Update on Life

I thought I’d do a little update on what’s going on in my life, currently. It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I have a semi good reason as to why. So much has been going on. 

It has been 5 months since we’ve moved to Batesville, MS and I can’t tell y’all how much Jake and I have grown to love this little town. When we first moved here, it seemed like so much was going on that we couldn’t just relax and explore our new home. But after about two months of living here, we finally found our groove and was finally able to see what all Batesville has to offer. Something we have done ever since we married, was take weekend drives around town and look at the different neighborhoods and dream about where we would raise our future kiddos. That has come to be one of favorite things to do since moving here. We are preparing to start the home buying process in just a few short months! I can’t wait for that moment to happen and finally have a home of our own. 

Another perk since moving is that we live literally three minutes from everywhere in town! And you know what? We love it! That is our favorite part about where we live. Our church is for real 2 minutes and 27 seconds from our house (as long as the stop lights down change to red!). Yes. I’m that crazy person that timed it out. and the grocery store is 45 seconds from our house. 🙂 (I know I’m wierd.)

 Moving has been a great thing for us. We close to family if emergencies happen but not close enough that we can just run to them when a problem in our marriage happens. We are 45 minutes away. That means we can still have our privacy. I will vouch and say that that has made us closer to each other. You see. When we lived in Greenville, we were next door to Jake’s grandparents and the rest of his cousins were practically down the road. That means we had all kinds of people to vent to and stay with, when we didn’t agree on things. Now, we are forced to work it out. We have had more in depth talks about the future and our marriage because of this move. I firmly believe God made this happen! We are so much happier because of it.

We have also found a church and last week, we joined and became members! We just love our church! The people are so friendly. The environment is relaxed. And everyone is all about forming relationships and growing the church together! (Answered prayer!)

Some other random things that have happened since moving:

We have started steps to eating healthier meals. (Thank you, Julia!)

We’ve finally made this rental house look more like a home. 

We have been trying all of the new places to eat on our date nights! Several have opened since we’ve moved here, on the town’s square. 

And we’ve been praying about whether I should make a career change or not. I want to work closer to Batesville for when we have kiddos (one day) and be here if something happens at daycare or school and I need to get to them fast. I also want better working hours and to work doing something I love and don’t come home stressed about all the time. Please keep me in your prayers about this. I appreciate it. 

 

Always,

Jordan

 

 

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Happy 4th Aniversary, my love!


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Has it really been four years, already? I feel like we just said our vows yesterday! But then again, I feel like it was longer than four years ago. We have gone through so much together! Marriage is such a wonderful ride to go on with you!

Can you believe what all we have done since May 18, 2013? Me either! I never thought we’d be working in Oxford. That is definitely for sure! God sure does have humor! We have lived in two different towns, two homes, both of us have worked for two different companies. And somehow, without me going crazy or having panic attacks, we ended up with a hyper, overly active bloodhound.😳

As I look back at all that has happened, I can’t help but be happy and thankful for you. I am so proud of us and how far we have come. We have worked so hard at keeping our public commitment to God. We have had a few small arguments, a major life change when moving, tons of happy moments and memories, and we have made our marriage so much stronger because of them.

Thank you for never giving up on us. Thank you for providing and working hard for us. Thank you for putting the toilet seat down when you leave the bathroom (haha!). Thank you for your unconditional love towards me. Thank you for making the happiest person on earth.😍

I love you Jake. I can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow! But first, let’s make to Zach’s graduation tonight! 😉

Moving Update

It’s been a month since we moved to Batesville. And I am just so grateful for all of the ways God has taken care of us and provided for us, during this transition. We are absolutely loving it, here. Living in town has so many perks! We are literally 3 minutes from everywhere and it is GLORIOUS!

Jake and I were talking, recently, about where we want to be in the future and we both agreed that we want to stay in town. We love having access to places when we need something, we love the 25 minute drive to Oxford for work, and we love being in the middle of everything going on in town so we can stay involved in our town and get to know people. We truly want to invest in our town. We want to know as many people as possible and form relationships so our future children will be surrounded with community.

Community is so important to us. We want to find a loving church and town. We want to be surrounded with loving friends that will invest in us and point us closer to Christ. Speaking of church and friends, we have been visiting churches and think we have found one that we love. We haven’t tried out the Sunday school class, so  we are going to give it a little bit longer before we are sure it is the church for us.

Our house is almost finished and fully unpacked. I just have to put decorations and pictures on the walls. Don’t worry! I will take pictures and give you an update once I finish. 😉 I’ve never realized how hard it is to make a rental house a home until now. I may also do a post about tips for decorating a rental house. We will see.

 I feel like this post has become a blogging planner, more than a post. Tomorrow is Jake and my’s anniversary and my cousin’s high school graduation. How is he graduating!! Anyways, I won’t be blogging much because of the busyness of our schedule the next few days, but I will be back next week with pictures and fun from our weekend!

Friday Random Five

No. 6
Today, I’m taking a break from from moving posts and giving a Friday Random Five. Today’s topic/list is my top 5 favorite foods to eat. 


1. Vegetables of any kind (except beets😷)

It’s true! I’m a big fan of veggies. I love them with ranch, hummus(my fav way), by themselves, grilled, roasted, sautéed. You name it and I’ll love it. But I just can’t bring myself to eat beets. Here is the thing. I’ve tried them before. My mom even researched ways to make no beet lovers love them and then cooked them that way. 😷 I tried it. Hated it. Never looked back or thought to tried to eat them again.

2. Salads

If I could have a salad for every meal, I’d be a happy lady! Jake on the other hand.. he says he has got to have some sort of meat at every meal.😉 so when I fix us a salad for supper, I usually put fish or chicken in his bowl. 

3. Pasta

I ❤️ carbs so much! I really think I’m part Italian and nobody will tell me it’s true. If I had to pick a restaurant to go to, every single time I’d choose Italian over any other. Speaking of pasta, I’ve been thinking of finding ways to healthier lighter versions. Any ideas that could help me?!

4. Lays potato chips

Poor Jake. Every single time he buys potato chips they are gone by the next morning. They truly are my weakness. And every time I try to do better and make them last longer but I just can’t. 😔 maybe one day.

5. Cheesecake

I love cheesecake so much that I have taught myself how to make it and perfected it. And I’m not talking about that quick no bake way. I’m talking it takes a day and a half to make it. I love making them the old fashion way. And I love making new versions and flavors out of them! 

So what are some of your favorite foods? Tell me in the comments. I can’t wait to find out!

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.