For all my loyal blog readers out there (yeah, right. HEY MOM! =) ), here’s an update on deployment, our new home, and everything in between.
First and foremost, Jamie is still in America, and that is fantastic. His entire unit is in Afghanistan, and Jamie has done his pre-deployment training and is ready to go. All he’s waiting on now is a flight. They have yet to give him his orders, so until they get his booty on a plane he’s enjoying the high life: working out two or three times a day, sleeping in, organizing/playing in our new home, and hanging out with me. 🙂 Rough life, right? He’s still getting back at the same time regardless of when he leaves, so every day he’s here is one less that he’s deployed.
Our first home is really coming together! I loaded up the ol’ Hyundai to capacity and took as much as I could (mostly kitchen stuff) to the house last weekend. The weather was terrible, so we enjoyed being stuck in the house and unpacking together, which is something we never thought we’d get to do. Jamie is loving having our kitchen stuff and has been cooking up a storm. He’s a FABULOUS cook. It’s kind of intimidating. His best so far – a bleu cheese wedge salad and perfectly cooked steaks for me, my parents, and my grandma last night is Madison. What a winner.
I am proud to say that I am a QUEEN at breaking down boxes FAST. I have gotten VERY good at it since the wedding!
Putting together the TV stand. He got a little “stressed out” putting it together, hence the missing shirt!
The living room is coming together
One of my most fun parts about setting up our house is that almost everything, besides the furniture, that we have right now is a wedding gift. I honestly remember who every single gift is from, and every time I look at something that someone gave us I think of that person. Truly. It makes the house very special to me because it’s filled with things from the people we love.
The best news I have for today – We may have found our Clarksville church home. I noticed a church a few weeks ago that looked neat, so we decided to try it out a few weekends back. It’s a non-denominational church in downtown by the Cumberland River. The preacher ended up speaking for almost an hour, making the service 100 minutes. That might be normal for some people, but I’m usually pretty content with my 75 minute services. I truly thought Jamie was going to kill me for picking a church that didn’t let us out until 12:40 p.m. I was completely wrong though because he LOVED it. I mean REALLY loved it. It’s sort of “radical” and that really appeals to Jamie, who has always been a Southern Baptist. We’ve spoken to the paster and several congregation members after the service the last two weeks, and everyone is so welcoming and encouraging of our crazy situation right now. Our way of dealing with the long service: going to the 9 a.m. one. We’re both morning people, so we don’t mind hitting up the first service. I’m going to look at other churches once Jamie leaves, but I have a feeling we’ll be back to Riverside for good. I am extremely anxious to find a good womens bible study in Clarksville to keep me sane and meet new encouraging people once I move up there for good, which brings me to my next point…
I will be an official resident of Clarksville, Tennessee on June 6th. The moving truck is coming to get our stuff from my house next Wednesday, but I’m waiting around in Madison to finish the school year and do my sister’s wedding festivities. I’ll hang around one more week for Mary Katherine and Andrew’s wedding and then head on up for good! So much going on, but that is JUST the way I like it. I had a tough, tough time (as in lots of tears) telling my boss and co-workers that I was leaving, but they understood like I knew they would. St. John’s has been an incredible first job, but I am actively searching for a new job and am excited for the opportunities ahead!
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo