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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Life in Oklahoma

Now that we've been moved into our new house for over a month, I feel like we're settled and have gotten into a new routine. Life has definitely slowed down for us, and I have to admit, I'm very much loving that.

Hudson has decided that he is a bit of a home body. He likes to nap every two hours or so...and he only likes to do that in his room. There is no rocking him to sleep, snoozing in the car seat, dozing off in the swing anymore. He wants to be swaddled and with a pacifier in his room. And if he doesn't have that, he gets pretty upset with me. So, you can imagine, I don't like to leave the house with him for more than a couple hours. And oddly, I'm really adjusting to that just fine. It's forced me to slow down and just focus on my little guys. Hunter likes the alone time with me while Hudson naps. We cuddle up and watch a TV show, read books, he helps me unload the dishwasher, clears the floor of all his toys when I want to vacuum, etc. It's a good routine.

Every week, pretty much looks the same for us:

Monday night; I go to women's fellowship by myself at the church.
Tuesday: Hunter has preschool, Hudson and I grocery shop during that time.
Wednesday: Whole family goes to church service that night
Thursday: Hunter has preschool
Friday: Cheat night from Paleo eating....almost always pizza.
Saturday: ???
Sunday: Whole family goes to church

I never thought that having such a "boring" life would bring me so much peace and contentment. But that's exactly what it has done. I don't ever feel bored or cooped up. It has made me much more aware of God's presence in my life. "Be still, and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10. It allows me more time for reflection and intentional living. I have time to read my bible or other books and have started a spiritual journal, too. It's just so calming and freeing not to be tied up with a million errands and obligations.

A big part of the contentment I feel is due to Jesse's job. He is home all the time, which is a huge change. He flies a few days a week and is gone from either 7am-5pm or 5pm-3am, otherwise, he has a normal office job. We can actually make plans in advance and know he'll be around. Such a change from him being away from us 200+ days a year. He comes home for lunch everyday that he's not flying and is around every morning when we wake up.

I do miss all my family and friends. I think of them often and talk and text with them, too. But I cannot dwell on not being there to see them. I have to just use the resources I have to stay in contact and keep close relationships with them.

Overall, we are so excited to be where we are. Jesse is loving the rural living and we are all loving the almost continuous sunshine! It's so nice to take a walk with the family after dinner or be able to take Hunter to the playground almost anytime! I'm sure I won't be loving the sun nearly as much come summer when it's 100+ degrees everyday, though! I'm almost certain I will be buying some last minute plane tickets home to get out of the heat at some point!


  1. Steph! Just reading over a few of your last posts and wanted to let you know that I miss you. I'm really so excited to know you are doing well and I can't wait to hear what kind of adventures you'll have in Oklahoma!
    Take care,

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Jesse is active duty Air Force and is originally from southern Minnesota. He has also managed to become a follower of just about every hobby known to man (which drives his wife crazy!).

Henry was born on July 4, 2007. His hobbies include playing with his squeaker toys, barking a little girls, dock jumping, going to the dog park, and being spoiled rotten by his grandparents.

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