Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spring Fever

Besides the fact that my computer still won't let me post pictures, i'm loving life. This spring/summer weather puts me in the best mood. I make any excuse to go outside, even taking out the trash. I canceled our YMCA membership yesterday because I now run outside and will all summer and through the fall. The winter is really the only time i hate to run outdoors, so I decided to save $65 a month and endure the hot weather and exercise outside! I am so thankful we aren't like our friends in Fargo, North Dakota with the terrible snow flooding. I can't imagine having that cold of weather in April.

That's right, it's already (almost) April. So much is happening this month...so many birthdays, a bachelorette party, a fun wedding, the Masters, Easter, and lots of work. This weekend i'm heading to Charleston for Megan's bachelorette party and then next weekend Jonathan and I are going to the Masters on Saturday and Sunday...thanks to our wonderful friend Ansley for the tickets. This will be the first Easter that I am not going to church...kinda weird...of all times to miss church i would def think we wouldn't pick Easter Sunday, but we couldn't pass up Masters tickets. We've never been and now that we are living in Augusta, we wanted to go even more!

And one more thing...please be praying for Jonathan and I over the next month and we will find the time in our busy schedule to look for a new apartment or house to rent in North Augusta. We have to move to South Carolina so that when i go back to school I will get in state tuition. Please pray that the Lord will make our transition smooth and that he will open doors at the right time! THANKS!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

my world

Sorry for being so slack lately on my posts. Frankly I just didn't think there was anything worth posting about and I didn't want to bore my many readers! :)

All that said, the past two weeks have flown by and so much has happened. Besides our trip to Boston, there have been a lot of changes in my life. Many changes that I have been praying about for soo long and trying to wait patiently on the Lord for. He took his time, but when he answered those prayers, he answered them in a big way! First of all, most of you know that the past month and a half I have been looking for a new job. It was getting very frustrating and hard for me and just when I didn't think I could take it any longer, I got an email of this lady who needed a babysitter for her 4 children a few afternoons a week. I met with her and she offered me the position. A week later, I had an interview with the Director of the Preschool/Kindergarten program at the church Jonathan and I attend, First Baptist Church of Augusta. I applied to be a teacher next school year for a 3 or 4 year old class. In the mean time I got an email asking if I wanted to apply for a sales position at the Gap. I applied for it, interviewed and the next day got offered the job. That same day I got a called from the Director at the church asking if I could be interested in coming for a second interview in front of the Kindergarten committee. That interview will not be until later in April, but all these things happening at once have been such a blessing. I started at the Gap this week, and i've been babysitting for two weeks now.

God has def answered my prayers and all those others praying for me. This season in my life has been so good, the Lord has taught me so much about his providence in my life. He is always at work in me and he is always working for MY good. The Lord knows how to rescue us, he is just waiting for us to trust him to do that. Never in our wait is God in-active. There is nothing more tiring than waiting, but if we are waiting on the Lord, he will renew our strength. God is passionate about us, that is why he is so patient with us each time we step off his path. I am so slow to cast my cares on the Lord and give him the weight of my worries, but as i've seen in the past when I finally give it all over to Him, he takes it and fights for me!

I am learning what it means to be a woman of God and what it means to be a godly wife. Day in and day out, season by season, God is chaining all these events and circumstances together to become beautiful in HIS time. I will probably always struggle with patience and waiting on the Lord, but one thing I am sure of is, if I wait on Him, He will do a good and beautiful work in me. (Eccl 3:11) Life is so good and God is great!

I just finished the Beth Moore Esther study last night and I cannot say enough good things about it. Praise the Lord for giving Beth the gift to speak, write, study, and research! God spoke through Beth to me over and over again in this series about the "Reversals of Destiny" and how God will turn our lives around for our good, but only when it's in his timing. "For such a time as this" (Esther 4:14) I want to wake up each morning believing that the Lord gave me one more day on this earth, for such a time as this to live out this day to the Glory of God!

excuse my computer

For some unknown reason my computer will not let me upload pictures to my blog right now. As soon as I can figure it out, i'll have pictures from Boston posted!


Two weeks ago (March 13-16) Jonathan, Elizabeth Ann, and I took off to Boston for a long weekend. Tyler Holley, a friend from college, was getting married and we used his wedding as a great excuse to take a fun vacation! It was awesome. Tyler and Amanda had a great wedding and we are so excited for their future together. It was great to see some other friends from PC that had traveled north for the occasion. Even though we had other friends in the city at the same time, we only hung out just the three of us the whole time. We had a blast! I didn't stop laughing the whole time. We experienced a lot of walking, train riding, more walking, and some cold weather. Jonathan got the train system down pat after the first 5 minutes, whereas EA and I didn't quit pick up on it so fast. The first day, after a 3 to 4 mile walk to Harvard, we decided to go see Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox). We were standing in the stairway of one of the train stations, looking at our map (typical tourists) when a lady passed by us (with plenty of room I might add) and made the comment: "Great place to stop and look at your map" in very sarcastic, rude tone. That was our first and only experience with a rude northerner. When we finally decided which train to get on and which stop we needed to get off of to get to Fenway, we set off up the stairs to get on the train.

EA: "I hear the train, let's hurry and catch it"

Me: "Ok great" as I start running right behind EA to catch the train

Jonathan: "why are ya'll running?"

EA get on the train and I am about to step on when the door to the train closes. EA is on one side with her hands on the window looking at me with a "what do we do now?" stare, and i'm on the other side looking at her the same way. I then realize that we just got separated in a city we have never been before, and all i could do was laugh. Thankfully EA is a very independent woman and doesn't get freaked out by being by herself in a new surrounding. In the mean time, Jonathan does not find this situation as funny as i do. We finally found each other at the stop near Fenway! This is probably one of those "you have to be there moments" but i had to share!

There are many other funny stories, including EA having to walk to the train station by herself in the middle of the night and then the train being closed so she had to walk back to our hotel (a mile) by herself and sleep on the floor of our room. She stayed with a friend in Boston and was trying to get back to his house after the trains shut down for the night. And this again is probably another "had to be there moment."

We did end up getting to Fenway Park and even took an awesome tour of it. Like I mentioned earlier, we walked around Harvard's campus, went to a really awesome restaurant in "Little Italy", joined other locals after the wedding at Mac Caldwell's house for a keg party(if you know Mac you will think this is funny), went to the St. Patty's Day parade (supposedly the largest in the country), and walked part of the "Freedom Trail" (a tourist way to see all the history of downtown Boston. We ate at other great restaurants, but didn't gain any weight because all we did was walk walk walk. Everyone in Boston is skinny, because they all walk and run. Even in 10 degree weather! The coldest it got when we were there was in the 30's but that's very cold to me.
All in all, we had a fantastic time and I love Boston. I wouldn't want to live there but it was great to visit!