I guess this was not meant to be a regular weekend update. And I’m sorry for that. I honestly tried to sit down and write up a happy report of the last two weeks, but it just wasn’t coming together.

This has probably been the most difficult two weeks of our marriage thus far. Now granted, nothing life-threateningly horrible has happened… but we’ve been dealt quite a hand. And it’s been interesting to try to determine where we should go from here…

Between major car problems, minor car problems, job searches, and all the daily-living frustrations that pop up, it’s been an adventure. And I think because all I can see right now is the problems with life, I had a really hard time sitting down and blogging. Shoot, we even had a hard time firing up the grill these last two weeks.

Brian and I have been incredibly lucky so far — we love where we live, we have two amazing sets of parents who will do what they can to help us (including letting us borrow cars when ours go kaput), and we’ve been lucky enough to sub in awesome schools that have helped us to grow as teachers and as individuals.

I KNOW in my heart that all these trials we are facing this week will eventually make us stronger and that we need to trust and believe that things will work out how they are supposed to — but today, it’s hard.

SO… Brian and I need to do something to help us focus on all of the positive things that have happened since our last weekend update. Because we are lucky, and this will all blow over soon.

Here’s our happy list:

1. Spending time with family — Easter was great! Loved spending time with the Moser’s and celebrating Grandma Alyce’s birthday, Shelley’s birthday, and Easter. Sarah, Meghan, and I — along with some help from Brian and Sean — made an awesome gift for Grandma. It was a good bonding experience. We really love spending time with Brian’s siblings and wish we could see them more often…

Then on Easter, we headed to my parents’ house where we did some more Easter celebrating and had more birthday cake. Hope turned 12 on Tuesday, but we celebrated early — I can NOT believe my baby sister is already 12 years old! Some day I’ll share my memories of the day she was born.

2. We ate at the new Texas Roadhouse. The rolls were yummy, the rattlesnake bites were awesome, and the early-dinner deals were spectacular! Sometimes it’s nice to just go out for a little treat.

3. We realized that we have a tornado safe-room. I don’t know how we’ll ever get down into it if we need to. If we get in, I don’t know how we’ll get out — but I really think we’ll be safe. We also prepared a tornado safety kit on Saturday, but thankfully we didn’t need it. Although I was a little bummed that it wasn’t until 11:00-ish that we finally even got a good thunderstorm. But again, thankfully there wasn’t any dangerous situations in our little spot on the earth.

4. Brian boiled a perfect batch of hard-boiled eggs. It’s the little things getting us by this week…

5. Along those sames lines, I thought I messed up a batch of potatoes for potato salad… but they weren’t too bad. Nor was the potato salad.


Here’s to hoping that we can find purpose and strength. And to being thankful that we are not doing this alone — that we have EACH OTHER every day… along with a great support system of family and friends.