Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tulsa Life:

We have been here in Tulsa Town for a little over a week now. It still feels like we are on vactation and I keep waiting to pack the car and drive back to Illinois. Doug is headed back up there for two weeks to take a class and bring the moving truck down. But I am here for good. Working a new job and living in a new place.

Highlights:

1. Driving to Taco Bueno and seeing Hanna friend walking to her car. She joined us for dinner and Doug ate 6 party burritos.

2. Sitting out on the back deck every evening. You can really hear the sounds of summer here.

3. Spending all of Memorial Day cleaning, orgainzing, rearranging, and transforming brother Greg's bedroom. He is going to have a wife soon, and we thought they might want a place to stay that did not have a Garfield poster on the wall that said "Whatever" and every piece of coke memoribilla ever made.

4. Playing with adorable neice and nephew Bailey and Caden.

5. Quick Trip 49 cents summer lemonade.

6. A new job that has 'jean day thursday' and no work on Fridays.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Gratitude:

"May gratitude continue to take over your heart - crowding out worry, fear, jealousy, envy, hate and the litany of other useless emotions"

Today is one of those days where I am finding myself praying a lot. Thinking of the quote that is above. And counting my blessings.

Blessings like:
- having a new job lined up
- a husband
- God's grace, love, and faithfulness
- a frozen pizza waiting for us to eat tonight for dinner
- sisters (and brothers)
- enough money to pay the bills this weekend

I am working on crowding out all of those useless emotions today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Little Things:

1. Our bath tub has been clogged for about three weeks now. Doug liked to say that you could take a shower and then when you were finished you could take a bath (gross). Well, it finally got fixed yesterday. As I was taking my shower this morning I was so thankful to not be standing in inches of dirty shower water.

2. New picture of adorable niece, Bailey.

3. Leftovers waiting for me at home for my lunch break.

4. Yesterday I called Doug and asked him to bring me some crackers at work. As soon as I hung up I wished I had asked him to bring peanut butter also, but I did not want to bother him and call again. Five minutes later Doug walks in with a pack of crackers, a tub of peanut butter, and a knife. He knows me so well.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Celebration:

Doug had his last hard final for this semester this morning. (He still has one left, but it will be very easy). So we are going to celebrate tonight. I am going to make baked pasta with fresh mozzarella cheese and then we are going to watch The Biggest Loser finale. I think I am more excited about that than Doug is, but I asked him if he would watch it with me and he agreed.

I really want Mike to win tonight.

Monday, May 11, 2009

One Year:

Doug and I got married one year ago today. People told us before we got married that the first year is the hardest. So in some ways I feel like we have passed a huge milestone in our marriage. But really, it was not that hard. We had hard things to work through, but being married to Doug actually made those things easier to get through. And, I know that there are going to be more hard times, but I also know that we can work through things together. No matter what those things might be. And, I really do love him more today than I did a year ago.

Doug, I love you 30 million bucket loads now.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

My Mom Rocks :

My mom is really great. Here she is in 1973. I love this picture of her. She is wearing red (which is her favorite color), and the alligator is pretty sweet as well.


This is another great photo of my mother. Here she is surrounded with some of her children. She is one of the most real, wonderful, beautiful people I know. She has loved and nutured each one of us (which is a large task since there are seven of us). I feel like she makes parenting look easy. I know it is not, but she sure is great at it.

And then the more recent photo. Here we are just hanging out together. I love to see how our relationship has grown as I have grown. She is still my mother who loves and cares for me deeply. But the older I get the more I appreciate her and appreicate the way that she lets me (us) grow up. She is not overly protective or overly involved. She let's us be adults, but still is interested and a huge part of our lives.

I love you, mom! Happy Mother's Day!



Friday, May 8, 2009

This Past Week We:

1. Made some smoothies and watched NBA play-off games.


2. Saw/Met some relatives. Doug had not seen this part of the family in years. I had never met them. One of my favorite moments was watching 'Shortie' (Doug's grandma's sister) eat two pieces of cake.
3. Got to see our wonderful, crazy, fun Aunt Camile dance.

4. Attended the beautiful wedding of our cousin, Mindy and her new husband Bryan. (We spelled his name wrong on the card, so I will be extra careful from here on out to spell it right)

5. Bought a rotisserie chicken the other night at the grocery store and then we came home and wrapped them in warm tortillas, and sprinkled cheese, salsa, and guacamole on them. Yummy dinner.

6. Started to pack up my belongings at my current job. Thinking through what to bring to the new job.

7. Looked at graduate schools and programs for Danae.

8. Searched for apartments, houses, cars, furniture, and jobs on Craigslist.

9. The reality of our big move and big changes has almost officially set in.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Road Trip Conversations:

Doug and I took a last minute trip down to Tulsa this past weekend. The church where I will be working wanted me to see the church and meet some of the pastors before I started working there. And we got to go to a cousin's wedding. And we moved some of our belongings.

We left for our 11 hour drive on Friday afternoon. Doug and I did not turn on the radio once the entire time. We talked back and forth the entire drive. By the time we pulled into the driveway in Jenks we both had dry throats.

Doug told me in the car yesterday that there is no one else he could ever imagine talking to for 11 hours non-stop.