Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Confessions Tuesday

Good Tuesday morning everyone!

Here is my honesty for the week.

- I take pictures of Sophia while she is sleeping. She is just so cute! I know that the flash annoys her and usually wakes her up if I take more then one.. but I can't help it!

- I hate bugs. I hate pretty much all bugs.. even cute little lady bigs KINDA freak me out a little bit. This weekend 3 disgusting flies decided to take up residence in my home. I was able to kill 2 of them.. but I am pretty sure one is still here.
I was in the kitchen when I was trying to kill them and noticed I was saying "I am gonna get you." OUTLOUD! Luckily no one was here. THEN when I successfully killed them both... I laughed. One of those creepy laughs too. Oh gosh.

uh! well.. I just found that third fly... in my coffee right now.

GOT HIM. hahaha

-  I had been dealing with some guilt feelings lately with being a stay at home wife. I know that I do a lot around the house and now I am taking care of Sophia -- but it is NOTHING compared to the hard work my husband does all week long... and I am not helping financially as much as I used to when I was working.
Does anyone deal with feelings like that at all? I am really curious. Comment below and tell me your thoughts in our own life.

 If you would like to confess some silliness too just copy the code below for the pretty picture and put it on your blog post in HTML or link back to my blog.. then come back and add your link to the bottom so we can read with you. (:

Confession Tuesday

confessions and love. - Monica
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Menu Monday

The beautiful Jennifer at One43 just started a fun new link-up and I am really excited about it! (:

It is Menu Monday and you can read more about it on her lovely blog.

I have been trying to menu plan and try new recipes more and more now that I am a stay at home wife. I want to get a routine down for whenever I go back to work.. I am already in the groove of it. hehe.

This link up will be a lovely way to help. (: So here is my recipe for this week. (:

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken 

I originally found this recipe from The Novice Chef

- 4 chicken breasts
- 4 Tablespoons of butter
- 4 garlic cloves
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste


- Salt and pepper both sides of chicken and set aside.

- In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, melt better. Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant and garlic/butter starts to brown slightly. {I always manage to burn my garlic.. so pay close attention to it.}

- Add chicken, cover pan, and cook for 12 minutes. Flip chicken breast and continue cooking until it is cooked thoroughly.

- Sprinkle the tops of the chicken with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Cover pan with lid once more and let sugar melt for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately.

-Enjoy the garlicy goodness. (:


I know.. it is awful because I did not take a picture of the final thing.... but it was delicious!

When you serve it, pour some of the garlicy syrup on top.. Mmmm. It was soo good! (:

New recipes, link ups, and love. - Monica
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Chinese food & cuddles

This weekend my Mr. and I had a little at home date.

Last week he had an INTENSE work week. It was long hours and really strenuous work. He said he almost stepped on a snake too (he is currently working landscaping at big commercial businesses).

I decided that Friday was going to be at-home date day. We would relax, rent some movies, and order some take out. He deserved it.

Martin came home with Chinese take out! I had been looking into Chinese restaurants too! hehe. (: I was so stinking excited!
So we had some DELICIOUS Chinese food in the cute containers ( most places we would go to.. they would put the food in a Styrofoam container.. so we were extra excited about this Chinese food)!

The rest of the weekend was filled with Parenthood and playing/snuggling with little Sophia. (:
she loves to bite his face!

This morning when I woke up.. my heart felt so heavy... I am not sure why or what exactly I was feeling.. but I was like overwhelmed with the feeling of love.

Love for my husband. Love for that stinky little puppy. Love for the Lord. Love for my life.
I can't fully describe it but it was a complete reassurance of being surrounded in love.

It feels soo wonderful!

food in cute containers, cute puppies who bite faces, and love. - Monica
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday's Letters

Its Friday again!!! Oh I am soo happy! I am BEYOND ready for the weekend.

Lets write some letters. (:


Dear A/C,
Do you think you can start working correctly? I set you to 72 degrees... but somehow by the time my Mr. gets home it says it is 82 degrees in the house. You realize that is a TEN degree difference? I am not the one who needs the cool air... he is. Can we work on this? Thanks in advance!
Signed, One hot wife.

Dear David Tutera, 
I have been watching 'My Fair Wedding' on Netflix this past week and can I just say that I love you! You make the most beautiful weddings out of the silliest concepts. You are making me want to have another wedding though! Still marry my prince.. but just have another beautiful celebration of love. Thanks for entertaining me while I fold laundry.
Sincerely, a forever bride

Dear 49ers, 
Hubby and I are sooo excited for the new season!!! (: I never thought that I would ENJOY watching football on TV but I think that the 4 yrs of cheerleading helped. hehe. I truly love spending that quality time with my Mr.   I love making fun finger foods, wearing the attire, and seeing him encourage you and coach. Lets make this a good season for him, okay? Oh! And hopefully we will see you at the New Orleans game!
Love, the 49er convert

Dear Sophia,
I know that you always want to go in the spare bedroom and our room during the day... but you just cannot. I am sorry. We are taking you to the vet on Saturday for a check-up and schedule some shots.. so get excited for your first outing! Oh and I am sooo proud of you for sleeping ALL NIGHT LONG (all niiight... all night loooong.. all night. ..... Sorry Iionel Richie just popped in my head). Lets make a habit of this. (:
Also.. its so incredibly cute the way you have to readjust your body all the time when you sleep. hehe
Always, Your mommy.

Dear Skype, 
Okay.. seriously.. you are fantastic! Thank you for keeping me in contact with my friends! I love that I can feel like they are with me... even when they are thousands of miles away! I like to just stay signed in all the time... so that whenever someone gets on.. they can Skype me if they want! You are wonderful.
Signed, Long Distance Friend
My lovely friend Pam, who just moved to TN
My gorgeous friend Alyssa, who lives in WA

Dear Husband, 
Thank you for working so so hard. I know this week has been super tough on you! I appreciate it. You are breaking your back for your family and I trust that God will reward you.
Sorry for our little arguments this week and thank you for your grace while I was working out my insecurity. You constantly push me towards the Lord and I am so thankful for that.
Ohhh! I cannot wait until your birthday... and I still can't believe you convinced me to give you your present early! You little stinker! We are going to have fun! ANNDDD then it will be our 1 yr anniversary! So insane!
Love forever, Your Rib

Dear Lord, 
Oh.. I love you! Thank you for your grace that is sufficient for me. Lord, just thank you for opening my heart more and more. Thank you for provision! Thank you for friends and for family. Today.. I just feel so thankful! Thank you for continuing to bless my little family! You are so much better then I realize.
With a Thankful Heart, Your Princess

Happy Friday everyone and have a wonderful weekend!

Letters and Love. - Mrs. V
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fighting Insecurity

insecurity: (n)  Lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt.

I loathe insecurity. I don't like it in myself and it saddens my heart to see it in other people.

I think there are differnt forms of insecurity... but ( I think ) everyone battles them from time to time. There is the insecurity of our looks, our personality, and our abilities. It all comes down to our worth.

Yesterday I was experiencing that self-doubt. I had crazy thoughts going through my head about how I am not accomplished enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough, not Godly enough and I am too emotional, too plain, too boring. So I was feeling not enough and too much at the same time! Wow was I in an unhealthy rollercoaster of emotions.

I kept taking it steps further thinking how my husband would be better off if he had never married me... or married someone else...bla bla bla.

Now, I don't want to write this for anyone to assure me... or feel sorry for me.. or anything like that. I wanted to write this to be REAL.  So if you are feeling anything similar to how I was feeling, you can relate to me and know that you are not alone.

I have had my ups and downs with insecurity. Sometimes when I feel like I have won the battle... another comes along. It is a daily struggle. So DAILY I must choose to come into agreement with what the Lord speaks over me.

Of course the enemy LLOOVEES when we doubt or question ourselves. He takes sheer delight when we go against what the Lord has said to us.
He wants us to feel not good enough, ugly, broken, small, ashamed, confused, too much to deal with, not talented, unaccomplished, and unloved. If he can get us to feel soo terrible about ourselves -- then he is winning. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. [ John 10:10 ]
He will speak complete lies to you! And THOSE ARE LIES!

Here are some truths--

- You are all together beautiful  [ Song of Solomon 4:7 ]
- God created you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. [ Psalm 139:13-14 ]
- God thinks you have an unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit[ 1 Peter 3:3-4 ] 
-  God has great plans for your future filled with hope. [ Jeremiah 29:11 ]
- You can be strong and courageous because the Lord is with you. [ Joshua 1:9 ]
- You have more value then you can imagine. [ Luke 12:7 ]
- Charm and outward beauty will fade over time.. but a woman who fears the Lord should be praised. [ Proverbs 31:30 ]
- God is with you always. He is proud of you and will rejoice over you. He will quiet you with His love and exult over you with singing. [ Zephaniah 3:17 ]

Those are only a FEW of the many many things that the Lord thinks about you. Read them. Memorize them. Put them over our house. On your phone. In your car. Places that you can see them daily and be reminded. Surround yourself with these things - it helps.

When Martin and I were doing long distance I heard one of my pastors say "You are beautiful. You deserve to be pursued. You deserve to be adored." I loved it... so I typed it up and put it on my front seat visor of my car.
I also put the name 'Hephzibah'. Hephzibah is Hebrew for 'My delight is in her'... which is what God called His people in Isaiah 62:4. I wanted to ALWAYS be reminded of this truth.
The other thing I have in my car is a promise from the Lord... which was so appropriate in my time of being away from Martin.
'For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly'. - Psalm 84:11
All three of these are STILL in my car.

When I was at my lowest point and I was really re-building my relationship with the Lord after I fell away, I would put alarms or reminders on my phone to go off every 30-45 minutes that said things like "You are beautiful., You are worthy. You are loved. God is proud of you. You are lovely. You have a destiny."
Now.. for me at the time... I needed the reminders THAT often... but for you.. it may just be once or twice a day. But DO IT!

When self-doubt creeps in about the way that I look now I can remember Proverbs 31:30 that says that beauty is FLEETING. Now, we still need to be healthy.. so eating right (or at least... better lol) and exercising (even if it is chasing 2-yr olds or purposefully parking farther way from the store to walk) are important... but don't STRIVE. Don't create an unhealthy relationship with food. Don't beat yourself up because you don't look like a model -- or even like Susy down the street.
Once I keep in mind that beauty is fleeting (Proverbs 31:30) and that God says that I have an unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit ( 1 Peter 3:3-4) then I can accept the fact that I will never be a size 5 or have a larger chest. I am STILL beautiful!

You are powerful! Look at yourself like this kitten.

Lord, thank you for every single person that is reading this blog right now. God, I pray that you would touch them. Show them their worth. Remind them of the beauty that they posses that is more then hairstyles and jewelry. Thank you that you made all of us unique. That you created us in our mother's womb to be EXACTLY the way that we are. I praise you that every person has a divine future filled with hope and love. Help them to see that, God. I pray that if anyone is dealing with insecurity that they would rebuke that lie and hold tight to YOUR truth about themselves. You created all of us in YOUR image. You are the artist. Jesus is the model. We are the masterpiece. Help us to keep that in mind. Lord, we are sorry for speaking ill of ourselves. For speaking badly of how we look or how we are. We love you so much Lord. We praise Your holy name! We invite you to touch our lives and we submit to Your will. Thank you that YOU take delight in US. 
In Jesus Name. - Amen. 

I hope you all have a lovely day and weekend! 
seeing the lion in the mirror and love. - Monica
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Sweet sweet home Alabama {update}

I wanted to show you all a little update of my house here in Alabama.

You can go see when we first moved in [here] to see how much as changed. (: And yes I am wearing the same shirt. hehe.

Grab a cup of coffee and pretend that I am giving you a tour of our home. (:

There is some strange green lighting that was going on.. and I didn't know how to fix it so sorry about that.. and also I have this nervous habit where I play with my hair.. so I am doing that a lot in the video. haha.

new home love, Monica
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I have never done this link up with Jamie at This Kind of Love but I thought I would give it a try this week. (:

I am loving my sweet new little puppy - Sophia. I know that I have mentioned her a lot lately (and I probably will keep doing it). She can be soo sweet... especially when she is sleeping. hehe

I am loving baking!!! I have been getting up early with little Sophia -- but since I am up... I have been baking blueberry muffins for Martin for work. I have been LOVING it! Martin said that everyone  loves them too... since he shares them with his work guys. hehe.
Today I made baked oatmeal and it was pretty good! Martin said he doesn't normally like oatmeal but he liked the baked oatmeal. They kinda taste a little like a muffin. (:

I am loving that my husband's birthday is in a week and a half!  I love love love celebrating the people in my life. I know that I am going to bake him a (hopefully) awesome cake and probably have dinner somewhere... but I want to do something a little special.

I am loving some things I found of Pinterest --

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But most of all --

I am loving my wonderful husband! (:

baked oatmeal, sleeping puppies, and love. - Monica
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday lovelies!

Here is a little honesty for your day -

- I have recently discovered that I have an extremely silly pet/baby voice. lol. It is really high pitched and just silliness. I never knew that I had this until we got little Sophia but now I can't stop it.

- This weekend was not my shining moment. I was very tired with our new puppy and a little on edge. I got into a few arguments with my husband over NOTHING.
We are not the perfect couple.... we get into arguments and sometimes I don't talk very nice to him. This weekend was like that. We made up and were able to communicate through and I am so glad. I loathe arguing with him and at times wish that our marriage was a fairytale. ... But its not. hehe. It is real life. We are two imperfect people learning and growing together. I am just so blessed that I have Martin by my side and God as our center.

- Last week I went out to Starbucks with a friend and I took an hour attempting to do my hair as a hair bow. I did it over and over and over again! It was supposed to be so simple... but I made it complicated!

I think that is about it for this week. (: If you would like to confess some silliness too just copy the code below for the pretty picture and put it on your blog post in HTML.. then come back and add your link to the bottom so we can read with you. (:

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Also... I just got a facebook page.. if you want to check it out.. then go to facebook.com/mrsv820blog

Confessions and love. - Monica ♥ . ♥ . ♥

Monday, July 23, 2012

Busy monday

This is a super busy Monday!
I have been cleaning, skyping, and talking on the phone with my aunt. (:
I try to get things done while Sophia naps.
I have to make some homemade muffins and dinner. (:
Sophia isn't the best kitchen helper ... but she is the cutest!
Busy days, clean home, and love. - Monica

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday's Letters

Linking up with the ever-so-lovely Ashley at Adventures of Newlyweds for Friday's Letters. (:


Dear Weekend, 
I am so incredibly overjoyed to see you here! Uh! It feels like forever since you have been here last! You are more then welcome to linger a little longer this visit. (:
with love, The wife to a hard-working man.

Dear Sophia
You truly are cute as can be! I was very hesitant if I wanted a puppy or not.. but I am glad that we got you. (: You whine a little bit more then I thought you would.. and sleep WAY more then I thought. Lets get this potty training thing fast though... I have already cleaned up enough pee piddles for the day and its only 11am. But we love you!
Welcome to the family!
Love, Your new momma.

Dear Blogger, 
Okay I still don't know what is up with my sidebars in the 'home' page. I read that it could have been because of a picture or link that was too big -- well I fixed it and its still messed up. Can you just do me a favor and fix yourself? I know its not a HUGE deal... but it annoys my OCD a little. I appreciate it.
Sincerely, Not-so-techy girl.
I just checked after I posted this originally and it looked like its fixed! Thanks!!!! (:

Dear Love, 
Happy 11 months of marriage! I cannot believe that 11 months ago today I was walking down the aisle to be your wife. I am also in shock that in one short month we will have been married for an entire year!
I am sorry again for giving you unnecessary attitude last night. I let the stress get the best of me and I shouldn't have done that. Having Sophia here is a big step in our marriage and I know that we will continue to grow in love together, with Sophia, and with our Lord. You make me so proud! I am really excited for the weekend together! Thank you so so much for the beautiful roses last night too. (:
Forever Yours, Your Rib

Dear Lord, 
You are so good. I am so glad that we took the time out yesterday in midst of craziness to give you praise. Thank you for friends and family, God. I want to always give you glory and to take that sweet time to be with You. Thank you for Your presence... I hope that I can always carry that around with me.
Jesus, be with those families who lost someone in that horrid shooting in Colorado. Touch them, God.
I love you!
Always, Your Daughter

Dear readers/followers/friends, 
I just want to tell you all thank you for reading my little blog! I am in no way a "writer" since I mess up my punctuation and spelling often and even make up words at times. I am a communicator and I just talk. I rarely have an idea of what I will write before my fingers hit the keyboard and I tend to just let it flow.
I am just so thankful for you all! For all the inspiration and encouragement that I get. I love every single comment I get and try my best to reply back in email (and sometimes in the comment on the post... if your email is set to no-reply). I have been so blessed by this little community of blogger and I hope I can just continue to bless you all! (:
I pray for you all and appreciate you being interested in the silly, funny, amazing,  things I say. (:
Happy weekend!
Your Friend, Mrs. V

Letters and Love. - Monica
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A new addition to our family

Well... I am not she's how to fix my little sidebar problem.
So just click on the post title to see my followers and other posts..and everything on the sidebar. Lol.. hopefully I can fix it soon.
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Well... we have a new addition to our little family. (:
This is our puppy - Sophia. (:

She is a husky/pit mix and she is four weeks old.
We had been talking about getting a puppy since we got married ... but I never wanted one. Well the mothering side of me cannot be ignored so I agreed last week that we could get one.
I have never had a puppy of my own before so this is really really new to me.
We know Sophia is going to give us some good practice for when we have kids. (:
So today marks 11 months of marriage and a good time to grow our family.
New puppy love. - Monica
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What in the world?

Good morning lovelies!

 Okay... so do me a favor... click on the page 'Getting to know me' and look at the side bar... then click back home.
 Okay.... see a difference?

Now while you are 'home' scroll all the way down and look toward the left... do you see all of the stuff that SHOULD be on the side?

 Click back on 'Getting to know me'.... and then back home... are you seeing my problem?

You can click on any post or page and it is fine.. but once it is 'home' it goes all kinds of craziness.

what in the world is going on???

 I am not tech savvy (AT ALL) and spent HOURS yesterday trying to figure it out... but I have no idea what is wrong or how to fix it. If any one has an idea please email me: mrsv820@gmail.com

 Thanks to all my lovely readers!

 Not-so-techy and love. - Monica ♥ . ♥ . ♥

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blog Love {one43}

I love discovering new blogs in this little blog world. Jennifer from one43 is becoming one of my favorite bloggers! She is so sweet and real! She has such a heart for the Lord and creativity. You all should check her out! (:
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hello wonderful 'captivated by love' readers! thank you so much, monica, for having me! i'm sure all you can agree with me that she is such a genuine, down to earth, sweetheart right? yes!

i am so super excited to be here today and introduce myself! i am jennifer, the heart behind one43.  a simple way i like to sum up myself is..

i have a passion for christ. relationships are my hobby. i am a coffee addict. happily married to my best friend. i love to be creative in every aspect of life.

i love to blog on three different things - creating, cooking, and capturing and i strive to do it all to the praise and glory of God! every monday i share a new recipe with you - look at what i've made so far here! i would love for you to grab a cup of coffee, tea, soda, water...or whatever your beverage choice is and stop by! :) don't forget to introduce yourself, remember.. i said relationships are my hobby! i would love to meet you!! :)

- jennifer.

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday Lovelies! (:

Its that time again for Confession Tuesday. (: Here we go.

- Last week when I went on that lovely walk in my neighborhood  -- I got lost. I have no idea how it happened! I knew where I was.. and then I took a wrong turn and ended up WAY far away from my house. I meant to go on the walk for 45 minutes... but that turned into and hour and a half. It doesn't really help that the street names are all the same! Its so easy to get turned around in my neighborhood. I eventually had to get the GPS on my phone out!

- Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' is currently my ring tone. I LOVE this song. I cannot help but wanna dance whenever I hear it.... so I downloaded it. No shame.

- Sometimes when I take pictures of things... I purposefully put my wedding ring in the shot. I love being married.. and I love photos when the wedding ring is on display. hehe
 Hmm.. there is a pattern. hehe.

- Yesterday while working out I really wanted to yell at the workout instructor on Netflix. They are so cheerful and I know they are trying to be motivating but uh... sometimes I get annoyed. Stop saying "8 more" like its not a lot... it is a lot to me!

If you want to confess any silly, embarrassing, or fun thing that happened this past week.. come join the link up. Grab the code below and add it to your blog post. (:

After that, make sure to click on the 'add your link' at the bottom of this post and add your 'Confession Tuesday' so others (and myself) know you had some Tuesday fun too. (:

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Happy Tuesday! (:

Confessions and Love. - Monica
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Monday, July 16, 2012

No Cell Phone Sunday

This Sunday was the first of (hopefully) many 'No Cell Phone Sunday'.

I have mentioned before that I am a textaholic.

I love relationships and staying in contact with people. There are a few friends that I text everyday just to say I am thinking about them.
I check my Facebook, Instagram,  & Twitter often  and love to update the world of all the fun things I am doing.
I look at my bloglovin from time to time to see if there are any new posts.
My email comes straight to my phone and I like to respond right when I get them or else honestly.. I will probably forget. hehe.

My phone is constantly beeping, popping, ba-dooping, and singing.

I would consider myself a multi-tasker and can e-mail, text, and quickly see if anyone 'liked' my status update all while watching a movie.

This pretty much drives my husband NUTS! He will look at me, during a movie, because of some awesomeness that just happened -- and I am looking down at my glowing phone.

I know that I have prided myself in being able to keep up with all of the social media out there -- but I do NOT want to ignore what is in front of me. I do not want to potentially HURT any of my relationships by spreading myself to thin.

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Being so far away from my family and majority of my friends I cannot just delete everything (nor would I want to)... but I think it is important to find a balance.

I ALWAYS have my phone by me. I never turn it off. I only put it on silent while we sleep so it doesn't wake up Martin... or I would probably have it on.

I decided to start a little tradition in my family called 'No Cell Phone Sunday' where we shut off ALL of our social media outlets and just enjoy our family.
I completely shut off my phone for an entire day. (Martin kept his on for emergencies and in case his boss called but still didn't use it).

It was fun! We did the same thing that we usually do on Sundays -- have breakfast, watch some shows, tune into our church, nap, and hangout. But my husband had my ENTIRE attention. No texts. No emails. No facebook statuses. Just husband and wife.
We loved it! It was hard at times and I wanted to check my social media from time to time... but I just ignored it and continued enjoying my husband time.

I would love to continue this idea with our future children too. Martin's family does a similar thing on Sundays. They just hang out with each other and try not to watch movies or go on the internet. Its family day. They play board games, card games, read their bibles together, and just enjoy each other's company.

Quality time. Oohhh it delights my heart. (:

Martin and I even played a card game called Nerts last night while listening to music. We had such a great time!

So enjoy the people around you! (: We can get so caught up in everything but make sure you are taking time out to truly BE with your loved ones.

undivided quality time, card games and love. - Monica
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday's Letters.


Happy friday everyone! Linking up to write some letters. (:

Dear phone,
I am not sure why you keep sending me multiple texts over and over again. I keep thinking its a new text when I hear the *pop* sound... but no.. its the same text I got 2 minutes earlier. *pop* No.. still the same text. *pop* Oh! Oh.. no... thats the same text from a different friend.
I really don't think Alyssa is saying "How are you doing" 5 times in the last 10 minutes, after I have already answered her question. Please.just.stop.
signed,  I-will-put-you-on-silent

Dear emeals.com, 
 I am not sure if I like you anymore. This week there is only 1 thing that hubby and I would even eat. Hmm.. maybe we should work on this. I am questioning our relationship.
Sincerely, The Stay at Home Wife

Dear Weather, 
I really enjoyed the rain these past few days. It was so nice being inside and just listening to thunder with my husband. Don't get to crazy though ... I still watch my weather app like a crazy person to make sure you aren't getting to out of hand. Lets keep it to some low 90s and some lovely off and on rainfall. Thanks!
with love, Me

Dear Hubby, 
I am so ready for the weekend with you! (: You told me this morning that we could play some games and I cannot wait! I adore spending time with you.. whether it is talking, enjoying a movie/shows,  playing games, or even watching you play Halo. I know that we have kinda become home-bodies lately but we can still go out and do things! I just love being with you.
Thank you for all you do for me and our little family! I am so grateful that you are always leading me to Jesus and that you have a heart for Him. I love you more and more everyday!
Love Always, Your Rib

Dear Lord, 
I had such a wonderful walk with You this morning. I am so glad that I decided to get up and do that. I am just in awe of who You are. I am unashamed of You & unashamed of me. Thank you for such a sweet and blissful time. You are my first love and my heart is ever-growing for You! My prayer is that everyone reading this will experience that love of the Father in a new way. God, I pray that their hearts will be open to You.  Whisper in their hearts like You do to me.
Forever, Your Daughter

Dear Superstition,
HAHAHAHA. Sorry.. but my God is bigger. Today is just Friday... and July 13th. Thats it. hahaha.
signed, Monica

happy weekend everyone!

letters and love, Monica
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

If you really knew me..

I am copying this idea from Ashley at Adventures of Newlyweds who copied it from Jenni at Story of My Life, who got the idea from Kristin at Vignettes. Whew.. okay.. just giving credit where credit is due.

If you really knew me, you'd know that I...

- do not wash my hair every day. I wash it probably every other day... or more. Surprisingly I get the most compliments on my hair when it hasn't been washed in two days. (I still wash my body for all those out there thinking I am stinky).

- went to college for one year and was a music major. I still have a huge appreciation and love for music.. but I am more of a worshipper then a music theology fanatic.

- adore spending quality time with people and could spend HOURS just talking with a cup of coffee and a good friend.

- am extremely forgetful. I forget to do things, or where I put things, or if I paid bills, or things to buy that I NEED from the store. I am trying to get better at lists and reminders on my phone.. hopefully this helps.

- do not want pets. Its not that I don't like animals. I am just not a huge fan of hair, poop, barking, stinky boxes, licking, or smelliness. My husband does want a dog... I said we could have a baby instead. hehe

- get so much joy at being a stay-at-home wife. I always wanted to be one and I love cooking, cleaning, organizing, and bill paying. I am sad when the day comes and I will have to go back to work.

-  started working when I was 14. I worked at an old fashioned soda fountain every summer through high school. I loved it! Every time I am in my hometown and I stop by and say Hi to my first boss.

- have had my first and second holes in my ears pierced, my lip pierced, my nose pierced, my belly button pierced, my cartilage on the top of my ear pierced, and my tragus ('the fleshy prominence at the front of the inner part of the ear') pierced. Never at the same time... but all in a season.

- started going to church, by myself, when I was 13. I sang on worship team until I was 18. I started an all-girls bible study in high school too... I loved it!

- have always ALWAYS wanted to live in Southern California and was CRAZY jealous when my husband lived there for 9 months during ministry school. I still think we will live there someday.

- was a cheerleader all 4 years of high school. I loved cheering!

- know Chuck Norris. hehe. His step-son, Tim, was in my graduating class and his sister-in-law was my cheer coach. Small world, right? Google it.. its true. Gena O'Kelley Norris is from my hometown. 
He was at a lot of our football games to watch Tim and was even one of our chaperones on our senior trip.

- met my husband through a mutual friend. He worked with my neighbor and she showed him a picture of me.. and sent me a picture of him. I wasn't too sure about him.. until she said we went to the same church, then I agreed that he could get my number. hehe.

 Well I hope you all feel like you know me a little more. (:

getting to know each other and love. - Monica
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