Catching up….

I’ve been absent for awhile. It hasn’t been on purpose. But January was a long, hard month. I’m not going to get into details….but I will share that I’ve taken a leave of absence from work, most likely for the rest of the school year. It is the right decision for my health, but it is definitely a decision that comes with heaviness, grief, and sadness. But I wanted to get back on this blog, because it is a good thing for me. I love reflecting back on the good things and the blessings that are happening in our lives. This blog is in no way a complete picture of our lives; it was never meant to be. It was meant to be a scrapbook of memories of our family, things that I want to remember for ages to come. So-I hope none of you ever look at this blog and think that nothing bad ever happens; of course it does, because we live in a fallen world. But, I’m trying to focus on the good :), so that is what you get here! The good. So, here, in picture form, of course, is some of the “good” that has happened around here since Christmas.

We celebrated our number one guy, Jake, turning 40. This is not at all how we imagined we would get to celebrate his big 40th birthday, but quarantining and Covid didn’t allow us to do it up the way we wanted- we will make it up, though! We made the best of it and picked up our favorite drive-thru Mexican for lunch and went to the park to eat it. We picked up ribs for dinner, and made all the fixings to go with that. He wanted his Granny’s homemade pudding cake and chocolate sauce for dessert, so that’s just what we did!

Our New Year’s Eve was certainly different than normal, but we still had fun. We pulled out ALLLLL the junk food snacks, watched a couple of movies, played some board games, and just relaxed together. Jake and I even went for an after-dark walk in our driveway together, just to close our exercise rings. 🙂

This boy’s love language is board games. He loves, loves to play. No matter what the game, no matter with who.

#craft projects keeping me sane

Finally got to celebrate Christmas with Grammy and Pappy one day at our farm. They got Jack an awesome Nerf gun, and Josie her first real shot gun!

Just a beautiful sunrise one morning, behind our barn. I do not care for winter, but I love the beautiful skies it always brings.

One weekend the Rose girls spent the night. I love the relationships our kids have formed with them-so sweet. We went to pick up some Golly G’s that night. The next day we went to check out the progress on Mama Judy’s new house, and then we went to check out the new road we’ve gotten cut at our farm, in the bottom! The kids had a BLAST trekking through the mud.

Jake got a new smoker for Christmas, and he has been putting it to good use-yum!!!

One day we took Mee-Maw down to see the new road, too!

We’ve also been helping MeeMaw clean out and get her house packed. It won’t be long now!!

Love coming home to this.

One day Jack’s good friend Matt picked him up for a day out before he went back to college. They went to Golly G’s and then went on a hike. He had a blast! I love this sweet family-they mean a lot to us.

We love this cat probably more than I should. I call her my “therapy cat.” This week she went missing for a few days…..and then I found her- IN OUR CAMPER. She must’ve followed one of us in there without us knowing, and then got trapped. Eeek! She was perfectly fine, though, and didn’t even leave too big of a mess to clean up.

Our sweet, sweet neighbor brought Jack a birthday present, and this shirt was one of the things in the bag! How cool! We love our neighbors.

Yesterday was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time. Felt almost like myself. It involved, among other things, ice cream from Jeni’s with Jake, that we got to eat outside because it was a beautiful February day, and getting to see Mom and Dad and Casey and her family.

Hopefully I can stay caught up now….but I’m not making any promises!

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