Happy Birthday to our amazing, fun, loving, strong, smart, and extremely talented sister, Kendra! You make life so much more enjoyable. You can always make people laugh. You enjoy life. You face fears head on. You don’t let anything hold you back. You say things how they are. You love deeply. Your goofiness and sense of amazing style is admired. Your talent, and artistic ability is insane (insanely good!).
We are so proud of you and the woman that you have become. We are blessed to have you as our sister and friend. We hope this is a great year for you…you’re almost done with school! Whoohoo! Wish we could be there to celebrate and throw a party for you, but know we’re thinking of you lots.
Love you tons sissypoo!
Cheers to 28 years of life!
Jon and I discovered this group while he was home this summer and we couldn’t stop playing them. I love how certain artists bring back memories from different seasons of your life. What a cherished time this summer was with Jon being home for 2 months straight! We haven’t had that much time together consistently in over 2 years. Such a blessing it was…a taste of what “normal life” is like to most people. We’re now back to our “normal life”…Jon’s currently in Bahrain for 2-3 weeks and I’m having to memorize 90 medications for our exam day one going back to nursing school! Ugh. The timing of Jon being home couldn’t have been any better. For the last year Jon has always had to leave on another job the moment I started any break, or returned home right when I had crazy finals and couldn’t relax. God knew we need this summer together, and time to settle into our home together.
Bastille will remind me of many things…
-memories fixing up and cleaning our rental house
-memories of settling into our new home
-memories of late night baking
-memories of hearing Jon rocking out to Bastille in his new man cave (and singing along) ;)
-memories of sanding/staining/creating our new desks from Elm and Walnut slabs
-memories of amazing conversations, reflection, and talking about the future
-memories of late night ice cream snack time, snuggling on the couch, and watching a show
-memories of awesome dance seshes
-memories of car rides/date nights to HomeDepot
-and many other wonderful memories
I listen now to Bastille and my heart hurts, but is filled with joy of all these wonderful memories. It was a very busy summer, and went by way too fast, but extremely special it was. I sit and type this at my new desk, listening to Bastille, missing Jon, and praying for him as he’s far away in a dangerous country.
These songs bring a smile to my face, tears to my eyes, and memories I will always hold dear to my heart.
Dear Summer Classes, I’m glad you’re finally over! You weren’t that awesome and took more of my money, but I guess I learned one or two things. Now to start studying 100 medications for our med exam day one coming back to 2nd year of nursing school! Ugh.
Dear house, all of the knob and tube wiring is GONE! What a relief and so refreshing to know our home is safe now. You’re coming together and are sure feeling like home. It’s still surreal though. It’s amazing what simple landscaping and some flowers do for a home! One of the first things we did after moving in to make the home more appealing. I love the sweet/spicy smell of our roses as well as the gorgeous peachy color.
Dear Jon, you have been home for 2 months straight!!! I can’t believe it. It has been so special being able to see what “normal life” is like for most people. You work so hard, doing countless hours on the electrical and now it’s done! You truly can do ANYTHING, and continue to amaze me with your endless skills and drive to get things done (you’re making me look bad!).
Dear summer, you have been so hot!! Thank you for over 30 days of warm weather and no rain! Our garden and flowers sure have loved you.
Dear sister, I’m soooooo thankful you were able to fly home for one week! It was so special, but like all trips, went by too fast. Thanks for giving of your artistic skills to help with our new bedframe, ideas for the home, and always keeping things fun. Love you tons sissypoo.
Tessa Anne Hanson
Born June 20th 2013
9:54am | 6lbs 4oz | 19 3/4 inches
My little brother turned 20 years old on April 22, 2013!
Where has the time gone?!
He is truly one of the biggest blessings to our family…a wonderful surprise after mom was told she could only have one more baby after having cancer, so she had me. Then mom and dad were deep into the adoption process of two brothers (paperwork, home inspection completed, etc.) soon to find out they were pregnant! I still remember the time Kendra flat out told mom, “you’re getting fat!” and then mom and dad knew it was time to tell us girls that we were going to have a baby brother!!
Bubba, you have brought such joy to our lives and are always making us laugh. I love your energy and excitement about things your passionate about. Jon and I are so very proud of you with all that you have accomplished at such a young age, what you are currently doing with your life, and ALL that the future holds! You have a heart after the Lord, adventurous spirit to explore this huge world (and summit every mountain!), and a drive to pursue what God has in store for your life.
I love you dearly and am so thankful God surprised our family with you. The Johnson Family would have never be the same without you!
Cheers to 20 years!
We love you boob ;)
Dear hubby, I’m SO GLAD YOU’RE HOME!!!! 7 weeks with you in Japan seemed like forever but yet we made it like we always do. You’re a stud and I’m so thankful for all of your hard work and everything that you do. Dear HOUSE, is this for real?! What a surreal feeling but we are so excited to make you our own and fix you up a little. Dear school, please hurry up …I’m ready for summer and my mind needs a little rest. :) Dear family, I love you all and miss you dearly!
Happy 55th Birthday to my incredible father!
Here are just a few things of the many things we love about you:
-your giving heart
-your wisdom and advise
-your constant support and encouragement…every since I was little I remember you saying, “never let anyone or anything stop you from going after your dreams and pursuing what you want in life.” …I am where I am today because of those words you continually said to us kids.
-your strength and knowledge in handling difficult situations
-your awesome dance moves
-your hard work and provision for our family our entire life
-how you always like to have FUN and making people laugh
-your daily hugs
You truly are an amazing man and we are beyond blessed to have you in our lives. We cherish all of our times together and special memories made. Cheers to all of the years to come!
I am thankful for…
1) LIFE: a God who breathes life into us and allows us to breathe. It’s easy to take for granted each breath, and what our bodies are capable of doing and instead focus on the pains, aches, and things our bodies cannot do.
2) Jon: every day I am blown away by his strength, his continual love, his wisdom, and incredible work ethic. Hopefully only 3ish more weeks left until he comes back from Japan!
3) Nursing school: with having such a rigorous schedule it is easy to just want to be done with school and take for granted what a privilege it really is to be in college and getting an education. So many people in this world will never have that opportunity. Even though my brain feels like it is exploding with material and I will never grasp these intense concepts (and I just want to relax and settle down a bit…if that ever happens!), I am trying to enjoy each day and am continually reminded just how incredible God is with making our bodies so intricate.
4) Family & friends: I am beyond blessed to have you in my life and I am so thankful for you. Even though we’re far apart know that I am always thinking of you, I miss you, and love you so very much. To those few close friends that are there no matter what–you know who you are and that I wish there weren’t so many miles that separated us. Thank you for your love, encouragement and support. It means the world to me.
5) Faith: when things are completely out of our hands, God is in control and sees the bigger picture. His plan for our lives are immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine.
Dear Friday, I wish we could have a normal Friday like most people and enjoy the fact that it’s the end of the week and the weekend is here, but instead third quarter of nursing is about to begin and I’m having to study for my med/math exam day one of returning to class instead of going on a hot date with my husband as he is currently overseas (sigh….someday). Dear husband, you are such a strong man and I’m beyond blessed to have you. Even though you’re currently in Japan and going on 48 hours without sleep you still manage to show me that you love me and take care of/help me understand all of this house stuff we’re dealing with. You’re amazing…counting down the 6 weeks until I get to see you again. Dear future home, we’re excited to move into you and make you our own. It’s still pretty surreal. We’ll have a dance party once the loan approval goes through and papers are officially signed. Dear Tiff and family, it was so refreshing to hangout with you all for one week. My heart needed that and is feeling more refreshed. Dear Becky, thanks for being there always and calling to check in on me…especially during this lonely week for me. Dear sissypoo, I always love our skype dates and getting to see your pretty face. Dear nursing school, I am so not ready for another quarter to start already. Where did the break go?! Please don’t kick me in the butt too much this quarter…but with cardiac, renal, peripheral vascular, immune, urological, hematological and lymph systems in store it’s definitely coming.
Happy Friday everyone :)
Did you wear your green today?
Did you do anything fun to celebrate?
Our morning started out with waking up bright and early in order to be at our favorite new breakfast place when the doors opened. It was soooo worth it! The Home Skillet has the best biscuits and gravy from a restaurant and your own personal cast iron skillet full of goodness if your heart so desires. Bubba, mom, dad, Jon and I all enjoyed a delicious breakfast together.
My close childhood friend Kylee Cowden (now Visser) became a mama yesterday 3.16.13 at 5:56am to sweet little Brielle Ryan Visser. 7lbs 3oz, 19 1/2 inches long. We all stopped in at the hospital to see Darrell and Kylee and meet Brielle. She is so little and adorable. Being int he birthing center wing of the hospital made me even more excited for what part of nursing I’ll end up working in! Would love to work with neonates (birth-4 weeks), labor & delivery, NICU, etc. We’ll see what God has in store.
Today was a beautiful sunny day out so even though we’re both extremely busy (me: trying to study for my cumulative final I take Tuesday– Jon: getting prepped for a 6 week job to Japan– us: figuring out house details since the house is currently “pending” while we get inspections done) we took time to enjoy the weather and shot guns and clay pigeons. A short but fun break.
About St. Patrick’s Day…Jon recently became a fan of celebrating St. Patty’s Day when he was on a job in Maine two years ago and had the chance to drive to Boston with his crew to celebrate. So today he rocked his green shamrock t-shirt and we made Shepherds pie, soda bread, drank beer, and
danced around the kitchen while listening to Irish tunes on Songza. We laughed and had a lot of fun (and enjoyed these moments of forgetting just how much stuff actually needed to get done…it was glorious).
Hope you all had a fun St. Patty’s Day!