The long awaited box was finally here!
I love getting boxes in the mail! It’s like Christmas all over again!
Who doesn’t like getting gifts that you want!
Well, when I walked up the stairs and saw that big box waiting for me I couldn’t wait to open it!
It was cutely wrapped in brown wrapping paper.
I tore off the paper to reveal the logo on the box, Cougar!
I opened up the box only to be surprised by a beautiful scarf and a little-handwritten note!
Then I peeled back the tissue paper and saw the Blackout Leather boots!
I untied them and slipped them onto my sock feet, the first thing I noticed was the incredible softness of the interior!
Okay soft and classy! How could I say no?!
I carefully walked around in my new kicks as most people do when they put new shoes on.
The typical stiffness showed its face as I paced the length of the room.
Once again I was impressed with the warmth of the shoe!
I could tell, even after such a short time of wearing them, that they would be worthy of our cold Manitoba winters!
The Blackout cougar boots are mid-height calf-leather black boot.
At first glance, they seem to slightly mimic the military issued airmen boots that I have seen.
But their defining attribute is not the black color or the solid soles, but the padded shaft.
It’s attention to detail is down to the stitching of each pad on the upper part of the boot is so nice!
They would pass as stylish for a day of shopping but they will serve you well when you want to go sled down the hill in January!
Once again I really love to see how Cougar manages to put cute, classy, warm and waterproof all in the same shoe!
Their customer service is very personal and professional also.
Thank you Cougar!
The boots are linked in the top sentence but the scarf is not yet available for purchasing and consequently is not on the website as of yet.
Yay! My most favorite thing to write about... *cough*. Actually I do enjoy telling my story and inevitably part of my story is my dear fiance, Jeffrey! But honestly who actually needs another blog post on relationships, haha.
I love, love, LOVE learning from other Christians that are real and down to earth, so I shall try to make this as personable as possible and not bore you all to death! I won’t go through how we met because that is all written out in ‘Once Upon a Time’, but I will be writing out a few things I have learned or noticed while dating and, now, being engaged!
Number Uno: Don’t assume, communicate. Gosh if people could even just do this all the time in life then it would avoid a lot of trouble! I wouldn’t say that Jeffrey and I have a real long distance relationship but we sorta have classed ourselves as that couple. We always have lived 45 minutes away from each other, we both work and we both have friends and families that need our commitment as well, consequently, when it comes to communicating with each other, majority of the time, we don’t get to do it face to face. We always try to not let miscommunication get in between us but it’s no surprise that it has and does happen. Even with being engaged we don’t know what each of us is doing every minute of every day which leaves lots of room for hurt especially for someone like me who values trust and honesty as key components of any relationship, not being told where he was one evening sometimes ends up with me feeling jipped somehow. It’s important to realize that, if in a committed relationship, they do love you and trust is the best thing. Assumptions rarely ever are good, and almost always end up with someone feeling hurt. Don’t think I’m a perfect saint! I hate confrontation but I hate assumptions more… so if you really love them communicate with them and trust them. Jeffrey and I could count on one hand how many times we’ve had arguments/miscommunications in person, face to face, that said though the amount of arguments/miscommunications we’ve had over text is actually shameful. When you can’t hear the tone of voice used things tend to get messy fast. Texting seems the best place for miscommunications. My last word on this is; Don’t ever fight something out over text message! Meet for coffee somewhere if at all possible or at least phone them but texting is the worst place to fight or talk about big things. Talk in person and trust.
Number Two: Prioritize. When Jeffrey and I first started dating we actually wondered if having a date once a week was too much! We didn’t want to let our relationship take priority over all our other relationships. But I know it definitely hasn’t always been the case. When you begin to make someone your whole life, giving them the first priority over everyone else it starts to injure other relationships. A wise woman told me at the beginning of Jeffrey and my dating relationship this story (in my own words):
Number Trois: Physical Contact. Oh boy, not physical contact. :[ I’ll keep this one short, I thought that number two led into this subject quite nicely though. This was learned by trial and error for Jeffrey and I. It is very important to realize how people feel around you in the way that you conduct yourself. Everyone has to be convicted themselves on this subject, although, when it comes to public behavior I do think there are general rules of propriety such as: Don’t make people feel unnecessarily uncomfortable. I have taken the liberty of asking friends if they do feel uncomfortable or unwelcome around Jeffrey and I, and either they are very good liars or they are telling the truth when most say they don’t. One dear friend was honest with me and told me she did; from that we tried to correct how we had acted and set boundaries accordingly. Is your priority gazing into your boyfriend's eyes lovingly while stroking his arm or talking to the person in front of you? The more physical you get the harder it is to stick to the boundaries that you’ve set.
That is all for now! I really hope this in some way either opened your eyes or reaffirmed some things in your heart. No one is perfect but the more we seek Jesus the more we become like Him! Make that your goal in life!
We are basically in the middle of November now and this year has gone by so fast! I’ve heard that the years only go faster as you get older; I always wished that were true growing up when birthdays never came quick enough, and years seemed to drag by in my mind, but now I’m realizing how true it is! I wish sometimes that I had a photographic memory that could remember the littlest of details from the most random of things because as time passes by I start to realize how much I am missing.
Rolling over I close my eyes not wanting to get up… just a few more minutes, please, I’m begging you! But my alarm doesn’t listen to my silent begging, even after four times of pressing snooze and a grand total of fifteen minutes to actually be presentable and at work, I finally get out of bed and rush to get out the door.
It is an eight-minute drive to work and it feels as though it is always a drag to get there. The struggle of wishing you were doing something else or something more.
I am a person that has a whole bunch of dreams and aspirations! I am a dreamer! Growing up I always wanted to be a doctor, after learning the schooling time though I figured I could settle for being a nurse. I always LOVE a good missionary biography, so when I was around seven I decided I would be a missionary nurse! Oh, that was such a romantic idea! Living in an unknown people group that you are slowly winning to Jesus as you served them medically! Yes, that is exactly what I wanted! Little did/do I realize how hard missionary life is. How many of God’s people return home due to illness, breakdown or exhaustion. Then becoming a pilot I really struggled with knowing why I loved it so much and how I could use it to God’s glory. Military always was in the back of my mind for that, and if I wasn’t engaged I really wonder if I would’ve taken advantage of the government's free training. Then I was reminded of Nate Saint. A bush pilot that was a companion to Jim Elliot. Missionary pilot! So I forged ahead in my flight training with one goal… missionary pilot.
Now time still passes. Life seems to happen whether you ask for it or not. Your bed will seem more inviting than your job, most days for me at least. But it is good to dream! Dreams, aspirations, spontaneous living are very healthy in my mind. If you don’t dream I feel as though your life is dull. You’d have nothing to look forward to! Nothing to push you to do more, to get better! Even if dreams mean starting at the bottom to get to where you want to go, it then becomes a humbling experience. I still have so many dreams, and I know that Jesus has put those in me for a reason, I just have to figure out how to channel all of them and figure out which ones will bring Him the glory due His name!
I wrote this post quite awhile ago. I never could bring myself to post it because looking back at it still produced a twinge of guilt. But here it is and I know that this is the right time to post it!
Also so much has changed since writing this post namely the fact that I am engaged and I probably would've done this after getting engaged whether or not I was having a hard time so that has made me feel better.
Overall I hope that this speaks to some of you in different situations in your life.