Thursday, January 29, 2015

#TBT: Little Travis


Travis with his bother and dad at an Indians game. Trey's face makes me smile so much :) And how cute is little Trav? 



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Closed Doors



Today I am reminded of Philippians 4:6-7
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all that he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

The Prayer:
Lord,
If it's not your will, let it slip through my grasp and give me peace not to worry about it.

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Travis and I have been talking more and more about going home. We even started looking at houses online, talked about what schools we wanted our kids to attend, how far things would be, etc. We so wanted it. Not even a blizzard could scare us away. Ha.

Travis contacted a likely job option for him only to be told that they are not hiring.

Talk about being disappointed. After reading the text from Trav, my eyes filled with tears. Then I remembered that I prayed to God the night before that if God didn't want Trav to have that job, to simply have the door shut. And it was.  

On top of that, Travis checked into some other jobs in the area, and they are not hiring at the moment, or they want someone with at least two-year-paid experience. To be honest, the job that he just contacted about that said they weren't hiring had an awesome location next to home, but it wasn't exactly the perfect job. It had no benefits and salary, which means he would be on call a lot and not able to get paid for the extra hours that he would work. So all in all, it wasn't the perfect fit.

As Trav called me on his way home, he brought up a good point: Has God really failed us with where he wanted us to go? Of course not. We ended up in AZ and really loved the weather and so many things to do. He lead us to TN for Trav's school and we were blessed for Trav's great education. Now it will be a new adventure. Or maybe he just wants us to be patient, and He will open a door when He is ready.

Whatever God's reason for closing so many doors, we know he will lead us to the right place. We will find that place and we will still have plenty of time to do it. Travis doesn't graduate until this summer.

God, lead us, and we will follow.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Fur Baby Wish List

Okay, so I might have a small obsession with my fur babies and they may be a tad spoiled. If I could, I would have an animal rescue at our home, but... since Trav isn't really diggin' it, I have to keep dreaming of things we may be able to have for our babies one day.


Dogs:

1.) Outside Dog House:




Although our babies aren't outside dogs, they love to play outside. And this would be awesome because our dogs love to sun bathe. 

2.) Dog Pool:




A dog pool may be a little crazy, but this is my wish list, so why not. LOL. Trigger would really enjoy this.

3.) Dog Activated Water Fountain


Instead of a dog bowl, this would be so much easier outside. You can find one here.

4.) Dog Bath

This would be wonderful, especially if we had a mud room! The dogs get so dirty sometimes when they are outside playing that this would be ideal and make it so much easier than having to take them to a bathroom for them to get washed up.

5.) Dog Rooms:

Although Tatum LOVES his crate {we had him learn to go in it since we first got him - he even chooses to go into the crate himself if he wants to lay down or doesn't feel good}, crates aren't pretty looking and doesn't provide dogs with much room. I'd rather put them in rooms like this if we have people over and they are being too much, or if we leave. I doubt they would actually sleep in here at night though (although I guess we could train them). I also think this would be awesome for the cats when we would have to put them away because a guest is allergic to them.


6.) Dog Storage:

Our babies have a lot of things - more than they will ever know. But after seeing this, my eyes grew big, I want it! It would be so nice to have most of their stuff in their own place, rather than scattered all over the house.

7.) Dog Bow Tie

Okay, honestly, how cute are these? {Found here} LOVE them. However, they are $45! (Whhhaaatttt??!! They are too pricey for my liking), but so, so, sooooooooooooo cute!

Cats:
1.) Cat hole

This is going to be a must have in our next home for sure. The dogs are always trying to get into their space. This would give them their own hiding area without having to worry about the pesky dogs.

2.) Cat Playhouse


3.) Fountain

Jax is OBSESSED with water lately! The only water he doesn't like is when he has to take a bath. This may be gross, but he jumps on our bathroom sink just so he can play with any water. Literally he darts as soon as the door starts to open as fast as his little legs will take him. He would LOVE this. I only get scared with these things if they have cords and whatnot.

4.) 


Cats love laser toys, or at least my cat does. This would be awesome to have. It would give my indoor cats some exercise.




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Okay, so our babies don't really need any of these items, they are just items that momma would like to have maybe one day, but if I don't get them, I will be just as happy :) After all, we don't need these things.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wanting to be Closer to Home

If going through school wasn't enough and not seeing each other a lot, there is the added stress of trying to find a job. It is still early yet, and we're still a way out before a job-search-crunch is on. Once applications are put out, there is a wait to hear if there is a reply and most importantly an opening; that will be stressful. 

We hoped to move back home once we first moved to Tennessee. Then we thought we were insane, and  really wanted to move back to Arizona for the warm weather and all the things to do. After this past year events, we decided that family and friends are more important than warm weather. Most importantly, there is no place like home. We really do miss you, Indiana.

Jan 18, 2015 text message
So Travis really has been trying to get a job closer to home. Many of the places though, want to hire someone who has experience. *Which brings me to 1.) how can you gain experience if no one ever hires you. 2.) Trav has been working the past two years - just didn't actually get paid. We actually paid for him to go to work.*  

However, we want to go where God leads us. We try not to worry about the whole situation of finding a job because God will open and close doors that He finds necessary. Please pray that that the right door will present itself for us sooner than later. {And for Trav's classmates as well}



Monday, January 19, 2015

Chicken N' Noodles

My mom-in-law has some pretty awesome recipes. My most favorite is her Chicken N' Noodles recipe! 



Recipe from Momma L.


Ingredients:

1 Broasted Chicken {already cooked and ready to eat}
1 pkg Amish Style Noodles
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 large box of chicken broth {1-2 quart}

Directions:

1.) Debone chicken {and keep skin} into large pan. Keep juice from chicken as well and put it in the pan. The juice adds flavor.
2.) In same pan, add broth and bring to boil. 
3.) Add cream of chicken soup and 1-2 cups water. Add only enough water to make sure it's not too thick.
4.) Add the noodles. Cook the noodles as directed on the package. Make sure the noodles are fully cooked.


 



Enjoy! Thanks Momma L! :)

Note: This is usually made with mashed potatoes. If making with potatoes, make sure to keep the potato skin on as well, it makes it oh so yummy!



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Starting Prenatal Vitamins & Future Planning


Things got real when the OB recommended that I start taking prenatal vitamins. It's not because I am pregnant, or that we are trying, but since I am not taking any vitamins currently, it should be beneficial just in case anything were to happen.

We will not be trying for a while from now {for my momma and momma-in-law, please take note: a long while, lol}, but it's exciting and nerve wracking to even know that this phase in life is just that much closer. I guess it's also surreal to me that Travis and I are even talking about little ones in the home, about school ratings, car safety features, etc. This is a whole different ball game. Something we don't know anything about, so it's all new to us.


We know we are meant to be parents, through means of having our own or through adoption. 


After volunteering in a day care at a church session and falling in love with every single child there, I came home and proceed to tell Travis, "We are just going to need to get a bus for all of our kids."


Without hesitation, "Okay, we can get a bus." {*Squeal with excitement* I.love.this.man!!!!}


I think he knows that once we have one child, my ideal number of kids will likely change, but I really would love to provide homes for children that need a home and most importantly, love. I really believe this is our calling. To be fully honest, I wouldn't mind opening our home to foster kids before we have our own once Travis graduates and once we get settled in.


God has His own timing of how/when/if things will happen so He may surprise us with His timing or have us patiently waiting, but we will trust in His timing.