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Craziness, Craziness, Craziness

So, wow.  That’s about all I can say about my life right now.  I feel like everything in my life is piling up, like a stack of papers on a desk that you just DO NOT want to clean off.  Or maybe my life is more like a snow ball that is falling down a hill of snow, growing and getting bigger.  No, wait I got it.  I’m the little kid who is running away from the huge snow ball.  Yep, that’s it.

 

Ok for real now I’ll just let you in on a few things that I have done (and things I have not done) in the past couple of weeks.  First, I haven’t slept through the night in about two whole weeks.  Literally, I am up every five-ten minutes.  I could blame in on Nina, since she takes up valuable real estate on my bed, but really, it’s just stuff on my mind.  Like the wedding, work, school, church, the wedding, did I mention the wedding?

 

I completed this HUGE project at work and I was so excited about it.  For the past month and a half, I have been working on a very large project that took up most of my time at work.  Then, the same day I was celebrating being done, I was given a new project that was just as big and will take me until I graduate to finish.  I literally got off work that day, went to my car, and cried for about ten minutes.  Thankfully, my boss has given me lots of breathing room.  I can work on it sparatically, and take breaks when I want.  My bosses are amazing women, and I really do love my job.

 

I was just offered today a chance to edit a paper for a student and get paid for it!  Holla!  Something that an English major can actually do!  Basically, someone translated a paper from Chinese into English, and now I have to make it readable (or understandable) for the profesor.  Pretty cool.

 

We registered!  Yay!  We did it at Wal-Mart and Sears.  Sears was a difficult option, but I have Fiesta dishes, and Sears sells them, so I can complete my set.  I was satisfied with both places.  Since I already have most things to start a home, we also registered at honeymoonwishes.com.  It’s pretty cool!

 

We had a difficult issue with our Pastor, and we resolved it.  All is well.  So, we the pastor to marry us is something we can check off our list.  That was a big burden lifted.  I’m thankful for our church family, and that we have figured stuff out.

 

OH!  And how could I forget……we found an apartment!  🙂  Thanks to my amazing family, we have it all cleaned and painted and ready to move in!  Brent is going to live there until the wedding (it’s an experiment…you know, to see how he lasts without anyone there to help…lol, j/k I’ll be there to clean and stuff).  We took two loads over yesterday, and the kitchen is fully unpacked.  It’s a cute little place, I’ll post pictures eventually.  And it’s close to this amazing Chinese restaurant that we ate at last night.  I’m pretty stoked!

 

Other than that, it’s been school, school, school.  Yesterday I FINALLY finished my short story for a class.  It was supposed to be 20 pages, but I ended it at 16.  I was too tired last night.  I have another one due next week…boo.

 

So that’s my life right now.  Piled up, running away from a big ball of snow falling down a hill.

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Spring Break Isn’t Coming Fast Enough

I think that I should have given up complaining for lent, but then, what would I write about?  I’m getting so behind in school work simply because I just don’t care.  Terrible attitude, I know.  But seriously, as long as I graduate, I really don’t care about my grades.  I could get C’s in all my classes and still be above a 3.0.  So what’s to stress about?  WELL…I am stressing.  I feel like as soon as I get ahead in one class, I get behind in another, like I can’t catch up.  Quizzes, oral exams, poems, papers, short stories, online quizzes, yada yada ya.  I feel like I’m buried in papers and can only come out to breath when it’s time to eat. 

 

This morning, I walked three miles at the gym.  I didn’t read the latest gossip in Us, or People.  Instead, I read 75 pages of text for a class.  It was actually nice.  I didn’t notice how much I had walked, and I got school work done.  So, I burned over 300 calories reading :).

 

I also need to organize my notebook.  That is my big plan for tonight (after class, of course).  This way, I know what is in there, what I need to find and what I need to throw away.  Organization is important to me, so I need to get organized to make it through this week.

 

Next week is Spring Break, and I am purposely not going ANYWHERE.  I’ve never gone on a trip during Spring Break, and it didn’t seen necessary this semester either.  I mean, I can save money, not get plastered, therefore remember my break, get wedding planning done, and laundry, and hang out with friends.  I hope that it will be a relaxing time, and that I will get a lot done (and I’m not looking at school work one bit).

 

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On another note, I went to the library last night.  I had to return a book, and I checked a few out as well.  February was missions month at church and I taught “facts” about Africa to the kids.  I decided that I want to learn more about Africa.  I took a course called “The Introduction to the African Experience” but I honestly didn’t get much out of it (that I can remember).  But teaching these kids really got me interested.  So, I’m starting with Angola.  I got two books out last night on Angola, and I’ll let you know soon how it goes.  Then, I will continue through the countries. 

 

Also at the library, I checked out a movie called “Super Size Me”.  Oh my goodness!  Brent and I watched it together last night, and then this morning my mom and I watched it again.  If you haven’t seen it, I advise you to see it.  It really opens your eyes to the disgustingness of fast food.  Parts of it are gross (he throws up, they show a gastric bypass surgery, etc).

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Is it enough for you? Is HE enough for you?

So yesterday we took communion in church and I really focused on prayer during this week.  I didn’t look around (I know, sometimes I’m guilty of not being focused), and I just prayed.  I prayed for direction, strength to get through this semester (because it’s killing me), for Brent and my relationship, for my family, for my friends, for our church, etc. 

 

And while I was praying my stomach was growling, like a lot!  And I cought myself thinking this “ug, I really wish that bread tasted better,” and “I wonder what I’m going to eat for lunch.”  Sad, I know.

 

But I remember this one time after Bible quiz practice, Grandma Jessie (a wonderful lady who use to help us, and bring us snacks) had a short communion time for us.  At that time we were studying about communion.  She had bread and grape juice for us.  When we were done, we were all like “okay, now what’s for snack?”  Then she asked us, “Isn’t that enough for you?  Isn’t Christ’s body and blood enough for you?”  We were all pretty shocked, and embarrased for wanting more. 

 

So I thought about this as the bread was coming around.  I asked myself if He is enough for me.  I found myself more focused, and more determined to pray.  It was a short time of closeness with God, and I thought I should share it.  Communion is an important time of reflection, repentence, and reverence to Christ and what he did for you. 

 

I encourage you, next time  you take communion, to ask youself: “Is this enough for me?  Is HE enough for me?”

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Things to look forward to!

I’m in one of  those moods today when I want to fill my calendar with fun events to make the time go faster and make it seem like school is flying by (although….it kind of is).  So I decided that I am going to plan great, exciting, fun, adventurous things to make the time pass by faster and to fill up my calendar.  Life is exciting (well today it is anyway, because tomorrow I have a paper due…lol)

 

Here’s what I plan on doing:

 

Two date nights a month with Brent (I’ve got a GREAT idea for when it gets warm out)

I’m walking the the March for Babies in April

Going to visit the Annie Oakley Museum with my mommy

Going to the scrap box in Ann Arbor with my mommy

One Wedding Planning Weekend a month

Once a week personal training (with my amazing trainer Marie)

Book as many Pampered Chef shows as possible

I’m planning a movie night for the girls in my family (something we do twice a year)

I want to go down to Columbus to visit my friend Hilary again

Try a Zumba class

Go to the Toledo Zoo

Read I & II Corinthians

 

Yay!  I’m so excited to accomplish my list.  I just think it’s fun to have things to look forward to.  It makes the week go by faster.  In fact, it just makes the time go by faster.  I’m especially looking forward to Spring!!!!!  No more snow!!!!!  🙂

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Life in College

When I was a freshman, (holy crap that was four years ago), I started an email newsletter entitled “Life in College”.  I sent it to my family and friends, and they really enjoyed it.  In fact, when I see my family, they always ask when I’m going to send them another “Life in College”.

 

Well, here it is…

 

It’s sad that this could potentially be my last “Life in College” letter.  Maybe I’ll write one at the end of the semester to tell you how it went.  Then, maybe I’ll start a letter called “Life in Marriage”, or “Life with Brent”, etc.  But for now, here is what’s happening in my life.

 

Family:

My family is doing well.  Mom is in college working on her nursing degree, and dad is still doing his usual.  Ed & Nicole are doing well, Nicole is in school also, and graduating in March!  Carson and Amber are well, she is back from Hawaii.  Overall, we’re all keeping warm and working…trying to earn the big bucks 🙂

 

School:

I’m graduating in May (3 months!).  I will have an English degree with a concentration in Creative Writing.  AKA, I’ll never find a job here in Toledo.  This semester I have a really good schedule.  I’m taking a workshop in Poetry, a class called Writing the Short Story, an independent study in poetry, Spainsh 4 and……water aerobics!  Wahoo!  I’m really enjoying myself.  I have been reading and writing ALOT, but I’ve been learning and applying myself.  I’ve had more coffee so far this semester than all others combined…  I ended last semester (Fall) with a 3.3 GPA.  Not what I wanted, but not bad either.  I have a cumulative of 3.2.  Not bad either.  I’m so excited to graduate and only have a job…working and doing school is too much.

 

Work:

I still work at the Law school, and I am currently selling Pampered Chef.  Since I can’t clean houses due to my rediculous knee injury (I’ll focus on that in the next category), I decided to pick something else up, and Pampered Chef is absolutely amazing!  I love my team, and I really like doing this!  Because I’m a student, I can only work 20 hours at the Law school, so the Pampered Chef brings me to almost 30 a week!

We are both currently looking for jobs.  I will probably end up teaching…but who knows where God will lead me.  Brent is so talented and has an amazing resumee, so hopefully God blesses him with an amazing job, which he totally deserves.

 

Stupid Rediculous Knee:

I had knee surgery in June, and was scheduled for a second one in December.  Well, my insurance is stupid and decided that they wouldn’t pay for it.  Basically, I need a complete knee replacement.  My surgeon was going to try and buy me about ten-twenty years by doing a Carticel implantation for the second surgery instead of the knee replacement.  But, now I’ll have to wait until I get married to see if that insurance will cover it.

 

Wedding:

I pretty much can’t wait to be married.  In a month (March 15) Brent and I will celebrate our 6 year dating anniversary.  Yes, we have been together more that 1/4 of our lives :).  But it has been the best 6 years of my life.  I have no doubt in my mind that I am marrying the most amazing person ever. 

Plans are going well.  We have our hall, caterer, my dress, bridesmaids dresses, decorations, guest list, etc. done.  Grandma is making my veil.  This Saturday we are cake tasting!  🙂  It’s been such a blast.  Brent helps make all the decisions.  He is so great.  We’re both pretty easy-going, so it’s been so easy to make decisions.  We agree about a lot, and it has been such a blessing.  Planning this wedding has really shown me that we are going to be a great team.  He is such a great man.

 

Nina:

I of course couldn’t forget the doggy.  🙂  She’s great.  About 9 pounds now full grown.  She knows all the tricks in the book.  She’s a lot of fun and very smart.

 

Did I forget anything?  I hope not.  So, that’s what is going on in my world.  I love you all and I will do this again at the end of the semester (yay! end of the semester!)

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Scripture reading for wedding…check!

I know that eeevvvveeerrryyyyoooonnneeee chooses I Corinthians 13 as their passage for the scripture reading for their wedding.  But, I memorized this in Bible quizzing at church (sure, call me a dork), and I am in love with it.  I found this version…”The Message” and while I choose to read NIV (New International Version) during study, I find this version of I Corinthians simply wonderful.  Now I just need someone to read it 🙂

 

1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love

 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
   Love doesn’t strut,
   Doesn’t have a swelled head,
   Doesn’t force itself on others,
   Isn’t always “me first,”
   Doesn’t fly off the handle,
   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

:)…my favorite part…”We are bankrupt without love.”

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What do I do next?

In the past week, I’ve had nearly everything in my life crumble to the ground.  So I wait, and seek God’s guidance, because I don’t know what else to do………

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Jesus bring the rain…

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