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The lay-off!

Day 1- The news came on Friday-Jeff was being laid off from his pharmaceutical sales specialist job of 15 years! The job that transferred him across the metroplex 6 months after we built our beautiful new house! The house we sold 18 months later bc the commute was brutal and we needed to live closer to his territory! That was just 3 months ago! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Yep- that job!

So Friday was numbing! We found out recently it was coming but hopeful the chopping block wouldn’t come down on him (us). Well, it did! So that was Friday! Fortunately, I was at a business retreat with awesome friends who have known us well for decades and love us! The best place to be when you get bad news is with your friends! To clarify- only if your friends are super encouraging! If your friends aren’t going to make a bad situation better- maybe reconsider. Just sayin’! Choose wisely!

So Jeff came to join us for lunch and rub shoulders with uplifting people- always a good idea! While I remained at the retreat, Jeff drove back to take care of our furry kids- Oliver and Ivy Bichon, and do the only acceptable thing on a Friday night in Texas- go to a high school football game with our daughter and son-law! Friday night lights! Now exactly our experience growing up in a Little Rock, Arkansas. Everything IS bigger in Texas!

The shock didn’t set in til Saturday as we grieved for amazing friends and colleagues who were also “reorganized!” REORGANIZED-that is the word they choose to use because it sounds so much better than downsized! Not really- but what ever makes the decision makers sleep at night! No discussion here about the process – heartless as it may be- bc we aren’t looking back!

Then Sunday—it was a day of refocus, encouragement at Gateway church and an amazing message by Tony Evans. Want to be encouraged to defeat the giants in your life? Here is the link- https://youtu.be/ld7P6DQbDiA

We finished the day with Jeff’s favorite meal at Texas Road House! Because sometimes you need a yummy steak and rolls!!! Yep!!!! CARBS with butter!!!! This was not the day to pass on the rolls!

Hello Monday!!!! โค๏ธ The first day of a new future and transition is exhausting! Change is hard! Life is hard! Tying up loose ends, closing expense reports, clearing out storage unit, accounting for samples but…the biggest expenditure of energy? Choosing a mindset of moving forward and letting go of the secure! #ivybichon – who usually will prefer to sit with me- was full on therapy dog and loving on her daddy! So rest!!!

Restorative rest! Not for long but in the in between! Iโ€™m so proud of Jeff! He has been weighed down for a while and working so hard! The lay-off was certainly not in our plan but the peace we have reminds us of Gods care, protection and covering! He has shown up and gone before us to protect us when we didn’t even know we needed it!

This is not the end – it is a new beginning! But for this minute- rest! Recharge! Renew! And dream big dreams!!!

Have their been times in your life when you have had to recharge? What makes you feel renewed? What is your self care strategy when you are wiped out? If you don’t have one, praying you will look at yourself and see what you can do to rejuvenate! Are you a caregiver for someone else? That is exhausting! Just like on the airplane- when the oxygen mask drops- put it on yourself first! Praying peace and rest for you and new beginnings! Kelly

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What if you are rejected?

Wow!!! This is so true when you see change through the perspective of faith!! Change can be exactly what you need to point you in the right direction! The last few years have been crazy, unsettling and exhausting! We have yearned to find a home in one place and create some long lost stability! The list is long and it has been a season of testing, trials and uncertainty! But-in the midst of it all- there has been protection, healing, growth, new friends, perspective and renewed vision! It has brought wisdom and fresh eyes to see many things as they really are! It is not lost on us that it has been like cracking open the hard shell of expectations to explore what could be inside. Renewal? Hope? What about dreaming a new dream? We are having big conversations about this lately! And, if we needed more earth shattering reality to push us out of our comfort zone- Jeff was laid off from his job Friday! Ouch!!!!

Just when things seemed to be finally settling down as we sold our house & moved closer to his territory to reduce his giant commute across the metroplex!! But, this we know!!! God is still in control! We can see His protection for things headed our way that we didnโ€™t even see! He was already making a way! His dreams for us far exceed ours and we desire His best! Grateful for the encouragement of friends and drops of wisdom that seem to surround us! Canโ€™t wait to see what the future holds!

So today? Letโ€™s be intentional and prepare for the future!

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Curb appeal rescue

Have you ever felt stuck? Well, I feel stuck!!!!! We are so grateful to finally have a house in Texas! With the market here, it was not an easy find but….I can’t bond with my house! The inside is amazing if I can figure out what to do with it but… my number one about our past homes has been curb appeal! I love a front porch with beautiful pots by the door. My dream for our house here was painted white brick with black windows, an awesome porch and double schoolhouse doors! Truth be told, I had hoped to find a house to remodel and make it ours but after moving here to be closer to our daughter during her health crisis, we figured out that there were more people than houses and prices were at a premium. Fast forward 18 months in an apartment, we moved into a new neighborhood between trophy club and Fort Worth. Our house is perfect for us and friends who occasionally visit but now I need to make it mine. When we sold our house in Little Rock, I sold almost everything with the house- furniture, rugs, art. At the time, it seemed like a great idea during a fast move. Now?…..not so much! You see, I’m a big treasure hunter! I love to find special items- not mass produced collections- and that takes time and lots of energy (which I am lacking these days). So after finally wrangling the cars into the garage this week because of the severe weather (apparently I am motivated by acts of God like tornados and hail to move boxes) I took a hard look at the front………….(crickets)……..

I got nothin! I’d love big pots outside the entrance but they planted the downspouts there. To put them inside the little alcove doesn’t seem to serve much purpose! Any ideas? I’d love to know your suggestions. Maybe just hang a wreath and head to the back yard? 


Thanks for helping me make this little part of Texas feel a little like home. I’ll post the progress- any ideas on drapes? And plants? And rugs? And patio furniture? And… ps….my friend Jennifer says I feel this way every time I move. I don’t recall that but I trust her and believe I will feel more settled soon. Ps- anyone know why they asked if I wanted a peephole in the door when I had a camera? And why I said yes? Ugh! Good grief!!!! It’s like I’m the one who had brain surgery. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Botox and the bride

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Ok- so just keeping it real! My daughter is getting married in less than a month and I’ve got to get my act together. I’ve discovered a big secret that no one talks about!!! If you have been the mother of the bride before-you already know!! Why didn’t you tell the rest of us coming behind you? Being the MOTB is soooo stressful!!!! Not for the reasons you see on TLC, either! I don’t have a Bridezilla and she said  “YES TO THE DRESS” without any drama!!!! In fact, my beautiful, sweet Lindsey has been relaxed and “chill” with the exception of just a couple of brief understandable moments! 

Our new son, Jordan, is precious! He loves our daughter and loves us. What more could we ask for? We are so blessed to have him joining our family. He even gets my dry- sometimes sarcastic-sense of humor and laughs at my jokes! I am looking forward to making many happy memories in the years to come! We are so looking forward to getting to know Jordan’s family, too. It is a happy time to see our family expanding and the joy multiplying!  


So why so stressed? Other than having nothing to wear (I really hate shopping) and the day getting closer- I’ve come face to face, head to forehead, faceplant on the sidewalk with how fast the years have gone. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was playing in the yard with Lindsey and laughing with her little brother, Taylor. Wasn’t it just her last birthday when she turned 8 and cried and cried because she didn’t want to get older? Now I want to cry (and sometimes do) because this happiest occasion- with all the blessings it brings- is also very bittersweet!

I’m sure I’ll find a dress (knowing me, the week of) and I’m so excited for the venue and the sweet friends supporting us and helping! I’ve done flowers for so many events and weddings but, I have to say, that I’m looking forward to decorating my daughters wedding with precious creative friends. I’ve got some beautiful smart friends that bless my socks off! They have taught me the value of showing up! They have shown up for us big time in the past 17 months. Through brain surgery, moving- several times, Lindsey’s diagnosis and starting our lives over from scratch- they have been there. They have cheered us, prayed for us and now rejoice with us in this wedding! My cup runs over with the kindness we have been shown. 

So the other stress? I told you I’d keep it real.  When did I get old? When did my face fall and my wrinkles show up? Ugh!!!!! Without this turning into a blog on aging, let’s just say- if there was ever a day for Botox- today was the day! So I finally took the plunge and got a little “something” to relax the little reasons for being asked if I’m mad. My reply? “I’m really not mad! It’s just my face!” So…here we go! We will see how it turns out. Kelly ๐Ÿ€โ€‹โ€‹

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