Somethings gotta give…

I think everyone in my house is starting to feel the effects of Cory being gone. The dogs have been awful the past nine days…they are barking in the middle of the night, not staying in the yard and are just kind of sluggish in the evenings.

My Mom snapped this picture Friday night of Einstein laying on Cory’s shoe. He never lays on things like shoes, but he flipped it upside down like this and laid on it for most of the evening.

Poor thing. He misses his Daddy. I miss his Daddy too.

I’m not the clingy wife type. I don’t have to spend every waking minute with my husband (not that I mind), I like for him to have time with his friends or doing something he enjoys because I enjoy time to myself sometimes. I knew that two weeks apart would suck but I didn’t know it would be this bad.

Maybe it’s because Cory is 7500 miles away, in a different country, on a different continent. Maybe it’s because this is the first time we’ve ever been apart this long. Yes, since January of 2006 I haven’t spent more than a few days away from him. Maybe it’s because our communication is spotty and unless we want to pay a ridiculous amount to call or text, we can only talk when he has access to Wi-Fi. Since I don’t know where he is or what he is doing, I’ve been waiting by phone for the past week. Maybe it’s because out of the 8 nights he has been gone, I’ve had 2 good nights of sleep. 2 out of 8 nights!

Whatever the reason may be, this blows. Being the person at home is hard. And I may be a tad bit jealous that he is getting to experience Africa without me.


Please don’t get me wrong and think that I wish Cory hadn’t gone. I’m so proud of him and the work he is doing for the Lord. I can’t wait to hear his stories, look at his pictures and see the changes happening in him. I know that God is preparing us both for whatever the future may hold but that doesn’t mean I can’t miss my husband!

3 more days and he will be home!

Weekend Recap

What to say about my weekend? This was probably the most least exciting relaxing weekend I’ve had in a while but it was much needed. My weekend was so relaxing I didn’t even take one picture. Long story short, my weekend went a little like this: eat, sleep, worked on a wreath, pool, eat, sleep, nursery at church, lots of dirty diapers, pool, eat. See why I didn’t take any pictures? They wouldn’t have been very interesting. Unless your idea of interesting is pictures of me bummin’ around with no makeup and pool hair, than you might have enjoyed them. 


When I say sleep, I mean the good kind of sleep. Like, the 12 hours kind of good sleep. I’ve had a hard time sleeping since my husband is 7500 miles away and it felt so good to catch up on some rest. I’m really hoping this week is different but it’s not looking too good. Normally I don’t work on Mondays but we have graduation on Friday so our office has to work the university schedule. It’s already after 10:00 pm and I’m not feeling very tired. I thought spending the weekend in the sun would tire me out but my brain just won’t shut off. 

Speaking of weekend in the sun…can I say how nice it was to have a whole weekend of sunshine? The weather this summer has been strange. I can’t ever remember a summer that it has rained as much as it has this year. Don’t get me wrong, I love the lakes being full just as much as the next girl but glad to catch a break! It’s amazing what a little sun on your skin will do for the mind. 

Anyways, that’s enough of my babbling. I hope ya’ll have a great week and may God bless!

Rainbow Chevron Birthday

This past Saturday was Kaylen’s 1st birthday and we celebrated with a rainbow chevron birthday party. K is my best friend Jessica’s little girl and seeing that party design is my favorite, I was so excited to help her plan the party. A few weeks ago we set out with a mission to find a “theme” for the party but we could never decide on a particular one. Once we found some rainbow chevron paper at Hobby Lobby, Jessica knew she wanted to use it. We added in some colorful balloons and decided the party would be a rainbow chevron birthday.

Rainbow Chevron Birthday
Once we found the paper, I designed the invitations, printed them up and we did dinner one Friday night and put the invitations and envelopes together. With the help of our husbands (yes, they helped!) we knocked them out!

Rainbow Chevron birthday invitations
Be prepared for the cuteness in these photos. K is a living doll. 

rainbow chevron birthday
rainbow chevron birthday table
rainbow chevron birthday sweets table
rainbow chevron birthday sweets table
rainbow chevron birthday
I made this cupcake stand and you can view the tutorial here.

rainbow chevron birthday cupcakes
rainbow chevron birthday cupcakes
rainbow chevron birthday cupcakes
Jessica wanted to keep the food simple. We did the cake for K, cupcakes, homemade ice cream (to die for!) and watermelon. It was perfect for a summer afternoon in the South.

rainbow chevron birthday
I originally was going to paint the high chair but the more we looked at it, the more we hated to cover it up because it was in perfect condition. I found it at a yard sale and it had been used for many years but you would never guess it by looking at it. It was a steal and will be a staple in my future party planning!

rainbow chevron birthday
Tell me she is not the cutest thing ever?

rainbow chevron birthday banner
As you can tell, she wasn’t too thrilled with the cake. She did not like having her hands dirty but after a few minutes, she got over it and dove in!

rainbow chevron birthday
I was really happy with the way the rainbow chevron birthday party turned out. So far, I’ve only done showers so it was exciting to be a part of K’s first big day!

Saying Goodbye to my Missionary

Yesterday, I dropped my husband off at the airport for his first international mission trip. He is with a small team heading to Rwanda! I told myself over and over that I wasn’t going to cry. What a joke! I cried all day long…on the way there, while we were eating lunch, when I said goodbye, when his plane took off. Seriously, all day. I’m such a baby but two weeks is a long time.

The mission team at the airport. 

Anyways…Cory has my camera so these are iPhone photos and some are blurry but it’s all I got to hold me over until he gets home.

This is his “stop taking my picture” look. 

Heading through security and this is as far as I could go. 

Cory’s prayer for the trip is: that our hands be His hands, our lips be His lips, our words be His words, and that our thoughts be on Him and not ourselves. Please keep him and the rest of the team in your prayers!