November 2, 2012

7 Quick Takes: Couples Costumes, Halloween, Conflicts, Etc.


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Halloween was so, so much fun! Thomas and I dressed up as a bee and honey and headed out to a Halloween party with my program.  
I love this group! So many fun people to hang out with! 

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We tend to go for the cheesy Halloween couples costumes! Here's what we've been in the past.  Don't laugh too hard. We know we're goofy! :)

Peanut Butter and Jelly

A Mouse and Cheese

Cookie and Milk

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My mom sent us a Halloween package filled with goodies.  I love her! Never too old to enjoy that! :) 

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My dad went to Japan on a business trip, and when we visited my parents this weekend, he gave us legitimate kimonos.  They're pretty sweet.  If we had those before we started planning out our costumes, we could have just worn those for Halloween!

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I am working this morning, then going to brunch with my Bible study from school, and then going back to work! 

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I have to share an excerpt from Unglued, the book we're reading from Bible study, because I think it makes a really good point about conflict with others.

"In God's economy, people don't stand on opposing sides of the conflict scale.  People stand on one side and Satan stands on the other.  When we dump hurt into one another's lives, we aren't leveling the conflict scale.  We are just weighing down the people side of the scale and elevating the Satan side of the scale.  Satan loves it when we do his work for him by dumping on each other.  The secret to healthy conflict resolution isn't taking a you-against-met stance, but realizing it's all of us against Satan - he's the real enemy.  But this is hard to do when all we see is that flesh-and-blood person standing there who, quite honestly, is planted squarely on the last good nerve we have left.  Such a moment may seem like the perfect time to set our Christianity on the shelf.  But in fact, it's hands down one of the grandest opportunities to shame Satan back to hell.  A Jesus girl who rises up and unexpectedly gives grace when she surely could have done otherwise reveals the power and the mystery of Christ at work - in her life and in the world."
- pg 64-65

I think it's so good to remember that Satan is constantly trying to attack our relationships and that we should be working hard to guard those relationships, not letting him ruin them by hurtful things said during disagreements.

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I am looking forward to spending a lot of quality time with Thomas this weekend! I hope you all have a good one!

31 comments:

  1. LOVE all the costumes! Looks like you have next year's all planned with the kimonos lol!

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  2. I love the costumes! I am going to show them to Madison...she is always looking for clever ideas for Halloween. She and her boyfriend Ryan are going to the dance this year as Burger King and Dairy Queen! : ) Happy Weekend! Oh..and I love your mother...something I would do!

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    1. Oh my gosh...Burger Queen and Dairy Queen...so creative and cute! I love it!

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  3. Those costumes are adorable! I need to figure some cheesy couple costume ideas for next year ;)
    That book looks really good. Hopefully I get a break in my crazy school schedule to read something other than school books!
    Have a wonderful weekend with your husband :D

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you had a good weekend Emily! :)

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  4. Those costumes were awesome! Both of my girls were bees as well. How did you ever make that honey pot?

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    1. I know, the pictures of them are so cute! We found a pot at Walmart and Thomas cut the bottom out and cut slits for the straps. :)

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  5. Fun costumes! Your husbands a real trooper to go in for all of those, lol.

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  6. Your costumes are so great! Love! My grandma is from Japan, so I have a soft spot for kimonos =)

    Thanks for sharing the Unglued quote! The Newman club on campus where we live hosted a talk on spiritual warfare on Halloween night, and I was so glad we went. Your quote, and that talk, made me remember a piece of advice I got from this hilariously crusty, ornery Benedictine monk on a retreat: he said to always remember that the power's in our hands, not Satan's, because he has such a limited bag of tricks and always resorts to attacking us in the same old ways. Though it might be hard sometimes, he said, try not to let yourself make a big deal out of times when you recognize spiritual warfare, and just think, "been there, done that." He said to just tell the evil one, "Drink your own poison," and that's stuck with me and really does help when I'm feeling frustrated.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Caitlin!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for sharing that. I am definitely going to keep that in mind. I hope you had a great weekend Stephanie! :)

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  7. Oh gosh, yall are adorable! I love all those costumes. Now if only I can figure out how to get my husband to do that... haha. Anyway that quote from Unglued was great and such a great reminder to guard ourselves against evil. Have a great weekend!

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    1. You are sweet! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)

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  8. You guys are soooo cute! My husband would probably never do a couple's costume (unless it was just me being a pirate along with him).

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  9. Love that quote from Unglued!

    That has to be the biggest honey pot I've ever seen! ;) And kimonos, how fun!

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    1. Haha it was definitely very bulky, especially in a crowded room full of people!

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  10. Your costumes are so cute! And I love that you're modest in all of them! Good job!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie! I am definitely not a fan of the trashy Halloween costumes.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing that quote! It's such a good reminder. I'll have to get my hands on that book.

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  12. You guys are so creative!!! I LOVE all of your Halloween costumes! So cute. And I love that they are themed!!

    My mom still gives me a Halloween goodie bag!! :) That's what moms are for! :)

    That's an awesome perspective on conflict. Thanks for sharing. I am very eager to read Unglued!

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    1. Thank you Leanne! I love that your mom still gives you Halloween goodies! :) Unglued is so, so good!

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  13. Love all the costumes, so cute!!

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  14. Can you share how your husband made his honey pot costume? Thank.

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