Sunday, July 20, 2014

Patio/Deck

So I'm not sure if anyone remembers what our patio/deck looked like...
Pretty redneck.
Or "industrial chic" if you'd like to call it that...
We added some furniture to it.

But now we've finally stained it!! It only took 10-11 months... jeesh
Looks pretty shnazzy. Not sure if we're going to stain the thing that the grill stands on. But we're likely going to do a second coat. Hopefully that won't take much longer... because I want to be done with this! I want to fully enjoy this space!!

I love how it matches the brick so well! That was totally unplanned. I actually found this stain a couple weeks ago when we were organizing the paint. I totally forgot about it. It was originally $40 and we paid $5. Which makes the total project cost.... $5 since Jason got the palettes from a former employer. Well, did have to put the weed barrier, rocks, and bricks down under the palettes to keep them from standing in water. But that was 10-11 months ago and I don't remember how much that cost.

It's so lovely! Now we're just waiting to put all the things back into place.

Even Alice and our elephant watering can love it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Big Announcement!

Firstly - we celebrated our 1st homiversary on Saturday. I actually completely forgot about it until Sunday night. So we celebrated unawares. We spent time in a hotel for our first homiversary, ironically enough. Drill weekend, family day, mandatory fun. Anyhow on with the rest of the post . . .

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So, since there's only 6 months left, we figured now would be a good time to make this announcement. 

First off, if we haven't told you in person please don't be offended. It doesn't exactly come up in conversation often, and it's not really at the forefront of our minds when we're hanging out with those we love.

We've known for a good while now, but it was only made official at the end of May.

And here's where anyone who doesn't already know starts to get confused. You thought we were having a kid! HAH!

No. But we had to take this absolutely perfect opportunity to make you think we were having a kid when we're not. To good to pass up!

Jason is deploying to [this is kinda cryptic but you can figure it out] an island that's just a boat-ride away from Key West, but not exactly friendly with the US... [if you need another hint, they're well known for cigars] for 13 months total (including pre & demob). He will leave early on in 2015.

If you're feeling sorry for us, don't. 

Jason's wanted to deploy for the past 6 years, and has had the opportunity to deploy 3 times prior to this, and he didn't get to go due to paperwork or just cancelation of deployment.

It's not Afghanistan or any major combat zone. It's just hot.

We'll be in the same time zone for crying out loud. So many worse problems we could have when it comes to deployments.

At this point we don't know any much more than that. Well, we do, but we don't exactly want to plaster it on the interwebs (yay opsec!).


Heads up on things you could do or should not do:

So, I'm not exactly sure what I'll do while he's gone. Maybe travel, maybe not. Just see what God directs. But please do us all a favor and don't tell me how tough it's going to be (as if I don't know?). The response I most appreciated to this news was from another military wife who said, "you're strong, you'll be fine." Yeah, she gets it. That's exactly what I do need to hear. Encouragement that everything will be okay (however, don't say things like "oh, that's not that long!").

Please don't treat me like I'm diseased or walk on eggshells when you're around me (before or during that time period when Jason's gone). Offer to just be there. I know that looks different for everyone. But just practically, feel free to simply invite me into your everyday life; know that you don't have to wait for a special occasion. One of the biggest challenges I find to be when Jason's gone is cooking for myself. It's difficult to plan meals for one person, and it's just a reminder that I'm alone. So seriously, best thing you can do is invite me over or out for dinner.

If you're a dude (or a really handy lady who knows how to help with these things), offering to help with lawn work or house projects while Jason's gone would be pretty nice.

Don't ask Jason why he'd ever want to leave his wife for a year. He doesn't want to. But he wants to deploy. He joined to serve. Serving means sacrifice.

Biggest prayer requests we have about this:

- There are some folks in his unit who just had kids. Pray that they somehow don't have to go. I know this is hard, but I can't even fathom just having a kid and having to say goodbye to my husband for over a year.... missing a year of that child's life.

- That communication will be clear. We really would like to know more than we already do (like living arrangements, cell phone service/capabilities, if there can/will be visits, ect).

- That nothing major goes wrong with any of our property while he's gone ;P I've been speaking over our hot water heater, praying it'll hold out as long as possible haha

- That we'll be able to go to Scotland hopefully before he leaves, and if not then, then when he gets back


- That we'll be able to really enjoy the time we have before he leaves

- Obviously for safety, peace, and that we won't miss each other as much as we might could

For other military spouses, I just want to share this page with you as it has encouraged me a lot: https://www.facebook.com/FaithDeployed Hope it can encourage more of you military spouses.


Thank you all for your support and prayers in advance!


"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Small updates

Made some small updates on the July 4th weekend. Long overdue, and so fitting! We love it all!!

Made the two canvases of art. Took a lot longer than I had hoped. The "carry me back to Old Virginia" piece was detailed lettering. I actually used puffy paint to do them! It's so much easier to do cursive with puffy paint!

The "love one another" piece - I custom ordered chipboard letters from an etsy shop that specialized in it, painted them individually, and modge-podged them down. I had to hold each of them down on the canvas for 5+ minutes so they wouldn't curl.

The shelf we go at Bed Bath and Beyond on clearance for $5 (display model that had damage), and frame we got on clearance at Target for $5ish. The frame contains the infamous Omari liberation picture.

Pillow we got on clearance at Target for $5ish, curtains I got on Craigslist for $15 (originally $45!). Door knocker-viewer we got on Amazon for $8 I believe?

Yeah. If you can't tell... we love bargains.