Tuesday, November 27, 2012


"One thing in life is certain & that is that things will continue to change."  

I feel like that is our mantra lately. My husband and I posted about our upcoming move to Texas here & since then, life has been a bit of a whirlwind.  Kyle moved to Houston & is living in a furnished, corporate apartment.  Kinsley Anne & I are trekking along at home.  My last day of work is Dec. 21.  It is all bittersweet.  I am excited out of my head to have my family of 3 together, in one state.one city.one home. 

I am jumping for joy about starting a new adventure, with new things to go see, new places to go, new fun trips for us to take.  I am actually thrilled to go house-hunting! BUT, I am also scared out of my mind to be 13 hours from our closest family member.  I am anxious about finding the perfect job; one that fits me & my family, where I can make a significant impact on my patients. I keep wondering are we nuts?  Then, I remember who's been upstairs orchestrating this whole thing.  It is almost as if this has been a heaven sent mission for us.  Everything has fallen into place, every piece of the puzzle matching up perfectly.  Who am I to question it?  I have also stopped often to think of those wives/husbands of deployed service-people and wonder, "who do they do this for so long?!"  I am so lucky that during the 2 months of utter chaos in my life, I can have the comfort of knowing where my husband will lay his head down at night....on a soft & plush bed, under a hardy roof, with heat [or AC...he is in Houston, after all].  

So...here is the plan:

1] Kyle has started work. He started November 5th.  He will continue along with a trip up to see us for Christmas.

2] Kinsley goes to school & I go to work until Dec. 21.

3] The 3 of us get to celebrate Christmas.. the birth of our mighty savior ..in one place!

4] Kyle will go back down to resume work & I may go to unpack our things into a new home for a few days child-free if we have closed on one by then.

5] Shortly after the New Year, Kinsley Anne, Bowen, Avery, & I will make the 16 hour [turned 3-4 day] road trip to Houston, Texas!

Of course, everyone wants to know, how Kinsley Anne is holding up with Daddy gone.  She has truly done amazing.  Kids are resilient   More than once, Kyle and I have said "oh, the innocence of a child!"  When I cried leaving Kyle off at the airport the first time, she said "Mommy. Top it. You OK. No Crying. Daddy Airpwane. Texas."  Well said, Kinsley Anne. Her wisdom is beyond her years and she has her moments of needing mommy or daddy, but she's making it.  Her school has been remarkable, as well.  They love on her each and every day. On days when she needs extra hugs, she gets just that.  She's allowed to have her moments of breakdown & then they scoop her right up and help her to move on.  I am forever thankful for that. It's taking that extra stress that much easier.

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

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Monday, November 26, 2012

My Grown Up Christmas List..

As Christmas nears, I frequently get the question..."What do you want for Christmas?"  I usually say, nothing. But let's be serious. We all want something.  I need nothing but that doesn't stop a girl from dreaming.

1) A new The North Face fleece.  I have this one in black & they have a new color out called Weimaraner Brown.  I love it. Such a great neutral and it upholds to my day-to-day wear.  It is freezing in my work office and I wear it constantly.  Small, please!

2) Uggs. I have a pair of Bearpaw Abigail boots in Hickory & although they are a great, less expensive option, the sheepskin foot bed sometimes balls up under your foot.  I love & always have loved the Bailey Button Triplet boot.  They have some new, very fun colors. I particularly love the Rose Clay & Dove Blue colors. FANTASTIC. Size 9, please!

3) Michael Kors Grayson Large Logo Satchel.  Such a classic looking bag, large enough for all of your essentials.  In some retail locations, this bag even comes with a detachable shoulder strap - great for a mom on the go!  I absoultely love the Vanilla.  It goes with everything & is casual enough for day-to-day use but dressy enough for an evening out! In comparison to some of Michael Kors' competitors, this bag is at a reasonable price point as well.  This really should sit at the top of my list!

4) A beautiful charm with a chain to represent my little girl.  This charm can be personalized with name & date on the back for an extra special touch!

What are your top wants?  

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Disclaimer: I was not given any of the above products for review prior to this post. These are only my personal opinions.