Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Favorite...

Last Sunday we had our first baby shower, hosted by my sweet sister. My mom and her worked so hard and everything was so nice- we certainly were "showered" with lots of fun baby stuff and love! I didn't take any pictures myself because its kind of awkward to be the guest of honor and carry around a camera, but hopefully my dad and some of our friends and family will send us some pictures of the occasion that I can share soon. For now, I have a picture of our yummy cake that was made by my dad's longtime coworker. Dolores has worked for my dad for over 10 years, and makes the most beautiful cakes on the side. She made our wedding cake, and I was beyond excited to see what she would come up with for our baby shower when I found out she'd be making it!




I love that it was ECU- John especially loved it since I dragged him to the shower and he had to 'suffer' through two plus hours of women and baby crazyness! He's such a trooper.

Thank you to Dolores for such a beautiful cake and for all the hard work you did!

walking

 Some of you know our current "living" situation, where I commute 45 minutes and John commutes almost 1.5 hours, in opposite directions. Its not ideal, and we'd love to be able to find jobs in the same city so that we aren't driving so far, getting home so late, and can finally call somewhere home. This desire has become even more of an "urgent" thing in our lives considering we are bringing a little one into the world and want to be able to settle down with him.

Yesterday I had an interview closer to where John works. Interviews scare me. They mean I may have to change something in my life, that God may take us a different direction. As much as this is what we want, it doesn't help the fact that it's a little nerve wracking! Change always is.  I love my current job, and the thought of starting a new job shortly after having a baby just seems like way too much change in my life in a short amount of time. Plus, walking in to an interview eight and a half months pregnant is kind of scary just by itself. Who in their right mind is going to hire the preggo?! Never the less, I got the interview, which is the first big step.

Driving there I was a bundle of nerves. I got there early and had a few minutes to just sit in my car and "relax." So I opened up Jesus Calling, and God showed up....I wanted to share what I read yesterday- and how fitting it was for me to read before my interview.

As you become increasingly aware of My Presence, you find it easier to discern the way you should go. This is one of the practical benefits of living close to Me. Instead of wondering about what is on the road ahead or worrying about what you should do if....or when...you can concentrate on staying in communication with Me. When you actually arrive at a choice-point, I will show you which direction to go.
Many people are preoccupied with future plans and decisions that they fail to see choices they need to make today. Without any conscious awareness, they make their habitual responses. Peopl who live this way find a dullness creeping into their lives. They sleepwalk through their days, following wellworn paths of routine.
I, the Creator of the universe, am the most creative Being imaginable. I will not leave you circlin in deeply rutted paths. Instead, I will lead you along fres trails of adventure, revealing to you things you did not know. Stay in communication with Me, Follow My guiding Presence.

After going into the human resources department and waiting on the woman to come meet me for the interview I noticed a picture on the wall behind the receptionist's desk. A picture all to familiar, one that brought back a flood of emotions, I've posted it in a previous post. It is of one of my favorite places in the world, an outdoor chapel appropriately named "Pretty Place" in Greenville, SC. And it is a place that I have truly felt the closeness of God, and stillness in His presence. I'll re-share the picture at the end of this post.

I guess it doesn't really matter if I do or don't get the job, God will have us exactly where we need to be- He will Provide, all we have to do is keep walking with Him. There is such peace in knowing that.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

maternity-ness.

Last weekend John and I had the chance to finally take our MATERNITY PICTURES!! I’m thinking I was way more excited about it than John was…. :) Kim, the photographer is one of my former coworkers from college that has started a photography business on the side, and we LOVE her work. You can find her on Facebook at Kim Overcash Photography.  We love how they turned out and cannot thank her enough for capturing such a special time in our lives, waiting on little Landon! Here are a a few…okay more than  just a few, of my favorites from the day:
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I was a little unsure about “bare-belly” pictures…but I really do love how they all turned out. We cannot wait to see the rest of them when she finishes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

kisses from katie

I'm not sure when I began following this blog, or how I even came in contact with it. But I do know that Katie's life and story has completely touched my soul and I look forward to each and every post she writes about her life in Uganda. Take a look, I promise her words, pictures, and profound love for her daughters will move you to tears and speak to your heart.

Katie is a girl, who at age 21 has founded Amazima Ministries, and is the mother of 13 precious Ugandan little girls. You can read her story at either of the previous links. But the thing I'm most excited about is that she has finally written a book about her journey.

I highly recommend following Katie's story, supporting her in any way, and reading her book. I know I can't wait to get a copy!


"I have absolutely no desire to write a book about myself. This is a book about
a Christ who is alive today and not only knows but cares about every hair on my head. Yours too. I'm writing this book on the chance that a glimpse into the life of my family and me, full of my stupidity and God's grace, will remind you of this living, loving Christ and what it means to serve Him. I'm writing with the hope that as you cry and laugh with my family you will be encouraged that God still uses flawed human beings to change the world. And if He can use me, He can use you."

"People tell me I am brave. People tell me I am strong. People tell me good job. Well here is the truth of it. I am really not that brave, I am not really that strong, and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am just doing what God called me to do as a follower of Him. Feed His sheep, do unto the least of His people."
-Katie Davis






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

multitude monday

I know you girls aren't surprised that I am posting this on Tuesday, I apologize for being a day late- but here we go :)

804. for road trips to the mountains
805. the mountains, and all the times God has spoken to me through them
806. the memories I have from Young Life, and Discipleship Focus
807. the Blue Ridge Parkway
808. crisp mountain air
809. a happy puppy, wagging tail
810. a day just with John, just for us
811. that I realize everyday, more and more, that I married my best friend, and how deep that love is
812. mountain apples
813. homemade apple butter and blackberry jam
814. taking maternity pictures
815. wide open cotton fields
816. muddy paws and how pitiful Josie looks when she comes to the backdoor all dirty, needing a bath
817. an evening walk
818. for growing...not just physically these days, but as a person, and woman.
819. the sweet little man with dementia in room 905 that would just grin at me when I came into the room.
820. for all my sweet husband does for me
821. for hitting 32 weeks...only 8 more until I meet my precious little boy!
822. the miracle of pregnancy- each day amazes me that my child is within me growing strong


take a drive

John and I had an absolutely amazing time this weekend. Being that our time together just the two of us is limited with the little one on the way, we decided that we’d take a day trip to the mountains of NC to see the fall leaves, enjoy the weather, and hopefully bring home some yummy mountain goodness. It was definitely a success. We started Saturday by just driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at various overlooks, taking it all in. Josie (our rotten fur-baby) went with us and loved every minute of it. The weather was perfect…gorgeous blue skies, and crisp cool air.

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After driving for a while we set the GPS for Boone, NC where we ate a late lunch/early supper at the Daniel Boone Inn. For those of you who’ve never been there, it’s a must. The food is all yummy country cooking- fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, stewed apples, etc- and served family style, all you can eat. And let me tell you, I ate all I could.

After stuffing our tummies we hopped back in the car and decided to take a drive near Grandfather Mountain, and the Linn Cove Via Duct.Unfortunately the sun was setting so I didn’t get any good pictures, but it was gorgeous. The Via Duct was the last part of the Blue Ridge Parkway that was completed, and most expensive because they didn’t want to mess up the natural landmark of Grandfather Mountain, which it runs along the back side of. It is a beautiful little stretch of roadway, but kind of scary looking out over nothing!!

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And finally, after a long day on the road, full bellies, and a tired puppy, we headed back home. Not before we stopped and picked up some fresh mountain apples, homemade apple butter, and homemade blackberry jam. (Which we ate with our breakfast Sunday morning!)

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Sunday afternoon we had our maternity photoshoot at a park nearby, which was so much fun. John is such a good sport when it comes to those things (I guess between engagement pictures, wedding pictures, and then my small obsession with taking pictures everywhere we go, he didn’t really have a choice!) I can’t wait to see the pictures,  stay tuned for a post with them!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

think pink

October is great for so many reasons: pumpkins, boots, and all things fall-y, but its even more great for the fact that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I don’t think that it’s any surprise that cancer is something near and dear to my heart. Being a nurse for oncology patients has been one of the most rewarding, yet challenging things I’ve ever done. While the majority of my patients have leukemia or lymphoma, I do get to take care patients with all other types of cancer. 
I’m a huge advocate for preventative healthcare. Routine mammograms, and monthly self breast exams are simple, basic things that can ultimately save your life. Within this past year I’ve known two precious women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and it was caught early solely because they were aware of their bodies and knew when something wasn’t right.

Signs that you should not ignore
Be aware of any change in your breast or underarm area. If you notice any of the following signs, see your health care provider.

• lumps, hard knot or thickening inside the
breast or underarm area
• swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of
the breast
• change in the size or shape of the breast
• dimpling or puckering of the skin
• itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
• pulling in of your nipple or other parts of
the breast
• nipple discharge that starts suddenly
• new pain in one spot that does not go away
source: komen.org


There are a ton of simple, easy ways to show your support, give a little, or just sport the color pink for the month of October, but here are a few of my favorite “think pink” products this far.

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Essie’s Limited Edition shade of nailpolish “Raise Awareness” being sold at Ulta.



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Buh-lieve.it.
That would be a ribbon shaped bagel from Panera Bread Company. Apparently they are making ribbon shaped pastries and bagels and a portion of the sales go to support breast cancer research. Who doesn’t love Panera, anyways?



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I have a small obsession with pashminas…so this one from komen.org quickly caught my eye. It’s a gorgeous shade of pink, and has an small rhinestone ribbon embellishment on the lower corner. So why not be fashionable and charitable?

Those are just a few ways to show your support for the nearly 23,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and the nearly 40,000 who will lose their lives to this terrible disease. I am confident that we all know someone who has been affected by this disease, so take a moment this month and do something special for them, so they know that they are not in the battle alone. Secondly, do something special for yourselves and if you haven’t already, start doing monthly self breast exams. It literally takes 30 seconds to do.

For more information visit ww5.komen.org for ways to get involved, donate, and learn more about breast cancer.


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Monday, October 10, 2011

multitude monday

I’ve been out of the groove for the past few weeks of posting regularly, especially for multitude mondays- so this list compiles things I’ve jotted down over the past three-ish weeks.

778. for nursery progress
779. the family bassinette
780. seeing Landon in our 3D ultrasound
781. Those sweet baby cheeks and nose
782. cinnamon streusel muffins and orange juice
783. sleeping with the windows open
784. waking up to a downpour outside
785. crisp fall air
786. for unexpected conversation
787. our ECU family
788. maternity jeans
789. waking up in my own bed after a weekend where nothing really seemed to go right
790. seeing friends we haven’t seen in nearly a year
791. for John trying to plan a day for me, even if it didn’t work out it was a sweet gesture that he wanted to do something so sweet
792. the comfort of your own home
793. for learning to trust in Him all over again
794. that He closes doors, and leaning on the fact that He is perfectly in control of it all
795. homemade pumpkin muffins
796. date night at the fair
797. josie snuggles….her life is about to change majorly in just a short time!
798. scarves and cozy sweaters
799. fresh flowers from the farmers market
800. mums
801. the colors of fall- the beauty of the outdoors this time of year
802. for my patient in 915, who even without a voice was able to communicate with me and completely touch my heart on a tough day. reminding me why I went into nursing.
803. for Mr H. a man with more courage than I could ever imagine, who is now in a better place with no more suffering.


Linking up with Ann at A Holy Experience

 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

come awake

A friend recently posted this video on Facebook, and I just had to share....I love this song, and love the images that are put with it here. Hope you enjoy, and hope you see Him all around you today.



Blessings!

Friday, October 7, 2011

pumpkin muffins

You may remember this post a week or so ago when I mentioned my friend Becky's amazing pumpkin muffin recipe. I went to the grocery store shortly after that, but they didn't have any pumpkin in stock yet, so I had to wait. (insert sad face) However, a couple days ago I found some, and stocked up on canned pumpkin so I can make these whenever I please! Here's the recipe as promised...they're delicious. Hope you enjoy!
Pumpkin Muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400. Grease bottom of 12 medium muffin cups (or use paper holders). Mix all ingredients until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp sugar over batter in each cup, if you want. Bake 18-20 min.



yummy batter...

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the final product...minus one because John couldn't wait for me to take the picture!
*I like to double the recipe because canned pumpkin doesn't last long after its opened, and I hate to waste.These freeze really well, so if you make a double batch, put some in the freezer to enjoy later on when you don't have the time to bake! When you take them out of the freezer, warm them in the microwave for about 45 seconds.*

**You can also use chocolate chips in place of raisins for an even sweeter variation on these yummy treats.**

Happy Muffin Making :)

date night

Tonight the hubster and I took advantage of the fact that we are “just the two of us” and went on date night to the Dixie Classic Fair. You may remember a few posts ago I mentioned I LOVE fairs, they’re one of my favorite things about the fall. And while I couldn’t enjoy the rides like I normally do, we still enjoyed all the sights, sounds, and yummy fair food.

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Our night was complete with apple cider, funnel cakes, and caramel apples, the only thing we didn't get to see that we normally do was the swimming pigs! They are beyond cute. I'm loving this time with John, and really trying to soak in each opportunity we get for it to be just the two of us before the little guy comes along and changes life forever.

On a more random note, I currently use a Nikon D90, however I want a more compact camera for just tossing in my bag and taking with me to places that I don't feel comfortable whipping out the gi-normous one. Any recommendations?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

unexpected.

I like things that are unexpected…sometimes. You know, those little things in life that pop up and are a pleasant surprise. This summer my mother in law gave me a potted flower to put on my deck. It bloomed and was gorgeous, and then died away. The empty pot has been sitting on my deck, and I kept meaning to dump it out and throw the dead plant away, but of course never got around to it. Then came this weed, poking its little self out of the dirt and making a home in my plant’s pot. John kept telling me I needed to get rid of the weed because it was ugly, and he was tired of seeing it out the window, but for whatever reason I just left it alone. And now we have this:
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Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant-a seed- this plants the giant miracle. The miracle of eucharisteo, like the Last Supper, is in the eating of crumbs, the swallowing down one mouthful. Do not disdain the small. The whole of the life-even the hard- is made up of minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole.
-Ann Voskamp.

Where have you seen Him in the unexpected recently?

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