Monday, July 14, 2008

I can't stop thinking about it...

I feel like all I ever write about on here is our pursuit of becoming parents. It's been a hard road and continues to be an emotional roller coaster. I could sit here and talk all about how frustrating this past year has been and how much I just want to see that + on a pregnancy test. But I have already said all those things. Now it's time to write about what a blessing this past year has been and how I really do love this baby-free time that we have.

The Lord has used this past year to grow me in so many ways. A year ago my relationship with Him was inconsistent. I wasn't spending much time in the word and my desire was lacking. Now, one year later, everything is completely opposite. I have learned to completely rely on the Lord. I have realized that there is nothing we can do to make this happen sooner. It is not in our control. My desire to spend time in the word has grown tremendously! I can honestly say that I have been consistently in the word for an entire year (not saying I read everyday, but the desire was always there!) That is huge for me!

The Lord has also blessed us with another year to strengthen our marriage. I wouldn't change these past 4 years for anything. I have loved having Brian all to myself. Having a baby would have prohibited our growth as a couple and would have limited what we could do. We have traveled to some amazing places (St. Lucia, Paris, London, Vegas, lots of NYC trips...) and are going to several more places in the next few months (Hawaii, Vegas again!...). If we had a baby, these trips would be nearly impossible. I am so glad that we have had these 4 years to develop a solid foundation in our relationship because once a baby arrives, there won't be nearly as much time to devote to our marriage.

So, would I be devastated if we had to wait another year to have a baby? Yes and no. I want to be a mother with all my heart and look forward to that day with great anticipation. There is nothing I want more! But spending another year growing in my relationship with the Lord and Brian would also not be the end of the world.

Thank you Lord for all your blessings!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Febreze Noticeables

Time for another product review! Today I was noticing how great my kitchen was smelling, so I thought, hey, why not write about these great plug in air fresheners! :) I know there are so many different ones out there, but I really have found that these are one of the best! It has two different scents that automatically alternate back and forth so that the scent is NOTICEABLE! :) haha (hence the name). If you keep it on the low setting (you can change the settings on the back of the plug in) it will last for about a month. There are so many different scents to choose from. Some of my favorites include Morning Walk & Cleansing Rain and Pure Refreshment & Summer Storm. Those are the two that I buy the most. I have one in the kitchen, one in the dining room, one in our bedroom, and one in one of the spare bedrooms. That seems to be enough to make the whole house smell yummy! (And we have a 2,500 sq.ft. house)

The one negative thing about these is that they are fairly expensive. However, make sure to check out to sign up to receive some coupons! (Remember, my tip is only to buy things when they are on sale AND you have a coupon for them!) Also, Febreze offers a money back guarantee on the plug ins, so you don't have to take my word for it! Try them out for yourself. :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Recipe: Swiss Chicken Casserole

Main Course: Swiss Chicken Casserole
Total time: 8 hours on low in the crock pot
Serves: 5-6 (recipe can be cut in half to serve 2-3)

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 slices of swiss cheese
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
2 cups stuffing mix
1/2 cup melted butter

1. Lightly grease your crockpot or spray with cooking spray.
2. Place chicken breasts in pot. Top with cheese.
3. Combine soup and milk, stirring well. Spoon over cheese; sprinkle with stuffing mix.
4. Drizzle melted butter over the stuffing mix.
5. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

I have decided to start blogging about some products that I love and use all the time. I figure that since I have extra time now, I can use it to help people find great products to use. So, for my first review.....Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. I highly recommend these! I use them every day and every where! I keep them under all my sinks. After each meal preparation I use them to wipe down the counters and appliances. I also use them in all my bathrooms to wipe down the sink, counters, and toilets. They clean and disinfect and are disposable. The only downside is they can't be used on mirrors (they leave streaks) and they aren't exactly earth friendly or cheap. So, try to use them sparingly! :) Also, make sure to only buy them when they are on sale and when you have a coupon for them!