Summer Already?!

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Holy cow. It’s June 17. Where has the time gone?!

School is out and Chad is loving having the summer off – I mean who wouldn’t?! If we both had the summer off, we’d probably go on some epic road trip. Sadly, I do not…but a girl can dream!

Cooper is now 16.8 pounds – and still as cute as ever! He’s a favorite at the vet and has seriously never met a stranger. He loves everyone! We think he might have an ear infection, so we’re monitoring that situation and not giving him any of the new treats we bought him (sometimes food causes them).

Yesterday was Father’s Day and we got Chad’s stepdad (Brent) tickets to the Lions/Patriots preseason (week 3) game! He’s excited (I think he thought we were joking him when he opened the gift!) but now faces the difficult decision of who to take with him to the game – son, daughter or wife? I do not envy him! Too bad I can’t throw MY hat into the ring!

We’re hoping to go see Chad’s grandpa and his wife this August (and his family would meet us there, from Michigan), which is always an amazing time. Fingers crossed that the dates, price and vacation times all line up! Who doesn’t love the white sand of Ft. Myers Beach?! No one. Also, we did get to see Colleen (grandpa’s aforementioned wife) on Saturday night, as she was in town visiting her sister, who lives in Kingwood. A delicious fish dinner, wine and great conversation were had by all!

And on a sad note, the center stone of my engagement ring was dangerously loose and the prongs were badly misaligned, so I had to give my ring to the jeweler for repair. They won’t be ready until Saturday at the earliest – BOO! I haven’t taken them off since I got them and my finger feels naked :( I tried to convince Chad that he should buy me a placeholder ring while we were at the jeweler, but he wasn’t buying it. Thus, I’ve replaced it with my pre-wedding James Avery ring that Chad got me.

So that’s that!

We Said Goodbye

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As  you probably already know, Papa passed away one week ago yesterday. It was an incredibly difficult, sad and emotional time for me and my family, and I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and messages over the past weeks.

I’m glad that I was able to spend his last days with him, comforting him, praying for him and loving on him. Papa was the original man in my life – I’ve never met my father, so he was my main male role model growing up – and I will miss him terribly. However, I am very grateful for the fact that he is no longer hurting, sick or suffering – he’s been dealing with advanced kidney, lung and heart disease for a very long time now, and I know the fight exhausted him.

I was able to write something for his funeral that was read beautifully by my Aunt Darla. I’m so glad she was willing and able to do so – because there’s no way I was going to be able to do that! The funeral also had a great photo slideshow from my Aunt Kami, which elicited a lot of laughs – just the way he would have wanted it :)

Updates!

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Our lives have been whirlwinds since moving into the house and getting Cooper. Here are some highlights of the fun!

  • All the boxes are unpacked and all the decorations are up! Though there are still plenty of blank walls and empty cabinets to fill – it will happen over time!
  • Cooper went to the vet for his second round of shots! He’s now 8.2 pounds and is definitely the vet and vet techs’ favorite pet.
  • We bought a giant flat screen. No really, GIANT. It’s almost as big as I am.
  • The Red Wings are in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year! And we went to Dallas to see the last game of the regular season. It was AWESOME! We had great seats and got to see all three goals happen right in front of us – including a shorthanded breakaway goal! (Apparently this is very rare!)
  • We started a small group Bible study and are LOVING it! The people are great and we’re really enjoying growing together, spiritually.
  • I went to Birmingham, AL for work – they have some delish food there! And Maroon 5 stayed at our hotel! Mmmm…Adam Levine!
  • Chad is still kicking butt at his new teaching job. In fact, he got the highest remarks possible on his assessments and principal reviews!
  • I’m working like a madwoman in advance of the Offshore Technology Conference. Hence the bullets that were written in 2 minutes.

ADIOS!

We’re (Puppy) Parents!!

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We’re (Puppy) Parents!!

That’s right! Just four short days after moving into our house, we became parents of the world’s most adorable Corgi, Cooper! He’s 6.6 pounds of cuddly, adorable cuteness! We couldn’t be happier :)

Cooper loves to play fetch with his mini tennis balls, tug on his rope and give lots of sweet puppy kisses. He likes to cuddle and is an excellent sleeper thus far – last night, on his first night in our house, he only whimpered for about 5-10 minutes before curling up in his puppy bed and sleeping through the night! He didn’t even go potty on the floor – like a CHAMP!

But I know what you’ve really come for – PICTURES!! Here you go :)

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We’re Homeowners!!!

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That’s right! We finally closed on our house last Thursday!!! WHOO HOO!!!

This is a major milestone in our lives – we’re first time homebuyers, which is something that won’t happen again! Our house is 2,626 square feet and is in Spring, Texas – right between The Woodlands Mall and Vintage Park (an upscale shopping center). Clearly this was a strategic decision on my part :)

The house has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms – the master is downstairs with all others upstairs. The smallest bedroom is being used as Chad’s office/man cave :) We have a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen, in addition to a GIANT living room and upstairs sitting area/loft. Needless to say, there is no shortage of space for the two of us!

You can view pictures of our house here, and I promise to post some updated photos (that include some decoration and furniture!) soon!

So far, everything has been GREAT. The house is in near perfect condition (minus the garbage disposal and shower door!) – and those small issues are being addressed this week. It’s great to just come home and it be YOURS. Even if your voice echoes off the walls/high ceilings, due to a lack of things to fill the room and an abundance of ceramic tile :) And as someone who has never been able to park in the garage before, that part is really exciting! It makes me legit.

We can’t wait to have people over and hope to have a housewarming party soon! You’re all invited! Lord knows we have room for you :)

He’s Home!

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Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who lifted Papa up in prayer last week! His procedure went off without a hitch and I am very pleased to report that he is now resting at HOME! Praise God!

After three weeks in the hospital, he was extremely eager to go home last night. Although very weak (he lost a good amount of weight and strength in the hospital due to not eating or moving around much), I think being at home will help him get better faster.

We could still use your prayers for his recovery – kidney failure, heart failure and advanced lung disease don’t disappear with a simple stint procedure (unfortunately!) and we still have a long road ahead of us. Specifically, if you could pray for God to give him strength, to remove his nausea and to help him eat consistently, it would be hugely appreciated!

The Papa I know and love – and the one I know is still inside that tiny, 100-pound body of his – enjoys nothing more than traveling, building things and playing with his great grandchildren. I pray that he will have many, many more years of this – especially since we will be homeowners soon and will undoubtedly need him to fix something at some point! And of course, God willing, we will be parents one day – and I know he’ll want to cuddle with our little one :)