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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Eight years

 Moving around the world has been an adventure!  One of our greatest adventures so far, but our first adventure was 8 years ago when we said "I do!"
Last month Jason and I celebrated 8 years of marriage.  I mentioned it briefly on Facebook, but I want to take a minute and really tell you what our last 8 years have been like...

When we stood at the alter on that cold October afternoon, I had NO CLUE what the future held. Jason had been applying to medical school so I knew, or thought I knew, where that path would lead, but I never imagined it would lead here.

Medical school was tough, on him, on me and our marriage. Those first few years of marriage  is when a couple really gets to know each other.  Our first few years were strained. Long days of class and long nights of studying led to lots of stress and fights. We lived separate lives for a while. After Gavin was born Jason was on rotations away from home.  Gavin and I saw him on weekends mostly. I also had post-partum depression. BUT we not only survived, we grew in our marriage.  We put God first in our lives and our marriage, and He blessed so much.  God gave us a GREAT church and AMAZING friends, who turned out to be more like family, who encouraged us and set godly examples of what marriage should be.

Upon graduation we moved from Tennessee to Florida.

Residency held promises of long hours and short weekends, both of which held true.  Eli was a great addition to our family in January 2012, but even the joy of a new baby could not bring Jason out of what we call "the dark place." He struggled to connect with Eli because they never saw one another. Jason was overloaded and couldn't see the light at the end. And I again struggled with post-partum depression. Let us not forget about all of Eli's kidney issues and  subsequent surgeries.  During all these trials we had no family around to help alleviate any stress; but again our God showed us how much He loved and cared for us. He led us to another incredible church with amazing people.
(Oh we also had yet another baby, Holden, you think we would have some self control :)

Once residency came to an end we packed up and moved around the world to Okinawa, Japan.
So here we are 8 years later; 4 moves, 3 states, 2 countries and 3 kids.  We have finally come to a place in our marriage where we can be married.  I have joked for years that if  added up all the time we actually spent together we have only been married about 3 years.

Eight years. Eight long but some how short years. I love Jason and respect him now more than I ever could have thought possible. I have and will continue to follow this man around the world.  I am ready for many more adventures!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Long time hiatus

So... Apparently I have only updated our family blog about once a year! OOPS!
Well a lot has happen since my last update in APRIL 2013, but even more exciting things are going to happen in the next couple of months.  With the new baby on the way and our move pending I am hoping to use this to keep you all updated.  Life is changing quickly and I am hoping to capture some of it here.  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Life lessons

It has been almost a year since I updated the blog, but with Facebook and Twitter I haven't been out of touch.
I started this blog to keep our friends and family updated on our life, but today I am going a little off topic.

The last few months I have been wrestling with some big issues, and I would like to share my thoughts on them.
I have been attending a ladies Bible study on Tuesday mornings and I have learned much from several of the speakers and their testimonies; but it has been in the quiet moments where God has really spoken to me.

One hot issue today is homosexuality, I have read several great blogs about loving and showing Christ's love to the LGBT community.  I agree whole-heartedly, but how do we show love to those outside our church walls when we can't show love to those inside.
Here is the issue that God laid on my heart; as a Christian woman do I extend that love and mercy to my sisters in Christ?
I am a hot mess!  I will be the first to admit that.  I work hard at being a Christian wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, but I fail hard and often.  So why do I look through my broken and imperfect eyes to judge the wife, mother, sister... next to me?  So many days it is only by God's grace that I made it through the day.
We should be encouraging one another and helping to bear each other's burdens.  Too often we are too busy gossiping to hear a real need.   If I am gossiping, don't listen, tell me in love, to stop.  If I am speaking harshly or judging someone, remind me in love, that is not right.  If I have a bad attitude, tell me in love, to check it.  If we sit idly by listening while we tear each other down we will be left with wounded women who are worse off for having known us.

Recently a friend of mine made a cake.  It stuck to the pan, it broke in half, and crumbled to pieces.  She managed to put it back together and cover it with icing.  Once the cake was iced it was beautiful, you would have never known how broken and fragile the inside was.  We are like the cake.  We are broken, stuck in circumstances we can't get out of and crumbling beneath the stress of life, but we put on a happy face so no one knows.  We don't want see judging eyes or hear harsh words.

Ephesians 4:31-32

 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


You are a hot mess!  I am a hot mess! Lets get over ourselves and lets be godly women who encourage, build up and strengthen one another.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Busy week ahead

It's been awhile since I have updated on the kiddos, here is just a snippet of what has been going on, (I will have a complete update later.)
Here is next weeks schedule:
Monday- Eli has physical therapy
Tuesday- Gavin's pre-operation appointment
Thursday- Gavin's Surgery
Friday- Gavin's post-operation appointment.

At Eli's 2 month check up the pediatrician diagnosed him with Congenital Torticollis,you can click the link to learn more,  but basically Eli only looks right.  Nothing that a little physical therapy wont fix.

Now Gavin.
Gavin  has what we lovingly call a creepy eye; the medical term would be Left Fourth Nerve Palsy.  One of the muscles in his eye is not working like it should so the stronger muscle pulls it out of place causing double vision and trouble seeing. The procedure is out patient, and should take 30-60 minutes but he should be good as new in a day or two.

This is one of those times where I REALLY wish we had our Nan Na and Grammy around to help,  BUT we will survive.  An awesome friend has not only offered to keep Eli, but to keep him overnight if we need.  Jason will have Friday off so we will both be home to pamper Gavin.

I am very thankful that aside from a few minor issues my boys are happy and healthy.  There are much worse things then a stiff neck and creepy eye.

Here are pictures just so this blog isn't completely boring.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Disney!

We Love Disney!  This wasn't always the case for me.  A year ago I was very resistant when Jason told me he wanted to take me (Gavin wasn't going with us) to Disney for a week to celebrate his med school graduation.  We went and had a wonderful time.  I "liked" Disney I didn't "love" it.
When we moved to Disney we purchased season passes and have been several times... each time we go I like it more and more. Now, I love it!  I love it not only because deep down I am still a little kid but I love it because of how much Gavin loves it.  Seeing his face light up makes me so happy.  This is our most recent visit
Gavin strapped to Sid's Rocket

Waiting in line to meet Buzz and Woody


All four of us with Buzz and Woody

Saying bye to Woody

Bye to Buzz

Ka-Chow! Lighting McQueen (The roar of his engine scared Gavin)

ps I also love Disney for the food!  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Welcome Eli Kimble

I can't believe it has been 2 weeks since we welcomed Eli to the world.  Here is Eli's story:
I was having contractions or about a week and finally on Thursday January 26th Jason told me to go to the hospital and be checked.  When they checked me I was about 3 1/2 cm and 50% effaced.  So they told me to "go walking"  and come back in about 2 hours to be checked.  I was so mad!  I had been having contractions off and on for a week and was really ready to get Eli OUT!
(Oh and FYI "go walking" is code for just go do something to get your mind off your pain.  It does absolutely nothing!  it DOESN'T increase labor or make you progress)
So I went home and cleaned.  I swept and mopped the floor, re-arranged the garage and made lunch.  I was not going to go back b/c I just felt stupid.  Going up and being told I wasn't in labor was embarrassing to me, but Jason made me go back.  And it turns out I had dilated another cm and was 75% effaced, but since I wasn't 38 weeks yet and water had not broken she couldn't admit me so they send me "walking" AGAIN!
We dropped Gavin off at a friends house went back and finally got admitted. I was finally 6 cm and in full active labor!
I got the drugs! I labored pain free for 7 more hours.  At 6:00 am I did one practice push then it was time. I started pushing at 6:06, pushed twice and Eli was born at 6:07.
8 lb 11.5 oz  21 inches long 
Perfect in every way!