Thursday, July 8, 2010

{Come on over...}

We are alreadying moving one thing, the blog! Come over and join us as we get ready for the big move. {I won't be posting over here anymore.}

Thursday, July 1, 2010

{Leap of faith}

So...the Eubanks have some big news. As of September we will be residents of CHICAGO!!!

Yes, you read that correctly. We are leaving our comfort zone of Georgia {I just realized that I have lived in a 45 minute radius of Athens my entire life} and becoming Yankees. We assume people in Chicago are Yankees, I mean they are north. I consider my cousin in Knoxville a Yankee, she lives more north and gets good snow. That is a true test of a Yankee...

Anyhoo, back to the topic at hand and a little background seeing as I have not shared a whole lot of this on the blog. Queue dreamy rewind music...

Back in March we had a staff meeting where we were told that our Atlanta office was being closed in October and we could come to Chicago or get a severance based on tenure. I was immediately "No, I will find a job here. No need to move." So I went about the next 3 months applying to jobs, sending out mass emails to friends, family and minor acquaintances and praying for a job. My mom was praying I could find a job as well and that would give me a better quality of life, one where I didn't spend 3 hours a day in the car commuting. {I think she wishes now she had been a little more specific...} Over that 3 month period I applied to 60-70 jobs and only heard from one. Yes my friends, one. Atlanta's unemployment rate is HORRIBLE, it is higher than the national average and I can now attest to that.

So in May I went to our Chicago office for a client meeting and all of the sudden I had it in my heart that I might want to move there...strange, I know. So, I discussed with the powers that be and we discussed a new position for me. One that gives me a new role in the company and a promotion {yay!}. So, in early June {when the tornadoes where there} Chad and I flew up to Chicago to check it out. {Let me add this, when we started discussing this move Chad sent his resume to a job opening up in Chicago and heard back from them the next business day. Ummm, he's a punk} So, we had a wonderful time, met with an old girlfriend of mine and explored what the city has to offer.

We came home on Father's Day and went our separate ways to celebrate the daddys. When I was at my parents house I was an absolute no. I was back in my comfort zone and didn't want to go, I was scared out of my mind. I had an interview with the one company that had called me back and I was sure I was going to get it. So I went back home and Chad and I discussed, and discussed, and discussed. My only reason for not going was that I was scared of the unknown and leaving our comfort zone of family and friends. Chad really challenged me on that, he's awesome like that.

So, I prayed and prayed and prayed. I asked God to show me the way, let me know what he wanted us to do and I would do it without looking back. I told him that I would trust him and asked that he make our path clear for us, put it on my heart what he wanted us to do. And I meant it, for the first time in my life...I woke up on Monday and had a different outlook, I knew we needed to consider this. Chad got a call from a company up there requesting an interview {again, he is a punk} and I knew what we needed to do. I continued to pray and ask for guidance and he continued to put it on my heart to go, take that leap of faith like I never had in my life. Chad and I discussed it and we were both 100% in. We knew that we would not go if one person didn't want to, we wouldn't uproot one of us knowing they would be miserable. Oh, and I still haven't heard back from that company that I interviewed with. I asked God to please not give me both options, I needed a clear path...I wouldn't have chosen the correct one.

So, last Thursday I accepted the offer. And we have not looked back, seconded guessed or wanted to change our minds. And that is amazing to me, we have had some major opposition to this decision. I know that people don't understand why we would do this. But it isn't my will, it is His and I am doing what he asks of me.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" Joshua 1:9

Saturday, June 5, 2010

{Boy, oh boy!}

I have gotten to see two sweet baby boys this weekend, already!!!

Today Whitney and I had lunch in Athens and I got to see sweet baby Harris. That is one cute, happy baby. And boy is he a flirt! I think he really liked me...:)

When we went downtown for some fro yo Whit said "Wow, being with a baby downtown feels kinda wrong" {or something equally hilarious} and she was right. We felt dirty walking past all of our old establishments. When we passed Genco, our favorite back in the day, I told Harris "Mommy and I always behaved when we went there". I don't think he bought it...

Yesterday after work I went and visited Laura and sweet baby Baxter, how cute is he! He has had a rough little life but he is so cute it just melts your heart! Congrats Laura and Joe, he is just precious!

Monday, May 31, 2010

{God bless America, land that I love}

**This was a post I did in May of 2008 and I thought it was perfect for Memorial Day. If you get an opportunity, watch Taking Chance with Kevin Bacon, so good.

A 24 year old soldier from Commerce was killed in Iraq last week, Chad is doing the funeral. This funeral has brought out a lot of emotion in our house, my eyes water every time I think about it. All I think about is his wife and two kids that said good bye to him a year ago and won't ever speak to him again. Chad said that the outpouring of support is amazing and there is nothing like a military funeral.

The military plane flew in to Athens yesterday and Chad took the family to the airport. They parked on the runway and the plane pulled right up to the hearse. They got a motorcycle processional to take them from Athens to Jefferson, through Commerce. The respect that the people of Jackson county and Athens paid this man, that they don't know, is so amazing! People lined the streets with signs and flags, the Commerce Middle school came outside and the band director stood on the hill playing TAPS as they drove by. The Commerce and Jefferson fire departments brought out their ladder trucks and crossed the street with their ladders with flags waving. People saluted as they drove by, strangers wept for this man.

I am sure that his family and the soldier from his unit that traveled with him were touched by the support and I am so proud of my Chad being a part of this. He was an instrumental part of getting Sgt. Whitehead the respect he deserves.

RIP Army Sgt. Shaun Whitehead, thank you

Saturday, May 22, 2010

{Free as we'll ever be}

If you like Zac Brown {we love a good Georgia boy that got his start down at Lake Oconee!!!} you will love this. Not only is it his new song, Free {which makes me tear up when I hear it for some reason. Every single time.} but then he sings Into the Mystic! My most favorite Van Morrison song EVER.

Side note, I wanted to dance to Into the Mystic at our wedding as our first dance but decided not to. Something about dancing to "I want to rock your gypsy soul" and my grandmothers watching made me feel icky...

So, enjoy. Katie- you will LOVE this I think.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

{Forever and a Day- 5.20.2006}

You are Everything

by Matthew West

I'm the one with two left feet,

standing on a lonely street,

I can't even walk a straight line.

And every time you look at me,

I'm spinning like an autumn leaf,

Bound to hit bottom some time.

Where would I be without someone to save me,
Someone who won't let me fall?

You are everything that I live for,
Everything that I can't believe is happening
You're standing right in front of me,

With arms wide open, all I know
Is everyday is filled with hope

'Cause You are everything that I breathe for,
And I can't help but breathe You in, and breathe again,
Feeling all this life within, every single beat of my heart.

I'm the one with big mistakes, big regrets,
And bigger breaks than I'd ever care to confess.

Ah, but You're the one who looks at me

And sees what I was meant to be,

More than just a beautiful mess.
You are everything that I live for,
Everything that I can't believe is happening
You're standing right in front of me,

With arms wide open, all I know
Is everyday is filled with hope
'Cause You are everything that I breathe for,

And I can't help but breathe You in, and breathe again,
Feeling all this life within, every single beat of my heart.

You're everything good in my life,
Everything honest and true.

And all of those stars hanging up in the sky
Could never shine brighter than You.

Happy 4th Anniversary to the love of my life. The past four years have been an advendure, can't wait to see what He has in store!
I am so lucky to have married you, here's to many, many, many more.

Monday, May 17, 2010

{What have we been up to?}

We have been busy bees over the past few months. April was insane, we had something every weekend.

April 18th was McKay's 15th birthday. We celebrated with Mexican, my favorite!

Es flan, verdad? Isn't he handsome!

  • We went to the annual Boys and Girls club fundraiser where I got Tupperware and Chad got a humidor in the silent auction. I L.O.V.E my Tupperware, I am old.
  • We went to Knoxvegas to visit Amy and Vish and celebrate Amy's birthday. It was a fantastic weekend. We got to meet her friends and eat tons, we ate brunch next to Pat Summit. It's the little things that get me excited...
  • Baby Huston was born, yay!!!
  • We went to a concert in "downtown" Braselton with the Mullins and saw Uncle Mikes Band. It was SO fun. I can't wait for the Kinchafoonee Cowboys in November, it was be ahhhmazing!
And of course we have been celebrating moi over the past week. This week is our 4th anniversary, can't wait to celebrate!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

{Cheers to a green thumb}

Last weekend we planted tons of plants. We planted flowers, shrubs and veggies. We have been talking sweet to them and feeding them tons of Miracle Grow.

And last weekend Momma and Daddy came up to celebrate my birthday and Mothers day. We worked on the veggie section and a sink hole. My spastic butt had a run in with a garden tiller, it won and my consolation prize was a tetanus shot. Awesome.
We planted zucchini seeds, look at them grow!

And cucumbers, they are going to be so cute! We also planted strawberries, tomatoes and basil. Can't wait to harvest! More to come, I am obsessed with watching these little seedlings!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

{So, you say its your birthday!!!}

If today is your birthday horoscope: Get pumped up and explore your need for physical outlets and leadership skills in this year ahead. Put a new exercise regimen into place during July when you will be at your best and able to shine at all executive endeavors. All your irons in all those fires can be put to good use in late June and the first half of July when you can successfully initiate important plans that greatly improve your future.

Today is my 29th birthday! I can't believe it. That sounds OLD. Only one more year and its the big 3-0. Everyone says that your 30's are the best years of your life. I can see that. My twenties have been spent getting my "big girl life" started. I graduated college, starting my career, met the love of my life and got married. That a lot of big stuff but it is just the beginning.

Year 29 will be spent getting healthy, finding a new job and getting more comfortable in my skin. I have been blessed beyond measure, I know that. I have the most amazing friends (some that I have been friends with for over 20 years!) an amazing family and the most spectacular hubby and puppy child.

So CHEERS, here's to the last year of my twenties! I am celebrated by going to CFA headquarters for lunch with Poochie and Cris and then Chad and I partook in some liquid cheese tonight. Rock on!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


So I don't really like to be Debbie Downer on here, I try to be lighthearted and funny, but today will be more serious. Skip if you would like.

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. Infertility is defined as trying to conceived for over one year unsuccessfully. Well, you are looking at 16 months here folks (well maybe 15, with the whole I have no job as of 10/1 thing Baby Eubanks is kind of on hold). It has been a struggle- on my body, my emotions, our marriage and my faith.

Did you know that 85% of people will experience some sort of trouble having a baby? Neither did I, I mean I am friends with Fertile Myrtles. It is so hard and makes you feel so alone. We are at the age when everyone has kids, we have had 9 friends have babies in the past year. 3 more will this summer. I am so incredibly happy for my friends, I really am, I swear! But it is still so hard. I became the one everyone is afraid to tell that they are pregnant and I HATE that. I don't want to seem bitter because I really am not. I think sad is the best way to describe it, you have this longing. Its not jealousy or bitterness, just longing.

Last summer we did 3 rounds of Clomid. It only made me ovulate once. All it was successful in doing is making me gain TONS of weight, have hot flashes and cry a lot. So that was awesome. Then I went to a new doctor who did tons of tests and in December I was diagnosed with PCOS and was put on new medicine. And on this medicine you can't eat sugar, fatty foods or salads or else you will be running for the loo. Yeah more fun!

But in January I found a peace, at the one year mark. I know that God has a perfect plan for me, one that I cannot see (and one I think I could have learned without the whole job aspect...) and I know that we will be parents one day.

This is the most difficult time of year and I will say that I don't particularly care for church on Mothers day...but again, I know He is doing something with me and our little family. Longing to be a mother is one of the loneliest things I have ever experienced, Chad doesn't have maternal instincts and he stays off the google machine so he doesn't comprehend the MILLIONS of people who try for years and never get pregnant.

So I try to be hopeful, pray and put all my trust in Him and I know that when that little baby does join our family it will be so loved and appreciated by us, our family and our friends that it will be the luckiest baby on Earth!

For all you fertiles out there, this video sums up how I feel better than I can.

Friday, April 16, 2010

{Mr. Bob is dancing in heaven}

{Robert Lee Jenkins: August 26 , 1926- April 14, 2010}
Mr. Bob passed away this week, he was my sweet Grandmama's husband. They got married when I was in the 4th grade so he has been in my family for almost 20 years! We will be celebrating his life tomorrow at the same church we had Grandmama's funeral at, and the same preacher. I don't think I am going to handle that well...
It makes me so happy to know that they are probably dancing in heaven right as we speak, Grandmama LOVED to dance.

Rest in peace Mr. Bob, take good care of Grandmama and tell her I say hello and that I miss her everyday.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

{The Bustle's tie the knot and Easter}

On Saturday of Easter weekend we went up to Clarkesville to Katie and David's wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony, tons of flowers and nature, and a fun reception.

Chad sported a bow tie, and looked so handsome!

Me and the bride.

Katie and my parents.

On Easter we went to church then I drove down to my parents and then to the inlaws for the family Easter celebration.

Me and Poochie in our Lilly and seersucker. Preppy by birth.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

{A Little More Preppy Than That"

This is cute, I really like Lady A and I like the country version too...and he has on a UGA hat!

Monday, April 12, 2010

{All good things must come to an end}

Spring Break '10: Day 4 & 5

We had a wonderful vacation and are home with our sweet baby Charlotte. I am extremely sad to be back, may be all of the stuff going on in our little world but I could have handled a little more time away from reality...

We went to the Backporch on Friday night and had an amazing meal, the best one of the trip we all agreed.

My hair is huge...
Chris had a little dance party all my his lonesome.

On Saturday we had another beach day while the boys played golf. After golf they joined us on the beach for a while and then we had a friendly little game of shuffleboard. Winner bought a round of drinks at dinner.

Sunday morning we got up early and went out to breakfast. Mandy and I went down to the beach so she could soak up as much sun as possible before they had to leave and head home. While we were out there we got to see a little drama. This guy was fishing right in front of the condo and was trashed, he was yelling at anyone that got near his lines, on a public beach, and was talking to himself. The beach cops came and there was a lot of pouting on this guys part but then he left...

This is how you saw Chad Thursday-Sunday, watching the Masters on the laptop.

Our home for the week, Coral Reef Club- we will be back.

Chad on the way to dinner on Sunday, isn't he handsome?

One good thing about being home- I have 3 new babies to meet that were all born last week. I can't wait to meet all of these little men!