Saturday, January 24, 2015

Super Sunday! 1-24-15

What a great week and weekend!  Last week was pretty routine. Just a nice normal week. 

1.  Tuesday night Matt and I went to the new Sprouts market in Liberty.  It was the preview before opening on Wednesday. It was crazy crowded!  But I think I will really like having it so close to Aldi as an alternative to shopping at Walmart.  I've noticed that Aldis produce has really been awesome this last couple of weeks. That's some good store peer pressure. 

2.  Friday I woke up around 8ish and was just lazily drinking my coffee and planning my shopping day when I got a phone call from Oakley. She asked if I had any plans for the day and if I would want to meet them at Wonderscope.  It was such a fun day!  I loved playing with Walker and Oakley and spending time with Jill. 

3.  We had lunch at First Watch. I always get something breakfasty there. But on Friday I had a half sandwich and half salad so I could try some new things. The sandwich was very good. But the salad!  Oh the salad!  It was the pecan Dijon salad. Pecans, chicken, bacon, teeny amount of cheese, shredded carrots, on a spring mix. The dressing was a warm honey Dijon dressing I could have drank straight from the bottle. I need to remake this at home.  Oh and this was the napkin holder. 

4.  Saturday was one of those lazy but productive days. We got a ton done around the house but I was in my pajamas until about 2:30. 

5.  Saturday night we were so blessed to have dinner with our old small group and the missionary team from our church that will be leaving this summer to plant a church in Western Asia. It was so exciting to hear how God has called them to go and make disciples of the nations. (Matthew 28 - my paraphrase).  

6.  We had Johnny, Sonia, Jackson, and Evalyn over for taco night tonight.  I pulled up some of my old center time toys from my kindergarten days.  Jackson played dinosaurs, read books, played bus, and had Matt and I following him around on his pretend fire truck.  Evalyn has 2 teeth and just talks away. Great times!  

7.  Somebody's getting brave. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's Friday! January 16

This has been such a great week!

1.  To start let's talk about how my husband got a new job in a day!  God is so good. Matt had not been loving his job. It was stressful. It drained him. He wasn't appreciated for his dedication and hard work.  Probably not by any fault of anyone and maybe he was more than I knew (he's not one to toot his own horn). It was just a high stress, go, go, go, now, now, now job. I've prayed for an opportunity to come that would let him use his talents and make him less tired and stressed.  Matt talked to his boss about a transfer and told him why he wanted one. I was a nervous wreck when he told me he was going to have the conversation. Wouldn't you know it I get a random group text from friend and former small group leader to all of us girls to make plans for a dinner this month. Well, I jumped on that and asked them to pray.  They prayed, told some husbands to pray, and sure enough Matt let me know he was getting a transfer. Yay God!  He ended up starting on Monday this week.  He goes in at 6am and is off at 2:30 which is awesome!  I get off at 3 most days so imagine the time we have!  Does this new job as a pharmacy tech pay less? Yep.  Did God teach us that He provides when I left my higher paying job? Yep!  Will He continue to provide? Of course!  Am I thrilled to have a happier more present husband?  So so happy!

2.  Today is Walker's third birthday. Last night we went to his Chuck E Cheese birthday party. What a great time!

3.  Matt and I found a new small group at church. Yay!  We are looking forward to new friendships. 

4.  I got tired of the red so I brought out the khaki covers and blue pillows. 

5.  Do you see that sun streaming in the window?  Hooray for sunshine!  It's going to be nice this weekend. I can't wait to get out and enjoy it. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

High Five for Friday

What a super duper cold week it has been!  This first full week of January has been downright frigid. But the sun has been out and the photos of sunrise and sunset out there are amazing!  

1.  Matt and I rang in the new year at home. We had appetizers for dinner and bought some mini 2 ounce bottles of flavored vodka to mix with coke and sprite.  We were crazy!  Ha!  We even managed to stay up until midnight. Well, two out of three Vaughan's made it. 

2.  New Years Day we went to a movie. We saw The Hobbit and that night I had nightmares about trolls. Ha!  

3.  We also bought a puzzle. We had never done a puzzle together. We took a couple days over the weekend to put it together.  Now I've got puzzle fever!  

4. We rearranged the house. We got rid of the TV cabinet and put the love seat by the window.  It really opens the place up!  So much more room for activities.  I want to work on a gallery wall there. 

5.  As part of my #rejoice2015 I felt like I should read 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  It's been on my wish list for a long long time. I was only able to check out the audio version. Man is it good!  The picture below is from right after I stopped crying. That first chapter!  

6.  We had the Vaughan Elwell family Christmas last weekend. It was so much fun!  I love that Sawyer, Oakley, and Walker are so lovey and sit on our laps and want to be with us.  Jill is having another girl in July and we just can't wait for niece number 3!  No photos because I was too in the moment. I love that.

7.  Finally, is it weird that a cleaning tool has made my list?  My mom and dad gave us a DustBuster for Christmas. It's great!  I'm working on the couches and the dog hair. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Word - Rejoice 2015

1 Thessalonians 5:16
I was recently challenged by a sweet new friend from central Texas to pick a word for the year.  She actually just posed a simple question but it really challenged me to think about what word I need to focus on. What word would have the most impact on my heart, faith, and life.

I've been thinking about this and praying for some guidance. I looked back at past words. 2013 my word was purpose. I was lost in my career, in the midst of infertility, and without a church. God rocked my world that year.  We found a church that was more than we had prayed for.  I changed jobs not once but twice and it led me to a job filled with grace, love, and support. A job where I discovered new skills and new ways to bring glory to God. We ended the year dramatically becoming parents and losing our first child all in the course of a day. 

2014 it was hope.  I didn't so much pick the word as it was given to me. I thought it was hope to get pregnant but I was so wrong.  I learned that my hope is not in getting pregnant or things of this world. My hope is in Jesus.  Hebrews 6:19 ran on a loop in my head.

Next year my word is rejoice. Rejoice in the glory of God. I want to be thankful and praise Him even in the hard times. I want to find His beauty in all things.  I'm so guilty of saying but God, if only things could go my way or why not me Lord or really God really?  This year I will " Rejoice always." 1 Thess 5:16


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Teddy bear cowl and a head wrap

Jill liked a post on Facebook of someone selling this headband/scarf.  I quickly messaged her that I could make it. Then she showed me this bear hooded cowl. I made both before Thanksgiving. How cute are these models?

Friday, December 19, 2014

High Five for Friday - December 19, 2014

Well, I've been a bad blogger!  A poor keeper of memories and updates of our little Vaughan Life. Here goes High Five for December!

1.  We put up just the tree. No ornaments. I love it!  We have other Christmas decorations out around the house. 

2. We didn't really have a place for our cards this year.  I hung some command strip and strung some twine. Cards are hung with binder clips and paper clips 

3.  I really liked this book. Her story of infertility is different than mine but the message rings true for every one. God is so good to us even when things are bitter. 

4.  Sonia sent this picture of Jack looking for Santa. He thought he heard him. 

5.  I went to a painting party at an old teaching buddy's house. I had so much fun!  I mean, who knew I could paint? 

6. Reading this book now in conjunction with Reedeming Love by Francine Rivers. 

7. Last weekend we babysat Sawyer, Oakley, and Walker while Jill and Aaron went to his work Christmas party. We were at a hotel. We ordered pizza, went swimming, and watched a movie in jammies while eating popcorn.  It was the best time!  We never get to babysit these kids but the grandparents happened to have a party that night to. We love all of our nephews and nieces and love every second we spend with them. Sorry for no photos but we were having to much fun to pick up the camera phone. 

8.  B A N G S!  I needed a change. 

9. It snowed Wednesday night. Thursday morning Pickles did not want to come in. She usually is quick in this cold.  But she loves the snow. I called her in earlier and I promise she shook her head "no" at me. I called her later and she hid behind the chair.  What a dog!

10. This is step one of Dorothy's Dressing. I had the sweetest conversation with my mom's bosses mom last month. Dorothy is in her 80s and is a sweet southern lady. She makes the best southern home cookin. She used to make this for us. She even sent it on one of their trucks to Memphis for us. She wrote out her recipe so she could pass it on. She knew I would love to have it and she was right. We talked for over half an hour about how to make this as well as a few other recipes.  What a sweet lady. 

Thanksgiving 2014

We had a great time with Matt's side of the family on Thanksgiving this year. I think there were 25 people at Jill and Aaron's house!  Here are a few fun pictures. 

Sawyer and Matt did the wishbone. Sawyer won!

Matt's uncle Dave falls asleep in a chair every year after lunch.  Apparently it's been a thing to put whipped cream on his head.  I don't think he's actually asleep and really enjoys the joke. 

I caught a sweet moment of Walker with Cici. 

Oakley is getting so big!  I can't believe she's five. She's sweet, spunky, and just plain adorable.