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#305: The Walter Show March 31, 2012

Have you seen the Ronald karaoke Geico commercial?  If you haven’t you should.

Anyway, the other morning my husband Walter started singing the Ronald song.  He was cracking me up.  A few minutes later I said, “Sing the Ronald song again.”  He said, ” You’re always asking me to do things.  Sing this song.  Make this sound.  Do this.  Do that.  I’m like, no.  You’re always wanting to watch the Walter show.”

Well, yes!  Of course I am.  When you have a husband as funny as mine, you want to watch he Walter Show all – day –  long.  He’s my favorite show!


#304: Working out together March 30, 2012

Maria Moline, instructor, coaches her Zumba cl...

Maria Moline, instructor, coaches her Zumba class through the dance choreography in the Patch Fitness Center in U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last weekend my husband and I rejoined our old club.  We left about a year ago because we moved 30 minutes away.  We’re back!  It turns out that there wasn’t a better place for us closer, for that price.  We love our club.  It’s got tennis for my husband and  lots of fun things for me like swimming, water aerobics classes, Zumba, and yoga.  And of course those yucky old weights I should be lifting.  We signed up again last weekend and we’ve been nearly every day!  My goal is to go every day but at the very least: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Wish us luck!


#303: My husband loves when I blog March 29, 2012

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When I blog, there are long stretches of time where I am in the basement not talking, not asking him to look at things,  not asking him to do things.

my blogging = peaceful moments

Hey!  Everyone needs a hobby.  🙂

Peace begins with love

Peace begins with love (Photo credit: Br3nda)


#302: Spring in our yard March 28, 2012

It’s time to start working on the yard again.  I picked leaves that had gotten caught in the bushes out of the shrubs.  I still have more to do.  I don’t like that job.  My favorite is planting flowers.  My hydrangea that we planted last summer is on its way back!  I love Spring!  Renewal, birth, and the resurrection of our Lord!


#301: Humility March 27, 2012

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Humility is a weak area for me and I have asked God to help me with it.  One of the things I love about life is that you get to keep growing, improving, and changing.  I really want to become a more humble person.  First I need to understand what humility means.  Then I need to practice it.  I am in the learning phase now and am starting to practice what I’ve learned.

(becoming) a woman for Him just did an excellent post on humility called (becoming) closer to God through Proverbs 6, part 2 haughty eyes.  You can check it out here.  She says that the first thing God hates is haughty or proud eyes.  She asks us to look at our behaviors such as taking pride in your gifts and accomplishments, or feeling that you deserve certain things.  We are nothing without God and all that we have He gave to us.  If we boast it should be about our knowledge of God, God’s strength in our weakness, and what God did for us through the cross.

Learn This: A personal development site for passionately learning productivity, career,
leadership and life improvement tips posted 50 Ways to Be More Humble and to Act Humbly.  I highlighted the ones that really spoke to me and let me tell you, I did a lot of highlighting.  Here are the ones I really need to work on:

  • Listen more than you talk
  • Count to 3 before adding to a conversation to make sure the other person is done
  • You are God’s creation not your own
  • Don’t boast about your achievements, let others recognize them instead
  • Since winning isn’t everything, you don’t have to win
  • Remember that you are a sinner (in other words, you are no better or worse than anyone else)
  • Know how to accept praise with a simple thank you, don’t elaborate on it or talk more about it
  • Serve others and not yourself first
  • Learn from and model the life of the most humble teachers in history (Jess, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, etc.)

How to humble yourself in five easy lessons was also helpful.  It begins with “Humility is a tough thing to get.  The minute you think you got it, you lose it.”  Amen.  Pearls from this post include:

  • Take responsibility for your own sin for not doing so is proof of pride
  • Don’t forget who you are: a sinner, not God
  • To humble yourself you must do what is right, without regard for how insignificant that action or your position  may appear
  • to be humble does not mean feeling inferior, you can be confident in Christ
  • you can be a confident Christian – your faith in Jesus Christ makes you one of God’s children
  • Learn to control your tongue

Inner Frontier: Cultivating Spiritual Presence, also has a post on humility.  It begins with these two powerful messages:

There is a good description of humility:

“The humble, unassuming person immediately puts us at ease.  We can just relax and be ourselves in their presence, a zone of no competition, no judgment, and no fear.  The heart of the humble knows love.  Humility realizes that we are all in the same boat, all human, all equally children of the same God.”

If you struggle with humility as well, I hope these posts will help you as you strive to be ever more humble.


#300: Movie Mondays – Martha Marcy May Marlene March 26, 2012

Year: 2011

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Wife: I saw the previews and wanted to see it because I couldn’t figure out was going on and wanted to.  It had that indie feel to it.  Plus I like thrillers.  I thought it was good.  It was very tense.  The writing and acting were great.  Pretty scary stuff.  Cults are just creepy!  I thought Elizabeth Olsen was wonderful in the role.  I didn’t realize until after that she is younger sister to the Olsen twins.

Husband: It was weird.  The ending was terrible and ridiculously abrupt almost as if they ran out of film.  It was also slow and long.

Wife’s Note: Husband watched this movie the way I have watched March Madness: while “doing other things.” 🙂

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 6


#299: 4 simple money tips March 25, 2012

ceramic piggy bank

ceramic piggy bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a wife, I make many decisions as one of the stewards of our financial resources.  I am not an expert on money but I have a few tips based on what I’ve learned.  A few books that have been helpful to me are Dave Ramsey‘s Financial Peace Revisited, Michelle Singletary’s The Power to Prosper, and The One Minute Millionaire.  Two books I’d like to read are Rich Dad, Poor Dad and something by Warren Buffett.  Although Warren Buffet‘s book The Essays of Warren Buffet: Lessons for Corporate America isn’t advice for the average person, I want to read it anyway to glean some wisdom.

Here are 4 simple things I have learned about money that I haven’t been able to fully apply successfully.  These things are likely not new to you either but I bet you’ll agree that the difficulty lies in actually doing these things.

1. Spend Less.

Be frugal.  Buy only what you need.  Look for bargains and sales.  Stay out of stores.  That includes online stores!  Shopping should not be a hobby.  Spend within your means.  Simplify.  You don’t need all that stuff.  Also, every penny does count.  I used to buy new books on Amazon, even if the used books were 2 or 3 dollars less.  I would say to myself “Well it’s only 2 or 3 dollars.  I may as well have a new one.”  Now I say, “I can save 2-3 dollars.  Used books are fine!”

2. Save more. 

If you are not saving, start.  Save something.  You can start small.  Saving should be something you do your entire life. It should be a way of life.  And don’t dip into your savings except for emergencies.  No, a shoe sale is not an emergency.  Keep your savings growing.  Have a green thumb!  🙂

3. Ask God.

Ask God for prosperity.  The good Lord provides and He will give you what you need.  Thank God for what He gives you.  Accept God’s will.

4. Give!

Give to family.  Give to friends.  Give to the poor. Give to strangers.  Give to charities.  Give to your church.  Give, give give!

Don’t get hung up on where you are.  Start doing the right thing and pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come.  You can do it!


#298: Being Family Historian March 24, 2012

One of the things I love about being married is that I get to be the family historian.  This job is related to a few of the other hats I wear:

  1. Family photographer
  2. Family birthday keeper and rememberer
  3. Family card sender
  4. Family tree keeper
  5. Family memento keeper
  6. Family vacation planner

When you engage in these types of activities, it makes sense that you are the one who remembers family history.  Before I was married, I already did a lot of these things with my family.  Now I have added my husband’s family to the mix.

Not too long ago we found a lost relative on my husband’s side.  She found us on our family tree site and it made me feel good that she is now back in touch with the family. Don’t you just

love family?  The more the merrier.  Mostly.  🙂

English: TURLIN family tree

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#297: My Husband’s Fried Fish March 23, 2012

The other afternoon my husband called me at work and said, “How do you want me to cook the fish.”  We had thawed some fish. Of course, what I should have answered was “Bake it.”  Instead, I said, “You can fry it.”  And he did.  My husband makes the most awesome fried fish (and fried chicken and fried pork chops). You get the idea.  Anyway, the fish looked lovely frying in the pan in all that magnificent grease!  I just had to take a picture but I don’t think I did it justice.

I know, frying is not good.  But every once in a while…  🙂


#296: Birthday Dinners March 22, 2012

One of the things you get to do as a married couple is to celebrate milestones and other important events together.  Birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, etc.  My husband recently celebrated his 50th birthday.  That’s a big one.  We went to one of his favorite restaurants, Red Lobster.  Of course, I had to take a few pictures of the food!