Category Archives: Family

Let me brag a bit

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I just need to take a few moments to praise my husband.  He has been phenomenal lately.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s pretty much a stud, always.  But lately he has been a tireless supporter of making our house a home.  I cannot express just how thankful I am for his go get ’em attitude.   Here is a list of things he’s accomplished lately:

  • Coordinated and completed the roof replacement, siding replacement and  house painting projects.
  • Completely cleaned out the office to make room for nursery plans.
  • Scoured Craigslist and found a great deal on several nursery items.
  • Scoured the sales items on various websites and found a great rocker for the nursery from Urban Outfitters.
  • Vacuumed and straightened up several rooms upstairs for the anticipated arrival of our house guests.
  • Reseeded some bare areas in our lawn and has faithfully watered the lawn morning and night.
  • Raked the lawn to keep the new grass from dying.
  • Is putting the final touches on our kitchen table project (it’s almost done!).
  • Mulched the news plants that Sally (my MIL) planted for us along the sides of the house.
  • Planted a boxwood in a planter.
  • Fully organized, de-cluttered and cleaned the garage.
  • Found a storage solution for our bikes in the garage.
  • Faithfully leads and shepherds the youth in our church.
  • Encourages me to be in the Word daily and to grow spiritually and challenges me with thought-provoking questions.
  • And the list goes on…

Thank you, Brian for being such a diligent husband and for not being lazy or complain-y.  You really are the team leader of our family and you make it easy for me to follow you wholeheartedly.  I know I’m not the easiest person to live with or to get motivated, so thank you for your patience.  Looking forward to this next stage of life with you and a little one!  You’re going to be an amazing dad!

Love,

Your Wife

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Oh the places you’ll go…

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Proud of my husband, today!  He started his new job this morning.  And while he sure does miss the great folks he worked with at DENR he has uncomplainingly stepped into this new role.  We are sure it will probably mean more hours, longer work days, fewer vacation days and less flexibility.  But I am thankful he’s willing to make that sacrifice for our family.  It also means a more formal dress code, too!  Looks like a shopping spree might be on our horizon!

He’s got a nice view from his office, though, which is a nice upgrade to the cinder block walls and sparse windows of his old employment.

I know he already misses his old coworkers and job.  He made some good friends there and they were all sad to see him leave; evidenced by the kind words they wrote him at his going away lunch.  Brian, I just want you to know how thankful I am for the decisions you make for our family!  I’m excited to see what plans God has in store for you in this new place and how you are going to be used to be a light to a whole new group of people.  Thankful for you.  Love you!

Not Interesting

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Been wishing that I had something interesting to share on the blog lately.  Alas, life has been pretty mundane as of late.  Been busy with work stuff but in general nothing fun or exciting to report.  We are going zip lining next Friday, though!  Looking forward to that and we’ll be sure to post pictures/video of the adventure.

We’re in the process of redoing a table that we got for free from one of Brian’s old coworkers.  It’s pretty sweet.  It’s a black Pottery Barn pedestal table with 6 black chairs with cushions.  The tabletop needed a little TLC and we’re in the homestretch of getting it finished up (fingers crossed it gets done this weekend!).

What I’ve liked so far about this table…it’s round–round tables seem to fit people around them better than rectangular (or oval) ones.  It will seat 6 even without the leaf (but the leaf makes it extra roomy).  It’s sturdy and well built.  The chairs are super comfortable.  It is black, so it ties in the black bookcase and media center already in our adjoining living room.  It doesn’t look country.

Oh, and I guess in other news…Brian got a new bike!  He has joined the Ellsworth club along with his wife :).  It’s a 29er and is super big.  But it doesn’t’ look disproportionate (like his old bike).  And the best part?  He really likes it!  We’ve taken it out on trails a couple times now and on the Tobacco Trail (greenway) and he’s thoroughly enjoyed every time.  Woohoo.  Who wants to go ride with us?

Ok, back to the mundane.  Sorry no pics to liven this post up.  If I think about it (aka-care about it) I will go back and post a pic or two of the bike and progress pics of the table project.  Y’all have a good week!

(I feel like I used a lot of parenthesis in this post….)

Old School

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Although the blog has been quiet for a few weeks, life sure hasn’t.  We’ve been back from Africa…and like with most things, even after amazing events, life happens and you get back to the routine pretty quickly.

Well, Brian and I got to do something last night that we haven’t done in a long time!

ROLLER SKATING!!  We got to go skating with Keirsten (my niece), her friend Lavinia, my sister Tracy and her hubby Rob.  It definitely took me a few laps to get comfortable in skates again because I think it has been at least 2 decades (whoa, that makes me feel old) since I’ve last roller skated!  Brian, an avid inline skater when he was young, picked it up quickly and was skating circles around me (literally).

It brought back memories of birthday parties and church outings growing up.  We were by far some of the oldest folks on the rink, but  I’m glad we got to spend some time with the family doing an activity we wouldn’t normally pick.

Here are some pics of the gang skating it up.  Picture quality is not great; it’s from the iPhone which doesn’t capture action shots very well.

Tracy & Rob

Keirsten & Lavinia

Me–taking a balance break

Brian–zoom