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!