106 Days


So before I even tell you what is happening in 106 days, let me assure you that I do know what month it is and I do know what season is quickly approaching.  I do in fact know that it's July and that the season fast approaching, fall, means something different to most here in the south.

But sometimes knowing something just isn't enough. Sometimes your heart wins over your head. And sometimes {if you're me}, you choose to look past what is fast approaching, to what lies beyond that. 

At this point, I am certain that you are wondering what the heck I'm rambling about. Or better yet, why you're still reading. Well my dear readers {hopefully that is still true by the time the post concludes}, in approximately 106 days, my beloved North Carolina Tar Heels will once again take their rightful place on the hardwoods.

Yeah. Now I'm sure you're wondering why you kept reading. But I've always been upfront and honest with my obsession and intense love for this team and that will not change. Especially this year. This year, is what we in the Janke household have been waiting for since the championship winning season in 2009 came to a close. This team has already topped preseason rankings, and with the entire starting line up returning, that honor may actually be earned.

In anticipation of numerous posts of similar insanity in the months to come and in hopes of actually still having readers/followers at this point, I'll end with picture.

And also, if for some reason you don't know what date is 106 days away, it's November 11th.

11-11-11. Gotta love it.

If you stuck this out, bless you.

Coming February 2012!


This past Saturday I found out that...


My wonderful sister-in-law, Jessica {brother's wife}, informed me that they were expecting a little bundle of joy in February 2012. I am so excited that my brother is going to be a dad! 

And I'm not sure I've ever typed something that sounded that bizarre.

With that said I've already been looking at baby shower ideas and super tacky "I love my aunt" things.  Jessica said that at this point she doesn't know if they'll want to find out what they're having, so I've strictly been looking at neutral baby shower ideas/decor.

all of these things look so yummy!

very happy looking
thought this was a fantastic idea!
I love the basket idea. You could ask guests to bring either "practical" items or "stylish" or some other fun item to fill up the baskets. There are just so many avenues to go down for baby showers and I just hope that I'm lucky enough to plan one! If you've ever planned one or have any ideas, please feel free to pass them on so I can steal borrow them.

And I also hope to hear these words a lot in the years to come...
When I heard that awesome news, it was probably the first time in a long time that I've felt that "tug". You girls know the one I'm talking about. The one that says "oh, a baby? That sounds like it could be awesome". Or at least something to that effect. But that is one great thing about having nieces and nephews; I get to shower love and hugs and kisses...but the responsibility and the hard stuff is out of my hands. So for now,  I'll embrace that and deal with the tugs as they come.

My first picture with my soon to be niece or nephew!!! I didn't even know at this point, but look how happy I look! Geez.

{I got all of the baby shower images from Pinterest, but for some reason I can't pull them up. Click here for my boards.}

7 Things I Loved from the Past 7 Days


SEVEN. I hit 50 followers by the end of last week! I realize to some {or to many} that's not a lot, but I was super excited about! To each of you, thank you!

SIX.  I got some new makeup that I may be a bit too excited about. I was hoping to get some Laura Mercier, but the Sephora I went to didn't carry her line! Instead I got Lorac and so far, I'm pretty impressed.

FIVE. I'm finally getting back into menu planning and I found some great recipes to start trying. One is Cheeseburger Pizza from Clean Eating

-8 oz ground turkey
-1 small onion
-1/2 tsp italian seasoning
-sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
-14.5 oz no salt added diced tomatoes, drained
-3 tbsp dijon mustard
-1 Boboli whole wheat thin crust pizza crust
-1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
-6 ounces grated part-skim mozzarela cheese
I'll let you know how it turns out; I plan on making it on Tuesday just in case you were wondering. Let me know if you have any go to recipes that are both quick and healthy {or at least relatively so}. Always looking to try something new! 

FOUR. The Lincoln Lawyer, which was phenomenal! I really enjoyed the book, so I was a little skeptical, but it was wonderful. 
THREE. I got to see Brittany again for the 2nd time in the past 2 months. That may not sound like a lot, but sadly, it is. 

TWO. Getting to witness one of my oldest friends get married! It was a beautiful ceremony and I'm so glad I was able to go!

ONE. And as always, my wonderful hubby and pups! But then again, they're always number one on my list. 

Oh so cheesy, but so true!
What's on your list?
Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters


But What About the Part Before That


I can do all things in Him that strengthen me. Philippians 4:13.

We all know it. We've all said it. It has at some point made an appearance in a tweet, a Facebook status or maybe even a blog post. And it's a great verse that should most definitely be taken to heart. 

But what about the verses leading up to that well known and publicized verse?

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need...Philippians 4:10-12

Last night, I probably read those three verses half a dozen times if not more. I have no doubt that I've read those exact same verses multiple times throughout the years of my life, but last night it struck a different chord. I would love to say that I woke up this morning and started living my life this way. But that would be a lie because I am who I am and that is human.  I could never live my life without first completely and utterly trusting in He who strengthens me. And that is something I am always working on.

But you want to know what about those amazing verses gives me hope and faith that I will wake up one day, whether physically or spiritually, and be able to live my life like that? That those words are written by a man; Paul. Paul was no different from me or you. He was a man whose sins were laid upon the cross just like ours. But this man knew and trusted God with every single fiber of his body. He wrote those words while behind bars and was still rejoicing. He had been brought to the lowest of lows and was still thanking God. I gripe and complain because our house isn't organized or traffic was bad or a hair is out of place...what if I turned that around and praised God for the fact that we have a house or I have a car and a job that allows me to be in traffic. The hair thing is just me and I just need to get over it, but I hope you see what I'm trying to say. Life is full of highs and lows; seasons of plenty and seasons of scarcity.  And through all of those ups and downs and seasons of change, we should remember that He does indeed give us strength to do all things.

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him...Philippians 3:8-9

Wednesday Wishes


Today I'm linking up with Brooke for Wednesday Wishes!

ONE. the money to redo our bathroom
I love the look and style of this one. We currently have a full vanity with two sinks and the massive mirror that was put in there when the house was built.


TWO. to go back to Chicago
It was the best vaction I think I have ever been on and I haven't stopped thinking
about that city since we got back

THREE. a great devotional for Andrew & I
Suggestions are welcome! We're unsure of where to start looking

FOUR. more blog followers
Sad and silly? Maybe. True? Most definitely :)

FIVE. learn to play the guitar...semi-well
It's a dream I harbor but rarely speak of.

What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

Magic in a Can

There are times in life where shortcuts are totally worth it and I'm always looking for shortcuts while getting ready. Because let's be honest, sleep is awesome and it's rare we get enough. For quite sometime, I've been on the hunt for an affordable dry shampoo and I finally found one this weekend.

Keep in mind, I have only used this product once, but I loved it. It smells great without being overwhelming and isn't sticky or heavy. My hair was straightened when I used it, so I'm not sure yet how it will do with curls, but I think that it'll still pass with flying colors. Up until now, I'd been using baby powder for next day freshness, but I believe I'll be retiring the faithful Johnson's & Johnson's from this point forward.

So for those of you that are looking for a quick, efficient way for clean looking and smelling hair the next day, I recommend trying it! And for less than $5, what do you have to lose?

{I was not compensated in anyway for this post}

I Can't Believe I Missed It!


I missed my three year anniversary...of my blog! Little did I know that when I started this blog 3 years ago what would be conveyed and displayed through it. But this is something that I have loved a little bit more as I write and construct each post. I've learned so much about myself, my marriage, relationships and my walk with the Lord through this blog and so many others.  This blog has witnessed the ups and downs of that the seasons of life can bring; over and over how good God is; and doing the whole "grown-up" thing. I am beyond thankful for all the blessings I've experienced and the people that I've "met" since starting this journey 3 years ago.

And one of the great things about this blog is getting to tell my faithful readers about my wonderful friends and the time spent with them! Friday night Burke and Erin arrived for the weekend and since we haven't seen them since their wedding, this was long overdue! It was a weekend filled with lounging, eating, spending too much money at Ikea and above all, picture taking!

Triple date girls at Roosters! Yum

hello men :)
And keeping with tradition, we had to have a mini-photoshoot in the driveway before they left on Sunday...

hmm...maybe I should be a bit jealous?
sad that it took us so long to become friends, but she is one of my best!
And then as quickly as they arrived, they hopped in the car and headed back to Raleigh. It always makes me sad to wave goodbye to friends that I'm unsure of the next time we'll be reunited. Regardless, we had a wonderful weekend with them and like they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder!

And before I forget, these are the awesome dishes we got from Ikea!
They look a little yellowish in this picture, but they're definitely light green and I adore them!
I hope everyone had a great weekend!

So True


Definitely cannot disagree with this! Now it's just a matter of figuring out how to get paid for it...

Happy Friday!


3 Things I Love/Hate About Myself


1. I Always Think of the Perfect Response...the Next Day...

You know those moments when someone says something to you and you would give anything for the right balance of sarcasm and wit to flow easily out of your mouth? Yeah, I always have that...a few hours after the fact.This can be a good thing because sometimes what I have deemed as the "perfect" response can be really mean and though in that moment, that's what I want to convey, I'll instantly want to retrieve those words.
...everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry - James 1:19
So though I may kick myself for thinking of that ideal retort the next day, at least I didn't say something that could hurt someone.

2. I'm Nice...Sometimes Too Much So

I don't mean that to come out sounding like one of those things when you're asked about your biggest weakness and you say a bunch of things that can be turned into strengths. I love being helpful and considerate and putting someone else above me, but sometimes I stretch that into the "people pleasing" category. I've tried to find that healthy medium of being selfless while also not letting people walk all over me. It's definitely an art form that I'm sure I will never master, but more often than not, it's better to be too nice than not nice enough. 

3. My Heart Resides on My Sleeve

No matter what emotion I'm feeling, you will know it. When I'm happy, I am full on happy. You would think that my body was taken over by 3 year old. I leap for joy and "dance" (I'm not sure what to call what I do...) and forget what an inside voice is. The flip side of that, when I'm mad/sad/irritated/frustrated/any other negative emotion, you know that too. And that my dear readers is the worst. When I'm at work and upset, I certainly do not want my boss and co-workers to know. I need to be composed and even-toned and, you know, professional. I would never change the fact that people know when I'm happy because I honestly believe it rubs off. But I will be the first to say that I need to work on corralling the not so happy emotions until an appropriate time and place.


We're All Different


"Just tell em I'm a nobody that's tryin to tell everybody 'bout Somebody that can save anybody."
--Denver Moore
I wish I could remember whose blog I saw this book on because I would go back and thank them. I'm not typically someone that can sit down and read a nonfiction book...real life happens all the time. I like novels and many times, I find nonfiction books slightly mundane. Not this one though. I'll admit, it took a few chapters for me to get into it, but I'm glad that I stuck it out. Amazon describes it as this:

"A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery...An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel...A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream...A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana...and an East Texas honky-tonk...and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda...an upscale New York gallery...a downtown dumpster...a Texas ranch.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love."

This was a wonderful book and by the time you've finished it, something inside of you has shifted. God has a funny way of leading us to a place that He can use us. And sometimes that may be reading about two men that I will never meet and who had nothing in common except a woman who saw what God could do. God chooses a lot of ways to reveal things to us. Sometimes it's obvious and in your face; and other times you have to be down on your knees in order to see it.

This book reminded me of what I can and could do and what I'm not doing. We may not be rolling in riches or have an abundant amount of free time, but we have the ability to serve those in need and that is more than enough. God has blessed Andrew and I so much and it's time we start doing more than the bare minimum.

If you've read this book, I'd love to hear what you thought and if you haven't read it, I hope I've convinced you to do so!

Happy reading!

"I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home"
-- Denver Moore

miscellany monday


Today I'm linking up with Carissa from lowercase letters because these are seriously some random pictures!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

The first 2 weekends in July...through the eyes of our camera and sometimes iPhone...

my great-grandma's china that now belongs to me! so pretty

My great-grandpa! Such a sweet man
such handsome men in my life!

July 4th weekend...nephew on the swing!

July 4th weekend...watching toy story 2
July 4th weekend...friends since 4th grade!

no 4th is complete without some sparkles!

visiting my parents and an old friend!

figured out that we've been friends for a decade. how old are we?

please don't judge me and the fact that I bought both of those items..

delicious sushi!
 I hope everyone has enjoyed their first 2 weekends of July! Can you believe we'll be halfway through after this week?? I sure can't. But soon, I'll be saying "can you believe it's Christmas time?!"

Such is life.

And I love it!

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