Thursday, January 28, 2010

perfectly perfect.

what a week it's been at the thompson house...

here are the key player's in this week's happenings for those of you who may not know these people:
  • cole reeder:  bryce's best friend he met through another best friend, tanner
  • wes reeder:  cole's dad who has reeder general construction.  cole and lane (cole's older brother) run the company with wes. 
okay, that's what you need to know to get going, so with that said, here we go...

over the past few months, bryce and i have really been feeling the itch for a change and we were 100% sure it was time to head back to oklahoma and we had begun making plans.  WRONG.  we were so wrong and it is amazing how God truly orchestrates things to take care of his children...

on saturday, bryce went to meet with wes over at their office.  for over a year now, there has always been conversation about how bryce should go work with the reeder's and how it would be a great fit for everyone.  bryce and i both never really took it seriously until saturday when wes and bryce had a serious conversation about the direction and goals of rgc.  after their chat, bryce came home and we both knew this was an amazing opportunity for bryce to join a company he truly respects and to learn so much. we still weren't sure about counting out oklahoma just yet...

after days of praying together and separately, we both had a peace about the decision:  bryce would resign from employment with andres construction and start with reeder and we would stay in fort worth.  God provided both of us the peace to know that it's not time to move back yet, or if ever.  i still feel that one day we will move home, but as for now, our home is fort worth. 

so, anyway on tuesday bryce sent me a text message to call him, which he very rarely does.  it just so happened that i was on my lunch break so i was headed home.  i called him and he told me he was on his way home (which is not out of the ordinary when a construction job is almost finished) and that he would see me in a few minutes.  when he got home, he asked me what i thought about the reeder opportunity and i told him i had a peace about it and i felt that we should do it.  he wanted to confirm that i wasn't just saying that because i knew that's what he wanted, but i was 100% sure that this is what is in God's plan for us.  he then dropped a bombshell on me which would turn out to be one of the first HUGE miracles of our marriage...

bryce was going to be laid of the next day from andres.  yes, you heard me:  LAID OFF. 

my jaw hit the floor and i was absolutely awe-struck.  God had answered our prayers and given us a direct answer to where he wants us to go.  it is absolutely amazing to me that God cleared the way and removed any doubt or fears about taking this job.

it's hard to describe how i feel about all of this because it reminds me how amazing the love of our God is for us.  why we're worthy, i'll never know, but how awesome to be loved and cared for by such an all-powerful, all-knowing God.  there is absolutely no way this is a coincidence.  this is undoubtedly the plan God has for us and we know it is perfectly perfect.  :)

so, to wrap it up, we're staying in fort worth until God reveals his next step.  2010 is going to be an awesome year and i can't wait to tell you all about it.  there's some more things in the works as we speak, but a magician never reveals their secrets...well, okay i will but that's just because i'm a blabber mouth:)

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009: the year in review.

wow.  2009 was a doozie.  full of highs and lows, ups and downs, we made it through probably the most challenging year of our lives to date.

of course, the year started out with getting married after seven years of dating, a fabulous honeymoon to italy and then returning home to move in together.  i'm so glad that we chose not to live together (not only for biblical reasons, etc.) because it was really special to come home from our honeymoon knowing it was the first night as husband and wife in our home.  even though we closed on the house in december of 2008, it was still exciting to come home to OUR house, not just the place bryce bought and lived in that i helped him fix up, but really our home.

during the spring and really up through august, i felt like i couldn't get people out of our house!!!  things were crazy with weddings, traveling, company and who-knows-what-else.  although it was crazy, we enjoyed (almost!) every minute of it:)

throughout the summer, we spent a majority of our time working on the house and i started grad school for deaf education, quickly to learn that i was not called to be an educator.  don't get me wrong, I LOVE working with the deaf population, but my calling is more on the clinical and diagnostic side of things.  after a summer full of classes that had me working what felt like 80 hours a week, we decided that God had been pretty clear in showing me that i need to put my focus elsewhere.  so, with that, we moved on.

at the end of may, bryce moved off of his jobsite at the university of dallas to run his very own project at a private preparatory school in dallas.  this was such a compliment for his boss to give him the responsibility of being in charge of everything on a job, especially since he had been with the company only about a year at this point.  i have never seen someone work as hard as he did and though it was difficult on our relationship, watching him work pretty much seven days a week for three months showed me that his work ethic is second to none and i don't know if i could find anyone who works as hard as he does.  i know he learned so much and was so grateful for the responsibility given to him and for such a learning opportunity. 

in june, diva got super duper sick because of the swiffer wet jet, so i decided the thompson house was going green.  i started a compost, and am a recycling nazi.  seriously.  if you want to read more about this, venture through some of the previous posts.  they're full of moose and diva stories and composting.

after months without a steady income on my part, i started with wells fargo in october.  i work with an amazing group of people and although sometimes i swear that God tests my patience by sending in the dumbest people in the world who have never been to the bank before, i really enjoy the banking atmosphere.  it's very social and fast-paced and it's great to get to know the customers. 

oh and i also had this little lhasa apso walk into the garage one night.  seriously, he just walked in.  bryce named him alexander supertramp and he lived with us for two weeks.  turned out he was 12 years old and was from little rock, arkansas.  the vet i called said that his owner had moved down here to be with family because she was older and couldn't take care of herself anymore.  i was hoping i could sneak by and let him live out his days with us, but no dice.  thankfully, our neighbor becky has a friend that rescues dogs so i gave him to her before bryce made me take him to the pound. 

for christmas, we headed down to peru to see brittne who is a missionary.  we left on christmas eve and although it was so difficult being away from my family for the first time in my life, the trip was such an amazing eye-opening experience.  i will blog more on this later, so that's why i'm cutting this section a little short:)

so in a nutshell, this year was pretty jam-packed.  we experienced the bliss of being newlyweds, but also learned that marriage is not easy.  as a matter of fact, it's hard.  really hard.  we've also learned self control and sacrifice, not only as individuals but as a couple.  it's not easy becoming "one" and that's why we've learned that we have to trust and seek the lord...ACTIVELY seek the lord.  we're not professionals at this by any means, but that's what's so great about a new year.  not only do we gain wisdom with each passing year, but we get a clean slate to start over and make wiser decisions.  we're learning to become less selfish, more focused on us - our marriage, our partnership - and on the "big picture" as bryce likes to remind me on a daily basis. 

we are so thankful for all the blessings we have received this year, but i must say that the trials that 2009 brought may have been the biggest blessings of all.  without them, we would not learn to trust the Lord.  you know, it's kind of like getting your battle scars i guess.  every one has a story and lesson that goes along with it. 

so, what's in store for the thompson's in 2010?  job promotions?  babies?  well, a move for one thing.  as soon as we get the house finished, it's going on the market.  where we're going after we sell?  well we don't know.  maybe down the street.  all we know is that we bought this house with the intent to re-do it and sell it, and we're almost at that point.  that's all we know for sure right now.

stay tuned, for i'm sure it will be another year full of crazy mishaps, tons of stories about moose and diva, eccentric blogging, but most of all, a year full of love, learning and growing.  so, 2010, you are welcomed with open arms:)

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