Halloween Front Porch

I realize I don’t actually have a front porch {I wish I did} so this is more like my Halloween front steps. Porch or steps, I love the way it turned out for the second year in a row.

Halloween Front PorchBy the way, do you recycle your decorations? Some people like to get all new stuff every year but not I. When I find something I like, I add to it, not replace it.

I call this my first successful deco mesh wreath and you can read all about it here.

Halloween Deco Mesh WreathHalloween Front PorchHalloween Pumpkin TopiaryIdea from “A Diamond in the Stuff”

I made this topiary last year after seeing the idea on Pinterest. Of course. The original had “Boo” but we needed something with our house number on it and I already had the wooden numbers laying around. I had to take it apart and touch it up this season and I also replaced the bows. I’m loving the stripes on the ribbon!

Halloween Pumpkin TopiaryHalloween Front StepsHalloween Deco Mesh WreathHalloween Front DoorHalloween Front PorchHope y’all enjoyed my Halloween front porch and have a happy Friday!

This post is linked to Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop at House of Rose

New Camera….whoop, whoop!

While taking the pictures for my fall home tour, I struggled really bad with the lighting in our living room. I had a nice camera but it wasn’t very customizable. I knew I wanted to sell mine and buy a D-SLR but had no idea where to start. I spent a few days weeks reading up on which one would be best for me. 
My bestie, Jessica, bought the Nikon D3200 a few months ago and highly recommended it. I’ve played with hers a few times and have always been impressed with picture quality. I had narrowed it down between a Canon and the Nikon and headed to Best Buy to play with them both.
After 30 or so minutes of playing with both cameras, I decided on this baby…  

Since my last camera was a Canon as well, I felt like the Rebel T3i was going to be easier to adjust to. Plus, I really liked the 160 degree turning LCD monitor on my old one and the T3i has the same feature! 
I haven’t had much time to play with it but did get a few pictures last night. 


Look at those eyes! How can you not just love this face?

The dogs were hiding in the kennel because they are afraid of cameras. Einstein’s face just screams “I’m terrified”.


 
Stein being bashful. 

I’ve still got a lot to learn but not tonight! Einstein just threw his toy at me to get me to play with him and I’ve got shrimp n’ grits to eat. 

Hope y’all have a good week! 

Fear

Whew…I’m exhausted. I’ve been running like a mad lady all weekend, which is no different than the past couple weekends that I mentioned here and here. 

Saturday we spent the entire day in Clemson tailgating and watching the game. It was so hot. I wasn’t expecting it to be in the mid-80’s in the middle of October. It felt good under our tent with the fans going but was a little miserable once we got in the game, sitting directly in the sun. Plus, Clemson didn’t play so well the first 3 quarters. I’m pretty sure every Clemson fan was starting to sweat that we’d lose to Boston College.

Thank goodness we didn’t lose.

Even the sun and crappy not so good ball playing didn’t ruin the fun Cory and I had with the Forresters and the Castos joining our tailgate. We are so blessed to have such good friends.

Since Cory started night shift tonight, he had to stay up all night last night and sleep today. He cleaned up most of the house last night and this afternoon, I finished getting the house and food ready for our community group tonight. It is only the second time we’ve met but we’ve got a great group of people and I can’t wait to get to know these people more and continue on this journey together.

Our pastor has been doing a series called “Pain Management” and today’s topic was ‘Dealing With Our Emotions: Fear’. While listening to his service, I couldn’t help but think about my fears in starting this blog. It took me months to get the courage up to even start working on it. I’m my own worst critic and was so afraid of failure that it stopped me from doing something I enjoy.  A few points from Joel, our pastor, were:

  • Fear paralyzes us, enslaves us to uncertainty, and consumes us
  • Fear destroys relationships, steals our joy, and never allows you to grow spiritually
  • Fear will drive you to your destiny if you learn to manage it through Him
  • The way to conquer our fear is to acknowledge it, change your focus, and to serve.

I feel like I’ve acknowledge my fear of failure and rejection and I think it’s only normal to have these fears. I was afraid. I’m still afraid. Blogging is way out of my comfort zone but I enjoy it. I’ve shifted my focus from the fear to becoming a better blogger by doing a lot of research on how to make my blog successful. It occurred to me today that this shouldn’t be my main focus.

Don’t get me wrong, I do think it is important to want to be a better blogger but my main focus should be how I can use this blog to serve the Lord.

You see, I have a relationship with Christ and it’s my responsibility as a Christian to plant the seed of Christ in others.

Joel asked the question today “Do you want to? Not can you but do you want to? Do you want more?” God has a purpose for each and every one of us but you have rise to challenge and just go for it. With His help, you will reach your destiny.

I’d love to talk to you more if you are interested in a relationship with Christ. Trust me, you won’t regret your decision.

Okay…time to watch some Walking Dead so I hope y’all have a great week!

Back in Commission

My computer is finally back in commission! My charger, which is the 3rd charger I’ve had for this computer, started going in and out a few weeks ago and finally stopped working last weekend. I wasn’t about to pay $80 for a new one at Wal-mart so I had to wait for my $12 one from eBay to arrive. 

Let me tell you, it was hard going without this thing. I can browse and play on my iPhone all day long but blog, not so much. You don’t realize how much you use your computer until it won’t turn on.
 I’ve actually done my last couple posts at work. {Don’t tell my boss!}

I feel like since it is Friday, I have to say “It’s finally Friday”, but I only worked two days this week. Monday is my normal day off, I woke up Thursday with a migraine, and I planned on taking today off to spend some time with Cory. 

He goes on night shift this weekend and had to take today off so he could switch his sleep schedule. I’m not a huge fan of night shift (I don’t know if any wives are) but thankfully it’s only for a few weeks and he only has to do it once or  twice a year. 

Cory actually had Thursday off too but spent the day busting his tail around our yard. He had a dump truck full of mulch delivered Thursday morning and by the end of the day he had it all spread and the sidewalks and carport pressure washed. 

He probably wished that he was at work rather than doing all that but our yard desperately needed some TLC. It really was a huge facelift for the front of our house and I’m so thankful for a hardworking husband who will work as hard as he does. 

I would share some pictures but I sold my camera today!

Two years ago, Cory bought me the Canon Powershot SX40. It has been a great camera but since I’ve started this blog, I realized that I really need want a D-SLR. I’m still trying to figure out which one I want and I’ve got to decide because I’m going on Monday to get it. I’ve got it narrowed down between the Canon Rebel T3i, T4i, Nikon D3200 or D5100. 

Cory actually wanted me to keep my old camera and I hope I don’t regret selling it but the money will be helpful towards my new one. 

Since Cory worked so hard yesterday, we spent the day riding around in his jeep. The weather in South Carolina has been so beautiful the past week and today was the perfect day to ride around with the doors off. We ran a few errands and he even went to the grocery store with me. 

I dread all things about the grocery store. I can’t stand planning a menu, going to the grocery store and unloading the groceries. I think it’s because having groceries in the house means I have to cook and most days, I just don’t have the desire or the energy to be in the kitchen all evening. I know that it’s better for us, health wise and financially, to stick to the menu and eat at home but for the past couple of months, it just hasn’t worked out that way. 

And by hasn’t worked out that way, I mean that I haven’t even been to the grocery store except to pick up a few things like milk, bread, cereal and some fruit. 

I don’t dread it as much if Cory is there to help. I still have to plan the menu but he helps check for ingredients and keeps me company at the store. Plus, he carries most of the bags in for me and helps put the groceries up. If only I could get him to split the cooking with me, I’d be golden. 

Speaking of cooking, Cory and I both had birthdays in the past two weeks and my parents always do our birthday dinner together. One of my favorite meals is meatloaf, mac and cheese, and pinto beans and cornbread. Since I haven’t cooked in at least two months, when my Mom asked me what I wanted, I didn’t even hesitate to answer. So tonight I stuffed my face with some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. When my Mom cooks, it looks so easy but always taste so good. Her cooking is one of the top 5 things I miss about living at home. 

Maybe one day I’ll cook like she does. I wouldn’t hold your breath though. 

Okay… since I’ve now caught up on my past couple of days, I’ve got to go catch up on Scandal and Parenthood {too many good shows on Thursday night} and make a dip for our tailgate tomorrow. It will be another bright and early day in Clemson to watch the Tigers beat Boston College. 

Hope y’all have a great weekend and Go Tigers!