Saturday, April 30, 2011

fit for a princess…

Yes. I did it.

I have officially watched all recorded coverage of the Royal Wedding that one person’s DVR can hold.

It was amazing. Lets just start with the dress- which was stunning, modern yet traditional from the house of Alexander McQueen. She looked beautiful. I can’t help but feel just so excited for this girl I’ve never met.

Loved the trees in Westminster Abbey, loved watching her father walk her down the isle, loved Pippa looking fabulous and playing dedicated sister.

Loved the hats and fascinators- can we just take on that trend of England for our formal wear? (Except for the few that were  a tad Lady Gaga-esque.)

I loved that William whispered to her that she was beautiful when she reached the altar.

Loved the kisses on the balcony and how she blushed and he grinned…it was precious.

And I loved that the entire time, I remembered my own wedding, and hoped she felt as excited and as in love as we did on that day.  The one day in the world that we get a tiny smidgen of a glimpse in to feeling how a princess feels. (Minus the 1900 person guest list and estimated 2 billion worldwide viewers!)

(Friday I worked, but one of my patients is a Brit, so I could count on her to keep the tv on coverage so I could peep in and see some of the festivities…Smile)
photo by Getty Images

Okay Prince Harry…its your turn next to give us all another reason to drink mimosas, wake up at the crack of dawn, and pretend we are all princesses for the day, living vicariously through your bride!

Monday, April 25, 2011

2 years ago…

Two years ago…
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…I married my best friend.
I love you!

Multitude Monday

Monday 4/18/11
444. for a back porch to sit on a read a good book on a pretty day
445. for an understanding husband
446. for a God who hears my prayers

Tuesday 4/19/11
447. for energy to make it through the day when I woke up at 2am
448. for my parents sending us dinner so we didn’t have to cook tonight

Wednesday 4/20/11
449. for a great doctors appointment- for access to good healthcare
450. running errands with my husband and enjoying an afternoon together
451. for family that cares
452. long walks around the neighborhood at night
453. my giggling niece, running around the yard like a mad woman singing and laughing with pigtails bouncing everywhere

Thursday 4/21/11
454. for uplifting blogs
455. Kona coffee, sent straight from Hawaii by a friend.

Friday 4/22/11
456. rapid response nurses that help out when a one of my patients isn’t doing well…they are every RN’s angels because they show up when things get crazy.

Saturday 4/23/11
457. for someone to pick up lunch and ice cream when we had a crazy day and barely anytime to eat
458. for doctors that work with us well
459. for EEG machines…and incredible medical technology (EEG machines read brainwaves to detect seizure activity or other brain/neuro issues)

Sunday 4/24/11
460. Living He loved me, Dying He saved me –Glorious Day by Casting Crowns, and hearing it twice on the way to work this morning
461. Easter baskets and candy from patients and their families
462. for surviving 3 extremely long, hard days at work
463. For his body broken, and blood shed….for me.
464. the He loved me enough to die for me
465. that I have a husband that cleaned the house and even cooked me my very own Easter dinner to come home to

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

for that grace...

On a week that should be completely focused on the incredibly extravagant love of my Savior, I will be honest...
I'm failing miserably.

I'm grumbling, I'm tired, and I'm pretty sure most of my sentences start with "I" or "me".
Its awful.

Whats more awful is that I'm aware of how self centered I'm being and really can't seem to get a grip on it.
I work a three day weekend this weekend. Yep, thats right, Good Friday, Saturday, and Easter Sunday alllll at the hospital. And I am trying so very hard to do as I always do when I have to work the holidays. I try to remember, I am fortunate that I get to go home at the end of 12 hours and sleep in my own bed, next to my husband, with my puppy. I am not in the hospital for months on end (yes, of our ladies on the unit has been there for 3 months!).
I should be grateful. I should remember that I don't have to be in a church to celebrate my Risen Lord, I can be in a state of worship on the 9th floor of the hospital. Its all in how I choose to handle it.

So tonight, after 12 long, tiring hours dealing with not so easy peasy patients...I came home and thank goodness for Amber's Blog...

I can't resist but re-share this quote from Anthony @ Beginning to Pray

"This week we pilgrimage with the Word made flesh to the Cross. We walk with crowds who welcomed Him, souls who could not stay awake with Him, souls who betrayed Him, souls who denied him, souls who falsely accused Him, souls who mocked Him, souls who abused Him, souls who ignored Him, souls who condemned Him, souls who were too afraid to stand for Him, souls who ran from Him, souls who wept over Him, and souls who followed Him. This week I remember that I have been, in different ways, all these souls - and it is time to ask the Lord for his grace get up and follow Him on the Way. This week, whoever we are, Christ crucified looks on us with love - his eyes searching for our eyes, his heart thirsting for ours."

So I'm praying for that grace, and that strength to get up and walk side by side with Him.
Happy Happy Easter Week!!

(And thank you thank you Amber for sharing such a great post, I needed that!)

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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Multitude Monday

Monday 4/11
417. handmade baby blankets that my mom makes and we give as gifts
418. 4 sweet patients that made my day so good
419. teaching
420. a boss that looks after me

Tuesday 4/12
421. sleeping in
422. a “stay in my pajamas all day” day
423. the sweetest picture of my friend Sarah’s new baby girl born today- Kaylyn Jane
424. the special bond I have with my dad
425. sunshine on my skin
426. windows open, rain clouds rolling in

Wednesday 4/13
427. cool morning air
428. Aldi, and cheap groceries!
429. the birth of baby Grayson today
430. a long walk
431. homemade lasagna
432. two friends, and two sweet babies born this week

Thursday 4/14
433. the way Josie stretches in the morning getting out of her cage
434. sweet pictures of baby Grayson
435. Meredith- because the girl can always make me laugh

Friday 4/15
436. knowing that the Lord cares for me better that I know and always holds my heart in his hands
437. that John sweetly deals with me when I’m an emotional mess
438. dinner together at our favorite Mexican restaurant

Saturday 4/16
439. a saturday at home together
440. that my sister, Tommy, and all of our friends are safe from the tornadoes in Eastern NC
Sunday 4/17
440. cleaning out our attic together, and finding all sorts of things from high school and college that we hadn’t seen in a while
441. walks with John around the neighborhood to just talk
442. the love of my Father, the incredible work He is doing.
443. a huge full moon peaking over the trees

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Eastern NC Storm Damage/Prayer Request

Here’s a not so small secret…I love eastern North Carolina. I love everything about it, the land is open and flat, the people are nice, and life there is just more relaxed living near the coast. My sister and her boyfriend live there, along with TONS of our close friends and family as it is where we have roots, and went to college. Please pray for the people of Eastern NC as they have been declared in a state of emergency from the storm damage yesterday. Strong thunderstorms and tornados swept across the state and unfortunately, the eastern part of the state was hit the worst.
These people are hit by hurricanes every year, so it often seems like they are in a constant state of reconstruction- however the damage from these storms is significant and scary. Thankfully, no one we know was hurt and all homes are intact, but thousands of people were not so lucky.  It is estimated that at least 70 tornadoes touched down in NC yesterday.
this is a picture of one of the tornadoes in raleigh, nc

these pictures (above and below) are of a Lowe’s home improvement store in Sanford, NC
homes demolished near Raleigh, NC

Please keep the people of Eastern North Carolina in your prayers as they rebuild their homes and communities.
Please pray that they find comfort and peace knowing God is caring for them and will be their Provision during this time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I believe…

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
-CS Lewis

photo taken by my Dad, sunrise @ carolina beach, nc.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

snapdragons and gerbera daisies…

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One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
Psalm 27:4

the way He loves me...

Monday 4/4/11
391. for my sweet friend Sarah
392. for grace in days when I’m not so graceful

Tuesday 4/5/11
393. for the safety of our home during bad storms and tornadoes last night
394. for electricity, cell phones, and the weather channel
395. that no damage was done to our home
396. for John’s 27th birthday!
397. for cake from the best bakery ever…
398. dinner with my husband

Wednesday 4/6/11
399. for snapdragons and gerbera daisies
400. gardening, dirt in my fingers
401. a silly puppy that makes me laugh
402. a new book
403. live music

Thurdsay 4/7/11
404. a coworker I can trust
405. a better day at work than the past week!
406. going to bed early

Friday 4/8/11
407. hot showers
408. clean drinking water
409. the beginning of the weekend Smile

Saturday 4/9/11
410. having all of our family over to eat dinner and celebrate John’s birthday
411. a sweet moment….
412. that day by day, week by week, God is teaching me to rely on Him…that He is in the details.

Sunday 4/10/11
413. a beautiful Sunday afternoon outdoors
414. bike riding
415. snapping a few pictures
416. the beauty of spring time…and the ways the Lord loves me.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

happy birthday husband!

The one who makes me laugh until I pee in my pants,

gives me silly looks all the time

takes care of me when I am a hot mess

fixes just about everything that I end up breaking somehow

who is the hardest worker I've ever known

most passionate person I've ever met

and who loves me, every ounce of me, for who I am...

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I am blessed to be your wife...and I love you!

Now hurry up and come home from work so I can eat the cake I got you! :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

everything, everything belongs to You…

Monday 3/28/11

360. Forty-five minutes of peace in the morning while I drive to work

361. having one of the worst days at work- but knowing that God is on my side, even if I can’t always feel it.

Tuesday 3/29/11

362. a crescent moon to greet me this morning

363. reminders of His love

364. advice from two Christian nurses on how to handle difficult patients with love

365. that in the midst of a patients rage, I could tell him that I believe in a God who loves and cares for him…and that God opened that door for me.

Wednesday 3/30/11

366. waking up to a thunderstorm

367. puppy love- literally, from Josie

368. my slow cooker…and the smells it fills the house with throughout a cold rainy day.

Thursday 3/31/11

369. a fresh haircut!

370. running into a friend while in town taking care of errands

371. springtime colors…and pink!

372. the coziest blanket in the world

373. a husband that’s a gifted handy man and can fix EVERYTHING under the sun

Friday 4/1/11

374. whales off the NC coast

375. planning for John’s 27th birthday

376. that Josie holds her paws up for me to wipe the mud off when she comes in the house

377. “He who calmed the seas, does that to the soul…”-Ann Voskamp

378. worn old milk crates

379. mason jars

380. candlelight

381. a resting soul, after a week of restlessness

382. Ch 5 of A Thousand Gifts…learning how to handle the hard eucharisteo moments

383. an answered prayer….

Saturday 4/2/11

384. talking to my sister on the way home from work…

Sunday 4/3/11

385. a little reassurance…

386. worship music

387. prayer- and intimate moments with my Savior

388. communion and the reminder of how He love us so

389. grilling out on a sunny afternoon with my husband

390. afternoon naps

391. long walks

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