Friday, January 30, 2015

My first 30 day challenge

Hello everyone!

Well, it's January 30th. I am proud to say that I practiced yoga every day. But I kind of did things a little differently than I intended.

Yoga isn't just about physical exercise- it's also about the mental state that you're in. And while I am not about all of the weird Hindu/Buddhist stuff that goes along with yoga,  I firmly believe in meditation and being aware of yourself and the world around you.

For me, there were some days where I needed the physical aspect of yoga. I wasn't feeling good, so I needed those stretches (I'm talking to you, downward facing dog). It's amazing how much easier some of the poses have gotten throughout my practice this month. But there were some days where I needed to meditate. Whether it was meditating on scripture or trying to find calm in the midst of chaos, the mental aspect was what I needed more than I realized.

I definitely think that I will continue practicing yoga on a regular basis. As I posted last month, it's something that I thoroughly enjoy, so I don't think it will be difficult for me to include it in my daily schedule.

For the month of February, I want to focus on my relationship with my husband.

You see, I'm realizing that marriage takes extra work once you have a baby. It can be hard to compartmentalize the "he's Emmett's Daddy" mindset (and what a WONDERFUL Daddy he is), and keep the "he's MY husband" mindset separate from that. First and foremost, he is my husband. So this month, I want to be super intentional with dating my husband, and reminding both of us that we belong to each other. Of course, I purposefully chose this during February, because a) Valentine's Day is this month, and b) we get to go on a romantic getaway in just a few short days! Woohoo! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

God Knew.

This morning, I find myself in complete awe of God and how he orchestrates things. It's actually something I've been thinking about over the past few days.

God knew that I would have to go to 2 colleges before ending up at the right place. Had I not done that, I probably wouldn't have met DJ in the most perfect way... If you want to read the story, click here.

God knew that there would be failed attempts to pursue what I thought were my dreams (this even happened a few months ago). And through those failed attempts, He led me in the right direction and put me exactly where I needed to be.

God knew that we would struggle with infertility, only to give us a 1 in 200 million baby last year (he shares a birthday with his dad and paternal grandfather... the odds of that happening- and for all of them to be males- is 1 in 200 million. Amazing, huh?).

God knew that the timing of our move to Houston would seem inconvenient at the time- in the middle of the school year? Are you kidding me?! But He knew that there was a mommy-to-be in Houston who needed someone to love on her kiddos towards the end of the school year. So that's what I get to do.

God knew exactly how long our house would be on the market, and how the person we're under contract with more than likely found out about our house because friends shared our listing on their Facebook accounts. Ah, technology, I could kiss you right about now.

The thing is, there are still some questions about plenty of things. But this morning, I can rest assured knowing that God already knows how the next chapter of our crazy story is going to unfold.

He is so faithful. I am thankful to serve a God who cares about every facet of my life, and cares enough to make my story so unique to where I can confidently say that only God could have made my life what it is today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

For the Right Reasons: Review

For the Right Reasons was provided by BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

I've been a Bachelor fan for a long time.

Ever since I first found out about the show, I've watched almost every season. But my favorite seasons were Emily's season and Sean's season. Why? Because they were both classy people who weren't afraid to be outspoken about how they wanted to not use the fantasy suite for it's intended purpose.

So naturally, I really liked this book. Because those were the two seasons that were discussed.

Former Bachelor Sean Lowe shares his journey (yes, I used this word on purpose) with his fans in "For the Right Reasons", a memoir that he co-wrote with Nancy French. He talks about his life before the shows, during the shows (obviously), and he also talks about Dancing with the Stars and how it affected his growing relationship with his fiancée.

I think that my absolute favorite thing about this whole book is that he constantly points his readers to Christ- whether he's sharing his testimony or he's talking about leading a devotional for the guys who co-starred with him on The Bachelorette. Sean is not afraid to point out his shortcomings, and his desperate need for Jesus. I think that as a fan and Instagram follower, it's easy to forget that he is human and flawed just like any of us.

Another part that I enjoyed was hearing his perspective of his evolving relationship with his now wife, Catherine. Initially, once the finale aired, I was surprised that they ended up together. However, now that it's all said and done, they are quite possibly the most fun, precious, down-to-earth Bachelor couple ever (hey Lowes- we're down for double dates any time. Juuuuust sayin').

Of course, as a fan of the shows, it was fun to read about behind-the-scenes stuff that we never get to hear about. I obviously don't want to give any of those secrets away because I want you to buy the book and find out for yourself.

This is an easy read that is appropriate for anybody. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I highly recommend it!

"For the Right Reasons" is now available for purchase.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guess who's back- back again?

Leslyn's back, tell a friend!

Okay, sorry for the slim shady reference. I'll act normal again. Pinky promise.

Well, this blog hiatus was much needed. I couldn't tell you at the time, but we were dealing with a quick move to Texas, I was wrapping up my job, trying to find a new job, and playing the "single mom" for a couple of weeks. I'll share the timeline, just because I've been needing to get this off of my chest for a couple of months.

Week before Thanksgiving- DJ hears of a company, sends in his resume, has a phone interview, a face-to-face interview is scheduled.

The week of Thanksgiving- Drive to Houston, do the interview, drive back to AR for Thanksgiving festivities

December 9th- DJ gets the job... We're moving to Houston

December 10th- I tell my principal... I have to keep it a secret until January.

December 11th- I have my Christmas concert with my kids and have to act like NOTHING IS GOING ON... That was fun.

The week before Christmas- New company says they want him to start on December 29th. After praying and discussing, he agrees. This means I'm going to be a single mom for a couple of weeks. OMG.

Christmas Eve- Our cars are packed and we drive to Houston for Christmas with my family.

January 2nd- I take Emmett back to AR with me. Without DJ.

January 5th- I tell my students. We all cry.

January 13th- My choir sings at the new governor's inaugural prayer service. I go home, pack, and move to Houston.

MADNESS, I tell you. Absolute madness.

So now, I'm waiting for a job. I get to be a stay-at-home mom for the most part until I find something. It's pretty wonderful, to be honest. I finally feel that I am getting to watch Emmett grow up all the time. We'll see what the next steps are for me.

But yeah, that's the big reason why I've been gone. And it has been KILLING me to keep this secret from most of the world.

Now, I get to blog again, which I'm super excited about! Yay!

So for now, I'll leave you with a cute picture of my little human and we'll chat again soon, mmmkay?


Monday, January 12, 2015

Emmett: 6 Months

WHERE HAVE THE LAST 6 MONTHS GONE?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I'm being super sentimental and emotional today... It doesn't help that we're moving TOMORROW. More on that later. 

Weight: 16 lbs 14 oz (38th percentile)
Height: 26.25 inches (33rd percentile)
Head Circumference: 18 inches (97th percentile)

Milestones: Emmett rolls over all the time. He laughs a lot more than he used to, but he doesn't laugh as much as I would like (just because I want him to laugh all the time so I can listen to that sweet sound). He can sit up by himself now, and is starting to make new noises by changing his pitch (and he is starting to make new vowel sounds, too). Also, he can stand up and hold on to furniture by himself for about 5-10 seconds. We always make sure someone is there to catch him. ;) 

Sleep: He still wakes up several times at night. We're going to try to work with him this month- He's getting plenty of nutrition throughout the day and before bed time, so we know he should be sleeping. I think that he's formed bad habits (and I'm the one to blame). We're going to try the method where we let him cry for about 5 minutes, check on him, then let him cry for 10, etc. Whenever we've done this during nap time, he's never cried for more than 10 minutes. We'll see how it goes! 

Favorite Things: He loves the color red. He still loves his activity bouncer, Sophie the giraffe and his Lamby (basically the same thing as Sophie), playing with "crunchy books", and listening to music. He also is learning how to give his mama kisses when I tell him to, so my heart melts ALL THE TIME. 

Health: He had a mild ear infection this month (no fever), but he's doing great! He's gaining weight, growing, and developing so quickly! 

Feeding: Emmett still eats 2-3 times at night. I've gotten to the point where I breastfeed him, then I supplement with formula (this is how I know he's getting plenty of nutrition). We also started eating solids, and he LOVES it! He really enjoys sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and rice cereal. He isn't a fan of green beans, but we'll work on that. ;)