Thursday, September 29, 2011

things we're obsessed with lately..

So I know my last post was pretty drab.
I don't want you all to think I'm a Debbie Downer who hates her life.
That is not the case at all!
We have so many good things going on, and so much to be thankful for.

Have you ever become obsessed with something random, so much that it consumes your thoughts for a few weeks?
Kevin and I find ourselves going on 'kicks'
Our kicks can be anything from a dinner we like to eat, so we suddenly start eating it all the time-to a new tv show we watch re-runs of for weeks and weeks.
I thought it might be fun to share with you our current obsessions, or 'kicks'
Here goes.

(this one is more mine that Kevin's) but, THE DUGGARS!
Have you ever watched this show?! This family has 19 children.
(which I think is about how many episodes I watched consecutively of their show last night)
I know they've caught a lot of flack for having so many kids, and continuing to reproduce, but I must admit that I feel I would get along with this family very well.
They are very strong in their faith, and also extremely grounded despite the amount of recognition & 'fame' they've received.
Good job, Duggars!
*I must also mention that after watching so many episodes last night I dreamt that I had a baby.
Coincidence? I think not.


Our recent obsession that falls under the 'food' category.
Cookie-Brownies!
These things are A-mazing and incredibly easy to make. 
(straight outta the box!)
They are the perfect blend of chocolate chip cookies & sweet chocolatey brownies.
So next time you're in the bakery aisle be sure to pick up a box of this goodness.
(I wish the cookie-brownie company was paying me to endorse them! Free cookie-brownies for life?)


Ok, so this one is obviously more mine that Kevins.
But I bought this exact headband at Target a few weeks ago, and have since become super-obsessed.
(that's 1 step higher than regular obsessed.)
How cute is it?!
& Kevin likes it too, because of the leaves, its nature related! Right up his alley.
It has come in handy many-a-day when I'm getting ready in the morning and my hair decides to hate me.
This little fella does the trick.


 Now for our board game kick, The Settlers of Catan!!
This game is sooo awesome. Friends of ours purchased it & we played on a rainy day, and I think I speak for all of us when I say we were instantly hooked.
It is a game of strategy but also luck.
We actively search for times to get together to do nothing but play Catan.
The only downer is that it is only a 4 person game-so we have to shun some other friends in order to be able to play.
Nonetheless, its super fun & addicting, and I must say that I have a pretty good track record at winning this game. (thank you, thank you)
(Catan, are you seeing this? I'm endorsing your product! Contact me with spokes-person details)


And that, my friends, is a list of our current kicks.
Do you find yourself becoming irrationally addicted to products/shows/games?
Or are we the only ones?
Now off to watch the Duggars & chow on some cookie-brownies
:)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

being honest

Today has been rough.
I don’t even know why really.
It’s raining & it’s Monday-which obviously doesn’t help my sour mood.

I get down on myself sometimes and it’s hard to pull out of it.
Today I feel so caught up in my boring, mundane schedule. I just want to break out of it. My job requires me to do the same thing every day, week after week, and I just get tired of it. I am a person who likes flexibility and spontaneity-but I’m limited by my 8-5 work schedule. 
I think this is one of the main reasons I hate my job.

When I was walking into work today this saying popped into my head.
 It goes; “life is too short to do anything but what makes you happy.”
I mean, that’s a true statement, right?

I have been working here for nearly 8 months. Eight. Months.

Have I been happy? Am I currently happy here? Obviously not, or I wouldn't always be writing/thinking/dealing with this constant struggle.

However, sometimes I feel that there is a reason I am here-in this place.
In life, things aren't always peaches & fairies. I know that sometimes we just have to suck it up and do things we don't really feel like doing. At all.

We moved here so Kevin could go to school. God told us this was His plan. I knew this was the right thing, and that I needed a job to help support us during this time.

So where do I draw the line between me doing what I want to do based on my emotions, and what I know I should be doing in order to support our well-being?

Where is that line? Is there even a line at all?

I wish I could do something that satisfies both of these needs. Something that could earn us an income while making me satisfied and content in my heart. I am just so limited in what I’m able to do in this small town-with my even smaller resume.

I am asking God to help me be gracious for this place He has put me, but also be open to other opportunities that He might have for me.


For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, September 25, 2011

new orleans adventure

For my birthday last weekend we took a short trip to New Orleans with some friends.
Kevin and I had never been before, so we spent a lot of time just walking around and seeing  the city.
We had such a good time- and will definitely go back.

Girls

Boys

sight-seeing

We spent some time in a beee-eatiful park & took some fun shots :)

at said park, we hopped in the fountain hoping to re-create the opening scene from 'Friends' 

Mission Accomplished!

An extremely old tree in the park...

...which Kevin insisted on climbing.

In a random art gallery-which had some awesome stuff-there was this lion made completely out of old boxes

 We then found a 2 story target!! (highlight of trip)

 Kevin & I before dinner. 

Our friends are the coolest- and we had a super-awesome trip.
I love mini-vacations :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

a bit nostalgic

I found this little nugget while pinning yesterday, and it made me say; I have no idea!
I have (count 'em) THREE younger sisters!
We are all within about 6 years of each other (right, mom?) and have grown up very close.
They are all still at home right now, and I find myself missing them dearly :(

This is our most recent picture all together, from a trip to TN last month. 
We both met halfway and had a fun few days in Gatlinburg.


And why not, lets throw in a few more pictures..

love this one of us from my wedding day;

another winner; ;)

last winter (or 2 winters ago?) sledding in Kevin's kayak!

Spring break in Orlando, this past March

& a real throw-back for ya, circa 1998(ish?)

(I am the irritated looking child on the left. I think everyone else is confused as to whose birthday it is..)

"A sister shares childhood memories, & grown up dreams"
Love & Miss you, Morgan, Ally, & Erica

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I'm really 5 years old

I have been begging Kevin to take me to see the new release of Lion King in 3 -D
Let me tell you friends, its just as amazing as you might imagine.
I felt like a child on Christmas morning.
Take a gander:

SHEER EXCITEMENT!
I have been all about the Lion King for a long time.
I vividly remember when it first opened (1995?). My mom packed me & my sister up, took us to the drive-ins, and we watched from the back of our ancient dodge caravan.
Now that, my friends, is living.
I also got to see the Lion King on Broadway in NYC a few years back, and had goosebumps the entire show.
It was incrrrreedible!
So last night was another experience in the Lion King obsession that is my life.
I sang along with all of the songs (I have a 'Disney' theme going on my ipod)
And of course, sobbed like a child when Mufasa died.
I'm now anxiously awaiting its new release on DVD, so I can scoop it up for future Chase babies to enjoy all their lives! :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

twinkly lights party



On my birthday Kevin threw a small party with some friends.
We hung out on our awesome porch! & Kevin even decorated with some lights & paper lanterns :)


Oscar is the life of the party






We are so blessed with great friends here! 
(and a pretty great porch :))

Saturday, September 17, 2011

hot cocoa on the porch


Yes, its only September, but we had a chilly front move in & had to take advantage of it :)




(obviously not too chilly-with barefeet & tanktop)
Happy weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

bday+great coworkers

Soo..
its my birthday :) 
and look what I walked into work to see!:




Haha I love it :)
(now to get some work done in this mess!)
Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

bookie

I am a total book nerd. 
This past weekend Kevin and I with some friends came across a Borders that was having its going out of business sale (sad-because I absolutely love borders).
Every book was 80-90% off! 
It was book worm heaven!
We got some amazing books-and have been contently reading them all week.
But the entire point of me talking about being a reading freak is to talk about a book I've been reading called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. 
It is; an a word: Amazing.

The back of the book states:
"God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts-it's falling in love with God."
Wow.
In the chapter I'm currently reading Francis is talking about the power of love. He mentions one of the most quoted scriptures of all time; 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. 
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 8 Love never fails.

Since it is so over-used I think (Francis thinks) it has lost so much of its meaning & strength. He writes in the book to replace the word "Love" with your first name, and then read it back to yourself.
'Lindsey is patient, Lindsey is kind. She does not envy, she does not boast...'
And I can't even go on much further, because I feel like a liar!
But isn't that what God is calling us to do? He has asked us to be his love and share his love with the world.
 How often do I completely fail at this everyday?

I'm really working on not only loving the awesome people in my life, but loving the unlovely.
Its easy to show love to your awesome friends & sweet family, but try blessing that person who cut you off in traffic this morning. (That's where I get tripped up!)

Thank Jesus that he loves me even though I constantly screw it up.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

anniversary shoot

This past July Kevin and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary. To commemorate, we wanted to get some 'couple' photos taken together. Our friend, Nic is an awesome photographer & he was more than willing to help us out. Our little photo shoot was such a fun experience, and the pictures turned out beautifully! If you are in the Starkville area you should definitely check out our friends photography page here & get some fun photos taken :)














Wednesday, September 7, 2011

reflecting

I have been missing home a lot lately. We have lived here for almost 9 months, but seems like we just left home yesterday. I find myself crying (or wanting to cry) at random points in my day, just because I miss home & my family.
  
We have made awesome friends here, and experienced some great things. I have no reason to be unhappy or upset about our move. God has really blessed us, but still, there’s no place like home. Even still, we have a great apartment (way better than our old one!), great friends, an awesome church, & Kevin is able to get paid for being a grad student. Other than missing both of our families back home, what I have realized is how much I miss my old job. Here’s the back-story:

When we were living in PA and the thought of moving across the country was non-existent; I was going to school to get my degree in Early Childhood Education. I was also working part-time as a preschool teacher in a nearby town. I don’t think words can explain how much I loved this job. I really loved this job. I had only started working there in July (2010), but I seemed to jump right in. I got to work in a room of mostly 4 and 5 year olds, and worked 5 days a week in the afternoons until closing. I honestly don’t remember a day when I didn’t want to go to work. I loved seeing each kid everyday and being called ‘Miss Lindsey.’ Of course, there were hard days, like in any job. But I felt rewarded, even on the hardest days, with knowing that I was responsible for taking care of these kids until their parents could come.
When we decided to move, I told my boss that the day before Christmas break would be my last day. I was dreading this so much. I cried for days beforehand knowing that I was giving up the only job that I ever really loved. But I had to listen to what God was telling both me and Kevin. He was lining up this opportunity for us, and even though I didn't understand it 100%, I knew we had to go.

Me and some kiddos on my last day of work


When we moved here just a few days after Christmas, I began looking for a job in a preschool. There are only a few here in the town we live in, but I applied at each one. I was sure with my past experiences that I would at least get an interview at one of them. It had been weeks, and even after calling each place, there were no openings. I was pretty devastated. This is was I love to do, why couldn’t I get a job doing it?
After nearly 2 months looking for a job, a temp agency placed me in the catering office on MSU campus. I honestly did not love it at first. Actually, quite the opposite. After working there a few months I tried the preschool thing again- still; no one was hiring and no one was accepting interviews.

I decided then that God had me at the catering job for a reason. His reasons are foreign to me, and I wish I could understand, but I don’t.  I have come to like my job here more as the months have progressed, but I don’t think I will ever love it even half as much as I did my previous job. To put it plainly; catering is not my passion. Food is not my passion. (I can’t even cook!) But I believe that God sees the big picture when I can only see a little piece. I am very lucky to have a job at all, and especially one that flexible and treats me well.
When God does decide to put me back working with children I will be extremely happy and thankful. Until then I will do the best job I can where I’m at.