This weekend has already been a bit of a whirlwind for me so I'm laying low and kicking back today. My top priority? Sitting shoulder to shoulder with my husband and watching football in silence. Why...?!?
Love and Respect: Because of what I learned at this conference. Because men enjoy unwinding in silence with their women by their side. Because, while I may think it's a complete waste of time, it's important to him. Because what I value and what he values isn't wrong, just different. And because I value him, I'm willing to show it in a completely different way than I ever would have thought of on my own. I'd read the books but this one night/one morning workshop was a great refresher in a nutshell of the differences between men and women and how God created us together to mirror Himself to the world. If it's coming to your city, I would highly recommend.
Tim Tebow: I would consider being president of his fan club but as a married women and mother of four I think that might be a little creepy. :] Still, his unabashed faith and unwavering committment to honor His God in the face of adversity or accomplishments is an example worth holding up for our kids. With a winning streak gained through very unconventional ways and plays, the game is always worth watching with Tim at quarterback.
Sweet Paul: My US family is coming up this week for Thanksgiving so I'm holding back with the full unleashing of my Christmas spirit but this online magazine has tons of diy decor and gift ideas that has me chomping at the bit. With mustached paper charm and chic jewelry and scrumptious cookie recipes, it's a one stop resource chock full of personalizing and simplifying what has become a very commercial and expensive holiday.
Amazing Race: Also on my list of to-dos today. It's always been a Sunday night ritual, right after 60 Minutes, but this year I'm cozying up with the kids to cheer on Andy and Tommy. Pro snowboarders who had us at the first hello, we've followed them right up to tonight's Guten Tag! We were first impressed with their jolly good attitudes and cheered aloud when they vocalized their faith "in the one true God", a proclamation that many took to be offensive and rude but one that buoyed my own daughter's confidence in speaking up for what she too believed.
Second hand shopping: Not to be confused with second hand smoking where you reap none of the highs but every bit of the negatives, this rewards the shopper with all the benefits of hardly used products without the negative full retail prices. Value Village has 50% off all items in store tomorrow which seems hardly legal to me; practically giving other people's things away seems so wrong yet feels so good! Kijiji is another favorite online resource; this week I scored an almost brand new Pier One wardrobe for $50 that retailed for over $700! It's also chock full of vintage goodness at better prices than antique stores. Check out this lovely that I'm hoping someone, anyone might buy for my birthday (btw, the owner is willing to go lower, just not as low as I was trying to get him! :)