Friday, January 30, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Here are some of the pictures and you can see more here, also click here for more four month pictures that I just added.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you know us well, you would know that we tend to change things up a little too often. Since we were married about 27 months ago, I started my current job, and then we built a house, moved into the house, became pregnant and had our little girl. So, this year one of our resolutions was no more life changing events for 2009. Well, God always laughs when we try to plan our life and we have once again with His guidance made a life changing decision. Our current big decision is that I have decided to change careers. I have decided to take on a position as the new CFO, COO, cook, cleaning service, nanny, personal shopper and so much more at the Acord house. Yes, I have decided after much prayer, lists and conversations with many friends and family, to leave my current job and begin a new career as a stay-at-home mom.
When John and I first started dating, I told him early on that my dream job would be to stay at home with mour kids. Maybe it was that I had an amazing mom who stayed home or maybe it was that I never felt that I found that true passion at college. Well, after graduating and working in my current job in advertising for the past two years the decision to stay home was a whole lot harder than I ever imagined. I will spare you all the details but it took tons of prayer, trusting in the Lord to continue to provide (which He very much showed us twice last week when we received random checks in the mail) and eventually staying true to my heart which led us to our decision.
My last day at work is January 30 and I am going to miss everyone I work with and the craziness that my job can bring. I WILL NOT miss my 2.5 to 3 hour daily commute! I won’t lie, I am a little nervous about my new job. I only know two other stay at home moms and I am hoping to expand my little network and building new relationships with other women. I am excited about being able to save money by using coupons more, going to Sam’s club, CVS etc and getting the best deals. I am also excited about being able to keep up with cleaning my house, taking on little home improvement or craft projects, taking the burden of managing our finances from John, being able to cook and work on my cooking, have time to run consistently, see my mom as often as I want and most importantly spending time with Peyton! Seeing her throughout the day is the best part!
Please pray for us especially these next couple of months during the adjustment. Pray for the adjustment for me and also that we are good stewards with our money as it will be a slight adjustment with only John’s salary but as God showed us last week, be faithful and He will provide!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
As many of you know, I am not American, I am a Canadian who is blessed to have the opportunity to live in the United States and enjoy the freedoms this country has to offer. I might be not be a voting citizen but as a permanent resident of the United States I have always been fascinated with the American political system and government. Today was a true celebration of the freedom and promises that this country has been founded on. I am so excited that I can raise my daughter in a country that she has the freedom to vote, freedom to be who she wants to be, freedom to pray and practice religion and most importantly a country that elects someone based on the credentials and ability to lead as opposed to their ethnicity. I am so excited! I know politics can create tension as everyone has such varying views but we can all join in and pray for the new President, Vice President and their families. Pray that God gives them guidance, strength and wisdom.
Today was a remarkable day and I can't wait to get home and watch all of the footage as I was only able to see the swearing in and speeches at work!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Today has been a great day so far! Peyton didn't have daycare because of the MLK holiday and I was off from work! I love having the day off and spending my morning singing silly songs with Peyton and having fun! Of course part of that fun was mommy taking an insane amount of pictures of Peyton. I haven't been playing around with my camera much and the different settings so this morning was the perfect time and I have the perfect subject.
Following our trip to CVS today, we might make it out to Hobby Lobby because I want to make Peyton a princess tutu like the one I found here . I have seen other people take pictures of their little ones in ones like it so thought it would be such a cute picture and would be fun to make! I will post pictures of the final product and my little princess when I am done!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Thursday and Friday consisted of doing massive amounts of errands around the house. We have been doing laundry, picking up, taking down decorations, preparing Peyton's daycare bag (and labeling everything), picking up the dog from boarding, giving the dog a bath, grocery shopping and so much more. I am tired just thinking about it. But at the end of all of it, we were able to do nothing for Saturday and today besides relax and enjoy time with friends, family and each other.
Yesterday we went to Pearland Town Center to go shopping and scored some sweet deals! A sweater for over 50% off and even better a shirt for $6 that was regular $39.50! After shopping we headed over to my parent's to wish my dad a happy birthday before they went out for dinner with friends and then we headed over to some friends (the Hane's) to say good-bye to Danny, April and Austin as they are moving to Neederland this upcoming weekend. Danny and April were in our old small group and we have been so blessed to have gotten to know them, learn from them and go through marriage and now parenthood with them. Danny was also an accountability partner for John for a period of time. We are going to miss them and pray that they get settled and also that we can all stay in touch as our children grow up. The picture to the right is of Peyton and Austin hanging out. Peyton looked over at him a couple of times but for the most part they were both more interested in their respective parents.
Today we made it to 8:30 AM church!! Hopefully as Peyton gets older it will get easier and easier to make it to church. Then this afternoon we will be having a birthday lunch with my dad, getting last minute things done for tomorrow (putting out clothes, making lunches) and then John and I are out for a very much needed date.
Tomorrow we are all back to work and Peyton will be attending her first day of daycare. Please don't ask me how I am doing because I might just start crying. I have all of her bag prepared, everything labeled (what is the best gift for an organizational nerd...a label maker...so much fun!) and filled out her daily information sheet. We are prepared in every way besides emotionally. I knew this day would come but I didn't realize it would sneak up on me and be as hard as it is. Then today as I was reading some daily scripture from Matthew chapter 6, one of the verses (6:34) was so applicable to what I have been feeling these past few days
- That I can be strong and drop her off without getting too emotional
- That Peyton is comfortable and welcoming of new caregivers in her life
- That her teachers have wisdom in how to care for her, learning her quirks and develop a bond with her
- That God blesses the children, teachers and everyone Peyton comes in contact with there
- Finally, that we adjust to a new normal in our lives quickly and with ease
Finally, Peyton is four months old today! She has become so much fun to be around and is growing leaps and bounds! She is trying so hard to sit up and roll over and gets so frustrated when she can't but she is close and I can't wait to see the look on her face when she accomplishes those skills. She has her four month appointment and vaccinations on Friday so I will update more about her development, weight and height on Friday.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Friday, January 2, 2009
- To deepen my relationship with the Lord by daily depending on Him and His guidance in being a wife and a mother
- To lose the rest of my pregnancy weight (6 pounds) by running more regularly and run a half marathon this year
- To date my husband better
- To be in the moment by letting things go instead of always planning/doing/going
- To set and meet aggressive financial goals for the year
- To take two photography classes
- To continue my love of cooking and take at a minimum one class this year
- To have the right priorities in life
- To be more spiritually, physically and emotionally healthy
- To set and meet aggressive financial goals for the year
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Since it would take forever to write one post and it would be way too long and boring to read, I am going to go back and post an entry for each day (I made sure to take notes while up there to not forget anything). So, scroll down to December 26 to start reading about our adventure to Canada!
You can find pictures here!