Friday, January 1, 2010

My moment to think about 2010

I just took a quiz called "What's your goal roadblock?" Somehow, MY result point me to all 3 answers. They are A. Resistance to change, B. Perfectionism and C. Catastrophizing. I'm a little discouraged already after doing the quiz.. Thanks SELF! :)
So, there are a few things I really truly desire to achieve this year. I have a friend who every week when we meet writes down our prayer requests. It's incredible to go back and remember how the prayers were answered and how God worked in our drama of that week.
So, I'm putting my thoughts on paper tonight for 2010. Hopefully, a year from now I can be proud of me for actually doing what I say I'm going to do:) These are not in any special order.

1. Learn to play piano
2. Learn to love myself, flaws and all
3. Give my husband's office a complete makeover and get him organized.
4. Kick my anxiety disorder and the medications in its face
5. Repeat "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God"
6. Fall in love again and again and again and again with my husband
7. Give Jesus the time he deserves and desires with me everyday.
8. Volunteer for an organization I'm passionate about, Alternatives Pregnancy Ctr.
9. Embrace the "now moments" with my Micah
10. More homecooked meals on our table
11. Learn to make my Grandma's biscuits
12. Read more
13. Truly Forgive.....
14... And Forget
15. Put away the vacuum after I'm done :)
16. Make sure my family and friends in my life know how much I love them
17. Don't compare my life to others. Just because somebody has it all together on the outside does'nt mean their life is perfect
18. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6

Dear blog, I love you, then I hate you!

So, it's true.. I have a love/hate relationship with my blog. Why?????? Here are a few reasons.....

1. I think I'm really a bad writer.
2. I just spent a whole hour trying to get a very cute black and white damask background up and obviously it's not there. I can't figure out gadgets, widgets or any of the blog language. Oh, and I can't get my previously blogs all the same font color!!!! FOR THE LOVE!!!!!!!
3. I HATE being a copycat, so I'm trying to not duplicate any of my friend's blog material:)
4. What am I trying to say again in a blog anyway??????????????????

So, those are just a few reasons why i'm breaking out in hives right now as I type this. However, I'm going to push through and just express myself through my keys... I'm hoping this will be therapeutic,, I could use some free therapy:)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Micah's 3rd birthday/Love Day

I can't believe Micah just turned 3! I thought time flew by before children.......but WOW,,,, it just feels like yesterday that she was a baby! Raising Micah is a joy, of course there have been some rough spots (like the one we are in now:) however, she brings soo much love and happiness to our family! Micah loves having her picture taken so Ryan thought it would be cool to build a photobooth! HA of course we would have that at a 3 year old's party. It was a HUGE hit among the kids, but I think the adults loved it even more. We caught more than one couple sneak away for a little smooching session.:)  Check out some of the fun. xox

Part 2 of The Last Few Months

So, we went to Indiana to be with my family for Christmas. I finally was able to meet my new niece, Ava. She was a baby who was prayed for by many people for many years. Many tears were shed before this little baby made her way to Justin and Janae. She is a testimony of God's faithfulness and power!!! We also visited the Colts brand new stadium,, not really a football fan, but it was cool anyway to see it. Alot of the "Graves" fun can not be captured on camera,,, it's mainly hearing the fun.. HA Anyhow, I love my family and miss them so much..... 

The last few months

So, I got behind as I expected I would when I started my blog.. So, here is one big blog to catch u up on the last few months. 
October-We moved back into our first home we bought about 7 years ago and remodeled quite a bit. I had posted some before pics, but never posted the fun pics, the "after" pics. So, here you go. little glimpse of what we were able to get done. Btw, some of you may remember my chandleir fiasco I had,,,, so here's a pic of the one I ended up going with..

Halloween---I think the pic says it all.... CUTE!!!!! 

November-I love November, one of my favorite months. In Cali, it's just beginning to get cold and  most people get into the holiday spirit.  We traveled to Oregon to be with Ryan's family for Thanksgiving. We stayed at Uncle Wayne and Aunt Judy's cabin and had a blast. The whole family went,, all the aunts, uncles and cousins and papa and grammie.. Could'nt have asked for a better weekend!!!! The weather was absolutely amazing, not one rain cloud was in sight.. The temp was little chilly, but it was perfect. We rode the 4 wheelers alot, played games, cooked, stayed up late and talked about anything and everything, had a bonfire, watched as the kids became obsessed with salamanders for the weekend.. I mean seriously, they were obsessed about these things. Kinda sad to watch them release them back into the lake the day we had to leave. Here are a few pics from that weekend. xo

Friday, October 24, 2008

Why am I surprised??

San Francisco weighs decriminalizing prostitution

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In this live-and-let-live town, where medical marijuana clubs do business next to grocery stores and an annual fair celebrates sadomasochism, prostitutes could soon walk the streets without fear of arrest.

San Francisco would become the first major U.S. city to decriminalize prostitution if voters next month approve Proposition K — a measure that forbids local authorities from investigating, arresting or prosecuting anyone for selling sex.

The ballot question technically would not legalize prostitution since state law still prohibits it, but the measure would eliminate the power of local law enforcement officials to go after prostitutes.

Proponents say the measure will free up $11 million the police spend each year arresting prostitutes and allow them to form collectives.

"It will allow workers to organize for our rights and for our safety," said Patricia West, 22, who said she has been selling sex for about a year by placing ads on the Internet. She moved to San Francisco in May from Texas to work on Proposition K.

Even in tolerant San Francisco — where the sadomasochism fair draws thousands of tourists and a pornographic video company is housed in a former armory — the measure faces an uphill battle, with much of the political establishment opposing it.

Some form of prostitution is already legal in two states. Brothels are allowed in rural counties in Nevada. And Rhode Island permits the sale of sex behind closed doors between consulting adults, but it prohibits street prostitution and brothels.

In 2004, almost two-thirds of voters in nearby Berkeley rejected decriminalization. But proponents of Proposition K say their proposal has a better shot in San Francisco, which they believe is more sexually liberal than the city across the bay.

After all, the world's oldest profession has long been established here. During the Gold Rush, the neighborhood closest to the piers was a seedy pleasure center of sex, gambling and drinking known as the Barbary Coast.

These days, on certain corners, prostitutes sell their bodies day and night, ducking into doorways and alleys when police pass by. One recent afternoon in the Mission District, six prostitutes were plying their trade on a single block.

Police made 1,583 prostitution arrests in 2007 and expect to make a similar number this year. But the district attorney's office says most defendants are fined, placed in diversion programs or both. Fewer than 5 percent get prosecuted for solicitation, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.

Proposition K has been endorsed by the local Democratic Party. But the mayor, district attorney, police department and much of the business community oppose the idea, contending it would increase street prostitution, allow pimps the run of neighborhoods and hamper the fight against sex trafficking, which would remain illegal because it involves forcing people into the sex trade.

The San Francisco Chronicle editorialized against the measure, saying it could make the city a magnet for prostitution.

If the proposal passes, "we wouldn't be able to investigate prostitution, and it's going to be pretty difficult for us to locate these folks who are victims of trafficking otherwise," said Capt. Al Pardini, head of the police department's vice unit. "It's pretty rare that we get a call that says: 'I'm a victim of human trafficking' or 'I suspect human trafficking in my neighborhood.'"

The proposition would also prohibit police from accepting federal or state funds for sex trafficking investigations that involve racial profiling. Such investigations often arise from raids on brothels that advertise as Asian massage parlors.

"We feel that repressive policies don't help trafficking victims, and that human rights-based approaches, including decriminalization, are actually more effective," said Carol Leigh, co-founder of the Bay Area Sex Workers Advocacy Network and a longtime advocate for prostitutes' rights.

But San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said the ballot question mistakenly assumes prostitution is a victimless crime.

"The crime of prostitution does not exist by itself," Harris said. "Along with it come pimps, johns and other crimes that really impact the safety of neighborhoods."

If the measure passes, supporters say, prostitutes would not feel the need for pimps as protection. But opponents insist it would embolden pimps who trap drug addicts into prostitution by plying them with drugs.

"The proponents usually paint a fairly rosy picture of two consenting adults and a monetary exchange at the end," Pardini said. "They don't factor in the people that are being exploited and people that are being controlled, the ones manipulated both physically and chemically."

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

sweet dreams

Saying I'm sooooooo in love with everything about this bedroom is such an understatement... It is absolutely breathtaking. You may look at it and cringe, but this is sweet dreams to me.