Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Day 2015

It seems like every January and February in Tennessee we get a couple snow days. I'm not talking like a little dusting, I mean my hubby stays home from work because of all the snow. It's a legit snow day like we had as kids in Michigan.

Today was this years snow day. Jonah gets so excited when daddy is home to wake him up in the morning; so that is how the day started, with excited little shrieks growls from the Bear's room. Which was promptly followed by cuddles from Levi, pancakes, and playing in the snow.

The snow was so much fun this year because Jo was actually able to have fun in it! Levi, not so much... he face planted it within 30 seconds, and decided he was safer in mama or daddy's arms.

6.5 inches of snow!
Jonah Bear making snow angels with me.
Giving our snowman a hug.
My men
Family photo courtesy of our sweet neighbor.

I love these special memories we get to share.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We Are Moving.

Yep, you read the title correctly. My men and I are moving. And not just a little move across town, but a big move... to Louisiana.

The hubby's company is transferring him to a different plant, and while this seems sudden (because it is) we've known in our hearts that this was coming. We had no clue, where, when, etc. But God had been preparing our hearts for this for a little over a year.

Honestly, it's scary to be moving over eight hours from the only home your babies have known; and 18 hours away from those babies grandparents... It's scary knowing you are moving in less than 6 weeks, and have no clue where you will stay. It's scary (and sad, so sad) to be leaving wonderful friends, and our amazing church family. But we are trusting in God, and following His leading. The easy and comfortable thing isn't always the right thing.

So April 1st, we will be saying goodbye to Chattanooga, Tennessee and saying hello to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Or as the boys call it "honey-bana."

Friday, February 13, 2015


My last post I mentioned that I have started running. For most people, running isn't that big of a deal. But I was told it would be impossible...

When I was born my right hip wasn't fully developed, and as a result, I spent the first year of my life in a brace that kept my knees to my chest. I also deal with tendons that hyper-extend. This means that I can keep stretching them, but they don’t stretch back. It became a big issue for me. By time I reached high school I couldn't stand for more than 30 minutes without collapsing. My tendons were just too stretched out. I ended up wearing steel orthopedic braces so I could walk.

I have had many surgeries over the years to try to correct my legs so I could walk without those braces. Finally, my surgeon told me that my sixth surgery may have worked, I could walk normally; but I needed to be careful because I would probably need another surgery later on in life. After that last surgery things were still a little rocky. I could walk, but I had to quit swimming (the only physical activity that I was told I could do) because the kicking was too hard my legs. I was basically told by my doctor that I should be content with walking and just move on.

About a year later I was healed by God. Strangely, I was nervous about this. I was timid about working my legs too hard in case I ended up needing yet another surgery. Even though I knew I was healed I kept living as if I should be content with just walking. Now I realize now that I was living in fear. I don't want to teach that to them. So  February 2014 I lost some weight, and that June I signed up for a 5k (3.1 miles) to run in October. I completed it in 30 minutes and 11 seconds. My second race, I actually earned a bronze medal in the Athena division out of over 1,500 racers.

Running has been amazing, and I now love it. I have sign-ed up for the Scenic City 5k that I'm running in a couple weeks. Isn't it amazing what God can do? Now I am #running4jesus. To Him be all the glory.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hello There.

Potty Training.
Family Visits.
Myrtle Beach Thanksgiving.
A Christmas at home.

You know, just life.

That's how we roll y'all. Life has been busy, and it's been wonderful. And as it turns out, life with two little monsters... ahem... boys means little to no blogging. I was fine with that until recently; when I was trying to update the boys baby books, and realized that I had to go back to my blog to even remember what stuff happened when. Then to add salt to the wound, I realized I haven't blogged in months, meaning almost a year went undocumented. Don't get me wrong, it was a lovely year, but it makes me kinda bummed that I can't really remember much. So back to blogging it is. I'm well aware that only the grandparents read this little corner of the internet, but... I love to have it to look back on.

It's my corner after all...

RAN my first 5k with my dear friend Emily. This might need to be another post because it was life changing.

Family photo during our Myrtle Beach Thanksgiving vacation.

Jonah Bear turned THREE YEARS OLD! Seriously, wasn't I just in labor with that kid?