Friday, April 10, 2015

Happiest Sibling Day!


Happy Sibling Day to my little sister, Brittany. She is gorgeous inside and out, and the most caring person in the world. I'm so glad to have you to lean on regardless of what life brings. Thanks for being my best friend. I love you.

P.S. I'm glad you're all done with pulling my hair out. Hahaha.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!!!



Easter is the greatest love story told of all time. 
A story of a man who died for everyone's sins, regardless if you love him or not.

Please listen to this video/song:


"Why" Nicole Nordeman


This song is the most beautiful and powerful song of all time. It will leave you in tears.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

No April Fools Joke Here!


Let me just first off by saying that I am so thankful that I didn't see any "I'm pregnant!" jokes on Facebook this morning. They are cruel and immature. It might be funny to them, but there are so many who struggle with infertility.

Anyways, this morning was GORGEOUS. Last night Trav and I feel asleep to a thunderstorm and to rain hitting softly against the window, so I figured this morning it would still be raining. Instead, it was beautiful, and I was able to run outside in this beautiful weather.


Probably really only a 1.5 miles

I have been trying to run without stopping. It is so hard. I've ran longer distances before, but it has always been a walk/run. My legs become so tired, and mentally, every thought I have is that I can't do it, but I kept pushing through.

Also, I have turned my GPS on while running. When I ran before, my mile was off. It still happens to be off by probably .10 of a mile. Which made me really upset, because all the time I thought I was running before and was so proud of how much I accomplished, I was wayyyy off. Now it's a little more accurate, but according to Travis it's still a little off. So I try running a little bit longer than what I think.

Today I ran 1.5 miles without stopping (okay, I stopped for a min to let some cars go through to get into a plaza) but I am still very proud of myself. My legs, were not. I ended up walking the rest of the way. My plan is to run/jog 3 miles from now on and hopefully that way I will be more prepared for the run with Trav on his graduation date. :)

Can you guys believe that it is April already? Holy smokes! Time is going by so fast! Trav's graduation date will be here before we know it!

Friday, March 27, 2015

BIG NEWS!!!! :)

Travis' interview was in Michigan. (You know the state that Travis wouldn't let us get married in, because he thought it would be bad luck, but apparently, we could possibly live in, ha!). 

The town is about an hour away from where our family lives AND is so CUTE. It's an older, college type of town.  There are a lot of restaurants {places you've never heard of which we love}, shopping, along with TONS of things to do. We decided to explore the town before Travis had an interview, so we took my mom, dad, Brit, and his mom with us.


The cafe was awesome and we decided to try chocolate bacon for the first time! It was okay, but not something I don't think any of us will crave.


Trav's interview was two days later...

Let's be honest here:
My man looks good in a suit. 
TALK ABOUT SEXY. ;)  Hehe.

 

All the animals were concerned about daddy leaving. We all waited for hours to hear how it went. We waited so long that it started snowing... and it snowed quite a bit in a couple of hours! {More than this TN is used to anymore, haha}.

 

Trav came home, and wasn't sure how he really felt about the interview. He was a little worried because they said that they wanted someone soon. Trav probably wouldn't be able to start until much later this year due to how long credentials take. 

Then.. as Trav thought he was going to take a nap (a few hours later after his interview), a phone call from Michigan was coming through. 

They offered him the job!

Trav accepted and asked ever so cutely, "Can I talk to my wife about it?" He called to tell me, and then called them back to say that:

HE ACCEPTED!

The job has been great so far! They are so sweet and really taking good care of us already, making both of us feel welcomed. They have already got in touch of a realtor for us (Trav mentioned about it a interview), sent his contract in no time, and already do a little teasing of trying to transform him to maize and blue.

 
We drove home, and although the weather was cruddy (but by the time we got home it was 78 degrees(!)... Trav may have had to reconsider his acceptance (kidding)), but all we could talk about was his new job. 

It seems like a great opportunity. I'm so proud of Travis. He has been wanting this since he was 18 years old. He has worked his butt off for this moment. Literally, it has been SO incredibly hard. He is the hardest working person I know.

(Plus, we determined that the short trip here, there, and back, Trav spent 26 hours in the car!)

 

After Trav came home from studying, he came to some balloons and lots of little goodies (including some yummy gelato!). And he's going to get a professional massage! (Once he can clear his busy schedule).

Can you believe it?? I'm still in shock! We had no idea it would happen this quick. To be honest, my countdown calendar said he was going to start applying in jobs in 48 days from now. Haha. God had completely different plans for us. (And gave us the best feeling!)

I can finally announce that we're going to be living in Michigan!!! :)


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dear 16 Year Old Me

Jocelyn and I freshman year of high school.
I started tanning before 8th grade.

Dear Future Littles, Friends, and Family.


Please don't use the tanning bed.  Use sunscreen when outside. Protect your skin. Thankfully after Travis and I started dating he placed some concerns about skin cancer. This is why:




Skin cancer isn't worth it.




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Feeling Blessed & Updates

Now, the time is coming where we are making big changes in our lives. Travis and I joke that we like to make big changes all at once, but it is mostly true. Lately I've been MIA because of a couple of different things:

*Started fixing up the house to get the house on the market
 
{So to be honest, I completely hated this color and didn't want it,
but the painters told us it is their most popular color. Trav
kept having to remind me that it's not the paint color we
will live with - it's what the next person has to live with. 
I guess that makes it better. LOL.}

*Had to stay good bye to our beloved hot tub :( What a sad, sad, day.

*Started to pack {the animals were thrilled, hahaha}

*Took a short trip to Indiana, tried on bridesmaid dresses, and {Travis} drove in not-so-nice weather
  

*Put the house up on the market

*Trav set up a job interview

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God has a complete way of surprising you.

First, we thought Travis would already have a job near our home, but the doors closed {if you remember this post}. Travis told me he was going to wait until all the way in May until he started applying for jobs, hoping that by that time there would be an opening at that certain location. I wasn't too excited about hearing that {I at least wanted to know what side of the country we would be living on, ha}. Plus, what really scared me was that it didn't sound like that great of a job. I put in my phone a countdown calendar to the exact day that he said that he would be done waiting, knowing the next day he would start applying for jobs. I just didn't want him to miss an opportunity or the perfect opportunity for him.

Travis contacted a couple of friends to see if they know if there was any jobs in their location. One of them said there was an opening and to call a number to find out more. Travis called the number and talked to someone; ending the end of the conversation for him to send some dates that would work for him to set up an interview. He surprised me by calling me at work to tell me that the job sounded awesome and they wanted to set up an interview. I literally went around hugging all of my coworkers. If I was this excited, I could only imagine how Travis was feeling.

Then we started signing paperwork to put the house on the market. We figured it would take several months for it to sell. The house was on the market for a year before we bought it. We did make some changes, but I was so worried because I didn't want us to have to wait an entire year.

Now, I am worried about starting a new life in a new place. Which is silly, because God always provides... even if it's a new place with new people.

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When I get worried, I start having crazy dreams (like I did with my wedding dreams).  The weird thing with my dreams is that I only remember a little section of the dream, but they were big enough to stick out to me.

*I was stung by a bee, or the bee thought it was stinging me, but there was no stinger. It means that I am annoyed with something in life currently. I am assuming that the no stinger means that I shouldn't be annoyed with it. {Read more here}

*I keep seeing a lion in the distance. The last dream I had I was at my parents house with the dogs. I called the dogs in when I saw the lion. I was scared the lion was going to attack, but the lion really wasn't an attack mode, he stayed in the distance, just watching. His eyes really stuck out to me, even though he was so far away.

There is multiple meanings for a loin in a dream, but when talking to Kate about the dream, she brought up something I never would have thought of. She said there are verses in the Bible which refers to God as a lion. So maybe it could perhaps God was watching over our household, no matter what is happening.

Hosea 11:10
They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And his sons will come trembling from the west.

I told her I was scared of the lion though, and she asked, "Don't you feel the Lord?" Yes, I do. As you should. He is the creator. 

After she told me this, I thought more about it. I usually read the Bible before going to bed, but I haven't really for a while because of lame excuses: getting the house ready to put on the market, etc. I have felt so lost without reading the word. So for Kate to mention that, it fits.


*A gorilla is outside of the house. In my dream it was just sitting against the glass door and all I could see was it's fur and that he had his arms crossed. Didn't really know what he was doing, but I felt like he was protecting our home. Again, like most dreams, there are multiple meanings, but I believe it is more about friendship (a new friendship/reaffirmation of an old friendship). Read more a gorilla dream here.

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I don't know why I was so worried to begin with. We are sale pending after having the house on the market for six days! :) Now we just have to find a place to live. But how exciting is that?

The whole job situation too is awesome. Honestly, you can plan where you want to move in life, but God could change that direction for the better.

God is good. We are truly blessed beyond words.

God, I trust you with all of my heart. Wherever you want me to go, I will go, even if it's not where I planned. Lead me and I will follow.