Tuesday, August 31, 2010

i would like to share with you what makes me complete

For the most part, I'm like any other gal. I love traveling, shopping, movies, People & Real Simple magazine, and good food. I love being in love, and the kids that have come from that love. I love hearing birth stories & sharing my own. I love getting a new haircut & am always game for a pedicure. I sing out loud in the car & will always join you on the dance floor. I've had the same face for almost 30 years & still haven't found the best foundation or acne spot treatment. And I've been on a diet since I was like 10. See, I'm mostly like every other girl.

One thing separates me from some and that same thing binds me like blood to others. That is my faith in Jesus; my striving to know His word and to live it out every day. I trust that He has a plan for my life, I believe that He goes before me & orders my steps. I get chills when I see His hand moving in my life and providing for me like only He can. 

My hope is that through the details of my life laid out here on detailgalblog.com you will see the love of Christ, through me and for me. He is good. His grace is enough. His faithfulness is overwhelming.

So now, as we are walking in faith, taking the steps we believe God has laid out before us, sometimes it makes little natural sense. And that tests our faith, and makes for a tremendous testimony that our God "directs the steps of the Godly, He delights in every detail of their lives" ps 37:23 (nlt)

We are believing in this kind of God:

"For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!" (is 64:4)

Are you also waiting on God? read this scripture at joyshope.
I think you'll be encouraged by this post at jonesdesignco too. Pin It

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

i loved when she said

I had a few hours free to spend any way a couple of weekends ago and nothing sounded worthy of my precious alone time until I remembered it was opening weekend for Eat, Pray, Love.
I went alone. Alone? Asked a friend. She was busy.
If I'm going to go to any movie alone, what more perfect movie that one about a woman who is exploring the world on her own. I love J.R. & seeing her onscreen again.
The soundtrack was almost as delicious as the pizza she devoured (more on that in a bit).
I hadn't read the book. Wasn't really interested. The movie was...not awful, not great.

I was a bit afraid that watching a woman abandon real life to visit all the places she's kept in her "I want to see that before I die" box would send me on the road to discontentment with my much-less glamorous life.
Then I heard this line:
"Having a baby is like getting a tatoo your face; you wanna be fully committed"
and I felt my defenses significantly diminish.

I laughed out loud. (which is quite liberating when there's no one to turn to for sharing the joke) when she said she'd write a blog titled,
"Carbs and Conjugations; a woman who goes to Italy to learn Italian."
And my very favorite line of the movie was:
"I'm tired of waking up every day & counting every calorie I ate yesterday so that I know exactly how much self-loathing to take in with me to the shower."
This scene made me want to transplant myself back to Figs on Charles Street (below) with my friend Angela, to share another Pizza Bianco w/arugula, roma tomatoes, and carmelized onions (recipe at link above).
She would have been the perfect companion for this movie, but my Sprite Zero & I were just fine.
Did you see it?
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Monday, August 23, 2010

even the dog is over all this togetherness

this has been a full, full, full summer.
loads of fun in the sun.
months of togetherness.

with the blistering heat outside it's difficult to trick myself into thinking summer has come to an end, but
these kind of days tell me back-to-school week is right on time!

even the dog is over it.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

at 4 y/o he believes

It happened last night.
I cried this morning recalling it over my morning coffee.
We came home from a fun time playing at our friends’ house & were killing the hour before it was time for bed. We’d already done pjs & tooth brushing, but the sun was too bright & the kids were too wound up to pass off 8:10 as bedtime.
Lilah was bouncing between our laps in the living room & Carter was…well I can’t even tell you what he was doing. Talking about something, I’d bet. He’s such a talker these days. Describe him in a word at 4 ½ y/o: loquacious. Some of the time what he says is fascinating, sometimes I wish I had a mute button, sometimes I mentally push it & miss what he says completely. I’ve learned to keep “yes” from my list of vocal nods & stick with non-committal responses like, “oh yeah?”, “hmm..”, etc.
This time he made sure we were listening when he stood in the center of the living room and announced,
“we all need to pray right now.”
“we need to pray for the people in Africa. It costs one dollar to feed one person so we need to pray that all the people send the money for food. This is my praying spot. [kneeling, with his hands folded] You pray.” [looking from me to daddy and back]

“I think you should pray, pal. You’ve got it on your mind & in your heart. You pray.” I encouraged.

And he started. I can’t quote him because I went from “oh he’s really doing it” to “yes, Lord please send enough money and through enough people” to “he’s still got his eyes closed” to “this just may be the best moment in all 4 years of parenting Carter. He cares about people in need. He knows God will hear him and He can help.”
What a gift! He has no idea.
The gift is hope.
Hope that as I model my faith in Christ, as the source of my life, my children will take that faith as their own.
I know it’s by grace that they will. I trust that God wants them to believe and love Him even more than I do.
This morning, I cried picturing him kneeling there so passionately describing the mud on the floor where the African kids sleep and the dirty water that they drink and use for baths. He knows God has healed his cuts and colds and just like that He believes God can do this too.
You do your best but it’s up to him to choose what he believes. My heart is full.
At 4 ½ he believes “in the Way, the Truth, the Life”. (John 14:6)
*this passion for African kids
sleeping on floors & drinking dirty water
is courtesy of his very first VBS experience
earlier this month. he loved it.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Buy our house!

You'll notice the large slideshow in the right sidebar.
Buy it yourself,
tell your friends & co-workers they should buy it,
pass the word Lubbock readers!!
Click here to view a full screen slideshow
or click on the

on the bottom scroll bar of the slideshow at right.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Make your own key holder/milestone marker

I loved creating this key holder & milestone marker for Dan for our Copper anniversary.
It was sentimental, practical, and inexpensive.If you saw yesterday's post & want to make your own, this post is for you.

I used:
1 pc of unfinished craft wood ($6 -50% promo= $3 @hobby lobby)
1 pc scrapbook paper (.50)
1 pc cardstock (already had=free)
Paint for the wood (same as our interior trim, already had=free)
Mod Podge, matte finish ($6.99-40% coupon+$4)
Metallic Copper spray paint ($4)
4 screw-in hooks ($2 @home depot)
2 keys, copies made of our home keys ($3 @home depot)
Sawtooth hanging hardware: ($2 @Target)
Total: $18.50

*If your hanging hardware is like mine with the tiny nails, you may want to install prior to start.
10 easy steps
1. Paint the wood.
2. Spray paint the keys & hooks copper
(find other things that may look good in copper & spray paint those, because it's lots of fun to spray paint!)
3. Make "address labels" for the 2 homes by playing around with different fonts.
(I used a mix of Angelina, Anthrax, Adorable, & Footlight MT Light-all free here)

Make each label different as though they are your actual return address labels.
*The label shows some of the milestones we've met in 7 yrs.
(in our first house, it was just us two & he was just Dan. That changes in our second house. Dr. Dan has kids & we've moved from NY to TX)4. Print & cut the labels
5. Cut the decorative paper to frame the labels
(I chose the one of the three I could find with copper as the main color)
6. Glue the 2 together
7. Lay the address labels & keys out to create the pattern you'd like & be sure it all fits.
8. Glue the labels to the wood.
9. Seal with Mod Podge. I did 3 coats; letting it dry 20 min in between
*Learn from my mistake: wait for the printed "address labels" to dry before this step.
10. Screw the hooks into their places & two on the bottom to hold key rings.
I also typed out a little personal note on the same white cardstock in one of the fonts & framed it with left over decorative paper & glued/Mod Podged it on the back. Pin It

The copper anniversary gift

We've never followed the traditional anniversary gift guidelines before, but this year it seemed like a good source of inspiration.
#7 is Copper? Hmm...
The one thing I knew I wanted to capture were some of the milestones in our lives since that glorious wedding day of ours 7 years ago.
A move across the country, 2 kids, going from just Dan to Dr. Poulsen, etc.

This post at YHL was just the inspiration I needed.

I tossed some ideas around with my crafty friend, Heather (who happens to live in the same city as the YHL couple. Not important, but thought I'd add that bit of trivia for ya. You're welcome.)
Here's the finished product:I created "return address labels" from each of the 2 houses we've owned since we got married. This way I could capture some milestones.
A big part of this 7th year has been clarity on our next step.
The details will unfold over the 8th year, but one thing I can disclose is that it means a new house for us.
So, I had to add a temporary label.
And it's a key ring holder! Gotta love a practical gift.

Wanna make your own? I'll post the DIY instructions tomorrow.

First, tell me,
have you found creative ways to give the traditional anniversary gifts?

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Celebrating our Differences. Year 7.

It's August 9th.
It's time for another round of celebrating our differences.
If you missed last years', you check it out here.

There are some similarities you hope to always have between you & your spouse.
Faith, family values, home address-to name a few.
Then there are some things you hope you'll never have in common.
Pants size or facial hair, for example.

I love that we have the same idea when it comes to date night and how often we have the same menu item chosen when it's time to order.

Either way, sometimes knowing your differences makes a world of difference in your relationship. Seeing it the way s/he sees it can open your eyes in a way they wouldn't otherwise be opened
and certainly help you understand each other.
(Seriously, why would someone put the dirty dishes on top of the dishwasher & not inside?) I digress.

In honor of 7 years of marriage,
here are 7 more differences worth celebrating!

1. If the steak needs A1, it's not worth eating the steak.
2. The impressive letters he keeps adding to his name.
(I'm pretty sure the last letters I'll add are Mrs)
3. The last iTunes purchase he made was the Star Wars theme for playing light sabers with the kids. Mine was "I Dreamed a Dream". (Glee cast version) Makes for some well-rounded kiddos.
4. Blue cheese isn't just for the wings. Dip your pizza too.
5. He almost never sings the right words to the song
6. Just sitting there comes naturally to him (remember my new years resolution?)
7. He wants to lose 5 pounds; he works out an extra day or 2 that week. I want to lose 5 pounds; it takes me a month. Scratch that. There's nothing to celebrate about that difference. It makes me mad just writing it.

Happy Anniversary!
7 years; loads of surprises I wouldn't have wanted to share with anyone else.

This year I went with the traditional Copper gift for 7 years.
Wanna see how I put a modern-sentimental twist on it?
Stay tuned...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

orzo salad

here's another go-to summer salad
for you.
Orzo Salad
It's a family favorite!I arrived at this recipe by combining my favorite Greek salad flavors over orzo. Simple.
Leftovers are even better. It's a great make-enough-&-pack-the-rest-for-lunch-tomorrow salad.

You'll need:
  • 1/2 box of orzo salad, prepared according to pkg (do not overcook).
  • 3 tomatoes-on-the-vine, chopped small
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped small
  • juice of 1 to 1 1/2 lemons (to taste)
  • 1/4lb block of Feta cheese (I like to crumble my own)
  • olive 0il
  • oregano-palm-full of fresh, chopped or 2 T dried
  • garlic powder, couple quick shakes (i've done it with fresh garlic or no garlic too)
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste
Cook orzo according to box (9 min or so; do not overcook). Drain pasta. Drizzle lightly with olive oil (to keep from sticking together) & spread orzo in shallow bowl to cool.
Fluff cooled orzo with a fork to break it up.
If needed, add a tad more olive oil to lightly coat.
Add tomatoes & onions. Squeeze lemon juice over top. (i use rachael ray's method. rolling it, cutting it in half, squeezing it cut side up to keep seeds from getting in)
Add spices.
(If using dried oregano: cover top with a generous sprinkling of oregano)
Grind black pepper over top; add a dash of salt, to taste.
Use the fork to fluff it all together.
Serve w/a lemon wedge &/or fresh mint leaves for garnish.

Gosh, I wish we had some left for lunch tomorrow.

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he wants bunk beds

Carter's been asking for bunk beds for a few months now.
He even asked if he could tear this page out of the PBK catalog.
He has a plan. Lilah can sleep with him-on the bottom, to be clear. He can have the top.
He also asks for another baby sister and another baby brother-one for Lilah & one for him.
Buying bunk beds sounds most doable.
I was thinking IKEA, but then I saw these on madebygirl.

This is designer Anita Kaushal's son's bedroom.
And just when you think it couldn't get any cooler, she says
"My son's room has a little hatch in the ceiling above his bunk; from here he climbs into the loft, which has been converted into his playden."

Can you imagine?!
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