Monday, February 28th, 2011
Okay, so I know this blog is primarily about saving money, but occasionally I just can’t help including other things too. I always figure two things. 1. It is my blog so I can blog about what I want to. 2. You can always skip over the post if you really don’t want to know about it. So anyway, with that cleared up, let me tell you just a little bit about our weekend.
I had heard about Family Life’s Weekend to Remember for years and always thought it would be fun to go to if I got married. Well, I got married but somehow we just never got it done. So I was pretty excited when I heard that there was a Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference in Hershey (which is really close to us). I got a flier about it and strategically left it lying on the counter where I hoped Vince would spot it. And sure enough, he did. I saw him looking at it and held my breath, hoping he would be the one to initiate going. “This looks interesting”, he said. “Yeah, I thought so too,” I casually replied. And then I couldn’t contain my excitement when he asked, “Would you like to go?” I grinned sheepishly and told him that was kind of why I left the flier lying on the counter. We both had a good laugh.
Anyway, to make a long story short we attended the Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference this past weekend. And what a wonderful time we had! Seriously, I can’t say enough good about the conference. It was fun, it was challenging, it was inspiring, and it gave us lots of ideas of how we can continue to grow and improve our relationship with each other. Here are a couple of things that really stood out to me:
* During conflict, anger needs to be directed at the situation not the person.
* Everyone has annoying traits that get on your nerves, so why shouldn’t it be your spouse’s annoying traits? (In other words, just moving on to another person isn’t really going to help the situation.)
* We are to teach and train our children and support our husbands, not the other way around.
* Marriage is not a 50/50 relationship…we each have to give it 100%.
If you are married, I would highly recommend that you attend a Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference. It doesn’t matter if your marriage seems to be falling apart or if it seems like it’s as good as it can get, I guarantee you will be challenged and will find it helpful in strengthening your marriage. In fact, Family Life has received lots of testimonials from couples who were on the verge of divorce and went to a Weekend to Remember as a last resort- and it was instrumental in keeping their marriage together.
Oh and since this is a money saving blog, I can’t help but give you a tip on how to save money if you go. Each conference has people that try to get a group together to go…and anyone can join that group. The great part about joining a group is that you can get into the conference for 50% off! What I would recommend doing is putting something like this in a search engine:
Baltimore Weekend to Remember. You could always add the word “group” to your search too. But that should help you find a group that you can join and get the 50% off. Oh, and no worries. Being part of a group doesn’t mean anything other than getting a discount. Make sense?
Have you ever been to a Weekend to Remember? Care to tell us about your experience?
I was not asked to blog about our experience and neither did I get reimbursed for this post in any way. I simply wanted to share about our experience because we enjoyed it so much.
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Sunday, November 14th, 2010
I’m sure some of you are wondering just what happened to me that I suddenly stopped posting on here the last several days. Well, God brought an unexpected turn of events into our lives on Thursday, November 11.
Our little daughter Eleni Jo surprised us by arriving 5 1/2 weeks early on 11/11/10 at 8:25 am. Because of her early birth, we knew that she would knew that she would need to be in the NICU for at least a couple of days. We soon realized shortly after she was born though that things were more serious than we ever anticipated. Eleni was born with a form of dwarfism that basically left her with no chance of living due to underdeveloped lungs along with several other things. The doctors and nurses worked hard to help her survive, but soon realized that there was no hope. After living for 2 hours, she died very peacefully in our arms.
Her name means “shining light” and “sweetheart” and that really is what she was and is. She is our little sweetheart who is now a shining light in heaven. Her short life has impacted ours in so many ways and one of those is that we have an even stronger desire to serve God with all of our hearts and someday be able to be reunited with her in heaven.
The past several days have been hard and yet we have felt God’s presence and the love of those who care for us too. Please pray for us.
I’ll probably be back to posting at least some in the next day or two.
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Monday, June 21st, 2010
Logan at just several days old.
I heard the most beautiful and amazing sound this morning…our baby’s strong, steady heart beat. Thank you Jesus that all is well!
Yes, I am pregnant and yes we are more than excited to be experiencing the gift of new life once again. We are anxious to meet him/her mid-December- seems a long way off but I’m sure it will be here before I know it!
So if you have thought I seemed to be a bit absent on here lately that is the reason. I was not feeling very good and had zero energy so I was doing a lot of resting. And of course any energy I had went into doing my basic household chores and taking care of one active little nearly 2 year old. I’m glad to be feeling quite a bit better and am enjoying a bit more energy. Hopefully it will only keep improving!
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Monday, January 4th, 2010
As you’ve probably figured out, we are back home after our little “vacation” in Maryland with family. I really enjoyed hanging out with my immediate family and doing Christmas with them and also reconnecting with many of the relatives in my Mom’s family at the annual New Year’s reunion. It feels like it was a good breather from daily life. Problem is, now I’m feeling a little frantic trying to catch up with everything!
Just for fun, I thought I’d post some pictures of my little family. I always think it’s fun to get a little peek into other bloggers lives and it has been a while since I’ve done that for you all.
Logan opening his gift
He absolutely LOVED the little animals that he got!
Me with my gift from my Sweetheart…I’ve been wanting a stove top popcorn popper for a long time. Oh and in case you are wondering, the papers are some wonderful gift coupons for things like a footrub, a dinner out, an evening off of washing dishes. I love my man!
Proof that the simple things in life can bring lots of fun!
We’ve been hearing lots of “music” lately!
And just several more from our big snowstorm a few weeks ago.
Ready to head outside!
Daddy & Logan
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Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Yes, I am taking a short blogging break. We are getting ready to leave to spend several days with my family in MD and since I want to be able to enjoy my time there, and since I won’t have fabulous internet connection, I’m going to take a few days off. If I feel inspired to battle the slow connection, I just might post a couple of deals, but please don’t count on it!
I hope you each have a wonderful New Year!
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