Monday, September 28, 2009


Lately, life has not been easy... as a matter of fact it has been very difficult. Since graduating in May my life has not been at all what I expected. When we graduated we moved to Florida. We thought we would just live with Joel's parents for a month or two while we found jobs... boy were we wrong. We are still living with them... all of our stuff crammed into a little bitty bedroom and me sharing a bathroom with two teenage boys. Don't get me wrong I am very grateful that they are allowing us to live with them, and in return all I have to do is cook and grocery shop for the six (sometimes 8) of us. But it is just not what I pictured.

My entire life everyone always told me to do good in school and be involved so you can get into a good college. So I did that. I went to a great school and worked really hard and managed to graduate in 4 years. Now I have a BA and no job to show for it. Sure someday it will all be worth it, but right now we have way more debt than you can imagine and no jobs to help pay off those debts. It is only by the grace of God that we were able to get through the summer! I just can't see the light at the end of the tunnel yet...

I know God is trying to teach us something and I am sure that someday we will look back on this time and think about how much it shaped us, but what do I do right now. Right now while I am in the middle of this battle. In the last few weeks I have been praying more than I ever have before. And I have been still, silently listening for God's voice more than ever before. I have read more encouraging verse from the Bible than ever before. So when I think about that sure that is a good thing... But I miss my privacy, I miss spending time alone with my husband just cuddling on the couch, I miss only having to worry about feeding two people and what two people like to eat, I miss having my own bathroom, I miss having space to put all of my stuff, but more than anything I miss just getting to have my alone time.

People have been living with their in-laws for centuries and I know that I am not the first to do so, but I am finding the longer I live here the more I miss my family. I miss the way my family does stuff. I miss the crazy little traditions that I always used to get annoyed with. I miss my mom and the praise and encouragement she gives to the good things like coming home to a clean house. I miss seeing my dad wrestle on the floor with Leo. I miss getting to see all of Emily's senior year and everything that goes with that. I miss Bre's singing and watching her perform and getting to encourage her. I miss Autumn and her love of vampires. I miss my Grandma saying crazy things in the most country voice you have ever heard.

Right now is just a really different time in my life... Someday it will all be fine, but until that day I just have to trust that God knows what He is doing and He is going to take care of me.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day

So if Chick-fil-a wasn't one of my favorite restraraunts before, it is now! I had two chicken sandwhiches for free on Monday. We went once on our way to the beach, and once on our way home. Thank you Chick-fil-a!!

In other notes... we went to the beach on Labor Day and it was lots of fun! We swam and ate and played ladder ball. Here are some pictures of us when we arrived on the beach... before my camera died.

My mother-in-law thought it would be funny to get in our picture, notice her face in between ours. She figured we would just retake the picture and all would be fine, but my camera died so she will forever be in our picture.

Jesse, Joel and Benjamin

They were all white when we started, but by the end of the day Joel was still white and Jesse and Benjamin were red!

On another note God showed me that he is still in control in a very unique way. I wore my LSU national champions shirt to the beach. So when it was time to go home it was very wet. I took it off and put it over the side of the Envoy and changed into dry clothes. We packed the car and left. When we got a ways down the road I remembered I put it on the side of the car... oops I stuck my head out the window and it was gone. I was so upset, my sister had given me that shirt and I really liked it. Anyways we kept driving... when we stopped for dinner at Chick-fil-a we sat down to eat and I saw it... my shirt on the top of the car. I started crying... who knows why (it was just a t shirt). I went to the car and pulled it off... It was not attatched to anything... not closed in a door or anything... I don't knkow how it stayed on top of the car, but it did.

It was a good reminder that God is in everything!! Even the small things! If He can take care of me by saving my t shirt, then He can take care of me by providing anything I need. God is good!

Southwest Airlines

When I went to Texas to visit my family for my parents anniversary I flew on Southwest Airlines for the first time. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. Everyone was so nice and polite and there was no hassel and my bags were free as well as the drinks/snacks on my nearly 3 hour plane ride and they had Dr. Pepper!! My favorite part was the fact that the flight attendants weren't in those stuffy navy blue suits. They all looked comfortable and approachable. And the seat were very commfortable, and I really liked the idea of first come first serve when choosing your seat.

So if ever get the chance I highly recommend flying on Southwest Airlines.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Family Visit

I know I have not written in awhile, and this event happen a few weeks ago... but I still wanted to write about it and post pictures.

Joel's Uncle Duane and Aunt Sarah and their 4 little ones (Lisa, Leann, JD, and Joseph) came to visit. It was a great visit!! They came over and we ate pizza and ice cream sundaes. And all the kids went swimming. It was a great visit and I enjoyed getting to know them better.

Here are some pictures of everyone...

Left to right: Joseph, Aunt Sarah, and JD

Benjamin holding Joseph and Lisa and Leann swimming toward their mom.

Leann jumping into the water.

The cutest little 4 year old!


Let me give you a little background information here...

What my family calls trash is homemade trail/chex mix. My grandma has been making it for as long as I can remember, but only at Christmas time. It is probably my favorite thing at Christmas time. One year after Christmas break, I went back to school and told my teacher I had eaten trash. She called my mom and my mom explained to her what it was. My mom couldn't believe I had told her that.

I tell you also to tell you... My mom knows how much I love it, so she surprised me and was going to make it for me for my birthday. Or thats what was supposed to happen, but then I came into town and found all the stuff so I got to make it with her! My grandma even came over to help us make it. I was so excited! I think that it should be a new birthday tradition!

My Role Models

My parents recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. My dad being the romantic man that he is flew me and Breanne in to Dallas to help them celebrate. And it was absolutely amazing. My dad re-proposed to my mom and then they renewed their original wedding vows. Their were lots of family and friends their to help them celebrate. After that they went to the hotel that they stayed at on their wedding night, and after 25 years it has changed names, but they still have telephones in the bathroom...

Here are a few pictures from the night...

Me and my Grandma

My dad with some of their friends

My mom and dad sharing some cake

Thanks mom and dad for everything you have taught me. I can't wait to see where God will lead you in the next 25 years!! I love you!