Tuesday, January 19, 2016

When it rains...it pours

We have had a very rough month. I don't say that for sympathy, but just to keep it real. Life is such a blessing, but let's be real...occasionally it just plain sucks. Excuse my French. We have had a January that I would like to punch in the face, as Weston would say.

We started off the month finding about 9 fraudulent charges to our personal account. Not a huge deal, but for sure not the way we wanted to start off the year. This was pretty much just a big inconvenience of dealing with the bank and trying to get our money back into our account. I just find it incomprehensible that someone has the audacity to just steal your money. Money that we work hard for. I guess I don't understand how someone has no conscience at all. So frustrating.

Couple days later I encounter a dead car battery and Christian has two flat tires, all in one week.
Pretty easy fixes again, just inconveniences.

I had noticed a large lump in one of my breast back in the summer, we ran some test and all came back ok. I didn't really pay much attention to it, but low and behold this month I realized it was back and much larger than before. I mentioned it to my doctor and we decided to really keep an eye on it and check back in a few weeks.

In the meantime, I had some routine bloodwork done at my doctors office, and on Christmas Eve, they called to inform me that it had come back abnormal. I was told to have it checked again, just to be sure. I went back in for round #2 and again, it came back showing my white blood count was off. This news, combined with the lump, sent us into a slight panic. My OB referred me to an Oncologist to see what was going on. Having abnormal blood results and being sent to an Oncologist was extremely unsettling. We really had no idea what was going on and I honestly feared the worst. I had to wait about a week and a half before seeing the doctor and this was one of the worst weeks of my life. Just the unknown can send you into a breakdown. I let my mind wander with the "what-if's" and I was really feeling discouraged and beat down.

Christian and I clung to the fact that no matter what, we would stand strong and allow God to work in whatever situation would come our way. We always know that troublesome times will come our way and we were confident that God would walk us through this no matter the outcome. When we are weak, He alone is strong. He NEVER leaves us and I never once felt abandoned or alone.

We saw the doctor and were given an all clear on the lump, she felt like it was not cancerous but rather just some benign cysts.  The doctor did more bloodwork and it was still abnormal. She felt like the two were not related in anyway, but rather a severe deficiency was causing my white blood count to be low and my red blood cells to be enlarged. We are starting on daily shots to help boost my B12 and Folic Acid for the next few months and then we will recheck everything to be sure that that was the cause.

We walked out of the Oncologist office and literally just cried. We feared cancer and instead were given a more simple diagnosis and treatment plan. We were so relieved. All praise and glory to God that we were given a clean bill of health.

I'd say that was the absolute worst of the month, but the tiny troubles just kept on coming.

My car broke down and we had to have it towed back to the mechanic. We had over $1,800.00 worth of repairs to fix.

Then my sweet Weston gave us some fun times by having some carsickness. Nothing like a little vomit thrown into an already bad week!

Weston also started up with a terrible cough and fever. Things just continued to get worse until we finally took him to the doctor. By that time, he had developed pneumonia and poor thing was just pitiful.

I then get my car back from the shop and not a day later, I go to close the garage door.  Apparently our garage door sensors are not working and instead of sensing that my car was slightly in the way of the door, and going back up...the garage door crushed itself into my car. Thankfully my car was not damaged but our garage door was broken. I most certainly did a little more crying on this particular day as well.

This week, I am routinely checking my business account, and notice over $900.00 worth of fraudulent charges on THAT account.  I immediately call the bank and once again begin the process of trying to get those charges disputed and money put back into my account. At this point, we suspect that our wireless has been hacked and file a police report.

Today I go to get my shots, and I am informed that insurance will not be covering any of my treatment. We will have to pay all of it out of pocket. Again, nothing life shattering, but yet another discouraging situation.

Oh and to top it all off, my car is back in the shop. Apparently something is still not right and so we are once again down to a one car family!

So here we are, only 19 days into 2016 and I am already ready to say let's start over! This has definitely been one of the most trying months we have encountered in a while. However, with all the issues I have to step back and realize all these things aren't huge, some frustrating and some frightening, but none that are fatal. We are so blessed...we will not allow satan to discourage us or get us down. We will press on and do it with a joyful attitude.

Again, I don't share all this looking for any sympathy, but rather to just encourage you. I know I am not the only one to have horrible, no good, bad, awful days. I know so many have walked through things 1000 times worse. I also know that sometimes, it is nice to know everyone's life isn't perfect. Things aren't always sunshine and roses. Sometimes life can get us down and at times we may even want to just give up and crawl under the covers. We must remember that we serve a God who is on our side, a God who is for us...not against us. Not to mention that He is MIGHTY and willing to do amazing things through good and bad situations. 

So here's to hoping your January was much better than ours and also calling for February to hurry up and get here and please to go easy on the Moots' Family!  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Top six in 2015

Well hello 2016. I can't believe the New Year is upon us and I am excited about a new year full of wonderful opportunities!  We are so excited about what is in store for us this year and are looking forward to seeing God move in powerful ways in our family. I love to look back over the previous year and see what we did throughout the year. Most years, I take it month by month and go over all of life's happenings, but this year I decided to do it a little differently.
I am gonna break it down to my top 6 events from 2015.
2015 was a great year for us. We did a whole lot of fun things and really spent a lot of time with family and friends. Making memories was kind of our theme for 2015 and we definitely lived up to that mantra.
Ok here we go.  Top 6 events/moments of 2015.
6.) A new decade. I turned 30 in January of this year and it was extremely difficult for me. Thirty seems so old to me and leaving my twenties was a real challenge for sure. I did celebrate in style though and that was a blast. Dinner at Stabs (my fav) and a craft night with my girls was just what I needed to get me through my depression over turning the big 30. Christian and I also took a weekend trip to Covington which was a huge deal for us. We haven't left the kids since...well ever. We had a blast just staying at a bed and breakfast and then eating out and seeing movies. It was a much needed weekend of relaxation and fun.
5.) Beach Trip- Moots Only. We took a spontaneous, three day trip to the beach with just us and it was a highlight for sure. We surprised the kids on the day we left and they thought it was the best thing ever. It was a first for us to take a trip without any other family. We had never done a trip alone with just us. It was so incredible to spend one on one time with just us at the beach. We stayed in a rinky dink hotel, and ate jambalaya every night, but that didn't matter one bit. We soaked up our kids and did nothing but have fun in the water. Don't get me wrong...we love taking trips with our extended families...but this one was just so intimate and special having just the 4 of us. It was absolutely one of my favorite trips ever. Simple yet packed with special moments.
4.) Grandpa- Losing my sweet grandpa this summer was definitely not a high point of the year but it was a memorable moment that I don't want to leave out. My grandfather was in his late 90's when he passed away but he lived an abundantly full life. He was always there for me and loved me unconditionally. He loved my sweet babies and took great delight in just having them around him. His funeral and burial ceremony was very special and I took great joy from spending that intimate time with family. Family that we don't see often, but spending that time crying, laughing and reminiscing was very good for our healing. I am so thankful for the memories with my grandparents and I look forward to one day reuniting with them in heaven.
3.) Christian decided it would be best for our family if he went back to school!  We talked long and hard about what was best and we both agreed this was important for his advancement and for the good of our family. We knew going into it, that it would be a difficult two years, but in the long run, it would be a huge blessing for us. Christian started in August and it honestly we have adjusted quite well. We have all made sacrifices but we do see a small light at the end of the tunnel. 
2.) Bye Bye Plant Work. Another huge, special moment in 2015 was my daddy retiring. This was something that we discussed and had heated debates about for much of the year. My daddy has always been the most hardworking person I know and this was a huge step for him. Leaving behind a secure job for retirement was not an easy decision for him. I think ultimately he chose to take his retirement for his family. I don't think he really wanted too, but he knew it was what we thought was best and were cheering for. We simply wanted him to slow and get to enjoy life with us. He missed so much, not to mention working long, hard hours was wearing on him. They threw him a retirement party at his plant, and I honestly thought it would be about 15 or 20 people, and when we walked in I was blown away to see probably over 100 people there to support my daddy. It was truly heartwarming. I loved listening to stories about him and getting to hear how much he influenced so many lives. It was just a blessing for sure. Those first few months were hard for him and me, cause I knew he missed his job and friends.  I hated seeing him struggle but I knew if he would just hang in there, he would grow to love it. I think if you were to ask him today, he would definitely say it was the right choice and that he is enjoying where he is at. Life looks different for my parents...but I believe it is much fuller and more fun for sure. I absolutely love getting to see and talk to my dad on a daily basis. Having him retire has been a wonderful milestone in my life for sure.
1.) Growing as a family. Last but not least, we were thrilled and shocked to learn in late October that our family would be growing by one more in 2016! We are beyond excited that a new addition will be joining our family and even though I am very overwhelmed at the thought of having three little ones, I am thrilled for the opportunity to have more laughter, more kisses and more love running through the walls of our home. God alone holds the blueprints for our family, and although it maybe a little earlier than we expected...we know it will be a blessing to us all.
So here's to a wonderful new year!  May God do great things through us for His glory in 2016!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Craziness!

The entire month of December seems to have been a whirlwind. It has been non-stop, something every single night craziness. I love getting to spend so much time with family and friends, and making such amazing memories...but I will be glad for the slowness of January to arrive.
We started off our Christmas month with a trip to the Central Christmas Parade. We went with our besties...Carrie, Jordan, Bryan and Maddie. These 4 little guys are best of friends and it was so much fun getting to watch them together. They did great catching the beads and candy, and I was very impressed there was absolutely no fighting! Success!
We have a tradition where we go to Hobby Lobby and pick each family member a new ornament to put on the tree. The kids loved decorating the tree and getting down all the Christmas memorabilia. Weston absolutely adored these dancing Christmas figurines. He was in awe of the music and dance. By the end of the month, the amazement wore off and he was chunking these around as footballs. We survived this Christmas with two of the four still functioning.
Another great tradition we have is going to Bass Pro with our cousins to see Santa. It is always so magical to ride the carosel, play games and see Santa. Oh and also to ride the 4-wheelers and boats...but I'm not sure that is intended to be part of the fun.
Is that smile not the cutest thing you have ever seen!?
Weston tried so hard to be brave with Santa, but he just couldn't make it. Such a priceless photo!!
Bre was all smiles and Weston...well he could have done with just the candy cane.
My gorgeous girl had her very first Christmas program at school. She did absolutely amazing and sang every single song. She has come so far from not even speaking last year to singing out loud in front of a crowd. We couldn't have been more proud.
I have to laugh because Aubrey's favorite Christmas song this year was "Rocking around the Christmas Tree" She sang and requested it constantly!

Bre had her Christmas party at school and I caught these two kissing and it just about melted my heart. I love that they love each other.

We had our annual bake day at Nana's and these two goobers had a blast decorating gingerbread houses with their cousins.

I didn't get any pictures, but we also did our annual Christmas "fancy" dinner with my parents and brother/sis in law. This year we went to Galatoire's Restaurant and had a blast. It was a night filled with laughing and cutting up for sure! Some of us liked the food, and some not so much. But overall the night was so special.
We also celebrated big with our Uncle D and loved getting to do a big pot of gumbo and then go look at lights. That is our tradition with Uncle D and it is one of our favorite nights!

We celebrated with both sides of the family a little early, during the week, because Christian had to work Christmas day. We had a blast with our families. We have the most fun families around and we are so incredibly blessed to have such love all around us!

Best buddies and matching princesses!

Silly faces!

We did pajamas and breakfast for dinner with both sides of the family and it is by far one of our favorite traditions. What could be better than cinnamon rolls for dinner and wearing pj's all night?
Christmas Eve, Bre left Santa some Chex Mix and milk and was overwhelmed with excitement when she realized he ate it and wrote her a note. I don't think I have seen her that excited over anything else!  

Christmas morning (actually Christmas Eve morning for us) was full of sweet giggles and lots of precious moments. I savor these innocent moments because I know they will grow so quickly. I adore having special family time with my loves. Oh and we ate cinnamon rolls again! I think we have made a record for most cinnamon rolls eaten in one week's time.

I'd say this is the sign of a successful Christmas morning!

We topped off our Christmas with a candlelight service at church and dinner at my brother's.
Perfect end to a perfect day!

WHEW!!! What a busy, chaotic month but one filled with memories that will last a lifetime. I'm so thankful I have my blog to jot down these moments and be able to look back and reflect on the incredibleness that is our life. We are so blessed.  Blessed with amazing families who love us unconditionally, blessed with two precious children who make life so fun, blessed with lots of love and laughter in our marriage and most of all blessed to have salvation and the gift of eternal life.
Above all else, we praise our Savior who came into this world as a tiny baby. Our Christ who came to give us life and life more abundantly. I am so thankful to God for the good in the world and for all the blessings He has so graciously given to me. I hope and pray everyone's Christmas was fantastic and full of special memories.
Merry Christmas from the Moots' Family!! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Family Pictures 2015

We took family photos last month and even though I thought it was a huge disaster because a certain little guy cried the entire time...they turned out great! That is the work of a true photographer, when you can take crying, screaming children and somehow still get a few good shots!  I don't think we got very many without Weston's finger in his mouth, but that is ok because it is so typical of him right now. Bre Lane stole the show for sure and was absolutely soaking up the spotlight! I simply adore these people and am so blessed to call them mine!