Monday, February 14, 2011

Keeping Up With the Joneses ... and the Smiths ... and the Browns ...

We're coming up on a time of big changes for our family. Soon we will be moving to a new state, and will stay there for four years, maybe six! The longest we've been in one place since we've been married is 11 months, so four years is a long time! I'm really excited to really settle into a place and put down some semblance of roots.

We're thinking about buying a house. And we're thinking about getting a new van. The majority of Jeff and my conversations these days is about these things-- what we want, what we need, what we can afford, etc. In both cases, I want nicer ones than Jeff does.

I was thinking about this and I had to admit to myself that I want more than we can afford. I've gotten caught up in wanting what other people have. Family X has a really nice van. I want one. Family Y has a really nice house. I want one. And the list goes on. There are lots of people in similar circumstances as we are that have nicer things than we do. And I've latched onto the idea that we could have them too.

But I need to pull in the reigns. It's just not practical to get a nice new van and a nice new house. Just because someone else has something doesn't mean I need it or have to have it, or should have it. Sometimes it's hard to see people who have the things you want but don't have. I just need to keep reminding myself that nicer things will come later. Now is not the time for nicer things for us. There are higher priorities. So the dream will have to wait a little bit longer. It's not a bad thing, just something I have to get used to.

Someday, someday....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I've been having some interesting feelings lately. I'll have all three kids around me, then I'll think to myself "where's ..." but no name comes. I'm looking for someone who doesn't exist yet! It's that someone-is-missing-from-our-family feeling. Does anyone else get those?

I know there's another little person waiting to come down to our family. And I think there's just one more. So I'm excited to get them here and have our little family complete! But don't worry, I know I have a little baby already right now, and my sister and I have a pact not to get pregnant this year, so little baby will just have to wait a little while longer. But, sweet baby, I know you're there and waiting, and your time will be here soon!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Back On Track!

Now that Rebekah is 6 weeks old, I am back on the weight-loss journey I started last April. Yay! I'm so excited!

Please feel free to check out my blog and join my support team! People were so kind and encouraging when I started, I hope they'll come back out and help me this time around too.