This pregnancy has definitely flown by faster than the first…prob due to the energy-bunny known as Jack. :) With all the busyness of raising our rambunctious, sweet boy and Jon’s work, we were really hoping we’d get a chance to do another baby moon or at least a one night getaway before Liv joins us…but just weren’t sure it’d happen. My mom very sweetly (and eagerly) agreed to take Jack for us. Now, could I actually let him go? Well, it was very, VERY, VERY hard but I did it…we did it. I only cried 3 times total (that’s not bad, right? esp with being pregnant ;-)) and Jon may or may not have got a little verclempt too. But we survived and reunion was sweet. :) Thank you again to my mom for taking Jack but I know she enjoyed every bit of it.
Here’s some pictures from our time. We stayed at the lovely Wildwood Inn in Denton as we didn’t want to go too far from home with me being 36 weeks. It was the perfect distance and place to stay to feel like we got away without having to do a ton of travel.
After checking in to our beautiful room (and ogling over the jacuzzi tub), we headed out to Sanger so Jon could experience The Tomato – my favorite pizza place in college. Sadly, they burned down in 2007 but have now reopened so after the many trips to Round Table (Jon’s CA fave), I was excited for Jon to see my pizza place. He really enjoyed it and we met and talked with some nice locals as well. Afterwards, I took Jon on the Bre’s-life-in-college tour and we drove by the Fry house and then got ice cream at Beth Marie’s on the square. With the twinkle lights up in the trees and a beautiful cool breeze in the air, it was the perfect way to start to unwind for our 2-night stay.
By around 10, though, I realized it’s the time we normally go in and check on Jack and as a result, burst into tears crying, “It’s time to go see buddy and we can’t!!!!! Who’s idea was this anyway?!?!?! Wahhhhhhh!” But after Jon gently reminded me that it was (oh yeah) my idea…I finally calmed down and we got a good night’s sleep.
In the morning, we tried out a local spot for breakfast (the B&B had a continental breakfast but not filling enough for this preggo) and then went to the Shops at Highland Village to walk around until our movie started. We ended up sitting in the Barnes & Noble for an hour and a half reading magazines (him woodworking, me sewing) which sounds so lame but was heavenly. (It’s the little things) It was so nice outside that we decided to skip the movie and just keep walking around the shops. We found and bought a new puzzle for Jack and kept seeing what seems like a million little boys every where we went. Our code saying was ‘uh oh, don’t look’ which of course made the other look and see whichever cute little boy was in our midst to remind us of our sweet little one. Plus, my mom would send us picture updates and had, at that moment, told us he had found a picture of us on one of her shelves and was carrying it around with him. Cue crying session #3,402. haha But I pulled it together and we grabbed some lunch and visited with old friends at The Village Church offices.
We then headed back to our B&B to enjoy the beautiful pool and spa. There was hardly anyone else staying there so no one was around. The pool water was too cold though and the hot tub wasn’t on but they got it going so we were able to get in for a little bit before it got too hot which was nice for me and my preggo belly.
After drying off and resting a bit, we headed out for dinner at Giuseppe’s then coffee and dessert at another local stop. Overall, a wonderful and relaxing day but we were eager to see our Bud in the morning! :) We woke up rested but still enjoyed a leisurely morning with Jon watching tv while I took my last of practically 15 baths in the tub (really only 3). We grabbed lunch at The Greenhouse then met mom to get Jack. He was banging on the glass of the Starbucks wall (lovely I know) staring out and it took him a second to realize it was us walking up but when he did he had the biggest grin. :) Now, we’re back home and resting and ready to kick it all back into gear tomorrow. Liv will be here before we know it but we are so thankful for this time to hit pause and just rest. Hope everyone had a great weekend.
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First of all, Jon’s birthday was a low-key but fun one. :) I got him a budget-friendly cake that even Dave Ramsey would be proud of.
Also, here’s some pics of our great new place! We’ll post some more once we unpack more stuff. :)
Big thanks to my mom for coming and helping us unpack! :) Work’s going great. Just been busy! How are you??? Please comment and update us!
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What’s the latest and greatest with you??? I seem to have asked that last post but have yet to hear a peep out of a lot of you. tsk tsk ;-) Although, yes, Courtney, we need to update so tsk tsk on us. :)
The latest with us…….drumroll please……………….. I got a job!!!!! Praise the Lord! “Where, Bre, where?”
Uh, the mothership!!!! a.k.a Apple!
We are so excited. :) I’m done with training and am now on the floor. And, no, I can’t get you a discount, and, no, I can’t tell you anything about any Apple rumors b/c I don’t know anything myself. Sorry, but I love my job and I’d like to keep it my job. :) But much love you to you all anyway. :)
Other than that exciting news, we’ve just been paying off more debt (Yes!) and sold our car which eliminates a huge chunk of our debt. Yay!!!!! Then we paid cash for a clunker. That’s Dave Ramsey‘s version of Cash for Clunkers. Heck yeah!! What’d we get? I’m glad you asked. Meet Sylvia the Silver Bullet!
She’s in amazing shape! Her 2 previous owners babied her and have all the maintenance records to prove it. She’s iPod ready and has great AC which makes her Jon and Bre ready. So, thank you for your prayers. We ask that you keep praying for a new renter in our Keller house. We might/should be moving over to the Dallas area soon to be closer to work and the Village’s dallas campus so we’ll update more on that soon.
Stay tuned for a health blog Jon is working on. He’s reading an awesome book called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Check it out!! It has tons of great info on proper health that’s worked over the ages and there’s also a ton of recipes.
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I’m becoming a once a month blogger which I don’t want to be…I’d like to update more but just get lazy about it. Sorry ’bout that. I think it’s b/c I feel like every post should have pictures and Jon and I don’t walk around taking pictures at every moment. Ok, we prob document life a little more than others but anyway. Last weekend, we went to visit my cousin, Payton, and watch her graduate from A&M. Whoop! She kicked butt and graduated with her Bachelor’s in 3 years. (whereas I took the more laxidasical approach of 5 years). We got to meet her beau, Travis, who officially rocks in our books and just hang out. It was splendiferous seeing Paytonia as I call her and we’re hoping to go back down this fall to attend a game as I’ve heard they’re mucho fun. And my cousin, Zachary, is about to graduate from Rider HS with honors and head out to Texas Tech this fall so make that two football game visits! :) We’re so proud of them both!
Jon’s doing his IT thing at Kinetic and I’m still working part-time. There’s a really good job prospect for a job right up my alley that I’m hoping to get but am still waiting for the next interview. So prayer requests for that! Some exciting news is that the Village is now launching a Dallas campus!! Woohoo! There are sooo many people that come from the Dallas area including ourselves now so it will be exciting to help alleviate the crowd at HV and to be a part of a new campus. I don’t think there’s any info on the website just yet but Matt Chandler has emailed out about it and if you don’t already get his emails, you should sign up. :) Just click on the campus you wish to receive email updates on and go to the bottom right part of the screen and sign up. Here’s a few photos from our weekend in College Station. We went and visited the Bonfire Memorial and it was a beautiful memorial that, I thought, paid tribute to those that died and really evoked the emotions you should feel while visiting. Very simple but meaninful memorial. I have some iPhone-camera photos of that too and a quote from one of the students that was very beautiful.
So, it finally happened…I had my first “I miss home” crying session. Last Saturday night, Jon and I watched the kids (my 2 nieces and 2 nephews that we live with) and we took them to church since they weren’t going to be able to go on Sunday. We haven’t found our new church home yet but have enjoyed visiting this church with Jon’s brother Chris and Janelle so we were more than happy to take the kids and attend. Once Jon and I got all 4 checked in (which was a feat all in itself (and should be an olympic sport), we headed into service. The worship got started and, overall, it was a very good worship service. After a few songs in, I leaned over to Jon and said, “I keep wanting to see Bleecker and the usual gang up there”. My mind just starting thinking more about The Village and the dear friends, family, and coworkers we had left and I just couldn’t help it. The tears started slowly and I whispered to Jon, “I can’t stay in here” so he paved a way through the row and we went to the little cafe they have. I think I just finally let the stresses of the move and the new job and Jon’s new business and just everything come out. Then I did a throwback to my childhood days and said, “…and I miss my mom!” “I know sweetie,” Jon said, just letting me cry into his arms as he rubbed my back like the amazing husband that he is. It felt good though. I knew it was coming. And although I do miss home and family very much, I know the Lord has us here. It just doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.
Something else that surprised me was how I felt in the church service. I compared it to going through a hard break up, you know…those break ups where it ended on good terms and you still have huge respect for that person, etc. And it felt like sitting in that different worship center, being handed a different bulletin, hearing a different worship leader and pastor….that I was dating again too soon. I wasn’t ready for this. Doesn’t that sound crazy?! It’s just that I have been so invested at The Village for so long…since Matt came and it’s where I have really only attended since being saved. The Village is the community God used to heal me from some deep wounds, to minister to me to a healthier place, to love on me through thick and thin, to laugh with me and to cry with me, to teach me what it is to be authentically and solely His bride. It has been very difficult at times to not put the village on a pedestal. The other day, a guy was in town from Dallas (where he recently relocated to from Florida) to help train some coworkers on some technologies and asked me what churches I recommend. “The Village,” came out of my mouth within .25 seconds. The man said, “Oh yes, we’ve visited there but we’ve also visited such-and-such church and really that like that too. I think we’ll prob go to such-and-such church because…” and then listed his reasons. I wanted to scream out and say, “No, The Village is better and here’s why……” and I could just hear the Lord say, “Bre, I work differently in each person’s heart and what may seem right to you may not be right for them.” Doh. It’s so true though. Those people at such-and-such church are seeking His face just like those at The Village. That doesn’t make them better or worse, just different. This move has helped me to not keep The Village on a pedestal and to further show how I have done it in the past. I’m learning more and more to keep God on that pedestal. I know He will provide us to the right church home, the right community for Jon and I to invest in and serve. So, I felt I should share my struggles lately and ask for your prayers for both Jon and I.
We covet your thoughts and prayers. :) Thank you to those that are praying for Jon’s business. He has already received a few referrals from the local Apple store and we are hoping there will be more to come. Work for me is going well and I hope to go full-time really soon. In the meantime, I’ve been taking a portraits photography class here in Folsom and have really been enjoying it. I’m continuing to work on my photography site and have been meeting more and more photographers in the area. My class has a field trip soon so I’ll post some of my photos from that. :)
Here’s some photos of our life lately:
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