Sunday, February 23, 2014

20 years....

So, yesterday I spent the day working on this house-getting things finished up, and starting a few new projects in the mix.  
I also spent the day loving on my dearest of 20 years!! Yes--I said that-- 2-0 years! He asked me out with a note in choir class our freshman year of high school and the rest is history. Ha!

I don't know where time goes, I can't believe it's been that long knowing this wonderful man. We've had our fair shares of ups and downs in our relationship, but we have always made it through.  We have learned that our struggles in life have only brought us closer together. We've come along ways!

In the mix of working and loving yesterday, I also made this delicious cake! We had it for dessert after supper-it took much longer than I anticipated to make!! I had originally planned on having it for an afternoon snack. I found the idea on Pinterest which was originally from here. It turned out just how I imagined-lovely. My honey told our son that I "poured my heart into it". 
{ Swoon. }

Monday, February 10, 2014

A new wave {product review!}

So, we were in town over the weekend and the salon supply store is always out of the hair product I like {Bed Head Creative Genius}. So I decided to try some new products. I ended up bringing home 3 different products but I think one of them I will let my mother in law have. She needs a new one as well.

So yesterday I decided to do a trial run on product #1. Bed Head Totally Baked and my diffuser on my blow dryer. 

 I used my diffuser which I don't normally use because my hair has ALWAYS been stick straight. But I noticed a few days ago after my bath that my hair had a little wave to it from the humidity. So I gave it a go. And what came out was absolutely wonderful! I loved it! It gave my hair a texture and a slight wave which I have never had. I LOVE finding new products that actually work!! Even my bangs look pretty darn good and those I did nothing with other than blow dry them to the side.

I still have two more products to try too!! How exciting. It's the little things in life that make it all worth while--right?!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coffee time

Here I sit, in my new home, in my office with my cup of coffee enjoying the morning sun shining in. God has blessed me with so many wonderful things that I can't help but be happy.   The people in my life that make it so much more enjoyable are always around to make me feel loved!
This is a time every morning for me to ponder on what my day is going to bring. Today-I get to continue to pack this house-put our belongings in there rightful place. That is NOT an easy task. I am missing a few things here and there as well. I am sure they will show up eventually, but it's strange that things just got stuck in an odd place that I don't remember. Ha!
We are totally moved out of our storage unit. We still have a few things scattered at our family's homes here and there-but not much. For the most part-we are HOME. Now just to make it a home. One that is fully functional and organized. Okay-at least somewhat organized. I am good at that but sometimes it seems I just want to give up!! One place I haven't mastered yet is my pantry. I also have a lazy-susan in my kitchen-so deciding what goes where is quite the task! I never realized putting food away would be such a thought provoking matter! With a little oomph I know I can do it!
Oh-and I get my haircut today. What to do what to do. I am thinking of cutting bangs again? But not sold on it yet. I like the length of my hair right now but it needs some texture to it. It's just too blunt. Maybe I'll come back later and show what I've done.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


I have started reading a book called "Women Living Well" by Courtney Joseph.  I have only read the first chapter as I am following along on the authors blog book club. So far I am enjoying it. I need to do things like this for myself more often. I need to dig into God's word and realize that He is the maker of all and that I need to make Him my top priority.
As I do this, I believe my life is going to only get better.
Carving out quiet time isn't an easy task. It seems there is always a tv on or someone on the phone. I need to find my quiet place though {once this house is done!}. It will happen!
I hope to get on this blog and post more as well. It's good to get your feelings out and not just in my head.  I have felt a little low lately, down in the dumps.  I shouldn't-but I do. It's winter in ND-hard not to feel this way sometimes.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Here I sit, at my new snack bar in my new house with a wonderful cup of coffee and my laptop. This was a long time coming-and it's still not technically done. Oh well. 

We moved into our house the weekend before Christmas, we only came with what we needed-so beds, clothes, food. It has been nice to be in our own place! It's been way too long! There is still some work to do-some doors and baseboards, a few counter tops need to be finished, but I am holding steady at the fact that I am here and can monitor any work from here on it first hand!

It has been a long stressful build, but we are nearing the very end, and I think all the stressfulness is over. Well-the banking side isn't done yet-so that may still get the best of me. But for now-I am holding out that we are good to go. Pictures to come.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


What do you do for a loved one that is hurting so badly, but you don't know what to do for them?
You listen and just be there for them.
You don't have advice because you haven't personally been through what they are going through. You make sure they know you love them and will help them in any way you can. 
You pray for them, for the healing of their heart.
I have gone through a heartbreak in my life that no one in my family had experienced-and they were there for me. They didn't know what to say or do or how to act. But they did what they could.
Now, I am here for my brother. I am here to help him to the best ability that I can.
The bible tells us that if we just believe in Jesus and have faith, pray about everything and don't worry-that we will experience God's peace. 
This isn't always an easy thing to follow and do-but we must try. 
We must have faith.
Faith that God has a plan for all of us, we just have to trust in his timing.
Even if it isn't right in our minds as the right time.

Friday, August 16, 2013


Sooooo....where did the last 5 months go? Hmm...well-here's the skinny on what's been going on with the Hagel's:

We moved out of our house in June-took longer with the bank, of course.

We finally closed on our land deal last week. Yes-last week. And the land owners screwed us over-that's putting it lightly. But it's done and we officially own 15 acres.
Our house is up and is almost ready for shingles.
I miss having a house-this living in a camper ordeal is getting old.
We've been living in the camper on my parents farm for the summer so that's been good for Ryder-getting to play, swim, have kitties, help on the farm.
We named our new place-Hagel's Hideout. Quay and Ryder got me a big metal sign that needs to be hung yet. I designed it myself. :)
Ryder will be starting 2nd grade next week. :(   Boo.
Ready for some normalcy. Whatever that may be.
Building a house is stressful.
So that's been our summer in a nutshell.
We could use a vacation but that would mean spending money that we just don't have right now-so we'll just have to pretend we went somewhere. 
Not living in a house all summer has really put into perspective what a person misses the most. I think I miss my washer and dryer the most. If a person can love an appliance in their house-that would be my soul mate. As much as I hate doing laundry-my Maytag front loaders made it very easy and quick. I can't wait to get them back out of storage.  Next would have to be a real closet and dressers.  I have clothes stuck everywhere in the camper for the 3 of us and it's no fun fitting them all in.
Okay-that's it for now.
Here's our house-thought I better share.