Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

When you work 4 night shifts in a row over the valentines weekend it pretty much destroys any date night plans. But that's okay, I don't feel like we need to go out on a certain day just because, although its fun and we would have had I not been working!

So this morning when I got off work I walked home, grabbed the car and went to DD to get coffee for daddy, chai for the girls and donuts for everyone! Jorden had set up the girls table and chairs last night with their tea set ready to celebrate when they woke up! 

They were thrilled to see the set up when they came down this morning. I got home about 10 minutes after they woke up so we jumped right in! 

The girls LOVED it! And it was so fun to do breakfast totally geared towards them! Ryleigh loved that her whole breakfast was tea and donuts! She told me so many times during the morning that it was "the best breakfast ever!"  And I would have to agree! Best start to Jorden and my day in a long time too! 

Hope you all had a loving and family filled valentines day as well! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

What Happens Next

We get a lot of questions about what happens next...

Jorden graduates May 5 with his Masters in Architecture.  The area that we live isn't a great place to find an internship for the type of Architecture that he wants to do. There are a few firms in the area but they are not on his "Top 5" list, in fact they are on more of a back-up list really. For a long time Jorden and I argued over what our next step should be.

I want to move. I want to go where Jorden can get the BEST possible internship, whether it's Florida, or Boston, or Texas, or (hopefully) Seattle. I don't care where we end up as long as Jorden gets the best internship he could have ever dreamed of.

Jorden really wanted/wants to stay put. You see, he's lived in our little town since he was 3 and had traveled some but in the 3.5 years we've been married he's traveled more than he had in his whole life. He's a home-body in many ways. He see's potential in our area. He has some awesome contacts that, if the pieces all fell into place would make for an amazing business opportunity here. But so far those pieces haven't been falling into place.

Last fall as he started his final year of school we agreed that neither of us would push our agenda. We'd leave it up to God and we'll go through the doors that he opens for us. We haven't started applying to internships or anything yet, but we are relaxed about it. Everyday Jorden finds another firm to apply to and gets closer to putting together his portfolio so the applications can go out.

So for now, we don't know what will happen next. We don't know that we will move for sure, but we feel like thats what God is prepping our hearts for. We don't know where but we do know that it won't be long before those doors open and we'll see his plan unfold.

I'm a planner so right now, this time of not knowing and not having any control over what happens kills me. I want to know if I should start packing up everything that's not used and doing some organization so that we can be ready to move. Or if I could start looking at a home to move into locally to have as our forever home. It's hard to wait, but I'm trusting and praying over it daily.

I know this doesn't answer all the "what's happening next?" and "What happens when Jorden graduates" questions we get daily, but since we don't know for certain, this is the best I can do!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thirteen Point Freakin' One!

Last week I did it! I took the plunge and registered for my first half marathon!!   I'm so totally excited about it! I'm going to check off one of my bucket list items and I'm pumped!

It's going to be my biggest physical challenge by far. Well, besides giving birth but I'm not going to count that because that's just not fair! The farthest I have ever run was 8 miles. And I nearly died. I'm not joking, I had to lay down because I thought I was going to pass out and/or puke, the room was spinning etc etc etc.  It was bad.  That was my sophmore year of college but somehow now when I get close to that 8 mile mark I start to get nervous and mentally block myself. Its bad.

I started running again in January and have been doing really good about getting my runs in each week. I'm a week behind on my long runs but I'm getting in smaller runs (2-5 miles) every couple of days when I go to the gym. I did 6 miles in 59 minutes a week ago and so I'm feeling good. My goal is to finish the half in under two and a half hours! I think that's a reasonable goal and it's something I'll be able to do. My other goal is to run the whole race without having to walk (other than drinking because I can't run and drink) any of it.

Anyway, I'm really excited! I have 55 days to get ready and I am so ready to do it!!!

This is the race I'll be running in case any of you are wondering! :)

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Raising My Kids for God

From our first date Jorden and I both agreed that when we had children we wanted to have them involved in church because both of us had been raised that way.  I think we both knew that we were talking about children we were going to have together, but neither of us was bold enough to make that statement on our first date, ha!

During the first year of our marriage we often overslept on Sabbath morning and didn't make it to church on time, or to church at all. It was easy to do because of working full time, being pregnant, me finishing up nursing school and Jorden in school we were busy. Crazy us for thinking we were too busy for God. In fact, shame on us for acting that way, we may not have verbalized it but our actions spoke louder than our words.

When Ryleigh was born we made a commitment to each other, to her, and most importantly to God that we wanted her to know how important it was to put God first and rely on Him.  We struggled and it took us a few months to get our groove but soon we found ourselves regularly going to Sabbath school and Church. And on the weeks we had to work my parents would make sure to take her for us.

As she's gotten older, we've worked with memory verses each week. We've made an effort to have family worship each night before going to bed. And it's starting to show and she requests "A worship story" sometimes during the middle of the day which I'm always happy to oblige in!

Over the past couple weeks when we ask her to say her memory verse she spews it out faster than we can hardly ask the question. And let me tell you, nothing, absolutely nothing makes me prouder than hearing her spew out "Cheesus was obee-dee-ant". She's committing scripture to her heart at the tender age of two and that makes my heart swell with love and pride.

There are days when at the end of the day I feel like I was a big fat failure of a mother. Days when she watched more episodes of Curious George than I'd care to admit, or when I snapped at her rather than giving her the chance to voice her opinion and to do it herself because it was taking too long. 

But then, there are days like today when we were snuggling and rocking after worship and my poor sick sweet little girl looks up at me and says to me "Mommy, will Cheesus make me peel better tomorrow? I fink we need to pray so I peel better and my pee-ber (fever) goes away"   My friends, that is what I have strived for as a mother and what we have strived for as parents.  We want our children to know the importance of faith in God. We want our children to turn to God first when they need healing or help, and seeing my two year old express that desire on her own, well that brought me to tears.

It's moments like that that I know God uses to remind me "You're doing it right. You've got this. Shes MY kid, you're just raising her for me and I've got your back."

My heart is full. So full. Of love, of thankfulness and joy.  Never again will I question whether she gets the lessons in Sabbath School or church, because she obviously does.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Moving Right Along

Over the last couple weeks we have been keeping quite busy.  I've been focusing on enjoying the little moments, making an effort to put down my phone, stay off the computer when the girls are awake to just enjoy them.

Last week Ryleigh started Dance class. She loves it. She's in it with two of her little friends so that makes it even better. She is the youngest in her class and the class ended up being so big they split it and are putting all the 3&4 year olds in one class and the 5 year olds in another. Ryleigh's only 2.5, but her teacher said that she does really well so that makes me proud! But most of all, she loves it and asks to go back every day so that's good!

Coraline turns one in a few weeks so her birthday party plans are in full swing. Her party is actually a week before her actual birthday, but it's on my birthday which was her due date! So i think it will be fun.

Jorden is coming up on graduation so fast and we are so excited! Next up is finishing up his portfolio and applying to different firms. Right now I'm really hoping for the PNW, Portland or the Seattle area. Particularly Seattle since both my brothers are there and hopefully before long the girls will have cousins to play with!  But really, we'll go wherever Jorden gets his dream internship. Boston, Texas, Charlotte, Miami, Minnesota, Maine, wherever, we'll go.

I stay busy with working and watching the girls and Amelia during the week. I've taken the last month or two off from Scentsy but I'm starting back up now really trying to build and grow and push it to the next level for me! So if you are interested in buying or selling please let me know!

All in all, life is busy, perfectly busy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Well, hello!

Somehow,  for some reason, I'm not exactly sure why, I took a 2+ month break from blogging. I needed that break apparently because over the past couple of days I have started to miss blogging! Yesterday Laura posted on Instagram that she was doing a link up so I figured, why not! This is the perfect time to get back to blogging and meet some new people!

So welcome! I hope you stick around for a while!

1. What blogs do you visit daily? Please list 1-3 of your favorites.

Since my blogging hiatus I haven't been reading blogs like I used to. I used to always read Matt Logelin's Blog As well as Kelle Hampton's Blog, and 2 Little hooligans  But honestly, my reader has like 300+ subscriptions that I used to read daily! 

2. Are you on Instagram? If so, what is your user name?

Of Course I am! My user name is Jordenandkristin

3. Can we find you on Pinterest? What's your Pinterest address, and what can we expect to see you pinning most? (recipes, DIY projects, home decor, etc.)

Are you kidding?! I spend probably an hour a day on Pinterest. I have it on my phone, it's always open on my computer, it's pretty bad actually! I  pin a lot of DIY projects, sewing projects and recipes.  I always seem to find pins for my dream house that maybe someday we'll afford! You can find me here

4. What are your favorite blog link-ups to participate in? (weekly link-ups other bloggers have...any number will do...please link us to them!)

I have never really gotten into link ups much. Every once and a while I'll participate but not often. My favorite one was Emily's Embrace the Camera posts. Those were my favorites! 

5. Why do you blog?

It's a good release for me. I use it to remember moments that I may not remember otherwise. I use it also to keep our family and friends up to date with our lives. Plus, it's a great way to meet other moms!

6. Tell us one random fact about yourself.

I hate the taste of coffee. Can't stand it. Jorden teases me if I ever do drink coffee by saying "Want some coffee with your cream and sugar?!" 

So there you have it! Peek around and make sure you say hi! I'll be updating more often and trying to find my blogging groove again! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day 15 - 30 Days of Thankfulness

Today I'm beyond thankful for the sisterly bond my girls have.

I never grew up with a sister, just two older brothers, so I have never experienced what it is like to have a sister. I am so thankful that my girls have each other. I'm certain there is a special bond that girls have with each other.

Especially when they aren't even 2 years apart! Cora may only be 8 months old, but the girls play together like best friends already. Cora follows Ryleigh around the house, tries to play with the same toys as Ryleigh etc etc etc

It is heartwarming to see the huge smile that breaks out on Cora's face everytime she sees Roo is priceless!  And there is nothing sweeter than hearing Roo telling Cora "Yous my best fwend Corawine, I love you!" Followed by hugs and kisses.

Yep, these are the most precious moments a mother can ever witness!