Sunday, December 28, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Well, I watched this movie for the first time ever last night. I was pretty impressed. I love Christmas movies. My parents started the tradition a long time ago. We watched a Christmas movie every year on Christmas Eve. Now as I've gotten older I have become quite attached to watching as many Christmas movies as I can each holiday season. The list of favorites includes: Elf, Love Actually, Little Women, The Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street, The Family Stone, Prancer, The Holiday, and of course my personal favorite A Christmas Story! There are so many memories attached to times watching those movies and just spending time with my family. I love this time of year.
The first week at my new job went pretty well. I say that now that the week has passed. I was late my first two days and had pretty much a 2 hour commute to work every day with at least an hour and a half on the way home. I can't wait until this summer when I will be moving much much closer!!! I decided to write personalized notes to the old co-workers so not to bore anyone (if there is anyone) who reads this with information about people they don't know.
I got the Casting Crowns Christmas CD yesterday and might I just say it is probably one of the best overall Christmas Cds I have ever heard! I can't believe Christmas is almost here. I have SO much to do to get ready as we will be hosting in my apartment. I think we are going to be having about 13 people or so! Also, I get to puppy sit for my brother's friends. I will be having a 3 month old Boxer puppy over Christmas. I can't wait! Hopefully he will wear Jada out! Merry Christmas to you! May you truly experience the joy that this time of year is meant to bring! Blessings.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Yesterday we went to the Macy's 8th floor display downtown. Now after careful calculating it was decided that this was our 22rd year coming down to the display. We only have skipped one year since moving to MN. We go early on in the Christmas season now (some would even argue that it is before the Christmas season has begun), so we beat the crowds. It was fun going and watching Isabelle and Elise enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying it in years past.
There have been quite a few challenges and distractions lately that have been trying to harbor my desire to serve God wholeheartedly and to make a difference. I am weathering through and learning a lot about myself and my family. Some good things...some really challenging things. There have been a few points during these last few weeks that I have contemplated moving to Texas and giving up on trying....but that would be how Abbie pre-25 would have handled things! I think I'll try sticking it out and see what happens.
So on that note I thought it would be good today to remind myself of some more of the blessings that God has provided me recently. Here goes:
* Gas that costs $1.70 per gallon.....It only cost me $28 to fill up a tank that was pushing $60 earlier this summer
* A dad that helps me change both headlights and a fog light as they were all three burned out while I cruised around town.
* My car being invisible so the cops didn't pull me over when I was driving w/o 2 headlights and a fog light
* Friends from work who let me know that they will miss me and that I am important in their lives
* Best friends that ponder all of the single guys they know...trying to find one "worthy" of me (their words not mine) to set me up with. Now, understand that I am not looking to be set up...but if they think they know someone, I will not stand in their way:)
* Friends that let me come over in the winter to try and whip my butt into shape on their elliptical machine
* People who listen to me and share in my sadness,joy,anger,happiness and excitement...all during the course of the same day!
* People who share their sadness,joy,anger,happiness and excitement with me!
* The knowledge that come Feb. 1st I will be cruising along the Caribbean and not worrying about any of it for 5 days!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Here is a picture I took last week outside in the backyard....I LOVE FALL! I went out there to take a picture and heard a noise. I looked over and there was a young deer buck running right through my neighbor's yard. It was amazing just to watch him walk down to the pond...I LOVE NATURE!
The trip to Idaho went splendidly. I got to see my dad's family and go trick or treating with my 12 year old cousin and Elijah (my 7 month old nephew). Boise really is a nice city. Saturday morning we headed down to Buhl the city where we buried my grandma and had her funeral (not in that order). There were a lot of family members there who I had heard about but never seen. It was just fun to go back to my homeland and see a lot of history, to hear stories of my parent's first date and to see where I was born. My brother and I sang at the service and although I would never compare myself to a 70's melodic rocker....we did a pretty good job if I may say so myself ( and I will say so...because this is my blog and I do what I want). The rest of the time was spent back in Boise chatting with Grammy (my dad's mom) and aunts,uncles and cousins. I must say we played a pretty wild game of Apples to Apples! I am SO thankful for the time we got to spend with everyone, as you really never know if or when you will see them again. Odd note: Some guy named Rico called and after listening to my voicemail still decided to leave a message telling me to call him...I am just not too sure I really know a guy named Rico, although maybe I'm living a double life and don't know it yet.One thing that hit me this weekend is how a lot of times we really don't appreciate what we have. Two people have mentioned to me recently either in conversation or through a joke how being married wasn't a big accomplishment in their minds. Now both of these people love their spouses and I know that the comments were not meant to make me feel bad, but I as a single person who has indeed struggled with bouts of loneliness was taken aback. One of my deepest desires is to be married and to find the person I get to enjoy life with. I struggle with that desire A LOT (to be transparent) and to think someone could feel like it isn't such a big deal is hard for me to grasp. Then again, I think that my sister who has two children that she loves dearly and would not change for the world...might at times envy the freedoms I have and some of the opportunities I have been given, due to my not being tied down. It is just a thing I have been thinking about. I am trying to be a.) More thankful for where God has me at this point and b.) More understanding that what you think you want, may not be what is right for you at that time.
Also wanted to let you know that one of my first goals for "The Golden Year", is to find an opportunity to volunteer in some way shape or form...the research begins today and I will keep you posted when I find something that fits. May God bless your day!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
When we had to send her up to Alaska to live with my grandma (her daughter), I never imagined that it would be the last time I would see her. She was such a rock in my life and it is SO weird now that she is gone. There are way too many memories for me to put them all down here but I know that I will never allow myself to forget them. She was born the year the Titanic sank and she lived a very long and mostly happy life. She survived some very tough times and she always kept her humor. I will never forget how she would always say while driving past a graveyard..."People are just dying to get in there!!" Or how as she got older and her memory started to fade it became "the people are all dead in there." I will always think of her when I see McDonalds or a Diet Pepsi. I will remember how much she loved The Price is right. I will never forget the night when she was about 92, that my sister,myself and my niece watched Roman Holiday with her. She kicked her feet up on the couch and ate her popcorn and M&M's...I am so thankful to have known her and I will never forget the times we had.
I pray that my life will be as full as the one she lived. She impacted many lives and she was such a blessing to SO many. I pray that as I age, I will still have the sense of humor to make it through the tough times and the simpleness to enjoy the good times. May I always have a little piece of her to remind me there is so much to be thankful for and to always say I love you to those around me!
Monday, October 27, 2008
So, today was the first day back to work now that I am a whole year older. I would say it went pretty well. There has been A LOT of stress at work lately and I feel like we are slowly working our way through some things. I love my co-workers and I love what I do (for now). That being said I have found these last few months to be pretty hard. They have brought out some sides of me, both good and bad, that I didn't know existed. There are a few new opportunities on the horizon and I am really praying and trusting that God will show me the correct path to choose. He has been SO faithful!
One thing one of my co-workers said the other day that I think I need to focus on right now is that there are too many things to be happy about in life, so don't focus on the bad all the time. I totally butchered that one but really it is true. Granted there are a lot of hurts and sadness in the world and I don't want to live in this little "Pleasantville" bubble. But, I think it is important to stop and smell the roses and thank God. Sorry, I just had to get that old-lady phrase in there. So, that being said...Here are a few things I am thankful for:
*Moments of peace and quiet
*Coffee in the morning
* That I have never known a day w/o being loved
*A dog that brightens my day...everyday!
* The abilities that he has given me to grow and learn and laugh
* The plans he has for me whatever they might be
*The patience he has given me to see what those plans are
* I am thankful for the struggles too, the fact that through them all...He teaches me.
Oh, there is SO much more. I pray that in some way today...you will find a reason to laugh and a reason to give thanks.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Now, to preface things I would just like to warn all readers that at times during this blog I will:
A.) Sound like I have in fact been older than 25 for about 60 years. I tend to use phrases like "Good Grief" and "Holy Hannah". I may say things like "It's a horse a piece" or "It's neither here nor there". I just want to put that out there ASAP to clear up any confusion. Please feel free to ask if you are confused with the terminology.
B.) I think I am pretty funny. I am not one to brag, but I was indeed the funniest girl in the 7th grade at Hidden Oaks Middle School. I may try to portray my humor and I will give it my best shot but sometimes I am bad at translating from real life on to paper (or computer screen in this case)
C.) Even though English was always one of my stronger subjects, I will not pretend to still be at the level I once was. I will use run-on sentences and a few too many !!! and ... in my typing. I apologize right now if this gets on your nerves!!!
D.) I will not go into this year pretending to think that I am somehow after 25 years going to mold myself into the perfect person. I am only attempting to live my life more intentionally and to let you come along for the ride if you so choose.
At this point this entry is rather long and I am going to sign off for tonight. I can't wait to see where God takes me this year!