Thursday, January 23, 2014

2004 to 2014

Celebrating 10 years of "us" this Saturday.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Show Us Your Singles : Jennifer

I am so excited to highlight one of our really good friends for this week’s Kelly's Korner linkup: “Show Us Your Singles!” Make sure to check it out on Friday over at Kelly's Blog!

Meet Jennifer:

We were blessed with meeting Jenn when we joined our church back in 2009 in a smaller suburb of Dallas (about 15-20 minutes away). Jennifer has been very active in the church since she was a child. In addition to helping out our youth groups whenever she can, she also serves as a deacon, leads our Sunday School class, volunteers for outreach events such as Rowlett Reindeer and Neighbor to Neighbor, attends the Adult Mission Trip each year, and has served on numerous committees! We would hope that any match for Jenn would hold the same love and hunger to serve for our great Lord and be excited for growth as individuals and a couple through Him.

Jennifer currently works in sales and travels at various times throughout the month. As hard as it is for this Aggie fan to write it, she’s a graduate of the University of Texas and is a die-hard longhorn fan! (Insert Aggie horse laugh here.) She’s never been married and has no children.

Jennifer can often be found at the gym working out, volunteering with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, going for a tour of a brewery or enjoying a wine tasting, watching Longhorn football, having dinners with friends or playing our monthly Bunco. Oh and she also leads our monthly Book Club (which I forget about a lot… sorry Jenn!) She’s gone skydiving and completed several warrior dashes and never will shy away from a new adventure! Did I mention she is also a black belt?

She’s a great organizer and keeps all of us on track; somehow juggling friends, church, work, family, and much more… like it’s nothing! While it sounds like Jennifer is go-go-go all the time… the perfect person will enjoy a sense of balance (going out and staying in) because sometimes nothing can beat staying home in comfy clothes! She owns her own home and has been busy redoing, remodeling, and revamping inside and out.

She is very close to her family. Family time is extremely important to Jennifer and what a great one she has!

Her most recent joy can be found in her nephew, Trevor (or “Bobbles” as she calls him.) She’s always anxious for baby time! (Pretty sure this lil’ man adores his aunt too!)

Now Jennifer IS tall… so it’d be ideal if you are 6’1” or taller! She has a great smile, an infectious laugh, and ridiculously pretty hair and eyelashes (it’s a girl thing!) Jenn is loyal and will listen to you rant (which for me is often) and always has a way of giving you strong but solid advice. While health conscious, she’s not a fanatic-  I always look forward to our Chili’s dinners or Chipotle girl-time meetups. She’s also a great cook and has some to die for recipes! We’d expect any guy lucky enough to be fun, outgoing, responsible, honest and faithful. (Gotta’ make sure she is taken care of as well as she takes care of all of us!)

….and just because this is my most favorite picture ever… here’s a little proof "she won’t be rushing you to the altar"....


Seriously… she’s just the best!

Friday, January 17, 2014

It's Friday, Friday....

Ahhh.... only 7:30 on a Friday night and I have already eaten dinner, dessert, and am enjoying being bundled up with a cozy blanket, house shoes, a fluffy pup, a glass of champagne, and my computer.

The husband is away for weekend Midwinter camp with the high-schoolers and while I had all these plans to get busy around the house and deep clean and hang up clothes, etc... etc... something about curling up and starting the Harry Potter series, 13 years behind mind you, was much more appealing.

We had a cruddy afternoon, so perhaps that is what did it. Either way, I'm an hour into the first movie and I must say... I might be hooked. Thanks to the internet, I already know bits and pieces of the Potter fandom, but here we go... three days to finish them all. 

It didn't hurt that the War Doctor, John Hurt made his appearance early on and I know David Tennant is still to come. Ahh, everywhere a Doctor went, a Whovian is sure to go. 

....well, back at it. :) 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WHEN baby makes three?

Another year and another good intention of keeping up with this blog.

...yeah right.

Nonetheless, I'll try. I used to write all the time (back in the days of Xanga and MySpace) and while I never wrote anything "good" per say... they are my thoughts, my days, my life. How neat to look back in a few years and see where we have been.

This year will mark eight years of marriage for this happy couple. Wow. Hard to believe. I feel like the year ahead has much in store for us! We're going to begin the process of 'getting ourselves in order' and preparing to try for a baby.

When I say 'get ourselves in order' I mostly mean that we are going to have a long road of testing and trying ahead. I've got to get my willpower from somewhere and work on my weight issues to manage my PCOS (in addition to many other obvious health related reasons.)

And while I am looking forward to it, I'm also nervous and scared.

I'm a worrier. Just can't help it. I know the coming year might be full of what if's and could be's and everything in between. I know that there is a large chance the answer may simply be "no..." and while I've always prepared myself for that (since I was a teenager) part of me has always kept the hope that everything will go smoothly and work like clockwork.

I  am fearful for what the future testing will hold. Part of me sometimes think that when and if it is time to test Chris.... that maybe some of the burden of not being able to have a child would be lifted, if he too, had his own troubles. It wouldn't be solely my fault. But then again, I don't wish that for him. For us, together of course, or for anyone else (God-forbid anything were to ever happen to me.) It's a sad feeling being the bearer of barren. It's lonely and defeating.

Until we really try (this year) we won't know if the doctor who told me 'never' when I was 14 or the doctor who said 'no problem' at 19 or the countless others in between who said 'maybe' or 'possible' were right. Unfortunately, almost 10 years of pseudo-trying haven't proved to be successful, so I know which answer I am leaning towards right now.

I know we have time (though that grows smaller by the day) and I know we have options... but my goodness! I look at the thousands of women and couples going through the same thing... heartbroken and defeated and know deep down that I'm not alone in this, but it's a scary and lonely feeling either way.

Truth be told I am terrified, beyond all other baby-making-related reasons.

Are we ready?
Can we afford it?
I want the house redone first!
Do we need a better car?
What if....
What if....
What if....

Maybe 2014 will the hold the answers, eh?