Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Good-bye July...

Wow! I can't believe that July is almost over! This summer will be gone before you know it. I can't exactly say that it has flown by, because when I think back to my last day of preschool, or even back to our Disney trip, they don't seem like that recent of occasions, but I am sad to see the summer dwindling down to just another month, nonetheless.

I've been working at the daycare here and there, which has been nice, if for nothing else than to make a little money and get out of the house. The little rascals, who were constantly testing my patience at the end of the school year mind you, actually seemed thrilled to see me and they asked where I've been all summer :). On Friday, I get to go swimming with the little guys (ages 3-4) at the YMCA, so that's exciting!

A couple of weeks ago, I also had the opportunity to go home to my parents' house in central PA and help out at the huge multi-family yard sale. It was a moving sale of sorts for Gregg and I, so I was VERY excited to see that, when all was said and done, we had made about $150! It felt good to get rid of so many things. At the end of the two days, we only had about three plastic crates of stuff left, plus a box to give to Goodwill. My mom and I got to go out on the first day and do some yard-saling of our own, which was great. I LOVE yard sales because you just never know what you will find. Sure, there are a lot of sales that are just pure junk, but you'd be amazed at what you can find if you try. I got a corn-ear shaped cast-iron cornbread pan for $4. I got a Kenneth Cole handbag (which I think I'll use as a school bag) for $4. I got about 30 items for my prize box at preschool (dinosaur action figures, toy cars, princess crowns, etc), most at either $.05 or $.10 each! And then, at one sale, I hit the jackpot!!! There's a sweet woman who I know from church when I was growing up. She's petite like me and very stylish. She had a ton of small clothes and I had my arms full, just planning on buying it and then trying it on at home, and selling what didn't fit at our own yard sale. Well, she wouldn't hear of it - she took me inside her house and had me try on everything so that I wouldn't have to bother with it later! It was so nice! I got two pairs of dress pants, a pair of Levi jeans, a sweater, 3 shirts, lounge pants, and four books...our grand total for the day was about $20!! I was happy as a clam!

Anyway, enough about my semi-obsession with yard sales...and on to my other obsession...the Bloggy Giveaway carnival! I love it and I'm so excited that it's back! I've made it through about 300 of the giveaways so far and I'm still going strong!

Finally, in other blog news, I've been sad reading through friends' blogs and realizing that I haven't been able to do a Menu-Plan Monday in a very, VERY long time due to moving. Now, of course that means that I'm not responsible for cooking as much, but after cooking yesterday and today since it's just hubby and I at his parents' house, I can honestly say that I do miss it...Yesterday, we had steaks on the grill (olive oil & some grill seasoning) and I marinated some squash, zucchini and onions in balsamic vinaigrette dressing before grilling them as well! They turned out awesome! Today, I made this Easy Creamy Chicken and G and I loved that, as well! I served it with brown rice. It was super easy to prepare and really full of flavor. Yum-o! :)

PS - thanks to all of my wonderful bloggy friends (new and old) who have come out to offer their words of encouragement and support in my recent faith crisis. Rest assured that I do plan on thanking each of you individually, as I can. Please continue to pray...and if you have any suggestions on where to go (scripture passages, books, etc) I would be most grateful!

9 comments:

John said...

Teri, thanks for commenting for my giveaway!

Erin said...

i love yard sales to...anything for a bargin. and it sounds like u hit quite a few good ones. and u did a wonderful job at ur yard sale! i had one and made $30! oh well

Sarah said...

Thanks for including my recipe! So glad you liked it!

Tara said...

Teri, I'm so glad you found my blog so I could find yours!

I did want to tell you that my dear sister-in-law Julia is going through IF to (over 3 years now) and her blog is listed in my sidebar. She doesn't write often but I think you will be able to relate to what she has written.

As for faith- honey we ALL struggle with that. Obviously I did not struggle with IF but I did have 4 miscarriages and I have severe post partum depression. Actually I have had the depression following each of my children and miscarried babies so I have basically had it for the past 6 years. I have often struggled with the why question. Why is God allowing this in my life? And I get real angry at Him too.
And you know what? That's ok. God is big enough to handle our doubt and our anger and anything else we can throw at Him. So you keep being real with God. It's ok. Let it out because it does you no good held inside. read psalm 88 for proof that it is ok to feel the way you do. I'm praying for you too!

Nichole said...

I love yard sales too! I haven't gone bargain hunting in a long time...hmmm...maybe I will have to do that this weekend!

Tina623 said...

I miss yard sales. You find the best stuff. I'm glad to hear yours went so well. As far as the other, When I was suffering infertility (it took us 43 months) I would call my grandma and vent to her when I felt myself losing faith. She told me to stay positive and pray for guidance. It was very very hard but eventually, I believe, when the time was right, it worked. There is a prayer in my blog somewhere that I used to read a lot. I didn't write it but it meant a lot to me. If you're interested the following link will take you to it. If it doesn't work, I'd be glad to email it to you...http://tina8203.blogspot.com/2007/08/prayer-that-touched-me.html

Ter said...

I totally missed the giveaway... I didn't see it anywhere til last night, but I haven't had time to go through anything anyway.

I love yardsales too.... :)

Michelle said...

congrats- you won a cereal coupon in the bloggy giveaway carnival - just send me your address :)

Kristen said...

You make me smile...I haven't been to a yard sale in years!!! I should find one, in honor of you!

P.S. I've tagged you in my blog. :-)