Saturday, January 23, 2016
Sunday, June 28, 2015
- Study: Reread the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman and discuss with my husband.
- Celebration: Cherish and celebrate the time we spend together, whether it’s eating dinner on a week night at home or going somewhere special, I’m going to make an effort to be sure that my husband knows how happy I am to be married to him. I think it’s important enough to celebrate.
- Listen: I'm learning to be a better listener and to take action when my husband comments that he would like something done. I am also learning to point out the fact that it was done because I was listening to him.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I expected my volunteer experience to be lonely and emotionally taxing to say the least. I found that I was surrounded by really cool people the whole day. I made friends, I shared in a team experience, I got some excersize, and at the end of the day, I had a better outlook on life. The devastation I expected to bring gloom and sadness instead brought hope and a new appreciation for strangers.
If you have the chance, volunteer Moore!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Do animals pass knowledge to their children like humans? I wonder this. I think that they must.
We have lived in this house for 3.5 years and the only time there has been an animal in our pool is when my husband scared a little bunny and it fell in the pool. I am very afraid of the animals that could be in the pool’s traps. The thought crosses my mind every time I empty them.
Two weeks ago, the fear I have been dealing with finally came true- I opened the lid to the trap and there was a long tail with leaves all around. I looked more closely (I have been startled by “animals” that weren’t there before). There was fur. I was convinced that there was a giant rat in the pool filter. I dropped the lid and ran back inside. I could hear the cat laughing at me in my head.
Upon further inspection a few hours later, I determined that it was mouse, not a giant one, either My husband had to empty the trap that evening.
Over the next weeks, we had two more mice in the traps. Each time the mouse was smaller than before. A family who made the choice to build their home too close to the deadly swimming pool.
Why has it been 3.5 years before we had any mice in the pool? Is it because they pass on the knowledge from generation to generation that it’s not a good idea to build their nest in that area? Did this family unknowingly make a bad choice?
I still remember the first time I saw a dead mouse. We were living in Wisconsin and my dad had seen a mouse so we went to the hardware store and bought some mouse traps. I remember helping him bait them and place them in the room with the wood burning furnace. My brother had a little “man cave” down there. He came upstairs to tell me that we had caught a mouse. I was super excited and I grabbed my dad and went downstairs to find this adorable little white mouse with the pinkest little feet and nose.
Poor mouse. She was so pretty. I was upset that I had been excited about killing her- I wished that we had bought a “no kill” trap and taken her to live her mouse life in an appropriate environment.
I imagine that the family of mice that died in our pool were curious, looking for a better life, a better home. They chose to make their home close to water and that killed them. Father mouse went out to “get some dinner” and he didn’t return. Mother mouse went looking for him and she didn’t return. So baby mouse was forced to go and find his own food. He too drowned the same way as his parents. Their accidental death was directly caused by their choice to nest near the swimming pool.
I have been reminded over and over that my choices are what determines my quality of life and ultimately my survival.
In the modern human economy, Darwin’s theory, “Survival of the Fittest” is actually “Survival of the Choices”. Humans are not dictated by our physical attributes as much as by our choices. Everyone has the opportunity to make good choices and bad. As adults, our health, safety and economic class are products of our choices not chances. Nobody else is responsible for these things for us.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
From day one, you were there,
Doing all the work,
then stepping aside to let someone else take the glory.
I learned so many things from you,
I grew into a beautiful woman,
and gave my dad all the credit.
I adored my daddy,
Looked up to him,
Wanted to be just like him.
It is you that I want to be like,
You are the strong woman that I patterned myself after.
|Thank you, Mom, for picking out my wedding dress! You have great tastes!|
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Welcome back to the world of work! How are you adjusting back to long days in the office instead of long days at home? Is data entry more enjoyable than laundry and cleaning? I hope you are enjoying these first few weeks back to work. I know it will be a huge adjustment with a long list of pros and cons.
How's baby? Adjusting quickly I'm sure!
Are you getting back into the habit of packing a lunch and avoiding office junk food? I literally walk out of my way to NOT walk past the cookies, pretzels and candy at my office… I am powerless some days, and others I’m just fine with my apple and carrots instead of butter cream icing. Who am I kidding? That apple would taste better dipped in the icing!!
Anyway, here is a recipe for you that I enjoy taking to work.
Whole Wheat Wrap with Couscous:
Put a whole wheat Tortilla in a gallon sized Ziploc and roll it up.
Take about a 1/4 cup of cooked couscous and add 2 Tbs of Wheat Germ place in a microwave safe container. *Optional, add leftover meat or beans if you’d like.
Wash a handful of spinach and wrap in a paper towel.
In a separate container, put cheese and peppers and/or olives *optional add tomatoes, shredded carrots and/or cucumber.
At lunch time, heat Couscous mixture and tortilla. Spread the spinach on top of tortilla to provide extra strength for the wrap. Layer couscous mixture and cheese and veggies. Roll like a wrap and enjoy!
This recipe is extra healthy because there is no sauce/dressing needed. The couscous is moist enough to keep the wrap from feeling dry. This extremely low calorie meal provides a fullness and satisfaction, at least until the 3 o’clock snack!
Welcome back to the world of work! I hope you know that you have made excellent choices in staying home with you baby and then returning to work. Good luck in all you as you set out to find a work life balance! May you be happy in both!
I am proud of you!