Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hi...Remember me?

Sheesh.

I am having such a hard time keeping up with blog writing/reading. There is so much I want to read...and so much I want to write.

But NO time!

This week I started working four 10 hour days and while I really like the idea of only working 4 days and having 3 off...it makes for some very long days.

All that to say...I am tired. I get home at 6pm and I am ready for bed at 7pm. : )

So yeah. I miss you people. Really. Truly. : )

Some good news...Todd moved into a new house this past weekend. Now he and his boys have more room and I am so happy for them. Plus they have a nice kitchen, which I of course, really like. If I am going to help by making dinner for the men folk, it sure makes it more pleasant to do it in a nice kitchen. You know?

I am hoping this next Monday, on my day off, to catch up with y'all. But until then...

Love and hugs! : )

Friday, April 23, 2010

And you?

I used to love Mondays.

But now I love Fridays.

How about you? Do you have a favorite day of the week?

Happy Friday! : )

Monday, April 19, 2010

Good eats and a little anniversary...

It's Monday and today marks my one month anniversary at my new job.

Actually, it was a pretty stressful day, as it was my first day scheduling appointments and answering the phone for eight doctors. I had never done it on my own before and I was hopping the entire time. Sure made the day go by really fast!

(And if you ever call your doctor's office on a Monday morning, please be patient with the person on the other end. They are probably doing the best they can. ; )

Anyway...doesn't this picture of a breakfast burrito look so yummy?! I love breakfast burritos. In fact, I make one almost every morning before I leave for work.

I usually just scramble up some egg whites and a little pepper--add a teensy bit of cheddar cheese and wrap it in a soft tortilla. If I had more time I'd add some green onion and red bell pepper--yum!!

So what about you? What do you like to add to your breakfast burrito?

And if you have any ideas for a quick, on-the-go breakfast...send those ideas my way!

Hugs and lots of love to you all! Happy Monday! : )

Sunday, April 18, 2010



Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ok, so here is my peppy post...

Well, it's sort of peppy.

I am having to figure out this whole tax thing on my own, for the first time. I have help, but it is still confusing and time consuming. ::sigh:: That is not fun...or pep inducing!

And the happenings around here? Well....I've been pretty consumed with my new job and the training, getting used to the hours, ect... I really, really like the people I work with. I couldn't ask for a more helpful bunch of ladies.

The hospital I work at is small-ish and in a more rural setting...very similar to the one I worked at in California. It has a very small town feel to it and I like that. The hospital just went through a major renovation, so everything is so pretty and new. I like that too. : )

Right now I am working five days a week, but in a few weeks I will be working four, 10 hour days. It will be nice having three days off in a row.

Oh...and I did solve the cute vs. comfortable shoe dilemma and now I have shoes that are cute and comfortable. It's all good now. : )

I really like the church I attend, but this past Sunday I decided to try another church....just because. I checked out their website and on Sunday gave it a try. I enjoyed the sermon and music very much.

It's still hard to be in church. Not because I don't want to be there--I very much want to be there. But it's painful. I have a lot of issues, you know? But that's another post, for another day. This is my peppy post! : )

So at the church I went to on Sunday, they announced they are hosting a Guy Penrod concert. If you are familiar at all with the Gaither Vocal Band, then you'll know who Guy Penrod is. If not...he's a southern gospel singer. I am not a big huge fan of SG, but my kids like it and it's familiar, so I'm going. Actually Todd got the tickets and we are going and I am actually really looking forward to it.

I am liking Omaha more and more. I don't miss California, but I do miss my family and friends and trying to build a life here is challenging. I have always been a pretty outgoing and 'people' person, but I am finding myself a bit more introverted and cautious these days. (Gee...I wonder why?) But I am trying.

So that's my life these days. I am still trying to move forward...taking one (cautious) step at time. And the Lord is good...

He is always good.

Hugs and love to you all!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Seeing

I should be in bed.

Well, actually, I am in bed...but I should be sleeping. My hours have changed this week and I have to be at work earlier.

I really wanted to write a peppy little post telling y'all how much I am enjoying my new job (which I am) and give you a little update on the happenings here.

But I read Ashleigh's post from today and I just can't do peppy. (And I can't do long because I am indeed tired and need to go to sleep.)

Oh, how my heart aches for my girl... actually for all of us.

I so appreciate her honesty. I appreciate her being real and not afraid of talking about the struggle....and the reality of Jesus loving us in the midst of that struggle, when our lives are messy and we are trying to find our way.

In this strange and awkward place I find myself, I long to see the reality of people loving and following Jesus. They are the examples I want see. Theirs are the examples that truly encourage me. And sometimes those examples have come from people I would never have seen if it weren't for what I've gone through this past year.

And sometimes the example is found in my own children.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'll take an earthquake over a tornado, please

I was born and raised in California. Earthquakes were a way of life. I lived the last 20 years on a major earthquake fault. In fact, our little desert town was known for a 7.3 earthquake back in 1992.

I still remember growing up, every time there was an earthquake, my mom would run through the house to hold the bust of this statue thing-y we had so it wouldn't topple over.

The funny thing was that my mom was literally 100 lbs. and like, 5 feet tall. The statue was twice the size of my mom!

So it was a weird thing to hear the news about the big earthquake this week and not be a part of it.

But here in Nebraska I had my own issues going on...

I guess it's 'Severe Weather Season' here in the midwest and I was initiated on Monday night. I was awakened by the sound of hail pounding my window, lightening lighting up my apartment like fireworks and thunder that sounded like the world was coming to an end.

Ummm, I was a teensy bit scared.

Ok, I was a lot scared.

I texted Todd to see if he was still awake (he was) and then texted my neighbor Jessica to see if she was awake (she was). Todd chuckled when I asked if I should be concerned about a tornado and Jessica was sitting out on her balcony watching the 'light show' as she called it.

Sheesh. What's with these people?

Nobody seemed concerned....except me. So yeah. : /

The storm lasted less than an hour, but I stayed in my bed with my Brodie-dog, who was shaking like crazy and together we made it through our first Nebraska storm.

The next morning when I told the ladies at work how scared I was, they chuckled too. What's up with that?

You can be sure I will be heading to Target this weekend to get a flashlight, radio and batteries. I was a Girl Scout ya' know....gotta be prepared. : )

So.... which would you rather live with....earthquakes or tornadoes?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The One Thing...

Friday evening Todd and I attended our church's Good Friday service. It was a somber, yet beautiful service.

I rarely sit through a service without crying and this was no exception. As I reflected on the significance of Good Friday, I was reminded once again of the sacrificial, magnificent and consuming love Jesus has for us...the kind of love that is willing to suffer unto death.

As you know, this has been a hard year and a half...the most difficult of my entire life. I have questioned everything...except the love that Jesus has for me...and you....and even for the one who has caused so much hurt and pain.

It's the one thing I have clung to, the one thing that has not changed...the one thing I trust will never turn it's back on me or leave.

I remember the first Good Friday service I attended many years ago. It was with my future mother-in-love. I had never, in my 18 years, (yep it's true) attended an Easter service, let alone a Good Friday service, but I went and it was the beginning of many church services I would attend with my mother-in-love. She was hugely instrumental in leading me to Christ. She knew personally of His consuming love--and I literally sat at her feet while she told me about that love.

And I realized something on Friday night. I often wonder why God would have allowed me to be married for so long, only to have my husband choose to break our marriage vows and leave. I just don't understand and I never will. (Of course I am not saying it was God's choice--obviously it was not.) I wonder what was the purpose? The point...if it was going to end like this?

The way I most often answer these questions in my mind is that I have my children and grandchildren. They are the result of my marriage and the most precious gifts I have on this earth.

On Friday night I realized there was One More Thing...one more purpose, one more point...

...that I would come to accept the precious gift of the Savior's love, through one of the most beautiful women I would ever know, my mother-in-love. The Lord reminded me of one more reason this marriage and the years in it, were not for nothing.... and were not wasted (as I often like to think).

So today as we celebrate the risen Savior (the first time for me, without any of my family), I will have a thankful heart. Not just for what Jesus did on the cross, but also for what He has done in my life and how He has used all these things to bring me closer to Him and to show me the reality of His love.

I am thankful.

Celebrate. He is risen!

Blessings to you on this beautiful Easter day....

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Birthday to my girl!

My baby girl is 24 years old today. I can't believe it!

We literally grew up together. Me, a young 19 year old mom...and my girl? Well, she was my little shadow. Sure we had our moments of driving each other absolutely crazy, but we needed each other. We still need each other.

And now I don't just call her my daughter, but I consider her a best friend. She has grown into a beautiful, strong, godly woman and I am so proud of her.

I love that girl. I do. : )

Happy Birthday my sweet girl...