Guilty Pleasures: Jordan Edition

So I know we all have guilty pleasures that we enjoy. But I thought this would be a fun way to let you get to know a little more about me. There are some I’ve let off, but this is just a scaled down list to my top 5. 🙂

I LOVE to bake!

Specifically cheesecake! Like, it’s my favorite dessert and I have perfected my recipe so much that I’ve started to come up with new flavors to add to them.

Reality shows!!

                I record Counting On, the Kardashians, Little People Big World, and Real Housewives. I have to watch them when Jake’s not around just so I don’t annoy him.

 

 Fall

I love Fall so much, that I start decorating the first week of September. And if you see a place with PSL, you can probably bet I’m there the first day they start selling them! I also am all about pumpkins, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin drinks, pumpkin scents. Basically, anything pumpkin, I want it. 

Traditions

I am all about keeping family traditions. I am so passionate about it, that even though we don’t have children, I already want to keep traditions from when I was young with my family, and already do them with Jake. (Example: My family always watched Son-In-Law on Thanksgiving. Now Jake is on board and watches it with us. And his family made raviolis for Christmas every year. So now I want some kind of Italian in our Christmas meal together. ) He may think I’m mushy and way too into them, but he never says no and is always so willing and sweet about doing them with me.

Decorating our home

I am constantly adding to our home and wanting to find new ways to decorate it. I despise clothes shopping. But I am always shopping for our home! It’s probably a bad addiction. Oops!

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

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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

 

 

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! 😉

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

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!

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