Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving week 2012

Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind...

The greatest commandment.

I would do well to remember this always, but alas, I am merely a human, and I mess up.  The good part is that He still loves me, and wants me, and that makes me secure.  It's true.  Life is just a little more bearable when you have a relationship with the Trinity (all three of them in all one of them because they all help you out).

I am crazy busy with my new job... and it's hard to be the new guy (girl).  There is a ton of information, and new rules, and new people.  Most of the patients have been great, but there was one that made me cry- she was a bit angry (not at me) and hateful (at me, but not because of me)-

So, the second part of the greatest commandment is to love others as you would like to be loved...

So, again, I failed on that day, not because of how I acted (I kept it professional, and I don't think I could be mean to a little old sick person, even if I tried) but because of the thoughts I had.... I prayed for her, though, and then me, and then her family, and then me again... lots of prayers...


In the spirit of THANKSGIVING...

I am so very thankful for a chance to work again.   I'm thankful for my besties. I'm thankful for the besties that live too far away from me. I'm thankful for the family I get to choose :) I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for forgiveness and for love.

I'm thankful for endless chances of mercy and grace.

I'm thankful for life.  It's all pretty good, really.  Even when a patient kicks me out of their house...(chuckle, giggle, smile).

Saturday, November 3, 2012


It has been quite a week!  It has been long, and crazy.  I'm glad it's Saturday, to tell the truth.

Sunday started with a race for POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) research.  Then,  FEMA activated VATF-1 in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.   It was literally, like, the phone buzzed, Mark looked at his message, and said, "I have to go"... and off he went.

On Monday my company closed offices at noon, school was cancelled, so I got home around 1230  to hang out with the kids... and do laundry, and fill water bottles, and stage candles and flash lights. We totally snuggled in and waited for the electricity to go out (and went ahead and watched Dancing with the Stars).  The electricity never went out. The lights flickered a few times.  I think it's funny that when we all prepare for the worst, there is usually very little drama... but then some random derecho thing can come through and in 24 minutes completely decimate the area.  People were out of electricity for a week, then, and there was no warning about that storm. 

Tuesday, school was still cancelled (why, I'm not sure), but work was business as usual.  I didn't really get a chance to see the news until after I got home.  Then we watched DWTS and became so angry that Sabrina got eliminated.... just saying...   then we wondered how the people were able to get out of NY and NJ, most of them don't have cars... then I worried because I know people who have so many loved ones up there... and Bon Jovi lives there, too, by the way... I'm sure they were fine... Seriously, though, I hoped that everyone was getting proper assistance!

The devastation and carnage from a level one hurricane completely surprised me!  New York and New Jersey have been hit so hard.  I think it is amazing that the New Yorkers and New Jerseyans keep taking these blows, but they get up, dust off, and go back to work.  It's pretty cool. I am praying for the recovery efforts, everyone working to restore power, and those helping people evacuate, find shelter, contact insurance companies...

Wednesday was Halloween!!! We dressed up (we celebrate happy Halloween only), we went trick-or-treating.  We enjoyed some candy... my tummy hurt from eating too much.  I wasn't exactly a role model, there...

Thursday was uneventful, for the most part.  I go to alpha class on Thursday evenings at my church.  I love the class, but I love my small group even more.  We have all become so close and so loving of each other.  I really love how we've started praying for one another and totally supporting one another.  Being Christian, now, is not the easiest life to live these days... but we must build one another up. We must support each other

Friday was crazy! I worked in Charlottesville.  It is BEAUTIFUL in Charlottesville.  There was even snow on the mountains (thanks to hurricane Sandy).  It was a long day, but a good day.  And then, I picked up some extra kids, and we headed home to relax... well, I had to finish documenting, but then I relaxed.

And tonight we get to fall back... yea!! an extra hour.  Praise our Lord, our God.  He is so good to number our steps and provide for us, and make all things work together for our good.  He never said He'd make all things good... just that He would make them all work together for our good. I still believe that.