Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall in Springfield Missouri

This season has been a bit slow. Life has taken a slower pace, and though I don't always find the joy I should in the slowness, I'm learning to appreciate it more because I know it won't be forever. Here are a few things I want to remember and give thanks for in this season here in the midwest.
  • Sweet anniversary notes and flowers from my Love
  • An understanding husband when this pregnancy leaves me not feeling myself. (A few times he's had to make his own dinner--bless him.) :)
  • Long daily walks in the park where I get to enjoy the changing leaves, the falling leaves, and the huge variety of leaves--our Creator is so, well creative! :) 
  • LONG WEEKENDS! I'm so thankful Randy gets every Friday through Sunday off with this current job and because of that we've been able to get a lot of work done in our trailer. Lots and lots of painting, re-covering cushions, new curtains, a new counter top and sink, a little demolishing here and there, and even some wood refinishing. I'll post some pictures soon of our progress. At this point the only big project we have left is reupholstering the couch!
  • Getting to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time last week!
  • Finding a great church in the area and making new friends.
For those of you who like to keep up with our travel schedule, (if you don't, don't feel bad, I can hardly keep up with it) we will most likely be in Missouri until the beginning of the year, and after that we're not sure yet what the next location will be.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Three Years

It can be easy to make your life look like what you want it to on social media and other internet platforms. Many times I see pictures of my friends and read their posts and think, wow they seem so happy, life must really be going well for them. But honest heart to heart real life talks reveal something different.

I'm often worried that I will present a false picture of our little family by being fake or only showing the good stuff. Honestly, I don't want to be Debbie Downer and broadcast all the negativity that does happen, but I do want to be balanced. Life is not perfect, but life is a wonderful gift! There may be and will  be hard moments, stressful days, and difficult weeks. But really, life is GREAT! 

So when it comes to talking about my favorite guy and my marriage, I'm cautious. Why? Because I know there are many hurting couples who are really struggling through marriage. Even my own peers. I'm also cautious because I don't want to just put up another posed picture that could possibly give someone the idea that we have it all together and life and marriage are just perfect for us. 

However, I would be thrilled if someone were encouraged by seeing a couple truly loving each other and loving the Lord. That maybe, just maybe, our marriage can be a light shining in a dark world especially for the younger generation that sees way to much yelling, hate and divorce in the marriages they know.

The truth is my marriage is AWESOME! I do not say that to brag, but to thank the Lord for this gift. So when I put up pretty posed pictures, I hope you don't assume things are just perfect but can thank the Lord with us and be encouraged that marriage can be (if it's not already) WONDERFUL! God has designed it, and He designed it to be beautiful and life giving and a sweet treasure. I am so thankful to the Lord for bringing Randy into my life and giving us 3 very full, wonderful years of marriage! 

 I love these top pictures that Randy's brother, Josh took for us. He did a wonderful job.
 My family has grown by 4 more spouses and a baby on the way since this was taken. :)
 When more grandkids/nieces/nephews come into the picture, family reunions are going to be HUGE! :)
The joy of this moment is still so vivid 3 years later. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Big Announcement!

The whole world may be tired of these pictures already, but I couldn't just leave them off the blog. :) Yep, there's a tiny human growing inside of me that we're very excited to meet hopefully in May! We have no inclinations as far as gender goes, and honestly I think we don't have much preference, although I think Randy secretly wants a boy. :)
I'm sure there will be challenges having a baby on the road and living in a trailer for the first several months of his life, but we will take the adventures as they come. :)
If you think about it, we could use prayer for wisdom about midwives and Doctors visits since that's extra tricky when we're only in one place for a few weeks to a few months.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recent Travels

It seems pointless to start off another post by saying its been a while since the last post, because that's kinda the way I start out most posts. Sorry for the inconsistency. Wi-fi is scarce these days, but that's okay. About 4 weeks ago we left the sweet little town of Tupper in NY and got to make a little detour to see the grand Niagara. Randy had never seen it before so it was cool experiencing it together. 
We spent a few short weeks camped outside of Chicago. I'm sad to say I didn't get any pictures while we were there. So now moving on southwest a bit, we are parked in Springfield, Missouri for the time being. We are thankful to keep moving south as the days are getting colder. 
I'm reminded everyday what a sweet blessing it is getting so much time with my wonderful husband. He is such a gift! I know this season of travels will be very short in comparison, so I just want to soak it up. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New York City

(Fresh pastries for breakfast--and Dunkin Donuts :) )
(The Freedom Tower-or the new World Trade Center)
(Brooklyn Bridge)
(Visiting the 9-11 Memorial)
(Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge)
(Grand Central Station)
Randy got an extra long weekend from work this past weekend so we took the drive down to where my parents are living now in Brooklyn. We saw a lot of the major sites, saw a few of my siblings, and got to meet up with some of our friends from California who were also in the city for a bit. 
It was a fun, busy weekend and a very different change of scenery from Tupper Lake. :) 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Avion Reno: the Bedroom

Our 30 year old Avion was in great shape when we bought it, the previous owners having done a few updates. However a lot of it still had a lot of originals: curtains, cabinets, bathroom, upholstery.
We would like to keep a lot of the original wood, but there are definitely some things we would like to update as we have the time and resources.
The first big project was the bedroom.
honestly, this wasn't the very before look. There was an ugly pink cushion on the wall all around the room with a carpet covering underneath that. All of that was removed as well as the curtains that covered all the upper wall space. I was hoping to open the space up visually and brighten it by using all whites. I'll eventually add some colorful decor, though I'm nervous to add anything that will just take up space. Our small space is precious. :)
Here are some more photos of the process, if you're interested. :)
Do you have any suggestions for pops of color I can add? I'd love to hear what you think. :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Living Simply//Living Small

Simplistic living has been on my mind quite a bit lately, but for obvious reason: it's the only option. And I love it! 
But I've definitely had to make adjustments and learn this art, and continue to learn. Here are a few of those things I'm learning (in no particular order)

-I may have to dwindle down my wardrobe to a few practical outfits and choose carefully when I do any clothes shopping. There's only room for so much. 

-It's ok to throw a baseball cap on instead of styling my hair every now and then. 

-Buying 4-5 lbs of chicken and cutting, marinading and freezing for a whole week of meals makes meal planning so much simpler.

-Get the most use out of an outfit before tossing it in the laundry (within clean hygienic standards, of course) since laundromat visits are on a weekly basis. 

-It's kinda fun to wash rugs in the bathtub (see previous bullet point). 

-Only one vehicle? No big deal, I'll ride my bike to the grocery and stuff my tiny backpack as full as I can get it! Besides it's like killing two birds with one stone: exercise AND grocery shopping. 

-Enjoy the ride! Eventually it will be over.