I am behind on posts. The whole remodeling a house, getting a puppy, and life have my plate a little full. Sorry. Every year we carve pumpkins, eat pumpkin chili and see who has the best pumpkin. This year we decided to have it at the shop since the house is not really ready for company and it was supposed to rain the night we were carving.
This year we introduced our employees and their families and friends to Chaco.
Everyone really stepped up their game this year. Mamma actually pulled the winner (that was a first). Check out other years. Australia and Florida year one.
I was going to wait till we finished to start updating, but it is taking longer than expected (which has anyone ever done a remodel that doesn't) So I will start sharing updates. Hopefully when I finish with the updates we will have a room to actually show. Our favorite show in Australia was The Block. All the constestents get a dump of a building that has tons of potential and then each week they compete to complete an area. The first show in the week is showing their work and the second show of the week is the reveal So.....here is the first show for the living room :) Enjoy!
Any and ALL tips are appreciated! Suggestions?
All the Honduras training and good friends have helped out in this room! Where you see we have laid concrete it was 41 bags to make the floor level!!! Yes you read that correct. 41 bags in the master and living room.
WOW! All the people who reached out to us last week. Thank you so much. We for sure felt and are feeling the love. One of the things that just kept coming up throughout the week was the amount of people who were secretly going through the same thing, but not telling anyone. I can not tell you how many private messages I got and still getting telling me they had just lost their baby, they were in the same boat, or they had been there, but so many were followed up with how brave we were laying it all out there, wished they could tell people, or they wished they wouldn't have gone through it alone. I had school in-service the week before, and this video kept ringing in my head as I read all the messages.
How would we treat people differently if we really knew what was going on? I know there are so many friends and family going through things, but are not as much of an open book as I am. It is easy to love on people who share everything, but please pray for all those friends who are suffering silently and not ready to share their news.
With everything going on, I have not had time to write about our one year anniversary of Glass Doctor. I am so happy we started this venture. On hand I can say it feels like we have been working at Glass Doctor for years, while on the other hand it feels like we are still brand new. We did not have a ribbon cutting when we opened because if you will remember, we had Hurricane Matthew two weeks after we did a "soft opening." After Matthew no one had time to come and have a ribbon cutting. We decided to have a one year anniversary ribbon cutting.
We had around fifty people come, since we had it on a Saturday I am not sure if that hurt or helped our numbers. We had it on a Saturday so I would be able to attend. There are group pictures of everyone but we have yet to receive them from the Chamber.
I can not believe how much Glass Doctor has grown in the last year. Opening a business is a lot harder than I ever thought it would be. It takes more hours than I ever dreamed it would take, but I am so glad we have done it together. Yes there have been times we wanted to just scream at each other while others times we are so happy with progress, but I would for sure say opening a business can strengthen any relationship. I am so happy we have built this and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Since October is awareness month, I thought I would share this October with you. Right after Irma we found out I was pregnant. I know, do the math, that would put me at about ten weeks pregnant. Don't feel surprised I didn't tell you, I didn't even tell my mom. Sorry Mamma!
Above is when I told Josh. I had a photographer take pictures of us on the beach, for an ad for Glass Doctor to help show we were locals (or least thats what I told Josh) during the secession she asked me how big is it? I bent down and grabbed some sand and showed him the sand, and said, "our baby is about this big, you are FINALLY going to be a Daddy."
I didn't want to tell anyone until we got through the first trimester. Josh wanted to tell right away, looking back I was selfish not telling. I just didn't want to have to have the conversation I am about to have to have after everyone was so happy. My thoughts was don't tell anyone, and then if something hapenens we wouldn't disapoint, or have to break anyone but our own hearts. That is where I was so wrong though. As we are going through this all I can think of is tell people. Ask people for prayers. I know we are not alone.
I went and had my first sonogram last week. Not knowing there was any issues. I was only measuring right at six weeks, and there was no heartbeat. I can not tell you how amazing everyone at the office was. She had me go back into the lobby for a bit and then the Dr. called me back. While I was in the lobby, I was trying to distract my mind from going everywhere it shouldn't be so, I got on instagram, (I know always mind numbing right) and my dear college friend had shared this devo. WOW! I love how God intervines right when you need him. When the Dr. called me back I just kept on repeating the verses in my head over and over again.
The Dr. was so calm! Already knowing that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and the fact my mom had one before me, I knew this was always a possiblity. He explained to me that it could just be that my dates are wrong, our baby could have just stopped growing, or I could be experieniencing a miscarrage. He told me to get blood work and we would get a plan of action. Of course I left the Dr. office to late to get blood work that night, so the next day I went and got blood work done. I also got blood work two other times to measure HCG levels. Mine did just what they would for a miscarriage decrease over the three tests.
The one thing that the Dr. said that just really sticks in my head though is, "God just wanted to hold on to your baby in heaven. He thought their life would be better there than here." Wow go back to the verses I had read before I walked back to talk with the Dr. I think the Dr. was so surprised how calm and just matter of the fact I was, as he left he assured me if I left and had any questions to call him anytime he was here for me and did not want me to feel lost with questions.
So for now, that is all the weeks we get to know this baby. That is the only time we really get to be with them. We hope and pray that was not our only shot at being parents but know that His plan is always better than our plan. I am writing this because most of my readers have been with us through some hard times in our life, but also to explain it once. I started this blog to give a real snap shot into our life, not a fake facade put on just for the blog. This is us right now.
I am usually a pretty open person, but at this point I really just do not want to talk about this to anyone. I want you to know what is going on, know that we are are OK, and that we are trusting His plan. I hope one day I will be ready to talk, but until then, I am really trying to avoid face to face converstaion or over the phone converstaion about this. I know I am avoiding, but that is how I am coping. Don't feel like you can't text, message or other things. Thank you for your prayers, love, concerns, and encouragement. We love yall!
Sorry I haven't updated since Irma, we are all good. Busy with work, but all good. We closed on our house today. If you will remember I told you we under contract with a house right when Irma was hitting. I wanted you to see all the staged pictures. Well here are all the RAW pictures. We for sure have our worked cut out for us! Check it out.
Yesterday was spent getting final things boarded up, getting water for flushing, making sure we have all of our supplies, and laughing as much as we can.
As I wake up this morning, watching the news, reading messages. Over whelmed is an understatement. We had had people we haven't talked to since high school offer a place to stay, people from college offer to fly in and get us and bring us back as soon as possible. We truly have amazing friends and family. There are so many things going through my mind. So this post might be a little jumbled, sorry.
The first thing that kept going though my mind all day yesterday. It was a normal day yesterday, it will be a normal day today. Can you imagine when people didn't have a warning. They were having a normal day and then BAM! this huge storm. The verse that kept going in my mind was 1 Thessalonians 5:2 "you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." Don't you know people back in the day thought God was coming when the hurricane came on land. When I looked up that verse in my Bible, I loved the verse I had highlighted. 5:16-18 "Rejoice always. Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."