Sunday, March 9, 2014

Follow Your Heart & You Will Find Home

I'm sure that some of you noticed a very important name missing from the list on the previous blog of people I was excited to see  when I move back to Cheyenne, but I assure you it was on purpose as this person deserves a blog all of his own. 

 My love Jesse Brand is quite possibly the best man I have ever met.  His heart loves in a way I never thought I would find... a heightened sense of safeness is felt whenever he crosses my mind. I know he really loves me and that brings so much confidence into the relationship, so much peace. The way he constantly tells me how beautiful I am, how he prays for us every night, how proud of Aydn and Kayl he is, how he loves us all so much, and most importantly how much he loves God.   Yes, he is physically attractive with his brilliant smile, his rich deep chocolate eyes, his chiseled jaw bone, and his beastly body - but that is not what makes him hot.  His caring spirit, his nurturing soul, his intellectual mind, and his extraordinary abundantly loving heart that belongs to God *fans hand over face* now THAT is hot! 

We have not had a chance to spend a lot of time physically together, but over the past year we've grown to know one another in the deepest kind of way you can.  The beautifully innocent intimacy has fused our spirits so intricately and it can be described as nothing less than heavenly.  One of the biggest lessons I've learned is that a right relationship will not distract you from God, but bring you closer to Him. *wipes tear from eye* I am so extremely thankful to have this.  Nothing can break our relationship because God supports it... not even deployment!

Home is where the heart is and he has mine and I could never have dreamt of a better man to be with for all of time.  I am so excited to see what the future holds with this wonderful man of mine - ONE DAY CLOSER!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bloom Where You Are Planted: A New Journey With Familiarity

So life....  this beautifully, amazing, one of a kind experience that I am so thankful for .... like the weather, one day you're batten down the hatches prepping for a storm and the next you're sweating through the swelter of the radiant sun, both are so unpredictable yet in every moment there is joy to be found if one stops to count their blessings as they look around. 

This last year has been nothing less than amazing.  I've learned so much about the things I love (Jesus, speaking & preaching, music, web design, writing, art, teaching, etc.) and myself.  Before coming to Austin I talked about chasing dreams, but never had the doors of opportunity open to capture some of my own.  After looking over the thousands of photos in the past year (yes, I admit I am a picture-aholic) I am in complete awe of all the living that has been! 

(that's a big but, you can like it and you don't have to lie - ha!)

I believe George Moore stated it best, "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."  Truth be told, while I LOVE my Spirit family, my Kingdom Heights Christian School family, my Hill Country Bible Church family, my Bible Baptist Church family, and some of the best friends my boys and I could ever find,especially in such a short time, (insert big but here) I miss home.  I know some of you are reading this thinking I am out of my mind (you are probably right but not on this subject - ha!) but believe me I have weighed this decision heavily.

 Jeremiah 42:3 Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do

 Remember that job I told you all about a few weeks ago, well it is solving my hearts desire to be close to my family... my Dad, Little Brother, Sister-in-law, hopefully my little niece or nephew sometime in the near future (hint hint Cam and Kelsey), my Mom, my forever former family always will be family my ex-in-laws, my WOW Women, my Element Church fam, and my family in friend form (psst - if you're from Wyoming and reading this that's YOU!)

So what is this job you ask?

Any of these look familiar?  I'm going to work for Montgomery Broadcasting!  Some of you may recall I applied for this very same position about three years ago, but got beat out by one person.  Now I'm ready to ROCK this new position AND I get to be back where my roots are planted - in good ol' Cheyenne, Wyoming!

Here's why behind it all ... I'm looking out for two precious mini men that mean the WORLD to me and the support we receive in Wyoming is something that I will never be able to find anywhere else being a single Momma.  We've had wonderful people here help us out, but it is a handful compared to a village in Cheyenne.  Aydn and Kayl are my first priority in life and I would give my right arm (or my whole body for that matter) for them to be happy.  They are doing well here in Texas, but working 3 jobs is taking a toll on all of our sanity (All I have to say is thank goodness I am done with school!) At this point in their lives - these fleeting moments are slipping through my hands faster than I can even comprehend.  They are only tiny humans for so long and some day they will have their own dreams to chase after, their own lives to live without full dependence on me. Sometimes in life we have to take a step back to see what is really important and to get that extra room in order to get a running start forward. I'm super excited for this new opportunity and to be back with ALLLLL of my Wyomingites!!!!  PREPARE FOR ALLL THE HUGS!

I'll leave you all with this beautiful quote that a friend posted last week:

   Thank you Austin, or Awesome, Texas as Switchfoot says - you've been the definition of awesome & this last little bit we have together will be just as amazing!  You'll always have a piece of my heart and it is not a good-bye it's a see ya later.  Wyoming fam & friends - start storing up the hugs I MISS YOUR LOVE! But not for long!