Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our First Christmas

Well, we survived our first Christmas by ourselves, away from family... and a nice surprise was SNOW on Christmas Eve and we still had a white Christmas Day! There was actually quite a bit more that settled after I took this picture. It was beautiful! Daniel and I had fun throwing snowballs at Jackson. He wasn't too sure about the snow at first but then loved it.

I cooked a ham on Christmas eve with the Bray family recipe for cornbread dressing, hashbrown casserole, broccoli salad, and our sweet neighbor next door made a pecan pie which was delicious! That night, our other neighbors across the street invited us over for tortilla soup and desserts. It was nice to spend time getting to know them. They have a son our age who just graduated from a tech school and they are all very nice. The man that made the pecan pie came too. He lives by himself and has a dog named Molly that terrorizes Jackson and barks all the time. Literally, all the time. He is a very sweet man and I ask that you keep him in your prayers as he is awaiting a kidney transplant. He has a friend who is willing to donate and on January 5th, both will go through a series of tests to see if they are compatible. We are so glad to have nice neighbors.

We have visited two churches now, but both are very different at this time with the holiday season in affect. We still haven't met any younger couples our age, so we continue to just spend time together. It's actually kind of nice. :)

We've been running around town getting acquainted with our surrounding, checking out new restaurants, and organizing the house. (We still aren't getting very far.) I did get the living room finished. All the decorations are on the wall and all the Christmas is put up. I just had to have one room that was complete. Our bedroom is almost finished.

I cooked my first turkey today. It was supposed to be for Christmas day, but we had so much ham left that we decided to wait and cook the turkey later. It was actually very good! It stayed moist and has lots of flavor. I have been very proud of myself in the cooking department lately. :)

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and hope you have a happy new year!!! Love, Jackson

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Too Many Rules

So, I've been learning a lot lately about Fort Worth and I wanted to share my insights.
- you have to have your car inspected before you can get a new license plate for the state of Texas
- you have to have 2 license plates on your car
- there is only 1 Regions Bank in Fort Worth and it is at the heart of downtown FW
- if you want your trash picked up you better know how to put it out properly or it won't go anywhere
- you have to recycle all things that are recyclable
- yard stuff (sticks, leaves, etc.) must be put in paper bags at the side of the road or in the "yard" container or it will be left at the curb (and you have to buy certain paper bags from home depot or Walmart - it's not just any paper bag)
- all other trash must be placed in the "trash" bin and the day after Christmas you are allowed to set out 2 extra trash bags weighing no more than 40 lbs each
- talking to someone at the electric company is a 30 minute process of dealing with an automated teller until you finally yell "supervisor" into the phone
- the water department evidently has no idea who has water turned on or not and has been losing money on our rental house for some time now and then charges us for their mistake
- natural gas is the only utility that hasn't caused us problems thus far
- Jackson has to be registered in the city of Fort Worth, otherwise we are harboring an illegal alien

Just some of my frustrations from the past few days. Money, money, money. That's all people want.

On a more positive note, our neighbors across the street have invited Daniel and I over for desserts on Christmas Eve. We are starting to get to know the older people in our neighborhood and it seems like this will be a good place to start our ministry. :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fort Worth is now home

It's been a long week. After packing up the house in Starkville, I stayed with my parents for a while to spend some time with them while Daniel went on to Pelahatchie. On Sunday morning I joined him and we had Christmas with his family. We snuck out that night for our 6 month anniversary and ended up meeting Brett and Laura Beth for dinner. We were glad that we were able to see them and spend some time before the move. We woke up early on Monday morning and arrived in Fort Worth on Monday around 1:00pm. Daniel's family and a friend that goes to the seminary here unloaded us and then we were on our own to clean and start setting up the house. Everything is starting to find its place in our new home. Daniel rented a carpet cleaner and we shampooed the carpet in the whole house one day, as well as cleaned all the couches and chairs. We drove around one day to see what was around us and discovered hundreds of stores within 10 miles from our house. Seriously, anything you could possibly want we have nearby. It's ridiculous. We could literally walk to the mall from our house.

I had a job interview at Baylor All Saints Medical Center near downtown Fort Worth on Wednesday afternoon. It involved a peer interview (with 3 nurses from the unit) and then the nurse manager interviewed me and showed me around the unit. He told me that I was the most qualified candidate that he had for the job (me and my 6 months ICU experience) because none of the other nurses he was interviewing had ICU experience. The interview went well and I left with a good feeling from it. Well, turns out it went really well because the nurse recruiter called me on Thursday to let me know that they wanted to extend an offer to me! So I will be a CVICU nurse and I start on January 4th! Such an answered prayer!

Daniel and I are enjoying our time together since I haven't had time off since the honeymoon. We have had lots of "mini-dates" around the city. We have fun just walking around or driving to see what is nearby. Thursday night we drove to downtown to celebrate and find some good food. It was decorated for Christmas so Daniel took advantage of using our new camera. This weekend we plan to drive to some other cities about an hour away and find some fun. Specifically Daniel is wanting to go to the Ikea store as well as a store called nuts and bolts which is supposedly Tarrant County's largest tool store. We are going to begin the church hunt this weekend.

If you're ever near Fort Worth please stop by. We would love to see you!

Pictures of the house to come soon. For now, here are a few pictures from downtown Fort Worth.This is a floral bull that they mummified to keep frost off. Kinda odd. The downtown square is gorgeous with all the Christmas decor!
The streets are lined with trees lit up with Christmas lights.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's becoming real...

Well, the house is empty, the keys have been returned, goodbyes have been made to friends; this is a lot harder than I thought it would be. We packed the house on Friday before Daniel graduated that night. We ended up having to rent a small U-haul trailer and we still won't be able to take everything with us to Fort Worth. I guess the guest bedroom doesn't really need furniture.
Daniel is an official Alumni of Mississippi State University. He received his Bachelors in Industrial Engineering. I'm so very proud of him!

I've been spending the weekend with my mom and dad. On Friday, my mom and I ran around town turning off utilities and getting last minute things done. Also on Friday my dog at my shoes that I was going to wear to my interview on Wednesday. So today (Saturday) mom and I went shopping in Columbus in search of new shoes. I finally found some. Daniel is back in Pelahatchie with his family and I will join him in the morning. I spent time with Emily and Justin tonight which made it all the more real that life is about to change. They are moving away themselves and will begin a new start in Hattiesburg, MS. It's hard to leave friends. It's hard to leave family. I'm just praying that God will continue to give us peace about this move and new journey we are about to embark on.

Fort Worth, here we come! :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The move is getting closer and the stack of boxes is getting bigger. Packing up is really not that much fun. I got a call last week from the nurse recruiter at Baylor Medical Center in Fort Worth and the nurse manager in the CVICU wants to meet with me on the 16th and interview me face to face! I'm very excited! So we will move in on the 14th, I'll have one day to find the box of clothes and hopefully I'll get a job offer!

Daniel and I got to spend part of Thanksgiving with my parents in Northport. My dad came home from Ohio on Sunday after breaking his leg and having to have surgery up there. We had dinner on Wednesday with my family and then Daniel went to Pelahatchie on Thursday to be with his family for a few days. I had to work on Thanksgiving night and through the weekend. Wasn't too bad though. I love my job.

Daniel and I put up the Christmas tree today! We don't have many decorations, but we're happy with it. We hadn't planned on decorating for Christmas in this house but I just couldn't help it. Jackson isn't quite sure what the tree is and he keeps eyeing the ornaments like they are toys for him.

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm married... it's time to start a blog I guess.

Well, lots of other people have a blog, and now that Daniel and I are moving away from our friends and family what better way to keep everyone up to date on our lives. Daniel and I are moving to Fort Worth, TX on December 14th. We have a rental house waiting for us. That is a huge blessing to already have some place to move into. It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage, big backyard (Jackson will be so excited!) and lots of storage space! We'll have a spare bed and blow up air mattresses for anyone who wants to come visit!I'm currently looking for a job in Fort Worth preferably in the ICU or ER - I have been turned down at one hospital for lack of experience but I had a phone interview with a recruiter from Baylor Medical Center the other day and it went really well! She is moving me on to the next step - I don't have a job yet, but at least I'm one step closer and actually got to talk to a person.

Daniel is having a rough time with getting all the work done for these 20 hours that he's trying to finish up. He should be mostly finished by Thanksgiving week. Then a few finals and graduation on the 11th and we're officially done with undergrad work. Thank goodness. Seminary won't be a breeze but we know that it will be preparing him for the work that is ahead of us.

Please be in prayer for Daniel as he is finishing up his classwork and presenting his projects that he has been working on all semester, pray for me as I am searching for a job, and pray for our families as this move is not going to be very easy for them.

Happy Thanksgiving! Count your blessings and help give blessings to others.