The First Day of School

As I was getting ready for work this morning I was thinking about school starting. As a Mom I look at the start of school with different eyes.  There’s the supply list, school uniforms to buy, new shoes, and the ever important book bag and lunch box.  

This morning though, I took myself back to the first day of school through a childs eyes.  I can remember barely sleeping the night before, anticipating seeing my friends for the first time in months!  Before we had iPads, cell phones or the Internet my summers were filled with books, bikes, and the occasional phone call from my BFF.  

Growing up we were poor, but at the time I didn’t realize that.  It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized how much my parents had to sacrifice to make sure we didn’t realize that.  We always had three meals, always had clean clothes, and always had love.  But there were two times a year that I was guaranteed a shopping trip or at least a new outfit.  One was Easter Sunday, the other was the first day of school.  

Oh how I loved back to school shopping! I usually went out of town with my Mom which was a treat in itself.  We would go to the nearest shopping mall and always out to lunch.  There’s no telling how long my parents had to save for those trips.  I would pick out one outfit for the first day, it was always the cutest one, and then I would get a pair of shoes, and the boring stuff like socks and underwear.  I can actually still remember some of those outfits.  

What I remember most about the first day, is waking up in the morning.  It was a new start to the school year, full of possibilities.  Mom would pack my lunch, and I’d carry my backpack full of blank paper and unsharpened pencils into the foggy morning.  Walking down our long driveway I’d wait on the bus, before most other kids were even awake.  It’s a feeling I will never forget, and if I clothes my eyes and really concentrate I can actually feel the morning air.  

Hot Rollers?

Long hair.  It’s a different beast.  For most of my life I’ve had short hair.  I’ve always been super jealous of those girls with the long, wavy hair.  My hair was thick, stick straight, and just BLAH!  Then about two years ago I decided I would let it grow.  I told my stylist, “No matter how much I beg you, DO NOT cut my hair!”

Two years later I have hair down to my bra strap in the back and I love it.  I seriously can’t imagine why I would ever cut it again.  However, with long hair comes the struggle of just finding ways to make it look nice.  I recently purchased a curling wand and I really like it.  It gives a totally different curl that a typical curling iron.  However, it is time consuming.  So I think I’m going to venture into the world of hot rollers.  I watch Judy of It’sJudyTime on YouTube.  She highly recommends the Conair Jumbo rollers.  I think I will go check out my local WalMart and maybe try these out.  Pictures may follow soon 🙂

Good News…almost

The past week has been a week of some big news for our little family of three.  My husband was officially offered a much anticipated promotion with his company.  This is a move that we’ve been praying about and wishing for for almost a year now. This is a move up with his company, but one that won’t require an actual move for our family.  It’s a change in title, responsibility, and territory.  Most important it’s a change for our bank account.  The official offer letter isn’t signed yet so I think we’re just holding our breath waiting for that “something” to happen. Maybe we won’t have to hold our breath for too long.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Revlon Colorstay

So in the ongoing search for the perfect foundation that: 1. I can get locally 2. Won’t have to lie to my husband about the price 3. Makes my skin look flawless,  I have tried a lot of different ones.  On both ends of the price spectrum here are the ones I have tried and liked:

Arbonne liquid foundation

Bareminerals original and matte foundations

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

And then I purchased a bottle of Revlon Colorstay.  So, my local drugstore is actually WalMart.  If you’ve ever shopped for cosmetics at WalMart before you know there are no testers.  This can make it really hard to find a color match.  So, I just decided I would keep my receipt and return the item until I found the right shade.  The first one I picked was the Buff shade.  Nailed it on the first try!  Because I’m crazy about getting new products, I immediately went home, took off my makeup, and applied the new Colorstay.  Holy crap!  This is seriously the best foundation I have ever tried, high or low end.  I got the one for combo/oily skin and it’s simply perfect.  I just apply with my fingers, and it blends like a dream.  It makes my skin look matte, but not cakey.  I am so impressed and so happy I found this.  If you haven’t tried Revlon Colorstay, do it!  Now!

 

New Degree…New Job

So at the age of 32 years old I completed my Bachelors Degree.  My degree was one of the things that I always knew I wanted, but never really wanted to give up the time to get.  Kind of like when you want to lose 5 lbs to fit into those jeans a little better, but you really don’t know if giving up the Oreo’s is worth it.  After all, I had a good job, good enough anyway.  I had a two year old for goodness sake!  When would I have time for school?  Then one day I found myself applying to Liberty University Online.

Fast forward three long, trying, and rewarding years later, and I have my degree.  A very expensive piece of paper that says I’m smarter, and should get paid more.  Sure.  Do I have regrets?  Not really.  Am I glad I did it?  Absolutely.  Am I glad it’s over?  Dang right!  I honestly don’t think I could have done it without help from my husband.  There were many, many nights and weekends that he was a single Dad while I sat for hours at the dining table doing projects and studying for exams.

So now that’s it all a very vivid memory, what’s next?  Lots of prayers and applications.