Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's all coming together

So many things in our lives are starting to finally sort themselves out and come together. Like what you say? Well....
**First, we have been searching for a home church for quite some time. I am 95% sure we have finally found one!! Yay! We LOVE the services each week. LOVE the preacher. He is very personable and easy to talk to. He has even asked us to go to lunch with him so he can get to know us better, and he has a congregation of 550. I was really impressed with this. We have started a Sunday night bible study at the church that is called the explorers class that is to discover what they believe as a church. Once we finish this in 6 weeks, we will make our final decision. On Sunday, they announced they needed help getting a Celebrate Recovery group started. So many things are letting us know we are where God wants us to be. And, as an added bonus, it is only minutes from the house - timed it at 7 minutes! Woohoo!
**Kevin's catering is picking up. AND, as of next Friday, he is going to eligible to start driving again. This will be a HUGE help #1 to take a load off of me and #2 to get the catering really going because we can push lunches!!! Yes!!! I am certainly not complaining about driving him but there are so many times that it is hard to schedule everything - especially with my schedule right now. And, lots of times he is stuck at home because where we live, there is zero public transportation.
**In other good news, it looks like Kevin will be working at a golf course 2 days a week. This is awesome for a few reasons. He loves golf and will get to play for free! Yay cuz golf ain't cheap and we are poor! And, it will help us put back a little money for the concessions trailer we are hoping to buy in the spring.
**Only 66 days until I graduate...enough said there! :-)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Leila

Updates to come but just wanted to share the excitement...I just put in my app to possibly adopt Leila from BoxAR rescue.
Here she is:I'm going to meet her in person this weekend. Then, we will bring her home for an overnight visit to see how she does with Stella and the cats. If all goes well, then she could soon be a very spoiled boxer girl! :-)
Aren't those eyes sweet???

Monday, September 28, 2009

Never enough hours in the day...

...but I'm starting to find peace in my newest schedule. I just keep saying only 2 more months and all masters work is behind me! :-) I do really enjoy going to the middle school to work on Monday's after school. I love the librarian there, and she is teaching me some real world practical things. I feel like she is someone I will be able to call for help when I have my own library someday. So, even though I am getting home later than I like in the day, I am starting to breathe a little better knowing it is only for a short time. I am also super excited about my parental involvement assignment that is next week. I am planning a "Donuts with Dad" breakfast for the kindergartners. How cute is that going to be!! These are the things I love!

So, I am leaving all my work at work and grading papers on Sunday afternoons for now so I can have plenty of family time with Kevin, Stella & the kitties (who are still not loving the newest family member). Feel free to join me in the countdown - all that stands before me and graduation is 3 more assignments, about 90 hours interning in a library, putting together my electronic portfolio and presenting my portfolio to the professors at UCA. I can do it!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Refreshing Weekend!

This weekend was a great weekend of a whole lotta nothing! :-) It was just what I needed!! I have a ton of things on my to-do list but I only did things I wanted to do. Ahhhh!
Friday night was scrap night with the girls so that was fun. Kevin made us a fabulous meal and served us like we were in a restaurant. He made us stuffed mushrooms, garlic bread, salad and spaghetti and meatballs from scratch. It was YUMMY! I could honestly eat his spaghetti everyday!! Lots of much needed giggles on Friday night! :-)
Saturday was one of those great days where you don't plan anything and just let things happen. We took Stella for her last puppy shots and while there my Bubby called to see what we were doing. He and Valerie were heading out our way to do some shopping. So...we told them to drop off Lucky for Stella to play with - these two played and played so hard that Stella crashed from the time he left til the next morning. ha!

My brothers dog is so water/swimming obsessed that he didn't just drink from my goldfish pond - he plowed off into it for a swim!! LOL! He was happily swimming in circles as I tried to catch him to pull him out. Pretty sure he got a bath when he got home...pond water STINKS! ha!
We had a good visit with my Bubby and sis-in-law...need to do that more often. They stayed for the Razorback game until Kevin was so mad at the Hogs that conversation stopped. LOL!
Today was another relaxing day of catching up with friends I've been playing phone tag with, napping (I actually got to take a NAP!! woohoo!), great church service, and Bible Study tonight.
I hope the peaceful feeling I have from this weekend lasts all week!!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Catcher in the Rye

Ok - I'll be honest, I have to post this book because I am trying to read more than I did last year and this is my "recording" so I remember what I read. Yes, my memory is THAT bad! ha!

I thought I would go back and read a classic that I liked when I was younger. I cannot even imagine WHY I liked this book except that I must have been going through my rebellion stage and thought at the time it was cool that they cursed every other word. I can't even write a summary on this book because it seemed pretty pointless to me. Sorry if you loved it...I guess I did too the first time around. ha!

I have started another old favorite that I know won't let me down....Where the Red Fern Grows. Yes, I know, I am going to cry!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

oops!

Here's a little side "funny" one...(and it has to do with the dog - maybe I should rename this blog? Ha!)
We were at my Mom's on Friday night and I went to look for another toy for Stella to play with...it went something like this:
As I chunk a brown dog stuffed animal her way - "Here take this...it's old...I've had it since high school."
Kevin : "You still have that?"
Me: "Yea...Mom keeps stuff."
Kevin: " I bought that for you. I still remember buying it at Purdy's. It cost a small fortune. It's a Gund!"
Me: "Ohhhh...sorry! I didn't remember. Want me to take it from her?"
Might have been cute to save for a future baby...but technically Stella is our first little girl. And, like I said to Kevin...when you bought it all those years ago, did you ever think that 20 years later your girlfriend would be your wife and your very own brown dog would be chewing on it?" HA!

I mean, this is how she feel asleep...who could take that away? So, Mom, we kinda stole it on back to our house! Hope you don't mind! :-)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Puppy Therapy

Seriously - what better way to end a stressful week than to spend the night at my parent's place taking care of a bunch of puppies!! Puppy breath = no stress!! Aren't they cute?
I had a hard time not bringing this little guy home!! He and Stella played and he kept coming and sitting at my feet and giving me those sad eyes. I had to keep telling myself no because I want a boxer and I don't need 3 dogs. Repeat after me - I don't need 3 dogs. Right? ha! I am telling you, there is a reason that God gave me Jax for all those years. Jax wouldn't let me bring all these strays home! :-)

Anyway - the deal with these cute little pups is that the owners of their parents moved and left their dogs behind. Mom kept going down the road and feeding them and eventually brought them home with her after trying to find a home with no luck. There were three dogs left behind and she did find a home for one of them. So...long story short, the girl dog ends up preggers and now Mom has 7 mutt puppies to find homes for. They are ready to go...anyone interested? They will be mid-size dogs and are pretty darn cute! I think the little black ones kind of look like boston terriers. They sure gave me some laughs on Saturday!
Stella had a big time on the farm Saturday - she learned to master the stairs at my parent's, got attacked by Autumn's dog (she deserved it and was pestering her), got put in time-out for not minding me, played with the pups, rubbed noses with the cats (these have claws!), ran through every mud and water puddle on the property, and was introduced to horses! Big Day!

Thanks for puppy day Mom! I can't come back though until they are in their forever homes, so I am not tempted for that forever home to be mine!! HA!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dealing...

My schedule is insane right now and blogging could be hit and miss until the end of November when I finish this practicum experience. I don't think I am handling the stress of this week very well, but I will try to do better next week. Two nights (including tonight) I have gotten home around 8 pm after leaving the house before 7 am. I am a homebody. I don't like that. I miss my husband and I miss having FUN!
More later....just didn't want you to worry if I am not up to my regular posting. I'm sure you'll get a venting post really soon judging from this week!!! All I can say right now is thank God tomorrow is Friday!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Flashback

One year ago today, I left Kevin at John 3:16 Ministries and felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders immediately. I am forever grateful to the Ministry and to Bryan & Beverly Tuggle for their devotion to the men at the camp and their support of the families.

To remember where we've been and where we are today, I am re-posting Kevin's graduation video. That first pitiful picture was taken the day we left him at the camp. We have so much to be grateful for!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What a difference a year makes...

This time last year was tough...Kevin had hit rock bottom with the drinking and I didn't think we were going to make it. As a matter of fact, I was sure it was over. My only concern this time last year was getting him some help, so I could move on with my life. Wow...look where that took us! On September 15th of last year, John 3:16 Ministries entered our lives and life as we knew it would forever change. I will forever be grateful to God for bringing Kevin back into my life and for the journey that we took together to have the relationship we do now. Life isn't always easy. We still have our share of struggles, but the struggles and valleys of life are so much easier with God walking beside you.
Take a minute to reflect on where life has taken you over the last year. Makes me wonder where I'll be this time next year...if you had told me a year ago that Kevin and I would be married and trying to have a baby, I would have laughed in your face. But, that is where we are...some people I am sure, thought I was nuts to stay with him after all the hardships, but I was simply doing what I knew was right...following God's plan for my life - not my plan.
I want to just take a minute as I look back on this past year and praise God for the blessings.
I am thankful for...
the journey
Kevin
that I am married to my best friend
John 3:16 Ministries
our families
our faith
that we have a roof over our head and money to pay the bills
Kevin is able to start his dream business
that I work with some amazing Christian people
a job I love
a sober husband!
What are you thankful for? Bet it's hard to name just one - isn't it? :-)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Missing my boy...

I am really, really missing Jax tonight. It just comes out of nowhere sometimes. Maybe it was seeing his brother at my Mom's today that looks just like him. I don't know. I just know I miss him. I just wanna see his sweet, gray face and give him a kiss. I wish I could pet him one more time. That last night he was with me, I stayed up all night petting him. My hand literally went numb from petting him over and over and comforting him. I know he was in so much pain at the end. I don't think I will ever love another dog as much as I did Jax. He will forever be missed by his momma.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dread, stress, fear all rolled into one!

I have my Praxis II test on Saturday for Library Media. It is one of those dreaded standardized tests that I'll either pass or fail. Stress = if I don't pass, I pay $130 to take it again because I can't be a librarian unless I pass. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can....
I will try to stay calm on Saturday...deep breaths...go through all those test taking tips I give the kiddo's! ha!
I'll have the results a month later....have I mentioned yet that I am ready for December and graduation and this to all be OVER?? I'm sure I have!! LOL!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

How did our weekend go? Something like this:
*Friday night scrap/girls night for me. MUCH needed stress reliever!!
*Saturday - went to pick up Kevin at John 3:16 (He was helping them with some caterings & we are still a one car household around here.)
*Listen to the Razorback game on radio which led to Kevin's stereo system working its way from garage to entertainment center! ha!

*Caught up on grading papers...whew!
*Caught up on books for caterings.
*Caught up on SLEEP!!
*Caught up on housework and laundry!
*Updated class website
*Caught up on ironing (hate ironing!! would rather do it all at once than each day)
*Had a fun day today of socializing Stella - she went to Petco (again), a friends house with two kids and two boxers (awesome socialization there!), and to the river....where she had her first swim. And, as the proud parents we are - we got pictures of the event AND video! (Go ahead, roll your eyes...we don't care! ha!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hello

I feel that I am being misrepresented on this blog, so let me take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Stella, and I am now a 9 week old chocolate lab. I am not a termite or the devil.

My people have had me for a week now. I think I am breaking them in nicely. I have already been to Petsmart and Petco. I am now the proud owner of 4 kongs, a buddy glow ball, a stuffed duck, a hoof, a pig ear, a rope bone & two chew bones. I only pretend I want to chew on other things so my people will take me back to the store for more toys. I mean, look at these eyes I give them...who wouldn't want to buy me more stuff?
I have only had one accident in the house. It couldn't be helped. I was only 8 weeks old after all. I love the doggie door and use it all by myself. So far, I am not sold on these things called "walks". But, I am a Razorback fan and it gives me a chance to use my Hog leash. I showed my people what I thought of these "walks" by embarrassing them and pooping in the middle of the road.
I have completely won the big guy over. He was easy. I am now working on the woman in the house. She is coming around even though she thinks I chewed her laptop cord in half...it was the cats and they blamed it on me. I will get them back! I know the woman is sad over her fur kid she calls Jax, so I'll give her a break and try to be really good for her. I think secretly she likes me more than she's saying.
Gotta go now...time to kennel up...we'll talk about those pesky cats on another day. Remember don't believe all the stories you hear about me. I am innocent until proven guilty!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This year's crop

It is the second full week of school and I have barely mentioned by new crop of kiddo's. We have just had too much going on here and honestly the first 3 days of school were a blur of just getting through the day without crying over Mr. Jax.
Things are starting to settle down a bit and the kiddo's are starting to settle in...as in, I can tell who is sweet and who isn't! ha!
I honestly think they are a pretty good group. I am sure we will have our days, but they seem like a good bunch and pretty polite and sweet. It's gonna be a good year...maybe the year the go out on and move to the library...I wanna go out on a high note! :-)
Here are my boys:
And the girls:
3rd grade ROCKS!