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Cleaning or Cleansing?

1 Aug

Since we moved into our home three years ago, we were blessed to hire someone to clean it.  I honestly don’t know that I have ever deep cleaned the house until after I retired on 7/15.  I seriously forgot how satisfying it is to see something dirty and make it clean.  To have the vacuum lines…the clean counters…  Maybe I’m OCD more than I admit.  I love the fact that I can declutter and rearrange and my hubby comes home and notices.  Silly little things but in this season of sickness for my life, it is very rewarding to have something – anything, to feel that I have a little control over.

Change is good (Period. Exclamation! Question Mark?)

18 Jan

I don’t know if the title of my post is a question, a statement, or a cry.  Sometimes you think you want or need change and it’s awesome.  It’s just what the soul needed.  Sometimes you don’t expect it and there it is – BOOM.  It hurts, it’s awkward…it makes your insides ache.  Sometimes it just is.  It happens and you’re not happy or sad about it.  You just roll with it and move on.

So many people tackle the “new year” with such fervor.  Such hope and joy and expectations galore.  I just wish I could sit down with a large percentage of them and just ask some questions…why now? what have you been waiting on? what is different on January 1st that couldn’t have started June 2nd or September 6th or May 9th? is there some magical reset that takes place with the tossing of a calendar?

I think we all know that’s absurd. As adults we know that we can start fresh anytime.  We can turn away from the past and move on to a new path.  As a Christian, I know that I MUST turn away.  When you ask for forgiveness, you do so with repentance.  To turn away from the old.  That means you STOP doing that thing that you are asking forgiveness for.  Boy, if teenagers REPENTED to their parents wouldn’t life be simple?  If your husband REPENTED, would you not have a happier home?  So, what stops us?  Being human?  Being weak?  Being sinners?  I am so convicted this week about this.  I am so convicted about having a pure home.  I want this for my children.  I don’t wish to shelter them, no…but I do wish to have my heart softened.  To not make excuses.  To want the best for them.  To want what God wants for them.  To know it’s possible.  To pray for it.  To ache for that.  To remember…Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  It doesn’t say I can TRY…it says I CAN.

If you are reading this and aren’t saved, don’t know what it is to be a Christian or don’t know how to ask Jesus into your heart – please do reach out.  I’d love to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.  My email is mrsjmejones@gmail.com.  

My Business

15 Aug

No, not starting a business…not closing a business or minding my business….just I’m BUSY!

Moving, Disney, kids, summer, work, etc etc etc have kept me from stopping and trying to remember any of it…that makes me sad.  However it makes me MADcrazyHAPPY that I have been too busy to notice.  Lately the only thing I even WRITE is my prayer list (which seems to get longer by the day – sadly) so sitting down to type is unthinkable one some days!

Moving has definitely been the time suck of the year!  Hmm, I guess technically “moving” itself wasn’t the time consuming activity….that was over in a day.  Filling a house has been the thing….buying new things, repurposing old ones, shopping for bargains, creating new memories in a new space.  It’s been EXHAUSTING…but most of all…it’s been FUN!!!  It’s one of those things that makes it so apparent to me that crazy times bring out the MOST of what you have the most of.  If you have love and fun and happiness, you will get more of THAT.  My sweet husband has been so awesome throughout this transitional phase of having a new space to live in…..he’s dealt with my shopping habits, my chevron obsessions and my need to decorate every nook and cranny with some form of turquoise, aqua or gray!  My kids have totally enjoyed finding their own new things and old things alike and have been such troopers about keeping things clean and organized.  My Mom has been….an angel!  She has loved shopping for me and crafting and lending a hand or elbow or whatever was needed.  My niece helped unpack like a madwoman and it was a great time to have my entire family…inlaws, parents, niece and her boyfriend, sissy and her hubby and my baby niece….my kids…our friend Zoe…it was just awesome.  I have had more visitors in a month than I believe I had at my former house in the seven years we lived there!  It’s just fun getting opinions on decor and organization sometimes, right?  ((OH AND THERE IS THAT POOL PROJECT THAT I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT!!!  SO MANY DECISIONS…….EEEEEK.)

Getting the kids ready for back to school…fun times.  My kids will all be at the same school and I’m thrilled about that.  MJ is starting K5 and I can’t even believe it.  The speed at which time has flown is amazing.  I’d like to say I’m dealing with my baby going to school very well but I’m not a liar.  She’s so ready and I want to show her how excited I am for her and I do…and then I fall apart alone!!  WHEW!  It will be all fine and well next Friday after it’s been a day and we’ve had “that” day and she did fine and was happy and didn’t hold onto my leg for dear life.  (Dear God, please don’t let that happen. Amen.)  The boys are kinda “meh” about school starting back….but that’s to be expected at 12 and 15.  Happy for them to get in there and get it going though!

Mike’s promotion + school = CRAZY!  Many nights when we first moved in (he had finals then), I didn’t see him after dinner because I couldn’t stay up until he got in bed!   Work has been busy for him as well….he hasn’t even played much golf lately!

TO BE CONTINUED…………I can’t even stay awake!!!

New House!

1 Jul

I am so so so so so excited to move on Friday!

**Ha! I wrote this on 6/8…intended to post pics and didn’t!**

~Winning~

Our New Home

27 Jun

I was thinking of making a point to blog about the progress of our move.  I missed out on that though.  We are here, unpacked and all decorated – NOT!  We are here….we are 92% unpacked I’d say…and the decorating is a work in progress and of course the most fun part!  I have enjoyed dreaming (pinning on Pinterest) and shopping (very little) and seeing a room come together (okay, one bathroom) more than I realized I would.

Let’s sum up the last few weeks….

June 14th – Friday

8:30 am – movers arrived at old house, started loading

9 am – walk through of new house

9:30 – close on new house

10:30 am – keys in hand, met movers at new house

12:30 pm – movers done, we started unpacking (with help and moral support from lots of family….my fave part)

1:00 pm – new furniture arrived followed by Windstream, Dish Network…Mike hung blinds….

June 15 – 16 – Saturday & Sunday

Unpacked, cleaned, more family came over….Dad hung ceiling fan in living room…assembled a few things….

June 17 – 18 – Monday & Tuesday

Both of us worked and came home to pack…again…for vacation.  Yes, we did that.

June 19 – Wednesday

4 am – Departed for Disney World, we drove (ok, Mike did)….stayed until Monday, June 24th….FAST FORWARD

June 24 – Monday

Christian’s 15th birthday….

4 pm – Returned home from Disney

6 pm – party for Christian at our house (FUN!)

June 25 – Tuesday

Both Mike and myself took vacation for this day as well to recover a bit.  We ended up spending it shopping, picking up the last of the TVs, finishing a bathroom decor….and enjoying the company of my sweet Zoe (family friend that we are blessed enough to live so so so close to now!)….great day!

June 26 – Wednesday

Back to reality.  Worked today and came home to cook my first meal.  HA!  Hot dogs and french fries – nothing but the best!  🙂

I really feel like the last few weeks have been a blur…an absolute blur…but it’s been so awesome and all for the best.  I’ve enjoyed seeing more of my family, starting a new chapter as we make this house a home and celebrating my baby boy’s birthday….life is so awesome!  God has blessed us so so so much and I’m ever so grateful for these blessings…

Wow, the June is BIZZZY!!

29 May

I love those times when I think I don’t have a life…things to do…much going on.  HA!  Enter June.  We have a few things going on, like:  selling current home/buying new home/moving into new home/packing up the rest of current home/vacation (shhh)/Mike has like 5 Dr appts/I have two weeks of vendor/customer meetings.  Add to that an already full platter of things to do…my oldest son is turning 15….what??…..Father’s Day……ACCCKKKKKK!!!!

So, that’s not the excuse that I haven’t posted.  I have just been living life instead of writing about it.  It’s a catch 22 though.  I love reading back over what I was thinking/feeling at a certain time.  Maybe with all this change in my life I will be sure to capture it somehow in word.  It is absolutely crazy all that we have going on….but I am so incredibly excited and happy.  And…BLESSED.

Oh, just charge it. Then, recharge it.

3 Jan

When I feel drained of *energy*, there are a few ways I can recharge.  I thought I’d make a list…

  1. nap (assuming all the kid folk and husband folk are in agreement.  LEAST LIKELY ONE, FYI)
  2. massage (La Therapie in Cary is my FAVE)
  3. be still (and know)
  4. talk it out (talk about what drained me, prolly to my mama)
  5. make a list (ha, but no really)

I find that sometimes the most effective way to recharge is something mindless.  Like, scouring FB or Twitter for updates.  To just get lost in something that is not taxing or stressful does me much good.  Maybe that’s why I know so much about Sanford’s goings-ons, Cory Booker,  Food Network and YOU!  🙂

 

Gee Thanks!

23 Nov

So, I’ve been a bad, bad girl.  I haven’t been on FB to post every day what I’m thankful for!  <Gasp!>  (Before you think I’m talking about YOU, I did it last year and I didn’t hate it….so I’m not judging.)

But, we all know by now, I’m a list girl.  I’m thankful for lists.  That’s all!  Good night, thanks!

Okay…maybe…more….like…

  1. My personal relationship with my Lord and Saviour.  (If you don’t have that, please talk to me!)
  2. My sweet, considerate, funny hubby.  Our relationship is crazy strong and we are just getting started!  (Six years…)
  3. My kids…all three of them are so different but such great combinations of personality, wit and charm. (And sarcasm.)
  4. My family, every single member of it.  Both sides.  All sides. Especially the relationship with my Mom.  Always there for me.  Always willing to listen.  Also, the relationship between myself and my step-wife (my step-son’s Mom if you are not in the know) is such a blessing.  No drama, just working together for the good of our families that are intertwined.  Makes perfect sense, huh?  🙂
  5. Our home.  Though we are trying to sell it…it has provided shelter from storms, cold (hmm), heat and rain…we’ve welcomed a new life into this home together and had many moments of cheer and sadness as well.
  6. My job and it’s blessings..coworkers…my team..my boss..my friends made and kept there…
  7. Yoga pants
  8. Short hair (don’t care)
  9. Talenti gelato
  10. My wonderful family physician…Phillip takes such good care of us ALL!
  11. A clean house and the fabulous lady who makes that possible!!  (Love my cleaning angel!)
  12. That all my kids are potty trained!!!
  13. Social media. It’s been a lifeline at times for me. Might sound sad..but it’s true.
  14. Lifetime movies
  15. Nordstrom personal stylists. Sometimes when I put on one of the outfits she put together for me I’m still shocked that I’ve gone outside the box on some things.
  16. Hallmark Channel
  17. Dasani water
  18. Bojangles.  Just yes.
  19. Thyroid medicine.  Makes such a difference.
  20. Excel. Pivot tables. V look ups.
  21. Freedom
  22. Fantasy Football – gives me a reason to watch and spend time with my boys and hubby
  23. Blogging. A healthy outlet for me.

Ideal Living…NaBloPoMo

3 Nov

So I thought I’d participate in NaBloPoMo….and I’m using some prompts to get me going!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

So, if I could have all my family with me…my current job…all my fave things…and pick them all up and plop them down somewhere?  I’d have a hard time choosing between some of the most awesome places on Earth that I’ve visited…from Charleston, SC…to Augusta, GA…to Monterey, CA…Newport Beach, CA..Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…Kauai, Hawaii…Guanacaste, Costa Rica..Nassau….Miami, FL…Orlando, FL..Long Beach, CA…Cinncinati, OH…St Louis, MO…Lexington, KY…Asheville, NC…Boone, NC…Dallas, TX…Pebble Beach, CA…Carolina Beach, NC…OBX, NC…Virginia Beach, VA…Washington, DC…

I think I’d probably be very content with living just outside of Charleston, SC.  Maybe Folly Beach or Johns Island or Kiawah.  I absolutely adore Charleston.  The charm, the history, the scenery, the food, the people…the feeling I get when I’m there is one of total LOVE for this place.  I don’t want to leave it when I’m there…I get SO excited about my next visit and as soon as I leave it I am planning the next time back.  If only all my family would go with me…and my job…and my entire life….I’d just never come back!!!

Saw this coming a mile away…

4 Oct

Have you ever just KNOWN something was going to happen.  So much that you just wanted to – with all your being – make it STOP.  And, maybe you could have? But, probably not.  Either way, it happened.  

I’m feeling that way over this depressed feeling I am having.  I am fighting it with all I can.  But, it is still happening.  I am absolutely feeling it.  Being stuck at home, sleeping a ton, fearful of social situations ~ these are things that most happen as RESULT of depression…not the other way around.  I think that’s the reason I can feel it coming and have been able to mostly hold off the major troubles of it.  I do cry…but sometimes that is due to the pain in my joints.  I also cry because I’m humbled.  I’m grateful that I haven’t had health issues before now….that it’s not worse….that this will pass soon.   

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