Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
May this day be filled with good times with family and friends, but above all may this day remind you of the Love that God has for you. He send his son down to earth as the greatest gift we could every ask for. So as you enjoy your gifts from loved ones, remember the ultimate gift. Emmanuel, God With Us.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

5x7 Folded Card

Newsworthy Wishes Christmas Card
Shop Shutterfly for unique,Christmas card designs.
View the entire collection of cards.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Organizing Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, Blogs.... Let's get it all straight!

I've seen the power of social media and how it can be used to communicate to so many people and keep people connected. So I am revamping and stepping up my commitment to social media outlets. So here's the lowdown on what I'm doing.

First and foremost, Twitter. I will be updating my twitter account every day and probably multiple times daily. @chaplain_4
The purpose of my twitter account is to reach out to my soldiers primarily. I will update it with all the latest happenings from the unit and some daily devotional and inspirational thoughts. I am the spiritual leader of this unit and this is one way I can impact and guide a large group of people. It will also include updates about Chapel Next and chapel ministry at Fort Campbell.

Second, this blog will be updated weekly. It will include a mixture of everything I like: family, religion, politics, Army stuff, international affairs, culture, finances, sports and anything else I feel like. It is my personal blog and does not represent the views of the Army!

Next, I'm launching an official facebook page for my unit as their Chaplain. The page name 801st BSB "Maintaineer" Unit Ministry Team. This will be only for soldiers in my Battalion and I will update it with all the events and offerings taking place in my unit.

Of course there's still my personal facebook page as well. If your a "friend" you can always hit me up there too.

That's a whole lot of talk about tweets, updates, and pages. I'm sure it was really boring but if you want to keep up with what's happening in my world and how God is working here, feel free to tune in.

Hope you all had a great thanksgiving with loved ones.
God Bless,

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What "things" have I gotten done?

So, a few months ago I wrote a post about what I was going to accomplish during this deployment. Not so much things that I have to accomplish, but just a few that I would like to do, to be more creative with my time. I think I've done a good job of keeping myself busy so far, sometimes a little too busy! This is my past list and I've commented on what I've done so far and my plans for the rest. I also added some things I did that were a bonus to the list at the end:

Things accomplished:

-P90x (twice): I finished round one (great program, lost 25 lbs and got in pretty good shape). In week 2 of round 2 now. Still enjoying it.
- Visit Chicago: actually, i've gone 3x on my own... too many times driving back and forth if you ask me.
- Visit NY: went in December and had a BLAST!
- Take pictures: if you follow me on facebook, you can see I take pictures now... probably more than you would ever want to see.
- Get a massage: it was great.
- Make baby food: Madison does great with all the food I make her, but she is spoiled and doesn't really like the store bought baby food. Good thing she is moving on to table food quickly!
- Make a video of Madison: I take a few video's, and then send the memory stick to Chris. It has worked pretty well!
- Learn a song to sing Madison: we actually sing lots of songs! She really likes music, as I think most babies do!
- Get professional photo's of Madison: I did this at 4 months, and have another photographer booked for over R&R. It's nice to have good lookin photos. You can see one of the pics from the first professional shoot above, isn't she cute!

Still to do:

-sew madison clothes: maybe I'll do some summer dresses!
- sew myself clothes: maybe I'll make myself some new summer dresses, it is too strange if we match fabrics/
- Run a 1/2 marathon: I did commit to one in April today with Heather, so we'll see if that happens!
- Visit the zoo: not sure when this will happen
- Go line dancing with friends: I've talked about it, does that count! On the plus side, I do have a good babysitter now, so this is more likely to happen than before.
- Kayak with my own kayak: probably won't happen in KY, but maybe in Chicago when it gets warm and my parents live in their new house.
- Finish Madison's baby book: ooops, hopefully I won't be one of "those moms". I would like my daughter to have a baby book!
- Put photo's in a photo album: I printed all the photo's, does that count? They might get in the album soon!
- Take golf lessons: I REALLY want to do this in the spring, and have a feeling I will. Any suggestions for a good instructor?

Add to the accomplished list:

- Went to Disney for 8 days and came back in one piece! I had a fabulous time with my brother and his family. Shout out to Linda and Michael Hommer (MJ's parents) for treating me so well and taking care of me! It was a great experience I will always remember.
- Paid off the Mini Cooper, and the Explorer should be paid off in March (less than a year)! Yeah for no car payments! We hope to never buy a car using credit again... only CASH!
- Managed a cash budget for 8 months. I had NOTHING to do with the budget before this, so it is a HUGE deal. HUGE, HUGE, HUGE. Couldn't be happier about our financial decisions and cash flow planning. Love Dave Ramsey... and if you don't know who he is, you should find out!

Add to the want to accomplish list:
- Read a book/learn more about adoption. We're getting close to that time in our lives!
- Regularly train my dog: he gets left out too much ( as his head is on my lap right now while I type)
- actually post to my blog more than every few months. I have a lot of thoughts that go through this head, they should be written down somewhere!

Ok, that all for now. It's getting late and I'm supposed to be tired.

- Christina