Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Want To Be In Sales When I Grow Up..........

Seriously, did anyone ever say this on the day you teachers asked you to write your first paper on what you wanted to be when you grew up? I know it wasn't an answer I would have ever given.

Things have been a little challenging in our house lately and I find myself questioning what I want to do with my life. I've interviewed and was accepted to an LVN program but the longer I think about it the more I know that nursing was my Nanny's dream for all her granddaughters because it was the dream she had for herself that was never full filled. Nursing was the goal my ex-husband had for me and a trap I fell into because well, they say the money is good but it's not what I want to do.

I think about the roles I've played in life and what I've been successful at and honestly, I've been the most successful in roles that I've had to sell. I don't mind getting on the phone and prospecting but I hate the idea of telemarketing because to me that is not sales in the sense I would say it was. I sold cars once and other than the fact it was a failing dealership, I didn't do too badly but I'm not sure that the route I want to go either. I recruited, which I loved but I don't know it that's right for me. I'm just not sure what route to take it. I bought some books with my Amazon Gift Card that I won and I made myself a pretty good resume, applied for some jobs so we will see.....

If you are in sales, was it ever your first choice or did you just happen into it?

Until Next Time! Joni

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We Are Family ~ Loving My Nieces & Nephews Today

I've been thinking a lot about how God has been healing our land.

New International Version
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I recently met my step-brother, his wife (whose dad was my middle school principal and gave me swats) and their's a long story why we met as adults but we welcomed them with open arms. I started thinking about my children and how blessed I am to have all of them in my life. I started thinking about our son in laws and our grandchildren but then my mind went to this other special group of people....our nieces and nephews.

 Two of these kids are my God Children (top middle and bottom right) and they are all my nieces and nephews no matter if we share DNA or not: Shy, Jazzy, Asianna, Jessica & Josh, Justis and Jeremiah. Jess & Josh live close to me but with busy lives, we don't see each other near enough. My other loves live WAY in Virginia. I miss them all the time.
 It's hard to imagine that my nieces and nephews are married and giving us great nieces and nephews but it's true. Datrion's family lives in San Antonio. The kids are getting so big and we are getting so old. Questyn, Carissa, Jaden, Tera, Datrion and last but not least, Kaden. Yes, we have a great nephew Kaden and a grandson named Caden.
 Sebastain and Noah belong to my sister, Debbie, in Ohio. I don't know them near the way I wish I did but how can you resist those cute faces?
 The newest additions to our family belong to my brother Justin. Hayden is a ball of energy and all boy, Hannah is the sweetest thing going around kissing the dogs at mom's and Hayleigh is the Diva Princess.
 I still remember when Nookie and Sam started dating and now they have a family of their own. We spent a good amount of time with these kids when they were much younger. Jessica, Samson, Nookie (Kelvin) family, Stephen, Nooki & Samantha.
 I only have one brother with whom I share both a mom and a dad and these are his amazing little kids. Paisley is a hoot and a half and Brayden is a shy, sweet boy.
 Poor, poor Halle she has 3 brothers (one of whom is not in the picture nor is his son but we still love Vashad and Tyson). Chris is up top and Eriq is down low. These are the countriest kids you will ever meet.
 My sweet baby sister gave me two beautiful nieces: Carerra and Keirstyn.....their smiles don't scream trouble makers at all.
 These are my Puerto Rican nieces and nephews....I have known all of them from the day that they were born and I hope that a long time from now I'm still around when their children are born. Tati belongs to my God sister Cusi and the boys Javi and Alexis belong to my God sister Musica.
 My nephew Joshua and I share a birthday. He was born my freshman year in high school so we automatically have a special bond. My niece Sarah is not afraid to be her own person and express herself.
 Who is this good looking guy? He's my nephew Xavier aka Kittyman or like my niece calls him "The Kitty"
 In life, if we are blessed enough, we will have people come into your life and no matter what you go through and no matter the distance, they are your sisters. Both the boys on the top of this caption and the boys on the bottom belong to ladies that I consider more my sisters than I do my friends. Up top ~ Tre, Calob and Dillon. Below ~ Jaden B (yep we love our Jadens and Kaden/Cadens) and his big brother the way, Jaden has no B in his name. I started saying that and it stuck.

 The two girls on the left are miracles. Joseph prayed and prayed for the girl on the furthest left, Mylisa. Mataya is the funniest little girl I have ever met and full of energy. Nicole has turned into such a beautiful young lady. 

This group is part family/part friend. I don't know what I would do without these ladies or the kids keeping me on my toes.. Shunta, Ashaunti, Niyah, DJ, Kendra and JuJu.

Last but not least are my cousins/nieces and nephews that Chapins. It gets a little confusing. Kim (far left) and Brandon's dad is the brother to my step-dad's nephew. That same nephew has daughter who is Kirsten's mom but Kirsten is the adopted daughter of Kim and Brandon. So in a sense, Kirsten (yes, we like that name in my family too) is my step cousin but I automatically get to claim Kim and Brandon too and since I am more like Aunt than Cousin, I am Cousin Aunt Joni.

God is so very good to bless me with my not only my own children but to bless my life with these beautiful babies.


Until Next Time! Joni

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Weekend Recap

Sorry guys it's almost the weekend again and I'm just now posting the weekend update but my boss is out due to gall bladder surgery and her assistant is out due to a death in the family which leaves me doing all our jobs and dealing with the new hires....oh boy.

Last weekend was Rattlesnake Round Up in Walnut Springs, TX.
On the way to the place I still consider home, we passed this guy at 10XXX Ranch in Eulogy, TX. 

 I think this is one of the only photos of me and my dad together. Rick is actually my stepdad but sometimes those guys are closer to you than your own daddy.

 My mom decided she would ride the crazy ride with Grant; the day after a stomach bug...needless to say Mom and Grant asked to get off the ride after a few go rounds.
 This is my cousin Gary. He is the lead singer for a band called Three Rivers Shine. I'm super proud of him and one day you will hear him singing country music on the radio.
 Me, my dad, my mom and my cousin Abbie.

 My Love....I swear I love this man.
 My dog sister Maddie.

and my other dog sister, Maddie.

Until Next Time! Joni

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday Thoughts 02-27-2014

Linking Up for this weeks Thursday Thoughts.

Where did my warm weather go? I would love for it to be 80 today, well maybe not since I'm at home today with my stomach, thank you people at work for sharing your tummy could have kept it to yourself but I'll take a day to lie in bed and do nothing....of course I could do without running to the bathroom every 5 minutes.

They make these for every season and every season I buy a bag. It all started at Christmas 5 years ago when one of my good friends,Jessi, introduced me to theses babies at the Yellow Store (that's what my niece Keirstyn calls it) AKA Dollar General.

Joseph is home from working. I think we will be going to my parent's house for the annual Rattlesnake, fun.

Katy Perry delivered a baby this week. Sources claim it could be here sister. More power to you girlie but there is no way I want to deliver my sister's babies and no way I want to look at her lady parts. When she gives me a nephew, I'll tweet you and you can deliver him. 

Until Next Time! Joni

Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm The Kinda Girl Who.......

* Loves with her whole self

*Who hates doing things the hard way but always does

* Is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel

* Knows what I want to be in life but took the long way

* Forgives easily but doesn't forget even though I act like I have

* eats Miracle Whip with red beans

* loves to help others but will neglect myself

* hates the voice mail icon on my cell phone

* could live off sweat tea and carbs

* feels like I haven't done a real workout unless I'm dripping with sweat and my legs feel like jello

* Who can't stand people who feel like they know everything or feel like they get to be control of everything

* Who happens to be a control freak slightly

* Makes lists for everything and still forgets to get it done

* Who longs to be a veggie-terian or a fish-aterian but feels like I'm not a true Texan or Southerner if I don't eat meat

*Will fight for those I love and for causes I believe in

* Longs to write but feels stuck in a rut most of the time

* Would graciously workout for hours so I can eat that BIG slice of chocolate cake

Until Next Time! Joni

Sunday, February 23, 2014

To The Girls In Middle School & High School That I Made Fun Of.......

When I was growing up I was skinny, fit, athletic and mean.
I've come to realize that my being mean was more about being defensive and not being hurt in life anymore than I already had been.

When I started playing sports it got worse. I can remember my very first track practice in 7th grade. Here I was in my little bitty soccer shorts, t-shirt and track shoes, hair pulled up in a ponytail and cute as could be. I could make it around the track with no problem, I was super flexible and the drills and workouts weren't hard for me at all but it was for some of the other girls. 

Not all the other girls were overweight, some just weren't very athletic but they wanted to be a part of everything and they tried and yet, I made fun of them. I talked about them, laughed at them, made fun of them and I was just plain mean.

Fast forward years later, I'm not saying how many, and I find myself being one of these girls. Today I went to the track. It was a beautiful day. I wanted so much to make it one full time around the track but I ended up only being able to run 100 meters before I had to walk.

As I watched the girl from high school working out, stretching, running drills it made me wonder if she was looking at this 30 something year old, overweight, out of shape woman giving it all she had and still not making it around the track and it made me think about how mean I was to the girls who were giving it their all but who weren't on the same level of athletic ability that I was.

So from the bottom of my heart,

I am sorry. I was mean and ugly and I hope that if any of them read this post, they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.

Until Next Time! Joni