Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Kara is one of the most compassionate people I know. She is real. She does not shy away from talking about real stuff- even if it's hard. She has had a hard year but through it all, she has persevered. Yet, through it all, she can laugh and that in turn, makes me laugh. She's always up for an adventure. She's my partner in crime--- always loving a good prank. We threw a Hawaiin Lua this past summer and invited about 40 people. Beach music, grilling, the limbo (ok, there wasn't the limbo- corrected, or Kara would correct that, TRUST ME). The lua was great! We went to Florida together (again).... and of course, had ice cream just about every night. We laugh at the same things- and cry together. She loves hanging out with my husband and I. And my hubby loves her just as much as I do. Kara is passionate about her Savior. And Kara is passionate about Nepal. She is probably arriving there right about now as I write.
I am so glad that she is going back. But right now, I would like just one more trip to Cheshire with her. I would like to go fishing for Ol' Blue and try to catch more fish than her, just one more time. I would like to eat CiCis pizza and go go carting. I want to have one more conversation where we spill our guts to each other--- just one more before she is back there. Kara is like family to me--- in fact, not like--- she IS family to me. And as her Dad has told her- I will put one foot in front of the other--- and hopefully miss her a little less each day. Miss her less- hopefully, but always have her in my heart and prayers- until we see each other again.
PS- most of my blogs are sad... just realizing. I guess it is because i usually right when I am sad and full of emotion. :)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
FL to me will always be a happy place- not because of the sun and sand- although that is part of it- but because of good times i've had with family and lots of good friends. It has not just been my place- but a place to so many of my friends along the way.... and THAT is what I will always cherish.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I changed jobs. I have been at this new job for 5 months and am really enjoying it. It is challenging, rewarding- I am using my creative side. I am definitely not bored! Amdist the enjoyment- I am stressed.... I lay away thinking--- am I doing a good job? am I earning my keep? My mind is constantly a whirlwind of thoughts. I know I am doing a good job- but the worry creaps in. I realize that there is no perfect situation. My other job was boring - non stressful- but with it, I felt trapped- with no meaning. Now, I have meaning in my life- have worth through my job and yet, the stress. I think I will take the latter. I have assurance that God has guided me to this place- after many, many months of prayer. He knows best and I am so thankful for the place I am at in my life!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
And yet, I awoke this morning- and put on a plaid, fallish looking skirt-- a dark top- and even snuck on a pair of sandals still. And I could not help but think that soon, the air will be crisp. I will see leaves start to change into brilliant fall colors - and as I run outside- I won't be hot anymore and will feel the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet. I will smell the smoke of bon fires. Robinettes will be abuzz with customers buying their famous apple cider. I can't wait to eat donuts, bake apple pie, see my nieces and nephew dressed up for Haloween. Yes, there is something special about Fall. And that is what I love about Michigan- the changes of seasons- one ends just as another begins- just like life.
God promises changes in our lives. Ecclesiasties 3 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." Each phase of life is met with newness- challenges, joy, and depening on the season- heartbreak. God brings beauty in the ashes- joy in the mourning - and promises LIFE. So no matter what season you are in- know there is another one- filled with emotions and memories all its own, just around the bend.
Friday, August 31, 2007
I have prayed long and hard to God about living for Him, finding the purpose He has for me on this earth. And I have been clinging to this verse:
"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years..." Deut. 30:19
I want to choose life- even when it's hard. Even when things are uncomfortable. And when change is hard- I know I can hold fast to my God- for his ways are PERFECT. And He won't stear me wrong- as long as my head is lifted up to the heavens- wanting to do His best.