Monday Moments: End of 2013

This post is supposed to be done on Sundays as a way to stop and reflect of the past week. Like usual I never remember to do this until Monday. This week I’d like to think that because I was sick I forgot to do it…either way here is my Sunday Stills/Monday Moments.

today: slept a lot. took down the Christmas tree ( not because I’m a scrooge…we have a small living room! I wanted some space back! )

want to be: feeling better! ready for whatever 2014 throws our way.

blessings: family time. a wonderful christmas season.

thinking: all the things to come in 2014; the things we know are coming and the unknown.

planning: my nutrition and workouts for 2014. goals for 2014.

writing: my 2014 bucket list.

loving: my husband. long story short: I was sick yesterday and wasn’t sure if I would make it to the big Wensink Christmas, but my husband offered to drive 2 hours to take our presents and food. In the end I went, but just that offer made me love him even more! Not many guys are willing to drive 2 hours to spend the afternoon with his wifes family!!!

grateful: for a roof over our heads, a warm house and plenty of stuff…this time of year always make you think a little of the less fortunate.

picture:

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Kyles trophy for winning best dessert at Wensink Christmas!

The Country Wife

A Peaceful Place

This is a short and sweet midnight post…I was editing pictures tonight and decided to look at a few from Christmas eve at church. There are certain things in life that just bring a sense of calm into your heart and being at this church on Christmas Eve does just that! I’m certain that one day I will find a church in our area that brings this sense of peace to me, but for now I’m perfectly content with driving 2 hours to be here! Enjoy a few pictures of the church I went to growing up…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So after a few days of family time, presents and Christmas blessings I can’t believe that 2013 is coming to a close soon! With the new year comes new goals and New Years Resolutions….Did you know that on average only 8% of people actually keep and reach their resolutions each year?! That’s crazy to think about, but I am not shocked. Each year I make goals for the new year but its not often that I actually stick to them each year.

Thinking back to last year I’m sure I was like many people and vowed to lose weight and eat healthy. I probably said I was going to blog more too…yea, that was kind of a miss! But I am happy to report that I lost about 40lbs over the course of 2013! Its not much, but was a good start on my road to getting healthier. I can also say that this year will include more fitness and health goals, but instead of making specific resolutions I’m going to make a 2013 Bucket List! Cheesy? Maybe…Unique? Probably Not…What I think will help me have a great 2014?? ABSOLUTELY!

I have 6 days to come up with the start of my bucket list for 2014, but plan to continuously add to it as the year goes on. Right now I know things that will be included are:

1. Lose at least 50lbs
2. Complete 3 5K’s
3. Send more cards/letters to friends through snail mail
4. Try at least 1 new recipe from my collection of cook books each month
5. Plant new plants in the garden
6. Keep my flower beds more weed free!
7. Keep a cleaner house
8. Write at least one blog post a week (52 posts for 2014)

I’m sure I will be adding a lot more items to this, but I think its a great start! I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday season! I look forward to a great 2014!

The Country Wife

Happy Blog-iversary!

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So wordpress tells me that today is indeed my 1 year Blog-Iversary! Hard to believe I’ve been writing as the Country Wife for 1 year…but that means I’ve also been married for over a year! Tonight I spent some time looking back at old posts and old blog pictures. I can tell that over just one year (not constant posting) that I really let myself show my true side by the end of this year. When I first started blogging I don’t think I really knew what kind of voice I was going for; but now I know. My voice is me! Sounds silly right? I follow so many different bloggers and I realized the ones I like best are the ones who are real. They aren’t trying to pretend that they are someone else, or they or living a better life than the rest of us. They show their true lives, and I hope to do the same!
So let me finish this post with a big THANK YOU to all my readers/likers/followers. I know I didn’t post all the time and maybe not about the most interesting things, but I will cherish that I have my first year of marriage chronicled here, and I got to share it will all of you!

My goals for this next blog year are:

1. Be Me 100%
2. Blog More!
3. Enjoy Every Minute! (Blogging is no fun when its a chore…)

Thanks again everyone!

The Country Wife

The Start of Year #2 & De-stressing!

Work today was a bear…or maybe more like an entire freakin’ circus!! My day started out crazy and just kept getting worse, and the whole time I’m thinking to myself “what will I do to relax when I get home?” Then I remember that its been a long time since I’ve sat down and written! So long, that many of you probably thought that I forgot about this blog…but I didn’t! I can pretty much sum up the past 6 weeks (almost 2 months) in just a few words:
-Gardening/Canning
-Editing Photos
-Weddings
-Laundry/Cleaning
– Work (can’t forget about that 40hr/week fun…)

Maybe its just me (although I doubt it), but summer has to be just about the busiest time for me! Its easy to say that this year was definitely our year for going to weddings, and most of them happened to fall in the summer months. Also we kicked up production in the garden this year (since we didn’t have a wedding to plan) and I was bound and determined to do something with all our harvested goodies. I did do great in preserving stuff this year and even got to make some different things, like jam, jelly and roasted tomatoes! I know it will be worth all the hard work this winter.

ALSO, since K and I celebrated our first anniversary this past weekend, I think its due time for a little revamping of the blog! First, I need to change my tag line since we are onto year number 2 and hopefully I will have much more to blog about ;). Be on the look out for more posts, more pictures and more me! After all, we did reach the unofficial end of summer, which means shorter days and the sooner I will end up on the couch blogging!!

The Country Wife

Summer Has Arrived

So I was just thinking its been a long time since I’ve written a post for everyone, 13 days to be exact! Those past 13 days have been jammed full and I feel like I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off (can I say that? Please don’t be offended (: )! I decided instead of typing out everything I’ve been doing it would be easier to share some pictures. I will tell you though, most of these pictures are of things from the garden, things I’ve canned or am planning to can. Our garden has been blessing us with a ton of wonderful produce and I’m trying to make sure I can prepare as much of it as possible to enjoy this fall/winter and into next spring.

Is anyone else busy preserving their harvest? Whats your favorite thing to can/freeze?

The Country Wife

Monday Moments

Once again I forgot to do my Sunday Stills post! If I didn’t know better I would say I’m losing my mind…but as my mother says, I am just thinking about way too many things.

today: worked (boo). working out. promoting my next BeachBody Challenge. doing day 1 of C25K

want to be: organized, organized, organized

blessings: thankful for the rain and the growing crops

thinking: about my week and making plans

planning: new jewelry designs. BeachBody Cup promotions

writing: schedule for the week and sticking to it

loving: celebrating our engagement anniversary and first date anniversary 🙂

grateful: for my mom who passed down some canning skills and confidence in me to can produce from the garden