Sunday, December 18, 2011

December is here!

 It has been a busy few weeks!  Mom has been home for several weeks now.  She came back last week for an MRI to see how the external radiation went, and the doctor said the spot is now a third of the size it was originally.  He referred her to a doctor at home for her to finish up the internal radiation there.  I have mixed feeling about this; I am sure out of my own interest because here I can see her everyday.  She seemed pleased with this decision, and I know she will be more comfortable at home.  They did not say exactly when they will start this so we are assuming the first of the year.  Work is going well for both us.  Last weekend we went to our first Christmas party for Ike's work.  It was a lot of fun, a little intimidating but fun!  
Before the party....
















Christmas decorations!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

We started off thanksgiving in Carthage with our family there.  We enjoyed seeing everyone and ate way too much!!  I thought while we were there it would be the perfect setting to get a few pictures for our christmas cards.  My boys on the other hand....were uncooperative!
First attempts were with Buster....fail.






So I gave up on him being in the picture, and Ike didn't do much better...He does love me although it would appear he doesn't in this picture.....
This was the only decent picture I could get out of him.  :)  So our cards will have to be alittle different this year.  Oh well!!  Thanks for trying, Ms. Susie!
This thanksgiving was a little tough.  We always get together with all our family but this year was different since mom can not stand to ride.   She was not feeling good at all and has not been able to get out of the bed much.  My dad did a great job fixing most of the food for thanksgiving.  My daddy has never really cooked, but he has learned alot in the past few months. We were all so proud.  Now it's just waiting to hear back from the doctor to know when she will begin internal radiation.  We are all ready for this to be behind us, and hopefully for the healing to begin.  This thanksgiving taught us all to be thankful for each other and the time we have together.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Surgery and a BIG birthday!

These are the beautiful flowers I got this past weekend.  One from Ike, my mom, and my aunts that are staying here and the other from my sweet friend Molly!  I loved them both, they made me feel very loved!  As you can guess I had surgery Friday afternoon to remove the septum in my uterus.  The surgery went very well.  My doctor said I had a very large septum and some endometriosis which he went ahead and treated.  I think Friday was hard on Ike, it took me forever to wake up from the anesthesia. The weekend went pretty good, better than I had expected.  Ike took good care of me.  So for the good news, we went in today to have the stint removed, and our doctor sounded very optimistic that we should be able to have a baby soon!  Ike and I were both happy to hear this.  It all still seems a bit sureal to me.  I am so thankful for God's perfect will and timing!   
Today is my mom's birthday!  I am glad that she is here with me so we can hopefully celebrate!  She had a hard morning and is having to get some fluids today.  I am hoping she will feel better this afternoon.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Better days!

Last weekend was perfect.  Ike and I laid around and caught up on all our shows we DVR.  Saturday we did a little shopping and had cupcakes for lunch, doesn't get much better!!  Sunday....Ike was sick!  I have been waiting for this!  Ike requires a certian amount of rest or his immune system begins to fail him.  I think I have said this before but I PRAY our children have my immune system.  He has been feeling bad all week.  Great, I get him home and he's sick.  :)  I will take it either way!  I love knowing he is coming at night!
Mom had a pretty tough week again.  She has been extremely sore from treatment.  BUT on a very bright note yesterday was her last chemo and she has 3 more radiations before she gets a break.  We are hoping she will heal up some during her break.

Today is a big day for us!  After today we are praying that we are one step closer to one day being parents!  :)  I will up date more on how everything goes!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Mississippi non-mom blogger!

I thought it would be fun to link up with Kelly's Korner for her non-mom bloggers.  I am hoping that Ike and I will make new friends here that are in this same stage of life.  I love hanging out with our friends with kids, but it is a different stage of life.  While we do want kids that is not in the cards for now and it would be nice have people that are in this same place.  While we were in Little Rock, we were able to meet with a couple of the guys (and their wives) Ike met at his work camp.  It was so much fun!  I wished we lived there so we could all have dinner together and do fun couple things!  :)  We of course have not had much time to meet people but I'm hoping soon!  :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I am just so proud of my boys! Well one of them...

I meant to share this link weeks ago! It slipped my mind, but I am EXTREMELY proud of Ike. He is such a hard worker.
Last night I was soo ugly to him because he could not call until 10 (not that he had not already text to let me know that it would be late). It was all because he was trying hard to finish so he could come home today! I am terrible. This new job is an adjustment. I think I need a new hobby??? :)

Do you see this????
This is my living room floor!!! and that is a DEAD squirrel!  Buster brought it to me!  He was so proud of his little self.  We wondered how long it would take him to get one.  He chases them everyday.  Of course the first thing he does is brings it show me, and Ike wasn't there to be proud of him!  :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Great weekend!

This past weekend Ike and I went to Little Rock, AR to hang out with our friends, the Jones.  We had such a great time!!  Saturday afternoon we went hiking up Pinnacle Mountian.  It was really fun!  I was so proud of Jenifer and Josh, I mean they carried themselves and their girls up the mountian.  We miss these guys terribly!  Little Rock was really nice and very pretty!  I think it is somewhere we could live!  ;)

Buster had his first trip to the kennel over the weekend!  He was a champ.  I was kinda sad for him because he is not fixed and could not play with the other dogs only a pet specialist (which I am sure my only child puppy loved).  But we maybe changing that soon (the fixed part not the only child part)!  This morning I went to pick him up, and as soon as I get him back he goes (like for real) to the bathroom on the FLOOR!  I am sure hoping he does not think he can go inside now!  We both missed that little dog!

What a week!

Our lives have DEFINITELY been a whirlwind lately!  I'm sure you could have guessed that from my recent post.  This week was no different.  :)  Ike is still working out of town, and has not gotten off work before 10 pm all week!  They promise it is not always like this.  :)
Mom has 3 weeks behind her!  3 more before she gets a week off and then 3 hopefully final weeks.  Monday was rough!  She didn't make it treatment she felt so bad.  The rest of the week she has felt better just VERY uncomfortable.  Last night she must have felt good because she cooked us all supper.  It was Delicious (not that she could tell poor thing can not taste anything)!  She made a roast with potatoes, carrots, and peppers yum!
Yesterday we got a call from Rose that baby's heart had stopped beating.  She had a D&C this morning.  I have not talked to her yet, but Chris says she is doing ok.  We were all heartbroken, but thankful to the Lord for His mercy.  We know that under the circumstances this was best.  I am so thankful that Rose and Chris have a strong faith, and can see that the Lord's will and timing are always perfect. 

I know so many of you have been praying for all the things we have going on.  Ike and I both really appreciate it.  We know people are praying, and we are constantly seeing the Lord answer those prayers.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sad

This is a terribly sad post, but I need to remember that the Lord is teaching me
In my post a few weeks ago I announced that Rose and Chris are expecting a baby.  This week they recieved some very sad news.  This sweet little baby has a chromosomal disorder called trisomy 13.  This disorder soo sadly means that if this baby makes it to delivery he or she will most likely only be with us for a very short time.  Rose and Chris are amazing and they both have a faith that just blows me away.  They KNOW that this baby is a blessing to them.  They trust God to use this situation to grow them, and to bring glory to Him.  Rose says we will call this baby Job.  This song is truly Rose's heart right now....
We pray for blessings

We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

Thursday, October 13, 2011

One Down!

Yesterday was one week down!  Mom has done pretty good.  She was really sick on Monday and got dehydrated.  They had to give her an IV with fluids, but after that the rest of the week she has felt much better.  She drinks a ton of coke zero (way too much), and the doctor suggested that she try to drink Gatorade instead.  That has really helped!  She usually drinks coke from a can, and she has learned quick that she can not do that because she taste the metal, and she has to use plastic silverware.  So crazy!  Tuesday she felt really good so I met them at the state fair for lunch.  We all had a good time!

Focused on the game!


She got her cotton candy and caramel apple!
Buster loves his mamaw!  It is weird how much dogs pick up on, I am certian that he knows my mom is sick and he is extra clingy and protective of her.  This little dog has had quite a week!  He got out of the backyard 4 times before we finally figured out his escape route. 

Last Friday I got this out of my fortune cookie!  I thought it was so appropriate for me!  God uses everything huh?

In other news this week...  My sister had to go to the emergency room last week.  They found out that she had gall stones, and this week she had surgery.  Our family is the kind that all show up for even the smallest of things so it was hard for me and especially my mom to not be there.  Some of our other family was able to go and make sure she was ok and of course her husband was there.  She is recoverying pretty good.

Ike has been at "camp" for his new job for the past two weeks!  EWE!  I think he has really enjoyed it, but I am not a fan of it :)  You take forgranted the little things like going to sleep with your husband.  I guess I needed to be reminded to appreciate the little things!  I can not wait to see him tomorrow!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The new roomies!

So here are our new roommates...
Please notice they all have the SAME glasses!
We went to see the radiologist yesterday so hopefully mom will start her treatments one day next week.  We are all so frustrated by how long it seems to be taking, but I know the doctors are working hard on her plan for radiation.  I feel like I have learned a lot through this whole process. She (mom) was in much better spirits this visit, and even felt like going to eat at Cracker Barrel.  These three are something else.  It will be an interesting few months.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Monday morning on Tuesday!

Talk about feeling like a Monday (yes, I know it’s Tuesday!). It has been a crazy day already! I did not wake up in time to go workout, but Ike did so of course he left way earlier than me. It was storming like crazy so I spent an extra few minutes in bed. Which unfortunately put me in a rush…So picture this I’m wearing flip flops (because of the rain) carrying my work bag, heels, purse, water bottle, and breakfast. Yes, I could have made more than one trip but who wants to do that. I open the garage, pull the door shut and it hits me… my keys are laying right there on the counter! YEP! Luckily, I did have my phone. What a Tuesday!  Ike was very sweet and came home and let me in. I will spare you the picture of my disaster hair from testing all the windows to be sure the are locked which of course they are because I’m obsessed that they be locked, and my beautiful face because I cried and had not make-up left…What a mess! I would like to say at our old house we had a key hidden for 3 years and not one time did I need it! GEEZ!
We did however have a very fun weekend! My sister and her husband Jason came for a visit! We were glad to see them, its weird going from seeing them everyday to not seeing them for a month. My sister and I shopped a lot and Jason and Ike fished and watched football. Saturday we went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the State game, and it was a so fun!! They have trivia going on during the game which I loved. I was worried that since we don’t drink it would not be great but I loved it! There are about 30 TV’s with all kinds of different ballgames! Tailgating and being at the game are the best but this will do when we can’t make it! We also went bowling which I am not always a fan of (because I'm a sore loser), but I enjoyed it this time.   I’m so glad we got to spend time with Amanda and Jason.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

10 years since high school!

This past weekend Ike and I made the trip home for our 10 year reunion.  It's nice that we graduated together and were both able to catch up!  Friday night we went to our high school's football game, Saturday was a family picnic at the lake, and Saturday night was the banquet.  We both had a great time catching up with people we had not seen in a while.  It was interesting to see what people are doing now.  Facebook definitely takes away some of the surprise of where people are now, etc. 

For fun here is Ike and I before prom our senior year (as friends of course) and now before our ten year reunion!

You may notice a change in my attire I had a small dress mishap so I had to change before the reunion.  Ike and I did not get one picture together at the reunion!  Actually I didn't take many at all and none of Ike.  I just got caught up in catching up I guess.  Here are a few. 



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blessings!

I would first of all like to say thank you for the sweet comments and encouragement on our journey to having a baby! ALL of your prayers are much appreciated!


Today I would like to tell some exciting news and ask for more prayers.  Ike and I are very excited to announce that we will be Uncle Ike and Aunt Brandy in April or May! Rose, Ike’s sister and her husband, Chris are expecting. We could not be more excited for them.  Rose has an neuromuscular autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis (since she was a sophmore in high school) and has recently been diagnosised with Graves disease, another autoimmune disorder so she is an extremely high risk pregnancy!  We are praying that the Lord will keep her and the baby safe throughout this pregnancy. The fact that she is pregnant at all is a miracle so we are thankful for this little blessing.


The Parents to be!!

While I could not be more excited for them and to be an aunt, do not think the devil did not jump at the chance to use this blessing from the Lord to try and bring me down. God has been preparing my heart though, and a few weeks ago I went to hear Lysa Terkeurst speak. She said something that stuck with me, that our reaction to things determines our reach. There is a lot happening in the coming weeks that will challenge us. I know there will be good days and bad days but we are CHOOSING to seek the Lord.  This is all for His glory.
Update on my mom: She has been down a few times for more tests, and now we are waiting for the radiologist to finish planning for the treatments. We know she will receive chemo once a week and radiation 5 days a week. She should get a schedule for all this one day next week, and hopefully start the following week. We are all ready to get started. I do believe the waiting is the hardest part. From our understanding the cancer is in her lymph nodes in the area around the spot, but not on her organs and is isolated to this area. This is a relief to us. Thank you for your prayers!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A very special day!


Today is a VERY special day!  It is  Ms. Susie's Birthday!!!!!  Ike and I are both so blessed to have her in our lives. I am thankful for her, not only for raising an INCREDIBLE son, but also for all the time she has poured into me.  Long before Ike and I were together she was mentoring me, and helping me to grow in my relationship with the Lord.  She is an amazing woman.  She is one of the most dedicated, hard working, caring and FUN women I know.  She has an energy level that blows me away, I have to remind Ike from time to time that I don't have that same energy level (certainly wish I did).  Ike thinks the world of his mother, and rightfully so.  Ms. Susie, we both love you very much and hope you have a fabulous birthday! 
Here is a little video of Ms. Susie with her great nephew's!  She is definitely the life of the party!
video





Monday, September 12, 2011

Little apprehensive and extremely long!

I have been debating writing this post for a long time. Something keeps holding me back from it... seriously a battle inside me, and I have decided it is the devil. I am sorry to admit I am one of those people who do not like to face things that are uncomfortable. I certainly do not like to self-disclose unhappy things via Internet (writing about my mom last week was a stretch).  However, I am all about reading other people’s stories to encourage me when I am down.  Also, I read on a blog I like that if you share it that many more people are praying. I have felt like God has been telling me to write this for a while. I kept telling myself I will once it is all resolved. Apparently not what He had in mind because I have been thinking about it too much (Thank you, Holy Spirit). So here goes…
Ike and I have been trying to have a baby for a little over 2 years. Long before we got married we had decided to be married a year, and then start “trying” for a baby. We both love kids and thought that would be perfect timing.
It’s so weird how I thought it was going to be no sweat. In April 2009, Ike and I were in Disney World (how appropriate) and we decide let's "stop preventing".  That's what we called it so we would not feel pressure after all, we were in no hurry really.  In July 2009, we found out we were expecting! We were on cloud 9. In August we were suppose to be 10 weeks pregnant so we went in for our first ultrasound. The tech started…She could not find a heartbeat. She tried two different ultrasounds and nothing. I was extremely emotional and confused.  She sent us to a room to wait for our doctor. She came in and told us that the baby was only measuring 7 weeks, so she believed our baby had stopped growing around that point. We were to wait a week just to be sure, and then come back and if nothing had changed we would go from there. To say that next week was not good is an understatement. We went back, and there were no changes. At this point we had a choice to go home and wait for my body to miscarry on it’s on or schedule a D&C. We scheduled the D&C. The doctor said that at this point there was no need to worry about babies in the future that this just happens sometimes. They told us to wait at least 3 months before trying again. So we did that and in February 2010 Ike got shingles. I had a feeling I was pregnant so we were worried because I have never had chicken pox. We took a test and yep pregnant. I went in to my doctor, who gave me something to prevent me from catching it. The following Monday I went on a trip for work. I woke up Tuesday cramping terribly! I got up to find out I was definitely miscarrying again (which had nothing to do with Ike's shingles, they did a blood test that showed I had never been exposed to it). This was so hard for me and Ike being apart dealing with it. Since then we have continued to "not prevent"! It has been over a year and no sign of pregnancy which is so weird that the other 2 happened so quickly.   So that’s where we are…The day to day struggles are the hardest.  I seriously think we should have bought stock in pregnancy test. Really! I take several EVERY month!  The good ones because of course we say, "oh it's cheap it might be wrong"(which I know is not true).  My first two pregnancies I KNEW I was pregnant immediately, I could tell... now every month I read into things which frustrates me (and Ike, though he has never once complained), not to mention my cycles are at least 40 days apart which would be awesome if we were not trying to have a baby.  We both stand there and wait for the little line or pregnant/not pregnant this is the most stressful few minutes.  Ike has been very calm, I know it is hard for him as well. This whole process has no doubt made me love him even more than ever (didn’t even know it was possible). God has used it to grow our relationship for sure!
So how do I deal with it?  I look back and I know timing was off for us. If we had our first babies here with us there is no way Ike would have gone back to school, and we would not be where we are now and we believe without a doubt this is exactly where God wants us (He continues to confirm this) and that our babies are with Him.  And I am SO thankful to the Lord for the time He has given Ike and I, truly a blessing!  We love to travel and just do whatever we want at a moments notice.  We know these days will be harder to come by when we do have a child, so we try to remember this and be thankful. We know all this, and we trust His perfect timing and will. We still struggle with it, both in very different ways, but we are praying and BELIEVING that God’s perfect timing will come for us to have a child in His perfect way.  Up until now I have not felt like we should seek further help, but now I think it is time so Ike and I will see a specialist soon.

I wrote that last week and never got around to posting.  On Thursday Ike and I did see the specialist.  I didn't mention this before but during our first sonogram the tech was very surprised to discovery that I had what she called a double uterus meaning just like it sounds I have two.  At the specialist Thursday he said he wanted to do a special sonogram and check to be sure it was actually a bicarbonate uterus (double uterus) and not a septum uterus.  Well come to find out he believes it is a septate uterus.  So what does that mean...well that there is a septum separating my one uterus.  The problem with this is that if an embryo implants in this area there is not sufficient blood flow to sustain the baby causing a miscarriage.  So his suggestion to us is surgery to remove the septum.  We are still not sure why my cycle is so long (worried I could be miscarrying more than I know), but no need in addressing that until after surgery.  This was not exactly what we were expecting to hear, but we were so glad to hear that there is hope!  The specialist was wonderful!!!  We were there maybe 2 hours, and had some answers.  We are so thankful for the Lord's planning.  How perfect that we are here in the same town with the specialist! 




Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Ike and I had a great a Labor Day weekend! We are not sure what the weekends in the next few months will be like so we made the most of this one. We rested a lot, watched a lot of movies and TV, worked out, and shopped. It rained hard ALL weekend so there were not a whole lot of options! This weekend I was reminded that my husband is seriously the best! God is definitely using him to show me just how selfish I can be, Ike is one of the most selfless people I know.


So I haven’t updated on Buster lately. He has enjoyed the move. Our house has a doggie door, and he LOVES it! That dog is in and out all the time! At first I thought this thing was the greatest thing ever. In the mornings I just open the bedroom door, and he can let his self out. He has never been much of an outside dog so I figured that would not change. BUT now it is not as hot outside that little dog has started digging! I have no idea what he is digging for, but he can dig a hole SO fast! Oh it makes me so mad when he tracks in all that dirt, thank goodness for wood floors (that have to be cleaned A LOT)! We have not figured out what he is doing out there, but he comes back and he stinks BAD! We are thinking maybe he sweats! He also loves that where we are there are walking paths. He goes insane when we ask if he wants to go for a walk. So like the rest of us he is excited about our new home.



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Prayer request

I would like to ask everyone who reads this to please be in prayer for my family specifically my mother.  She started experiencing some pain several months ago, and has recently been diagnosed with vaginal cancer.  We know that it is in the lymph nodes in that area, and we are praying that is it.  They will be doing a pet scan on Thursday to make sure.  She will actually be coming here for her treatment.  Apparently this is a very rare type of cancer and the doctors from my home town are not familiar with it.  It has been such a blessing that God brought us here in just the right time so that she can stay with us.  She will receive radiation and chemo.  Thankfully 2 of my aunts will be able to stay here as well, and can take her to treatment everyday.  I am so appreciative of all of your prayers.  I know the Lord hears our prayers.     

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last few weeks in bullets...

My SIS is a NURSE!  We could not be more proud of her!  She graduated and passed the NCLEX!!!!

our family at graduation
 
Me with the new nurse!















We MOVED! (and got new furniture!) This was an adventure!  It still all seems like a big blur we had known for quite some time that we would be moving but I do not think it had actually sunk in.  We ended up renting a house from Ike's cousin.  This was such a blessing because we can go month to month on the lease.  The original thought was we would rent for 3-6 months, and then we would buy a house.  We LOVE the house and the area though and would be fine with staying for longer than that!  We were able to lease out our house, another blessing!  and We got new furniture!  We had decided not to move our old living room furniture.  Ike had this from before we were married.  It has been good to us but it was time for something new.  So the first week was spent looking for furniture.  It was so FUN!  We have never made a "big" purchase like this together.  Our ideas for what to get were completely opposite.  Ike's requirements: Big, very comfortable, reclines, not hot, and of course a good deal.  My requirements: CUTE!  Coming to a compromise was interesting!  My accountant husband took us to every furniture store in the area (luckily we took a week off)!  We both ended up with what we wanted (after a few girly pillows that is).  This week was so MUCH fun!  We NEVER take off to stay at home so it was kinda nice. 













My sister moved!  They helped us move on Saturday, and we all went back to Columbus to move them on Sunday.  They bought a super cute house!  We are very excited for them!
The moving team!  :)

We started new jobs!  and loving them!

Two work trips already.  One to Washington D.C. and the other to Olive Branch, MS.  These were both very informative, but my favorite part was the people I got visit!  In D.C. I was able to visit Aunt Iris and the Szabo's.  Then while I was in Olive Branch I got to visit Meghan and Baxter!  Baxter and I are now best friends too!
We had a surprise party for Ike's graduation! We have been planning this party for MONTHS! Ike did not walk in undergrad and had decided that since he was finishing in the summer he wouldn't walk in grad school either. This made me sad, so I wanted to celebrate somehow. Why not a party! I am horrible at keeping secrets from Ike but I did it! Rose and Chris came to visit so that was our excuse for going to Columbus. Ike even made comments about what a short time Rose and Chris were staying. He had no idea it was for his party! The day of the party was Chris's birthday so he thought we were going to be celebrating that. It was great, and turned out wonderful! I am so thankful for Molly, Ms. Susie, and Rose for all they did to make it happen! Thanks to all our friends and family that came! It meant so much to Ike (and me)
I'm so proud!
Sweet girls!
It says MBA but it's MPA oh well close enough! 















Molly came to visit and we saw The Help which I LOVE!!  A few years ago Molly and I went on a trip to California, and she started reading The Help.  I'm a love story with a little mystery kind of girl so at first I was like nah about reading it.  I am so glad she kept encouraging it.  It is wonderful, and I'm a Mississippian so that makes it even better!  Anyway, we had decided before I moved that we would go together to see it.  She came Friday night snd the three of us went to eat and to see it!  Molly is such a precious friend.  We really enjoyed her visit!





















We were able to babysit for Connie and Derrick.  We love these 3 little children!  When we lived in Columbus they lived about an hour away, and we are so glad that they moved a week before us to a place about an hour away from where we live now!  God is good!  We had a blast with the kids! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Just getting to it

Friday afternoon Mrs. Susie, Ike and I left after work to head down to Memaw's to spend the night.  We had so much fun hanging out with family.  We are so excited that we will be closer to them, but sad to leave our family here. These boys are both so smart and fun!  Ike is so good with kids. 

Saturday we were up bright and early!  Memaw fixed us breakfast and we got ready to meet some family in Jackson to help us with the "home" hunt.  We spent the entire day riding around looking at rentals and houses for sale.  We are not in a place to buy a house at the moment.  For many reasons one our house here is still for sale, we are not sure about the area we want to live, and Ike's new job does not start till October.  BUT I'm ready!  Especially after seeing the prices to rent there plus I am ready to be settled!  Patience!  Saturday was so much fun learning all about the new place we will be living and hanging out with more family, but we were not successful in making our temporary arrangements.  We got a hotel, and we were back at it Sunday morning.  We had decided that we would go with an apartment.  The more we thought about it, the more nervous Ike and I became.  Apartment pricing of course is based on the lease term, and we want a 6 month lease so it would not be any cheaper to live in an apartment.  So we were back at square one.  Mrs. Susie remembered that aunt Beverly's son had a house for rent.  So to make a really long story short...the plan is to rent from him on a month to month basis.  This way when we are ready to buy a house we can without the $2000 to break a lease or a pet fee!

I have to admit this weekend did a number on my emotions, and unfortunely Ike took the brunt of that!  There is so much going on right now both good and bad that I am just overwhelmed.  I have learned that I am so different from the females Ike has grown up around.  Well at least as far as emotions go.  One minute I am crying and the next I am biting his head off.  He just does not know how to handle me sometimes!  :)   

Friday, July 8, 2011

4th of July weekend

This weekend we got together for what we call "Columbus Boys Weekend".  We had our 2nd annual event.  I have mentioned this on my blog before but to recap.  These guys all grew up going to church together and as they put it adopted Ike along the way.  I think it so neat the relationship these guys have, and luckily all the wives LOVE each other so it works perfect!  This year all but one guy made it out.  I wish I had pictures of everyone but it is TIME for a new camera.  That is a whole post in itself.  Here are the FEW that I have, and I hope to get some from some of the others (Lauren and Stacie!)  So more to come!
 Some of the guys Friday night! 
 
Some of the girls Saturday
This is Ike and I at our house Sunday night.  My sister and brother in law had friends over to shoot fireworks.


Ike, Mrs. Susie and I are headed to find a home in our new town!  I am sooo excited and a little sad!  Ready for our new adventure.  I think I could live any where as long as Ike is there too!  I will hopefully be back with a new address! :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Our God is good!!

We have had a crazy and exciting few weeks! First of all Ike had his last day of class yesterday! He took his final, and will not have to return to Mississippi State for class again. He still has his online class during July, but that is not bad at all.
Big news in our world...I got a JOB!! We found out about a week ago. We are really excited. It was just the job I was hoping for! That means we will be moving at the end of July! So the next few weeks will be spent finding some where to live, packing, finishing up our current jobs, Ike studying for the CPA exam, etc... We are feeling so blessed! God has been so faithful to provide everything in just the right time. I feel like He has confirmed to us over and over that this move is His will for us. I know sad days will come with the move, but I know that this is right for us. And if all that wasn't enough my work and Ike's work are across the street from each other!! Many lunch dates to come!
About our house... It's still for sale, no real action on it, but as Ike said God has taken care of everything! He will take care of this! We are praying and believing! :)
Now we are looking forward to an exciting weekend with all of Ike's Columbus guy friends and the wives' club!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Our not so exciting weekend

Our weekend was suppose to be really exciting and was suppose to consist of White water, the water park in Atlanta, and good friends from Augusta.  However, Wednesday Ike had to go to the doctor, and it turns out he has bronchitis.  So instead we spent the weekend at home with him recovering.  Really I don't know what he would have done if we had gone because the entire weekend he was in his little cave studying.  He had his test today.  He only made a 101.5 out of a 105... poor guy.  He cracks me up with his perfectionism.  Saturday I went to a wedding shower, and on Sunday I woke up sick.  I slept most of the day.  I got for a few hours to celebrate with my dad for father's day and that is it!
I am so lucky to have this man as my daddy!!  This is us celebrating.  Remember I have been sleeping all day and Ike has been studying and you can tell!
This picture is just funny to me!  So typical us..
We celebrated Friday night with Mr. Ira.  I forgot to get pictures!  Thanks to both our dads!  We love you!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our poor baby!

This baby has been extra needy lately. We had 2 nights in a row where every time he laid down he would get sick. Ike and I were both up most of the night that first night. I told Ike it was a little taste of having a baby. We love our sleep so we know that will be a big adjustment for us. Monday, Buster had doctor visit every thing looked fine and he got up to date on all his shots. Last night right before bed he started acting really weird. He wasn't interested in playing, keep trying to go to bed, and refused to go outside. Again I was up with him last night. We have figured out that it is his leg. He cries if you touch it. He was attached to Ike all morning. Vet seems to think it is a spasm, and it will work out on it's own. Poor little guy! I hate not being able to anything to help him feel better. It just breaks our heart when he is sick.