Monday, January 31, 2011

Food, Inc.

I gotta tell you that I watched this movie, Food, Inc., because a good friend said something about it and I am just disgusted with our government!!!! HELLO.... FDA & USDA.... You are there to protect the people, not the stupid food industry. My feathers are ruffled and you all know that means I have to take action :). Not sure how I can best be of benefit but I will do something. I have a mouth and I will use it!

All I'm gonna say right now is that if you haven't seen this movie you simply must watch it! If you have Netflix then you can actually watch it by streaming it on your computer or other Netflix enabled device such as the Wii.

I knew some of this stuff already just from the research I did last year for a speech I gave on obesity but this is just HUGE!

FINALLY got the husband on board!! YAY.... We make changes starting today with our trip to the grocery store. Should be interesting since I know NOTHING about organic.

That flew right out the window

Day two of the Love Dare is to show kindness..... Uh huh... Well it was all going well almost all day long until about midnight. GRRRR

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Patience in Marriage

Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
~ Proverbs 25:24

Wow! I bet this is how Tim feels :) So today is day one of The Love Dare and it deals with patience. That's a HARD one for me cause I am not a patient person. Tim actually pointed out to me the other day that I am much harder on my family and I expect a lot more of them than I do other people. Don't we all? I didn't realize this was wrong but I guess my way of getting them to meet those expectations probably aren't the best. I am harder on them and Tim especially! 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I Finished my Journey!!

On July 5, 2010 I joined in with a group of women who wanted to complete the Bible in 90  Days challenge. Today I finished! What was supossed to take 90 days took me 209 days to complete but I am soooo happy that I did it, no matter how long it took.

This is the first time I've EVER read the Bible the whole way through. I know it's only through His help that I did it. I have a great overview of the Bible now, have some great new verses to fall back on, and have such a closer relationship with Him now.

What's next? Hmmm... I'm not sure. Now that everything fits together I need to dig into the Word and I've got my eye on a book that I hope will really teach me how to do just that. Any of you have any experiences with Kay Arthur, Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days or How to Study Your Bible: The Lasting Rewards of the Inductive Method?

Let me know what you think!

The Little Witch

I don't know about your home but in mine things are going a little crazy right now. My oldest is unmarried, jobless, and pregnant. My middle girl is having her own issues as she learns to navigate the world of teendom, and my little one (not quite five mind you) has decided that she is no longer going to be my little princess, she's now my little witch. The last was screamed at me from her time out spot as she is acting like a fool pulling at her princess dress.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blizzard Blog Hop

Welcome fellow bloggers! I'm so glad you could stop by. Thankfully although we do have snow on the ground, it's nothing new and we're NOT snowed in :). Being in the interior portion of Alaska we have snow on the ground from October to April normally.

My name is Brandi. I'm a 35 year old Army wife. I have three daughters, ages 18, 13, and my littlest is about to torn five! We've been in Alaska for the almost three years now and while I would love to say that our stint up here is almost done, it probably isn't. We very likely have about a year and a half left. Booo! I get wanderlust very bad and want to move after only a couple of years. Even in our civilian lives we moved a lot. In 10 years we lived in three different states, two of them two different times. So we moved a total of five times in 10 years.

Besides being an Army wife and a mother to three wonderful children I wear many other hats. I am a Christian who is trying very hard to be obedient to my Lord. I am a full time college student and an FRG Leader. I will soon as the title of Grandmother to my repertoire as well. My oldest daughter is due in August and with any luck I'll actually get to be in the delivery room for her childs arrival. That is up to the Army though!

Well, I guess that's as good a introduction as any! Feel free to browse the blog, get to know me. I'm like just about anyone else and suffer from the same struggles as most. I use my blog as a way to share with others just what I'm going through. I hope that it touches your heart in some way.

A New Perspective

Back in May of 2010 I was reading the book Captivating. I have to admit that I actually still have a couple of chapters to go but while I was reading it I came to some conclusions that I shared in a note on my Facebook page. Today I came across it while looking to see if I had shared something else in a note and I want to share part of it here with you.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The New Normal

Welcome! If  you're here from the Military Monday's Blog Hop I'm glad you could stop by. This is actually my first time ever participating in a blog hop so bear with me :)

Being that it IS Military Monday and all.... I thought a military themed post would be pretty appropriate.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What a Reality Check!

Does MY life revolve around food? That's a loaded question but it's the first thing that popped into my head when I read tonight in Made to Crave that Lysa's life was arranged too much around food. I had to take a step back and really look at what my life is like in order to answer that question.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Are you Spiritually Malnourished?

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food 

I recently started a new Bible study based on the book "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst. I mentioned this book a few posts back. I was very excited to start the study today! You can go to Melissa Taylor's blog to read more about the study or to jump in. Since it just started today you should have no problems getting up and running. Just buy the book through Amazon in Kindle format (you don't have to have a kindle! you can just get the kindle app for your computer or smartphone).

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Marriage and Grief

I learned many many years ago that mourning and grief do not always come from the death of a loved one. We can grieve just about any thing. In my own life that has mostly been my marriage. As Tim and I approach 16 years of wedded bliss... is there such a thing... I can tell you that my marriage looks nothing like I thought it was going to look when we got married. In some ways it is sooo much more and in others it is sooo much less. My expectations have changed over the years but they did not change easily nor without pain, mourning, and LONG periods of grieving.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Guided Decisions

God is so GOOD! 

I've been wanting this book, Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst and today I had the opportunity to buy it but hesitated because there are many other books I also want and truthfully I'm still working on finishing my Bible in 90 days (that was supposed to be finished back at the beginning of October) and I'm reading a couple of other books right now as well.

I received my latest Amazon gift card from SwagBucks today and that brought my account balance to over $10. After some debate with myself I ultimately decided to go ahead and purchase it in the Kindle edition (I don't have a Kindle but I have the app on my phone) so I can read it where ever I might be.  I posted the link to it on Facebook cause I'm just a sharing kind of person, ha ha. Not more than an hour later the author (whom I like on Facebook) posted a link to an online Bible Study for this book!

You see it don't you, why I'm so excited?

Because I was having doubts about purchasing the book right now and ultimately went ahead and followed my heart by purchasing it. I just feel the posting of the online Bible study after I purchased it was confirmation from God that I did the right thing.

I know, I didn't do a very good job putting this into words. I'm just so very excited about the book, about the study, and even more so about feeling God's hand in my decision today.

I purchased this book for my sister for Christmas because I just felt so strongly about it helping her and helping me and I really hope we can read it together. I have no idea if she has started reading hers yet but if not I hope she will soon. Now if I can just get her to do the study as well :)

The Bible study only lasts for six weeks so it really is something most people can commit to. I hope you will check it out.