Saturday, April 21, 2018

hello world. i am back.

Hello Friends!

Have you missed me? Its been quite awhile since I have posted. I took a much needed break from the blog world but I hope to make a reappearance. Which may be hard to do as we don't have internet. 

My sister Marissa (see her blog here) and I moved into out own little house in November of last year.
It. literally. happened. in. one. night.
The place we had been waiting for was being pushed off once again so our landlady (actually the cousin I work for now) said we could have this place for the time till the other place was available. It ended up working out that we could stay here for keeps! It had become something we had hoped for but didn't think would happen.
We moved in two days after it was offered to us. We started at 8:00 P.M. and were in by 10:30 P.M. Now tell me we weren't quick about it? ;)  We had lots of help and it was a fun time (although somewhat stressful). The first few days were an experience in and of themselves.
Think: no shower curtain, no dishes, no food. We had so much fun putting it altogether though!
As of yet, the house isn't what we would call decorated. We got the main theme for our bathroom figured out, ideas for our rooms and living room, the kitchen is needing some help still too. It has been a slow journey for that, but we have all the necessities and then some! I will try to post some pictures of our little home one of these days.

Learning to make a budget and stick to it has been a hard one. But we have been doing much better than I thought although there have been some leaner times. :P I really enjoy that part of it! It is almost like a puzzle or problem that you need to solve and I really enjoy working with numbers (something I have recently realized). We still have a lot to learn but I am loving it! :D

*Just a side not. Today I mowed our front lawn for the first time. It is really feeling like a home now!

When I stopped writing in September I was feeling quite overwhelmed with life. As I said, the house had been pushed off once again, I didn't feel like my job was going anywhere, my best friend and niece had just got engaged and I felt like I was stuck in one spot watching life go on around me. And perhaps it was.
But..... life was about to change so dramatically that I am still reeling! With the new house, new job, my nieces wedding, her moving away, etc...I just feel like it has been go, go, go for months!
I feel like it was a different person who wrote all my previous posts. Things have changed that much.

I am so much happier. I have so much peace. I am amazed at God's goodness and His love!
I still have times of doubts and fears that I feel at times will drown me, but He has always been there.

Do you ever just feel overwhelmed at the enormous amount of love Christ has for you?! I do. I am overwhelmed and so amazed! I can't contain the joy which is in my heart! It is my prayer that everyone could feel that! I spend a lot of time reading the Word these days and I love that precious time.

Next month I will be going to New Hampshire for the first time since I was 4 years old (almost 5). I am excited and nervous, especially about the flight. I ask that you pray that goes good! It will be so nice to see Felicity and her home! I am really looking forward to the break from everyday life and hope to get some much needed free time.

I have really enjoyed trying new recipes lately (with some definite fails!) and finding some really good new foods. I haven't done much baking though, something I thought I would be dying to do! Many of the things I thought I would do when we got our own place I haven't even attempted to do.
I want a garden. I dream of going out after work to weed and harvest it. I thought I would be spending more time reading, crocheting and knitting, but no...I have hardly done any of those things. I guess we all change, even in small ways. (Not saying I don't still enjoy those things)

Here are a few pictures of what has been happening in my life the last few months:

Company. They have been here many times! 
(Note: our living room!)

A sleepover with some of our "little" nieces. 
(Our kitchen!)

My favorite cousin <3

Told you she was my favorite. :P

I had a QuickBooks class in the city. Was a fun experience!

 Walking around at Dad's.
A beautiful spring we are having!

I hope you enjoyed my little update!  :)
God bless,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

O Grave Where Is Thy Victory?

O Grave Where Is Thy Victory?


When I was just eleven,

A little girl you see.

Mama had to go away,

It was just meant to be.

I tried to be strong for her,

I didn’t want her to see my fear.

She was just going to heaven,

And someday I, too, would be up there.

So with a last kiss and smile,

I whispered in her ear.

“I’ll always love you Mama.”

And I wiped away a tear.

September 7th was the day,

The time was 5:00 PM.

She went up to Jesus,

Till we meet again.

“O’ grave where is thy victory?

O’ death where is thy sting?”

Such words my Lord gave me,

What comfort He does bring!

Today is the 10th Anniversary of that day. Ten years.
Ten long years of heartache that never goes away.
Ten years of learning to let Jesus hold me.
Ten years of counting my blessings. I had my Mama for eleven years.
Ten years of learning to trust my Heavenly Father.
Ten years of growing in Faith.
I am so thankful for these last ten years. I am ten years closer to joining my Mama in that Heavenly Band.
I had eleven years of seeing my Mom's faith. So simple. She simply believed. Through such hard, hard times. Oh how I pray for such faith!
"My heart can sing when I pause to remember, A heartache here is but a stepping stone. Along the way that's winding always upward, This troubled world is not my final home."
Thank you, Lord!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

EIAJ // #6 // Yellowstone // Home // Update

Hey Everyone! Here is my last post about our trip. Our last stop was Yellowstone National Park. It was our third visit there! Though we had seen it twice before it had not dimmed in it's glory. Maybe it holds a special place in my heart because my Mom was with us the first time we went? I don't know, but either way I loved each visit there! We seen way more buffalo than we had ever seen there, went in a entrance we had never gone through and seen a geyser we had never seen. I would love to go back and stay in Yellowstone and explore the whole park. That would be fun.

After Yellowstone we had a long day of driving home. Once we left our motel in Butte, Mt, we only stopped when necessary. We didn't eat anything but snacks till we reached our hometown around 7PM. I guess we kind of forgot once we got going.


August has been a very full month and it has gone by so fast. Since we returned it has been go, go, go. How do we keep up?! It seems I don't even blink and the weeks are gone. Every weekend has been spent with family and friends. I am very blessed.

Work - In the last year I have become much better at floral design. I now do arrangements that go for as much as $100. It feels good to know that something you made can sell for so much. Though my pay is still minimum wages. *shrugs* I don't care too much. I do wish I was making more as it would definitely help when Marissa and I got our place, but money isn't everything. My boss spends 15 minutes to an hour talking with me each morning. Some days I really enjoy it, learning about the business or just being a listening ear.
I have learned so much about the business, especially in the last year since my boss's daughter moved. I write emails, order new products, fill orders, help customers, work on the website and I am my boss's 'translator' when she needs to talk to someone. I can't speak Korean, but I have learned how to get her to an understanding. Most of the time.

Marissa and I haven't got our own place yet. It has been put off till (hopefully!) Thanksgiving. We are trying to stay optimistic. We can be patient a little longer, though we are getting anxious for our own place. We have furniture, a washer and dryer and tons of stuff just a-waiting. Eventually we will move.
But...the closer we get to that day I realize more and more how much I am going to miss five little munchkins that have stolen my heart. Five little boys who are so special in each there own way. 'Augie' was just a six (?) month old baby when I moved He is a two year old with his own mind, who talks like crazy and who's laugh is sooooo contagious! How do I leave them?!

Here are some pictures of our last days... :)

This one is from the Badlands....but I couldn't resist putting it.

We there it is. The end of a wonderful journey!

<3 Marita