Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
There has been a few inches of snow the past few days, and over this past weekend there were tons of reports of a snow storm lasting Monday through Wednesday (today). I was SO excited!!! More snow for Christmas! Well, Monday came and no snow. I was comforted by the news that said snow would come in the evening. I woke up probably every hour or two waiting for the snow, but nothing. Just fierce winds and gloomy days. On Tuesday it was 40 degrees, so I knew no snow would come. AND it rained, so it melted all the previous snow. Today is now Wednesday, and Christmas is just three days away. There isn't an inch of snow on the ground, and while little snow flurries have happened, it's nothing that will stay or even stick.
I guess there is still a possibility of a snow storm this evening in to tomorrow, which would guarantee us a White Christmas, but right now it's looking like a gloomy one. So sad!
Of course, Christmas isn't about snow or any other thing like that. Being tight on money this year, Jake and I have had to keep reminding ourselves that we should celebrate Christmas as the day our Savior came down to Earth, in the lowliest form possible, to save US. Because he LOVED us. It's not about gifts. It's about mercy I can't even begin to fathom! Thank you Lord!
UPDATE: well, an hour and 10 minutes later and it is DUMPING snow. :)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Getting married (obviously), Camry maybe having her first litter of puppies, starting my second year as an apprentice trainer, starting a new life with Jake, yada yada.
Wow. How things change.
January -- After New Years, the first day I was back at work I put in my 2 weeks notice at GDA. It was a tough decision, and even though I knew it was RIGHT, I cried when I told my supervisor. That had been my dream job. I LOVED it. And not only loved it, but I was GOOD at it when my heart was set on it. But dreams can change. Hearts can be set on other things. I needed to focus on my life with Jake. Being a married guide dog instructor is not impossible, but it's incredibly hard. My last day of work was January 15th. Camry came out of heat at the end of the month. Jake and I found an apartment to rent in Camarillo. I kept preparing for the wedding.
February -- February was spent looking for jobs for both Jake and I. It was fun getting to spend so much free time with my soon-to-be husband. Having been a long distance couple for the first nine months of our relationship meant we had a lot of learning to do about one another. It was so fun. February was also a fun month for many other reasons, some that I shouldn't go into on here (I guess my loyalty to GDA still is as strong as ever), but if you guys thought about it, could figure it out. ;) At the end of February, Jake got a job for Sherwood Country Club as a greenskeeper. This month was also spent cleaning our new apartment and getting it ready to be lived in.
March -- We got married!!!!! March 20th, 2010. So great! We flew to Hawaii for our honeymoon and enjoyed five wonderful days there. When we got back we moved into our teeny tiny apartment with Fala. (Camry was gone again *cough cough*) We loved it. We loved getting a routine set up of Jake going off to work and me staying home to be a house-wife. I was still looking for jobs, knowing my savings account would only ast about 6 months with no additional income. We were losing about $600 a month. That. is. A LOT.
April -- in April my sweet, Cam Bam came home to me. My heart was finally whole again. I had my husband and my two wonderful girls in my house and I couldn't be happier. My job search continued. Jake continued working at his job. Around the end of April, we started toying with the idea of maybe, possibly, as a last resort, moving to Maine. I also started watching sweet little Dawson!
May -- the first weekend in May there was a graduation at GDA. I went to go see the dogs I had trained graduate with their partners. On the way up there, Jake said "we need to pray about moving to Maine." The whole way there we talked about the pros and cons to moving across the country. The biggest pro: We'd be making twice the amount of money we were making in CA. The biggest con: Leaving Camry behind. We called his old boss later that week to see if Jake would have a job up in Maine and he said of course. His parents said we could stay with them 'till we found a place to live. GDA found a home for Dawson... then they found a home for Camry. Two days before Jake and I moved to Maine, I gave up a little (actually, rather big) section of my heart. Camry went to her new forever home with a wagging tail and smile on her face. She loved her new mommy, having known her since she was a puppy. I, however, was a wreck. We made it to Maine in about 6 days, arriving the end of May.
June -- June was full of adjustment times for me. Jake started working 10 hour days, which is LONG, especially when he works 2 hours away. That adds on another 4 hours to a day. LONG. I looked for jobs, I applied for jobs, I looked for apartments and was disappointed. Fala was in Texas with my mom and I MISSED her so much. I missed Camry and my friends in California. I missed my job at GDA. I was homesick. Jake celebrated his 26th birthday.
July -- The first weekend in July I flew down to CA for 2.5 days for my best friend Christina's wedding. I missed Jake the whole time and surprised myself by being homesick for Maine, even though I was back in CA. Apparently, Jake is where most of my heart is. I got to visit Camry while I was there for a few hours. I cried the entire time. She tried to walk out the door with me. Turning my back on her for a second time was about all I could handle. When I got back to Maine, I once again started the apartment and job hunt. Fala, my sweet blackie, came to me that month and helped me be more comfortable. My mom and Danny visited while they brought her up.
August -- WE FOUND AN APARTMENT!!!!! Some good friends of ours owned a house with an apartment on the second story and their current tenants were moving out. Three weeks later, we moved in! I was so excited. Finally I could nest, and Jake and I could finally start making a life for ourselves! Sure we were stressed about money and bills and groceries and such, but I don't know a newlywed couple that isn't! That month I spent still looking for jobs, but much more content now that I was home. My homesickness was all but gone, and I enjoyed everything.
September -- Same ol' same ol'. Looked for jobs. Had a job interview and a dog bit me SO hard. I had a bruise for weeks! I learned that I loved to cook and bake things for my husband. I don't think anything truly exciting happened this month. OH! We went down to Virginia to visit my brother and sister-in-law. THAT was fun! Oh and ALSO!! We got little Belle!! Our kitten!
October -- Continued looking for a job.. are you starting to see a trend here? Now that my apartment was basically all put together I started feeling lonely for friends. I hung out occasionally with the girl who lives downstairs (she is probably a year older than me) but not very often. I had my first actual Fall season and SO loved the colors. I realized that I LOVED it here. It was so different than California.
November -- I turned 22, Ali and Shane came to visit for Thanksgiving, and Jake and I had miracle after miracle happen to us. God truly is an amazing provider! I still looked for jobs, but NOTHING was happening. To say I was discouraged would be an understatement. But I continued trusting that the Lord knew best, and when it was the right job, God would provide it for me.
December -- Well, this is December now. Jake and I have gotten our Christmas tree and bought each other a few gifts. Last night we bought the animals gifts, and I cried when we didn't buy Camry one. Yes people, I am STILL heartsick over Camry. I miss her more than words can say. I only hope that when she retires from the breeding program I can get her back. I feel so pathetic, feeling so sad about a dog I haven't had for 7 months now. But I can't help it. She was there when I graduated highschool, went to college, my sister got married and moved, I met Jake and got married, I started my job at GDA... she was there for all of it. And not having her now, when I'm in a new place, is hard.. maybe even painful. But at least I have Fala. She's not the same, but I still love her. And I spoil Belle rotten! Anyway! This Christmas should be a fun, quiet one. I am so looking forward to my first Christmas as a married couple!
So, that's my year. Very difficult, somewhat boring, but also definitely the happiest I've ever had. What are my predictions for next year? Well, I certainly hope I get a job! I've been unemployed for almost a year now, and that is difficult! Maybe I will fly out to CA for an unknown reason and see Camry again! Maybe Jake and I will decide to start expanding our family. Fala will become a senior citizen (nooooo!). I will have a new sister being born (my dads new wife is pregnant and due in February). I will have 3 new neices/nephews being born. I will probably have some more grandpups join the guide dog world.
Who knows. We will just have to wait and see. ;)
Monday, December 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Jake made me a mint chocolate chip and Oreo ice cream pie. Unfortunately, Jake got food poisoning that night (so sad!) and we didn't end up eating it for my birthday. Finally, however, last night we were able to sink our teeth into it. AMAZING. I've been meaning to take a picture of it, just because it's so beautiful. Hopefully I'll get around to that today.
Yesterday I finished up book 6 of my Harry Potter-a-thon, and started up book 7. I am hoping to be done by tomorrow. I get to see the movie on Friday night and I don't really want to be reading the book the day I go see it. When that happens, I tend to be disapointed. So I wouldn't mind one day for my head to clear before I go see it. I can't wait! I'm going with Jake (of course) and our friend Sam. It should be lots of fun!
Well, I am contemplating spending some birthday money on new clothes. It probably SHOULD go towards important things like, paint for the walls in my livigin room. Right now it's all primed, and very white. I would love to have it painted before Ali and Shane arrive!
That's right, Ali and Shane (my twin and her husband) are arriving 5 days from today!! WAHOO!!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I have given myself a challenge for the next week. I am going to re-read the 6th and 7th Harry Potter books before the movie comes out. I am beyond excited. That is 1411 pages in about 7 days, or 201 pages a day (give or take a few). I will not be reading on Saturday or Sunday because my husband is home and I won't neglect him, no matter how much I love the books! Also, he gets off work around 3:30 these days, so I will have from around 10am - 3pm to read.
Of course, I can't neglect my wifely duties either. The house will have to stay clean, the dog will be walked, and the kitties litter shall be scooped (as I speak, she's throwing it all over her room right now. Waaahoooo.....). And of course, the husband shall be fed. And I guess I will shower sometime in there too.
What a waste of time this is... but it's gonna be great!
Monday, November 8, 2010
What am I talking about??
I was emailed by someone in my family who's baby was just bitten by their family dog of over 5 years. They were shocked, upset, and scared. Of course! Who wouldn't be? they asked for my advice on what to do in that situation.
I gave them my advice and while doing so I realized how much being a dog trainer for GDA has shaped my attitude towards dogs. I do not want to go into too much detail here. I have to protect GDA's reputation (which is still quite intact!), and I don't want to to cause a huge controversial discussion. but I was surprised as I was writing down my advice. I spoil my dogs like no one else. Fala is SO ridiculously spoiled, even Belle is spoiled, and they know it! They know Mom spoils, and Dad trains. I am the "fun" one.
Since when??? I guess I just feel that owning a dog and training a dog for guide/service work are two completely different things that can allow for different training methods. However, my basics are still the same. Fala disobeys, she gets corrected, followed by praise. I'm just so much more relaxed about it now!
Now, my cousins situation is very serious. The baby, thank goodness, is perfectly fine. But action does need to happen. They are not even thinking about re-homing their dog, which I think is great. But they know there are steps that need to be taken in order to re-establish a healthy balance in the little family or not. And whether or not the dog likes it, she is bottom of the totem pole!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This morning, driving Jake to work at 5:15, Bangor reached a chilly 23 degrees.
When I was 12, I went up to Mammoth in CA for a church winter group thing. It was 19 degrees then, and the coldest time of the year. It is just the beginning of November here!
I love it! I really do. Feeling the semi-frozen ground under my feet, scraping ice off my car, looking at all the ice on the grass... it's so much fun! Of course it WON'T be fun when the ice is dangerous to drive on. But that's for another post, I'm sure. For now, I am loving this totally-differen-than-CA weather I am experiencing.
On a sober note, today is my would-be 2nd anniversary as a trainer for GDA. Words don't describe how much I miss it.
Monday, November 1, 2010
This is Belle. You can't tell how small she is in this picture, but she is right around 3 pounds, and around 5 months old.. Maybe closer to 4. I'm bad at remembering these things. :)
Friday, October 29, 2010
I will not raise for GEB.
I'm not going to go into reasons, except that they have very different style/technique of training than I am used to. This is not to say I am set in my ways and refuse to try different techniques, because that's false. I've been doing positive reinforcement with Fala and it's going well. However, the techniques GEB uses, to ME, do not seem beneficial or helpful to the guide dogs in training. When I asked the representative about this, she did not write back. So... I made the very easy decision not to raise for them.
Am I bummed that I won't be raising in the near future? Yeah, of course I am. I was excited at just the possibility. But I am not sad with my decision. I know it's the right one.
So, back to enjoying Fala and being excited for the day when Jake and I get a little puppy of our very own. :)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
When Jake and I got married, we tossed around the idea of puppy raising. we weren't planning on doing it for a while. We still had two dogs and a tiny apartment, and making it three would be absolutely insane. Plus, I was happy with my two girls. I didn't really miss the whole puppy raising scene.
Fast forward 7 months. I now live in Maine, I have 1 dog and 1 kitty, and I am getting The Itch. That all familiar puppy itch that a puppy raiser knows only too well.
I have different responsibilities now and, as much as I would like to, I cannot just jump back in to the puppy raising scene. The only guide dog school I could raise for is Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I have looked at their website SO many times. I have talked to Jake about it occasionally, but never deciding anything. I talked to him again last night and he said I could email GEB with my questions.
So this morning I found the email for the Regional person in Maine. I emailed her a huge email full of questions that I had. She replied, and of course, i replied with another gigantic email.
While things are still up in the air, and Jake and I will have a lot of praying to do, I am excited at this possibility. I would SO love to be a puppy raiser again. Of course, I have to keep my head on straight. Jake's job pays the bills, yes. But if we want all the "extras", I'd have to get a job. Plus, I want a job! So if I were to raise a puppy, it would be back to the "well I can only take such and such job that will take a puppy". Or, I could just crate the puppy during the day. Who knows.
All this to say... maybe, just maybe, there will be a little puppy, in a little puppy in training jacket, in my house someday.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Life can be rough sometimes, there's no denying it. It is how we handle the rough times that makes all the difference. I am human. I am a sinner. More often than not I do NOT rely on God to get me through hard times. How stupid I am! God has made it so clear to me that He is the only way to happiness. I can have a place to live, animals to love, a husband to adore, and still be unhappy and unsatisfied. God HAS to be in the center of it.
Jake and I do not have a lot of money. We have enough to pay our bills and make rent, and to buy a few groceries every weekend, and that's about it. It is hard for someone like me who previously never had responsibilities but had a good paying job, to learn how to stretch the money and pay the bills on time and make sure there is still food to feed the husband when he gets home! But I can not do it on my own. The Lord asks that we offer Him our money, ask Him to be in control of it. That is the only way our money will ever truly be in safe hands. But my logical, reasonable self (hey! It's known to show itself once in a while!) says "But how can we give God money when we do not have any for ourselves?" Trust. Faith. It's HARD. But God rewards those who trust in Him.
Just this past weekend Jake and I were needing two stamps for two bills we had to pay. All the post offices were closed and stores only sold books of stamps, which we can't afford. We went into another store and asked the cashier if she stold stamps. "Yes," she said "but only in books." A lady was in line next to us and asked "How many do you need?" We said two, but we didn't have any cash. The lady smiled at us and ripped off two stamps from her newly bought stamp book.
The Lord is good. Jake and I have a long way to go with our lives. We have a lot of learning and a lot of growing up to do. But if God is for us, who can be against us?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
That's about the most exciting thing from here. Last weekend we went down to Virginia to spend two days with my brother and his family. My other brother, Matt, came in from CA so we had to go to see him! It was a fun, albeit short, weekend. Next time though, I think we will fly instead of a 14 hour day drive. ;)
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Jake and I have moved to our wonderful 2 bedroom apartment in Bangor. It is such a nice size for the two of us and has a great sized kitchen, which our last apartment in CA was certainly lacking! I have kept busy the past two weeks cleaning up and settling in... There are nice sized closests here which is a good way to..."hide"... things that I don't know what to do with. :) We still have a huge box of clothes waiting for a dresser, but we will be getting one from Jake's parents in a few weeks.
Fala has made the transition beautifully. I believe she is enjoying her freedom (although she's also abusing it). It took her a day or two to completely get settled, but now she seems right at home. I am hoping to get her a kitty friend in the next few weeks to help keep her company. :)
Much to my surprise, one of my biggest delights at the moment is cooking! I know, right?? Who knew! I never did. I always had such low confidence in my cooking ability, never having learned as a girl or a teenager. When Jake and I lived in CA before, he got off of work early enough to cook dinner for me. But now, working in construction, his schedule is never the same and sometimes he's not home until around 8pm! I certainly wouldn't ask my hubs to make dinner that late! So, I dove right in. Using the recipes I got from my wedding, I have succesfully made Easy Chicken Bake (my new fave), Apricot Chicken, Mexican Corn Soup, Taco Salad (always easy), and we've had some spaghetti and such too. I have also made (on the dessert front) a butterfinger icecream pie (SO good!), strawberry shortcake (classic!), and just today oddly shaped but SO yummy chocolate chip scones!
My plan for dinner tonight was teriyaki chicken... but a certain black lab friend of ours decided to take advantage of my stupidity by eating the chicken breasts I had put out to thaw... That was just two days after she ate 2lbs of hamburger, and a bag of candy! Stupid dog? Yes.. Stupid me? Well... yes. Lesson learned!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The lake above is called Craig Pond. Jake and I like to go there when the weather permits. Fala has already been there once and, being the wonderful swimmer that she is, raced right to the water and started paddling away. She loved it! We so love having a dog that enjoys the water!
The house above is none other than Stephen Kings house! For you unfortunate souls who don't know who he is, he is an author of many many best selling books. He loves the town of Bangor (he lives there), and has donated money, and helped re-do parks, made water parks, also donated buses for the town! It's very fun.
Fala has been here a week now and is in love. She seems to really enjoy all the fun things here like the parks and the ponds and trails to go hiking. Unfortunately (but maybe also fortunately) we have been in a heat wave (humidity is AWFUL!!), so the most she gets is either an early morning walk or a trip to the pond. But she really does enjoy it here, I think!
The hunt is still on for an apartment. We found one that might look promising that we hope to go see sometime this week!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Jake had his 26th birthday last week. We celebrated by going out to Longhorn Steakhouse. It was good food, and of course we both ate WAY too much. I also got him the new Zac Brown Band cd (he LOVES them) and a gift card to Dicks, which he spent on golf stuff. He was pleased, and we had a fun day!!!
This last weekend was fun too. On Friday (Jake has Friday-Sunday off) we stayed around town but seemed to run lots of errands, and watched movies. On Saturday we went to a touristy town in Southern Maine called Freeport. It's a cute town with lots of shops and places to eat and, because it's in New England, it's all really cool to look at and old looking! We spent the day there, and even when it started raining, we really enjoyed stretching our legs and going into lots of stores. They also have (I think the one and only) L.L Bean store there. It's so big they have four buildings for it!!! Jake made me try on coats for fall/winter. I'm pretty sure we'll go back there around October to get me a good coat. I don't want to freeze come winter!! :)
I leave for California on Thursday. It's bittersweet to be going because I don't want to leave Jake, but I wouldn't miss my best friends wedding for the world. It'll be a short trip and I'll be back Saturday. And the nice thing is, that because Sunday is 4th of July, Jake has Monday off!! Which means we'll still get a two day weekend together before he heads back to work! :)
Fala comes a week from today!!! Assuming my moms driving goes as planned. I absolutely cannot wait, although the first few days here will be hectic. Another family friend of the Burke's will be spending a day here next week, and they have a German Shepherd!! Hopefully the two dogs get along well, I don't want Fala's first day here to be a bad one!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Jake and I found an apartment we loved, but after lots of thinking and praying, decided we just can't afford it right now. And I mean, we really can't. But I can't help but be bummed about losing it. It was SO nice, and it had a washer and dryer included, which is SO rare anywhere!! So I'm still looking for apartments while Jake is off to work, then we talk about them when he gets home.
Still no luck on the job front. There is a possible opening at a dog kennel, but we won't find out for a few more weeks. I'm praying about that one. I REALLY want a job, but I want it to be a job that I do enjoy so badly. There are a lot of openings at little fast food type places (Tim Hortons, Dunk'n Donuts, etc), but I really wouldn't enjoy that type of job. So I'm still looking and doing my best to not get discouraged.
Back to the people visiting this week... my best friend (Kelsey and Jake's cousin) will be here soon!!! She is in the wedding, so she's traveling from CA to ME tomorrow, and will arrive around 12 midnight. So I really won't see her until Thursday, but I still couldn't be more excited!!
Two weeks from Thursday I myself will be going back to Cali, for Christina's wedding. She is the one coming out here tomorrow. I am the maid of honor and through God's good grace have been given a plane ticket. I will be sad to leave Jake for a few days, but I'm excited for the wedding. :)
AND! Fala comes in about 3 weeks!!!! My mom and Fala leave TX around July 2nd, and will be here in about 3-4 days. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Maine weather has treated me decently so far. The past four days have been sunny and warm. Today is cold with rain off and on, but I'm finding myself enjoying it more than I thought I would. I hope my attitude will last like that for quite some time!
Maine is beautiful. I had forgotten just how pretty and green it is out here! Right now at his parents house I'm in our upstairs bedroom looking out the window and even though it's dark and rainy, it's still gorgeous. I'm working on getting pictures up here so everyone can see what it's like. This house is magnificent... 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, and tons of land... I love it! I'm enjoying being in such a big, comfortable house before heading back to an apartment. :)
Speaking of apartments, Jake and I have been quite the busy bee's searching for some. So far, it's either too expensive, or they don't accept dogs. I'm doing my best not to get discouraged, but it is hard sometimes. I know the Lord will provide.
I have also been busy the last few days finding jobs, calling places, getting resumes sent in, etc. Surprisingly, the Orrington/Bangor (the big city Orrington is near) has TONS of dog kennels/daycares! WAY more than Camarillo ever had! I'm shocked, but very pleased! I've called four places already, 3 are not hiring, but 1 is willing to look at my application. I would love to work at a dog daycare again, I think I would love it!
Not sure what else to update on. When I get off my butt to take pictures, I'll try to remember to post them. I also have pictures I took on our trip, but I don't feel like posting them right away. :)
Monday, May 17, 2010
I'm still excited to move! I know it'll be super fun to go on the drive across country, I just LOVE doing that.
Dawson went to his new home yesterday. I'm sorry I didn't post much about him, but hopefully once life settles down again I'll be able to do that, AND a wedding post, AND a honeymoon post. :)
Camry goes to her new home on Wednesday. :( She is going to a breeder keeper I have known through GDA for the past six years, and Camry has stayed with her multiple times when I was in class when I worked for GDA. I know Camry will love it there and will be loved in return, but I am at the point now where I'm constantly holding back tears. I'm trying not to think about it, but I'm afraid that when I finally am forced to confront the fact that she's leaving, I'm going to absolutely lose it. *sigh*... I am NOT looking forward to Wednesday.
The Lord has really blessed us in preparations for this move. He's given us extra money and cash thatw ill certainly help, and He has settled our hearts and prepared us for this.
Maine, here we come!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
After much deliberation, Jake and I decided to go with a moving company to get all our stuff across the country. We looked at things like U-Haul, Penske, etc, but those were all incredibly expensive. We've been a bit wary of moving companies, but this one really did have a good price, and we've looked them up on the Better Business Bereau, and they got a good report. So we're crossing our fingers that this all pays off! The movers come on Thursday the 20th to pack all our stuff, then Jake and I will head out early Friday the 21st. It'll be nice to only use our car on this trip; less to worry about!
On the trip we'll be stopping in La Porte, TX to see my mom and her husband. We'll also be dropping Fala off there so we don't have to take her the whole way. When Jake and I find our own place, Fala will come back to be with us!
Next stop will be Ft. Walton Beach, FL where my sister and her husband live. We're planning on only staying one night there, but we may end up staying two nights. I guess it depends on how tired we are!
After that we'll be headed to Sterling, VA to visit my brother and his wife and kids. When Jake and I drove across the country back in November we got to visit them, but only for the day. This time we'll be spending the night with them as well!
After that we'll just trek it on up to Maine. It should only be a day and a half drive from there.
I am looking forward to getting the Western states out of the way. Compared to the dryness of the western states, the east coast is beautiful and I can't wait to get back there!!
Jake and I have started (slowly) packing. His last day of work is this coming Friday, and after that it should only take a day or two of serious packing to get all our stuff in order. We're trying to get rid of a couch, a bookshelf, and a dresser, so we may have to take those to the dump eventually too.
I'm still excited and optimistic about this move!!!! When I get a little worried, I am reminded that this is what God has intended for us, and He will take care of us!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Jake found a job here, but it's paying about half as much as his previous job was in Maine. Which isn't fair, considering it's WAY more expensive to live here than it is to live there! And I didn't have a job, and have only have horrible interviews, so that wasn't good either. But we've been making it work for now.
But lately we both feel God working in both our hearts, preparing us to make this decision. And when it came down to it, it was incredibly clear where the Lord is leading us! Jake's old job was offered to him as soon as he called his old boss, and his parents offered to let us stay with them until we found our own place, so it just felt so right!
We will be moving soon. Jake put in his two weeks notice at work today. Our hearts and heads are already in Maine, and we're ready to pack up and head out.
The sad news is, this is the end of the road for Camry and I. The breeding manager will find her a GREAT home, and Camry will be happy here. I am so so sad to be givng her up, but I'm also so excited to start somewhere new!
Fala will, of course, be coming with us. :)
Friday, April 30, 2010
I love the name, and I've always wanted to receive a male black lab from a "D" litter so I could name him that. I, of course, completely forgot about this when I was first told I could name the puppy. When Jake and I were driving to work yesterday though, he said "what about Dawson?" I freaked out and said YES YES YES!!!!! Turns out, he only said that because we were passing Dawson street at the time. Jake said he liked the name, but wasn't sure if it was a dogs name. So I gave him the day to think about it, and told him if we couldn't find one we liked more by Friday (today), his name would be Dawson. So, today arrived and Jake and I still hadn't found a name we prefer. So I just sent the email in to GDA, saying that his name would be Dawson. :)
I just can't wait. I have to seriously puppy proof this apartment, and I'm not quite sure how I'm going to do it. But I'll figure out a way. So today will be lots of cleaning and puppy proofing, just how it should be the day before you get a puppy! If I had more money, I'd buy him brand new toys, but for now he'll have to be okay with Fala and Camry's hand-me-downs. :)
I'll try my hardest to post pictures of him this weekend! If I don't though, rest assured come Monday you'll see some pictures of the baby!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Even though Jake and I are only fostering him, we do get to name him! We're pretty much at a loss, because it doesn't have to start with any specific letter. So far on our list we have:
I like Ace, Barrett, Dawson, and maybe Tagg the best right now, but I'm still open to suggestions! I want to name him by Friday, so I can get it in my head before we pick him up on Saturday!
I'm very excited. I'm not sure how long we'll have him. Wouldn't it just be my luck that they find his home next week?? But at least I could spend a few days with him! I'm just excited to get him out of the kennel and start introducing him to things like a collar, a leash, and all that fun stuff before he goes somewhere else! Hopefully he'll have a good start here and do well when he goes to his next home!
So, I'm going to try to keep this blog updated about him. It should be fun!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Beginning of this week I wrote out a daily schedule so I could easily keep track of things that needed to be done before the wedding. Some of the stuff included car insurance, getting a unity candle and candle holders, figuring out beverages for the reception, etc. Some I'm thinking I may have to live without, like a unity candle ceremony. There is absolutely no place that sells candle holders! It's been the biggest stress for me until yesterday, when I decided, if I can't find it by Thursday, then we won't have a unity candle ceremony. Not a big deal, and like Jake's sister said, we'll still get married! Too true!
Today has been spent mostly in my room, cleaning and cleaning and packing some more. I packed most of my stuff for Hawaii, and left out clothes for tomorrow and Friday. Everything else is in a suitcase headed for the apartment. It's fun seeing just wedding things mostly lingering around my room now. My veil is out being steamed everytime I take a shower, my wedding dress is hanging up in it's bag, and I kept trying on my shoes this morning! I love seeing my little bag packed for Hawaii... it's just full of honeymoon stuff and I am so beyond excited!
Jake moved into the apartment last week and says he loves it very much. He's excited to have "our" house now! I can't wait to join him in just three days. :)
This will probably be my last post before the wedding, but after the honeymoon I will hopefully post some pictures and a good post about everything!!!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Our little enclosed patio! It's a nice private entrance. The sliding glass door is our front door.
The pictures are a little out of order. It should go: Patio, living room (room with the hardwood floors), bathroom, kitchen, and then bedroom. But, blogger being blogger, is stubborn. :)