"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cars that go VROOM!

I have really been getting the fever for a new car since mine is almost 6 years old and Nick's is almost 9. We are NOT getting a new car, but a girl can dream, right? Our cars are perfectly fine for a while yet, and best of all, paid for.

We are firm followers of Dave Ramsey, so even when we do get a new car, it will probably be more along the lines of "new to us" since he recommends only buying used cars. I agree with him and his logic, but sometimes its fun to pretend that money is no object!

My good friend Jessica just bought a Honda Pilot and I absolutely love it! Its so pretty.
She has promised that I can come and sit in it and pretend its mine anytime to stave off my urge for a new car. I got to see it on Friday and it did curb my appetite a little bit because I remembered that if I had a new car, I would be afraid to drive it (or sit in it)!!!! I will never forget the week after I got my Chevy Trailblazer, I totally dented it above the front left tire.

When I do get a "new" car, I've decided that I want three things:
1) Stereo controls on the steering wheel.
2) A Compass.
3) One of those awesome computers that tells you how many more miles you can go based on how much gas you have left!

There may or may not be some boys that read this and shake their heads. I guess people expect more out of an engineer, but the truth is that I could care less about horse power or handling or acceleration! I am total girl when it comes to disinterest in car and their engines. I'm all about the comfort features.

My next car will probably be another mid-side SUV like my Trailblazer, probably a Honda Pilot or a Nissan Pathfinder. I will not buy a Union made car again, even though I would prefer to buy American, but finding a non Union, American car is probably going to be difficult. I like the size of my car and I'd be a little bit afraid to get a bigger one. I think the reason I dented my Trailblazer so early is because I was used to a Toyota Corolla before! However, if money, size, and politics (plus gas mileage) were no object I would love to get a Chevy Tahoe in a dark grey with all the fixins, including heated seats! I know that there are other, fancier, car brands, but even in my wildest dreams, I'm usually pretty down home, and seem to like things that are just a little bit nicer than what I already have.

What's your dream car if money were no object?

Google Chrome

Have you guys tried Google Chrome, Google's free web browser? It is awesome and has put the velocity at which I web browse into Ludicrous Speed! Plus, it has an automatic spell checker just like MS Word... I am moving farther and farther away from the girl who won the spelling bee in the 3rd grade! Why bother to memorize words and their spelling anymore?

Oh and its FREE!

Friday, January 29, 2010


I follow the Sullivan's blog. I don't know if you remember but a few months ago I posted on a young family where the mother had died of breast cancer just a few weeks after the birth of her little girl Chloe, leaving the father a widower with a baby. He just posted on prayer, and I thought it was really special and so I wanted to share it with you!

Please take a moment to read here. By the way... I got Nick the same Willow Tree piece for Christmas. Its called "The New Father, in awe and wonder of what's to come..." I cry every time I look at it! It reminds me so much of my lean, brown haired boy (whose wife always makes him wear green sweaters)!

I'm not nearly as articulate as he is, but I want to add one more thing about prayer. I pray for a lot of reasons. When I get too frustrated from following politics and I just feel ungrounded and unfocused, spending time with my Lord is the only way I know how to fill my heart with peace over what is happening. I'm reminded of the goodness of the one I serve and how small all of these seemingly HUGE problems that face our nation are in comparison to the God of Israel.

I pray and ask for things! I know that God will not always answer my prayers, but there are countless verses where he has ordered me to ask... and I have no problem being obedient in this area of my faith :).

I have also found that I need to just believe what God has said. We tend to rationalize that when God makes a promise in his Word, that maybe it was just in that situation or in that context that it was true. But, we think, it couldn't actually be true in my life?

The lesson that God has had to teach me over and over and over again is that he does not change! He can be trusted to keep his word in the Word.

"God is not a human being that he should lie,
Or a mortal that he should change his mind.
Has he promised, and will he not do it?
Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?"
~Numbers 23:19

I think that that verse is so powerful!

There are two times in the Bible where Jesus is amazed. When Jesus visited his home town the Bible tells us that he could not do many miracles because the people had so little faith, and it amazed him! Then another time, a Roman centurion comes to him and asks him to heal his servant. He tells Jesus that he believes that Jesus can heal his servant right then and there without having to come to his home. The Roman Centurion recognizes that he has no authority to ask Jesus to his home because he is under Jesus' authority... and Jesus in amazed at his faith!

I hope that someday I amaze Jesus with my faith, but I am sure that most of the time he is amazed at my lack faith even after all that He has done for me. At least I am getting better at taking him at his Word.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

100th Post! For Real This Time

I realized that my post a few weeks back was not my actual 100th post... apparently I had some drafts that I had never published which caused my count to go to 100.

For the past week I have been trying to decide what to make my 100th post on. My fake 100th post was perfect because it was big news. However, I don't really have anything new going on right now... there have been about about 1000 things that I have wanted to post on. I keep scrapping them though because they just aren't important enough for my 100th post, you know?

So, I figured that I would just get it over with so that I can get back to blogging.

I have made 100 posts.

Thank you,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I just got the invitation for my first shower in Houston, and I love it so! I had to share it with you. It's a "Story Book" themed shower where the guests bring a book in place of a card. They can personalize the book with something sweet for the baby like they would a greeting card. This is just so perfect, and I love it. Doesn't it just perfectly capture all of the magic of babies and motherhood and fairy stories? I can't wait to frame it! Jessy and Emily are so wonderful, and I am so blessed to have them as friends.

It says:

Tiny Yawns and Sleepy Sighs,
Daring Adventures and Lullabies,
Princess' Hair and Dragon's Tales,
Dancing Rabbits and Golden Scales,
From Fairy Fables to a Nursery Rhyme,
We will rejoice with a Stori Time.
Come join us in all of our anticipation,
As we honor the newest Wann with a celebration.

28 Week Pregnancy Update

Here I am!

I had my first 3rd trimester appointment today, and everything seems to be awesome! The baby's heartbeat is back in "girl" territory at 151 beats per minute, and I have gained 12 lbs total. I actually lost 1 lb between this appointment and my last appointment, but I think its because I had my glucose test today. I had a morning appointment so that I would not have eaten in the hours before my test, and precisely 1 hour before they drew my blood, I had to drink this orange sugary solution. So not eating breakfast probably had something to do with the weight loss... however, I totally used it as an excuse to go and get a Big Mac after the exam :). I have been craving one, but I keep putting it off since its sooo bad for you. However, after that splurge I'm back to eating healthy, except of course for King Cake! Being pregnant during Mardi Gras season in New Orleans is heaven, I could eat King Cake all day, every day.

The Wannton moves all the time, and at least three or four times a day goes on a kicking/moving spree so that I can see him or her move through my clothes. Its been that way for weeks now, I think the first time I saw him/her moving was before Christmas. Its so comforting to know the baby is healthy. I have been praying and praying that I will have a sleeper, but its not looking like I'll get that one! The Doc says that activity inside the womb correlates to activity outside the womb (or at least in his experience), so we may have a very hyperactive child on our hands. I was so hoping that the baby would be as sweet and as calm as my nephew Bear, but either way I'm going to love this baby with all of my heart. I keep hoping that the Wannton will be like John the Baptist and "leap for joy in the womb" at the name of Jesus, but so far nothing :(.

As for me, I don't know what happened but as soon as I got to the 26.6 week mark, I started to get very, very emotional and touchy. I have definitely been hormonal and crying over every little thing. In spite of this I am loving pregnancy! I am definitely going to enjoy these last three months with just Nick and me. I know we won't know how our lives are going to change until we experience it, but I am getting some inkling. I have loved our time as a couple, and I hope I love our time as parents even more.

We also went to our first Lamaze class this past Saturday. For some reason the class is 6 Saturdays from 4 to 7. This particular one occurred during the Saints/Cardinals play off game, so it was only attended by the very faithful. I really enjoyed it and it was worth giving up our Saturday nights... I hope Nick feels the same way :). Haha, football vs having to watch video after video of natural births, which would most men pick? He was so sweet though. We learned about the 3 phases of the 1st stage of labor and practiced exercises to help keep your focus off of the labor pains. Even in an epidural delivery, the class recommends that you try to make it to 5 cm, which can still be many hours of contractions. I'd love to hear more on other people's deliveries. One thing I definitely learned is that there is apparently no dignity or privacy in childbirth! Those things pretty much go out the window.

I think that that's it in the pregnancy world. From now on I have Doctors appointments every 2 weeks, until week 36 when I go every week. I think that I get to have another ultrasound at week 32. I'd say I can't wait, but at this point, I am happy to take this pregnancy slowly and just one day at a time! This rule, of course, does not apply to my friends Jessica and Elysha, Avery and Nathan can feel free to make their debuts as quickly as possible. I can't wait to meet those sweet babies!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Third Trimester!

Yay, we've made it to 28 weeks! I have my first 3rd trimester appointment tomorrow, so I am going to wait to post pictures of myself until I have some "stats" to back it up. However, I thought that this milestone deserved a post to the day!

I wanted to share some nursery pictures with you. Its alllllmost done, I just need to order a custom designed wall decal (designed by my good friend Jessica alias Suzie Home-Maker) and add a few more things to the wall. I am also waiting on the pillow that comes with my glider... but its really almost there!

My favorite part of the room :), my reading corner with a very comfy glider.

I am going to add the wall decal above the crib... what it will say is a secret for now :). Did you see the crown molding that my Baby-Daddy installed?
The changing area.
What do you think?

Also, I have registered at Babies R Us and Target. I am thinking about registering at a really cute little local store called All About Baby. I wasn't going to, but I am in there all the time and I always see such cute things. I feel so incredibly blessed and undeserving, but I am having THREE showers thrown for me! I was afraid that I wouldn't even get ONE! Hopefully people will show up... I'm having two in Houston, one on February 20th and March 6th, and another in Madisonville on March 13th (also Baby Bear's 1st Birthday!).

I am also feeling so burdened for all of the people in Haiti right now, especially with all of the abundance that seems to be coming my way. Please continue to pray for miracles for them, and that God would send rescuers to every last stranded and buried person.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti - Ways to Give

Please give to Haiti... even if its just a little, bitty bit. We donated through our church, Church of the King in Mandeville, LA, and there are so many other organizations to donate through.

Compassion International is one, we sponsor a sweet Kenyan boy through them, and I think they are great! - https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disasterrelief.htm

All you have to do is text "disaster" to 90999 and you will have donated $10 to help the people of Haiti through Compassion. If you text "Haiti" to 90999, you will have donated $10 to the Red Cross if you aren't comfortable donating to a religious organization. It will show up on your next phone bill.

I follow this blog called Kelly's Korner, and if you just go to her blog and tell her that you donated and to what organization, she and her husband will donate a dollar for each person who does that. That's up to $1000. - http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/2010/01/compassion.html

Every teeny bit helps!

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
Acts 20:35

"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"
Romans 8:32

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Luke 6:38

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Me from A to Z!

I tag anyone and everyone! I would love to see what people write, but I hate to put people on the spot.

A -Age: 26
B -Bed size: Queen
C- Chore you hate: Dishes, I hate it when my fingers get pruny.
D- Dog's Name: Frodo
E- Essential starts to your day: Breakfast
F- Favorite Color: PINK!
G- Gold, Silver, or Platinum: Platinum
H- Height: 5'0" when I wake up in the morning.
I- Instruments you play: None, I decided to do choir in the 6th grade.
J- Job Title: Regulatory Engineer - Ironic, because we all know how much I love the US Government!
K- Kids: One in the oven!
L-Living Arrangements: A house, with my husband.
M- Moms name: Lisa and Melody
N- Nicknames: Babydoll... from Nick, its really cute the way he says it :).
O- Overnight stay in the hospital other then Birth: NEVER, but that's about to change.
P- Pet Peeve: I try not to sweat the small stuff. I guess I hate it when people try to stop me from biting my nails, I LOVE biting my nails. I should stop because even I think its gross when I see other people doing it, but I love to do it myself.
Q- Quote from a movie: I'm going to do a book quote instead: "This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great. Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it? Or, if they are wise, why should they expect to know it, until the hour has struck?" ~ Elrond
R- Right or Left handed: Left
S- Siblings: 1 older brother and 1 older sister, I am the baby, so is Nick, we cancel each others orneryness out.
T- Time you wake up: 5:30ish.
U- Underwear: The non explosive kind.
V- Vegetable you dislike: Corn.
W- Ways you run late: I try not to.
X- X-rays you've had: My back, and perhaps very soon at the airport to make sure that my underwear are for sure not filled with explosives.
Y- Yummy food you make: Cookies!
Z- Zoo Favorite: Lions and Tigers, I also like Gorillas. Creatures of great power!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Resolutions 2010

I love goals! :) I am so excited that we have a holiday for "Goal Setting". This year I am taking mine very seriously, and I have already gotten started on some.

Resolution #1: To maximize our financial resources.

Soon we are going down to one income! Its completely doable because we have always planned around one income, however, there won't be much wiggle room. I will kind of miss my fun salary that we always used for projects, to pay extra on our mortgage, or to give beyond our regular offerings to charitable causes. Occasionally I would use it to splurge on gifts for loved ones!

I have already gotten started on this, and recently I shopped around for new Homeowners Insurance. Guess what? I went to a local insurance broker, and they were able to save us over $800 yearly on homeowners insurance compared to what I had been paying with a well known national company :).

The idea behind "maximizing our finacial resources" is to essentially keep as much of our money as possible. That includes - making sure that the Government doesn't get a penny more than they should, it also includes not allowing major corporations to take advantage of us, and just basically not paying more than we need to for things because I am too tired or not in the mood to shop around. Its easy for me to get lazy on two incomes.

Which brings me to...

Resolution #2: To master the art of couponing.

I recently realized that there is an entire craze going on now centered around saving A LOT of money at the grocery store! I used to think that couponing was a waste a time and that it actually cost money because you ended up buying things that you wouldn't use but you bought because you happened to have a coupon. Well, I have changed my way of thinking and I am very excited to get started. I had to have a major paradigm shift in the way I view grocery shopping though.

1) I can't be afraid to stockpile! I almost never used to buy something that I already had at home, mostly because it annoyed Nick if he realized that I bought something we didn't need. Now I need to build a stockpile of things that I will use when they are at low prices, so that eventually I only need to buy things at the store that I can get great deals on. One expert said that you should never, ever NEED to go to the store for anything!
2) Its only ok to buy things that you will not use unless they are FREE or are MONEY MAKERS. Thanks to Walgreens Register Rewards and CVS Bucks, you can actually make money sometimes when you use coupons correctly.

I've already started, and gotten a few great deals. I also have a special binder that I've made to organize my coupons!

Resolution #3: To give more.

This is the most important one and our motivation for the previous two! I would like to increase our charitable giving. We have always tithed (10%) at our church, and given above that for other things, mostly missions. It used to be really easy to give a lot extra when we had all of my salary coming in each month unallocated. Now its going to be much, much harder! We have been so blessed financially, and I know we are meant to use it to bless others. So I have a fixed percentage in my head above our tithe that is my "offering" goal, and I will be taking concrete steps towards achieving that.

"Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."~Luke 12:33-34

Ha, I guess you could then say that my heart is currently in my mortgage, bills, taxes, and insurance! No wonder I find it so preoccupying... isn't it crazy how much it costs just to exist responsibly in this country?

Monday, January 4, 2010

BIG NEWS 2010!

Happy 2010! I have to say that 2009 was the absolute fastest year of my life. Time goes faster the older you get, but I don't ever want a year to pass that fast again! I feel like my life is slipping by... it may have gone fast because it was wonderful!

First, I have some news. Its an absolute blessing, and I feel almost guilty that God has provided for Nick and me so well when I know how hard things are for other people in this economy. My current company, we'll call it "Big Oil Co" is going through a bit of a transition and they have offered voluntary severance packages to their employees. Nick and I agonized over whether or not to volunteer for it, but I decided to go for it. Just to be clear, asking for it, does not mean that you are guaranteed to receive it, so I had been on pins and needles waiting for an answer. Over Christmas break, I received a call from my boss informing my that I had been approved!

Its such a blessing for so many reasons:
1) "Big Oil Co" wants me to work until March 31st, which is when I was planning on leaving for maternity leave as baby is due April 12th!
2) The severance package is a lot more than I would have received with maternity leave, even with the Income Protection Insurance!
3) My position will be filled soon, and I will have time to work with my replacement before I go. This means that my team won't be without me for up to 6 months, so it will be less disruptive to them.
4) Best of all, I get to be home with my baby :).

I was on the fence about whether or not to quit when the baby came. I had committed to staying with my current team until November 2010, and I felt like I needed to at least finish that out. But, I commute 2 to 2 1/2 hours EACH DAY to work, and my work days are 10 hours... that felt like too much time away from the Wannton, even if it was just until November. It was a burdensome decision, the financial pressure wasn't there, but its difficult to juggle obligations that you feel towards your family and your coworker. This is a way for me to leave without any guilt that I am not fulfulling my obligations. God has just poured out his blessing upon Nick and me and I am so grateful!

It seems like there's a bible verse to go with that one... "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." ~Malachi 3:10, or "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" ~Matthew 7:9-11.

He is the giver of good and perfect gifts and I love him so. How great is the love he has lavished on me!

Ok, I'll stop being so maudlin and spare you :), but he's done a few more things for us that I can't mention just yet...I'm beginning to think 2010 may be the best one yet!


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