Monthly Archives: March 2011

The anti-hoarder

Hello, My name is Bre. I am the anti-hoarder.
I don’t like stuff. 
There is nothing more exciting for me than to fill up a bag and heave it into the dumpster. 
I am not scared of throwing things out.
I realize that because of this, my child will have few memories but I am okay with that. 
I will take pictures of her things.
Yesterday, I had my much awaited project ready for me. I have been dreading this for quite sometime.

Exhibit A. The Hall Closet

So. Step 1 of cleaning out something like this: Take everything out and spread it throughout the hall so that you have to do something with it. You can’t just leave it. You will be so ready to be done with this project that you just start throwing stuff away. 
I don’t have a pic of the hall but 5 minutes after opening the closet it looked like this:
I vacuumed and Bailey played in the closet for the next hour while I sorted everything out. I ended up throwing out 2.5 bags full of stuff. some of the things I threw out I might need in the ‘future’ (as mom says) but I have full confidence that I can call someone, who has a house full of stuff, and they will have 3 of what I so desperately need. 
After a few hours, yes it took hours, I was more than pleased with the results:
(No, there is not food in those pyrex dishes. I don’t normally use those so why keep them in my little kitchen)
Do you know someone who’s closet looks like the before pic? Why not share this post with them. 🙂

Sweet Bed

This week has been a bit rough as I have been sick for most of it.  I feel much better now and it is good to be back in society.
The Lord has been speaking to my heart a lot this week and I am really excited to see how things manifest. 
We have a choice when it comes to walking in obedience. We have a part to play. I think sometimes, we  wait for God to do something when He is waiting for us to move and be obedient to what He has already told us to do. We have to take a step. It is scary.
I am currently in a situation where, from the natural eye, there seems to be no way out. The cool thing about following the Lord is that when there seems to be no way…He makes a way. 
The hard thing about watching miracles happen in your life is that…well, you have to wait. You have to trust. Things have to been against you and then, by God’s grace, things work out. 
This.is.not.fun.
NOT. FUN!
But is it awesome after the fact when the Lord, in fact, comes through. 
So much is going on and so much of it I can’t see. 
The Lord has been nothing but faithful throughout this journey I have been on. 
He promises not to leave me. 
He won’t leave you either. 
He has not brought you this far to leave you. 
Keep pressing on; through the pain, through the uncertainty.
The Lord spoke this to me this week:
‘I will not leave you. I have not brought you this far to leave you. I will not leave you. I am not man who will leave you. I am your God. When you feel like you can go no further…keep going. It is through that push; just like the last pushes of labor, when you feel you can push no more, that you birth the promises I have for you.’

(I am pushing. We might have to do a c-section though. Get this thing OUT!!!)



My yesterday

 Bailey and I went to visit her little cousin Aidan. What cuties.

Then we cooked some deliciousnees. 
And then we talked about life and how most little girls don’t get to sit on the counter and eat their dinner.
Then I told her to make a model face. She has so much to learn in life. And that was my yesterday..kinda

The drive

There is a place that I am trying to get to. I have no clue how to get there..I just know that I am suppose to be there. 
If you have ever had the opportunity to drive from, say, Missouri to Colorado, then you can understand my pain. 
Kansas has some great basketball and people but the drive…oh..my..boring. 
And not just boring but hours and hours and hours of boring. It feels like you are never going to make it and you think about turing back often. 
There is a place that I am trying to get to. The only way to get there is to keep going and to ask for directions along the way. 
Have you ever felt like you have been driving and driving yet you still can’t see the outline of the mountains? 

When life gives you a wine rack….

 A few years back, my dear sis gave me this amazing wine rack for Christmas. I haven’t used it in quite some time due to the lack of wine currently residing in my home. I do have one bottle:

So I went to the asian market yesterday and bout 7 of my favorite Kent mangos. I pulled out the wine rack and thought..

“6 slots…7 mangos”
So I put one in the fridge and my wine rack now serves as a mango rack. 
(note: cute kid playing on iphone while sitting on the counter is safe)

Think outside the box of mangos. Be creative. Happy weekend!!

The most exciting word ever

I have a huge list of words that make me cringe whenever I hear them muttered..or just said normally. I loathe them less if they are muttered though. Some of those words include: 
liner, damper, jubilee, doily and soda. 
There are also a few phrases that pester me like “You just gotta make do” I can make a bed, espresso and lunch, but do? ick, and “You are gonna be fine”how do you know that?  
There are also words that make me smile: espresso, Sunday, thunderstorms, closet, Clorox and food.
Words are powerful. They can evoke emotion both positive and negative. They allow our minds to go to a certain place and to actually feel. That is cool. Well, tonight, I heard a word that got me so pumped up that I had to dedicate a blog post to it. I realized, when I heard this word, that I absolutely LOVE this word. I got so fired up in a good way. My heart started to beat a bit faster and I was ready to go do something awesome so I ate a cupcake, had a glass of wine and played 25 games of solitare on my phone..oh, and wrote this blog. Awesome.
The word is so cool. I don’t know why. Okay. I’ll tell you the word – shrapnel. Yes. The word is shrapnel. It is even spelled cool. I know what you are thinking,…no I don’t. I love that word. It sounds exciting to me. If you add the word flying before it then it is even better. You can’t even begin to tell me that the words ‘flying shrapnel’ didn’t just incresase your heart rate. Exhilarating! I would never though, want the flying shrapnel to be something painful.  Just fun stuff  like little nerf footballs and cupcakes and a possible chapstick or wine cork. I feel empowered right now. I am going to go conquour something where is my iphone? Solitaire is about to get dominated.

What word(s) get you excited?  

Coffee Talk with a Special Guest

I have a special guest here with me today at our Coffee talk. I am going to interview her and see what insight she has on life:

1. What is your favorite thing about the coffee shop? Umm. Chock-lick milk. This is not the coffee shop. The coffee shop is the one we went to with baby Aiden (Northside Social. hahha. She knows a real coffee shop when she sees one)

2. What is the hardest thing about life? To clean up my stuff

3. What are your life goals? What is life goals. (I explain) Oh to play and to go to Massanutten. 

4. What is your biggest fear? What is fear mean. (I explain) Oh- monsters and snakes. I feared to do swings. (She is really afraid of swings)

5. What are you most excited for this year? For spring. No. For winter. I so excited to do spring but it’s not spring yet. What is it now? 




Oh if life were that simple. Happy Fat Tuesday!



Foodie

The month of February was dedicated to making Thai food. I can now add: panang curry, pad thai and pad prik king to my culinary resume. March is for Greece. This is called souvlaki or gyro. It is super easy! I made the tzatziki too.

My version of the recipe:
Souvlaki
1. Cut up some chicken, deseeded cucumber, tomato, red onion. 
2. Put some paprika, salt, pepper and oregano and evoo on the chicken, put it on a skewer and grill it
3. Make the tzatziki first:
Tzatziki
1. Grate a deseeded cucumber (it will hurt your hands)
2. Buy some really thick Greek yoghurt. (they spell it with an h)
3. Mix about 13oz of the Greek yoghurt with the grated cucumber and add some white vinegar, evoo, salt, pepper and about 2tbsp of chopped dill (buy the dill fresh. no powder)
4. Dip the extra pita in this deliciousness while you are waiting for the chicken. (make sure you save some for your actual meal. 
Back to the Souvlaki
4. Put some evoo on the pita and grill it but just for a bit. Don’t you dry out the pita or try to put in a load of laundry real quick. You will burn it. I did. 😦 In that case, use what little isn’t burnt and dip it in the tzatziki while you are waiting for the chicken.
5. After chicken is done, squeeze lemon over it and use the pita to slide it off the skewer.
6. Put a ton of the tzatziki on the pita first. Then do the chicken. 
7. Cover with chopped tomato, cucumber and red onion.
8. Make more
I kinda love cooking and eating. I love the process. Come over. Let’s break (pita) bread. 

Till a good lawyer do us part…

I have had this picture for some time now. I guess I have been waiting for the appropriate time to share it. Today would be that day. Five years ago today, I was getting ready for the wedding that I dreamt about my entire life. 
The fairy-tale: the handsome prince on his white horse whisking away his beautiful princess into a magical world (why do the Disney movies stop at the wedding? What happens after the i do’s..guess they would lose a ton of money if they made a movie based on Ariel as a single mom trying to keep her and the babies afloat…or do they not make it and have to go back “under the sea”. 


If there is one thing I have learned then it is that life never ever turns out the way we plan. It is not like the childhood movies we watch.
I wouldn’t change my situation for anything. For I know that I am truly in the story that I am suppose to be in. I was made for this story and am thankful for the grace and strength the Lord has given me to walk it out.
The Lord has brought me to a place that I would have never gotten to any other way. I am thankful that I have that book that I can soon close and put on the shelf. I have learned a ton in that book and am the better for it.
There are two sides to every story and I am well aware that the other side of this story is a reader of this blog.
To you: thanks for reading the blog and I wish you the best. I hope to see you on the Grammy’s some day soon. Thank you for a beautiful daughter and for giving me such a great story.
-bre

What would you title a modern day Disney movie? 

March Forth!

Dearest Blog Readers-
My deepest apologies for not blogging as often. I am working on a new internet connection situation at home so for the time being I have to sit outside of my neighbors house creepily as I bum their internet. I wish that was a jokeConfession #2. I am watching ‘Bethany Getting Married’ right now. ummm. Love it. 
There are so many transitions that are going on right now in my life that I kinda want to wait until things are final until I actually blog details of things. I am doing better than I have ever been. The divorce papers are going to be ready this week and they should be signed on Friday. 
Friday is March 4th.
March 4th, 5 years ago, I was getting married. 
Irony.
March forth!!
I couldn’t be happier with all that is going on. My GOD is so faithful and good to me. HE continues to shower me with HIS grace and mercy. I am so thankful that life is about seasons and that through the LORD, all things can be turned to good. 
I can’t believe how fast time flies.  
The almond branch is starting to bud and I am nearly ready for the next season!
I have been dying to hear other people’s stories. Your story.
What has the Lord brought you out of?
What season are you in?
Please share. Email me your story: breduis@gmail.com
Thanks!!