Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Would You Rather Wednesday?!?!

Would you rather smile and rub your hands together through all conversations or finish all sentences with "that's all folks?"

*Today I am thankful for Excedrin that takes away the headaches....ahhhh

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Love My Mom...

I got to stay a night with my Rents last week when I was in the mid-west. I miss doing the girl things that a daughter gets to do with her mom. I only get to see them twice a year so it's something we both miss a lot!
I love you Mom and am so glad we got to spend a little time together. You are such a hard worker and servant to others. I have enjoyed seeing you and dad enjoy the empty nest a little more. (No I'm not moving back in!) :) Thanks for being one of my biggest fans. i miss you!

*Today I am thankful (again) for Ivy and the joy she brings to our family.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I Love My Brother...

Kyle, I love you. It was so fun for me to see your life and how much you have grown up. I respect you and think you are a great provider, husband and dad. It was a joy for me to see how you have grown and are raising your family in a Godly home. Thanks for sharing it with me!

*Today I am thankful for my brother!

Friday, October 24, 2008


I got to see my family when I was back in the mid-west this past week. I loved spending time with my brother's family although it wasn't nearly long enough. I don't have time to figure out how to do a slideshow so I will post different pictures here and there. I miss you Kyle, Becca, Mayah, Mason and Madison! I love love love you and am so thankful for the time we had together. The top picture is "The Computer Club" as Mayah called it working on our computers. Middle picture is the kids and I playing and the last picture is my sista Becca and little Madison.

*Today I am thankful for these pictures!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Would You Rather Wednesday?!?!

Would you rather wake up every Sunday and not remember anything from the previous week or remember everything and your mind never rests?

*Today I am thankful for safe travels.

Monday, October 20, 2008

JMAC story

My brother showed me this story and it totally made me cry. It's one of those ones that grab your heart a bit. Thought I'd pass it along...

I'm in the mid-west on a business trip and came to Des Moines on Sunday to stay with my brother and his family for a night. It was so great seeing them. My neice Mayah came and crawled in bed with me at 2 AM wanting to snuggle. They are so precious! I will post pictures later.

*Today I am thankful that I got to spend time with my neices and nephew yesterday.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I am Spoiled....

Have I mentioned how much I love my staff?!?! Today was Boss's Day and they completly spoiled me! They brought in a huge spread for breakfast and my favorite Starbucks drink, gave me $15 itunes gift card, flowers, a thoughtful card and money to buy a new leather chair. I am so blessed to work with people who love me, serve me and encourage me the way that they do.
Today was the start of a big couple days at work. It's our Fall College View Weekend and we have around 150 people visiting over the next two days. It's such a fun YET busy time for our office but we love it! The picture is part of my staff at my breakfast and the other is Kristine Ardavanis (a sweet girl who works in my her!)and I with our new TMC surfboard!

*Today I am thankful for the love and encouragment I received all day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Would You Rather Wednesday?!?!

Would you rather have such a love of dancing that at the sound of any music you feel compelled to do the Conga (this stemming from your inability to control yourself any longa) OR have an extreme phobia of vegetables and anyone named Rhonda? Death is not an option.

*Today I am thankful for my friend Patty who is without a dobut a gift from the Lord.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Mandy....

Happy Birthday to my sweet roomate Mandy. I am so thankful for her and have enjoyed getting to know her better over the last few months. She is so generous, kind, thoughtful and encouraging. I have LOVED our time together and she has been such a blessing to me.
I am thankful for you Mandy and consider you a blessing from the Lord. I hope you have a great day and feel loved AND appreciated all day! I'm excited to celebrate tonight! :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Things About Me....

I was "tagged" to do this so if you don't know me will now! :)

1. Do you like blue cheese salad dressing? No! Pass me the balsamic please.
2. Do you own a gun? No
3. What's your favorite drink at Starbucks? hmmm...Chai Latte
4. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Newhall Pumpkin Spice with hazelnut creamer sugar free
5. Do you do pushups? Yes I do...not the girl ones either!
6. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? Accesories are the can I choose one?!
7. Favorite hobby? Being outdoors, walking, good conversation with those I love.
8 Do you have A.D.D? I would say no but the guys in my office would say Yes.
9. What's one trait that you hate about yourself? I can be impatient.
10. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: I wish I could take a nap, I should go to the gym and I wish I wouldn' of eaten the whole rootbeer float that Megan made for me.
11. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink. coffee, crystal light rasberry ice tea, and water.
12. Current worry right now? a report that I need to get done for my boss
13. Current hate right now? My sin.
14. Favorite place to be? My bed...THE most comfortable bed ever...PERIOD
15. Do you like to travel? it depends where I'm going and what for. An extended vacation..HECK really...gets lonely on the road by yourself.
16. What color shirt are you wearing? black and red
17. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I have only done it once and it felt too hot.
18. Can you whistle? not good at all.
19. Favorite color? three: pink, green and black
20. If you could would you be a pirate? No...they are scary
21. What song do you sing in the shower? everyday is diffeent but the girl does sing!
22. Favorite girl's name? haven't spent enough time thinking about it.
23. Favorite boy's name? same as above
24. What's in your pocket right now? $1
25. Favorite bedsheets as a child? Holly Hobby
26. Worst injury? when Kelli and I were fighting and she gouged out my eye with a pencil and it filled with blood almost causing permenat eye damage. (For real People!)
27. Do you love where you live? LOVE IT!
28. How many TVs do you have in your house? 3
29. Who is your loudest friend? My sister and John Adams....VERY close tie!
30. How many pets do you have? zero
31. Does someone have a crush on you? I think so.
32. What is your Favorite Book? The Bible
33. What's your favorite candy? Hot Tamales or Nibs (licorice)
34. Favorite Sports Team? Iowa Hawkeyes
35. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I need to go spend time with the Lord so get your butt out of bed!!!

*Today I am thankful that John Spring worked the fair for me last night as he wanted me to "relax". He is AWESOME!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Work is so much more fun when I get suprise visitors. I was in a meeting upstairs in the boardroom and we heard a bunch of ruckus downstairs. Someone announced after looking out the window that I had visitors.....Kelli had brought Ivy, Sissy, and Tate (my friend Lynn's son) by to visit me. (Perfect timing! :))

They were so cute and full of energy. It was so fun. I love getting to share them with everyone.

*Today I am thankful for sticky kisses from Tate and Ivy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Would You Rather Wednsday?!?!

Would You Rather sleep for a week with a room full of rats or eat a whole cow intestine in one setting?!?!?! Death would NOT be an option.

*Today I am thankful for team work!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Profound Thought...

Church was SO good yesterday. Without a dobut I am under some of the best biblical teaching in the world. I recognize it and try not to take it for granted. Yesterday J Mac was teaching from Luke 23. He's been doing a sereis on the crucifixtion of Christ.

When we think of the Cross of Christ we usually think of the physical suffering or the way he took on our sin. I've never really thought about the element of the precense of God at Calvary. J Mac stated that Calvary is more about the wrath of God than anything else.

Luke 23:44-46 "It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last."

This passage has impacted me a lot over the last 24 hours. The sixth hour back in that empire was noon time. So at noon God covered the earth in complete darkness for three hours. This would have been a supernatural event. (I can't imagine the world going pitch black in the middle of the day!)In Matthew, Jesus called complete darkness hell. Divine wrath was poured out. In those moments Jesus wanted to be comforted. He was man yet sinless, taking on the sin of the World, feeling the wrath of God and he had no one to comfort him or help him. THIS is the final suffereing of hell...NO COMFORT. In hell God will not be there to show sympathy, comfort or relief. Jesus died and paid the penalty for our sin so we wouldn't have to suffer like that. Jesus did all of this for ME and You.

This past year has had it's ups and downs for me. During these moments I have clung to the Lord and his Word for comfort and encouragement. That is what has sustained me. I can't imagine what it would have been like to experience what Jesus experienced with no comfort from God the Father. This message really made me look at Calvary differently and I'm so thankful for that. Thank you Jesus for taking that on for me!!

*Today I am thankful for the Cross of Christ.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I Heart Saturdays...

I haven't had a Saturday off in three weeks! I was supposed to go to a work conference today in Pasadena but yesterday it was cancelled. Holla! My day started off great...I slept in until 8 AM this morning...blessed! I went to a cardio kickbox class at my gym, hung out at the Gebhards and went on a walk with Julie, then Matt and Ivy came over to see me and help me with some hanging, got some phone calls from people that I hadn't talked to in awhile (love you Lamay and Pops) and then tonight was roommate night. We went to a movie and then had a night in reading and chatting. I love days like these. I had to post two picks of Ivy from today at my house. I cannot believe how big she is getting. She's so talkative and makes me laugh. I adore her!

*Today I am thankful for the fall like weather.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Congrats to the Kellers!!

Henry Keller was born today at 7:00 AM. Mom and baby are doing great. Mom looks AMAZING and the little guy is soo cute! I just wanted to nibble on him! Congrats Heidi, Joe, Sam and Noah! Aunt Hollie loves you! :)

Farms and Tractor Pulls...

Yes, when I was in Pittsburgh last weekend I went to a tractor pull. When Voda first mentioned it to me I thought she was totally joking but no, we went to watch Phil in this competition. He loves it!!! I know I am from Iowa but I'm only an Iowa girl deep in my heart. I show up in my cute top, William Rast jeans and heels. (come on, I'm from California!) Needless to say when I left my jeans were dirty from the mud but I had a big smile on my face. It was great! It's one of those things you might not want to do again BUT it was a moment that you are thankful you had.

The first picture is Phil "pulling" his tractor (the competition is where you pull your tractor a certain distance and you add weight each round and see who can go the furthest with the most weight) Holla...4 blue ribbons! The second picture is a crowd shot of all the spectators cheering on their loved ones! (this is my favorite) After Phil won the gold (wait it's not CA...he won the blue!) he told me to hop on his tractor and he taught me how to drive it! Remember girl deep in my heart....way deep!Thanks Voda...a moment in time.

*Today I am thankful for a sweet time with Tricia last night!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Tricia....

I had to interrupt "Would You Rather Wednesday" to give a shout out to one of my best friends! I couldn't let this day pass without saying how thankful I am for this huge blessing in my life! Tricia was one of my first friends when I moved out to California. She has been the one friend who has experienced all of my ups and downs while I've been here in Cali...(thankfully there has been more ups than downs!)

Tricia is one of the most faithful, loyal and generous people I know. She is thoughtful and she would do anything for me. She is one of my big blessings in life. Tricia, I love you and am so thankful for you. Thank you for being so faithful to me and such an encouragement to me. I have really enjoyed going through the last 5 years with you. I'm so encouraged to see what God is doing in your life. I love seeing you so happy and enjoying your role as a new wife. May this year be filled with blessings and love. Thank you for being such a bright spot in my life. I love you sis and am excited to celebrate with you tonight!