Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Food Park F.U.N.

So this post is a lil late. Ooops! This week has gone by in the blink of an eye.  Work has been busy with early dismissal days, and once I get home I am just too tired to write. Same old blah.blah.blah.

Anywho, last weekend Reagan's brother Jon was in town.  Jon likes to have a good time wherever he goes... and he always finds new and fun things to do with us when he is in town. With all that said, Saturday night we went to Boerne Stage Road Food Park to eat at his friends food truck, hang out, have some adult beverages, and watch the TCU and Aggie games.
Before this experience, I was a little fearful of food trucks.  For some reason when I think of food trucks I think of really yucky kitchens that lead to food poisoning... honestly I am not sure why.  It may be because I have a hard time branching out of my comfort zone of comfort foods, or fear of trying new things... I am not really sure.  Anyways, I was hesitant to eat from these food trucks.  Though, when we got there the food park was so nice and clean and all the food smelt really amazing.  Jon's friend owns a chinese food truck out there, so he made us more chinese food than we could even eat... and I must admit it was all so delicious.  Not only did I get to sample his yummy food but I got to sample street tacos from this authentic mexican food truck that was out there.  Oh. my. goodness they were so yummy. It was all so yummy.  I am so glad that I allowed myself to branch out and not be afraid.  I think it honestly helped knowing Jon's friend and trusting him to cook food for me... I know I am weird, but I just have this thing about eating food from places that I am not too sure about. Anyways, I am digressing again.
SO, after we all were put into food coma, we just sat back and hung out... we talked, had some drinks, listened to music, watched football... it was all so great.  The weather was a little humid but there was a slight breeze so it was a wonderful Texas night.
SO delicious!
Though, after we had talked for some time and had plenty of laughs, Jon's friend brought us out some dessert.  I was definitely not prepared for the deliciousness he made for us and my stomach was so full I could not eat another bite. But, he did make us the dessert and I felt bad not to try just a bite... so I gave in.  Let me tell ya something, best cheat I have had in a long time!!  Have you ever had fried oreos with powdered sugar dipped in melted dark chocolate??? Oh. My. Goodness. Most definitely one of the yummiest and worst desserts for you here on earth.  That one deep fried cookie was definitely worth all the calories and sweating I did at the gym that morning. YUMMO. Reagan ate three cookies... I don't know how he did it because it was so incredibly rich.  But wow they were delicious and definitely worth the trip to the food park.

The night was fun and I was glad for new experiences, lots of laughs and great memories.  Reagan and I will definitely be going back to the food park... it was just too yummy to not go again!

Food park fun! Love this man!! 

Happy Thursday Friends... So thankful tomorrow is Friday!

Much love,

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tasty Tuesday!

I was sluggish all day and it felt like a Monday when it was really a Tuesday... BOO... I was needing sleep or a really long nap, a couch to sink into and a good tv show to watch... I blame my hubs for my lack of sleep... his work schedule is to blame for my interrupted sleep.  Anyways... I digress...
When I got home from work, I let Lyla Lou out, like I always do.  It is our routine, out of the kennel she comes and straight to the back door  she goes.  But today was different. Instead of her moving along to go outside like she usually does... she froze. I found a cute pup scared at my feet who freaked out as soon as I opened the back door to let her go potty because the sweet old lady next door had the yard men out and about working hard for their money. needless to say their loud equipment scared the pee out of my lil girl. Poor thing. We are working on loud noises... the vacuum cleaner literally sends her over the edge... she may need some type of dog therapy... and you think I am joking!
Anywho, I finally cleaned up the mess in between fighting Lyla for the clorox wipe I am using to clean the floor and we make it outside.  The weather feels great and the trees are blowing in the breeze. Definitely my kind of afternoon!!
So, I wonder inside for a little snack and find a hidden gem in my fridge.. chobani yogurt... YES! I thought it had been eaten all... much to my surprise this new flavor was waiting for me.  For those of you who don't know me very well, greek yogurt is my new guilty pleasure... it is mmm good! I took my first bite today it was so delicious and refreshing I decided to walk my happy lil sluggish self back outside, sink into a patio chair, let Lyla roam the backyard and enjoy every last bite of my apple cinnamon greek yogurt.  If you have not had this new delicious flavor you are missing out, and it is absolutely perfect for fall.  So, needless to say I am needing a lil less sleep after that wonderful afternoon pick me up! So stinkin' good you better go get yourself some before I buy them all off the shelves...seriously!!  Honestly, I think am pretty tired... I just wrote about my love for greek yogurt... good grief I may have lost all my marbles! :)

What can I say... it is the simple tasty things in life... right?!

Happy Tuesday Friends! I hope everyone has had a fabulous day!

I am off to enjoy my wonderful Bible study ladies... cannot wait to see all their beautiful faces!

Love to all,

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday thoughts

have you ever been at a place in life where you just feel blah. like life keeps getting harder and it takes more energy to make it through the day?? or you feel like the prayers you say are the same thing day in and day out and you do not feel like you have an answer to all the things and stuff you have given to God. because of it all... you are just tired.  welp, that is where I am at friends.  I am in a dry season in life. There is a lot that goes on in my mind throughout the day that I simply just do not have the answers to, or even the slightest idea of what God is doing through me in this season of life.  I find myself crying out to God in prayer asking for clarity on many things... but I am still lacking in the clarity department.  I wonder if that is because I am missing what God is trying to tell me or that I am just so consumed with worrying about other things that I am not able to really hear God's voice!?

This semester with my bible study gals, we are doing the study Faithful, Abundant, True by Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore.  Let me just tell you something... Priscilla's week two kicked my butt opened my eyes, humbled me to my knees, and impacted my heart.  She was talking about how much God cares about His children and that more people today choose what to take to God in prayer when we should be giving Him all our thoughts both BIG and small. Each day of this week was exactly what I needed to hear for where I am right now in life. I cannot tell you how many times lately I have stopped myself from really opening up to God in prayer about things that just seem so "insignificant." The study reminded me that these thoughts of my prayer being "insignificant" are not from God but from Satan because my God is concerned about every little thing that concerns me. WOW... what an amazing God! I was also reminded of this promise from the Lord while doing the study this week: "The Gospel of Matthew is a wonderful example of how we should pray.  Matthew encourages us not to get caught up in how we look or sound praying but instead to simply go to God privately and pour our hearts to Him.  We do not have to use lofty sentences or words beyond our understanding for God to hear us." (pg. 93) While reading this I was reminded that God already knows what I need before I even ask Him... that right there my friends brought me to tears.  Because these past couple of week, heck these past couple of months for a lot of life's speed bumps I have not had the words to say and because of that I felt like I did not know how I should pray or what I should pray for.  Though, today, I was reminded with pure truth that God knows my hearts desires even before I do.... and sweet friends if that does not bring you comfort I do not know what will.  When I read that sentence in my bible study peace came over me.  Peace washed away my worry, fear and concern.  It minimized the fear I have about what the future holds, what my career looks like, what I could do better in my marriage... it took it all away.  Because even if I do not know all the answers to these never ending questions or even how to begin praying for all the thoughts that consume my mind... God knows.  I am so grateful to serve a God who knows and sees my heart even when I question myself. So tonight, I go to bed with less anxiety and worry.  I go to bed knowing that even if my prayers may not make sense, or that I have said the same prayers on behalf of so many people and for so many things... God knows my heart and keeps walking with me daily because He cares for me and wants what is best for me.  Not only does that make me smile but it leaves me feeling pretty special... I mean that much to God and that my friends is a BIG deal!

I kept repeating this verse all day today... I love it.

Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."

My prayer for tonight is that we will all remember that we Matter to God.  No matter how big or small we think our problems are God hears every little breath prayer we give to Him.

Much love,