a girl can dream, right???
Monday, December 22, 2008
a girl can dream, right???
Monday, December 15, 2008
(poor mikayla!! she was so sick that yawkey would not leave her side)
anyways, well that was our weekend in a nutshell. hope you had a great one. happy monday!
Friday, December 12, 2008
ryan is still looking for a new job so he can finally get out of the retail industry. we are really praying that he can find something with more normal hours, like an 8-5/M-F. plus, the job has to be something local because we are absolutely not moving again!! we just got back home and the thought of picking up and moving again makes us both feel sick! he's put out a few resumes and has his ear to the ground on openings, but nothing concrete yet. this is a major prayer for us because we really don't feel like we can start a family or pursue anything with adoption until he has something with more family friendly hours. it's really not about the money, but more the lack of time that he has at home right now. we just don't feel like it would be fair to our child/children to have a dad gone as much as he is right now, so please pray for us!!
i am still plugging away with my new job in louisville (actually, i've been there 7 months already so i guess it's not really new any more!), and really enjoying it. we are currently trying to raise some serious general funds just for our normal operations, and with the current economy, it has been going more slowly than we would like. fortunately, we know God's got a much bigger bank account than we could ever hope for, so the money will come from somewhere if God wants things to move forward.
as far as the rest of our lives...
we are staying busy with church stuff and other extracurriculars. we both are really enjoying volunteering in the children's ministry at fellowship - i work with pre-k and ryan works with infants (scary, i know!!). we have been so blessed to make a lot of good friends through our small group and church, so we've been busy hanging out with them whenever we can.
also, we are both trying to turn over a new leaf and get healthy. i always joke that i didn't gain the freshman 15 in college but the freshman 50. sadly, it didn't just stop my freshman year!!! so, now i've been doing weight watchers since the end of september and have lost 18.8 lbs to date! i've got a long way to go so i'm trying to keep up the workouts and am working on learning to cook/eat healthier. just as of this week, i think i've finally got ryan on board with trying to lose weight as well. it took a little bribing and arm twisting, but the promise of a wii if he loses 30 lbs was just enough to get him in the game finally!!! i'll keep you updated on our progress :)
we are also trying to spend as much time as we can with our families now that we're back in louisville. although this hasn't been as easy as i thought it would be, we are grateful for all the extra time we get to spend with everyone. my sister's kids, brother - stuart and brother-in-law - zachary are all growing like weeds!! it makes me feel so old when i hang out with them!
anyways, we've got a slew of Christmas parties to go to this weekend, even though i'll be flying solo to most of them, so it should be pretty busy. hope you have a great weekend! x0x0-
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
today i have been thinking a lot about what the future of our family will look like. ryan and i have been praying for several months now on what the next step will be and when we will take it (God willing). i keep finding myself coming back to Jeremiah 29:11 -
"For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
i am so glad to know that He already knows what our tomorrow looks like. He knows exactly how many kids we'll have, their names and even the crap they'll do to get on our nerves. unfortunately, i am a major worrier and planner so i naturally like to have everything worked out a long time in advanced. BUT, as i'm learning more and more, life just does not work that way!! in many ways though, i am so glad that i'm not the one planning my life because i could not have dreamed up some of the things that have happened. i believe strongly in the power of prayer and am just waiting and praying for God to give us the direction He would have our family go. who knows what's in store (well, besides God)...not me but i can't wait to find out!!!!!
Friday, December 5, 2008
its pretty much a well-known fact that i am an INFJ personality type. you can find a description of an INFJ here but it basically means that i have "introverted intuition with extroverted feelings". my sweet husband on the other hand is a definite ESFP, described here, but basically a person who believes that "the whole world is their stage". so basically put: we are from totally different planets...literally, man is from mars, woman is from venus!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
unfortunately, it is just so easy for me to lose this perspective and see christmas only through the eyes of presents, shopping, decorations, etc. basically, christmas has been broken down to how much money i'm going to spend and on who...i'm pathetic, i know.
anyways, it's probably too late in the game for some of these this year but here are some ideas i'm contemplating for a more Christ-centered christmas":
-buying gifts that make an impact on the world, not just on a closet or toy chest of a loved one (Donate Love - Sozo International, World Vision & International Justice Mission)
-convincing the family to pool our money and take a family vacation instead
-shop for a child off the Angel Tree
-free babysitting to friends and family that need a break
-actually reading the christmas story straight from the Bible on christmas morning rather than rushing to open presents
-giving out cookies to our neighbors, especially ones we don't know
-having a christmas pot-luck dinner with friends instead of buying gifts for each other
-baking a b-day cake for Jesus
-going out carolling with the family
-offering to pay for a stranger's gas during the holiday shopping season
-going to a restaurant on christmas eve or christmas day just for a drink, and then leaving a large tip
hopefully verbalizing some of these ideas will hold me accountable. merry christmas y'all~
Wednesday, December 3, 2008