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Becoming Happy, Healthy, and Holy

“Pursuit of Happiness”: Your Brain Wants to Be Transformed July 4, 2008

Filed under: Emotions,Happiness,Peace,Solutions — miss3h @ 12:54 am

This article was very interesting. It basically claims that research shows that 60% of your happiness is set by the time you reach 16 years of age. If you didn’t have an ideal childhood, your happiness could have taken a hit. However, there is that 40% that we can control. It gives tips on how to do that, as well as a link to test your happiness.

Check out the article on ABC News.com .

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Sewing With Purpose

Filed under: Giving,Happiness,Sewing Projects,Volunteer — miss3h @ 12:20 am

A huge “thank you” to Joanna who had this awesome idea! Her mother-in-law is in a group and she thought I would like to join. Boy, was she RIGHT!

I don’t have 100% of the specifics but here is the gist of it:
It is a sewing group. They meet every Thursday and one Saturday per month. They sew newborn clothes with donated fabric. The clothes are then donated to the local low-income hospital for those who are in need. I love it!

I did have to admit that I have only sewn aprons and some 100 or 200 scrunchies in the 1990’s. lol
No problem. They are gonna show me the ropes. This will be so fun and rewarding. I can’t wait to get started! There will be many updates on this in the near future. I’m going to my first meeting on Thursday. I’ll keep you posted on this!
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I am out of my funk. Pretty much. I did finally clean up some around my house and this sewing stuff has me very excited. Next month I’ll be starting more classes too, so I am bound to be busy. It’s still hard, but I’m trying to keep my chin up. I like making things for others when I am down. It keeps me so busy and I love how they treasure the gifts. It is a true win-win situation.

 

My Birthday

Filed under: Uncategorized — miss3h @ 12:08 am

I did not have a huge b-day bash. That was ok. I had a great 28th none-the-less. First, I went with Joanna (Wilder Mom) to Wilder’s dance class. He was adorable! They got me a nice plant and a very sweet card. 🙂 Then we all three went to lunch at La Madeline. After that, I went to Hobby Lobby to get my new sewing machine needle. While in Hobby Lobby, she had a great idea! (See above post!) It was VERY cheap for the needle and upon arriving home I fixed my machine without a hitch, finishing my sister’s apron just in the nick of time. However, I accidentally deleted the pic! LOL. Oh well. She loved it.

When I got home from lunch, I found that something had been delivered to me and was left in the office of my apartments. My hubby had sent me this (even though he is out of state right now)!
The note was so sweet, too. I could not have asked for more…after all -he did let me get my sewing machine too (which I am now OBSESSED with….lol).

Then I went to dinner at Carino’s Italian with my sister and her hubby. We had a nice meal, then to Starbucks, Blockbuster, her house. We watched a movie in the midst of her “dog ranch”. This is my affectionate term for homes of people who have more than 3 dogs. I truly want a dog ranch one day myself. hee hee.

Here is a pic of the cute dogs after they all finally stopped licking me, quit playing around with each other, and got tired of being jealous over which one I was petting –and pooped out.

My mom sent me a gift certificate from “giveanything.com” for $150. I got a down alternative comforter to go in my duvet cover so far (from Linen’s and Things). Thanks, Mom!! 🙂

It was a great birthday and thanks to everyone who thought about me or spent time with me.

 

Sewing Project Pics July 1, 2008

Filed under: Sewing Projects — miss3h @ 12:08 am

Here are two of my first big sewing projects. The first is an art smock for Joanna (Wilder Mom Blog).

The next one is an apron for my aunt. Her birthday is on the 4th and I am going to her big b-day bash in East Texas. She loves to cook, so she should like it. I added apron strings and tried it on…it is pretty cute.

I found the idea for my aunt’s apron on this site (roll over the link to see what it looks like on) http://www.vanillahousedesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/132-cover-with-photos-only2.jpg . I did not use a pattern and modified it a little, but it was super easy to do.

I love it so much that I made my sister one too, just for fun. It is on goldish fabric with black sheet music type print. I used red fabric with very small white polka dots for the accent. I was about to sew on the neck part and apron strings when …(insert scary music)…my sewing machine needle BROKE in half. Hope I can fix it affordably and easily. When it’s done I’ll post a pic. 🙂

P.S. ~*~*~HaPpY BiRtHdAy tO Me! 28 today…~*~*~

 

Free Quiet Time Basket? Cool! June 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — miss3h @ 11:58 pm

Christian Women Online is giving away an AWESOME “quiet time” basket, filled with everything a woman could want when having her personal bible study at home. Click to see the goodies! It is HUGE and has a few bible studies, highlighters, snacks, you name it!

I am entering to win the basket! Actually, I began a study at home today. It is from Lifeway Christian Stores and is called “Lord, Change My Attitude” by James MacDonald and Barb Peil. I did the first lesson today after dance class and it really changed my perspective on complaining. I mainly complain at work: who is not pulling their weight, who left me a horrible tip, my feet hurt, I’m bored, blah blah blah…yeah I’m even tired of my own complaints! This lesson showed how complaining is sin and this line hit me most: (emphasis mine)

“All the grace and strength you need to experience joy and victory are available to you; but by choosing to complain by cliniging to the idol of a perfect life, you are flushing away the grace of God.”

Just think about that for a minute. Because we tend to want the “American dream” or our own version of a perfect life, we choose to complain when we hit a snag. Instead of brushing it off, we sweat the small stuff until our complaints override our thankfulness. We lose the feeling of gratefulness and grace when we choose to cling to the ideal that life should be perfect.

I wrote a ton in my journal about how I am going to change this horrible habit of complaining at work. Here’s a scripture that you can repeat to yourself when you feel like complaining:

Philippians 2:14-15 says, “Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights of the world.”

Winning the basket would be great…but the real reward is the lessons I am learning and the time I am spending reading God’s word, growing closer to Him.

 

The 4th June 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — miss3h @ 11:25 pm

Well I am just so happy. Looks like I have off the 4th of July and the day after. Joel gets to leave the base on the 4th so I am gonna high tail it up to Oklahoma and see him. 🙂 I’m so happy. I thought I would not get to see him til August.


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In other news, I am putting the finishing touches on Joanna’s present. It is my first big sewing project and it is looking good. I’m giving it to her tomorrow, so I’ll post pics afterwards…wouldn’t want Jo to take a peek at the blog before she gets it afterall. 😉

 

Hodge-Podge of Thoughts… June 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — miss3h @ 9:39 pm

Thanks to everyone for the support. I am feeling better. I think one of the hardest things about my hubby being gone is finding a happy medium between missing him constantly or being too busy to think about him at all. LOL! When you are married but living on your own for a year, your mind can be confused!

Anyway, I am thrilled for the friends I am making, the new commitment to good habits, and for fun in my life. I have a new plan to budget and get to Move Studio 5 times a week. Woo hoo! Although today I am so sore …wow. I got my butt KICKED in class yesterday. 🙂
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In other news, I have been thinking. You know, I have so many regrets in my life. Often it is hard to focus on the future instead of getting down about the bad choices I made that are still effecting my life today. On the other hand, I feel so sad for those who say they live with “no regrets” with a smile. It makes me sad because without regrets, we are not in need of God. We would have no reason to change, grow closer to Him, or seek forgiveness. I guess living with no regrets is not all it’s cracked up to be…

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I am giving up fast food. Today I wanted Taco Bell so bad it was RIDICULOUS! I am praying for will power. What’s the point in working out so hard if I am eating junk? Oh but how I love the junk… Eating has always been comforting and relaxing for me. I need to learn to depend on God instead of eating myself into …REGRET. 🙂
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I started sewing and am making Jo a present. Possibly for her B-day, but I hope to have it ready sooner. It is fabulous for my first BIG project. It probably won’t be big to her, but to me it has been a challenge. I’m proud of how it’s turning out and think Jo will love it.