Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm thankful for...

As I have a moment to scroll through Facebook this morning it is quite obvious yesterday was Thanksgiving. There are a lot of things people are thankful for and it makes me happy to see everyone declaring so boldly their thanks.

In honor of the holiday I will publicly share a few things I'm thankful for this year.

I am thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. My faith has taken me to new heights and because of His love and grace I am a much better person than I could have become on my own.

I am thankful for my family. My family is Washington probably doesn't know how much I miss them and love them, I miss them and love them a whole lot! My family in Texas has turned out to be a huge blessing to me. I am very close to almost all of Jordan's immediate family and I am so thankful to know each and every single one of them.

I am thankful for my friends. I have very few close friends, but for that I am also grateful. The people that have stuck with me even though we live 1000 miles apart, the people that make an effort to check up on me, the people I can pick up a conversation and it feels like no time has passed, THOSE are my true and lasting friends and I'm so grateful to have the privilege of calling them MY friends.

I'm grateful for our business. As many of you know this is the hardest thing Jordan and I have ever done. We work all day everyday at the business and when we aren't at work, we are thinking about the business. This is the hardest and most stressful thing I've ever done, and yet I know this is one of the reasons we were supposed to come to Texas. We had no idea what we were going to do when we moved down here and in retrospect everything has worked out just perfect.

And lastly, but certainly leastly, I'm so grateful for my husband, Jordan. We are so very different and yet he is my best friend, my equal, my partner in crime, my fellow adventurer. Of all the things we disagree on or argue about, none of them really matter in the whole scheme of things, and for that I'm thankful for. As I watched him play with the little ones yesterday it reminded me of what a GREAT father he is going to be and I'm SO thankful for the privilege to be his wife and the mother to his children.

Although I may have a few bad days and sometimes forget how thankful I am for all that I am and all that I have, I hope those around me and the Lord know that I know I am blessed.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sewing Projects

I have taken a liking to sewing, finally. Let me be a little more specific....I like sewing rectangles and squares!

A few weeks ago I caught the "motivation bug" to finally start on my T-shirt quilt that I have been waiting/wanting to do for about a year now. I started the tedious task of cutting my squares, sewing them together, sewing my strips together, and now I'm at a standstill. I have to go get material for my border AND my backing. I'm at a standstill because I have to sit down and figure out how I'm going to measure my backing (because my quilt is HUGE and keeping the material in one piece is not an option) and, quite honestly, I have not had the time or desire to do that. I will though, I will!

Since the progress on my quilt stopped I decided to pick up material for my soon-to-be-here niece and make her a couple baby blankets. Those I finished and they look SO cute if I do say so myself!! I can't say anything more about those until after they are given as gifts. ;)

Now that I'm done with baby blankets I've offered to help my pregnant sister-in-law with some of her sewing projects. First in line of that list is a nursing cover. No, I have never made one and no, it is not a rectangle or a square. I'm a little apprehensive, but I think it will actually turn out great! I've decided that I need to be more patient with myself and take the time to let my projects take shape and not rush through them, so with that being said I'm excited to try my hand at something a little different than what I normally sew. Normally as in the last three projects I've done. After the nursing cover I'll be making baby headbands, also for my soon-to-be-niece.

After all that is done, I'd really like to make myself a tree skirt. I think I'm being a little ambitious at wanting a Christmas tree, but I'd at least like to have a skirt prepared for when we DO have room for a big ol fir tree!

Whew. That is quite the list! Wow. I amaze myself sometimes...not at my enthusiasm, but my straight stupidity at thinking all this is going to happen. Haha, at least I'm going to give it a really really good effort! When I have a little bit of time I'll make sure to post pictures of my many sewing adventures!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Oh. My. Gosh.

I have not posted in weeks because we have been SO busy with the dry cleaners! Every day all day I eat, breathe, sleep dry cleaning.

I don't really have any new news because we have just been working our hineys off trying to finding our stride with the business, but I'll go into detail with that a little more.

The first three weeks we took over we were training with the previous owner. This kind of training was not spending an hour with him watching what he did and then off we went, this was intense training. He was there with us, and when I say us I really mean Jordan, 13 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 3 weeks. He taught Jordan the labor side of a dry cleaner for 3 weeks straight. The labor side consists of: what chemicals take out what kinds of stains, what fabrics you can wet clean or dry clean, how to properly press clothing, and how to organize clothing, just to name a few. It tires me out just thinking about it. You wouldn't think it would be that hard....until you stepped into the back and saw all the machinery and presses and everything that goes into cleaning clothes on a mass level and then you would probably want to turn around and walk right back out the way you came! Jordan, though, has tackled every obstacle and has picked up on everything so well. He really is so smart and can do anything that helps him on his way to success!

After the initial 3 weeks of training, this week was our first week without the previous owner there to guide us. Man, I gotta tell you, it has been a looong week. It has been a very emotional and stressful week. This week has been emotional in the sense that we worry everyday all day about the business. We are constantly thinking up ideas that could potentially make the business better, worrying about how we are doing from the customer's perspective, ugh, and all kinds of other things. It has been very emotional for me, personally, because I now know it is a fact that I cannot work side-by-side with Jordan. He is a chief and I am chief and that is too many chiefs in one place. I wanted so bad to work with him, but it ain't gonna happen. We've decided that I'm going to manage the drop-off location we have in the next town over, and I am thrilled about that. I'll be able to work with Jordan, but not work with him, if you know what I mean. This week has also been very stressful because we have to stick to a schedule and we have to make sure that the clothing is taken care of so everything is ready for the customer when they come to get their clothes. Whew!

I know that things will get better with time and that eventually things won't be quite so stressful, but for now I'm so thankful for these precious moments I have to just relax for a few minutes. Time really is a special gift.