2010

31Dec09

I could try to plan out 2010 and what I want to accomplish, but quite honestly it would be boring and way less cool than what God has planned for me in 2010!  But I do have some “filler” to occupy my time while I”m waiting on God’s plan:

1.  Cooper River Bridge Run March 27 Charleston, SC

2.  Buy a house

3.  Go on at least 2 family vacations—something we were unable to do last  year, since Mr. Clementine had to save his vacation days for job interviews! 

4.  Take a trip with Mr. Clementine for our anniversary!  Something we haven’t done since our honeymoon!

5.  Go crabbing in MD.

6.  Volunteer with a local charity on a regular basis.  God has given us so much, it is way past time to give to others!

7.  Learn to drive stick shift, so Mr. Clementine will get OFF my back!

 

 

What do you want to do in 2010?

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2009

31Dec09

What a year!  I can’t believe that it is over!  2009 has been full of HUGE changes and challenges and I can say that EVERY one of them was worth it.  The biggest change was moving to our new city, that is soooo far away from a place that we loved so much, but had out grown.  I’m so thankful for our new city that has so many more opportunities for the entire Clementine clan.  I am excited to see what our new city has for us as we begin to settle into it in 2010. 

The biggest challenge for me was being a single mom for 9 months while Mr. Clementine was selling our house.  I am vowing to make sure that he knows how loved and appreciated he is from 2010 until eternity!


  

I wrote this September 25th and never posted it.  I think in the excitement of  having my family back together again I forgot all about it (and my blog for that matter)!  But looking back over 2009, this story is probably the highlight of the year.  The “moral of the story” was definitely the thread that ran through my life in 2009.  Enjoy!

  

We finally sold our house !  It was supposed to be an eventful day in the sense that we were selling our first home and that we would finally be reunited with Mr. Clementine, but uneventful in the sense that it was suppose to be a very smooth, simple process of signing a few papers, handing over the keys, and driving back to our new city as a COMPLETE FAMILY.  Instead it turned out to be the day from H-E— A-V-E-N—you thought I was going to say something else didn’t you?  It actually was an incredibly trying day, but it also turned out to be a day full of God’s grace.  Let me begin from a few days earlier…..

On Saturday night I lost my wallet, which included my debit card, credit cards, social security card, and my license.  I have ordered new ones that should arrive any day now, but in the meantime I am without an ID and without any money.  Fast forward to the following Friday…the morning started out wonderfully.  The girls woke up in a good mood and we left the house on time, which rarely happens.  In the middle of nowhere, with no rhyme or reason, the car started shuttering violently.  I was about half a mile from an exit that I was familiar with and knew that it had an Auto Zone directly off the exit.  Struggling down the highway, my car made it into the Auto Zone parking lot, gave one last shutter and completely broke down as we coasted into a parking spot.  I was so thankful not to have broken down on the side of the road with my babies that I sat in my car and cried.  After a few minutes of crying, praying, and the eldest Clementine looking at me like “you have truely lost your mind”, I gathered myself together and went inside not knowing how I was going to pay for car repairs.  That’s where we met Corey, an Auto Zone employee and a true God send.  He determined that my car needed a new battery and a new alternator.  He offered to see if the parts were in stock and then call the repair shop down the road to see if they could tow and repair it for me.  He checked on the parts and determined they were in stock.  The parts were over $200!  I had $75 in cash and a blank check that would do me no good without I.D.  I told Corey that I didn’t have enough money and would have to wait for my husband to come get me.  He asked how far away he was and when I responded it would be 3-4 hours, Corey told me to hang on and that he’d be right back.  Corey returned with parts and tools in hand.  He offered to give me a discount on the parts and repair my car himself!  I almost broke down in tears again, but to keep from making this good ol’ country boy really uncomfortable I pulled it together and thanked him from the bottom of my heart.  He ended up only charging me $64!!  Within the hour we were on our way to our house for the very last time.  To keep us on the day’s timeline the real estate agent was kind enough to meet us at the house with the closing papers.  We signed and were off in a flash.  There was no time to linger in each room and say good bye to our first home (another blessing in disguise, because I was already in an emotinally unstable state), because on top of selling our house, Mr. Clementine had a job interview at 6 pm in our new city—3 hours away!  If it were not for Corey’s kindness, Mr. Clementine would have had to drive 60 minutes to pick us up, drive 60 minutes back to close on the house, return to Auto Zone and repair the car, and undoubtedly miss his interview—THE interview that LANDED HIM A JOB!  THANK YOU JESUS!  Mr. Clementine started his new job the following Thursday!  When we sold the house we were prepared for him to be without a job for quite awhile.  He was a bit disappointed that he only got 3 days “off” before starting his new job!  The moral of this story is when you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, if you have GOD, you have ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!  He does provide!  I pray that Corey is blessed and that I may somehow bless others as drastically as he blessed me that day!

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I will never look at an auto parts store the same way again!

 

 

 


BBQ TOFU is the nastiest thing I have ever tasted.  It didn’t even come close to resembling good ol’ NC barbeque……but then again anyone who thought it would is crazy.  You can’t top BBQ!  Enuff said.

BBQ Thisaway! by The Rocketeer.


New Love

17Sep09
I have a new love…..I love cooking and trying new (meatless) foods—much to the shock and awe of my hubby!  I NEVER EVER cook.  I detest cooking.  I find it to be painfully tedious and messy and gross!  Mushing up hamburger meat and cutting through raw chicken makes my skin crawl—-but those are horrors of my past!  Going vegetarian-ish has brought out an excitement for cooking!  I love cutting up veggies and discovering new ways to spice them up!  I am also loving the adventure of trying all the different meat substitutes such as, veggie burgers, tofu, tempeh, etc, etc.  So far I have conquered the art of grilling veggie burgers and Italian veggie sausage.  This weekend I’m going to attempt to make BBQ tofu—-we’ll see—-I’ll keep you updated.  Morning Star Farms has the best black bean veggie burger and “sausage” and they are so quick to make.  I just throw them on the Foreman, and within minutes they are done.  The key is to crisp them just a bit to get a firmer texture.  I also noticed that regular buns are too much bread and the “meat” taste gets lost in all the bread.  The new Arnold sandwhich thins are a perfect size!  The spicy black bean veggie burger is best with melted mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup, all on a toasted sandwich thin!  These also work great with the veggie sausage.  Sautee onions, mushrooms, green peppers, grill up the “sausage” and slap it on a sandwich thin!  DELICIOUS!
 
 
 

I have good news and bad news.  Bad news first– I have lost my prayer journal!  I’m really upset about this.  I’m thinking it may have been packed up in one of the boxes full of office supplies that is now sitting in storage.  My prayer journal is now a prayer time capsule.  How neat it is going to be to go back and read through and see how God answered my prayers!  You know that feeling when you are taking last winter’s clothes out of storage and lo’ and behold you find a $20 bill in your winter jacket?  Yea it’s going to be 1,000 times better than that!
 
Moving on to the good news….Mr. Clementine has given his 2 week notice and will be finally joining us in our new city—-without a job.  Needless to say, a job for Mr.Clementine is one of the things that I’ve been praying about (as documented in my prayer time capsule), but most importantly I have been praying that Mr.Clementine would see God’s hand and timing in the aquisition of a new job.  I believe God is moving on this—Mr. Clementine had a phone interview yesterday and it went really well!  He will be having a face to face meeting tomorrow morning.  Mr.Clementine mentioned to me last night that if he gets this job and is able to start immediately, that the timing of this will absolutely blow him away!  I pray that this is the job for him, because the timing really is amazing, but if it isn’t the right one, I pray that he doesn’t get discouraged!  I also pray that if this isn’t the right line of work for Mr. Clementine, that God will open his eyes to this and open the door that will lead him down the right career path.  The possibilities are endless for him right now, and I hope he is as excited about the unknown as I am!  Please keep Mr. Clementine in your prayers—-his interview is at 10:30 am tomorrow.  Pray that he sleeps tonight!!

I’m not slacking on my posts already, I promise!  I’ve just been really busy unpacking and trying to find a place for all our stuff.  There are several things I have come to realize in this move:
 
1.  The Clementine babies have WAY TOO MANY toys. 
2.  Mr. Clementine has WAY TOO MANY shoes.  He has more shoes than me!
3.  And oddly, I have WAY TOO MANY puzzles!  What an odd thing to have a lot of.  They are really pretty and different though.  And they kept me company on my long, lonely nights when Mr. Clementine was away.
 
We are planning on having a yard sale this weekend.  I have a feeling we will make a lot of money off our junk.  As we were moving into the house last weekend, all our boxes were scattered on the front lawn, and I had to keep running yard salers off.  When I told one woman that none of our items were for sale, she got very huffy! 
 
By the way—none of my puzzles will be up for sale!