Consider the Lilies..: 2015   

Dec 25, 2015

It's Christmas.

Since we did our Christmas thing last week, today is pretty uneventful so far. I woke up at 6:00 but went back to bed until 10:30 when Sky jumped on my bed. We got dressed and went to IHOP for breakfast. Not my favorite place to eat, but one of the few places open today.  

Now we're just sitting around the living room watching Sky play Halo. 
I'm making lasagna for dinner tonight. I only make it on Christmas because it's so expensive to make (it's not your every day lasagna). I'd sort of rather skip it today because it takes hours to make and I'm feeling nauseous and sleepy today but Sky would be super bummed. 

I can't think of anyone else. Sort of a boring blog today. 

Merry Christmas!

Dec 16, 2015


The Ninja coffee bar is awesome!  I can make a cappuccino by just pressing a button!  

I don't even have to buy espresso powder; just regular coffee but when it brews, it tastes like espresso. 

We had a Keurig (actually we still do.  We were going to give it away but Sky wanted to keep it, so it's in her room) but the coffee gets expensive..  It's about 10 bucks for 12 cups of coffee..  Clay drinks about 3 a day, and Sky and I drink 2 each..  It adds up..  

Ok, so..  Now, Christmas..

Before anyone comments about how it's not Christmas yet, I'll just get this out of the way now..  Christmas doesn't mean much to us..  For us it's about the presents..  We celebrate Jesus every day..
So I don't care who does or doesn't say 'Merry Christmas', I'm perfectly fine seeing 'X-mas' or 'Happy Holidays', and I get really annoyed every time I hear "Jesus is the reason for the Season" or "Put Christ back in Christmas"..  
Christ never put himself in Christmas to begin with..  
You wanna know who decided to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th?  Not Jesus.  He never said one word about celebrating his birthday and neither did anyone else in the bible..
Nope, it was a pope.  A pope decided to celebrate 'Christ-mass' on December 25th..  Not Jesus..  Jesus never said he was he reason for the season..  Period.
I personally don't care who celebrates Christmas, or how, or why or when..  It's up to you..  Honestly..
I'm not telling you not to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Christmas nor am I telling you that you should..  I'm simply telling you that we don't..
Ok?  Ok..
  So we open presents when we feel like it..  Sometimes we wait until Christmas, sometimes Christmas eve, and sometimes on another day..
*rant over*
**until next year**

Last week while Sky was walking to her car after school she watched a guy get hit by a UPS truck going about 45 mph..  It dragged him for about 20 feet and practically tore him in half..  Sky had to stay with the man until the police got there, while looking at everything that should have been in the inside of him which was now all over the outside of him..  
So we decided to open the presents the next day to help her get her mind off it..

So here we go..

Sky got me an 1828 Webster's dictionary!! 
I've been wanting one for 5 years but couldn't bring myself to pay $60.00 for it. It's the PERFECT bible study tool..  Almost every day while doing my homework I say to myself  "I wish I had that dictionary" and now I do!
I know, you can use this dictionary for free online, but I just love real books..
A total win for Sky :)

Clay gave me some pretty awesome stuff too. 
'I am Spock' by Leonard Nimoy
(great book by the way)
 and this!
Super cool huh? 
Does this guy know me or what?
He also got me another John MacArthur book..
I haven't started it yet but I'm excited..

He gave me a small leather journal that I can carry in my purse..
Which is  absolutely perfect..  I'm going to use it for a portable prayer journal..
I got into the habit of writing my prayers and now I feel kinda weird when I don't have something to write on when I feel like praying, which could be anywhere, and now I do!

He got me these too..
Aren't they adorable?  The little bowls are measuring cups!

And then this darling little pie bird..
It's a hollow ceramic bird with a hole at the top (in it's mouth)..  You put it on the bottom crust of a pie and then pile the filling around it; then put the top crust on (poking a whole for the little bird to pop out)..  
It vents the pie so the bottom crust doesn't get soggy..
Even when you cut slits on the top of the pie to let out steam, it only releases the steam from the top..  This little guy releases steam from the bottom..

Naturally I made a pie..

So that was my Christmas :)
Merry X-mass!
(holidays, Christmas, whatever)

Nov 8, 2015


I really like the church we have chosen. 

Jackie Kennedy had odd bone structure. 

If my daughter is old enough to vote for who she wants for president, or go to war to defend her country if she chooses,  or to be the assistant manager over grown men at work, I need to accept the fact that she is old enough to choose who she wants to date (this sucks by the way). 

There are over 500 verses in the Bible that contain the word 'holy'. 
It's going to take me a long time to write them all out. 

If The Walking Dead doesn't show what happened to Glenn by the end of next week's episode, I'm going to blow a gasket!

I have seen the Lego Movie 52 times and it still hasn't gotten old. 

I study better when I'm listening to Opera.

I made a really yummy pot-roast today. The gravy was to die for!

I think tomorrow is going to be pajama day. 

I miss Clay already. 

Nov 5, 2015


So it's been a while since I've blogged..  Nothing to really blog about..  Clay is at work, he has to stay for 6 weeks instead of 5 this hitch..  Oh!  Speaking of Clay; we don't have to move to Luanda..  Yay!
He will be stationed in Luanda for another year for sure, but it looks like he will be transferred to Russia in 2017..  We don't know if it will be a live in position or not yet..  If it is, I'm OK with it..  At least more OK with it than living in Luanda..  
He will be transferred to Sakhalin Island, It's just north of Japan..  In fact it used to belong to Japan.. It never gets over 75 degrees in the summer and really cold the rest of the year..  Sounds perfect!

Sky spent the last 3 days in Springfield Missouri on a business trip for work..  She was pretty excited about it (if you are on her Facebook your feed was filled with pictures of everything)..  I'm super proud of her..  Only 19 and she is already the floor manager of the welding shop..  She isn't loving her college classes though..  They aren't welding classes where she gets to do what she loves but they are mandatory in order for her to get a more advanced degree..  She hates sitting at a desk doing what she considers to be "a total waste of time"..  She is taking a class on human relations..  It's mostly role-playing, going through scenarios to help prepare them for a future job management..  Sky figures that since she is already in management, it's pointless to learn how to prepare for it..  She also says that nothing the class teaches would work at all at the shop so it's just "stupid"..  
Fortunately she is driven and ambitious, so she'll stick with it if the degree will help her move up..

As for me, I'm not doing anything interesting..  Just cleaning, laundry, and homework..

Oct 17, 2015

Still sick..

So. Turns out I have the flu. It seems really weird to be sick for this long.  I expected to be over it days ago.  
Clay is being wonderful as usual, doing all of the housework and running back-and-forth to CVS and I have been grounded to the couch. 
I'm not busy today so at least I will get some reading done and hopefully catch up on some homework. 
Elaine is bringing me some yarn so I can make washcloths for her. Something else to do while I'm watching daytime television. 

I can't really think of anything else to blog about, nothing interesting is going on.

Except for this:
I mentioned yesterday that I didn't have anything to hang all of my jewelry on so Clay went to Menards and came back with a rake and some ribbon.
All of my necklaces (just cheap costume jewelry so don't get any ideas you robbers) all have matching earrings, Clay attached the earrings to the ribbon. I didn't snap a picture of it though. 
Super creative huh?  I don't know where he comes up with this stuff :)

Oct 15, 2015


About 6 days ago Clay started feeling under the weather. After day 3 he was pretty miserable. I didn't worry much about catching it. I have an auto-immune disease so I hardly ever get sick. But then right before I went to bed my throat started to hurt a little. 
I still wasn't worried. When I do get sick I'm over it in 24 hours. For everyone else, it takes a few days to fully hit them, a few days staying, and a few days to leave. 
But for me, it hits me all at once and then I'm fine the next day. 
So Tuesday morning when I woke up I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My head was stuffed up, throat hurt, body hurt, I was dizzy, couldn't concentrate, and didn't want to do anything but sit on the couch.   I couldn't even read so I was annoyed too. 
I expected to be all better by Wednesday. I was a little better. My throat didn't hurt and my head had cleared up enough so that I could think straight.  I still felt like I had been hit by a truck but a smaller one.  
Last night sucked. My sinuses were so swollen that I couldn't lay in one position for more than a few minutes, then I would have to turn over so I could breathe again.  Poor Clay finally got up and went to sleep in the guest room. 
We have been taking double doses of vitamin C, echinacea and garlic and this morning I feel a lot better. Just my sinuses are still swollen and in a little tired. But I was able to clean the house when I got up, strip the beds, and Lysol everything. :)
Clay is still pretty miserable. He would probably start to feel better if he would rest for a day but it's almost impossible for him to spend an entire day doing nothing. 

I guess that's enough complaining for one blog post. Have a happy Thursday!
It is Thursday isn't it?  :)

Sep 28, 2015


1) I don't think I can ever have too many notebooks or journals. 

2) That goes for pens too. 

3) It's easy to ignore the treadmill if you just shut the door.  

4) I just got up and opened the door. 

5) I think early morning is the best time of the day. 

6) I wish autumn lasted a couple months longer than it does. 

7) I am super happy to learn that Tikka Masala doesn't have a lot of carbs. 
However it does have a lot of ingredients and requires a little work. 

8) Quitting the women's bible study was easier than I thought it would be. 

9) Some people just want to argue. That doesn't mean you have to oblige them. 

10) For my birthday this year I got 2 bunches of flowers, Japanese orchids, a holly tree, a stormtrooper, and 3 books. 

11) I'm pretty sure I lost zero pounds this week. I wouldn't be surprised if I even gained a pound. 

12) I learned something about a man's penis during a theology lesson yesterday.  Seriously..

13) Clay makes the best French toast I have ever had anywhere ever. For reals, it's amazing!  *thats why I've probably gained a pound this week.*

14) Although I am leaning more toward the Republican Party for the upcoming election (registered bipartisan) I am still blown away that so many people think that Donald Trump should be our next president. It's sort of embarrassing really. 

15) I'm all out of thoughts..

Sep 22, 2015


Clay is home :)
He called me on his work phone the day before he left Africa to tell me that as he was leaving a grocery store someone picked his pocket and stole his new iPhone 6plus. Dang it.  It was insured so I was able to get him a new phone that was delivered yesterday but we had to pay the deductible. 
Then while he was asleep on the plane, someone stole his laptop out of his carry on bag!  Needless to say, he was a little ticked when he got off the plane. 

But once he had showered and changed and sat down for dinner with his 'daja' his mood improved :)

We stopped by Elaine's yesterday so Clay could look at her house and see what he could fix, then went to Menards to get everything he needs to do some wiring and to fix some stuff in the Evelyn's room and Savannah's room.  After Elaine drops off a key we are going to go over there while she is at work and fix stuff :)  Well, he is going to fix stuff, I'm going to work on school stuff..
Perspective is a funny thing; when I went to look at her house for the first time I almost cried. I thought it was horrible. But when Clay looked at it for the first time he saw potential.   He's looking forward to all the improvements he can make.
Elaine had done a really good job making it all cozy and comfortable too..

I joined a women's Bible study group at church.  Did I mention that we finally landed at a church?  It's not the little baptist church we thought we had decided on, I can't remember if I blogged about that or not.  We were all set to join but then after talking to the pastor we realized that there were a couple of stipulations that we couldn't be comfortable with so we settled on Omaha Bible Church. 
Anyway, the bible study. I think it's supposed to last all through fall. I have no complaints about the study itself, well maybe a little one; it's a little basic but it's all right. But after the first meeting two weeks ago I knew that I wasn't going to enjoy it.  I don't know why I thought I would. 
But it's my own fault really. 

The truth is, I don't like group activities. At least not church group activities..
I didn't like them from the moment I went to my very first group activity five years ago.  And yet I continued to go to them. 
Connect groups, life groups, women's bible studies, prayer meetings, none of them. 
I would go because for some stupid reason I had it in my head that's what I was supposed to do.  Being a Christian and going to church meant getting involved, being together with other believers, "fellowshipping". 
Heck, the Bible says that we should gather together with other believers to worship and hear the Word of God right?  So it was an obedience thing..
Buuuuut... Isn't that what we do at church on Sundays?  
Yeah..  It is..
So why do I continue to go?  Why do I sign up for these things knowing that I am going to hate every minute of it?  Well, like I said, because I figured that was just something I was supposed to do..  I am a Christian woman and Christian women join things..
Plus whenever I did complain to someone about how much I was not enjoying any of these group things, the usual reply was "Just give it a chance, give it one more try, just stick it out and you will see that you really do enjoy it..  You need to do this, it'll be good for you.  You need to be around more people. Just think about what you can bring to the table!"

Then last week while I was working on the homework for the Bible study, Clay called..  I was going on and on about how I hated it, how I had yet again put myself at a table with a dozen other women who actually wanted to be there and wanted to share their experiences and emotions and struggles with each other (yuck) and how I was pretty darn near to pulling my hair out when he asked "so why do you go these things if you hate them so much?" 
Me: "Because I'm supposed to!"
Him: "Says who?"
Me: "um..."
Yeah..  No one..  There is no rule that says I have to do this stuff!  In fact lots of women don't..  Sure some women would probably like to but can't because they work or something, but I'm sure there are lots of women who don't because they simply don't want to..
So then I texted my sister and asked her how long does she do stuff like this at her church before she decides whether she likes it or not..  She said "about a week"  So I asked her "what do you do if you realize that you don't like it?"  She said "I don't go".

So here I am, still joining groups..  I'm still participating in this stuff after five years!  I don't look forward to going, in fact I dread it..  I love church, I look forward to church, I even look forward to sitting down with a friend or two once a week or so to talk about church, or the Bible, or our struggles, triumphs, whatever..  But church group activities?  No.  Not at all..  None of them..

You know, I'm a pretty smart person.. But sometimes I can be pretty dumb..

Sep 11, 2015

Relocating.. Kinda..

Clay was offered a promotion and a live in position in Luanda Angola. Then they told him that if he wants to keep his job and job security, he had better say yes to both.  
So around April or May of this year, he will officially live in Africa.  We still have a lease here and Sky isn't ready to live on her own so I will travel back and forth.  
They will provide a furnished apartment, a car and a driver.  
Clay will be given 2 plane tickets a year to come home for a couple weeks at a time. They will pay for 4 round trip tickets a year for me because I have to see my doctor and have blood work done every three months. So I will be home for a couple months and then fly to Luanda and stay there for a couple months. 

That means I have about 7 months to learn Portuguese.   Yikes. 

Aug 31, 2015

Day 8 part 3 (finally!)

My third personal goal..


Since Clay and I got home from our vacation I have been seriously slacking off as far as school is concerned. I am so far behind, it's just ridiculous.  
I can't even say that it is because I have been too busy with other things. I haven't. I just haven't been motivated to do much of anything at all.
I keep the house clean and the laundry done and I do my daily Bible reading but as far as even my normal every day Bible study (separate from theology school) I'm  lacking in the motivation department.

I'm not really sure what the deal is, but I definitely need to get my groove back..

Obviously that is going to take some real effort considering it took me this long just to finish part three of day eight right?


Aug 17, 2015


It's 4:13 in the morning, I've been awake since 2:45. Well, that's not completey true. I went to bed at 8:00 after taking two sleeping pills and drinking a cup of sleepy tea because I didn't sleep at all the night before. I woke up again at 9:45 and stayed awake until about 10:15.  Then awake at 11:00 until 11:30 when I took two more sleeping pills, then awake at 12:05 until 12:45, then awake at 2:45. I stopped trying to sleep and got up at 3:00. 

It's weird how insomnia comes and goes. I can't blame it on Clay being away; I know that some people can't sleep without their significant others, but it's not really a problem for me. Plus the insomnia sneaks up on me when he's home too. Even when he was home for 8 months. 
Sometimes it lasts a week, other times a month, sometimes more..

I've tried everything I can think of. Setting a routine- going to bed and getting up at the same time, no caffeine after noon, no light in the bedroom at all (not even from a clock), no television in my room, aroma therapy, I've changed my diet, I'm not stressed, nothing to worry about. Blah, blah, blah. 
Maybe I'm bored?  Maybe more exorcise?  Maybe I'm too routine?  
I dunno. 
I guess I'll get on the treadmill today and see if that makes a difference :)

Have a happy Monday!

Aug 15, 2015


I got a text from Clay this morning. He landed in Luanda at 8:30 AM. 
I wasn't ready for him to go this time. After our trip to New Mexico and Arizona, and then his parents visit here, it didn't feel like we had enough 'home' time. 
But hopefully the next 5 weeks will go by quickly. 

I don't have a whole lot to do this hitch, just school. We did so much cleaning and decluttering while Clay was home, that there really isn't anything but maintaining. I guess I'll get a lot of reading done. I started 3 different books (one in the bedroom, one in the living room, and one in my purse) but then I bought a novel on Amazon and decided to buy it. It's called 'The Aviator's wife'. It was ok. I don't read novels very often, mostly what I read are books from a bookstore at a church. Anyway, I stopped reading the other three books and read the novel straight through. 

Once again I filled a blog post with nothing but boring chatter :)

Aug 3, 2015

Day 8, part 2.

My second personal goal.. 

To be patient with others..

I have compassion, sometimes..  I feel compassion for underprivileged children (speaking of children, I have sponsored a child through Compassion for about 2 years now. Her name is Erlita and she lives in Peru.  It's not expensive at all, I have it taken out of our checking account every month and we honestly don't miss it.  It's a good cause and they really do a lot for the kids.  Check out the website and sponsor a kid!)
I feel compassion for people who are abused, treated unfairly, etc..

But I am impatient with lots of people..  There are behaviors in others that I find incredibly off-putting so I tend to react negatively toward anyone who displays them..
Instead of taking a moment to consider the fact that there is a reason why they behave the way they do; I become annoyed and then impatient, and then sort of mean..
Ok, maybe not mean anymore, but I am short with them and by my attitude it's obvious that I don't care to listen to them or be around them..

I'd like to change that..  Being rude to someone simply because they behave in way that annoys me is, well, bad behavior right?
I mean, I could always ask the person displaying the particular annoying behavior why they behave that way..  I could try to understand them rather than becoming abrasive..  Or I could simply ignore it; decide that there is a reason that I am not aware of and instead of passing judgement, just letting it go..

Aug 1, 2015


Well kinda..  There is still some outside work that needs to be done, but the house is finished..

We got a new bed for our room. I'm such a bed hog that when Clay is home he sleeps on the edge of the bed while I toss and turn all night and sprawl all over the bed.  So we got a kingsize. 
And with all of that extra room where did Clay sleep last night?  On the edge of the bed. 
Turns out, he prefers to sleep there. He says he's quite comfortable. Weirdo. 
Oh well, even more room for me I guess!

After we redid our room we tackled what we call 'the yellow room". 
It was a mess. We just kept the door shut and pretended it wasn't there. 
No way could Clay's parents stay in that room like that..
It took a while but we did it!
Now I love the room. It's so bright and cheerful, and Elaine's artwork looks great  on the yellow background.

Now we're tired. Fortunately we have a loveseat recliner to relax in ;)

Jul 31, 2015

New furniture!

We finished purging all the rooms and closets of the house (Clay is working in the garage and the yard today). 
The living room looked lonely without anything in it. 

Nebraska Furniture Mart arrived at about 1:00 and brought in everything in pieces..
I felt bad for them though, the love-seat recliner is motorized and they really struggled to get it over the railing..   

Now this:
Is the most comfortable recliner ever..  Seriously, come over and sit in it!

The love-seat is gray (my favorite color) and super comfy..  You can come over and sit in it too :)
It even has drink holders in the center console..  Sweet!

Voila!  The living room is finished :)

Jul 28, 2015

Spring cleaning in the summer..

I'm a little late starting on my spring cleaning..  But better late than never right?  I wanted to get rid of a bunch of stuff so we rented a dumpster..  Big stuff like living room furniture, an old lawnmower, scrap-wood..  I am going to clean out closets too so I'm sure I'll find enough stuff to fill it..
We did this about 2 years ago; it's shocking to me that we have enough stuff to actually fill another one!  I'm NOT a hoarder and I'm a clean freak, so I really don't know how we could possibly accumulate so much stuff in such a short time..

Clay was super awesome today..  He said he could do more work at a faster pace if I wasn't in his way so he told me to go get my hair cut and get a manicure while he worked!  
Have I mentioned that I have the best husband ever?  Well I do..

We are having new living room furniture delivered tomorrow.  Ours was old and falling apart, plus it was white..  
White furniture + A daughter who welds = furniture covered in soot.
So we bought a love-seat recliner and a regular recliner and told Sky that she wasn't allowed on the furniture until she has washed the soot off.
We are going to have to have the carpets cleaned too..
White carpet + soot covered welding boots = gray carpet.
Ok, we actually told her that she wasn't allowed upstairs at all until she washed the soot off and removed her boots.

It's not like she comes upstairs much anyway..  Since she moved her room to the basement and bought a futon to go with her television, satellite, stereo, X-box 360, and X-box One, she's pretty content to stay down there when she isn't at work..
In case you haven't picked up on it, she's incredibly spoiled..  What can I say?  She's an only child..
She does have to come upstairs to eat, but I'm sure it won't be too long before she buys a toaster oven and mini-fridge..

We are going to get a new bed on Friday..  A king size.  Yay!
Then we can put our queen bed in the guest room and get rid of the bunk beds in there..  
Clay's parents will be here on the 11th of next month and I'm betting they would rather not sleep on bunk beds :)

I guess that's all..

Jul 27, 2015

The things you forget..

We got home on Saturday evening..  It was sooo good to sleep in my own bed!  
The first half of our vacation was fun, but I'm glad to be home.. The second half of our vacation starts on the 7th of next month when we spend 3 days at the mall of America..

It's funny; 2 months ago we had decided that since the company that Clay works for no longer allows permanent transfers overseas and we can't move to Africa, that we would move back to New Mexico..  
We used to live there several years ago, well Clay is from there, but after he and I were married in North Carolina we moved there for a couple years..  We left New Mexico when Sky was four years old and we visit occasionally (way less than we should)..

We were quite serious about moving back once Sky had moved out on her own and we were confident that she would be ok, but that has all sort of changed now..
I learned that I didn't like being that far away from Sky..  Sure she's very responsible, I know she can take care of herself without any help from us; but if we missed her after just 11 days, how much more will we miss her after a few months?
It also occurred to us that she could be married and on her way to having children in just a few short years..  She's our only child, so the children she will have will be our only grandchildren..  We would be those grandparents that our grandchildren hardly knew because we lived in a different state and only saw them on visits..  I don't think I want to be the grandma that communicates with her grand-kids through birthday cards and phone calls..
There are other reasons too..  Spending a week in New Mexico reminded me why we were willing to transfer for Clay's work in the first place..  
The climate is one for sure!  I forgot how much I absolutely hate the dry heat..  I will try my hardest not to complain about how humid it is here in Omaha ever again..  Sure, its really hot here in the summer with the heat index but I definitely prefer the humidity over the desert heat..

Another factor..  I don't really feel safe there..  I'm sure I'm just being paranoid but while we were driving around town after dark in the Jeep (with no doors or top) I knew that if Clay wasn't with me I would have felt uneasy..  Clay's younger brother told him just before we left for Arizona that Roswell wasn't the Roswell that we remember..  I think he was right..

There are other reasons too, reasons that I won't blog about..  
Clay would like to see his brothers more often and we miss the kids, plus it would be nice if we lived there so I could spend more time with Ami (I love her church too) but I think we are going to stay in Omaha with Sky and make a bigger effort to visit more frequently..

Jul 25, 2015

Almost there..

We are about 15 minutes away from the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort and let me tell you, it has been a loooong drive from Albuquerque!  It's about a four and a half hour drive, but we took the scenic route and visited the ice cave. 

It's so cool!  (no pun intended). You walk through about 400 yards of forest over a volcano (no longer active) through volcanic rock. 
And twisted trees (the trees can't get their roots down deep enough to maintain stability so they grow in this weird twisted way to maintain balance until they just fall over. 

This is the bottom (roots) of one of the fallen twisted trees. 

Jul 24, 2015

Tired but not sleeping.

I woke up at 2:00 yesterday morning and couldn't go back to sleep. We left the Twin Arrows Resort and Casino after breakfast (around 7:30). We skipped the Grand Canyon; I wanna go home. I miss Sky and my bed. :). Plus it was going to be really hot by the time we got there and we wouldn't enjoy ourselves. 
So instead of driving through Utah and Colorado to get home we decided to take the shorter way back through New Mexico and then up through Colorado. 

(Buffalo at the trading post where we stopped to buy souvenirs for Sky)

By about 11:00 in the morning I was struggling to keep my eyes open and by 1:00 the wind was so hot and blowing so hard that it burned my face. 
We called it quits and got a hotel room in Santa Fe around 3:00, took cold showers, covered our faces with aloe gel, ate something and went to bed at about 5:00. 
Clay is asleep but here I am wide awake. I get the feeling that I will be struggling to stay awake again, but I am determined to bear it quietly in order to get home sooner. I'm gonna be really bummed if we have to stop to sleep just 4 hours out of Omaha!
We are going to leave here in about an hour and a half and try to drive the rest of the way home. If we leave while it's still dark we can cover a lot of miles before it gets hot. 

(Camel rock, just outside our hotel). 

Hopefully my next blog post will be posted from my living room!

Jul 21, 2015

On to Albuquerque..

Our reservations in Arizona were changed from the 26th to the 22nd so we have to leave a couple days earlier than we had originally planned. But they upgraded us the the executive suite for the inconvenience so that's a plus :)

We spent a couple days in Melrose on the ranch with Clay's parents and a couple days in Roswell; we were able to see our nephews and niece, and Tom and Ami. We weren't able to see Levi much but we didn't give him much time to plan a visit with us. We didn't tell him we were coming until we were only 3 hours away (I forget that he doesn't have FB so he isn't in the loop). 
We got to go to church with Tom and Ami on Sunday. I really like their church and the sermon was pretty good :)

*couldnt leave Roswell without one picture of an alien*

We weren't able to make the trip back to Melrose to meet Lestie or to Las Cruces to see Vickie though. (bummer)

It's been so hot!  It's funny though, when we are in Omaha it feels like I would do anything to get away from the humidity, but then I spend a week in the desert and I remember that I prefer the the humidity!


Jul 14, 2015

Dodge City.

We left our house at about 630 this morning, but didn't actually get out of town until about 730 because our brand-new car stereo wasn't working so we had to stop at Walmart to get a Bluetooth speaker.

We were going to try to drive until about 8 o'clock at night before we got a hotel but we stopped at 3:00 in Dodge City Kansas instead. So we only drove for eight hours. 
We are driving the jeep so there is no air conditioning, it got up to 99° and since we are in Kansas there is absolutely no shade over the roads at all and it just got too hot and too uncomfortable to keep going.

So now I'm sitting comfortably after a nice cold shower in front of the A/C in our hotel room.  
Clay went to get dinner. We were going to go to a steak house but it's too hot to go out again. 

We are probably gonna leave before the sun comes up so we can get a few hours of cooler driving time. 

Jul 10, 2015

Day 8

3 Personal Goals

It's taken me a while to do this particular post..  Not because I couldn't think of any personal goals; I have several..  It was just a matter of sorting out my top three..

So here we go..

For the longest time I had the wrong idea of what meekness really was..
I thought it meant timid, weak, fragile..  Meekness = weakness..  Right?
Well no..
Websters 1828 dictionary (which by the way is the best dictionary ever, I really really want one, and one day I will own a hardback copy of one instead of using the online version which would be incredibly helpful in my theology studies) defines meekness as: 

Softness of temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations.
In an evangelical sense, humility, resignation to the divine will without murmuring or peevishness; opposed to pride, arrogance and refractoriness.
Meekness is a grace which Jesus alone inculcated and which no ancient philosopher seems to have understood or recommended.

 I do not possess a softness of temper..  When I'm mad, I'm mad.  I will say that my temperament has improved since I began seriously reading the Bible and it does take a little more than it used to to make me angry, but still, when I am angry I speak without thinking, I snap at others and behave in a very unbecoming manner..  I don't throw tantrums or anything, but I do use a hurtful tone and I can be incredibly mean.
I'm alright as far as dealing with personal injuries, but the gloves come off if anyone says anything about my husband that could be considered even remotely close to an insult..  And if I feel that he has been treated unfairly?  It can get pretty bad..  You see, I know how amazingly wonderful my husband is and I feel that it should be obvious to everyone else as well, so when I feel that his awesomeness has been threatened in any way whatsoever; the gloves come off..  
It's stupid really..  It's not as if he needs me to defend him, and he doesn't care what you think of him anyway..
Oh, and gentleness?  Wow..  Not even close..  I can be incredibly sarcastic in a mean sort of way, tact still doesn't come naturally to me, I tend to be a bit confrontational, and the word aggressive has been used to describe my personality more than once.. 

So that's one goal..  To learn, practice, and eventually behave with meekness all the time..
I'm trying and I am getting better..  I have noticed a change..  Hopefully one day someone besides me will notice as well  :)

Well, that was a lot longer than I thought it would be and it was only one goal out of three..
I guess I'll do the other two later..

Jul 8, 2015

Changing plans a little..

I'm still working on the next part of the blog challenge. 

We changed our plans as far as our vacation goes. I started researching Route 66 and discovered that a lot of the sights that used to be popular have closed down and are in disrepair. Most of the sites that I read about said "not open to the public, but can be seen from the road". 

So instead of Route 66, after we visit family in New Mexico we are going to spend a couple days in Arizona visiting the Grand Canyon. 
I have been there before when I was a kid but I we didn't spend much time there and I don't remember much, only that I thought it was incredibly boring. 
We are going to take a jeep tour through the canyon and see everything and to stay at the Twin Arrows Casino and Resort in Flagstaff which is about an hour away from the Grand Canyon. 
Then we are doing to drive through the Painted Desert on our way home..
We were going to go through Wyoming to see Yellowstone and then to South Dakota to Mt. Rushmore before going home but we decided that we would rather have money in the bank :)

Sky has signed up for more college courses; she has graduated from welding school but she wants a degree so she can make more money..  We really don't want her to take out a student loan..  If we don't extend our vacation we could help her with tuition..  She will be in her own apartment next year and it would be difficult for her to pay rent and everything else, plus pay for school too..  
She did win a partial scholarship when she won Skills USA, but i'm sure she will still have plenty to pay..

Clay will be home in less than a week!!

Jul 2, 2015

Day 7

Photo of your significant other and 10 things you love about him.

This one is going to be easy..

1. He has more patience than anyone I have ever met..  In the 19 years that we have been married, he has never raised his voice to me.  Seriously, never.

2. He is a great dad.  Just ask Sky..  According to her, he can fix anything, do anything, and is the coolest person who ever lived.

3. He works harder than anyone I know..  For reals, I'm not exaggerating; when he goes to work, his schedule is 24/7.  He is on call all the time.. He has worked 36 hours without a break, slept for 6 hours, and then got up an did it again..  More than once..  His typical day, when everything is going smoothly is on average, 14 hours..  He does this for 5 weeks at a time..

4. When he is home, he is home.  He doesn't spend hours playing computer games or video games; or spend all his time hanging out with friends, or perusing personal interests..  He's home with us..  I have never ever had any reason to complain that he doesn't spend any quality time with his family..  All of his time off work is quality time with us.

5. He is incredibly selfless..  I mean really, really selfless..  He never thinks of himself before anyone..  It's completely natural, he doesn't even try..  That's just how he is.. 

6. Humility..  He is as naturally humble as he is selfless..  

7.  He never says no to anyone who needs help; even if he doesn't like them..  He'll do anything to help if it's within his power to help; give money, manual labor, anything..  He never expects anything in return..  Even when people take advantage..  It doesn't matter to him, he'll still help..

8. He's a natural leader..  I know that practically every guy on the planet likes to think that they are a born leader..  How many guys do you know that say "I'm more of a follower, I don't like to take the initiative"?   Yeah, none..  
But Clay just is, you know?  Lots of guys are afraid to step up, many won't admit it, but they are..  Several years ago, he and I were in a grocery store and this guy came running in, followed by two other guys chasing him..  They tackled him in the produce section and started wailing on him..
There were at least 5 other men standing around and no one did anything, they all just stood there and watched..  Clay walked right up, grabbed the guys and threw them off of the one getting pummeled.   They kept coming back at the guy on the floor and Clay kept picking them up and tossing them until finally 2 guys caught on and started to help..  
He also knows that a good leader needs to set an example..  He caries himself with confidence, but not arrogance,.  He doesn't ask anyone to do anything that he isn't willing to do himself..  At work, he doesn't tell his people what to do, he shows them, and then works alongside them..  I'm sure it's not easy to supervise 150 to 200 people who don't speak your language; but he makes it look easy..
He commands respect without saying a word..  And he gets it, from everyone..

9. He can do just about anything and everything he does, he excels at..  He doesn't do anything badly..  He can fix anything, build anything, shoot anything.  He's incredibly smart, though never draws attention to it..  Most people think that all he does at work is swing a hammer and drill holes in the ground, but he does so much more..  He has degrees in chemistry, geology, and agriculture..  A big part of his job is brain-work..  Yeah, he does swing a hammer at work a lot, even though it's not really his job now..  He'll even chip cement when he needs too.. He is a roughneck through and through..  Sure, he's a big guy with mohawk and earrings who works knee-deep in mud and crude oil, but he's the smartest roughneck you are ever likely to meet..

10. He is a good man.  He has amazing faith.  He doesn't worry, he doesn't doubt, he doesn't question and he doesn't struggle..  He loves the Bible and reads it with me every day that he's home..  He loves Jesus and it shows..  There is nothing fake about him.  What you see is what you get..  He doesn't put on airs, does nothing to draw attention to himself (however the mohawk does) he doesn't ever seek to be edified, glorified, or praised..  
He is never too tired or too busy to help anyone who needs it. He's a great dad (I know I said that before but it's worth repeating) always willing to give Sky his undivided attention, and his patience with her is unlimited..  He never fails to tell her how much he loves her and how proud he is of her..
He's the kind of husband that any woman would be beyond grateful to have; everything he does he does for us and with us in mind..
When he is away from us, he works tirelessly to support us and when he's home he makes it his mission to take care of us..  His motto is 'I will not be out served"..  You won't find him sitting on the couch asking anyone to wait on him..  In fact, he makes it difficult for us to do anything for him!

I know that I could not have done anything to deserve this incredible man and I honestly do not know why God chose to bless me by making him my husband..  There are no words to describe how I feel about him, love doesn't seem big enough..

Jun 30, 2015

Day 6..

Your favorite fictional character..



Oh!  This has nothing to do with Spock, but Clay and I have decided to go on vacation after our trip to New Mexico..
That sounded sort of dumb didn't it?  Going on vacation after our trip?
We have never been on a real vacation before..  We travel once every couple years to visit family, or maybe we spend a weekend away, but never an actual vacation..
So, after a week in New Mexico we are going to drive to the Grand Canyon and from there, take route 66 all the way to Chicago..  
I'm so excited!

Jun 29, 2015

My thoughts exactly..

Today my post is supposed to be about who my favorite fictional character is, but I am still thinking about it..  So right now I am gonna post something else..

I haven't posted my opinion of the recent Supreme Court ruling on Facebook until this morning..  What I did post is more of a shared opinion..
I've seen a lot of my friends who claim to be Christian post a lot of un-christian statements about it..  Flat out judgmental, cruel, nasty things..  

To them, I would like to say..
The Bible is very clear; without a revelation from God, through the Holy Spirit by the reading of the Word, we are blind to our sins, and lovers of the world..  They may hear what you are saying, but it doesn't mean anything to them..  It will not change how they feel or think..  If anything, it will simply push them further away from the truth, and spread even more hate.
 We are known by our fruit, our actions show who and what we truly are..  
Behaviors like I have seen displayed by 'Christians' over the last 2 days continue to prove what many of them already think of us..  That we are judgmental, hypocritical, bigots..
You make me and other Christians look bad..  
Shame on you..
Stop it..

So, I saw this on Facebook today..  
I couldn't have said it better myself..

"As a follower of Christ and lover of all people regardless of race, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or game console preference, I'm going to be very blunt with my fellow Christians: why are you so pissed about this change in MAN's law? Absolutely nothing has changed in the Bible.  God's law is exactly the same as it was before yesterday. The good book said that man's law wouldn't always line up with God's law, so why are you upset that the Bible was correct? If you expect the nation's legal system to teach your children about Christ then you're sadly mistaken. God never placed that responsibility with the courts; It's YOUR responsibility to spread the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
The law doesn't force pornography upon your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force twerk videos unto your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force heterosexual sex between two unmarried people into your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force having children out of wedlock unto your household, but again... it's perfectly legal. Homosexual marriage, like the above mentioned "sins", does not impede on the basic rights of anyone else. It's perfectly fine not to condone it, but to condemn it and attempt to codify your beliefs into laws that disenfranchise those with different belief systems is not ok. Here's a newsflash: Making it legal for gay people to be married by definition of man's law doesn't mean the world is coming to an end. This isn't anything new, by the way, as 22 other countries already recognize same-sex marriage years before June 26th, 2015.
While we're on the subject, let's talk about state-sponsored sinful lifestyles for a second: every weekend I buy a lotto ticket from the corner store. I've been doing this for years. However, my Bible says to stay away from attempts to get rich quick (proverbs 13:11 and 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10). I guess that means I should also be condemned to the depths of Hell upon my death.
Look, there are so many other issues that require our attention as Christians: poverty, racism, genocide, persecution of Christians in the Middle East (while we're complaining about Christians losing influence in American politics, Middle-Eastern Christians are losing their LIVES), and others that are infinitely more worthy of our outrage than the issue of same-sex marriage in America. Instead of bloviating on social media about how offended you are about homosexuality, why don't you step out on faith and do some real kingdom work?
In closing, it is quite ironic that the most sin I've seen on social media isn't coming from all the rainbow colored profile pictures, but rather from self-proclaimed Christians shouting "F*ck this fag b.s." with a disturbing lack of one of the very cornerstones of the Christian faith: Grace." ~ Richie Branson

Jun 27, 2015

Day 5..

What is the meaning behind your blog name?

This is an easy one and won't tale long to explain..

Clay had been laid-off from Angola..  At that time he was not only laid-off but they lied to him and told him that he had been fired from Halliburton altogether and blacklisted from Angola permanently..
Once we found out that he had only been laid off and not fired from ever working for the company again, he simply applied for a job at another location and went back to work..  
But it was three months before we knew the truth, so we spent those three months without income..

It was true that he had been blacklisted from Angola; by a guy who felt threatened by Clay, but that changed when the company had noticed that without Clay, their yards in that region were not making a profit and they were loosing jobs (and millions of dollars) to other companies, when their major client (Chevron) ended their contracts with them..
At the time, the Chevron company men who ran the rigs off the coast of Luanda/Angola had made sure their contracts stated that they would work with Clay exclusively, or not at all..
So they guy who 'fired' Clay was fired for real, and the yard in Luanda went under until Clay went back..

Ok, moving on..
The first month of no income wasn't too bad..  We had just paid the bills so we weren't dire straights yet..  But I saw the next month looming ahead and I began to panic..  What were we going to do?  We had no money for bills, gas, food, rent..  Nothing..  

Then a friend of mine reminded me of a passage in the Bible..
Luke 12:20-28~ “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.  Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?"

I read that passage over and over and over for the next three months..  I repeated it to myself every time I started to think about the bills, overdue rent, or the fact that we were living on Ramen Noodles..
It helped, A lot..

So that's where the name comes from..
I guess that took longer than I thought it would..

Jun 26, 2015

Day 4

My biggest pet peeve..

This is an easy one..
Anyone trying to sell me anything..
I hate it..  I mean, I really hate it..
It doesn't matter what it is; Mary Kay, Body by Vi, Kirby vacuums..  Whatever..

I don't like to be approached in a store, over the phone, at my door, in a parking lot, whatever..
I don't make eye-contact with anyone selling cookies or popcorn outside of a Walmart, and if they try to get my attention I just say "no thank you" and keep walking..
I dislike going to a mall for this very reason..  There are so many people selling stuff in the hallways; sunglasses, perfume, purses, cellphones..  And all of them trying to get your attention..  

This is the way I see it..  If I am out shopping, I am shopping for something particular..  I have an agenda, I know what I need and I know what I want..  I have never said to myself 
"I want to go shopping but I have no idea what I want or need so I'm just going to wander around aimlessly until someone approaches me to sell me something."  
Seriously, if you are selling something I need; I'll come to you..
I even remove people from my Facebook if they start posting advertisements for what they are selling..

When a telemarketer calls me I simply say "I'm not interested, remove me from your list" and I hang up.  When the Kirby vacuum salesman comes to my door and tries to trick me into showing me their vacuum (they come to the door with a can of Airwick air-freshener and say "we would like to give you this free sample in exchange for your opinion on a popular cleaning product", if you say yes, they return with a vacuum and go into a full hour sales pitch and then not only try their hardest to argue with you until you give in and buy it, but they get their supervisor on the phone to try to bully you into it too) I tell them that I'm not interested in seeing the vacuum that they have sitting in the van around the corner, and I shut the door..

I don't go to jewelry parties, chocolate & wine parties, Pampered Chef parties, 31 parties, or any kind of party where I know that someone will be putting on a presentation and then trying their hardest to not only push you into buying their product, but trying to convince you to sell it as well..
I have one exception, I will go to one at my sister's house, but it's really only so she can have another person there, but she knows I'm not going to buy anything and usually tells the person selling that I won't either :)
She sells Scentsy (which I love) but she never tries to sell me anything..  She just tells me when there is something she thinks I would like and leaves it at that..  Or she texts me and says "I have a Scentsy order going in, do you want something?"..  
She's my sister so she gets a little more leeway than a stranger..  :)

I simply cannot express how much I hate it when someone tries to sell me something..
But maybe the sign on my front door gets my message across..

Jun 25, 2015

Day 3

4 movies I never get tired of watching

All about Eve..

I'm a huge Bette Davis fan..  I like the movies she did when she first started out, I like the ones she did later in her career, I like the ones that got bad reviews..  I even like the campy horror movies she did when that was all the work she could get..
But if you want to watch a movie that portrays a character who was the closest to her real self, All About Eve is the movie to watch..
Ann Baxter (Eve) does an excellent job too..  Marilyn Monroe does a cameo..  
I can't even tell you how many times I have seen this movie..  I could probably quote every line by now :)


I'm also a big martial arts movie fan..  Especially Jet Li and Donnie Yen movies..  This movie has them both..  Fighting each other!  What more could you possibly ask for?  
The cinematography is amazing, the colors in this movie are fantastic, and the fighting?  Perfect..

Now Voyager

Another Bette Davis movie..  This one is my absolute favorite of all her movies..  She plays every emotion perfectly; dramatic, crazed, devastated, guilty, courageous, content, you name it..
Love, love, love, this movie!

The Lego Movie

My sister laughs at me, but I can't get enough of this movie..  I've seen it 33 times..  Clay loves it too..  Sky is tired of hearing it on the television..  The writing is just spot on, the actors who do the voices are fabulous, and the graphics are adorable..  Plus, you haven't lived until you have heard Liam Neeson say "darn, darn, darny-darn!"
For reals, I don't care how old you are; if you haven't seen this movie, watch it!