Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Dreaded Post


I've needed to update for quite a while. I've been dreading this post, mainly because new things keep happening and it's just more to update everyone on. Our life has totally changed! I'm no exaggerating!

I'll update y'all as quick and easily as possible.

We visited Janer and Allan in May! California was AWESOME!!! We had such a great time. We got to see baby James in JG's sweet belly. Now he is here and alive and healthy!

- We got back from Cali and a couple of weeks later, we had big news. We were moving.... again!  Luckily. this time it is for a while. :) Dane accepted a new job at Jimmy Sanders, Inc. in supply chain. We are officially homeowners and officially living in Cleveland, MS!

- Life kept on changing. At first, we decided for me to finish up at RTS in Jackson and see Dane on the weekends. Doubt set in pretty quickly. After a lot of thinking, we chose to take another route.  I withdrew from RTS and enrolled at Delta State in Cleveland. Here, some of my credits were transferred (not all....) and I will be finishing up in School Counseling! I also got a graduate assistant position in the counseling lab. I am enjoying it so far! In the end, I'll have like 1.5 Master's degrees haha

- We have had a good bit of ups and downs since we've moved. One in particular was the loss of our friend Porter. Porter was one of Dane's best friends growing up. They lived down the street from each other on Poplar and I knew about Porter almost from day 1 of our dating. Porter has a big piece of Dane that I'll never get to know. I know that I have heard so many Porter and Dane stories from when they were little. They were so bad! But of course, so cute! 

Porter, you will always be missed. There is a large hole in our hearts and on Poplar, but know that the sting is just a daily reminder of you. We love you!

- We also got a new puppy! Buddy is the newest member of our family :) Bea loves having a playmate! He is currently recovering from a broken leg. Poor thing!

- We also have a few new babies in our lives! Margot DeWeese, James Bledsoe, and Stella Buford!

Me and Stella

I know there is so much more to catch y'all up on, but this is enough for now! Love to everyone :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Exciting News!

Hello long lost readers--

Yes, I know it has been almost 9 months since I've updated. I could update you with all of the things that have happened, but I'll just give you a really quick overview:
- we celebrated my 24th and Dane's 25th birthday
- we celebrated our 2 year anniversary!
- we moved from Yazoo City to Canton
- we went to California
- and so many more great things!


that's not why i'm here! I want to update everyone on something that's happened very recently, as in the last week and a half.

Dane has accepted a great new job in Cleveland, MS with Jimmy Sanders!  Yes, this is the company he is working for now, but he's moving to a different position!

We are really, really excited about it! I, however, am incredibly proud (and can be somewhat boastful about it) of my husband. He is truly talented and awesome.

SO- here is what this means:

1. we are looking to (hopefully) buy a house in Cleveland and move there, despite just moving to Canton a month ago.

2. i will continue to be in school. i will be seeing Dane on the weekends and making my school and clinic schedule to fit that plan. i'm hoping that my schedule works where i can be at 'home' in cleveland from Thurs night to Monday morning. But who knows! i know that this is not ideal (and you don't have to tell me that it will be difficult...) but this is what is going to happen and this is where the Lord is taking us. And THAT, my friends, is the best hope we can have in this transition. There is nothing bad about this new venture. These are all good things!

we are really excited about actually settling down in Cleveland! It's such a great town!

all i can ask of you all is your prayers or thoughts and also a lot of encouragement. once the shock of another move, a new home, a new town, and the high of it all wears off, we'll need 'em.

Thanks for loving us, for reading this, and for encouraging us and praying for us. This is the best move yet! :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

this morning, while i was on the elliptical, i decided to listen to a podcast from MSU's RUF.

i didn't look at the date or topic, just picked one.

it happened to be brian sorgenfrei's talk on genesis 29.

it also happened to be the night he announced that Dane and I were engaged. 

wow. i started laughing in the gym. i looked kinda weird. but i was so taken a-back!

i spent the next 40 minutes listening to his sermon, and praising God for the time i have had with Dane since then. i thought back on how we were back then, things we struggled with, how we loved each other, etc. we have changed so much, and it is only by the grace of God that we are where we are. i was tickled to think about our growth and the things we have experienced and been through since then. i think it's so good that i can look back on the hard moments or the down days and laugh at them.

i have to praise God for not only giving me Dane, but for opening up the doors for me at RUF. God used it to changed my life. on wayyy too many levels to discuss here.

PS-- what made me laugh so hard? Brian said "if you wondered why Dane was at the Halloween party in a tux cowered in the corner and nervous, it's because he was about to propose". i laughed so hard! i remember that so vividly. everyone was like "what's up with Dane?". love you Dane!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

one year

A year ago, Dane officially started his job as fertilizer supervisor at Jimmy Sanders. A year ago, we moved to a 600 square foot house without cell phone service, cable, or internet in Benton, MS. A year ago, we knew one thing: Dane had a job and we were grateful! We didn’t have much but each other.

But in a year, the Lord’s provision for us has come hurling through our door and has blessed us incredibly. We have created a life here. We have friends. We have community. We have a church. We have lived in 3 different places. I have had random jobs. We have been loved on by our church. We have become a part of a church that began as our only source of social interaction and is now a family, job, and blessing.  We have made so many friends.  Rolling into Yazoo City for the first time scared the you-know-what out of me.  “Um, there’s no way we’re going to have friends here. It’s gonna be pretty lonely here”.  But we have friends! We have wonderful, incredible, fun friends that have graciously welcomed us to this town and have loved on us. They have opened their arms to us. They have gotten us a rent-free home. They have invited us over for dinner. They have given us guidance and prayer.  They have given me a job! (I am the youth intern at the church now J).

I can go on and on and on and on about this year in Yazoo City. I mean seriously, I could write a book! But I won’t do that here. You all just need to come see for yourself the life we have built here. I never, ever, ever, ever thought God would have used this town to strengthen our faith, our marriage, and us as individuals. But He has! Thank you God for this—for all of this!  
house #1
(messy/undecorated) house #2
Dane enjoying himself with the land around house #3!
our wonderful church!

the place that brought us here

Monday, August 29, 2011

A little monday morning encouragement...

as i sit here with my morning coffee, i'm trying to get geared up for my full week of school! thinking about some of my favorite songs and the encouragement, love, and conviction that they bring. good to think about over a cup of coffee mixed with a little anxiety. but, what comforts me is remembering and thanking God for the most incredible plan that He has laid out for us. He has shown us this incredible plan thru the most beautiful and full blessings that He has given us since we've been married. He has used Yazoo City as a source of constant blessing for us. Thank You!

if you're the type, read over some of these favorite verses of mine. reflect on them. i pray you find encouragement!

Laden with guilt and full of fears,
I fly to thee, my Lord,
And not a glimpse of hope appears,
But in Thy written Word.
The volumes of my Father's grace
Does all my griefs assuage
Here I behold my Savior's face
in every page.

All that feeds my busy pride
Cast it ever more aside.
Bid my will to Thine submit,
Lay me humbly at Thy feet.

Thy mercy my God is the theme of my song
The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

a few thoughts...

  • school starts today! i'm a little nervous, but excited nonetheless. i've got to get better at being organized. Dane thinks i'm the least organized person in the world, which is somewhat true. i'm gonna show him!

  • i can't WAIT for fall! i love sweater weather and chili/soup weather and bonfire weather! ahh!

  • guess what i'm doing on saturday? yes, that's right. being the best/coolest wife ever. i will be sitting in a hunter's education class from 9:00am to 7:00pm. this better be worth it. this is my goal:

  • here are some random pictures i wanted to share with y'all! look at my Bea. she has grown so much! and is even bigger now than when i took this picture!
  •  i love this picture of Dane. caught him in a moment of happiness! he loves driving that tractor.
  •  some creatures down by our pond

  • last thing: i wanted to share with y'all two slideshows from events i took pictures at this summer.  the first is for our VBS at first pres, and the second is from our st. louis mission trip! both videos are long (8-9 minutes), but they're so sweet and wonderful. our church has been such a blessing for Dane and I, more than we ever could've imagined. God's plan for us has abounded with grace and mercy. 

 thanks for continuing to read. i'm going to try and get better at this, but i just don't see it in the cards anytime soon due to school. but ya never know! love you all.