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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Things I'm Loving {March '17}



1.) NEW HOME!

After more than a year of sharing space, having my own house is bringing me more joy than I could ever have imagined.

2.) Moments of spring weather

Currently, it's snowing. However, a week ago it was so lovely I went for a walk on a work break without even needing a coat or jacket. And those moments of warmth and sunshine and the promise of spring bring me extreme joy.

3.) Decorating

We unloaded the first uHaul into the house on Saturday. The second uHaul on Sunday. And by last night, I had begun a gallery wall in the living room, because a house is not a home until I have personalized it with pictures.



4.) Season Three of Girl Meets World

Yes, this show is meant for the preteen/teenager age. Do I care? Nope. Still gonna love watching it.

5.) Memory Lane

In getting everything from my parents old house, I now have years and years of memories, which I've loved going through. Look at baby Camille, I totally see some Jace features and also, CUTE!



What are you loving right now? What joy is in your corner of the universe? If you blog, please feel free to link up below!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Leaving Limbo

I have spent the past year (and a half) of my life in limbo.

Am I leaving Ohio?
Should we try to move back to Kentucky? 
When will my temporary position end?
What's the plan when it does end?
What is the next step for my family? 

In August, I started applying to jobs. I applied to positions in Kentucky (Berea, Richmond and Lexington). I applied to positions at Hyland and nearby. And when my parents moved to Ocala, Florida, I started applying there.

My temporary position got an end date, September 15, 2017. That was my timeline left to figure it out. In the meantime I would continue living in the basement, unable to move because where my next position would be was unknown.

The number of positions applied to and number of times I tweaked my resume and cover letter grew, exceeding 100. I had several interviews that ended in rejection, and one I never heard from again. And it was discouraging. There were many moments I just felt completely defeated and useless.

But then, in an attempt to move forward with our lives, we started looking for places to rent that would be closer to our church and give us back the ability to be our own family unit here in Ohio. After being turned down endlessly because of Luna, and feeling done on that front too, I got a lead from a coworker. A three bedroom house, 15 minutes from church, 20 minutes from work, and we went to see it. I fell in love.




The next day was a follow up interview for a position at Hyland Software. I was offered the position in the room.

 In one week, everything changed. In one week, I had answers.

I'm not leaving Ohio, I'm staying at Hyland in a permanent position. We are living in a home in Elyria for at least the next year, and after that we can decide whether continuing to rent or pursuing buying a home is the best option. Jace will start kindergarten this fall, Nathan will finish up his schooling here. And meanwhile, we will be a family. We will plan to attend events nearby, we will be more involved and work to create relationships within our church. We will make trips to Newton Falls to visit my sister and our friends. We can plan family vacations to Florida because I will now have paid time off. And we can settle in, because obviously, this is where we're meant to be.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Mom Moments (Part 10)



Jace took his tools to work on the faucet in the bathtub:
Jace: Hey mom, where does gwampa keep his tools? Mine just aren't doing the job.


Having mini cheeseburgers for dinner.
Jace: Can I have one piece of bacon for my sandwich?
Me: Sure *Hands him a piece*
Jace: Thanks. Can I have another so this piece doesn't get lonely?


Me: Strip down, it's time to put on PJ's.
Jace: But I don't want to.
Me: Not a choice, it's bedtime and you need PJ's.
Jace: But I want you to do it.
Me: Jace, just get naked.
Jace: *Deep sigh* I'll do the top half, you do the bottom half, does that seem fair?


Jace: Hey mom, do you want a foot massage?
Me: Sure, that sounds lovely. Do you know how to give a foot massage?
Jace: Yep! I walk with my feet on your back.


After finding out I got the new job.
Me: Jace, did dad tell you the good news when he picked you up?
Jace: Um, yeah. Tomorrow's pajama day at school!!


Grandma to Nathan: Your face looks fat all of a sudden.
Nathan: Gee, thanks.
Jace: It's not fat, bloated is the word.


Me: 20 minutes until bedtime, what do you want to do?
Jace: Hmm. Hmm. Um, I don't know. Do I have to take a bath before bed?
Me: No, you got a bath last night and you weren't outside today.
Jace: Oh. But mom, can I please have a bath?


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Facials and Faith [February Learning]

As usual, the last day of the month I like to look back and see what I've learned over the days, and encourage friends to blog about it as well!




1.)  Lecto Divino

At church one week instead of a sermon, we did bible reading in the style of lecto divino as a whole church. And it was amazing, a very different way to read the word and listen.

2.) Facials

Hyland offers facials once a week for less than any salon I've seen, so I wanted to try one. It was soothing, and wonderful (except for the removing blackheads part. That part was a little bit painful) and I was amazed at how much more smooth my skin was afterward. She also was able to offer me some great tips to help me keep my skin healthy and hopefully get this stress acne under control.

3.) Detroit! 

Nathan and I  took a trip to Detroit the weekend after Valentine's day to see The Lion King and it was our first trip to Detroit together. I learned a little bit about the city, and had a lot of fun and food (Michael Symon's restaurant Roast. Best food ever.).


2017 Goals Update:


I laid out goals for myself this year, and what better time to check in with them then my monthly learning post? Here's where things stand currently.

1.) Read 50 books!

Current Status: I am still ahead, but not by the great leap I was before.

2.) Achieve and maintain goal weight.

Current Status: I gained back two pounds. Not what I was hoping to do, but I also barely worked out this month and kind of ate whatever I wanted. That's what stress does to me.

3.) Meditate daily

Current Status: Instead of improving, somehow this month I actually did worse. I think I meditated once a week. Maybe.

4.) Maintain Blog

Current Status: While not as impressive as my January, February continued my dedication to keeping the blog alive with four posts.

5.) Write!

Current Status: I wrote a short 500 word piece and submitted it to Babble. Currently their submissions are on hold until April, so it will be a while before I hear anything back. But I did it. And sometime in March, I will write and submit again. Because even a 500 word piece is 500 creative words in the right direction.