Monday, November 28, 2011

Things are looking up...

For those of you who have been praying for us, we thank you from the bottom of or hearts! Some of you do not yet know, but I wanted to share some VERY exciting news with you all...Pat got a job working as an HR Coordinator for Express Scripts!!!! We are so excited for this next step. This is a temporary position and his contract is up in February so please continue praying! He starts this Wednesday, November 30th and he is really looking forward to this new opportunity.

But that's not all! I also got a job offer from Citi in O'Fallon and I will be working as a Mortgage Loan Processor. We got the calls within two days of each other and we were just floored. God does give GOOD gifts! I start my job on December 5th (next Monday).

We found a great "daycare" for the kids that is very close to our house. Alaina will have lessons and a bible story every day. They get to do Taekwondo every Tuesday which I think Alaina will LOVE. I can't wait to start this new journey with our family!

Thank you for all your prayers, encouragement, and help, we definitely could not have done this on our own!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Days 15-24

Wow, I'm really behind so here it goes:
Day 15: Thankful for my memory foam pillow. It has been my absolute favorite pillow!

Day 16: Thankful for coupons. I don't do the extreme couponing (mainly because I don't know how) but I do appreciate watching the bill decrease just because I brought along a few coupons.

Day 17: Thankful for a helpful husband! He vacuums, does laundry, cleans, and takes care of the kids (sometimes without me even having to ask!).

Day 18: Thankful for being able to spend time with my kids. We love to read books at night before they go to bed and they love doing crafts with me. It can sometimes be frustrating and needs a little extra patience but it is worth it, they're only young for a little while.

Day 19: Thankful for being able to take a nice hot shower daily. I am grateful for indoor plumbing and for hot water.

Day 20: Thankful that I get to meet new people. I like meeting new people whether it's through other friends, work, whatever.

Day 21: Thankful for free movies and tv shows. We don't have cable or satellite, so when we want to watch something we get on the computer and I love that we can watch stuff for FREE.

Day 22: Thankful for the library. Instead of buying books and reading the same ones over and over, I'm grateful that we can read a new one each night without any repeats!

Day 23: Thankful that for the most part our family is healthy.

Day 24: Thankful for food, especially turkey, mashed potatoes, pie and stuffing! YUM!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Days 12, 13, and 14

Day 12: I am thankful for mercy and grace. Thankful that I don't get what I DO deserve and that I'm given what I DON'T deserve. God is good!

Day 13: I am thankful for my camera. I don't have too many pictures of me when I was younger and I am grateful that I get to take TONS of pictures of my kids while they're growing up so they have something to look back on when they're older.

Day 14: I am thankful for 70 degree weather in the middle of NOVEMBER!!! Today was beautiful as was yesterday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 11

I am thankful to have a little girl. I love Declan just as much, but a girl can be so fun! I got to paint Alaina's fingernails and toenails tonight and she keeps asking if she can get her ears pierced. There is just something about a little girl.

On a side note, today I called Pat on my way home from work and him and Alaina were at the park. Alaina ansered the phone and informed me that Daddy couldn't talk because he was playing Rapunzel with her, he was Flynn Ryder and she was Rapunzel!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 10

I am thankful for naps. Personally I think they are one of the best things ever "invented?". I came home from work today and my amazing husband took the kids out so I could get some sleep since I'm not feeling 100% and I have to say I LOVE my naps!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Days 8 and 9

Day 8:
I am thankful for scented candles. Specifically from yankee candle or bath and body. I love the peppermint scents this time of year as well as anything with cinnamon.

Day 9:
I am thankful for a dishwasher. After doing some baking, cooking dinner, and cleaning up the kitchen, my sink was overflowing with dishes and I am grateful that I can just throw them all into the dishwasher and not have to wash them all by hand!

Monday, November 7, 2011

24 days

My kids are doing a thing at church where they have a sheet they have to fill out for 24 days. Each day they have to write something they're thankful for and then on Thanksgiving they can turn it in. Tonight while I was helping them with theirs I thought "hmm, maybe I should do this, too!" Psalm 107:1 states "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever". What a better way to celebrate this holiday than to think of everything I am thankful for. I will enter a new post for each day from here on out, but since I am 7 days behind, I'll list all 7 on here.

1. I am thankful for Jesus and the sacrifice he paid so that I can be saved.
2. I am thankful for my husband, over the past 10 years he has become my closest and best friend.
3. I am thankful for my children, even though they can drive me nuts, nothing makes me smile more than seeing their faces!
4. I am thankful for music. It speaks to me in so many ways (I just wish I was more musically talented)
5. I am thankful for amazing friends. You know, the ones that aren't afraid to tell you the truth, even if it's not what you want to hear.
6. I am thankful for the opportunity to constantly learn new things, knowledge and wisdom can never be taken from you.
7. I am thankful for the house that we live in...before we lived here we were on the 3rd story of an apartment building and with all the tornadoes we had this year, I was grateful we were in a house.