Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gratitude List #18-27

18. celebrating our first anniversary

19. fresh flowers- pink tulips and daisies to be exact!

20. homemade cards

21. our puppy's first birthday!

22. seeing how excited and happy our puppy is when we take her on a walk...if only we were all that excited about the small things in life.

23. finding a possible new home to move into

24. re-eating our wedding cake- because i only got one bite on the day of our wedding!

25. beautiful weather

26. a day at the minor league ballpark (and my neice saying that bolt the mascot had to 'poopy in potty' when she couldn't see him anywhere.)

27. grilling out with my family

Sunday, April 25, 2010

one year!

Well we made it...our first anniversary is here! It is so hard to believe that this time last year we were caught up in the excitement of our wedding...and now a year later- its amazing to look at what we've done. This year has brought its share of struggles with unemployment, jobs, and financial things, but it has brought so many great memories and moments for us- and I truly cannot wait to see what the rest of our lives hold.

Happy Anniversary John- I love you so much!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gratitude List #9-17

9. John got the JOB!!!! Our year of unemployment is officially over!
10. Vacations- no matter how short/small they may be
11. great friends- and traveling with them
12. beautiful places- we just got back from the bahamas
13. baseball season- i know college season has been going on for some time- but now the minor league team is playing!
14. warmer weather
15. my sister- i love her and her sweet self.
16. sweet patients that teach me, and make me laugh.
17. seeing the perfect way that the Lord makes life fall into place...exactly when He wants to.

What a beautiful past few weeks John and I have had. The day before we left on our 3 night bahamas cruise, John got the job offer and of course, accepted. It is such a relief to know that that trying and stressful time in our life is finally over. After such great news, we were celebrating! Our cruise left Friday and returned Monday- and we spent two great days in the Bahamas with some of our great friends, Sarah and Aaron. It's just fun to travel with friends. The weather wasnt' perfect- but we really all had a great time and both celebrated our first anniversaries, and John's job.
Coming back to work has been hard thats for sure! John and I are currently looking for a new rent house inbetween where his job and my job are, starting to pack up our little house (which I already miss...), and getting excited about all that the Lord is doing in our lives. His plan fell perfectly together for us- and we are just so grateful and blessed by all of it.

Friday, April 9, 2010


So...a few days ago John and I were riding in his truck and he got a phone call from his former-boss who is now located in Charlotte, NC. After some time, John hung up, looked over at me, and said 'well, they want to set up an interview'. Two more times that day John got phone calls related to potential job opportunities. These are the only 3 calls he has received in this year of unemployment. I cannot tell you what a blessing, and what an answered prayer these calls are- finally, some light at the end of a very dark tunnel. There is hope, there is a chance, we might just have employment here people.
After all of this excitement, came the questions- well, what do we do? where do we move? do i start looking for new jobs too, for a new place to live? what happens if this job acutally happens for us? Our entire life is potentially about to change...again.

So here's my request- John goes tomorrow morning for his interview with his former boss. So pray for him and his boss, that things go smoothly, that if it is meant to work out it will and it will be a blessing for us. If it is not meant to work out- then let our hearts know that and find peace with that.
If a job does come of this, pray for the decisions we will face regarding living situation/my job/etc.

One phone call and everything changes! What a blessing :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Husband

Today is John's 26th birthday! Happy birthday to him!! This morning I am busy making a cake- yellow cake, cream cheese icing, and strawberries on top- to celebrate tonight once he gets home. Pictures to come later :) I'm so lucky to have such a great husband that supports me, encourages me, and loves me no matter what- so I hope is birthday is perfect!!

note: i stopped writing this blog temporarily because teh cakes finished in the oven...lets just say cake decorating is not my calling and it was somewhat of a fiasco.the cake fell apart and i tried to salvage it best i could-but then little crumbs got in the icing so its hideous. i tried to hide some of the imperfections with strawberries but its still not the prettiest thing...oh and then the lid to our cake dome wouldn't fit around the cake...so how am i suppose to store this creation?! i even left him a note saying he couldn't laugh at the cake because i tried really hard. oh dear.
note to self- never open a bakery and expect to make a living.
i think its bedtime.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

by His wounds...we are healed.

So its Easter Sunday, its almost 8am. I've just gotten home from work and in a little while rather than going to church, I will be crawling into bed and heading back to the hospital tonight. Its a little odd not going to a church service this morning, because I feel like of all days it is one meant to be spent worshipping and remembering the true reason for this day. Not the bunnies, candy, and easter egg hunts, but the love of a Savior who died for me, and rose again for me, that I may live.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Happy Easter everyone- hope it is a beautiful, blessed day!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Gratitude List #1-8

"The other problem with all this swinging through the vines of thought, is that you are never where you are." You are always digging in the past or poking at the future, but rarely do you rest in this moment. It's something like the habit of my dear friend Susan, who-whenever she sees a beautiful place-exclaims in near panic, "It's so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!" and it takes all of my persuasive powers to try and convince her that she is already here. If you're lookinkg for union with the divine, this kind of forward/backward whirling is a problem. There's a reason they call God a presence- because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time."

-Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I have been thinking about a post for some time now, and just couldn't get my thoughts into place to actually write it. Until tonight. I have been trying to finish the book 'Eat Pray Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert for some time now(try like 3 months actually)...and am slowly making headway. It never takes me this long to read a book and while I don't find that it is the absolute best book ever written, I for some reason feel the need to finish what I started...however long that may take me.

Tonight I read this part of the book where Elizabeth was talking about how her mind wanders constantly- how she thinks of what was, what used to be, what may come, all the what ifs possible, replaying her life and dreaming of the future. She says she has a hard time basically just being in the present. I think I find this hard a lot of the time. I'm constantly thinking in past or future tense- like missing the days of college, missing summer and freedom, missing breaks from school, missing friendships. Or future- wondering about jobs, moving, money, constantly wishing for more. I find it difficult to just enjoy the moment I am currently in. Part of this feeling is why I started the blog in the first place- learning to be happy where I am, find the beautiful where I am, and just find peace. Part of that I believe, is finding the everyday simple things in life that make it so incredible and blessed. Which brings me to the next part- while recently reading several things I ran across 1. an article on yahoo that listed 101 everyday pleasures- and it made me think about my own list. and then 2. a blog that talked about "gratitude lists" and finding 1000 things in life that you are blessed with/enjoy/love/etc. Things you are grateful for. So to combine all of this together...I'm going to make my own gratitidue list- 1000 things that make my life beautiful. And in this I hope to learn to enjoy the presense of God, not the before or after...but the right here, right now.

1. my sweet husband, and all he does for me.
2. my sweet puppy- because every morning she flops her ears, wags her tail, and lets me know she's glad to see me.
3. warm, sunny weather
4. daffodils
5. getting bridal shower invitation for my friend Tyler- because it makes me grateful for her friendship, that I get to be a part of her big day, and I just love weddings in general.
6. fresh fruit
7. holy week and the renewal it brings
8. finding a great church to go to- and a sermon that reminds me how passionately my God loves me.

thats all for now...hopefully each day I can post a few, and remind myself of all the blessings I have in life, and learn to enjoy being with God right where I am.

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