Friday, July 22, 2011

At the End of a Long Road

Four years of working, reading, writing, stretching and when it's all said and done we g0t an ornately adorned two dimensional object commemorating the accomplishment (and it has my awesome husband's name on it). SWEET! But really, the knowledge both of us learned over the past four years is invaluable. What a journey!
It makes me think of Psalm 23 "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of DEATH I will fear no evil for you are with me" maybe I'm slightly over exaggerating but it was a ride for sure. There were times where we thought of Peter's response to Jesus when he said "where else would I go?" when limits were tested and we felt so weary. On the other side of the red sea we both feel so amazed by God's beauty and power and mystery. We didn't get crushed by the waves of education but rather, by his grace, were able to put one foot in front of the other and now we can look back and feel gratitude. Now our prayer is that we REMEMBER what he's done for us and trust him in the journey that follows.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wyatt's Last Day of Preschool/What a Sweetie

Wyatt got to be in 3 year old preschool the last couple months we were in Denver. He had so much fun in his class of all boys and one girl (don't feel too bad for her, she definitely held her own). They went over bugs for two-thirds of the time he was there and the last couple weeks they went over fruits and vegetables. So for his last day we brought a snack that corresponded. Just to give credit where credit is due, I saw this first done by my friend Amanda Donovan. I think she even had clouds at the end made of marshmallows (or maybe I imaged it...sounds like a good idea though). I tried to make half the rainbow fruit and the other half veggies but when I got to the blue strip it just turns to all around fruit (do you know of a blue vegetable???)

Wyatt's teachers really enjoyed the treat (I think the kids did too since I received an empty patter at the end of the day)!!

Wyatt has also been our little helper as we continue to fund raise with the Navigators. I've had the blessing of running out of thank you stationary (too many thank yous is a good problem, right?) and so I've combined Wyatt's love to watercolor paint with my desire to have cool thank you cards. And this is what I got!!!
Now I can send out Wyatt Keith original paintings along with a THANK YOU! Thanks, little love!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Blogging Demerit/My personal retreat

I haven't blogged in like, four months. WHOOPS! I could blame it on life or be more honest and say it hasn't been my first priority as of late.

So to make up for this confounded blemish on my blogging record I will try to blog WAY more frequently (do you notice the vague perimeters) at least until things get CRAZY again. (Does that sound better, my little lemon?)

Well. Where shall we start?
"Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start."

We'll rewind to May and pick up there.

My last day of work at Solid Grounds, the place I'd held employment since February 2009, was May 8th (also known as Mother's Day). It was a bittersweet day but I think the main feeling I had was gratitude. I was so blessed to have had the job and experiences that it brought. I learned so much about myself, business, leading, following, and ultimately how I have so much more to learn. Austin was very gracious to let me take a personal retreat during the Monday that followed which was also finals week (thanks honey!). It was glorious, to say the least. I went to my favorite restaurant, window shopped ALONE (which means I didn't have to worry about little hands or bored husbands, and I could look as long as I liked). Then I went to my sweet friends house (they were out of town) and laid out in their back yard, painted my nails, ate chocolate, had time to pray, paint and just down right relax. I am so thankful to have such a day after so many months of being pushed to my max both emotionally and physically. Now it's PICTURE TIME!