Moving Update with a Little Randomness

So if you live in the South, like me, our Spring Break time is more like Winter Break. We have snow is random areas all over the North part of Mississippi and it’s raining randomly. Hopefully that will soon be behind us and it will be sun shining and beautiful on our moving day!! woot-woot!

Anyways, I thought I’d give a little moving progression update and tell you where we are. We found a rental house and will be moving April 1st. We have about half of the kitchen packed and other random parts, of the house, slowly coming together. Thank goodness for family because without them, I don’t know where my head be. My mother-in-law is coming this weekend to help us finish packing, minus work clothes. She is also taking Tucker until we buy a house next year.

Jake and I will be working up until the day before moving day. That means we are having to take care of errands and necessities during our lunch breaks and after work each day. We are trying hard not to spend money until moving day and are eating sandwiches a lot, right now.  We are also trying to not eat all of our groceries, in fridge and freezer, so we don’t have to make a major grocery shopping day right when we get to the new house. i.e. the sandwiches!

We are so thankful for friends that have helped us in major ways. We have had some of you volunteer rolls of packing paper, a covered trailer, and so many other ways. Thank you all so much!

The only thing we have left on our checklist, besides moving day, is to find me a job. As of right now, it looks like I’ll be spending a little longer in Greenville, after Jake moves. We are praying for God’s will in all of this fast pace stuff going on and trying to be optimistic. Hopefully we won’t be separated too long.

And for a little bit of randomness…

Is there anything specific you want me to write or share about? It can be something personal, goofy, or random. I will write about each topic, given, once a week. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions and see what y’all want to read more about!

 

 

Our Next Adventure

We are so excited to announce that changes are about to be made. We have done a lot of praying over the last 8 months about where we want to be by the end of 2017. We prayed that God would show us the direction he wants us to go in and, he close doors to what wasn’t doing his will. 

It wasn’t too much longer after that, that we told just our parents and siblings and asked them to keep hush and to please pray for us. That we would make the right decisions that were best for our future. Wether God wanted us to move or not and where he wanted us to go. 

We didn’t want anything to be said until we knew where God wanted us, for sure. 

Although we are not wanting to have children for a little while longer, wherever we end up, we want to have an established community of friends and church family and be in a better school district than we are in now. Our future children’s education and relationships are very important to us. We want to be closer to our family, so our future children can have a close relationship with their grandparents. We also want to be closer to them in case something ever happens.

With that being said, we have both been looking, and applying, to jobs everywhere. The funny part is, God had a job lined up for Jake the whole time. The exact same engineering firm he works for now. Jake went to talk to his boss about what we were doing (to not blindside him) and his boss has been extremely supportive and understanding. Both of our bosses have.

The news is….

WE ARE MOVING TO BATESVILLE!

Jake is being transferred to work in Oxford, with the same company. He will be moving up there in the next month. I am still actively searching for a job but I know that will God will work everything out. Jake will be moving soon and I will be moving, once I get a job. This also allows me time to make sure everything is packed and ready when the time comes. 

We will miss the Mississippi Delta but, we feel this is the best decision for our future. Over the last 3 1/2 years, we have met people and made some wonderful relationships, here. Our church family, coworkers, and family that lives in Greenville, have become some very special people to us. We are so thankful for their love, support, and investment in our marriage. They are a valuable part of shaping who Jake and I are today.

Now that you know what is going on, we ask that you pray for us as we make this move and start a new adventure. That everything works out and goes as smoothly as possible. Also, if you happen to have empty boxes or newspaper, and live close to Greenville, we will graciously use and take them.😉 And, if you know of places to rent in or around Batesville, that is pet friendly, please let us know. We are looking at renting for the next 6 months to a year. And then we will be looking at buying. (Because it’s hard to buy a house when you change jobs.)

You can comment below, message me on Facebook, call, or text us. 

“Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?””‭‭   John 11:40

Friday Random Five 

No. 5
The next few weeks I’m going to spend time letting you get to know me. I really feel like I’ve been slacking in connecting and opening up about who I really am. And I feel like it would help you understand me and what I write about if I spend a little bit of time sharing more about me, and my background, that led to the person I am today. 😊

So today I’m going to start by doing 20 facts about me, instead of just five. 

1. My parents got my first name from a church hymn.

2. I am was the only redhead for 19 years, until my parents adopted my only brother.

3. I have two younger sisters and a younger brother. (Yes, I am the oldest and only one currently married.)


4. I love to travel and been to half of the east side of the country and 3 other countries. Peru, Ecuador, and South Africa (Peru, I have been to several times.)

5. I went to school to be a deaf education teacher but God had other plans and now I am a banker. My mother was a banker, so I guess you could say I’m following her footsteps.

6. I love fashion.

7. I knew what I wanted my wedding cake to look like when I was 12 years old. So my entire wedding was planned around the cake. 


8. My father entered the ministry and became a pastor when I was in middle school. 

9. I am not a fan of R&B music from the 80s or earlier. My parents used to make listen to it to punish me when we were on road trips, if I got in trouble, because they knew how much I didn’t like it. It is torture for me. 

10. I love all things Shania Twain. She tops all of my favorite singers. 

11. I am not an animal person, AT ALL. But, my husband has a bloodhound. 


12. My radio stays on K-LOVE 24/7. It only gets turned to a different station when Jake and I go to our parents and it is then country music. 

13. I pay attention to details. Sometimes I feel like it’s pretty bad and other people think I stalk them. If that’s you, I’m sorry. I really don’t stalk you. I pay attention and remember random things.

14. My dream to own a candy and pie store. 

15. I love to bake and cook casseroles but when it comes to cooking regular meals, I’m not anywhere close to a pro. 

16. I went to the University of Southern Mississippi. 

17. I’m a huge planner and goal setter. My husband and family is the total opposite. 

18. I love sharing my testimony and what God can do in your life.

19. I love blogging and hope I touch at least one person’s life by sharing what God is doing through me.

20. I can’t wait to share more with you and let you get to know me on a better level. 

It’s Holiday Time!

I don’t know about you but I love the winter holiday time. Especially Christmas! I also love baking more than cooking. But my favorite time to bake is Christmas! Like I go all out. Through out Jake and I’s marriage, though, I haven’t really had a chance to bake for extended family, except a couple of occasions. 

You see, Jake and I spend the majority of our Christmas time traveling from one house to another. And all of the places are at least 2 1/2 hours or more away. So I can’t exactly make a dessert and it stay warm and fresh when we arrive. We don’t have any traditions, so far, but I’m determined that we start at least one this year. This year, I’m making a dessert for Jake and I to have when we celebrate, between just the two of us, this week. Yes. You read that correctly. We are celebrating this Wednesday night because on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, we will be out of town and celebrating with our parents’ families. 

We’ve decided we wanted to make this an easy celebration between us because we aren’t that much into stressing over a meal and going all out to impress the other. After work, we will order pizza and I will make a dessert for us to enjoy, after we open gifts. I want to make this a tradition. To have a stress free night of not overdoing it and ALWAYS having a dessert that is homemade. After we open our gifts, we will then, give Tucker his gift, from Santa. (yes. I am that person. I’m not an animal person but I do believe that since the dog is part of our family, he deserves a gift, too.) I’m trying out a new recipe. It’s hot chocolate dump cake. I’ll let you know how Jake likes it and share with you soon!

What are some of your family’s traditions? 

 

Merry Christmas!

 

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.  Luke 2:7

God is all over this election

I’m very passionate when it comes to politics but this election I’ve decided to not speak about it much, publicly. I would much rather just pray to God to give us the outcome he wants because I know he will only put who he wants as our next president.

With Election Day being tomorrow, I’ve been praying a lot over the past month that God’s hand be all over it and put the best candidate for our country in the White House. He knows our hearts and will protect each of us no matter how tomorrow turns out. He will be with us every step of the way, each day, every minute, every second. He isn’t going to put us through more than we can handle. I pray for his hand of protection on every citizen of this country. He knows what we are thinking and knows our names. So with knowing that, I know he will take care of our country.
Please, take a moment to listen to this beautiful song, “Stars”, from Skillet. Let it remind you of how big our God is and how much he cares for you. Let it remind you that he has not forgotten you and will always protect you. No matter what we are going through. He is such an amazing God!

Friday Random Five

No. 4

  1. I’m not sure if it is just because I’m in a festive spirit, the weather is changing, or I’m looking forward to celebrating holidays. But I am so ready for Halloween on Monday. Last year I wanted to start a Halloween tradition of Halloween themed suppers. I made eyeball and brains (spaghetti) for that night with pumpkin shaped, chocolate covered pretzels for dessert. This year I’m thinking about a pumpkin graveyard cake, for dessert, but I’m stumped still as to what I should make for our actual supper. Any ideas?
  2. Random fact: I love smores and I am SUPER EXCITED that smore and campfire weather is finally here! I am all about cuddling up in blankets, eating tons of smores, and looking at the stars. I know, I’m a typical girl. And using a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup instead of a Hershey’s bar, if the only way to make a perfect smore! 😉
  3. I don’t know about y’all but I love me some Madea movies. If you haven’t seen them, GO WATCH THEM. They are hilarious and honest when it comes to talking about real family issues. BOO! A Madea Halloween came out last weekend. Jake and I went to see it with my family, during a weekend visit, and all of left laughing and still are talking about how good it was. And we enjoyed it so much that Jake and I are going to see it tomorrow night with a friend. Warning though! It does have a little bit of language in this one, so I would recommend leaving the children at home. 
  4. Another fact about me: I love love love LOVE cheesecake and would choose that over any cake you offered me. 
  5. I am so thankful for cooler weather in this hot Mississippi delta. We are finally out of the 90 temps and finally in the mid to low 80s. Hallelujah! 

 

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22

Update and New Series…

I’ve been away from blogging lately but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about it. I love and miss it but life has gotten in the way.

Jake and I have been busy traveling to see family and celebrate birthdays, getting ready for hunting season (for Jake to fill our freezer 😁), Tamale Festival, and just being with friends and family. I know. Your thinking this stuff would’ve made great blog posts. But I’ve tried to live in the moment. 

As a new series, that I will do once a month, I’m going to document how we are doing with paying off our debt. Why am I doing this, you ask? I want to do something that will hold us accountable to continuing down this road so we don’t lose motivation. I will tell you more about this but I need to finish figuring out how we will go about this plan. 

As part of this, I am asking for all tips and questions that you may have. I hope us going through this will answer whatever questions you have (and any questions, I will do my best to answer) or motivate you to pay down your debt to have a more financially free life to do fun things. To be clear and let all of you know up front, we are doing this to better our credit to buy a house next year. I know people will judged me for displaying this so publicly when it should be something we keep private within our marriage. But we feel this will help us and others and show us what we are doing wrong and could fix as we go through this journey. No! I will not be detailed as to how to how much we are trying to pay off, especially with how much our bills are. But I will let you know how we are tackling each debt, what changes we make throughout this journey, and how close we are to each finish line. 

Join me, soon, as I reveal our first steps!
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrew 13:5