Weary

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Just some sentences…..

I’m tired.

I have a beautiful family.

I’m stressed.

I love the curtains in our new office.

Life is coming at me faster than I really care for these days.

I love Brad’s cologne.

Success feels like failure sometimes.

Caitlin is beautiful, inside and out.

Transitions are one of the hardest things for me to deal with.

Washi tape is of Jesus.

Depression sucks when it affects anyone you know.

Cooper has the face of an angel.

I’m weary.

Logan is one of my favorite people.

There are days I want to just live next door to my mom again.

Our new office is open.

Not following through on a promise a pet peeve of mine.

Max’s Cheeks. (that is a sentence)

Worlds change, and we have to adapt or move on

I am not going to give up.

…..just some sentences.

weary in well doing

On the brink of breaking

For the last five days I’ve been traveling to and from Florida on business. We are on the cusp of some big business moves and the training, brainstorming and marketing sessions that we attended are changing the face of how we do things at MedLink.

This is an exciting and scary time because since I started this venture at my kitchen table in 2007, we’ve grown a little at a time. That worked for a long time and then a series of events happened from 2012 – 2013 that made us start going backwards. We ended up having to cut everyone’s pay and even laid off an employee. Until you’ve had to tell someone you love that you’re cutting their pay or that you are eliminating your job, you don’t know how tough it is to be the owner of something. Knowing that people we love and respect depend on this business to make their bills weighs heavy on us all the time.

The first of the year started out bleak and Brad came to me and said that God had spoke to him and let him know this would be one of our best years yet. I wasn’t so sure it was God, maybe some bad pizza. Surely as bad as things were going for us, that couldn’t be true. As the year unfolded I doubted him and God more and more. As we cut pay, said goodbye to an employee, saw struggles in our personal life and those around us who we love I thought maybe that God whispered too soon or Brad was full of wishful thinking.

An opportunity came to us about 6 weeks ago. An opportunity to expand our business and take a leap of faith. We brought in an investor who believes in us and what we do. We rented a store front. We went to Florida for training. I’m meeting this week with the sign guy and picking out paint colors for the new office. Its been a tornado of activity and in the back of mind I keep hearing Brad say “God says this is going to be a good year for us”.

We went to the ocean on Sunday and as I sat alone I on the edge of gulf of mexico I watched the waves as they crashed. Some were tiny and some were so big they almost knocked me back. In fact, a few did knock me backward as I basked in the sun. I’m going to hold onto those memories for a long time and hold onto that promise that God gave us because I am those waves.

We have been on the brink of breaking for the last two years. Every time I feel like we can’t take one more disappointed look from our kids or give someone news that they don’t want to hear, God had folded us over like those waves and didn’t allow me to break. He allowed me and Brad to bend into Him and each other and take the brunt of it together. Those waves remind me that as the tide as went out, it will come in again, reshaping the landscape into something new and beautiful.

Just as we put our toes in the edge of the Gulf of Mexico and then ran in like 10 year olds full of life and carefree, we are going to jump into this new chapter and take this business in a new direction and believe that we can swim and not drown. We are going to trust in each other and our plan and see a new landscape form into something beautiful, one wave at a time.

Where have I been hiding?

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That’s what asked myself yesterday. Where have I been hiding? I haven’t blogged in almost a year and a half and I’ve missed it. A few days ago I downloaded a little app called Timehop and it shows your posts on social media from the past few years.

Yesterday the app showed a blog I had written. As I read over the blog two things came to mind. 1. I miss blogging. 2. I’m a pretty good writer.

So, I’m going to tell you more about where I’ve been hiding.  The short is I’ve been working, raising babies, loving my bigs, growing as a person, a mother and a wife. More than ever, my family is my world and I feel blessed beyond measure that God chose me to be their Mama and wife. The long of it will come in the days and weeks that follow as I personally time hop back through events and situations and share how God has shown himself faithful and how even when I have recently walked through paths that have more questions than answers, still I feel close to Him

The landscape of our world looks much differently than I could ever imagined it would and sometimes I still can’t believe this is my life. I’m getting a chance to live life to the fullest.. Psalm 32:7 says “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.”

So while I am coming out of internet ‘hiding’, I won’t be leaving my hiding place, my place of refuge. God is doing and will continue to do wonderful works, we just have to look around and see how far we’ve come.

18

18 years ago today ~ you lit up our life ~ you continue to do so ~ whether being funny, sarcastic, sensitive or crazy ~ you have so many sides that sometimes I think there are two of you!

2 Logans

There is the nerdy book-side of you that is happy to read anything from the Magic Tree House Books to Charles Dickens. Then there is the you that plays on the floor with your sister and makes her face light up. There’s the you that writes crazy  songs about Frying Men and there’s the you that is quick with a hug when someone seems down.

in a book

There is the over achiever in you that likes to graduate early from school and make sure all things are lined up correctly even if that is just the empty coke cans you put in the kitchen but don’t quite get them into the trash. There’s the you that doesn’t study for hardly anything because you don’t really have to (which is annoying).
kindergarten

There is the you that loves classical music but also loves Pink Floyd. Then there is the you who loves Christmas music and knows almost all the Conway Twitty songs word for word.

Logan 5

There is the you that wants to travel the world and see everything and the you that loves to stay holed up in your room for hours on end.  There’s the you that loves with your whole heart and the you that doesn’t care to speak you mind when you believe in something.

Logan Smile

I love all of these parts of you and they make you the best son a mom could ask for. So today, you are an adult. You can buy cigarettes and playboy magazines, lottery tickets and go to clubs. Thankfully, because of who you are, you won’t do any of those things and I love who you’ve been, who you are, and who you are becoming.

These gifts, these traits will take you far because you know who you are, you know what you believe and you won’t be swayed from what is the right path for your travels. It has been my honor to even have fostered any of these traits in you these last 18 years and I love you! It is my prayer that you have the best year ever and that you continue to grow in the grace and mercy of God and be the best adult Logan you can be.

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Months 10 & 11

Just because I’ve not been on top of my blogging game lately doesn’t mean we’ve stopped taking pictures or enjoying all the new things Cooper does on a daily basis. It is so hard to believe that in less than one month she will be one.  As she sits beside me jumping up and down and going from laughter to tears and back, I realize just how blessed we are with this fiesty, funny, emotion-filled, cuddler that brightens every single day of our lives.

Here are her 10/11 months Photos.

10and11 months pictures

It seems like every day Cooper does something new. Like seriously, she can be throwing a fit with tears streaming down her face and then laughing like two seconds later. This child is really coming into her own and she is very opinionated.

Things I like to Do

Here are the last two months in pictures ~ Christmas, New Years and so much more. She now crawls everywhere and pulls up on everything. She is over 20 lbs now and can say Mama, Dada and Bye Bye ~ she says other stuff that only she can understand.

3 Christmases Collage

 

Christmas Morning Collage

She would rather eat on her own than let you help her so meal time is always interesting. She still sleeps about 10-12 hours per night but her day time naps are few and far between.

Making Messes While Mama Works

 

1-25-13 Logan Watches Cooper

 

 

Crazy How I Sleep Cooper and Evie Do Lunch New Years Eve

 

As you can see, we’ve been pretty busy and now it’s time to plan for my birthday party coming up very soon!

Hope you’ve enjoyed catching up with us!

 

Shelly

One Word

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time.It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.” Deepak Chopra

My cousin, Nichole, has been doing this One Word challenge for a few years. I’ve decided to take it on this year. As I struggled to decide on a word I thought about pastors message yesterday and how we need to examine ourselves in every aspect of life and see where we did well and where we need to improve.

Well, I have a lot of areas to improve, I can promise you that but the one area that touches EVERY other area in my life is control. The need to control or tightly grasp situations, timelines, work situations and often my loved ones.  It is hard to have a childhood where you had no control and so in my life, I’ve tended toward the control end of things. The “if I control it, it cannot control me” mentality has been something that was a coping mechanism as a kid and eventually became the way I did things.

When I met Brad, he challenged me on that in so many ways and I really feel like that was why God made him the perfect match for me.I can be crazy and emotional and controlling and he just looks at me blankly and will ask me if I’m done or if I feel better for acting that way. He’s a brick wall to that side of my personality and when I met him, it was the first time in 30 years that anyone had that effect on me.

It’s crazy really, when you think about how God places things. Brad was broken as a child by his abusive father and he had let go of ANY emotional feelings. He knew in his head he loved me and he wanted to marry me, but he didn’t have the emotional feelings of love and those butterflies that tend to make us deal with people even when we don’t want to. So, he wouldn’t deal with me being flat out crazy and controlling like I was when I met him in 2004. I have come a long way but like I said, I have a long way to go.

So here we were, two broken people, me overtly emotional, him a brick wall of emotions but I knew God had a plan. So, Brad would play defense to my offensive nature and when I wasn’t being crazy, I would try and help him ‘feel his feelings’. We were such a mess that when I look back on it, it is either really sad or almost funny. We went through so many things to prepare us for our healing and no matter how unemotional he was or how crazy controlling I was, we both knew the other one had our back, always.

I remember almost giving up a few times. Feeling like I had made a huge mistake in marrying someone, knowing that they did not have the emotional capacity for love. I am sure that Brad wondered (and probably still does) why he chose the crazy lady to spend his days with. I mean really, if you are going to wait until you are 40 to get married, at least pick a nice sweet girl, right? There is a moment in grained in my mind that will be in my heart until the day I die. We were sitting together talking and Brad tilted his head a bit and his eyes lit up and he smiled at me and I said what is wrong with you? He said, I just got butterflies looking at your face. I knew then that there is so much love in this world that even abuse and pain and fear cannot snuff it out completely. There were so many days that I held onto that moment when I wanted to quit and to just walk away.

As God continued to heal Brad’s brokenness, mine continued to be at the forefront. I always chalked up the way I was to being strong but it was weakness hidden inside a really hateful exterior. There were moments when God was healing Brad’s heart and I would come and rip him to shreds and he would retreat back inside that emotionless state for weeks even months and at those moments I realized that power of my words and my actions. So, thus was our healing process, one step forward, three steps back. But somehow, we continued on, loving each other with the short skill set we had.

God has done alot of healing in our hearts and in our lives over the last 9 years we’ve known each other but nothing like he has done in the last year. This year, 2012, has been an emotional roller coaster both good and bad for the Deason’s. When Cooper was born, a piece of Brad’s heart opened that he never knew was even there. He likes to say she was the first footprint on that part of his heart. He loves open and freely and our entire family can see a difference in where is has came from to where he is now. I have had a lot of healing this year too, and I have learned all that I thought was my strength was really my weakness and that I have to find a new strength. I am finding a new strength in letting go.

So I have chosen as my word for 2013 and it is RELINQUISH   I am going to let go of the things that don’t matter and focus on the things that do. I am going to let my fist loosen it’s grasp on the things that aren’t even an arguing point and try and relax more. I am going to focus on the big picture and who I want to be and not on the tiny daily details I tend to obsess over and over again. I am going to give it up to God and let him control things in my life and my ministry and my job and my family as never before.

re·lin·quish  

/riˈliNGkwiSH/
Verb
Voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up
Synonyms
Abandon – renounce- give up – quit – waive – leave 
It’s scary, the letting go,  but I sign off today with my hand held open wide, holding onto nothing but the promise that He will be there to catch me and to help me through the mistakes of figuring it out.

9 Months +

I’m behind on this. I would like to say it’s because we had our 9 month check up and I wanted to update her stats with you. That’s partially true but it’s also true that I am just behind.

Front Cover Picture

Today we had our 9 month check up and she is doing amazing and hitting the marks that make the doctor happy, especially with her being 4 weeks early.

Weight ~ 19lb. 3.8 oz

Height ~ 27.5 inches tall

9 month collage

We’ve had a busy month and it seems like she gains leaps and bounds each month on the things she is interested in and how much she grows:

  • She now will go forward and backward in her walker
  • She continues to love both baths and showers
  • She would rather eat food than drink a bottle and at times will drink out of a cup
  • Favorite foods are banana puffs but she doesnt really care for the yogurt bites.
  • She got two teeth, the two bottom front within days of each other
  • Table foods that Cooper has enjoyed this month include: french fries, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, toast, oatmeal, rice, bananas, apples, banana pudding, chocolate pie, cream corn and cheerios.

Cooper likes to “ride dirty” ~ she acts crazy when you put her in her carseat or a buggy at the store. Here is a glimpse of her craziness.

riding dirty

We had our first visit with Santa and it went really well. She was intrigued with him and really took some good pictures.

Santas Lap collage

This month was Cooper’s first thanksgiving and she spent equal time with my family and Brad’s family. Here are some picture of her and her cousin Portlin, He is 3 months younger than her but you can’t tell because he is a big guy.

Thanksgiving

We had our annual Ugly Christmas sweater party on Dec 7th and Cooper was surrounded by her her friends Aiden and Evie. Here are the three cutest ugliest sweater participants.

ugly christmas sweater

Cooper also had her pictures done with Ms. Katie again and it was so much fun! We did our usual poses and then we did some super cute Christmas pictures as well as some of all three of us. Katie says that the pictures turned out so well that she is having a hard time choosing which ones to edit. Here is a sample of the ones she took and have showed us so far.

katie letcher collage

 

Cooper loves to be read to and a few weeks ago this was her and her daddy at Red Lobster reading a new book.

out to dinner

 

and while I get behind and I get busy and don’t post like I should, everyone knows that this little girls is definitely. . . . . .

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