Monday, November 7, 2011

Oh my.. where has the time gone?

Wow, I can't believe it's been since July since I last posted...

A lot more has happened than I want to share right now, but I'm staying busy with work, full time and I really enjoy it! jacob has been traveling... A LOT! Which sucks because we have to be apart, but at least he has work and it pays the bills. After it was all said and done, we were thankful his job didn't work out, and we know God has something better for us down the road. A few jobs are in the running, we just have to wait a while to see what happens.

I'm sooo excited that the Holiday season is upon us! I was in the store today and Christmas music was one and I was looking for some holiday crafts to start and I got so excited! I love this time of year :-)
I can't believe Jake and I are going on 9 months of married life! AHHHH!! We're getting close to one year! It feels like it's gone by so fast but at the same time, so much has happened since February. Hawaii, lived with friends for a couple weeks, moved to IL, started a job at 3 different stores, met some great people and started some good friendships, had an amazing summer in Chicago, Jacob got a new job back in Indiana, we found a house to live in, I got a job, we found a new church, went through a job loss, now he has has job traveling and working hard, all along with learning about married life and getting used to this new life with someone...
We've been through a lot more than people usually go through this early on in their marriage, and it's been a very hard, draining, emotional, and yet awesome 9 months... it's been a journey and we know we have more adventures ahead of us!

I know this is short but I'm pretty tired and I have to be up at 7. I'll try not to wait so long for another post!

Friday, July 8, 2011

lots of news...

Ok so wow! It's been a very long times since I was on here last and a lot has changed. Where to start...

After I got my job in IL, I got moved around to 3 different stores in 3 different months. Well, about 2 weeks after my last promotion, Jacob got news that he received a huge job promotion and they had to re-locate him back to Indiana, Ft. Wayne! It's been a lot of stuff to deal with from when we first got married: frist move him to chicago, then a month later, move me there, get cars registered, ID's changed, address changed, find a new job for me, then he got a new job so we had to pack everything up again, and move 4 hours back to indiana!! Oy! It's been a very strange 5 months of marriage, to say the least! A good 5 months ;) just a lot more on our plates then I think a lot of people deal with.

My new job starts next week and I'm really excited about it, working back with the CFA family, I know I have more to learn even after almost 4 years of working there before!

When Jacob was training in Indy for this new job, we got to go meet with jeff and pam while we were in town and it was just wonderful! They made us dinner and we all sat outside and talked for a couple hours. We can never express how much they mean to us and how blessed we are to have them in our lives!

My hips have been (for the most part) great! Random times they have been hurting but over all, most of the time, they are doing well. I have even been going to the gym with Jake a few times and I run on the treadmill! Don't worry, I don't over do it ;-) but i'm enjoying being able to work out and not just ride a bike like I have for the longest time!

Ok so I better get going and figure out where to eat for dinner, Jake is taking me out! For now, good-bye from Ft. Wayne!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Here comes the sun!

Ok so life has been going really well in Chicago. Don't get me wrong I still miss Indy and look forward to the time when we move back there but over all, my view of chicago is starting to change....a little ;-)

living here hasn't been the hard part, and being married isn't HARD, it's just lots of learning and getting used to changes... I would say the hard part is everyone I left back in Indy. Before I got married, I talking with the hip girls alll the time, and I talked and hung out with my close friends constently... and after I moved up here I tried to continue friendships but it seems we never talked unless I said something.They all just lost one person when I moved : I lost everyone.
As far as stuff goes with my hips, I'm happy to say I think i'm done! I see on FB that everyone else still has surgeries and PT to go or whatever else and this IS and has consumed their lives. I'm thrilled to say that is NOT me. I went through my years of pain and surgeries and now i'm moving on! my hips may cause me pain every once and a while but i'm not about to let it bring me down and ruin my life.

Today is not my day off but I have to get stuff done like it is :P Laundry folded and put away, work out, vacuming, Fill RX, eat, shower, make the bed, doing the dishes..oy! all before 2pm! I think I can I think I can...

better get going... workout: check :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

long time no post!

Ok, i'm back! and still very tired..
fist off, I got married on feb. 20th to Jacob and I couldn't be more happy!!! We spent almost 11 days in Hawaii and it was AMAZING!! We moved into our apartment last weekend and we are finally starting to settle in to our own place.

The hips actually did pretty well in Hawaii. I was happy I didn't have too many problems on the plane like I thought I would, esp. since from LA to Oahu we were on the plane for.. oh.. over 10 hours. We had a medical emergency an hour into the flight and had to return to LA, only after we got there did we realize the 12 firetrucks waiting there were for us because they thought we were going to blow up because we were leanding "hot" (with so much fuel) then they had to do all these inspections and we were not allowed to leave the plane.. it was a long night!
My left hip became sensitive to the touch close to the end of the trip, not sure why but the next day it was fine. I'm hoping I don't need to go back before next January.
Jacob planned a suprise activity for us on Oahu but because we got in late (3am!) we switched from Friday to Saturday. He spent months planning a suprise all day jet ski tour of the island with this company, them making us lunch on the beach then taking us on a drive to the north shore and exploring the island more... but come Saturday we got a message that the day before, 2 teens crashed the skis and they had to cancel on us :( We were both very sad and dissappointed but we looked around and went sailing, saw whales and dolphins, we went kayaking, swimming at the resort and went to happy hour at the Rum Fire. ;-) yeah the Mai Tais we're a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I can't remember how many we had the whole trip!
we also went to pear harbor and just enjoyed the beach. On maui we had a condo and went wave jumping (such fun!) drove to south maui a few times, went whale watching, snorkeling, shopping, we went to a Luau, eat a LOT of amazing food (and fish.. yes ME, I actually ate fish! hahah!) We also did part of the Road to Hana, golfing, and just RELAXED!!

the boxes are finally starting to go away from the apartment and it's actually starting to look like a real place to live in :) (but we do still have a grill in the middle of our living room!)
i'm missing my family a lot and it's been a little harder than I thought it was but I know this is a part of the growing up process and it's just something i had to do at some point so i'm dealing with it now. Jacob and I are hoping to be back in Indy within the year (but like we have already learned, we can plan for one thing and have something totally different happen so we will leave it up to God :)

The job is nice but there are different rules and ways of doing things than at the Fishers store so it's just getting used to doing a job differently, than i've done it for 2 years before.

Just a few prayer requests:
1) That Jacob and I would find a Church that is a right fit for us and where God wants us to be. We are trying out Wheaton Bible Curch tomorrow.
2) We would continue to seek God DAILY and in every aspect of our lives and not get caught in up the new aspect of life together and in a new city that we don't put that part of our lives on the back burner.
3) That if and when the time is right, we would find a job offer or promotion to get back to Indy. Hopefully as soon as possible.

Ok enough for now... love to all my family and friends back in Indy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Yes that's right! 31 days until I become a Mrs., a daughter to another set of parents, a sister to other siblings, an aunt, a wife, a nurturer, and so much more!
Last weekend my mom, sister Katie, Jacob and I all drove to IL for my bridal shower that his mom and Aunt threw for me. It was all Pampered Chef and it was so much fun! We got a bunch of great stuff for our new place but I also got to spend time with his family and their friends. It was also fun to be there with my mom and my sister :) This next weekend my sister Lauren is throwing me another shower here and I can't wait! I can tell already it's going to be a lot of fun!

Jacob starts his job in a few days and for the first week, he actually gets to stay in Indy so we get to hang out for 1 more week before he moves to Chicago. But then we will only be apart for 3 weeks until I get to be with him in Chicago.

I have seen my Dr. since my last post and he said everything is going really well. I don't have to go back to see him until 2012! woohoo :) Pain has been great, but only after really long days, does my right hip hurt a little but my left has done so well. Jacob was really worried about going to Hawaii this soon after surgery because he didn't want me to be uncomfortable and in lots of pain but heck! I'll be on some of the most amazing beaches, how could that be bad!? Haha

I have also been pretty sick since Christmas. I have only started to get better this past week. It started off as a sore throat right before Christmas but then turned to hives. After my first break out, I had fever blisters, then I lost my voice, had an awful cough, back to a sore throat, throwing up, hives/rash again, chills, fever, cough and now I'm FINALLY starting to feel normal. I went to the Dr. and they did a bunch of blood work and they couldn't find anything wrong. I broke out at the Dr.'s office so they saw the rash but they had no clue what it was. I just pray it never comes back. It was NOT a fun thing to go through in the span of 2 and 1/2 weeks.

Today has been a snow day. A day to stay in my comfy clothes, do some wedding planning and just watch the snow fall to the ground and build up a wonderful white blanket of snow all around me. It's been so peaceful, and a wonderful time to think. I started reading this book last night, "For Woman Only". I couldn't put it down and it was the first thing I picked up this morning when I woke up. Jacob has the "For Men Only" book and his friend's wife let me borrow her copy and I love it (and I'm only on chapter 4!) I'm excited to learn more about how I can be more supportive, respectful, and loving towards my husband. I know I have my life to figure that out but I'm excited to always learn more.

31 days to go! I can not wait! <3

Friday, December 24, 2010

58 days!!!!

58 days until I am a wife! Things are coming along well and we're sending off invites in the next week... we met with the wedding planner last week and got a time line set up for the big day and got most of the lay out set for the ceremony and the reception.

There is big news to share and things are far enough along I thought I would share now (for those who I haven't told already....)
Jacob got a job!!!.... I got a job! and we're moving to IL! Jacob got a job in the western Chicago area a couple months ago and we're looking for apartments now in the G.H. area. I have been interviewing with a couple jobs and I got a notice of employment for my job yesterday! We will be about an hour from down town and we're looking forward to trips we'll be taking there and we're really excited about everything that is falling into place. It's nice because I know a few people within 30 min of where we will be living and I'm looking forward to seeing them again and hanging out with them since it's been almost 5 years since I have seen my friends!

Now, there is still a chance things will change again (if Jacob gets a job he's been in the process for for 5 months... it's a VERY long process and can take up to a year to find out if you get in...) but for now, these are our set plans!

We have also ended our counseling with one of the most amazing and Godly couples Jacob and I have ever met. We had to end our meeting with them at some point and we thought now was the right time and last night was a very special time with them. They wrote us an amazing letter that Jacob and I will be framing and putting up in our room at our apartment and they gave us a gift that they said out of years and years of counseling couples they have never given this gift to anyone outside of their family. It was a very humbling moment that we will never forget. Jeff and Pam have been such a blessing to Jacob and I and we can't thank God and them enough for everything they have done for us. We love them with all our hearts and we know God crossed our paths early last year for this very reason, thank you Lord.

I wish everyone a very Merry CHRISTmas, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Goodbye November...

Today marks the 10 weeks post-op from my LPAO! Things are going really really well but now I'm starting to have more pain in my right hip. I go to see my doctor tomorrow so I'll talk to him about it then but I know it's just because i have been putting all my weight on it for over 2 months so it's just getting a little over worked. I need to take it easy though because I have been walking around more than I should without my crutches and I went up and down the stairs today for the first time without them and I was really tired and a little sore after so I think that was too much... I want to be off everything by Christmas so I need to work hard at the gym and go by Dr.s orders and I hope to be good by then!

I'm thinking of Marcie and Jess C today because they both had their PAO's done today! They both went good and they are doing well but I know it's not always easy, now comes the days of being really good and some days are just pure crap. Girls, you will be just fine and you have so much support behind you and I know you both are soooo strong! You can do this! Love to you both!

Jacob and I have a BUNCH of stuff to do before the wedding, it's insane! Here are just a few things on our list: Continue wedding/honeymoon planning, 3-4 wedding parties, find a house then pack and move both of our stuff to IL, buy me a new car ... and Christmas, new years and birthdays are all thrown in there too! It's a lot but I'm so excited about where God is taking me (us) in a new life together! Sometimes I get in bed and I'm so tired but I start thinking about the wedding and I get so excited it takes me forever to fall asleep!

God has taken me on such a journey since last year and I have learned so much about myself and I'm so happy to keep learning more. Yes some lessons have been hard and difficult to accept (because of pride) but with God's unconditional love, mercy and grace, I can hand issues over to Him freely and give Him complete control. That is an act that is a challenge by itself because most of us want to do things and change things ourselves, but we will always end up falling short. I just have to keep reminding myself (or be reminded by others) that I'm not always right and I'm a very selfish person by nature... but I need to be reminded (as I think, we all do) that it's not about me (you). We need to continually ask, 'What can I do in my everyday life to bring a smile to God's face and that will glorify Him?' Or 'what can I do to bring happiness to others around me and not make it about me?' If you make every day about you, you will end up seeing very little and have a small view on life and God but if you open up your eyes to what God has around you and see what He is doing in the lives of those around you, you may just see something you never saw before.

To kind of explain a little about what I was talking about:
Jacob and I were both learning that we can't make him get a job without God's help. I think it's safe to say that we both had faith that something would come along but we weren't really giving God control of the job hunt. He was trying to get into places where he knew someone, or he had a foot in the door and he got some great leads and ended up in the top 2 or 3 choices for many of them but they all fell through. Then one night after a big let down, he got advice from someone, that maybe Jacob wasn't allowing God to show him what God could do in times of need. He wasn't really letting Him provide for Jacob when he really needed it. A few days later he got a call (the first out of over 40 jobs applied for) and they called him for an interview! In the end he didn't get that job but after letting God lead him, God started to let things happen. I look back to when he got the good news and I really think one day God spoke to Jacob and he picked up the phone and contacted an old company he used to work with and in just over a week, he got a call saying "I hear ya need a job?! Well, you got one..!" God has provided for Jacob and I in ways we didn't see but we're excited about it and we're going to go into it strong knowing He is showing us the way.

Ok well, thanks for listening me rant on and on but I think it's time for bed!


I saw my Dr. today and he says things look wonderful. The bones are healing great, and my pain is good. He did ask if I notice a difference in hight in my legs and I did say my right leg seemed a little shorter even before surgery and he said he thought so because he measured and it is a little shorter and my right femur is mushroom shaped so that could also play a part in the pain i'm feeling on my right said because it's not round the way my left femur is. But he said it's not a big deal and just to take meds as I feel I need it. I'm also allowed to walk crutch free!!! But he did say, again, if I feel tired or sore, to use them or my cane and to take it easy.