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Simply Thankful Saturday

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Sometimes it’s nice to sit and reflect on what you have been blessed with.  I was driving a few days ago and a song came on the radio that I hadn’t heard before.  It was by Martina McBride and the verses talked about a woman diagnosed with cancer.  It caught my attention and was emotional but it was the chorus that touched my heart.

When you’re weak, I’ll be strong
When you let go, I’ll hold on
When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes
When you feel lost and scared to death,
Like you can’t take one more step
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.

The only person that came to mind was Gabe.  He’s been the one that’s held me when I’m weak, who’s told me everything would be alright when my world was falling apart, who encourages me when I don’t believe in myself half as much as he believes in me, and who I take every step through this life with.  I am thankful for a man, a partner, that is everything for me and I hope I am at least a fraction of that for him.

What are you thankful for today?

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My First Deal!

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And by mine I mean Gabe’s.  But I’m taking the credit.  That’s just how I roll.  As I’ve said before, I want this blog to represent who I am and all things modest.  One of the ways we’ve been doing our best to live modestly is to really watch our budget (it’s pretty much a requirement when one of the two people supporting the household is an unemployed college student!). We love to read but that’s not always cheap when looking for new books and fun reads.

That’s where Gabe’s deal comes in.  Not only do we love to read but Gabe is a fabulous writer who wants to share his work as much as possible with the world.  Starting tomorrow (Friday February 3rd) at 3:00 a.m. (12:00 PST) his collection of short stories, Contemplations of Dinner, will be FREE at amazon.com in the Kindle store for 48 hours.  If you don’t have a Kindle don’t let that scare you off.  I have an iPod and love the Kindle app.  You can also download the Kindle app for your PC!  And do you know how much the app costs?  It’s completely free too!  How awesome is that?  Oh and there is no limit to who can get the deal.  You are welcome to share this deal with the world too. 

If you love a deal as much as I do, and want to read a good collection of stories, swing by amazon.com and grab Contemplations of Dinner for free.  Your weekend reading is just a click away and won’t cost you a thing!

Introducing the Gang

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I have a lot of plans for this space, including themes for different days, or at least some possibilities in mind.  I want to talk about all things modest, not just in my clothing.  I think you can be modest in so many ways, whether that be in food (which I have NOT been doing lately) and in your finances.  Budgeting is one thing I have learned to do even better after losing my job in November.  Beyond that I want to talk about my family and all of the things my life holds right now.

Of course if I want to talk about my family, it really seems like I should introduce them.  First, there is Gabe.  He is my husband of 13 years and the love of my life.  We met in 1996, got engaged in January of 1998, and were married October 24, 1998.  We have been through good times and bad, side by side, and he is still the love of my life.

Besides being the amazing husband and father he is, Gabe is also an amazingly talented author.  I am an analytical person and while I think my writing is okay (I mean, I can put together sentences and stuff!) it’s nothing like his.  I can write about myself and things I know (or heck, research for school and all of that) but he comes up with things in his head and I am immensely impressed.  I don’t have the level of imagination he has and I am always in awe each time he writes something new.  If you want to check him out I HIGHLY recommend swinging by his blog or heading over to amazon to check out his novel or his collection of short stories.  Not to shill for my husband or anything but I definitely do not think you will regret it if you do.

Now, he’s probably going to kill me for posting this here but one of my very favorite things about Gabe is his ability to laugh and be silly.  I think this photo pretty much sums that up and I can’t help but share that side of him with all of you.

This man put on my hat and then actually let me take a picture of it.  Yep, that’s just who he is.  And I love him.

The other two most important people in my life are the tiny humans called Aiden and Olivia (better known as Livi or Miss Livi).  Aiden will be turning 5 in March and Olivia is 3.  They are CONSTANTLY on the go and up to something. Aiden is in pre-school and learning every day, which is AMAZING to me.  I have always loved school and want my kiddos to have a love of education too.  Livi isn’t quite old enough for pre-school but she is definitely busy all the time and absolutely learning, school or not.  Aiden has a love of all things video game related and Livi could not be a bigger girlie girl.  He loves Mario and Lightning McQueen, while Livi is never happier than the times she is dressing up in her ballerina dresses or playing with her dolls.  They bring joy to me each and every day and are part of the huge motivation I have to be something better than I am.

So that’s pretty much us.  Hopefully I will be sharing them with you as much as possible from now on because I wouldn’t be who I am without these people in my life.