Friday, July 31, 2009

Feeling better

Thank you for your prayers!


I don't know what to do.

I am not happy with our homeschooling life at the moment.

  • I am bored with our school (am I allowed to say that?)
  • I am not happy with the results.
  • I am not interested in starting again.
  • I am experiencing burnout and we aren't even doing school right now!
I have been researching different methods of schooling. Nothing is really clicking. I start to think something is, and then it isn't.

I know we are doing geography this year. I know that because I have it scheduled. And I am good with schedules. I just can't figure out the implementation of everything else and what everything else will be.


Did I mention I want to start on August 10th?


Warning: this is sort of a "poor me" post so if you want to keep your (mistaken) view that I am all joy and sunshine, you may not want to read this.

I feel like I am standing in an ocean, up to my waist in the water, being hit by wave after wave of bad news or circumstances. These waves aren't coming from just my life, but my close friends' lives too. There is time between each wave where I start to feel like everything is handle-able and then another wave crashes down. Because I am keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus, up above, I have kept my head out of the water. I am able to breathe. And go on. But I am tired of this constant battering.

I know the Truth. I know the Way. and I see the Light. It just seems a little bleary since I keep having to wipe ocean water out of my eyes.

So I lift my arms once again, praise Him and pray for the tide to go out.

or a surfboard.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I know, I know....

It's been for-ev-er since I blogged. Forgive me? Pretty please? Well, maybe it hasn't been that long, but it's been on my mind a lot which makes it seem even longer!

I have lots of goodies planned to blog about! I do! I do! And I *should* have more time since I have a smaller house and less responsibilities! At least that is the plan...

But, to tide you over in the meantime, because I just KNOW you're wondering, I will give you a taste of what we've been up to.

1. We are officially all moved in! Yeehaw! (I live in OKC, I can say that now)

2. I love our little-loo house (a Kaedy-ism) and love the area we live in. Michael said something today about a 3000 sq ft house he liked and I almost strangled him. But I didn't. He was driving...not a good time for strangling. And then there is the whole marriage covenant and, of course, the legality of the strangling. All around--a bad idea. But, then again, so is a 3000 sq ft house! Did I mention how much I like our LITTLE house??

3. My best friend had the memorial for her daughter, Chloe Elizabeth. I couldn't be there for the memorial or any of what she is going through and it has been hard. It threw me for a bit of a tailspin and I am working out of it day by day. It actually hit my family hard, esp Michael and Brittany and we have shed many tears over Chloe and for the Zandis. (and some for our Jacob as well) The situation has had me conversing with God quite frequently. And relying on Him and trusting Him.

4. School time is approaching and I am revamping everything! Not happy looking back in retrospect with where we are, so we are trying some new stuff. New organizational mode, new philosophy, new goals, etc. I am excited about it all but feeling a little "under the gun" for when I want to start school. (Aug 10) I have a lot of reading I need to do before then.

5. Michael had an interview with Brownsville, TX yesterday. I think we will hear something tomorrow. Like all but one of his interviews, it went great and he had a good feeling coming out of it. He also has a big meeting with the HR lady and the regional supervisor tomorrow. We think this will be a pivotal meeting since 1.they dont know him well and 2. We think they might be the problem between the interview and his consolation calls. We are praying and believing for favor tomorrow and for Michael to have the right words to say. We are expecting good things! Please join us in our prayers.

6. Well I am fading here and ready for sleep which brings me to #6. Kaedra and Ethan haven't been sleeping through the night and they are disrupting everyone! We are working on it. We'll let you know when we figure it all out!! Lol


Talk to you again soon!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Before and After

I am a huge fan of before and after pics. They motivate me and they also really give me a sense of accomplishment. So, in case you were just REALLY wondering what Brittany and I did today, here it is:

The Before pics:


One view of dining room/library combo

other view of dining room/library combo

The After photos:
(you might not be able to tell a huge difference, but trust me, WE CAN! :-)

the garage: we kept all the boxes, but broke them down for our next move. the hutch on the left hand side will be in our dining room when it is done.

these are ALL the boxes we have left to unpack. Two. WOOHOO! :-) Then we need to go buy hardware to put our kitchen table up. It was lost in the move.

Our library/computer area. (the laundry room is through the door on the left)

Anyway, I just wanted to gloat for a moment. I still don't have wi-fi up and running and actually our internet connection was down all day today anyway. Hopefully when I am back up and running regularly, I will be able to blog more. I actually have some things I want to say! :-)

More pictures to follow when we are ALL moved in. :-) My goal is by Sunday night.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Chloe Elizabeth Zandi

I would do anything for my best friend, Brandi. We have been best friends for 13 years. But yesterday she joined a "club" that I'm in that I would have happily barred her from for life.

Yesterday, her precious baby, Chloe Elizabeth was born at rest. Please pray for Brandi and her family.

Zandis- I pray that Jesus' peace, that surpasses all understanding will envelope you and carry you through this time and the months to come. I pray that you feel His presence constantly and that you are comforted by it.

We are here if we can do anything. We love you guys so much. Everyone but Ethan shed tears for your precious blessing and we all can't wait to meet her as well as Zoe, Rain and Jacob.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Free table

I have a 4-6 seater table, butcher block top, painted green legs that
I would like to give away! It is a little wonky and needs tightening,
it has a removable leaf. If you would lke it please let me know today!
It needs to be picked up today or tomorrow before 2ish. It has been
used as a craft table so it has a few marker and painted areas. Would
make another great art table or would be awesome if you refinished it!

Blessings and joy,

Sunday, July 05, 2009

New home in Yukon

Michael found us a new house in Yukon, Ok. We will be renting there until he finds his own store. We are very excited!It is much smaller than our present house, but we are looking forward to less cleaning and some decluttering! The kids and I went to see the new house on Friday and decided where we would put our things and just had a great time checking out the new place! We can't wait to move in at the end of this week!

We have a meeting with our realtor today to hear about an offer we got on the house. The house isn't even up for sale yet, so it would be such a blessing if we were able to sell it before our list day!

The laundry room, it is probably twice the size of our laundry room here, so it will be great for storage.

Dining room area with side room off or it. We will be using it for our school stuff.

Brittany standing in the school area.

Emily walking into living room area.

One view of the kitchen

Opposite view of the kitchen.

Great Closet at the end of the hallway.

Although we love the house and the Yukon area, we are really hoping to not live in this house very long. As soon as Michael finds a store for him to manage, we will be relocating again. Having this smaller house means that we will not have to unpack a lot and repack. We will just be leaving a lot in boxes and leaving it in the garage. He has applications out in San Antonio, TX; Wichita Falls, TX; Provo, Utah; and Aurora, Colorado right now. We are also awaiting the positions in NC to open up. Sooooooo, we will see!