Monday, April 28, 2008

The journey begins home!

I am happy and sad to begin the journey home.  I miss my Boo Bear (my dh) and my doggie Ansel!  I do not look forward to having to work again.  LOL  I have been spoiled.  See you soon!  

Saturday, April 19, 2008

We made it safely!

We are living the life.  My cousin has a beautiful place here.  We are staying in their apartment.  They are building a house on their business farm which is spectacular.  This picture is their apartment.  It has a pool outside which is very refreshing since it is hot here.  Been in the 90's the past two days.  
 Today we went to the Waterfall Canopy Tour.  Emma was a trooper and did not hesitate to zip down the lines.  It was a blast.  
This is a view from the resort down the street.  Love my hair?  LOL  I learned that hairspray will be needed tomorrow.  But isn't that view spectacular.  I am going to convince dh to move here!  
I will try to keep you all up to date with the trip!  I did bring some scrapping supplies to work on album for this trip while I am here.  Emma got very car sick on the 2 hour ride from San Jose airport to the apartment.  Poor thing!  But she has been fine today!  

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Achievements and Departure

Anybody know where I laid down the book I am reading?  I can't find it anywhere.  Probably in bathroom.   LOL

Well I must share about another friend of mine.  Her name is Heather.  She is a firefighter/paramedic that actually serves as Captain at the local fire department here.  She is one bright cookie!  I have known Heather since the 80's when our parents worked together and forced us to go to see New Edition together.  Who knew?  LOL  Well Heather completed her first triathlon Sunday.  I am so proud of her.  She made it look effortless.  

The bottom photo is from left to right me (sorry about bad hair worked the night before I went to see her and was tired), Heather, and my cousin Janet!  My scrappin buddies!  

Well I will be spare the next couple days as I leave Thursday evening for Costa Rica.  Going to spend some time with family!  I need a break!  

Friday, April 11, 2008

What makes you happy?

Stay with me here! I may get on a tangent on this post! I have been pretty philosophical this evening. It seems like I am always striving lately in my mind to deepen my relationship with my heavenly father! Why do we always fall into this trap of trying to find earthly things to complete us? I have taken on all these jobs and purchased all these scrapbook supplies and watch all these tv shows trying to find myself. I know deep down I am looking in all the wrong places. My joy doesn't come from within! I need to read that love letter that my father wrote me! He loves me! He doesn't love me because I think I am a fairly decent scrapbooker. As much as I would like to think my job earns me rewards I know it does not. It does not matter what drug I administer, what therapy I provide because Gods plan is what will be fulfilled (Jeremeiah 29:11). And while I do not always agree with it I know it is God's will and for his greater good. Lots of my days at work I see people die. I see families tell their grandfather bye for the last time on earth! I caress peoples shoulders as they grieve their loved ones loss. I try to, somewhat, hold in the weeping my heart feels. Sometimes I feel like my feelings are calloused from experiencing this myriad of severe emotions so often. But I have to step back. Remember again that is it Gods will. While it may be sad and seem unfair I have to remember God put me in my role for a reason. He may have wanted me there to give that mother a hug after I told her that her son died. He may have wanted me there to hold that old ladies hand as she leaves her family to go to a hospital far from home! I was listening to Jonathen Falwell on the way home from work this evening. Albeit his sermon was aimed more at college kids God used him to talk to me! He said "You may question God! Ask him 'Why do you want me to do this?'. Tell him that you aren't prepared. That you don't have what it takes." But you know what. God has brought me to this calling and he has and will continue to equip me. Who am I to question him? Now another thing I have been struggling with lately is my weight. While I am not morbidly obese I have gotten "healthy" since my dd's birth. I have lost 20 lbs since the fall! But I have gotten stagnant. I need to remember to tell myself when I want those cheese fries, milkshake, and burger that my body is God's earthly vessel. I need to maintain my "equipment". So what better stimuli then that do I need to make good healthy decisions?!!
So to make my long post short (I know a little too late) I have a challenge for you! Let's pursue that relationship with our creator! Step away from that computer and television and dig in his word! See what he wants to communicate to you! Listen to him beckon and call you! Remember it isn't about you! It is about the kingdom! Let me know how you do with this! I know it is a challenge but no one ever said an abundant life would be an easy life! I leave you with a recent page. Thanks for listening and looking!
This is from a kit that I received a few months ago.  I no longer sub to them!  My attempts at cutting back.  :)  But the pictures on this layout are of my dear friend Angie and her dh!  She is a beautiful soul!  I pray for her daily!  Angie I just want you to know I love ya girl!  God loves you too!  I used some Stickles with this kit!  I like them much better than I anticipated I would.  I drew my stitches with my white SU pen.  I cut the chipboard book label in half to make the brackets for my title.  And the holes on the ends are used elsewhere on the page.  Can you find em?  :)  Also added a Hambly journaling box rub-on.  Thanks for looking!  

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Hot Stuff

I did a sketch from ScrapLoves Cybercrop today! It has been very nice scrapping this weekend. I worked on my calendars yesterday evening. So did my dd Emma. She is more on the ball than I. She is doing a 2009 calendar whereas mine where supposed to be 2008 however they are now April 2008-April 2009. So here is my take on the sketch. It actually originated from March Pagemaps. This is my first time playing with images on my new puter so i need to play to improve that. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I have been tagged by Stacey!

I am supposed to list 7 random facts about myself...

Here's how it works:

1. Link to the person that tagged you and leave a comment on their blog, so that their readers can visit yours.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share 7 Random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 random people at the bottom of your post, linking to their blog. Let each person know by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 random things you probably don't really care to know but I'm telling you anyway.

1. As a child I had a fascination with the Loch Ness Monster. I read every resource on it I could.
2. I wanted to be a Marine Biologist when I grew up but didn't want to be that far from home (my parents) to work with humpback whales.
3. I play the flute! Almost majored in music after I decided not to do marine biology but didn't think the pay was that great.
4. I work 4 jobs. 1 full time and 3 part time. Flight Nurse full time, trauma nurse specialist 4 hours a week, home health 1 day a week, and do assessments for an insurance company as needed.
5. Bravo TV is one of my favorite channels. Love Project Runway and Top Chef.
6. Male figures I am crazy over include Keanu Reeves, George W. Bush, Trace Adkins, and Ty Pennington! Yummy!
7. The biggest fish I ever caught I used gum as bait. LOL

Now who can I tag... LOL I hate to do this to people! But I do like reading about my friends. Let me see! Amy , Jennifer B. , Shannon , Angela , Jenny , Tami , Peggy