Archive for September, 2008

Bakin’ Cookies!

I just got back from a 4-mile walk. It was a splendid evening and not really too windy. Lady went with me of course and I think she managed to find all of the sticker patches along the ditch. Every little bit, it seemed like, my walk was interrupted by Lady hobbling on three legs and I’d have to stop to take out a sticker for her. Oh, but I love her anyway!

Have you ever felt in the mood to bake cookies? Well, I sure felt “in the mood” this afternoon…so that is just what I did! The house was smelling pretty wonderful by about 4:00…it even brought Dad in from outside and Serena up from downstairs! 😉 lol! I baked quite a large batch of Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Some I’m taking to work tomorrow (everybody loves it when someone brings treats to work!) and the rest are for us to enjoy! Only one panful turned out a little bit overdone (not burnt, just a tad crispy!) because I was multi-tasking and kinda forgot about them…and forgot to set the timer! OOPS!

in the oven…

fresh from the oven…

ready to indulge…!

Is your mouth watering yet…?!

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“…another day in paradise.”

Yes…there’s actually a work story behind the title of this post. (I’m not quite that random!) 😉 Last Friday, as I was working at the hospital, I admitted a sweet little 96 year old lady. While I visited with her and performed my ‘nursing tasks,’ I discovered that she like to talk…a lot. Quite frankly, I really didn’t mind…she was very pleasant and content and smiled most of the time. However, I soon realized that we were not on the same planet. Certainly, she was in a world all her own but apparently it was a happy one. I wish I could have jumped into her world and “played with the kids” too! =D RIght before I left her room, I asked her where she was…and she replied with a huge grin, “oh honey, it’s just another day in paradise.” I truly hope that when I’m 96, I’m in a place that I would call paradise too!

I haven’t posted for a while so let me catch you up to speed on the lastest. Work has actually been busy again. Last week and this week so far have been a whirlwind of activity! Thankfully I had off the weekend but was back at it yesterday…and today. I was suppose to be off today but we were a tad bit short staffed and so I went in to help out for a while planning to leave about noon or 1pm…but didn’t get away until 4pm. It was crazy busy! Now I have two days off and then work on Friday and the weekend.

Sunday evening was my cousin’s little boy’s 4th birthday party in the park! Yay! So my Grandma and I went to that for a couple of hours and we had a blast. The chocolate cake was declicious and we had a lot of fun playing some games. Even though it was fairly windy, the temperature was perfect and so the wind didn’t hinder any of the fun. Oh…to be 4 years old again… 😉

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A day I wish would never end…

AHHHH!  Today is SOOO beautiful outside! I’ve been sitting outside soaking in the warm sunshine and the peacefulness of the countryside. Peacefulness and quietness except for the occasional rustle of the trees with a brief breeze of wind, the faint sound of a bird chirping or a bee buzzing, or the distant clanging of metal or pounding of a hammer (yea…Dad is working in the shed). Lady is sitting right here beside me (helping me blog I guess…) and Mittens is a few feet off (keeping her distance from the dog), both of them also basking in the sun. I absolutely love this weather…and I’m so excited to see the sun back out after all those rainy dreary days! I guess there is a time and season for everything though as it says in Ecclesiastes…even a time for rain and a time for the sun to shine. Right now, I’m just really glad that it’s time to be sunny!

Okay…so since it has been so nice outside today, I washed not only my car this afternoon, but Serena’s also! I don’t think she knows it yet though! 😉 My wonderful sister does such an incredible job at taking care of things in the house like cooking and laundry and she doesn’t care to be outside much…so I figured the least I could do is wash her muddy car for her. And I know she will be grateful once she discovers it! I can’t see how she can stay secluded in the house when the weather is beyond gorgeous outdoors…but I suppose if I loved to sew and had bad allergies, I’d stay inside too. About an hour ago, I got back from a bike ride to Ensign…I had a package I needed to mail at the post office and decided it was too nice to drve. So…I grabbed my ipod and my backpack filled with the package, my water bottle and cell phone, and out the door I was for the 5-mile ride! As usual, I passed a few trucks and one or two other random vehicles and nothing exciting was happening in Ensign.

Dad took his seed wheat to Dodge in the truck after lunch to be cleaned so hopefully he can plant it soon. He was quite impressed that I washed both cars this afternoon…AND washed the mud off of his cement right outside the shed…AND swept the dried mud out of the garage! I like to impress my Dad! I could have probably done even better if I would have washed the van too…but I thought I’d played in the mud enough for one day! 😉

I usually never mind and actually look forward to going to work at the hospital…except on days such as today. When the weather is so beautiful, I like to be home and outside! I’m super glad that I have off the next couple of days and don’t return to work until Thursday and Friday…so I can thoroughly enjoy the wide open spaces! I did work yesterday and it was a pretty good day. Not too busy but the day did grow kinda long in the afternoon. I had some good chats with some co-workers and I consider that profitable.

As I think I mentioned on my last blog post, I spent Thursday and Friday nights last week with our neighbor girls. Rachel is 10 years old and in 5th grade and Sarah is 15 and a freshman this year.  Both evenings, Rachel and I went out on the 4-wheeler to check the cattle and even though it was drizzling rain and a bit chilly, it was fun to ride around in the bumpy pasture. We also had to feed the dozens of farm cats, two huge slobbering outside dogs, 40-something squawking chickens, three little baby kittens, two indoor and quite annoying toy poodles (Shadow and Odet) …and of course, the fish! Yea…they have a pet farm pretty much. They also have some horses and llamas. After taking care of all the animals and eating some supper, I helped Rachel with her homework and we watched a little bit of tv…and then it was 9 pm already and bedtime for the girls (well…Rachel anyway). Sarah went down to her room but I’m pretty positive she stayed up talking on her cell phone and watching tv before drifting off to sleep. Once Rachel was sound asleep, I worked on my laptop for a while and talked with my sister in Alabama before retiring for bed about 11 pm. And although I got into bed at that time, when I was up at 4 am Friday morning, I felt like I hadn’t slept hardly at all. The two outside dogs wouldn’t stop barking for anything, even after I yelled at them several times. Plus I had to share the bed with Rachel…and a few other furry animals! I’m not exactly sure if it was the barking…or one of the poodles licking my face…or one of the cats nudging me…or a combination of all three that woke me up at 4 am, but I was awake and just decided to go ahead and get up. After working out for a while, showering, getting ready for work, and spending a few minutes in my quiet time with the Lord, it was time to wake up the girls at 6:30 am. And by 7:30, we were all out the door…Sarah drives herself to the Dodge City High School and I dropped Rachel off at school in Cimarron, then headed to Meade for a day working in the Pharmacy at the hospital. Friday evening was much the same with Rachel (Sarah stayed in Dodge Friday night with a friend) except we went to bed later since we could sleep in Saturday morning. I did sleep better Friday night but was still up at 6:30 that morning…this time I can blame it on the cat – she WOULD NOT leave me alone, even after throwing her off the bed a dozen times! So…I gave up and got up. I was actually glad I got up too because it proved to be a lovely cool quiet morning. I went out for a jog while Rachel was still sleeping and I could have run for miles on end because it was so pretty outside.  Watching the sun come up was breathtaking! I didn’t want to go back inside…but eventually I had too. 😦 Rachel was up by 9 am and after showering and doing our chores for the morning, we went into Dodge about 10:30 and I dropped Rachel off at a friends house. She was staying the night with her friend until her parents returned home on Sunday. Wow…that turned into quite a book of “My adventures with Rachel and the animal farm!” Hope you enjoyed all the details!

Saturday proved to be very nice outside also…and I think that’s what gave me the itch for the bright sunny weather again! I did a minor degree of shopping in Dodge before coming back home about 1pm. Walking into the house smelled wonderful because….Serena was baking cookies for her Sunday School class! The aroma of fresh baked cookies or bread or anything like that is certainly delightful! I should have taste-tested them for her! 😉 A friend came over for the afternoon and so we walked around the farm and down the road a ways and just spent some time visiting. That evening, Dad, Serena, and I met a young couple from our church for supper at Pizza Hut in Dodge. We had a really really good visit with them and found out that we are very much like-minded. I think we were all very encouraged with the evening together.

Although much of our garden is taken over by weeds now, we are still getting some cantaloupe and watermelon. Just today, Dad brought in a HUGE (probably at least 40 lbs!!!) watermelon. The fresh fruit has been delicious…and healthy!

the HUGE watermelon!

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Kid’s Club, Work, Weather

Tonight was the kick off for the start of Kid’s Club for the semester! Serena and I along with the Pastor’s wife enjoy teaching and mentoring the 4th-8th graders. Although we’ve decided to discuss the fruit of the Spirit this semester, tonight we actually did a review from the Spring covering the Armor of God and Creation. Seven kids showed up tonight including a few new ones…and hopefully this is just the beginning. We’ve encouraged the kids to invite friends and we may do some recruiting ourselves! In addition to the review, we played some games…and I even got roped into playing a sort of beach ball volleyball with the kids! It was fun.

The pace at work has picked up some. We actually have had more than just one or two patients the last week! YAY…not that I really wish people to be sick but it is job security! 😉 And it makes the 12 hour shift go by a whole lot faster. I worked Monday and Tuesday this week and work again on Friday. And…I have a babysitting job with the neighbor girls tomorrow night and Friday night. The girls are about 8 and 14 I think now…so they are pretty self-sufficient. It’s more their toy poodles, Odet and Shadow, and the kitties that require attention!

It has been so unusually cool the past few weeks! Monday was downright cold! But I am very thankful for the cool weather and all the rain and moisture; although, I must admit, I’m ready for the dreary hazy days to disappear and for the SUN TO SHINE! Today, the sun did come out finally this afternoon and it got up into the 80’s.  Tomorrow’s suppose to be rainy again though… ::sigh:: (good running weather…!)

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FIREPROOF

Hey…check this out! It’s the new movie coming to theaters September 26th from the same creators of Facing the Giants. Don’t miss FIREPROOF!

 

Only 19 days until you can say “I DO” to Fireproof!

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Wanted: Male Suitor

Classified Ad: WANTED single Chrisitan male suitor, mid to upper 20’s, sense of humor, college education preferred, loves the outdoors, dislikes snakes, growing relationship with the Lord, desires to be the Godly leader of his family, seeks partner for life.

 

If only the answer to such a deep desire was as simple as placing an ad in the local newspaper….   

 

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*Riiiing*

*Hello?*

*yes, I’m ummm answering your ad in the paper…*

{ackward silence}

*ok…uh, do you meet all of the qualifications listed?*

*yes…ma’am.*

{ackward silence again}

*well then, when would you like to meet my dad?*

*CLICK!*

 

Ok…so I hope that this would never ever really happen! But I, like so many of you young ladies out there, desire to meet my soul-mate, to fall in love with the one that God has choosen for me, and to live happily ever after. Sometimes though, the years of singlehood keep growing and I begin to wonder if and when it will ever happen. Do you too feel like singleness will go on f-o-r-e-v-e-r? Do you find yourself pondering IF such a Godly man exists today? And IF he does, how in the world will you ever meet him?

After a while, it becomes overwhelming and discouraging. I meet a young man…and think “just maybe this is him….”  But the more that I desperately try to get involved and make it work…it doesn’t. God throws him completely out of my love life picture. Recently, God has been sweetly showing me again (yes, for not the first, second, or third time, but probably the hundredth) that I need to stay out of it! He knows where the answer to that ad is and He knows where I am. He knows the exact moment we will meet. He not only knows the future but He holds it in His hands. He wants me to completely surrender my desire for a husband to Him and allow Him to write every word, every paragraph, and every page of my love story. Who better to be the author of romance than my heavenly Father?

So…while God is writing the love story of _________ and Jena _______, what am I suppose to do? Sit back, do nothing, and just wait to get married? Absolutely not! God has given me the gift of singlehood now so I can practice what it means to give. Real giving is seeking out the needs of others and helping to fulfill those needs. As human beings, we are selfish and we are creatures of want. We do what pleases us or what benefits us. But a marriage relationship cannot thrive unless both the husband and wife give 100% of themselves to the other. So God really does know what He is doing…He is preparing me to be a wife and mother someday. He’s just giving me a whole lot of practice time!

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Who am I?

I have been meaning to publish this post for quite a while, but never finished the thoughts that I had begun…until now. Perhaps now too it seems even more fitting after hearing the song, Who Am I, by Casting Crowns the other evening.  

A couple weeks ago in Sunday school, our teacher asked the question, “Who are you?” Apart from your name,  where you live, your family, your job…ect., how would you answer the question, “Who are you?” Whenever someone asks me that question whether at work or while shopping or at church, my answer is usually something like this, “I’m Quincy’s daughter,” “I’m Jena,”  “I’m the middle sister,” “I live at Ensign,” or “I’m a nurse at Meade Hospital.”  Just as that is the truth, it’s also not the complete truth. What if I were to start answering such questions with answers like “I’m a child of God,” “I’m a part of God’s family,” or “I serve the Lord Jesus.” Perhaps I would get a few strange looks and comments and some ackward silent moments, but in reality, my identity first and foremost rests in Jesus Christ. My job could change. I might relocate (hopefully someday!). I could even change my name! 😉 But I will always be a child of the King of Kings. I will always be a part of His family. And ‘my job’ will always be serving Him. Forever and ever!

WHO AM I really? I AM A CHILD OF GOD! That means He is my Father. That means He is worthy of my respect, honor, and love. That means I am to obey Him. That means I am to listen to Him. That means I am to talk to Him. So…why do I so often forget about my heavenly Father? Why do I fail to communicate with Him as I should? Why do I live sometimes as if He doesn’t exist? Why do I try to hide things ‘in the closet’ as if He doesn’t see and know everything?

Is it because I’m ashamed? YES! Is it because I want to look good to the world? YES! Is it because living a life disciplined and devoted to Jesus Christ is hard? YES! Is it because I fear rejection and persecution? YES! Is it because I don’t want to give up some of those things that I’m hiding ‘in the closet’? YES!

Who do I really want by life defined by…the world, or the God of the universe? What does God think about my life? What am I doing to please Him? Am I forgoing the passing pleasures of this earthy life and my fleshly desires to further the kingdom of God?

Do I really want to answer my own questions…?

no, but…

The ugly truth hurts. I fail so much at “living for Jesus a life that is true.” Yet, despite my failures, I have Someone living within me giving me the want-to and the power to do what pleases the Lord. Jesus didn’t ascend into heaven and say “so long, you’re on your own now.” He gave me a Helper, the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 says, “But the Helper, Whom the Father will send in My Name; He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (NKJV) He gives me the power to say “NO” to temptation and “YES” to God.

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