Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Heel!

Have you ever seen the movie Bridesmaids
Some parts of it are quite vulgar, but boy it is hilarious.
Do you remember that part..."Heel! We're heeling. We're heeling!" with the puppies?

Well that's how I feel with Maggie in her dog obedience training class...except we only have her instead of 9 puppies.

She's such a stinker too. She will be a rock star dog for the dog trainer, but when Corey or I try the tricks she's very fickle. I would be lying if I said we didn't look like fools at times :) 

As I write she is staring at me with cat liter glued to her jowls  How lovely. Buuuuuut she can be such a cutie patootie with those sad eyes and wrinkles. 

On a different note, I was able to go antiquing with the ladies from my couples small group this past weekend. I am blessed beyond measure to have friends that can keep me accountable and supported in the Word. I'm also thankful we know how to have a great time together!

Here are some of my finds:

A globe


A window pane--the picture is on it's way!

Old crate

In all the spaces in our house, Luna always chooses to sit on a pile of clothes 
(Of course those are Corey's ;))

I also snagged a cute bronze braided bracelet. The vintage crate I'm going to use for our front porch decoration for the bridal shower I'm hosting next weekend...and I may just keep it out there. I'll post pictures   once it's all set up. 

This Saturday we're picking up a bed and some final items for the spare (purple) bedroom, so stay tuned for those pictures as well...I hope to make a blogging comeback!

What have you been working on lately?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fostering

Being a foster parent is never something I've felt called to do...or wanted to do. In fact, I've been pretty certain that it would not be wise for us to be foster parents. 

I can be pretty strict with separating work from home as much as possible (although I'm always thinking of it :)), and I am a big boundary person. Boundaries help me stay healthy, sane, and balanced...at least most of the time.

Well then there were two students at one of my schools. Without sharing too many details, their mom was mentally unstable, and their Dad just went to jail for drunk driving. I work with the older student, and welp, he is such a joy. My heart, as well as my amazing co-workers' hearts, melted. 

And then we had the conversation.

Should we become temporary foster parents of these two children, so they can finish out the school year here before have to move again?

Yikes. 

I was terrified, excited, hopeful, longing, and confused all at once.
(See kids that I work with, you CAN experience more than one feeling at a time!)

After much prayerful consideration, Corey and I decided that we would not foster since there were other foster (and possibly more appropriate) options available.

And then I found out today that the students will be moving out of state tomorrow.
They don't even know about it yet.

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I can think about lots of transient students I've encountered. 
I can rationalize why this will be a better move for them, and now they will be safe.

But sometimes it's just a bummer. 
A bummer to see kids you love have to endure something that I probably couldn't even handle.
They are so resilient. 

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I no means want to be a downer in this post, and I normally do not write about work stuff, but this one is difficult for me to stop thinking about in a new kind of way that I haven't felt in some time. 

However...

I am grateful that this year at school (and last!) they were loved beyond belief. 
I am grateful for servant-like colleagues
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with these little ones (and all my little ones!)

And mostly, I am thankful for God's desperate love and pursuit of them. He loves those kids even more than anyone else ever could, and I have countless reasons to trust in His name.

And trust that He has big plans for those empty rooms in our house--whatever that may look like.

So how about you? How are you learning to trust?



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Zoom

So guess what? I haven't blogged in ages...my apologies!

We've been busy with work, exercising, dog training classes, bridal showers, coffee dates, planning for the Traffick Stop 5k, Bible studies, and so much more.

It seems that each day zooms by! We literally have something every weekend until June 8. 

Woah.

All great things--bridal showers, antiquing with girlfriends, 10K runs, working at Fossil, Mother's day, picking up furniture for the spare bedroom, and bachelorette/bachelor parities--but it leaves little time for blogging.

Although, I hope to update more this month and next...especially with pictures of the bridal shower I'm hosting for my future sister-in-law. I went to a shower of hers last weekend, and although lovely, some of the ideas I had planned were used. Being the 4th shower there is only so many new things one can do. However, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that you'll have to wait for ;)

With all the crazy events occurring in our country and fun/busy times in our life right now, I am reminded time and time again that I have so many reasons to be thankful. 

I am thankful for God putting Corey and I together 8 years ago
I am thankful for a wonderful support system of family, friends and co-workers
I am thankful for our pets that are like children to us--they bring us so much joy
I am thankful for the opportunity to make mistakes
And ultimately, I am thankful for the Lord's faithfulness and desire to grown near me as I attempt to draw near him, fail, and try again. May His name be praised in all we do.

So tell me...what are you thankful for despite a crazy life?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Run Forrest, Run!

It's time for a Traffick Stop 5k update!

Our website is complete and registration is ready to go.
Our fliers are being printed this week.
We have a few participants, but not many yet.

The annoying thing about planning a race (or any large event I presume) is that everyone waits until the last minute to sign up. At least I can plan on a bunch of people in the month of August :)

I'm also looking for volunteers. Thankfully many of our volunteers from last year will be returning. I'm looking for 10-20 more though. Since the race is only 4.5 months away, I need to put my A-game on and start advertising/soliciting more!

I am SO grateful to have a new co-host this year who is doing all the fundraising.
I seriously hate fundraising.
So I get the easy part of organizing!

You can check out our information at www.traffickstop5k.com

Do you know of anyone is wants to sponsor, volunteer or participate in our walk/run?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meow!


Meet Lucy.
Isn't she pretty? 

She's spayed, declawed, and super friendly. Corey and I will be fostering her. 

Her owner was going to put her down because she could not longer take care of her (although she does not have any health problems). Corey couldn't bare to have that happen, so he asked if we could take her until she finds a good home. There is also another cat, Mocha, but I don't have a picture yet :)

Although we love animals, we don't have the time or money to keep adding them to our household. Not to mention Luna will be ticked. Thus, we need some help!

Can anyone provide a good home for her?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Boy time!

Spring break has been wonderful thus far. I've rested, spent great time with family, and I had my teeth cleaned. I also found out my dental hygienist is a Christian which is cool! Aren't you glad you know that?

The past few days I've been spending with our nephews. Yesterday I played games from 9am till 2:30pm with an hour break for lunch! It was fabulous though. Here are some pictures...

Carson wearing my shoes around the house

Playing me a song while I was in the bathroom

Nathan

Brendan

All 5 boys--obviously I was interacting a lot at this point ;)

I absolutely love watching my nephews grow and hearing them say, "Aunt Holly taught me that" :)

Of course Maggie had to go for a walk with the boys too.
The wind makes her crazzzzy! Random? Yes.

Maggie will also be starting obedience training in a few weeks (finally!!)

I'm looking for another day off tomorrow before I work the rest of the week at Fossil.

SO thankful for the opportunity to relax and refocus.

What have you been thankful for lately?