Tuesday, March 29, 2011

He always comes through :)

I was dreading this week at work.  Coming off such a great weekend with my family, I just was going into today like "Negative Nelly."  I didn't want to leave my family :(  I called one of my client's moms to remind her of her son's therapy appointment tomorrow.  She said that she was coming, and then proceeded to tell me  "God bless you, Mamasita (she's from Equador, and speaks broken English).  I am so glad that you are helping me with my son."  Hello?  That was totally from God.  TOTALLY.  He knew that I needed some encouragement, and  he sent some my way.  I then walked past my supervisor who gave me some uplifting news as well, regarding my caseload.  Again, really?  God is just too faithful :)  It's hard not to get wrapped up in the negative and the worry when you are in the midst of a trial, or hard time.  But once you see a little hint of light, it just seems to melt away everything that's wearing you down.  God calls me back to Himself and reminds me that He is in control.  Everything happens for a reason.  And if I need to take a walk here and there in the scarey, hard times just so I can learn more about Him and fall more in love with Him, I will.

God knows what I like.  He knows what makes me smile.  He knows what my desires are.  He knows how I tick, and He knows what I need.  God shows me he cares about me daily.  He shows me through the love my friends have for me.  He shows me through encouraging words at work from a co-worker when I'm having a rough day.  He shows me through the Word.  My favorite way He shows me that He loves me is through the avenue of sports.  Weird, huh?  Everyone knows I'm a huge sports fanatic.  I could seriously watch Sports Center all day.  God shows me that He loves me by allowing me to overhear a conversation about how UConn beat Arizona the night before, and now they are in the Final Four for the 4th year in a row.  God shows me He loves me when, on my drive to work, a car with a Connecticut tag drives past me.  How can I not smile at that, and know in my soul that there is a God looking out for me?  God shows me that He loves me when I get to attend sporting events with friends or family.  No one else knows me like He does.  No one. 

Aubree is coming to visit this coming weekend :)  I haven't seen her since December I think.  She's coming to hang out with Cassie and I.  Wish Sarah could come, too :/...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I think I may have found the next place I'm going to live...

Greenville, South Carolina :)  Not too big...

...it's got a quaint downtown area :)...

...and it has one of the most beautiful parks smack-dab in the middle of downtown WITH a waterfall :)

What do you guys think?  It's definetely in the running :)  Along with Indianapolis, IN and pretty much anywhere in New England.  I went to Greenville with my mom, Staci, sisters and brother-in-law.  I had never been before, and they wanted to show me what it's all about.  Greenville is about a 30 minute drive from my parent's house in Hendersonville, NC.  It's right over the border.  Perfect setup, right?!

Mom and Connie are busy preparing dinner for tonight.  Chicken breasts wrapped around asperagus and goat cheese, with brown rice on the side.  I cannot wait!  I'm so greatful for a mom who can cook up a fantastic homemade meal like this :)

I have to give a quick shout-out to Andrew Hall.  I couldn't be more stoked that he's moving back to Nashville this summer!  He's amazing, funny and loves sports like me and I'm just so excited that we get to hang out in real life again!  Also, he has a Harley Davidson and that's just plain sick cool!  I can't wait to go on a ride :)

My brother Andrew is somewhere in Virgina I think, still traveling to us here in NC.  I hope he gets here quickly and safely :)

I gotta go back to Nashville tomorrow afternoon, and I just know already it's gonna be a hard thing to do.  I really don't want leave yet.  I'm dreading it. 

I love this girl, and I'm glad she is here with me this weekend :)

It's A Wonderful Life

As I am writing this, I'm sitting on the balcony of my parent's home in North Carolina with a view of the mountains.  There is just the faintest trace of fog sitting on top of them, and it's beautiful.  I'm blessed to be spending a long weekend with my family.  Right now, David (my brother-in-law) is gently strumming his acoustic guitar.  Mckenzie is building a fire in the fireplace.  Meredith is sitting beside me playing with her iPod Touch.  My friend Staci is upstairs getting ready for the day.  Mom is pouring over her newest cook book, reading out different recipes for all of us to choose from for dinner tonight.  Dad is updating his brackets.  Connie (my wonderful adoptive grandmother) is sitting by the fire reading a Dennis Miller book.  And Aunt Karen (my dad's older sister) is relaxing and reading a book.  My brother Andrew is currently in Connecticut, making his way to North Carolina for the week.  He should be arriving late this evening, and I can't wait to see him :)  I've had such a difficult last few weeks at work, and it's just so refreshing to be with my family.  I am blessed.

I've been reading this book that a friend of mine lent me.  It's called "Cure for the Common Life: Living in your Sweet Spot."  It's by Max Lucado.  It's about recognizing and embracing the gifts/talents that God has given to you, and using those to not only glorify God, but to also keep yourself from living a mundane life.  I read this last night, and it really hit home for me:  "God is with us. Prophets weren't enough.  Apostles wouldn't do.  Angels won't suffice.  God sent more than miracles and messages.  He sent Himself; He sent his Son."  God is with us.  That's a beautiful thing.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Perfect Weather...

75 degrees.  Sunny.  Breezy.  Perfect weather in my opinion.  So perfect in fact, that we have turned off the heat in the house entirely, and have opened all the windows.  It's lovely.  QUICK!...Ask me what I did today!  And the answer is (drum roll, please)...nothing.  I haven't even gone outside.  Not once.  I have literally done nothing.  All day.  And it feels nice.  Especially after a long week.

What does it mean to be happy?  Think about it.  Does wanting to be happy make someone selfish?  Do you have to have all your "ducks in a row" to be happy?  Can you truly choose to be happy, or is it based on other things/people/circumstances?  Can it be a mixture of choice and circumstance?

So there's this girl I know.  She has a blog, too.  Her blog is quirky.  Her blog is funny.  Her blog is unique (and no, I don't mean the "I'm using the word 'unique' instead of 'weird' because I don't want to hurt her feelings" unique.  I mean the "Wow, this is seriously unique and I'm jealous" unique).  I'm jealous of her blog.  I secretly want her to teach me how to blog like her.  She always has so many pictures on her blog.  I'm jealous that she has like 70 followers, and like 20 comments every time she blogs.  I have 8 followers, and almost never do I have any comments.  Talk about discouraging.  Anyways, I need to jazz up my blog. Spice it up a bit.  And she's just the one to do it.  Her name starts with "S" and ends with "-teph."  Hopefully she can crack that code. 

 Mckenzie, I really wanna get my hair colored like yours.  Will you hate me if I copy you?

Andrew, brother, thanks for walking me through my iPod disaster today.  You're real good with technology.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ashes and Pancakes

Happy Hump/Ash Wednesday Day :)

I've been having consistant tooth pain in the tooth that I had a root canal on this past fall.  For the last 2 weeks, I haven't been able to eat on the left side of my mouth.  Which is totally inconvinient.  I walked in to see my dentist this afternoon, and they took an x-ray of my tooth.  Apparently, they missed one of the canals in that tooth.  What well-educated dentist misses a canal during a root canal???  Riddle me that???  So I got perscriptions for penicillan and motrin, and I have another root canal appointment scheduled for next week.  For those of you who don't already know this about me, I am 100% terrified of going to the dentist, and particularly root canals.  So the fact that I have to go back and get another root canal on the same tooth is, well, scarey. 

Today's Recipe:  Oven Pancake
3 large eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter

Beat eggs until lemon colored.  Mix flour, salt and sugar and add to eggs.  Beat in milk.  Melt butter in iron skillet.  Add butter to hot pan and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

Longevity Quiz -- Select your answer.  Start with the number 89 and add/subtract based on your answers.  They key is at the bottom.

1) When you're stressed, how do you handle it?
                          A) Very well         B) Pretty Well       C) Not so well
2)  How often do you do things that keep your mind sharp (Sudoku, word puzzles, etc)?
                          A) Couple times per week    B) Between once a week and once a month   C) Never
3)  Do you spend time with friends on a regular basis?
                          A) Yes, I have lots of friends     B) Yes, I have a small circle of friends    C) No
4)  Have any of your parents/g-parents/aunts/etc lived to be 97 or older?
                          A) Yes             B) No         C) Don't know
5)  Do you have a brother/sister/parent with history of heart attack/diabetes?
                          A) Yes             B) No         C) Don't know
6)  How much do you exercise?
                          A) 30 min. at least 5 days a week    B) Some/twice a week     C) Rarely/never
7) Are you at a healthy weight?
                          A) Yes         B) Pretty close        C) No
8) Do you smoke?
                          A) Yes         B) No
9) Do you floss?
                         A) Every day           B) Once in a while        C) No
10) How often do you eat red meat?
                         A) 4+ times per week     B) 2-3 times      C) No
11) Did you have a child without fertility assistance after the age of 38, or did you stop getting your period completely after the age of 54? (If you're too young for either of these questions or don't have children, pick B).
                         A) Yes               B) No
12) Do you have a primary care doctor you trust whom you've seen in the last year?
                         A) Yes            B) No, but I see my gyno each year          C) No
13) How would you describe your sleep?
                         A) Great         B) Could be better        C) Not so great

Key -->  1. a) 0  b)0   c) -5
              2. a) +5   b) +2    c) 0
              3.  a) +5    b) +2     c) 0
              4. a) +10     b) 0    c) 0
              5. a) -3     b) 0       c) 0
              6.  a) 0     b) -2     c) -5
              7.  a) 0      b) 0      c) -8
              8. a) -15        b) 0
              9.  a) 0       b) -3     c) -3
             10.  a) -5     b) -5     c) 0
             11.  a) +5        b) 0
             12.  a) 0       b) 0       c) -3
             13.  a) 0        b) -2     c) -2

Is anyone giving up something for lent?  Or incorporating something new into their lives for lent?  And why are there H&M commercials aired in Tennessee when there isn't even a store in all of middle Tennessee?  That's just cruel.  What's everyone doing for Spring Break/Easter this year?  I may be going to the Caymon Islands in April with one of my close friends from high school.  I'm hoping it works out!  I hope you all are having a good week :)