Monday, March 29, 2010

I guess I will choose comfort over cuteness...

I am writing this with my feet propped up. My toes are swollen and my knees ache.

I could blame it on my age....but why do that?! : )

My new job is different from my last in that I don't wear scrubs with this job. At first I was excited about 'dressing' for work each day. I love cute clothes and especially shoes. And I have a lot of shoes which I haven't had much opportunity to wear this past year.

But what I realized today is that my feet can't handle cuteness. I need comfort. Especially when I start working 10 hour days.

So yeah. Comfort trumps cute. At least this time.

My new job is going really well and the ladies I work with are great. They have all made me feel very welcomed and made my training go smoothly. I also found out that one of the nurses moved to Nebraska a few months before I did...from the same area I am from in California. (FYI to those who are familiar with where I lived...she worked at Desert Hospital. How crazy is that?!)

The only difficult thing has been everyone asking why I moved to Omaha and then having to tell the story...again...and again. I will be so glad for the day when divorce does not define who I am. I long for that day.

Before I head off to bed (and take some Advil for my aching legs!) I thought I'd share some pictures of downtown Omaha that I took when Zach was here.

Zach and I found this very cool, eclectic coffee house when he was here back in December. We had to go again this time. Some really good conversations between mother and son have happened over coffee and jazz music.

I so LOVE the old buildings and brick-paved streets....

And cool paintings on the old buildings....

And the food....yum!

The Old Market pretty! (And home of one of Zach's favorite vintage clothing stores.)

I love Omaha...for more reasons than one. ; )

Hugs and love to you all!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gotta minute...

Before I head off to bed, I wanted to give y'all an update on my new job.

Love, love, LOVE it!! : )

I am exhausted and my brain is overloaded...but it's good. The hospital is beautiful, the people are so kind and helpful, the training is excellent and I feel incredibly blessed to have this job for so many reasons.

But I'll have to tell you about all that later because it's my bedtime. 5:30am comes around pretty quickly.

Thank you for all your prayers--I feel them!

Love and hugs to you all... : )

Monday, March 22, 2010

And so the week flew on by...

Zach left yesterday to head back to Denver and I was so sad to see him go. It was a GREAT week and I love that kid so much.

And today is the BIG day--my first day at my new job!! I am so excited! (And a wee bit nervous--but we won't talk about that, ok?!)

Happy Monday!

Hugs and love to you all.... : )

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Yesterday was a celebration of sorts.

And we had a lot to celebrate!

We celebrated the fact that I got a job AND passed the drug and alcohol screening yesterday. I am neither a drug addict nor an alcoholic--which is a very good thing considering my life this past year. : )

We celebrated my sister-in-love's birthday--even though she lives in California--we thought of her all day.

We celebrated Todd's son Tyler, getting his first job AND making the varsity soccer team--even though he is only a sophomore.

And of course, we celebrated because it was St. Patrick's Day. We've never been big on doing anything special on St. Paddy's day, but since everyone else was celebrating--we did too!

We didn't do anything fancy--we invited my neighbor Jessica over and Todd and Tyler came by too. Zach prepared the most delicious Irish stew, served with Irish soda bread and I made lemon bars.

Oh...and we watched American Idol.

I know. We are such the party animals.

So here are a few pics from the night. I took them with my new camera that a Special Someone got for me. (It was nearly killing me to not have a camera!)

Chef Zach--making his yummy stew. And below--the finished result--simply dee-lish!!

Ok, so what happened to Tyler's hair you ask? Well...since he has his first varsity game today, the older members of the team decided to 'welcome' Ty by giving him a new 'do' to wear during the game. It's a hand if you can't tell. : ) Good thing he had his job interview before they did this to him, otherwise I highly doubt he'd have a job--any job--at this point.

Poor Ty!! He really is so cute!! Thankfully, he can shave the rest off tonight after the game. I know his girlfriend will be relieved too! : )

A boy + his dog = happiness

Happy Thursday! : )

Monday, March 15, 2010

Thank you and a little rambling...

Thank you all so much for your kind words regarding my new job. I am so very excited about it too! I can't wait to start!

There is lots going on here in my little corner of Omaha, besides my new job...

Zach is here! He arrived last night and I am so happy to have my boy here with me. Honestly, he looked taller than when I last saw him...and bit on the skinny side (or is that just the mom in me?!).

It was a long journey to get here--a two week long journey that involved Zach's car breaking down in Utah--in the worst possible place to break down. It was snowing, he had no cell phone reception, he fell into an ice cold river while trying to retrieve water for his radiator, his heater was was bad. He was able to push his car to a call box and call John (who comes from a long line of guys who love to fix cars as a hobby). It took him hours to drive 50 miles where he could spend the night and we could try to figure out what to do next. Between John (who was getting ready to deploy any day), his brother Steve and Todd--they devised a plan to try to get the car to Grand Junction or Denver and either fix it or give it to a junk yard.

So...Zach started on his way, while my ever-faithful group of prayer warriors literally prayed Zach from Utah to Colorado. Honestly, I was so worried and scared--but as I prayed, the Lord took my fears and replaced them with peace. His peace. He had Zach exactly where He wanted him and I needed to put my mother's heart to rest...and let God do the work He needed to do. It was a hard thing for me to do. Very hard.

But he made it to Denver and while his car was being fixed, Steve and his wife Vickie graciously allowed Zach to stay in their home. Honestly, it was the best place he could have been. I won't get into why Zach was on his way to Omaha--he is 19 years old and it's his story to tell, not mine--but due to circumstances, he won't be going back to California. After a lot of prayer and godly counsel over these past two weeks, Zach will be going back to Denver.

The original plan was for him to come to Omaha, get a job and live with Todd (my apartment is too teensie-tiny). But while he was in Denver, he was offered a job from someone at Steve's church. His goal is to work as hard as he can, save up his money and go to back to school in the fall (but not in California). And once again, Steve and Vickie have graciously opened up their home to Zach, as a place to live while he's in Denver.

Another added plus? He will only be an hour from his Sissy and his nephews--who could definitely use the extra support and love right now. And I am only 7 hours away. : )

The past year and the circumstances surrounding it, have certainly brought about a lot of changes. When my kiddos were young and I would wonder how our lives would look when they were grown, this was not at all what I envisioned. Not even close. My heart breaks when I see the devastation this has caused in my children's lives--the pain they live with every day. I wish I could help them make sense of this...but I can't, because I don't understand.

Healing is such a process, you know? And it's so important to allow God to heal us--in His way and in His time. Not someone else's way or time table.

So that's what we are doing--healing. Together. And by God's grace, we are getting stronger. Sure there are missteps along the way, but there is growth even in those, when we keep our eyes on Jesus.

Thank you for loving and praying for us along the way... we're gonna be ok. : )

Friday, March 12, 2010

Drum roll please...

I got the job!!!

I am so excited! I will be doing the same thing I was in California--patient admitting and registration at a hospital--which I loved. The job includes medical benefits and my schedule will enable me to take college classes. Most importantly, it's one more step in moving forward with my life.

Thank you all for your prayers, love and support. I love you all...

Happy Friday!! : )

Monday, March 8, 2010

I usually love Mondays...

But this Monday is a little nerve-wracking.

I have a second interview for the job I interviewed for last week. Today.

This time I will be in front of a panel. Not sure who makes up that panel, but can I just say, um....yikes!! I am a tad nervous and just want to get it over with. But it's not until 2pm.

Sorry I didn't tell y'all sooner, but there have been a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on here. More about that later....

Thank you all so much for your prayers! I appreciate them and YOU!! : )

(And I promise not to let a week go by before telling you how it turns out.)

Hugs an love to you all!! Happy Monday!

ETA: The interview went really well. I would LOVE to have this job--for many reasons. It's between me and one other person, so.... now we wait on the Lord. I will know something this week. Thank you for your prayers!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Good news...

I have a job interview this afternoon!!

It's at a hospital here in Omaha--doing what I was doing back in California (patient registration/admitting).

After applying for a TON of jobs, to finally get an interview is so encouraging!!

I'll keep you posted...and thank you for your prayers!! (I am so nervous!!)

Hugs and love to you all! : )

Monday, March 1, 2010


"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]"
John 16:33 Amplified Bible

Blessings to you on this Monday...the first day of a new month...a new week...a new day.