Archive for May, 2008

Longest, tornadic day of my life…

Soo… this week has been a whirlwind. Literally. I worked long days every day but Monday, and had a bridal shower on Thursday night that meant I got home late and hit the hay almost immediately for work the next day…

I was already not sure how I was feeling Friday morning, and I could tell my patience was a bit lower as a result… Of course, work was NUTS on Friday. I felt like 5 o’clock would never roll around, but it did and the minute it did I changed clothes, zoomed up to the ‘burg to get some food, and then off to Zionsville for a babysitting job I had been hesitant to take because of the long week…

I was only supposed to have the kiddos for 1.5 hours before bed which is normally great because it then means when I am exhausted after a long day of work that I can crash. That definitely didn’t happen though. After they were down, I hopped online for a few minutes and then was watching to see what the weather was going to do. I seriously have NO CLUE how many times the mom called me or I called her. I was told where the safe spot in the basemen was, where flashlights and candles were, and all kinds of random info. The climax of the evening was when I was waking all four kids up (ages 6,5,3, and 1) to herd them down to the basement. We had just gotten to the top of the stairs when their mom called and said it was a false alarm, no actually tornado warning… Nice… So, we all camped out in one bedroom until the worst of the storm was over, then I headed back downstairs to hopefully crash… At the this point my 17 hour day literally felt like 24, yet the 17 hours turned into 19 which in turn felt like 30… I had never been sooo ready for my bed by the time I crawled in the early morning hours…

Definitely a day I won’t remember, but it did cost me a day that I wanted to always remember as well… Amanda’s wedding. I was almost incoherently, deliriously tired this morning and woke up with horrible allergies made worse by such long hours and lack of sleep.I did not even trust myself to get safely to the church for the wedding. Soooo sad, as this was one wedding I DID NOT want to miss. Now, I’ll have to be content to settle for pics and stories from the bride later. 🙂

This whirlwind of a week though definitely has me evaluating some priorities in my life right now. Yes, I ‘need’ money for next semester with student teaching. Yes, I ‘need’ to save money for the future, so I can hopefully be a stay-at-home mom some day in the far future… But at what cost does this come. I’ve literally not stopped since school has been out and I haven’t had time to invest in relationships that I feel lost out due to a crazy semester in the spring…. I recognize the need for money, but ultimately, aren’t the relationships what will be eternal?? Being relational with friends and those closest to me, fills me… money doesn’t. Just some thinking I’ve been doing… now for the hard decision on what to do…

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Thankful for the Body

There are days that I am immensely thankful to the Lord for the things He has placed in my life over the last year and few months as a result of my local body of believers. I should be thankful more often, but when He causes me to stop and revel in His goodness, I never cease to be amazed.

I am thankful for the entire body in my congregation, but today was a day in which I was specifically thankful for a shepherd who tends to his flock well and for his wife who comes alongside and proves to be a help to him.

This couple of God took the time out of their day to take me to lunch, so they could listen and also be a source of encouragement and wisdom. In this case the shepherd knew one of his sheep well enough to know this was needed even though it was not hinted at or asked for (and very very much appreciated). Even as I write this I have tears (yes, I know I’m sappy) from being so completely humbled and touched. I was just reminded today of how the Lord uses specific people in our lives in very specific ways. I was so thankful and touched by the time they took out of their day to invest in mine, of their own choosing, to sit and counsel me and pray with me. It was this that causes me to see the beauty of the church. It is this that makes me long even more for eternity. It is this that causes me to be ever so thankful to God to leading me to this flock of believers under such a great shepherd and his wife. It is this that encouraged and restored my soul in a very needed way. God is so faithful to provide!

Sweet Summer Jobs

Well, I got a new job for the summer. I am pretty excited about it. I get to work here:

The Lord was definitely good in this process. We still have to figure out hours/days and all that type of thing, but it’s good to know that I’ll get to work at a preschool and it will fit right in with my education degree. The best part is that I’ll get to keep my wonderful kiddos that I’ve been with for 2.5 years. It wouldn’t be summer without spending time with them, for what might be my last summer with them (I’ll cry about it later). 😉 I’ll only have to drive to west Carmel one day a week now and Avon the rest. I can definitely handle that… I had another offer in Zionsville, but unfortunately gas is just waaay too expensive right now. (I can still remember when it was 98 cents a gallon). Ok, so that was a tangent… this proves to be a good summer. After all what could be better than hanging out with some pretty awesome kids all week? 🙂