Monday, October 26, 2009

Winter Jackets, Bathing Suits & Books!

5 nights in my own bed in what will end up being 17 days total... all of my travel seems to come in bulk. I won't be surprised if I have some horrible cold here soon because of all of the climate changes I am going through! All of the trips have been amazing, but it's super hard when Grant can't come along :(

I went with my Mom to visit Sabrina at UT for her Fall Break. Here is a picture of us on a over night trip in Gatlinburg...this is somewhere close to the Donut Friar. We were freezing our tails off!

This next picture is in Gulf Shores with
The Nixon's/McCaskill' longer freezing.

My sister, Kristina and I will be leaving this coming Wednesday to complete the 17 days I have been in and out of town to head to Cincinnati, Ohio for a National Youth Workers Convention with Youth Specialties. With my job (, I typically go on three Youth Specialties trips between the months of September, October, and November and since this is one of our slower times at work, I thought I would take advantage of a few short trips...they all just happen to fall back to back!

With having these different trips to relax (the first two were "relaxing" trips-the Cincinnati trip is work). I have done a TON of reading which I just love! I finished the last three books in the "Firstborn" Series by Karen Kingsbury. I have pretty much just read her books in the past six months (with a four book distraction from "Twilight"...totally worth it!) and love them! I finished the Redemption series, moved on to the Firstborn Series and I am now on the Sunrise Series-all featuring the same Baxter family. I don't know what I will do when I am done! I kind of want to slow down! If you don't read Karen Kingsbury-I highly recommend her.

One thing I ran across yesterday as I was finishing "Forever" from the "Firstborn Series" were the "Ten Secrets to a Happy Marriage" (they fit well with the story, but I can't say more than that or I may ruin some things.) Even though these books are fiction, I have really learned a lot and wanted to share these "secrets". (These are from Karen Kingsbury so I am not intending to steal her ideas).

Ten Secrets to a Happy Marriage
by Karen Kingsbury
From "Forever"-Firstborn Series

  1. God has you here to serve one another. Love acted out is serving.
  2. Women need respect and nurturing. Love your wife so she knows you'd lay your life down for her. Continue to date her and admire her. Share a hobby-find something you can do to have fun together.
  3. Laugh often.
  4. Be patient. Love crumbles quickly under the weight of unmet expectations.
  5. Spend more time trying to fix yourself than your spouse.
  6. Keep short accounts. The Bible says, "Do not let the sun go down while you are angry." Make it a habit to forgive.
  7. Determine up front that divorce is not an option.
  8. Learn about love languages. Not all people show love or receive it the same way. You want a back rub and your spouse wants a clean kitchen. The love languages are fairly simple: acts of service, time, physical touch, gifts, and words of affirmation. Learn them. Love is better received when it's in the language that person speaks.
  9. Words of affirmation are a love language for all men.
  10. Men are born to be leaders. He cannot lead unless she gives him the confidence to do so. If you love your husband, build him up. Confident men do not seek love outside the home.
Let me know if you find encouragement in this as much as I did! Until next time....


  1. Why do you keep leaving? Is it something I said?

  2. Great advice that every married couple should be reminded of.
    I love number 1,4,6 and 10.
    What am I talking about... it's all good!
    I wish I could drop this in the lap of a couple of friends ;)

  3. this is wonderful and ohhh so very true love your blog.