Under Construction

If you’ve been wondering where we are and what we’re up to, don’t worry, we’re fine, life just got crazy! For the past couple of weeks I have been working. I’m happy/sad to say I have a real grown up job, that’s right 8-5. I’m at a company that is taking really good care of me, if you want all the details, shoot me an email. In other news, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this space of ours and trying to figure out how to continue. I’ve decided to do a little redirecting, so the look and feel might change a bit over the next week or so. I’m kicking Gray off (I don’t think he’s too terribly sad) 🙂 and adding a new teammate which is very exciting to me! All of these changes will be official a week from now on March 3rd so please check back then!

I hope you have a fantastic week!

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Encouraged.

I’m really enjoying this song that we will be singing on Sunday, it’s an old hymn that I had never heard before, but as always, I find the words so pertinent and encouraging.

Jesus I am resting, resting
In the Joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,
And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power
Thou hast made me whole.

O how great Thy loving kindness.
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O how marvelous Thy goodness,
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved,
Know Thy certainty of promise,
And have made it mine.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings;
Thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me,
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ‘neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting;
Fill me with Thy grace.

Good news, Riggs and I actually got out of the house today! We spent the afternoon with Carter Estepp and had a blast! Our conversations were hilarious and went something like this, Carter: I really like you! – Me: Thanks! I like you to! – Carter: I like dogs! – Me: You do?! I like dogs too! – Carter: Me too! Haha, he’s such a cutie. I always love hanging out with any member of this family.

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Well, I’m looking forward to a weekend full of new faces and beautiful smiles, art projects, dinner planning so we can meet the neighbors, interviews, babysitting, and football (I really don’t care who wins, but I’m excited about the food). I hope you’re looking forward to some great things too!

A new beginning

I find myself in the in-between. Trusting in God that he has a plan for me. Trying to be patient. Persuading myself to enjoy this “free-time” before everything falls into place, and it’s been a roller coaster to say the least. In the midst of it all I find myself having inner battles. That question I’ve been asked since filling out my college applications still haunts me and I’m starting to feel the weight of it. It goes like this “what do you want to do when you grow up?”

Honestly, I still don’t know.

I think I’m plagued with indecision, but more than that, I think that I’ve been feeding myself a lie. The lie that there is a perfect job for me out there somewhere, and if I look hard enough, I’m going to find it. When did people start believing that you had to love your job in order to feel fulfilled? I get it that some people do truly find their dream job (but even then there are some aspects you aren’t going to like), but there has to be other people out there who don’t, right? What if finding the perfect job meant reordering my attitude and my expectations and shaking off these stipulations and pressures I put on myself to please other people . . . BINGO, two points for Jaklyn (I think you’ve just stepped into my own personal pep talk session)! Now it’s just putting into practice all of these things, oh buddy. On a side note, if you have any suggestions pertaining to a job you could see me doing, please let me know! 🙂

Well in the midst of all of these changes and inner battles, its been a time of new beginnings. I feel like the sand my heart was collecting is finally being washed away. Gray and I are in “The Monday Night Crew” a group of about 10 people, who are around the same age as us, who meet to discuss, wait for it . . . life. I love it! The girls in the group are starting the book, “Lies Women Believe,” and I cannot wait. I’ve only read the introduction, but I’m excited to see how God works through this book to impact all of our lives.

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Other news, most of my time these days is consumed with this energetic fella and job applications, but I forgot to take a picture of those. Riggs can be quite the rascal. I just caught him trying to dig his first hole today, big sigh. I’m gonna have to nip that one in the bud (love that phrase) :).

Mom he’s turning out to be a lot like Tessa, he loves plastic bottles and sticks, he tends to think they are alive and they keep him entertained for at least ten minutes which makes me extremely happy and gives me time to finish projects and bake pies!IMG_9473IMG_9481IMG_9493IMG_9495IMG_9498

To conclude this randomness, I’ve been liking this extremely warm weather lately which is surprising for me because I really love the cold. One of my favorite moments of the warm day occurred when the sun came shining through the grey this afternoon. It let me enjoy my beautiful wind chime . . . and then I realized the dog was digging, ha. I hope you have a great Wednesday!

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