Friday, June 26, 2009

7 Little Facts

So as I was catching up on the Home Tours over at Kelly Korner I came across this blog awhile back: (if I were more clever I would able to do what all the other bloggers do and say "this" and it would take you there, but I'm not so deal :) But anywho, she is doing a "list 7 things other bloggers may not know about you" thing so I decided I should do it too! So, here goes:

#1: I never really knew true love until I met Dave. Sounds so cliche but I was very cut off emotionally in previous relationships so I truly feel God placed Dave in my life to love me, and opening up and being available to love is something I have learned and still learning to do.

#2: One of my most absolute favorite things to do is get my hair colored and cut.

#3: When people tell me I can't do something, it motivates me more just to prove them wrong and show them I can, regardless if it's something I really want to do or not. Just have to make a point!

#4: I very much value and appreciate alone time, gives me time with my thoughts and I don't have to cater to anyone except myself, selfish I know but that's okay right now.

#5: My favorite Christian song is "Revelation Song" by Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Which by the way, I dated Dean's nephew in high school.

#6: I love, love, love Tori Spelling. I could watch Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood over and over again and never get tired of it. Dave of course thinks she is the devil!! Just kidding!!! He thinks I'm the devil for making him watch it before we go to sleep. hahahaha!

#7: I might just be the most routine person I know besides my father. I do the exact same thing every morning, everyday usually after work. I clean the house the same way, get the mail at the same time everyday, put my make up on the same way. This I'm sure is strange to some, I think that's why I get so anxious if things are different or mixed up along the way. I'm not to spontaneous, that's for sure.

There you have it, some random things about myself. I'm counting down the hours before I'm off work too, being off next week is SO needed and I cant' wait till five! Tomorrow morning we are doing a breakfast retirement thing for my mom since she doesn't really want a party. So it'll be just the girls and Dave but it's at my house which I'm excited about because I get to use all my fancy dishes and stuff I got from the wedding! You know your getting old when you get excited about dinner, or should I say breakfast guests, and you get use to good dishes. Dave still doesn't understand why we got so many dishes when we got married, well it's because I'm my mother's daughter that's why!

Which by the way! Once I figure out when she picks a date for her tea this year I will make sure to post it. Lots of dishes and table settings all for a good cause!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day Daddy!

There are so many things I am grateful for the older I get, one of which is my father. I think as children we really don't know how much our parents did for us and how much they loved us, but the older I get the more and more grateful and thankful I am God blessed me with a father like mine. He has always shown love unconditionally to all three of us girls, he is a great listener, and I can't tell you the amount of great advice he has given me. So Dad for this Father's Day here are a few things of which I am grateful for and will always remember of you:

#1 Dancing on the ceiling!! Isn't that funny! You used to flip us upside down and play that song and let us dance on the ceiling! Of course that was when we were young enough and small enough to do that too! But even now when I hear that song, I think of that memory.

#2 Back Breaker! Oh how you used to love to do that to us!!

#3 This is such a silly memory but I remember it like it was yesterday. In fifth grade at cheerleader try outs as soon as they announced who made it (and my name wasn't called) you were there to pick me and rush me out of there and tell me that everything was going to be okay. I just remember the feeling I had, I was terribly upset because let's face it that is the worst thing a young girl could experience! My dad was there to comfort me and make me feel better.

#4 "It's always better in the morning" This saying sticks with me because you used to always tell us this. And you know what, it's true!! I tell myself that now when I'm having a horrible day or bad night and I know the next morning it won't be as big a deal as I thought it was.

#5 I will forever be grateful to how supportive you are. I know we didn't always do what you wanted us to do but you always gave us good advice and were supportive of the things we choose to do after a little while. Life doesn't always turn out the way we would like it to but it does have a way of working itself out. This to is something else you have taught me, and hopefully even though the path in my life isn't exactly the one you would have chosen, I pray that it's still something you are proud of.

#6 I know one of your favorite memories or times was the carting me from one job to the next. Again, the things parents do for us that we don't even realize. You were there everyday to take me from one job to the next job and were always in a good mood doing it. That is a task in itself. I appreciate you giving up your afternoon five days a week to make sure I was able to get from one place to the next.

I know parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world but I feel so blessed that God gave me two good ones. Dad, you hold a very special place in my heart. Thank you for always loving us, always forgiving us, and always encouraging us. I couldn't have asked for a better person to call my dad. Happy Father's Day!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

I have a date with Mexico!

Have you ever felt like you needed a vacation SO bad you could just cry????? Well.........thanks to my hubby's wonderful bosses, this is where we will be in 10 days!!!!! That's right! Cancun, Mexico for an all inclusive five day vacation! I'm totally stoked and ready to pack and leave right now!!!!! It was a total spur of the moment decision so I'm glad it all worked out for his office and the spouses' schedules!

Will be laying on the beach here:
While drinking some: And using LOTS of this:

While hopefully looking some what descent in one of these:

Ah, summer time. Hopefully that whole swine flu stuff is done for. I have had two friends who recently went to Mexico and they turned out okay so all we can do is pray!!!
I have never been to Mexico before so I'm really excited! Of course, getting the passports was an adventure but who can blame the post office for the customer service to people who wait until the very last minute to get the MAIN thing they need to leave the country? Not me, I would be the same way!!!!!!!!
Mexico, here I come! Let's just pray I make it back to the good ole' US of A!
That's my only fear, hahahahaha!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesdays, Tuesdays, Tuesdays

I must say, today started off not so great. I had a mini breakdown, mainly because I am working in an 85 degree room with the temperature outside seeking 100. Definitely had a trying moment. And the hardest thing about when I loose my cool is that I always think "Why did I let that get the best of me" The situation I mean. So stupid. They (I don't know who they are but "they" say it) but I have heard that a good way to put perspective into a situation is to ask yourself if it would matter in the next 5 years. My frustration in the instance this morning, I would have to say no it wouldn't. Sometimes our emotions just get the best of us. And then I read this. I thought it was so great, came from the Proverbs 31 Ministries:

So many of us know and believe Jesus is indeed the Son of the living God, but what does that mean to us in terms of our identity? The Bible tells us in John 3:16-18 that God loved us so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but live forever in eternity. "God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! No one who has faith in God's Son will be condemned." (CEV)

Did you notice that last part? Jesus did not die for our sins so that we would live under condemnation of them. Nor did He die so we would forever be labeled and falsely identified by our sins. He died so we would be set free from our sins and their shame, labels, and condemnation. Don't believe anyone who tells you different. Know who Jesus, your Savior from sin, is and rest in that truth.

Maya Angelo said, "When people show you who they are, believe them…the first time." I will have to disregard Ms. Angelo's statement. "Once a ___, does not make me (or you) always a ____." Why? Because of who Jesus is in us. Our God is not only a God of second chances, He is a God of infinite chances, forgiveness and grace.

We can't change what people think about us. Sure, we can try to explain how we've changed, but often others will define us by one or more sins we've committed in the past. It's happened to me before. Even though I may have once earned the "Once/Always" names I was called, I know that's not who I truly am. Our identity is NOT in what we did, but in who and Whose we ARE.

"Once a ___, always a ___"? No ma'am, that is not true in the context of Christ! In Christ, you are washed clean. Look again at our key verse, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the old has gone, the new has come." The old has gone. Gone. Gone. It's gone! Answer the question Jesus asks, "Who do you say I am?" And believe the answer that He is your Sav ior from condemnation. You are a new creation in Christ Jesus. No person or past action can take that from you because, "Once a beloved child of God, always a beloved child of God." That is the truth!

Sometimes when I lay in bed and pray at night and ask God to forgive me of the sins I have committed for the day, I tend to think that. How wonderful it is that my God forgives me over and over and over again. Even when I commit the same sin over and over and over again. I know we can't ever be perfect, not even close and we all make mistakes. But how wonderful it was to read this after a stressful morning and to know that we are forgiven. Even when we loose our cool, want to quit, give up, change, curse the person who hurt us, or just plain don't get our way and are upset. Mistakes that we make don't define who we are, just add a little character if you will. Way to flip it up right??

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up

We had an eventful weekend around the Petty house! Friday Dave and I started painting the kitchen so Dave could hang the chair rail. That ended up being a late night for us since we picked up my parents from the airport (they went to Vegas for the week) and then we went for a very late dinner at IHOP. Good times!!! Saturday Jenna, Jason, Bella, and Molly came to see us! It was nice to have some guests stay with us!!

Bella Girl
Here is the finished product! (well not completely done, we will still be doing some painting and decorating but you get the idea)

Thank you to my wonderful hubby who again never ceases to amaze me! Such a hard worker that husband is!!!
Mmmmmm, what project do "I" want to do next (thinking, thinking..........;)
To finish off the weekend we had a cook out with CJ, Kristen, and the kids along with Sherry and Gordon. They just got back from a trip to Georgia so it was good to catch up!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Daily Devotional-Purpose Drive Life

Thought this was a great reminder about God's love, sometimes I need that reassurance that even though I make mistakes his love is unconditional. Enjoy!

Human love wears out; that's why we have so many divorces. Love wears out. I know a lot of people who are not divorced but they don't love each other anymore. There's a limit to human love; it dries up.That's why you have to have God's love in your marriage—in all your relationships—if they are going to last. God's love never wears out. God's love is patient, persistent, and persevering.Isn't it good news to know that God never gives up on you?

No matter what you do, His love never gives up. It's wide enough to include everybody and it's long enough to last forever.God will never love you any more than He does right now. But He also will never love you any less than He does right now.He loves you on your good days; He loves you on your bad days. His love is not conditioned by your response. God is love and His love is given freely. It cannot be earned and it is not undeserved.

Accept His love and worship Him, knowing that His love is long enough to last for all time: "And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully" (Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT).

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up

So this weekend was a bit chill. Not to much going on at the moment. Friday night we had our neighbor friends over for dinner, they are great! We are very blessed we live around lots of young couples our age. They are about to have a baby in just a couple of weeks so we tried to return the favor from them inviting us over!

Saturday I made breakfast and Dave and I lounged around for awhile then I had a really nice pedicure at this great new salon in Midlothian called the Edge Studios. Then we were off to my niece's recital. They were to cute! I know you aren't suppose to laugh at those things but that had to have been one of the funniest, cutest things I have seen in awhile. A whole bunch of 2-4 year olds standing on stage looking at each other wondering what to do. Brenna was SO cute! Of course the cutest one up there! Brenna and Braiden came to stay the night with us Saturday night and we had tons of fun!

Sunday we woke up and got the bug to head off to Lowe's for some home improvement projects. When I say we, I mean I. So next weekend will consistent of actually doing them. At the moment we are watching "He's just not that into you" which is pretty entertaining. We have a full week ahead of us so I'm trying to prepare myself for that!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My mom's last day of school!

Today is my mom's last day of teaching. She is going into work at Zavala Elementary for her absolute last day of a career that lasted 31 years. She will take her things home, I'm sure several boxes of things and sign out. Can you imagine? 31 years full of memories, a school full of lifelong friends she has made, and a career that has earned her much respect throughout the community and among peers along with leaders in the organization.

I have many memories with my mother at Zavala Elementary. We were the lucky ones whose parents worked at the elementary school and later on high school we would attend, don't be jealous people!! My favorite memory (well I have two actually) involves a day when I was sick. It was a Thursday, I distinctly remember because it was hamburger day at school and I was going to miss hamburger day, how sad was I? I stayed home alone, I must have been in like 5th grade probably and around lunchtime my mom brought me the hamburger lunch on the lunch tray from school on her lunch break. Such a silly memory but I just remember how special it was to me that she knew Thursdays were the best and she took her lunch break to eat lunch with me at home. Only moms know how special that kind of stuff is.

My second favorite memory was at the Halloween festival they had every year. We had a art contest, who could draw the best Halloween picture. And I won. It was like the best of every grade or something but my drawing won and my mother was so proud of me. She just made such a big deal about my drawing, even though at the time it was probably horrible. But that meant so much to me that she was proud and that I won. I dressed up as a cheerleader that year too, how funny that I remember that.

My mother has touched so many lives in her career, we can't go anywhere in Grand Prairie without running into someone that calls her name "Mrs. Pecor!" across the aisle or in the restaurant or at the grocery store. In 31 years she had kids, and then had their kids, and in some cases their cousins or siblings. My mom no matter what has loved teaching. She had made so many friends just by teaching a kid in the classroom. She has spent hours trying to help kids through tutoring or with behavior problems. I can't tell you how many people she has made a difference in for the better. I have friends NOW that tell me "I love your mom, she's so cool" or "She was my favorite teacher" That says ALOT about someone. God put her in that classroom for a reason, because she was able to make a difference in the lives of students and their families.

So Mom as you close this chapter of your life and move onto the next, please remember the impact you have had on others. While at times it might not have felt like that or you might not have been told how much you meant in the lives of students and parents, I'm telling you how proud I am of the career you have had as an educator. Thank you for always giving your best, striving to make others better, and for always wanting me to read :) (that was strictly for her and she knows it HA!)

While this might be a day filled with mixed emotions, it's a time to celebrate someone who's career was full of ups and downs and many many successful times along the way. So all I have to say now is, let's party!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fear and Change

OK so there was one guest speaker in particular at the conference that just really stuck out to me. He spoke about fear and change, why we don't change what we don't like about our lives because we are fearful. In this case, I'm speaking of my current position. I love the rest of my life. And it's not even that I don't like my job, I do like my job but I feel like I have WAY more to offer and I'm really not living up to my full potential. I have this on my mirror in my bathroom "The only person keeping me from reaching my full potential is me" This is something that was said during the guest speaker's presentation. His name is John W. Wright for anyone interested and he is amazing! Seriously.

I think for me, it's fear of failing. It's fear of the unknown, it's fear of hard work, and expectations. Although Dave tells me all the time I can't fail, it's not in my nature. Which I very much appreciate coming from him, he also tells me I'm good at everything I put my mind too so I shouldn't be scared to try new things. I guess I'm comfortable, maybe that's a better term. You know when I was a manager at Texas Roadhouse I literally got promoted and said I'm going to be the first female General Manager in my market. Of course that didn't happen, God had other plans for me BUT I set a goal for myself. I guess maybe I didn't do that with UOP because I literally thought I would get my degree and I'm out but that didn't exactly happen either. So who knows!

Really the only thing I can do is pray about it and know that whatever happens is meant to happen. I just feel a huge sense of motivation and push to try something new. There are PLENTY of positions at UOP to do; some harder than others. But it's something new and challenging and that's what I need! I can't continue to stay where I'm at, I'll never grow.

On another note, we just opened the new Resource Center in Uptown Village in Cedar Hill. OH MY GOODNESS! It's amazing. Bright, huge, it has classrooms, MAC computers, just awesome. Very inviting for students to come in and study. Little different than Arlington, you know change. New people to work with, new environment, new location (only 15 miles from my house). If your ever in the area stop by and ask for me! We can do lunch!! There are SO many stores and restaurants around here, I have a feeling it might become a bit of a problem for my bank account hahahaha!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Softball and Swimming

So Dave had his first softball game tonight! He played great, even though he thought he was a little rusty. And they won of course! He is playing on his sister's team for their church. His games are on Tuesdays, let's see how long he lasts. Some of those games are late!! And we all know how he likes to be in bed by 9pm.

These are some pictures we took swimming at Sherry and Gordon's. The water was super cold but it was hot one day and we wanted to lay out. The kids lips were like purple but that didn't stop them. Needless to say we were glad when Dave and CJ got done mowing the yard so they could come play with the kids. Kristen and I were freezing!! Miss Breanna boo, to cute. She is already SO dark and summer hasn't even officially started!

My super hot hubs. He told me not to post this picture but he is trying so hard to look rock hard, I had to! Don't worry I told him so he wouldn't be mad later! hahahaha!!!

Here's to summer! I can't wait for days of laying out and bad shows they play for the summer season. Although summer just means we are that much closer to dove and deer hunting season. So bring on the 100+ degree weather and sweating before you even go outside! I'm ready!