Friday, April 30, 2010

MilSpouse Blog Hop

Riding The Roller Coaster is hosting a MilSpouse Blog Hop!
It's super easy to join... just write a little bio and introduce yourself!
Then link your post back to the roller coaster and let us meet you!
So, for those of you who don't know me...

Hi, I'm Mrs. Griffin
I am first and foremost a daughter of the King, who has been saved by grace
I find my hope, strength and passion in my Lord, Jesus Christ

I am wife to an incredible man whom I call Soldier, Hero and Friend
I met my husband in the sixth grade, and little did I know
That ten years later he would promise to hold my hand forever

We will be celebrating our first anniversary this July
I am so thankful to laugh with him every day

I am two weeks away from graduating with an undergrad pre-law degree...
and not at all sure what God has around the corner

I am daughter, sister, auntie and friend
I love my family and treasure our traditions

I am fiercly opinionated, but gentle at heart
A perfectionist but never perfect

I am an organized planner, but fifteen minutes late as a rule
I value honesty and abhor hypocrisy

I procrastinate at times, as I am now, when I should be writing a paper for class
Writing is therapy. as long as I can write what I want

I would love to share my life with you
Pour yourself a cup of tea and curl up in your favorite spot
It's nice to meet you

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Military Wife

Lots of moving...
Moving far from home...
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog...all riding with HER of course.
Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house;
Moving curtains that won't fit;
Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.
Moving away from friends;
Moving toward new friends;
Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.
Often waiting...
Waiting for housing.
Waiting for orders.
Waiting for deployments.
Waiting for phone calls.
Waiting for reunions.
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home,
For dinner...AGAIN!
They call her 'Military Dependent', but she knows better:
She is fiercely In-Dependent.
She can balance a check book;
Handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
Bury the family pet...
She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes;
Sell a house;
Buy a car;
Or set up a move........all with ONE Power of Attorney.
She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.
She reinvents her career with every PCS;
Locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south.
And learns to call them all 'home'.
She MAKES them all home.
Military Wives are somewhat hasty...
They leap into:
Career alternatives,
And friendships.
They don't have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them.
Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
They connect over coffee,
Rely on the spouse network,
Accept offers of friendship and favors.
Record addresses in pencil...
Military Wives have a common bond:
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands;
his commitment is unique.
He doesn't have a 'JOB' He has a 'MISSION' that he can't just decide to quit...
He's on-call for his country 24/7.
But for her, he's the most unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign
And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.
She is the long- distance link to keep them informed;
The glue that holds them together
.A Military Wife has her moments:
She wants to wring his neck;
Dye his uniform pink;
Refuse to move to Siberia;
But she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days,
A travel brochure,
A long hot bath,
A pledge to the flag,
A wedding picture,
And she goes.
She packs.
She moves.
She follows.
What for?
How come?
You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart.
It was stolen from her by a man,
Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,
Who salutes the flag,
And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her
Military Husband,
She will remain his Military Wife.
And would have it no other way.
--Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Today has been a day of celebrations.

Celebrations of getting older-birthdays and heart-birthdays.

My Soldier- I am so blessed to celebrate this day by your side, rather than be separated by an ocean and opening presents in a flat-rate. You are the most amazing man I have ever known and the best husband I could have ever dreamed. I thank God he chose me to stand beside you...Happy Birthday My Love! I can't wait to make memories with you ever year for the rest of our lives.

My favorite younger brother- Happy Birthday Bub! I am so proud to be your sister. You are such a wonderful example of a Godly man. I can't wait to see what God has planned for your life and how you follow after his steps. You are my favorite. (Don't tell!) I am so blessed by our friendship. I love you!

Allie-Girl- Today marks your 3 month heart-birthday. You have come so far little one. I am so proud of how big you have gotten! Your auntie is so happy to know your sweet little smiles and beautiful blue eyes. I cannot wait to see you and cuddle with you and your Mama. Happy Birthday little one. You are such a miracle!

For new followers, Allie's story can be found here

Thank you Jesus for these sweet celebrations and blessings of life.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The New and Improved!!

Thanks to the ever-talented fabulous Mrs. Muffins
In Love With a Soldier has been given a makeover!
Take a minute and check out the new glitz and glam.
Grab my button and show some love for the soldier in your life!
Thanks Nicole- I love it!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Endlessly Jumbled Thoughts

It's Friday.
Thank you Lord.
I have 27 gagillion things due for classes next week.
Hubby actually has a night off from AT.... and I have a paper due via email.
Go figure.
"What's for dinner?" Oh yah- dinner. I had forgotten that husbands and wives actually ate dinner together.... dinner alone has been popcorn and veggies. Great combo huh?
Saturday = sleeeep.
and cleaning: laundry, dusting, vaccuming....
oh sleep. I need sleep.
anyone have a cape I can borrow? I think I need some superpower action here...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday's Must Read

Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
so he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:10-12

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Arbonne Party!!!

Em and I are hosting an Arbonne International Makeup Party today. I'm so excited! My house is currently a disaster...I need to vaccum, wash dishes, take out the trash, pick up... ahh! Better get going before the girls get here!

Check out Arbonne here. It is a wonderful product. I used it for my wedding and LOVED it.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Flashback

My Soldier and I on our honeymoon.
This was my first official helicopter ride! You can't tell, but I was beside myself excited. Of course, hubby is all calm, cool, and collected. You can almost hear him, "ahhh, no big deal... I fly in blackhawks everyday". Ha! It was actually a really sweet, fun surprise.
I love My Soldier.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Super Easy. Super Yummy. Mostly Healthy.

2 lbs green seedless grapes
2 lbs red seedless grapes (I used only red)
8 ounces sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, to taste
Topping Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar, packed, to taste
1 cup crushed pecans, to taste (I used 1 1/2)

Wash and stem grapes.
Set aside.
Mix sour cream, cream cheese, white sugar and vanilla by hand until blended.
Stir grapes into mixture, and pour in large serving bowl.
For topping: Combine brown sugar, and crushed pecans.
Sprinkle over top of grapes to cover completely.
Chill overnight.

Told you it was super easy.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Priority List

What I need to be doing...

washing these.

folding these
What I should be doing...
reading and studying these
or accomplishing some of these

so that I can do this
What I want to be doing...
Reading one of these.
(side note- Sheet Music is an amazing book from a Biblical perspective...
but its only for MARRIED couples.)

So what AM I doing?

Well, blogging of course.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I dream in dark chocolate

Microeconomics and Legal Ethics...
perhaps this is a justifiable reason for my continuous indulgence in all things dark chocolate during these times of high stress and seemingly endless hours of studying?

as my best friend would say... "Justified!"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Explaination of my absence

..."Lets take a break from studying to go study"...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

'nough said.

Wikipedia: "The main symptoms of senioritis include procrastination, lack of motivation, a drop in academic performance, and "coasting", which is the act of going through classes with very little concentration or application of intent along with truancy."

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Our Humble King and Savior!!

I recently received the following in an email from my "favorite" uncle. I hope it blesses you as much as it did me.... It amazes me how intricate and into details our Great God is. I cannot begin to fathom the depths of His genius!


We've been reminded recently of some past research we did years ago on
the Tola Worm, so I've regathered it here for your edification. Be
Blessed as we focus on the Easter/Resurrection.
In Hebrew tola’at shani means Crimson Worm

In Psalms 22:6, the Psalm of the Cross, we find one of the Biblical
references to the Tola Worm....

Psa 22:1 My God, my God, why have You abandoned me? Why are You so far
away when I groan for help?

Psa 22:2 Every day I call to You, my God, but You do not answer. Every
night You hear my voice, but I find no relief.

Psa 22:3 Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.

Psa 22:4 Our ancestors trusted in You, and You rescued them.

Psa 22:5 They cried out to You and were saved. They trusted in You and
were never disgraced.

Psa 22:6 But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by

Psa 22:7+8 Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their
heads, saying, "Is this the one who relies on the LORD? Then let the LORD
save him! If the LORD loves him so much, let the LORD rescue him!"

This word worm in Hebrew is Tola and refers to a certain worm also
known as a maggot.

Apparently the tola worm is quite rare and is normally only found in
Israel and the surrounding areas. In ancient and Old Testament times,
the worm was actually harvested and used to dye the elaborate garments
prescribed by God and worn by the Israelite priests. The tola die was
also used in to make crimson thread used in royal garments and other
temple decorations.

When several thousand of these grubs were mature; fully grown, then
they were crushed to death. Out of the crushed bodies of those grubs
would flow a deep red blood, which was used for a dye. When cloth or
clothes were washed in this dye, they would be dyed a beautiful
crimson red. This lovely color never faded, and could never be washed
out or removed.

The tola, like may insects, is a larvae first, but in order to
reproduce climbs onto a tree and attaches itself there. In Israel, you
will most commonly find them on the Israeli Oak trees.. The tola
attaches itself and remains there until death whereby it leaves a
scarlet stain on the tree. But perhaps it’s biggest purpose on the
tree is to lay it’s eggs. As the tola dies, its sticky blood covers
and incubates the eggs. As the babies are hatched, the mature tola is
there for the babies to eat. All that remains is the scarlet, crimson
stain on the tree. Are you ready for the best part? After 3 days, the scarlet stain drys and turns white and flakes off the tree like snow.

What a picture this gives of Christ, the king dying on the tree,
shedding His precious blood that He might "bring many sons unto glory"
(Heb. 2:10) Isa.1:18 though your sins be as scarlet they will be made
white as snow. Peters favorite saying was Christ was crucified on the
tree. 2,000 years ago God’s tree was a cross, decorated with a
bloody man, it may not have looked beautiful to man but it was the
only acceptable decorated tree to God.

Isaiah 1:18-
“…though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

What an amazing picture of our LORD on the cross and Resurrection

Today in Israel, The Temple Institute is harvesting the tola worm to
die for a number of temple related purposes including the priests
belts, the scarlet wool tied onto the scapegoat on Yom Kippur, and one
of the essential ingredients for producing the ashes of the red

Our Savior LIVES!!! Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!
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