Thursday, January 21, 2010

Your Hands

Several friends who hold a special place in my heart are hurting. 

I hurt for them. 

Sometimes it's difficult to see past the physical and emotional pain. 

When I cannot find the words of comfort I think my friends need...

My ears are yours.
My shoulder is yours.
My prayers are for you.

You are more loved than you can imagine.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Heartbroken for Haiti

When I feel like complaining about traffic on my commute. . .
When I feel like complaining about a "long, hard" day at work. . .
When I feel like complaining about a stiff neck. . .
When I feel like complaining about eating dinner late. . .
When I feel like saying "I have nothing to wear". . .
When I feel like complaining about long lines at the grocery store. . .
. . . the triviality has been heightened.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit himself intercedes
for us with groans that words cannot express.”
(Romans 8:26)

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”
(Psalm 34:18)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Becoming a Morning Person

I have always been a night owl.  However, I have had a strong desire to miraculously morph into a morning person for a while now.  Instead of giving myself just enough time to rush out the door 30 minutes from waking up and eating breakfast in my car on my commute to work, I plan on giving myself  "me" time in the morning.  Here's my plan:
  • Go to bed by 10:30 p.m.
  • Set alarm for 5:30 a.m. instead of 6:00 a.m. (the trick here will be actually getting out of bed and not snoozing for 30 minutes, which I usually do).
  • Take Goose outside to go potty
  • Make tea or coffee and breakfast (I make my lunches at night)
  • Curl up on the couch with my tea or coffee, eat breakfast while I watch the local news (KING 5 preferred)
  • Read Bible and pray
  • Get ready for the work day (I shower at night)
Today was day #1 of the metamorphosis, and it went fairly well.  I did snooze a couple times, so I eliminated the local news (I get that on the radio on my commute anyway). I felt fully awake, refreshed, and ready to start my day with intention!

A couple other goals I've set for myself:
  • I gave myself a June graduation deadline, and signed up for an additional class this quarter (Women in History).
  • I am going to start yoga again; my body misses it dearly.  I attempted last night, but I didn't get there in time :(  I'm also going to join Matt's gym.  I cancelled my membership at LA Fitness because I wasn't going, and Matt's gym is less than 5 minutes from our house so I have no excuses.
Time for's after 10:30!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hello 2010!

Wowzers . . .2010?! 
Matt and I have the biggest feeling in our bellies that this is going to be a fabulous year.
First of all, we are on the Dave Ramsey-inspired journey of becoming debt free!  If you have not heard of Dave check out his website and become inspired to live in financial freedom.  In December, Matt and I concluded Financial Peace University (a 13-week series at church) and we have big goals for 2010.  We are truly blessed with our careers, but my student loans are definitely a burden.  Not having a mortgage payment will be nice as well ;)

This will be my final, I repeat, FINAL year of school!  If all goes as planned (I get my butt in gear) I should be done and have my B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene by this summer.  It only took me 10 consecutive years after high school, and a few changes in direction (that's right folks, I should actually be a doctor by now). However, God always had an open door for me when I thought I had reached a dead-end.  When I thought a roadblock had blocked my path, He gently guided me through the detour.  When I think about this "long time coming" B.S. degree, I think back to how much I've grown though the journey and where I would be now if I had not taken all those leaps of faith.

The grass is greener on the other side . . .of our house! Matt bought "our" house 5 years ago this May, and has not had grass in the backyard.  Our friend's dad has some dirt-moving equipment and will be helping us . . .uh . . .move dirt!  We will bring in topsoil, level out the perfect-for-a-slip-n-slide ground, add a retaining wall around the back perimeter, and plant grass.  So, if all goes as planned (we get our butts in gear) we'll have grass this summer!

I have hopes to travel to Bolivia this June with Smiles Forever.  Smiles Forever was started by Sandy Kemper, RDH whom I was introduced to back in 2006.  Long story short, Sandy started a Dental Hygiene program in Cochabamba to empower women who otherwise have no opportunity; at the same time, improving the oral health of the Bolivians.  It's not set in stone yet, but it's in the works, and I'll be attending their board meeting this month to get some more information.

Our 1 year anniversary is only a couple months away?!?! No way!  We can't believe how amazing 2009 was with our dream wedding, moving in together, our unbelievable honeymoon to the Cook Islands, our Maltese puppy "Goose", and an amazing first year of marriage.  Can 2010 possibly top all of that? We'll see . . .

Hello 2010!
We welcome you with open arms, along with the challenges and joys you will bring.