Monday, April 14, 2014

Friendship!

Friends...this word just makes me smile! I absolutely love our friends! Many times they are closer than family....there are things they know that no one else knows. They are there when we need to cry. They understand when we are hurting. They never judge us and they can always make us laugh- not just a normal chuckle....laugh until we cry!
I think it is so cool how God brings certain friendships into your life when you least expect it! I have had lots of friends over my lifetime. Some have come and gone..Some I am still close with. Some we have parted ways but they always have a place in my heart!
I love how our friends now are family to us. We do life together. Our kids love each other. We tell our secrets. We tell our opinions even if they are different. We encourage each other. We don't care if our homes are junked from the week of life. We are there no matter what.
This weekend was a huge reminder from God about friendship and that he has blessed us with some pretty amazing people!
So if you are reading this and you are one of our close friends or just an acquaintance, or maybe a friend that has come and gone, just know how much you are loved and appreciated for what you bring to our life! Another thing, if you are reading this and you have awesome friends, don't forget to tell them how much you care for them!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spending!

Well, Well, Well......In the book 7 (again if you don't know about this..google it! You will be blown away) I have made it to the chapter about spending! I knew this would be a tough one because as we all know everyone spends too much money! Matthew and I do our best to watch our spending. We really don't have any credit cards- maybe 1 small one that is paid off. We only have 1 car payment but even with all this we spend too much money! I told Matthew the other day if Dave Ramsey walked in our house we would tell us to sell our van and get something cheap that we could pay off quick - basically going back to the Camry days when we had no car payments what so ever! Man I miss those days!   He would tell us to get rid of the Iphones...go back to basic phones with no texting for $50 a month! we for sure would not be doing the $5 here, $10 there, $8 over there...we nickel and dime it too death! I just don't get it!
anyways in the book she goes on to explain that her and her family will only be spending money in 7 places during the whole month....bills, gas station, farmers market, kids school, limited travel fun, medical, and target(we could be best friends!)! Target is strictly for emergencies and she has to use it last case.....She states that she was looking over her statement for previous months and they had spent money at 66 different vendors..it was time for a change! It really got me thinking about how we spend our money...We don't have 66 different places but what are we spending? is it wasteful? does it bring honor to God? is it something we truly need? can we live without it?  I know money is a very touchy subject and many people don't want to be told how to spend it or what to do with it but sometimes I think about the day we stand before the Lord and will he be happy with how we have managed our money that  HE has given us? I think about what I am teaching my kids....Are we teaching them that things and money can make them happy? I feel there is a happy medium in there somewhere!
Here is something else in the book that blew my mind....
Annual spending on cosmetics $8 billion
basic education for all global children $6 billion

Annual US and European spending on perfume $12 billion
Clean water for all global citizens $9 billion

Annual US and European spending on pet food $17 billion
Reproductive health for all women $12 billion!

This all seems unreal to me..I just can't believe what goes on in our world, and trust me I the worst about turning my head to the things and just thinking, What can I do about it? but then I think ...I may be one person but I can "rage against the machine". I can be countercultural and say enough is enough....I am not buying wasteful things anymore. I am not spending just because we have it. I don't care if we can't keep up with the Joneses..etc...
I know you are probably thinking Oh my, Megan has went off the deep end! No...It has just truly made me think...
So, my challenge for myself is to be mindful of how spend and where our money is going!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!!

What's up in our world.....

*right now I am sitting at the table listening to the Lowes man tell us about windows for our house!! ;)

*yesterday the boys and I went to Jonesboro for a dentist appointment. It rained on us the whole time. I finally gave up on trying to keep us dry... I live in "Megan's world" and in "Megan's world" she doesn't watch the news or know the weather! So yesterday I got dressed looking cute, no prepared for bad weather. I had flats on so my feet we soaking wet all day..my hair was frizzy and gross....the kids were soaking wet..we just looked like drowned rats! Oh well...we made it home safe!

*Hudson has been having bathroom problems....He gets so stopped up and then when he has to go, it is horrible..He balls up on the floor and screams out in pain! I called the dr yesterday and they said we can start using Karo syrup in his bottle?? We started it today so I am anxious to see if it works!

*Bible study was Monday night and it was absolutely amazing! I feel so blessed that God has given me Faithful Friends...I can't even begin to explain the work that God is already doing with this group of women!

*I'm not quite sure what is going on with Jagger but he is really starting to test Matthew and I. He has always been such a good boy and now we ask him to do something or quit doing it and he doesn't. It drives me crazy. It wears me out and I don't understand why he is doing this. I hate having to spank him and I feel like I am constantly getting on to him...I keep praying that God will help us through this and its just a phase....I am taking any suggestions or words of encouragement?!

*I am still cleaning out closets and junk drawers....why or why do we continue to have an over abundance of junk!

*I am looking forward to Easter. It is my favorite holiday! I love everything that goes with it. This year we are having so many cool things going on at church! I can't hardly wait....We are going all out on our Easter Outfits and I am really trying to teach Jagger that Easter is not about the easter bunny...Its about Jesus...and Jesus is the boss of the Easter bunny so Jesus makes the ultimate decision about what is left on Easter morning! :)

* I despise Playdoh...... the end!

*Why don't I have willpower over food..its really starting to bother me..I am trying hard to get rid of the weight from Hudson but its not happening....I really don't feel like buying all new pants... :(

*I'm really serious about the book 7...please buy it..I actually had a dream that I contact Jen Hatchmaker and told her that every person in America should get one! Its actually made me think about recycling!?? The Cohn family has never thought a day about recycling...Jagger just ask..what is recycling? Oh my....this will be interesting!

Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Goodbye Weekend, Hello Week!

Why is the weekends fly by and the weeks drag? I feel like I blinked my eye and the weekend went from Friday to Sunday night instantly! We had a really great weekend. This afternoon I sat down with Grandma Betty to discuss the calendar and I was shocked that starting tomorrow basically until June we are booked!! WHAT and how in the world did this happen??? and I don't even have the ball schedule yet??? I about fell off the chair...I just kept thinking it was a mistake but nope its not! I guess God decided that we had enough down time over the last year and boom, now we have it all! I have actually decided to pray over this booked calendar because I don't want it to take hold of my family and bring any of us down (hope that made sense)...I just don't want us to get so "busy" that we forget each other and the important things in life!
Back to our great weekend....Friday night when Matthew got off work we decided to take a family trip to Lowes! Woohooo (enter sarcasm). I have mixed feelings on Lowes. I like it about 10% of the time.. I just get really overwhelmed with all the choices and everything they have...I mean why do they have blenders, mixers and coffee pots at Lowes??? I haven't figured it out. .I almost have a panic attack when we have to start making a decision on the 80 different choices of flooring/blinds/lighting fixtures/or whatever we are in there for! My brain can't handle the pressure. I end up sitting in the floor telling Matthew to pick whatever I just want to leave!  Now with all that said, I do like it when I know exactly what I am going for. We needed a industrial storage shelf for the shed, and Lowes had exactly what I wanted. It wasn't a hard choice. I walked straight to, paid for it and left! This is when Lowes and I get along! We actually had to go to Lowes to pick out a backdoor. Our backdoor has been broke for several weeks!! Want to know why? Well..........I say Matthew, He says Me...Someone left the keys locked in the house 3 different times in a matter of 2 weeks....lets just say Matthew and the crowbar were not to gentle on the backdoor while trying to break in! Ending result= mad husband, mad wife, broken door that can not be opened or closed and a trip to Lowes to buy a new door! We have learned our lesson!! We came out of Lowes that night with a new door, punkin (as Jagger calls them) seeds, sunflower seeds (he has informed us that we will be having a punkin and sunflower garden-if anyone is needing any of these two things you know where to find some) and a Venus Flytrap!  I would say a successful trip!
Saturday- Gigi, Aunt Claire, Hudson and myself left at 7am to go shopping! We had Easter on the mind! I was needing to find the boys Easter outfits and something to wear for Aunt Claire graduation! I also had some other things I was needing to pick up! We had a great time and Hudson was extremely good. He loved waving at everyone that walked by him! He is definitely the cheaper and easier child to take shopping- at least for a couple of more months! The rest of the night was spent enjoying the company of some great friends! Boy do I love our friends! God is so good and I can't thank him enough for everyone he has placed in our lives! We are beyond blessed!
This morning we all got up and went to church! Yes you saw it..ALL..I was so happy! Today was Hudson's first day in the church nursery! He did really well and I was beyond thrilled that I got to enjoy church service and Sunday School without kids! The rest of the day was spent with family and then church meetings. I am sitting here in bed and I just look back at all the blessing that I don't deserve. I just pray that God would continue to use and guide my family in whatever way he needs! I pray that over the next couple of weeks when we are extremely busy that we would not forget God and what he has done for us. I pray that we would use every opportunity to bring honor to him and that we would not get down in all the hustle bustle!
Hope everyone has a blessed night!
Lots of love..

Friday, April 4, 2014

Letting Go!

I love mornings..Let me rephrase..I love early mornings when my house is super quite and everyone but myself is still asleep! I love the fact that I can walk around the house and do anything. I get a lot accomplished during this time and its when I do my time with the Lord. Its so peaceful and relaxing!
So this morning I am in my quite time and my devotion was on Abraham and Issac. It is when the Lord wants Abraham to sacrifice Issac and as he puts him on the altar to be sacrificed the Angel stops him and then a ram is provided in Issacs place. This whole story really gets to me everytime. When I read it, I just can not imagine placing my own child on an altar to sacrifice him...Call me crazy but I just can't even imagine..So anyways, basically the devotion was talking about how we all have "Issacs" in our life. We all have things that we need to sacrifice. We need to  lay them down on the altar and let go...This hits my heart like crazy. I am a controlling person by nature so I for sure have things that I need to lay down. By the time I am done with the devotion I am in tears because I know there are things that I need to just let go....Right now I am in the middle of a real estate deal that is stressful- lay it down. I love my kids more than life and want to make sure I have control of what they do- lay them down. I want to have control over our debt, money and financial situation-lay it down. There are relationships in my life that I worry over and want to fix- lay it down.
After reading through this devotion and thinking I had dealt with several things, I was reading something else and BOOM God hit me..I had ask him in prayer to show me things throughout the day that I need to let go and surrender. It amazes me how God throws things in my face. I ask him to do something and Oh my does he ever! The section I was reading on was envy. Honestly at first I wasn't going to read it because I was thinking to myself that I am not envious..Wrong!! The passage asks, "When your friend tells you about her Mediterranean cruise with hubby, does your heart sink or swim? Are you able to genuinely rejoice with someone or do you quietly long that you could swap experiences? Envy can blur our vision, causing us to long for something we don't have and to desire that others not have it either." Wow...after reading this I felt sick...There have been times and I even catch myself wanting what others have. When I see people that are better off financially than us, in my mind I long for that. Well God, you showed me one of my "Issacs"- envy. Time to surrender and lay it down. Once I realized what God was showing me, I went to him in prayer with tears in my eyes. I can't believe I had been living with so much envy and then being in denial that I was envious...I don't feel bad about this..I am human. I make mistakes and will continue to make mistakes. I am just grateful that God can show me these things so I can learn from them. I truly want to make sure that I am not missing out on the joy that God has for me. I am willing and want to lay down any "Issacs" that I have standing in that way.

Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Picture Post!

Just wanted to post all the pictures to get you caught up on whats going on! Me and the computer are getting along this morning! :)
love this little boy!

love this little big boy! and those dimples!

So here is what we worked on...my room   this is the before...just junk everywhere..I am ashamed that I let it get like this...

stuff crammed into the drawers...yuck..totally not me!

junky extra closet!

how many junk drawers can we have??

AFTER!!!!!! excuse the boxes and bags..thats all trash!

closet sorted and gone through...this is basically my shoe and dress closet!

AFTER! CLEAN!

Pile of clothes to get rid of !

After a hard days work, we all got to enjoy some popcorn!! Yummy!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

On A Roll!

Well I am very happy with my progress on Spring Cleaning and getting rid! We are only a few days into it but I already feel awesome at what I have gotten rid of and I know if I keep it up we are going to be amazed at the end result!
Yesterday Hudson and I worked on master bedroom drawers and boy did Hudson have a blast throwing things out of the drawers. He loved crawling around in all the junk in the floor while I sorted out piles!
I was planning on posting pictures but for some reason this NEW computer does not like my little disc thing..I am getting very frustrated so I just gave up! Maybe tomorrow I can mess with it again and get pictures posted! I am very proud of myself! ;)
Today was a pretty normal day for us! Jagger went to school..Hudson and I cleaned/ straightened up the house..We picked Jagger up from preschool... We went and saw Grandma Betty...I had to take both of the boys to the doctor (we are pretty regulars at the doctor! I feel pretty sure that if we are not there every other week they start worrying about us!) it was nothing major we just battle tons of allergy/sinus junk! After doctor we ran home and got ready for church! Tonight was kind of a big deal- Hudson went to the church nursery while I went to the Wednesday night service! It made me so happy to sit in church and when I went to get him, Mrs. Kim said he was great! Yay! I think regular church going is in our future! I can't hardly wait to get back into church again! Ever since Hudson, that is one thing I have missed so much- my church and church family! We are so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful thing! Once church was over, I had some work to do on a real estate deal (pray it goes through!) and then we came home! Nothing much exciting! The most exciting things of the day would have been when 1. Hudson took a long nap so I got some work done on the computer and a couple loads of laundry done, and 2. when I realized tomorrow is payday! I'm telling you it doesn't take much to make The Cohn family happy!
well time to get to bed...morning comes quick!
Hope everyone has a blessed night
Lots of love