Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Things

Adjusting to new things is such a challenge for me. I hate feeling out of my comfort zone and the last few weeks has definitely been uncomfortable. Our routine is basically nonexistent. The house is unpacked, but it some ways still feels unsettled. We're planning new renovations, which is exciting, but I know its going to be hectic, especially once the kids are in school and with our work schedules, I'm just anticipating all of the crazy!

Blurry and grainy. Boys playing with their light sabers. Yelling "You are not my father!"

I'm so thankful for this new season. This new home. Some routine with where the kids are going to school. Thankful for a new job and a promotion for Jack. It's a busy season, but a good one. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Crazy Busy

Things here have been crazy the last few weeks.
I feel like it has really been non stop between packing up the house, getting everything ready for settlement. Having the kids home for summer and just keeping them entertained in general. Work. I just got a new job, which is really exciting for me, but another big change for our crew.

With everything going on we're trying to keep to our normal routine, but we have had a lot of late nights, early mornings, and a lot less home cooked meals. I'm just ready to be in the new house, start my new job, and then hopefully time to relax before the kids start school again.

Just trying to enjoy this hectic season in our life and just enjoy the small things. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fathers Day

Father's Day was Sunday, my brother called me, and it wasn't until I got off the phone with him that I realized that it was the first Father's Day we've had since my dad died. It is a strange feeling. My dad and I weren't very close and I honestly hadn't spent more than 30 minutes with him in the last 10 years, so for me it felt normal. We celebrated Jack and his dad and their role in outlives and while I might not be thankful or grateful for my own relationship with my father, it made me see what I wanted, or rather what I didn't want in a husband, in a father for my children. I am so incredibly blessed to have a husband who goes above and beyond for me and for our kids. He is literally the best dad. I couldn't as for more. And I'm lucky to have a father-in-law who has taken me in and treated me like one of his own from the very beginning. 

When my dad died I read this verse "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." Romans 8:26, and I realized that things just were they way there were with my dad and I couldn't change it when he was alive and I certainly can't change it now, but I am thankful for the way my life was, and I'm thankful for the way its turned out.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Things are changing around here.
We've bought a house.
We've sold a house.
We're starting to sort through things and are trying to figure out what is going to come with us and what is going to be thrown out or donated.

Often times I have a really difficult time with change and I was very adamant about not moving, on waiting, on just not doing anything. I didn't talk about moving, I didn't look for houses, I really didn't show any interest, because it wasn't something I thought was going to happen or something I really wanted to invest my time in. But then, Jack found this house, and it had everything we wanted and what it didn't have we could change. And still, I was like "yeah, okay, its all right". And then "No, I don't like that house," and after a month or so, we went back and oddly, something clicked and I thought, "Yes, this is the house".

I can tell you with certainty that God changed my heart on change. I am welcoming it now. Feeling excited and more at peace than before. I am excited to be in a new house, a new one to make our own again. I'm looking forward to getting a new job. I was so comfortable where I am at, but then life throws you something and your circumstances change and the choice is kind of made for you. And probably the biggest change of heart has been where the kids are going to school. I was dead set that if they couldn't stay where they are at, if we couldn't afford it, then I would not move, and yet, here I am finding myself totally at peace with a new school and being so encouraged by friends who have sent their kids to new schools and have dealt with making decisions that we're faced with now.

So here we are, the first week of summer, trying to relax, but also preparing for all of the adventures we're going to have with this new home. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

taking stock// june

Making : Meringue cookies! But how do I keep them from getting so sticky?

Cooking : Nothing at the moment, but planning a steak dinner for tomorrow.

Drinking : Always coffee. 

Reading: Demelza, the second book of the Poldark series. 

Wanting: The next few days to go be, then summer break! 

Deciding: Trying to decide if I should do another load of laundry or not. 

Wishing: Wishing, and hoping that our house sells quickly and everything goes smoothly.

Enjoying: Enjoying life, I feel so happy and so content right now. 

Loving: This weather, yes its hot and a bit muggy, but I'm thankful for the warmer and brighter days. 

Considering: Should I have another cup of coffee?

Watching: Land Before Time with the kids

Needing: A manicure

Smelling: Fresh cut grass

Wearing: Shorts and a t-shirt. 

Sorting: Laundry, I decided to do that second load. 

Disliking: Driving

Feeling: Content and really happy.
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