Our Journey – Faith and Timing

Happy MLK and inauguration day, lovelies! There has been a lot of thinking that has gone into this post. A lot of typing, deleting, retyping, deleting, typing, you get the picture. But today a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King struck me and so here I sit again trying to put into words what I’ve wanted to say for so long…to start finish this post.

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For two years, we’ve been trying to conceive our first child – unsuccessfully. Turns out that I am one of the 6,000,000 women out there that are considered to have fertility issues. Our faith is in the Lord and we have taken several the first steps towards trying to have a family – without seeing the entire staircase, without knowing His plan for us. And we’re okay with that. We cling to His promises and we will continue to move forward and are hopeful that in His timing, we will have a family of our own.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance “ James 1:2-3

For now, we’ve taken a huge leap of faith when I recently gave my resignation at my full-time job. We felt that at this point in our journey towards starting a family this was the next step He was calling us to take. It’s a scary thought, but we feel His presence and hand guiding us. The next step in our journey we are uncertain of what that will look like, but we are confident when the time comes to make that decision He will have prepared us. If I’m being honest, this uncertainty has caused us to spend more time on our knees praying.

“Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying” – Romans 12:12

So thanks for letting me share this part of our journey with y’all. We are blessed beyond measure, patient and faithful.

james

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Quality vs. Quantity

Lately this quality vs. quantity concept has been a theme that keeps presenting itself in various aspects of my life. In the past week I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with, reconnecting, catching up, whatever you want to call it with some of my best girl friends. I’m so incredibly blessed to have a core group of friends that I can turn to at any moment to share joy, tears, hardships, laughter and so much more. Thank you, God!

So back to the quality vs. quantity deal, that’s how I feel about my friends. At my age (boy do I sound like my parent’s now), I feel like I’m at a place where I yearn for solid and stable friendships, with woman of similar values, who are willing to put work into our friendship. I love that I have this in my group of girlfriends, those that I see on a regular basis, those that live across the country or in another country and those that I see periodically. All of you gals ROCK MY WORLD and thank you for being there for whatever, whenever. Mmmmwhah!

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I’ve Never …

So people have a bucket list right? You know things that are on their list to do before they die. I have a list of things I’ve never done and frankly some of these things I have zero desire to move off the list…and I’m okay with that.  So here they are.  Be prepared to be shocked, embarrassed for me or think I’m completely crazy. I’ve never …

  • Learned to dive. Yup, I never learned how to gracefully get into the pool, other than walking in or sitting on the edge and sliding into the water. Would I like to learn how to dive? Yes, but where do I begin?  At the pool, duh. Only went once this summer and slid into the pool HA!
  • Learned how to do a cartwheel. Something most kids learn, along with diving. See above. I was overweight as a child and probably too afraid that I couldn’t hold my own weight. I say that jokingly, but maybe it’s true. Do I want to learn how to flip sideways with my 36″ of legs at this point in my life? Naw, I’m good and will leave that to the petite gymnasts of the world.
  • Learned how to swing on the monkey bars. Goodness, this list is getting to be embarassing and you’re probably wondering what in the world did this girl do as a child. I ate…kidding again. I played and did kid stuff, probably hung out on the blacktop playing hopscotch or something. Do I want to learn how to swing on the monkey bars. Nope, again, 36″ of legs. Who needs to swing on the monkey bars when you can walk under them and hold on at the same time.
  • Seen a single episode of the Simpsons. GASP! I have zero interest in adult cartoons. Do I want to watch an episode of the Simpsons, nope. I’m perfectly content getting my TV fix and fulfilling my guilty pleasure with the Real Housewives and other “reality” shows.
  • Mowed the lawn. This chick isn’t a Garden Barbie. Do I want to mow the lawn? Honestly, no. The reality, is I have a tiny little stamp of a lawn so I’ll leave that to J to take care of.  If I ever have a home with a larger lawn, I’ll borrow the riding lawn mower from my in-laws, cause that’s how I mow.
  • Been in credit card debt. GASP! So un-American, I know! I learned very early to make my money work for me and I’m super proud of that. Saving and pay cash only for things is like a game to me and I always WIN! How do I do it? Well, I read Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover and it completely changed how I think about my money. Do I want to go into credit card debit? Absolutely not, duh!
  • Seen any of the Rocky or Godfather movies. I’m actually surprised by the fact that I’ve never seen any of the Rocky movies because I love boxing. Do I want to see any of these movies? I’m not opposed to watching them, but I have no yearning desire to watch them either.
  • Been skydiving. Would I change this? Sure. Maybe. I’m so incredibly afraid of the idea of skydiving, but I think it would be good for me and my overall fear of many things.

How about you, what’s on your list of some things you’ve never … ?

Time On My Mind

Lately time has been on my mind, like …

  1. It’s been a REALLY long time since I last posted.
  2. J & I celebrated 6 years of marriage recently; time has flown by.
  3. With a full time job, owning my own business and a fun, “quarter-time” job…is there enough time to get it all done and be the best I can be at all of it?
  4. When will it be our time to start a family?
  5. Has it really only been 6 months time since BAKE went home to be with our Lord? Will there ever be a time when the pain isn’t still so raw?
  6. How did my adorable Macy grow up so quickly? In a matter of time she went from being a 10lb. 8 week old pup to a funny, sweet 4 year old dog.
  7. Where does the time go each evening, that it becomes too late to call my family or FaceTime with my nieces and nephew?
  8. Has it really only been 1 month since I got my braces on? Can’t time hurry up so I can get these things off?
  9. When will time slow down?

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by my lack of “time”. But the reality is that I’m not in control of my time here on Earth. God has a plan for me, and it’s His hands that are orchestrating, mold and shaping me to be more like Him. So I need to stop trying to control all the time I have or don’t have in my life and be thankful and have faith in God and His plan for me. My goal is to refocus my attention on Him, and less on the amount of time I have to get things done. I have this incredible life to live, and we aren’t promised tomorrow. So regardless of whether or not time is on my side, I”m going to choose joy, be thankful and make the most of my time.

Bella Luna – Boutique Beauty

I love little boutiques, and one of my faves is Bella Luna located at the Rehobeth Beach boardwalk. I stumbled upon this shop last summer and now look forward to each visit to peruse the lovely little things that this tiny boutique has to offer. Last month on our visit to the beach, I only had a little time to walk through my favorite store, but during my short visit I found a laundry list of things that I’d love to have. Here are a few of the lovelies at Bella Luna…

And they don’t just have fabulous jewelry, they have home accessories, clothing and more! How about these cutie-patootie place card or picture holder…adorable, right?!

If you’re ever on the Eastern Shore and on Rehobeth’s boardwalk, be sure to make a stop in to Bella Luna. You won’t regret it, promises. Now I didn’t purchase anything on this visit, not enough time in the store to make a decision. You can bet your sweet tushes that I’ll be planning an extended trip to Bella Luna the next time I’m at the shore.

100th Post

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Well who would have thought this day would come?! Not this gal, that’s for sure. I’ve gone back and forth about what I should write about for my 100th post. I mean I’m into the triple digits now, it’s got to be good. It’s a milestone, like a birthday. Which got me thinking…look out!

So we’ve adopted in our family the Birthday Questions, and I thought this is similar to a birthday, a celebration if you will so why not answer the Birthday Questions to reflect and look ahead to what this blog has in store. I’ve adapted them slightly to coincide with my blog, so here goes …

Best Thing About Blogging This Year
The best part about blogging this year has been unleashing my inner creative self and sharing those experiences here. I’ve made Tomato Basil Soup (which by the way scored me my busiest day with over 100 page views), sewed my first maxi dress and started a major bathroom renovation (I’ve not forgotten about y’all on this one. Sigh, the project is still on-going).

Worst Thing About Blogging This Year
The worst thing about blogging this year has been finding the time. Working full time and having two part time jobs has kept me insanely busy. So this year I’ve struggled with finding the time to post here and read and comment on other blogs. Until recently I’ve been pretty good about blogging M-F, but lately I’ve fallen short. There just isn’t enough time in my day to get it all in.

Where Do You See This Blog In A Year
A year from now? Wow, a year ago I wouldn’t have thought I’d be blogging at all. A year from now I’d like to see this blog having grown up a little. I’d like to have a custom design and layout with my own dedicated URL. I’d like to have my first guest blogger and would like to guest blog for someone else. I’d like to sponsor another blog and have sponsors here as well. I know that may seem like a lot, but I think these are good goals for my lil’ blog to try and accomplish in a year.

Where Do You See This Blog In Five Years
Really? Come on. This question makes sense for a birthday, but for a blog I don’t know. I’ll give it a whirl. In five years I hope to have a couple of kiddies running around, working full time as the COO of Allen Households, continuing to grow Les Classique Events and sharing all of these adventures with y’all here at Geuax Girlie. How’s that for a vague answer?! 🙂

Seriously though, I couldn’t thank y’all enough for coming here daily, weekly or once in a blue moon to read my blog and see what I’ve been up to. I hope that y’all enjoyed the time you’ve spent here, been encourage and inspired in one way or another. I hope you’ll continue to come back…and now for the shameless plugs, so that you can quickly and easily stay up to date with all things, Geuax  Girlie by following my blog by clicking on the link to the left to follow and receive email notifications each time I post. You can also “Like” Geaux Girlie on FB and follow me on Twitter @Amy_GeauxGirlie. Seriously though, I’m truly blessed, thankful and forever grateful! XO!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a space shuttle?!

One of the perks of living in the Washington, DC metro area is that we really are blessed with some pretty cool sights. Today was one for the record books though. The space shuttle Discovery is retiring to the Smithsonian’s Udvar Hazey Air & Space Museum in Northern Virginia. The shuttle arrived in our nation’s capital in style this morning, atop a Beoing 747! That’s right people, a space shuttle on top of an airplane!

I was lucky enough to be on the road when the shuttle made its descent into Dulles International Airport and snapped this picture and video just before landing.  Incredibly isn’t it?!

From the top of the parking garage at my office, a coworker took this picture.

Do you live in the DC metro area?  Where did you spot the shuttle today?