Saturday, April 20, 2013

Picture Overload for Mid April

I don't enjoy blogging as much as I once used to. Not sure why - don't really have a reason. Because of this, I tend to take less nonsense pictures and then when I do feel like writing, I have nothing to show you.
Bad excuse. I agree.
Let's just move on and forget I ever said anything.
Matt's mom went to Korea in March.
She took some pictures. A few pictures. Very few.
Me, I take hundreds and then delete a few once I am home.
Matt's mom, took a few and kept those few.
Here are two I liked from around where she was:
 I have no idea where these are from - so don't ask me.
I do know she brought us home some goodies such as:
 THE best stuff ever! I wish I could buy these here.
We always ask for more whenever she goes there. They don't even sell these are the Korean store here.
I specifically requested these. I wanted some authentic made in Korea ones. The spoons were a bonus.
Socks also made in Korea
I love gifts!
She made us some yummy Korean snack food... which I have already forgotten what it was called.
Every time we are visit Matt's mom I always use his sister's hair product.
I finally had to ask her where she buys it since Walgreen's and Target do not seem to sell it.
 Not only did she tell me where, she also gave me the bottle since she hardly ever uses it.
This stuff looks wonderful on me!
We had a Groupon so we painted more ceramic.
This is what happens when you aren't really excited to paint but you have to use your Groupon before it expires.
Mediocre artwork.
I finally took out my old Perler beads and googled some neat things to make.
I did have an elephant but he got messed up.
My library had a drawling and I won two books.
While driving, Matt and I saw a beautiful rainbow after a quick rain shower.
My mom knitted me a beautiful scarf which I wore to work today.
There you have it.
All the good pictures from my phone over the last 2 weeks.
I am glad I was able to share them with you. :)

Friday, April 19, 2013

My Furry Baby, Jake

I never discussed this on here, but I feel I can now.
Our beloved dog, Jake, passed away on February 17th. He wasn't even 7 years old.
To say we were/are sad would be an understatement. It was very heart breaking. I would never wish this upon anyone. Of course, I know it is a fact of life.
Nothing and no one can live forever in THIS world.
We weren't meant to.
Smart me knows this. It just doesn't make it any easier.

Shortly after Jake passed away, the topic at church was about what happens after we die.
Our pastor presented it as 'who would be at our dinner table in heaven'. He went around 'his table' and told us who he would want at his and then mentioned the dog bowl near the table. He said the bible references animals in heaven several times. He went on to tell us where in the Bible this was shown.
Two of the examples I remember are as followed:

Isaiah 11:6-9
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Revelation 19:11-14
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
I am able to gain comfort from this information.
I too believe my dogs will be in heaven waiting for me. I believe when I get there every dog I have ever loved will be waiting for me at the pearly gates waiting to be hugged...

MOVING ON.............. I don’t want to cry...

A few months ago while in Tennessee visiting our family I went shopping with my mom at a local place that has different booths of crafts and knick knacks under one roof. I came across someones booth who did AMAZING artwork and carvings.

Below is the piece of artwork I fell in love with.
It looked so real to me! I knew this would be THE PERFECT artwork for our home.

To make a long story short...
I emailed the lady asking her if she does custom work and what I was wanting to have made. I explained to her I really wanted a tennis ball opposed to a bone. A few days later she called and told me she could do it. I just needed to bring in some pictures for her to use. And that's exactly what we did.
Fast forward to last week - she called to tell me it was ready for pick-up.


It looks just like our wonderful Jake!
I am more than please with it!
Looks beautiful sitting on our bookshelf in the living room. Makes me smile when I look at it.
Funny story:
While my mom and I were at her place picking it up, she told us how this was her first time painting a tennis ball so it took her a long time to get the green the right color. She said she had a giant glob! She said she should have painted the other circles she had, but didn't think about it until it had already dried out in the trash.
I am happy my tennis ball idea was inspirational. I am guessing she will use the tennis ball again in the future. 

Speaking of ou lovely Jake - when we had him cremated we also had his paw print 'saved'.
It's a little crooked and one of his 'toes' wasn't pushed down far enough, but I love that we have his paw print.
Mud and all!
Sadly, it appears to be growing mold even though we baked it per the instructions.
At my mom's suggestion, I will be cleaning it this weekend and sealing it.
I will be sure to take some pictures with my actual camera (opposed to my phone) in good lighting just in case something happens to it.

A couple of weeks ago I came across one of the many tennis balls Jake buried in the yard.
Both of us want to further bury this one and keep it there forever.
It was a wonderful surprise finding this one. I look forward to coming across another one in the future.
This picture was taken the weekend before he passed away.

We were on our way home from Tennessee.
He always had the entire backseat to himself, but he enjoyed laying his head on the armrest next to us best. He would take his head and nudge you to pet him. I took this picture after we both pretended to ignore him and he had given up. 

Same car trip - him looking out the window sniffing in the fresh cold air.
These next three pictures are the ones we had taken to the lady who painted his portrait.
We wanted to make sure she knew exactly what he looked like and show some of his personality.

We love you, Jake!
And we will always miss you!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jesus Christ Rose From The Dead

Happy belated Easter!
I hope everyone had a nice holiday filled with yummy food and good memories!

Matt and I spent the day at home - me cleaning a little around the house and him installing our new dishwasher. Which by the way is VERY quiet! I am very impressed!
Lowe's employees, I am sorry you had to work on Easter. I am even more sorry that my husband was forced to go to your store and buy a few pieces for our dishwasher. We truly do try to not shop on major holidays. I am a hypocrite because I do love shopping late on Thanksgiving night/early on black Friday. But that's the only exception to my policy - I promise! The stores have suckered me into going even earlier then I would like to be there. If it makes you feel any better, I did work in retail almost 5 years at a department store where ALL employees worked the day after Thanksgiving.

In between watching a bunch of movies on TV, I also cooked us a lovely feast for the occasion:
I baked a ham, green bean casserole, rolls,  potatoes, steamed carrots and steamed broccoli.
And I must point out this was all by myself! Martha Stewart has NOTHING on me! Except she knows how to cook millions of things and is very crafty when it comes to sewing and decorating and accessorizing, but besides those things....

This was my plate. My eyes were MUCH bigger then my stomach since I only ate about half of this plate.
I should have made a desert, but we ate ice cream bars.

We ended the evening watching Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory - LOVE this show!!!
We did DVR the last installment of the Bible which I will probably watch sometimes this week. :)