Friday, November 28, 2014

It's official!

Okay so I know that so many of you put up your Christmas tree weeks ago and that's cool but in our house the Christmas season doesn't officially begin until the turkey is gone!

So Zoi and I want to officially open the 2014 Christmas season!! Her heart is in it regardless what her face says!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bless His Name

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I just want to say thank you to the Lord for all the blessings in my life. He's been too good to this sinner and has given me a life I never imagined. I enter His gates with thanksgiving for:

~ my eternal salvation provided through the blood of Jesus
~ the Bible that reveals to us the mind of God
~ my husband and closest friend in the world
~ the privileged to be mother to three great kids; Cody, Josh and Hannah
~ the role of wife and homemaker that God has placed me in
~ the amazing adventure we call missions in Croatia
~ the contentment God has placed in my heart for His will for my life
~ my best friend Amanda and all she means to me
~ dear friends in the States and around the world that love us
~ our wonderful people here in Croatia that are true family to us

There are so many more things I could list but when would I ever get the turkey cooked? I'm also so thankful for the world wide web and the opportunity it allows for me to know such special people from all around the world. 

Hoping this Thanksgiving is the best ever!! 


My Very first Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Besides U.S. Thanksgiving, it's also National Game and Puzzle Week...what game have you played most recently, and who were you with? Have you worked a puzzle of any kind in the past week?

Games? We don't really play games anymore now that we only have our daughter left home. We played Phase 10 last and yes, I won!! I would love to put puzzles together but my family just aren't puzzle lovers. 

2. What is one place you were thankful for this year?

I'm extremely thankful for our little church. Victors Baptist Church in VaraĹždin, Croatia. It's a warm welcoming place. It's a rare church because we have no cliques or groups and everyone loves everyone. 

3. Take a nap, watch football, go for an after dinner walk, or hit the stores...which ONE is on your must-do list for Thanksgiving day? For those of you playing along who aren't in the US, answer as it relates to any big holiday meal.

When we were in the States for Thanksgiving stores weren't open on Thanksgiving so we would play games. We have a large family and groups would separate and games would ensue. We always knew to stay away from the card games with Uncle Bijan, he counts cards and it was impossible to win.  
4. Besides Thanksgiving, what's your favorite home cooked meal?

My new low carb favorite is chicken parm. My daughter makes it and it' delish! she serves it over zucchini noodles and We have it almost weekly. 

5. What product from an infomercial would you most like to own?

I would love to have the No No! hair remover. I've debated about getting it but always decided against it, plus it's expensive and who knows if it really works. 

6. Christmas shopping? Have you begun? Finished? Will you shop on Black Friday? How do you feel about stores opening on Thanksgiving Day? What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?

Wow, is Christmas coming up? It's actually crazy that we are already looking at Christmas right around the corner and how some folks have even decorated even before Thanksgiving. I've officially purchased one gift online and one from the store and i'm feeling like i'm even more ahead of the game than usual. I remember when stores weren't oped on Thanksgiving and we had no other choice than to play board games, football or just sit around laughing. Life sure has changed and I prefer it the way it was. 

7. What are you most grateful for that adds beauty to your everyday life?

Hmm, I am so happy for all we have it's hard to decided. I actually love my house plants. I was never able to keep plants alive when my children were little, I guess I prioritized and plants came in last. Now that my children are all grown, I've got somewhat of a green thumb. They make a room feel so alive. Now it I just had a larger room to house them. 

This is one of my favorite house plants. No, no not the girl, that's Hannah, she's 17 and suppose to be busy with school. I told her to pose and this is what I got. Anyhow, I love this plant, it was a housewarming gift from one of our sweet ladies and it's grown like crazy. 

Okay so this is what Hannah looks like normally. She's a joy! I'm so thankful for her. BTW, she blogs too over at Particularly Hannah.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I've been thinking about snow. Since tons of Stateside friends have snow I'm wondering if we will. Usually when the States get blanketed we don't and vise-versa. I'm hoping with my everything crossed for a white Christmas.  At least some white on Christmas and then it can go back to being just cold. 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday Review Monday 11/24/14

We had an amazing Sunday at Pobjednici Baptist Church including a sweet baptism afterwards. Our little church is growing and our people are becoming more like Jesus every day. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Unique Personalized Gifts for Her

I can't believe we''re even looking at Christmas being just 4.5 weeks away. It's crazy how quickly this year has gone by. My best friend Amanda is always on my Christmas gift giving list but she is the hardest person to buy for. I don't like generic gifts. I mean, I love receiving gifts, any kind but I like to give unique, thoughtful gifts.  So I'm always on the lookout for special gifts for her and from my searches I've compiled a list of unique gifts for her.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Fave 5

So today I am participating in Living to Tell the Story's Friday's Fave Five Link Up. 

God has been so good to us and my blessings are innumerable but here's my 5 for today. 

1. My youngest child Hannah. She's not so young anymore, she's 17 but she's still the baby of 3. Hannah came out of the womb singing. She sings all day long, every day. When she's not singing she's playing some sorta instrument. She is a true joy to be around. Her upbeat personality brings me up when things are so great. I'm so thankful God gave us a Hannah. 

2. All the help Johnny has been this week after my foot surgery. He's been such a servant and pulling his weight and mine all week. He takes such good care of me and makes me feel like it's his joy. 

3. The $12 we paid for my foot surgery. Social medicine isn't great and there are a lot of negatives to it but only having to pay $12 for my foot surgery was awesome!!

4. Loving the crazy warm weather of November. Usually this time in Croatia it's already seriously cold but our weather's been in the high 50s and it's glorious!

5. Lap dogs! Never realized how awesome lap dogs were till we got Zoi! Who ever thought there were dogs that don't shed? She's amazing and my favorite puppey ever!

If you'd like to participate in Friday's Fave Five, jump over and visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

My running story

Well my running story started back on April of this year. I had always envied runners and thought that they must be extreme athletes to be able to run and enjoy it, because why would anyone run if they weren't being chased, I mean really? I just thought they were super crazy type A personalities and since I wasn't I'd never be a runner.

Back in April, right after my 41st birthday Johnny and I began the Atkins diet. After finding out that I had a sensitivity to gluten I cut it out completely and figured it was a great time to start a diet since I was quite over weight. I've always had a weight problem but I had never been able to beat it.
Anyhow I've secretly dreamed of being a runner. Like I said, I didn't even imagine that I ever could run but here I am, I'm a runner.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Perfect Family? - Guest Post

I recently read a great blog post about the Perfect Family or the lack thereof. We put so much pressure on ourselves to make sure that our children turn out like they should and when they don't in falls heavy on our shoulders. Anyhow, Lou Ann Keiser from In the Way wrote a great post on this subject. She graciously allowed me to re-post it here on Home Away From Home. Please go by and check out her blog, In the Way, she has a treasure trove of helpful information for ladies.