Saturday, January 10, 2015

A New Year, A New Place

I can't believe it is 2015! Where, oh where, has time gone? I find the older I get the more time slides through the hour glass. It's a bit surreal.

We have found ourselves in Alaska now for a whopping month (okay, five weeks)! So far, it's cold. Shocking, I know. However things are finally feeling like they will be settled. Maybe it's from the military lifestyle over the last few years, but if it takes longer than a couple of weeks, it just feels like an eternity to settle. Or perhaps it is now we have small people to settle into life and when they are disrupted it feels as if the whole world is off its axis.

We have, in our brief time here, secured a house, moved in and received all our belongings besides our car, bought a new-to-us car, looked at pre-school for Kalilah, found a different one and got her on the wait list, accepted a placement for said school which starts next week, registered and started ballet, have gone to three separate baby wearing meet-ups and had lunch with a new friend.I have gone and had coffee and knit time with a new friend as well. Crazy, right? I do leave my house, sometimes. We got a new puppy, and Franklin got a new job, and then because of some paperwork stuff, another new job. We have tried out two new churches and still are doing repeat visits. Eilidh had pneumonia when we arrived, and has been back to the doctor more recently for a cough. We have had pancakes with Santa, a children's party at the local ski lodge, Christmas Eve with friends, and a snowy Christmas Day. We have had a New Year and are looking forward to all the firsts of this year.

I know our biggest goals for this New Year are financial. Also getting out more and really enjoying this beautiful place. Alaska is just an amazing place to live. It is wild, and raw. God's beauty at its finest. It makes you dream big. I am so hopefully in this new year. Hopeful that all the change will be exciting, and amazing and to God's glory.

What exciting things are you looking forward to this year? Any specific goals? I'd love to hear about them!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone. May the Joy of the Lord fill your spirit today and everyday!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Our little family has arrived at our new home state for the next four years. The road was a bit bumpy, mostly with our youngest being diagnosed with pneumonia within the first 24 hrs of us arriving but we are thankful and excited for this new journey. More updates to come!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween, Brussels, and off we go!

Well the month of October seemed to fly by here. Our house was unfortunatly not so healthy in the month of October. Franklin and our girls seemed to catch a bug every other week! However we did managed to get healthy enough to enjoy our half term holiday, Brussels!

We went on one last trip before we'll be leaving the UK. It was a short three three day, two night trip filled with lots of good food, a trip to mini europe, the atomium, a toy museum and chocolate shopping! Over all I think fun was had by all though Bug was eager to get home towards the end. She loves her routine.

We got back just in time to have celebrate Halloween. The girls went as Elsa and Anna from Frozen (shocking, right?). This was probably one of the first times I remember having a costume that was SO popular but it was still fun. We had unusually warm weather and that made the night much more pleasant.

We are also now have less than three weeks left in England! It's hard to believe we have been here for three years and that now our time is up. We are excited about moving onward, but a little sad. We have already said good bye to some of our church family which was and will be the hardest. They are the friends that we will likely have the hardest time seeing again which makes that hard. Especially since our children have grown together. I know the kids make it even harder for me.

Well, I suppose that is about it for now.
Halloween 2014



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PCS season

I was going to write a fairly lengthy entry on how we have had all our goods packed up and how we are moving 8000 miles from where we currently are living. However all I can really think of that we have 52 days left in England. Just 52! It's been a wonderful three years, but it all ends less than 60 days. Tomorrow starts October and I know it will fly!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Being Like Me

My heart is so humbled tonight. I don't even know if I can really gather my thoughts to smash this all out but I have to try. Right now I can hear my husband singing the theme song from Jake and the Neverland Pirates to our girls as they do their bath time routine and I am sat here feeling like a messy puddle of goo.

No, it wasn't an extraordinarily hard day on the mom scale. In fact it was fairly boring...however today, today my three year old, my sweet Kalilah, started repeating a phrase the honors me, and makes my heart stand still: "Mommy I want to be like you".

Who cares, right? All kids want to be like their parents, and you are right. They do. Today I have really felt the tangible weight of my daughter's desire to be like me. She wanted her clothes to be similar to mine today, and at dinner after only consuming two helping of cornbread asked to have her ribs 'like mommy' and then gobbled them down. Only minutes before she refused them entirely and said "YUCK" because they were cubed up.

Just this morning as I was sipping my green tea and browsing my newsfeed on facebook I found this amazing article about a model and how she stood up against the outrageous level of photoshop that was done to said photo. I often read these types of articles and worry about how I am setting my girls up for their lives. I worry if they are going to have strong and healthy body images or spend years and years, as I have, hating their bodies.

Then it hit me today, when it comes to my self value and body image I am not a good example. I have cut down a lot on self deprecation.However I still often pinch the extra fat on my belly, or glare at my husband if he tries to touch the underside of my arm or pick me up. I immediately meet him with protest about 'my fat'. While I try not to make negative 'fat' comments in front of the kids it still happens more than I like.

Not only am I not modeling a healthy body image but I also don't want to be instilling fat/over weight prejudice in my own children! So here it is to all the parents who happen to stumble upon this. Your children love you, they want to be like you, so make sure you pay attention to what you are showing them. Love yourself, love your neighbor and most of all make sure you are rejoicing in the beauty that is that sweet little person who loves you unconditionally.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Season

So I am here tonight to write about a couple of things. Number one, hello to the start of college football season! Woo hoo! We are currently watching our Tigers play the Dawgs. Go Tigers!

The other interest of tonight's entry is that I have decided to expand into another blog. I know, I know...I am the WORST at updating. Why would I do that? Well  our family is starting to move towards a journey towards minimalism. I personally have felt God speaking to my heart on the matter (which in no way means I think it is for everyone) but He has been slowly pushing me for several years now and I am ready to take the plunge. Or at least step in the direction. So here is to hoping that this will give me incentive to blog more often! ;)