Wednesday, October 30, 2013

All about me

This will be short.

This week I'm trying to focus on the fact that it isn't all about me, it is all about me doing what God says to do and following his word. Having full faith in knowing that He is faithful. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Planner Fatigue

Hello my name is Bekah and I have a planner addiction (like a big time addiction to planners and calendars, to the point where I probably need an intervention).

It started in middle school and hasn't stopped. My favorite part of the new school year was getting to buy a new planner. Choosing the right planner would take me forever, standing in Office Max just staring at all the options. Should I go with something fun or something classic and "grown up" looking. Should I get a big one or a pocket planner? The decisions were endless but every year I managed to pick out the "perfect" planner and would be excited as could be with it for about 3/4 of the school year, and then planner fatigue would set in. I'd stop color coating everything and just scribble notes in whatever color pen I had in my hand. The once crisp pages were now crinkled and covered in some sort of beverage stain from a spill while working on homework. By May I was lucky to even pull my planner out of my book bag. I was over it.

Well as I've gotten older the same trend continues. Every year I get a new planner, desk calendar and wall calendar or else I just don't feel right. I also still have every planner/calendar I've ever owned in a sort of "planner grave yard" box in my closet. Its sad when I think about it. These old crinkled pages have everything that was important to me at the time written on them. From a homework assignment from 7th grade, to every wedding planning detail/appointment in 2011.

Just like when I was in school, when I first get a planner I'm excited and love it and am determined I'll end up buying the exact same one next year because I just "LOVE IT SO MUCH!", and it never fails.... I end up with a different brand/color/size the following year, usually purchasing the new one in November so I can get it ready for the exciting task of putting it in my purse on New Years day.

What is the point of this rambling on about daily planners?

Well it's October which means I'm sick of the planner I have/aka I haven't used it except to keep track of bills since the middle of September.

Don't get me wrong. I still love the look of the planner I have (thanks Mom for getting it for me for Christmas last year), but I'm really contemplating switching from my Franklin Covey back to an Erin Condren Life Planner. I can always save my Franklin Covey for when I'm feeling like a grown up again.

If things go how I picture them going, 2014 is going to be a big year in my life (as every year has been), and I want a fun/pretty/easy to use planner to document the happenings. And the planner I have now is kinda blah...

Yes its very sophisticated and grown up looking but in all honesty it isn't very ME. There isn't a stitch of pink on it anywhere and in my world that's a travesty. I got it in grey because I felt like working in an office, having a grown up job and all my planner that would be sitting on my desk should look, well, grown up. But sitting here looking at the pink post it notes plastered everywhere, "hey girl" Ryan Gosling print outs, and the fact that I have a blow up dinosaur living on top of my computer screams that I'm anything but grown up and I don't think a whimsical themed planner would distract from the fact that I'm good at my job.

While writing this I've obviously made up my mind that an Erin Condren planner it is.... now to choose which one.....

 2013-2014 life planner -initial it!2013-2014 life planner -favorite things2013-2014 life planner -wild2013-2014 life planner -stripe

Or do I splurge and go with the Gold Edition...

2013-2014 life planner -GOLD EDITION -pink

Monday, October 28, 2013

Number 47

I got to mark off Number 47 on my 101 things list on Saturday

I finished this stupid puzzle and I will never do a puzzle this big again.

Yup that was the big excitement of my weekend (I really was excited about it haha), which makes me sound like a 90 year old woman. How was yours?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Social Halloween Edition

Sunday Social

Linking up with Neely again for Sunday Social! Lets jump right in

1. What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? 
This is terrible but I can't remember.... I'm pretty sure I was Mini Mouse one year because we had gone to Disney world that year and that started a short obsession with Mini.

2. If you could go back to your childhood and dress up as something, what would it be?
Hands down Little Mermaid. I don't think I ever was her for Halloween even though I claimed to be Ariel on a daily basis

3. What was your favorite Halloween costume as an adult?
Last year I was a deer. It was my first time dressing in a "couples" costume and it was totally cheesy and I loved it. Tyler was a hunter and I was his "catch"

4. What is your favorite Halloween candy?
Any chocolate, snickers, twix, reeses, Hershey bars... I'll eat it all 

5. What is your favorite Halloween memory?
When we were finally old enough to go trick or treating with out our parents. That freedom of being able to run from house to house without being told to slow down, staying out after dark, everything about it.

6. What is your favorite scary movie?
Paranormal Activity. I know they are fake but they still freak me out every time.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Random Weeknight Shenanigans

So Thursday night at the Foley house was epic to say the least. And I hate to admit it but it was pretty normal in the realm of our lives.

Got home and I'm in the kitchen and hear a mower. At first I think its our neighbor, look out the window, and yes it is our neighbor but he is mowing our yard.... Tyler's mower broke about a month ago which means our yard has started to look like a jungle. The dogs were starting to protest potty breaks, poor Zoey could barely see over the top of the grass. But by the grace of God we have amazing neighbors like Brandon who will mow our grass on his fancy professional mower with out us even asking.

Tyler got home while the mowing was happening, so he packed a bag of ammo and frozen homemade soup and hand delivered it to Brandon's house. I mean we had to pay him back somehow. And nothing says thank you like 9mm shells and homemade goodies!

After the yard was mowed and Brandon went home Tyler started on dinner. He had all four burners going and I was sweeping when he started yelling at me to grab the cat. I immediately suspected the snake was back. But nope, it was a mouse, on our kitchen counter. So of course what do we do? Put the cat on the kitchen counter too. Turns out CC sucks at mouse catching. It turned in to Tyler and I scrambling around trying to catch this thing with Tupperware and tongs all while trying to not let the cat on the stove. Needless to say we didn't catch it. The debacle ended with the mouse leaping off the counter and running under the fridge (where the snake evidently lives).  Great.

Dinner was awesome (of course, Tyler cooked it). Then it was football time. Which means I leave Tyler in the living room with the dogs and go paint my nails or something.

Yup, that's a normal night at our house. Awesome neighbors doing neighborly things, trying to catch a mouse and failing, and Tyler screaming at our TV until 10pm.

Good times.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Five on Friday

Yay it's Friday! But my awesome week is on a roll and still going this morning since I wrote an entire post but didn't hit save, and poof it was gone.... So this is Five on Friday round two for me...

One: our first born turned two on Tuesday and yes we celebrated. We are those people and proud if it!

Two: Tyler has been really sweet this week. I think he missed me last weekend so he has been laying on the sweetness pretty thick. And I'm ok with it! It started with flowers when I got home on Saturday and just continued all week.

Three: my bible study. I missed two weeks in a row because of personal issues (aka: my anxiety runs my life) but I'm so glad I went back this week! 

Four: dinasaurs. The marketing guys at work have had this little blow up dinasaur for a while now and I've been jealous since they got it. Well I walk in to work yesterday to find my very own dinasaur on my desk! They rock 

Five: quest bars. These things have become an obsession lately. Packed with protein and gluten free = awesome! And popping them in the microwave for 12 seconds turns them into a delicious desert. My favorites are the cinnamon roll and cookie dough. Yum!!

So yeah I guess it was a pretty good week. But I sure am glad it's Friday! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Cove Part 4

I don't know what my deal is but I am just not in a writing mood right now. So this will be short.

Our remaining two sessions at The Cove focused on the same message. We are God's beloved and we shouldn't forget it.

Things to focus on in our daily lives:

Constantly examine your heart and motives
Point out evidence of grace in people, not just the outwardly visible things.
Remember to seek out God's approval, not mans
Don't focus on your inabilities, focus on the talents that God has given you

A few verses to focus on:

Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."
Proverbs 31:30 "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." 
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart."
Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Psalm 139:14 "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

It was an amazing trip and I can't wait until next year!

Also if you havent seen it, please watch this video. I'll admit I cried the first time I saw it. It's something every girl/woman needs to see and believe. They showed it while we were on our retreat and also my Bible study leader showed it in class last night.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Cove: Part 3 (here comes the Jesus part)

Friday morning was beautiful. It was chilly but not too cold, fluffy white clouds in the sky, and no rain on the horizon. It was perfect.

Our first session was at 9:30am and focused on seeing ourselves as God sees us, not how the world sees us.
All around us we are constantly bombarded with images telling us we have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. That we have to have the newest bag, shoes or outfit to feel good about ourselves. And this shouldn't be what we focus on. To truly be beautiful you must be focused on the Lord.

"It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust in the Lord, you are safe." Proverbs 29:25

We are constantly tempted by things around us and we have to learn to be strong against those temptations no matter what they are. When you think about it, Adam and Eve had everything they could've wanted/needed but Eve was tempted.
"Eve was deceived by the snake's clever lies." 2 Corinthians 11:3
This applies to our daily lives. "If I just had that new Michael Kors watch, I'd be happy" or "if I could just get my hands on that new pair of Tory Birch flats I'd be happy", "if I could just get that new eyeshadow I'd feel better about myself".

We have all had thoughts like that. And while it's not wrong to like nice things or enjoy dressing up, that can't be the focus of your happiness. Material things can never truly satisfy us. The only thing that can fill that void that we are all born with is God.
"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6

While the message on Saturday morning might not have hit everyone, it straight up slapped me in the face. I have to stop trying to compare myself to others and just live my life the way God wants me to. I'm not sure who said this but I need to start living by this quote:
"The moment you stop caring what other people think is most likely when you start doing what God wants"

After session one it was lunch and then solitude. And if ever there was a place to enjoy some solitude it is the cove. Well minus the threat of bears.

It was such a beautiful day, perfect for exploring the woods.

Up next is Session 2 and 3 (I think I'll cram those into one post), so get ready!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Cove: Part 2

Finally made it to mom's house with the dogs. Dad commented on how fat Zoey has gotten (no duh). Mom wasn't ready yet (no duh, love you mom!). Finally got mom and mom's stuff loaded in the car then off to pick up the sister aka: Lisa.

1/8 of a mile from Lisa's house and second panic attack hits.

I clipped a deer with my car. This thing literally came out of nowhere. Mom even said she had been looking right in the direction that it came from and didn't see it. Luckily I was able to slam on breaks and the deer and my car were ok. I did have to pull over in the next neighborhood and calm my self down though. I've never had that close of a call before with a deer.

Well we finally made it to the church and that's when the fun began!

We were in group 16 with the best leader ever Karla.

The weekend was starting off with a masquerade party Thursday night once we got to The Cove so before lunch we got to decorate these "awesome" masks.

I think mine turned out ok, even though most of the charms had fallen off by the time the party happened. Mom and Judy (Karla's mom) were very serious about their mask decorating. I still think these two need to be BFF's, they are hilarious together. 

Karla being the awesome group leader she is surprised us with these adorable gift bags for the trip

Obviously tissues are a necessity for a church retreat, mints for after all the yummy meals, and a candle with matches "for that weird smell that all hotels have". All of these items were greatly appreciated and came in handy!

After lunch it was time to load up on the buses. Now why I ever thought it was going to be ok for me to ride a tour bus all the way to Asheville I'll never know. But third panic attack of the day happened when I raced to the bus and realized that the first 10 rows were already reserved (this chick has to be up front or pukage will happen). I proceeded to strong arm my way through the group of older ladies back off the bus before I had a full blown melt down on the bus in front of everyone.

Long story short, Lisa and I ended up ridding together in my car which worked out perfectly. I still feel bad about leaving mom stranded on the bus. She said she made friends though so no worries there.

Three hours later, WE MADE IT!

We ended up pulling in right behind the buses, so perfect timing.
Unloaded and unpacked in our adorable room 112

The only problem was that there was no TV. I think mom pointed that fact out about 100 times before the weekend was over haha.
We didn't have much time before dinner so we walked around for a few minuets to just get our bearings down. Saying this place was beautiful is an understatement. I want to live there forever.

Dinner was at 5:30 followed by desert and mingling. And of course I forgot my camera and all I have is the following from my i-phone.
And yes my dress is to big which I didn't figure out until the night before we left so it was too late at that point to figure something else out. Don't judge, this is why I'm NOT a fashion blogger

While it was a rough road getting to the Cove, as soon as we pulled in the parking lot a calmness came over me and it was an amazing weekend.

Part 3 tomorrow, here comes the Jesus stuff.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Cove: Part 1

After months of anticipation, hours of frantic/panicked packing, and a few melt downs I made it through my first women's church retreat.

In all honesty, that's something I never thought I'd say.

If you knew me 5 years ago you'd laugh at the thought of me spending a weekend at the Billy Graham training facility with 300 women worshiping the Lord. But I did it and I already can't wait for next year!

To say that God has been testing the limits of my anxiety lately is an understatement, and it really came to a head on Thursday. I woke up at 6am to finish getting myself ready for the trip, last minuet packing, shower, etc. Well Tyler left for work around 6:45 and that's when the fun really started.

Fresh out of the shower, aka: wet hair and no pants, I went to get a drink from the kitchen only to find a baby snake trying to slither itself under our fridge. Saying I screamed doesn't do the moment justice, I'm surprised my neighbors didn't come knocking on my door thinking I'd been stabbed. I have never screamed like that in my life, and I probably jumped higher then ever before too. I immediately start yelling at the dogs to go to the bedroom and high-stepped it all the way to our closet (on the other side of the house). Pulled on my Uggs and some sweatpants and grabbed my phone. Frantically I called Tyler (using the emergency call button, no time to unlock at this point), and I'm not sure he even understood what I was saying. He calmly told me it was probably just a black snake and I shouldn't worry. That settled my nerves a bit and I hung up hoping for the best. Walked back out to the kitchen and screamed again. That little monster was slithering across the soda's sitting by our drink fridge. Again I high stepped back to the bedroom while yelling at the dogs that they were "going to nana's to spend the day with their pawpaw".

Called Tyler again telling him that it was NOT a blacksnake because if had diamond shapes on it's back, and he goes "well it might be a copper head, grab a shovel from the garage and see if you can kill it".

Umm... No

I told him I'd be taking the dogs to my parents house and he can needs to kill the snake when he gets home.

So now not only did I have to finish getting dressed, make up, and hair. I also had to load up the dogs and get to my moms by 8:45.

One panic attack for the day down. 2 more to go....

I planned on documenting the start of the trip but with the snake incident this is the only "getting ready" picture I got and it's terrible.

I decided to wear my toucan shirt since birds eat snakes...

I promise I'll get to the Jesus part of this trip soon. But I have to actually make it to The Cove first.

Stay tuned for panic attack I mean Part 2

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

This weeks Sunday Social questions are pretty intense and I'm excited about it. So lets jump right in

1. What do you value most in life?
My family and the relationships I have with them. I honestly don't know where I would be without my husband, parents, or my sister. They mean everything to me.

2. What do you think is the greatest invention in your life and why?

Mobile internet. I hate to admit it but being able to look up a phone number, directions, check email, etc anywhere is very convenient. I still remember listening to the radio in my first civic and hearing them talk about internet being available on phones and thinking how crazy that was. Now I don't know what I'd do without it.

3. What do you think is the secret to a good life?

Refer to question one. A solid family or friend base. The people you surround yourself with greatly impacts your quality of life in my opinion.

4. What would you most like to be remembered for when you’re gone?

My ability to make people laugh. I want people to talk about how funny I was (or how hard I tried to be funny, but was only funny when I wasn't actually trying).

5. What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
My marriage.  It is what I'm most proud of at this moment. Tyler and I have an awesome relationship and I like being a couple people can look up to. That sounds really egotistical but I think it's true. And I hope Tyler would agree haha.