"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Where's Mario when you need him....

Yea, this is Logan. You don't hear from me much b/c I'm usually too busy to blog, Jen has either said anything I would say, or I'm just too lazy (go with the latter on this one). So, I figured now is as good as anytime to blog b/c I've been up since 6:15 and not going to work b/c of the weather.

Topic one: Shrooms
Yea, that's right. Mushrooms - noun - a fungal growth that typically takes the form of a domed cap on a stalk, often with gills on the underside of the cap. Okay, so I've been working for a landscape company for way too many years now and have been to numerous houses and have done numerous maintenance. I've come across weeds, ants, bees, poison ivy, but never once come across mushrooms. Well, wouldn't ya know, that the one garden in my entire experience to get these things....is mine. Yea, what the heck. It only aggravates me b/c it's the unlikeliest of things to grow....and my garden grew it. Plus, they're probably harmful if Marley, Ms. "I eat my own poo," gets a hold of one. So if anyone comes across one of the Mario Bros., tell them I got their hookup.

Topic Two: Run Forrest!
I don't write much on this blog but one of the few entries dates back a year ago when I talked about gearing up for the annual 5k Bridge Run our parish holds each year. Last year, I trained and ran it in 23:10. I was very excited. Especially after not having run in so long. My goal this year is to def. do it under 23 minutes, but if possible to try and get it under 22. I feel like I'm in better shape so hopefully succcess is with me. I'm also for the first time in my life going to do the Crescent City Classic which is a couple of weeks after the Bridge Run. I used to think the Classic was this super long race until I found out it was only a 10K (6.2 mi). So I'm def. excited to do that. I have some friends doing it as well so it should be fun. Last year I ran the Bridge Run for our son Levi. I wore one of his baby bracelets the hospital gave us and used that as my motivation to race hard for him. This year, I have another motivation and bracelet to represent that. But due to the respect of this person, you'll have to see me in person to find out who and what I'm doing it for. So hopefully, by the time May rolls around, I'll put up a post with the results of my races. Jen is also doing the Bridge Run and she told me last night her goal is to do the whole thing without walking. Wish us luck!

Topic three: Foster Care
So yea, if you're a frequent flier on this blog you know about the foster care situation. And can I just say, when Jen first proposed this thought a year or so ago, I wanted to turn out that light bulb as quick as it came on. I don't know if it's b/c I'm a guy, young, or just afraid of getting too involved with tings, but truth be told I did. not. want. to try this foster thing out. But after some time of prayer and consideration for my wife, I gave the idea a shot and took the classes. Today, I'm more ready to take that leap of faith than before. After taking the classes, you really see that it's about giving these kids a safe environment to live and hopefully giving them a fresh direction on life. Granted we have not been contacted by our worker yet for a kid and my previous sentence could turn out to have me choking on those words, but I'm trying to think possitive. I really hope down the line I can say with all my heart that it is worth it. I'd thank God for opening my heart and then Jen for opening my eyes. And you never know if that first child will be ours for a few days or a few months, but I'm willing to trust that God knows what he is doing...I have to.

Topic Four: Cheap Advertising
Okay, if you don't already know, I've officailly started my own business--> 12-29 Productions, LLC. The 12-29 by the way is the day Levi came and left us...he will always be our inspiration. The company is a videography business that specializes in weddings, slideshows, commercials, events, etc. I've been doing forms of videography since the 8th grade and have grown immensely in my passion for it. I love the effect that capturing something through video can have on someone's life. I've been fascinated by this business since I was young and have never stopped learning. If by the end of the day I can make the client feel the same way, that's more than enough to keep me going. If you would like to see some of my footage, you can go to facebook.com/1229productions or contact me at 1229prod@gmail.com for more info.

The end.

Monday, March 28, 2011

A celebrity called me today

The only thing that's been going on around here lately is work and soccer, and since I don't want to bore you with that, I'll entertain you with this little story. Oh, and by the way, we still haven't heard anything from our home development worker about officially being certified, although I know for a fact that all of our references were turned in. In case you were wondering.

And since I know you're all wondering why the heck Logan never blogs anymore, I just wanted to tell you that he attempted to blog this weekend and fell asleep in front of the computer. So keep dreaming, people.

So, I'm at work today and I get a phone call from a Mississippi number that I don't recognize (I knew it was from Mississippi since my parents live there). Since I was talking to a co-worker, I didn't answer. A couple minutes later, I'm making copies at the copy machine and the same number calls. I figured the person must really want to talk to me if they're calling twice within 5 minutes (or thought it might be my parents calling from somewhere), so I answer.

Me: "Hello?"

Guy on the other end: "Who am I speaking with?"

Me (being the jerk that I am): "Uh, you should know if you're calling me!"

The guy introduces himself as Brad and proceeded to explain how someone gave him my number at some point in time, and that he was on the road now, and he might have mentioned something about a band. Honestly, I almost hung up on the guy because I had no clue who he was and he wouldn't shut up about how he got my number, and I was trying to make some darn copies. So, needless to say, I wasn't paying very close attention to what he said (if you haven't noticed the lack of details). I just threw in a random "yeah" and "uh huh" hoping he'd stop talking. Finally, I said, "You must have the wrong number." Brad apologized and I abruptly hung up the phone.

I must have come across as slightly annoyed, because a few minutes later, I get a text message from the same number - seriously, now - and it says: "This is Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down. I am truly sorry to disturb you...Have a great day :) :) :)"

Wait, what? 3 Doors Down? Is this guy for real?

Well, folks, I googled it (because I google everything), and Brad Arnold is indeed the lead singer for 3 Doors Down (for those living under a rock, 3 Doors Down is a pretty well-known rock band). And the band was founded in Mississippi. Now, why the heck he would have been calling me is beyond my comprehension. Maybe if I wasn't such a jerk and had listened to guy, I'd have an answer. I didn't respond to the text message, because really, what do you say to that? "Oh my gosh, you're THAT Brad? Wanna go have coffee or something?"

Yeah. Sure.

When I told Logan about it and then showed him the text message, he exclaimed, "Are you serious??" And then fussed me for not inviting the guy over or something. Logan also started saying how Britney Spears called him today. He thinks he's funny.

Well, the good news is I have Brad Arnold's number. Assuming it wasn't an impostor or I wasn't getting punk'd or something...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Praise God for good friends

Logan and I realized that we don't have any toys. That might sound silly, but really...we could have a foster child in our home soon and we don't have anything for them to play with! You can request a certain age of children to foster, and we said ages 0-5 (because really, people, any older and they're getting to be bigger than us! Plus, we don't want people thinking we had a kid wayyy too early, if you know what I mean.). So, toys are a pretty big deal for babies, toddlers, and little kids. Logan mentioned how we don't have toys to a couple friends of ours, and you know what they did? They bought us some. I almost cried.
How sweet is that?? We have some awesome friends.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

1st Place, baby

When I first started coaching soccer, I wondered what the heck I got myself into, because I seriously compared them to The Big Green. But here we are, a year later...winning a tournament. Oh yeah.
It was pretty cool, because it was the first time most - if not all - of the girls had ever won a tournament. So they were VERY excited. [And yes, I know half of them are taller than me. Sigh.]
It was a long and hot weekend, but oh...it was totally worth it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Strange, but cute

This is Marley with her favorite toy, a stuffed leopard. We call him Leppie. Marley likes to carry Leppie around the house, whining until she finds a place to "bury" him. Sometimes it's under a pillow or blanket, or sometimes it's just in a corner somewhere. The whole burying thing is very important to Marley - if she doesn't like the spot, she picks up Leppie and continues whining until she finds a better spot. When she finally does bury him, Marley makes sure to cover him up as much as possible. It's pretty cute, actually, because she uses her snout to push things on top of Leppie. When she's done, you can just see the sense of accomplishment on her little puppy face. So she goes on to play with another toy until she decides Leppie needs a new hiding place.

I could go on and on about the crazy things Marley does around the house, but I realize I probably seem pretty silly for going on and on about her and Leppie. Sorry.

I don't know how we managed to get such a goofy puppy. But man, she sure is cute.
She's good at posing for pictures too. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

House Pictures - Landscaping

Logan is Mr. Landscaping Extraordinaire, for which I am grateful, because plants and me do not get along. And I suck at watering them. So, while I was out coaching a soccer game this morning, Logan decided to surprise me and have our yard landscaped by the time I got home. All I have to say is Logan's 7 years of landscaping experience certainly paid off.

First, here's a reminder of the yard when we first looked at the house last summer. The crepe myrtles were blooming then, but the area in front of the window was empty. And boring. And just needed some lovin'.
And here is our yard now! I'm very sad the crepe myrtles look dead. But at least they're not.

I'm so proud of him. :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Change of plans?

I just have to laugh, because less than a month ago I said how we'll have to wait 60-90 days for all of the paperwork to get processed before Logan and I are certified as foster/adoptive parents. Our final home visit was today, and our home development worker informed us that our certification process is moving along rather quickly. She apparently wanted to rush the process so we "don't miss out on any opportunities." They're just waiting on a few more of our references. But once they get those in, we'll be certified.

Just in case that's not very clear, that means we could be certified very, very soon. And have a foster child in our home very, very soon. Oh. My. Goodness. Let the freaking out commence.

Okay, so we're not completely freaking out. It's just a little nerve-wracking. Well, very nerve-wracking. I mean, when you're pregnant, you get at least 9 months (usually) to prepare. And even though we've been going through this process for a few months now, we thought we still had 2 or 3 more months. Not so anymore. I'm not sure whether to be excited or scared. I think I'm both.

"Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that?" -Elisabeth Elliot

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

So very melancholic

I apologize in advance for anything I'm about to say that might offend you. And I'm also sorry if I appear to be completely and utterly CRAZY. Just be thankful Logan is the one, and not you, who has to put up with me on a daily basis. ;)

Oh, and if you're a guy, you might not want to read this. Or at least this next part. Just saying.

I started my period a few days ago. It pretty much ruins my day whenever that happens, because that means several things:

1) I'm still not pregnant.

2) My hormones are running wild and I cry at the drop of a hat.

3) Painful cramps make me want to lie in bed and cry all day.

When I was in college, I had a friend who used to love when her period came because it was a reminder of the fact that she was a women and would someday be able to have children. As much as I would like to have that mindset, I don't. It just seems pretty wrong to me to want to have children and not have much success after so long. And on top of that, throw debilitating cramps into the mix. Just not cool.

While I'm on the subject on not having much success, I can't help but think that Logan and I are going to reach the 1-year mark of trying to get pregnant (we started at the beginning of last April). That sucks. Then I think about the possibility of it being another year - or longer, yikes - before I'm pregnant, and it makes me want to cry. Then I think about how some people try for several years to get pregnant. And then I also think about how I wish I could be completely content in my non-pregnant state, and although some days I am, it's not the case the majority of the time. I don't know if I'll ever get to that point.

Sometimes I wish I could turn off my brain and stop thinking.

I feel like I need to say this next thing, because I might lose it in front of someone one day. Whenever the subject of me still not being pregnant comes up, people say things like, "Oh, it'll come." "Stop worrying about it and then it'll happen." "You're stressing over it too much." "All in God's time." "You're young; you have time."

Let me take a deep breath before I start because it's very easy to go off on a tangent.

I know people say those things with good intentions, and I appreciate the effort, but sometimes it's better not saying anything at all. Just a simple "I'll say a prayer for you" is perfect. Because really, there's nothing anyone can say that will make things easier (especially those things mentioned earlier), but knowing that people are praying for you can be more comforting than you'd think.

If by some chance you've said one of those statements to me, don't even worry about it. But please, I don't want to hear it again. :)

I just have to say that Lent came at a perfect time.
Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. - Joel 2:12-13

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

House Pictures - the Living Room (again!)

This room has been through a lot in just a few months. But I have to say, I love it now better than ever! Click here to see what it looked like before the flood. We had to change the floor (this time we chose a darker laminate), change the baseboards, and replace some of the furniture. Even though it was more work the second time, it all worked out. Yay.

House Pictures - Guest Bedroom

Our house has 3 bedrooms - 2 upstairs and 1 downstairs. The one downstairs is dubbed "the guest bedroom," and now that we've done some work on it, it'll also be called "the sports room." Since I'm an awesome wife (ha), I'm letting Logan put all of his sports paraphernalia in the guest bedroom. Last week we were hard at work setting up the room since it was a MESS, and my college roommate and her friend came to visit this past weekend.

 The original room

 See all of that brown? I painted it white. IT. TOOK. FOREVER.

See, I do help! ;)

 We painted the walls. It was supposed to be gray, but we think it looks a little purplish. Oh well.
Logan wants to hang some posters on the 2 empty walls - just gotta find some first! (His birthday is May 29, FYI)
Our lovely queen-sized futon is rather comfortable if you want to come visit!

I guess you could say it's still a work in progress, thanks to the bare walls, plus we want a new futon cover eventually, but we like it so far!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Thank God for holidays

I have the week off due to Mardi Gras - woo hoo! - so be prepared for me to be a blogging fool. I've been slacking lately...but not as much as Logan. ;)

Our second home visit was canceled a couple weeks ago (twice), so it was re-rescheduled for this week. Since we went to the DCFS office (Department of Children & Family Services) last week, the home visit is the pretty much the last thing we need to do. After that, we wait for everything to get processed. This week before the visit, I'll be finishing up all of the paperwork, like providing contact information for if we need to evacuate with foster children (I swear, these people think of everything), and drawing up a floor plan of our house (fortunately, I can use our floor plan from the appraisal when we bought the house). Plus we need to buy a carbon monoxide detector and an escape ladder (I'm telling you, they think of EVERYTHING). Looking back, it was a pretty long process, but straightforward. And pretty painless. (I don't want to scare anyone who's considering it. :) )

If anyone decides to be certified as foster/adoptive parents, be ready to share pretty much every detail of your life. For real. Last week at the DCFS office, our home development worker wanted to get to know us a little better, so she was asking some personal questions, like how Logan and I were disciplined as kids and how we met and what makes us happy. Yeah, what makes us happy....Logan says, "Uhhh....cookie cake makes me happy!" To which we all laughed, followed by Logan and me just looking at each other wondering what in the world makes us happy. It's a lot easier to think of what doesn't make me happy - like our house flooding or our car getting towed or even worse, losing our baby - but then again, that's just my melancholic nature kicking in. I think our real answer to the "what makes us happy" question ended up being something along the lines of Logan and I doing things together, like house projects or playing sports. Now that I think about it, my answer should have been Jesus. Because He makes me happy. But of course I'm lame and didn't think of that until now. Sorry, Jesus.

Stay tuned for our newest home project, as well as our updated living room (I didn't forget!). Plus I might have a very melancholic post, since I know you enjoy when I make a fool of myself.

Kidding. Sort of.

Happy Lundi Gras!


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