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So apparently our government now sees being German, Christian, and homeschooling a threat. Such a threat that a German family who LEGALLY sought amnesty here now faces deportation due to the fact that in Germany homeschooling is illegal (granted by one man named Hitler… let that sink in). Please read this article. http://www.inquisitr.com/567261/obama-administration-trying-to-deport-christian-family/

Copy and paste it since I have no clue how to link it… sorry guys ūüė¶

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We just could not hold it in.  We told Trents family this past weekend and we told my parents and sister via SKYPE.

We went home for Trent’s dads suprise 50th birthday! We got into the city around 11:30pm.¬† Trents mom picked us up and we got home and handed her a box.¬† She opened the box and inside it was a pic of Trent and I holding up a sign saying “Can we call you Grandma?”.¬† She got up and gave us hugs and immediatly started showing me things she had kept from when Trent was a baby.¬† It was so very sweet.

The next morning, Trent’s sister L came over to drop her car off for us and we gave her a box with a picture saying “Can we call you Aunt Lindy”.¬† She jumped up and screamed and gave us hugs and was super excited too.¬† Everyone was just so happy and so thrilled for us.¬† It was awesome.¬† It makes me want to have more news like this all the time. HAHA!¬† I love making people happy.

Later on that night for Dad’s suprise birthday party we all dressed up like “hicks” and strolled down the hill singing Happy Birthday.¬† Dad stepped outside to a group of his friends and family and locked eyes with Trent immediatly.¬† I think he was on the verge of tears. It was an amazing sight and then Trent and I went inside and got Dad and Smom (step mom) together, we sat them down (it was really my step mom’s birthday and dads birthday is this Sunday) and handed them their own boxes. They opened it and could not read it because it was dark upstairs and so I blurted out “It says Can we call you Grandma”.¬† Immidiatly Smom burst into tears, Dad was fist pumping saying “I am going to be a GRANDPA” “You guys aren’t joking right?” and Smom yelled “This is going to be the most spoiled baby ever… I am going to be a Grandma”.¬† We had a huge group hug and it was just wonderful. SO MUCH FUN!

When we got back to NY, I thought about the waiting to tell my parents until Christmas thing. I told Trent “If my mom buys me clothes it is going to be a waste of money, cause I won’t be able to fit into them for a long time”¬† ANd I am sure I will have gained some weight since then.¬† So Trent decided we could SKYPE and tell them.¬†

So I wrote on my belly in eye liner that “I’m Pregnant”.¬† I got my parents on SKYPE for the first time,which was a chore in itself really. HAHA!¬† And my dad was just about to leave to go to a pool tournament and I said, wait… I have a rash and I need you to look at it.¬† So my parents are both peering at me through SKYPE and they go.. WHOA What is THAT?¬† And i come closer to the screen and they look at my belly and then look into the camera and say “Really?! Is that true?!”¬† (apprently Trent and I joke around too much.. no one believes us)¬† We say “YES!” and everyone is excited again!¬†

I get off with them and tell my sister to SKYPE me. She says she is sleeping and I say “give me 5 minutes and you can go back to bed.”¬† I do the same thing to her as I did my parents and she is excited and we talk about how cool it is and then she says she cannot go to bed! HAHA. It was soo much fun telling them. I wish I could tell people something cool everyday. THAT would be fun!

So that is how our family found out. We are still not telling other people yet because we are still “in the woods” but once I hit my 2nd trimester I am going to be screaming it from the rooftops! YAY BABIES!!!

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So my parents have been having a wonderful time in FL.¬† The love thier kids and LOVE living the retired/unretired life.¬† My mom says “I am finally a stay at home mom” and my dad has kids to pick on.¬† However it looks like there is a bit of spiritual warfare going on.

The site is a loosely based Christian campus as in the only church on site is of Christian denomination.  The teachers and students are allowed to hold Bible studies together without problem. 

SO things are going good, but there seems to be a gentleman who works with my dad who either really feels my dad is not a “parent” figure or is jealous because the kids like my dad more than him.¬† My dad is funny, outgoing, and if he catches you doing something wrong, he will let you correct yourself before giving punishment.¬† My dad has suprised the boys and have done some chores for them once in a while (cleaning the bathroom that all 90 boys use), running a vaccuum at the end of the weekend.¬† Now my parents did this for my sister and I too.¬† We never had set chores, but if they asked us to do something we did it, but I would come home to my mom having cleaned my room for me or my dad having done the dishes for me. It is something you do to let others know you appreciate them and just a little boost of something nice.

Well the other guy does not like it and gets upset that my dad is not making the boys responsible and he is ruining their manhood. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

My dad also played a joke on a kid who he is friends with. The kid laughed, my dad laughed and then my dad got in trouble and was told my the administration that if he made one more mistake that he would be let go.  Wait a sec, so it is 2 strikes and your out? And the joke was exactly that, a joke, everyone understood it.

Then after that my parents were asked to no longer hold the Bible study with the teens.  They would find someone else to do the important job.

So now my parents feel like they are on pins and needles, like they can’t make a good choice because everything they choose is wrong.

So that is what is going on in their world.  If you think about them pray for them.

 

Thanks ūüôā

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So, oh my goodness. Let’s just jump right into updates shall we?¬†

First off some people have asked when my parents are moving.  They will be moving July 25.. so in a couple weeks!

This past Monday, Trent and I were talking and we decided to extend our stay here in our apartment. ¬†Our lease is/was coming up on July 14 and this job is lasting at least until the second week in August. ¬†So we went ahead and made the phone calls and we got the apartment until August 11!! YAY… Well yesterday Trent gets a call and there is a job in Delaware starting up between July 15-20 and Trent and I are both on that job. Ummmm.. Great news but horrible news. ¬†If we break our lease, we are on the line for $1,000. ¬†I do not know about you, but that is a good chunk of money. YIKES! ¬†We have not actually signed anything yet though, so that may be our only saving grace. ¬†However, I mean our apartment complex went out of their way to make sure we could stay longer and not we are kind of screwing them over by saying.. oh NM. and really only giving them a 2 week notice (we do have it in writing that we are leaving on July 14 though with no new writing that we are leaving on the August 11). ¬†Does this make any sense? So technically, there was only a verbal agreement.. but to me that is still an agreement. ¬†SO we will just see how that shakes down because I have never been on a job when it starts exactly on time.¬†

So if we are moving next On July 14, that means I have one week to pack up the house.  Trent and I are leaving on a plane this Tuesday (July 3) to go to my parents house and will not be back home until Monday (July9) night.  Soooo there is going to be a lot going on. A lot needs to be figured out, but I am not worried.  My Father in Heaven will take care of the timeline.  I just have to take care of the packing! Hahaha

Have a great Saturday everyone!!!

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Hey guys,

I am so sorry to keep leaving you for long periods of time, but you have to know this is MY season. ¬†Trent has hunting season and I have SUMMER SEASON! ¬†We are working long days and when I get home I literally have to run in, change my clothes to work out clothes, put in 45 minutes on some stupid machine that really does not make me any more bikini ready, run back upstairs put on my swim suit (sorry kids the pillsbury dough girl does live in the apartment), run back downstairs and lay out for 30 minutes, get in the pool do some swimming…. like.. 10 minutes max, run back upstairs and start dinner, hop in the shower, go to bed. Not a lot of time for blogging because I belong to the sun. If it is nice outside, I am making my way out there one way or another. I LOVE being outside during the summer months and reading a book. It makes me a very happy camper.

My parents had their open house today. ¬†One person showed up…. they are moving on July 25. ¬†So we I am going to ask you dear friends, to put them once again on the ol’ prayer list. Trent and I are going home for the 4th of July and help them pack up a bit more. I am pretty torn to go back and say goodbye to my house. It is where I fell in love with Trent in. ¬†It is where he surprised me on my graduating from my Master’s Program. He was working on the night shift and got out at 6am drove 2 hours to my house, called me at 8am to say “goodnight” to me before he went to bed (he sent me flowers the night before), and then asked me what I was doing, I said laying in bed and my dad walked in my room and said you have mail and Trent walked in right behind my dad… I cried…. and after I got done crying Trent slept. BUT it still made me feel super special that he did that. ¬†There were many tearful goodbyes in that driveway. I came home when my best friends dad died and sat on the porch with my mom and said “how did I get to the age where our parents are dying?” she held me and we cried together as I worked up the courage to be strong for my friend. I had new cars in that driveway. I had great kisses in that drive way. I had water balloon fights in the pool and I dyed my friend Joey’s hair on that deck. My dog died in that house and I mowed that lawn. I got grounded in that house and I got in trouble on the couch in that house. We had laughs and love in that house….. BUT the good news is, we will all make memories in other houses. LIKE the new house my sister is building and the house that Trent and I will have one day with our family. It is just a house and I have those memories in my head and in pictures, but it will be missed.

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MOVING MOVING MOVING TO FLORIDA!¬† Wanna know who?¬† MOMMA and PAPPA P!¬†¬† They got the call yesterday and it was a wonderful and amazing phone call!¬† I could not tell you how happy our family is for this move. When I was praying with Trent last night, I just thanked God for taking some responsibility off our shoulders (even though my parents have never asked for anything from us) I am thankful I do not have to worry about them…. at least for a while. HA!

So now we get to see God perform some mircles and we are writing them down because it is just going to be amazing and something to remember during those down times, when ya just don’t feel God hears ya.¬† My parents have to move in 2 months.¬† That means they have to have the house sold in 2 months, in this economy, in their location!¬† Houses have been on the market in their neighborhood for literally years, so this is going to be a God thing.

My mom has to retire from her job, which is a huge blessing!  Her back has been failing her for a while, so to get out a job that is so demanding physically will really be a releif and they will finally be able to start saving for retirement!  Which really is wonderful news (thank goodness, they will have some money when they move into my house and I become their mom! haha j/k)

So that it is kids!¬† Moving on to the next stage in our lives with them. My sister will be close by and they will get be a part of at least one set of grandchildrens lives more than 3x’s a year!

When all said and done, we are so blessed!

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Interview #2


Okedoke, SO before my parents went down to FL for their interview, I kept calling them in the mornings.¬† Not because I wanted to talk to them but because I kept forgetting what day it was and I did not want to miss out on telling them good luck.¬† Finally my mom said “Jenna, we get it. But you have to stop calling us at 5am.”¬† HAHA!¬† Sorry MOM! (She is up by 5am for work, but my calls are ruining her routine… especially since I let it ring once or twice than remember I am calling on the wrong day. HAHA!)

Anyway, so Friday morning finally arrives!¬† ( I was told not to worry about calling. HAHAHA!) My mom texts me at 5:30am and says ‘What are the odds that the hairspray sprayer gets clogged up today and starts spraying out in globs rather than an actual spray. This leads to me having huge hair spray stains on my brand new clothes!¬† SERIOUSLY!!”¬† I replied that is was REDIC! and we left it at that.

I was able to get on the phone with her in the evening and I found out that the interview went really well.¬† She kept saying that the international students are just so different than American students.¬† She said the international students have respect and they came right up to her and hugged her (both the boys and girls).¬† The girls kept saying “Oh we want you to be our dorm mom next year!” She said they were just so sweet and so willing to learn and love. She said that everyone that they spoke to at the school acted like they had the job, saying things like “This is where you will stay, and this is where you will go. We are so excited to have you here with us.”¬† Things like that.¬† My mom said that neither her nor my dad were nervous.¬† They had a really good time and felt like “Home”.¬†

So YAY!¬† They were told they should find out this week if they got the job.¬† If they have it there is a ton of work to be done. My mom has to retire, they have to pack and sell the house.¬† Their summer will be a busy one for sure ūüôā

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So, I called my mom last night to catch up on our work week, when she told me some FANTASTIC NEWS!  Oh my goodness you guys, I am so excited about this. Okay, here we go.

My parents have a job offer at the school that my sister (Neil) works at in Florida.  My sister works at an international high school and kids live on campus (not all but most).  My parents have a phone interview today to become dorm parents.  They would work from 3pm Р11pm at night and pretty much just be mom and dad to the kids!  I feel like my parents really rocked at raising my sister and me, so I am super excited for them to take their school to other kids.  My mom has so much love and my dad is just a good dad. 

So this is what would happen:¬† They would sell their house (blessing), sell a car (keep the van), my mom would retire from her place of work, my dad would just stop working his job (it is a minimum wage job and only gets like 20 hours a week.. so no love loss there), they would move to Florida, live 1o minutes away from my sister, and BOTH be working full time and living debt free!¬† All I can see is positive’s all the way around for them.¬† It would also be nice because when I go and visit my parents, I would be able to see my sister as well.¬† Which would mean I would see her more than just once a year!¬†

So if you are the praying type, please pray that Gods will be done in this situation.  If it ends up not being the right fit, that is fine.  We understand the words no, but if they get pulled down there, there will be a spiritual battle going on.  The kids come from all different backgrounds and we know Satan is not one for anyone hearing the Truth or seeing it be lived out in daily lives.

Either way, I am very excited that they are even getting this opportunity.  SO FUN!

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Sorry this post is so late but here is our weekend with my mom and dad.
So we start off the day thinking we are going to ride the ol subway system. Well we go to the one train station and see that another train is coming in another location an hour earlier than this one. SO we run over there, park the car, realize no one has any quarters and the train is coming in like 10 minutes. So my mom and I go and try to get tickets, my dad and Trent run to go get 12 dollars in quarters. Well, they start taking forever. I am afraid to buy the tickets in case they do not make it in time.. We just do not know what to do. Well all of a sudden we see my dad and Trent sprinting to the car and then sprint to us. We buy the tickets and we wait…. we wait some more.. and we finally decide to talk to two guys who actually happen to be twins. They tell us the train will take us where we want to go and we wait…… and wait…. the twins decide to go for a walk and leave us there. We decide to go for a walk and we catch the twins getting on a bus instead. We decide to stalk and follow. This is a pick of us on a the bus. YAY we got seats on public transportation!!!

We make it to the Port Authority and realize that we need a little coffee to get the day started on a positive note.

As you can see mom and Trent was pretty excited about the Chia Tea Lattes. DELISH!
We walked around Time Square for a bit then made our way over to Central Park where it was completely different than I thought it would be. There are so many rocks there and trails. It is AWESOME!

We then got frisky with our pics and decided to be funny.

If you have not noticed, there is a clothing theme to these pics. My mom and I both own a white North Face. We both wore them. Dad does not own a black North Face but Trent owns 2 (one being old and now used for work and one being brand new)

Our friend J lives in NYC so we decided to meet up with him and he took us all around and we finally landed and a little place called crumbs!  This is the awesomeness that we found in the shop!

J than had to leave us, since we did not tell him we would be in the city until that morning. We walked to the Public Library and in the park, there is this awesome little drinks place. It was a deck with a bar. There is a fire pit and bench swings. It was AWESOME! So relaxing after an all day walking event. Here is mom and I swinging on our little swing.

AFter a couple more hours of walking, I decide I would like some pizza. My mom quickly agrees and it does not take long for the guys to get right on the pizza train. And this is how we ended our night! SOOOO DELISH!

After we warmed up by the fire for a bit we walked around some more and made our way back into Times Square so we could see it at night. SO BRIGHT!

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So it is Friday and Trent and I are still at work… ugh. ¬†My parents are in town for just a small amount of time, yet we have to work late. ¬†It is really throwing me off my game. Lucky for me, my parents are making us some dinner which means I will be able to walk through the door and eat instead of having to make the dinner. Thank God for mom and dad!

We walk through the door and man oh man have they gone shopping. The got us some more groceries, there is shrimp, asparagus, cheesy mashed potatoes and some homemade chicken nuggets.  OH MY GOODNESS so much food so little time. We all eat generous portions of this wonderful food and sit around and talk for the rest of the night.  

My mom and I went for a walk on the treadmill to have some girl time and we caught up (which is funny cause we at least text once a day).  Oh, how I miss my parents when they are gone.  I just have such a great relationship with the both of them.  Around 11:30 we decide to call it a night and go to bed.  Tomorrow (Saturday) we get to go out on the town to NYC.  I am so excited to go on this adventure with them. YAY Parents. 

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