Monday, May 11, 2015


 I never realized how much of the numbers nerd I am.
 I always get a kick out of seeing 1234 on the clock.
 My daughters birthdays and weights intrigue me as well… Born 06, 07 and 08..  Weighing 5 pounds, 6 pounds, and 7 pounds.  And Jazzy was born on 1-6-06  at 1:16 AM .

 When I sort things at work, I like to see how much each box adds up to, and sometimes I will count my steps and other people's steps.
 I will even catch myself counting steps in movies.

 When I have a sale or refund, I think it's fun when something comes up to $3.33 or an even amount with no change..  I actually had someone's receipt the other day that was  and even dollar amount before and after-tax,  on the dot.
 Even drivers license numbers intrigue me.  Also sequences, like $151.51.

 I love closing at work, because I like to countdown the registers.

 Sometimes I wonder if this has to do with genealogy… My maiden name, TenCate, means keeper of the books.  Unless it's just a happy coincidence :-)


 I was at work last night, on Mother's Day, and I got a bit of perspective from a customer I was waiting on.

 She was bringing in a return and I asked how her Mother's Day was, she said "good but I had to work".
 I smiled and said "ha ha, me too" :-)

 It's like she had an Aha moment right in front of me, and she said "that's right, I'm sorry".

 I said "not at all, you're fine". :)

 I proceeded to tell her about the song that Jazmine wrote for me, and about the fact that my children had packed my lunch pail and I didn't know what was in it. LOL.  So I was even able to take Mother's Day with me to my job.

Kind of makes you think about what you say to people every day, and the fact that even though you don't think that you're complaining about life, or not realizing what you're actually saying about yourself and the people around you… Just kind of puts it into perspective, the things we should be more thankful for and how we should  be more grateful for all of the good moments in between our busyness.

 What kind of perspective can you bring to the table?
 Is there something that you've run across that you would like to share? I would love to hear it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Phillipians 4:13

"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me"

this is my life verse.

I believe that anything God gives me a strength and a passion for, the drive for, that's what i'm meant to do.

when i was younger, i had a passion for cheerleading. i love every aspect of it.

then i grew into a passion for computer work, office work.

after that, when i started having a family of my own and needing to lean more on my home skills, i started having more of a passion for my sewing abilities, and to help other people learn about bettering our lives and our children's lives through ecofriendly products. so i made them and sold them and educated other people about them.

i believe now, my passion for customer service and health (both physical and mental), is leading me to a new stage in my life.
physical fitness and customer service as paid positions to help my family, while enjoying the "want" i have for them.

and because of the passions that God has instilled in me, and the personality that I have, no matter how hard it might be.. He will always strengthen me.

my love for children

i've really noticed that my love for children has played a huge part in my life.

from an early age, i helped out at church, be it in nursery or VBS (vacation bible school).

i babysat
i always wanted to be around kids, to care for them, to hug them, to make them laugh, to play with them, anything..

and now i'm taking that into parenting my own children.. and looking over the children who play in the park behind our house, as well. and keeping my eye out for neighbor kids.

and also as a missionary to Romania, my main focus there has been the kids.. loving on them, helping them in any way

i've also felt led to help in the church nursery lately, so i'll be taking that on starting next week.

i truly believe this is one of the gifts God gave me. and i'm glad to use it in any way that i can