Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Last Day at Chevron...

So after almost a YEAR hiatus...I woke up this morning with an urge to journal how I was feeling about this new season of life!

It's been a crazy year & soon I'll write a post updating y'all on everything that's transpired in the past year but as a quick recap...last spring I was put on this really cool project at work called WCR. For the past year I have been working diligently with a great team to advocate for our industry. Then in November...BAM - Baby Weaver on the way! Due June 30, 2016...which at the time seemed like an eternity away. But boy did time fly! 

In January our company announced layoffs, but that they would be offering a severance package to anyone who left voluntarily. I had always wanted to/planned on staying home so this was the perfect option for me! However, everyone at our company was subject to the layoffs - therefore Jacob's job was in jeopardy as well. So after prayerful consideration, we decided even if something happened to his job, it was important to us that I still be able to stay home with the baby and that God would provide a way for that. So I officially made the decision to opt out of the selection process and volunteer to be let go.

So throughout February & March we were in limbo, waiting and waiting and waiting for announcements to be made about jobs, positions open, postings, ect. Then one wonderful early April morning, Jacob's boss sits him down and tells him he is safe, has a job & we will be in Covington for a few more years! That same day - they offered me a short term transition job that allowed me to keep working until June but still get the severance package to stay on and help with WCR. I accepted that position and what seemed like the quickest two months ever...has come to an end!

Today - May 31, 2016 is my last day as a Chevron employee! Starting tomorrow I'll be full time stay at home momma to baby girl Emma Grace (oh yeah baby Weaver is a girl!), Raider & Reagan!

I have DREAMED about this day for months, years really but now that it is finally here all I can seem to muster up are feelings of nostalgia for my time here, leaving out the tearful first day, the lonely nights offshore, the feelings of inadequacy, the good ole' boys club, the long days/nights, and how could I ever forget - the cubicles. The mind has a really interesting way of doing that though. The moment you feel something slipping away, in a last ditch effort to preserve, it floods your senses with only positive memories to somehow make walking away just a little bit harder?

 Driving in this morning was a surreal thing. All I could think to myself was "this is the last time I'll ever drive to this office as a Chevron employee with Jacob. Next time I come here I'll probably have Emma in the backseat." What an exciting & terrifying thing all at once! This new season of life beginning but a very important one ending. These past four years working at Chevron have been a whirlwind! I have learned so much about this exciting industry but more importantly - I have learned so much about myself & what I am capable of. So in a way - I'm so grateful that today my mind is flooded with feelings of nostalgia, blocking out some of the less glamorous realities. This has been an important building block, preparing my heart for the days to come. 

I have loved learning the ins & outs of offshore drilling & completions. 
I have loved/hated the look on people's face when I tell them I'm a drilling engineer & that I worked offshore for two years.
I have loved the opportunity to teach young high school girls about potential careers in science & engineering.  
I have loved being able to have real, in-depth technical conversations with Jacob about things going on with his projects or mine. 
I have loved being able to advocate for our industry to congressmen, the governor's office & government organizations. 
I have loved that exhilarating feeling of learning & understanding something fully for the first time. 
I have loved being able to be apart of drilling where we are just about as dysfunctional as the average family during the holidays. But we love, support & bind together...it's a strange yet perfect relationship and one that only comes from night after night offshore. 
I have loved what working here has done for my confidence. I am prayerful that one day Emma will recognize that doing things outside your comfort zone can either build you up or tear you down...only you are in control of the outcome. 
Lastly, I have loved loved loved the dozens of breathtaking sunrises & sunsets I've watched from the helipad in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. There is truly no sunrise or sunset more beautiful than one offshore. I can still smell the synthetic based mud in the air, feel a  cup of hot coffee in my hand (also coffee is somehow better offshore? I think it's the lack of sleep...), and feel the worn pink steel toed boots on my feet. 

With that perfect image in my mind, I'll close - I am so grateful for my time here but so excited for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom with Emma. Both have/will come with their own challenges and rewards but today I am thankful for the journey that has been and is to be. 

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

26th Birthday Bucket List

It's been a while since I posted but I wanted to catch back up! But...last month I turned the big 2-6! Jacob & I started a tradition a few years ago of making each other "birthday year" bucket lists & while he is not a SUPER huge fan...I LOVE them! I think they are an awesome way of forcing you outside your comfort zone & also seeing the things your spouse thinks (knows) you are capable of!

So here is mine for my 26th year of life!

1. Create your own signature drink. 
2. Learn how to make espresso with frothed milk (in the Nespresso machine that he got me for my birthday!!)
3. Go tubing with hifi (Jacob) and knock him in the water!
4. Train for & run a half marathon to see what your body is capable of! - So this one has a little backstory...I'm notorious for signing up for these big, bad races and then just sort of winging it, not really fully training but more like 1/2 training then showing up on race day & hoping that adrenaline gets me through! Sometimes it works! Ha. I always finish but never with the time I am hoping for!
5. Volunteer at an animal shelter...but no adopting new fur babies! (He knows my heart so well!)
6. Get served breakfast in bed!
7. Write a letter to yourself in 5 years. 
8. Do 3 things that you'll never want to do after we have kids...1) I'm going to the Tone it Up Retreat in September! Not sure about 2 or 3 yet...
9. Make a spur of the moment road trip!
10. Walk more than 3 million steps tracking on my Fitbit (that I also got for my birthday!)
11. Get really good at making creme brulee!
12. Teach Jacob a skill, like the proper way to swim or how to make french toast. 
13. I'm going to leave this one for our eyes only!
14. Drive the tractor, move a bail of hay!
15. Shoot a hog!
16. Inspire one young person! Whether about Christ or school or work!
17. Blog more often! 
18. Finish Rosetta Stone Spanish!
19. Camp outside! In a tent! With hifi! (His phrases not mine!)
20. Spent a whole day watch Harry Potter marathon & making blanket forts in the living room. 
21. Let hifi teach you how to build something using all of his tools!
22. Learn to can something from Aunt Renee (his request was sweet jalapenos!)
23. Take a trip outside of Texas or Louisiana just me & my mom!
24. Give a compliment to a complete stranger. 
25. Read 5 books that you have never read before. 
26. Win a beer pong tournament! Or flip cup (my personal fave)

And most of all just enjoy every single day because we never get that day back! And don't stress about getting older because each day is just another day we get to love on each other!

This man 100% knows my heart.

I'm into month 1 of my 26th year & boy do I have some work to do!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Avery Island...and the life changing cinnamon suckers!

So a few weeks ago we made an AWESOME trip over to Avery Island outside Lafayette with Nolen, Ashley & the girls. We stayed the night in Lafayette the night before and we had yummy yummy Masala for dinner! We love Indian and there are literally no good Indian food places in Covington! So it was quite a treat. 

The next morning we got up nice and early and made it over to the Tabasco place before it even opened! I've been there before when I was younger but it was way cooler seeing it with Jacob. He was so excited about all the history & processes that go into making his favorite hot sauce! 

My favorite part was definitely the store with all the fun Tabasco cooking sauces & seasonings & of course...the most delicious cinnamon suckers ever! We bought 4 and I think they were all gone by the end of the weekend! So spicy and cinnamony! Haha - that's not a word I know!

After we finished with the tour & store we drove over to the Jungle Gardens and toured that. Talk about cool! It was a driving tour so we called a number & it talked us through the tour during the drive around the park! So it was still quite "wintery" and not many things had bloomed but it was still a really neat experience. Highly recommend it! We stopped & took pictures at a few of the places but mainly just enjoyed the gorgeous weather and spending sweet time with family.

Jacob's personal favorite picture of Chloe! 

We rounded out the day with an awesome & yummy lunch @ Prejeans before heading back to Covington! So cool that we're so close to so many fun things to do here in Louisiana. This place has sure grabbed on to our hearts!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Orpheuscapade...round 3!

Monday we worked part of the day (early release for Lundi Gras!) then went down to the city for our big Orpheus night with great friends!

Me rocking Mardi Gras colors @ work on Monday morning...purple scarf, mint (green) earrings
& blonde (yellow) hair!

Soooo proud of Jacob doing the bowtie all by himself! He was so adorable watching
the video in the bathroom getting ready!

Our 3 coolers for Orpheus Ball! Go big or go home!
Me & my stud of a date! He is so handsome in a tux! Also - note the rain jacket I'm wearing as it
was pouring when we walked over to the convention center!
The Weaver's take Orpheuscapade Round 3! 

The boys & their light up/noise making saxophones that they all caught one of! So naturally they are "playing" them!

Absolutely love doing life with this guy! So glad he loves Mardi Gras fun as much as I do!
First jello shot of the night! We had the funnest table there for sure! 
Us & the Kirby's! We are so so glad they've come into our lives!

Jacob & his bffl Brockstar! Him & Cynthia are such great friends of ours!
Round 647 of jello shots that Brockstar & Cynthia brought!
The boys...rocking out to Dierks!
Why yes I do believe this captures the evening for these two!
Zane & Madeline...in their prime!
Dierks Bentley & Lisa Vanderpump were Orpheus' guests of honor!
Madeline captured this gem of our dance party!
Madeline & I showing off our light up goodies!
The ladies...after our fearless leader Cynthia finally arrived!

New Orleans is so magical this time of year! Well I mean not Bourbon of course but the city just seems electric! Everyone's plans are all about Mardi Gras and for the most part - spending it with family & friends which is so what we're about. 

We love the adventure that comes with living in this wonderful city & are doing our best not to take it for granted, had an awesome Mardi Gras season but am excited for the slow, restful weeks ahead!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Unveiled Wife Book...Jen Smith rocks it (again!)

I have been following Jen Smith from Unveiled Wife for years. Her encouraging prayers & stories helped Jacob and I through some really trying months when I was rotating. A few months after I started A Little Southern Grace, she even gave me the opportunity to do a review for her 30 Day Wife After God Devotional last year. So, when I found out she was writing a book about her entire story - I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. 

A few months ago - I had the honor of being picked to help Jen launch the most genuine, stripped down, emotional marriage book I've ever read. From the get go - she shares her unmet expectations of marriage to eventually the unmet expectations of their wedding night. Christians don't like to talk about intimacy but in Unveiled Wife Book Jen bravely embraces this platform to heal other broken marriages. 

Every couple has regrets, ugly fights, their own set of crosses to bear. But social media leads us to believe that we're different. That OUR marriage is the only one that faces these types of problems. That OUR marriage isn't good enough. That OUR spouse isn't spontaneous enough. That OUR life isn't what WE deserve. That OUR marriage couldn't possibly come back from this...because didn't you see on Facebook that so & so got divorced?? This. Is. Toxic. And the most heartbreaking thing is; sometimes we are the most lonely surrounded by other Christians. 

The lack of transparency within friendships, marriages, families is nothing new. No one wants to talk about the problems in a marriage. No one wants to address the sin in the darkest places of our hearts. When we feel our "secret sin" is about to be exposed - we retreat; from our spouse and from God. We avoid God out of guilt, out of shame & many times lack of faith. In her book, Jen not only talks about her problems, she conquers them & grabs your hand to start down the path of transformation with her
. How lucky are we to ride that roller coaster with her?? 

She had me on the edge of my seat, seeking to put together another piece in the Aaron & Jen puzzle. She exposes her heart in it's rawest form. She strips away the shame & makes marriage problems seem fixable...with Christ. She intimately shares the transformation of her heart and what it truly means to be unveiled. 

Visit http://unveiledwife.com for more information on ordering and ways to learn more about Jen's marriage ministry. 

About Jen:

Jennifer Smith began UnveiledWife.com, a web-based ministry for wives, in March 2011. She publishes weekly marriage articles including encouragements, devotions, and prayers of the day. She authored The Unveiled Wife, Wife After God, and 31 Prayers For My Husband. She is passionately devoted to encouraging wives all around the world to develop God-centered marriages. Jennifer and her family reside in Central Oregon.
Social media is a large part of Jennifer’s ministry for Unveiled Wife via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, where she serves a community of over 450,000 wives. Connect with Jennifer on social media @unveiledwife!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015!

This past weekend Jacob took me out for drinks at the Southern Hotel (which is ADORABLE btw) and then had an incredible Valentine's Day (my first one not rotating!) It was so special finally getting to spend Valentine's Day with my forever Valentine!

So Jacob & I do Valentine's Day a little bit different than most couples in that years ago we decided that we should switch off who plans Valentine's Day! So this was my year to plan so we got up - I made his favorite breakfast (orange [from a can of course] cinnamon rolls, had mimosas, and romantically (and cornyish-ly - yes that's a word) talked about all the things we love about each other! Then we rode bikes to the back of our neighborhood to this cute little park, sat under the gazebo and had a picnic! We drank champagne and played Gin like the fancy couple that we are! Ha! So that evening we did this amazing little meal from Fresh Market with delicious steaks, potatoes, asparagus, chocolate covered strawberries & an incredible bottle of Cakebread we had been saving since we went there this past May!

Look at that sweet hair! So lucky to wake up next to this stud every morning!  
Thank you Pinterest for this idea! Mine of course did not turn out as pretty as theirs!

Also - in between our cute little breakfast and picnic we played with our sweet puppies for a little while so they felt loved on this Valentine's Day! Pictures are 100 percent typical of their adorable little personalities. Raider is all in for playing in the beginning, then he bows out - Reagan doesn't accept that  so she continues to bother him and he ends up hiding (i.e; between Jacob's legs) while she runs around like crazy. We love their little quirks!

If I had a dollar for every picture I have of Jacob doing that face...

Since we don't have a live in photographer - the tripod and timer on my camera was the best we could do for a Valentine's Day dinner photo!  

Jacob did so incredible on the steaks, grilled to perfection!


Such a perfect day!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Covington Mardi Gras with Krewe de Sawyer!

It's been a whirlwind few weeks! My mom came to visit for a few days and we did Covington Mardi Gras w/ Krewe de Sawyer. Our friends Brock & Cynthia seriously go ALL out for this day! Set up amazing food & drinks and we just camp out there for the day. We are so grateful for them & their never ending sweet southern hospitality!

Cynthia made the funniest/cutest signs that were all over the tent! This was our fave!
Just a typical day in Louisiana - climbing trees to get beads from previous parades!
The GORGEOUS ladders Cynthia made for all the kids to sit in during the parade
(she hand paints all of them!)
Cynthia & I - it was her birthday too! 
Cynthia's sweet niece Julia - such an adorable little girl!

Enjoying the gorgeous weather playing some football while waiting for the parade to start!

My handsome husband & Brock catching up (Brock's been rotating so these besties don't
see each other as often)!
Typical pre-parade game!
Cynthia literally THOUGHT of everything - GLOVES so no one would have to
reach into the super cold cooler to grab a drink!
Jacob, Brock & their sweet work friend Mr. Joe - him and his wife are the best!
Feather boa's, light up toys, hats, masks, galore!

Ashley, Mallory & I - notice Mallory's adorable bead shirt!
Love this sweet sweet girl!
Mallory was winning hearts with her cuteness all night!
Brock surprised Cynthia with a birthday cupcake & we all sang to her!

Cynthia made some killer jello shots! Even Momma loved them! 

Our new friends - Sid & Kelly...such fun people!

And we're off!
Cynthia has the best hats!

Jacob & Chloe - they were quite the dynamic duo catching throws!

Budweiser horses, so gorgeous and majestic looking!

One of my favorite pictures - Chloe had just been sitting there like a grumpus
with her fingers in her ears because it was too loud! 

Brockstar...in his stride!

Mallory's face in this picture is the BEST!
These two are too much!

Our friends Zane & Madeline joined us!

So grateful that my mom still lives close enough to come visit for a weekend! It was so awesome getting to share Covington Mardi Gras with her - it was hilarious she just kept saying, "I didn't know Northshore Mardi Gras could be so fun!" Crazy Southshore lady!

We love that we're getting to experience Mardi Gras in the place where it all began...more Mardi Gras pictures to come!


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