Tuesday, January 22, 2013

deployment. let's do this thing.

There are only a few times in my life where I felt like my heart was actually breaking in half and one of them was this morning when I watched Andrew say goodbye to Jack. I'll spare you the weepy details, but suffice it to say that I feel very lucky to have the little family that I do.

Minutes after walking in the door from dropping Andrew off, I was making my list. It's how I survive, you know? Make a list. Set some goals. Stay busy, learn some new things, grow. And before we know it, leaves will be on the trees and I'll be wearing sandals and my guy will be coming back down the river to see us again. In dress whites, no less. Hubba hubba.

Until then, here's how I plan on getting through the next six months:


Starting from the bottom left:

+ I got a graphic design tablet and once I teach myself how to really use it, I think it's going to be fun. This could mean big things for the stationery business! ;)
+ Speaking of stationery, the blog and shop are getting an overhaul. That's sure to keep me busy and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you guys.
+ The YMCA gives free membership to spouses of deployed service members, so I plan to take advantage of that. Combined with my promise to Andrew to eat better, this should make me all sorts of healthy. One can hope...
+ I'm going to teach myself to crochet! Mainly because I want to make boot cuffs and little baby hats for my friend who is pregnant with twin girls.
+ I've been saving Downton Abbey and Mad Men to carry me through the winter months. Any other series I should add to my list?
+ I need to seriously do some decluttering and organizing in this house. My closet will probably never look like that...or will it??
+ Lots of house projects! That seems to keep me busy the most when Andrew is away, so who knows what I can get done in the next six months.

But for real. What should I be watching/reading? Any good resources for learning to crochet? Any good recipes out there for clean eating? I NEED TO KNOW IT ALL.

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  1. I know I said it on twitter.. but I admire you so much! You have a tremendous attitude...

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    1. That means a lot! There are good days and bad days, but I'd be so much more miserable if I let myself have a bunch of bad days, you know? And it's amazing how much God has worked on my attitude over the years. It used to take a lot for me to adjust to Andrew being gone, but now I feel like I just jump into a new routine. It's kind of crazy!

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  2. Oh man, six months! I don't know how I would do it. You're a rockstar! You hear? A ROCKSTAR.

    But as for distractions, Downton and Mad Men are good choices. I'm not sure what other TV shows you're into, but add some comedies to that list to keep you laughing while you crochet. Like Happy Endings or Parks and Rec or How I Met Your Mother. My go-to homesick or sad show is Gilmore Girls, and I can ship you the seasons if you need them. :) As for crochet lessons, I would first try to look up YouTube videos and skip buying a book. You may be pressing the pause button every second, but I learn so much easier that way. You could also sign up for a 5k or some kind of fun run for when he is almost home! That will motivate you to go to the gym and give you a goal to look forward to, in addition to his arrival.

    You can do it! You can do it! Just a few

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    1. You're the sweetest. Yes to ALL of those things. Maybe I'll crochet you something pretty for being so supportive!

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  3. 100daysofrealfood.com is a great resource for real food recipes and so is http://www.keeperofthehome.org/ and http://themarathonmom.com is great as well. Eating clean whole foods is definitely a great way to keep feeling well mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy. Also great reads about food are Food Rules by Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I have also heard that Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson is a great read for mommy's. :-) Hope your distractions work out well and we will be praying for y'all during this very stressful time!

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    1. I loved Food Rules, I should try his other book! Thanks for the prayers :)

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  4. Only 9 weeks and 2 days until beach time!

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  5. You should watch ALL of Arrested Development on Netflix. And also Sherlock, because it's amazing.

    OH AND YOU SHOULD TOTALLY COME HANG OUT WITH ME WHY HASN'T THIS HAPPENED YET? Email me, let's get together.

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    1. No really, why?? Let's make it happen.

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  6. Oh Page - I am praying for you big time! Ginna is right - you really are so strong and such a rockstar. You are a wonderful wife, mom & person. So glad you have Jack and Rudy to keep you smiling. Please share clean recipes and house projects! I am dying to start watching Downton Abbey too. One other thing I want to learn this year is calligraphy - not sure if you want to add another project, but maybe that could tie in with Marvelous Prints?
    Keep blogging. I know we all love it and want to support you.
    XO,
    Whit

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    1. Thank you, Whitney! :) I've wanted to try calligraphy, too - that and letterpress. Maybe I should look into both!

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  7. Jonathan and I just started watching Parenthood on Netflix....soooooo good. I also highly recommend the Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. It's amazing, seriously. Oh, and I'm learning how to crochet too:) Lauren is learning how to knit so we can pretend like we are going to open our own etsy shop one day (may never happen but who knows!). Good luck with his deployment. You're a really strong women and I'm proud of you.

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