Amy . . .

What would you like to know? I am fun, but crazy. I have a most perfect husband, and 2 cats named Samson and Delilah. We are presently working on adopting a little girl from China and have a separate blog for that. I am a Christian and am working on a better relationship with him. I live in the Atlanta area and love sharing stories with people. I am also a pediatric nurse and I love it! I love to talk and meet new people and I love Disney Cruising

Friday, May 29, 2009

No substance lately to this blog. Very Sad..I did asked to do 2 more book reviews which will hopefully come with some free books for my readers..look out..

tomorrow we are having a garage sale here at Casa de Christophers. Hoping to make some money to pay some bills and I am looking forward to simplifying things. We just have too much stuff. Junk. things we have collected over the years that we do not need or use. I mean, how much junk can one house hold? There are things that help us remember Good times, but we even have to much of that ! There are people all over the world ( even here in the good ole USA) that have nothing. nothing. I can not believe how much stuff we have. I feel pretty selfish sometimes when I "want" things.

I go back Sunday night to work, which means Michael gets baby duty. Since he is still on crutches, we are setting up nursery central in the TV room, so that everything will be close by. Of course we have our emergency numbers in case he needs anything, but I think he will be okay. He is still on disability and we are hoping he will get his cast off soon and get back to ambulating better. His blood numbers have started looking better and instead of going weekly, that doctor doesn't want to see him for another month..We will have infections disease and ortho to visit.

its been a crazy month. Stressful, YES? Do I have something to worry about every hour? YES! DO I choose to worry? NO!!!! I think I worry just enough to keep me on my toes. It has been nice to be forced to have quiet time at the house. WE have been watching lots of RED BOX movies and eating dinner at the house..Even though we ate dinner at trivia for 5 bucks (all 3 of us!!!)

LynnMarie is adjusting.Starting Sunday, we will begin our new routine. I am going back full time but will hopefully go to 32 hours once Michael gets back to work.

I am enjoying time with LM and hubby. Ready to go to work. Nervous as heck though!!!

Praying about changes in the near future

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday shopping

Yesterday was my first day of frugal shopping and I did pretty good. I spent more than most people cutting coupons, researching sales and even looking at some sites..I had all my stores organized but decided to stay with just 2 yesterday, Publix and Walgreens..

So at Publix I got
A1 SteakSauce
6 pack of dial soap
BIG bottle of Kraft dressing
Ball Park hotdogs
something else but i forgot.
I Had 2 bags for 5$!!!!!! Oh so proud!

At Walgreens I only got
Tropicana OJ (2.99- 1 dollar coupon plus 1 dollar register reward)
Colgate (same deal as above)
Because of the RR program, Walgreens has discontinued the rebate program

I took one of the RR from Walgreens at got a printer cartridge refill which was 10 dollar. The cashier found a 5 dollar coupon so I only paid 4 dollars.

Then we ended the day with a free movie from RedBox

So I am going to have to make some rules for our family.
-only use and print coupons for items we may actually use. It may for a different brand but we wont be stocking up for liver or anything
-be careful what I print off the coupon. Its not worth spending money of printer ink to save money at Publix
-Organize my trips
-stock up on the nearly free items
-use what I have on hand and constantly look at expiration dates.
-only buy mi;l 2 dollars or less a gallon (its possible, BJs and Publix)
-something else I learned bananas are very cheap at gas stations..didn't know that but thought I would share my knowledge with you!!

Thats it for this week. We are still hoping for a great garage sale this Saturday so if you live in Atlanta, come say hi!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

we are home

We are home. Christy, you won the book, I will get it to you soon. We had a great time and it was nice to see MIchael relax. He has more drs appts, home health visits and other things to do this week, so please keep praying for him. Please pray his blood levels stay up and his foot continues to heal.


I loved being with family, loved being in Florida. Even took a look at some job openings. Pics to come soon.

Not much going on. Idol has been so biased this season. They pretty much told Kris that Adam was winning and just told him what a great competitor he has been. They got rid of Lil so much earlier than expected. As much as I did not like Alison, I am surprised she left at the time she did. She had a great fan following and a lot of talent for her age.

No spoilers, but I am going to watch the Greys finale. The interview with the Shonda Rhymes )creator of the show) gave some hints and I think I missed a couple. I dont think the show ended the way we all thought it did!!!

Going back to work in less than 2 weeks, looking forward to the income, not worried about the baby, just nervous about the work itself!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Book review and contest ( gotta read the review to find the authros contest)

SO I once again got to read and review a book by Susan May Warren, one of my new favorite authors. Reading her books goes by so quickly and her stories are so easy to visualize. I hope you have picked one up, but if not, try this one!!!!! Want to read more about God's unconditional love, check out this book and Susan's other ones. I Loved Nothing But Trouble, just like her other ones. Pj is such an interesting character and I guarantee to you will see yourself just a little bit in PJ~~~

This book tour is going on all week. Go check out other book reviews and interesting blogs
at http://www.litfusegroup.com/latest/current-blog-tours/81-nothing-but-trouble-blog-tour-schedule




About the book: PJ Sugar knows three things for sure:

After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that’s become her life, she needs a fresh start.

The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister’s wedding is Boone—her former flame and the reason she left town.
Her best friend’s husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.

What PJ doesn’t know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she’ll uncover much more than she bargained for—a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she’s been longing for.

It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder--who also happens to be PJ's former flame--is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend's husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.
Read the first chapter: http://gotsugar.susanmaywarren.com/

About Susan: Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.
and just in case you are still wondering about this book, read what the author has to say
Here is a contest from the author
PJ Sugar's first novel - Nothing But Trouble is popping up all over the country! Go Hunting for Trouble, and let me know where you see the book.
Send me the Name of the Bookstore where you found it (and the city, please), and we'll put your name in a drawing for a preview copy of
The Great Christmas Bowl my Christmas Novella, coming out this fall! (Promo coming soon!) And…send me a PHOTO of you and the book in the bookstore, and we'll add your name 5x!
And you'll also be eligible to win a cool SUGAR Personal SPA BASKET!!
So go....Hunt up Trouble!
All the details here http://susanmaywarren.com/contest.htm
A note from Susan May Warren
Sometimes, do you feel like you just don’t fit in? You look around you and if anyone knew how difficult it was just to put yourself together, to smile when you feel completely overwhelmed, to even figure out what you were making for supper, they’d know what a mess you were. Maybe you totally relate to those words in 1 Peter – God’s elect, strangers and aliens in the world. Do you feel like when you look in the rear view mirror, all you see are your mistakes?

Maybe not. But if so, then PJ is your gal. I wanted to write a story about the person in so many of us who just wants to get it right…but can’t seem to stay out of trouble. My friend and I have what we call the “stupid mouth” club…and we report our weekly foibles (usually on Monday, after Sunday church!). PJ is our charter member. She’s the girl that changes her mind, always hopes for the best, is always discovering that she is just a little different than everyone else. PJ is us.

And that’s good news. Because God loves PJ. He loves her messiness, and her impulsiveness, her heart bent toward others, the hope that fuels her actions. And He has a plan for PJ – one that includes her weaknesses as well as her strengths.
Yep, I need to hear that – need to hear that I don’t have to be perfect for God to love me, use me, sing over me. Need to hear that although I don’t fit in, well, I’m not supposed to…in fact, I’m supposed to be a little…alien.

I wrote PJ for everyone who feels just a little messy, just a little like they can’t quite get it right. And who needs to hear that God loves them. Period. Full stop. Hallelujah.
and if you read all the way to the end, if you leave a comment on this blog, I will draw a name to receive my copy of the book.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Catching up

Just wanted to check in. We are 3 or 4 days in on our trip home to Fl and family feels good. its so nice to see everyone loving on LM. Its also nice that Michael could come. Keep praying that is IV antibiotics are doing their job and that when this first cast comes off, there will be no issues with his foot. He is hobbling around on crutches, but making LM smile all of the time!!

Life is good. This trip makes me want to move home, really move closer to family. We will see! Although, I sure do love my job and friends in Atlanta!!!!

This afternoon, LM goes swimming for the first time!

Ok, what the heck!

Greys- About 70 minutes in, I said, there had not been to many surprises or shockers but that last 20 minutes..WOW 007. If you are worried about next season, find the interview with Chonda Rhymes, the creator of the show. She may put your worries to ease.

LOST- rock on Sawyer, what a great scene. Loved this episode

Hells Kitchen- this afternoon, we will be in the winners hometown, Edgewater, Fl. Apparently Danny and my brother our friends and no one ever told me. Yeah Danny, the underdog..Cant wait to see the episode and maybe try his restaurant here!

Friday, May 08, 2009

what a crazy week

First of all, I apologize to all the blogger friends I have. I have not been a good commenter and plan on getting better again soon. I promise I have not forgotten about you!!

What a crazy week. Its been a crazy,fearful, full of praying and crying to God, just crying, laughing, serious, scary, makes you think thoughts you never thought you would be thinking kind of weeks.

Thanks to all who have helped. To all of you single moms out there, ROCK ON!!!

Michael has been in the hospital since Monday night and until yesterday, yucky fear tried to control my spirit. My fear robbed me of joy, and my sweet girl deserves more than that. Some crazy thoughts have run through my head, so crazy I am embarrased to post them. I can not wait to have my Michael home. Life will be different for the next few months, but we will manage.

As much as I have had some really really hard emotional moments this week, I still heard God. More than a whisper sometimes and that makes those moments okay. I will say this, if you are going to ask God for something, give Him time and room to do it. You can not control God or the things in your life.

It was also a humbling week. LynnMarie got to play with several new friends this week. You have to understand, I despise asking for help. I feel like a failure, always have. This was another burden, as I did not want to burden my friends. I can not stand that feeling. Friends took LM for a few hours each day so I could spend time at the hospital with Michael and talk to some of the doctors. Friends, the time you gave me was the best gift in the world. Sometimes, you have to ask for help. Some people need the opportunity to help.

LM and I have some moments of our own. Talking to God together is a precious thing. She has no idea what I am doing, but she gets quiet at the right time. Oh she is the sweetest thing.

So, keep praying for the Christopher family. Gonna leave you with some lyrics that are pretty summing up how I feel these days.

Whatever You're Doing by Sanctus Real
It's time for healing time to move on
It's time to fix what's been broken too long
Time make right what has been wrong
It's time to find my way to where I belong
There's a wave that's crashing over me
All I can do is surrender

(Chorus)
Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something heavenly

Time for a milestone
Time to begin again
Revaluate who I really am
Am I doing everything to follow your will
or just climbing aimlessly over these hills
So show me what it is you want from me
I give everything I surrender...
To...

(Chorus)


Time to face up
Clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out
That I've wanted to say for so many years
Time to to release all my held back tears

Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but I believe
You're up to something bigger than me
Larger than life something heavenly

Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but now I can see
This something bigger than me
Larger than life something heavenly
Something heavenly

It's time to face up
Clean this old house
Time breathe in and let everything ou

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

pray

Pray for my sweet sweet husband who is back in the hospital with something going on with his foot and anemia. he has already had a transfusion, bone marrow aspiration and now we are waiting for treatment for his foot.

Honestly, there are too many needs in my heart but God is good and knows all!

Pray for peace, joy and comfort for my sweet husband