Thursday, February 28, 2013


So I have searched the interwebs for yummy recipes and I have found a few that i really want to try. I also have a bunch of cookbooks at home.  So my goal is to cook something new every night.  Usually we just pour a bowl of cereal or we go out to dinner. We are now running out of options because we live in a small town we are becoming regulars at our favorite places. Plus we are not really making healthy choices when we go out to eat so this will be good for us! I also want to learn some new recipes.  I hardly ever cook and if i do its like once or twice a month. Sometimes more depending on my husband but sometimes my "cooking" is more like heating something up. Last night I was simple and made burritos which turned out pretty good. Refried Beans, Beef, Lettuce, Cheese, Onions and Tomatoes! They were really good!!Tonight I am making Cheeseburger Cauliflower.So I am going to start tonight but then I will be out of town with my family for the weekend so I will start with more on Monday. Now its supposed to be a healthy version of hamburger helper. I think it looks really tasty. My husband is not a fan of cauliflower. Nor is he a fan of pasta or chicken so he is really limiting me to the things I can make. I love pasta and chicken so i think he is going to have to suck it up a bit and since I am cooking he will eat it or make his own dinner and since he is always tired after work I think he will just be thankful I am cooking haha. I will post pictures on here when I finish the meals. I also am going to try to keep this up. I like to start something then I just stop doing it and think i wonder why I only did this for 2 days when I swore to myself that I would do this more then just a day. So we will see how this goes. Wish me luck! Thanks!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Theres No Place Like Home*

Most or all of you may know that we moved to Beloit, Kansas in November so just a few short months ago. We are still adjusting from the BIG city to a small city. We had been talking about moving out of Iowa for a while we just didnt really know where and when we would do it. An oppertunity came up and we talked about it for a while and visited and talked some more. Most people would call us crazy because we moved without having jobs. We had a house though. Ok so i agree, we were very crazy and I was scared that we would only be living in our house for a month and then we would be homeless. I was babysitting so i knew we would be ok for a while. Then Bradley got a job at the home center in the lumber yard. Yay he got a job and we would be safe. I was still babysitting as much as they needed me. I loved it. I was 3 little girls so there was never a dull moment.
So as we reached december i still didnt have a job but i was in the process of interviewing at an insurance company. I really wanted this job but after a few interviews i was not feeling as good as i was after the first interview. Well i need to just let things happen and see where things go. I got the job and i love it and they love me!!
So as christmas was coming we had to decide what we were going to do because we had 3 of them to go to and this was our first christmas as Mr and Mrs. We wanted to be able to go to all of them but one was 8 hours away and the other back home which is 4 hours away. Ugh this is not a fun thing to decide because we have never had to before. We have always lived close enough so it was never a problem. So I decided that I was able to go to the family christmas that was 8 hours away but my parents were going to have to pick me up and take me with them but it also worked out that they had bought us a washer and dryer for christmas so they came to install it and then took me with them. The most important day was christmas. We ended up missing being with our families because it would be a 24 hour trip with 8 hours of driving and that is never fun. So we stayed home and decided to make dinner and see a movie. It didnt really hit me until we were talking about new years that we didnt see our familes. I was packing for our trip for the last christmas and i cried because i miss my family so much.
I feel like crying anytime i think about it. I dont think i have ever been this homesick. Now i am waiting all day to get off work so we can leave and drive 4 hours home. I kind of wished we had taken the whole day off work so that we could have left last night or at least this morning. I dont like to wait especially when I miss my family and friends. It will all be worth it when we start driving and I can see my family again. Theres No Place Like Home*

Monday, August 27, 2012

Love Is......

    So much has happened since my last post. I got engaged on October 6th 2011. My now husband. Bradley Scott South proposed by carving "Marry Me" in his pumpkin and having his entire family around and they caught it on video. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this man and so I said yes! I was really shocked and happy when he asked me. I was shaking the whole time he was talking to me and I forgot that everyone was around watching us. After that I called my family and then we told the whole world and by that I mean we put the happy news on Facebook and then the planning began. 

    We had some ups and downs with planning and family issues but the closer the wedding got the more stress we had. We ended up getting closer to my family which was a relief and right before the wedding my father pulled my mom, sister, brother and me aside to have one last family meeting before he walked me down the aisle to my future. He told me how proud they were of me and how much I have grown up in the last few years. Of course knowing our family we all stood there and cried happy tears and hugged each other.

    We didn't have a lot of time after the ceremony to take pictures so we decided to see each other before. Everyone went inside the church to wait for us to come in. It was just us and his sister Kacy. She was taking pictures and getting the first look shot of us. I was so nervous walking toward him. As I got there I put my hand on his shoulder and could not wait for him to turn around. As he turned around I could see the biggest smile on his face and he just looked at me and hugged me and told me how beautiful I looked. Then we both cried. We were so happy!! I knew I had the best guy right here with me. I could not wait to get the pictures over with and marry this man!!

    On the way over to the church we were walking over and my sister was holding the train on my dress and a bird pooped on her shoulder. Haha we all laughed and it was the perfect thing to keep my nerves down until I got to the doors of the church. I saw him standing there and the music started. As we stood there in the back of the church my dad hugged me and gave me a kiss and walked me down to my soon to be husband. 

    I looked at him and only him until I got halfway down the aisle. I saw out of the corner of my eye and my sister was crying and then I saw my mom and she was crying. Bad idea to look at them because as soon as I saw them I started shaking harder and crying. My dad held me up and it felt like hours that I was standing there waiting for the music to be done playing and to be handed over to my love.

    During the ceremony I knew there was a bunch of people there but I didn't care. All I knew was that this man beside me was all I needed. He makes me so happy and gives me butterflies when I see him. I always tell him that our wedding day was the happiest day of my life and I would not change a thing.

    After the ceremony was over we dismissed all our guests and then got on our bus and relaxed for a bit. All our friends were on the bus and we drove around town and took pictures. He was right next to me all day making sure I had everything I needed. We got to the reception hall and had dinner shared our first dance and relaxed and danced the night away.

    After all the stress and planning I am so happy how everything turned out. I have a brand new family that loves me and I love so much. I have the greatest life and I could not be happier.

We have been thinking about starting a family and we know we want to have kids someday but right at this time we are kind of stuck in a place where we are waiting. We want to move but we know that we would have to sign a lease. There are job opportunities that have come up that are finally moving forward. We are in limbo right now and dont really know where life is going to take us but we do know that we have each other and thats all we can really ask for. We have our 2 little kids at home which are our dogs Baby and Jax and they make us happy and they love when we come home. They cant wait to see us after a weekend away or just a few hours. We love them so much and its our little family. 

We are excited for the future and can wait to see what it brings us!!

Until next time....Mrs. South

Friday, September 23, 2011


Time can be more then one thing. It can drag on and seem to take forever. Time can get away from you and you will find yourself wondering where it went. Your life gets so busy you miss out on things you never thought you would miss.

My time is being cut short with someone very important in my life. My great grandma who is 89 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago. Thursday September 15th 2011 they told us that she only has 3 days to live. I was devastated because as my life has been going on I have not even seen her for almost a year. The last time i saw her was over Christmas for our family Christmas. She was sitting up and talking to all of us and she was confused a little but she still remembered us. I feel horrible about myself because I used to live a few blocks from he nursing home she is living at and I was always "to busy" to go visit her. Now that my time is running out, very quickly, I am scrambling for TIME to see her. I feel like I missed out on so much. Now all I do is pray for more time. Lost time can never be made up and memories can not be made. I cant go visit her and make up years of time.

I went to see her the very next day after I found out she didn't have a lot of time left. I really just wanted to see her and hold her hand. I went with my mom because I knew that I could not handle going by myself. I knew she cant remember a lot of things and people but I really just wanted to see if she remembered me. I asked her one thing that I knew she might remember but was not sure. I asked her "Grandma do you remember the time I came to stay with you over the summer?" She said "oh ya".

This one year she kept asking me when I was going to come stay with her. Well I never had any time to because I was so busy with running and my friends. Plus she lived near Harlan so that was a long drive. So when the time came for me to go to the Harlan cross country came in 2007 I called her up and asked if I could come stay with her one night so that I would not have to get up so early in the morning for this came and drive almost an hour. So of course she said she would love to have me come out and stay. So my mom dropped me off at her house and visited for a bit and then left. I remember it being dinner time so she took me over to this little diner that they had in town and she bought me dinner and a snickers ice cream bar. We went back to her house and I remember that she just wanted to watch her soap operas. So around 8:00 pm she was ready for bed. HOLY COW it was still light out. I was wide awake but I went to lay down anyway. I remember thinking that I was glad I had my Ipod because the house was silent and the room was freezing.

I finally fell asleep and at 6:00 am ya super early she woke me up. I had about 2 hours left until my friend came to get me. So I ate breakfast and we watched more soap operas. My friend finally came to get me and I said good bye. For months after that she could not stop talking about how much fun we had and she kept saying this is "My Jen."

I wish that I would have taken more out of that time with her then I did. Rather then wishing time went faster, I wish I would have looked at that time with her differently. I only regret that I didn't make more time for her.

So for everyone that might read this I will let you know that I am so glad that we are given notice of this so that we can spend as much time with her as we want before its her time to go. I look at things now like this might be the last time i will see you and that tomorrow might not come. Live each day like its your last day. I never want to regret anything so learn from everything.

Our family is in need of a lot of love and prayers. We are going through a hard time. I will be sad when the time does come but I know that she will no longer be suffering and that she will be back with her husband and that she will be happy again.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Kindle

So for my birthday all i really wanted was either the Nook of the Kindle. Whichever one I got I would have been happy with. So my parents got me the Kindle which I absolutely am In Love with!! My birthday was a few months ago so I have had it for a while. I look online everyday and get free books all the time some really interesting others not so much.

I recently read and finished this book called "Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson". I could not put this book down. I lost a lot of time in my day reading this book. I even brought it to work and was looking forward to free anytime I had so I could read. I LOVE a book that can grab me and keep me the whole story.

On amazon, which the Kindle is from, they have daily recommendations for you based upon the things you have bought or looked at and had interest in.

I LOVE books that can grab you and get you emotionally involved.I have had books make me cry and laugh so hard I almost pee my pants. The worst thing is when I am at work and people stare at me and wonder what the heck I am doing.

There was this one book that I thought would be a fantastic book because it was true storied about the emergency room and in the ambulance. Its called "Emergency Laughter". I like reading real life stories because I like seeing how crazy other peoples lives are. So i previewed the book and let me just say the very first story I read made me almost throw up. I was laughing at the other stories after but was very hesitant to read them because of the story I had just read. I am 100% certain that no other book I have ever read has ever made me want to throw up so bad. I always thought I had a somewhat strong stomach but after reading this I am not so sure.

I love reading because you never know what you are going to get when you pick up a book!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I had the blessing of attending "Women of Faith" at the Quest Center with Susie and Bonnie on friday night! It was so much fun and even though I didn't know any of the worship songs it was still so awesome to be there!

One thing, out of so many, i took from there was that we all care so much about what other people think. I was sitting there listening and really thinking this time about that question because I am always wondering what people think about me.

Why is it that we care so much?

I started thinking about all those things. I should not care. I mean I am the way God created me and this is how he wants me to be. I am perfect in his eyes. Still i doubt myself but ask that question all the time. I also thought about not just myself but about Faith. Some people can talk about their Faith for days and days but other people I think are not afraid but worried about being judged because they believe in something that not everyone agrees with.

Why is it that Faith seems so hard to talk about? Are people afraid to accept Faith when they have none or they think theirs is the only way?

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

Thursday, August 11, 2011


So as many already know, I have 2 babies! There names are Baby and Jax.

Baby is 7 years old and we got here 2 years ago and Jax is 4 months old almost 5 and we got him just a few weeks ago.

Today we have to take them in to get them shots :( which i am not excited about because they are going to be mad at me and cry and I dont like to see my babies hurt and cry. I hate getting shots so I know it will not feel good. Luckily Brad is going to go with me for support lol. The first time I had to take Baby in to get her shots it was horrible. She was scared of everything and she did not like the vet. Oh man was she ever mad at me.

The thing that always grosses me out is that we have to grab there poop and bring it with us. EWWWW and its not like you get there and they take it from you. Oh no they have to make you sit and wait with your dogs crap.

Now that Baby is older and more comfortable, she thinks she is a BIG dog. She likes to go up to actual big dogs and sniff them and growl at them. The bigger dogs are always like really you are the size of my poop, why are you trying to mess with me. Well so this trip should be interesting.

Jax loves to play and Baby will not have it. She just wants to lay there and not be bothered. Jax is a puppy so sometimes Baby will play but thats only for like 2 seconds. She is not a fan.

I have not experienced Jax at the vet yet so i am nervous. They ask you to hold the dog and then your babies look at you like why are you letting them hurt me and then they cry. Makes me sad.

So I guess we will just see how today goes.