Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chaos and Iced Tea

Oh my goodness, I am not cut out for the life I am living. I feel like I live 6 different lives and I'm trying to juggle them all. Blog life has, well uh, it has suffered. I can picture myself, someday, blogging daily with such wisdom that can blow one's mind. Today, my friends, is NOT that day. Not much wisdom flowing these days, just chaos and iced tea. Isn't that the perfect combination, though? Such a crazy life just needs the right amount of iced tea, and the world will go on another day. 

This is Jen Hatmaker. She is incredible. If you have never heard of her, go here. Last year she spoke at a women's retreat that I went to in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge. This year she came to Henderson to speak. Her topic this year was "Living on Mission". She's the author of the books Interrupted and Seven, both of which I am frightened to read because they will turn your world upside down. This woman is so in love with loving people, that she is willing to swallow her pride and actually show it. Such an inspiration.

I needed a haircut bad so I went in and ended up with a little purple. :) It washed out the next day, but it was awesome.

I graduated, last month, with an associates degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. Big title, but it really just says that I can run QuickBooks and I am one of the few people in the world that can accurately make adjusting entries. :) I absolutely loved my degree. I learned a tremendous amount and I honestly hope that I can apply it to my life, whatever life it is that I'm living for the day. Graduation was an emotional time for me because I felt like I was losing my purpose. I was starting to feel a sense of unfamiliarity with who I am. I asked the age-old question, "Now what?" Well God had so much planned for me, I had no idea.

I was offered a job at my church, almost immediately after I graduated. I couldn't have been more excited. I love my church and I was thrilled to be taking on a new role.  Without going into detail, it didn't work out; it fell through. I cried like a baby. I couldn't figure out why God did that.  I've never felt God give me an answer as directly as I heard Him say, "No, not now." After much prayer and conversing with James, I felt more at peace than I have in months. I knew that He had something else planned for me. About a week later, I was offered a job with Christian Resource Center, where James and I met. In the past all my hours at CRC had been volunteer, but this year I'm taking on a new role and getting paid for it. I felt God shoot me a grin as if saying, "See, I told you I had something in mind." After getting the position at CRC, I was still a little confused as to why the first situation had to happen. I'm starting to see why. When I got offered the church job, I thought that's where I was supposed to be, but now I know where I'm supposed to be. There's no second-guessing. This is what He wanted. I couldn't be happier. I love the staff, the kids, and the 40 acres. What a blessing.

We planted a garden this year: potatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, peppers, jalepenos, strawberries, onions, and tomatoes. It's been, well, as fun as having a garden can be... The reward will come soon enough, I suppose. We actually touched our flowerbeds this spring. I know, such a homemaker.

 I potted a few plants for the front porch, and I found these cute lawn ornaments at Hobby Lobby. These pictures were taken right after planting them, so some of them are dead now. It's whatever. 


We are also planning to put in a fire ring, hopefully this summer. We took out a tree, and decided that the stump was the perfect place to put it. I'm pretty excited about it! S'mores galore!

I love watching them together. What a team. 

Here are Trevin's 1-year photos. We had fun taking them. I wanted to take more, but it was around the time when it was always raining and chilly. Enjoy!

Trevin is saying more words, such as, nigh night, ashy, no, uh-oh, bye, baby, cracker, papa, me, whoa, and num (Yum). Some words he just repeats, and others he actually uses. He blows kisses, too. I've been trying to get him to do sign language for months, but he doesn't seem interested. Last week I told him to say please to get his snack. (Please in sign language is rubbing your hand on your chest.) After looking me dead in the eyes, he takes his hand and rubs it on my chest, instead of on his own. I got a good chuckle out of that! Obviously he knows, but he's just stubborn and won't usually do it. Just this week he has started clapping for "more." 
He's also started dancing. Check it out... :) 

He tries to stomp his feet, walk backwards, and run as fast as he can. It's fun to watch a little life learn and explore. 

Whenever he finds his blanket, he runs up to it, lays his head down and says, "Nigh night." So precious.

He finally likes Ashton. It took a little while, but now he cries when she leaves. They're buds.

So this is my family. Well part of it, anyways. There's still another 15 or so missing from this picture. It's my mom's side. One big, happy family!

What a goof-ball!

Grandma loves her boys! Everyone deserves a Grandma like her!

We have been trying to get outside as much as possible this summer. Trev is just so much happier outside. We've gone to the park, played in the sprinkler, gone to BBQ's, swam in the baby pool, went on walks, and worked in the yard.
 He saw the boys climbing up the slide, so guess what?! He made it all the way to the top, with a only a tiny bit of help.

I was holding Louie, and Trevin got jealous. Oh brother. 

 We had bible school last week. I took pictures and helped in the kitchen. It was a great week, but I was ready for morning naps to come back (for Trevin)! It made for a long week with a tired baby.

With my recently crazy life, James has taken Trevin to work with him for a couple hours. I don't know that James has gotten much accomplished, but he has certainly been more understanding with me after realizing what it's like to try and get something done while dealing with the busiest-body ever. James came home and said, "I don't know how you do it." Honestly, I don't know either. Besides Trevin's nap time, there's not much focused work time. But spending time with him is totally worth it.

 Last weekend, my cousin got married and another cousin graduated the following day, both in Kearney. We decided to make a weekend out of it and stayed overnight. My parents stayed too, and we spent the weekend attending the parties, playing cards, shopping, and checking out a really neat garden park.

Trevin loved having James to himself the entire weekend! 

Summer begins, growing on the farm...