Thursday, May 30, 2013

Big Ole Fat Rain!

   Holy smokes, Batman! Thad has been home for 2 weeks now! It feels like much longer, in a good way. We took the first week to settle in. Snuggle baby. Snuggle each other. Breathe. Adjust. Take it easy. I worked some of the time, and Thad and Clementine got to spend some time alone together. He became a champion bottle-warmer, cloth diaper changer & laundry man, and teething toy.

Oh yes, this poor little baby is teething like a maniac. Girlfriend lives to chew. And drool. And chew some more. Thankfully she's only spent one night being miserable and having a hard time sleeping, although she has been waking up more frequently on a consistent basis. The poor thing. Cutting teeth is hard work!

Anyway, Thad had an interview a week ago Monday and it went fan-tas-tic. They hired him on the spot. When we told them that the hours wouldn't work for us (three 12 hour shifts over the weekend) they offered to fire the guy working Mon-Fri so Thad could have his position. Of course I never doubted for a second that any print shop he'd walk in to would want him, but we didn't really expect this response. Honestly, the guy has only ever interviewed for a job once (Starbucks!) and so this whole interview thing is new, scary territory.

A lot of people have looked at us sideways when we've told them that we didn't take the job. Don't worry, we took a good, long, sideways stare at the decision, too. But, when we left No Longer Bound and they offered him a job to work in their print shop (NLB Studios) we said yes, knowing it would be a short-term (very, very short-term) gig. They know they can't pay him what he's worth and we know that, too. So a lot of people have put pressure on us when it came to this decision--and we get it. Why would we, when we're in such a terrible financial state, take a low-paying job when a good-paying job is being handed to us?

Well, first things first, we told NLB we would work there for awhile. Secondly, we both like the idea of him being there and continuing to be around all his brothers--yea, that's what they call each other--while he transitions from being a man in a program to a man with a family. God is at work at NLB, there's no doubt about it. It's a great place to be. Maybe not for the wallet---but definitely for the soul. The Mullin's aren't kicking us out of their beautiful home yet so we have some time. Not a whole lot of time but....some. So we're taking it.

The blessings keep pouring in. As we've been sitting down and taking a good hard look at our finances, we've tried to find room in a pinhole for both a second vehicle and a crib (poor baby girl has been sleeping in a pack-n-play for months). We both kinda threw up our hands at the situation because we weren't going to be able to afford either. And then, in a flash, God handed us both.

Last weekend our neighbor two doors down GAVE us a crib, complete with a brand new mattress. Just like that.

Last week the church we've been attending (Grace Fellowship of South Forsyth, check them out, it's real good stuff) offered to sell us a vehicle for $1. One. Dollar. A great, in-better-condition-than-our-current-vehicle '99 Maxima. We are just left speechless. God is just providing for us at every single turn in ways that we couldn't even begin to come up with on our own.

So our plan is to stay at NLB Studios for about a month or so before Thad starts to interview again and we find the right fit for us. We really want to stay in the area, both because we're so close to No Longer Bound & Grace Fellowship. God has and is using both places to sustain us in such big ways we can't imagine being apart from either place for the time being.


We hung out with Uncle Dan for Memorial Day. Clemskidoodles loved it.




Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day

Thad got another 24 hour this past weekend. Usually the guys in the program get two 4 hour breaks and two 24. So last Monday they called me to confirm a 4 hour and I was kinda bummed. My mom was gonna be in town and it was my first Mother's Day and I wanted to get to spend it with Thad but really, I'm just thankful for any time that we get together. So on Friday when I was at work and the program director called me to say they were giving Thad another 24 so we could enjoy Mother's Day together, I cried. I also cried when he told me that this would be Thad's final week in the program. I have waited 10 months for that call!

So, we had a great weekend, got to hang out with my mom, and did our usual favorite things--which is just a bunch of this:





Sunday, May 5, 2013

27.

   For the past TWO weekends I have gotten to pick Thad up at 1pm on Saturday and keep him until 4pm on Sunday. It. Has. Been. WONDERFUL. It's always insanely busy, and we live on NLB time, but that's okay. Both weekends it has POURED so although I planned on picnics and walks in parks, we've been inside snuggling and listening to the rain. Last weekend some of my favorite people in Georgia let us have their house all to ourselves while they were on vacation. We did boring, mundane family things like go to the grocery store and rent a movie at Red Box and cook dinner together and let me tell you, there was very little boring or mundane about it. It was way too precious to have all three of us together. And really, really nice not to be the only one on dirty diaper duty....and Dad definitely doesn't mind it.


This weekend we ran errands, snuggled some more, drank coffee, played with our toes, and had dinner with another family whose guy was on a 24. Thad's bff Dan may or may not be Clementine's new favorite person (he is also a baby whisperer). 

 We also went to Cracker Barrel after church with the Hampton's (and obviously got a haircut)
 Snuggled lots with Dad
 ....and got really upset when he tried to put us down.
 As usual, Clementine is always a princess for her babysitters (Aunt Stacey and Kelly).

Now we're drowning our sorrows that we won't see Dad again for a week by watching Aristocats. We're also getting really excited that Nani is coming out to visit this week.

I've been back at work now for two weeks and it. is. exhausting. I had forgotten how tired I am since I haven't had a night's sleep since December. And even though I usually only work 6 hour shifts, by the time I'm done, I'm so done with life it's unreal. I'm not ready to give up breastfeeding yet so the pumping and planning for that adds a little extra stress on top but it's remained somewhat manageable.

Clementine started rolling over like a champ this week! Girlfriend's chunky thighs are hiding some serious muscle, and she can push herself up on them....but her tiny little arms aren't quite ready to hold her weight so, for the moment, she's still not mobile. And boy am I thankful for that!!

Thad has about two weeks in the program left. His 10 month mark will be May 20th and we couldn't be more excited to move on with whatever the next phase in life is. The time we've gotten the past month and a half has been invaluable to us but we are so ready to move on.