Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

This year, Reagan and I have so much to be thankful for.  Though, this week off from school (I definitely missed my little pre-k cuties) went by in an absolute blur.  With so many different families that we needed to see everything just flew by so fast, though this week we were able to reflect on all that God has given us and we have been so blessed!

We are so thankful to be back in San Antonio with our family.  It is so nice to spend time with all of them and just pour into each other.  We love family dinners and getting to see our family whenever we want... so special and so wonderful.

We are so grateful for our jobs.  Reagan absolutely loves his and still has the ability to work and also work on his seminary degree.  I love my job and all the wonderful people I have met and the opportunity this year has given me to get my foot in the door for a full time teach job next year... hopefully fingers crossed and praying I pass my certification test on Jan. 3rd -- would LOVE all the prayers I could get!

We are grateful for our friends.  Though we miss those that live far away, we are grateful for old friends we are getting to reconnect with and our sweet friends that we are getting to keep in touch with in different states thanks to technology!!

We are grateful for our wonderful townhouse and the memories that we are making here.  Even though we are looking forward to the day that we will buy our first home, we are loving the coziness of our townhome.

We are so grateful that Jesus went to the cross for us and died for our sins... what a gift we were given that we did not even deserve.  How gracious our Father is -- so grateful for grace and unconditional love!

We are grateful for the availability to travel and see Reagan's mom and step-dad and sisters.  Though, we are hoping that this summer will bring them closer and that there will not be anymore plane rides for us in our future because they will be living in San Antonio, Texas!!

We are grateful for good food, friends and laughter... what could possibly be better?!

We are grateful for this new season of life and the plans God has already shown us and we are anxious to see what is to come in the next seasons of life.

We are so grateful for the love God has given us as a couple.  I am so grateful that my husband loves me through the good and the bad and I love him the same way.  It has been such a great journey (not easy) but we are loving learning how to love each other more and having each other to share the journey with along the way.

We have so much to be grateful for and we feel blessed beyond measure.  We thank the Lord each day for the many blessings that He has given us and we cannot wait to see what life holds for us in the future!  I hope everyone has had a Wonderful Thanksgiving holiday getting to spend time with the ones they love most and making memories -- we definitely have enjoyed our week of loving on each other and loving on the ones we love most!

Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Friday, November 11, 2011

To Nebraska Only ONE will Go

So Wednesday night after women's bible study I started feeling yuck.  I just thought my allergies were acting up and that everything would be fine with a little sleep.  Well throughout the night I kept waking up and my left ear was throbbing.  I just thought maybe I had slept on it wrong and tried to go back to sleep.
Thursday morning came and when I woke up I definitely wasn't feeling 100% but thought that it was just allergies (still) and a little cold so I got dressed for work and went about my day.  By about 1 pm yesterday I started feeling really worn down and thought "WOW, I need a nap!!"  By 4 pm when I met my mom to get my nails and toes done for the event in Nebraska, I felt like I had been hit by a train.  According to my mom I also looked like a train had ran over me -- I was so weak and exhausted and my body just hurt.  All week, kids in are classroom have been sick or been out because they were sick.  I knew sooner or later I was going to catch whatever they had, but I didn't think I would feel this horrible. By last night, it hurt to swallow and by 8:30 pm bed was calling my name... so I climbed in and tried to fall asleep and eventually succeeded... it seemed to take forever, but Reagan said I was out the minute I laid down.
This morning my sweet hubby got me up and took me to the doctor.  In my mind I thought I just had a really bad sinus infection... because I keep getting them quite frequently lately!  For the past couple of months, I have been sick with sinus infections and just haven't been able to get to 100% after I take all my medicine... so when I got to the doctor he wanted to take some blood work just to make sure that my immune system was okay and that I was able to fight whatever I was sick with since I have been getting sick a lot lately.  I told him that a lot of the kids in my class have been sick and he decided he wanted to run a strep test just in case, but thought I only had a really bad viral infection.
Well we were both wrong-- I tested POSITIVE for strep and my count was very high... it took him aback that I even had strep because I didn't have all the symptoms, but he said that the results (for testing positive) were so high he was surprised I didn't have fever -- Yes, we can all conclude I have a very weird body!! So he wrote me a prescription for a Z-pack, lots of rest and fluids and told me I was RESTRICTED from FLYING. 
When he said this last thing I almost started crying in his office...  RESTRICTED from FLYING?!?! You have got to be kidding me!!!! Reagan and I have looked forward to this trip to Nebraska to be there for his mom's event for so long.... holding back the tears was hard to do, but I managed not to until Reagan and I got in the car and then there was no holding back.  He preceded to tell me that he just didn't feel like it was a good idea for me to get on a plane since I have been sick a lot lately and there are so many nasty Germs on planes that he was afraid I would get even more sick (which is definitely not what I want).  He also said that no one would want to sit next to me on the plane if they knew I was contagious with strep throat... which if I was sitting next to someone on the plane that had that I would be freaking out and putting anti-bacterial on my hands every 5 seconds.
He told me to call the airline and ask for paperwork to be sent to his office to say that I had been restricted from flying per doctor's orders so that we could get reimbursed for my ticket.  So, Reagan calls American Airlines and let's them know the situation.  They tell him they stopped doing reimbursements a while back and that all he could do was refund him half of what my ticket costs and that the other half would go to being charged for not being able to fly on my designated flights today-- awesome, punish me because my doctor says I am contagious and can't fly --- that sounds like a brilliant idea... NOT!  It is definitely not my fault that I cannot fly and that my doctor doesn't want me getting on the plane and getting others sick or for me to get even more sick... doesn't make sense to me at all.  But like Reagan said, we need to do what is best for me and that is getting better and sleeping this weekend and that in the end it is just money and that my health is more important -- what an incredibly sweet hubby I have, I just love him to pieces. :)

SO, to say the least, I am bummed.  I couldn't go to work today and see my beautiful kiddos, I can't go to Nebraska this weekend and be a part of the fabulous event, my husband will be gone all weekend and I get to stay in bed and rest (which sounds amazing since I am so drained) but I am missing out on ALL the FUN and I definitely do NOT like that!!!!

So, please pray for Reagan as he flies to Nebraska today, and for my body to start healing and for me to get the much needed rest I need this weekend.

It is going to be a long weekend without my hubby... I hate when he has to leave and I am sick, but I am glad that he is not sick also (my sick germs haven't attacked him yet) and he is able to be there for his mom and her big event.  Luckily my parents live right around the corner and will take great care of me while he is gone!

I hope everyone has a better Friday than me :(

"Lord, I pray that you keep my husband safe this weekend while he travels and that you lay your healing  hands over me."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

To Nebraska We Will Go!

This weekend we are headed to Omaha, Nebraska.. (thanks mom and dad for house sitting while we are away!) This little weekend trip was a surprise for Reagan's mom and her big event that she is participating in this weekend!  To hear the shock and surprise come out of her mouth when we announced the big surprise over the phone for her birthday was pure bliss... she was so excited and could not believe we were coming.  As her kids, we were so glad that we could make her so HAPPY :) and be there for the last time she participates in her special event!  We will definitely be cheering her on and supporting her in every way!
Reagan and I are excited to be doing something different this weekend and making a mini travel trip together -- it should be lots of fun!  We are looking forward to colder weather, getting all dressed up on Saturday night and getting to spend time with all the family up there! It should be a good weekend!

Now all I have to figure out is how do I fit all these winter clothes I need to take in just one carry on suitcase... this could be just a little problem since Nebraska is super cold already (well at least to this Texan) and I need layers!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Hump Day!

Oh and be looking for pictures to come-- I will definitely be taking quite a few ;)

Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” -- I am loving this verse this morning and I thought I would share it on here so that everyone could enjoy it... Love the LOVE of my Heavenly Father!!! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Real World?!

Let me just say, lately there are many days that I wish I could go back to college.  Where life was so good and the only thing to stress me out was studying for tests (which at times I probably would not want to go back to taking tests because they definitely had a way with stressing me out).  Looking back now I loved college and learning-- the tests were the only down side (the time it took to study was a pain in my butt)!!!  But, I loved learning from incredible professors at TCU, seeing my friends everyday, sleeping in and honestly not having a care in the world but going to class and turning in stuff on time... it was the life.  If people would have told me how crazy the real world was, I would have enrolled in graduate school right after college.  Now do not get me wrong... having a job is wonderful, but I am just having to learn a lot of new things and how to handle different situations with people.  The real world is fun but it is definitely not easy.  Also, being in the real world my interests continue to be sparked and I cannot decide for the life of me what I should be doing for the rest of my life (besides becoming a mommy one day).  Being with kids every day makes me wonder if teaching is my life calling or if the other things I am finding so interesting that involve working with kids is what I am supposed to do... honestly this is the question of my LIFE and I think my husband is coming to a point where he is tired of talking about it and just wants me to Pick Something... Anything... Already and just pursue it!  Honestly, I have asked God this question several times this week-- if it is bad that my heart has so many passions and so many things I would love to do to help kids and their families... I have not heard a "No" yet, so I am taking that as a good sign; all I can say is that I am passionately in love with working with kids and families... whatever capacity that is, I hope God reveals it to me soon.

So that is life... and it is crazy, and hectic and sometimes I just wish I could set the alarm clock to go back to college... the days when life was easy and tons of fun!  But, I do not think that God wanted me to stay there for forever because I am on information overload from Him already and I am only in my first semester of the real world... I better buckle up tight because I have a feeling God has a lot more to show me and there are a lot more lessons I need to learn!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thursday! YAY for tomorrow being Friday... if only y'all could really experience my excitement... I am Elated!! :) The weekend could not come soon enough!

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8