Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sunshine Award

I'd like to thank Sarah from Mrs. T's for awarding me with the Sunshine Award. Sarah has been a friend of mine since birth. We have shared many great times together; Doogie Houser, Emenies, dance parties, etc. But my favorite memory with Sarah would have to be a particular voicemail she left me the day she got my card asking her to be a bridesmaid. I was still at school when she called and I got a voicemail of her yelling, crying, screaming, Hannah (her daughter) crying because Sarah's screaming woke her up, and letting me know that she just got out of her car and jumped up and down. Every girl should be lucky enough to have a 'Sarah' in their lives.

The rules are to thank the person who awarded you, blog about it, answer the questions, and then pass the award on to bloggers, letting them know you awarded them the Sunshine Award.
The Questions
  • Favorite color: pink
  • Favorite animal: black labs, although I am a little partial to one in particular
  • Favorite number: 3... or 7 
  • Favorite drink: Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Facebook or Twitter:  Facebook
  • Passions: the Lord, spending time with my family, making my husband glad he has me as a wife, scrapbooking, crafting, blogging, reading
  • Giving or getting presents: Definitely giving... I can't wait to have someone open up the perfect gift I picked out for them. I love the smile and surprise on their face.
  • Favorite day: Friday
  • Favorite flowers: tulips

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Decking the halls...

We've been so busy this Christmas season that I am just now getting around to wishing you all a Merry Christmas! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas with those you love!  

Our Christmas was very nice but way to busy. Christmas Eve started once again with breakfast in bed made by my oh-so-loving husband. Only this year, I was woken up by my Ruby-girl. We went to our Christmas Eve service then to my parents house to start the festivities. I do have to say that one of the highlights of our Christmas has become my dad's gag gifts... and this year was not a let down. My gift was my old hamster wheel... what makes it even better though is I didn't like hated my hamster and there was even some hair in it... Mark's gift was a Pot and Putt bathroom golf set. I'm ashamed to admit that he looked a bit excited. Christy once again got camo (because it never gets old) and JD got a first aid kit along with a needle and thread because he happened to go through his friends windshield a few months ago. Mark and I got a little creative this year though, and decided that my dad should not be the only one to have some fun so we made a little gift of our own.(Mark did the wrapping) Roger's is a local flee market we have so we got him a Roger's Gift Card. We duct taped 19 cents in the shape of a gift card. He loved it!

Christmas day began with Mark and I opening our presents (lots of goodies) then going to church. Our service was a collection of testimonies about the Christmas season. It was so nice to share these experiences, funny and serious, with each other. After church we headed to Columbus to begin the Wimbish festivities.

We had a great weekend but I am so glad to be home and able to relax now... Wish me luck as I start to plan my New Year Cleaning/Organization schedule! (Is it sad that this makes me excited???)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

November & December Craft Nights

Craft Nights at the church have become a huge success. I am so happy to have a night when we can all come together and show off our talents. November's Craft Night was to make Thanksgiving Turkeys. We then used the turkeys as the centerpieces for the church dinner the following Sunday. It was nice to see everyone admiring what we made.

For December's Craft Night we made Christmas Trees out of styrofoam cones and ribbon. This was our best Craft Night yet... We had so many people we even ran out of supplies... Oops! The Christmas trees varied from a traditional red/green/gold to blue/pink/purple/silver trees. It was so fun to see everyone's personality come out in their trees... Here are a few that I was able to get:
Everyone hard at work to make the perfect Christmas Tree...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

30 Days to Be Thankful

"What if tomorrow you wake up with only the things that you were thankful for today..."

I ran across this quote the other day and it has been in my mind ever since. It is so true that far too many times we simply forget to thank God for all that we have. We let a bad day overshadow all the good that was in it... simply waking up, having a house to wake up in, a meal to eat, a job to go to, a car to drive in, a husband/children to kiss goodnight... I was thinking about really celebrating all that I have to be thankful for and then I came across this Blog Party and knew instantly that I wanted to do it. I am joining the Thirty Days to be Thankful that Becoming a Strong Woman of God is hosting. Stop on over and link up if you would like to join me.

Day 1 {11/1/11}
I am so very thankful for my husband, Mark. I am so blessed to have a godly man to lead me and one day our family. I am thankful to have someone who makes me laugh and smile and feel like a princess. We have been married a year now and it has been a year full of so many blessings. (And may I add that he just brought me a Diet Coke... love!)

Day 2 {11/2/11}
I am so thankful that I have the love of God... I go through each day knowing that I am loved unconditionally. Though I may fail, and do fail, I have the forgiveness of my Savior to pick me up. I fully trust in the Lord and lean on Him daily.
Day 3 {11/3/11}
I am so THANKFUL for my dad. As many of you know, he is the kind of person that once you meet him your life will never be the same (good or bad :) I was so grateful to have my dad walk me down the asile a year ago (wet whillie or not...) and was so excited to dance our Father/Daughter dance (that we went and took lessons for). I love my dad so much. He has taught me plenty throughout my life. He has shown me what hard work is, what it means to make sacrifices for your family, love, how to build/fix things, and how to have a good time. Love you dad!
Day 4 {11/4/11}
I am so incredibally thankful for my mother. She is so very important to me. A few years ago we went from being mother/daughter rivals to best friends. I am so blessed to have a mother who cares for her children as much as she does. She loves her family very much and works so hard to provide for us. Over the years I have heard that "I am so much like my mother" many times and I take that as a compliment. I would love to become the wife, and eventually one day mother, that she has been. I lovve you so much mom.
Day 5 {11/5/11}
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have Mike & Lorainne as my inlaws. They raised a great son and I am blessed that he is my husband. I love going to Columbus and spending time with them. The first time I met them, Lorainne and I had a three hour conversation before Mark even woke up. I realized then how much I loved their family

Day 6 {11/6/11}
I am not only thankful for my sister and brother but I do not know what I would do without them... I spent 10 years asking for a sibling and they were both worth the wait. We share so many memories together that there are too many to count... Sleepovers, coming across a deer in the Poland Woods, dropping Chinese food at the GAP, youth trips, first game nitght with Mark, watching movies, etc.

Day 7 {11/7/11}
Mark and I are so blessed and thankful to have such a wonderful youth group. They are so strong in their faith and are turning into a great group of young women and men. They are also so much fun to be around. We got to hang out with them this weekend at Kalahari and we had a blast. You guys rock!

Day 8 {11/8/11}
I am so very thankful for my grandparents and for all that they have done for me and for the great example of strength that they are. I was blessed to grow up with them as my 'neighbors' and remember many summers spending all night swinging on the front porch and going for midnight walks with my grandma. I remember spending the weekends of my childhood helping my grandpa run glass at his auctions and square dancing with my grandma and running the cash register at the conventions. I was even luckier to have the opportunity to move in with them for a few years. I especially loved it around the holidays when I was able to help my grandma cook and learn all her secrets. I look at them each day and think about how much of an example they are for all of us. They do not let anything stop them and fully rely on God each day. I love you grandma and grandpa.

Day 9 {11/9/11}
I am thankful that Rachel Woodburn is my friend. Not many people are lucky enough to have a friend to grow up with but Rachel and I have been friends since we were born. We met at church and have grown with the church over the years. We have been through good times and bad and I know that I can count on her for anything. Now Rachel has a daughter of her own and I am so happy to be a part of her life as well. I can't wait to watch Addison grow over the years...

Day 10 {11/10/11}
I thank God for my new job everyday! My life has changed tremendously since I have gotten this job. I love what I do. I get to teach ninth graders via the internet. It may not be a traditional 'brick and mortar' school but it is still full of so much life. I leave 'school' everyday with a smile on my face which is so much appreciated. ECOT is a great company to work for...

Day 11 {11/11/11}
I am thankful for my freedom and for those who fought for it and for those who are still fighting for it.

Day 12 {11/12/11}
I am thankful for today. I know that may sound strange but today was a really great day. This morning Mark held his first flag football tournament and had a really great turnout. I've heard that the boys had a great time. I went to a Thirty-One meeting and got the new lunch cinch tote which is super cute! Then this afternoon I was a part of the Ladies Holiday Bazaar at the church and it was a success. I am so thankful for those who support me in what I do. Now, Mark is downstairs playing Risk with the boys and I am in his comfy recliner, with his warm Bengals blanket watching the new Harrry Potter that he bought me last night... Such a good day!

Day 13 {11/13/11}
I am very thankful for Memorial Baptist Church and all who belong there. I have been attending this church since I was born and it is a very big part of my life. While the building itself may be just a ceiling and walls, it is those inside of it that I consider my family. We are a very close church and have the best of times.

Day 14 {11/14/11}
I am very thankful for my new friend Jessie Northern Ankrum! We have been friends for a year but it feels like a lifetime. I am so happy to have someone with the same interests and beliefs to talk to. I love hanging out with you girl! Now if you would just move here things would be alot easier... Ha Ha! (No really, that wasn't a joke... move! :)

Day 15 {11/15/11}
Who would have thought that I was a dog person? Not me, but I love her. I am very thankful for Ruby! She has brought life to our little house!

Day 16 {11/16/11}
I am so thankful that after all these years (its hard to admint how old we are getting...) I am still friends with the 'girls' from high school. It is exciting to see how life is treating us all... moving across the country, getting new 'real' jobs, getting engaged and getting married... I am very thankful for each and every one of you...

Day 17 {11/17/11}
I am so thankful that Mark and I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii this summer. It was an incredible trip. The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful. We got to enjoy the beach, the sunsets, snorkeling with sea turtles... So thankful for this trip.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Ultimate Blog Bash 2011

My name is Carrie and I am so excited to be joining the Ultimate Blog Bash. I have been blogging for about a year now and am addicted... I love spending my Saturday mornings curled up on my husbands oversized recliner {on a side note I'm still trying to figure out why so many wives complain about the college recliner that comes with the husband upon marriage... have you sat in it? It's comfortable!}, with a cup of hot chocolate Diet Coke, in my pjs and looking for ideas for crafts, recipes, marriage, devotions, home management, etc.

My blog 'From the Life of His Wife' was created to help me document my new life as a wife. Mark and I were married October 2, 2010. God wrote us an awesome love story and I would love to share it with you here. We recently bought our first house {go us!} and added an addition to our family, Ruby, an 8-week old black lab. Mark is a Youth Pastor and together we have a great time with our youth group. I am a teacher, currently teaching 9th grade algebra.

'From the Life of His Wife' is a place where I can show-off my husband, puppy, thoughts, and creative adventures. I am an avid scrapbooker and crafter and anything that falls in between. I would love for you to become a follower and follow me on my blogging journey {comments always make me smile too... just sayin}.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

I just wanted to take a minute and share a great organization that gives 'Christmas' to children who would not get one otherwise. Its called Operation Christmas Child, also known as the Shoebox Ministry, and my church has been involved in it for many years. There are many locations around the United States to drop your shoeboxes off at, and I even believe most Chick-fil-a's participate also. Please click here to get more information on how to participate. It's so humbling to see how filling a shoebox with simple toys and hygiene items brings such a big smile. I am in tears each time I watch the videos and see how truly excited these children are.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October Craft Night

I just got back from another Craft Night at the church and have the cutest pictures to post. Tonight's craft was yarn wreaths... the newest craze to hit pinterest! Have you seen them yet? When I first saw them I immediately placed the picture in my fall file. We had the best time creating our unique wreaths. It amazing how we can all start out with the same wreath and instructions and end up with completely different masterpieces. Take a look...
Christy & Julie with their wreaths to hang in their rooms

Trista's Elegant Wreath

Sandy's Cleveland Browns inspired wreath

My wreath to hang in the dining room
We also painted Christmas ornaments for Operation Evergreen. Operation Evergreen is a foundation that sends pre-decorated Christmas trees to our Troops so spread some Christmas Cheer. I have participated in this program for four years now and love the cause. Mary Jan Perdulla, owner and operator of Pioneer Trails Tree Farms and a member of Memorial Baptist Church, donates Christmas trees every year. Click here to read more about this operation.

Monday, October 3, 2011

One Year of Wedded Bliss...

Yesterday Mark and I celebrated our one year anniversary. Mark had the day planned, with a little alterior motive I might add, and it was so sweet. We started our anniversary 'weekend' by going to visit his parents in Columbus. Sunday morning we woke up and headed out... where? I was not told. I quickly guessed though as I saw the truck heading the all-to-familiar way to Seneca Lake. We stopped and ate lunch at Bob Evans. Mark chose Bob Evans because that is where we went to breakfast the morning after the wedding. That morning was one of my favorite moments to date... Just sitting there across from my husband. It was perfect... cold and rainy, I was in my 'Mrs. Wimbish' hoodie, shiny new rings on our fingers, we had nothing to do but go back to the cabin and warm up in the hot tub... I loved it. So we started off with lunch then headed down the windy road to the chapel... our chapel... the setting of not only our vows but where so many important decisions in our lives had been made.
We stopped to take a picture there then headed onto Vesper's Hill to snap another one before the rain came. Our wedding picture above the fireplace is the two of us standing in front of the cross. Now we have another one exactly one year later.

On our way home is when the sneaky guy of mine says "So umm... Did you know Cabella's isn't to far from here?" Because I love him so much we stopped at Cabella's.

After the drive home we came back to a year old cake waiting for us and envelopes to open... At the wedding we had our guests leave a message and seal it in an envelope. They were told that the envelopes would not be opened until our first anniversary. We had so much fun reading the advise given, hearing about our guests favorite part of our wedding, and reading different date ideas they thought we should do. We had a blast opening them. I would definitely recommend this to other brides out there. The cake... yea, we ate enough to say that we ate it...


Now I am all about traditions and found this GREAT idea on pinterest (can you say addicted???). I was really wanting to make our anniversaries special so we are documenting them with a picture. Each year on October 2 we are going to take a picture. This picture is different though... This is a picture of us holding last years' picture... Have you ever seen the opening of Modern Family... Where they hold a picture of them holding a picture of them... and I think you get it. That is our anniversary tradition... I can't wait to see this over the next few years...

Miss Ruby

Introducing... Ruby Wimbish! Mark and I are so excited to welcome Ruby into our family. She is a 7 week old black lab. We have been shopping for weeks for the most comfortable bed, perfect toys, 'rubiest' collar and leash, and healthiest food for her. She had a place in our hearts before we even brought her home. Welcome home Ruby!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Craft Night

Last night was our first MBC Craft Night... The night was filled with ceramic tiles, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, an over-worked Cricut and lots and lots of laughter. Our craft for the night was coffee table coasters. Each lady brought their own ideas and inspirations to the table and drafted away. Here are some of my coasters for the night...
Coasters for our nightstands

A special coaster for Mark's milk on those chocolate-chip-cookie kind of nights

A coaster for my desk
Pictures throughout the night...
Julie & Abby planning their coasters

Debbie hard at work

Michele making us all laugh

Jane & Pam working on their coasters

Hannah & Missy smiling for the camera

The youth
Does it look like fun? Join us for the next one. Craft Nights are once a month... October's craft: Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Choose Your Own Adventure Date Night

So the other day when I was doing my daily blog-hunt I stumbled across The Dating Divas. I sat for hours looking through all their creative date ideas. One idea really piqued my interest, a Choose Your Own Adventure Date. My mind immediately started going thinking of my husbands favorite places around here and cool things we could do. Finally, I gave in and told him to keep Thursday night free as I was planning a date for us.

I started by creating a book cover from a CYOA book. I changed the title to The Dating Adventure, put myself as the author, and added detective/clue-like clipart.

Then I came up with different levels of activities: pre-dinner, dinner, post-dinner, etc. For each level I had four options for Mark to choose from. I printed these off, put them in envelopes, then on each envelope I wrote a clue as to what was inside. I think he had the most fun trying to figure out each clue as he HATES surprises.

When I had finished that I wrote a poem to go with the cover. The poem told him what tonight's date was going to be.

Here are some pictures from our Choose Your Own Adventure Date:

I gave him the first set of envelopes at home. He read the clues then choose one to open.

 That envelope sent us 'Window shopping at Family Christian Bookstore'.

After that it was time for dinner and we were off to Los Gallos. This decision was a tough one...

For our activity we went to Wal-Mart and bought each other a $5 gift. We cheated a little on this one and we kind of picked out what we wanted. Mark got doe pee (how romantic, I know...) for hunting, and I got a Paula Dean cinnamon and apple candle.

Overall our date night was a huge success!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dry Erase Plate

Ever since my bachelorette party at my friends house I have wanted one of these plates. You are not only able to write on them with dry erase markers but change the ribbon to match the occasion. I was so excited when my mom bought me one as a housewarming gift. She gave it to me just in time and I was able to write our 'menu' on it for a fellowship night/open house we had on Sunday.
I have so many ideas for this plate... Writing love notes for my husband, a countdown to Christmas,/birthdays/anniversaries, scripture verses, messages to guests at a party, etc... I can't wait to use this plate again. The ideas are countless!