Wednesday, February 25, 2009
just a good morning note.. that's all.
...it's hard to believe that this is only week 3 of the new job.. it's even harder to comprehend at times that i left tmp just 4 weeks ago!
i'm thankful.. especially to get to enjoy what i do.. looking forward to another day...
(these mini tinkertoys, along with a mini barrel full of monkeys, was in the shared office where we trained last week)
Monday, February 23, 2009
igoogle is my favorite... (just one of a variety of themes! :)
..and a very close second: google reader.
..an easy way to have your favorite blog subscriptions sent right to your 'inbox' ..very nice.
(was just telling steph about this earlier and made me think others may want to know of/explore such sweet convenience :)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
sophia & jeremy.. sharing.
this weekend has been good for updating the blog/pics of the day... and here comes monday... saturday was busy busy!! from bsf, to work, to shannon's "surprise" bday party, and only a little downtime in between, it was a great day, but quite exhausting! :)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
pages of BSF homework.
as a children's leader i have the honor and privilege of teaching some amazing middle schoolers about 'the life of Moses' ...
as with any great privilege, with it comes great responsibility!
each week requires that we complete the pages shown here... sometimes a bit overwhelming, but ultimately very good stuff.
final fill-up (for the way home).
i just liked this green 11. my bday's the 11th... a very fine number.
upon returning to work and filling out the 'expense report' for the trip i realized just how quickly mileage payback adds up... gas doesn't count, but mileage does. that works out nicely.
Friday, February 20, 2009
two church-planting couples-in-training with pastors.
love these guys.. they're going to do great.. one couple (left of t&k) at holden beach, and the other (to the right) in greenville...
nice to see the training/discipleship/givin-it-away process is alive and well at the vineyard! <3
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
B&N at Pineville, NC.
weird but good..
weird to be sent to train for work but great to be invested in by a company.. as if to say 'we believe in you and we're willing to give you the training/equiptment you need to get the job done..'
this position is multi-level, exciting, and slightly intimidating..
not only will i be responsible for planning and executing several store events each year, i will be graded on my sales, essentially 'the bottom line' of what i bring in..
slightly scary/overwhelming (especially to this missionary-heart!!) but i'm convinced i'm in this place for a reason...
so... all to say... i'm really looking forward to the challenge and adventure before me...
Sunday, February 15, 2009
picture and quote credit.
the quote is not exactly what i was thinking when i named this 'overwhelmed' but i like it......
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Friedrich Nietzsche
...so, as not to deter you from catching up, as i have spent the last while doing, i tried to keep the words short and sweet, and the pictures plenty.. :)
...quite therapeutic and enjoyable to go through and relive the moments of the past 2 1/2 - 3 weeks of photos..
hope you enjoy as much as i have..
......hopefully i won't get so far behind again, but with the new schedule... i guess we'll see! ;)
datenight at Soho.
i posted the dark (non-flash) pic yesterday.. well, of course i had to try it with the flash too...
thanks to sweet Love Day, i got not just one, but two date nights this weekend! :)
finally got a chance to tidy-up the shelves above my desk...
glad to at least know what's up there if/when i need it..
(clearly this is one of those not-so-awesome-something picture days..)
..it's been a long week getting readjusted to a full-time work schedule... i definitely like it, and i definitely have plenty more adjusting to do..
...off to officially train for my position tomorrow!
thankfully there's a girl who just got the CRM position in Columbia, so i get to pick her up on the way and ride, train, and room with her for the next three days. :)
B&N office-work space.
yay. with the first week under my belt, i can officially say the new job is Good.
..a lot of learning left for me to do, but from what i've learned this far, i think i'm really going to enjoy it...
...I'm also going to go as far as to check it off as #7 on my 29 before thirty list... I'd say it's Just Right!! <3
jeremy and tracy after the ADDY's.
..admiring the advertising work of mb's design industry..
j. walked away with a gold for Archarios, the literary art magazine he worked for at CCU, and a special "I'd Hire You Tomorrow" judge's award... very nice! <3
coffees #1-9, ready for tasting.
my first double-photo day! (uh-oh!)
..don't worry, it's all i can do to keep up with one-a-day, i don't think i'll make this a habit! :)
this was a very cool night and i just couldn't let it be excluded from the 365favs...
we had a great meal with these two favorite friends (meggan & randy), joined them for a coffee-tasting (aka "cupping") at their home, and then thoroughly enjoyed some carnival games on the wii! (i was pretty bad at everything but balloon darts -also my real-life fav.. but it was fun fun! :)
jamie and i saying 'see you later' to the tmp kiddos..
regardless of my attempt to not say good-bye, this was one of the saddest days ever..
i don't know that i could have been prepared for the sight of several 7 yr.olds crying at my leaving! ..more than i could handle..
thankfully jamie shared the spotlight with me as she's venturing to a new job as well!
..i've since gotten some sweet phone calls and 'miss you' messages that make me more and more thankful for the time i got to spend with those little ones..
kayla and yet another song book.
..it's a phase for sure.. she makes a song book just about every time she gets her hands on more than one piece of paper at a time..
(i'm pretty sure her inspiration is Disney's Camp Rock ..not so bad i suppose)..
our contrasting camera bags. (see my little one there on the left?:)
i had j's camera all day and have nothing to show for it (except this pic of our big and little bags side by side) :|
..it was rainy out so i didn't want to use it outdoors and i happened to be out and about shopping all day.. hopefully the opportunity will present itself again one of these days..
beach scene with 100 shark's teeth. seriously.
i don't think she was finished with the boats, but i was all too impressed with kayla's 100th day of school project!
..(and i always love how she draws my hair with the curly-Qs at the ends.. :)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
have no idea what would cause such a thing. she was overly self-conscious about her little messed up nail, but reluctantly let me take it's picture..
i like her. especially her little hand in mine.. <3
....hope you enjoy the updates!!
...maybe 365 favs was a little ambitious, but i honestly love that it causes me to capture SOMEthing everyday....
(even if it's a not-so-awesome something!:)
i'm glad to make it to jan. 30th!! ...just 14 more to go and i'll be caught up! ;)
upstairs after dinner.
jan. and feb. got a little crazy worrying about dad, anticipating his surgery, and even now as we wait to see that it all heals and the surgery proves effective..
in light of it all, these have become some of my favorite family moments and most cherished times with my dad.. <3
the new cat. Sparkle.
very friendly and 'just right' for my fam..
kayla and dad got her from the humane society.
kayla loves her.
mom is more concerned about her tendency to lay on the new blanket she got for Christmas.
and dad doesn't really care as long as she doesn't get outside!
more cause to celebrate.. i finished In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day in January.. 29 before thirty #11!
..and it was Good!
..i intended to blog all along.. (at the end of each chapter they have food-for-thought-questions) but i didn't keep up that well... i would label this one as a 'must read!' <3
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
ran downstairs to say good morning to dad... he had a great smile on his face and said he was going to work: "and i'm so glad! i can't wait to go to work!!" :) .....yay!!!
surgery update: instead of placing the stint, Dr. G. left it with the balloon procedure...
1. because it worked! (he said it went from 95% to 0% blocked!)
2. the blockage was right at a branch in the artery and he would have had to 'jail' the branch with the stint (something they do sometimes, but he wanted to avoid with dad if possible).
3. he said that 60% of the time, the balloon results stay. (40% of the time the blockage comes back, and if that's the case with dad, he still can go back in with a stint) ...hopefully we won't have to revist that, but dad was impressed and glad to hear they had plan B in place if necessary!
thanks for all your support and prayers!!! ..i couldn't be more thankful!! <3
dad's are truly great.. and i believe they're meant to be strong and seemingly invincible in our younger years.. i do believe God designed it that way and intentionally gives us someone to look up to and to get our first view of Him from..
the only problem is not all dads paint a very loving or godly picture.. unfortunately, many display quite the opposite... and even when they are 'good,' we still have a problem... we can just as easily fall into a sense of security based on the great strength they display.
(all this came to mind as people asked, and i considered, kayla's view of dad -and the fact that we guarded her from his need, pain, and surgery).
..would her little world have crumbled as she realized dad's not really as strong/invincible as she thought?
..when and how did i learn it?
...how do wise, godly parents/teachers/adults point their little ones to the strength and character of Christ despite their faulty, sinful nature?
..my first responses are vulnerability and honesty, truth, and close relationship... not to mention a whole lot of prayer and seeking God for ourselves!
Monday, February 2, 2009
came across this poem a while back.. wanted to share it here...
dad's having the stint surgery tomorrow.. many have been praying.. it's been hard to see him hurt and suffer these last few weeks. he's still working and doing his thing, but with much less energy and fervor than before..
a poem for my fatherbreath
I miss you
and you’re not even gone
Our conversation sticks to my insides
like sap on a tree
and I am forever changed
by it’s slow progression
I find myself gasping for air
much like you
for secrets like these
are a slow death
that never reach the waters surface
and never get the air they need
I would give you my breath
if it would save you
for I have clung to your legs
more than I should have
your fragile little girl
never too far from home
In my memory
I see a figure
whose hands never failed me
whose love never capsized
when the waters submerged my body
and now, in your memory
you will see a figure
whose body will walk beside you
whose love will never leave you
and I will do all that I can
to find the breath that you need
-Posted by Dark Horse, 8/9/08
his concern and anger at the threat of death has been agonizing for us all..
..it was great to see the hope in his eyes and hear it in his voice when we first received the news that this doctor would operate.. i look forward to seeing him regain his strength, energy, and fervor for work and life!