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Painted brick and pumpkins

I’m dreaming of white painted brick! And a new home! Ok- I’m dreaming of many things! I’ve wanted a painted brick house for decades! Our last new construction HOA didn’t give us the option. So now- anything is possible. We are in a huge moment of transition- which means- the possibilities are endless!!! The house is sold, everything still in storage and nothing holding us back. To catch you up, if you are new here- Jeff was transferred over an hour away from our new home. After making the commute for a year- we sold the house and moved closer to his new territory! Just as that home search began- he was laid off. I know….. Right???

But……The job search is strong and God is in control! We can’t wait to see where He places us. We know this- He has covered us and protected us in this crazy phase of life we were not anticipating and even put a temporary roof over our head when we didn’t realize how we would need it. So grateful we hadn’t purchased another house. So everyday- we dream and work with intention -asking God to open the right doors and give us wisdom as to which to walk through. I can’t wait for the day to tell you all that God did during this time in our lives. He doesn’t waste a single thing- especially the hard stuff! We know He has gone ahead of us and has worked out all the details. Life is hard but God is good! Everything is going to be ok!!

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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! 😬 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!!!! ❤️ 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! I’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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Botox and the bride

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 🍀​​