And They’re All Off to School!

Well, my little guy is now in SCHOOL.  Don’t ask me how this happened so fast.  We have been doing this school thing for about a little over a week now, and I will say that it gets easier every day.  We are able to drop him off in the morning carpool and he walks himself to class, he does great at lunch, he’s super happy when we pick him up in carpool in the afternoons, his appetite has doubled (yay!), and he’s one tired boy in the evenings.  I know that school is going to be great for him and he’s going to learn so much more than “book” stuff.  I’m excited to see how he grows this year!

Here are some pictures of his first day.  He looks SO SMALL when he’s lined up with all the other kids.  I feel like I’m sending my toddler away on his own and that’s hard.. but I’m getting better! I’ve only cried one morning after drop off – I consider that a success!

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Not only has Tristan started school …  but Shelby AND Kate have, too! 

Shelby started his first day of college toward his PGM degree on Monday.  It’s really crazy to think we are BACK at college.. getting a 2nd degree.  We have dreamed about this and planned for this for a LONG time, and now the time has finally come! It almost seems surreal!  I have no doubt that THIS is exactly where God wants him! [ I feel like I need to make a disclaimer - Shelby was stung by a bee the weekend before school started, but his face was STILL swollen Monday morning ... poor guy!]

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Kate started preschool on Tuesday.  This sweet little nugget.. I love her so much.  She’s the smartest 2 year old I know.  I can’t wait to see how much she grows and learns at school!  I’m so thankful that we have the ability to send her somewhere great for preschool.  I’m feeling so incredibly blessed lately! She absolutely LOVES school.. her face lights up whenever you talk about going to school.  She told me she’s a big girl now and she goes to a big girl school.  ;)

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I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the “back to school” photos on facebook.  So many proud parents and excited kids.  I’m happy to be a part of the club this year!

I’m Sorry …

So, I had intended to post today and apologize for my most recent blog posts and the direction they were taking.  You guys know I’m looking for a job, and that seems to take over my every waking thought here lately.  I sat down the other night and typed this out so that I could post it at my next internet access opportunity.  Here is what I wanted to say : 

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I feel like I should apologize to you guys … for my actions.

I get on my blog time and time again talking about how wonderful God is and how much He does and provides for my family.  I try to encourage others in the process, showing them that GOD IS AWESOME and He’s got your back and He’s always perfect in His will and timing.  Then, I get on my blog and I make myself look like an idiot begging for prayers that I get a job or that we are OK financially, or whatever.  

I’m not practicing what I “preach” and it’s taken me a while to realize that.  I am sorry for that.

I sincerely appreciate everyone that encourages me and prays for me.  I’d by lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous and scared about our job situation, but – with the gentle reminders from others – I’ve been able to SEE that this is God’s plan and I need to just BE STILL and know that HE is God and that He’s going to take care of us.  I need to stop crying and whining around about everything we don’t have at this moment.  

I’m basically annoying myself.

So, again – I’m sorry for my blog posts lately.  I think I might even delete them.  I will try to practice my own advice from now on and look to Him for everything we need.  

Thanks for always being so awesome, guys! 

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I’m so happy that I was able to take a step back – look at my actions and my thoughts – and tone them down a little bit.  I’m going to try my best to NEVER let myself get carried away like that again.  It’s at the top of my list of things I’m working on.

A close 2nd on that list of things I’m working on, is finding a suitable business casual wardrobe because I was hired for a job this past Friday.  (insert hallelujah chorus here)  The job I was hired for is a temporary position at Mississippi State. 

Answer to prayer # 1 : Allow me to get my foot in the door SOMEWHERE at Mississippi State. 

The department I’m working for has a permanent position opening up in the near future that I feel like would be a great fit for me.  My CURRENT prayer is that I’m able to do this temporary job to the best of my ability and I’m able to slide into a permanent position with Mississippi State.  

Right now, God is giving me exactly what I have prayed for.. exactly what I’ve asked for over the last several months.  Even though I whined and cried around about it, He gave me what I wanted.  It makes me feel even MORE guilty and ashamed for how I have acted! I am so beyond thankful and humbled that He would do that for me.  I am SO thankful He is giving me the opportunity to do something I REALLY wanted to do at a place I REALLY wanted to do it.  

Over the past few days I’ve kept telling myself to just BE STILL.  Chill out.  I know God is God and He is capable of anything and everything.  He has a plan for me and He knows exactly what He’s doing.  His timing is perfect.  I just need to be still and allow His blessings to cover me.  

And that’s what I plan to do.

Woohoo!! 

Welcome to Mississippi!

So, we made it to Mississippi! After many many many days of traveling and many many many miles in the air and on the road we are finally “HOME”! I really feel like THIS is where we are supposed to be.  The people here have been so incredibly nice to our family and have welcomed us with open arms.  It makes this transition so much easier!

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you know there were some issues with our house when we arrived.  While we were on the road from Texas to Mississippi on Sunday, our next door neighbor texted us to see if it was OK for him to stop by and drop some things off. (Our neighbors and other members of our new church joined together to furnish our home with things for us to borrow until OUR things arrive from Hawaii! Our shipment was pushed back almost 3 weeks – so we were coming home to an empty house.  SO THANKFUL FOR SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE!).  A few moments later, he mentioned that he was going to clean and set some things up.. and wanted to know if that was OK.  I saw the world “clean” and my heart dropped a little bit.  Why did he need to clean? It was supposed to have been CLEAN after the current tenants moved out.  IT WAS NOT.. and it was DIRTY.  Without hesitation, our neighbors and those same wonderful people who loaned us household goods rallied together to clean our house and make it ready for us to come home that night.  We arrived home to a full welcome wagon. We were absolutely BLOWN AWAY.  People we had only met one time and many people we had never met before did that FOR US.  We felt so humbled, thankful, and so welcomed to Mississippi.  

I just couldn’t help but think of what it would have been like without them – we would have gotten home at 10PM to a dark, dirty, and empty house after driving for 2 days.  SO THANKFUL that’s not our story of arriving in Mississippi!

We are slowly settling into life here! I cooked dinner for the first time last night.  It was nice to have a home cooked meal, but I felt like I was clueless about cooking! ha! I guess 2 months without cooking will do that to you!  We went to the store and stocked up on groceries and I can cook every night for the rest of the month.  We are trying to establish some routines for the kids, especially since school starts less than a week after our belongings arrive! The kids LOVE our next door neighbors kids – that makes me so happy that they have sweet friends right next door! Shelby has already started on cleaning up our yard and area around the house.  It was really overgrown and neglected, and it already looks TONS better.  I can’t wait to make this house OUR HOME and make it something we can be proud of! (WE ARE RENTING this house – and yes, we probably care more about our home than most renters do about their homes.. but that’s just the way we are!) 

I have more to say, but right now I’m sitting at Starbucks borrowing their internet since we don’t have any at our house yet.  haha.  I need to get home soon and start some things around the house and get dinner going before church tonight! We are excited to visit our church for the first time – I’m so ready to make new friendships here! 

There are lots of fun things running around in my head – mainly about decorating the house.  I will post more on that later!

And I’m STILL looking for a job – I feel a little down about it, but I know God will provide! I’m finding out it’s REALLY hard to get a job in this town if you don’t know anyone…. and well, I don’t know anyone! 

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!  I will be back soon! :)

Fellowship Friday : A Devotional

Happy FELLOWSHIP FRIDAY! I guess you can tell that FF took a little break during the move and all the travels we have been doing, but I’m going to try my BEST to start it back up even though we aren’t quite home yet.  FELLOWSHIP FRIDAY

Lately I’ve been posting excerpts on my Facebook and Instagram of a daily devotional that I’ve been reading.  I’ve gotten quite a few questions about it so I thought it would be a GREAT topic for today’s Fellowship Friday!JESUS CALLING : Our Nesting Place Blog - Fellowship Friday

The devotional is called Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence and it’s written by Sarah Young.  This devotional has been simply wonderful for me.  It seems like no matter what I’m going through, the inner struggles or thoughts I’m having, good things AND bad things – this SPEAKS to me! God is really awesome like that!  I pray every day, and sometimes I can feel God speaking to me.. sometimes I can’t.  THEN – I go read my devotional and there it is.. He is speaking to me.  

This book is available in so many different formats and is applicable to so many different people.  I use my Kindle app on my iPhone or my iPad, and I’m able to read the ebook version that way.  I like that I can use it on the go, and it’s on my phone too – so I can read it at any time and any place when I need to!  I often re-read my daily devotional throughout the day if I need a reminder or a pick-me-up.  

I haven’t checked out any of the other “issues” of this devotional, but I sure would like to! Here are some of the other options available to us!  You should be able to click on the image of each book and be directed to a place to read more about it!

This is a children’s version! I would really love to get this for my kids!

This is a devotional journal as well as the devotional itself!

This is another journal + devotional in one – I love that!

There is a Jesus Calling Teen Edition that I am certain would have been wonderful during my teen years!

This is an adorable Jesus Calling Storybook

This book is the sequel to Jesus Calling and it’s called Jesus Today – has anyone read this? I’m excited to check it out for myself!

I was amazed at all the different options for this book once I started looking.  I hope that YOU are able to find a copy of this devotional that is a great fit for you.  I know it’s been so wonderful for me!

I’d love to hear about any other wonderful devotionals you might be reading right now!  I’m always looking for things like that to put on my “read this next” list.  Please share below so that I can check them out as well!