Monday, December 12, 2011

Blessings, Christmas Tree and WTIU

This morning I was reading my Bible and praying about money and how much more we need in order to get to a place to expand our little family. I finally felt like I actually gave it up to God. Sometimes I will pray something and say the words, but not really mean them. I meant it with all my heart this morning. And God is so good, this afternoon at work I was offered two extra days per week working the front desk. I only work three (sometimes four) days per week and this will put me at 40+ hours and full time work. I knew I was going to get four full days, but the extra day just shows how much control God has over everything and He knows what is best. I was beginning to have second thoughts on if this job is where I should be, but now I have no doubt at all.

"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

We bought our Christmas tree this past week! It was so exciting bringing it home and watching Jason set it up. It felt like home having our own tree, and it will make our little Christmas that much better. I love opening ornaments because I always forget about some and it's a surprise when I find ones that I love but don't think about throughout the year. My mom gets all her "kids" and herself a new ornament each year and I love seeing the change every year.

All finished decorating -- after searching in four stores for 
more lights and a tree skirt :)

Lumberjack Jason!

2005 - 2010 minus 2007 which works since that was 
the year my mom had pneumonia.

Seems like just yesterday :)

The first ornaments we put on the tree.
Mine is a childhood unicorn (with a broken horn)
Jason's is the Air Force one he made.


Jason finished his Feature Story this past week and it was published online. The story is about a man whose wife passed away from an unknown cause of death and he is seeking answers from the hospital. Jason did an amazing job on the story and spent many long hours on it. I'm so proud of him. Here is the link to the story. 

Jason is finishing up his fall semester this week. We can not believe how quickly our time here is going by. He was on live television last week to help with the WTIU pledge drive. He did such a great job and when we get the DVD of it, we'll share :) For now, here is a picture.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas!

I think this is a new record for me. December 1st and I am 100% done with my Christmas shopping. Everything has even come in the mail already :) I went out at 4am on Black Friday and got almost everyone on my list taken care of. Then I finished up all the little things throughout the past week. I even started wrapping!

The day after Thanksgiving, Jason and I got into "Christmas Mode" and decorated the entire house in 2 days. We went back and forth to Target, but eventually got everything we needed. Since we are spending Christmas here in Indiana and not with either of our families, we really want it to look nice and feel like Christmas. Here are some pictures of our home decorated :)

We got our first snow storm this past week. We only got about an inch or two, but we were still excited. I guess Indiana gets quite a bit of snow, but we haven't seen too much of that yet. 

The day after Thanksgiving, Bloomington had something called the Canopy of Lights where they light all the lights downtown. It was such a gorgeous night and it really kicked off the Christmas season. Bloomington does a really great job getting people out and about. They have lots of festivals and markets for you to visit. Its a pretty big town but definitely has that small town feel. 

Downtown Bloomington - Canopy of Lights