Houston Stroll For Epilepsy 2014



This post has been a long time coming as Team Jillian has been raising money for the cure, treatments, and awareness of Epilepsy for almost a year since the last walk in 2013. I hope to write a more informative post really about Epilepsy with more details and specifics to help those reading that don’t know about the disease, especially all the current changes that have been made recently. And hopefully I can get that written in the next couple of weeks or so. And I will make sure to link that post to my facebook and twitter pages as well because I know not everyone reads here on the blog.




But before I say anything else or get to the pictures from the day of the Stroll For Epilepsy 2014 I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to every single person who helped in any way by supporting Team Jillian financially you honestly have no idea how much you have done for so many people! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I wish there was something I could do besides what I have already done to show you how grateful Team Jillian is to have your support, love, help, and encouragement always behind us!


Mom & Parker enjoying zoo time during the walk



LOVE them holding hands walking together



You can definitely spot our “green family” a mile away!



LOVE our shirts…thankful for my parents for coming up with the clever and cute design for a Team Jillian tshirt.






One more time with Dad, can’t have Team Jillian without Dad!



It wouldn’t be a true Parker picture if he were standing still!



Loving playing the drums with Chief!



More drums with Chief!



Ferry ride with Chief




Mom & Christo on the ferry ride



Matt & Jenna on the ferry




Jake & I on the ferry




My parents and Parker on the ferry ride over to Galveston Island after leaving the Houston Zoo heading to the beach to celebrate Jenna’s 30th birthday!


March Update


Finally updating the blog back from February with a few pictures about our spring break trip to Abilene and back with sweet little Parker. First of all it ALWAYS SO GOOD to go home to Abilene, there are so so many things I miss about that sweet little town and oh how I wish I could just hop in the car and drive there whenever I wanted to. But I am beyond blessed at how often I get to go visit my family and sweet little girls there a couple times a year and for that I am so very grateful!


For this trip my sister and Parker’s little preschool were on their spring break but my mom had to work so it was just my sister, me, and Parker for most the week playing and meeting Chief (my dad) and Christopher for lunch everyday. We of course had to go visit Miss Terry (my dad’s office secretery) and go for golf cart rides around campus which was probably Parker’s favorite part of the entire trip even though they were pretty cold and windy, it was still pretty chilly in Abilene when we were there. We got to meet lots of new people while we were there, some police officers and other friends at Chief’s office, some teachers at Kappy’s school, some new little friends (Maggie, Claire, Elizabeth, Mason, Sawyer, & Logan).



Having fun outside Chief’s office


I love my Chief!




Fun times at the Abilene Zoo on the train with Chief.



My parents and Parker outside their house



Elizabeth and Parker watching The Jungle Book together

DSC_0484Clearly someone is goofing off here…oh my how I love and miss this silly little girl here!


February Update

Since I am up kinda late I thought I would just do a short update on what we have been up the past month of February. It was good, busy, and fast month. We celebrated our 4th Valentine’s Day as a married couple and probably like 9th or 10th Valentine’s Day since dating. We also celebrated Jake’s 26th birthday with both of our families on separate occasions. We made a few new purchases for

our new house that were definitely needed including our first lawnmower and our yard has had its first trim and pre spring grooming.

Aside from celebrating holidays and making purchases we have just been doing the usual work life thing, trying to enjoy for what it brings! But I also had the lovely opportunity to go to the Women of Faith event at Lakewood Church here in Houston with my aunt Monica and cousins Hannah & Rachel to hear Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper, and Christine Caine speak and hear worship from the awesome Kari Jobe. The two days were so great and I just didn’t want them to end at all, I really really needed a full weekend there! I really learned so much and will write an entire post on everything about that weekend but it was so amazing and felt so great to be there spending it with my aunt and cousins who I never seem to get to see anymore. Jake also had a friend that we went to ACU with come into town the same weekend I went downtown to this womens conference so it all worked out so perfect. And I was really so glad he got to spend some guy time with his brother and friend that he hadn’t seen in a long while. We also had long awaited tickets to the Houston Symphony music from the Mad Men Era which was so fabulous, the best show I have been to when we are talking about symphonies at least. They had some really great singers/performers from Broadway that were truly so entertaining to watch so I absolutely loved getting dressed up, heading downtown, and going back into the 50s and 60s for a couple of hours. We really love the symphony and try to get tickets to one or two shows a year.

And for the very end of the month and beginning of March we took a weekend family trip to the ranch with my parents, sister, brother in law, precious nephew and it was alot of fun. It was just a weekend full relaxing together, riding around seeing the ranch, cooking and eating and hanging out together, and heading back home Sunday afternoon. I am so thankful my uncle Brad is generous enough to let us use the ranch when it is available for our family to meet up together. But it has been a busy but fun month all in all but I’m glad March and spring time are approaching, I think it is going to be a fun one! We do have lots to look forward to including but not limited to family wedding shower, spring break trip to Abilene, family birthdays, family wedding, Easter holiday weekend, and what ever else decides to come our way.

More to come soon, and pictures next time!

Epilepsy Walk 2014

Last year was the first year we have donated, walked, and took part in the annual Walk For The Epilepsy and I’m proud to say with the help of ALL of our wonderful family and friends we raised $525.00! We are doing our very best this year to raise money and participate even more in the Annual Houston Stroll For Epilepsy. We are trying to change things up a bit this year and designing our own t shirts to wear on the day of the walk, while I’m also raising the amount of our goal donation to $1,000.00! ย The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas has Epilepsy Walks all over the state during the spring so PLEASE think about participating and/or donating to find a cure for Epilepsy and seizures. Here is our family picture or TEAM JILLIAN picture from last year at the Houston Zoo right before the walk began.IMG_0434Here is the link to my Team Jillian fundraising webpage where you can go online to donate or read more about participating in any of the walks for Epilepsy: ย http://eftx.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=19110


2014 goals

I’m going to try to keep my goals simple this year so I don’t overwhelm myself, but I also don’t want to limit myself to one thing, I like to be reminded of other goals so I can keep myself in check in lots of different areas of life.

Here are my Top 10 goals for this new year:

1. Get in shape/lose weight-while this is a constant goal of mine every year, it is a continuous goal and goes along with get my Diabetes under control. I let things go during the holidays and my blood sugar is now way out of control and changing my diet and getting back in shape will get that under control so this is something that must happen.

2.Read more- I want to read at least one book per month. Once I finish the book I am currently reading I have a list of ones that I want to start during this new year and then will continue looking for more to read. It is amazing how much I have learned to read through the past several years.

3.Try one new recipe every week from one of my many cookbooks, pinterest, blogs, or friends. I get really tired of eating some of the same food so I am making this a goal so that some of these new recipes will get put into the regular rotation in our kitchen.

4.Practice more acts of kindness, encouragement, and appreciation on a more regular basis. I notice when you do the slightest act of kindness it can make the biggest effect on the person during the day, such as writing a short, sweet note or giving a simple compliment. I want to do my best this year to show people in my life or strangers for that matter simple acts of kindness, encouragement, and appreciation.

5.Be in God’s word more often- While some might put this in the same category as reading, this is an entirely different goal for me. I would love to read through the bible in a year, but my goal is just going to be to have daily devotionals deep in God’s word because I have discovered you can never truly hear God’s voice and what he wants you to do in your life unless you are really in His word.

6.Be more connected with God-Along with reading God’s word, being connected to God through my relationship with him is something I really want to work on. There are so many tools we have that can strengthen our relationship with God, but we take advantage of them and I want to totally change that this year. The top two being reading and being in God’s word and powerfully praying consistently and constantly.

7.Learn to sew- I got a sewing machine last year for my birthday and I have yet to really learn how to use it and sew. I really want to but find myself being a little intimidated by the sewing because I’ve really never used one. But this is my goal this year because there is so much cute, crafty stuff that I want to be able to make and start selling.

8.Start selling my stuff on Etsy-I recently started an Etsy shop online to try and sell some of the different things that I make for different occasions. I want to broaden my selection in what I am making, but really want to try to sell what I enjoy making so much.

9.Decorate our new house-We just moved into our first house almost two months ago and we are still in the process of putting our stamp on it and making it feel like our own. So one of my goals throughout this year is to decorate our house with our style and to really make it feel like our own.

10.TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL-We are hoping to take a fabulous holiday vacation next Christmas or New Year’s to the east coast. And we are already in the process of planning our summer vacation with my immediate family to the beach. Traveling whether far or near is always always a big goal in our lives, we love to get out and see the world that was created for us.

Happy 2014, we are excited for this year and what it will hold! I know there will be lots of fun planned and I cannot wait to make a dent in these goals/resolutions! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone had a great new year’s celebration and that your 2014 has gotten off to a fabulous start! We had a very relaxing new year’s eve & new year’s day celebration by just cooking dinner at home and enjoying some bubbly to ring in the new year with just the two of us. And on new year’s day we hung out, cleaned and organized stuff around the house, watched the rose parade, watched some football, and had some friends over to enjoy drinks and celebrate the new year while watching more football. But of course we cooked a yummy new year’s day lunch of roasted chicken, black eyed peas for our good luck in 2014, roasted potatoes, spinach salad, and rolls.

This new year’s was a bit different for us because we are usually the type to get dressed up and go out to dinner and stuff on new year’s eve. But this year we decided to just hang out at home just the two of us enjoy dinner, some bubbly, and watched some tv, and enjoyed some yummy dessert and I had a great time just doing that! I’m happy to say that even though we weren’t with either of our families we spent new year’s eve together and I was with my favorite person in the world and new year’s day we spent with some of our good friends so it was the next best thing to family!

We are really looking forward to 2014 and what all this year is going to hold for our family. We have so much fun things to look forward to, lots of goals we plan to reach, and cannot wait to see what God has in store for us! I hope the new year is great for everyone reading this.

And a happy Friday to all ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas 2013

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year and that 2014 has gotten off to a fantastic start! This is a picture from our church small group Christmas party we had at our house about a month ago. Here we all are holding our crazy white elephant gifts, we had alot of fun exchanging and just hanging out and enjoying Christmas goodies! But that was our only Christmas event since Jake’s company had their Christmas party as a day luncheon instead of a dinner party. And before we knew it we were rushing around trying to finish ordering and buying all our Christmas gifts for our families. Then the family was here and it was time to celebrate! This year we had Jake’s family here for Christmas, we did Christmas Eve dinner with them at our house. I made Pioneer Women’s white chicken enchiladas which were fabulous, we had Lupe Tortilla’s Tamales, rice & beans, I love mexican food on Christmas probably because that is what I grew up having on Christmas Eve. Then we had homemade hot apple cider and went out and looked out at Christmas lights in the car. And for Christmas Day we spent the morning and had breakfast with my family over at my sister’s house and enjoyed watching our sweet nephew Parker open his presents from Santa Clause and everyone else and all exchanged gifts with each other. Jake & I got some really neat stuff, tools, socks, hats, Home Depot gift cards, a few magazine subscriptions, candy, and some other gadgets for Jake. As for me scarves, jewelry, new panties, a job haha (my parents will be paying me to clean my sister’s house, which was also a Christmas gift from my parent’s to my sister). I also got a magazine subscription, some new socks, some candy, new hair ties, new make up.

And the rest of the morning we just spent the time hanging out before leaving to head back to our house to do Christmas Day with Jake’s family. We did all our presents and got some great gifts and then Jake cooked an awesome late Christmas lunch of ham, green beans, roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, and rolls. Jake ended up getting exactly what he wanted despite the difficult effort behind it, he got the game he wanted along with his PS4 system and some other small goodies along with quite a few movies. While I got some pretty awesome stuff I have been wanting such as a white waffle knit robe with my initials monogrammed on the front, the Coldplay Mylo Xylto live dvd, lots of new make up, a new purse, a few new clothes, a few scarves, a new devotional book, a new wallet, a new watch, more new jewelry, new nail polish, a whole new set of make brushes, new knobs for my vanity, and best of all Jake recovered an old hotel vanity stool with some cute fabric to go along with my vanity he was refinishing for me to match our bedroom. I will share pictures of all our favorite gifts soon and especially the refinished vanity and stool that are all done and beautiful, they look fabulous in our room!

This Christmas was really a different kind of holiday for me with not spending all of Christmas Day with my grandparents, all my aunts, and cousins and such for the first time in 27 years but I survived and am just so grateful to everyone that I was able to see both sides of our family on Christmas Day. And as far as the rest of the holiday time, we spent some time with some friends that we don’t ever get to see that live in Houston since everyone was on the holiday break. And also did some organizing and cleaning kind of stuff around the house before New Year’s time came which felt so good. I sure do LOVE a good clean and organized house!

The one debbie downer to our Christmas break was how increibely sick our sweet little Boston Terrier, Emmitt got on Christmas Day and was down for about a week. He started getting sick on Christmas Day sometime just not looking like himself and yelping in pain when anyone would touch him or try and pick him up, especially if you held him near or by his stomach. At that point we had absolutely no idea what could be wrong, we thought he ate something outside and honestly just thought he would be fine the next day or something. But as everyone was leaving that night he started to look worse in the face and his stomach area was getting very bloated and he began to breathe heavily and that was we began to worry more and decided to keep a really close eye on him. And throughout that night and early morning he threw up about 6-7 times and I couldn’t have felt more sorry for him, you could just tell how bad he felt by looking in his sweet eyes. And all this throwing up continued throughout the week, his first day of not throwing up was on Sunday, but he didn’t start eating his dog food until yesterday, which was exactly a week since Christmas Day. We don’t know what he got, but it clearly compromised his poor little system, we really think it was some kind of stomach bug because nothing he ate outside or inside would have made him that sick especially with the fact that he went days without eating so there would have been nothing for him to throw up which really makes me think it was some kind of stomach bug. We are just SO GLAD he is finally feeling better and acting like himself. And I for one was getting really tired of cleaning up throw up and washing all of his blankets and everything, but luckily nothing got ruined in the process.

Up next New Year’s post!