Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Need Your Help!

Good Wednesday Morning Everyone!

I wanted to ask your help today - if you live in the Arlington/Fort Worth/Grand Prairie area (or know people who do), is hosting a toy drive on Wednesday, December 14th and would love for you to share the news with any of your family and friends! Please see the flyer below and if you have any questions, let me know!

Thank you, and God Bless!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Picture Wall

I opted to go a different route with our pictures in the new house.

This is what we had in the old house...

It's not bad,  but I still wasn't ever completely in love with it.

This is what I decided to do at the new house.

I think I like it better.

What do you think? The picture quality is pretty terrible.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Couches Are Here!

Our new couches are here!

One Happy Husband...

Better, yes?

We still have some decorating to do, but it's going to look good. Like, a grown up house.

This is the first new living room set I've ever had in my whole life, of my very own. This is a big deal for us!

Before (sorry for the shots of my husband, too)

After! (Sorry for me in the reflection)

Friday, November 25, 2011

R.I.P. Couch

Our couch officially died today. It's been dying a slow, painful death for a while now, but today, it died. Jason looked at me and said, "well, I can feel the rod when I sit on the couch now." We would sit on it and hear pops and creaks. Our loveseat's leg used to turn around in circles all the time, so it was really only a matter of time.

So, we went shopping on Black Friday and just happened upon a good deal for a new living room set. We were planning on getting a new set early next year anyway, and I guess it's good timing, seeing as how we are having visitors for Christmas.

Our couch has served us well.

Our next door neighbor, Nancy, has lived in this neighborhood for a long time and works at her church. We felt kind of guilty throwing the couches away without at least asking if she knew anyone who might need them. I mean, they were of no use to us anymore but you never know in life who might just need the very thing you don't need anymore, even if it's not in perfect condition. Within two hours, we had her friend's son over to pick them up. He lived in a bachelor pad with his roommates who said they were in good condition compared to the one he already has. (That's scary.). Our new stuff is getting delivered tomorrow. We were so surprised the discount we got this stuff at. They were on clearance for some reason, so in our mind it was perfect timing.

So until tomorrow, this is what our living room looks like...

Yep. Bare bones.

I am very excited about our new stuff. I told my husband to consider this my Christmas present. (And Birthday present. And Valentine's present...)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I am thankful that I get four days off in a row at work.

I am thankful that I get to spend those days with my family.

I am thankful that my mom makes our entire Thanksgiving meal from scratch.

I am thankful that I got a two hour nap today.

I am thankful that my family loves my daughter.

I am thankful that Walmart has a trampoline on sale for 60% off the regular price.

It's a good day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Avery's One Year Pictures

Avery is one year old today. I still can't believe that it's been a year already. It feels like it's gone by so fast, but it's been such a great year.

Whenever I look at Avery, all I can think is "God's Grace." With all I've done in my life, I didn't deserve such a great blessing in her. But God blessed me anyway and trusted me with the greatest daughter in the world. She is such a huge joy in my life. So beautiful, so smart. I am such a lucky woman to have her in my life.

Avery, you are so smart. You started walking about three weeks ago and haven't looked back since! Your favorite thing to do is pick up something in both hands and just carry it around the house. You also love to take things out of other things - like folded clothes in drawers, toys in boxes - or take things off other things - like remotes off coffee tables, or anything else you can get ahold of.

You can say alot of words now and love to copy us. If we tell you to say something, you almost always try to say it, even if it's not perfect. You can say puppy, doggy, poppy, mommy, daddy, cookie, one, OK, uh oh, and many other words. I would say that know what all of these words mean now, too. You can point to your nose, your head and yourself. You can tell us what a monkey says (ooo-ooo) and a bee says.

You will pick out books and walk to us to read to you, especially your Gigi and Pops.

You love LOVE Elmo. You are starting to also love Mickey Mouse.

You will still eat anything we give you, except your babysitter says you hate mandorin oranges. I do too, which is probably why I've never had you try them. Bad mommy!

You are wearing anywhere between 18-24 month clothes and a size 4 diaper. You also wear a size 4 shoe. I would guess you are about 24-25 pounds. You are very tall, even your babysitter says so. This is not a surprise to any of us.

You still have 12 teeth, which includes all of your 2 year old molars. You can pretty much eat anything!

You are always on the move and you always get up when you fall down, which I love about you. You never even cry most of the time.

You have the best daddy who loves you so, so much. He loves to play with you and teach you new things. He tries to either teach you something new every day or get you to try something new everyday. You are so lucky to have such an amazing dad. And I know because I have a pretty great one myself.

Your Gigi and Pops love you so much. They see you every morning and love every minute they get to spend with you. Your Gigi has had new clothes for you ever since before you were born and that hasn't stopped to this day. Your Pops is itching to get you to the convenient store to buy you candy, just like my Pappaw used to do with me. He even sneaks you a couple swigs of soda now and again. Which is fine, as long as I don't see it. Your Gigi loves to take your picture in cute bows and frilly tutus. And she loves to show you off.

Your Aunt Leslie and Aunt Brooke love you so, so much. They get to see you alot more now that we've moved closer to them. Every chance they get, they come and see you. One of these days very soon, I have a feeling you will be spending more time with them. They both want to take you for a day and hang out with the coolest little girl!

I am so happy to have watched you turn 1.

Here you are when you were first born...

One Month...

Two Months...

Three Months...

Four Months...

Five Months...

Six Months...

Seven Months...

Eight Months...

Nine Months...

Ten Months...

Eleven Months...

One Year...

I love you, Avery Grace, and I am looking forward to the next chapter and watching you grow!

From Gigi's Camera

My mom took some pictures and I just had to post them....

They just had to take Avery out for her birthday!

Daddy painted her toenails....

Mom took these pictures for Avery. Isn't it adorable?

Such a cutie pie.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One More Time....


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steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Theology . continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
I have done posts about perseverance before, I think. I don't know why but for some reason tonight, I felt the need to write about it again.
One of my favorite things to watch on TV is biographies. My very favorite ones are where people struggle for a long time and finally make it. I am not a fan of the people who just found themselves famous one day. Like, if they were to do a bio on Snooki I would not watch it. I watch these bios, on Tom Hanks, Valeri Bertonelli, and tonight it was Jeff Dunham (you know, the guy with the puppets?) and I just can't help but realize the secret of life. Of course, God is the secret of life. But I mean, the OTHER secret of life.
Life is hard. For most people. I don't think life is hard for everyone. I believe that life is hard for most people. For some, life is absolutely impossible. But for most people, life is just hard. For Jason and I, life has been hard. I am not saying it's hard because of horrible things that always happen to you. Life is hard most of the time because of choices we make. Sometimes, we make bad choices, sometimes we don't know we are making bad choices, sometimes, bad choices find us. But either way, life is hard. The hardest part is not the STUFF that happens. It's getting PAST the stuff that happens.
This is called perserverance. And I think perserverance is the secret of life. When things look dire, when life seems lost, when things seem impossible, it's finding a way to keep on going.
The reason I love watching bios of successful people, especially in show business, is because I think they are the definition of perserverance. If you look at the above definition, it says, "steady persistance in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc." When I watch Tom Hanks' bio, he knew that he wanted to be a successful actor. He followed his dream. It was hard, it wasn't always good, but years (and years) later he made it. In a BIG way. In a way he never even dreamed of. Because he followed his heart. I love these stories. It gives me hope that if I just get up, if I just keep going, if I just keep following my heart, things will work out.
I am not in a bad place at all right now. In fact, for the first time in a very long time, I feel like we are finally making headway and positioning ourselves in careers that will fulfill our hearts. But that doesn't mean it's easy. And what we know better now that I don't think we knew three years ago, or even a year ago, is that life is never easy. You never truly "make it." There will always be another obstacle after the one you just made it through. I think God does that on purpose. It's those times of tribulation, times of struggle, that truly define who we are and help make us into the person we are supposed to be.
I think perserverance is the most important trait one can have. Without a doubt. Not sure if you were going through something and this post helped you, which I certainly hope it did. Just "never never never give up,"