It's that time when we get the sense of a clean slate, a new year, January 1. Traditionallly, I have not been one to make a series of resolutions that I know I can't keep. I also try to take daily opportunities to improve myself and the lives of those around me. This year, I do have a few plans for things I'd like to accomplish that have just gone by the wayside in the past. And hey, if I make it public for all to see, I may just have that sense of accountability that can be skirted by not telling anyone.
In no particular order....

1) Once and for all, quit the nail biting (see evidence below of the serious need for this). I figure it's time to grow up and find something else to do with my nervous energy.

2) Take that nervous energy and let it run off with a size (or 2) of pants. Yep, I've squandered my free gym membership long enough, it's time that I reacquainted myself with the elliptical machine.

3) Become an educated Believer. I have always been faithful; always believed that Jesus died for us and is God's Son; always known that I, and each of us, were put on this earth deliberately and for a reason. My Bible knowledge, on the other hand, is terrible and I'd really like to improve that. I've already enrolled in a women's Bible Study that I'm excited about and tomorrow I'm looking forward to starting at Devotional #1 in my Women's Devotional Bible Becoming.

4) Stop the 'hemming and hawing'; the whatever you think; and the constant agonizing over decisions. Sometimes, I even debate so long that I miss opportunities. A friend suggested a book, Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D., to help me with this and I've got it ready to go for tomorrow morning.

That's it for this year's resolutions. Now it's a night of cookie-eating, nail-biting, non-decision making fun with The Man!

Happy New Year!


The Game!

I felt like a kid again. I lay down to go to sleep and my eyes wouldn't shut. I was so excited. I was even out of bed before the alarm. Was it Christmas Eve? Nope. Rather Christmas Day night - we were leaving for Charlotte in the morning.

The 6-hour drive went by quickly and we were in Charlotte in time to watch the Statewide Sportsline Live Broadcast - oh so special for me because Tony Caridi was my link to WVU Sports when I lived out of Morgantown:

Friday night was much like the previous eve...I was supposed to be in bed sleeping, but my eyes were wide open. The game was the next day. I woke up at 3:15 thinking it surely had to be almost time to get up, not so much. Finally - 7:30, let's get going!

We had yummy Chicken from Bojangles and other tailgate neccessities and then headed over to Bank of America Stadium - FINALLY!

The game was the most exciting all year! Pat White's greatest passing performance of his career, the defense stepped up when it mattered most, winningest senior class in WVU Football history, 4-0 in bowl games...and of course, the final score:

To sum it all up:
2 Tickets to Meineke Car Care Bowl: $170
Gas for the drive to Charlotte: $60
Food and drinks: $75
First-ever Bowl Game Experience: PRICELESS!!



Time with family, bellies full of good food, and traditions old and new - then repeat!

We tried something new this year and by all reports it went well. Both my Mom's side of the family and The Man's family typically celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and then we spend Christmas Day with my Dad's side of the family. When The Man and I lived out in Martinsburg this created the situtation where we had to choose who to see on Christmas Eve and how to share Christmas Day. So, this year, we asked our families to try something new.

Mom's side - being Italian, celebrates The Feast of the Seven Fishes (ok, so I think we hit 5 of the 7 fishes, but we do our best) and The Man who loves to eat has always enjoyed this day of food, food, and did I mention food. So most years when given the option of what he wants to do, he has opted for Christmas Eve with Mom's side of the family and then to share Christmas Day with his family and Dad's side.

This year though, we (being back in Morgantown and having a little more contact with everyone) asked if a combining of traditions could be done. Would The Man's family be willing to join Mom's side of the family for the 'Feast' and would Mom's side be willing to move the celebration to her home here in Morgantown instead of Nan's home in Pittsburgh. All were willing and what resulted was a great day of families getting more acquainted and 2 very grateful people who realize that everyone was willing to stretch their comfort zone and try something new for us.

Some of our Family enjoying snacks in the afternoon.

Christmas Day was then spent with Mass at our own church and then with Dad's side of the family for more food and family. We have started our own little tradition of the 'kids' all playing a board game on Christmas Day after dinner - and I have to say, I so look forward to sitting around a table playing a game with The Man and my brothers. Of course there is the occassional dispute over rules and NO ONE likes to lose, but all in all a good time is had.

Here's hoping your Christmas was as blessed and enjoyable as mine.


Merry Christmas

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

I wish everyone a blessed Christmas filled with family, friends, and laughter!

I also want to express my gratitude for the life God has blessed me with. Sitting around the kitchen table with my Mom and Nan yesterday, Nan commented at the pile of gifts under the tree and how it was ridiculous. I thought, not ridiculous, but something to be grateful for. Grateful that we are able to give gifts to each other in this poor economy. Grateful that we will all be together. Grateful that she, at 80, was able to drive from Pittsburgh just a few short months after major surgery and looks better than she has in years. Grateful for so many many things.

Finally, my Christmas prayer: That we may all truly remember the reason for this season. Remember why we buy and wrap the gifts, why we put up a tree, and why we gather to celebrate. Thank-you God for sending your only Son to us. May we begin towards the Peace that he brought us, on a daily, personal level and on a worldly level.

Merry Christmas!


8 Days...

It seems so long! I know it will go by fast, especially with that little thing called Christmas in the middle - but I just can't wait to use these:

You see, this will be my first ever WVU Bowl Game trip! Surprising to those of you who know my love for the 'Eers it may be, I have just never had the urge to get it together and go. I guess I'm more of a 'home field' body. I usually just prefer to hijack the TV from The Man watch away games with The Man on his High Def TV. Yea, it's his...a gift from me. Anyway, this year I decided that I wanted to go and through a series of highs and lows - hey this is serious stuff - I was able to secure 2 tickets for The Man and myself!

I got the call that I could go pick up our tickets today and even got all the green lights going across town! So here's hoping that the next 8 days go fast because I am so excited I'm just not sure what to do with myself!

Let's Go Mountaineers!


A Snowy December Day

I knew when moving back to Morgantown that we were in for more snow than we had seen the last few years. In fact, snow was the major 'con' in our many discussions of moving back. In the end, being closer to family won out and we decided to live with the snow. Now, maybe it's just me, but I just don't remember this much snow before Christmas. It feels like January - and if this is what's happening now I'm just hopin' that whooly worm I saw with the dark black head and light brown body has his weather right.

Anyway, there is a part of me that is grateful for the snow today because I am oh so late on getting the Christmas cards done and I have squandered 3 snow opportunities for a wintry picture with Kali to put on said cards. So this morning I decide that no more squandring, it's time to bundle up and get the picture taken. Now, Kali is so like me in many ways - loves to sleep in, enjoys cookies, always roots for the Mountaineers, and thinks a nap in the afternoon is just a part of the day - however, somehow she LOVES the cold. I just don't get it. Yes, snow is pretty and all, but I'd take 95 and sunny any day over snowy and cold. Not Kali, she LOVES this cold weather. Based on this information I should have known that a trip outside for a Christmas photo would be ANYTHING but quick.

First, we had to play with our candy cane toy and get it all snow covered so you won't be able to see it in future pictures:

Then she must take the candy cane toy and try to convince me to play chase (come on now little one - this NEVER works, I realized long ago that chase is only fun for one of us and it just ain't me).
Ok, ok, I concede that I just might not get her to sit still AND hold the candy cane when there is all of this wonderful white snow to play in. So we go for a pic without the toy in front of the pine tree:
And while yes, this is a cute one - especially with the wink and all - I am a glutten for punishment and decide to try the candy cane toy just one more time:

Or maybe 2:
Finally! - doesn't this one just say fun?
Now it's time to go inside and warm up...


The Little Things

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault

What The Man brought home with him today - does it get better than this?
I am so blessed to have this man. Thank-you God for putting him in my life and for giving me the awareness of just how blessed I am.

Why Feel My Love?

After deciding to blog, I had to decide on a title...wow, that one was tough. I wanted it to have meaning, but not be ordinary, but not be strange. So I thought and thought and thought, I searched and searched and searched and then it came to me! It was about 2 a.m. a few nights ago as I was laying awake trying to be very still so as not to disturb The Man who needed to get up for work in the morning. As I lay beside him, watching him sleep, it came to me; a moment from our past that still carried so much meaning; a song that touched a heart that was determined to be 'done with boys' and ultimately led to a heart in love.
Some background:When The Man and I started dating everyone around us knew it long before we did. We were just going to be friends and I was determined that no boy was gonna hurt me again. Well, before we knew it every afternoon was spent together before work and we were together. Sometime in the midst of all that, afraid of actually saying how we were feeling, we began 'giving' each other songs to avoid using the actual words. And the one that impacted me most was...drum roll, please....
To Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan
It was in that moment, as I watched this amazing man, who I love more than words could ever say, sleeping so peacefully, that I knew the title for this blog must be Feel My Love because in all I do, I want him to always, every day, in every way Feel My Love for him.
As I considered this decision that seems so huge, naming a blog for goodness sakes!, I realized that this title also encompassed the person I want to be. I want to be a genuinely kind person who others around me are able to Feel My Love for them.

What am I thinking?

Well, here goes, my first Blog post. Thank-you to Kristen at No Small Thing for introducing me to the world of blogging and for helping me to feel still connected to her whole family though I'm far away! I'm not sure I have enough to blog about or really that anyone would care what I have to say, but we'll see how it goes.
So, why now? Why a blog? What am I thinking????
I guess there are a few reasons:
~It is often noted - rightfully so - by The Man (ok, again, Kristen thanks for referring to your hubby in this way, it has now stuck in my vocabulary when referring to my hubby :)) that my "awareness of one's surroundings" is not always the best. Translate: I don't always pay that great of attention to much of anything. I'm always multi-tasking and moving on to the next thing. So I am hoping that by blogging I may become more aware of my surroundings and connect more deeply with those I love so much.
~It's gotta be cheaper than therapy.
~I've never been one to keep a journal or diary and this seems like a way to chronicle events in my life that I just might like and keep up with because I do so enjoy technology.
~I know how much I enjoy reading the blogs of those I do not live near and how it makes the distance seem less and I hope that this blog may help others feel closer to me.
~Finally, maybe some day, something that I write about will impact someone in the way blogs I have read have impacted me. Even if it's only just one giggle or one tear or one smile, it will all be worth it.
So, I say hello to the world of blogging! Let's get it started....