Life as a Milshelb Mom is crazy, hectic, and FUN... it's mostly full of LOVE... love for a MilShelb who make my world go 'round.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Livin' On Love

This is a picture of me and Jake at my last Carolina football game as a student. Gotta love him in his shades! He's just too cute! :)

Livin' On Love by Alan Jackson
Two young people without a thing
Say some vows and spread their wings
Settle down with just what they need
Livin on love

She dont care 'bout whats in style
She just likes the way he smiles
It takes more than marble and tile
Livin on love

Livin on love, buyin on time
Without somebody nothing aint worth a dime
Just like an old fashioned story book rhyme
Livin on love
It sounds simple thats what you're thinkin'
But love can walk through fire without blinkin'
It doesnt take much when you get enough
Livin' on love

Two old people without a thing
Children gone but still they sing
Side by side in that front porch swing
Livin on love
He cant see anymore
And she can barely sweep the floor
Hand in hand they'll walk through that door
Just livin on love

Livin on love, buyin on time
Without somebody nothing aint worth a dime
Just like an old fashioned story book rhyme
Livin on love
It sounds simple thats what you're thinkin'
But love can walk through fire without blinkin'
It doesnt take much when you get enough
Livin' on love
No it doesnt take much when you get enough
Livin' on love

I put these song lyrics up today because this has really been on my mind. Call us crazy, but in less than 2 months we'll be married. We will then truly be "livin' on love". The thought of it scares me to death... but it's like I keep telling myself: If we make it through this we'll make it through anything! (I know we'll make it. I'm not naive- I just know that Jake and I take this commitment seriously and this is the only time we will get married... we're in it for the long-haul, so to speak.)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Just Thinking...

The roses, the lovely notes, the dining

and dancing are all welcome and splendid.

But when the Godiva is gone, the gift of

real love is having someone who'll go the

distance with you. Someone who, when the

wedding day limo breaks down, is willing

to share a seat on the bus.


This is a quote that I had on my aim away message one day not long after meeting Jake. I love this quote and I think it is very true. Real love is someone who will be there for the bad times, too. I thank God that He has blessed me with an amazing man to share my life.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What a DAY!!

Well, my day started off normal- I went to work at 8:30, stayed until 4:30, and came home. Once I got home I made dinner (with some help from Jake) and did some dishes. After dinner is when the day took a strange turn...

Jake, Milly, Shelby, and I started off on our walk. We always go the same way in our neighborhood. After walking half of our walk we turned around to make the second half of the walk toward home... and as we were walking passed this house Jake commented that there was a dog. I shrugged it off and said something along the lines of "that dogs is always there" or something. Jake said something about "it's not stopping" and at that point I turned around in time to see the dog charging at Jake and Milly and barking and growling like crazy. Milly, always the protector, barked and yelped and all of the sudden let out this awful screaming noise! The dog was attacking her!! Jake, who is always good at thinking on his feet, pulled on her leash and grabbed her up. The other dog turned around and ran off. I was shocked! I have never been so scared in all my life!! My poor baby! Luckily, she escaped without injury and was only a little shaken by the situation. Jake and I were very upset about this and I shook all the way back to the house. I was so shocked!
Anyhow, after getting home and calling my mother I decided that I needed to tell that dog's owner that his dog attacked mine and could have hurt her. So, I marched my skinny little butt right back to his house and knocked on his front door. I politely explained to him that his dog had come running at mine and that I thought he should know because that was dangerous and very nerve-racking. He appologized again and again and asked if Milly was ok. I told him she was fine and that I just thought he should know because I would want to know if it were my dog that had charged at another dog. He thanked me for the concern and I went on my merry way back home...
Goodness, what a day... but, you know, it's all in a day's work for a MilShelb Mom... you've gotta stand up for your girls! :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

So Far Today

So far today Jake and I have gone to get our rings sized, picked up a new shower curtain liner, walked Milly and Shelby, and given them a bath.
I'm pretty excited about the rings! :) We get them back later this week. I think the rings kind of make the whole "wedding" thing real. Ya know? I think it's funny how different people view rings differently and there are so many to pick from. Some people want them to match and other don't care if they do. Some people want there to be diamonds on the band while others don't. There are just so many options. Jake and I opted for plain white gold bands. His is wider than mine but they are basically the same thing. I don't know why that mattered so much to me that they be the same... but it did- and still does. I guess I feel like people can tell I'm married to him by looking at the rings. lol I don't know. It's strange how people (myself included) get stuck on a certain idea and just can't get over it. I'm one of those people who becomes obsessed with one thing for awhile and then moves on to a new obsession... that or I get it in my head that something has to be one way and, by golly, it's going to be that way! lol So, that's how we ended up with the plain white gold matching bands. Well, that and Jake wanted white gold and so did I... but he didn't seem to care if they matched or not.
I really needed a new shower curtain liner. Mine was super gross. I know that's gross to share with people, but it was nasty. It's strange because I could almost swear that the thing was completely clean like last week and the next thing I know it's super gross. lol So, we got one of those at Target on our way home. It was super cheap too which is great because neither one of us has much extra money right now.
Milly and Shelby love to go on walks and be outside. It makes me feel a little guilty that they don't have a fenced-in space to run and play. I know how much they enjoy being outside and I just wish they had that space... I hope that soon enough we will be able to live somewhere that has a fence.
Anyhow, while on our walk today (like most other days) Milly decided to roll on something nasty. She does this when we pass dead bugs, dried up things, and who knows what else. Today she picked a lovely squashed to the pavement and dried up dead snake to roll on. When I say roll on I mean she literally lays down on the ground and rolls over and rubs her back on the nastiness. It is so gross but also really funny. It makes her happy- so I usually give in and let her be. At some point on this particular walk she also decided to roll in "pitch" as Jake calls it. (I refer to this sticky substance as "sap.") Anyhow, she was sticky and she had to have a bath. I figured since I was bathing her I might as well get Shelby clean too. :)

I know I mentioned before that I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education. I am currently looking for a job. I never, even in my wildest dreams, would have guessed that it would prove to be so difficult and next to impossible to find a teaching job. Of course, I never thought the economy would be like this either. I am just frustrated with the entire situation. People tell me that the schools will hire this summer. The schools mostly say they aren't hiring. It's awful. The thing I find most frustrating is people telling me "you'll find a job. I know you will." I know that they are trying to be helpful, but the fact of the matter is that I cannot find a job if there aren't any out there for the taking. People have mentioned moving to me but I cannot move until December because Jake is in school until then and we need to be within an hour or so from Columbia. I know that God will provide a way for us and that we will be ok. I have total faith in Him to get us through this. I know that there is no situation so great that God is not greater still... it's just difficult to think that way when you're standing in the middle of the chaos. There's a quote that says something to the effect of "when you reach the end of the tunnel and are about to step out into the darkness of the unknown, one of two things will happen: either you will given solid ground to stand on or you will be taught how to fly." I ask God every day: "God, give me ground or give me wings!" Because I truly feel I'm nearing the end of that tunnel and there are about to be some major changes... I just hope I'm ready!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I Adopted Your Dog Today

I saw this poem on craigslist the other day and found it to be very moving. It's so sad that people dump animals. I hope that one day people will understand that a pet is a lifelong committment.

I Adopted Your Dog Today

I adopted your dog today.
The one you left at the pound.
The one you had for five years
And no longer wanted around.

I adopted your dog today.
Do you know he's lost weight?
Do you know he's scared and depressed
And has lost all faith?

I adopted your dog today.
He had fleas and a cold,
But don't worry none.
You've unburdened your load.

I adopted your dog today.
Were you having a baby or moving away?
Did you suddenly develop allergies
Or was there no reason he couldn't stay?

I adopted your dog today.
He doesn't play or eat much.
He's very depressed,
But he will learn again to trust.

I adopted your dog today
And here he will stay.
He's found his forever home
And a warm lap to lay.

I adopted your dog today
And I will give him all that he could need.
Patience, love, security, and understanding.
Hopefully he will forget your selfish deed.

Allow Me To Introduce Myself

Hi! We'll start with names- mine is Maggie. I'm a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina (Go GAMECOCKS!) and a bride-to-be (in less than 2 months). I am passionate about only a few things in life: my fiance, my miniature daschunds, family, education, animal welfare, and GOD!

I have been truly blessed to share my life with a wonderful man who, in December, asked me to be his wife. I am looking forward to our future together. I am not one of those silly girls who believes that we will always be head-over-heels in love. I know that won't last. However, I also know that beyond that love is another and that is the love of friendship and devotion and respect. I think that one reason I am able to love Jake as much as I do is because I truly respect him as a person. He is an amazing man. It's funny because though we are so incredibly different we are also very much alike. I can't count the number of time we've looked at each other and said the same things. When that happens we always laugh and say "we're the same person!" Now, I know that we aren't truly the same person... but we do think a lot alike and I think that really helps us out.

Another true blessing in my life is the fact that I am a proud "mother" to two miniature daschunds. Their names are Milly and Shelby (we call them MilShelb for short) and they are our pride and joy. I never knew you could love an animal as much as we love them. Call me silly, but I have truly learned a great deal from these two four-legged creatures with whom I share my life. They have taught me about unconditional love; shown me that I possess more patience than I ever believed possible; and have been there for me even on my worst days. They are amazing.

I am lucky to have the parents that I have. My mom and step-dad, Michael, are wonderful people. They have truly made me who I am today. Thanks to them I have a foundation in the church and a faith that keeps me going. They have always been the type of parents who trusted us and believed we were capable of making the right decisions... I thank them for that.

As you read my blog in the future, you will find that I will most likely talk about daily thing or things that bother me... I will also probably post quotes or poems that stand out to me for some reaosn or another. I'm the type of person that has a quote for every type of event in life. I love them! lol