Thursday, February 16, 2012

111 POSTS?! MAKE THAT 112!

Never did I imagine that when I started doing this for my 101 LIST, that I would love doing it as much as I do. I've actually started looking into doing it part time to make some money. Did anyone know you can make money doing this? 

There are all kinds of conferences, communities and lectures you can attend to make your blog more successful and enticing. I think I'm going to start doing this along with my scrapbooking. What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea?

February 16th - Day 16 Photo Challenge/101 List: Number 18

Meet my new mentee, Michelle!

This is my something new - Michelle my mentee. I just started working with HSF to volunteer mentor incoming college freshmen and acting as a guide to these bright young individuals. Yay! I am so excited and blessed to have an opportunity to give back when I have received so much. Miss Michelle is SUCH a sweet girl and I hope that I get to help her as much as my mentor, Debbie, helped me.

I'm not only ticking off a photo challenge today, I'm ALSO ticking off a goal from my 101 List! Yay! Number 18: Get back to doing volunteer work. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15th - Day 15 Photo Challenge

todays prompt: "phone"

My interpretation of this is who I need to phone in order
 to say thank you for lovely flowers on our anniversary. 
10 years and going strong baby! I love you Mr. Man. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 14th - Day 14 of Photo Challenge

On this lovely Valentine's Day, who else 
can I post as a picture of MY heart than 
my wonderful and adoring spouse, Dr. Rakesh. :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

February 13th - Day 13 of Photo Challenge

I USED to think that I loved the color blue. Then this challenge came along and I couldn't find something blue that was significant to me to take a picture of. This blue scrapbook is currently a work in process. It is almost complete but not there juuussst yet. It holds a lot of very special memories of mine and my family times. My blue scrapbook.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 12th - Day 12 of Photo Challenge

Inside my next to non-existent closet. Try not to be jealous. (sarcasm). I have to store my shoes under the bed! *sigh*

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 11th - Day 11 of Photo Challenge

NOTHING - AND I DO MEAN NOTHING! makes me happier than when I spend time with my family. Today I spent the better part of my day watching my baby sister dance her heart out. I am SO proud of my baby sister and HAPPY for her. :D

Friday, February 10, 2012

February 10th - Day 10 of Photo Challenge

i HATE taking my picture. This is as good as its gonna get.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9th - Day 9 Photo Challenge

If I didn't live in a house where the back door was used like a front door I would TOTALLY have taken a picture of it. And since I don't work in a place where I walk through the front door to get to my desk, its not much of a picture to take a picture of the door I do use. 

So how about the front door to the house I hope to have soon and call my front door?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 8th - Day 8 Photo Challenge

Today's challenge is the Sun.

I am sure this one will be problematic. I am never up early enough to watch it rise. And I'm always at work too late to see it set. But we'll see what happens...

....(Nov 9) Yep! Never saw the Sun. Is that sad? lol. Gotta love busy season. So here's a photo of Downtown Houston at Sunset. (Not taken by me)

February 7th - Day 7 Photo Challenge

I have the perfect one for this. (Since I forgot to take picture yesterday, I'll do it later today when I get home)

The buttons on my wool coat I bought for my NYC trip have fallen off. I didn't realize this UNTIL yesterday when I was coming into work. lol I hope that I can find some replacement buttons since I really do like the coat and the weather lately has been a bit on the chilly side.

Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6th - Day 6 Photo Challenge

February 6th - Day 6 Photo Challenge

That's right! Tonight's dinner is none more exciting than....




Pasta with Meat sauce leftovers to be exact. 

Try not to be too jealous. :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February 5th - Day 5 Photo Challenge

Day 5 -10AM
Rakesh and I hard at work already on this Sunday morning. Here's to a successful work week ahead!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

February 4th - Day 4 Photo Challenge

February 4th - Day 4 Photo Challenge

Today's challenge: capture a stranger. 

Today I went out with one of my very good friends for 
lunch and she brought along her son. 
This is my friend's son, Logan. Ain't he just cute?!
Although I haven't seen him since April of last year,
(I know I'm like the worst aunt ever!) I suppose it is ME
who is the stranger to him. I wanted to hold him but 
he was not having any of that. I love this little guy. Maybe 
once I move closer to him and his mommy, I won't be such 
a stranger anymore. :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

February 3rd - Day 3 Photo Challenge

Day 3 - Today's post: Hands
Rakesh and Me.
I love waking up holding his hand. Spending time with him are always the best part of my days.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 2nd - Day 2 Photo Challenge

Starbucks and DayQuil

Today's words:

Considering the weather outside is ridiculously crazy with rains that are disturbingly strong, ironic since recent weather has been so beautiful and perfect, and that Rakesh has been sick all week long around me, I suppose it is not THAT unexpected to feel as ill as I do this morning. 

Thus is the reason I am functioning on Starbucks and DayQuil. Lord help me heal quickly. Busy Season does not tolerate the weak.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New February Challenge

I love this. I'm going to try it. Should be easier than the A to Z challenge. We shall see. 


Without further to do...

My view today...

(What my desk looks like today)

Power of Prayer

101 LIST

In thinking about the bible study goal, I have started doing the Tuesday night Bible study at HFBC. I feel as though God is not just whispering in my ear His plans and dreams for my life I feel like He's shoving them at me.

Some tools I am using to clarify God's message for me.
Nehemiah Launch
Net Bible
Living Proof Blog
Living Proof Livestream site


The idea of anxiety came up in a recent devotional I listened to and the verses discussed struck a cord for me. It has caused me to stop and meditate on the power of the words and the gravity of the fact that it came at the most perfect time - when I was most ready and needing to hear them...

"Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. " 1 Peter 5:8-9

Since I have made a point to be more focused on the Lord and willed myself to surrender my worries to God, I have engaged Rakesh, more frequently than not, in conversations on just this topic. We discuss how I feel incapable of escaping the devil and how I feel my strength wavering. The pressure and stress of all the items on my to-do list are just overwhelming me and though my faith will never be obsolete, I do feel as though I am standing on shaky legs. I admit to you here and now that I find it to be hard to stand firm within the light of the Lord when life is proving to be most challenging at this time.

"...Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you. " 1 Peter 5:5-7

I, a most grateful listener to Beth Moore, reflect on this verse which she pointed out during this devotional. God spoke through her to me and to about a thousand other women during her webcast, that it is time to follow through with what I already know in my heart to be true. I know to be true that my anxiety (my "not being fully surrendered to God") is my weakness in which the devil is using against me. I also know to be true that I need to rid myself of my pride (this ridiculous idea that any of my problems are beyond the control and will of God and that only I could possibly command a problem). And in ridding myself of my weakness and my pride, I will release myself from the fear of no control and reestablish the strength of my faith and can not only give my problems over to God but I will be able to CAST my cares on Him because God gives grace to the humble.

So with that I pray for the strength and courage to be humble and that the Lord will continue to guide me as He has done recently with such a well-lit path to His kingdom. Amen.

Number 6

101 LIST

I am finally getting around to updating for my 101 list for the one thing I managed to cross off the list the weekend of January 20th. I went horse back riding on my Pine Cove Scrapbook retreat last month. If I was being honest, it was a bit unnerving. You have to yield yourself entirely to this MASSIVE animal that you have absolutely no idea of knowing how it feels about you being on its back. I think my horse was apathetic. I'll state my case. On one hand, the horse was a lazy sort. He didnt care if he was with the pack or not. He stopped once all by himself and didn't budge when I tried to make him go by making the kissy noise. On the other hand, this horse more than once attempted to smash me into trees and once actually succeeded. My knees were skinned for a few days after that weekend. But considering that several people have broken their necks falling off horses I think the tree incidents weren't really the utmost effort to hurt me.

 Needless to say, the lack of control around something large enough to crush me doesn't really make the list of things I want to do again. But I wont deny, it was an experience I will always remember.


The view of the lake at Pine Cove in the early morning light.

Our "dorms" at Pine Cove

Auntie Anne and Heather about to ride some horses.