Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring is coming!!//Update on life

I haven't written any personal post lately. Life has been just so full! Last month seemed to just roll by without my noticing and now March is already half over! Argh...Feels like I can't even stop to think! But...I will try for this post.
For a while now I have been just anxiously waiting for the time when Marissa and I will get our own place. It has seemed like a long time since we first started working towards that goal. For Christmas we received gifts of items we would need. At the time it seemed so far away! Now more recently we got a living room set and a kitchen table set! Plus Marissa and I both got more work which is such a blessing! I had just started to worry that maybe we couldn't afford to live on our own. Now it feels so close...Yet still so far.. I still need a bed and we need a washer and dryer... But otherwise we got what we "need" and then some!
On the 31st of this month my sisters and I are going away for my sister Elisa's birthday. I am excited! This is the first time we have ever done anything like this before. Well...We did stay one night away together before but it was a long time ago and I was quite young... My relationship has changed with my sisters since then...Though I will probably always be the "baby" I feel I am much closer to them now.
This July a group of us are going to Minnesota once again for our church conventions. And like before I am really excited. Last time was a trip to remember...And I mean, literally!;)  But hopefully this year's memories will be even better! We plan to do some sightseeing on the way back home and I am really looking forward to it! The main place I want to go is so see the town my dad was born in. I grew up hearing stories about it but this will be my first time there! Maybe Mt. Rushmore, Lake Superior also...??
I have been slowly trying to go through stuff and downsize the multimillions I own. I am exaggerating. But it is close enough! I have tons of stuff of my Mom's and tons of stuff from my childhood. Lots I will keep though I will probably pack it away again...But there lots of toys that I don't know if I will want to keep now. I have been through my clothes many times over the last few months and continue to get rid of stuff. Only now it is about all I can do. I have many t-shirts from my many travels around the country that I can't part with.
I have been thinking about doing a series of post about all the places I have been. I've traveled all around the lower 48 states, though not to all yet. I've also been to Canada and Mexico. If I ever find time to do the tags I am supposed to do(sorry guys!) Then perhaps I will find time to do this too!
Just a quick update. Hope you enjoy it!
<3 Marita

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Q & A Tag

Hey everyone! I am sorry about taking so long to do this tag!
I was tagged by two different people, thank you Shantelle @ Between the Pages of This Bookish Life and Marissa @ Hidden Treasures! I won't be tagging anyone (as everyone has probably already done it!) and will be answering questions from both the people I was tagged by. Hope you enjoy!




1) Favorite book you've read this year?
Hmm....I haven't done a lot of serious reading this year! Mostly I have just skimmed through books. But, I think it would be Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould. I thought it was a very sweet story!

2) Would you rather read the book before watching the movie, or the other way around?
I have done both and I have found if I watch the movie first it isn't ruined when I read the book...but, if I do the opposite most often I do not like the movie. I guess in the end I enjoy watching the movie first. Though I always enjoy the book much, much more!

3) What's one movie/TV series that has impacted you? Why?
I guess if I must give only one answer I will say....Father Knows Best.
The people are so real! They act like a normal family, though of course everyone has there own "normal". Their life in the show is quite different than my life growing up, but they live how I always dreamed a "normal" family lived. A life where the dad went to work everyday, the mom wasn't sick and all the siblings were at home just growing up together.... ;)

4) What actor has "the voice"?
Sam Elliot. Or I guess I would say  him as Tell Sackett...He was "mine" when I was little. I LOVED his voice growing up! But there also is...Matt Damon, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart...sigh, lots off distinct voices out there!

5) Love being with people, or would you rather be a loner?
Hmm, this one is hard! I do enjoy being with people to a point. I do not like talking in crowds or even being around them much, but enjoy one on one conversations. I love being with my friends in a group though, which sometimes is pretty big. But usually I don't like being "with" them. I usually just go off in a corner and read or something. I guess it all depends on my mood... :P I would probably say I am happiest alone...

6) What is the first thing you notice when meeting someone new?
I guess their eyes. But also the way people walk stands out to me.. don't ask me why! I guess I notice almost anything about their body language. They way they move, they way they stand, etc...

7) What trait do you, personally, think is important for people to have?
Humility. I believe that the ability to humble yourself and admit your weakness and your faults is the truest form of courage and strength. This is one thing I pray I can learn!

8) What's your "go-to" shirt?
A long green and white striped t-shirt. It is so soft and comfortable!

9) What's one wish of your heart?
That I could every draw closer to my Lord and Savior and that those who are lost could come to believe. I guess that is two.. ;)

10) What are your three favorite baby names?
Kin Yance, Forever Rose, and Margaret Evelyn. I have many, many names written down so it is hard to choose only three.... :)

Hope you enjoyed!
Marita <3






Saturday, February 11, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Ten Random Questions Tag






I was tagged by Marissa at Hidden Treasures for the Ten Random Questions Tag.
Here it goes!


#1 What is your favorite snack food?

Well...Hmm... This one is hard, I don't eat a whole lot of snacks these days.
But I would probably say celery with peanut butter?? I think... :P
or...a plate of cheese,, fresh veggies and ranch.


#2 Who is your favorite author and why?

I don't really have a favorite author. I love so many and it is hard to choose just one.
I'll say Louis L'Amour, but not his westerns. I LOVE his depth and insight. I love the romance in his words, how his stories unfold as if it were you experiencing everything with the character. My favorite books would be Last of the Breed ,Sackett's Land, Jubal Sackett  and Fair Blows the Wind.  But I am not saying I don't like his westerns at all, just saying that his westerns aren't my favorites.


#3 If you had to change your first name, what would it be?

I always wanted to be Anne (for Anne Shirley) or Loretta (for Loretta Lynn :P). I hated my name when I was little and still wish it was something more "normal".

#4 What is your first memory?

I think my earliest memory would be playing with my nephew Colten on some exercising equipment, I remember looking down as I tried to crawl across part of it (I don't know what it was.. ). I think Colten got hurt because I remember my mom and sister Mindy running in and picking us up. I remember being quite upset that we couldn't play anymore.

#5 What is something you're passionate about?

I love baking and cooking! I love experimenting in the kitchen. Trying new recipes, making up recipes and just seeing if I can make it "better" than before. I especially love old "historical" recipes that make me feel like I am experiencing something from the past. Kneading bread dough helps me relieve stress, so I often would bake when I was feeling anxious (I don't bake very often right now). I dream of opening a bakery where I can sell different kinds of healthy and allergy-free bread. Special sweets and just a big mix of items.

#6 If you were to move from where you live, where would it be?

I think either Idaho or Eastern Oregon. All for different reasons... hehe.

I am attached to Oregon, the place I grew up. I love the long dry summers and the snowy winters. I love the mountains, the trees, the wildflowers and just about everything about it! Well...not the rattlesnakes or bees, but those I am used to. I think I would want to live there over anywhere else.

Idaho because it (law-wise) is the ideal place to raise a family. What I have seen of Northern Idaho reminds me of Eastern Oregon some, but I don't like Southern Idaho much. I dream of buying a small farm (when/if I get married) near a small town and raise my children there. I want to live almost solely off the land because that is just what I've dreamed about my whole life. I want my children to have memories like mine, of growing up barefoot in the mountains with no care in the world.

#7 What is your dream vacation?

It would be the same as Marissa, a paid trip around the world.
Ideally I would  like to spend a LOT of time at places around the world studying everything about them. Hehe!


#8 Where is your favorite hangout place?

Elisa and Leon's... :P I love spending evenings there, going there after church or for a BBQ in the summer. It has always been my second home. I also enjoy going out to Shari's for coffee or breakfast with my friends.

#9 Favorite style of music?

I love most music between 1900-1960's and some select singers from 1980-2000. I love old songs recorded during WWI, the Depression and WWII. I love the old Jazz/Swing. I love the crooners (Bing Crosby, anyone?!). I love old country. I love classic rock. Such a variety!

#10 Do you read more than one book at a time?

Umm... I start more than one book at a time??? I usually then choose one and read it through before continuing with the others I've started.  Through the years I have started so many any still haven't picked them all back up again! Right now I have three books on my "nightstand" that I am reading and two I am reading aloud to Marissa, the other is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I have taken awhile to read that as I tend to ponder on it quite a bit. As I am reading those I have read other books on the side. So I supposed the answer would be yes... :P

I don't feel like tagging anyone or change the questions as it already has taken me awhile to write this. So if you want to do it go ahead and use the same questions if you like.. ;)

<3 Marita











Friday, January 13, 2017

"New" Faces

Last night my nephew picked Marissa and I up (I don't drive in snow!) And we headed to my Dad's. The roads were quite icy! Everyone was invited over to see my step-mom's parents who are out here.
After being cooped up and unable to leave the house it felt like I had been handed $1,000,000! Lol, okay, not quite.... ;-)  It felt pretty good though to be able to get out!
We got there and everyone was anxious to get out in the snow! Nobody has spent much time sledding this year, guess we just aren't used of being able to...Though in my case, there really isn't anywhere to sled in a subdivision. Not everyone was there yet though so we waited with butterflies in our belly's. Or I did anyways...;-)
Finally we all bundled up. Grabbed the sleds and took off. A few of us went and tried one hill out front, but nobody came and joined us. So off we went to find them sledding down another hill. Oh it was fun!
After awhile us girls decided to go walk around. Laughing and talking. Looking at the "stars" in the snow and eating them...LaKaysha??;) We sledded down the hill a few more times, but then spent the majority of our time visiting, eating snow and dancing. Hehe!
After awhile we finally started getting cold, or at least I did, and went in. Good food, good conversation and coffee...(yes, we made a few changes in our diet;)
I was glad to spend some time with people again! Laughing, visiting and just seeing their faces. It was refreshing! Also was very glad to spend sometime playing in the snow! Aww....Felt like I was little again....
Enjoy! <3 Marita

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January Snow

Well, I have only managed to work one day this week due to the weather. I've missed at least one day a week since Christmas! I am enjoying the break but it hasn't been helpful to my budget.
BUT.....I am LOVING the snow!  Only once have I actually gone out in it and it was a blast! Tonight the whole family is invited to my Dad's and I am hoping to spend some time (if we can even make it there!) In the snow....
Over all, January has been a very slow month. Mostly sitting at home and only going out if necessary. Any clear day when the roads are good I try to make it to work and get everything I need done in one day. I spend my days reading, knitting and watching old movies...And re-watching Father Knows Best ;)
Marissa and I have both been feeling gross, itching all over with slight rash(I had welts one day) and headaches. So we decided to try a special diet and hopefully heal our stomaches and find out what is causing everything. I can't say if we will be able to stick to it... Hopefully we can! It hasn't been fun and it is only the second day! Lol! But overall I have felt better already! I am enjoying trying to be creative and make foods we can eat but also make them taste good. I will try to keep you updated on how this goes and whatnot...:-P
Anyways, since nothing much has been going on I don't have much to say...Been going through stuff, planning and budgeting in what we need for our rental/apartment. Pinterest is quite helpful and fun so we've enjoyed doing that.
We spend hours reading inspirational and funny quotes to each other. We get a good laugh...:-P
Hope you enjoyed this little update!
<3 Marita

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye, 2016

I didn't want to write a post about 2016, because I didn't know if I could write anything good. In all honesty, I think this was the second worst, if not the worst, year of my life. Not necessarily because of the events of the year, but emotionally and spiritually it was a struggle. But, I don't feel like I lost something this year, in fact, I feel I gained much.

I come away with a thankful heart. Thankful for those burdens that have only made me stronger, not broken me. God does work in mysterious ways! In the course of this year I didn't think I could ever be thankful for it. But God taught me that there is good in all things. Sometime you just need to look a little harder.

In January I learned I was capable in ways I never knew. I started this year filled with fear for the future and a pain filled heart. I didn't have time to comprehend the turns my life had taken. My friend's wedding was coming up and it was a busy time. I didn't have time to think and adding in the stress and fear of being her personal attendant and doing her wedding flowers....Sigh, it was hard. My goal at that time was to "just keep going". And I did. I felt in January that I hadn't just said "goodbye" to 2015, but that I had said "goodbye" to the person I had been. Realizing that, I didn't know who I was anymore.

In February I wrote in my diary over and over again that I felt frozen. Like I was just waiting for something. I felt confused and overwhelmed. I focused only on work, because in most part it at least, had stayed the same. Us young people had gone to the beach and it was amazing. It felt perfect and I had so much fun. Afterwards I felt lost, like though we had fun, we were all different. Our relationship had changed and it scared me.

That's what I felt for months...Just waiting. I felt like I was waiting to find out who I was and how it was affecting all my relationships. I came to pity myself. I started focusing on what I didn't have and became so depressed and wrapped up in myself I could barely function. I felt that nobody cared about what I said or what I felt. In the end, I am thankful. I did find out who I was, I got a good look at what I was. I started seeing myself and seen what I was becoming.

So I am thankful. I learned to turn to Jesus, to trust in His Word. I found I was blaming everybody for how I felt when it was mostly my fault. I learned so much about myself and about my faith. I am not sure I know how to say what I want to. But this year, though hard, taught me so much.

There were many good time amidst all those mixed up feeling I've had. I made a new friend when I accidentally sent a message I wasn't sure I wanted to send. I am very thankful I did send that message! Though it seems we don't get to see each other often, I come away feeling blessed when we do.

I have gone to the Ranch twice this year, gone to the Memorial Day Campout, spent evenings hanging out with friends and just made many good memories!

 So, though I would never choose to live this year again, I am very thankful. I am thankful for all the lessons I have learned, though I will probably need to relearn them many times before they stick. So it is with a thankful heart that I welcome in the New Year.

Many blessings to you all this New Year!

Love and God's Peace, Marita <3