7 Quick Takes

Jumpin right in to the Quake-age

1. The whole deployment thing is becoming very real, and it’s hard/weird to see Josh pack up his stuff. But I don’t want to dwell on the negative. There are some really great things I’m learning

– I’m learning to just LET THE HOUSE BE MESSY. Right now I have a choice: spend time cleaning or spend time with my husband. I choose the latter, and in that I have to relinquish control over the random piles of things growing in our living room. It may sound silly to some, this internal battle of mine. But God uses these little things to form me, to work on me. Some days I fight it ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m thankful to see God’s hand in these final moments together before Josh leaves.

– Learning to appreciate Josh’s little quirks (ie the things he does that drive me crazy). I read recently in one of Kimberly Hahn’s books a story of her friend whose husband had passed away. She said that one of the reminders that he was gone was the absence of the little irritations she would experience from her husbands odd habits/etc. Obviously deployment is very different from death – but for many months there will be an absence of those little irritations and in that, I will miss him. So I’m learning to appreciate the left open dishwasher, the towels draped over any random door, the pile of papers on the counter, the clothes left on the floor, the cutting board and knife left on the counter, the relentless flossing… which really plays into the first lesson I learned about just letting things be messy! Just letting my husband be messy. (not that I do this perfectly, I have my moments where I freak out).

To sum it up:


2. Well the one above was like a 3 in 1 so I’ll skip 2. and give you a break.

3. Have you seen Molly’s blog ย – Creativity Blueprint?ย I’m a fan. From crocheting to recipes and life updates, Molly is insightful and lovely.


Throw back photo.
Throw back photo.

5. Do not watch the new Miley Cyrus music video if you haven’t already. I had no idea what the content would be and it was horrifying/creepy/inappro all around. Spare yourself.

6. Doing another shipment of eco-friendly, reusable pads for women in Malawi! Going to send the package off today – a huge thanks to shannon and barb for being ALL STARS and sewing about 40 shields/80 liners between the two of them. Amazing.

7. Pictures from Joe and Theresa’s wedding! Congrats! Beautiful wedding, good times had by all.

7 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes

  1. Oh man….I am so scared about the “quirks” when I get married! (You mean I have to “appreciate” the fact that he misses the trash can 85% of the time?? And then doesn’t pick up the tissue/paper/banana peel?) Even though my fiance isn’t in the army, it’s a good reminder to be thankful for the things we have today. It’s always good to read about happy young married couples. : )

    1. Sacramental graces, baby, sacramental graces! Marriage isn’t easy – but there’s so much joy and goodness. Congrats on your engagement! Do you have a date set?

      1. Thank you! It’s pretty crazy and exciting. Our tentative date is June 7, 2014. (That’s when our priest and church are available, we just have to find a venue now!)

  2. You’re so sweet. For real. Maybe we could get together and have conversations in person instead of only blog comments ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like that a lot. Text me anytime you want to hang out this summer. Chances are VERY good that I’m available!

  3. Quirks – the ability to miss the laundry basket by 18 inches each and every day with each and every article of clothing is always overshadowed by him always choosing “baby on the chest” for our toddler over anything and everything else we need to do;

  4. Quirks. Yes, after 9 years of marriage, I can say that I have learned to appreciate the quirks…well, most of them :).

    I will be praying for you as you prepare for Josh’s deployment. I cannot relate, but I can pray, so I will.

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