So, I know many of you are wondering where I have been the last few weeks or however long it’s been. Okay, I don’t know how many are actually wondering….but I’ll let you know anyways. I have had so much fun getting to hang out with so many different friends! It all started last weekend….a three-day weekend…when I flew up to spend some time with my dear friend Andrea. I feel a list coming on:
1. Andrea Hansel I had three days to spend up in Colorado. Between shooting guns (really….I did!), meeting her family, going to the UNT vs. DU volleyball game, and meandering through my dad’s alma mater, we had a great time. Andrea is such a free spirit with such an inquisitive mind and wonderful heart and it’s always refreshing getting to spend time with her!
2. Jamie Jackson My tried and true church buddy who left a few months ago to go coach swimming at her alma mater, USD (how sweet is that?!)! She was up in Long Beach with her team getting ready to compete in a pretty big meet. We had the chance to run errands, walk to coffee, sit by the pool, and hang out in her room. It was definitely much needed catch-up time that comes too far and few between.
3. Lauren Stamatis is an old Arizona Elite friend that I lost touch with for years. I was reacquainted with her through FCA and it’s been quite a trip! Neither one of us were Christians back in the good ol’ days, and now here we are in the great ol’ days both of us with a passion for Jesus! She was down at Biola with her Illinois team running the weirdest offense Patrick and I had ever seen! But, it was fun although I was disappointed they didn’t quite score 100. Going there also meant time with Kristen, Cassie, and Bekah with many laughs shared at Applebee’s afterwards. What an awesome group!
4. Jennifer McCormick my co-worker friend who left Gompers to go work for TFA which included a very unfortunate move back to the east coast. It’s really been lonely ever since so it was so awesome to get together with her, Hawkins, Hess, and Acosta for one heck of a glorious Gompers get together complete with a trip to Denny’s and the playing of Catch Phrase (I think that was a run-on). Man, I miss that girl! (Please join me while encouraging her to move back to the LA area!)
What a blessing that I am surrounded by so many amazing friends in my life! And, thanks to you all for helping me succeed in procrastinating in studying for my Master’s Comps this weekend. They are now officially over and I have to wait six weeks to figure out the results. Sorry this one was so long….but I know you guys like reading about yourselves 😉
Several things jumped out at me last night at my church’s Women’s Bible Study.
First of all, she brought up the point that many times in our lives we are going to have to clean up messes that aren’t necessarily ours. She urged us to think about how we’re responding to those messes inevitably placed in our lives. It immediately made me think of my students; I have no part in their family situations, histories, or choices…but I ultimately see the repurcussions, downfalls, and hardships daily. And many times I find myself frustrated, irritated, and overwhelmed by the task at-hand. I try hard not to take any of these out on the students, but know I sometimes fail. It’s not particularly their fault that the SWAT team kept them up all night, that their neighbor jumped them, or that their parents leave them home alone all night….they’re also paying the price and trying to deal with the mess that someone else left; once again, not placing blame anywhere….just trying to shift perspectives. So, I’m trying to keep this in mind and just continue to do the best that I know how. And to do so joyfully.
Secondly, she brought up the fact that God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. Whew! That takes off some of the pressure we put on ourselves…maybe I’m making myself feel better with the pronoun game; I put on myself!
Thirdly, a good question she left with us was, As Christians, we are the living expression of the mind of Christ–what is on the mind of Jesus that I am supposed to be doing for others? Ezekiel 36:26 is a good verse to consult.
Lastly, a verse that struck home the other day and has been resonating in my mind since: “…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” Eph. 4:1
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In other news, I have compiled a list of the top five things you never knew you neeeded in life (as compiled by glancing through the something Hammacher Magazine…apparently the longest running catalog ever; and these kind of selections will let you know why!) And, now, the list you’ve all been waiting for in no particular order:
1. The Marshmallow Shooter. Yep, folks, you read that right. Holds up to 20 marshmallows and even has a LED light to locate targets. I sense endless amounts of fun with this; particularly in the colder states.
2. The Full Bottle Wine Glass. Guaranteed to make the Marshmallow Shooter even more fun! This helps us winos rationalize the fact we have “in all honesty, had only one glass of wine”. Now there’s a keeper.
3. The Foldable Electric Bicycle. Three of my favorite things in one: foldable for convenience, electricity for laziness, and the bicycle for exercise. Why did I not think of this one? Goes up to 15m.p.h….Why am I suddenly picturing myself rolling up to Gompers in this thing?
4. The Transparent Canoe-Kayak Not quite sure how it doubles as both a canoe and kayak as I thought those were separate entities. However, according to the little blurb, it’s a “hybrid…that must be used by ages 16 and up with parental supervision on calm water while wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest”. If I weren’t so traumatized by a canoe incident on the well-known “Road Trip of a Lifetime” 7 1/2 years ago; I might be inclined to make this great purchase.
Last, but not least
5. The 14 M.P.H. Cooler I am finding a theme of laziness running throughout. This just might make a better choice for transportation as I can then carry 24 12-oz. cans and 8 lbs. of ice up to Gompers as well. Supposedly similar to a golf cart in its maneuverability (who knew that was a real word?!), it even has a cup holder and removeable handlebars and foot rests. A true must-have!
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
I have quickly learned my lesson about the importance of saving while working! That being said, I previously went over my 200 word limit, so I’ll try to condense what was said. I’m going to take the 5+2 approach to this blog which includes 5 things I’m thankful for and 2 things I’m looking forward to (Isn’t that right, Raleigh?). You’ll notice the numbers 5 and 2 which are reminiscent of the glory days 😉
1. Spent day at school as a Mustard Bottle to which I answered the question “Where’s Ketchup?” approximately 1,813 times.
2. Spent the evening taking neighbors’ kids to the Harvest Fest at my church. Dressed up as the tried and true Raggedy Anne and got approached by many-a-children and adult alike thinking I was working there. Sorry, kids! No candy from me!
3. I spent yesterday playing hookey with a beloved co-worker and went to a LINELESS Disneyland! I kid you not, NO lines!! I’m talking we walked up to Space Mountain, got in the first seat, and had to await our coaster!!
4. I spent Monday night staying up late with my sister making and enjoying some fried egg sandwiches and spending some good quality time together!
5. I had a great weekend including a field trip with my students and a book club with my HerShe organization!
And two more…
1. I just realized ‘Private Practice’ should be recorded right now!
2. Waiting in anticipation for the day I get around to cleaning up this house! It will be a sweet, sweet day!