Friday, May 6, 2016

Five on Friday

Woohoo, it is FRIDAY. Which doesn't mean much in my world because I'm a nurse and married to a nurse and we have days off during the week. But that's probably not your situation so YAY for your weekend! It is Mother's Day weekend and we have a lot of fun stuff planned. 


I love Five on Friday posts because I can be crazy random. It's the best.



{One}



IT IS NURSES WEEK! 



Today started nurses week and it lasts until Thursday, the 12th. So go hug a nurse because they probably know more about you than your doctor does.



But really. I'm passionate about nursing and RN's rock and it's pretty cool we have a week devoted to celebrating the nursing profession. 



And because I know someone must want to get me a gift, I've had my eye on this badge reel for work (the one on the very left). I'm kidding. I'm kidding. 



Happy Nurses Week to my fellow nurses, especially my classmates who are celebrating their first Nurses Week along with me, and my amazing husband, who is the best nurse I know! 






{Two}



This is kind of an addition to number one, but they're both so important I thought they needed their own space..



I start my new job on Monday. I'm excited and nervous and so happy to finally be doing what I've been wanting to do for YEARS.


Also. Scrubs are like the equivalent of pajamas which means I basically get to wear my pajamas to work every day. And they have to be navy blue, which means I never have to figure out what looks good together. SCORE. 

"I don't always wear scrubs ... Oh wait, yes I do.":


{Three}


Next week is Linc man's LAST WEEK OF PRE-K.


Be still my heart.



This year has been so great. I've watched as Linc has gotten better at writing, started every morning with a smile, and has enjoyed extended stay SO much.



His teachers have been fantastic and I am so grateful for the influence they've had on him this year.



We sure will miss his Pre-K. He has been there since he was two and it has been such a joy to see him grow.



Friday night is graduation (cue the tears) and I am so excited to watch my handsome blue-eyed boy cross that stage. He rocks and I am so proud of him.






{Four}



This is where random comes in.



We have a problem at this house.



It's called none of us know how to eat without getting a stain on our clothes. 



So in comes the most magical creation ever.




I use this on all our stains and they always come out. Always.



Thank you, Mom, for opening my eyes to this fantastic invention. This is just one of the many reasons you are the best mom on the planet. That and the fact that you didn't kill me when I was 17 and told you I was pregnant.



So really. Go buy it. You will fall in love. 






{Five}



Wedding pictures. 



We should be getting them sometime in the middle of the month. 



I AM SO EXCITED.


What a good two month wedding anniversary that will be! 



That's it for this week! Happy Friday, friends! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How's Married Life?

It is the middle of the week and I am actually posting a blog. Go me! 

It never fails. At least five times a week I get asked, "So how is married life?" And because I get the question so often these days sometimes I want to say something super sarcastic along the lines of, "Oh it's just terrible. No one told me how much I'd hate it. Who is this man I married?!?! And is it too late for an annulment?!?!" But I don't.. because some people just don't appreciate good sarcasm. 

So if you're someone who wants more than the typical "Oh it's great!" answer, here it is.

It is great. I've been looking forward to the three of us living together for a longggg time, and now that it's finally here I AM LOVING IT. It is more than I dreamed, and I'm so grateful.



It is a change. I moved out of my parents house for the first time ever. Linc moved out of the only home he's ever known. Michael and I have never lived together. In fact, until mid-February, we had never lived less than an hour apart. So it is a change. We are learning how to be married, and we're learning each other more deeply than we ever have. With that comes mistakes and successes.. And it's only getting sweeter. 

We are so busy. Michael works full-time and sings with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. Linc goes to school, just finished tball, and just started swimming lessons. I just quit my old job and I start my new job on Monday. We also are learning how to best plan our time to see family as much as we can. We love the busy days, but are also so grateful for the slow family days.



We do a lot of laundry. Only three people live in this house and I feel like we do laundry CONSTANTLY. I can only chalk that up to the fact that my husband doesn't feel like the day is complete if he doesn't change clothes at least twice. (I'm kidding but he does change clothes a lot.) 

There is an abundance of sass in this house. I knew all three of us had the potential to be all kinds of sassy, but for some reason it seems to have exponentially increased with us living in the same house. On any given day, it could be all three of us. It keeps everyone on their feet and keeps us laughing a lot.



Lincoln is thriving. Linc is a gift I wasn't aware I needed. He came in a time when I didn't know who I was, and he was the sweetest gift God could've ever surprised me with. Seeing him have the blessing of MikeHodges is so sweet - such an answered prayer. He thinks MikeHodges hung the moon. We play Skylanders and wrestle fight and swim in the pool at least every other day. Linc is so ready for Kindergarten, and he keeps us laughing all day every day. I was nervous about this change for him, but it has been so great. 

I married a good one. He is patient and always makes time for me and Lincoln. When he comes home from work, he always spends an hour wrestle-fighting Linc, despite how tired he is. He's also SO full of grace. I'm likely to try to beat a dead horse, but Michael isn't. We can have a disagreement and we'll both apologize, not even five minutes later he'll cuddle with me and tell me how great of a wife I am. I have never seen Jesus' grace in the flesh like I have these past two months in our marriage. He reminds me that Jesus sees us as a whole -how much he loves us- instead of the last thing we did wrong. Michael Hodges is such a gift. 


(He left this note on my car. How cute is he?!)

So married life is fantastic. We are loving it and settling in, and I'm grateful for the blessing of the man I married. So when you ask me how married life is, "It's awesome! We're loving it." is the short version of this blog post. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday, Lincoln!

Happy birthday to my handsome boy! Today you are FIVE!



I can't believe it. Halfway to ten.

Five years ago I delivered the most handsome blue-eyed boy into this world. 6 lb 10 oz of pure joy. You were a miracle then. You still are now.



I didn't know who I was when you came into this world. I had learned a lot about myself over the previous nine months, but I still had a ways to go. You and I.. we grew up together. You were with me through high school graduation, my first full-time job, starting college, a new job, nursing school, college graduation, and a marriage. I was with you through your first solids, sitting up, your first steps, your first words, three first days of school, tball x2, and very soon, your graduation from Pre-K. We walked through so many stages of life together.. And you didn't know it, but your smile pushed me through.



Little man of mine, you're the reason I worked so hard. You're the reason I went to work all day and stayed up all night studying. You're the reason I walked across those stages. To give you a good life. To give you the things you dream.



Today you are five. 

You are strong. You are kind. Your heart is made of pure gold.

I am so proud of the little boy you are.

You are tender-hearted, often worrying if you've hurt someones feelings. If you tell someone you want to play on something and they are being mean, you come to me. You don't retaliate. I see so much of me in you, sweet Linc. 



You'll learn to stand up for yourself sometime, but I would much rather teach you that than teach your heart to soften. Your sweet spirit and calm demeanor is not lost on me.



You love Skylanders and wrestle fights and when I asked you who your best friend at school was you said, "I don't have a best friend at school, remember? MikeHodges is my best friend." That makes my heart happy. You are so comfortable with him, and God has absolutely paved the way to make this transition so sweet. He has allowed that relationship to grow, and it's what I've always prayed for you.




You've been playing tball but you're so over it. Still, it is so fun to watch you run for the ball and then run back to your position. It's also the best to watch you hit the ball and run the bases. Your facial expressions are THE best. You really want to play soccer in the fall and we've been playing a lot lately. You tell us that you "know a lot of tricks." 



You love going to "the forrest" to hike, and we love watching you. You pick me flowers and you love that we take Copper. Cop is your favorite. You adore him but you also love to boss him around. When he gets on your bed you love nothing more than to shout "No sir! Get down!" 



Pickles, muffins, and icee's are your favorites right now. 



You are hilarious. You keep me on my toes all day every day, and I laugh constantly when you're talking. You sound so much like a grown up. The other day I asked you why you thought MikeHodges loves me and you said, "Because you're good at making coffee." You also love to preface statements with the words, "This is say to say but.." And when something good happens you will say, "We're in lucky!" Instead of 'we're in luck.' 


As I kneeled by your bed last night, I couldn't help but thank God over and over for you as tears streamed down my face. I watched you sleep peacefully and thanked God for the sweetest five years with you. I thanked him for your sweet heart, and your ability to go with the flow so easily. Sweet child, you are a gift. A treasure. I'll never get over being your mom. 



So today is all about you, handsome. I can't wait to see you open your presents and enjoy your biscuits from Cracker Barrel tonight. I can't wait to bring cupcakes to your school and watch you enjoy them with your friends. 



You are the greatest gift God has ever given me and I am so thankful for you, today and every day! I love you big five year old!


Friday, April 8, 2016

Five on Friday {+ the best news!}

Hooray for Friday! 

When my husband gets off work tonight we will have FIVE days off together. Talk about exciting. I can't wait! 

Here are my five randoms for the week including some BIG news! 


{One}


This sweet boy turns FIVE in eleven days! 

Where on earth did time go?!?! 

I love being his mom. It's the best job on the planet. I really can't wait to celebrate him next weekend! It's going to be the best! 


{Two}


Wednesday morning I met my parents for breakfast at Panera after I dropped Linc off at school. 

We spent a good hour laughing and talking and enjoying being together.

These two have given so much of themselves over the years, especially to me, and I'm so grateful to be their daughter. I'm amazed at the way their polar opposite personalities are so perfect for each other.

My favorite part of breakfast? The way they made each other laugh the whole time. They make me believe in a happily ever after.

Also? They give proof that age really is just a number (sometimes). Power to the large age gap couples!


{Three}

KINDERGARTEN.

I was going to put this in the Oh my gosh, he's turning five category, but I feel like it deserves its own. 

Kindergarten registration is in a couple weeks.

WHAT?!?!?!?

Linc man graduates from Pre-K next month and then in the fall he starts Kindergarten. I can't even believe it. 

Despite the fact that I will probably be a wreck, I really am excited for this new season. I'm praying he gets the teacher we request and that his first year in real school goes well.


{Four}


(So much for a serious anniversary picture.)

Michael and I celebrated a month of marriage on Tuesday, and I feel so honored to be his bride. 

This month has been so sweet. We have had good moments and bad, and I've learned so much about this handsome man I call husband. 

He is a fantastic husband. He is patient, the best encourager, and believes in me when I don't believe in myself. 

I love being married to that man, and I'm so grateful he chose me. 


{Five}


I GOT A JOB!!!!!!!!

(Originally when I wrote this on Tuesday I hadn't told my boss so I couldn't share, but now the appropriate people have been notified so it is time to celebrate people!!!!)


An RN job, at a hospital, working days. PERFECT.

I get to work as a nurse! I'm still so in awe. This is what I've begged God for for years. I've prayed and asked and hoped. This is all I've wanted for so long, and it's finally here. I can't wait to start! 


I've been praying so hard for this to line up and I start early next month. I am so excited to finally be starting the career I've worked so hard for.


So that's all for me this week! I'm looking forward to an awesome weekend and a lot of family days this week! Happy weekend, friends!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Sweetest Wedding Morning

The getting ready phase of our wedding day was absolutely one of my favorite parts of the entire day. 

I've dreamed of my wedding day my entire life and it really wasn't like I dreamed. It was better.

I decided not to have my photographer there until it was time to get into my dress and I was really glad I did. The morning was slow, and I didn't feel any pressure to be going constantly as soon as I woke up.

We had planned to be at my sister's house to get ready at eight. And do you know who was late?

THE BRIDE.

I know.. I'm terrible.

Originally the plan was for Linc to hang out with my dad in the morning and Michael would pick him up around 11, but I decided instead I wanted him to be there while I was getting ready so I had to give him a bath, get him dressed, etc. {All those mom things that even on your wedding day, you don't get out of.}



I was sure that I'd be anxious once it was actually the wedding day and I wasn't at all. Throughout the planning I was pretty calm and never very stressed, and that carried over to the wedding day. It made the morning so sweet, so calm, and absolutely perfect.

So we headed to my sister's where my brother-in-law had breakfast waiting, and you know what we did all morning?

Watched Star Wars.

At one point I looked up and my boy, my sister and her husband, one of my bridesmaids, and I were all staring at the TV screen. And it almost brought me to tears.. Because it was the sweetest picture of my life. I was surrounded by the people I love dearly, and Linc man was there watching Star Wars. I literally thought, "Well of course we're watching Star Wars on my wedding day. What else would we do??" 



Linc and Matt {my brother-in-law} looked on Amazon for Jabba the Hutt and all the sudden Matt said, "Do you want it?" Linc said yes, and that was it. Can you say SPOILED. 

He also had fun picking out makeup I should wear. He thought it was a good idea for me to wear green on my cheeks to "look like Yoda!!!" 



We drank coffee {Thank you, McKenzie!}, ate donuts, and the girls and I got our hair done. Brilee also woke up just in time to help with my makeup. 



My girls all wrote me the sweetest notes, and then they gave me a blanket they all got me monogrammed with "The Hodges Est. 2016." It was the most perfect gift, and so very thoughtful.



Before I got into my dress Michael came to pick up Linc and I heard his voice outside the door. I will never forget how I felt in that moment. I was SO excited and so desperately wanted to go outside to see him. 

My hair was finally done and I was so ready to be going to the ceremony.. We still had hours at that point and I was absolutely ready for 3:30.



After that my photographer arrived and I got in my dress and we headed to take bridesmaid pictures. 

I had read the schedule approximately 263 times before, and yet somehow had forgotten to tell my dad to meet me for a first look. I mean I COMPLETELY FORGOT. My mom said, "Did you tell your dad what time to meet you? Is he on his way?" WELL SHOOT. ABSOLUTELY NOT. He was at home with my brother, not dressed. Sorry y'all. I get a big fail for that one. (I'm not a fan of details. Or maybe it's just that I don't pay attention to them. Whatever. It's not important.)

So bridesmaid pictures ending up happening before the first look with my dad and it turned out absolutely fine.

Future brides: Don't sweat the small stuff. The details are important but they can be rearranged. And if you forget to tell your dad to meet you beforehand, someone will fix it and you'll still be married at the end of the day.

When we got back we still had an hour and a half until we had to head to the chapel, so I got out of my dress and hung out in my robe. It was super glamorous. 

My mother-in-law and new sister-in-law even came over before we headed out to the ceremony to see me and hang out for a little bit.



It was the sweetest day, with the sweetest beginning. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding morning.

Next up, bridal party pictures!

Monday, March 21, 2016

WE'RE MARRIED!!!!


We are married, y'all! 

Let's pretend I'm not two weeks late with this info..

But on March 5th, we said till death do us part, and now we are husband and wife.

Because I love being able to look back at my blogs later, I'm going to try my best to actually blog the wedding, with this being the first.

It's been two weeks and I'm so grateful God gave me Michael Hodges. 

I understand life won't be perfect, but I'm so glad I'm taking it on with the man I adore. 

I think Linc is equally as excited {if not more} and he is LOVING having MikeHodges in the same home as him. Wrestle fights and playing Skylanders are taking up the majority of our time, and we're all good with that.

Here's to the sweetest wedding day, the best two weeks, and the rest of our lives. 


Michael Christopher Hodges, I love you big.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends! I'm at work all day and I have to work five hours tomorrow but then it's bridal shower time! I am SO excited to see so many people and to celebrate with them. My sister, mom, mother-in-law, and bridesmaids have worked so hard to make this day so special and I'm so grateful! I can't wait! 


{One}


ONE. MONTH. FROM. TODAY.

It's happening people! I get to marry the love of my life a month from today and I am so beyond excited! This week we got our marriage license, and last week I picked up my dress. 

We are getting so close, and I feel like we're finally almost there. March 5th is going to be such a sweet celebration! 



{Two}

I'M AN RN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I passed my NCLEX! After years of school, so many tears, a ton of prayers and all of God's grace, I finally made it through school and am finally a nurse! 

Now to find a job! I'd appreciate your prayers as I apply and pray for where God wants me. 


{Three}


My sweet boy.

He is just the best. He turns five in April and he is SO excited. He also starts tball soon and he got himself some sweet red cleats, because of course.

Last night I was about to put him to bed and this conversation happened..

L: "Actually I do want to change my bedtime. It's going to be ten."
Me: "Um, no. You don't get to pick your bedtime."
L: "No I mean in the new house! I'll just stay up until ten every night!"

Right..

And then he was playing with my ring and said, "Did you already engage?"

I mean. 

He melts my heart and makes me laugh and I'm just so grateful to be his mom. It's the highest honor that I don't take lightly. 


{Four}

I got to have dinner with my nursing school best friend last night and it was perfect.

For over a year we saw each other about five out of seven days of the week, and we haven't seen each other since we graduated in December. It was definitely time to fix that.

She also just passed her NCLEX and is an RN now too! Yay!


{Five}


God is so good.

Can I shout that? But at the same time whisper it, too? Because it's so true.

I prayed for two things specifically for a long time. A husband who would love The Lord, me, and Linc, and to be a nurse.

And for SO long it felt like God didn't hear, or didn't care, or whatever. I'm not ashamed to say I questioned God about why He wouldn't give me what I so desperately desired. And as I look back over this past year, I see God's faithfulness. I see the way God was so meticulous behind the scenes. He was preparing my heart for a husband, Lincoln's heart for a stepdad, and my heart to be a nurse.

And in His infinite wisdom and perfect timing, God said yes.

He said yes to the things I dreamed, and He said yes to them all at the same time. 


I graduated from college in December, got pinned as a graduate nurse in December, became an RN in January, will move {my stuff at least} in Februrary, and get married in March.

And now I see what I couldn't see then. That if God had given me what I wanted back then, I wouldn't have been ready for it. But now I am, and His blessings are overwhelming right now. I'm so thankful. And He is so good.


This is going to be a busy weekend, between the shower, and more packing, and spending time with my Linc man. I'm so excited and so thankful. 30 more days until we say 'I do!' 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Five on Friday

Five on Friday posts may be my favorite.. I am all about compiling some random information in one post. Here it is.

{One} 



On Wednesday we decided to try out a new trail and loved it. We walked the one mile trail to the water and Linc loved playing on "the beach." 

Michael taught him how to skip stones on the water and I taught him how to climb a tree. The weather was beautiful, and we had a really good time. 



{Two}


This girl. ALL the heart eyes.

I got to watch my sweet niece this week and she was the sweetest thing.

Usually if I want to hug her I just hold her down like any good aunt would do, but this week she gave me hugs willingly. And y'all, it was precious.

Sometimes I look at her and I'm just shocked she's here. We prayed and hoped for her like nothing I've ever seen, and God gave at the perfect time. I may not have struggled with infertility, but I have watched someone I love dearly go through it, and it brings me the greatest joy to know that God can overcome such a hard thing.


{Three}


My boy. My heart. My world.

He was sick this week and is still battling somewhat of a cough. I'm so thankful he's not running anymore fevers.

He keeps me on my toes, and never fails to have me laughing.

We're all about Star Wars right now, and although I've never seen the movies, I know a good majority of it. It's basically all we talk about. AND we have some Star Wars surprises for the new house, and I can't wait for him to see! 

I signed him up for his second season of t-ball this week and I can't even believe it. I also booked his birthday party and I can't believe that either. When did my baby get old enough to be turning FIVE?! I mean.. this is a big birthday. My momma heart is overwhelmed with so many emotions. 

Basically, I just love being his mom. As always.


{Four}


I met Kayla when we were 10 or 11 through travel ball. For the next seven or eight years we followed each other from team to team and stayed friends despite the fact that we don't live in the same town.

Now we're all grown up with college degrees and full-time jobs and I'm so thankful we've remained friends all this time. 

The other night we went to dinner at Chik-fil-A, because cheap food. And it was like no time had passed at all.

Also, Linc Fuss is absolutely obsessed with Kayla Miller and has requested she come to his birthday party. Of course.


{Five}


I worked on bridesmaid gifts yesterday and I am SO excited to give them to my girls.

It's nothing fancy or expensive, but I'm still excited. I had the best time putting them together and writing them letters. As I worked on each bag I found myself thanking God for each of them in my life.

 If I was going to have them all together at the same time before the wedding, they'd definitely be getting them early. But I won't.. so we'll just have to wait. 

I'll be doing a post sometime after the wedding about them, so be looking for that. 

That's all I have for this Friday. Back to work until 7:00, and then I'm looking forward to a great weekend off!