Pleasantly Surreal…

Life is strange yet familiar.  The kids have adjusted incredibly well to everything which makes me realize that I should have left that man years ago.  I didn’t, I stayed; I honored my commitments.  The funny thing is, most people would think that what happened was awful.  It was.  There is no honor in what was done.  So the fact that it was a gift to the kids and I provides some insight into just how bad things were.

Life is great now.  No more drama, no more lies, no more excuses, no more abuse!  We are near family and when all is said and done that’s all that matters.  I’ve had the big fancy house and it was smoke and mirrors.  Life isn’t the whats and the where’s it’s the who.  Who are you sharing your life with?  Who are you sharing yourself with?

I’m finding myself again.  It’s incredible, exciting… almost surreal.  Some believe God controls everything and for the most part I agree because He is IN everything… but if you read His letter to us you’ll see just how often He sits back and watches.  He loves us enough to allow us to walk our path.  He steps in when needed… He sets things in motion at times… and then He sits back and lets us walk.  Last night I was reminded a simple promise from Christ

  • 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”     Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV

Life is what you make of it.  Make it great!  God has given us all the tools we need to accomplish His will.

My Kind of Flower Vase….

Hey Y’all!  I haven’t had any time recently to post … uh… at all… (bad blogger)!!  Today’s just the same.. however I wanted to sneak a minute and show off my latest creation….  upcycle.. whatever lingo you prefer…. anyways here it is! (yep… a shot glass)… works great when you don’t have long stems.  I just had to snip my first two lilies that bloomed! :) I love star gazer lilies!  ok… let me know your thoughts!

Melina @ CYB:

I’m posting this again because I’ll be using it tonight and again this weekend we have have our first bbq of spring! (2nd of the year)…. but it’s almost that time where it seems every other night we’ll be grilling.. and I just got my husband a very nice grill / smoker this past weekend for an early Father’s Day gift :)
I know this recipe will be helpful to you. Give it a try today! You can always freeze them and then just take them out as needed. Have a blessed evening!
PS–
there have been a multitude of major life changes in our home and in my personal life over the last few weeks so I apologize for many lapses in blogging. Thankfully, I’m free to do this as I please as it’s a personal decision and I earn no income from this blog. However, I’d like to spend more time and effort into helping you ladies CYB, so I’ll rededicate myself to this blog as soon as things get back to “normal”.

Originally posted on Cultivating Your Branch:

These are a hit in my household, and have been since day one. Gone are the days of buying buns! These buns are easy to make, delicious, and much healthier than store – bought buns. This recipe makes about 12 – 16 buns, depending on size.

Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast; if you buy in bulk, this equals 2 1/4 tsp.
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt; coarse ground sea salt is great
1 egg

Directions
1. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until very warm, 120 degrees F (50 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix together only 1 3/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix milk mixture into flour mixture, and then mix in egg. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time…

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Mary Kay!

As of today, I am an independent consultant for Mary Kay.  I’m excited to begin this new adventure. 

If you live in the Atlanta Area and would like to host a party, schedule a makeover, facial or other meeting, please feel free to contact me via my website, phone, text, or email.

http://MaryKay.com/MelinaBryan

Have a blessed weekend and Happy Easter! 

Enjoy the chocolate and other yummies but let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate — He is risen!

Melina’sMemorables is now Raspberries and Honey

I’ve changed the name of my shop!  You can find it at
http://www.RaspberriesandHoney.etsy.com

I’m excited about this change, and I’ll be unveiling my spring collection soon.  Check out the shop Monday!

Have a blessed weekend y’all!  Don’t forget to wear your green and celebrate tomorrow.  I’ve recently learned that I do, in fact have black Irish in me…. so I’ll be celebrating tomorrow :)

How about you?

Why I Carry… (And You Should Too)

The Judge

How many of you love Aaron Lewis’ song Country Boy? I DO!! I DO!!     Yes, I absolutely love that song. I truly identify with most of it.      Today I’m going to focus on one part of the song:

 

  • “I never leave my house without my 9 or 45….”

My new favorite gun is my 45 caliber revolver. I must have done something right last year, because I was one lucky gal Christmas morning. Santa was good to me! One of my gifts was the gun I’d been interested in since the first time I saw a commercial for it a few years ago. It’s The Judge.  I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it’s a revolver that I love but it is great.  I highly recommend it for any and every woman.

Why I Carry

Picture This:

  • ….It’s dark, a woman is walking to her car in a dimly lit (seemingly) empty parking garage… and just as she nears her car and fumbles for her keys, three burly men creep out from behind the dark corner… (there’s always a dark corner) – and does she fear? No, she reaches her hand into her bag… is she reaching for her cell phone?
  • No. She pulls out The Judge.

Now THAT’S my kinda woman!!

Ok, forgive me for being nerdy enough to re-enact that scene from the commercial haha.. but seriously. That is why I carry.

 How often do I find myself alone at night walking through a (seemingly) empty, dimly lit parking garage? Rarely. How often am I driving through the wrong ‘hood? Rarely…. And… how often do I find myself with a car broken down on the side of a vacant road in Somewheresville, SomeState?  Never.  However, you never know when you’ll need to protect yourself.  I don’t carry because of fear that something bad will happen to me. I don’t carry out of fear.

In fact I am not afraid. I carry so that I can -and- WILL protect myself if something ever happens. I pray that I never have to use my gun. However, if I ever find myself in a less than stellar situation, I’m prepared.  Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation what will you do?  We’re not playing a video game, there’s no pause button. You can’t call your mom for help. You won’t have time to dial 911 and even if you do, they won’t be there in 30 seconds or less. And this certainly isn’t a game show, you cannot phone a friend.  What would you do in a dangerous situation?

If you’re a liberal, I want you to ponder this. People say that guns kill people. That’s not true, a gun won’t lift itself up, aim at you and fire on its own. Guns don’t kill people – people kill people.  A gun is merely an instrument that may be used to quicken results.  Have you ever watched those prison shows?  A tooth pick can be a deadly weapon.  A pen can be a deadly weapon.  A shoe string can be a deadly weapon.  If a person wants to lie in wait and murder someone, they’ll find a way.  Keeping guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens only hurts the innocent law abiding citizens.

We have children. Currently, all three are younger than 9. Yes, they know we own guns. The guns are kept out of sight and out of reach of our children. However, we will be teaching them gun safety as soon as they’re ready. I believe in educating our kids. If kids know to respect a gun they’re much less likely to behave foolishly with it or show it off like it’s a toy.  I believe knowing how to clean, load, unload and shoot a gun are important lessons to teach our children.  It’s an important part of independent / self-reliant living. 

I don’t want to begin with the crazy what-if’s and be accused of believing the world’s going to end in December.. but any number of natural disasters or man-made disasters could knock us off this electrical grid we’ve all come to depend on.  What if a disaster occured.  What if you couldn’t just drive to your local supermarket to buy your meat?  What if a disaster occured and you couldn’t drive anywhere?  Are you aware that if an electromagnetic pulse went off near your city you wouldn’t be able to use your car?  No transportation.  No television.  No cell phone.  No home phone.  No internet.  No radio.  No walkie talkie.  What would you do? 

So let’s stop the what-if’s there before you start to believe I’m crazy.  I know it’s a long shot… then again, it’s not silly to be prepared, because any number of things could momentarily disrupt our lives.  I certainly prefer the convenience of buying my meat at the grocery store or a butcher’s market… but what if something prevents that.  What will you do? 

Now, PETA won’t be pleased with me for sharing this bit of knowledge with you… but:

  • God created animals for our use
  • God created animals for our sustanance
  • Ahem… God created animals for food.

While we love buying our meat at the grocery store or butcher’s market; we want to know that if something happened and we lost this easy lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to, we can take care of ourselves..

I know most liberals say that guns are bad and we’d be a better society if we just stopped allowing people to own guns. Have people not realized that “the bad guys” will ALWAYS find a way?  Bad guys don’t follow the laws!  Laws only – and – always end up hurting the good guys. The law-abiding citizens are the ones who are harmed when restrictive laws are passed.

It’s our right to own a gun, and to carry that gun in order to protect ourselves if a situation ever occurred. The anti-gun belief is a new way of thinking… this country was founded on freedom. Small government. Everyone owned guns. We protected ourselves then and we should now. Do you own livestock? Small pets? If so, you may want to own just to ensure their protection.

I’m proud to exercise my second amendment right. I own, and I’m permitted to carry.

So what’s holding you back? Do you agree or disagree with me?

If You’re Interested In Owning Your Own Gun

Are you interested in someday owning a gun but not sure where to start?

  • First of all, please do this!  Exercise and appreciate your 2nd Ammendment right.
  • Second, for a woman, The Judge is a great gun.  It is marketed to women because it is made for women.  This is a gun you can shoot easily with one hand.  There may be a time when this is essential.
  • Third, find a local shooting range and give it a shot. (play on words I know I’m a nerd) 
    • It’ll be less intimidating if you talk to someone you know who owns.
  • Fourth, after you fire a gun, you’ll probably want to own.
  • Finally, when you decide you’re ready to own, research your state’s carry laws.  Go to your local courthouse and apply for a concealed carry permit.  If and when you travel with your gun, be sure to research each state’s carry laws.  Most states will accept your state’s permit but you definitely want to know before-hand.  Also, each state has it’s own laws pertaining to how to properly transport your gun through their state.
  • DON’T DRIVE THROUGH ILLINOIS!!!!! 

Mondays…

THIS PICTURE SAYS IT ALL:

Today has been a Monday in every sense of the word.  I’ve tried to maintain a positive attitude, and some things went well but as a whole it’s most definitely Monday. 

My Mondays consist of chaos (some expected and most unexpected)\: running around all day, homework for the kids (why do teachers do this!?), early non-fancy dinner, early shower and bed times, and generally trying to play catch-up. 

At least we have joy in knowing the sun will set and will rise again tomorrow bringing forth a brand new day.  And Tuesday is always so much better than Monday.

So here’s my advice for the days like today when everything that can go wrong will:

  • Kids can do an early bedtime every now and then.  They’ll be fine.  In fact, they just might enjoy it.
  • Light dinner.  I enjoy cooking but every now and then we keep it simple.  (for my sanity).
  • Have a glass or two of wine and call it a night.  (or three.  I won’t judge).
  • Clean the kitchen and prep for the morning (this helps tomorrow start off smoothly)
  • turn off your phone. (yes!  I actually said that)!
  • Say no to Facebook.  Go to bed.
  • Remember to listen to your body.  Don’t push yourself too much or you’ll break down at the worst time.