December 1, 2016

...Hello December...


The Christmas season is officially here!  I'm ready for snow, holiday movies, baking, and lots of peppermint mochas.  I'm also preparing for my second 30 something birthday which has me a little freaked and continuing to pray for a permanent position at my job.  What are you looking forward to most this season?

Things to look forward to:
*Holiday party at HSWM
*Christmas shopping
*Holiday DIY projects
*Snow
*Holiday movies
*Christmas music
*New Year's Eve and a fresh start!

Goals to reach:
*learn a new crochet pattern
*be more active
*less eating out

Things to pray about:
*getting a permanent job
*peace with turning 31 instead of freaking out
*contentment with my current and very long phase of life
*more wisdom to pour out onto young teenage girls at NowGen

November 23, 2016

...Gratitude Lately...

↠Happy almost Thanksgiving dear ones!  So much to be grateful for this year.  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday with friends and family and that you are able to reflect on the little things that make you grateful every day. ↞









          ↠FAMILY↞

















 Ramona Geraldine
↠FUR BABIES↞

Lucy May


↠FRIENDS↞  
Aren't I fortunate that I have too many to post here?  Friends in GR, friends in Illinois, friends across the country.  I am thankful for each and every one of you.


↠GRAND RAPIDS↞ and what you've done for the adventurer in me.

↠GROWING FAMILY↞  
For additions that love my family as their own.






















Brando (adopted!)

Fendi

Nike 
Fang and Gabby(adopted!)

 Midnight, Sherlock(adopted!) and Fendi
HSWM↞ and the chance to get to spend every Tuesday night with those who need it most.







 Under the Roof
Grand River Cleanup

FZ Ride for Veterans     

↠OPPORTUNITY↞ to give of myself and of my time to causes I believe in.



↠CREATION↞
and the Creator who loves me always, no matter what.


November 21, 2016

...Awkward Awesome Friday (errr Monday)...

(This lasted a good 10 minutes with no fighting!)

Awkward:
*Yeah so I'm three days late posting this...
*putting up Christmas decorations the second weekend in November... but I just couldn't help myself.
*the sheer volume of comments I get about the damn candy jar that sits on my desk.  Because, you know I love to hear everyone complain about what is or is not in the jar.
*How Lucy will sleep anywhere.  She could sleep in the cat tower, on the couch or on the ottoman... but sometimes she chooses to call it quits in the middle of the living room floor.

Awesome:
*Monday afternoon my office was visited by a WWII veteran.  The building we are in is a renovated elementary school.  During renovation, a few guys found a WWII plaque in the basement and FZ had it restored.  It contains the names of all the school alumni that served in the war.  This gentleman's name was on it.  He was adorable and listening to him point out people he knew that were also on the plaque, talk about going to school here and admire what we'd done to the building was so sweet.  There are so precious few WWII vets left and I'm so grateful to have met one.  He even served in the Navy, which is where my Grandpa Vince served. :D
*Get to see my family and one of my besties next week!
*Vikings on the History channel.  I'm hooked.  Go watch it, you'll thank me.
*Every Tuesday evening I get to spend with mushy faced fur babies at the animal shelter.  I swear if I had a house with a yard, I'd have taken home at least three by now.
*Receiving a thank you donut from a co-worker on Wednesday.  Those moments when my work is appreciated really keep me going.

November 1, 2016

...Hello November...


This year has absolutely flown and now we are officially staring the Holiday season in the face.  Craziness!  October always escapes too quickly in my opinion. Fortunately, November brings some wonderful things as well!

Things to look forward to:
*Scarves and mittens
*Thrive women's event at Frontline
*Adoption counselor training at HSWM
*Thanksgiving and time with my family
*First snowfall
*Decorating the apartment for Christmas

Goals to reach:
*Hold a Friendsgiving dinner
*Plan more game nights

Things to work on:
*Overthink less
*More activity
*Less TV
*Read more

October 14, 2016

...Adventure...


Today is it.  Today it has officially been one year since I left my home of 11 years, left the state I was born and raised in, and moved to West Michigan.  And I have to say, I haven't looked back!  It has been such a year of adventure.

A year ago I was...
*Using my GPS to get EVERYWHERE.
*Using each weekend to explore a different part of my new city.
*Walking into my new church home for my first official Sunday service.
*Doing most things alone.
*Wondering was the year would hold.
*Missing my best friend like crazy.
*So excited to experience all things West Michigan.

A Year Later I...
*Don't use the GPS nearly as much.
*Still love exploring new areas of GR and the surrounding areas.
*Have been on more dates than the rest of my years combined. (O_o)
*Have made great friends, said farewell to a couple moving back to Illinois, and welcomed home others.
*Have two cats even though I always swore I'd only have one. (no explanations there)
*Have learned more about contentment and how it is can never truly be found in where you live, who you are with, the friends you have, or the money you earn.  It is found in the little things God shows me everyday.
*Am more in love with West Michigan than I ever could have imagined.

This Year I Hope to...
*Visit the UP and northern Michigan.
*Find financial security with a permanent job.
*Adopt a dog.  (yes, I want more animals and I'm ok with that)
*Camp more.
*Get back into shape now that I'm adjusted and more at home.


This blog post is dedicated to all the people in my life who made this new season possible, encouraged me and supported me.  I've been told numerous times by the people I've met here that what I did was so courageous or so brave, and I know I could not have taken the leap without the PEOPLE surrounding me.  So thank you.  And here's to another great year filled with more new adventures.

October 3, 2016

...Texas...

This weekend was a special weekend where the Reeves clan welcomed a new member to the family.  A year ago my dad (a Chicago native of 55 years) reluctantly moved down to Dallas, TX for a job. Not long after, he met Juju and his life was turned upside down in the best way.  This past weekend they were married on a houseboat on a small lake in Frisco, TX.  (Who knew boating would be a thing in Texas?!) The ceremony was short and sweet, the weather was perfect, and lots of happy tears were shed.  The ceremony was followed by a small reception and a lively after party back at the house.

My parents no longer being married has never been an easy thing for me. Even ten years later. Whether it was the first time I met my mom's kind and generous partner in crime, Phil almost eight years ago or finding out my Dad was going to be remarried to the sweet and vivacious Juju.  It's never been 100% easy from a daughter's perspective.  But after this weekend and getting to see first hand the life that the two of them have started to build together and how happy they are, my perspective shifted in a even more positive way.  My sister put it perfectly while we were sitting around Dad's fire pit her, me, and my soon to be brother-in-law.  She said "I just want everyone I love to be happy".  And there was so much simplicity and truth to that statement.  Because, that's exactly what I want too.

Change can be hard, but I think I am heading into a season of acceptance so many years in the making.  I'm ready to switch from feelings of "what if" and "used to be" to feelings of growth and joy that out of a hard circumstance, each person in my family was able to find good things.  My family might have felt broken for a while, but now I can start to see it as growing instead of divided.  I've gained a stepmother in Juju, I will soon have Josh as a brother in law, and Phil is practically my stepdad in my eyes.  There is growth and joy and promise for more good things in the coming years.

Ok, enough mush.  Here are a few photos from my first trip to Texas.

 Thankful to say I stayed very calm on all of my flights.

 Friday Night Bonfire (aka, war against the fire ants)

 Saturday morning Texas sunrise.

Boating is a thing in Dallas.  Who knew?!  (#ourlakeisbetter) ;)

 Me and the sister.  We actually look a little alike with sunglasses on.  (jk, we look nothing alike)

 Me, Al, and Daddio

Josh and Al get hitched July 15, 2017.

A perfect shot that pretty much sums up the day. :D

 
 That cake was damn good!

 A perfect shot of the lake shore from the sky!

A huge smile on my face watching the sunshine peak through the clouds onto my beloved west Michigan.

Oh, hey Grand River!

I promised a friend I'd bring back sunshine after a week of rain in GR.  I kept my promise!


October 1, 2016

...Hello October...

I love October.:

Welcome to the most beautiful month of the year!  It's so cliche, but fall is here and I'm so happy.

Things to look forward to:
*Grand Rapids on fire!  Not really, but the trees are spectacularly orange, yellow, and red.
*Volunteering at the Humane Society.  All things furry and I cannot wait.
*Spending time in Dallas with family
*Hoodies, boots, and scarves
*Fall tastes and smells
*WALKING DEAD!!!
*Apple and pumpkin picking

Goals to Reach:
*Take advantage of cooler but not cold weather with more jogs at the park.
*Read a non-fiction book
*Make a budget and stick to it

Things to work on:
*Decrease meat intake and increase plant food intake
*Making smarter financial decisions
*Less sugar

September 13, 2016

Why Fall is my Favorite


Cool breezes and the end of summer humidity
Bonfires and scent of them on your clothes
Changing leaves on trees and hiking through forests of them
Cozy blankets and open windows
Boots, scarves, and smartwool socks
Hoodies and bluejeans
Flannel shirts and all things plaid
Camping trips
Mums
Apple orchards
Baking
Hot cider
Pumpkin fields
Pumpkin carving
Roasted pumpkin seeds
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
#pumpkineverything
Halloween costumes and memories of childhood
Time with family and reminders to be thankful



What are your favorite things about the changing seasons?  I don't know about you, but they make me thankful to live in the Midwest!

September 1, 2016

...Hello September...


The end of summer is upon us!  August didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to, but thankful that every day and every month is a fresh start.

Things to look forward to:
*Possibly a camping trip to the UP with Ineke.  (after original plans for this trip fell through, looking forward to possibly spending some time with one of my best friends)
*Camping trips in general.
*Cooler weather and less humidity!
*Spending some time with family at the end of September.

Goals to reach:
*Actually get to CKO three times a week.  ( I know I said this last month, but life, busyness, and excuses definitely got the best of me)
*Finish a book.
*Write letters to at least 3 people.

Things to work on:
*Be less lazy about cooking.
*Look for positivity daily, even when it's hard.
*Be more gentle with myself.
*Eat more whole foods.

August 12, 2016

Awkward Awesome Friday


Awkward:
*Forgetting to get a lunch order for the CFO.  (more horrifying than awkward.) Thank the Great Lion of Judah our higher ups are kind and mellow people.
*Sneezing blue post Color Run
*The blue spot on my hair line that would NOT go away no matter how hard I scrubbed.
*My upstairs neighbors raining nails (yes, like construction nails) onto my deck while they were building "something" on their deck.  I'm not talking two or three.  I think I counted 20+.
*Chad leClos's attempts to "intimidate" the greatest swimmer to ever walk the earth during the prelims for the 200 Fly.

Awesome:
*A weekend with dear Jamie
*Color Runs.  They are always epic.
*Tonight I will be driving down to Chicago for some much needed mom time and a day of wedding dress shopping (insert lots of happy tears I'm sure) with my sister, whom I haven't seen in over a year and a half!  Can NOT wait to hug them both.
*Finding out that GR has a water polo club.  That might have to happen.
*Michael Phelp's comeback.  Can we just take a sec to acknowledge the greatest swimmer ever!?  Not only did he wipe the floor with his "intimidator" and crush the competition at the age of 31, but he's also shown that you can come back from a dark place.  He's overcome depression, addiction, and shown that we never have to be defined by our mistakes.


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