Friday, December 12, 2008

New Things

One issue I am really struggling with is grace. Shocking, I'm sure. I don't understand how blessings are viewed as God's grace or mercy, because if there are no blessings, does that mean there is no grace or mercy from God? And I'm talking about the easy-to-spot blessings like money, a big house, stable job, good health, etc.

We started reading 'What's so Amazing about Grace' together and outloud to each other. So far, it's a good book. We read two chapters and some things started to click in my mind. I realized that perhaps our grace right now is knowing that we do want to be together and that we will work to stay together. In our lives, we know of too many couples that are riddled with divorce and infidelity, and that grieves us because we don't understand. As we were reading this book last night, I started to think to myself -- would I appreciate my husband as much as I do if we had not chosen to open our home, had to have 2 surgeries, both started new jobs over the past year? Would I respect my husband the way that I do if I had not seen him work so hard, and seen both of us work so hard, to pay off all of the debt that I've created?

So I'm asking God -- is this your grace in our lives? Is it your grace to be married to a man that I deeply respect and am humbled by his attitude (most days)? Is it your grace to walk through this debt so that we can be confident of our vows? Is it your grace to struggle through this debt to be sure that you are the God that you say you are?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

November Thoughts

I must say that I'm quite excited for this November. I know it's halfway over already, but I'm still excited for it and enjoying it. For us, it is bringing about much change - all of which is good.

Firstly, I am taking a cake decorating class. I have wanted to do this for a long time and finally made time to do it. I'm taking the class with two great girlfriends, which makes it all the more enjoyable. The class requires SO much more money and time than expected, which is hard....yet finding a few more dollars and a few more hours makes me discipline myself to stick with this class and do it well. I'm discovering more and more how important it is to me to be a person who does what I say I will do.

Secondly, I am helping teach, with Donna, a couponing basics and bargain shopping class at church (read about it here). It's really neat to pass on the knowledge that you know, and I've enjoyed realizing that I'm being a good steward with what I have. Although, I do need to work on reducing my hoarding.

Thirdly, I love my husband. I wish I said and communicated that more. He really is my favorite thing. He prayed the other night that we would use this upcoming season in our life (with no TV or internet) to work on our communication, to worship together, to pursue God together, and to read more and increase our intelligence. His prayer just melted my cold and bitchy heart (for other reason, not for the lack of TV or internet) This is why he's best for me...for him to help pull me out of my bitch pits. :)

Monday, August 18, 2008



1.) Type your answers to each of the questions below into the Flickr search engine.
2.) Pick an image from the first page only
3.) Copy and Paste the URLs for each image into Mosaic Maker.
4.) Save your mosaic to your computer and upload it into your own post.

1.) What is your first name?
2.) What is your favorite food?
3.) What high school did you go to?
4.) What is your favorite color?
5.) Who is your celebrity crush?
6.) What is your favorite drink?
7.) What is your dream vacation?
8.) What is your favorite dessert?
9.) What do you want to be when you grow up?
10.) What do you love most in life?
11.) What is one word to describe you?
12.) What is your flickr name?

Sunday, August 17, 2008


So I recently got turned onto the cultish world of CVSing. After 2 trips, I got super lucky on the 3rd....Lucky to the tune of $3.54 for all of the items in the above picture. If you're interested in learning how to use CVS to your advantage, read about it here:

So here's what I did:
I started with $5 ECB (Extra Care Bucks)

1st Transaction:
1 Extra Gum 8-pack @ $1 each
1 Bic Soleil 4-pack @ $4.99
8 Hershey Extra Dark huge bars @ $1.79 each

$2 off $10 coupon (CVS)
8 $2 off Hershey Bar coupon (facebook coupon application)
$2 off Bic Soleil refil

TOTAL: $.54 and earned $10 ECB for the Hershey Bars & gum

2nd Transaction:
1 Extra Gum 8-pack @ $1
1 Bic Soleil 4-pack @ $4.99
2 Colgate @ $2.79 (BOGO)
7 Orbit gum packs @ $1.19
6 Pantene shampoo/conditioner @ $7.99

$2 off $10 coupon (CVS)
$3 off Bic Soleil refil
$.50 off Colgate coupon
7 $1.25 off Orbit coupon (facebook application)
6 $6 off Pantene coupon (facebook application)
$5 ECB
$10 ECB

Total: $3.00


and I had a blast saving so much money!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

New Hair

Ah yes, the hair........for those of you who I haven't seen since the wedding, I did cut it all off. I didn't do it the morning after the wedding, like I hoped, but a few months later, it all came off. Now that it is short again, I don't know why I kept it long as long as I just doesn't suit me. Here are pics of the wedding hair (which was absolutely worth growing it out for), long and ugly, and then short and sassy....just the way I like it!


I know I haven't written anything in awhile, but I was going through our camera and found some pictures to share. I'll split it up into a few different posts, but browse through and see the goods :)
This first post will be a few pictures of our second honeymoon. We called this vacation our second honeymoon because our first honeymoon was rough. It was a great time together, especially coming off of the busy-ness of the wedding, but it was rough. A week before the wedding I came down with all of the symptoms leading up to my gallbladder removal. We didnt' know what it was that was making me so sick, which caused too much worry and bother, and I spent our first honeymoon jacked up on it was a good time, but some days were full of pain attacks and weariness. Our second honeymoon was pretty much just fun. We met some cool people throughout the week, who we hung out with, played with, and even went on a day trip with one couple we met. And no, we're not swingers. :) We spent alot of time on the beach napping, reading, and Dave played a ton of beach volleyball.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Okay, so I really do want to keep up with blogging...I feel like it's like working out...the more I do it, the easier it will become and the more I'll enjoy it. My problem is that I get writer's block only because I struggle with how honest or transparent I want to be with my writing. I could just post about stuff that happens, but I feel like that's not deep enough. Am I just feeling false condemnation? I can make this whatever I want to make it, right??

My sis suprised us with a visit a few weeks ago. It ended up being a really nice time together, but started out really rough. We haven't fought like that in well, maybe ever. I've never felt such hatred towards her....which is a huge problem! I'm pretty sure she felt the same way. I am glad though, that we were able to fight it out face to face. Phone arguments -- yeah, not so much. I think that we resolved most, if not all, of what was going on. We also discovered that the bottom line problem was that we missed each other. It's a weird thing to miss someone. The depth of that heartache is fairly indescribable.

What I've recently learned is this: I am glad my sis is growing up and into her own person, I am so proud of how hard she works and cares for the people around her, I admire her adventure and efforts to lavish people. Beyond all of that...we've missed each other....and I mean 'miss' in the sense of missing a connection. We just haven't clicked for a long time -- and that is SO IMPORTANT. I think that's what we miss most about each other...the connection. It's such a precious thing to have a sister and just, deep-in-your-bones kind of know each other. And to miss the connection of that knowing is to miss part of yourself and to miss a huge part of that other person.

Oh Jesus, have mercy on our hearts and bind us to those we love...keep us tender and sensitive to those we love. Let us not get wrapped up in a momentary offense or disgruntled behavior, but let us see into the heart and depth of relationship. Please heal broken connections and bridge new ones. Give us desire for restored relationship.

Sis...I love you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

27th Anniversary

I just wanted to give a quick shoutout and congratulations to my parents--today is their 27th anniversary! Dave and I are going over there for dinner. Mama refused to tell me what kind of cake she made....even after I said 'Selah.' She thinks she's much funnier than she actually is. Aaron will also be there, which will be nice. That means Dave and I get to see him twice in 2 weeks. Chava--we'll miss you lots and wish you were there. Love you more than lots.

Lord, we ask you for many more years for Mama and Papa to be together. (and we ask that you take Papa first, and Mama very shortly after) We ask that you continue to knit their hearts together and that they continue to pursue You first and each other second. Thank you Lord that they're still together and have given us great examples of fighting. We pray that they would continue to delight in each other. Amen!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Papa's Birthday

Papa is 50 today. He's getting old. Well, he's kind of a mischievious fellow, and he's definitely raised 4 mischeivious kids. And then I married a man who is much more adventurous than any of us. So, we decided to surprise him at midnight to celebrate his birthday. Keep in mind, midnight of February was 0 degrees with a windchill of -15. Yeah. Mama and Papa had been away with good friends for the past week -- relaxing and resting, and they had a dreadful drive home. But there was no mercy for Papa's 50 birthday. Dave had made a beautifully hillbilly sign. Seth had gathered the props. Aaron gave his blessing. Chava tried to convince us to take it too far (typical Chava :) ). I supervised and coordinated.

Seth calls me at 1142pm and tells me that Papa is still up. Yikes. He's old, why doesn't he sleep. Dave and I arrive at 1203am and Seth tells us that Papa just went up to bed. It'll be a miracle if he doesn't hear us. So we begin to set up. Gigantic sign in place, shovels/rakes/pitchforks all over the yard, and a teddy bear stabbed into the ground with a pitchfork. We couldn't find a stuffed groundhog, so it had to be a poor teddy bear. If you don't know about Papa, a pitchfork, and a groundhog -- ask him. It's a great story. Seth grabs the chain saw (to wake Papa up) and all of a sudden Papa is at the back door -- "What are you doing?" he asks. "Put some clothes on, it's your birthday!!!!" He smirks the Witt smirk, pleased as punch at his surprise. Dave goes inside the house and sets off the smoke alarms for effect, as Seth yells "Get out before you DIE." (another good story to ask Papa about) Mama comes running outside in a thin robe and sandals (yeah, we're so not convinced that she's not starting menopause) As Papa comes outside, Seth starts running around the yard revving the chainsaw. Mama and Papa are both laughing and smiling at their 'moronic kids.' A good time was had by all. So what did the sign say??? So glad you asked!!!

Papa is 50 today

Give a honk to say 'hey'

All glory to God

He's not in the sod!

Friday, January 18, 2008

On my way.....

This morning I put on a pair of jeans that I haven't worn since I was living with Jewels! So excited about that. I still consider them to be a pair of 'fat jeans,' but it's better than 'super fat jeans.' I've not been very excited about this workout plan, but I did commit to a 2 year agreement with Fitworks, so I've got to stick with it. Not to mention that I don't care to stay at this weight any longer. I guess I am starting to see results and feel the effects. Thank God for something different! Skinny little leopard string bikini here I come! :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The First Week

So there is nothing like breaking into this 'living in community' thing like being sick and ugly. The move went well on Saturday. There were TONS of people that did a great job and worked so hard. I had a cough all day that I thought was just from swallowing funny. I should have known it was the bubonic plague. Sunday I was emotional, cranky, and just wanted my husband....further signs of getting sick. Monday I didn't move out of bed. I just slept, fevered, and coughed all day long. Katie made my mom's chicken noodle soup, which was great. Tuesday I moved down to the living room and watched Home Improvement shows all day long. Rodney stayed in bed all day on Tuesday, but came down to watch American Idol. Everyone went to work on Wednesday, and Dave came home fevering and coughing. Dave went to work today with strict instructions that if his fever worsened at all, he was to go home and go to bed....I told him he would probably get pneumonia and have to go to the hospital if he stayed out in the cold. He's afraid of the hospital, so I think that should work.

The first week is going great! Stress levels aren't even an issue, as we're all just trying to breathe without losing a lung. I think I'm going to look into installing a Lysol filter in the filter. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Bored Site List

A little while ago, I emailed many friends asking them for any website they knew of that could help me occupy my time while bored at work. My brother Seth recommended reading the Bible online only, which his good friend Will echoed, but here is the list of sites recommended from all sorts of people and a short description of the site. If you have sites to add, please email me and let me know!!

Miscellaneous: - you rate other people's pet. - stickman murder mystery game. - recipes, articles - all sorts of random time wasters - interesting collection of things 'found' - donate rice with your intelligence - ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard

Informational: - powered by amazon, this is like yahoo answers. Ask and answer questions on any topic you can think of - everythings on this site! - postings of web dealz and other random freebies/sales - some people enjoy looking at google satellite images - full of coupons, freebies, and sale news - Snopes is a searchable database of urban legends and myths, email hoaxes, computer virus warnings, and folklore. - thriftshopping secrets - coupon codes

Focused Group: - website targeted to married people (has great party planning tips) - all sorts of make up info - a must have for every movie lover

Food/Recipes: - recipes - recipes

Spiritual: - very "new age" but interesting and inspiring - Website based on wellness, in all forms. I mostly use them for their daily quotes. I love to start my day by opening my inbox and reading a short, simply sentence that's enlightening and uplifting. - prayer, not pancakes - the Bible

Regional: - jobs, restaurants, news, the works! Should be supplemented with the following website and - They don't have one for Cleveland, but they have many for other major cities and then and "everywhere" one. It's just cool new things for women -- food, shopping, culture, etc. An excellent and cute way for new small businesses to word-of-mouth. It's a pretty well known thing here (Chicago).

Humor: --this is a GREAT website for fun and kids allowed, though. (2 recommendations) - good for a laugh, nothing better than sarcastic, fake news - comic

Blogs: - Donna's blog with links to lots of other stuff - Beth's blog

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Addition to the Romain house!

No, it's not what you think!!! Keep waiting on that one! Next weekend, our dear friends, Rodney and Katie, are moving in with us. I told Dave last night that it almost feels like this is bigger than our wedding. I think the 'stress' of it hit me this week. Maybe not stress, but more of a case of the 'what ifs.' What if this happens? What if that happens? What are we going to do when this happens? Yet, through all of the 'what ifs,' we still feel confident and a Godly peace about the whole thing. My prayer is 'God, we are honored to be a part of this.....let this be constant in my heart.' Dave and I are very excited to share our home with them. Our house is not terribly big, but it is more than big enough to accomodate both families. We have three bedrooms total, so they'll be able to have one for them and one for Gabby (their 4 month old). We also have tons of storage in our house--the attic is accessed through Dave & my room, so that's where we're storing all of our stuff, and there are two cold storage spaces in the basement, as well as open space in the basement and lots of closets and built-in shelving. We've been so pleased with our house. I love the peace in it. It was owned by a God-fearing couple before us, so you can really sense the Spirit of God throughout the house. I think all of my anxiety is just fleshly and spiritual warfare. When I pray about my anxiety, it's like I don't even know what to say to God because it's not coming from Him. Know what I mean? I think the first couple of weeks will be the hardest for me because I like things, umm, my way. :) So getting used to having other people around and their 'stuff' will be an adjustment. But it is just that --an adjustment, and of course there's a fleshly struggle to give and give well when it comes to space. Oh Lord, that you would stretch me and my comfort for your great Glory. I know that Katie is worried about cooking. I think she thinks that I'm going to make her cook everyday. Hmmmm, I could have some fun with that one! It will be fun to learn new cooking ideas with her and teach her what I know. Cooking is such an opportunity to create and communicate love....I just love it. I'm worried that our clutter is going to drive Rodney crazy. Oh, and he won't be able to create lines in the carpet when he vacuums. That could be hard for him. I'm so looking forward to having other people to talk to. Sometimes Dave is really quiet....not the greatest mix when I'm in chatty mode. It'll be good for us to have Gabby around and get used to the baby idea. I am incredibly excited to love better. Rodney and Katie (and God) just draw the love out of people. I know that it's going to stretch all of us. Oh, it's going to be an exciting time! Thank you Jesus for our little home!