Life at work

I love my job. Ever since having Livie though, it’s been so hard to get motivated to work. The first time I left her with grandma I felt so guilty. I expected it to get better over time, but it still sucks!

My job is so awesome though. Maybe it’s my history of hard work and dedication that has earned me their respect, but they have been so understanding and supportive through my pregnancy and post pregnancy time.

Next week, they have agreed to let me work part time!!! I will only be working 2 ten hour shifts a week and an additional shift every other week! That means I will always have four (sometimes five) day weekends! This is going to be so awesome! I can be a mom now and still do the job that I love. 

Do you have a great boss? An understanding workplace? Let’s all give our employers a high five for supporting their staff!

Hello again

It’s been a while…hello again! I was encouraged by a friend to pick up the blog again. It turns out that reflecting on your day is great therapy and helps with stress! Look what I’ve been up to?! 

 Olivia Aaryn was born 4 days after Alex’s 8th birthday. We’ve been pretty busy lately! 

 Its time to get back into the swing of things now, and I can’t wait to share, inspire, vent, and reflect here with you at Musings!

Posted Bail

Last night was a tough one. I experienced what every parent of teenagers dreads. Waiting up for their prodigal child to return from their galivant.

You might be wondering what teenager I’m referring to. Yes I am a mother of only one child (who hapens to be only seven) but I’m also mother to two four year old cats (teenagers in my honest opinion). 


The tough night started at 5:30 when we opened the front door to leave on an errand. Betsy, my most adventurous (if not slightly cursed) kitty slipped past us. Naturally I swooped down to catch her and she expertly leaped through my arms into the great outdoors. FINE! I cursed at her and we loaded up and drove to the store as she pranced proudly around the front lawn. I allowed her the freedom to revel in the twilight until our return.

It was completely dark when we came home, and Betsy was no where in sight. I didn’t care, she always returned (with a little coaxing) before bed anyway. I went on with the evening preperations: reading stories, showering, tooth brushing, prayers for the little one, and was just settling in myself when I remembered that little brat was still outside. I expected her to be on the porch when I opened the door, but she wasn’t. Nor was she two hours later, or two hours after that.

Thus the night went, (and into the moring) until 6:40am when we had to leave. I was distraught and near tears as I dropped my son off at grandma’s and drove to work. I was at the brink of crying most of the morning thinking that she was dead in a ditch. As I called the pound over and over again I started planning out “missing kitty” posters, and began preparing myself for the fact that she may just be gone forever.

I had to pause and pray several times, and honestly felt like a fool to be blubbering on about a cat. It was around 10 when my husband texted stating that the pound had Betsy in custody! It seems as though our kitty had been micro-chipped at some point, and was even registered correctly to us (thank you PetCo)! So it turned out that we had one live teenage hellion to post bail for, and over 16 hours of heart ache resolved.

What a wonderful reminder of Luke 15: 11-32 the tale of the Prodigal Son. And in turn a wonderful reminder of trusting in the Lord to care and provide according to his plan. My attention is drawn to the fact that faith has evolved over the years. my first thoughts last night and this morning were to pray. I was reminded various times through prayer that He cares for us down to the smallest things, even when we’re heart broken over a pet!

saved by grace ransomed from prison 2/10/15

Saved by grace.  Ransomed from prison 2/10/15

Today, my lesson was to stop worrying. To stop trying to control things. Matthew 6: 26 says:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?…

You know you can’t fix everything that happens to you during a day, sometimes things slip through your arms like my cat did. If I had any faith, I would have sighed, closed my eyes and let God do his thing. As it is, I fretted, lost sleep and thought only the worst. In the end  it all panned out for the best (not at all like I predicted, of course). Please remember He is so much bigger than you know. Let it go at that!

Less of Me

So I was convicted by the sermon today. I love when church speaks directly to you! Today we learned about the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6. It’s nothing new to me or any Christian, but to tear it apart, down to every word and it’s intention, it is very convicting.

New goal: Stop trying to be in charge of every aspect of this life! “May your kingdom come” means YOUR dominion not mine. “Your will be done” means I submit to what YOUR plan is for my life wholly.

Is He speaking to you?

Pray like this:

Our Father in Heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. –Matthew 6 9-10 NLT


While thinking about God’s kingdom, and my servanthood, I came across some lovely poetry at arise to the east and felt the urge to share it with you!

The Little Things

I’ve made some great steps forward this week!

  • I picked a house color scheme, chose the granite, cabinets, and flooring for our new house. It’s still a little surreal to think that we’re building our dream house.
A sneak peak at house colors :)

A sneak peak at house colors 🙂

  • I finally received referrals from our family doctor to a few specialists for my kiddo this week! We’re visiting with a councilor tomorrow, so we can tackle a plan to improve his self awareness and social skills (because it’s not socially acceptable to call out others for doing wrong behaviors while simultaneously practicing same said behaviors).
  • I’ve kept my activity level high, exercising a little before work (at the butt crack of dawn…mind you) as well as after work or during my lunch hour. It’s amazing how much better I feel just by doing this for the past month.
  • I’ve decided find out more about becoming a training resource for the Paraoptometric board, so I might be writing and teaching a few seminars on eye-doctor-y (yeah, I made that word up) kinds of things.

How are you doing with your goals? It’s not to late to jump on board, Lets make every day count people! Write down some goals, and work on them each day. It’s exhilarating to watch those check-marks happen, and even better to add to the list. Short term goals lead to successful lifestyles! Here’s a lovely blog by Sideline Meg Your Attitude Determines Your Direction to continue inspiring you!

Sneaky Topics

I’ve been having a topic sneak into my everyday conversation on a regular basis for the last couple of months. BABY.Yes, those cute cuddly, innocent, and needy little bundles have been dominating my thoughts for what seems like FOREVER!

“It was a relaxing weekend for us, what about you Brandi?” BABY dreaming

“We went to the bar to watch a band on Friday night, you should have come too.”  BABY dreaming

“Guess who just turned a month old last week!” BABY coveting

“We’re having a baby in 7 months!” I’m so excited for you. Grumbling under my breath about how I wish it were my turn, and how incredibly unfair it is that these things aren’t happening in my timing.

I know I’m not in control of such delicate matters. I know great things are happening in my life right now. I know ultimately my desires will be fulfilled. But tick-toc goes my biological clock, and I feel the incessant tapping of my foot every month while I patiently (well okay not patiently) wait for the dreaded red tides to crush my beating heart.

So on continues that topic that sneaks it’s way into every conversation (if not physically, at least in thought) I have throughout the day.





Well, last week one of my cats proved his worth. He’s a mouser!!! He caught 2 mice! I knew something was creeping around my house. The cats have been staring down the vents for minutes at a time, and racing around and running into walls like you see in Loony Tunes!  Koniko finally proved that he can successfully do cat things though!

Today, there was a third mouse.The poor thing got maimed by Koniko’s magnificent fangs, and then ended up tossed out into the back yard to fend for itself. It’s not hard to imagine pests in the house. It has been very wet and cold outside for the past month, and I’m guessing the little field mouse family migrated into our garage for warmth. Somehow they made it to the pantry through some unidentified crack. **EEEewww**

In other news, I finished a couple of crochet projects in the past few weeks; five little white sheep and some awesome leggings I adapted from this pattern.


My kiddo just came home from a couple nights at grandma’s house. He vegged out today in observance of “Martin Luther King Day” playing Minecraft, where I guess he’s busy studying YouTube videos on slaying an Ender Dragon.

How are you doing on your goals? I’m right on track with my “exercise more” and “eat less sugar” goals. 🙂 I joined a biggest loser challenge at work. My boss is on my team, and he’s doing well despite the fact that he inhales maple long-johns. I don’t get it.