Thursday, November 20, 2008

Well, I don't have anything too interesting to write about today. As I told Randy and Julie tonight, today I took a "vacation from my vacation." I woke up to see Kyle off to work and he left at 7am and I never fell back asleep which was weird but I decided to just stay curled up in bed and read/watch tv until NOON! Go ahead, call me lazy..but just wait, it gets better. So, I knew today I had to go to Greenville Hospital to get my 2nd TB test read and I decided to stop in at Kyle's work while in Greenville to see him again (I will get into why in a minute) and he had decided to leave early! BOO. So, I went on, got my negative test read, and went back home. That is when the laziness multiplied. I crawled back into bed, watched more TV, read my book, napped, and read some more. Then, I decided I to get out of bed, so I took a bath and read my book some more. Then, I went over to watch Grey's Anatomy with Julie and we had a little "pajama party" as Randy called it when he walked in. So, that's my day in a nutshell and I am going to make an attempt at being much more productive tomorrow! And in case you're interested, I am reading The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan. This is the prequel to one of my favorite books Marley and Me. I highly recommend both - make sure you read Marley and Me before this Christmas, as they are coming out with a movie and the book is HARD TO BEAT!!!

Ok, so moving onto the reason for me stopping at Kyle's work to see him.....He was invited by his good friend Dave to go to Arkansas on a duck hunting trip. Now, if you know Kyle this just got him sooo excited! So, Dave and him left today around lunchtime and drove to Arkansas (they should just be getting there now). Dave's friend, Chad, has some property down there and just the other day, on their farm, they saw approx 7,000 ducks in one place!!!!!!!! 7,000??? That is beyond my imagination. Wow. So, Kyle will be completely & totally enjoying his outdoor man weekend in Arkansas and will return late, late Sunday night. I will definitely miss him while he is gone!! I even told him "I love you & miss you" before he even left this morning. He probably thinks I'm crazy but that's ok.

A quick update on little miss Kayleigh: they just found out tonight that she has a urinary tract infection and I just hope and pray that that is the reason for this huge setback. She was put on the ventilator today because she was having so many difficulties. I hope that with the antibiotics they put her on, she will recover quickly.

Next, I would like to say this:

Dear Grey's Anatomy,

Your show is getting entirely too strange for me. Dead people that you can touch, kiss, and even make love to? I am baffled. And who, in their right mind, would EVER dream of allowing someone to take out their appendix "just for fun?!" And who, in their right mind, would take someone up on that offer?! I mean really. Please, show writers, get your show back on the right track....and pronto.

Sincerely, Jen

Ok, I think that's all for today. Yay for Clay coming home tomorrow!! I'm sure he is very excited to regain his freedom (wear normal clothes, eat/sleep whenever he wants and however often he wants, etc), even if only for a week.

Love yall, Jen

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Second & Final Post For the Day..

Hi Everyone!! First, please make sure that you read my post from earlier today. It's very important to me..thanks! Next, I just wanted to say that I purchased gas logs today!! Yay! Mark that off my to-do list. I also bought the faucets for our master bath. Our debit card is probably very sad :( hehe.

I just got home from choir practice a little bit ago and every Wednesday and Sunday I realize how much I really do enjoy singing. Although I may not be the best at it, it is such a good outlet and stress reliever. It may seem silly but it amazes me how each group of singers (sopranos, tenors, etc) sings such different notes but yet it comes together sounding so beautiful. I guess thats why they call the notes harmonies. On December 7th, we are having a Christmas concert called "Imagine: A Christmas Worship Experience." I am SUPER-DOOPER excited about it. We have some work to do on it but with our ever-growing choir and our 20-or-so person orchestra it is sure to sound glorious :) Feel free to come listen and enjoy (everyone is invited) at Inman First Baptist, 6pm.

Ok, sort of random, but I am soooo excited for my sister! She is getting married Labor Day weekend in 2009 and I am excited to have a 3rd brother, Stephen! I know how much Kyle & I enjoyed our wedding and I am just ready for her to experience that same level of excitement and happiness! Her wedding website is:

Clay, Kyle's youngest brother, comes home from the Citadel on Friday. I am really excited to spend time with him! I have grown really close to Kyle's other younger brother (but older than Clay), Rhino since moving to SC and I really loveee having brothers, let me tell you! Katy, don't get me wrong, you are my one and only sister and I love you to death, but brothers (at least mine) have this spontaneous, never-know-what-to-expect, free spirit type of life that I think just invigorates me. Anyway, I think that Clay and I, and possibly Julie, are going to the mountains for a couple hours this weekend to sightsee, shop, and eat! I just realized tonight that I have choir practice Saturday morning, but hopefully we will still have time afterward to go.

Ok, that's all, I think.

Love yall!!!

Just a quick request..

I came across Kayleigh's blog (link on the right side of my page), a little girl born premature weighing in at ONE pound, several weeks ago. She is in Charlotte, still in the hospital, and has overcome so many obstacles. She has had some eye problems, breathing problems, and most recently has had open heart surgery to close a hole in her heart. Kayleigh came out of her surgery SO well and was days away from going home for the first time when early this morning she started having a lot of trouble breathing and has been put back on oxygen. I am just asking that everyone please pray for this little miracle. Pray hard and pray frequently. Her family has been through so much and they are on quite a roller coaster of emotions. I also want to thank them for letting complete strangers follow along in their daily life through the blog. It has absolutely given me a new outlook on how precious life is and how touch-and-go it can really be. I really appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers for her!!! I will write more later but I didn't feel like this could wait!

Love, Jen

ps- when I ask you to pray for something, I know that everyone reading this does not necessarily believe all the same things. So, I just ask that you pray or think positive thoughts or send best wishes in whatever way you most feel comfortable! I think Kayleigh probably likes all of those things!! Thanks :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Day One...

With life crazy as it is, I decided to give myself just one more challenge. To keep family & friends updated on my increasingly busy life. First up and one of the more exciting things is that our house is SOOOO close to being done. The newest accomplishment is the beautiful landscaping.

The current "to-do" list is to finish hooking up the gas line for our fireplace, purchase the gas logs for our fireplace, rock the fireplace, install the potty in our master bathroom, and finish trim painting (door jams, etc). It may seem like a lot but that is NOTHING compared to what is behind us. For those who may not know, we bought our house as a foreclosure and Kyle, the handi-man, has been tirelessly working on it for the last year plus. Which brings me to the next thing I wanted to say. I just want to brag on Kyle for a minute. He has been so wonderful to me the entire time we have dated, been engaged, and now have been married for 3 months!!! Can you even believe that it has been that long since our wedding?!? In two days, we will have been together for 4 years. It feels so natural to be married to this wonderful man and I just look forward to him coming home everyday to spend more time with him. He is really the reason I even have a house to sleep in :) I know that he is probably more than frustrated with my job situation (which I will get into soon) but he has just been so supportive and loving every single day and for that I love him so very much. Now, I would like to list out just a few of the very impressive tasks Kyle has accomplished on our house:

1) Envisioned what this house could be if fixed and taken care of! (That was a major task in and of itself)

2) Tiled the kitchen floor himself

3) Tore down all of the fake wood paneling

4) Sheetrocked the nasty auditorium ceiling tiles in the bedrooms

5) Installed numerous fans, lights, sinks, dishwasher, oven, fridge, etc.

6) Envisioned an amazing downstairs including master bathroom, bedroom, media room, 2 HUGE master closets, laundry room, etc out of one big terrible-looking room.

7) Painted

...The list could go on and on and on. I am just so impressed by how smart and handy he is and it baffles my mind how many hours he has put into our house without a peep of complaint. I am truly blessed.

I must also thank everyone for their help in the process. Most especially Julie for painting almost our entire 1st floor. For this service we have promised her three grandchildren to the best of our abilities. Kyle and I had to paint the basement because Kyle didn't want that number to continue creeping upward. haha. Also for Rhino, Clay, and Terry for building our beautiful wood deck! To Randy, for his endless advice and assistance. There were many nights when he was driving back from working on his own subdivision at 11pm and saw our lights on and came over to see what he could help us with. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!

Next up is my job. I am so excited to say that I have accepted and signed an offer for a position at Patewood Medical Campus, through the Greenville Hospital System, in Pediatric Neurology. I am a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and will be working in that capacity with three fabulous and kind neurologists. We will be adding a fourth doctor in July when she finishes all of her schooling/residencies/fellowship. I will see patients with headaches, seizures, cerebal palsy, and various other neurological disorders. Now, for the frustrating is taking what seems like forever for me to start. I was offered this position in late August or early September and the credentialing process is still ongoing. Getting credentialed through a hospital is a long and tedious process, although it makes me more comfortable about the types of healthcare providers that are allowed to work for the hospital. Credentialing includes having your appropriate certification, licensure, vaccinations, employment history check, background check, reference check, etc. As of yesterday, my tentative start date was December 8th. Hopefully I will start then, if not before.

Moving on from that, I am very excited for a couple days to spend with Kyle and my family over Thanksgiving. Kyle and I are driving up to Delaware to see my family for the holiday. Katy and Stephen (her fiance) are going to be there as well and I will also get to see my Nanny (mom's mom) and my Aunt Fanny (mom's aunt) on Thanksgiving Day. I will get to see the Gibbs (next-door-neighbors that are just like grandparents) and my wonderful friends!!! I was excited to see my grandmom and grandpop (dad's parents) but unfortunately my Grandmom was in the hospital all last week with a pulmonary embolism, a clot in her lungs, so she is now unable to travel for the time being. She is home and feeling much better, but needs lots of prayers and positive thoughts for a continued speedy recovery.

Anyway, I am going to finish watching Aladdin (on ABC Family's movie countdown to Christmas!!) and then possibly do a little painting if I can get motivated. Everyone try to stay warm (mom said it was snowing up in Delaware today! Brrrr)!!

Love to everyone,