It's the most wonderful time of the year


The past 3 days have spent doing perfect Christmas season things; shopping, eating, baking cookies, and decorating! I have to say, our apartment looks pretty amazing. While I was at work on Friday (blah) Andrew pulled out all of our Christmas decorations and made our deck look beautiful! It was so nice coming home that evening and seeing it all lit up with garland wrapped around the railing. We went to dinner at Chili's (thanks mom for the gift card) and then went to pick out our tree. It's amazing how much thought and discussion goes into what would seem like a simple task. We had to make sure it wasn't too short or tall, that it was full enough, etc, etc. In the end, I believe we picked out the perfect tree, along with a couple of wreaths and a Christmas outdoor mat! Needless to say, I was acting like a 6 year old all of Friday night.
**Side Note: It was a pretty intense task trying to tie a 7ft tree to Andrew's car that has no roof rack or anything similar.**
We finished decorating the tree Saturday morning before I left for Andrew's parent's house to make homemade Christmas cookies. And although it was fun, it became slightly tedious. But the cookies were super good and it was nice to spend time with my mother/sister in laws.
The Janke Women!
And let me tell you, Christmas cookies are taken seriously in this house. There were a WHOLE lot of cookies. And I was struggling not to eat them all...
I got a lot accomplished this weekend though (other than just making cookies) because I got a lot of Christmas shopping completed. And I can't wait for them to get opened in a few weeks!! And I also made our table look beautiful (at least in my opinion)
The glasses have a winter tree scene which I got at a yard sale for like $4. I love good deals! And I love our apartment right now. It really is the most wonderful time of the year! AND another part that made this weekend so great is knowing that since App won yesterday, Andrew and I will be in Boone next Saturday! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!


I love Thanksgiving. I love the food and family and knowing that tomorrow marks the first official day of the Christmas season. And not to mention...I have a WHOLE heck of a lot to be thankful for. I am a part of two great families, a great husband and puppy, and I have mercy and grace poured out on me daily. I hope everyone had an amazing day!

p.s. I get to make made from scratch Christmas cookies this Saturday. Yay!

A Sigh Of Relief


As bad as this sounds, I am glad that this week is over. Work was rough (to say the least), Sam got spade (no babies for her), and I was seriously sick...for 24 hours. This week was exhausting. But as my husband was just reminding me, God uses trials and not so great days to remind us of how great great can be. Glad he's smarter than me. Sometimes. In Bible study we're reading James and the main theme so far has been about trials and how to approach them and take the grace that God has given us. Maybe I should pay more attention in Bible study! Patience is a must through all days, especially the trying ones. Now is the time to show the perseverance I know I have been blessed with.

p.s. Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Which means that Christmas decorations are coming very soon!!!

Christmas music already?


So most people can't wait until Friday at 5:00 because that marks the end (normally) of the work week. Well me, being my mother's daughter, can't wait because that's when 91.9 starts their "We Can't Wait Weekend" and from Friday till Sunday, all they play is Christmas music. It just makes me happy and calm knowing that the BEST holiday is just around the corner. I'm excited knowing the traditions that will be made and kept, that Christmas lights will soon be hung and yummy food will eaten in very large quanties. Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street will again be watched and Christmas eve Services will be attended. And the best part constantly being reminded that our Savior was indeed born on this day. I can't wait to wake up on Christmas morning with my husband beside of me and with a crazy puppy somewhere in the mix.

And don't get me wrong, I can't wait for Thanksgiving either. Turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie...I mean, who doesn't smile at the thought of all that food. I'm trying to savor each part of this year/season. Because it's going to be January the next time I blink.

However...I can't help but to be really excited for it all.

How truly blessed


This little boy is truly remarkable

How many of us live with that much life and zeal...and most of us have all working extremities. This is just a little reminder, that no matter what your situation, circumstance, physical disabilities (big or small) live your life to the fullest, and live it in a way that is unbelievably glorifying to God.

cliche maybe. true yes.

God is smart


1 Peter 3:1-7

Have you read it? If your answer is no, then I highly recommend to stop reading my ramblings, and read what Peter has to say. One problem that Christians have with this particular bit of scripture are the words that are used, words like weaker and submissive. So instead of reading on, and realizing what God is actually saying, we (Christians) use what Pastor Livingston entitles, "the cut and paste" method. We read what we like, and what makes sense, and apply those things to our lives. The gone. Which is very sad, because if we could learn to read, understand and APPLY the parts that we "cut", our lives and our walk with the Lord would be unbelievably complete. The theme of the first 7 verses of the 1 Peter 3, is dealing with husbands and wives. And regardless if you're married, dating, or single, these verses are something to read and remember.

3:1-2-- Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives

Does it say submissive? Yes, it does. And it does not mean cowering before him, it means that God has a plan and "we" will walk in it together.

3: 3-4--Our beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.

God is our peace and He is our refuge. This knowledge allows us to have a quiet spirit. That simple act is pleasing to God. That is something that I know I can definitely stand to work on.

3: 5-6--For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

(self explanatory)

3:7--Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

I am unbelievably blessed to be married to an amazing man of God who desires for me to be better in order to glorify God. Amazing. We have our struggles, arguments, and not so great days, but in the end, we are husband AND wife. Whatever he walks through, I walk through. And we can not truly love each other how we should without first loving the Lord. And last Saturday night, we did not show each other the love that the other deserved. But Sunday morning, God showed us what He intended for us and every married couple through these verses. Amazing.

Happy thought of the day


Starbucks has their Christmas cups!!! The BEST holidays are upon us!
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