Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Currently...May 2016!

May is here! I turn 30 two weeks from today, so this month is full of celebrations and fun. 

I was eager to link up with Anne and Jenna for this month, of course! Be sure to comment and tell me what you're currently up to. 






I'm currently celebrating: the arrival of summer weather in Mississippi; all the mama's I know on Mother's Day; MY 30th BIRTHDAY (on May 18)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!; my soul sister Lauren turning 30 on May 21; my sister finishing 9th grade and having a break!




I'm currently reading: Wild and Free (I actually just finished it yesterday but can't say enough about how it rocked my heart, mind, and life. If you are a woman who feels like too much and/or never enough, this book is for YOU.)


The Crown - the final book in the Selection series by Kiera Cass. Yesterday was a busy Tuesday, so my sweet husband went to Barnes and Noble to grab it for me! #thanksbug






I'm currently pondering: how to write a novel; how to be the wild and free woman God created me to be in my own everyday life; how to get to the beach with Jordan and Shaw before 2016 ends; how to start a YouTube channel; if I should also venture into the world of podcasting.


I'm currently sipping: my large cup of coffee with cinnamon roll creamer. I'm now so used to rich creamer that milk and sugar no longer cuts it for me. Whoops. I'll have to switch to the Almond Joy creamer soon as it's my summer go-to.




I'm currently going: to New Orleans next month with Jordan! We haven't taken a trip together just the two of us since our honeymoon! It's going to be three days and two nights, and I can NOT wait. There's so much exploring (and eating) we want to do. I have a feeling that NOLA is becoming one of our favorite spots!

Tell me all about your MAY!


Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Currently: April 2016

It's been so long since I've linked up with Jenna and Anne, but I thought about it last week and decided to get back on track! (Also, HOW IS IT APRIL 2016 already?!?!)

I did this a few times last year, and I always enjoyed the prompts it offered me. Let's get started!


Currently making...plans for a Disney 2017 trip!!!! EEEK! If you know how much I love Disney, you know my heart is about to pop from sheer excitement!


Currently wishlisting...SO MANY THINGS! My birthday is next month (the big 3-0), and I'm literally ALWAYS making a wist list. Always. So you can imagine with it being a big birthday, my list is outta control. I may be working on a post...or a series of posts...about what I want. Hahahah. (And by "may be" I mean definitely am!)

Also, I got a sneak peek or three of the KEEP Collective summer stuff, and I WANT! Holy cow. SO GOOD. And so different than what we've already been able to offer!



Currently cleaning...out! I've gotten rid of so much stuff since Christmas. Also, I have a long list of things to clean and organize in our house. This month has been busy so far, but as soon as I can, I'm starting on that list! First up, organize craft stuff and bookshelves in our guest room!


Currently posting...about what pro-wrestling means to me...and birthday lists!


Currently tasting...La Croix and trying to like it. Bleh! It's so trendy and way healthier than soda, but I'm just not sure I can!


Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My 30th Birthday Wish List - LOTS of Flair

I turn 30 on May 18. If you've been around for any time at all, you should know by now that I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY! I like to celebrate for the entire month, and this year is a BIG ONE!

I thought I'd start my birthday wish list as a blog post in case you wanted any gift ideas! (I know, I know - WHO DOES THIS? Me...)

I'm a new collector of flair/enamel pins. By new, I mean that I have two (non-Disney), and I want a ton more!!!!!!



Here are some that I'm yearning for:

Royal Palm 

Flamingo

Happy Heart

Los Angeles

Bestie

Strawberry

Approved

NYC

Ice Cream

Sprinkles

JESS, DEAN, LOGAN (because my GG heart is still undecided!)

Nachos

Twin Peaks (the show, not the fine dining establishment)


Y'all. HOW CUTE ARE THOSE?!? (And such a modest price point!) I have so many saved on my Etsy wish list, too! You really can't go wrong!!!! Also, most of this list is also AMAZE (even if not individually listed above!)




Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

P.S. I know. I should be embarrassed.  #Shameless

Sunday, April 3, 2016

WWE and my heart.

It seems like the most appropriate time for me to write this post. It's Wrestlemania weekend. (For those of you who aren't familiar, it's basically the Super Bowl of pro wrestling.) 

I've been a wrestling fan for about 20 years, give or take a bit. (I think I was about 9 or 10 when I started watching, and I turn 30 in May!) This post has been on my heart for years. Literally. (Well, at least since 2014 when I read this post.)



When I started watching, WCW was my company of choice. (It was initially what I was introduced to.) Then I found out there was another one - WWF (now WWE)! (Come to find out, there are many, many promotions out there - still now! You may be surprised to find local promotions in your city!)  The two big companies rivaled for years and years. WWE eventually bought WCW, and the two became one.








While there were two major promotions, I watched wrestling nearly every night of the week. Sunday Night Heat, Monday Nitro, Raw, Thunder, Smackdown, and WCW Saturday Night. It was a huge part of my life, which I'm sure was an interesting choice of a hobby/interest for a shy, tiny, blonde girl. (I'm obviously past the shy part. And the tiny part, but let's not get into that! Hahaha.)

Growing up, all I wanted in life was to be a WCW Nitro Girl. Their stint dancing during Monday Nitro was short lived. I then knew I was meant to be a Diva. The women in WWE are strong, beautiful, brave, and inspiring. All I wanted was to be one of them. My room was wallpapered with posters and clippings from floor to ceiling. I had a notebook that held weekly pictures of the women I admired and wanted to be like. I practiced my autograph on more paper than I could count. I knew I had to attend college in a town with a wrestling school. I was making plans.



When I was 16, I stopped watching because I knew I had made wrestling an idol in my life. I knew God had to be in first place. It was hard to let go, but it allowed me to grow and learn a healthy balance. During my hiatus, I never stopped loving wrestling and kept up with people and what was going on.



Today, I'm still a loyal fan. I don't watch it as often as it airs (we don't have cable!), but I keep up - with many thanks to social media, the internet, and (of course) WWE Network!

Beyond my TV watching and internet searching, I've been able to meet so many of the Superstars and Divas who really inspire me, still. I may have given up on the dream of becoming one of them (as I'm about to be 30 and didn't pursue it), but I love it more than ever. I really feel like God has blessed me with these interactions with some of my favorites. He has shown me that even though I didn't get it my way, He still had good plans for me. Getting to interact with people who have inspired me for years is truly a gift!




WHY? Why am I writing this? Why am I telling you? Well, honestly, it's because the industry means so much to me. I know that this may not make one ounce of sense to you, but I'm really going to try and explain.




Wrestling as an industry and as a fan community is sincerely like a family. Sure, we don't all cheer for the same people, as some like the faces and some like the heels, but we're all there for the same thing. We love that they risk life and limb to entertain us. There's just something about it. The loyalty. The dedication. The creativity. We all have each other. We cheer the wrestlers on, and they inspire us. Day in and day out.

Many people love music, but not many people can arrive to a concert and meet the lead singer of the ultra popular band, you know? Wrestling is different. I can't speak for every single performer out there, but so many of them are eager to meet their fans and interact. (Note: Not every place and date allow for them to have the freedom to do this. Keep in mind they are on the road over 300+ days a year. They work hard and are tired. Be kind when you get the chance!)






WWE is more than just an empire. The Superstars and Divas truly do give back. They work with Make-A-Wish and Be a STAR, just to get the list started. It's about teaching kids to grow up into people who achieve their goals, give back, and help others.

It's about the community. It's about the loyalty. It's about the underdog. It's about the biggest star. It's about SO much to me. It's about sharing it with friends. It's about completely buying in to it. It's about arriving to the arena early to see who I can meet and talk to. 

Would I still love to work for the WWE? Of course. In just about any capacity. Haha. I don't know what God has for me at this point, but I do know that I have an intense and long-lasting love for sports entertainment. I feel like I feel so strongly for a reason. Maybe it's just to tweet and encourage a superstar I enjoy. Maybe it's for more. We'll see.

Happy Wrestlemania Sunday, friends!

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

P.S. Wrestlemania is the only thing on my Bucket List so far!

Monday, February 29, 2016

BYE, February!



What. A. Month. 
I've told people that February 2016 has been the craziest, most emotional month Jordan and I have had in forever. Financially, it was a tough month just because of the way pay periods and holidays had fallen, so that probably added to the weight of it!

First came Mimi
Peanut's birthday. 
Then, IF:Pinelake happened.
Mom's birthday. 
Emmett* arrived 5 weeks early. 
Valentine's Day. 
More birthdays and a shower. 
Then there was an almost-house. 







Also, I haven't painted my nails more than once this month. 
I've only worn lipstick with any color once or twice. WHO AM I?! 
I obviously just haven't been feeling like myself!!!
I also got into that if-I-can't-finish-it-all-I'm-not-even-starting-any-of-it funk. 

This weekend was wonderful and really turned the month around for me. (I'm SO thankful that it ended beautifully.) 






I can breathe with sweet relief that as February comes to a close everything is as it should be. Is it how we pictured it or how we hoped? Maybe not at first. Good thing about it, though, is that God's plans are good whether things go as we plan or not.

March starts tomorrow, and that totally signifies spring for me. So here we go, friends. Bright skies and fresh starts await each of us! After all, we have a good, good Father.


* Emmett is the son of my best friend of 23 years. He's THE most precious baby boy in all the land. Seriously!!

YOU are so loved!
Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What IF I actually lived...

like I have been rescued and redeemed? Because, friends, I have. After IF: Local, I feel like I'm still processing all that I heard and all the wisdom that was offered to me.

It's not about who knows me.

What if I used my passion for things like sharing grace and working on racial reconciliation rather than trying to build up my own name and worldly treasures? 

++++++++++

Everything you just read has been in my drafts since IF last year. Now, here we are, on the eve of IF again. 



I still remember last year's IF being amazing and challenging and just more than I could have hoped for. 

The enemy has been working overtime this week to ensure that I (and some of my friends) are distracted or discouraged. Here's to shaking the devil off and clinging to the life and hope we have in Jesus. 

Whether you'll be at IF: Pinelake or IF in Austin or at another local event or in your living room live streaming, rest in the truth that God has for you. 

It's going to be a great weekend getting to know more about Jesus. 

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mimi.

Two Saturdays ago, we went to the shelter to see a dachshund we had seen a picture of. We met him, but there wasn't a connection. Then we saw her. Mocha. A little chihuahua mix. 

We had Shaw outside in the dog park, and Mocha was ushered outside to meet her. She was happy to be outside, and just pranced around sniffing. Shaw just wanted Jordan or I to hold her. She wasn't interested in being on the cold ground...or, now we realize, expanding our family. She looked annoyed, but she didn't seem angry or aggressive towards Mocha. We took it as a sign that she wouldn't really mind. 

We applied and were told we could adopt Mocha. We planned to pick her up on Friday. 

We bought new collars and a leash. We decided to call her Mimi. 

On Friday, before we went to get her, we bought blankets and toys just for her. We arrived to pick her up. We noticed on the contract that she was a little younger than we initially thought. (We heard 1.5-2 on Saturday, but she was actually only 9 months.) It wasn't a big deal. It was going to be great!

We left the shelter, and she ping-ponged around the car. We knew she was a different dog than Shaw, and we hoped for the best. 

Saturday, we went and bought new lawn chairs as our early Valentine's gift to each other just so we could be in the yard while she played. 

Mimi is super high energy, which is fine. She's a puppy and a high energy breed. However, Shaw isn't a puppy or high energy. We've had a challenging weekend to say the very least. 

When Mimi lunges and barks trying to play, Shaw sees it as signs of aggression. She bares her teeth, snarls her nose, and quickly runs away from her. Mimi has even chased her down the hall where Shaw cowers by the front door. 

After three days of this behavior, we can't do it. The look in Shaw's eyes is desperate. 

So many people have told us this is natural and to give it more time, but we can't. We feel like the best thing for our family, for Shaw, is to be a one dog household. 

We are literally heartbroken. We wanted to do a good thing. Please just keep your should-haves and would-haves to yourself. If you know me at all, this is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to go through. I love my animals like children, and this is the worst situation for me to be in. Obviously I care what everyone thinks way more than I wish I did, but this situation is hard enough on its on. Maybe we shouldn't have tried to expand our family. It certainly would have saved us both a lot of tears. I just pray that Mimi finds her real forever home fast.

I just keep ugly crying and telling her "I love you for always". 

This sucks so much.  I don't remember the last time I was this sad. (Even the way she spins in circles before she potties makes me sad now.)


I believe He is near, even if we brought the heartache on ourselves. Thankful for that grace to get us through. Thankful for encouraging words from friends who know my heart. 

Happy February,
Jessica