Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ducks in Our Road...

Life's tough. The goal of this blog is to share our journey in life with family and friends from afar. I also want this blog to be a source of inspiration. However, when we're in the thick of a trial or our demons are out to get us, how do we share our pain and grief without sounding like Debbie Downer or saying too much. Because let's face it, people over share online. I'm trying to find the happy medium because the last thing I want is for someone to leave our life here online feeling worse about themselves.... whether it's because you think our life is so blissfully perfect or because I'm complaining.

So let's play catch up, shall we? On New Year's Day we celebrated the new year coming in AND our 6th month anniversary of being in New England. Although it's been one of the most trying situations in our life, it's been the most rewarding. Most exciting news...

1.) Cony destroyed by Le Creuset dutch oven by turning on the wrong burner to boil eggs. With it being one of my most prized possessions I'm surprisingly not that upset.

2.) I guess I was trying to get back at him when I tried to drive our car down some stairs Jason Bourne style. Fortunately after about 30 minutes we were able to angle the car and get it unstuck with no major damage. It's a long story of how it happened but just know that it could have happened to anyone under the circumstances.

3.) Just when I felt like the theme song of my life was 'She's Ready to Blow'... Cony found out he was awarded an assistantship. Which means we no longer have to pay for OUT-of-state tuition AND he gets a small stipend each month. The tuition was the biggest concern of ours because it was A lot of dough.

4.) The day after we found out the great news for Cony, I had an interview on campus for a full time job and I got it! It's temporary but I have a feeling it will open more doors when the time is right. It all happened so quickly... Wednesday- friend Brenna called me to send her my resume, Thursday- the Director called for an interview, Friday- had interview and was hired on the spot.

Now that all these great things are happening we have a feeling of apprehension because we've been fighting for air for so long, it's nice to breath but still have our guards up. Does that make sense or am I blowing smoke?

Before putting Christmas away, I took some photos of our most favorite gifts we received this year. Sorry mom, I didn't take a picture of the CD. That was by far our favorite gift.

Getting holiday cards in the mail is such a treat and I hoped there was one in our mailbox everyday.

Cony's gift to me. Now my craft boxes are out and I'm making messes!!

Homemade gifts are the best! Thanks Gina!

What can I say? Drawings from my favorite Jordan just melts my heart.

Every time I went into the post office, I secretly wanted someone to send me something in this mailer. And my wish came true..

A friend from crew who actually reads this blog saw this spork and sent it to us (in the above mailer) AND drew us a card. It's the small things that make you feel the most loved.

Cony picked this little guy out for our new holiday decoration of 2010. Sometimes that man surprises me.

This weekend it snowed and I didn't have to work! The beautiful kind of snow where there isn't a 50 mph gust of wind that blows it all to one spot. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my Georgia peeps that y'all can get the snow that's expected tonight so ya can experience what we did. Clean house, fridge full of food, and a crock pot cooking dinner all day long. That's heaven my friends.

Went walking on water for the first time. Neither one of us has ever lived where all the surrounding bodies of water freeze over. Have you ever been able to walk from one end to the other on a frozen lake?



I couldn't resist taking a photo of this tree that's still lit up for Christmas. Imagine it at night with a fresh coat of snow on the branches...

Didn't think we actually had ducks in our road, did ya? We followed this little husband and wife duo for a few minutes so they wouldn't get killed. Ironically they got me thinking about our life. We may have road blocks in our path, but sometimes those blocks can help us slow down, re-evaluate and come out stronger in the end... with a smile on our face.

If you've made it to the end, pat yourself on the back for reading our novel. I have a feeling 2011 is going to be a great year and hope all y'alls deepest desires come true and quietist prayers are answered.


Tara said...

Sounds like a lot is going on. And fantastic news about Cony's assistanceship and your job. Awesome! Hope your car will be ok...
I like your analogy about the ducks...

ditto to you (hope your desires come true and your prayers are answered)

JustMe said...

Ah Meg - I miss y'all, but I love reading your blogs. And it makes my happy that my beautiful girls are decorating your Christmas wall.

Trust me, I've learned that in life trouble dumps on you until you think you can't stand it. If you reach for Heavenly Father's help, he will support you until you can stand on your own. And THEN the blessings start to pour down.

Yin & yang - it is what life is all about. Enjoy your blessing

-Julie said...

Love it! Love the spork and card, the handmade gifts, your card display, the snow-covered tree, and the ducks....and congrats on the job!

Nom de Plume said...

That is the cutest penguin ever!!

:: C :: said...

Not gonna lie, I was expecting ducks then I started reading and was like "oh, okay, a metaphor" .. NOPE, real ducks annnndd a metaphor!

Clairissa said...

So happy about all the good news -- tuition paid for, job, etc. That is truly wonderful.

Now let me hop on a little soap box here, k. A couple years back I had a SIL go off on me about how she hated my blog, she hated everything I said on it, etc. It really, really hurt my feelings. As a result, I stopped writing, I cut back, I started blogging for her. What the? Then I had an epiphany. It is MY blog. I don't force it down anyone's throat. They have to type in the URL, click on the link, search ME out to read what I have to say. I blog for me. I blog for my own family history. Things that I want to remember, not what I think others want to hear. It may annoy the crud out of people, but who cares. Because when I'm 85 years old, thumbing through my blog books of yesteryear and remembering my happy life, I want to be reading the things I wrote about whether that be considered oversharing or not.

Hop off soap box.

This is your blog. Write and share what you will and throw caution to the wind.

"Those who mind, don't matter and those who matter don't mind."


Erin said...

that is very exciting about both you and cony's new opportunities! hope you guys had a very merry christmas! we loved your christmas card! :) next year i'll definitely have to get motivated to send some out! be sure to tell us how your new jobs are going and we can't wait to see you guys soon!

Sara said...

Congratulations on your jobs! I love everything about this post -- the pictures are excellent!

Captivating Eyes said...

This just left me with all sorts of smiles! Ü