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Feb 17, 2017

One Crazy Week

What a crazy week it's been! Our house officially went on the market yesterday morning and within a couple of hours we had our first showing. And two more today. And another one scheduled for Saturday. Holy moly! When they said the market was hot right now around here, they weren't kidding.

They also broke ground at our new home this week so Jared and I have already driven by twice to watch the progress. Right now it's still a lot of dirt being dug up and moved around but I know things are happening fast. We can't wait to stop by and see the framing actually going up! Hopefully starting next week I can blog about the process as we go through it. We are building what I guess you'd call a "semi-custom" home. Meaning, there is a developer/home builder that we are going through and while we get to customize the things we want within the house, it's not like we are starting totally from scratch and designing our own blueprints or anything. In all my blog stalking I haven't found as much about that process as those who fully customize- so I plan on sharing our experience :)

It's going to be in the 60s for the next week or so starting today and I swear I'm about to put on shorts and flip flops I'm that excited! Since we have to get out of the house a lot for the showings I'm thrilled we'll be able to be out and about, hit up some parks for long walks and maybe even do something fun like the zoo if we're really feeling adventurous. I truly hope winter just never shows up... but I worry this crazy weather will come back to haunt us and and it'll be snowing in April. Which is not allowed.

I hope everyone has had a good week- and maybe some of you are getting a long weekend? I never got President's Day off while I was working, but it seems a lot of places do. All the schools around us are off today and Monday- sheesh! What's everyone getting into this weekend? Anyone want to entertain us while people traipse through our house and fall in love with it ;)

Feb 16, 2017

A Quick Exchange

I have a pretty cool story to share today. Since the "for sale" sign is officially up in our yard, we've been chatting with quite a few of our neighbors and sharing the news with them about our upcoming plans. We weren't besties with them or anything- but they were always good to us; just friendly and we made the neighborly chit-cat when we saw them outside. Two of them even brought over gifts when T was born which was so unexpected, but incredibly thoughtful.

While we were all friendly with one another, we just didn't know much more other than the basics. So when one of our neighbors stopped by this week as we were out working in the yard and announced "I have to let you know that you probably saved my life!" we were pretty stunned. She'd written out her story on paper in case she couldn't get through it all so let me share her words with you all:

"A few years back we were decorating our front apple tree for Christmas and I remember you two commenting on how great it looked as you got out of your car one day. I believe it was you, Jared, that made a comment to Bill like, "Wow- that's a tree of awesomeness!" Bill told me and I loved that phrase so much!

Well that next year, I didn't do the tree with Bill and quite frankly he did a poor job of it. I teased him and said, 'This is not a tree of awesomeness!' So I said I was going to go decorate it the right way. I worked hard on it and even bought a stick-like thing to help me reach the higher branches. I loved the idea that my neighbors enjoyed the tree so much each year..

Soon after decorating the outside tree I noticed my shoulder hurting. Makes sense, I was using it a lot. I started to rub it and as I was I felt a lump under my arm pit - near my right breast. I don't know if I ever would have found it had I not been working so hard on "the tree of awesomeness" :) 

And sure enough, after a mammogram and ultrasound they told me I did indeed have cancer and it was in at least 2 lymph nodes, grade 3, stage 2. This means it could have spread very fast. I am very lucky and blessed that I found that lump as it easily could have spread to other organs before we caught anything.

So thank you for complimenting us on our tree that year. I truly believe that quick exchange probably saved my life."

WOW- right?! She has now been in remission for over a year! While it was just a small comment of Jared's that led to her getting something checked out, it really makes you stop and think. You just never know what impact you might have on someone's life. I'm thankful for the neighbors we've had for the past six years and I only hope there are other ways we've impacted or blessed or encouraged them along the way that we might not even know about. And I also hope to be more purposeful in interacting with new neighbors, strangers at the grocery, old acquaintances you bump into... everyone! You truly never know the impact a friendly exchange can have.

Feb 14, 2017

To My Valentine(s)

I feel pretty darn lucky to have not one but TWO valentine's that have my heart this year. I've been blogging for long time now, so in case there are some newer readers around here I thought I'd share a little bit about each of my guys :) 

Jared is the most fun-loving guy you'll ever meet. He makes me laugh every.single.day. I feel like a lot of people might say that about their significant other but I'm telling you... it's true for us. We can be so silly together and Jared always knows how to make light of any situation. When my Type-A craziness tries to take over, his Type-B personality brings me back down to earth- thank goodness ;) He's such a hard-worker and will do anything for his family. He's so, SO smart and I love that despite lots of our silliness we can also sit down at dinner and talk about politics, sports, books, a recent documentary... anything at all! He's a leader by nature and my absolute best friend and rock. I love that man!

T is the cutest 8.5 month old I've ever seen. Babies change SO FAST, y'all! I know that's not news, but until your own child is changing before your very eyes, it's hard to grasp. He's got 2 teeth with more on the way (oy!) and is babbling new things every week. We are hearing lots of "da-da-da" but I don't know if he's fully connected it with Jared yet or not. He has never been a big snuggler, but at night when we put him to bed I get a few cuddles and 'hugs' from him and they pretty much melt my heart over and over again. I want to soak him in and enjoy every single stage, but I often find myself dreaming of all the things we'll share and experience with him as he grows up. It's so hard not to spoil him and it's hard to know if you're ever doing anything right, but all I can do is love that little guy and pray over him daily.

Happy Valentine's Day from me and my crew to you and yours!

Feb 13, 2017

One Glorious Weekend

After being sick all week long with a nasty cold I think I deserved a few wonderful days and I absolutely got them! It had been a long time since a weekend has felt like a true weekend and it was glorious.

Last minute, my mom asked me to go to this one-night women's conference at a local church. Somehow, I was free and (finally!) healthy enough to meet her there on a whim and it was an awesome Friday night. It was night of music and multiple speakers that really challenged and inspired me. I hadn't been able to do something fun with just my mom in awhile so I'm glad it all worked out :) Even though I was out way past my bedtime, it was worth it.

Saturday, Jared and I were SO thrilled to feel like there weren't any major house things that needed done that day. Friday afternoon we had our realtor photos taken and that was one of the last 'big' things before listing our house for sale. We were exhausted from the cleaning, decluttering and staging that went into that- so lounging around Saturday morning was amazing. Of course, we were up at 6am with little T as usual, but I snuck off on a donut and and iced coffee run thanks to some gift cards we'd forgotten about.

And then? On another whim, we decided we were well past-due for a date night so after T went to bed my in-laws came over to hold down the fort. Jared and I were like a couple of kids headed to prom, I swear. We were so excited to just be out of the house with no diaper bag/bottles :) We grabbed dinner at a new Mexican restaurant and window shopped at a few local places just for fun. While we were out, we decided it was essentially our Valentine's Day date so as typical tightwads that we are- we picked out cards for each other. And then showed each other which card we could have given each other. And then put the cards back and didn't buy them. HA!

Sunday was an equally laid back day with church and a trip to the mall. The whole weekend just rocked my face. The weather was warm enough for long walks through the neighborhood and it was incredible not having any plans or obligations. With all the house craziness life has been a blur, so we needed a slower weekend of hanging out and just being a family. It was just what I needed and I'm ready to rock this week ahead. Let's go! :)