Pieces of Heaven

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me.

Tomorrow, my husband and I are putting a downpayment on the duplex!
I'm nervous...excited...nervous...but mostly EXCITED! It will be a small space, but it will be OUR space. I'm grateful.

AND- we just purchased a car- very, very excited.

I think things are beginning to turn around!

I'm also excited because my friend is going to help me with the preliminary stages of getting teaching licensure. Of course, I'm not really saying much at this time about it to anyone, but this past week has given me SO MUCH HOPE. And if this teaching thing goes through, I hope my husband will be able to look for a job that makes him happy. I want that for him SO MUCH. I haven't had much hope in a while- and I have been humbled by God's generosity. Even though I've been doubting, and scared and angry...He lavishes me with more than I deserve.

My husband had a three day weekend this past weekend, and we were able to go out and see a movie and spend time together. This Sunday is my birthday, and he has another three day weekend- and I am SO, so happy that I will be able to see my husband on my birthday! That is the best present I could ask for.

I'm also so grateful for my sons. For Joseph- his antics- how he calls me Mom-Mom instead of Mama, and how he calls my husband DaDaDa. His hugs and his smiles...for David- how he is beginning to coo, his gummy smiles, his snuggles, his chubby cheeks and how he stops crying when I go to hold him.

I'm also thankful that my sister and her boyfriend were able to come up from Ohio for Thanksgiving.

I am blessed. I don't deserve it...but I'm blessed- and I am grateful.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Changes and Toddler Talk

So...I think we are applying for an apartment.

We found an apartment (although I would consider it to be more of a duplex) that seems like it might be a good fit for our needs (for the time being...).
It is more than I would like to pay for housing that is temporary, but the apartments that are in the lower price range are in bad neighborhoods and definitely NOT places where I want to have my children.

I have mixed feelings with going forward with the application process. I WANT to leave my parents' house, but I wonder if it is a prudent thing to do financially. Still weighing the pros and cons. We also just found out that we need a new car because our transmission is "sliding." With DH's commute, we definitely need to do this, but we also need to take winter tires in consideration.

Work has been a struggle. My heart isn't in it anymore. I wish it were. It would certainly make other burdens at the workplace seem lighter. I feel apathetic about some things, broken about others. Nonetheless, I hope that God can use me- as broken as I am.

Onto happier things-- David was baptized! It was beautiful, and so was he. I call David my "smiley baby." Even last week, when he and Joseph both had horrible colds and were coughing and sneezing, he was still smiling! On my worst days, that smile makes it all worth it. I'm so thankful for both of my sons. Yesterday, Joseph made me smile, too:

When I was with Joseph and David in the car, I asked Joseph, "Is David your brother?"

He replied by saying, "BRUDDAR! DeeDee!" (Dee or DeeDee is what he calls David).

Then I asked him, "Joseph, where is your brother?"

He pointed again to David and said, "Right DARE!" So cute. Love it.

I'm so thankful for my husband, my kids, and my health. I'm so blessed that I have not been knocked out by this killer cold that is making its way through the house. My sister and I are the only ones who are still "healthy." And on that note, I'm going to brew a nice mug of tea before I go bid my sweet husband goodbye (he'll be waking up to go to work) and before I go to sleep.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

An Update

I was so elated last night when my husband did NOT have to work a double shift and came home on time and gave me a bouquet of red roses. I think he has some sort of sixth sense and knows when I need to see him, and when I "need" to have flowers. Yesterday was rough, but seeing him made it all worth it! (And the roses were an added bonus!)

David had his two month shots today- poor little guy was SO upset! I always hate to see my little men get their shots and cry. It's heartbreaking that you can see that they don't understand why they're in pain. But, on a brighter note, David is thriving. It's hard to believe he was ever 5 lbs and suffering from jaundice. He's now about 14 lbs and 24 inches long. I can't believe how quickly he is growing!

Joseph is loving daycare- which makes me feel a little better. I found the sweetest lady who runs a home daycare and only has about six children besides him in it, AND they're all about the same age. If I can't be at home with him, I'm glad that she has him during the day...AND he's making friends, which makes me happy.

His vocabulary is also exploding. Right now, one of his favorite things to say is, "No, that's mine!" Hard to believe that he is now two years old and learning more everyday!

DH has gotten a "permanent" position, which is a blessing. Right now we're looking for a "cheap" apartment, and plan to move closer to his job at the end of the year...and then I may pursue the teaching license. I've met someone who I think will be a great help to me in this process, and if we're both working, we'll soon pay off what needs to be paid off and then I can stay at home with my boys.

Work for me has been...hard. I have the luxury of bringing David to work with me, which is a blessing. However, it also makes working difficult. I'm learning how to juggle and doing well so far. Other things at work get me down, but I figure that I am "working" for God, so God will glorify Himself through my weakness and through what I've been going through.

David's baptism had to be cancelled because he had the worst case of constipation and gas pain I'd ever seen in an infant! We've rescheduled for this Saturday. I'm pretty convinced he has the best godparents ever. :) The proxies are very good people as well. Pictures to follow.

That's all I have time to write for now- Confirmation Retreat is all day on Sunday for our 10th Graders and I'm tying up all the loose ends tomorrow...and then I have a full work week after that. However, I am blessed with so much- and I am quite convinced I have married the best man ever- and my boys are doing so well. Things are slowly turning around- and I am grateful for God's abundant blessings.