Village


The last 3 months have been the hardest of our entire life. It seems every day has been A DAY. Nothing has been calm or routine or easy. We were in Utah when we learned of my mother in law's death and in a complete state of shock. Within about 12 hours of hearing the news we were on a plane to Kentucky with no plans of the boys and I ever coming back to Utah. Everything I packed that day into a big suitcase and two backpacks, in my frenzied state, would be everything we had until we bought a house and got our stuff out of storage. 
Joey started a new job, we lived in a corporate housing apartment, we stayed with multiple different friends and relatives. Kids thrive on structure and honestly, I do too. Our lives have been so chaotic over the past three months. 
And on top of all of that, we still feel in shock over losing Rhonda. We still feel in a fog. 
Everything we've been dealing with in regards to moving across the country on a moments notice, is covered in a cloud of grief. 
I know we are going to look back in this time in our life and wonder how we even made it. 

We are people, who have a lot of people.
I am so thankful for that. I'm thankful that neither time nor distance changed that.
Without our family and friends, and even acquaintances and strangers...we would have drowned by now.  That sounds dramatic, but so is what we've been through.

If you'd asked me before I don't know what I would have said.  Are people inherently good?  For me, seeing how people responded to Rhonda's death, has shown me more than I ever realized...people are good. You can't let a few bad apples take that truth away. Overwhelmingly, people are good. 
They have been so good to us. 

Offered to pay for our plane tickets back to Kentucky. 
Friends in Utah immediately brought us a bag of stuff for the plane ride to entertain the boys. 
Offered to get us hotel rooms. 
Given us rides. 
Given us their vehicle. 
Brought us meals. 
Given up their own beds. 
Watched our kids. 
Given us money. 
Given us baby gear. 
Condolences. 
Prayers. 
So much more.

In those first few days especially, I feel like we were all just making it minute to minute. It is all so HEAVY. And Joey and I both said, that we could feel the prayers so many people told us they were saying, lifting us up, helping us get to the next minute. 

All of this to say.
I am thankful for our village.



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Confession Friday

I looked in the fridge and realized we were down to 11 Cokes left out of the 24 pack that was purchased less than 36 hours ago.  I need an intervention.  I didn't drink this much Coke when Joey worked there.

This week I taught Shep how to work the DVR.  Now he can find all of his shows on his own.  Not sure if this is a Parenting Win or Parenting Fail, but its definitely a Parenting Hack.

We have a mouse in the house :( My mom said to get used to it, living in the "country." I'm hoping it's just because we had gross garbage piling up in the garage while we waited on a trash can to be delivered. There is not trash pickup where we live, so you have to either haul it to the dump yourself or hire someone. 

Yesterday I found Breaker playing with something, and upon inspection realized it was a little piece of poop. Not sure whose it was or where it came from...but that's where we're at in life.

Well that's enough confessions for today. Poop pellets seems like a good place to leave it.

Happy weekend! We plan on going to the parade and checking out our new hometown. 
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This is my PSA for today

I have two things to share. 
First:
Walmart has gotten some new stuff in and it is super cute and best of all PLAIN! No brands or weird characters and designs. I've always thought Walmart has good quality in their clothes (some stuff...not the character stuff!) and these seemed to be good. I bought the blue striped pajamas for Major so we will see how it holds up. 

Pajamas were $4.97!


Sweatshirts for $3.88!

And I don't have girls to shop for, but if I did I would stock up on every size of these dresses. Cute little plain dresses. They also had leopard print and chevron. These looked very similar to June and January swing dresses. These were $6.44!

Ok, second. My husband is a man of many hobbies and "obsessions" and I want to share his latest one. It is this auction website: Everything But the House

I would much rather have an older piece of furniture that is well made to last, than a fake wood piece that's going to fall apart. It's hard to find furniture like this now, especially without spending a TON of money. We can always clean it up and paint it or refinish it if needed to meet our style. 

We got this table from the auction for $15! It comes with 3 more leaves you can install that makes it seat at least 12 people. I wanted the biggest table possible so we can have as many people as possible around it :)

We also got this thing. I'm not sure what to call it. It was a display case in a shop. We spent a little more money on this one, just because it doesn't look like something that would come up often, and its dimensions were perfect for where we want it.  It was actually quite stressful, the final few minutes of the auction, we would bid, then some other person would bid and kick us off, then we would bid and anxiously wait to see if they would bid again.  Our competitive juices were flowing ;)  
We plan on painting it, removing the shelves and adding hooks and putting a cushion down for seating. It is the perfect measurements to fit next to our garage door and I imagine it to be the perfect spot for all of the boys backpacks and school stuff to be, ready to walk out the door the next day. 

This concludes my Shopping Public Service Announcement for today. 

Before I go, some pictures of my chunky man eating. He loves food and is gobbling down an entire jar and starting a 2nd one before he's full. 


And this was how the boys fell asleep last night. I don't get it, haha!

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Shepherd and Major's Life Verses

I mentioned that when we had Breaker's baby dedication at church, they had changed their process and made it more involved.  Which is right up my alley.  We were asked to choose a verse for Breaker that we would pray over him.  They suggested it be something he could come back to and be kind of his "life verse."  



For Breaker we chose Romans 12:12:

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer."

I hope over his life he will lean on this verse and let it ground him.

Since we never did this for Major or Shepherd, I decided its never too late! 


For Shepherd, Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT). 

"May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace."


For Major, Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV). 

"Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint."


My verse for my life, that I've always leaned on for as long as I've been a Christian is Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
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Driving through the desert

A long time ago I took a screenshot of a picture I saw on Instagram. I added a drive like this to my bucket list and on our drive home from the Grand Canyon I got to check it off!  (Can you tell I take Bucket Lists very seriously? If you tell me something is on your bucket list, I will be all about helping you make it happen.)

I loved this day so much.
Isn't that view incredible?! We are not used to anything like that in Kentucky.  No one else on the road and nothing but God's earth as far as the eye can see.

















We stopped at a Native American shop. All of their things were beautiful. 

How cute was this elementary school we drove past:

My instagram screenshot that inspired this post on top, my picture on the bottom. 

Bucket List: Check!

(If you're wondering, the inspiration Instagram was from @joybeezy)



One more thing. I had it on my bucket list that I wanted to see the wild mustangs of Utah. Well. If I really wanted to do that I would have had to hiked to the middle of nowhere and camped and that just isn't up my alley. We saw these horses on our drive, so I decided this would do ;)

This was such a good day :)
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Our weekend

This weekend we went to my parents house to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. I didn't take very many pictures, but I'll share what I've got!

First, my mom and I went shopping at some local boutiques since it was Small Business Saturday. 

My dad hiding so he could jump out and scare Major. We all think scaring our children is way too funny! ;)

Annual walk around Legion Park to look at Christmas lights. 




Grandma feeding Breaker sweet potatoes. 

Rocking my baby to sleep. 

That was our weekend!

Christmas will be here before we know it.  This is one of those years when there is no time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With Christmas day falling on a Sunday this year, there are only 3 free weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I do not feel prepared!
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Thanksgiving 2016

This year, we hosted Thanksgiving at our house.  It was the first time a lot of our family had seen the new house.  It may not have any furniture and there may be tape on the floor from painting and there was no cute tablescape like I would have liked...but it worked! It was really good to have everyone together, especially being the first big holiday without Rhonda.  I know she was on all of our minds all throughout the day.

It was also this turkey's first Thanksgiving!

What an angel. 

Some pictures from our day:

Kids table! Major and Reece. (Shep would only eat cashews all day. *Eye Roll*)


Grown up table:


Some hot tub time after lunch. 

Group picture. So thankful for this family I married into. 

If you zoom in it *looks* like I'm giving the middle finger :( 

As good as it gets trying to get four cousins to smile with Papaw. 

Bright eyes!!

I decided to start a new tradition this year. I put together a scrapbook and each year I'm going to get a group picture and then have everyone write what they are thankful for. Won't that be a nice heirloom and tradition! I love stuff like this. I went ahead and put the whole thing together so each year all I have to do is remove a page for people to write on and print out a picture. 

One more because he's so cute:

Happy Thanksgiving!
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