I have so much to be thankful for.  I could start listing and never stop.  And I know that we all take things for granted…and I’m often the worst at not recognizing all the blessings around me.  But I just wanted to take a minute and call out a few things I’m extra thankful for this year.

My health.  Sure, I get frustrated with weight and dieting and that stuff…but I’m healthy.  I’m thankful for that.

My home.  We are blessed to own home (or be working on paying that loan!).  It’s safe, comfortable and beautiful (and my daddy built it!)

My family.  From Tyler and his family, to my parents and other family.  They are all so supportive and giving and wonderful.

My job.  I consider my job a blessing. To do something I enjoy with people I like…with a company that provides benefits and great things…it’s wonderful.

My car.  Old Roger (a Nissan Rogue) may not be the fanciest car ever, but it works, it’s nice, and it gets me where I want to go.

My friends.  I’m so blessed with friends near and far who love me, pray for me, and support me.

My faith.  I’m most thankful for Jesus and his sacrifice for me.  He gave his life for me…and I’m trying to live my life for Him.

What are you thankful for?

*We have a fun weekend planned with family, shopping, decorating, and relaxing….if you don’t hear from me until Monday, do not be alarmed! ha!*

Goodbye, Business Ownership

Well, on Thursday evening, Tyler signed the paperwork selling his business.

He owned a motorcycle shop (doing sales, parts, and service) but the time had come to sell it…and the buyer jumped on board pretty quickly….and before we knew it, he sold it.

He sold all the inventory to a local competitor (a great deal for that guy…buy out your competitor!), and he left us quite a bit of stuff.  He didn’t want a few motorcycles (meaning we have an AWESOME cruiser to drive around all Spring and Summer before we sell it…and several things to sell independently), and some non-essential stuff (like fridge, canopy, tables, etc).

We also are getting to keep his mechanic building.  It was a little one-car garage metal building…and the buyer didn’t want it.  So, once we get some concrete poured, we will move it out to our house. Hello extra garage/storage/work space!. (We will just ignore the fact that pouring concrete and moving buildings isn’t cheap. ha!).

Tyler is retaining his business name and dealer’s license, so technically those doors are still open….but we are probably going to look for more open doors at this time.

I’m so proud of my husband to have started this business, made is successful, and sold it for a profit. That is a HUGE accomplishment!

The shop was doing well, but Tyler was getting burnt out.  He was there every hour it was open…and that just takes a toll on you.  He was never able to take “time off” because the shop was always on his mind.  Holidays were spent picking up motorcycles while we were visiting my family in another town…evenings were spent browsing Craigslist for deals…or if he left someone else in charge, he was always getting phone calls and dealing with things remotely. So, we struck while the iron was hot and sold it while their was interest.

It is bittersweet.  He has had the shop since March 2009…so for almost 4 years. It is all he has done since graduating college (how awesome is he that he graduated and opened his own business!).  So we aren’t 100% sure what is next for him, and for us…but I know God has big plans.

God was SO faithful in bringing us a buyer for the shop…so I know He will continue his blessings in showing Tyler where to head next.

Tyler will take a few weeks to get all the loose ends tied up (moving inventory out, selling non-essential stuff, moving the building, etc.) and then the job search begins.

Would you be praying for Tyler as he transitions?  I know it must be hard to go from owning your own business (the stress, mental fatigue, responsibilities), to this time of uncertainty.  Pray that I can be the most supportive wife during this time, and that we are good stewards of our money during this transition time.

We will miss you, Rock Solid Powersports!  But we are excited to see what life has in store for us next!

Let It Be

This week I’ve been a bit tired.  Between the long holiday weekend, some high emotions to work through, and the fact that it gets dark by the time I get home, I haven’t been incredibly motivated to do any housework.

Last night, my wonderful MIL was over. She helped me do a couple things around the kitchen (dishes, etc….which is SUCH a blessing).  But the rest of the house is a mess.  Stuff we bought Black Friday in the dining room to put away. A shelf in the mudroom to put together and organize.  Laundry to put away.  Dusting, vacuuming, and bathrooms to clean.

I actually had some energy last night after dinner…and I could have accomplished much.

But instead, I sat my booty on the couch with Tyler and my MIL and our sweet puppy…and we watched a movie and laughed.  And it was glorious.

There will always be cleaning to do (and always weekends to do it!), so I chose to let it be. And this morning, while I was showering in a shower that needs a scrub, and scrounging for clean running clothes because I need to do laundry….I was so glad I took time last night to be with the people I love. Sometimes you just have to let it be.  It will still be there tomorrow. Or the next day. 

At the end of the night, I apologized to Tyler that the house was a mess and the laundry basket was overflowing.  He said, “I don’t care.  I have you, and Mikey, and a comfy bed. That’s all that matters.” 

I’m thankful.

Thankful and a Weight Loss Update

I’m so blessed beyond measure.  The Lord has been so good to us.  I could start a list of everything I’m thankful for and never stop.  There is so much to be thankful for.  I know some people do that “30 Days of Thankfulness” on Facebook…and I didn’t participate.  But I wanted to take a minute and just thank the Lord for some of my biggest blessings.
My husband.

Tyler is a daily blessing to me.  He isn’t perfect, but he is perfect for me.  
My family.

I have been blessed with great parents, great in-laws, and wonderful extended family.  They are always there to cheer me on and love me.
My church.
I had a great church where I grew up and I wasn’t sure I would ever find that again. But I have.  I’m so thankful for the people at FBC Greenwood.  I am so thankful for my life group, our pastor, and the wonderful people.  I am thankful that they live out God’s word.
My home.

I’m so thankful that we were able to build our dream home, but more than that…I’m so grateful for a warm, comfortable, cozy home.  I know many are in danger of losing their homes, or they don’t have a place of their own…so I am thankful for ours.
My job.
Not only do I have a good job, but I enjoy what I do.  I have wonderful coworkers whom I consider to be friends. I am so thankful for this job.

It might sound silly, but I’m so thankful to have found a way to stay healthy and make a little bit of money that I enjoy.  I’m also thankful for the encouraging people I’ve met through Zumba.  From my students (many who have become friends), to other instructors, I’m just thankful for the joy it brings in my life.
My friends.
I have always had pretty wonderful friends.  From high school to college to now, I’m thankful for those who have become friends of mine.  They are great listeners, make me laugh, and are quick to love and slow to judge.  I’m grateful.
I’m so glad I found an outlet for my thoughts, and that I’ve made some friends along the way.  Thank you to those of you who have prayed with me, rejoiced with me, and who have taken interest in my mundane life.  It is fun to have people to walk alongside of you on your journey.

I’m also thankful that these boys are from my alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University.  A great mix of the talent at OBU and the love of the Razorbacks. 🙂

And for a quick weigh loss update.
Back in September, I set out to lose 20 pounds by Thanksgiving.  Now, that was a big goal…but I decided to try.  And I didn’t quite make it.

But I DID lose 6 pounds, so it isn’t a bust by any means.  It is just slow going, dadgumit. I still have 14  to lose to make it to that 20 pound goal I set back in September (which will put me just past my 150 goal)…but I’m still working towards it.  The ladies in my online group (who were all working toward 20 by Thanksgiving) are joking that maybe we will get to 20 by Christmas.  If not Christmas, then we will keep trucking.  I’m not giving up. I have set the goal to be at 155 by New Year’s….so hopefully I can get there.

But here is the cool part: I am 21 pounds less this Thanksgiving than I was last Thanksgiving.  So I’ll celebrate that! 

What are you thankful for?