I found this on a blog done by Annalise Mishler (which, you should check out her blogs.  INSPIRING!) and thought that it would be something fun that I could do.

So, here goes nothing!

I Confess…
I have a love hate relationship with being a military wife.  I love everything that Shane stands for a most of the things that he does.  I love that he felt the calling to serve his country and acted upon it.  However, I hate the time apart, I hate the distance, I hate the unrealistic expectations, and I hate the lack of respect for family and faith that comes with it.

I Confess…
We have spoiled our dogs to the point where every time we sit on the couch, one or the other (and sometimes both) will jump up in our laps.

I Confess…
Being a step-mom is the most rewarding (and stressful) job that I’ve ever held.  I love those kids as my own, and the amount of pride I feel when they succeed in anything is beyond measure.  But the anger and frustration that I feel when they disrespect and pitch attitude is just as strong as the sense of pride.

I Confess…
I’ve gotten so wrapped up in life and all of the chaos that it is, I have forgotten what hobbies I have.  Instead of reaching for a book in my down time, I reach for a pillow and blanket.

I Confess…
I love my job.  I’ve never felt for respected, more valued, and more of an asset to a company than I do at my current job.  I’m given tasks to do and if I don’t know how to do it, they are quick to teach me.  It’s nice to be a part of a team where I am viewed as a team member.

I Confess…
I hate our cat (Well, M’s cat but we take care of it.)…most days.  She is Satan in fur form.  She rips things apart (including skin), she uses the floors, closets, cupboards, etc as her bathroom when we make her angry, she consistently knocks things off tables and counters, she claws at our feet, legs, arms and hands whenever we get near her and she doesn’t want us to.  But, then there is the super cuddly, lovey, adorable side that comes out about once every 9 days.  She is also a playmate for the dogs and they (or at least Hugo) would be heartbroken if we got rid of her.

I Confess…
Shane and I are what I consider “traditionalists”.  We were trying to do things the right way when we started dating – man takes woman out, man respects woman, we stay in our separate homes, etc etc etc.  That was our goal.  However, due to things discussed in Some Friend You Were, he opened his doors so I had a safe place to go.  Somehow, we still managed to respect our morals and values during that time.

I Confess…
I bake, cook, and clean when I get stressed, frustrated or sad.  Shane will probably return to a spotless house, pre-cooked meals for the next month, and enough baked goods to last us until next year.

I Confess…
Shane and I watched CatDog and Rugrats before work this morning. (THANK YOU, DVR!)  90’s cartoons are probably the best thing we’ve found lately.  Next on the list is Hey, Arnold, Angry Beavers, and Rocko’s Modern Life.

I Confess…
I use my blog for therapy.  There are some of the stupidest things that happen in my life and sometimes I just need to write to get it all out or to explain it in a way that my words can’t.  If you read back in some of my old blogs, you would think some of that is made up – it’s not.  Those situations that happen with the kids – they are real.  Some conversations I’ve overheard – those actually took place.

I Confess…
I am an open book.  I love when people ask me questions about myself or my life or my thoughts on something.  I cannot urge you enough to ask me something if you desire to know.  I will tell you.  I will be honest.

I Confess…
We have 14 Bibles in our house.  We have a “My First Bible” (1), the kids “Deep Blue Sea” bibles (2), military Bibles Shane got on tour (3), his grandma’s Bible (1), his first bible (1), my first bible (1), this kids’ new Apologetics Bibles (2), the New Testament pocket Bible (2) and my Lutheran Study Bible (1).  We also have a Life Application Bible coming hopefully within the next couple of weeks!  That will make 15.  And get this… we use them all.

I Confess…
This blog has put me in a “happy place.”  I am struggling with the fact that I will be on my own for the next 5 days.  I will come home from work to an empty house.  I will wake up alone.  I will go to bed alone.  But I’ll be ok.  I have to stay focused on the positives and keep busy with things that need to be done.

I challenge all of you to participate in the “I Confess…” blog.  It’s actually pretty fun!  Tag me in it so I can see it as well!

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