Well it sure has been awhile! I can't believe that the last time I wrote in here was back in NOVEMBER! whoops! Well I don't really know how to go about catching up all the time I missed so I am just gonna start over for now and let ya know a few key points that have happened since then. Hopefully I can keep up with this a little bit better this time. Even thought life is about to get a whole lot busier for me!
Lets see where to start. Scott was promoted in Feb. He is now a Staff Sergent! I couldn't be more proud of him and all the work he has put into his career this last year. I am amazed at how much he has progressed and how motivated and determined he is at his job and being a good leader to the guys he is over. It makes me see what a good man he is and how he always makes sure to put others first. He also finished his team leader certifications and is now a certified team leader. The nice thing with the promotion to was a nice raise, but the downfall to that is he now has a lot more responsibility which means longer hours, more on call days, more missions, and more danger. It scares me to know what he does in his job, and I am not looking forward to him going on his next deployment as team leader but at the same time I couldn't be more proud!
Both of the kids are doing great. Bray celebrated his 2nd birthday! Its amazing how fast time flies. He is such an independent little man and he brings so much joy and comic relief to our family. I am truly blessed to have him. Ada is about to graduate pre school and will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Again, where does the time go?! I can't believe she will be in full day school and not around all day. Its gonna take a little getting used to! But she too is a great blessing. She is such a sweet and loving girl and I am one proud momma.
As for me, drum roll please..... I am going back to school!! I start in just about a month and I am finally going to to pursue my bachelor of science in nursing! I am extremely excited about this. Its been a long road trying to figure out exactly how we are going to make it all work. Figuring out financial aid, day care for the kids, school for ada, what classes I need. What school to attend, etc etc etc...But everything is in place, I am enrolled and registered for both summer and fall courses and I am so so SOOO excited to start! I will be doing my first year at Pikes Peak Community College and then next fall I will be applying to two different nursing programs and just crossing my fingers one takes me! I am hoping to get into the Beth El college of Nursing which is University of Colorado. This has been a long time coming and a dream of mine for so long! I can't wait to begin this new journey, and having my husband stand behind me and be so supportive of me makes this all feel so worth it. I know it will be long days, and juggling being a mom, wife and student is gonna be a big change for me. But I am up for the challenge!
The other big thing in our lives right now is that we are house hunting! I can't believe we have finally reached a place in our lives that we will consider buying a home! With the military we have always been a little unsure about buying due to the fact that you never know when you will move. But Scott is coming up on his re enlistment here come fall and that will help us ask to continue to stay here in Colorado for a while longer. The higher rank gives him a little more pull for where he wants to go and we finally feel like this is the next big step and right direction for our family! His re enlistment comes with a nice bonus and that helps make me feel more secure about buying now. We are both very excited about the prospect of owning a home...we have a good idea of the neighborhood we want to move into and will be building our house. Its a two to three month process once we get it all started so hopefully by the beginning of next year we will be moved and settled in to our very first HOME! What a great thought that is.
Well I think thats the big parts for now. I will work on adding some pictures later and trying to update about some of the smaller things in our lives but thats all I have for now. Hope everyone out there is well!
Today I wanted to say how thankful I am for the Army. Now this is somewhat of a double edged sword because the army is one needy needy job and takes my husband away from me constantly and controls my life and has made it impossible for me to have a strong footing in one place...BUT I am so thankful for a wonderful job that my husband enjoys and for all the wonderful blessings that we get. We have food and shelter and everything we could need and much much more because of this job. We have job security and for some people in this economy I know that is a huge deal. Also we have full medical coverage. For me this is something so important and I am so thankful for all the things that the army offers my family. Not to mention the little things, the opportunity to travel, the opportunity to meet new people, and the opportunity to learn to grow. I have had to become a stronger woman then I ever knew I could be due to the trials the army life puts our family through. But I wouldn't change any of the challenges or experiences I have got. It has helped make me into the person I am now.
Today I wanted to basically say how thankful I am to the Lord for giving me my talent in arts. I love to create things and paint and draw and sew and all of that. I know how blessed I am to have a "knack" at this. I am so thankful for the Lord for blessing me with this particular gift because it is a gift that I can use to give to others constantly. I love the ability to make and do things for friends to make them happy. So today I am thankful for my creative ability and my love of arts.
Today I wanted to say how thankful I am for my church. Though I struggle at times and am not the perfect Mormon, I love my church. I love the people of my church and most of all, I love the teachings of my church. I am thankful for finding the church at the age that I did and was able to then meet my husband and have two beautiful kids, and be sealed in the temple. I am thankful for Joseph Smith and the restored Gospel. I am thankful for a modern prophet on the earth today. I know that my church is true. I know that Christ is my savior and through him I am stronger then I ever thought I could be. I am thankful for all the wonderful blessings I have in my life because of the church. And I am so thankful for my ward that I am in. I have some amazing people in my ward that are always there when I need someone and continue to show faith in me and never give up hope. I am very very blessed. This I know.
So today I woke up with a beautiful picture outside. We are covered in snow! I love the snow. I think it is beautiful, majestic and makes me happy for a day of hot chocolate and cuddling. But it also makes me think of something else. I am so truly thankful for a roof over my head and a warm house to be in on days like this. I know that not all are as fortunate. I know that I am truly blessed to have a home and heat. And not only do I have a home, I have a beautiful home. With no leaks or cracks in my walls etc. I know that a lot of people in this world have so much less than me and I am so very fortunate to have a wonderful home that I get the joy of decorating and making my own. Days like today remind me how many less fortunate are out there right now in this cold and just looking for a way to get warm. It really makes me think about ways I can help out more.
So since its the month of November and its a time to think about all the things we are thankful for I decided I wanted to write one a day for the month of things I am thankful for in my life. I am WAY behind on my blog and I will work on catching that up but I am going to be doing this each day.
Today I wanted to say how thankful I am for two healthy beautiful babies. I know that I don't always appreciate how truly blessed I am to have two great kids that are healthy! There are so many people out there that would either love to have kids of their own and can't or that have babies but are sadly fighting a disease or sickness. I have been so lucky to have two kids that are very rambunctious and playful and good kids, and they are healthy. For this I am truly thankful.
I am first and always a mom and wife. I have two beautiful kids that are my world. And a husband I couldnt imagine life without. I was diagnosed with Lupus (SLE) on Dec 10th, 2010. Life hasn't been the same since. Now I take each day as it comes and I work my best to enjoy every moment!