Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reunited with Roscoe//

For those who are new to my blog, Roscoe, our dog of 15 years, passed away this past April (I wrote about it here and here) and my husband and I were beyond devastated. I would have to say, it was one of the most depressing times of our lives. I literally didn't eat for an entire week and would just break down in tears constantly. I can honestly say that I have never been so sad and in such a dark place emotionally. It now has been almost 6 months since he has been gone and we still miss him so much. 

Most people don't know that my husband and I made a decision many years ago that if something were to ever happen to Roscoe that we would have him preserved so that we could always have him by our side. The morning that he passed away, we cleaned him up, clipped his nails and drove the 3 1/2 hours to the Bear Claw Taxidermy Studio in Covington, Georgia where one of the best Taxidermists is located.

We left Roscoe with them and I prayed that they would create Roscoe exactly how we remembered him. And I have to say, today when we drove to Covington this morning (after waking up at 3:30 a.m.) to pick him up- we were amazed when we stepped into the shop and saw him for the very first time. He had that look on his face that he had often- that look of him listening to my husband & I talking and being interested in our conversations. My husband who rarely sheds a tear, even choked up a little was so strange seeing him after almost 6 months had passed.

On our way home, with Roscoe in his favorite bed, we even stopped by Roscoe's favorite place to eat- Chick Fil A and got lunch. He rode with us like he had always done when he was alive- he loved going everywhere with us and he went on so many trips and adventures with us//

We are extremely happy with how Roscoe turned out- I was nervous that I would be overwhelmed with sadness again- when we pulled up in the drive, my heart dropped into my stomach. But my husband and I were both pleasantly surprised that we actually enjoy having him here with us, a tangible presence- the only way that I know to explain it, is a feeling of comfort having him here with us and being able to see him and pet him. Now we can look at his little face everyday and watch videos of him and that gives our hearts great happiness//

Monday, September 15, 2014

Life Lately//

Hi lovelies, how is your week going so far? I'm a little tired myself this week- work has been extremely busy and there is still so much to do at home before the house is completed which means lots of late nights of staying up working. Even my Coffee + Starbucks Refreshers + B complex combination isn't doing it for me today. By the way, do you like my new Blog Design? Suzana from thisgirldesign designed it- pretty gorgeous, right? If you need a blog makeover, definitely check out her Etsy Shop!

We have managed to get a couple of things done on the house lately- the husband installed my food pantry last week! And he is currently working on the bathroom wall tile, afterwards we can put up the curved shower rod- I'm so ready to have a shower!

This weekend, we are planning to start putting down the wood floors if we our nails get shipped in time, but if not, the husband will be working on siding while I start organizing for a garage sale. I'm so tired of "stuff"- I can't wait to get rid of 90% of it and start fresh!

Life is going to be so different for us when we can start living a normal life like having dinners at an actual dining room table. I am looking forward to the days when we can come home from work and not have to work more! Soon!

Have a lovely week!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Productive Weekend!!

This is exactly what I picture when I think of weekends- I cherish my weekends. It's my time to get things done, but also relax and catch up on life.

Today my husband is working on the bathroom wall tile while I have been unpacking boxes and organizing the closet. We went food shopping on Friday and tried to find a bathroom mirror and vanity at different stores, but we were not successful. I also ordered the flooring nails, a new charger for our mini iPad and advertised some items on the local swap & shop. My husband also helped me make a new art easel- I have been wanting one for years and I decided to use the left over wood and stain that we have lying around and make one myself! I will post pictures soon!

I love weekends like this that are so productive and fun at the same time. I am so excited for when we are finished with the house and can start going on more weekend trips and start enjoying life more! We have plans coming up the 1st of October to rent a pontoon and just chill out, have a picnic and drink some wine. Life is too short, not to soak up every moment//

Hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday!!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

My husband's new Job!

This past Tuesday was my husband's first day at his new job. I met him for lunch and he had such a great first day- everyone there really likes him and there is already talk of room for promotion. I am so proud of him and thankful to God for sending my husband the perfect job! It comes with really great benefits, pension, retirement, health insurance, holidays, sick, annual, vacation leave, even work polos- not to mention that he works really close by my office! One really nice perk is that he receives a 15% discount at the YMCA, so it saves us around $150 per year- once we finish the house, we plan on signing up.

I want to back up a little bit, because right before our 15 year Anniversary Trip to St. Augustine, I was job-searching online for my husband on my lunch break and came upon the job listing. We decided the morning of our trip, to run by human resources and pick up a application so we could have it ready to give to them when we returned. After we got back from our trip, I snapped this picture of my husband leaving "his future job place" having just turned in his application and resume. When I snapped this shot- I had this feeling come over me (God!) that he was going to get the job and I wanted to have a photo to keep for memories.

I have to tell you something, when God gives me a word or a dream- I take it and hold on to it and I won't allow anyone to ever take it away from me! Sometimes the enemy will try to sneak in with doubts, but I just push him aside and repeat God's promises and declare the victory! My husband and I also pray daily in the mornings and at night, before going to bed over our future and our life. I am a big believer of constant prayer- anytime, I get a chance during the day, I use that time to pray over us and over others who are going through trials.

Yesterday, I went on my daily 30 minute afternoon walk and the entire time I just cried and thanked God over and over for his love and mercy over our lives. Yes, we have been through some very difficult times that not everyone knows about- God has delivered us from so much oppression because we prayed and fasted and believed for it. We have had the enemy come against us one thing right after another these past 4 years trying to keep us down in the pit, but GOD reached down and lifted us out and put our feet on a rock! In life, prayers are not always instant, we have had some prayers that have not come to fruition until 8 years later, but we never once gave up praying.

When I think of what my husband and I have been through, I think of David's Song of Praise in Samuel, it may sound dramatic to some, but if you knew the things we had been through, you would understand why I chose this verse. This is literally how we felt- we both hit our very rock bottom.  In our times of being so low- we felt extremely abandoned, people didn't call, offer help/support or show compassion to us- it was very hurtful to go through that. We had several people that we thought loved us- take turns kicking us while were down and going through some really hard times and we never once retaliated back, but instead we turned the other cheek and cried out to God for help.

Waves of death were crashing around me.
    A deadly flood was carrying me away.
The ropes of the grave wrapped around me.
    Death set its trap right there in front of me.
In my trouble I called to the Lord.
    Yes, I cried out to my God for help.
There in his temple he heard my voice.
    He heard my cry for help.

On our sixth month of unemployment and after putting in tons of resumes and not hearing anything, I literally hit my knees praying and crying out to God to deliver us. Afterwards, I told my husband that I was going to bed and not to even wake me up unless something life-changing good happened.. Little did I know, that I would get a call for a job offer while I was sleeping! That is just one of many trials that we went through that God got us through.

Now, we look back and we both have great jobs, a new home, our old home finally sold and even though we lost money on it, God turned around and blessed us with a new home in a town that we love! We are just so grateful to God for everything- he has been so good to us and he is faithful to his children that will pray to him and believe in him, no matter how long it takes!! Remember the woman in the Bible who wouldn't let go of Jesus' hem, but kept crying, "O thou Son of David, have mercy on me" - that is how we have to be when we need deliverance. So no matter what you may be going through- keep praying and don't give up!  

What are you praying for today?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome September!!

I can't believe it is already September! I have thoroughly enjoyed the Summer and even managed to visit the beach a couple of times, but I am very excited for the Fall!! I look forward to the hot cocoa, baking pies, scarves, sweaters, reading books and writing more.

This will be our first Fall in our new home- I am hoping by the end of October that I will have a dining room table that I can decorate with pumpkins and fall-like things.

September House Goals:
//Finish Exterior House Siding & Trim
//Install interior wood flooring
//Install Food Pantry Shelving
//Install shower tile & curved shower rod
//Paint Interior Doors

September Personal Goals:
//Blog Face-lift
//More Photography, writing, art
//Re-open my Etsy Shop & start back crocheting scarves
//Work on eating healthier- less pasta, cheese & wine
//Daily Running
//Sunday- go to church
//More Spa Days
//Go to Savannah for a weekend
//Go through books & donate
//Organize- sell & donate

By the first of October, we should be ready to start shopping for things for our new home. Our main purchases will be a dining room table, buffet table, living room furniture and a coffee table, vanity and a dresser and night stands for our bedroom. I also still have lots of smaller purchases such as mirrors, wine glasses, dinnerware, towels, rugs, etc. I am definitely looking forward to the shopping and decorating part!!

What are some of your Goals for September?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Last Day of our St. Augustine Trip!

One day we will own a house like this on the water

We had so much fun for our 15 year wedding Anniversary- it was full of adventure, fun, new things and romance- all of my favorite things! I am so blessed to have such an amazing husband- he is my biggest supporter and the love of my life:) Stay tuned for my next blog post about why I love being married!

Have you or are you planning on celebrating an anniversary soon?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

To-Do List//

Life has been good, but crazy lately! We did finally get the Certificate of Occupancy to move into our new home, but my husband had to go behind some of the contractors to fix some things that they should have done so that took extra time. Thank goodness that he knows how to do all of that!

I feel like everyday we are running around working so hard- trying to check things off the to do list. It will be nice when we can have a normal life where things aren't so hectic! Our goal is to finish everything, including decorating by the end of October, then we can relax and enjoy the Fall..

//Deck, stairs & Railing finished
//Washer & Dryer installed (so happy to finally be able to do laundry!)
//Bathroom & Laundry Tile finished
//Yesterday we almost finished moving my husbands tools out of storage- we will finish moving everything this afternoon
//Closet shelving is partially installed- we still need more shelving, but thank goodness that I can hang some clothes instead of living out of boxes + suitcases.

(the closet is currently full + we still have more)

Currently Working on:
//Install exterior Hardi-board siding, trim + Paint
//Paint exterior Rafters
//Install wood floors
//Paint interior doors

Future To-do list:
//Install Shower Wall Tile & Shower Rod
//Install more closet shelving
//Install Pantry shelving
//Unpack- move upstairs
//Buy furniture for house- dining room table, living room furniture, bed frame, dresser, vanity, etc.
//Install interior ceiling trim, door & window trim
//Build house for well
//Concrete poured for Garage Drive/Parking
//Driveway Gravel
//Privacy/Security Front Gate
//Go through everything- sell, donate & throw away

We have lots of things planned to get done this weekend and Monday we have off for Labor Day- hopefully we will get enough done, that we can take a day off to relax.

Hope you enjoy your Labor Day!!