January 19, 2009

Finally, an update!

Okay...I'm finally back! It has been much too long since I've done a real post about our lives on here. After all, my blog is called "The Steiner Life"! So here is a (hopefully pretty short) recap of the last 3 weeks.

First of all, let me just say thanks for praying along with me for prayer requests I post on my blog. Like another one of my blogging friends said today, it feels kind of impersonal to post prayer requests on here, but honestly, I think blogs are such an amazing place for spiritual fellowship and support. I can't tell you how much I've been inspired by other ladies in this blog-world, and honestly, challenged to deepen my faith!! I've experience first-hand how God is at work through these blogs. I was blessed so much by the support and prayers that we recieved from all my friends when we lost Jonathan. So I will continue to share needs of friends, both from blogs and the real world, because where 2 or 3 are gathered, He is there!

I just wanted to show a picture of Justin's new golf clubs he got for Christmas. Our families were so generous in donating to his "club fund", and he is now the proud new owner of these beauties.

Can you tell why he needed some new ones?! Note that the head of this club isn't attached anymore!

I'm so proud of my sweet hubby, and have to share...he has been working out faithfully for over 2 months now, and has lost almost 20 pounds so far! He's doing a workout called P90X with a friend, and, if I do say so, he is looking pretty good!! =)
Part of the reason I haven't felt like blogging much lately is that I have not only been stressed out about the whole baby/infertility thing, but also about Justin's work and our finances. Justin has worked in the mortgage industry for the last 4 years, and honestly, most of the time, it has been great. The last year has been pretty tough though, especially when you add in the emotional heaviness of losing our son. So Justin had been looking for another line of work for awhile, and as of the 1st week in January, was planning on starting a new job in another industry. We figured that even though this new job was going to take awhile to build up business to be able to make enough money to make a living, it couldn't be much worse than how the mortgage industry was doing.
I was excited for him, but part of me dreaded the next year. Our goal had always been for me to be able to stay home with our children, and know knowing that I have an incompetent cervix, bedrest could very much be a possibility with my next pregnancy. So all this to say that without enough income, things were seeming pretty hopeless to me, and honestly, I got a little down. Everything that I had hoped and longed for and dreamed of just kept seeming further away.
Long story short, after Justin had worked at his new job for just 3 days, his old boss called and wanted to see if he'd be interested in coming back. The mortgage industry has had a major turn-around, and all the loan officers are super busy with the potential of making good money! So after considering it, he decided to go back. What an answer to our prayers! Justin has gone back, and is re-energized and busier than he has been in over 2 years! And my hopes are coming back up as well--we might be back on track towards me being able to stay home!

Last thing to update you on (for now...this post is getting too long and I'll write another one tomorrow). Another GREAT thing that is making me smile again is that my parents are moving from California to Texas next week!!!! It has been 10 years since I've lived in the same city as them, and I couldn't be happier. They have been thinking of coming this way for a few years--to be around grandkids--and they are finally on their way! The amazing thing about it is that my mom and I are going to work together! My principal hired her to pretty much do exactly what I'm doing--reading tutoring--and that means we'll be together ever day! My mom and I are best friends, and I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined we'd ever be able to work together! Another answer to prayer to have them close by! They are even going to stay with us for awhile until they figure out exactly where they want to live. I can't wait for them to be here! I love you Mom and Dad!!! See you next week!

Okay--that's all for now. Sorry it is kind of long-winded! I have a few more fun things that we've done to share, but that is enough for now.

Keep praying for Baby Harper (Click on her name for link). She is still critical, but the prognosis seems to be improving!

Tomorrow is the inauguration--I'm praying that President Obama will do great things for our country. Even though I didn't vote for him and don't agree with much of what he believes, he is still our president and I want the best for our country!


Tristan said...

I don't like golf much..but is that bag, orange?!..lol..orange is quite of an obsession for me!

I have truly been blessed by this blogging world, with thoughts & prayers also :)

Suzette said...

This is such an encouraging post for me to read! I am struggling with very similar things. I actually just posted about it. It helps me to hear positive outcomes right now! Thanks for sharing!

amy (metz) walker said...

Justin DEFINITELY needed a new set of clubs it looks like! Yay, for your parents coming and Justin's boss wanting him back, too! That's awesome...you've got lots of positives happening in your life right now!

Lianna Knight said...

How exciting about your mom!! I am so jealous!! My mom and I are very close too and I would give anything if she would move to Florida.

Keep your chin up with the fertility stuff...God answers prayers and He knows our desires.

Candie said...

Wow Alyson! What exciting changes you have going on. Don't you just know God's preparing those grandparents with a new home here so that as soon as that little one arrives they will be all ready to go! That's what I think!!! I can't believe you'll be working together. It was fun for me this year to start teaching the science b/c dad taught biology for 30 plus and now this year we've bonded in sharing that knowledge...well okay....I've taken from him knowledge. I haven't exactly had a lot to offer! Miss ya!

Michelle Harmon said...

So glad you are back! Great post! Love you tons!

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RenderingRisch said...

Awe Alyson! I'm so glad your in the blog world. Thank you for sharing your life/story, I've spent some time on your blog today and am truly touched by your journey. I will continue to spy on you ;) and send you some link love!

Michelle Harmon said...

I think your momma is keeping you too busy to blog! I am ready for another update! :-) So great to see you last night. You look amazing. I miss you!

Cristina Calk said...

Hey friend... I meant to comment a long time ago and got busy.... but I have been checkng for more postings and nothing.... where are you? =) I guess I can't say much, I haven't been posting either. I wanted to leave Candles for Estella up for a just a little longer so that people would see it. Do you think that you could blog about it to see if people will make their way over there? You have a lot more readers than I do. I am hoping to get in touch with Jenna and Kelly once they are home from the hospital and see if they will put a button on their sites since they have a ton of readers... Anyway, talk to you later my friend.