Friday, October 7, 2011

Keeping Up with the Fosters

It’s Friday, and that is a fact to rejoice about because I am absolutely exhausted. As if getting married two and half months ago wasn’t a big enough life change, several things have been happening around the Foster household that have been keeping us more than busy. Here’s a little insight into what’s going on:

  • I am ALMOST done with my training at work. Yes, I have been in training for four months, but at the end of October, I will officially be done! I’ve described the training process to several people as the equivalent of being in another semester of college, except for this in this particular semester, I study/do assignments/take tests/sit on learning conference calls for 40 hours a week. And it’s all about insurance. I have learned A TON, but if you knew me in college, especially my senior year, you knew that going to class and studying didn’t necessarily happen for a total of 40 hours a week. Ever. So, it’s definitely been difficult and mind-boggling, but it will definitely pay off.

  • For the first two months of our marriage, Greg was the perfect house-husband. He ran all of our errands, cleaned the house, and went to town on decorating. He hated it. BUT! The tides have changed. We are so excited because Greg has been asked to be the Worship Pastor at The Exchange DFW in Keller, TX! Yes, we do have to drive about an hour anytime we go to church, but whoever said that God was going to provide in “convenient” ways? Oh wait, they didn’t, so we are more than blessed to be asked to come on board with this church. This is going to be quite the adventure for us because it is not only a job for Greg, but it’s a place for both of us to grow and serve. I could not be more excited to join with this body of believers and serve alongside Greg.
  • I am currently training for the Dallas White Rock Lake Half Marathon. It’s difficult. I’m in the middle/end of week four. The training is 12 weeks long. My legs hurt. I’ve always wanted to run a half marathon and decided that it was time to finally commit. Not only to achieve my goal, but to keep myself in shape since I sit at a desk all day! Ugh! I’ve “attempted” to train for the Bear-a-thon at Baylor for the past two years, but always gave up because I never have had the time nor enough sleep to train appropriately. I also tend to develop tendonitis in my knees when I run longer distances or hills, so we’ll see if they behave and I can make it through the end. It’s iffy.

  • What I’m currently reading:

    • Les Miserables 
      •  I read this book back in 7th grade and it immediately became one of my favorite books. Now that several years have passed and I can’t quite remember what happened, I decided to read it again!

    • The Pioneer Woman’s: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels 
      •  My mother, after hearing me say that I wanted to read this book several times over the past year, bought this book for me for my birthday. I can barely put it down! Aka, I’ve put Les Mis on hold. For now anyways….

  •  Greg and I have joined a Life House at The Exchange and it’s complete with 4 other young married couples with “no kids”. That was the rule for joining the group. NO BABIES ALLOWED. We are definitely the “youngest” couple of this crew, but really looking forward to doing life with these people.

  • I am SO excited about this Saturday night! To celebrate my birthday (yes, the celebration still continues!), Greg and I are joining my family and going to the Haunted Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie! We saw a special on this old plantation a year ago and we’re finally getting to go experience it for ourselves. Update to come soon!

  • The Moose is getting lazy. What a surprise? Now that he’s a city dog, his favorite pastime is sleeping and playing chase in the house. He’s a spoiled pooch.

  • I’ve been crafting! We’ve been doing several decorating projects around our little humble abode and trying to spend as little money as we possibly can! Because I love to decorate, I had tons of good foundational stuff from college that I’ve been busy painting and “re-doing” to match our new little house. Here's a pic of one of the lamps that I re-did with my momma!

  • I just spent way too much time on Pinterest looking at food, and now all I want to do is bake and cook and try tons of new recipes. It’s a wonder Greg and I are both not 400 pounds. Food is definitely one of our biggest expenses (even with me cooking at home almost every meal!) and it is definitely a shared hobby/loves in our house. The Fosters love to eat.

  • Speaking of food, we were blessed by an elder from church the other night. He graciously funded a VERY nice date night for us in honor of Greg coming onboard at The Exchange. We couldn’t have been more thrilled! We ventured around the corner from our house and ate at Houston’s. Neither of us had been to a Houston’s before, but we both enjoyed some delicious steak (which we hadn’t had since our wedding) and glasses of delicious wine. It was a celebration indeed. I am so proud of my Gregory.

Other than all these oddities, Greg and I are just loving getting to spend time together and learning what it means to be honoring and loving spouses. Some days are great, others are not so great, but I’m definitely realizing more and more that the little things don’t matter, and it’s my biblical role to love and support my hubby ALWAYS.  I am far from perfect at this, or anything else for that matter, so it gives me even more of a reason to depend on the reality of God’s Grace and Mercy daily.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:15-16

Monday, October 3, 2011

Another Year Older

This past weekend was a birthday weekend at the Foster house. WOO! I officially turned 23. The day was filled with so many sweet moments and I feel absolutely blessed by my husband, my friends, and the ladies that I have the privilege of working with.

The day started with some Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Mmmm, one of my very favorite things in this world. Thank you Jesus for Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  Greg got up early to slave in the kitchen and prepare my breakfast feast. He even used the chocolate chips to craft the number 23 into one of them.  Again, so delicious. 

Later that day, I joined some of the ladies in my office for a birthday luncheon. I was treated to a Chicken Picatta lunch at Cheesecake Factory (another one of my favorites), an awesome Anthropologie gift card (yes I have been caught browsing at work, oops! Haha), and a very massive cookie cake! This is only the beginning of me being spoiled on my birthday. As far as that gift card goes, I conveniently had a 15% off your entire purchase coupon, so I may or may not have done my shopping on my way home from work that day…. :)

When you’d think I’d already had enough spoiling for the day, Greg and Neely had arranged to have a barbecue at our house with all of our Dallas friends! Greg spent the day making some delicious gourmet hamburgers and prepping some corn on the cob to be grilled. Everyone that came over pitched in and brought the chips, buns, and beverages.  Neely even slaved and made me a 4 layer birthday cake!! Each layer was a different color of pink (impossible to tell from the pic that I took), but it was delicious and she even made and topped the cake with my favorite cream cheese icing! Mmm. She definitely has more patience for those kinds of things than I do. Its one of the reasons I love her. 

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to shop. Due to the fact that Greg and I have been living off of one salary for the past couple of months, my shopping habits had to stop cold turkey. Okay. Maybe it WAS a good thing. Anyways, knowing that I’d been deprived from buying anything (due to my growing self-control), Greg surprised me and gave me a shopping trip to Lululemon! WOO again! I’ve been needing a new pair of workout capris since I threw my old pair in the trash a couple of weeks ago (sad day…). So, he satisfied my desire to go shop and pick out my own things while blessing me with something that I really wanted! He’s the best. 

As you can tell, it was a day of good eats and I was overly spoiled.  Not only that, but when it was all said and done, I felt so loved and blessed to have the friends that I do. We were able to sit around and chat and laugh and be real with each other. My friends (and hubby) are a huge blessing to have in my life, and I know that this season of life that we’re experiencing would be WAY different without them. Love you all.


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