I crack myself up trying to be all business-y.
Anyway, I promised a big, fat life update, so away we go!
I figured I’d lead with work stuff because it’s been the most all-consuming aspect of my life these days.
If you live in Oklahoma, you know how hard we’ve been hit with the oil and gas industry downturn.
It’s been awful.
Our state has a $1B deficit, small industry-related companies are buckling, and larger ones are laying off hundreds.
It’s rough all around, y’all.
I’ve experienced a small degree of company reductions before, but nothing like since entering into this field when the market dropped. It’s been heartbreaking.
My company had a huge round of layoffs recently, but thankfully I’m still there. It’s been intense and a huge stretch of faith!
I have no idea what the future holds for the market and what comes next, but I’m trusting God with where He wants me.
So yeah, that’s the big update there!
Will has had some bites and interviews but nothing has come through. When you’ve got tons of laid off people and “x” amount of jobs in OKC, the matter quickly becomes more challenging. We would definitely welcome prayers!
My dad had a health scare a couple of weeks ago that had us all on edge.
Between that and bracing for layoffs, last month was a little nuts!
Thankfully his results returned negative so he is in the clear and will have another checkup later this year.
My mom has been baking delicious foods and it’s killing me. I hate eating my feelings, but let’s face it, who’s going to turn down their mom’s cooking!?
P is busy as a working woman, mother, and newlywed. She turned 26 on February 24th.
Which only reminds me how much older I’m getting.
Layla kills me. Every time I see her. I can barely stand it.
That sassy pants won’t ever stop talking!
Seriously. I can’t even take the cuteness. Sensory overload.
Will and I watched her awhile ago and it was quite a hoot. She wore us out! We have our plan of attack for next time-
Chuck E. Cheese.
Tucker her out there and then take her home.😂
Other related family things
Did I blog about my trip to Iowa with my parents last summer?
If I didn’t, you missed out on a gem of a post.
Traveling with them at their age now compared to when I was a kid is hilarious.
A complete 180.
I’m not even kidding, I remember making the 10 hour trip to Colorado in nine hours with just one potty break.
I realize that may not be a big deal, but to a kid that has zero capacity to fully understand the need to “make good time” or to “hold it,” let’s just say it was rough.
Anyway, the Iowa trip was completely opposite.
Leisurely, laid back, even enjoyable. Stops every other hour.
Who the heck are these guys!?
I’m taking another road trip with them next month. I’m loaded down with books and magazines to keep me occupied, as well as my 64 oz travel mug.
Hey- I no longer fear large quantities of water on these road trips. Bring it.
Meaningless things I think you should know
Will and I took a quick road trip to Ponca City a few weeks ago to eat at Perkins.
We always enjoy their pie and muffins. It reminds us of our trips home from Kuwait when we’d stop in Minneapolis to do some shopping before heading to Oklahoma.
Perkins pie. Dead.
Perkins muffins. Also dead.
I handled the work stress fairly well and really tried to rest in Jesus throughout the process.
However I was probably a little more knitted up about it all than I realized because last month a baby patch of three gray hairs appeared.
I call them my oil and gas grays.
I got my hair done last week and my stylist noticed my two gray hairs.
I told her I had three earlier that day but plucked one before going to work. 😂
So yeah. Old people problems. More crap to keep up with.
The weather has been beautiful lately, so Will and I have been taking lots of walks. It’s been a good treat. Extra exercise and long talks.
We attempt to solve all the world’s problems in 30 minutes.
We’ve got it all figured out, ya’ll.
Will for president.
We did another round with the Aerogardens! This is my third one and Will’s second.
I did a variety of fun stuff (that I can’t recall now of course), but lavender, cilantro, and Thai basil are among the new ones.
Will did another round of pepper plants. I can’t even tell you all the super spicy peppers his one plant yielded. Crazy!
We replanted his pepper plant and hope it’ll make it. We replanted my basil and lime basil plants, too.
They’re starting to look a little sad, but I’m hoping they’ll pull through!
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but on average my body temp consistently hovers between 95.8 and 97 degrees.
I got a tetanus shot a few weeks ago and it was 96.4. The nurse said she doesn’t see it often, but it happens.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t made Will more amenable to upping the heat on the house. Ha!
Will and I will celebrate our twelfth anniversary on the 13th.
How does that even happen!?
I can’t believe we’re already at number 12. We are very blessed.
We’re “celebrating” by going to an RV show with Will’s parents this weekend. Haha
They’re visiting and hoping to narrow down their search while they’re here. It should be fun.
So in terms of spiritual stuff, there’s lots to share there too.
For years I felt a tug on my heart that perhaps we should not be at the church where we attended.
The struggle, though, was the comfortability factor. Knowing what to expect, being connected with others, getting involved.
Yet I continued to feel this same press on my heart.
Will never felt the same way, so I decided to pray about it.
Long story short, through a series of events we decided the Lord was leading us somewhere else.
It was sad to leave, and I miss seeing dear friends every week, but I have no doubt we were being obedient.
We’ve been attending elsewhere since this past fall, and I really believe we’ve found our home church. We haven’t joined yet, but I continue to feel a peace that this is where we will join and plant roots.
So yeah, there’s that!
I gave up social media for Lent, and it’s been a wonderful decision.
Don’t get me wrong, I miss staying connected with people I don’t see regularly. However, the time away has been a wonderful break to quiet myself and be less caught-up in a scrolling news feed.
It’s really brought stillness to my life during a time when I need it. It’s helped me be more present and intentional. In fact, I would encourage everyone to take a day or two of each week and disconnect from the virtual stressors of life, even if they’re “good” stresses.
Putting a Bow on Everything
So yeah. That’s about it these days.
I paid for my blog host/domain again, though it desperately needs modernization.
I continue to think about it, but have no solid plans for “what’s next” here. If anything, I might up and just start from scratch. When I had this site designed 1,000 years ago, it was super technical and in the weeds of coding and back-end confusion, and I have no idea how to make heads or tails of it all.
So yeah, there’s that!
Anyway, I intend to continue semi regularly keep posting so definitely make sure your blog feeds are updated.
Thank you for checking in! More to come!