My little girl is turning 4 on the 22nd. I can't believe it! Time really does fly by. We celebrated a little early by having her party yesterday. It was so much better doing it this way then trying to squeeze it in right before Thanksgiving. She wanted a Strawberry Shortcake party and my friend/co-worker Alyson made her cake. Which I have to say not only looked beautiful, it was so very yummy too! It was great getting both our families together and just enjoying some time together to laugh and catch up. We also watched the Alabama and LSU game after. That would be a whole another post, so I won't go there.:)
Once again it's been ages since I've posted. I guess you could say either I'm terribly busy or I have a very boring life with nothing to update. :) It's probably a little of both. What's been up since March? Well lets see....I'm still working in Fort Payne at DRMC in the cath lab. I really love my job, and we have lots of fun! We are a bunch of crazy women! Bodie is working again. As I said in the last post, we believe God is in control and he is! He definitely laid the ground work for us. Bodie is now a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones and is working with Tonya Pappas in Centre, AL. He met Tonya through clubs he was in, and then we ended up living next door to her. She loved Bodie and recruited him for EJ. We didn't see this in our future, but God did! He is Awesome!! He had schooling all summer, past all of his tests to get his licenses and is now seeing clients. It's an answer to our prayers! He's learned so much and just wishes he had done it sooner. This job allows us to hopefully never move from Cherokee County! We really love it here and so do the girls! Savannah is now 9yrs old in in 4th grade. She still loves school. She is playing soccer and looking forward to softball in the spring. Cheyenne is almost 4yrs old and goes to Shepherd's Fold daycare. She is taking dance for the 1st time and loves dressing in her leotard and tutu for class. She also like to talk about her boyfriend Tripp! It is a hoot!! Bodie and I seem to just stay busy busy! I don't know how single parents do it! I could not do it alone! Bodie is awesome! We are always on the run with work, school, sports, and church. What little time is left we are usually in Tuscaloosa cheering the Tide on! Go Bama!! Who knows what the future holds, but I'm sure that God is in control of it! Knowing that means I don't have to worry about tomorrow and just try to enjoy my kids, hubby, family, and friends today!
After not working in 6yrs and not full time in 10yrs...I'm a working girl again. I started a new job at DeKalb Regional Medical Center on Feb. 8th! I'm working full time in the cath lab(cardiovascular lab). I haven't done heart caths and interventions in like 10yrs. Some of it has come back fast, other things have changed so much! It's nice to be out of the house and feeling like I'm doing something important. I also thank God for giving me a job when my family needed it most. I don't believe in luck or coincidence. I believe God has a plan for my family. That he is putting people in place to help us fulfill that plan. I'm still not sure what that plan is, but in HIS time he will show it to us. I miss being at home with the girls. That's probably the hardest part. Just doing the everyday little things. I never thought I would miss doing my daily chores!:) Bodie is enjoying his time being the "stay at home dad"! He really hopes the girls remember this time in their lives that he's gotten to be here with them. We still don't know what his employment future holds. We don't really know what type of job he wants. I just want him to find something he will like (better than Wal-Mart). We don't know if we will stay in Centre or Alabama. Will I continue to work? or Will I get to stay home again? Who knows? We just have to have faith in God, in the unseen, that it will all work out. That God will show us the way and we make the right choices. The other day we were talking about this. In the past 16yrs, we always seemed to feel God's nudge in what and where we were suppose to do and go. This time we haven't felt pulled in any direction. Then it hit me...maybe he just wants us to BE STILL! Psalm 46:10 Be Still, and know that I am God. So, that is what we are doing. Being Still. Waiting.
Tradions. We all have them. Some have been passed down through the generations, others we've created on our own, some happen by chance. Half Birthdays is one in our family that was not my idea. When Savannah was in 1st grade at Thomasville Christian School (in GA), her teacher was Mrs. Hugans. Mrs. Hugans was who came up with the 1/2 birthdays. It was for the students who's birthdays fell during summer or holiday breaks. I thought it was a great idea! Those kids miss out on having a class party, getting happy birthday sang to them, and being the teachers helper for the day. What I didn't realize was, when we moved from Thomasville this was something we would continue. Last year Savannah reminded me that her 1/2 birthday was coming up and wanted to know what we were going to do. Oh great, something else to do! Thus another tradition is born. We don't do it up too big. She gets her favorite dinner- beef tips and rice. I bake a cake, but it's only half a cake, we have balloons, and we sing "Happy Half Birthday". She really loves it! So now we do this for Savannah and Cheyenne. Just something else to make her feel special!
New Year, New Decade, New Life? January has already thrown my family a HUGE curve ball! We are starting a new decade, Bodie is turning the big 40 next month, I was hoping to buy a house in a place I plan to never leave. Well...guess that is not God's plan. Jer. 29:11 definitely is holding a special place for me once again. Bodie, after 20yrs, is no longer working for Wal-Mart! This is something we were thinking about, but definitely didn't plan on right now. He has been unemployed for 2wks and I've been on an emotional roller coaster ever since. Didn't God want us to move to Centre a year ago? Wasn't we suppose to leave a great church, christian school, great job to come here? I thought that was the plan. Did we listen to the wrong voice? Not sure. Maybe, just maybe, this was his plan. A plan to get us close to family, not for us to help them, but for them to help us! Imagine my surprise at that! I mean...I really thought we were to come here to be close to my parents, to help them. Now it seems like it will be the other way around. Maybe his plan was to bring us here to get Bodie out of Wal-Mart. He hasn't been happy with them for a very long time, but it's too hard to walk away. Maybe, his plan is to get me back to work (even though that scares me). Will we move away? Will we lose everything? Why is this happening? When will I see his plan? Patience Susan! That might be a lesson I'm to learn. To remember God has my best interests at heart. It might be scary and hard, but he WILL turn it to good. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11
Our Jesse Tree / Cheyenne & Savannah with Santa at Polar Express Party
I'm finally posting! I told you it would probably be after the New Year. We have had a very busy and fun holiday season. We enjoyed Thanksgiving at my sisters house, but we missed Bodie, he had to work! I started a new tradition this year. We did the Jesse Tree. It's has the same principal as an advent calendar. The girls and I really enjoyed it. Every night before bed we would read scripture and place an ornament on our Jesse tree that went with the story. I hope it helped them to remember what Christmas is really about. I plan to do this every year. Bodie and I took the girls to Birmingham for the Polar Express Pajama Party at the McWane Science Center. That was alot of fun! Cheyenne did really great during the IMAX version of the movie. I think that means it's time to take her to a regular movie. We had our 2nd annual cookie bake at Mom's on Dec. 23rd. This year we were able to have ALL the granddaughters there(Elizabeth, Mallory, Morgan, Abigail, Savannah, & Cheyenne)! Morgan and Abigail helped my girls with the gingerbread houses. They were really great with them! We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Bodie's family. That is always alot of fun, and we have way too much food! We are still eating on pies that his Mom sent home with us. Santa was very good to the girls. They got everything they wanted. Speaking of the girls, they have done very well during the holiday break. They tend to fight alot, which means all the time! They've not done that. Granted there have been fights, crying, time outs and such, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Savannah spent the night with a friend for New Year's Eve, while Bodie, Cheyenne and I went to out to eat and enjoyed the rest of the evening at home. I look forward to what 2010 will bring for us. God has truely blessed my family! I pray that he continues that! Resolutions? Well, sure I have some, but like most of you, I'm sure they will be forgotten by February! :)
Today is the day that I'm going to sit here and actually update my blog. I know, I'm a procrastinator when it comes to this blog thing. I figure, what do I have to say that anyone would really want to read? Probably not much. I haven't updated anything since before school started. I'm so bad! :)
Savannah is doing really good in 3rd grade. I never really have to worry about her academic wise. I don't have to remind her to study or do her work, for now anyways. I do believe when Cheyenne is in school it will be a whole different story. She will buck me about everything! Cheyenne is also loving "school". She goes to daycare pretty much everyday and loves it! They both are growing so much! Savannah has grow a foot just since summer. She is playing soccer, at least when it isn't raining. She has improved so much since last year. She is hustling and more aggressive. I'm very proud of her. Cheyenne is finally potty trained! Yahoo!!! No more diapers! She is doing really great with it. It really just clicked. Now, with that said, she does not like to go poopy in the potty. She will go somewhere and hide and do it in her pants. She finally pooped the 1st time in the potty Saturday. I hope that continues.
Me...not much here. I think I'm ready to go back to work, at least part time. I want to do something while the girls are in school that 1. makes me feel good about myself, 2. is also helping with bringing in some extra money. I've "started" back to on-line school for pharmacy technician and hope to get some job doing that, or finding me a x-ray job. It's hard finding any job nowadays, especially one that fits into school hours. I know, just go teach or sub, I can tell you from experience...NOT going to happen. Been there, done that! Not fun! Teachers are definitly a gift from God! I don't have their patience or creativity for that.
Bodie...Football season. That's all I need to say. :) We've went to Tuscaloosa twice for Alabama football. The other weekends are spent infront of the tube. Not sure about your guys, but mine watches ALL the games, all week long. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes frustrating.
Overall, we are all doing well. Now my focus is turning to all the holidays and what I want to do, and what I have to do. I love this time of year! Cooler weather, fall colors, fires in the fireplace, and hot food! Love it all! Hope to be back on here soon. I will eventually download some pics! Just incase I don't get on here in a while: Happy Halloween! Happy Thanksgiving! Merry Christmas! and Happy NewYear! I think that has it all covered. ;)
I'm a thirty something stay at home Mom to 2 girls. My days are filled with work, referring fights, sticky fingers, and so much more. The 1 guy in the story is truly outnumbered and wrapped around his girls' little fingers.