Welcome, 2016

Hard to believe it’s been a year since I posted. I really hoped I would be using this often. Nonetheless, here we are on the first day of 2016! A new year starting with many of the same hopes and several more new hopes. If you would like to read my Welcome, 2015 post to see where we’ve come from, go ahead and take a minute.

Here are my reflections over 2015.

  • I made 5 As, 2 Bs, and 2 Cs in my LAST year of undergraduate schooling. Have you seen the meme about why there are no science major valedictorians? Yah, the answer is obvious.
  • Wow. I did not leave the state of Texas, or even the DFW area! Time for a vacay, for real.
  • I (read Jessica) colored my hair dark brown with purple underneath!
  • 5 months later, I (read Jessica) cut 12 in. of hair off before student teaching in hopes that I would look older and not be asked if I was 12 anymore. David rarely lays on it or hurts it anymore, so he loves it!
  • We moved back to “Fort Worth” (Bedford). Halfway back to my parents’ house and 5 blocks from my in-loves. (I know what you are thinking, but everything has been fine so far! Grace.)
  • I left my Blue babies that I had taught since they were Yellow babies (for 3 years) and we left Watermark when we moved to Bedford.
  • I finally completed the Re:Generation program and continued learning how to apply the steps to every day.
  • Together we celebrated 3 years being married!
  • We each celebrated being alive 24 years!
  • I passed my two teaching certification tests and started (completed too!) my apprentice teaching semester at Colleyville Heritage HS.
  • I took a long-term sub job teaching Forensics and alleged Pre-AP Biology through Spring Break. I’m excited! Maybe teaching stories will make on this blog
  • We were hurt by others, hurt each other, struggled through learning each other more, and prayed many many hours…just like last year and the year before.

In 2016 I hope for:

  • Less tears, fewer hurts, less stress, and fewer struggles.
  • More fun, laughs, snuggles, love, and learning.
  • A permanent job at CHHS, or wherever the Lord wants me for the near future.
  • More date nights
  • A cruise? Some kind of vacation!
  • Better balance
  • Better physical health
  • Celebrating 4 years married
  • More gentleness/mercy/patience/understanding while still using my voice assertively when needed. Yah, back to that balance I’ve been searching for for years. Maybe this is the year…
  • Continue to find my voice, practice vulnerability, learn to trust the Lord’s view of me as most important, and rely on Him in everything.

I know the Lord will bring Lovey and I through whatever is in store this year, and He will do the same for you. I wish you many blessings for 2016! 🙂

 

 

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Welcome, 2015.

Finally getting to my New Years reflections. 2014 wasn’t great…I wasn’t sure I would have anything interesting to say. But for my future reference, I shall reflect.

In 2014:

  • (Jan.) We went our first beach together during a great vacay in San Diego.
  • I made 5 As, 1 B and 2 Cs in a CRAZY second to last year of school.
  • I left a great job to continue schooling full time, and started a job far out of my league that made me doubt all my previous work and future desires. Whew. 😦
  • D left a terribly draining job for one he seems to enjoy that has allowed us much more time together. Whoop!
  • We lost one pet, and spoiled the other two.
  • We celebrated 2 years of marriage!
  • I started a blog after our anni with big hopes that fell to the side when I started spending about 16 hours on school everyday. Hopefully, I’ll post more this semester…but school. 😦
  • I began, restarted, and restarted again (due to classes) a 12 step recovery program and have made it to step 6.
  • We lost the friendships I wrote were so great last January.
  • We were hurt by others, hurt each other, struggled through learning each other more, and prayed many many hours.

In 2015, I/we expect to:

  • Finish ONE more semester of classes, and then have a blast apprentice teaching a semester wherever the Lord leads before graduating in Dec.
  • Complete the second half of ReGen and experience healing from processing my pain and patterns.
  • Celebrate our third year of marriage!
  • Take a vacay, maybe a cruise??
  • Have more date nights.
  • Find my voice, practice vulnerability, learn to trust the Lord’s view of me as most important, and rely on Him in everything.
  • Be hurt by others, hurt each other, struggle through learning each other more, and pray many many hours.

I hope for fewer tears, less heart hurts, and lower stress, plus more fun, laughs, and love. But I know the Lord will bring us through what the year holds. And for you as well. 🙂

Have a blessed 2015!!

I hate adoption.

What honest words to describe many of my years well, and the purpose behind our family choice. Adoption is hard on all, but its the example set for us by our Savior. Please take a moment to hear her story.

Those Sweet Bare Feet

We hear all about the adoptive parents side– how challenging it is, how difficult it is to raise traumatized children, but we never hear from the adoptive siblings point of view.  All my life I have heard of what incredible parents I have (and I do), but never once has someone told me what an “incredible job” I have done or what my thoughts were on having adopted siblings.  Mainly, because I was just a kid when it all begin.  I understand that, and that’s okay.  But I’d like to share my honest opinion on adoption.

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When I was seven my parents started down the road of adoption, I was elated, so overwhelmed with excitement at the fact that I was going to have a new sister or brother.  I remember meeting them for the first time, and they felt like family.  We got along and we were happy.  Until the…

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Date Night: Puzzle Edition

New date night post! And it was sure fun to plan!

Each month The Dating Divas put out a Love Calendar with date ideas and ways to connect with your spouse each day. This Puzzle Date was on last Friday, but I wasn’t prepared so we just moved it over to this weekend! Why not…

Friday morning I left an invitation in Hubby’s car inviting him to a Puzzle themed date night. I found this invite here on The Dating Divas, but I’m sure it can be found on the creator’s site too, Strawberry Mommycakes!

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To make this invite you just print, paint two or three hearts using liquid watercolor, write a secret message in white crayon and attach a paintbrush for your honey to use to color over the message. After trying it(as you see above), I have a few tips.

1. Definitely use a crayon and not a white pencil. The pencil marks were to thin to be seen well under the paint! 😦

2. Make sure you paint the hearts thick enough that there is paint to cover all the words.

3. The wetter the brush and the less paint on the brush, the better you will see the letters.

I doubt you can read mine so I’ll tell you it says ” Date Night: Puzzle Ed. My House, Me & You. Tonight. Can’t wait!” Just simple.

Once he got to work he had five other envelopes to open with specific times of the day on them. One was a movie trivia crossword puzzle( that he did awesome on!), one was a math square puzzle that I didn’t solve beforehand and ended up actually being impossible, and one was a word scramble that he did perfectly! These three I made myself with the help of this site. Super easy, and fun to make!

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Another he opened was a love note written on puzzle themed paper, and the last one was a picture puzzle I made with a message on the back. Both of these were found in the same Dating Divas post as the invite! Couldn’t be easier, serious. See All for the Memories for instructions on how to make this simple puzzle with popsicle sticks!

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Here is my finished project. I didn’t let my Mod Podge dry long enough so the picture ripped along the edges each time I cut. Therefore, my tip on this one is to start in plenty of time so you can LET IT DRY!

And guess what! That wasn’t even all of it! I also sent clues throughout the day to help him solve what was for dinner, AND when he got home, we played 5 questions(same as 20 questions just fewer questions. (; ) to see if he could figure out the color of my panties, which he did! Hey, we’re young…we gotta add in a little kinky every once in awhile right? Then we ate our pizza and watched (half of) Inception. Other good “puzzling” movies I suggest to end this date would be Source Code, The Matrix, Shutter Island, or National Treasure. I’m sure there are others but these are the ones I’ve seen.

I had a fun time planning this because I know my dear loves to use his brain and solve puzzles, but I think anyone would enjoy this day of personalized puzzles and secrets. Try it out!

August’s pre-planned date will probably be next…be looking out for how I do a star-gazing date. (;

Until next time,

Ciao!

And…one month later!

After a crazy month, I’m back! Physics was hard. Passed with a B. Moving on!

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do our June pre-planned date. 😦 When I wasn’t in class or studying I was trying to rest so I wouldn’t fall asleep in class or studying! Very hard month, not much time with Hubby. Sad time.

BUT we did get to do our July pre-planned date already! If you missed the intro to the preplanned dates, find it here

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Here’s the story: Sometime in July 2011 after he (finally) got the courage to ask to court me, my now Hubby took me on our first date! He took me to iFratellis for lunch and then we went to see the first Captain America in the theatre.

So last Wednesday we debated driving to the same restaurant then realized getting over there and ordering would take two hours, and we were hungry! So we searched for an iFratellis near us, went and picked up some pizza and cheesecake(which I didn’t get the first time! :P) brought it home and watched Captain America in bed together.

After that first date we went back to his parents house to encounter excessive awkward questions( y’all don’t deny it!), and…we skipped that part this time. I think hope we are past that stage by now! (;

So not exactly like the first date…but it was chill and fun, and good for us.

On a different note, I’m glad to say not taking part two of Physics has allowed me to start attending ReGeneration again! I’m ready to knock these struggles on their hineys and show them my God’s love, grace, and help is far greater than their hurt. Stay tuned for progress. (;

Til something else share-worthy happens…

Ciao!

Grocery Sticky Hunt

I found this super easy, fast and cute date night on The Dating Divas website. This will be the first of many posts I repost from them. I love everything on their site! See the original post here. I could share everything I’ve ever used from this site, but that would take many days so I’m just gonna stick with sharing how our date went! (;

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I printed out the little clue teaser thing and gave that to him right before we left. Then in each of envelopes was a clue for one ingredient we needed for our split! He did great figuring them out and we got all the stuff we needed. Then we headed home and made the splits. Mmmm! Mine is the totally full bowl, obvi. Fun fact: I’m addicted to ice cream!

For real, all marrieds NEED to know Dating Divas. Everything you need is there. And a ton of free printables! (:

We still need to do our June pre-planned date at the park so keep an eye out for that coming up. For now…I’m going back to Physics class. BOO! 😦

Treasured and Loved

This past weekend I was able to attend a Women’s Retreat with my in-laws church. I went last year too, so it was great to see friends again and hear how life has gone for the last year for them! This year the theme was Treasured and Loved from Deuteronomy 7:6-9.

 Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure.God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.” ( Side note, I use The Message version for easy understanding. I’m not necessarily condoning it as the most accurate word to word translation.)

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Great teachings were given and I enjoyed my time with my MIL and SIL as well as their friends. It was a long drive to Belton and back, but it was a good trip! Allow me to share a few of my favorite thoughts from the weekend.

If the only thing The Lord gave you was salvation, that would absolutely be enough!

The Lord really really loves you and there is nothing you can do that will change His mind!

He has chosen you to walk a path He has laid out now…and to spend eternity with Him later! Do the work He has chosen for you and you will bring Him glory.

The Word is full of accounts of His honored promises, and He is faithful now to keep His oaths to you!

I’m starting summer classes tomorrow (aaahh!), but I’m really hoping for a fun date night soon. Stay tuned for that post. (;