Many are the Plans

I suppose you’ve heard by now, but the La Tour family is growing by one, and my husband Trigg and I are expecting the sweetest, tiniest¬†bundle of joy in November. We found out recently that it’s a girl, which means in a few months this world will welcome Miss Nellie Grace La Tour! The fact that there is another life inside of me is one I’m still getting used to, but we couldn’t be more excited. And so begin the days of preparing for and dreaming about baby. ūüôā

But this post is less about the biggest thing happening in our lives right now and more about everything else. Of course Trigg graduated almost two months ago, so big changes have come¬†for him months before Nellie arrives! In May he began working full-time at RCAL Products Inc. in Prairie Grove, AR (about 25 minutes outside of Fayetteville). He’s worked there for almost three¬†years as an intern and is now transitioning to design engineer!

For the past three¬†years, Trigg has driven almost an hour every day to get to and from work, so we knew when he graduated that we’d like to move out closer to RCAL. The plan was for it to be my turn to commute, since I still have three semesters of my applied mathematics degree/Spanish minor left at the University of Arkansas.

Well, I’m excited to say we recently closed on a sweet little fixer-upper farmhouse on an acre of land, merely seven minutes from RCAL! We’ve seen God working all throughout this (very long) process, and we trust Him to continue to take care of us. Now Nellie will have a real home to come home to!

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Of course, “Many are the plans in a person‚Äôs heart,¬†but it is the¬†Lord‚Äôs purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21). After much prayer, Trigg and I know it’s not God’s plan for me to raise this baby while I’m still in school. I will not be finishing my degree at the U of A. At least not any time soon! This summer and in the beginning of next fall, I will be taking classes from the Northwest Arkansas Community College in order to finish out an associate’s degree. I’m scheduled to finish by October at the latest, so school will be long gone before Nellie Grace arrives!

This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in my whole life. The world tells me that I need a degree to fit in. I need a degree to be an intelligent individual. I need a degree to get a job. I need a degree to be worth something. But God is teaching me to overcome my pride and trust in Him. Because raising children is not easy, and it’s not something to be taken lightly. But raising this baby is God’s plan for my life, and not finishing my degree is part of the price I need to pay to follow His calling.

So, friends and family, I seek your understanding and support in this crazy time in our lives!¬†Through all of it we are seeking God’s guidance, and through all of it we continue to receive His¬†blessings (the tiniest of which is coming in November!!).

 

Cari

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The Craziest Two Weeks of my Life (Part 2)

The craziest two weeks of my life took place in 2015¬†from May 11th to May 26th. If you haven’t read my previous blog, The Craziest Two Weeks of my Life (Part 1)¬†tells about May 11th and the morning of May 12th. In this post I’ll start with May 12th.

As I mentioned in Part 1, the second reason Trigg and his siblings came to visit was to attend my high school graduation. I had graduation practice on the morning of May 12th, and the ceremony took place on the evening of May 14th.

Before the ceremony, I got to take pictures with my family and with Trigg!

 

I sang a song at the ceremony, and I got my diploma.

Yay! All of that was super fun. After the ceremony, I got to eat dinner with my friends and family at my FAVORITE restaurant: Atchafalaya!

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And this is where everything starts moving pretty fast. After dinner, Trigg drove me home to change clothes. I spent the entire night (from 10 or 11pm to 5am) at the Berwick Civic Center for Project Graduation! Project Graduation is like a huge party for all of the new alumni of Berwick High School. I spent all night with my class, playing games, winning prizes, and eating lots of food. Trigg picked me up the next morning at around 5, and I hurried home to get as much sleep as possible…which for that night was about an hour. Why so little, you may ask? Because on the morning of May 15th, the day after my high school graduation, at around 6:30am, I left with Trigg’s family to drive to the New Orleans International Airport. Final Destination: HAWAII!

I got to go to Maui with Trigg’s family for vacation and a friend’s wedding!! It was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life.¬†We made it to the airport on time, and everyone was so excited!

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We traveled all day and made it to Maui after dark. We rented two minivans to seat the 13 people in our crew. We stayed in a beautiful condo near Napili Bay, where we were a five minute walk from the beach!! And can I just say, Maui. Is. Gorgeous. So gorgeous.

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Here are just a few beautiful sunsets from our time on the island. You may have seen these pictures elsewhere on my website!

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Every sunrise and sunset took my breath away. We spent the span of about a week and a half exploring the island and enjoying God’s beautiful creation.

May 26th (the last day of my crazy two weeks) marked the last full day we spent in Hawaii.

A little back story: in 2015, part of my Valentine’s Day gift to Trigg was a handful of IOU’s (“I owe you’s”). Each one promised a different kind of date, such as, IOU… a stargazing date, or IOU… a hammocking date.

Leading up to May 26th, Trigg used each of the IOU’s I had given him. And, at the end of almost every date, he shared Reese’s cups and glass-bottled Cokes with me! It was a fantastically sweet ordeal, but May 26th topped it all.

On May 26th, Trigg asked me to put on a dress, and we explored downtown Lahaina together. We collected some last-minute souvenirs and gifts, and he bought¬†me a pair of beautiful genuine coral earrings! Before leaving Lahaina, we shared a huge, authentic, mango-black cherry Hawaiian cup of “shave ice”. I will compare it to a snowball for your understanding, but it was like no snowball I’ve ever tasted!

Next, Trigg and I got in the car, but he wouldn’t tell me where we were going. About 30 minutes and a lot of questions later…we pulled into the Ritz Carlton! Trigg said we had dinner reservations for 6:00pm, but at that time it was only 5:15. With the beauty of God’s creation around us, we didn’t get bored! We walked around an adjacent golf course and down to the beach, and upon turing around to ascend, I discovered the sweetest little set up on a beautiful sea-side cliff.

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And of course, inside of the ice bucket:

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And there were Reese’s cups, too ūüôā

Trigg and I sat down and had a really great time talking and drinking our Cokes while we took in the gorgeous view. When I only had one Reese’s cup left, Trigg asked me if I could save it. I was a little confused, but he said he needed to talk to me and¬†pulled out his wallet.

Inside of his wallet was the very last IOU. An IOU I had forgotten about! It was a “create-your-own” IOU. But, when he unfolded the IOU and handed it to me, I saw that he had re-written the create-your-own to read, “IOU… an answer”. He took my hand and led me closer to the water. He poured out his heart, knelt down on one knee, and asked me to be the girl with whom he spends the rest of his days.

I said yes, and the artistry of the sky matched the beauty of the moment.

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Twenty-five days until I’m Mrs. La Tour.

Cari

 

Timeline of Events:

May 11: final band concert; Trigg’s wreck

May 12: graduation practice

May 14: graduation; Project Graduation

May 15: Project Graduation; traveling day

May 16-25: HAWAII

May 26: engagement.