Friday, April 20, 2018

Can you smell that?



This week some of the ladies at our church were doing some cleaning in our mission house for our up coming super conference. We were working in the kitchen, and we got on the topic of smells which made me think this could make an interesting blog post.

There are certain smells obviously that aren’t so pleasant but I was thinking more along the lines of smells you love. For example, some of the more pleasant smells would be fresh baked bread, or maybe your favorite dinner sizzling in the oven. Perhaps it’s your favorite perfume scent or favorite flower. All of the beautiful smells I’m sure are coming to your mind.

However as we were cleaning we were discussing the smells that we like that but maybe are too afraid to admit. So I’m going to break the ice and share with you some “weird” smells that I like. I don’t even know that I should try and explain myself, so I’m just going to go for it and list six of them for you.

Here we go!

1. Gasoline- yes that’s correct. I said gasoline.

2. Windex

3. Fresh cut grass

4. Bonfire- although I don’t like how long it takes to get the smell out my hair.

5. Dry Erase Markers

6. Sharpies

Come on, don’t be shy. What are your favorite “weird” smells?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy Thoughts Thursday



So you've made it through half the week, but it's still not Friday yet. Sometimes by Thursday you need a little lift to make it to the weekend.

Our solution? Happy Thought Thursday. On Tuesdays you can drop a pet peeve or an irritation. On Thursdays, give us a praise, a thankfulness, or something that just makes you happy. Your contributions on Thursday can be deep and spiritual, such as thankfulness for your salvation, or as shallow as a cup of coffee or a good hair day.  Here are our happy thoughts for this week:

Stephanie: thankful for our new baby girl! 

Kylee:  two ply toilet paper

Jill:  sunshine. I’m hoping to see some today!

So what about you? What makes you happy today?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Pregnant Pause




In just a few short hours I will finally get to meet this baby. We’ve been anxiously, and somewhat painfully, awaiting this day, but it’s finally here, and we’ll be taking her home and adjusting to a life with two toddlers and a baby.

While recovering and adjusting, I will be taking a “maternity leave” of sorts from posting. I won’t be gone too long, and on my regular posting day, I’ll try to keep you updated with some pictures of new baby. J

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Testy Tuesdays

Congratulations! You made it through another Monday. It was tough and things may not have gone well, but you did it! The only problem is, you woke up this morning and it's not Friday yet. It's still the beginning of the week.

Don't you just hate when that happens?

We do too, so here at lolinministry, we've come up with a solution to help you through those first difficult days of the week.

On Tuesdays we'll each list one pet peeve or annoyance. No explanations. Just put the annoyance down. Once you've vented, you can go on your merry way. Kylee, Stephanie and I will each list one annoyance or pet peeve in the blog. You can list yours in the comments. Or you can simply "ditto" someone else's annoyance. The idea is to share a few laughs, commiserate a little and have a lighter heart through the rest of the day. Are you ready? Here's our pet peeves:

Kylee:  people who drive below the speed limit

Stephanie:   having cash, but never needing it. Then you deposit all your cash and you need it the very next day. Never fails. 

Jill:  leggings worn as pants. Which would actually be the same as pantyhose or tights worn as slacks. Please! I can’t unsee that!

Now it's your turn. What's bugging you this week?



Monday, April 16, 2018

I'm Curious

I have a lot of work to do this week. With Super Conference a week away, there are so many details to attend to.

The problem is, I don't feel like working at all.

So let's play instead. Here's a few questions. Put your answers in the comments--answer one or answer them all. Then maybe we can all go on our way and get some work done on this cold Monday.

1.  The apocalypse is coming, probably next month. What's the first thing that comes to mind that you need to stock up on?

2.  If you had to either go without makeup or not do your hair for an entire day, which one would you choose?

3.  They say America is a melting pot, meaning everybody except for Native Americans came from somewhere else. So where did your ancestors come from?

4.  Which of the seven dwarfs (Doc, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy, Dopey) are you most like?

5.  Of the different ministries you're involved in at your church ( you are involved in ministries, aren't you?), which one do you enjoy the most?

And in honor of you OCD readers, I'll stop at five. My answers are in the comments. Have fun!

Friday, April 13, 2018

My Travel Companion


Does anyone love traveling with their spouse?


I love traveling with my husband. The majority of our trips have been to visit my family in Illinois,but we have gone on others. We’ve sort of fallen into a routine when traveling as well. Typically we start out talking for the first forty-five minutes to an hour. Basically, we’re playing conversation catch up. It’s what we do when we actually have the time to have in depth conversations about anything and everything, maybe things we’ve forgotten to share with each other or things that have been on our mind that haven’t really been a priority to talk about. Sometimes we make lists and sometimes we joke with each other,. It could be any number of things, but I enjoy the adult conversation.

After the first hour or so, my husband is tired of talking to me (not really). He loves audio books so he’s ready to listen to the new audio book that he’s downloaded before we even leave for the trip. Pretty much we do our own thing. I try and watch a show and tend to the children which is much easier to do now that they have their own movie to watch.

Anyway, that’s usually the first half of our trip. We stop half way, eat, stretch, etc. Then we finish our journey.

There is one downside to traveling with my husband. I found out early on in our marriage that I would need to travel with extra coats and blankets. He gets warm really fast. So whether it is 70 degrees or 20 degrees outside, the air conditioner could be on in the vehicle.  I try to sneak and turn the a/c down but he catches me and puts it right back where he had it. There had to be a solution other than dressing like it’s negative weather outside. Right?

Yes! The answer to my problem was our van. It has many features that I love but one thing specifically that solves all of my traveling with my spouse problems is seat warmers. Now he can have the A/C on full blast if he wants to, as long as my seat warmer is on my whole body is warm. I only had to wait six and a half years to be comfortable when we travel…but, hey who’s keeping track?

So what about you? Do you love traveling with your spouse? Do you have any traveling routines?



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Happy Thoughts Thursday

So you've made it through half the week, but it's still not Friday yet. Sometimes by Thursday you need a little lift to make it to the weekend.

Our solution? Happy Thought Thursday. On Tuesdays you can drop a pet peeve or an irritation. On Thursdays, give us a praise, a thankfulness, or something that just makes you happy. Your contributions on Thursday can be deep and spiritual, such as thankfulness for your salvation, or as shallow as a cup of coffee or a good hair day.  Here are our happy thoughts for this week:

Stephanie: I'm thankful that it's finally warm enough to let the kids play outside. Backyard time = longer nap time. Yay me!

Kylee:  I'm grateful for a husband who works hard so I can have nice things. Yay for my new laptop!!

Jill:  I'm thankful for people that step up and help without being asked.

So what about you? What makes you happy today?