Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dollar by Dollar

I don't know Katie.

I do know, however, that I feel strangely drawn to help a sister out. You can (and please do!) read all about her situation HERE, but essentially she has no funds to finish her final year of college. She has started an ingenious mission to try and raise the tuition cost not covered by grants and scholarships. From all I've read and heard from my friends who know Katie well, this girl is awesome.

Therefore, I'm asking each and every one of you reading this to give as little as just $1. We can all spare a few bucks.

Friday, July 13, 2012


Life has been interesting as of late. So much good with a touch of anxiety. The main thing that has been blessing me has been the abundance of family and community. This is exactly what I was anticipating when we moved back. Not only have I been spending some much needed time with my favorite friends from forever and ever, but Phillip and I have been connecting with, and growing deeper in our relationships with, some others in the 509 community while also meeting so many new people.

Lake lounging, adapting to townie life, laughter, worship, fireworks, a good friend's wedding, diners, Cedar Point, drinks, running, prepping for my best friend's wedding (!!!), biking all over town, evening hikes with new friends, and, of course, ice cream.

The anxiety? Being jobless for an indefinite amount of time. I've interviewed for my dream job in Labor and Delivery at the new Parkview Regional Medical Center and I have a follow-up peer interview on Monday. So, prayers por favor!  For now, I'm sticking to accomplishing my matron of honor duties, embracing my free time, and not worrying about what I can't control.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

So Many Things

Typically, I'm searching for interesting things from my life to share on this blog. This time, though, I'm trying to figure how I can fit it all in without overloading you readers. We've been busy (hence the lack of posting)!

First, we started to wrap up our jobs in Arizona. I said goodbye to my job and we started on an adventure for Phill's last hurrah with his job: Houseboat Camp!

While exhausting and sometimes frustrating, I had a blast. I'd rather not speak for Phill ;-). He was one busy man RUNNING WORSHIP SERVICES ON THE LAKE. We're talking sounds lights, cords, full band...all of it. He's amazing. I was cook for our boat (of course we had the most people on our boat) and I led a small group for my boat's girls and one of five breakout groups all students could choose to attend where we talked about self-image. I miss those crazy kids! You should see the sweet stack of encouraging, sweet notes Phillip and I each received. They're awesome kids.

The week after camp was filled with packing and parties. I also went to work to help teach some classes. Any last minute pay, you know?!

Then, after many tears, we left. Lots of hugs (Phill even received a couple awkward kisses) and kind words were given and received. We left Sunday evening and stayed the night in Utah. We dropped Margot off at a pet resort and spent all day Monday hiking at Utah's The Narrows at Zion National Park. It was fabulous. I'll have to post some picture later. Its SUCH beauty.

After we camped at the park that night, we picked Margot up the next morning and started the long haul drive back home! We arrived Thursday just in time for lunch with my momma :D

Since being back, we've kept pretty busy, too! We had Huntington Heritage Days festivities, an Indiana welcome home party, a cookout, I went to the lake with girlfriends, Phill went to the ER after stabbing his hand, I deep cleaned the house, went to some friends' show, celebrated Phillip's 26th (!!!) birthday, celebrated with our Ohio family, and now we're planning to spend more family time on the lake! Last, but CERTAINLY not least, Phillip and I are going to Cedar Point tomorrow!!! I have been looking forward to this for years, you guys. I love CP. I hope the weather cooperates! Please oh please!