Sunday, December 13, 2009

Just an Update

Well, I didn't get the job in Fayetteville, so I'm staying here. Which is fine with me :)

We've made it through the end of the semester at work, so we're just finishing up exams. Which means that we can slow down just a little bit (I hope). We had been running at full speed since the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Cantata is finished! Whew. It was lovely, but I'm glad its over. Gives me an extra hour on my Sunday afternoon (possibly for naps).

A few weeks ago, we had a guy from Hospice Ministries come and talk on Sunday night. I didn't get to hear him, because I was in the nursery. They're having some kind of service at my church on Thursday night, and they were looking for volunteers to help direct people. I figured since Hospice was used for my grandfather before he passed away last summer, I can volunteer and help out a little. Give a little bit back.

12 days til Christmas. Wow!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blessings right in front of my face

I am thankful that I have a job. Some days it makes me crazy, but what job doesn't?

I am thankful for my health.

I am thankful for my family and my friends. I am thankful for my church family. Even if some of my "family" isn't blood-related.

The ones who get tore up about even the *thought* of me leaving. The ones who I can email and ask to pray in a moment's notice. The ones who lift each other up and cry together. The ones who say, "It'll all be alright".

I am thankful for Jesus, because without Him I wouldn't have any of this.

I am thankful to live in a country where I have the freedom to follow Jesus. I am thankful for the men and women who fought and died to give me that freedom.

It makes me tear up to know that I am so blessed.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


It's out of my hands now. Now we pray, and wait and see.

If its right, let it fall into place.
If its wrong, shut the door.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Opportunities and Decisions

So within the last two weeks, I've been presented with a new work opportunity outside of my industry (like, someone literally asked me if I wanted the job) and a higher position within my company became available.

I'm talking with my boss tomorrow about the open spot. Just talking. Not saying yes, not saying no. I just would like some more information, to see if that's where I need to be.

And if it's not, then that door will be shut.

So if you're in a praying mood sometime between 11am-7pm on Monday, please do so :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Time for Christmas already?

Can you believe that it's almost time for Christmas (again)? Didn't we *just* have Easter? Have you started your list? What are you going to get for those you love?

If I may, I'd like to make a few suggestions for your holiday donations.

Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child

My church (here in Greenville and in Jacksonville) fills up shoe boxes of toys and goodies like coloring books, crayons, small stuffed animals for needy children in other countries. I was blessed to grow up in a family where I never had to go without toys. It's simple. Get a shoebox and fill it up with toys.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to get presents for my nieces, but I'm also going to fill up a shoebox or two for OCC. We're so blessed in this country, and sometimes we forget about others.

If you don't want to fill up a shoebox, you can donate online.

Give to The Troops

I was born and raised in a military town, and I'm very proud of my country, and my military. My grandfather, uncles and father were different parts of the military. So yeah, it's pretty close to me.

This organization sends care packages to deployed U.S. troops. We know they're "over there", but sometimes a care package can be the physical reminder that we support them. Little pieces of home, to let them know that we care.

My church is filling up Christmas stockings to send! (We actually donate throughout the year, but Christmas is always a good time). If you're not sure what to send, they have a list of requested items on their website.

So as we approach this very hectic time of year, please remember those who are less fortunate than us, and those who have volunteered to keep us safe.


Sunday, October 11, 2009


Lord, I don't understand. I know there's a purpose, I'm just not sure what it is. Please give me peace while I try to figure it out (if you want me to figure it out). If I'm not meant to understand, then just let me know that I need to leave it alone. In the meantime, please give me the right words, at the right time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Weird and little or no sleep

This time of year is wonderful, because I can leave my windows open during the day. However, since I live upstairs, it gets hot at night. So then the AC has to come on, or I cant sleep.

Saturday, I slept alright. Had a dream where I first had to go to Chicago to go visit/rescue Leslee. There was a snowstorm and she had holed up in their apartment and Adam her husband asked me to go drag her out. Sure! No problem! I tried, I dont know if it worked or not. Then..............I ended up down at the beach visiting Lisa, but it was rainy (Its not supposed to rain at the beach!). Then I ran into Chris K and he was telling me that he missed my long hair (me too, buddy!). And I was in a classroom with my sister, and she was being a suck-up to the teacher, so I threw a pencil at her.

When I woke up, I apologized to her on FB.

Sunday was church, it was lovely. Beautiful day too, open windows.Took a quick nap after lunch before going back for cantata practice and evening service (and dinner, of course). I was opening the next morning, so I was in bed by 11pm. Didnt fall asleep until almost 1am. Two 30 minute timers on the tv. Stared at the ceiling. And the alarm went off at 5am. Dont remember hearing it until 0545. 10 minutes late getting up = 10 minutes late for work. But I was able to open the doors on time.

No, there is no prize for being the first person at Kinko's. Someone lied to you.

Last night, Lauren and I hung out and we seriously watched the Hannah Montana movie. I told her that I'd go see it in the theater with her and we never got around to it, so I just put in on my Netflix. It was free that way :)

Again, windows open. And again, took me forever to fall asleep. And again, the alarm went off at 5am, heard it around 0530. Not terrible. Still needed coffee at work though.

I was *this* close to taking a nap this afternoon, but I knew I wouldnt be able to sleep tonight. Another day of opening. I also knew that if I took a nap, I'd never make it to revival for nursery duty.

I think Nyquil may be the answer tonight. I know that'll make me fall asleep......

I closed the windows and turned on the AC.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wonderful Sundays

Today was Homecoming at church! I love it. Its basically an excuse for us to get together and eat. We don't even need a reason to get together and eat, we do it every Sunday night after church. And of course, we got together tonight even though we didn't even have church.

So what did I take to Homecoming? Mom's delicious angel food cake trifle and Paula Deen's Chicken/Rice Casserole.

Recipe for Heaven:
Get your big trifle bowl
How much are you making? Well it depends on your bowl. My bowl is rather large, so I doubled it.
One angel food cake, sliced horizontally, then cut into chunks
One container of Cool Whip
One can of fruit pie filling (cherry, strawberry, blueberry, etc. I wouldn't use apple)

Cover the bottom of your bowl in cake, then cover with fruit, then cover with Cool Whip.
Repeat layers until you get to the top.

That's it! Everyone thinks its complicated, but its not. Stewart even gave me a shout-out during church about it.

Chicken and rice casserole, compliments of Mrs. Paula Deen.

So after the food coma set in and we all took naps, we got together for dinner. As if we hadn't eaten enough during lunch.

But that's my church family! And part of the reasons why I love Sundays :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

A travel story

After reading Caroline's story about traveling back to Scotland, it reminded me of my trip back to Greenville from Dallas last summer. I hope you enjoy.

Returning from Dallas
So I went back to Dallas this week for some more training. This time, for manager operations (things like payroll, HR, and scheduling). Extreme opposite of last time I went for training. The class was good, I actually managed to do math by myself and I got it right. I was very proud.

The main point of this blog is about the traveling back. We thought our class was ending at 5pm, but we managed to get out around 4pm. Cool. So we all get to DFW, to our respective terminals and get checked in. Take the Skylink to meet up with everyone and get something to eat, because we still have time before our flights. No problem.

We all say goodbye around 715, and head out. I get to my gate, we're right on time. Perfect. We board and taxi down the runway. After being in the air for a little while, we heard a very loud noise. Well, they had turned off the seatbelt sign, so we figure it was nothing. Then they announced that we were going through some turbulence and need to stay in our seats. Right when I was trying to head to the restroom.

Get back to my seat and then they announce that there was a problem with the landing gear, it wouldnt go back up into the plane. Well, we cant fly very high with our landing gear down, so we cant go to Phoenix. We have to fly around Dallas for another hour, hour and a half to dump fuel so we can get to a proper landing weight. In Dallas.

We land in Dallas, and they announce that there is a plane coming in from Phoenix and they're going to let us use that one. It'll be here in about an hour. Meaning 1130pm. So....everyone misses their connecting flight in Phoenix. And there was NOTHING going to North Carolina on Thursday night, hence why I was getting a connection in Phoenix, to take their redeye to get back to NC. Of course, I was the ONLY person on the plane connecting back east. They tried to help all the people going west to LA, Orange County, etc, but didnt bother to help me. So I had to wait in line after all the California people.

I was given a hotel room, and placed on a 7am flight out of Dallas to Charlotte the next morning. I was also told that my luggage would be removed from the plane and I could pick it up from downstairs. During this time, my phone is dying. Because my cell phone charger is in my suitcase. On the plane.

I get downstairs to baggage claim, call my parents and let them know whats going on, and wait for my suitcase. Three rounds of bags and no suitcase. At this time, I wasnt the only one with this problem. A guy, I think he said his name was Thor, a mom and her daughter, Michelle I think. We wait and wait and wait. We ask the baggage agent whats going on and he proceeds to get beligerant with us. "Look, if your bag isnt here then its on that plane. We cant get it off because that plane is leaving." Thor asked him if he could check to make sure that it wasnt just outside, so he did. He comes back and announced that none of our bags were outside, we would just have to get them later.

Ok. This is my first time I've ever had my luggage lost, so I dont know what to do. I'm trying to ask him what this means and where my suitcase is, and he starts to yell at me, telling me that my luggage is going to my destination. I explain that I'm no longer going to Phoenix, so whats going to happen? "Wheres your final destination? Its going there. I cant go get it." I said something about needing something in there. "Look lady, I can give you a toiletry kit." Thank you, but I'm sure you dont have saline solution for contacts. Then he turned to Michelle, the daughter, and said, "Lady I've told you, your bags arent here." To which she said, I'm just looking for 2 of those kits please.

So we all head downstairs to wait for the hotel shuttle. We werent given an address or a phone number, just a name of a hotel. Thor calls information and manages to get in touch with the hotel. While we're waiting, I go back upstairs to get a toiletry kit and the agent starts in on me again. "Why in the world are you going to Phoenix to get to Charlotte?! Look, your bag isnt here." I need a toiletry kit, please. There wasnt anything leaving out of Dallas to NC tonight, so I had to get a connection somewhere. I'm just trying to go home.

Get downstairs, the van FINALLY shows up. We all get checked in, and I finally lay down on the bed at 130am. My wakeup call was at 5am. I'm downstairs at 515am, waiting for the van to take me back to the airport. I call my boss a little after 6am Dallas time, to let him know that I'm still in Texas and to please call Jonathan and tell him not to go to PGV at 10am to pick me up, as I wont be there. Why couldnt I do that? Because my phone was completely dead. Wont even turn on.

Get on my plane, snooze for a good part of the flight and land in Charlotte no problem. I had to call my parents collect because my phone was dead. And my charger is in my suitcase, somewhere in Phoenix. I tried to call information to call some people in Greenville so I could get a ride home but it wouldnt let me. The only numbers I know by heart are my parents and my store. I had to keep walking around the airport or I would have fallen asleep at my terminal. Luckily, when I went to buy a watch and a wrap (shawl, not sandwich), the lady told me that they had a wireless store just past her store. Hooray! I can buy a cellphone charger! Had to buy a watch bc I didnt know what time it was.

Hallelujah! I have a charger! Get back to my gate, and its a happy day, because I can call people. I got my ride taken care of, let all my classmates know I was almost home, and able to call my parents again. Lara was my hero! She didnt have anything going on, so she was able to pick me up! Yay!!

So. Time to get home to Greenville. Flight was delayed by 20 minutes, but not a big deal. Clee called me to make sure I was on the plane. I land in Greenville, and Lara was waiting for me inside. comes the luggage. We keep looking for my big pink ribbon and there it is!!!! My suitcase made it to Greenville! Praise Jesus!

So. I'm still tired. I got home, showered because I hadnt in forever. Promptly tried to fall asleep, as I've been up since 530am Thursday morning, other than my 3 hour nap in the hotel. Go give a friend a ride to work, then back home. Where I do fall asleep. And miss dinner with the girls. I wake up around 9 or so, and decide to order dinner bc if I leave the house in my car, I'll run it into something.

So here I am. I'm back in Greenville and still tired. But its ok, because I dont have to work until Monday (yes, I'm working on Labor Day). I'm just glad to be back home.

North Carolina is a great place to be.

Monday, August 17, 2009

One of my favorite praise songs

and apparently, one of my church's favorites too!

How Great Is Our God

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Monday, July 13, 2009

Things to let your boss know ahead of time

If you go on vacation for a week or more, and you happen to go see a doctor, and the doctor gives you multiple prescriptions that you KNOW are going to affect your work, how about letting your boss know?

If your boss doesn't know that you're "heavily medicated" and they will "wipe you out", and then you just ask to go sit down, your boss is going to think that you're just leaving, while all of Greenville comes in.

Had your boss known ahead of time, she would have been more accommodating. Maybe give a heads-up next time? We're not mind-readers, we don't know whats going on, unless you tell us.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Is it really only Tuesday?

My favorite holiday is this weekend! I love July 4th. Being from a military town and family, I'm deeply patriotic. I will wear my red, white and blue. I will stand for the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. My favorite part of the day is when the Marine Corps band plays the 1812 Overture and they shoot actual cannons. And then the fireworks! Best fireworks I've ever seen.

I had to call Customer Support today, that was fun. My customer had called last week and gotten their account squared away, but for whatever reason, the account was still on hold. So I had to get on the phone and make sure it was fixed. Then I let them know that this has happened before, for the SAME customer, and I had to call and make sure it was fixed.

And I had to talk with my salesperson. Always a fun time. I used to be the center sales person, but whatever.

I need to clean my room. I need to clean out my closet, and load up some more boxes to take to Goodwill. I took about 7 boxes a few weeks ago. I need to clean my bathroom. I need to clean my house.

Maybe the cleaning will help me clear out my head.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


I'm the "single girl". The odd one out, the third wheel. Normally it doesnt bother me, because I've got my own life going on. But sometimes, mostly on days like today, it really bums me out.

I love helping to throw wedding and baby showers. But then its just another reminder of me being the "single girl". I'm tired of being single. Seriously. Its getting old. I was talking with Rachel at church today and found out that we have a lot in common. She was single for a long time before she met Drew, and then it was meant to be. And I know that God has someone special just for me, and His timing is perfect. But His timing isnt mine. And I'm very impatient. We've had talks about this before.

I like wearing dresses and heels. Mostly, I wear them to church. But I want to be able to wear them and go out on a date. It gets very lonely on my couch on the weekends, as I'm sitting alone watching tv or a movie. Sometimes, its nice to stay home. But maybe I want to sit on the couch with someone else.

My friends who are in relationships (married or dating) are awesome. They invite me over, and we hang out, or go out to eat, or whatever. It helps, because thats a Friday or a Saturday where I'm not alone. I normally dont make a big deal about it, but sometimes, I just get lonely.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

First things first

This is my first blog since like, Xanga so I may be a little rusty.

I went to VBS to help Lara in the kitchen with the snacks. I never officially sign up to help with VBS, because I dont want to make the demand for a whole week where I need to be off work by 5pm or so. So if it happens to work out and I can help, Lara knows that I'll be there. I've been cutting and peeling apples all week. Some of the childen are lovely and listen quite well. Some of them.....well, lets just say they dont listen quite so well. Some of them must not have home-training. But I love hanging out with Lara. She's definately my best friend at church.

Tomorrow I'm going to Jacksonville with my friend Jaimie. She just graduated from Nursing School and got a job at Onslow, so we're gonna go check some things out.

I need to put my flowers in some water. Mark at church brought some BEAUTIFUL gladiolus to the church and was just giving them away, since they didnt sell at the market.