Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fast forward 18 months...

If you had asked me after my last post what I could expect for the next year and half of my life, I don't think I could have conjured up in my imagination all that God really had in store for me. Isn't that cool to be able to look back and realize dreams that came true that hadn't even been as much as a thought and year and a half ago? So what has happened you may ask....

*Went into car qualification in August
*Enjoyed an anniversary cruise with my hunny where we decided to start "trying" for the next member of our family... baby time was up next :)
*Went into DIQ (director in qualification) in October
*Moved into a house
*Found out we were pregnant
*Quit my job to stay home and focus on Mary Kay
*Found out we were having a BOY!
*Went into DIQ (round #2) in April
*FINISHED DIQ in 3 months - BECAME A SALES DIRECTOR July 1st!

And now, we are getting ready to welcome baby boy into the world in less than 2 weeks. WHOA. Life is so full and exciting... terrifying as well haha. I'll try to use this blog to keep up with all that's happening. All I can say is that God is good, His timing is always perfect, and we can trust Him unconditionally. Thank goodness.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Year, New Goals, New Dreams...

So this post is waaaaay late, since January is already over and done with, and February is half over. But as busy as I've been lately, well, this is the first time I've been on my blog in a long time. :) Time to catch up!

January began with a celebration!!! Congrats to my brother Jared and his new wife Adrienne - my first sister-in-law! We celebrated their beautiful wedding on Saturday January 1st - talk about ringing in the new year! And doubtful that they'll have trouble remembering their anniversary. :)



Jared, Me, and Nate
The Full Fincher Family :)

Aren't they a gorgeous couple?!? Love love love their wedding pictures. So cool, modern, classy, LOVE it! Anyway, they had me "direct" their wedding, so needless to say, it was a very busy weekend! After a Cancun honeymoon, we moved them the next weekend to Macon, GA where Jared was ordained on Sunday, Jan 8th, as Northway Baptist Church's new worship leader. We are so proud of him!


So anyway, the rest of January just FLEW by. Danny started his new job as a Manager in Development (fancy word for "training") for Chili's, so it's been work work work for him since then. He's just over a month in, and two more months left till he's an official assistant manger. He's enjoying it - much more than apartment locating - and we both feel like we can finally look ahead a bit towards the future! It's exciting!

So on to new goals and new dreams for this year. Can I be honest on here? I am overweight. I'm actually about 35 pounds overweight. This is the heaviest I've ever been, and I think I'm finally fed up with it and ready to do something about it. I totally got a grip on just how much I am overweight after seeing the pictures from my brother's wedding. UGH! In most of the pics, I totally look pregnant! And I'm not - oh sometimes I wish I was haha, just to be able to give an excuse to the nice pudge, but nope - no preggers here. So anyway, something's gotta change!

So GOAL #1 - losing 30 pounds by June 1. How you may ask? Well, I've started a fitness program (via a great living social deal), and had a consultation and first workout with my trainer this past week. It was an eye-opener during the consultation to find out exactly what my body fat percentage was, and also to find out some really neat information about building muscle and the plan for me to reach my goals. So I'm excited and pumped! I had my first workout yesterday, and it was very good - not too too hard, but hard enough that I certainly feel it this morning! It's interesting finding out the correct way to build muscle and lose weight - totally opposite to what I've always done! In a nutshell - cardio does nothing for you when you are trying to get rid of fat. The most important thing to do is build muscle! So, we have a strict routine that targets each muscle group (legs, arms, & core), and will increase that with every workout. I will keep my blog updated with my progress each week, so I can keep track of my progress. I appreciate your prayers!!

To be continued :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's been awhile

Been way too long since my last post. I have so much to catch up and plan to do so for the next few days. :) Since my last post, I've been on a cruise, visited with family from Minnesota, and even carved a pumpkin! Pictures and details are to follow soon.

Until I get my act together though and start the updating, I need to write about something more difficult. Something God is teaching me slowly, and I am trying to relinquish my "control" on things and just let Him be Who He is and supposed to be in my life - my Master, my Savior, my closest friend and most trusted confidant. He is my everything. When others fail me in life, whether it be family or friends, my Jesus is the One Who can be and IS my everything - everything I need in life, all of the love and acceptance, encouragement and even admonishment. He is it; He never fails me. Why can't I trust Him every minute of every day? It can be such a struggle sometimes. Sure it's easy to say "I trust Him", but when bad things happen or good things don't, why do I get down and upset? Don't I trust that He has it in His control? That if I am truly seeking after Him and His will for my life, that everything that happens is in his perfect and pleasing plan for me?

He's teaching me slowly, but surely, how to be a living sacrifice. Daily. Minute by minute. Keep you posted on my progress.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

15 days in counting

Well, it's finally official. Danny and I are going to embark on our first cruise coming up in a couple weeks! It took us forever to actually make up our minds. But finally, we narrowed it down, hashed out a few numbers, and agreed - we need this. :)

I'm so looking forward to it! Not just because of the adventure of it all, going to a couple ports in Mexico, and being on a huge cruise ship for the first time, but mainly because I'm going to have 6 whole days with just my man. Just me and him, no distractions, no work, just relaxation and fun. It's been so long since we've taken a vacation together, or really just had a weekend together! So this is long overdue, and what a great way to celebrate our 5th anniversary. :)

Thanks to all our friends too who have encouraged us and given us great cruise advice as we made the decision to go. Can't wait to experience it for ourselves!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Waiting...

I hate playing the waiting game. It's uncomfortable, frustrating, and depressing.

This past week has been full of waiting for Danny and I. We're waiting on a call-back from an interview for a new job for Danny. The initial 30-minute interview went great. He really blew it out of the water, or so he thought. So now that it's been 6 days since the interview, and only one more day to hear back, we're feeling just so uncertain about everything!

I know Danny's confidence and morale is quite shaken right now. It's hard not to think, "what did I do wrong" or "I'm just not good enough" when you are stuck waiting! Danny is such a wonderful person, hard worker, excels at ANYTHING he puts his mind to, and I mean anything! Do you know how frustrating it is when your husband is always right or always wins? Seriously, it drives me crazy haha. But it's so true. He's smart, good-natured, happy, and great with people! He makes friends wherever he goes, always is willing to help someone in need (even complete strangers), and is the hardest worker you'll find. His work ethic is through the roof, and excellence and integrity are his top priorities in everything he does.

I am so proud of him. I love him dearly, and just want the best for him! I want him to be happy, to be satisfied and fulfilled in his job, to enjoy going to work and "bringing home the bacon" since I know he desires to be a superb provider for me and our future family! He knows I want kids, want a home, and want us to be serving the Lord wherever He wants us to be, and I know he feels pressured to make all these things happen for us!

So if you are reading this, please say a prayer for us this week. Pray for peace, patience, and for God to just give us a sign - encouragement especially in the days to come no matter the decision that's made in the next 24 hours. Thank you sweet friends.

Monday, August 9, 2010

August Rush...

Well, August has really started off with a bang! I come back from Dallas with strep throat, which I suffer with for a couple days before I head to the doctor to find out why I'm still sick, and then I suffer another couple days till the antibiotics kick in. :-( And now, a full week later, I'm finally feeling like myself again. Whew! What an exhausting week!!!!

My Dallas trip was beyond fun... it was absolutely awesome. My favorite part was definitely Awards night, where everyone gets dressed up in beautiful dresses, gowns, fancy hair, the works! Some even take limos to the convention center, and those who've won amazing awards (like diamond rings and all-expense paid vacations) get ready to take their walk across stage... a very prestigious and envied position by everyone in the audience!
All dressed up for the big night!
One day I'll make it on stage.... :)
the opening entertainment for Awards night - so awesome!
So it was a super awesome weekend, I got lots of great training and ideas for this next year in growing my business, and I'm ready to make August one amazing month! :)

This past weekend was also an absolute whirlwind. Saturday morning, I got up real real early and did a garage sale with my mom and sis. Oh yeah, fun times in the humid 100 degree weather. :) Then Danny and I went to a barbecue with our life connection class to meet our new group leaders, and say goodbye to our current ones who are stepping down and taking a break from teaching. Sad to say goodbye, but we are all excited for them to have this break from teaching! Time for them now to be refreshed and renewed. We will miss them though!

When we got home after the party, we got a phone call from a very very close friend of ours, who is like a grandmother to us both. She was having computer issues, and after trying to walk her through the steps to fix the issues for about 2 hours on the phone, the computer officially "crashed" and showed the black screen of death. Poor Danny was so frustrated. He turned to me and said, "Honey, I think we need to go to Toccoa in the morning..." So, at about 11pm Saturday night, we decided to drive the 4 hours to Toccoa, GA in the morning, fix the computer, see family and friends, and then head back the same night. Whirlwind? That's the understatement of the year. :)

Thankfully we don't have kids or pets to worry about, and we have this wonderful new car with wonderful cold air conditioning, so taking a trip like this was no big deal really. It just made for a very long day - GREAT to see our friends and family - but man am I tired today. We got back to B'ham at around 1am this morning... so after unloading and winding down, we were asleep around 1:30. Ugh.

So, August is off to a rushing start. Hence the title "August Rush", which is also a wonderful movie that we watched/listened to on the way home in the car last night. Fun times. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Living the dream

What does my blog title mean? Well, it's basically two-fold.

First off, I'm a child of the King. I have a royal inheritance in Christ Jesus! How exciting is that?!? It's the one thing in life that though it sounds too good to be true, it is the Truth. My life now is really but a dream, a wonderful dream full of hope and love, and some days like a nightmare unfortunately. But I look forward to the reality of eternity someday in the future!
Praise to God for a Living Hope - 1 Peter 1:3-9
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
So I said the title was two-fold. Well the second part has to do with a dream of mine, a dream that was first born exactly one year ago. A dream of being a stay at home mom, providing for my family, AND investing in the lives of others all at the same time! This is what I am finding in my career as a consultant with Mary Kay. Most people won't understand this, but the joy of helping other women feel beautiful and better about themselves and knowing that not only does what I do make a difference in the lives of others, but it also helps me to provide a lasting income for my family. Really, the best of both worlds. After a year of building my business, I've really let my dreams go wild. I know what I want out of this business, and I know that it's possible to achieve it too! So why write all this down. It is a reminder to myself why I'm doing what I'm doing. Why I choose to be busy making those calls and booking appointments, instead of lounging on the couch every night relaxing (which is so tempting after a rough day at work). It's a reminder also of why I am going to Dallas tomorrow.

This is one year from when my dream with Mary Kay began. I can't wait to see what this year's Seminar challenges and encourages me to do. Tomorrow morning it begins again. A new year. A new and even bigger dream, most likely. :) Does that scare me? Absolutely. But in a good way. :)
My team member Christine & I - soon to be in Dallas together!