But seriously. He is. Wanna know why?
This past Friday was my birthday and I gotta say...my wonderful husband went all out. I worked most of the day on birthday (which was also surprisingly wonderful...I'm truly blessed to be surrounding by such amazing co-workers, holler!) then took off a little early and was treated to the new Bourne movie by my sweet mom.
I didn't get back until later in the evening on my birthday and when I walked in I instantly knew I was in for a treat (mind you he had already promised me we were going to be celebrating the following day by having a surprise mystery date and that I wasn't to make plans). I opened the door to our house to hear soft, romantic music coming from our bedroom. The bedroom door was shut so, I of course, was beyond excited to see what was behind the doors. I opened the doors to find this on my bed (prepare, yourself):
Apparently he had googled how to make these swans out of towels and had done, along with spreading rose petals all over our bed and bedroom floor (que the *awe*). He then went on to give my birthday present which included a very sweet card and some polarized RayBan sunglasses (sweet!). After taking me to dinner at the restaurant of my choice (of course I chose La Para Mexican Restaurant) I was sure the surprises had to be over for the night. Wrong. As I was laying in bed talking to a friend he brings me this:
In case you can't tell it's a gourmet Raspberry cake with vanilla icing. Winning!
The next morning (the much anticipated surprise mystery birthday date day) he awoke me with an amazing breakfast in bed. Be jealous (and ignore our make shift bed tray and my leg under the comforter).
After breakfast he told me to get dressed and get ready to go. A couple hours later we arrived at surprise mystery date destination #1:
In case you can't tell it was the Titantic Exhibit that I had been wanting to go to in Atlanta. After touring the exhibit, (which was great and I would highly recommend going to see if it comes to a city near you) we walked around Atlantic Station and enjoyed a concert in the park while sipping some lemonade and having some cotton candy. We then went and walked around Ikea (we apparently had some time to kill before hitting mystery spot #2). Ikea was a blast as usual and we even enjoyed a cinnamon role at the cafe'. I know. I know. Not the healthiest day but it WAS my birthday.
Before I knew it the time had come to get in the car to head to mystery stop #2:
Yup. It was the food truck park that I had been really wanting to go too. The sweetest part actually about the entire day was that all the mystery stops were places I had been telling Josh I wanted to go to over the last year or so. What a great memory. The food trucks were amazing. We both had some incredible food. Then it was time for the final mystery stop....
Screen on the Green to watch "Wallie" was our final destination. Ignore the nasty picture of us...it was taken at MUCH too close a range but i am sporting my new RayBan's he gave me the night before. Watching the movie was a blast and I loved the fact that my sweet hubby was laughing louder the entire movie than any of the kids there.
The birthday weekend concluded on Sunday with a family celebration at my parent's house where my mom made me this cake complete with LOTS of candles...I'm old....I know.
All in all it was a WONDERFUL birthday.
What's the best birthday you've ever had? Sweetest thing your husband has ever done for you?
If you follow my blog you know how much I love garage sales, thrift shops, etc. Anyway to find a treasure for next to nothing gets my heart pumping. Yeah, I know what you're thinking....but give me a break. it's the little things in life, right?
So after a wonderful week of "staycation" where I took a week off of work and got to spend much needed time with some of my favorite people (including my blogger/bestest friend Holly) I was excited to hit up yard sales on both Friday and Saturday/something I never get to do since I usually work Monday-Friday. Disappointingly Friday was almost a bust and due to much needed sleep time Saturday morning (and cuddle time as my hubby didn't have to work) I got a late start so unfortunately no killer finds. However I am pretty pleased with what I got.
Without further ado here's my finds of the weekend:
"Home is Where the Heart Is" Key Holder: Free with purchase of stocking holders below
Originally from Pier One for $5.99 so I was excited. Not to mention I loved the butterflies.
Three golf balls for the hubs- 2 Nike and 1 Pinnacle but had to buy it due to the Bulldog: $0.10/each so $0.
America Basket with Handle to hold silver, napkins, etc. for outdoors at 4th of July: $1
Yankee Candle Snowman with Four Candles to give as a Christmas happy to a friend: $1
Apple Corer (both Josh and I were SUPER stoked about this one as we had both grown up with one): $1.50
Four Stocking Holders: $2 total (plus I got the free key holder I showed you above)
Bedside tray: $0.50
I was really excited to find this...Josh had made me breakfast in bed the Saturday before for my bday (new tradition) and was complaining that we didn't have one so I had already made plans to purchase one full price. $0.50 is a lot less than what full price would have been I'm sure
I just thought this was really cute...I'm a sucker for Halloween decor: $0.25
A "real" Dooney and Burke clutch: $1
SO excited about this pinata for an upcoming party: $1
Love this frame made with old barn wood: $0.50
(And no that's not a baby I know in the frame...but the baby is cute.)
That's all for the finds of the weekend. Like I said nothing big this weekend but I was still pretty excited. Did anyone else have any luck this weekend? I'd love to get jealous over hearing of your treasure finds. Please share.
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By Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly 4:22 PM Christianity, faith, guest, guest post, marriage, pray, prayer, prayer for husbandIt is my privilege to feature an article from guest post author, Kimberly Wagner. Kimberly, seen below, is married to LeRoy Wagner, the senior pastor of Dayspring Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Kim's passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women's pursuit of God's glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word. Without further ado her is the post Kimberly wrote for my blog:
Pray Like You Mean It
I remember the days when I would pray “God, get ‘im! Prayers,” you know, prayers from a heart of offense and self-pity: “Do you see how he’s treating me? Convict him . . . show him his hard heart . . . make him miserable!” (“Get ‘im” prayers). Today my conversations with the Lord about my husband sound a lot different. If we’re willing to practice empathy, we can pray with greater understanding of our husband’s daily challenges and spiritual needs. If we pray for them in light of the grace we’ve been shown, prayers will take on a less self-centered tone and turn to humble and loving intercession.
I don’t pray through these every day, but through the years some of the Scriptures I’ve prayed for my husband include:
* Prayer for personal integrity (Psalm 15:1–2)
* Prayer for hope, peace and joy (Romans 15:13)
* Prayer for wisdom and direction (Ephesians 1:17–19)
* Prayer for a marriage beyond our imagination (Ephesians 3:20–21)
* Prayer for fruitfulness in final years of ministry (Psalm 92:12–15)
These are just a few examples of prayers for my mate. I’ve learned that praying effectively can NOT happen if I’m sinfully angry, filled with self-pity or self-centered motives, or holding onto known sin (James 1:20; Psalm 66:18).
Our husbands need us standing in the gap for them as prayer warriors on their behalf. The enemy would love nothing more than to see you spending your mental and emotional energy dismembering your husband rather than going to your knees to intercede for his spiritual growth or salvation.
If you are married to a non-believer, the challenges that come as a result of spiritual disunity probably puts more stress on the marital relationship than any other conflict. Many women in that situation express that they face a temptation to use loud and obnoxious pressure tactics with the hopes of waking up a husband to his need for Christ. In fact one woman recently admitted, “I didn’t share my new faith with my husband; I pushed, forced, and shoved.” But this situation is one where we need to pray more than we preach.
You may be in such a hard place that you have no desire to pray for your husband at all and “Get ‘im!” prayers are light compared to what you feel. You may be in deep waters without hope of rescue. I want to assure you, the Savior sees, knows, and cares. Micah 7 encourages us to wait for the God of salvation—put no confidence even in the members of our own household—but look to the Lord for our help.
But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
Pour out your heart to the Father and let Him know where you are; ask Him to give you His heart to intercede. The exciting and encouraging thing about praying for your husband is that God is on your side if you’re praying for your husband to be all God created him to be. God wants that more than you do, so you can pray in full confidence that what you’re asking is according to His will (1 John 5:14).
As his bed-mate and life partner, you know your husband in a way no one else does, and you’re able to pray for him in a more intimate and knowledgeable way than anyone else on earth. Don’t take that unique position lightly, but press into your responsibility to love your husband well by interceding in spiritual battle by praying for him.
You may have prayed for your husband for years, but I want to encourage you to hang in there and continue interceding earnestly for your man.
Excerpt from Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior Moody Publishers © 2012 by Kimberly Wagner
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By Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly 9:39 AM bucket list, day dates, fall, fall activity
I love fall. I began thinking this morning about how it is quickly approaching and decided to make a fall 2012 bucket list. This is simply a the list of things I would like to try to do during the fall this year. Without further ado here's my list:
- Make a pile of leaves and jump in them
- Picnic in North Georgia
- Ride on a winding road to see fall color
- Go camping in the mountains
- Carve a pumpkin
- Tailgate at a UGA game
- Roast marshmallows on a bonfire
- Attend a fair and eat cotton candy
- Have or attend a Halloween party
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The other day I got to feeling "crafty." This is never good a sign. I had the somewhat clever idea that I could make Christmas Tree hair bows for little girls. I thought it would be inexpensive and easy to make. Wrong. It was much more expensive and much more difficult to make than I originally thought it would be. The good news? It's a week later and I finally finished four of them.
Now they are for sale. My first official store offering from "Married Filing Jointly." Get excited.
Hair bows are $6 each or two for $10. They are alligator clip size (about 3 inches). My hubs isn't very happy since it costs me a lot more in supplies than $6 a bow to make them but whatever...I had fun and I am pleased with how they turned out.
If you are interested in purchasing one shoot me an email at: email@example.com.
They really are cute!
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|As most of you know my husband and I have been in the never ending search for a home. Although we have made several offers on a few different homes we have not yet gotten lucky enough to go under contract on buying a home. All that being said one of the reasons I am most excited about buying a home is because you can decorate and personalize your home to suite your style. I found this amazing website that offers all kinds of mailboxes, address plaques, and personalized home and garden decor. They have some really cute house signs, address signs, and home address plagues as well. My personal favorite item they sale is their brass outdoor faucets. I love the bird faucet. I will be ordering one when we finally have our new home.|
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It's back to school time and that means new shoes! Whoohoo! I love shoes but more importantly I love shoes that not only look great but also don't break the bank with their price tag. I have found that Famous Footwear has thousands of styles of brand name shoes for great prices. Another thing I love about Famous Footwear is that their stores are conveniently located and are easy to shop in. You can spend thirty minutes and come out with three pairs of shoes. Now that's a VICTORY!
To celebrate this victory Famous Footwear is offering 15% off & BOGO (Buy One, Get One Half Off). For a girl like me that loves deal this is fantastic news. This deals helps make back-to-schools shopping much easier on my wallet and my bank account.
Just in case I haven't gotten you excited enough Famous Footwear allows you to shop online and have your shoes shipping to your favorite Famous Footwear store for no cost to you!
Another great perk Famous Footwear offers is their free Rewards Program. This program has many perks including: the ability to earn $1 for every $1 spent in-store or on-line, the ability to accumulate points to earn gift certificates up to $100 a year, discount offers for signing up, and other special insider discounts and perks.
At this point I'd assume you are anxious to use your savings and get some awesome new shoes for back-to-school! I would encourage you all to print your BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon and redeem in-store between 8/2-8/18! Want even better news? The 15% off becomes 20% off if you are a Rewards member or sign up to be a Rewards member. There Rewards program is free so I highly encourage you to take advantage of this offer. Be sure to come back here and let me your new shoe getup.
Happy shopping and happy saving!
This post brought to you by Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine.
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And Pinterest brings home a winner recipe again! I'm not kidding. You HAVE to try this recipe out. It is fantastic and only requires two ingredients: grapes and Jello-O.
I went with green grapes and Melon Fusion Jell-O. The first thing you do is wash the grapes. Don’t skimp on the water. The grapes need to be wet in order for the Jell-O to stick to them.
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By Married Filing Jointly 6:08 PM buffalo dip, pinterest, recipes, skinny
I tried a new recipe off my food+drink board on Pinterest last night and I gotta say. Man!!! It was sensational! This recipe has NO butter, and uses Greek Yogurt. Let me introduce you my friends to: Skinny Girl Buffalo Dip.
- 6oz Low-Fat Whipped Cream Cheese
- 6oz Plain Greek Yogurt
- 6oz shredded chicken
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce, divided
- 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Ranch Dip Mix
- In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, Greek yogurt, chicken, 1/2 cup buffalo sauce, 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese and ranch dip mix. Spread mixture in an 8×8 glass dish and top with remaining Mozzarella cheese and buffalo sauce. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Below is the result. Enjoy!
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By Married Filing Jointly 4:53 PM Christianity, faith, love, marriage, newly wed advice, newly weds, pray, prayer, stories of the newly weds, true loveYesterday I began a program where I will actively and specifically pray for my husband over a matter of different subjects for the next 31 days. I highly encourage all wives who read my blog (and husbands for that matter who want to pray for their wives) to join me in this activity.
First of all I'd like to say...I know what you are thinking. "I already pray for my husband everyday. What else could a specific prayer program do? Isn't my prayers of blessings on our marriage enough?" At least that is what I was thought when I first looked into participating in this prayer program. However, after looking more into the program, I came to a realization on just how important specific, spiritual prayer is and, of how you can bless your husband's life, through prayer. Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you, and the spiritual health of your home. Satan earnestly desires to destroy your husband, especially his character and his leadership in your relationship. Daily surrendering your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care helps Satan not have power over your marriage.
Why 31 days you might ask? The idea behind the 31 days is based off of Proverbs 31 which, if you have never read, you need to go read NOW. Yes, right now. Read the chapter before continuing to read this post. It will change your life as a woman and as a wife/mother/friend. Women today have so many expectations placed on them it's hard for them to ever really feel successful. Proverbs 31 helps show us how to be a successful woman and be a "woman after God's own heart." OK enough of Proverbs 31...this post was supposed to be encouraging you all to pray for your husband and guiding you in how to do so.
Yesterday was day one and I started by praying that my husband will grow spiritualy and continually consider his accountability before the Lord. This prayer literally brought me to my kness. Today I prayed that my husband will be a man of wisdom and understanding and will fear the Lord. The prayer guide I am using was created by Revive Our Hearts by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
Without further ado please find the plan taken from the Revive Our Hearts website and I pray you will begin this prayer journey with me.
31 Days of Praying for Your Husband
Copyright Revive Our Hearts. Written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Used with permission.
Taken from www.ReviveOurHearts.com.
Taken from www.ReviveOurHearts.com.
“She does him good . . .” (Proverbs 31:12a)
Bless your husband by praying for him! The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another (Ephesians 6:18). This includes wives’ responsibility and privilege to pray for their husbands. Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home (Proverbs 31:11-12).
Satan desires to destroy your husband, especially his character and his leadership in your relationship. Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.
Day 1 Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, etc. (2 Peter 3:18; Prov. 4:23)
Day 2 Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord. (Prov. 3:7, 9:10; Ps. 112:1)
Day 3 Pray that your husband will be humble and quick to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord. (Ps. 51:2-4; Micah 6:8)
Day 4Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship—protecting and providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will be glorified in your marriage. (Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19)
Day 5Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6; Gen. 2:24)
Day 6Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate wickedness, especially the evils of the culture. Pray that he will recognize and avoid wickedness in his own life, and if necessary, take a clear, strong stand against evil. (Prov. 27:12; John 17:15; 1 Cor. 10:12-13)
Day 7Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex. Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you. (Prov. 6:23-24, 26; Rom. 13:14)
Day 8Pray that your husband will work hard to provide for your family, to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, positive relationships with people, determination, etc. (Rom. 12:11; 1 Cor. 15:58)
Day 9Pray that your husband handle finances wisely, will have discernment concerning budgeting and investments, and will be a good steward of his money in regard to giving to the Lord’s work. Pray that money will not become a source of discord in your family. (Prov. 23:4-5; Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:5)
Day 10Pray that your husband will cultivate strong integrity, and not compromise his convictions. Pray that his testimony will be genuine, that he will be honest in his business dealings, and will never do anything that he needs to hide from others. (Prov. 20:7; 1 Tim. 1:5, 3:7; Eph. 6:10-12)
Day 11Pray that your husband will have a humble, teachable spirit and a servant’s heart before the Lord. Pray that he will listen to God and desire to do His will. (Prov. 15:33; Eph. 6:6)
Day 12Pray that your husband will yield his sexual drive to the Lord and practice self control. Pray that your sexual intimacy together will be fresh, positive, and a reflection of selfless love. (Prov. 5:15, 18; 1 Cor. 7:3; Song of Solomon 7:10)
Day 13Pray that your husband use practical skills to build your family and make wise decisions for your welfare. Pray that he will serve unselfishly. (Gal. 5:13; Phil. 2:3-4)
Day 14Pray that your husband will speak words that build you and your family, and reflect a heart of love. Pray that he will not use filthy language. (Prov. 18:21; Eph. 4:29)
Day 15Pray that your husband will choose his friends wisely. Pray that God will bring him men who will encourage his accountability before God, and will not lead him into sin. (Prov. 13:20; Prov. 27:17)
Day 16Pray that your husband will choose healthy, God-honoring activities. Pray that he will not live in bondage to any questionable habits or hobbies, but that he will experience freedom in holiness as he yields to the Spirit’s control. (1 Cor. 6:12, 10:31; 2 Tim. 2:4)
Day 17Pray that your husband will enjoy his manliness as he patterns his life after Christ and strong men in the faith. Pray for his physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual strength. (Eph. 3:16; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Cor. 10:11)
Day 18Pray that your husband will have an eternal perspective—living in light of eternity. Pray that he will reject materialism and temporal values and put God first in his life. (Matt. 6:33; Deut. 6:5; Eph. 5:16; Ps. 90:12)
Day 19Pray that your husband will be patient and a man of peace. Pray that he will not give in to anger, but will allow the Holy Spirit to control his responses. (Rom. 14:19; Ps. 34:14)
Day 20Pray that your husband will yield his mind and thoughts to the Lord. Pray that he will not entertain immoral or impure thoughts, and that he will resist the temptation to indulge in pornography. (Prov. 27:12; 2 Cor. 10:5)
Day 21Pray that your husband will learn how to relax in the Lord and, in his greatest times of stress, find joy and peace in his relationship with God. Pray that he will submit his schedule to the Lord. (Neh. 8:10; Prov. 17:22; Ps. 16:11)
Day 22Pray that your husband will practice forgiveness in your relationship and with others. Pray that he will recognize any roots of bitterness, and yield any resentment and unforgiving attitudes to the Lord. (Eph. 4:32; Heb. 12:15)
Day 23Pray that your husband will be a good father—disciplining his children wisely and loving them unconditionally. If he is not a father, pray that he will find a young man to mentor in the things of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21; 2 Tim. 2:1-2)
Day 24Pray that your husband will have a balanced life—that he will balance work and play. Pray that he will fear God, but also gain favor with people he knows at work and church. (Luke 2:52; Prov. 13:15)
Day 25Pray that your husband will be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will stand for the truth. Pray that he will protect you and your family from Satan’s attacks. (Ps. 31:24; Eph. 6:13; Ps. 27:14)
Day 26Pray that your husband will discover and live his God-given purpose. Pray that he will offer all his dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those goals that will bring God glory and count for eternity. (Jer. 29:11; 1 Cor. 10:31)
Day 27Pray that your husband will understand the importance of taking care of his body—the temple of the Holy Spirit—for the glory of God. Pray that he will practice self-control by making wise food choices, and get sufficient exercise to stay healthy. (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 6:19-20, 9:27)
Day 28Pray that your husband will be a man of prayer. Pray that he will seek and pursue God in purposeful quiet times. (1 Thess. 5:17; Luke 22:46; James 5:16)
Day 29Pray that your husband will surrender his time and talents to the Lord. Pray that his spiritual gifts will be manifest in his career, at church, and in your home. (Eph. 5:15-16; 1 Cor. 12:4, 7)
Day 30Pray that your husband will serve God and others with pure motives. Pray that he will obey the Lord from his heart, and glorify Him in everything. (1 Cor. 10:13; John 7:17-18; Col. 3:23-24)
Day 31Pray that your husband will recognize the lies of the Enemy in his life. Pray that his attitudes and actions will be guided by the truth as he brings his thoughts into captivity to the Word of God. (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 10:4-5)