Friday, July 15, 2011

And we're back...

Well, the last nine months seem to have gone by in the blink of an eye. We are now officially Utah residents again. We left for Utah on Wednesday, July 6 and made it home in 27 hours... I think that is a record of some sort. We were so excited and anxious to get home that we couldn't sleep, even when we stopped and tried. The Durango was SO full. Micah and Atlee were squished in the backseat but handled it like troopers, even when things kept falling and landing on them. It made for some good laughs.

The dogs laid in their kennel in the back (2 dogs, 1 kennel) and relaxed the whole way home, almost as if they knew where we were going and couldn't wait either. We had absolutely no car troubles the whole trip until we had dropped everything off and headed to my parent's house, then literally mid-sentence talking about how great the Durango was, we hear this "snap" and the back window decided to slide down the door. I guess the track no longer wanted to work. We couldn't have asked for better timing because it rained the whole trip home. If it had broken even a few hours sooner, we would have been in for a really long wet drive. Thank Heavens (literally) for the little blessings.

Since we have been back we have been gypsies wandering from one set of parent's homes to  the others while we wait for our stuff to catch up to us. It should be here in the next couple of days and then we will be officially planted on Utah soil. As soon as we are in I will post some pictures.

It is strange to not have our MS friends to call and get together with every weekend. We don't have much of a social life without them.

Jake heads out for training on Sunday to Texas and the girls head back to their moms for a week... so the next week will be a long work week for me. I'm looking forward to some much needed time with my folks.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Well, this commences my first public blog post. I feel like there should be a ribbon-cutting ceremony or something eventful. I have been meaning to start a blog for quite some time. Life is crazy and seems to bring us all sorts of new adventures and trials, but I have never sat down and taken the time to write them all out or "journal" them. I have so many great memories that I plan to work through them one at a time. So be patient with me as I bring this bad boy up to date.

I feel so overwhelmingly blessed. Despite the unknown, I know some things are for certain. I know that I love my husband and without him, my life would be so much less exciting and unfulfilled. Meeting Jake was a turning point, for more than the obvious reasons. He showed me that life has possibilities beyond what I had imagined. I feel like sometimes I have to filter what I say about how close he and I are for fear of misinterpretation, so I hope this comes out right. It wasn't until I lost myself in the kind, understanding, and loving hands of my best friend, truly let him see even the sides of me I didn't want to show, that I knew what it meant to love someone. By trusting him enough to let him see me at my most vulnerable, I found myself.

Now, as corny as all that sounds, my relationship with Jake is the cornerstone of my life. All things surrounding us are supported by the strength of our marriage, my most treasured possession.  And it is from our marriage that all of the content of this blog is possible. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.