Thursday, May 26, 2016


It's been too long. Here is the briefest recap I can pull off..

Drew spent spring break on a mission trip in Rome (he was supposed to go to Mexico City but switched due to Zika). I went to my cousins themed wedding shower in St. Louis, celebrated my dad's birthday, hung out with Neil, and then drove to Omaha with my parents.

JM just keeps getting cuter and faster everyday.

I talked Drew into doing our student talent show. If you know him, this was a huge accomplishment. Here is a video!

JM and I traveled to Boston for my nephew's Baptism.  It was our first time meeting him and was so fun! I know these two are going to  be causing trouble someday.

We threw an end of the year carnival for students and JM had a little early birthday celebration. We had a bounce house, cotton candy machine, music, yard games, and face painting. It seemed like it was a crazy 1st birthday party... but it really was for our students, promise! Layne made this sweet little video. (and check out her YouTube channel!)

We traveled to St. Louis for my cousin's wedding and got some great time with family. We had a blast dancing at the reception.

My two Godsons! 

JM started handing out hugs left and right. It started with me, then my cousin's son and my brother-in-law. Then he hugged a statue of St. Joseph, but it seemed a lot less precious when he hugged a tree and a broom right after that.

We wrapped up the end of the school year with a team offsite, lots of photos by Abby, and tearful goodbyes.

Team Auburn

My bible study (the toilet paper is an Auburn thing...)

One of Drew's studies

JM had a birthday photoshoot. Check out Abby's work!

Drew and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary with a nice dinner and watching our wedding video.

We went on a picnic on Mother's Day. JM grabbed a wasp but somehow managed not to get stung.

Drew went on a work trip while I went on tons of walks because Megan gave me her old FitBit and it temporary made me crazy. Now I have just accepted I will never get as many steps as her.

Our sweet sweet friend Martha visited. She was a lifesaver helping us pack and made us dinner!

JM finally perfected "please" in sign language and shows no interest in learning "more" or anything else. He also started folding his hands when we pray.

JM turned one and I was way more emotional about it than I expected. We bought a balloon and had a popsicle to celebrate. Him falling asleep on me was a bonus treat because this kid does not stop moving unless he is sleeping or nursing.

JM was the ring bearer in a wedding and actually made it down the aisle!!

AND lastly, while all that was going on Drew got a new job at the UNL Newman Center, we packed up our apartment and moved back to Nebraska. We couldn't have done it without Drew's brother. I got the easy job, flying with JM, while he made the two day drive.

I could do a whole other post about how we packed our truck and JM was in a wedding all on the same day... but I don't even want to relive it. jk it really wasn't that bad, the worse part was just being stressed about it.. not actually doing it.

But back to the NEW job! Drew is really excited for his new position working in development at the Newman Center. It is so bittersweet to be leaving FOCUS because we have loved our time as missionaries so so much, but we really feel like this is the right step for our family. It's a job he feels very passionate about as both of our faith lives' were immensely deepened by the Newman Center (along with FOCUS) in college.

We have always known we wanted to raise JM in Nebraska close to family. The unfortunate and very very sad part of all of this is my parents (who live in Omaha) are moving to Cleveland, Ohio for my dad's job.

So we are making the most of this transition time as we are living with my parents until our apartment in Lincoln is ready and while their house is for sale. They will head to Ohio as soon as it sells.

How about that for an info/photo dump??

p.s. this is me at 12 months.. doesn't JM look like me??

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter 2016

This Easter I kept having flashbacks to last year which included being 8 months pregnant and participating in an Easter egg hunt. Bending over to pick up eggs?? I'm not sure why I didn't opt out. A friend also captured the excitement on video... that was something I really didn't need to see myself do after experiencing the discomfort firsthand. 

Anyways... this year: 

Holy Thursday- It is an adjustment having a babe and not being able to go to all the services. We decided we would switch off Holy Thursday and Good Friday since both were past bedtime. 

Our teammates parents were in town and took us out to dinner. JM discovered rib bones. He probably could have chewed on that for an hour.

Good Friday- I never quite know what to do on Good Friday. We prayed the rosary with our team and went to stations, but I just feel weird doing much on this day... so this year I decided what a perfect time to clean out Drew's side of the closet. I forgot to take a before picture, but the giveaway pile was nice and high. 

What do you do on Good Friday?? Am I the only one that thinks it's weird to do fun things on this day? Also, how do people go to stations with a child?? All the kneeling and standing and genuflecting for each station while holding a baby was harder than my workouts. 

Holy Saturday- My little/dot/baby from Gamma Phi came to visit!! Shelby goes to Optometry school in Memphis which isn't too far. It was fun showing her around some of our favorite places and then we braved the vigil mass..

JM did pretty well.. I was overconfident thinking he would just fall asleep in the ergo... But we spent some time in the back where he eventually fell asleep for maybe 20 minutes. 

Zonked out around 11:30

 Easter Sunday:

We hosted a few people for lunch and took lots of pictures of JM looking pretty sharp in his Easter outfit from Mimi :) It ended up raining most of the day so our Easter egg hunt didn't happen. Although, JM's favorite game is so throw the eggs all over the room instead of putting them in the basket, so I don't think he cared too much.

And the best part is we get to celebrate Easter for eight whole days!! Let's just say I've eaten way too many sweets so far...

Happy Easter!!


Friday, March 18, 2016

7QT: felt, world's best pants, and JM update

Linking up with Kelly to  explain what I've been doing besides blogging...

1. Cutting out felt. Hot gluing felt. Hammering snaps. Ugh. That's what I've been doing. Not really, but I did spend a lot of time devoted to a little felt bible exchange project. I typically get really excited about the project, go buy the supplies, stare at them for a few weeks, and then work like crazy to get them finished in time. The excitement steadily decreases throughout the process, but I know it will be worth it in the end when I get a felt busy bible with ten pages.

2. I also finally caved....

I am still learning a lot, but I do love  diffusing them in our not-so-fresh apartment. Anyone else use them?

3. I have been spending quite of bit of time with the girls in my bible study. A few of them just went on a retreat and I was so happy to see them there. I've gotten to take JM on a few coffee dates with girls and he always provides great entertainment. The Gamma Phis from my bible study and another study got together last Friday to pray at 6:45am for the chapter. Eleven girls showed up! At 6:45!

4. JM officially has 6 teeth and has been taking a few steps at a time!! He is getting into everything, especially all of our cabinets. We really have been slow to the baby-proofing, which is making our job a lot harder. He is making so many sounds, waving bye-bye, eating more food, loves looking at books, playing with the swifer, finding the tiniest crumbs on the floor to eat, and peeking under closed doors. He also just learned how to give kisses and hugs. When I ask for a hug, he will lean into me and my heartbreaks a little more each time.

5. I have only taken these off to wash them the last few weeks...

6. We had a sweet little family Valentine's date

7. Honestly, we've been a little wrapped up in some family changes that are coming up... It's a little soon to write about it (I'm not pregnant), but I will fill everyone in soon. (I find myself telling people I'm not pregnant more than I anticipated in life. I feel like people are just waiting for an announcement, so they hold on to every word I say, and therefore I'm constantly putting my hands up saying 'I'm not!!')

Happy weekend!!!