally! A Wreath is Born!

It's been a REALLY long weekend at work. Babies coming out of our ears (and other places) and dreams of screaming, pooping, burping, brand new people. So it's a good thing I finally got around to putting my fall wreath together Friday afternoon before the craziness began. If you remember, I blogged about buying the makings of this wreath at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago. Yes, sadly, I did say a couple of weeks ago. But, in my defense, I have stayed true to my nature and procrastinated once again. I don't think I'd know what to think of myself if I actually did something I set out to do the day I set out to do it.

Anyway, I had woken up way early Friday afternoon and my Sweetie was at home doing homework so I figured I might as well be productive and get the wreath done. Hubby had been asking me almost every day, "Are you going to do the wreath today? I can't wait to see it hanging on the door!" And, I, being the procrastinator that I am, had a guilty twinge with each inquiry. Although, apparently it wasn't a twinge painful enough to induce wreath wrangling.

Now, it's not that I didn't want to make the thing after I bought the fixin's, it's just that for some reason my genetics do not allow prompt production of any new or planned project. That part of the Helix was somehow left out of my DNA ladder. I have thought about trying to change. I've even agonized over and lamented my inability to get anything done in a timely manner. But alas, the thought just stresses me out so that I eventually ignore the problem and decide to deal with it later. Hence, the vicious cycle continues.

Enough of my rambling, here is a pic of the materials I used for the wreath (minus the scissors, but that's a given):



All of these deliciously lovely pieces came from Hobby Lobby, and were, of course, on sale. Never, ever, ever buy anything from that store for full price because if you just wait a week or so whatever your heart desires will be on sale. That was just an aside for those of you who didn't realize this miraculous fact. Hobby Lobby is fast becoming a dangerous store for me to hang out in. It's probably due to this need I have lately to CREATE something, anything, everything! I've always enjoyed crafting and being creative but it's only been recently that I've had a real desire to create things that make our home more inviting and warm. Maybe it's newlywed-itis, I don't know. Whatever the cause, it's fun to make something pleasing to the eye, especially when my husband is so encouraging! :)

Here is the finished wreath hanging on our kitchen door (nobody uses our front door, so why put the wreath there?). Oh, and I ended up not using the raffia because I liked the way it looked without it and I didn't want the thing to get too busy.

I just love Fall. I would love it even more if I lived in an area where you could actually tell when it got here instead of just walking out the door one day in oh...say...January...and saying "Whew, it's nippy out here. I guess Fall finally decided to show up!" But hey, better late than never, right?

Don't worry, y'all, fall will come soon enough and then we'll all be able to enjoy those cool evening walks, chili suppers, and warm cider or cocoa. If you feel the urge, go ahead and make something with your own two hands that you and your family can enjoy. Better yet, get your family involved in helping you make something to warm up your home! I bet you'll have fun and make a couple sweet memories too!

HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bathtub Blues

Aaarrrggghhhh!! It's happened again. Our bathtub has decided not to drain. AT ALL...or, at least very slowly. Now, I like to take long, hot showers and this clog business is seriously cutting into my shower enjoyment. I just can't relax under the steaming hot water when I'm standing ankle deep in bathtub backup!

This is not the first time the bathtub has acted up. Oh no. A couple of months ago we had to call out the plumber because the bathtub and the toilet had indigestion. The toilet had overflowed and the tub kept burping up trash from the drain. Can you say "Gross!"? The memory alone makes me shudder! That time we spent a whopping $95 to have our clean out access in the front yard snaked.

Well, it looks like we're gonna have to call out the nice plumber man once again. Yes, we've tried the liquid clog busters you can buy at the store. They're just no match for our circa 1950's/60's pipes and the clog that's no telling how old. My Dear Hubby even tried buying his own plumbing snake from Home Depot to bust the clog. How a thin metal coil with an adjustable handle is supposed to break up an obstruction, I'll never know. Needless to say, our bathtub decided it was still hungry and ate the snake. So now instead of a clog made of just the usual bathtub fodder, we have a piece of metal coil stuck in there too! Whew! It just keeps getting better, doesn't it?

Here's a picture of our backed up bathtub at its finest:


And yes, that is pink tile. It seems that was a popular color choice for bathrooms in the 1950's. It's definitely been a challenge to decorate around! And it's probably why I haven't done much besides add a vase of potpourri to the back of the toilet and hang up nice hand towels, both of which were wedding gifts by the way. :)

I suppose tomorrow I'll have to break down and call the plumber. I really, really, really hope this doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

Have a great day y'all and remember the lesson of the day...a plumber a day keeps the Bathtub Blues away!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fun That Makes You Think

This is a fun little tag that will make you stretch your noodle! Thanks, Anna

These are the rules of the tag:

Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the questions. Your answers must be real places, things, names... nothing made up. If you can't think of anything, skip the question. You can't use your name for the boy's/girl's name question. If your name happens to start with the same letter as mine, sorry, you can't use my answers.

FAMOUS SINGER:
Allison Krauss

FOUR LETTER WORD:
Alto

STREET:
Audobon

COLOR:
Aubergine

GIFTS/PRESENTS:
Afghan (the blanket, not the middle-easterner)

THINGS IN A SOUVENIR SHOP:
Albums

BOY'S NAME:
Aarron

GIRL'S NAME:
Abigail

MOVIE TITLE:
Apocalypto

DRINK:
Apple cider

OCCUPATION:
Astronaut

CELEBRITY:
Ashton Kutcher

MAGAZINE:
Allure

U.S. CITY:
Austin, Texas

PRO SPORTS:
Anglers (fishermen)

FRUIT:
apple

REASONS FOR BEING LATE FOR WORK:
Agoraphobia

SOMETHING YOU THROW AWAY:
Animal droppings (yuck!)

THINGS YOU SHOUT:
Amen, Sister!

CARTOON CHARACTER:
Animaniacs (does more than one count?)

Ok, now it's your turn! Copy this to your blog (come on...you know you want to stretch your linguistic legs!) and leave me a comment so I'll be sure & have a look at your creative genius!

Have fun and God Bless you!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Happy Labor Day!!

Happy Labor Day to all you hard-working folks out there!! Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a busy corporate executive, you deserve a day that recognizes your efforts. So, even if you don't have official plans to celebrate the day, try to take a little "you" time. Brew a pot of coffee & use the special creamer, read a few chapters of the book you've been wanting to start, or just relax on the couch for a power nap. Whatever you do, I hope your day is wonderful from start to finish!

Me, I'm gonna go crash until I have to get up & cook supper. My Honey is coming home today! YAY! I wanna have something yummy waiting on him when he walks through the door. I haven't seen him all weekend and his homecoming can't get here soon enough! Sleeping will make the time go by faster, right? Anyway, I hope everyone has some kind of special moment today, either at work or at play.

P.S. I have a big box of Hawaiian leis leftover from my rehearsal dinner if anyone would like to have them. Why I thought I needed over a hundred, I have no idea. Nevertheless, they need a good home. Maybe a mom with kids who like to pretend? Or a teacher looking for prop? Or maybe someone who just wants to imagine they're in the tropical islands...can you tell I'm desperate to get rid of them? I paid good money for these things (not much, mind you) and I'd hate to just throw them away. But I really, really, really want to get them out of the back of my car!! Just let me know...

Sunday, September 2, 2007

20 Questions...or more like 46 :)

I got this from Destiny's blog and I'm a sucker for these question & answer thingy's so here ya go! Copy it to yours if you'd like and let me know so I can snoop on ya!

Betcha didn't know this... :)

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Sort of...my mom liked the name Ashley (I spell it Ashlie) from Gone With the Wind so that's where my first name came from & my middle name (Gayle) is after my aunt
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
a few weeks ago when I got some bad news from my parents
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
most of the time...depends on whose handwriting I've been looking at :)
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
turkey & ham
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
nope, not yet
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Of course! I'm fabulous Dahling! and humble too
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
What do you think? :)ha ha couldn't resist! But yes, I do
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS ?
Yes
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Only if I were pushed first!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Golden Grahams
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Usually
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
physically or emotionally? physically--HA!...emotionally--in most situations
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Anything coffee flavored and/or chocolate
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE ?
Body language, eyes, and smile
15. RED OR PINK?
pink...any shade!
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOU?
my superb ability to procrastinate
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My husband! He's dove hunting in Missouri this weekend
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
Of course! I'm nosy remember?
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Do you really care?
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
McDonald's sausage & cheese biscuit meal
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The washing machine spinning
22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
A bright turquoise...that color always makes me smile
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Fresh cut grass/hay, rain, and just about any Yankee Candle
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
a patient at work (while at work, not a social call)
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
Yep! Sure do!
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
I don't really know what's going on in any of them but I like to watch football (with a group) and Nascar
27. HAIR COLOR?
Dark Brown with reddish tint
28. EYE COLOR?
Green
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Yes (I want to do the laser procedure but I'm too chicken)
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
I could probably eat Mexican everyday and Chinese is a close second...desserts come in third :)
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings! scary movies make me feel like I've just invited satan into my life YUCK!
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Apocalypto & 300...both are really good but not for kids or if you want a pick-me-up
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Navy blue Old Navy t-shirt
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter...you can always add more layers but there's only so far you can go with the de-layering ;)
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs...and kisses from my Sweetie
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Yellow cake with chocolate icing...plain I know but it's a comfort thing
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Hopefully at least one person :)
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
?????
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Hawaiian scene with jumping dolphins
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHt?
I was at work so I only heard what was on in my patients' rooms
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
Rain on our metal back porch roof, kids' big belly laughs, my husband calling me "Ash-of-lee" (we're completely corny with each other)
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles...even though they did have an amoral lead singer
44. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Washington, D.C. on a band trip in high school (yes, I was a band nerd)
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
not that I can think of so I guess not
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Warner Robins, Georgia

Ready or NOT!!

I work 12 hour shifts. At night. Yes, that's right...7 pm to 7 am...and usually longer than that depending on how big the baby boom is at the moment. I think I'm pretty used to it after a little over 4 years and I even enjoy my job...most of the time. Sometimes it can be pretty nerve-wracking if you have a particularly needy mom (no offense ladies) or a couple of babies who think they need to practice their operatic scales ALL NIGHT LONG.

Anyway, 12 hour shifts make for a long night, as you can imagine. So, at the end of my night I'm usually ready to head straight home & decompress for a little while before hitting the sack. However, a few of my co-workers have recently decided that it would be great fun & very motivational for us to all go walking together at a track down the road when we get off. Now, since I am all about hangin' with the girls and even slightly eager to shed a little of the junk in my trunk, I have been participating for a couple weeks. And, I'm always glad I did it when we get done with our usual 2 miles. But...I HATE IT!!

At least I hate the thought of going before I get there. Does that make sense? I always have to fight with myself and convince myself that I'm doing this for the welfare of my body. The Bible does say our bodies are the temple of God, right? Well, this temple never gets excited about a new paint job or a good window scrubbing. But it sure feels good after it's done!

Such was the case last night. We were slow in the nursery (only 7 kiddos) so we did a fair bit of sitting, which makes it even harder to feel motivated to exercise. I debated all night long about whether or not I really wanted to go walk 2 miles in the heat & humidity. But, in the end, I went with two other girls & walked our 2 miles. We even ran about a quarter of one of those miles! And ya know what? There was a delightful breeze blowing & only minimal humidity!! The Lord loves me after all! :)

All this is to say, when you dread something that's probably gonna be a little difficult, DO IT ANYWAY!! You'll be proud of yourself when you're done and you'll probably reap a blessing you didn't even know was waiting on you!

Have a HUMDINGER of a day everyone!