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Monday, November 28, 2011

Thankfulness!

This month was extremely hard compared to most. I have been sick the entire month now! It started with a three day fever that kept me in bed. I forced myself to see a Doctor and I was told to just rest and get more fluids. Well THREE weeks later I went back to the Docs still sick and two bottles of cough syrup, two boxes of tissues, and many sleepless days later. Well I had an ear infection, bronchitis, and a sinus infection. I thought I had pneumonia so it was somewhat good news.

Needless to say the whole month is a blur of coughing, wheezing, snot, and coffee. I was pretty much out of it and did nothing!! So now that I'm finally getting better and I am LIVING AGAIN! I was so motivated this week to bake, clean, shop, and organize! Brian is much happier with a functioning wife =)






Turkey Bowl with our Chruch

Also BIG update! We are buying a home! YAY I'll have a HOME again!! Its been such a great learning experience working with our very professional, brother in blue and in Christ, Ray Swigert! He found us the best home in Annapolis. We close at the end of December and are waiting to see if they will fix the things we've requested.


Thanksgiving was so special with my mom and Criag.

We also skyed with the sisters and their hubbys!

I'm excited that Advent starts this week...

We have two advent banners and a bible study to enjoy for this season!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thankfulness


Jimmy loves his Uncle Brian


I'm so thankful for my husband! We have been married just one year but over the past few months we had been struggling with loving each other. We both realized that we tend to be very proud individuals. We were finding that when disagreements happened that neither one of us wanted to be humbled and we both fought for our own selfish desires. This became a routine way of reacting which caused horrible rifts between us and it got really messy.



Jimmy is sad because he doesn't like goodbyes!

God has been so faithful in loving and calling us back to Himself. We both realized that we desperately were lacking in God's daily Word in our lives. Its been exciting to see the change and to see the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. I love how the Word of God IS active and has been so comforting and redeeming. My love and respect for Brian has been growing and I'm so blessed to be his wife!





Here we are reading my favorite story, "The hungry Caterpillar"

Jimmy LOVES the Caterpillar!! Look at his sweet smile...



I'm so happy to be on this journey with my husband

We have lots to look forward to!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November

I really miss blogging but unfortunately I can't upload my pictures to share with you all because my personal computer is in storage!
Brian and I moved last month and are renting with his sister her husband (and the doggie) in their home. Almost everything I own was put into a massive storage unit! At first I loved the idea of being free from my possessions and living a very simple life. But now I'm getting home sick for my things...I even miss the little things like pictures, books, DVDs, my blender, and our Christmas Decorations (that we probably won't be able to use this year).
Its been stressful trying to find the right house. How do you find the right location and property?! Its a good and bad things I know the hot crime spots of the county to avoid but that also means we aren't looking at a huge amount of houses in those neighborhoods. We are feeling really limited.

I miss my sister terribly and its only been two months...we gotta get through four years haha!

We did have an amazing vacation to visit them in Northern New York and we also spent a few days in Vermont. Best time ever to travel during Autumn! I will try to post again about our adventures and maybe find a way to get up some PICTURES!

Brian and I celebrated our ONE year anniversary which is crazy! Time has gone by so fast and I hardly remember it!
This stage of life has been hard for us. We both seem to be dealing with some issues and unfortunately its caused a lot of discontentment between us. Our schedules still don't allow for any kind of routine in our lives. Its really hard to have good communication when you never see each other! So I'm not sure what the next months hold in store for us but I am really hoping I can have a home for Christmas!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Last year at this time....

Last year at this time Brian and I were preparing for our Wedding!!

Our engagement photos were taken by Mandy Sroka and she did a phenomenal job and we had so much fun taking them!

Our photos were just featured in the Bayside Bride Blog! You can check it out here:




What I love about these pictures is how it shows the story behind the history of our relationship. It all started that cold February morning for 69th recruit class!


Can't wait to celebrate our anniversary with our road trip to New York!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September

Hello Friends,
Brian and I went through a stressful month while we decided what to do with our future! We are so thankful to have the opportunity to move in with his family in Bowie, MD. We are so happy we don't have to sign a lease and we will be saving so much money. We are going to help them with their rent on their house...so its a win win!
We are anxious to buy a house and settle down. Brian can't wait for a yard to maintain and grow. He's also very excited about grilling again! I'm excited for finally making our space into a home. I'm still learning how to be domesticated and I really need my own place so I can spread my wings and learn to create.

We will probably be living with his sister for a few months while we house hunt. It will be nice to have all my junk...stuff boxed away and only live off the essentials and stay decluttered.
Plus they have a real cute dog and I can't wait to play with a friendly cuddly animal again!!

This month I have really missed my sister. I used to see her all the time and we have never been this far apart ever and it's hurting both of us! We daily text and call each other but its not the same. I can't wait for our trip up to New York next month to see them!

Brian and I have been like super heroes with all the packing and moving. Besides having piano movers come, we have done everything by ourselves! Brian even took a huge couch down the 15 stairs yesterday and threw it up onto the trailer all by himself! We have each done a few 24hr days. Today I'll be doing another one. I just worked all night and now I'll head home and start the final and biggest day of moving.

Its a tad sad to leave our first place together. Its scary not knowing where God will have us live next. I'm stressed because its been so challenging to find something wonderful in our price range. The places we have looked at had a flea problem and mold growth. Ehhh no thanks!

The other thing I have been overwhelmed with this month is marriage. I'm pretty bad at it. Loving Brian all the time is not really my highest priority and we already know I can't cook for the poor guy. Its been a hard month for us. But we are always learning and I have to keep trusting that God's plan is so much bigger than I can see right now....and it's a good plan =)
So much for September...I am so excited for OCTOBER! Fall is my favorite...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekends and Goodbyes

The month of August was a whirlwind of activity and disaster!
In one week our county got an earthquake, tornado, and hurricane!
Brian and I were busy more than usual because we were dog/house sitting four doggies for a few weeks. My bunny did not survive the visit and I lost my last pet. But now we are "free" from any pet duties. We had everyone over to the mansion for one last celebration with the Atwells.
The Atwells, Reeds and Arnolds are all best friends!
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Cindy had told us she and Tim were moving at the beginning of the month so it gave us plenty of time to squeeze in a few sewing sessions before she left.
Our mom repaired this jogging stroll I got for Cindy (found at a yard sale!)

At our last family dinner together our mother had TWO surprises for us! I'll give you a lil background behind this sweet gift...During every Christmas season we did a family advent for the 25 days of Christmas. This daily devotional included a memory verse, a Christmas hymn, and an ornament. We practiced this tradition for over 20 years. There was a banner that hung in our hallway that you would Velcro the ornament to. My mom made two other Christmas banners through the years. There were three girls so we need three different banners of course! Everyday we would rotate to a different banner. We were all sad when we moved away because we could no long use the banners! Until now...

This one is for the family devotional. Its starts with the Alpha and Omega patch because, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God."

Jimmy's in this picture somewhere...haha
Second Surprise:
She made us two banners!! There were some tears...

There are 25 little precious hand sewn ornaments, an angle, train, pear tree, any thing cute and Christmas hidden in pockets at the bottom. We loved this one because it was a surprise to which one you would pick out!

Thanks Mommy! Now this precious tradition can continue...

MOVING DAY
Every time we try to move it rains...

But after packing the truck, Cindy let me raid her garden for some carrots, basil plants, peppers, and some other green things!

After this I rushed home and threw on my Class A uniform and sang the National Anthem for the Police Graduation!
The next day the Atwells stayed with us because Cindy was in a wedding down in Annapolis. We got to watch little Jimmy one last time!

Uncle Police Officer Brian had to go to work but we had fun and Grandma came over to help me.

Looks just like his Mommy here!

Poor puppy Maddie had to be given away because she could not move up to New York with them. This puppy loved little Jimmy and she was a great protector.

We will miss you Maddie!!

The next day they left and headed up North (waaaayy North, basically Canada)!

A week later I'm finally sitting down and processing everything that just happened! Last week I said goodbye to my best friend and little sister, the next few days were spent in a hurricane! What does working a hurricane feel like? Soaking boots and pants, messy hair cause the wind kept blowing off my hat, and pulling/dragging/cutting/ breaking trees, limbs, branches, and other debris out of roadways!! Remind me next time to take my own chainsaw!
Brian and I each worked extra a few 12hrs days, plus court, plus my secondary job, plus NO electricity for three days. And I'm so proud of us because we got through with barely no sleep and no complaining! We just did it...success!

My loving husband knew we hadn't had any time together or days off for over a week. He surprised me and took off Saturday! Wow we got a half weekend together! He woke up early Sunday morning and made us a fantastic breakfast while I was sleeping!
~Crepes with Devonshire cream and strawberries
~Scrambled eggs with sausage, peppers, and onions
~Bacon!
~Fresh comforting cup of coffee!


Thank you Brian...this made my day!
After everything crazy it feels like time to settle down and relax, Wait!
Did I forget to mention our lease is up at the end of this month and we are moving too!? I'll know exactly where by the end of this week I hope!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

REtraction!

Well friends I'm some what embarrassed of my last post.

See I'm one of those people that need to TALK, JOURNAL, CRY, VOCALIZE my feelings!

So you all just happened to be the audience that I picked that day to hear my thoughts and complaints. I dont want this blog to be about my life problems but I'm glad I shared because I know I had friends praying for me and that's what this community is for!


The things I've learned this week.
~I'll survive...haha seriously, I know that I won't be given more than I can bare. God is so patient and kind. It warms my heart because I know even though I'm so weak, but He is so so so strong and will help me accomplish anything!


~Tonight at church the sermon was about suffering. I'm glad we tried the evening service because I needed this message! I was reminded that suffering should not be a surprise to us because Jesus told us that in this life we will have trouble...but to TAKE HEART for He had already over come the world.

~We are to COUNT IT JOY when we face trials of many kinds...


Basically to sum it up I'm remembering that in Jesus Christ:

ALL MY PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED


Looking forward to vacationing here next summer in Colorado with my family!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

"Normalness"

The Lack of Normalcy
Brian and I have almost been married 10 months! This year has gone by soooo fast! On one hand though I still feel like I'm waiting for our lives to begin....
I have become worn down and so depressed about our schedules. Why do we both work a job that keeps us at levels of high stress, zero social life, limited days off, and an upside down sleeping schedule? Oh yeah because we have bills to pay! haha...

I keep telling myself this is just a phase of life, that this season will pass, but I'm ready NOW for it to be over!

I've become discontent and tired. And I don't like this in my heart.


These are a few of the NORMAL things I dream about:

~Waking up in the morning and enjoying coffee before our day starts

~Weekends/ Holidays

~Bible studies or other weekly hangouts (sewing class, Zumba ect!!)

~Dinners that I MAKE with REAL food every night

~Church service every Sunday without almost falling asleep because I've been up 12hrs

~No Court or trials on our days off together...just to be let down and disappointed by the Courts System

~ Developing relationships with my friends

Even though we are married I hardly see Brian at all. We both have our own hobbies to occupy us while the other person is gone. We each spend time with our separate families when we are lonely. We even eat separate meals or none at all.

Not to mention we are still new at trying to figure out how to be a loving, serving, sacrificing spouses...and I get very limited time to practice this. When we are together, most of the time all he gets from me is tired, needy, and complainy...

Needless to say I know our marriage is suffering. I think every part of my life is suffering...
I became a Police Officer to help people, I truly have compassion for the people I work with. I know I'm making a difference and I know I'm helping people...but is it worth it in the end?


"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope, and a future." Jer 29:11

Thursday, August 4, 2011

DOGGIES!

The theme of this summer is DOGS!
Brian and I were offered several opportunities to dog sit.

First week: we watched two dogs and one of the poor animals had just had surgery and an ear infection... Poor guy hated me cause I had to give him medicine and clean his ears out twice a day. No dog likes anything in their ears!!

Second week: Our "niece" Maddy (Cindy's puppy) she is by far the hardest challenge! Maddy is a Mastiff/ Great Dane and still a rambunctious puppy! She is not the most intelligent animal and has a hard time focusing to obey. She is too big for our apartment and having a hard time adjusting to our sleep schedule. Taking her for a walk is quite the workout cause she PULLS you EVERYWHERE! She is so big!
Third week: Later this month we will be watching FOUR dogs, a chocolate lab, a border collie, a bull dog and a "toy poof" dog (as I like to call those little ones). We have a hands full but love having these little furry guys in our lives!

Its nice to have an avenue to hug and love on furry friends!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July

This summer has gone by so fast! We were blessed with a beach vacation!
Cape May New Jersey is a historic Victorian town and we had such a beautiful and relaxing time!
Lots of sun, laughs, naps, and wine!
Ate many delicious meals

In the evenings we explored the town and admired the gardens and unique homes

Sunrise on the beach with coffee and devotions was my favorite

We painted pottery at a shop of our favorite Cape May moments:
Brian's was perfect and orderly

Mine was a little more free style and colorful...


Vacation was a much needed rest but now its back to the grind...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

JUNE!

Hello Summer!
Let me tell you the joys of working AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN! I don't have to deal with the sweat or humidity!! That Kevlar vests can be SO uncomfortable to wear and it makes you sweat gallons in the slightest heat...eh not so great.
I have really been loving these past few weeks at work. I think its because I finally feel like IM in control of my schedule and not that WORK is in control of me...
Actually its more like I'm loving the Life God gave me to live and the tasks he has set before me.

Last weekend Brian and I were blessed to have off together and we spent our time camping at a local State Park.

(Yes I was standing in the river)
Having that time in the wilderness and God's creation helped me refocus.
We hiked, fished, splashed in water, read, slept, ate smores, and spent some time praying and singing together!


Here are some new healthy ideas I decided to use to kick the weariness and laziness I had been dealing with:

NO MORE COFFEE: I stopped depending on that wonderfully tasting drink to get me through the nights! I'm so proud of myself...haha I didn't think I could do it! we are really trying to eat healthy. Stopped consuming foods that taste good for foods that will nourish and replenish us.
A healthy diet of raw nutritious foods are so important for a balanced healthy energized body...Im in the process of trying to detox and stop eating all forms of WHITE FLOUR- WHITE SUGAR- PROCESSED FOODs- and UNHEALTHY FATS! These things were only stocking up my fat and making me feel tired more often.

SLEEP MORE: This means that Brian might both be home but we understand that even if we really want to spend time together its more important for the other person to get in a nap or a few extra hours in the middle of the day so we can be fresh and energized for work. And its been a success so far...

Christian Fellowship and Worship: This was the best and most healing activity I could do for myself. My poor spirit was so weary because I had not made an effort to attend church in about a month and not spending time in God's Word.
I tend to start slow and instead of expecting myself to try to read the Bible everyday (which I know I need to do to!), I started reading a book called "Heaven is not my Home" by Paul Marshall. Its been so encouraging and refreshing to just sit and read and contemplate on his ideas and the scripture that he uses in the book.
And it helps me keep the TV OFF!
Lastly i still need to add in exercise because this will really rejuvenate me. I think Brian and I are planning to pass around a football later and do some running or something fun...We are totally that couple that has chased each other around a play ground laughing like children and having fun =) (Nobody was around of course!)

FRIENDS here's a new cute blog that i have LOVED reading!
http://yardsalemommy.blogspot.com/ please check her out! Jen is a wonderful photographer and she is sharing her ideas on successful Yard Saling! She's got the most beautiful sweet girls and her posts are uplifting and fun!
Check the blog and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Victory!

In less than 24 hours of writing my last blog (which was so full of complaining!! So sorry...) I have seen a change in our lives! I was overcome by the Holy Spirits peace to just accept God's will for my life and to stop complaining about so many things. That next day we were able to attend BOTH Sunday School and church for the first time! We were both so encouraged to be in such great fellowship and we are studying Conflict and Resolution from the Peace Makers course. God has such perfect timing because we desperately need to learn some Biblical ways in handling conflict! This will be useful in our personal relationships as well as dealing with conflicts at our jobs.
Its amazing how the Lord can lead you from one challenge to the next! It feels just when you have your life finally in control something else comes up that needs work! God will never give us more than we can handle...so I know He'll be faithful in this trial too!
I'm looking forward to watching baby Jimmy in a few days all by myself while the Atwells attend a wedding...I can't wait for Jimmy time!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

In Acceptance Lieth Peace

"In acceptance lieth peace
O my heart be still;
Let thy restless worries cease
And accept His will;
Though this test be not thy choice;
It is His therefore rejoice.

In His plan there cannot be
Aught to make thee sad:
If this is His choice for thee,
Take it and be glad.
Make from it some lovely thing
To the Glory of thy King.

Cease from sighs and murmuring,
Sing His loving grace,
this thing means thy furthering
To a wealthy place.
From thy fears he'll give release,
In acceptance lieth peace."

Mountains of Spices (Hannah Hurnard)

There have been a lot of murmurings and sighs in my attitude these past months. But the root of the problem has been an unwillingness to accept things God has placed in my life. I've always struggled with accepting and living content with what God has allowed to happen with me. I eventually learn to live through the trials and grow spiritually but while I'm in the midst of the hardship I tend to secretly resent God in my heart for my plans not working out like I want them to...I realized this bad habit was happening again because it is so hard for Brian and I right now to enjoy life.
There seems to be nothing but tiredness and work. Our bodies can't adjust to sleeping and the two different midnight shifts and hours leave us very lonely. We seem to operate on different sleep schedule for what our bodies need. So Brian needs to sleep a LONG time where as I like taking naps through out my day before work that night. Which means we don't really see each other and it makes us sad.

Needless to say I can't get control of my life and it's frustrating! We are always to tired for church, and its so disappointing to wake up seeing that you missed another service. I'm really missing my Christian fellowship and Gods WORD.
Brian and I rarely share a meal together anymore because we are never awake or home at the same time. Because that's the case I don't cook meals and I feel guilty that I'm not being a good wife.
We are too exhausted to exercise...I feel like the most lazy person now. Its really on my few days off between my straight six that I can actually clean the house or do a project.
We have little time for family or friends and I miss those relationships that keep me growing and give me a happy outlet.

Brian and I have each experienced witnessing and dealing with some pretty gruesome things of brutally injured people this week. Its really hard trying to convince someone help is on the way and they are going to be ok...when you know they will probably die and that they are not obviously OK!
We are both praying that the Lord can help us forget these things as its hard not to dwell on them. Its challenging to unwind and calm down to try to sleep before you put yourself back out on the road the next night.

All of this said a Maryland State Troop died this morning while I was working. And I'm so sad thinking of his family...and its hard not to think, will this happen to my family? We truly work very dangerous jobs and it feels nonstop...

But the good news...(you guys still with me)
I'M ACCEPTING IT! I'm coming weary and heavy laden to Jesus and I'm ready to humble myself and accept that as much as I hate living like this...God still knows what is Best for my life and I am going to live in His promises! "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord!!" Plans for good not for Evil! "Jeremiah 29:11. (This is my favorite verse right now)
Amen I feel better already! Sometimes you just have to preach the Gospel to yourself. I'm going to find my JOY in the Lord and not in my schedule!
Thanks for reading friends! Anyone out there struggling with accepting something?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May...ALREADY!

Time seems to just fly by for the Arnolds! We frequently loose track of
days and I'm never really sure what day it actually is
(thats what happens when you sleep all day and work all night).
With that said its already MAY but I would like to
share all the fun things we did in April...
The highlight of course was Easter weekend. Brian and I both had off! Its rare we can find one day off together we never get HOLIDAYS or an entire weekend!!
WOW what a blessing!
We spent Good Friday with Cindy, Jimmy, and my Dad:
Grandpa loves his little guy!

We got some great sister time in!


Saturday was our 6 months anniversary and Brian took me out to a nice seafood restaurant!
Easter morning I woke up to the sound of Brian making breakfast and singing in the kitchen...yeah I love my husband =) He made everything from scratch and it was delicious!

After that we sung some Easter hymns while I played the piano and we enjoyed our own little Easter "Pre service".

After the service and wonderful fellowship time we came home and ate lunch with my mom and Craig! Another great meal and we loved having time just the four of us together. After we said goodbye to the folks we went out to our little balcony and watched a huge thunder storm roll in! It started hailing! And after the first strike of lightening Brian said "Ok inside!" haha

Later that evening we spent some time with the Arnold family just relaxing and talking. I love those kind of nights.

Lastly: This was an apron I made for my sister-in-law's bridal shower. I had so much fun picking out the colors and designing the apron.

Brian is heading off to a Men's Retreat with our Church this weekend. Its his first retreat and I'm so excited for him!
Hopefully I'll blog a little more faithfully this month!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April

HAPPY SPRING!
These beautiful flowers were from Brian and he arranged them himself!
Precious...


Cindy and Jimmy spent some time with us last week while Tim was away. Little Jimmy is one of my best friends...hello look at those cheeks!!!

Sweet babe greeted me after my nap...focus on the cuteness not my hair haha
~He's always happy~


Over this past month I've taken a few snap shots of this wonderful pear tree that is outside our window! Our apartment complex is filled with tons of flowering trees and they are gorgeous!! This is the progression...

~Young Sapling~

~SUNSET~

~RAINY DAYS~

~Full Bloom~
Our Bunny

This was our sweet boy Benny Bunny. He greeted us every time we opened the back sliding door. He loved to lick your hand and was very affectionate (unlike most rabbits that are too afraid!)
He came down with a health issue a few days ago and was struggling to breath. I held him and loved on him for almost an hour. I reassured him that he was a good bunny and that we loved him (bunnies are so soft to hug!!). I was planning on taking him to a vet the next morning. I let him hop over to his special spot behind our chair where he likes to lunge...we heard him squeak a few times and when we checked he had passed. I cried my eyes out for this sweet little bunny. You can always read a rabbit by the position of their ears. If they are happy their ears are up, their they are scared or hurting they are laid back, Benny's ears were finally up and relaxed...little bunny was at peace.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lately...not much

These past few weeks have been pretty standard and basic as far as life happening.

These are a few things that I've been thinking about lately:
~I'm pretty funny about having days off. I get really supper excited on my last night and when it turns into a beautiful morning I'm ready to start my day (except then I don't sleep)!! I always have a long list of chores and projects I want to accomplish all at once! But alas I get exhausted within a few hours and then get sluggish for the rest of the day. Still learning the discipline of when to sleep. It makes my life just a little depressing... ~My new favorite thing to do while I fold laundry or clean is to listen to my Pastor, Glen Parkinson's recorded sermons. I've been going through the Stewardship series...amazing! ~I am overwhelmed by the need to learn to prepare and cook better meals! The problem is we pack our dinners every night and we are asleep during all the other meal times. Its so much easier to live off sandwiches and veggies and COFFEE. Needless to say my hubby deserves better...maybe I can start with one meal a week. ~And last but not least Happy Birthday Brian! We went to lunch together and then took a nap before work. His presents included a new tennis racket, a fixed bike wheel, and a new worship CD. I'm gonna make him a cake and we are having our family over to celebrate Sunday!
Gotta get my pictures up!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Things!

Here are a few things that we have been up to in these past few weeks.
Fun spring things!
Brian's home-made bread...Included flax seed, pumpkin seed, and oats:
It rose out of the machine!!
He made me dinner and this bread while I was at work!


This is the onion we are growing:
Its going to get planted soon

This is the garlic...


Our growing bulbs...


Happy St. Patricks Day!


St. Pattys celebration

We enjoyed a full Irish meal made by Rebecca.

I supplied the dessert, Chocolate whiskey cupcakes.
Corned beef cabbage is my new favorite meat!!



These were Jimmy's presents I made him...beautiful spring time theme!


Brian and I are looking forward to a four day break off together this weekend!
And we are looking forward to celebrating a friends wedding in Annapolis!