Monday, February 3

What have we been up to?

Oh you know, life has been a little crazy.
I thought January was supposed to be slow....
Our January was anything BUT slow.

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We moved my SIL in around the second week of the month. She was attending school at Texas Tech in Lubbock. (Just 2 hours north of us). She decided that she would like to take a semester or 2 off to work and save some money. You can make crazy good money here in West Texas right now. It's nuts.
 photo IMG_6340_zps9e21cb6f.jpgWe also celebrated Emerson's 2 yr gotcha day. I CANNOT believe it has been 2 years since we stepped off that plane and brought her home. I have learned a lot about myself, adoption, orphan care, parenting and so much more over the last 2 years. Emerson is such a gift and beautiful addition to our family. I feel blessed to raise this little one. Each year on January 17th we will celebrate her coming into our family. You could tell this year that she was soaking in all the attention. She loved it!

 photo IMG_6520_zps08a645b1.jpg photo IMG_6484_zpsab79aaf5.jpg photo IMG_6527_zpse339ce42.jpgThis month I also decided to start training for a 1/2 marathon. I think I might be crazy. Though it is intense, my body needs it. I have been feeling stiff and out of shape for quite sometime. That is not acceptable when you are only 27. I am too young for that. My husband is a runner and I have been secretly envious of his athletic ability. I would love to be able to lace up my shoes and run with him. So this year I decided to make some changes.  I started "running" the first week of January and I think after a few weeks I have finally started to feel a tiny bit of LOVE for this whole running thing. I have experienced some discomfort like blistered toes, inflamed knees, tight muscles and joints but I love it and I want to keep pressing on towards this goal. And I want to actually be somewhat good at this whole running thing.

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Phillip and I got to attend a Murder Mystery party this month in honor of one of our good friends birthdays! It was roaring 20's Great Gatsby style and it was a BLAST!! I learned 2 things about myself that night.
1. I LOVE LOVE dressing up in the 1920's style attire. Hair, makeup and all.
2. I am a TERRIBLE actress. It is not my calling. At. All.

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Our church had a girls and guys night out this month that was tailgate themed. It was a lot of fun! Three of my good friends and I got to decorated the dessert table and bake treats for the event. If you know anything about me at all, you probably know that I love to style and plan events. So this was right up my alley! Thank you again girls for helping me with this event! I couldn't have done it without you!! You were such a blessing!

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Also this month, my handsome husband turned 28! We had a blast celebrating him this last weekend. We ate some good food too. His favorite meal is Thanksgiving food so I made dressing, green bean casserole, cheesy potatoes, turkey and my BIL's girlfriend made delicious sweet potatoes. My mom was in charge of the desserts and she knocked the ball out of the park with some amazing homemade cakes! Strawberry and Texas Sheet Cake. OH. MY. Goodness. They were amazing. Phillip you need to have birthdays more often.

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So as you can see this month has been a little busier then normal. There are so many other things that happened this month that consumed all of our time, which resulted in me missing TWO writing deadlines. SMH. Here's to a less busy month (maybe) and to catching up on things left behind and piles of stuff stacked high.

Happy February Y'all!


  1. I am a new follower of your blog. Love reading all about you and especially your adoption story. I hope some day my husband and I are able to do the same. It's always been a dream of mine! Maybe some day I will be sharing my story on my blog about our adoption process. (: As for now, I post once and while on my blog. Trying to the get the hang of everything. Anyways, enough of my rambling, sorry. ha
    Have a great week!


  2. i'm glad it's feb. i have missed my bestie!!!! but love looking back on your super fun month!


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