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. Listen to this message. 




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.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Less than 5 Months to Go!


Haha, only my husband takes pics like this. LOL. 
Less than five months until the big graduation date!
And hopefully in a couple of months the job search will begin.
Who is going to hire this dude? Hehehe.
That's my monkey. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Day I Was Saved Over a Bag of Chips

A bracelet Kate got me after I received 
Jesus Christ as my personal Savior

Kate is not only my best friend, but she is someone who inspires me. I'd have some really deep conversations with her about faith once her mother passed. Kate's faith was so admirable, that I wanted to know more it. Kate's mother was not only her mentor in life, but her spiritual mentor.

One day while I was talking about God with Kate, I told her I believe in God, but I never heard him. This made me sad, because I really wanted to feel like God and I could talk, and I didn't understand why I couldn't hear anything.

Kate asked, "Do you remember when you said the prayer?" Wait, what prayer? 

Kate went further into speaking about things. And although I tried to listen, I felt like my mind kept wandering. I was a believer, but why wouldn't I remember this? She started talking about how her her mom was saved; her mom had a dream that she was going to go to hell, and then that's when she turned to God. 

Then I started wandering was I saved? Well... I was baptized. Doesn't that count?  I have always believed in God. Did I read his word though? No. Did I talk to him much? No. Did I listen for him? No, not really.

After I got off the phone. I prayed. I prayed hard hoping that I would hear God. I wanted to hear him and get to know him better.

Kate then emailed me with some of the most encouraging words:


"I'm so excited for u and the journey God is taking you on. We can pray anytime, I prayed for u guys again today. I will continue to. The prayer is your personal acceptance of Jesus into your heart, baptism usually comes later when you are ready. Baptism is the public proclamation of your faith and the decision you made to accept Christ. So it's def something you should do when u feel led to and ready to make that proclamation. I am so excited for you! I talked with Steven about it again bc he couldn't remember saying it ever either, he said my mom told him if he didn't remember saying it then he probably never did. He also said that after he prayed it he knew he never had bc he realized he couldn't have ever forgotten an experience like that. I thought that was really awesome, hopefully encourages you too! Love u!"

As the days progressed, I prayed more. I wanted to see, hear, and listen to things differently than I have had before. So I kept praying.

One day I noticed that I was noticing things that I've never really paid attention to before. Things were different. Usually I focused on the negative things in life, but I saw such sweet things right in front of me. I praised God for letting me encounter these little things and for seeing more hope in the world. 

Soon I even felt like I started to pray differently. Like my prayers weren't just "watch over my friends and family" it was more in depth. This is one time I know my prayers started changing.

After feeling different about my faith and wanting to continue to grow with God, I wanted to say the prayer with Kate. Yet, about every time it was going to happen, something just got in the way. {Either one of us had to get off the phone, someone came to the door, etc..}. Something just didn't allow me to say the prayer. 

On top of that, I felt like it had to be perfect; including the day of the week, time, the weather, etc{I'm laughing as I type this, ha}. I guess I thought that was because it was a day I was going to remember forever and it needed to be the perfect day. How silly. But then one day it hit me. It doesn't matter what day it was, as long as my whole heart was completely devoted. So again I prayed making sure to see if I was honestly and truly ready; hoping there would be a sign that I was ready.

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One night I had a dream that I was at a gas station about to check out. At the register, there was a man dressed in cloth robes, speaking to the gentleman in front of me while I was waiting in line. I heard my name being called. I was confused because it seemed like it was him calling my name {as a matter of fact, he acted like he gave me a sense like he was waiting for me}, but at the same time it wasn't like he was calling my name. My name kept getting called (I guess I can describe it kind of like a loud speaker}, but although I heard it as clear as day it seemed as if no one else heard the loud speaker, or was even aware of what was going on. I must have looked pretty confused because as I approached the register to check out,  the gentleman at the register told me that I needed something else. He got out from behind the counter, and lead me to a next aisle over.


For some reason, I felt like I needed to follow him. He just happened to lead me to the potato chip aisle {which is kind of odd because in real life I never seek out potato chips at the store/gas station}. He then pointed to the chips that he wanted me to get/notice.


Saves.  "Saves" was the name of the potato chips. 

Okay... I wasn't sure what that meant and was probably more confused. 

He kept pointing to the word "Saves" and after a little bit I finally understood what it meant; I gasped, and he smiled. 

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I immediately woke up from my dream and knew what happened; God was telling me that he wanted me to say the prayer and that he affirmed that I was ready. 


I laughed to myself because of course He would give me a dream that was so obvious to only me. If it had been a dream with hidden messages, than honestly, I don't think I would of understood what exactly was going on.

On Feb 19, 2014, I said the prayer with Kate. {Kate is my spiritual mentor and I have learned so much through her that I am so glad I was able to say it with her}.


Lord Jesus, I'm like everyone else - I can't make it through life on my own. I'm imperfect. I'm prone to sin. I have come to realize that there's nothing in the world I can do to make myself acceptable to You. But I know that You have loved me so much that You were willing to submit to the cross and die on my behalf. That's a grace so amazing I cannot understand it; I can only accept it. And I do. I accept Your free gift, and I know that from this moment on, I am saved. I am a child of God. And I give the rest of my life to serving You and experiencing the joy that only You can offer. Fill me now, dear Lord, and raise me to walk in the newness of life. I thank You and praise You! Amen.


There was a sudden rush of peace filling me up at that moment. It was like nothing else. And that perfect day that I thought I needed, even though it was nothing as I planned, it turned out to be just that: perfect.