Life is interesting. Through our recent trials I have been looking for new ways to "distract" myself or fix some of the craziness in my life. Therefore I have been trying VERY hard to look for all the "unordinary" blessings in my life. Here are some of the good things that have been going on.
Michael is an assistant coach for the boys varsity basketball team at Pine Creek (my old high school!) and he is LOVING every moment of it. He still has yet to find a job but in the mean time he has been keeping very busy with all them high school boys! Not only is he coaching at the best high school but he is coaching Landon (my brother) who is a senior this year! The head coach is actually my high school coach's husband and he was helping the girls team when I was there! He is a wonderful man and an uplifting and hardworking coach and we appreciate his time and willingness to let Mike help! I think Michael has brought a lot to the program as well. He has put a lot of time into the boys, helping each out individually and being their advocates in showing them their potential! I have had a couple of parents come up to me and tell me what a calming yet encouraging presence he has on the court! I am so glad that the boys have taken to him so well!]
We have entered the photography world! Actually we started a few years ago doing a friends wedding (thanks Em and Rob!) and engagements of Mike's 2 best friends! But lately we have started doing more and more family pictures for friends and neighbors! Michael gets better with every shoot and I am constantly coming up with fun, new poses and prop ideas! We are still VERY new at this but we have had a lot of fun "working" together again. I think that I am going to name the business M&M Photography! Do you like it? Any who we make a pretty good team if I say so myself! We are hoping to get a few new photography gadgets such as a flash, photoshop, and some little props; as well as expand our photo shoots in doing more than just family photo's!
Basketball games. Need I say more? Nothing gets my blood pumping and my heart racing like a good basketball game! My brother Landon's games are so exhilarating! I don't think that many people know this but I AM A CRAZY FAN! You can ask my husband (who try's to ignores me while he is on the bench concentrating) and my family who sometimes has literally held me back! I try to be an encouraging voice most of the time to our boys and coaches thought I know that once in awhile I get a little flustered with a few gentlemen on the court who have quite a bit of control on the game! One thing I do not tolerate and it gets my blood boiling is when the other teams players begin playing dirty! .......... but luckily that does not happen very often. I mostly love the rush of being by the court and hearing all the sounds of a good basketball game!
My brother comes home off his mission in 27 days! I am going out of my mind! Logan and I were very close in high school and we have grown apart somewhat since I left for college but I am so excited to be here at home when he gets back! It seems that that is all we can talk about lately at our house! He has been an incredible missionary and I just can't wait to have one of my best friends home!!!!
A simple hello in the hall at church, hug from a friend, text from someone far away, and a telephone call just to say I care has been the things that have meant the most to me the past few months. Hoe often do I forget these simple yet powerful mannerisms? I am trying to do more of these in my life as I have seen the difference It makes to me!
Making new friends is something that I cherish. Being in a "new" area has open a new doors for new friendships. I am amazed at all the amazing faithful, sweet, gentle, caring women who are out there! Old friends can never be replaced yet new ones are so fun! I love getting to know girls, hearing their stories, and serving them! I am thankful for those new doors that have been opened to me!
How blessed I am to know so many wonderful girls who are bring little lives into this world! I can not believe how many of the ones that I love are pregnant! I love hearing stories of their pregnancy's, the births, and the journey of being a mom! I had a friend who was here a few weeks ago and she is about 36 weeks along and she let me feel the baby move and kick for MANY hours (I even put my head on her belly for a short time... I know I am kind of odd)! What a simple joy that was for me! I was so excited and was asking all sorts of annoying questions! I see the change in each of my friends when they are pregnant, the glow that they have is something that I can not wait to share! They are so in tune with the Lord and are just beautiful! I know many of them at times feel like they look like a balloon at times but I believe that there is noting more beautiful than a woman who has a pregnant belly which is holding a new little baby! It truly brings a smile to my face!
Okay, I think I am done for the night though I keep coming up with more and more things that have made me smile lately! I know I am by far a great writer but I hope everything made sense! Thank you to all those who have had us in their prayers, they are felt and appreciated. Hopefully new pictures will come soon when we get our computer back!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season!
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