{The Father of mercies and God of all comfort}

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

'Tis the season

I'm so glad the first of December is upon us. I love the cold weather we had today and hope it lasts this time. It looks like we will not be getting our own Christmas. Alas, we will still be at the in-laws for the time; God has not given us a way out yet. I will remember here in this time that God is faithful to provide and that we are in celebration of the birth of Jesus our Savior.

It's all beautiful. And it's all in celebration of the newborn king.

"She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger"
Luke 2:7

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm in Protest

I love Christmas and all it entails: hot cocoa, fires, Candlelight service, the celebration of Jesus' birth, Christmas music etc, but I'm feeling a little grinchly. So my dad asked if I wanted to go with my mom today to pick out a Christmas tree for their house; I lovingly declined. Ryan's family is decorating this house for Christmas and again I declined to decorate.

To explain:
I am protesting decorating other houses for Christmas that are not my own. I will not. I will watch and admire their work, but I won't decorate someone else's house even if it is my parent's.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Here is my completed list of Thanks:
  1. The Lord God: Without the Lord where is our thanks due?
  2. My husband: I am thankful for his hard work and undying affection for me. His unwillingness to make things bigger than they are; he balances my panic. The progress we make each day in communication and growing our love.
  3. My family: They have provided for me in all of my times of need. They are so willing to show me love and mercy even when I am undeserving.
  4. My church family: They are wonderful people of the Lord with amazing hearts of service, love, and devotion to one another. They are real, faithful and full of honest love.
  5. My wonderful friends: They are honest girls who love the Lord. They pray for me daily and listen when I complain. They have the sweetest souls and I miss them all.
  6. My job: I’m thankful for the setting in which I work {it’s a Methodist church}. I have the ability to serve the Lord as I do my job. My director thought I was “uniquely qualified” to be in the infant room: and to think that my babies were a part of my plan before I graduated college, before they were born! God is Amazing.
  7. Ryan’s job: I’m thankful Ryan found a job! I’m also thankful for the colorful people he works with; they have amazing life stories. I’m thankful that his job isn’t too stressful and will possibly have the opportunity to go back to school with ease.
  8. My Classroom: I’m thankful for working with infants {I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it or be good at it—I was wrong!} My co-teacher’s pure love, our helper’s wisdom and hysterical laughter and the girl who helps in the afternoon has a heart for people and we have so many commonalities: i.e. our love of zombie films.
  9. A new day: I’m thankful the Lord graces us with a new day to make things right and serve him.
  10. The journey God has brought me on so far. He’s brought growth and blessing after blessing up to this point in my life. I know he is about to make things different for us and I accept his commands and will follow him where we are supposed to go.

      Tuesday, November 23, 2010

      HP 7 Part I

      I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I've read all the books at least twice and I've seen all the movies. Of course, I'm emotionally involved in the story by now! It's the same with Gilmore Girls. I had to finish the series and I still love to re-watch them. All of this to say I was definitely at the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I last Thursday. {In all fairness we thought the movie was coming out on Saturday, thus we thought we had midnight tickets for Friday} Alas, my mom, Tara and I make our way to the Houston Museum of Natural Science (ironic?) for the midnight IMAX (!!) movie. We got to see "magical creatures" (snakes and really cool owls), "potions exhibits", HP trivia, and a costume contest. It was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up! We got free popcorn and saw the movie in IMAX. It was "bloody brilliant"!

      As if this were not enough fun for Tara and I we saw it again on Sunday! Cameron begged us to go see it with him, and we did not hesitate. Ryan came along as well as Jill and Johnathon Lee. Jill and I made t-shirts; we're silly but we had fun. We saw this one at a regular theater, but it still made me cry! 

      My shirt says "The Deathly Hallows" and has the symbol. 
      Jill's has a lightning bolt and says "They Boy Who Lived"

      Sunday, November 14, 2010


           At work we have "Family Groups" in which we get together on the last Monday every month and just sort of fellowship with one another. We share joys and concerns, anxieties or questions we have about something job related. It's a way for the teachers who don't get to see each other often throughout the day and year to get know each other. Our discussion for this month will be what we are thankful for. Now I pity myself often and scoff at the thought of thanks. That's incredibly silly considering the things God teaches me in the dark seasons and how he prospers us in the seasons of peace and joy. I am very thankful for the workings of the Lord in my life, but sometimes I have to concentrate very hard to remember God's promises. It's a character defect, that God has been working on in me for a while and will continue to work on for years to come if not the rest of my life I'm sure.
           Anyhow so, I'm making a list of ten things I'm thankful for to share with the group and I'm going to list them out as they come to me and put them in order in accordance to their importance as far as my relationship with the Lord is concerned. Example: I am thankful for family and I'm thankful for my job, but one would definitely go before the other, because I'm sure family is more important to the Lord than a job. I understand God cares about what I'm doing as far as a career goes, don't get me wrong, but as Christians I believe our relationships to one another are more important. This is also not to say that my relationships at work are not important, they are, and thus would have their own number for thanks.


           On a side note, Tara and I saw "Morning Glory" yesterday. Cute film with a great message. It's a movie I would like to own. Two thumbs up. Who doesn't love Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, and Harrison Ford??

      Tuesday, November 9, 2010

      Moving on up

      Ryan started training this week at his new job. He will train for six weeks (I know, excessive) until he will be ready to do the job solo. It's in customer service so he answers phones and tells people how to fix their TV. He got a job with DishNetwork. His hours this week are Monday-Saturday (bummer) from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (yay). I like  his hours but they will change I think every week and he'll have to work Saturdays and some Sundays. He will make okay money which means we will be "Moving on Up" and out of here! I can't wait to look for a place to set up our little life for the time being. We'll be in before Christmas. That's the plan as of now anyway.

      One of my babies, in my class, got sick on Friday with some kind of stomach bug. He was throwing up and had diarrhea (sorry it's gross). Luckily, I was out SICK on Friday! Hah. I had the same bug that caught me around 10 on Thursday night. I thought I was just getting a cold and at 10:00 I started to have serious stomach pains and went to the bathroom and threw up! I HATE throwing up. It makes my nose run, my eyes water, and it's just plain gross. So I threw up every hour until about 4 a.m. It was terrible and I was in a lot of pain. Nevertheless the weekend was a little rough, but I did have a three day weekend. Ryan and I went with our friend Cameron to see the new Saw movie in 3-D. We have a thing for the Saw movies. It was thrilling, but like the rest of the films, lame. I enjoyed the time away from the sickbed though. Ryan and I bought all three Toy Story movies on DVD on Saturday! We watched them all this weekend and that was fun. They're such cute films.

      The stomach sickness is gone, but now I have a deadly cold, so I'm taking some Nyquil and heading for bed. Hopefully it will knock me out and let me sleep and make my throat feel better by morning.
      I really need to redo the blog and post pictures, but alas, the internet is too slow so we'll have to deal for a little while longer.

      Thursday, November 4, 2010

      Here we are

      In light of my absence there is a lot to say. I'll just pick up where we left off...

      I was married on July 24, 2010!
      We went to Cozumel for our honeymoon. Very beautiful.
      We are currently living with the in-laws -- mine. Taxing, enough said.
      I got a really great job in Houston at a Day School. I am the infant teacher. I LOVE it!
      Ryan has been without work since before the wedding, yet again taxing. It's been a struggle to wait.
      Ryan had an interview on Monday and he got the job!
      The pay is not fantastic and the schedule will be difficult, but we will be a two income household!
      We will get to move! I think this is my favorite of all.
      I am emotionally and spiritually drained. I believe Ryan is as well, it's time for God to bring us into a new season and I pray that we are ready.
      So, here we are.

      I would upload pictures, but the internet here is incredibly slow and it refuses to do it.