Leslyn's Lovely Life: February 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Dream Job

Growing up isn't as fun as people say it is.

I remember being at OBU, desperately wanting to "be done" with college. I mean, having open dorm rules is super lame, especially when that means that you and your boyfriend can only watch movies in the student center on the weekends (as I said, super lame). However, while I was wishing my college life away, I didn't think about the stresses that are involved with having a career.

As many of you know, I taught in the public school last year. I L-O-V-E-D seeing my students every day, and I loved being a difference-maker. However, the work environment was a nightmare. To the point where I got so sick, and I had to leave at the end of the school year. So I decided to follow my dream of getting an even higher degree, and I enrolled in graduate school. I've learned SO much, grown in every way imaginable, and can't believe that my time as a grad student is coming to an end.

Last October, I found out that my dream job was open, and that the institution was hiring. I got my hopes up. Big time. Everything seemed almost too perfect- the timing of the search to fill the position, the timing of me finishing my degree. I told people to start praying that it would happen for me. I sent in my application, and the waiting game began.

A week ago today, I found out that they didn't want me. I was devastated. I fought tears. THIS WAS MY DREAM JOB.

and i didn't get it.

For some strange reason, once the reality of not getting the job set it, I felt a strange peace, something I was most certainly not expecting, considering the circumstances. It's like I could hear God saying "Just wait until you see what I have in store for you. It's better than what you could have ever imagined."

So now, I am back at square one. I have absolutely no idea where I am going to work next year. As of right now, the thought of teaching again scares me, simply because I don't want to have the same experience that I had last year again. I would be foolish to put myself in that situation. I literally have no idea where I'll be in a few months.

Here's to the unknown, and trusting that God (as always) knows best.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

The big announcement...

We're MOVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goodbye, apartment life.

Goodbye, shady neighbors who sweep their cigarette butts in our flower bed and play rap music so loud that we can hear it in our bedroom when the door is shut (we share a living room wall with them).

Goodbye, crazy rules that won't allow us to paint. 

Luna says goodbye to having to be on a leash every time she goes potty.

But in all seriousness, I need to tell you the story behind this house. Because seriously, it's a God thing. Through and through.

Last July (a month after we moved here), DJ and I knew we were eventually going to buy a house in this particular area, so we went to a bunch of open houses to figure out what we should expect when we're actually ready to buy a house. DJ's parents happened to be in town, so it was fun to get their input. We probably looked at 6-7 houses, and then we came to this one. I was instantly drawn to the HUGE window (I call it the Christmas tree window) and shutters. When we walked through the house, I couldn't believe how beautiful everything was- hardwood floors, granite counter tops, custom cabinets, the massive master bedroom... I mean, you guys. It was a dream home. And it was in our price range (which was not very high). It has 4 bedrooms, which was so perfect for when we're ready to start a family. It had a huge back yard. It had everything we could ever want. But as I said, it was JULY. We had just moved into our apartments in June. When we left this home, I was nearly in tears. DJ's mom said "Leslyn, God is going to work it out. If this isn't the house for you, He'll make it clear. And if it is, He will make it so obvious that you'd have to be crazy not to get it."

Over the next 5 months, DJ and I would occasionally drive to that town and walk through some more open houses. All of the other houses sold, except for this one. And then the newer houses that we walked through sold. I kept on thinking about this house and mentioning it, but DJ kept on saying "No, we need to stop thinking about this house. There's no way we'll end up there." 

In January, we contacted an agent, told him what our requirements were, and he sent us a list of houses we could walk through. This one was on it. We told him about several other houses we wanted to look at, and I told DJ that I couldn't stop thinking about this one, and he admitted that he also wanted to look at it again. We walked through all of the houses, and were about to put an offer on a foreclosed house. It was bigger than this one, but it was surrounded by super sketchy looking homes, and we eventually found out that everyone in that neighborhood was being foreclosed on. We also saw a foundation problem, and the type of loan we're getting doesn't allow buyers to purchase a home with structural issues. 

That only left one more choice. The house of my dreams (and eventually, DJ admitted that it was the house of his dreams too). 

So here we are, the week that we close. And I still can't believe it's our home. 

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm a mom... sorta.

First of all, remember to enter my Piko top giveaway!

Now that we have that out of the way... here's the big announcement!

I'm a mommy!!

Here's the story....

A few weeks ago, DJ and I were seriously wanting a puppy. So we looked online at petfinder.com, and we found this agency. They had these ADORABLE 6 week old puppies for sale, and we called and scheduled a time to meet up with the people. We were thrilled.

The day before we were scheduled to meet up with the people, I decided to look at all of their dogs. Just for kicks and giggles. Then I found a ton of pictures of dogs, and their ads said "URGENT! OUT OF TIME!" I thought "Good grief... why are they begin so dramatic?" It turns out that a ton of the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized just a few days later! It was so sad, and it just so happened that I was looking at an ad for a dog named Kissy (not my favorite name). Anyways, I thought "well, hopefully someone will find these dogs and save them," and then moved on with my life.

A few hours later, DJ texted me, and he said "I have a dilemma... There's another dog that I really like. Her name is Kissy, and she's supposed to be killed on Monday." I just new we had to call the people and ask them to bring Kissy (even though it was 10 pm at this point). 

The next day, we were anxiously waiting for the people to drive up. As soon as we saw Kissy, we just knew. We had to save her. The other puppy was cute and all, but we both wanted Kissy. 

So not only did we save her life, but we gave her a better name.


And we love her. 

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wanna win a Piko and Jewelry?

Yup. You read that right.

Mary's Boutique in Conway is sponsoring this incredible giveaway. You can win a Piko top and the jewelry that I'm wearing in these photos.

All clothing from Mary's Boutique // Shoes: Forever 21

So, you wanna win? Enter below! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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