Saturday, January 29, 2011

One step at a time

So we are just about done with the townhome. It took way more time than we thought it would. I have been driving out there every night after working 12-13 hours and then staying there another 5 to pack and clean. These two weeks have just been the most exhausting. Katie (who was been my cleaning buddy for two straight days) made a good point: whether or not I get everything done that I wanted, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. One I can see. This will end one way or another in a couple of days. But for me, it's ended as of last night! It was 2 am and I ran out of boxes and I'd inhaled so many chemical vapors, that I just called it quits. Jon has taken over as Foreman.

I'm really looking forward to seeing my girls. I miss them like crazy.

Things have jumped into overdrive now that school has picked up again.

Just as I was embracing a shortage of hours this semester so that I could spend more time with my family, school work, and home projects, I find out the shortage is "delayed." I'm expecting that this is going to mean no actual change unless I change it myself. Which I do not anticipate doing any time soon.

It has been wearing us out a bit, and the days are really melting by, but I think I've been doing a pretty good balancing act. I've been keeping up with everything so far. Jon is still trying to get caught up, but in another week or so, we will have hopefully fallen into a good rhythm.

In about 2 weeks, we will be planning Lily's 3rd birthday! I cannot believe my baby girl is already so big. Usually we have a gathering at our place, but in light of everything, I think maybe this year we might consider going some place.

Once 90% of my waking time is free from cleaning/packing I will have more interesting things to share. I promise!


Friday, January 21, 2011


I promised these awhile ago:

at a birthday party in... october?

making pumpkin rolls with me for thanksgiving

our kitten Turtle (we had her for about a month at this point, so shes 3 and a half months old here)

i love this picture

christmas morning with my parents

I guess I didn't get as good of pictures as I'd thought.

up in  Ella's bunk

the two of them together

fluffy squirrely

I dyed my hair red. It's actually really bright. We couldn't get a picture to really capture its essence.


Lily smiling next to a present that is almost as big as her.

Hope you're all doing well during this crazy winter season! Fill us in on what's new with you!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A blog makes you realize a few things

... like how you seem so busy and yet you can never figure out where the time went!

We've moved in with Jon's mum, as of last night, but still have a lot of work to do before we are moved out of our townhome. It seems like all I do is pack and unpack. I have to admit that I'm happy we skipped at least one set of packing/unpacking by not renting a temporary apartment.

My hours are getting cut for a least a few months at work. I am still trying to figure out if this is a blessing or a curse.

I started my bible study last night! I am super excited that I managed to get Erica to go with me and I feel so happy to be back doing it again. I do not have enough self discipline to keep up with one on my own but I was really craving some more God in my life. I just feel too busy or stressed or distracted most of the time to initiate it on my own. Isn't that ironic?
Of all the resolutions I made for this year and onward, the one I pray sticks the most is for my relationship with Christ to grow. A lot. I want to keep pace with Jon a little better and I want more peace. Something that I feel really pulls me back is that fact that I feel like I have to censor God out of most of my life in daily conversations. I do it to be respectful of other people (aka, being politically correct) or to avoid coming off as pushy/annoying. But more often than not, doing so only makes me feel uncomfortable and lately I've been wondering how many opportunities I've missed. Opportunities to be used for God's purposes and opportunities to make a deeper connection with the people I see every day, as well as new people that pass my way. This nagging feeling grows every day, so I pray that He gives me the courage and strength to change. I think surrounding myself with people I have Christ in common with (Bible Study!!!) is a good well to draw from. I already feel a little revived after just one night!

My classes start in less than a week. I'm happy to be doing that again with my free time instead of watching Teen Mom and playing online poker. While I can't help but enjoy watching to see if any of those girls have had similar experiences or made similar choices, I can't deny that getting my Associate's is a better use of my time.

There was a birth in the family this week! Happy Birthday shoutout to my newest cousin Nathan Joseph Perkins!

I think that's about all for right now. Things will (hopefully) be drastically different in about 2 or 3 weeks, so I'll have more to share then!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Address

Today I went to work getting a PO Box set up for us. We are officially out of our townhome at the end of this month, but we are intending to move out sooner. Where are we going, you ask?

After months of deliberation, tons of phone calls, emails, craiglists searches, open houses, apartment magazines, 2 rejected home offers, and lots of prayer... we are moving in with Jon's mom. We have been struggling with making the right choice for a while now and every time we thought we had it, it was pulled out from under us.

We really feel this is what God wants for us right now for a number of reasons. First, it will keep us from choosing our next home out of desperation. There are not a whole lot of people who want to move in the middle of winter, like us, so the apartments we liked were not going to be available until spring or summer. A home we wanted to look at was actually pulled off the market because the seller wanted to wait until spring. Secondly, this might give Jon an opportunity to increase his class schedule at RPTS. We're not sure yet. Spring semester doesn't start until March for him. Thirdly, Lyssa (and the girls) will get all the benefits of Kristyn's new puppy. Lastly, we are making this choice based on faith. We are waiting on God to make it clear what He wants us to do. There is comfort in knowing we cannot go wrong with that.

I already miss having my own home, as I'm packing everything up and planning how to organize our storage. But on the brightside, I will get to learn a lot of handy DIY and home repair tips with all the upcoming remodeling going on.

Almost all of our belongings are being put into storage. We are really sad to pack up the girls bunk beds and our new furniture. And really nervous, too. We have never used self storage before and reading all the tips is really making me afraid that when we go to move everything out, we're going to find it all ruined with mildew. I'm using every tip I can find to help prevent this, but any firsthand experience would be greatly appreciated!

As I mentioned before, we got a PO Box. This is because we are unsure when we are going to move again and would like to have something steady for friends, family, and bills. Check your email for the new address!