Friday, April 17, 2009

What Makes Our House a Home - Join the Party!

This actually was a difficult assignment for me. We have moved alot lately so I don't have the exteriors to add to my list. (gardens, walkways, ect) But I did come up with what makes each new home ours.

What makes our house a home is laughter, crying, anger and living.

Our Heavenly Father - He brings warmth, strength, love and support to our family. There are times we question but he's still there.

Coffee - Ask our teen he'll tell you that our home never goes with out the stuff. Oh, well when we do run out my husband has been known to run out to the nearest store for more. Coffee has always been part of my husband and I's relationship. When we were dating, we would go out for a cup and when we got married, it's the way we start the day.

Our bed - My husband purchased the bedframe from a Goodwill store when he was single, he repainted it after we were married, we've purchased new mattress and box springs sets but it's always been our bed. We've thought of replacing it but it's an old friend.

Marcus' artwork - We just love these! I've even created a scrapbook of his earlier work. (hint for parent's of little ones) Now that he's older I think he appreciates that we've hung onto them.

Marcus and Charles - They are my family, co-workers and buddies. We really take care of each other. We also work together. It makes our relationship very interesting.

Scrapbooks - I love creating and having them in our home. Any visitor gets to see a slice of our lives.

Vinyl Word Decals - I love the look of them. Since we move frequently I like to have them in our home. I enjoy looking at them and they create a true sense of who lives here.

Family Photos in Frames- I like to purchase frames for a particular photo.
They tell a story.

Family Favorite Recipes- Marcus' Simple Lasagna
We are a group of good cooks and have some favorite family recipes. That person is always the one who makes that dish.

Our family - the BerryMorins
I so love my family. The Heavenly Father has truly blessed us everyday with this opportunity. My husband and I are proud that we have been able to show our son what commitment and marriage can be. Marcus tells us he won't get married till he's much older and really ready for a commitment. We have heard him say, "You should only be doing it once,if not...don't do it.",

Finding Freedom Friday - Organization

Pottery Barn Daily System Magnetic Calendar with Rods

I've been into calendars since Marcus was a baby. Whether it was wall calendars or Outlook calendar, this girl is utilizing them.

I came across Pottery Barn Magnetic Calendars when I decided I wanted something that looked good on the wall, in a home office and now, our gathering room. Everyone can add, delete and see events and tasks.

We have several calendars in our office. But, the most ultilized would be our Outlook calendar. If we have follow up with a client we find it very useful. You can even put the event or task on "snooze" if you need a continuous reminder.

Stop by Cents to Get Debt Free for more organization tips!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fabric Letter Project - A Soft Place to Land

Our Vinyl Decal Words courtesy of Vinylvinyard at

Stop by A Soft Place to Land to view her fabric letter project. She shows you step by step instructions and photos of her results.

White Bean Salad - Everyday Food Cooking Magazine

My husband and I prepared this salad in less then 10 minutes. I loved the texture and color of the salad. You could serve it either room temperature or cold.

It went well with the Ribbed Eyed Steaks that we purchased from Fresh & Easy. It also would make a terrific main course.

1 1/2 cups lightly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves, coursely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced (about 1 1/3 cups)
4 cans(15.5 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
Course salt and freshly grounded pepper

In a large bowl, mix together parsley, oil, lemon juice, and scallions, add beans. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss gently. Serve at room temperature.

You can get more busy family, healthy recipes at Everyday Food Cooking website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday - Free Rent (Job Benefit)

Gathering Room in Our Latest Apartment

When my husband suggested that we apply for self storage property management positions I thought he was crazy. But, he insisted and I knew that the Heavenly Father was in control of our path, not us.

During our interview the Regional Manager suggested that we see the apartment - remember free rent and utilities. Well, I knew that this was the right choice for us.

We've been working for the company for almost 2 years and managing our second property. Our latest apartment has a guest bathroom, lots of closet space and 3 showers!

Wordless Wednesday - Operation Military Kid Event

Tammy, Manager of E. Bonanza Store, American Mini Storage Table at Operation Military Kid Event - Nellis AFB

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Great Entryways - Room Service - Decorating 101

Our stairway

I reading a post on Room Service - Decorating 101 regarding entryways. She shares what a great entryway should have along with some great examples.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Duggars Announced That They're Expecting Their First Grandchild

The Duggar Family announce that they are expecting their first grandchild, on The Today Show.

Would you want to be in a family of 18?

Me...I had enough trouble being a member of a family of 5 kids.

Menu Plan Monday - April 13, 2009

Husband's Homemade Guacomole and Chips - Yummy!

We went to Sweet Tomatoes for Easter Sunday dinner. It was so great to experience a salad bar again. When we lived in San Diego, we went to their sister restaurant, Souplantation. Our teen was concerned that his favorite choices wouldn't be available but they were. And where else can you eat healthy for under $40?!

Charles and I stopped by a local Famous Footwear last week. We decided it was time for us to get some new shoes. They were having a buy one, get the second pair half off!

Now onto this week's menu plan! Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting!

Stuffed Pork Chops with Apples, Green Beans, Spinach Salad

Meatloaf, Roasted Red Potatoes, Salad

Baked Chicken, Grilled Aspargus

Fish, White Bean Salad, Spinach

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Trust in the Lord - Our Journey

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine. - Proverbs 3:5-10

I read this verse, on my blog, this morning. I have to say that this verse is very near and dear to my heart. For this is the reason that we pack up, moved to Las Vegas with no jobs or home. We put our trust in the Lord and followed the path that he laid out for us, about a year and half ago.

We soon find jobs, a home and our cupboards filled. But, I do not like Las Vegas. There is much darkness and vices here. It saddens me seeing it everyday. People -walking dead - filled with sin.

I will focus on this verse, try to memorize it and fill my heart with his love today and everyday!

Happy Easter From BerryMorins Bits and Tips

If you're unable to attend church services stop by Calvary Chapel Spring Valley or
Horizon Christian Fellowship San Diego for online services.

More details and times can be found at their websites.

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