Monday, February 22, 2010

Don't Judge Your Neighbor By Their Singing...

If any of you are my friend on Facebook, then you are well aware that my next door neighbors sing opera music constantly. Well, for those of you who weren't aware, let me give you some background info.

We noticed it one night when Jordan and I were lying in bed. We could hear opera music, and we knew it was coming from next door. We got out of bed and went into our laundry room (it's the room closest to their house in our house). That's when we realized that it wasn't a CD (that was our first thought).. it was actually our neighbors singing. We laughed so hard, because honestly, that is not what you expect to hear your neighbors singing.

Well, the singing continued. They sang during the day, they sang at all hours of the night. They sang whenever they were home. For the first few weeks it was funny. We chuckled and laughed and then just turned our TV up louder :)

Then, "the night" happened and I couldn't take it any longer. I had some trouble falling asleep that night, so I was definitely already frustrated. Then, when I was almost asleep, not quite, but almost... it started. Now, I wasn't quite awake enough to realize exactly what it was. My first thought went to the music you hear in an eery horror flick, and me, being paranoid and extreme, am convinced that I'm in the middle of a scary movie. I finally realize that I'm not about to be killed, but that my neighbors are "practicing" again. Oh boy... I was mad. After waking Jordan up, begging him to go knock on their door, the singing stopped and I went to sleep.

Okay, bear with me, here's the good part of the story and the reason for the post. Last week, Jordan came home from school and our neighbor was outside working in his yard. He and Jordan exchanged polite hello's, and then our neighbor proceeded to apologize to Jordan. He told Jordan he was sorry, he and his wife didn't realize how poorly insulated their home was until that day. See, he was working in the yard and his wife was inside singing. He must have realized that if he could hear it... we could hear it.

So, the conversation could have ended there... Jordan just shrugging it off like it was no big deal, but NO... not my husband. The man with no awkward factor. Jordan goes on to tell him about the night I woke up thinking I was in a horror film. Yes... I was mortified. I couldn't believe Jordan told him about that.

Needless to say, my sweet neighbor went on to offer to help me with my garden and even give me some of his left over plants in the spring. I felt so convicted for getting so angry, and for formulating this idea in my head of what they were like. I can say, that I am definitely looking forward to getting to know our neighbors better.. and I'm also a little more comfortable belting out Celine while I'm cleaning :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

So I've Decided To Start Blogging.... Again

I absolutely love "blog hopping"... in fact, Jordan always gives me a hard time about how long I can sit in front of the computer and just read these amazing blogs.

I've tried blogging before, but I never could keep it up. I never thought my life was interesting enough to go on a blog. Then... the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I would enjoy being able to document some of the special events that happen in our lives and then look back on them years later.

So.. I've decided to start blogging.

I guess the best place to start is just a quick update on our lives. So much has happened just in the past couple of months.

Jordan and I celebrated our one year anniversary of marriage. We didn't really do anything special, because my mom's family had our "Christmas" get-together on that day... so a couple of nights before he took me to dinner and that was about it. Even though we didn't make a big deal about it, it was such a special and sweet time. The first year went by so quickly, but it was so sweet. I am so thankful to have such an amazing man as my husband.

We moved!! Constantly showing us HE IS FAITHFUL, God provided us with an amazing opportunity to live in a house that my cousin owned. She had no use for the house herself, but didn't want to sell it. She offered for us to live in the house RENT FREE for as long as we needed to or wanted to. Wow... can you believe it? Sometimes we still can't believe how faithful God has been to us.

Jordan graduated from Jacksonville State with his Bachelor's degree in Special Education on December 18th. YAY!! We had a bunch of family and friends over at our "new" house and had a blast. After his graduation, Jordan's mom stayed with us from the 18th to the 25th. This was such an amazing gift to be able to have her with us for a whole week! We loved it! She suffers from Alzheimer's, so we want to soak up all the time we can get with her.

Of course, Christmas was amazing! We did a lot... a lot of traveling, but Santa Claus still came to visit Jordan and me at my parents house so of course... that was great. We truly are like two big kids!

There was one big event that really made January out to be a great month... JORDAN GOT A JOB! Hallelujah! This was such a big deal, because it's almost impossible for teachers to get a job in the middle of the semester. Thankfully, the Lord showed us again how he loves his children and remains faithful, even we don't deserve it. He was hired on at Tenth Street Elementary as the K-3 Special Ed teacher. Jordan is really starting to enjoy his job. Seeing him and hearing him interact with the children is amazing. They LOVE him, and I can't help but think about what an amazing daddy he will make one day...

So far February has been pretty amazing... hmm... I think I'll save February for another post :)