Second Anniversary

When I was a little girl people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I said various answers such as Doctor, Veterinarian, Police Woman, etc.  When I got old enough to realize I was starting to grow-up, all I can remember thinking about was how much I wanted to be a wife.  As a teenager that desire almost consumed me.  It made me feel out of place.  While peers were thinking of parties, sports, mid-terms, and driver’s licenses, I was thinking of my future husband.  I didn’t have much self-confidence in high school and I prayed and prayed that despite my imperfections, God would give me a husband one day.

One summer when I was 15 or 16, I went to the National Convention of Free Will Baptists, like I had every year growing up.  My best friend, Jennifer, had just gotten back from a missions trip to Mexico with E-TEAM.  She had met a lot of people during the week of training and would stop and greet various people as we would walk around the convention center.  I soon was very interested in E-TEAM, and ended up going twice myself.  Anyway, on one of our last days at the Nationals, Jennifer walked up to this guy.  He was tall, cute, had big brown eyes, dark hair.  He wore a hat and an E-TEAM backpack.  When Jennifer talked to him, I saw him look at her directly and take real interest in what she was saying.  He was kind and interesting and didn’t leave me out.  I thought to myself, “This is the kind of guy I want to marry”.  He was unlike any of the guys in my school, church, or group of friends.  Well, seeing as how this guy lived in a different state and we were leaving soon, I didn’t expect to ever see him again.  I couldn’t even remember his name.  I did however, remember every detail about meeting him.  I thought the reason for this was because I now had hope that there were decent guys out there and maybe God had one picked out just for me.

Another event that I went to pretty regularly was Welcome Days at FWB Bible College.  I knew I wanted to go there when I graduated, but just liked to go to Welcome Days to hang out with my friends.  Plus, I could get out of a couple days of highschool to go!  During the spring, after the summer I met that guy, I went on one such trip.  We had a service one night where some societies did a couple skits, the choir sang, and a drama group did a presentation.  When the drama group got up on stage, I elbowed Jennifer and whispered, “That’s the guy from the Nationals!!!” She wanted me to try to talk to him again, but I was too shy. I learned the guy’s name was Lance.

When I graduated from highschool, I was so excited to go to the Bible College.  I honestly didn’t think the guy I met a couple years before would still be there, but I knew it would be a good atmosphere to meet Christian guys.  Freshman had to get to the college a couple days before everyone else to have orientation.  I met another freshman guy during my first days there and we started dating pretty quickly.  We dated for a year and a half.  We had a lot of problems and it didn’t work out.  We broke up in January of my sophmore year.  When we broke up, I was tired of dating.  I didn’t want to date anyone ever again, unless it was my husband.  That’s exactly what I asked God for, that the next guy I dated would be forever.

Lance and I had never talked to each other at college.  We had a class together once, and I can remember him telling me I looked pretty one day…but that was just him; he is a gentleman and will tell a girl she looks nice and it not mean anything.  But we had two different groups of friends and had never hung out.  Two weeks after my boyfriend and I broke up, I was talking to some of my friends in the student center.  Lance walked up to talk to them too and we kept catching each other’s eye.  A couple days later, he came up to talk to me when I was alone.  It was just a brief, friendly conversation but I knew something was going to happen.  That night when I was back in my dorm room, my phone rang and I froze because I knew it was him before I even answered.  He asked me out for coffee that Friday.

To make a long story short, I met his parents the Sunday after our first date.  We said, “I love you” a week or so later.  Lance proposed 7 months later and we married 8 months after that.

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Our wedding was perfect! It was everything I’d ever hoped for! Nothing went wrong, and everything was beautiful!

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I married into a wonderful family that I learn to appreciate more and more.

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Even though we get bumps and bruises along the way, God couldn’t have given me a better husband and life-long best friend.  We are truly living…

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…happily ever after!

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Catch-up

This week is a busy one.  We just got back from South Carolina, and are leaving on Monday for Gatlinburg.  Lance’s sister Laura, and her boyfriend Shawn, are coming over tonight to watch the movie Doubt.  We’re way excited about hanging out with them!  Then tomorrow night, our friend Shane is coming over so I can cut his hair and Jaci’s spending the night.  After she leaves, I will be grocery shopping for our trip and packing.  That doesn’t leave me a whole lot of time for this blog.  It’s just impossible to get caught up with what’s on sale this week, and pointless to figure out what’s on sale next week, since we’ll be gone until next weekend.  Things will settle back into our normal routine once we’re back from our trip.

We’re back!!

Lance and I got back today from the wedding trip.  Everything went really well.  I had a lot of fun doing Paige’s (and a couple bridesmaids’) hair.  Spending that much time with family was so great!! We went swimming, played games, and spent a lot of time just talking.  It was hard saying goodbye today, but Lance and I plan to go to AR in July for a weekend, so we have that to look forward to.

Here’s a picture of my handsome husband (and Laura’s finger, Haha!!). We were in the van and had just picked up the tuxes.

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The next one is a picture of our family!

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Congratulations, Paige and Lyle!!

Free Redbox Code

Today’s free Redbox code is 6A43JK.   It expires at midnight tonight.  Apparently this is the last weekly code; from now on they will only be monthly.

Today is laundry day.  We are leaving later this week for South Carolina for Lyle’s wedding, so I’m trying to get everything caught up before we go.  I’m excited about the trip and spending time with family, but not excited about all the packing and making sure I have proper outfits to wear.  I have three dresses that would be appropriate for the wedding but I need a slip for one and a matching cardigan for the other two.  Fortunately, Lance gets off at 4:30p today and so we’re going shopping this evening.

Posting this weekend will probably not happen, unless the hotel happens to have wi-fi.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

I hope to be a mother one day.  Even though I’m not one, I did get to hang out with a little cutie for a couple hours today!

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I also gave Lance and I haircuts!! Well, Lance helped me a little with the back of my hair.  It took me a while to convice him to do it, but he did a great job!  He made sure the back was straight for me, and then I put in some more layers.

Next week’s deals don’t seem too promising.  I have some RR and some ECB I need to use up, but can’t really don’t see anything worth getting.  So, I think I’ll just get some stuff I need for our anniversary trip and start over with the bargain shopping once all of our May traveling is over.

This week’s Walgreen’s deals can be found at Southern Savers.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Iceland Health Omega 3 Fish Oil ($8), get $8 RR back = Free

Colgate Max Fresh or Max White toothpaste ($2.99) – $1 SS 4/26, get $2 RR = Free

Roots of Nature Hair Care ($6), get $6 RR = Free

Starbucks Frappuccino 3/$5 – $1 printable (IE) or printable (FF) = $0.66 ea.

Reach Prevent Toothbrush ($0.99 w/ in ad coupon) – $1 SS 3/15 = Free

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This weeks CVS deals, thanks to Melissa’s Bargain Blog! Here a couple of my favorites:

Bayer Quick Release Crystals ($2), get $2 ECB = Free

Schick Quatro for Women ($8.99) – $4 SS 4/26, get $4 ECB = $0.99

Like I said, not many appealing deals this week 😦

18 days!!!

There are only 18 days left until we go on our anniversary trip!! I’m so ready for it to be here!!  It’s going to be so restful and relaxing.  There will be 5 days of snuggling, 5 days of sleeping in, 5 days of sitting in a hot tub, 5 days of cooking, and 5 days of focusing on what we want our marriage to look like in the next year.  I’ve already planned out our menu and made a grocery list.  Now, the 18 days need to go by quickly!!

I can’t have a post without some good deals!

During Nurses Week (May 6-12th) Cinnabon is offering a free Cinnabon Classic Roll to each nurse who shows their healthcare I.D.  A big thanks to my mom for being one of the nurses who provides kind, loving, and skillful care to those in need!

Sign-up for Kohl’s newsletter and receive a $5 off $5 coupon in your e-mail inbox!!

Beginning May 8, and continuing every Friday through September, Mars is giving away 250,000 daily coupons for a free Mars candy bar.  They will release the coupons at 9 a.m. More details here.

From now until June 29th you can get a Starbucks grande (16 oz.) iced coffee with milk for $1.95.  More details here.

Harris Teeter:

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail 64 oz ($3.79) B1G1 – $0.55 RP 4/19 = $0.79

Wisk Laundry Detergent 50 oz. ($7.48) B1G1 – $1 RP 3/15 = $2.74

Ziploc Containers ($3.59) B1G1 – $1.50 printable = $1.04

Hefty Cinch Sak Tall Kitchen Bags 45 ct ($7.29) B1G1 – $1 RP 4/19 = $2.64

I will post next week’s deals on Friday or Saturday!

Sunglasses and KFC

Between May 5 – June 8 you can bring a copy of the June issue of Seventeen magazine (or a printout of the Seventeen.com website) into Charlotte Russe and they will give you a free pair of sunglasses!   While supplies last.

Go here to print up to 4 coupons for a 2 piece grilled chicken meal from KFC.  It includes two sides and a bisquit! Hurry and print it before the May 6th deadline!

Family Reunion

There was a family reunion in Arkansas this weekend.  Lance and I had not planned to go (were not able to) because of his brother Lyle’s wedding coming up in two weeks.  The two trips were just too close together.  Thursday night, Lance’s sister Laura and I went to dinner for my birthday.  I had such a good time hanging out with her (we don’t get to do it very often) that I went home and told Lance that we needed to make it work out.  His mom has been asking us to come to every family reunion and so far we hadn’t been able to for the past 3 years.  It was time.  So, Lance made a few phone calls and off we went! It was supposed to be a surprise to his mom and dad but they found out.  Oh well!  The reunion was just like any other family reunion, conversing with a lot of people you don’t quite know (especially me and Lyle’s fiance Paige!) but it was enough to see how happy Lance’s grandparents were that we came!  We also had fun just hanging out with Lyle, Paige, and Laura!  They all live in the same apartment complex and get to see each other on a daily basis.  We feel deprived sometimes, so it was great to just have some family time!  Lance and I recently bought Mario Kart for the Wii and we played that a lot.  It was fun!

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I’m excited about getting some deals this week! I normally do all my shopping on Saturdays and Sundays.  Since I wasn’t able to do that this weekend, it looks like my wonderful husband will get to do it for me!

Walgreens:

Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste ($4.49) – $0.75 SS 4/26, get $4.49 RR = Free + overage

Right Guard deodorant ($2.99) – $1 SS 4/19, get $2 RR = Free

Buy 2 Pert Plus for Men ($2.50) – (2) $1.50 SS 5/3, get $2 RR = Free wyb 2

Harris Teeter: (through 5/5, triple coupons up to $0.99)

Colgate Toothpaste ($2.17) – $0.75 SS 4/26 = Free

Ortega Refried Beans ($1) – $0.75 SS 4/19

Skintimate shaving gel,  trial size ($1.50) – $0.75 SS 4/26 = Free

Rhodes Rolls ($2.19) – $0.75 SS 3/22 = Free

Speed Stick 24/7 and Lady Speed Stick 24/7  ($2) – $0.75 SS 4/26 = Free

Mahatma rice ($1.49) – $0.50 RP 3/1 = Free

French’s Yellow Mustard 8 oz ($1.50) – $0.50 SS 3/29 = Free

New York Texas Toast Croutons ($1.59) – $0.55 SS 4/5

Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice ($2.25) – $0.75 RP 4/5

French’s Spicy Mustard ($2.19) – $0.75 SS 3/29 = Free

Grande Tortilla Chips ($2) – $0.75 SS 4/19 = Free

Lava Hand Soap ($1.39) – $0.55 April AY = Free

Halls Cough Drops ($1.50) – $0.75 April AY = Free

McCormick Spices various ($2.19) – $0.75 RP 4/5 = Free

Ortega Taco Seasoning ($1.19) – $0.75/2 SS 4/19 = $0.07 wyb 2

Reach Floss 55yd ($1.59) – $0.50 SS 3/15 = $0.09

Dial Basics Hypoallergenic, 3 pack ($1.19) – $0.35 SS 3/8 = $0.14

Keebler Ready Crust ($1.79) – $0.55 RP 3/29 = $0.14

Suave Anti-perspirant & Deodorant Invisible Solid ($1.77) – $0.50 RP 3/29 = $0.17

Glade Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator ($2.49) – $2.25 SS 4/19 = $0.24

French’s Fried Onions ($2.49) – $0.75 SS 3/29 = $0.24

Lysol Cling 2 in 1 ($2.50) – $0.75 ss 4/26 = $0.25

Nabisco 100 Calorie Pack Chewy Granola Bars ($2.50) – $0.75 ss 4/19 = $0.25

Planters Big Nut Bars ($2.50) – $0.75 SS 4/19 = $0.25

Dole All Natural Fruit Jars ($2.50) – $0.75 April AY = $0.25

Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides ($1.39) – $0.75/2 RP 4/5 = $0.26 wyb 2

Eggo Frozen Waffles ($2.79) – $0.75 RP 4/5 = $0.54

Nestle Toll House Morsels ($2.79) – $0.75 RP 3/29 = $0.54

Kraft Bagel-fuls ($2.89) – $0.75 SS 4/19 = $0.64

Snyder’s Multigrain, 11.5 oz bag ($3) – $0.75 SS 4/5 = $0.75

Marie Callender’s Pasta Al Dente ($3) – $0.75 SS 3.29 = $0.75

Eat Smart Veggie Crisps ($3) – $0.75 SS 4/5 = $0.75

Pillsbury brownie mix ($1.89) – $0.35 RP 3/29 = $0.79

Huggies Wipes ($3.29) – $0.75 SS 4/19 = $1.04

Bertolli pasta sauce ($2.89) – $0.75 RP 4/5 = $0.64

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More later this week!