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20 Questions That Sum Up 2012

12/30/2012 - Author: Jennifer

 

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

Celebrating 10 years of marriage. My husband and I went to see a game at Fenway Park, went whale watching, and ate A LOT of yummy food. I love city life and this was a perfect way for us to celebrate. 

20 questions 2012 B

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?

My son is in speech therapy. This has been financially draining on us. 

3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?

Making new friends that I desperately needed in my life. 

4. What was an unexpected obstacle?

We thought that God was allowing us to move back to Florida where we have friends and so many places that we love. When we put our house on the market, we fully believed it would sell, but it didn’t. My husband I both are confused why we BOTH felt God’s leading, but missed it completely. Obeying God and doing His will is something we both desire, so we are staying put and trying to be better listeners. 

5. Pick three words to describe 2012.

20 questions 2012 A

  • Celebratory~ My son turned 2 and we celebrated 10 years of marriage
  • Humbling~ Not selling our house and disappointment in blogging
  • Living with less~ We don’t eat out as much (hardly ever) and giving up cable (this was huge for us) 

6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2012 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you).

  • Happier~ meeting new people. For me, I NEED socialization 
  • Stronger~ survived trials 
  • Surprising~ never know what my hair color is going to be or what I want to do next:-) 

7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2012 (again, without asking).

  • Disappointing 
  • Challenging
  • Content 

8. What were the best books you read this year?

  • Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Capture His Heart by Lysa TerKeurst
  • For Women Only: What You Need to Know about The Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn
  • Hope for The Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess by Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker 

9. With whom were your most valuable relationships?

Matt, my son, MOPS moms, and the ladies I met this year in the community Bible Study 

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?

Putting into practice what I read in the books listed above.

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?

Less drama and yelling less.

12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?

Leaning on God for strength to yell less:) and get through trials.

13. In what way(s) did you grow physically?

Working more at losing weight, but still need to do more.

14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?

I am still working at being a better listener and talking less.

15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

Well, I rarely work outside of the home, but when I do, I still love being a radiographer. 20 questions 2012 C

16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

When I have to have everything ready for my son’s caretaker when I do have to work. I am not organized so this is challenging. I also ALWAYS forget at least 1 thing to tell the caretaker, but it ALWAYS ends up ok. 

17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

Anytime I worry and stress. 

18. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

Joining MOPS , community Bible Study, and anytime I have coffee with friends is time well spent. None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for social media. 20 questions 2012 D

19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?

That having a bad day does not make me a bad person.

20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2012 for you.

Psalm 38:8-9 

8~I am exhausted and completely crushed.

    My groans come from an anguished heart.

9~You know what I long for, Lord;
    you hear my every sigh.

Be blessed:)

 

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A Christmas Love Story

12/13/2012 - Author: Jennifer

A Christmas Love Story

Christmas is fast approaching and a lot of people, including me, think about His birth. Call me crazy, but I wonder if it was awkward for Mary and Joseph. I mean, yes Mary was chosen and blessed by God to carry The Savior, but what about Joseph? Did he wish it was his son? Did he have a bond with Jesus? Did Joseph have any resentment? I mean, if Mary wasn’t pregnant, they wouldn’t be looking for a place to stay on such short notice. However, we wouldn’t have such a great and humbling story. I mean, a King born in stable with animals? My hospital stay wasn’t so bad.

I know Joseph loved Mary and wanted to do what he thought was best, but God knew what was best. Was Mary at all concerned about her reputation? Did she feel alone since she wasn’t married, or was she comforted by Joseph? Was Joseph being there helpful, or awkward? I will admit, if I was carrying someone else’s baby and my fiance was taking care of me, it would be weird. For this, I am thankful I was married then had a baby.

As an exasperated parent at times, I have asked my husband–what should we do when it seems like nothing is working to break my son of a bad habit. Do you think Mary asked Joseph or did she just pray and ask Jesus’ Father? Was there favoritism on Joseph’s part with his other kids? Do you even offer advice to Jesus–the All-Knowing Son of God? Do you ask Him questions?

I admire this family. Born out of wedlock, half-siblings, Jesus being the smartest kid. Talk about a reputation. Did people gossip about them? They had issues, just like you and me.

What an honor and tragedy Mary experienced. This was her son and she watched Him die a brutal death when He did nothing wrong and she could do nothing. Yes, He did rise from the dead 3 days later, but still my heart goes out to her.

I admire Mary. She was a willing servant of God. I admire Joseph. He stayed with Mary and loved her through all of this. This is a couple we can look up to.

Be blessed:)

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A week of blessings

12/09/2012 - Author: Jennifer

I have had some blessings this week and I wanted to share.

  1. I went out 3 times this week. I love the community of women I have met and a few of us were able to get together for a little bit one evening. 
  2. One of those times, my husband and I was able to go to his company’s party. We are so blessed that he has a job that he loves and with great people to work with and work for. We are grateful for my parent’s watching our son.
  3. I had the privilege of celebrating a friend turning 30. I love celebrating life and for being able to share it with friends is a blessing.
  4. For a little help shopping this week. We received a blessing of extra income this week to help with Christmas shopping. We also was able to get new meds for my husband that cost significantly less.
  5. Went to an art exhibit–for FREE at our university.
  6. For a 2 year old who loves his momma.
  7. For a husband who loves me unconditionally.
  8. For a Savior who died for me.

What about you? Any blessings you would like to share? I would love to hear.

Be blessed:)

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The Big Picture

12/05/2012 - Author: Jennifer

The big picture

I know that the Holidays are supposed to be a time to celebrate. Yes, there are things that I am thankful for. Yes, I am grateful for my Savior’s birth BUT: I feel like I am drowning. I feel overwhelmed. My son is delayed in speech. As someone who likes to converse with people, this is so hard. I feel like asking~~God, what are You doing? Building character? Closer and stronger relationship with You?

However, I am such a selfish, narrow-minded person. I am pessimistic by choice (I really do think that it is a choice).I will be honest — I have felt too discouraged to ask God for healing for my son anymore. I mean, Paul had a thorn in his side that God thought was best for Paul to have.  (2Corinthians 12:1-10) He could have taken it, but chose not to. Paul learned that God’s grace is all he needed. Is that what God is teaching me? All I need is His grace? So why doesn’t it feel like enough? I want healing for my son. I want to not feel like I am flailing and God isn’t helping. I pray that I FEEL God’s presence. I know He is with me, but there are a lot of times that I still feel alone.

Recently, I have been so focused on the hardships that we are going through that I am missing the goodness around me. The boring, mundane stuff.  All I can see now is how my son is very strong-willed and wonder if he will ever listen. BUT: then I thank God He trusts me with my son. God thinks I can do this.

I heard my husband telling our son that he had to obey mommy, even when you don’t understand.

That got me thinking–isn’t that the Christian walk? Isn’t that what it is all about? Walking in faith?

There are times when I don’t understand (and don’t like) where God is leading me, where He wants me.

Like my husband said–you don’t have to understand to obey. There it is~~trust. Like the old hymn says: Trust and obey. Be happy in Jesus.

Be blessed:)

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