This last weekend Dwyatt and I visited my family in Colorado. It was so nice to get to spend a weekend with them, even if it was short and went by quick! I am learning the value of my family more and more, especially now living so far away from them. We have always been really close, and it’s hard now that seeing each other means either a ride in an airplane or a day in a car.
The more I start dwell on this fact the more and more important it becomes to live closer to them. I want my children to grow up 15 minutes from their grandparents just like I did. (No I’m not pregnant… give me a couple more years…) I’m still very close with my grandparents and visit with them several times a week. It’s a special relationship I wouldn’t trade for the world. I wish I could just call my Mom and go have coffee with her on a Saturday morning, or meet up with my Dad for lunch during the week. I wish that whenever I went to an industry event for young energy professionals that my brother would be there (he is also a member of the oil industry! yay!).
I think that in order to make that dream a reality, one day we’ll just have to choose to drastically change our lives and make it a priority to be together. That will be the only way. And you know what? That’s ok, because family is worth any sacrifice.
Until then I’ll simply try to soak up every minute we have together on our short visits, and remember that no matter how far apart we are, our love for each other never changes.
This weekend we spent some of Saturday playing 42 with Pap. He is from south Texas, and has been playing 42 for probably about 80 years now… definitely a family tradition! This past weekend my brother and I won! Yes! Best partner ever
As if my life isn’t busy enough, I recently signed up to help volunteer with amazing local ministry in Oklahoma City called Shepherds of Love Ministries. This organization helps provide funds for utility bills and food for people going through difficult times. They are a Christian organization who also brings the Good News of our Lord Jesus to each person they are able to help. Below is a short video about them:
Shepherds of Love from Miles Hanon on Vimeo.
The compassion that Shepherds of Love has for the people in our community is amazing. For awhile now I have felt that God has placed this ministry on my heart and that I am being called to do more than simply donate to a “lamb in need” a couple of times a year. I am striving to be more obedient in my walk with God, and learning to follow Him even if I don’t know the purpose for where He’s leading me. Ultimately, He knows best, and I am just here to watch His plans for me unfold. So, last week I met with Theresa, the founder of this amazing little ministry, and I am now helping her a few hours each week!!
I can’t wait to see where this will lead me and what God has in store for me! I’m already filled with joy at the anticipation of the unknown opportunity! I am excited to simply humble myself and follow where He leads me. If there is anything that you feel God placing on your heart, I would encourage you to go for it! Don’t let anything hold you back! For as it says in Ephesians 3:20-21:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Last Friday night we had the privilege of attending the annual SPE Mardi Gras Charity Event! This is an event hosted by the young professionals chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers as a fundraiser for the Willow Springs Boys Ranch.
Usually it entails a night of drinks, dinner, socializing with friends, a silent auction, and maybe even some dancing! This is one of the few “black tie optional” events that Dwyatt and I attend each year, and we truly look forward to it each February. What’s not to like about a night where you get to give to an amazing organization while dressing up, hanging out with friends, and coming home with our “winnings” from the auction! This year we won a case of very nice wine, some tickets to the musical Stomp, and some other gift cards to some local restaurants!
Also, this year some of the girls and I decided to wear masks! Such fun! Made me feel like I truly belonged in New Orleans! Maybe next year
Although it’s late, I wanted to recap our Valentines Day this year. Dwyatt was actually working on Valentines, and I was taking a midterm on Financial Derivatives. Thrilling, I know.
We actually celebrated the weekend before Valentines. In the midst of studying for the upcoming midterm, Dwyatt surprised me with an afternoon couples message & an awesome dinner at PF Changs! The message was the perfect gift after the stressful week we had, and we truly just enjoyed a relaxed evening together.
On Tuesday morning I got a call from the receptionist at work to say I had flowers waiting for me! This was the first time I have ever had flowers delivered to work and I was so excited! 2 dozen beautiful roses were awaiting me in the lobby, and I was beaming all day. What a wonderful husband I have. I’m so lucky to have a guy who does great things for me all year round, not just in mid-February. I’m such a lucky girl!!
Yes, I may have gone a little overboard photographing the flowers… however I blame my amazing friend Ashley for introducing me to Diptic, the best iPhone photo app ever (or at least since the discovery of Instagram)!
I found this video today and had to share. I love these guys, Il Divo, and always listen to their music especially around Christmas time! This rendition of Amazing grace was so good it gave me chills!
I believe it’s officially time to move to a new office building when the door handles start falling off…
Luckily we move in 2 months! We’re moving here
*Photos from my iPhone
Have you ever done something that you knew was completely foolish, yet you did it anyways? This week, I have… Starting on Sunday Dwyatt decided he was super motivated and wanted to start the P90X program…again.
We have done the program before, and while they are amazing workouts, they are exhausting! So Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday this week we did P90X. That meant on work days we were up at 4am to work out for over an hour before work. Oh and on Tuesday & Wednesday we were up at 4am, worked out, then went to work all day, then sat in class for 4 hours, before finally making it to bed by 11pm.
Needless to say, I am absolutely exhausted this week… and I think that literally every muscle I possess is sore. If I move, I hurt. Luckily it’s not a “bad hurt” just a “my muscles hate me but at least they’re getting stronger hurt”. I just keep telling myself, every time I’m forced to walk up a flight of stairs, “be thankful that the Lord gave you a capable body that is working correctly and allowing you to work out!”
We took a break today, and have decided that we won’t be able to do the 6-day a week program like they recommend. Instead we’re going to try 2 or 3 days a week combined with training for the upcoming Memorial Marathon in May! (ahem… I’m only doing the half… I don’t like running that much!)
Call me crazy? Apparently I’ll do just about anything to be ready for bikini season! 3 months until I’m on a BOAT!!!