Sunday, January 22, 2012

God at work!

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

How life happened-

We have seen the finger prints of God working in our lives, especially the last year. We have never felt like Missouri was home. Our fault? Probably. Missouri has just always seemed like a jumping point for Charles' career. We purchased a house hoping that is what we needed to make it feel like home. To decorate. To unpack all the boxes and get rid of them! That would feel right. So we thought...

We were making our way home from a trip to GA and as we drove through Nashville we both made a comment "I sure do wish we were home already." This was a very humble statement on both our parts- I never thought I wanted to be back in Georgia and Charles did not see himself ever wanting to work at Atlanta Tower! Little did we know that that statement would start a series of life changing events and God seeking moments...

Then we felt the strong need to put the house on the market, still with no offers for Charles to go anywhere. Miraculously we had an offer within 24 hours and after haggling, an accepted contract by the end of the work week. In this market? Yeah. Only God could have orchestrated that! We pushed out closing until August and have since been living in a one bedroom hotel suite with the firm belief that God was moving us from Missouri to what we believed to be, Georgia.

We were so excited at the thought of being within an hour drive of our parents! So excited to watch the relationships between Little Miss and various special people in our lives bloom. Excited that holidays we would have a house full of people to celebrate with. Excited.

Charles had put in paperwork requesting relocation to quite a few facilities- all giving a similar answers, " you are coming from too low of a facility" or "we don't need anyone for another 1+ year". We were dismayed...

Although, all along we truly believed in our heart of hearts God was leading us home to Atlanta. We had so many awe inspiring moments when we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt it was coming, to moments of "is this ever going to happen?" Why did we sell the house? Are we CRAZY? All along though God was there watching over us a preparing us as long as we were ready and willing to receive.

Then it happened! Last week Charles got the oh-so-important-phone-call! He was being released from St. Louis, Missouri and was to report to Charlotte, North Carolina April 8, 2012!!!

Talk about a curve ball!!!! That was supposed to be waaayyyyy out of the picture! We are so very excited at this possibility as in so many ways it is better than moving to Georgia for his career and still only 4 hours from our family in Georgia {sure beats our 10 hour drive currently}!

So as of April, we will embark on another new journey... Yet with it comes some bittersweet feelings. Leaving the few friends I have made here in Missouri but more so, leaving my older brother who lives here as well. I just need to figure out how to convince him to move to North Carolina too... :-)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Not our plans, His!

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Charlotte, North Carolina will be our new home come April!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Inspired by Finn

Teething babies are pitiful... It's a necessity in life, I'm thankful for my teeth!, yet it is still hard to see the little ones so miserable from teething!

I was turned onto Baltic Amber teething necklaces before I got pregnant actually. It was one of my "try" wants but did not see it as a necessity. Then I had a baby...who was teething. It was a necessity!

I am a total believer and tell anyone and everyone within ear shot how much I love this necklace! {Yes fakes are sold... Buying from a reputable company gives peace of mind! Plus, for your own mind sake test the necklaces yourself. Plastic beads burn when held to fire. Baltic Amber doesn't. When warmed it releases a warm forest scent.}

Anyways- When putting Little Miss' on her after bath a week ago I stupidly tightened the screw clasp too much and it broke off! Now she's having to wear mine which is way too big and she is constantly putting an arm through the necklace to wear as a sash... So I need to replace hers.

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Don't think Baltic Amber is just for babies precious teeth either... It helps with many ailments!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sugaring

When I stumbled across Sugaring Paste Hair Removal I couldn't wait to try it!!! I HATE shaving. I hate that I am so incredibly white and my hairs as so incredibly black. Even when I shave, you can see the nasty hair follicles on my smooth legs because I'm so fair skinned. The promise of longer time between shavings, lighter, and thinner regrowth had me convinced!

My first two attempts were using Brown Sugar and Apple Cider Vinegar- No go.

My third attempt was using the appropriate ingredients but it came out really watery, more like the gel than paste.

My final attempt has been the best yet!

Ingredients- 2 cups white sugar. 1/4 cup water. 1/4 cup lemon juice. Admittingly I used the 2 cups white sugar but I used about 1/4 cup combined lemon juice and water.

Photos of the process- Nice boil.


As time passes, it turns colors. It needs to be a dark amber color.


Once nice and dark, it's done! Mine, at room temperature, was rock hard. I ended up heating up in microwave and adding 2 tablespoons of water and it was the right consistency.


Now for the FUN {OUCH!} part! I have not shaved my legs in over a week! in hopes of getting consistency right and sugaring them so my hairs were nice and long. EWW!

This is the after photo... Check out the red splotches left from sugaring. Ugh. I obviously was not doing something right as each application and pull would only remove like 5 hairs at a time! This is one little section on my leg that is hair free yet the red stinging fire feeling remained for almost a whole day!

I gave up. Drank a cold glass of water and hit the shower to finally shave! I've decided waxing/sugaring is not for me so now I need to convince Charles to let me buy the No! No! Home Hair removal device...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Oreo Truffles {Thanks Pinterest!}

Pinterest + No Oven = Very Disappointed Meghan! Until I came across these No Bake Oreo Truffles!!!

Then began the wait for a special occasion to make them... Preferably after I completed my 21 day Daniel Fast {January 23}.

The occasion came up, early! Heading to a get together tomorrow! I couldn't eat them but Charles assured me they were amazing! How can you really go wrong with Oreos, White Chocolate, and Cream Cheese? Really... Even I would have to try really hard to mess that up!

Ingredients- One package double stuff Oreos. 4 oz Cream Cheese. Dipping Chocolate. {I ended up using 4 packages of this Baker's White Chocolate as I did double dips so no spots came through the white which was completely pointless as I just added spots by garnishing with the crumbled Oreo cookies...}


Enlist the help of your 14 month old, while keeping the dogs at bay should the baggie open and chocolate spew everywhere, to crumble the Oreos oh so finely {or put in a food processor- ours is packed away in storage so we improvise.}


Set aside a little of the Oreo crumbles for garnish. *WASH HANDS!* The rest, mix well with cream cheese so you can make balls. Try to resist the urge to lick hands mid process.


Place balls in freezer for 15 minutes.


Melt chocolate according to package directions. I placed in microwave for a whopping minute and a half. :-)


Dip frozen Oreo balls into chocolate and set to harden. I chose to double dip. Lick bowl clean, errr, hand bowl to husband to lick clean.

Completed goodies! Oh they look amazing! Charles assures me that they are so good he feels bad I won't be able to enjoy any...As he has already threatened to swipe at least one more before leaving tomorrow.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Silly, Silly Girl!

We have one silly little 14 month old on our hands... Oh the ways she amuses us, daily, provides endless stories!

Here's just one...



Ignore the crappy cell phone video and my horrible laugh and you will surely be entertained! :-)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Is this how an ATC feeds baby?

Best. Bib. EVER! Seriously.

Or maybe only those in regards to aviation appreciate it? I know my Air Traffic Controller husband would! Maybe then he would get the food in her mouth instead of "landing" on her forehead, cheeks, etc... :-)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Saying NO! to sugar!

Living in the hotel has some perks- housekeeping, breakfast 7 days a week, dinner 4 days a week, etc... With those "perks", specifically breakfast, comes sugar infused goodies like delicious chocolate chip muffins or cinnamon scones {our two favorites!} at an almost daily basis! Not to mention dinner usually includes dessert of some kind. Decadent dessert like brownies, huge chocolate chip cookies, or cheesecakes... Mmmmm.

Coincidence that Little Miss' sleep habits have gone downhill since moving in?

Coincidence no more! My "aha" moment today as I am about a week into a fast to include No Sugar and it dawned on me that she's sleeping more and crabbier less! {Charles confirmed!}

While she directly was not eating these yummy foods, {yes, we were those parents that held her food to a higher standard than our own} I was and she was indirectly getting it from breast milk!

Like the saying, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" comes my saying, "Sleep trumps Sugar!"

I guess the two really go hand in hand... :-)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Straws

Ever heard the saying "The straw that broke the camel's back"? Yeah. I had my last straw today...

Today happened to also mark 5 full months living in a one bedroom hotel room...

Coincidence?

:-)

We have Jack back on his anxiety pills {though maybe I need to be on them? LOL}, Jill is having another stupid reverse sneeze flair up that first happened after the Bordetella vax, Little Miss has been horribly teething so that equates all things not fun, new long term "neighbors" across the hall have a couple Bichons who yap and scratch at the door like crazy which means Jack and Jill are wearing their bark collars a lot more to keep them quiet which means Little Miss is constantly climbing them to play with the collars which means frustration for all parties involved!, I am sick and tired of the same ole' hotel foods, our usual housekeeper who we LOVE is on FMLA and I don't speak Spanish nor do the English speaking employees take any pride in their job at all, and to summarize someone new thinks it is acceptable to smoke in a non-smoking room again and not take into consideration those that are in non-smoking rooms not only because they do not smoke but because they have allergies to smoke!

THAT was the straw that broke the camel's back today...

I so want to rent a house for a few nights just to act like we live a normal life again. You know, because we're still waiting on God to tell us when to move from center.

So I was ultra thankful today when Little Miss was in a wonderfully happy mood and Charles got off work early so we headed to the park in the almost 70 degree weather. It was beautiful! A fresh dose of Vitamin D that was much needed!

And then I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:10 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." and Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God".

So I have handed my straws back to God because I obviously cannot carry them without breaking and will follow Him as He leads...