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Moving to Texas

We’re moving to Texas! You heard that correctly! We are moving to Texas in about two weeks!

Justin accepted a great job with the tractor company, Kubota, in Grapevine, Texas…which is around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He will be doing comparative data analysis…or something like that…basically, using statistics and marketing to compare data from Kubota to their competition (like John Deere). Justin is really excited because he will actually be using his major, loves doing comparative data, and feels it is his first “big-boy” job…business dress code and everything!

We are so blessed and thankful for this opportunity.

Remember back when I said I had good and bad news that came at the same time? The good news had been a pregnancy. Well, the bad news was that Justin had been laid off at the beginning of May. Even before May, we were looking for a new job. Justin’s entire department was seen as superfluous and they were all laid off. It came as quite the shock and surprise and with no warning and was immediately effective. Which, was bad news for us because now we had no insurance for baby.

But, thankfully, we had already been living with my parents for a few months, rent free and were able to gain back up some savings. While job searching, I had been working as a virtual assistant, bringing in pocket change, really, and Justin had found a contracted web coding job to bring in some sort of income and was able to work at home. I am so thankful for the time Rhys and I were able to spend with Justin. It’ll definitely be hard to have him go back to a 9-5! Again, God works in mysterious ways: Justin got his last severance check three days ago and is starting his new job today.

Yes, I said today. Justin is currently in Atlanta, Georgia doing two weeks training before flying back to Utah and helping us move to Texas. I’ve been spoiled with this pregnancy: having Justin home all day plus the support of my parents and siblings. I haven’t been as productive as I could. I haven’t been as good of a mother or a wife as I could. I haven’t really taken much responsibility at all. I’ve used everything as an excuse. I’ve become a loafer and lazy. I’ve allowed complaining and little aches and pains to control me. But, now I have to grow up. Justin isn’t here to indulge me for the next two weeks. I have to be a grown-up again. There is a lot to be done before we move.

And, we are so excited to move. It will be the first time since Justin and I graduated high school that we will live out of Utah! It will also be the first time that we will live away from family. It’ll be time for us to truly become adults and be truly independent. We are super excited for what the near future holds for us, and we have some big plans for the next year!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Don’t Grow Up Too Fast

As a child, all I wanted to do was to grow up. I had so many plans for my life: college, teaching, becoming a famous author, being a mom, traveling the world, having a movie made based off either my novels or my time as a teacher, become a professor, be on a History channel documentary. I was excited to move out of my parents’ house (how ironic that I’m back in my parents’ house!), to be on my own, to be in charge of my own life. Even though Disney’s Tangled didn’t come out until I was in college, I always echoed the lyric, “When will my life begin.” Well, I was in such a hurry to begin my life that I forgot to live my life.

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Don't grow up too fast. Enjoy your age.

Although I am proud of my accomplishments as a teenager and a college student, sometimes I wonder if I grew up too fast. I focused more on my studies and writing and reading than anything else. Now, that wasn’t a bad thing. I still played sports, I still hung with friends. But, I didn’t take time to stop and smell the roses. I never really embraced the philosophy of Carpe Diem. I also got married very early. Again, that’s not a bad thing. I was 22, finished with college, and ready to be a wife. We’ve had plenty of adventures together as a couple, and spent many hours playing video games with each other.

However, there are sometimes I reminisce about my childhood. Sometimes I miss being a child. Adulting is hard! I yearn for the days of ease, the days of discovery, the days of learning, the days of only being in charge of myself. I love being a mother, I love being a wife, I loved being a teacher. But, sometimes I don’t want to deal with the stress.

Then, I look at my almost-16-year-old sister. She is so stressed about having a 4.o to get into the college of her dreams. She comes straight home from school (which she spends an hour at after for tutoring), and immediately begins on her homework for hours, then practices her flute. Yet, she still spends time with her friends. She still embraces her youth. She goes shopping with them, plans parties with them. Has Gilmore Girls or Downton Abbey marathons with the family. Bakes gourmet desserts on the side. She is my idol. She is still coocky and weird. She dances silly in front of the family and speaks a weird made up language (Er Mer Gerd).

Then, I look at my 20 (almost 21!) month old son. He is growing up right before my eyes. This toddler stage is my absolute favorite stage. It’s so fun. I am in awe as I watch him learn and discover. I want so badly for him to grow up and talk to me. I want so badly for him to grow up and go to school. To learn, to discover, to play, to love, to live. But, I miss my little baby boy that he no longer is. He already is growing up too fast.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is to slow down in your life. Enjoy your current stage. Don’t be in rush be in a rush to begin a new chapter. It’ll come when it comes. That is one of my goals this year: bloom where I am planted–that not only means where I am physically, but also in life. Enjoy this season. Get the most out of it. I am only 26. I only have one child. I have no job to worry about right now (intentionally). I don’t need to grow up quickly right now.

 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.