A gift to remember

1.29.2015

Remember a few posts back when I let you in on a little secret?
Many of you asked what reaction we received after we broke the news to our family.
Today, you're in luck!
Each time I watch this video I get teary eyed knowing how much of a sacrifice it was for our families to let us move away.
Family has always come first in our lives, and we decided nothing should change that.

In the clip you will see my Aunt is the one who picked our ornament in the exchange and was the lucky person to deliver the news.
I don't think the whole scenario could have played out any better!



We are so thankful for the love our family has for us, and excited about the possibility of being closer to them shortly. 
Although it is incredibly bittersweet, we both believe it's best for our family at this time.

Thank you all for your support! 


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Do Less with more focus

1.13.2015

Not my image, unable to find original source. 


We have been back in New York for almost a week now, and I still just can't fit into the groove of things. Towards the end of 2014 I had figured out the hard way, that I pile way too many things on my plate. I had gotten to the point where the burden of my weekly schedule was no longer routine, but a heavy weight to bear which could almost feel suffocating at times.

I would often think, if I could just get through these next two weeks, I may feel some relief. Well I tell you, one of these days I will wish I had those two weeks back. So I decided I needed a new outlook on 2015. I have got to stop wishing the time away and STOP filling my plate, to where the site of it is exhausting.

The sad part is...most of these activities are not ones which are helping me to grow. In fact, they can sometimes be stifling the growth of my marriage, spirituality and my future dreams and goals. So what the heck am I doing?

Now why is this proverbial plate so full? I have said many times in this space, that I don't do well with stillness or silence in my life. I think it comes with the fear of feeling anxiety within the stillness. The other day I was reading through old posts and it seems that I emotionally wax and wane just like the seasons. Winter often has me withdrawn and negative when examining the fruits of my labor. It may be the lack of vitamin D, but it's also the stillness...
The quiet afternoons where the high barely reaches 8 degrees are the days I struggle with the things I fill my days with.

I am often guilty of pining after the temporary gratification, and when I look and see what my plate is filled with, temporary satisfaction is the common denominator. These things seemed that they would bring me success, and recognition are now the things that keep me up at night.

As I won't continue to lament, I'll share with you my plans of change this 2015.
This year I plan to thin the clutter from my life and schedule which is hindering relationships in my life. Now this is no easy task as these things often have long term commitments so it's not like I can just stop tomorrow. As the breaking away from these burdens may be difficult and awkward, I continue to pray that I have the strength to do it. And I have sworn Joe to telling me "NO!!!!" when I ask to add yet another commitment to the books.

I also need your help! There will be times when it doesn't feel good to say no, and I'll want to go back to the busy. I need you to help me realize that there is beauty in the stillness, and that strengthening the foundation is what is needed.

So see ya later fluff, stress, and over commitments! 2015 is all mine!
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Pssst!

1.05.2015

Can you keep a secret?
Seriously...not a peep.
Tonight we are surprising our family with a little Christmas gift of our own.
I truly do love giving gifts for the sheer pleasure of witnessing emotion that may overcome the recipient.

You see we have a yearly ornament exchange, and I took it as a challenge to exercise my DIY skills.
One of our ornaments is extra special this year...


If you look closely, you can see that this specific ornament has a special message written inside for the lucky recipient. What does this message read, you ask?
It goes a little something like this, and is intended to be read aloud. 

"Family we are so happy to be celebrating Christmas with you this year. As of January 2015, Joseph will be applying to new jobs within SABIC, with the location requirements being Texas. We hope that this is the last Christmas that we spend away from Texas."

I cannot wait to see what reactions our family gives us. This is something that is so bittersweet for our family of two, but we can't wait to see what 2015 brings us.
Thank you to all of you for the support you constantly give us. 

Did you have a gift this year that you just couldn't wait to see what the recipient thought?

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