Tuesday, December 27, 2011
For 2012- I want to start off right! I am making some resolutions for myself here to keep up with during the year! Feel free to ask how I'm doing on them!
1. 12 in 12 in 2012- I want to read 12 books in 12 months in the year 2012. I have no idea where to start, but I would love any opinions on books!! I also want to write a quick review of each book here!!
2. Get to 100- I have lost 40 pounds so far and would like to lose 60 more to get to 100! I'm not giving myself I time frame to do this in- just by the end of the year! (However I would like to be down more by summer! I may enjoy the beach more if I did)
3. 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2- I want to compete in a marathon! I will work up to this by doing a 5K, then the Bridge Run (a long time dream of mine), a half marathon- 13.1 miles and a whole marathon- 26.2!! I don't care if I run the entire thing or just walk- I will complete it!!
4. John 16:12- "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear."- I want to work more on my relationship with Christ. I want to be committed to my quiet times each day and grow more in the Lord.
5. ORGANIZATION IS KEY!!- This year- I will be organized! I do sooo much better when I am on a schedule! Down to the days that I clean certain areas of my house! Well, by golly- I'm going to do it! I ran on my lunch break and bought this handy dandy little planner and have already began to organize my runs! :-)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, to have a deeper soul relationship with another - to be loved thoroughly and exclusively.
But God says to a Christian: "No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled and content with living, loved by Me alone -- with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me-- to have an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone...I love you My child, and until you discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found - you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with another until you are united with Me - exclusive of any other desires or longings.
I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing - one that you cannot imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you. You just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things. Keep experiencing the satisfaction knowing that I am taking care of you. Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you. You must wait.
And then, when you are ready, I'll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would ever dream. You see, until you are ready, I am working even now this minute to have both of you ready at the same time - But until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me, and the life prepared for you, you will not be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me, which is the perfect love.
Friday, October 7, 2011
If you know me- you know I love my babies! There's about 1001 pictures of them on my facebook and ten thousand more on my phone. So here they are...
First is Kally:
She loves snuggling with mommy and sleeps in the bed with me. I don't think she knows she's a dog, and also thinks she's her brothers size....
Speaking of, here's my Julio!
He really was a blessing in disguise. I do NOT believe in reincarnation- but I definately think he is my reminder of my Papa. My Papa would have LOVED him and ate him up, so I love that I have that reminder of him every day!
Best part of all is to see these two interact...
Thursday, September 8, 2011
That being said- I have started back at the gym! *pause for gasping and belief*
I have and I am LOVING it!! I love the feel I get when I can get in my own little world and just escape!
I'm bragging on myself because I have a problem tho!! My poor wittle feet! I am definately needing some new shoes! Right now I have Sketchers Shape-ups and I'm sorry Kim Kardashian- but these SUCK! Which I laugh because I wanted them so bad!
I need to go shopping- really- I do! This is not just an excuse to shop- I'm gettin blisters and all! The back of my ankles are hurting! Blisters on both.
I have big, wide feet and would love any suggestions! Adidas? New Balance? Nike? Definately staying away from Sketchers and with my big, wide feet- shoes from Walmart and Target are really a no go.
What's the best? If you work out alot? Let me know! This is a need!!
Thanks and I'll see ya at the gym!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
OK, but seriously- it was hard enough on me as a 15, without the hassle of internet and social networking. Today's teens get it at every angle.
When I started my sophomore year of high school at Northwood Academy- I thought it was going to be great. I thought it was going to be a fun year and I was going to have lots of friends. Never in my life had I hurt so bad as when I came home from school that FIRST day and wanted to die! That was after ONE day!
My saint of a mother got the application for School of the Arts the next day and I spent the next 4 months in agony until I got accepted to SOA and I knew I could move and leave the torcher.
This post is not a rant about who hurt my feelings, and it's been over 10 years! I am friends with someone of those people (OK-facebook friends) but they may very well read this and I don't really care!
This post is about how my heart aches for the "youth of the nation". My heart has been craving the Lord in so many ways! One is the women's ministry that I am trying to start. I have given it to God and feel that it will be a success if He wants it to be. The other thing I am missing is the chance to work with students. My best friend recently was a counselor for a week long camp. I was so jealous of her- in a the best kind of way. I was also thrilled for her to experience a close connection with God. In that jealousy (still not the right word), I found myself having more of a desire to work with students more. I just want each student I encounter to know what a precious creation to God they are. To know that someone, whether they think so or not, loves them- with a pure heart and that they have this rock in the Lord that they can lean on at any time.
My prayer for myself is that God will find a way to use me the best way He sees fit to work more with these wonderful students so they can know just how awesome they are!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
- 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
- 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
I always double my recipe to make it go farther and last a little longer! :)
Monday, May 23, 2011
I love this song, "This is the Stuff"... My last post I was so down... so sad... so silly, but sometimes, you just need to get it out. We all have our sad times.
I am so lucky tho, b/c I had a weekend where I was truly reminded how blessed I am. I am surrounded by people who love me and who are always there for me- no matter what. I am so
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I am truly blessed.
On a seperate note- this week it the start of a big change happening in my life. I am not sure what the outcome will be- I have given it to God and know that whatever He thinks should be, will be. I want this- and will explain more about it later- but, I'm going to "Let Go and Let God!"
Thursday, May 19, 2011
-last to be picked for a team
-last one to finish a race
-last years clothes from the clearance rack
-last to be invited
-last to get a date
-last to join
-last to love
Everything in my life has always been a struggle.
Nothing has ever come easy.
I look around and see everyone with things and lives I want.
Why is this my life? Why have I been hurt more than I have been loved? Why do I draw to people who hurt me?
What did I do wrong?
---maybe if I were thinner
---maybe if I were prettier
---maybe if I were richer
---maybe if I were smarter
---maybe if I were a boy
---maybe if I gave in
---maybe if I hadn't
---maybe if I conformed
---maybe if I would have been a leader
---maybe if I weren't me
Maybe one day I will get the things I dreamed of.
Maybe one day I will get the man I prayed for.
Maybe one day I will get the family I hoped for.
Maybe one day I will at least love me- even if no one else will.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
My heart is craving a women's ministry. I recently put on facebook that I was seeking one out, but someone posted a comment that if I started one- they would come. That has got me thinking... God blessed me with the beautiful house- one with lots of room- and a couch big enough to seat many! What if I hosted a Bible study?? I don't know yet if I am at the point of "leading" one- but does any true study have a leader, other than God? We could allow Him to lead... I have a teaching backround and know how to prepare a lesson- it wouldn't be much to prepare something once a week in the evenings.
So that's where I am- I am going to begin to pray about if this is the right decision. This was not where I was going with this, but it's where He has lead me to think on.
I also ask- Charleston and CRBC friends (women), as you read this- would you be interested? Would you come? If so, what day and time and what would you want to study??
So many questions I am facing and have to pray about and let God decide for me.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
OK- I promise this post isn't an ode to Grease- this is really about chills I am experiencing. Chills I am getting from my Precious Savior for all he is doing for me. I am so completely blessed and so undeserving. I am overwhelmed with great people in my life and I can't even begin to comment on them all, so in fear of forgetting someone, I'm not going to. I am going to say thank you to a mighty God who just continues shed His grace on me.
Before you think this is a bragfest about things, that's the amazing part-- it's about the wonderful people and peace God is continuing to give me. I am so thankful for the ability to just talk to Jesus any time I want, and know He is listening-- to ME! Little(ish), insignificant ME!! I can stop what I am doing at any time and just say a quick work to Him and He answers. It's not always what I want- but in the end, I know it was right. But He always answers me with the peace I get inside and the chills and tingles I get from knowing He's there in my heart.
It's an amazing feeling! I love you sweet Lord!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
In one week from right now I will be with my awesome family, who are volunteering (some more willingly than others), and we will be loading up a uhaul for my MOVE. Hence the reason I haven't been as blogging as much as I'd like. I have so many things I want to share- but I am only going to touch on them at the moment.
I am so excited! I'm getting nervous about the move, but I know it will all work out! (Even if I have to be reminded)
I have really been thankful for all that God is doing in my life and those around me! My dad made it back from his trip and while, things didn't work out as planned, they worked even better! Praise God!
I can't wait to talk more about this- but really want to sit down and make sure I've got it all in there! :)
Even more exciting than moving is Easter Sunday is coming up! Why am I excited? Not only to celebrate the reason we are able to be Christians, but that we will be taking that gift and putting it in action.
My cousin, Annie, had a wonderful idea for our family this year- we will be heading downtown to have Easter Dinner with the homeless. I cannot tell you how awesome this is going to be! God is surely working in all of our lives!
God, we are yours! Use us!!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
1) extremely tired and barely able to move
2) all packed up or almost all packed up into the U-Haul for the move into my new house the next morning!
I cannot tell you how excited I am! I am excited because this house is such a blessing and true answered prayer. I am working on a blog to describe how much God answered this prayer- but I really want the words to be right.
So for now, I leave you with....
2 WEEKS!!! :-D
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The one thing that my dad made sure he held onto was his tools, trucks and truck parts. He was lucky in having friends letting him store his items at their properties, but alas- things do not last forever. He is having to sell or find a new home for his things. So this weekend he is going to Charlotte to a swap meet to sell 80% of the items he has!
I say this mini back story to explain last night. He came by my house for a bit and we got to talking. He has been collecting these items over the last 35-40 years. He, in a way, idolized these items. And this weekend he is getting rid of them. That for one- I am so proud.
The next bring chills to me again. As he was leaving, I got the nerve to do something I have never done with him, other than before meals-- pray. I asked him if I could pray for him and his trip and he was so willing to have me pray. I put my hand on his arm and we began. I spoke of given him and the men going a hedge of protection, that God would bless this trip and that my dad would be able to start over fresh and most important that he be able to remember to see God in all that happens, even know daddy has been knocked to his knees.
As we opened our eyes and I looked into his- there were tears. He left soon after to not show too much emotion, but before he did he said "Stacy, I may have lost it all and even thought about putting a gun to my head, but I have never lost my faith in God" and with that he hugged me goodbye and left.
It was one of the most precious moments we have ever had. I have prayed with my mom often, cried with her and can share any and everything-- but God let me see into my dad's heart last night and I know that with continued prayer- he will be able to turn his life around.
So with that, I ask that God keep that hedge of protection around them and give them travel mercies, and when they return, I ask that God continue to tug at his heart and allow him to truly give into what God has in store for him!
I've been thinking alot about the direction I wanted this blog to go... I first heard of blogging from my cousin, Annie. She use to blog a lot more (hint hint) but then the convenience of Facebook and daily life got in the way-- I totally get it. I can't tell you how many times I've thought lately, "I'd like to write a blog about that"- but then life happens and you don't get a chance. See already off course trying to tell you the direction... I thought about making this blog like others, a look into my life and my happenings-- but that's kinda boring! Not because I don't like a blog like that, but it's just me! No guy, no kids, I do have my pups, but how many posts can I do on them-- wait, don't answer that!
I want to really use this blog for prayer and thankfulness. I have been soooo very blessed lately and I want to really show the awesome things God has done in my life. I want to allow others to e-mail me and I will pray for them, publicly on a post and privately. I have really seen the awesomeness of prayer in my life lately and I want to share that with others.
Don't get my wrong- there will still be posts about what's going on in my life and sometimes a "need to vent" post. But I really would like to make this about God's glory!
Hope you enjoy and please let me know if I can pray for you!
Stacylouwho7@gmail.com I don't need to know you, I can still pray for you!
I'll also post a little "widget" somewhere once I figure out more about that!
I'm really excited about this!
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15)
Friday, February 18, 2011
I hear you Lord, I will listen that YOU know what's best!
I have been posting on FB all week for prayers and how excited I am and I am finally revealing why...
I found a house for rent on CraigsList in Tanner- my dream neighborhood!! A play-by-play of my week!
Tuesday- Emailed the owner to see if it was available and YAY it was! I called the realtor and asked to see it that day! We made an appointment! I get there and wait- when the realtor got there-- she didn't have a key to the house! But I loved the outside!!
Wednesday- Made an appointment to come back and she promised she would have a key. I got there and there was a different lady. Her assistant. And she wasn't able to answer any of my questions...
Thursday- I call the realtor, tell her I LOVE the house and want it- but have some demands:
1) in the master bedroom, there is caulk still on the walls that needs sanded and painted over- very small area, but need the small fix...
2) I would like to start my lease on March 1, but wondered if I could move some things in over the weekend without starting the lease yet.
3) I would like to pay half my deposit now, half on March 15th
4) I would like a 2 year lease for 900-- the website that showed the house said the price of the house was reduced from 975 to 950 plus lease reduction for longer lease...
She tells me she needs to run everything past the owners and will get back to me...
Patience-- AKA--- something I don't have. I call her at lunch and she still doesn't have an answer. I email before I leave for the day, with no response. Well at this point, I am so disappointed I could cry- oh wait I did!
Elizabeth came home and she talked to me from her point of view. She put some things in perspective and called me out-- I jump head first into things and think later. While she made a great point, I still wanted the house- but it didn't stop me from talking to God and asking him to show me if this was where He wanted me. I asked Him to PLEASE spell it out for me like a child! I came to the decision to "Let Go and Let God"- my 2011 motto- and finally went on with it.
I got an email back from the realtor this morning:
I spoke with the ******* and the following are the answers to your questions:
sanding and painting the area above the window /NO
Deposit will need to be paid in full at time of lease
Your lease can start on March 1, 2011, no problem there, however, if you need to move in early that will be ok at $30.83 per day.
Also, the lease is actually $975 for 1 year with a discount of $50 if the lease is for 2 years or more which would be $925 with a $925 deposit.
I hope I have answered all of your questions and if this works for you, I look forward to meeting with you to finalize the paperwork.
God knows me so well, that He knew, had it just been ONE thing they didn't agree to, I'd give in! He answered right away!
"No Stacy, Just wait!"
Well God, I am at my knees and humbling myself to your will and I will wait. (I will be waiting with boxes in my house b/c I am already packing) But I am waiting. I trust you!!
God is SOOOO Good!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I've lost 7 pounds!! (unofficially since 1/1/11) Since I started weight watchers... after one week... I lost 3.8! I am feeling fabulous! Not just the fact that I did loose, but the fact that I am in such control of my life and decisions. I am tracking all of my points and I know what is going in my mouth... I'm not even as hungry as I use to be... I am making healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes, and it is wonderful! I started my challenge this week- to walk for 10 minutes a day- on Friday and I haven't minded yet. I made my own personal challenge to "work-out" aka walk at the track at Danny Jones for 3 days! I remember how happy I was when I worked out- "exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people just don't kill their husbands!" (Movie quoter much??)
I can't wait for Thursday to see how I have done!!
A little weight loss is not all that's making me smile!! I'm in a new relationship! Well newish- no my knight in shining armor prince hasn't arrived-- this relationship is with myself. (Get your mind out of the gutter- not like that!) I am working on me. Knowing me, loving me, and making me happy. No man will ever be able to do that for me, unless I can do it for myself! Part of that is the weight loss, but part of is is spiritual and emotional as well. I am taking care of my mental health and drawing closer to God. He is truly amazing. He just gives me a peace I can't describe. I continually feel like I am thanking him for all of my many blessings, and the thanks never seems enough! He is such a gracious God and I am so undeserving of His grace, mercy and love... but He loves me anyway- unconditionally. I am so very thankful that I am a daughter of Christ. "Because we have been adopted, because God has redeemed us from our former father/owner..." Galatians 4:6
If are a friend of mine, you know the one earthly relationship I can't live without... my mom. She is so wonderful. I treasure, cherish and adore my time spent with her. I say this so often, but don't know if she really understands how grateful I am to have her and this relationship. I know so many woman who do not have this bond with their mother. I have such pain for them... I don't know what I would do without her and she is helping me in my weight loss battle, my fight to grow and be a stronger woman and Christian and in being my rock when I need her! I love you mommy!
To finish up this ramble of a post... I would like to apologize! I am sorry to any Twilight fan I may have offended in the past... I'm in love! I can watch the movies over and over... and I can't put the book down! The ONLY reason I am taking a break is my phone died and I'm letting it recharge before I open up my kindle app and finish Breaking Dawn :)
I cannot wait until November. You bet your butt I will be at a midnight showing of the movie!
That's about all for now! I think the phone's charged enough to finish. I vowed to not sleep until it's done! (Obsession-- never!)
Friday, January 21, 2011
The thing is-- I feel GREAT!! I can do this! I am going to try again today! The most important thing I'm trying to remember is, I'm doing this for me! No one else....
"I love me, and because I love me, I'm going to take better care of myself!"
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I stayed for orientation for the new Points Plus program, part because I wasn't quite sure what was going on, but part because I was seeking that feeling I got when I joined the first time, back in 2007. (Wow, was it really that long ago?)
I had such drive, such energy, such hope-- such time! I was in college where my only responsibility was my job of being a nanny to two sweet elementary aged boys and all we did was play and swim... it was great! No wonder I could do it with no problem!!
My, 3 and a half years later, how things have changed!! I'm terrified. Can I do this? How do people do this? How do people work all day long, keep their house clean, "coupon", some take care of kids in there, and plan and cook healthy meals?? I don't know if I can do this!
I sit and think about how awesome these recipies sound and how "I think I can do this"... then life hits. I oversleep, have too many chores to cook healthy, stress over every little detail... how can I add to this journaling all the food I eat in a day and plan the next days meals too?
Add to all that exercising too?? OMG!! HELP!
How do you do it? No really?? HOW?!?! Tell me please! I am open to any and all suggestions.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Day #15: A picture that always makes you smile.
My babies always make me smile!!
Day #16: A picture of you being absolutely ridiculous.
Oh how I miss college!
Day #17: A picture that always makes you smile.
Didn't we just do this??
Day #18: A picture of the town/city you live in.
Sunset at a Riverdogs Game!!
Day #19: A picture of what you did today.
I worked today... can't show ya that! ;)
Day #20: A picture of you and a celebrity.
I'm not cool enough to have a picture with a celebrity... but I'll give you an autograph if ya want!! :)
Day #21: A picture you had no idea was being taken.
Catching the flowers at my cousin's wedding!!
Day #22: A picture of you and a sibling.
Only child! :)
Day #23: A picture of one of your biggest accomplishments.
The day I became official-- I love my job!!
Day #24: A picture of your car.
My car I bought all on my own!! I was so proud!
Day #25: A picture of you and your friends.
My oldest and most fabulous! (By oldest I mean longest-- we are NOT old ladies!!)
Day #26: A picture of you on vacation.
Day #27: A picture of you at your senior prom.
OOO Lordy!! My mommy has those pics!!
Day #28: A picture of you from last year.
Hopefully there will be a lot more of these next year! Especially since our game curse is broken (I hope)!! Go Cocks!!
Day #29: A picture of you that doesn’t really look like you.
Day #30: A picture of one of the best times of your life.
Nothing better than the feeling I get when I enter the Gamecock stadium!!
One day I will visit Cancun!!
Day #13: A picture of you and your best friend.
I love me some Elizabeth Ann! This is our "Skinny Girl" picture!
Day #14: A picture of you truly being yourself.
Silly and Goofy! That's me and proud! :)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
After work Friday, my mom and I went "browsing" at furniture departments and I picked out a new beautiful bedroom suite! Queen Sleigh bed, dresser, mirror, chest, and night stand. Add in a new mattress and my bedroom will be complete! The best part of it is, I can put in on layaway and pay in 4 months! :) I also might throw in a recliner too! Since they are buy one get one free! :)
I spend my day Saturday in Forks watching Twilight all day while I cleaned my FILTHY house! Yes... it was bad! Just junk everywhere... and I hate that! My downstairs is livable again and SURPRISE... there's my carpet! I did have a vacuum mishap and sure hope my Eureka didn't die on me (smoke shouldn't come out of a vacuum right?) Stupid hair!! After I cleaned all day, I showered and got all dolled up to go downtown with two fabulous women! Elizabeth, Emily and I went to Trio and just enjoyed ourselves! I hadn't been out in forever and it was very nice to get out and I love dressing up all pretty! My feet hate me today tho!!
Today I slept in... I know shame shame! But was awakened by Ms. Steele dragging me out for a great lunch where we had one of those great talks that you can only get with a true friend! "Friends are the best therapists... and the icing on the cake is- it's free!" After that I came home and started the mountain of laundry I had piled up. It's still washing upstairs as I write. I also made my mommy's chili! I am so excited- it turned out GREAT! And it really filled me up! One bowl, that's all I need! Very healthy! And I have plenty left for the week!!
OHHH speaking of healthy... week 1 of the diet--er lifestyle change-- I lost 5 pounds!!!
I really feel like I am getting back on track to how I was before! :) I am so very excited!
2011 is going to be GREAT!!
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