I have been taking myself way way too seriously, especially when it comes to what I write on my blog. That is why I have so few posts so far, because I put this pressure on myself that it had to be deep and moving and thought provoking.

But I have found in the past that life is so much more fun when you don’t take yourself so seriously. You know when you see someone who is serious all the time and you think “gee they are kind up tight” yeah? I am so not that person and I never want to be.

Also at the very beginning I said that this was all me…so no more seriousness. Well ok maybe a little serious stuff but only if it comes naturally and sometimes even my serious posts aren’t going to be well thought out and all organized. Sometimes they are just going to be pieces of thoughts that go through my mind that might be worth sharing, because THAT is me.

 Anyway …

 I have recently been incredibly inspired by a blog called “young house love” check it out it is fantastic.

1st – they do DIY home renovations, decorations Etc. Etc., I have always been in love with DIY projects (especially when they turn out the way you thought they would or better) and typically they are way cheaper than first finding then buying the exact thing you are looking for.

2nd – They are making their house a home by making it all “them” they don’t settle for just something that they kind of like they are in love with everything that they do and it speaks about who they are. This is something that I want in my new house.

Our goal for the year 2011 among other things is to buy and move into a house. When we first started talking about this, one of the first things I mentioned was that I wanted a little bit of an older house, because it has more character. Fast forward 3 months, we still aren’t in the position to be buying a house but curiosity got the better of us and “just-for-fun” we went looking at show homes. And wouldn’t you know it they were gorgeous, then we got talking, or rather Jordan got talking and it turns out that the one show home that we particularly fell in love with is for sale and it is for sale fully furnished, now even if we had the money it might be more than I would like to spend on a house but we started fantasising about this house that we “could” buy…fully furnished I believe I even uttered the words “lets buy it fully furnished and get rid of all our crap”. I KNOW, I actually said thatL. But the whole time I had a terrible feeling of internal turmoil. And I just discovered why, it is because the thought of buying a fully furnished house and getting rid of all of our stuff makes me, in a word, sad. The stuff we have isn’t brand new or really nice and it doesn’t all match just right, but it is our stuff and it is stuff that we bought on our budget because we liked it and not because it matches but because it speaks about who We are. And this is why I don’t want a furnished house and I do want to take all of our “crap” and make our new house a home by filling it with stuff that is all Jordan and Mel.

3rd(and finally) – they give some of their things names. I am going to start doing this. This morning we named my “rapidly growing against the odds” tomato plant “The Green Giant” and it will from here on out be referred to as such. J

In conclusion if anyone is reading this I hope you enjoy my new outlook on this blog and I hope you are ready to get to know who Jordan and I are and hear some incredibly random stuff about the 2 of us, our dog Jazzy, our 2 cats, Mypsie and Kevin and our incredibly fun, crazy, and random life in “The House of Barnes”(which is what our home will be affectionately called from now on)




Wikipedia describes lent this way:

Lent in the Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, repentance, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.

And so with this in mind today I am giving up Facebook for lent. If you asked me I would tel yo that I am not at all addicted to Facebook, and theat I could give it up for any amount of time at the drop of a hat. I guess we will see if this proves to be true after 40 days being out of the “Facebook world”

I am interested to see if I even want to go back to Facebook after that long, I truly feel that the only reason i go on in the first place is 1) boredom 2) habit 3) to play family feud when I am bored

so in the true purpose of fasting something every time I want to go on Facebook I am either going to pray, or read my bible. I be honest I am quite excited about this and I believe that God and I are going to have some fantastic times over the next 40 days and maybe after all is said and done, and easter has passed I will be more apt to reach for my bible before logging on.

Hello world!

I just read somewhere

 “the mind and heart are like a parachute, they only function when open.

I thought this would be a great thought to start my blogging journey with.

I hesitated to start a blog thinking “what would I possibly write about” but as I pondered it more and more I discovered that I have all kinds of musings to write about.  I love journaling and with our growing paperless world I came to the conclusion that this would be like my online journal.  (but would only include the things that the whole world could read) if nothing else it will help me develop my writing skills which havent been put to work since grade 12 english class which is quickly approaching 5 years ago. (Wow that makes me feel old)

This is all me.  So if you dont like it …  dont read it.