Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December Post #2

We had a great weekend with his family. Always so short these Saturdays and Sundays!

Feels like I haven't been home much. Which is probably really because I haven't. . . gone again this weekend. I would love a day home to clean and organize, but think I will have to wait until Christmas Eve day!

I took Kurt on a surprise date Monday night as an early Christmas gift. It was fun to go out =)

Church Christmas Party was last night, gift exchange, white elephant, or whatever you want to call it. Very fun!!! I got the gift I opened and loved and no body stole it from me! :) And of course I later found out Amelia brought it. . . of course ;)

Tonight is Prayer meeting.

Thursday night Chiropractor then packing, and Friday I pick Kurt up right from work and we head to NH.

My office manager and the lady I work directly with is gone for the rest of the week. She left me with extra projects to work on for her because I asked what I could help with. Payroll projects that were very last minute and she had less then 10 minutes to explain to me what to do before she had to leave. I am excited to work on these, but also a little nervous because I can't remember all she told me! Let's see how this goes. . .

 And no matter how crazy the next week or so is I know the REAL reason for Christmas, so there is no reason to stress, or whine! Thanksgiving was hard (that was when we were going to tell all the relatives about being pregnant) and of course now I think about it even when I am trying  not to. Someone told me that this would happen around the holidays and I said no I was fine. Well it is happening now. But knowing that God gave his only son to pay the penalty for MY sins is overwhelming. And knowing that God is all I will ever truly need, I am satisfied and filled with joy.


Monday, December 10, 2012

December Post

 December is here and so is the craziness of it! We will be gone the next 2 weekends, this weekend to Kurt's parents in Maine and my grandparents a well, and then next weekend over to NH to have the big Hansen/Larrabee family Christmas together. We decided to stay put Christmas day as Kurt works the day before Christmas and both Kurt and I work the day after. So we will spend Christmas day with my family!! :D 

 We got a tree! Our "downsizing" as I recommended because we are barely home and it costs a lot, is a 6 1/2 foot tree in the living room. haha. Do they get larger as you have children? Because ours always end up being pretty large as it is!

 We did end up going to the gym twice that week. We are not going to even talk about the last couple of weeks :P That will definitely be in my new year goals! I will save that for January though and just wade through the next few weeks.

 I have entered the magical world of online shopping. I will say, it has been VERY helpful, but can be easy to just keep on going! I am mostly done Christmas shopping which I have no clue how because I can only shop on weekends and I haven't been going because it is so crazy! But I have been able to find quite good deals online, and CAN NOT wait to give everyone their gifts! I have a really hard time keeping them under the tree! hehe

 I had a very interesting week. I ended up being contacted by one of the hiring agencies I registered with when I was looking  for work with a possible job working in Fallon Community Health Plan's Corporate office in Worcester. I took a 2 hour assesment test thinking I would not do well or be a good fit, but  they were impresed and really wanted me in to interview. I interviewed and they offered me the job. It would be in their corporate call center, a raise and a really good career opportunity. But a lot more stress for just a couple more dollars an hour. They needed to know right away so I spoke with my work here about what my opportunites would be in the future for growth and just let them know what I was considering. I am very comfortable here and enjoy what I am doing so far, and I really like the smaller company feel and being able to work directly with the owner. They let me know they really appreciate all I have done here and they love my work and hope I stay, and the owner offered me a raise starting today. So I stayed :) It was a hard decision, but I have been through so many changes the past little while changing jobs AGAIN I don't really want to do unless I need to. I feel like I made the right decision for now, and who knows what opportunites will come for my future. And even though it was a bit of a stressful week, I am still where I like my job, and I got a raise before even working here 2 months! ;) God is so good to me and is always sending adventures my way that help me grow.

I need to post more often so I am making posts this long and you all aren't skipping to the end :P Hopr you are all enjoying your December!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Oh and ...

Something else I am thankful for is my hormone level is finally back down to normal as of this weekend. I am very thankful that my body took care of everything for me naturally and that I do not have to keep going back for blood work seeing as I am a big baby and I hate needles :)

Monday Again

  "It's Monday again!" I feel like I am always saying this. . . every other day. ha ha Weekends fly by and Mondays come so fast.

  We are officially moved out! Which means we have our bins of clothes moved from the camper to the house we are renting. lol We made a trip to Market Basket to get our week of groceries plus all of the other staple foods we will need and condiments. I am trying to be excited about cooking this week. I AM excited about cooking, just not super excited after being gone for 12 hours a day. Also we are going to start going to the gym after work. I am also excited about that, just not super excited :) If I make it 1 day this week I will be as happy as a clam.

  Kurt's friends came down from Maine to visit for the weekend. The new xbox game is out and they wanted to stay up all hours of the night to play it both Friday and Saturday night. Now, I am pretty tired Friday night and exceptionally cranky on prednisone (haha) but if it is one thing I have learned is that my man needs to be able to have guy time once and a while, just like I need time with the girls... So we stayed up early into the morning Friday and Saturday night. Something else I have learned is important is being willing to do the things he loves. Like play the xbox. Even if it is frustrating to die every 5 seconds because I am so bad at it. haha. It is really great to see him be able to relax and have fun. Being a kid once in a while doesn't hurt anything :)

 God has been so good to me and there is so much to be thankful for. I am very thankful for my job! I had my one month here on Thursday and everything has been going great and I am very comfortable. We are staying in a really cute and cozy home for the winter!  I can breathe! We are together!  And we have food to eat! :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

by the way.. .

I forgot to mention how during the hurricane the telephone poles in front of our house(about 5 or 6 of them) snapped in half and fell across the street. It was a mess with all of the wires and we could not get out. Without power Monday & Tuesday. Thank you to Kyle & Amelia for bringing us over Monday (we could not get our car out of the driveway!) and letting us stay the night. And taking me and Kurt to work the next day! Great sister and brother-in-law :)

My Week & Moving Out

We had a campfire and hayride at my families house last Friday night. Then a harvest dinner and conference over the weekend. It was great to see the Browns again and also great to be challenged by Pastor Brown as he spoke on Service. It feels like my weeks pass by so crazy and I barely have time to catch up on what I need to on the weekend. I don't get to serve as much as I would like to and am going to work on putting more of an effort in.

I had hoped to post sooner, but the internet has been down at my work all week due to the hurricane. Needless to say it has been a very LONG week working with very frustrated fellow employees.

I have been coming down with something and was starting to have a very hard time breathing Tuesday night. My inhaler wasn't helping at all so I took the neb a few times overnight. I love my job, but the one thing is I am the only Receptionist/Administrative Assistant so if I call out there is no one to fill in. Someone here has to quit what they are doing for the day and do my job. Great way to make friends! lol Seeing as I called out last Wednesday I really couldn't this Wednesday, I barely breathed my way through through my day taking my inhaler every half hour or sooner. Urgent care right after work. I am on the neb as much as I can be when I am home and am on Prednisone. Now that I am starting to get all of the icky yellow infection to come up out of my lungs (that is what the prednisone helps with), I hope to get over this very quickly.  My body is a complete failure lately.

We are going to be renting from a couple in our church that go to Florida for 6 months of the year. They normally winterize their house and have their kids check on it frequently, shovel the driveway, etc. They offered it to us to rent a couple of months ago and we have been thinking on it. We had decided it is the best move when I found out I was pregnant, and we are sticking with that decision now. We will obviously have to be paying for storage on top of it and all of our utilities there, but it comes out better then renting on our own.  We are trying not to get ourselves in a situation where we are in over our heads and not able to make it if I can't work full time down the road. Hopefully we can figure out a more permanent situation by spring. I can't wait to have all of my stuff out of storage again. Yes, I acutally miss my furnature, and paintings, and books, and cooking utensils, and all of those other silly things.

So here is my long blog post to start off November. God has given me a strength I did not know I had to get through these past couple of weeks. He shows me His blessings in my life everyday.

We are moving out on the 10th, and then Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our Baby

I am going to share something that isn't really that easy.  But I have come to learn for me, it is better to talk about it then hold it in. To get it out and do my best to move on.

Last week I found out that I was pregnant. Exactly 2 years and 3 months since our wedding date. Something else I don't normally share, I have never taken any form of birth control or have never tried not to get pregnant. I have trusted God to give me a child when His time is best. I told my doctor a year ago I had gone over a year without conceiving. She said point blank I was infertile. A kick in the gut. I took many tests and everything came out fine. We were referred to infertility, but I guess the whole information packet asking several questions about how far we were willing to go to have a baby scared us off. So needless to say it has been a very long couple of years of thinking I was pregnant so many times, only for it to end in tears.

This time it was for real, a blood test confirmed. I am not sure I breathed for a while I was so excited. Hence the last minute trip to Maine to share our joy with his family.  The excitement, the plans, the emotions. . .

I started spotting on Tuesday. I prayed and prayed, pleaded and sobbed for God not to take away my baby. Tuesday night I had a miscarriage. I should have been better prepared but who can be I guess. It was a long night. Excruciating pain, physical and emotional.

We both took work off Wednesday. Kurt and I spent the day together. We went for a drive, we both held each other, we both cried, we thanked God for each other and prayed for another chance to have a baby.

My body is still processing this, but I hope it will be over soon. Nothing like a constant reminder. My hormones are all crazy of course, very high to very low over night. I have made it so far today without any tears, 3 hours left of work.

Although it was a very short time, I miss my baby.  But I trust God and hold onto His promises.

Coralie Rose

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Blessings

Kurt and I made a spur of the moment decision to go to Maine for the weekend.  It was nice to get away for a couple of days, and so relaxing! It was great to visit his family and spend some time together. We girls went shopping on Saturday and Kurt and his father went to shoot Kurt's gun. We spent the rest of the afternoon together and some friend stopped by in the evening to play games. Church together on Sunday, then out to lunch at the 99.

It's Monday again. Weekends seem to be flying by lately! But I am very much looking forward to Thanksgiving. Kurt and I both have a 4 day weekend, which is so exciting! He is trying to talk me into going out EARLY (I'm talking long before the rooster crows) in the morning to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. (It's true) I don't think it is such a good idea? Anyone have a good or bad experience with that idea that wants to let me know if it is such a good idea?  ha ha

It is so beautiful outside. Every fallen leaf reminds me of eaching blessing God has sent down to me. I am so thankful for the lessons He has taught me over the past year, and am learning to be thankful for every trial and pain he has allowed to happen in my life. If I focus on His blessings, the hurt will never take over the joy of being His daughter.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
                                                                                                 Galatians 5:22-23

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New job ! . . .again

You are all wondering when I am not going to be posting about some new event in my life : ) And wondering how LONG my resume is starting to look with all of these different jobs . . . haha

My nanny job was not going too great, so I ended up ending that one. I have a new job as of  last Monday, and this one I really like!  I am the new Administrative Assistant/Receptionist at Complete Staffing Solutions Inc. in Marlborough, MA. I am getting paid better then I ever have, am gaining new skills and really enjoying my days, and *drumroll* I have my own desk (lol), not to mention the whole front room to myself . It is just me at the front desk and I handle all of the Apps, Filing, Tax info (W4's, I-9's, etc.), and anything else that needs to be done.

We are still looking to move out. . . only a couple of weeks left!

Enjoying the beautiful Fall scenery on my drives every day!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekend & Pinterest

It's Friday! I can not explain in words how happy I am that it is Friday.

I have done the ultimate worst thing I could have done. I joined pinterest. Enough said.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dunkin Coupon

Coupon for a .99 cent small hot or iced latte at Dunkin' donuts. I am very happy about this coupon. :) I used it this morning, they scanned it right off my phone. So convenient!

More coupons at this link. They end soon (only good for the month of September).

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Job

 I got a job as a full time Nanny in Westborough, MA caring for a 19 month old boy.  I started Monday and am getting used to my new schedule. I leave at 6:30 in the morning to drop Kurt off at work (since we share a vehicle) then head toward Westborough since it is a waste of gas to go back home. I have an hour gap between when my job starts. Today I am sitting at Panera Bread which is nothing to complain about :) Then I work until 5:30 or so, pick up Kurt and get home around 6:30. So I am gone 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. Something to get used to for sure!

  We went to New Hampshire to celebrate my sister-in-law's 16th birthday.  We went to the mall and she got her ears pierced! Very exciting :)  Then my sisters and I decorated for her party and we had a great Paris themed party in the evening.  I remember turning 16 . . . . :)

  I also dyed my hair and got it cut. I don't recognize myself in the mirror. ha ha. I will try to post some pictures later.

Back to my cinnamon crunch bagel (oh the delicious calories!) and coffee. 

Coralie Rose

Monday, September 17, 2012

Family Day

We had a family day to Schartner Farms in Bolton, MA.  I found a Groupon deal for their corn maze and a free hayride. None of us had ever gone on a corn maze, and it was a lot of fun! We went through the maze twice and raced the second time.  We went to get ice-cream at Kimball Farm after.


                                Corn Maze

The maze from the sky. If you look closely you will see a sun, a cow, a tree with a swing, and a barn with a horse in it. Very neat! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Still searching. . .

Not much has changed since my last post.  I have applied to several jobs and made several phone calls, every day. I have registered and interviewed at a handful of hiring agencies.  There is always someone more qualified.

I did get a three day job through an agency to "help out in an office". Which ended up being a warehouse.  I was extremely sore after, but it was work. :)  Kohl's is looking more tempting every day, but it will not even come close to  paying the bills with the price of apartments around here. And the first question people ask when I call around is if I am currently working and would be available right away, which is a big plus. If I go to Kohl's for now, then I would have to give a 2 weeks notice to leave. 

It is getting cool out, and winter will be here before we know it! Which means moving out of the camper. . . and into the house if I don't have a good paying full time job by then.  In the mean time my husband is working very hard at W.B Mason. I am very thankful for him. God blessed me with a very hard working and faithful husband.

It is hard not knowing what God has planned and why so many things happen. When anything seems good like it is going to work out, it all falls through.  I am trying my hardest to trust Him through every situation in life. Sometimes it seems like nothing is going right and every time I turn around something else is going wrong. But I have to remember He is in control and has a plan for my life . . . better then I could ever plan :)  And I will continue to count my blessings, because compared to so many others, my life is GREAT!! :)

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather!  I am off to enjoy my pumpkin coffee . and Mario on the wii with Caleb.

 I will try to post some pictures soon.

Friday, August 17, 2012

something old that is new

I don't even know how to start this post. . . as always. I will try to make this short (and sweet :)

Kurt was doing an amazing job at the Police Department in Wells, ME. I absolutely loved everything about our town & our home and was getting very settled into my new life we had waited so long for and worked so hard for.  It was beautiful living in a coastal town and seeing the ocean often was a dream come true in itself.

. . .but Kurt decided that it was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life and he didn't like criminal justice very much at all. It was all very sudden and shocking, but he ended his job and we came back to Massachusetts.

We are now living with my parents, well, in the camper.   We have lost a lot of money with all that goes into moving. I know that may not make sense but when you change from state to state you have to pay to do a lot of different things.  And with Kurt being out of a job for over a month didn't help.

But thankfully, God has been working a lot out. We had a year lease in Maine that we were able to get out of without too much of a hassle. Kurt got his job back at W.B Mason driving delivery.
I have great parents that are letting us use their camper for the time being, which is such a blessing! My husband is safe and we had our 2 year anniversary in July.  I do love him so much and am thankful for the adventures we have shared :)

Please pray for me to get a good job so we can get an apartment, and for Kurt as he tries to figure out his direction in life

Dreams are crazy to begin with, and even crazier when they are not what you want in the end.  But that is life, and life goes on.  Things are upside down right now, but God is still in the center, and we are still in love :)

Hope you all are enjoying your summer!!

Coralie Rose

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Job

I didn't take the job at Hampton Inn. I needed something that would work better around Kurt's Schedule and that would give possible weekends off when Kurt goes to academy so I can see him. So instead I am now starting work at Dunkin' Donuts.  Eh, never thought I would be saying that. But it is the best option in Wells for schedule flexibility. I will probably be working over 30 hours. I will actually make more then I did at Kohl's when I include tips... and it is within a quarter mile from the police department which is great for gas. There were jobs I would much rather work in Kittery, but once you calculate in the 35 min drive plus tolls it really wouldn't have made sense.

So yes, training starts tomorrow. Five lovely hours on the computer.

Beautiful weather the past couple of days! We found a really nice mile long trail in wells and enjoyed walking that. Also a couple of walks on the beach and out on the rocks. I am looking forward to the Summer! I have really enjoyed our back deck these sunny days :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hampton Inn & Suites ??

I got a job offer from Hampton Inn & Suites.  I was looking for a Front Desk Receptionist position, but they are looking for a Night Auditor. (I left my resume and application anyway)  I thought they wouldn't look twice since my application was specifically for Front Desk but they want me for the Night Auditor position.  11:00 PM-7 AM four nights a week, as well as a day a week at the front desk if I want 40 hours.  I was opposed to working nights, but with Kurt working mostly nights now, and then with him going to be gone four months at Academy (possibly in August), and then working all nights when he gets out. I might consider it. I'm going for an interview Sunday to get more details. 

I really don't know what to think about it . . .  I just want to do what works best for the both of us without our schedule clashing too much. Has anyone worked a shift similar to that? Any advice?

I am back at the Hansens. Kurt headed back home to work. Kiersten wasn't doing as well as they hoped over the weekend.  She still has a constant headache. She went in for an MRI today. Tomorrow she may try a half day of school, but I will be here the rest of the week so Faith can teach full days.

It has been great to have time to read again! I just finished The Thorn by Beverly Lewis. I look forward to the next one :)


Friday, May 4, 2012

I haven't post a pic in a while so I thought I would post one from Easter. His eyes are partially open which is a success! ha ha we matched so well :P

We are at Kurt's family in Sidney, ME. I came up to do Kiersten's hair and make-up get for her school banquet, but she isn't going to be going due to her concussion. She is not doing well so please keep praying. It is a hard process recovering from a concussion.

Hoping for sunshine soon! 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kurt had Thursday, Friday, and Saturday off so we came to Massachusetts to help my parents do some clean up and painting at our old apartment in preparation for the new renters and to tie up some things down here.  We came from the church we were visiting in Kittery, ME Wednesday night and it was only 1 1/2 hours from my family. Short drive!

Starbucks today and an Iced Caramel Macchiato  . . . yum!!!!

Please pray for my sister-in-law Kiersten. She fell at school today and was in the hospital part of the day for a concussion. She can't play sports for 6 months, take any tests at school for a while, watch TV, play on the computer, read for long as well as other things. I'm sure this won't be a fun little bit for her. . .  

Great thing about being with my family is the tradition of a nice big bowl of ice-cream in the evening!

Have one of your favorite treats tonight :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I am at the library. I got my card my first day living in Wells. :) They have a very cute library with lots of computers. And lots of people. I'm sure it will get even busier once summer hits.

The move went great! Our duplex is all set up and we love it! 

Kurt had a good first week at work last week. Kiersten's school vacation was that week so she stayed with us the whole week. It was great to have company! We both shared in the excitement of Kurt coming home in full uniform with his gun belt with all its gadgets, bullet proof vest, stetson, etc and we did not know what to do with ourselves : ) A lot of changes going on for him and in our lives.

. . . . One not so exciting one is me ironing all of his uniforms *cough* It is difficult and extremely stressful all this pressure put on perfectly starched seams in particular places. With no one to show me how. . . I think after many hours I have got them good enough to wear. I sure hope so because they let him know how important it is the he iron them a certain way. How the job got passed to me I am not sure.  But I take this duty very seriously : )

Kiersten is now gone so my house is terribly quiet. I have been doing everything and nothing to sum it up! Although it is in ways nice to have a break. The day after we moved I had to go back to mass to my doctor. It seems I had a bit of pneumonia on my lungs and it was kicking up my asthma. My inhalers and neb treatments weren't working enough so I was put on prednisone and an antibiotic. I think I am mostly better except for a cold. So resting has been good.

I will be applying to a couple of jobs. We will see where this goes. . .

Until my next trip to the library,
Coralie Rose

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


We are moving tomorrow.  To be completely honest, I am trying to talk myself into being excited. Yes I know, I have a dream life at the moment.  But I spent a lot of my years in Auburn and the surrounding towns. Many fun days at Blackstone Valley (I am sitting at Barnes & Noble now with Aly) and yes, I get attached to where I live and the places I go everyday just about as much as I do to people.  Familiarity is my friend I guess :) No matter what in life there is always home, or Dunkin around the corner, or the grocery store down the road that sells wonderful comfort food. Or just the roads I drive habitually when there are several ways to go. . .

Change is good for me, of course. I have lived in 5 different states and moved 8 different times. I was sad for a few days but am now back to my normal self smiling at the future. One more night at our apartment and then on to set up a new home! :)

Hope everyone is enjoying their week, and smiling at their future :)


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

We Are Moving Again !

For the Old:

We have been settling in down here. I have been working between 30 & 40 hours at Kohl's and have been trained in the Customer Service department where I spend most of my hours. They still put me on the register quite often as well.

Kurt has been doing great at W. B. Mason and they have been wonderful to work for. I am thankful God gave him that job for the time we were down here. They let him know if it didn't work out in Wells they would hire him back in a heartbeat.  Great, but I hope that is not the case . . .  

Kurt turned 22 in March. That sounds old to me ;) 

I have been keeping busy. I love our apartment and being back around Sutton, Millbury, and Auburn. We still share a vehicle between our two jobs which has been a bit crazy. I spend about an hour and a half driving between jobs and home a day. (I take him to work at 6 in the morning come home, go to my work, sometimes come back home, then go get him, and come home. And do it all over the next day.)  Although it is no longer an orange Kia Soul but a 2012 black Ford Focus.  I really like driving a black vehicle black much better then Orange. And it is great on gas! 

Something New:

As some of you may know, Kurt has accepted the job offer from the Wells Police Department as a full time Police Officer.  After many months of searching, we now know where we will start his career as a Police Officer.   His first day is April 17th and we are moving in a about a week!

And now for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (haha :) 

Wells is 2 hours away from where I currently live on the coast of Maine. It is very much a vacation town, the population triples in the summer. The police department is right by the ocean. It is also only an hour and a half from his parents and I believe around the same from his grandparents, and an hour away from my grandparents.  So we will be in the middle of all family. Thankfully not way up in the middle of nowhere!

We have a duplex ready to go. We went up Saturday when I got out of work to pay 2 months rent and get the keys. It is very cute and once I can I will post pictures. It is 2 Bedroom, 1 and 1/2 Bath, Kitchen with appliances included, good sized living room, small back deck, front porch, and a finished walk out basement. It is just us and a middle aged couple living in the house (it is a house split in half vertically) so it is a great set up and I am so thankful we found it! No it is not on the ocean we went 15 minutes or so inland.  The main route by the ocean is CRAZY in the summer. . . but yes I will be living near the beach and hopefully will be there frequently this summer!

I am not transferring to another Kohl's. I may in the future, but over the next month or so I am not overly concerned with getting a job. I would like to get settled in a bit first. It will be nice to have my first more-then-3-days-off  work after 8 months! I will not know what to do with myself :)

My last day at work is Friday so I am working on packing with the help of Aly and Jane (thanks girls!) Move date is next Thursday. I think I have covered all of the questions you may have, email me if you would like! :)

Hoping to get internet set up at the new apartment!
. . . until then this extremely long post will have to do. 

much love, Coralie