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Just a short update…

August is almost half over already and I have been in OKC nearly 3 months! I can’t believe it…time goes by soooo fast! I am still tremendously enjoying the city, work, friends, and all the fabulous new adventures. The job in the NICU is going well…still not liking nights very well nor sleeping the greatest during the day. BUT…I have good news! I get to move to day shift the second week in September!! YAY! I’m super-duper excited. 🙂 S l o w l y, I’m getting to know others on the unit…it just takes time I guess. Monday evening, a few of us went to dinner at Ted’s (Mexican Restaurant) just to get to know each other better. It was fun…and one of the BEST Mexican foods in town!

I’ve been off work the last several days and so I’ve gotten a lot of ordinary things accomplished like…laundry, cleaning the apartment, grocery shopping, running errands, going through the mail…etc. I’ve visited with a few of my far away friends on the phone and talked to my dad and Grandma a while today. I’ve also been out at the pool a few times in the HOT summer afternoons. Too hot just to lay out though…usually have to get wet…and get wet again, and again…and again! 🙂 Cayla, a sweet friend from church, and I have been going out to the lake in the evenings once or twice a week to get some running and walking in. It has been sooo much fun for me to find a running buddy! When I’m working in the evening, I’m usually out running in the cool early mornings! Mornings and evenings are both very beautiful and peaceful! I love it!

I’m enjoying Quail Springs Baptist Church a lot and look forward to getting more involved and active in the church. I am also looking for opportunities where I can serve and minister to others. I will be working this coming weekend and am disappointed that I will miss church. BUT…I am looking forward to going to the Shakespearean play (Hamlet) at the Myriad Botanical Gardens this Friday evening with a group from church. I think it should be sooo much fun with a lovely setting! Glad I don’t work that night! 🙂

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Anything and everything

Okay…so yah, it’s been forever and a day again since I’ve blogged about my life in the city. Maybe that’s simply because there’s sooo much to do in the city…work, friends, shopping, swimming, late nights at the hot tub, adventures at the lake, dinner dates at great places…. But unfortunately, it seems that almost everything fun costs money! So I’m glad for a good job that I not only love but that brings in some good bucks!

This week I must officially soar with my own two wings at work. No nurse with be right beside me every step of the way but there will always be other nurses just a hop and a skip away should I need help, advice, or simply some reassurance. Wednesday night will be my first night when I have MY VERY OWN babies to take care of, to keep alive, and to show love. Although I must admit I’m a little bit nervous and unsure, I am also very excited. I’m excited to develop my own routine, as all nurses do. I’m excited because this is another step in fulfilling my dream of becoming a real NICU nurse! I’m excited to get to know my own babies and their families. I’m excited to get to know the nurses, Drs., and other staff on the unit. I’m excited just to stand on my own two feet and hopefully not sink…?! 🙂

I have been on the 12 hour night shifts for one week now. I haven’t found it hard to work during the typical sleeping hours, but I have found it difficult to sleep during the day. It invariably seems that the lawn mower is running outside my apartment window or kids are screaming at the pool or there are stomping footsteps coming from my ceiling. I’m realizing it’s not nearly as easy to sleep during the day in the city than it was when I was at home in my secluded basement bedroom. 😦 But I suppose I shall manage…I really have no choice but to hope and pray to get onto the day shift as soon as possible! In the meantime though, I do really like the night shift crew and the pace is much slower and quieter. Sometimes the quietness at night is not such a good thing though…especially about 3:00-4:00 am when my lack of sleep is starting to catch up with me.

I have gotten to know some really great co-workers already and we’ve been able to hang out some at the pool or at one of our favorite places in Edmond…ORANGE TREE (frozen yogurt). We had a class day today at work and met there late this afternoon for a sweet treat!

I’ve been enjoying running outside much lately mostly around the neighborhood streets close by. But for the first time, Saturday I got up bright and early 🙂 and went out to Lake Hefner by 7:00 am and ran around the Lake! It was sooo incredibly beautiful. I loved it! I wish I could go out there everyday…but it does take extra time to drive there and such and then actually run my 5-6 miles. So…I don’t think it’s quite doable everyday but certainly I’m going to make every effort to get out there more often. Like TOMORROW morning! I can’t wait!

Last week, I finally finished most of the decorating in my bathroom and bedroom…pretty much have all my wall decor up now. But still, when I go shopping, I find new ideas…ahhhhh, and I don’t need any more stuff or I won’t have any place to put it!!! I guess I need to practice what they call spending my money wisely a little more.

I’ve enjoyed several outings with some friends from church this past week. Sunday evening, Jennifer and I sent nearly three hours at Lake Hefner…watching the breathtaking sunset while having a picnic, playing some random games, and chatting. We even dipped our feet in the water and walked along the lake…pretending we were at the beach! We had a really fun time. But before we knew it, the sun had set and it was dark outside. That was our cue to pack up and head back to the apartment. I think we could have stayed out there all night…it was such a beautiful quiet night. Probably not the safest or smartest thing to do though…so we didn’t! 🙂

Saturday evening, I played some tennis with some friends. Although I’ve never played much tennis…maybe only once or twice in fact, it’s been a sport that I always thought would be fun to get good at. We had a really good time, got some really good practice, and I even surprised myself a few times. It was quite humid and warm though so we journeyed to a Jamba Juice for smoothies to cool off after the workout!

The past couple of Sunday’s, I have been attending Quail Springs Baptist Church. Besides the convenient location (it is only like 2 blocks from our apartment), I like it because it appears to be more conservative than some of the other churches I have visited. The pastor is going through the book of James right now in his sermons…discussing what it means to live out loud the life of faith. I’ve also really enjoyed the Sunday School class that is studying ‘trusting God.’ It is challenging, thought-provoking, and encouraging. I look forward to the Sunday’s ahead and what God is going to teach me!

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I LOVE IT!

Time is going by soooo fast here, I can’t keep up! My first days at work were terrific! Friday, the first day on the Neonatal ICU was wild and crazy and fast-paced but I learned sooo much and loved it! Being the weekend, Saturday and Sunday proved to be a little slower. I feel like God has already incredibly blessed me with some wonderful friends and co-workers on the unit. All the nurses are wonderful and the teamwork is fantastic! I couldn’t have asked for anything better. This IS a whole new world of nursing and I’m finding that I have to change my thinking a lot…I’m used to giving medications, treatments, etc. to adults in adult sizes and doses but that’s a bit much for these little ones. 🙂 So…it’s keeping me on my toes. But to sum up the new job experience in three words: I LOVE IT!

Now I’ve had off several days and one would think I would be bored…?! Nope! It seems I manage to stay busy and find something to do everyday whether it is shopping, hanging out with friends, visiting frozen yogurt places :), baking and cooking, tanning and swimming at the pool, working out, cleaning the apartment, decorating the apartment, and yes, getting on facebook or on the cell phone.

Monday, Briann and I FINALLY got our Oklahoma Driver’s licenses! WHEW! That was such a looong drawn out ordeal and I’m just glad to have it taken care of! I rode my bike around the city about 5-6 miles…it was a lot of fun! Then in the evening, Briann and I played volleyball with the Henderson Hills Baptist Church Singles group and had a really good time! Tuesday morning, I worked out in the fitness center and met the weirdo guy again… :/. Briann and I tanned at the pool for a couple of hours but it was SUPER hot! Our tans are impressive though…! And…I can’t really remember what we did the rest of the day….ummmm. Oh yeah, we made a Wal-Mart fun for some groceries, wrote our Father’s day cards, and completed some paperwork stuff for OU Medical Center and health insurance. Fun huh?! Not really…. Okay, today we went shopping for some living room apartment decor and found a few things but nothing real spectacular yet. 😦 We were at the pool tanning again for about an hour today but it was so hot that we didn’t stay out long.

For the past two days, we have wanted to take out our bikes and ride around Lake Hefner…but it has been horribly windy! *bummer* But…we’ve decided that tomorrow morning, whether wind, hail, or tornado…we’re going to the lake!!! 🙂 Hopefully, it will be nice.

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5 WEEKS and rain and snow…

Yup yup yup! It’s Sunday again already! 5 WEEKS…5 WEEKS until I’m outa here! And…Thursday I received my OK nursing license in the mail! WOOT! Been waiting for it for like 4 weeks. Just another piece of the puzzle that’s in place…now, it’s up to Briann to graduate from nursing school! 🙂

I’ve been working a lot it seems…last week – Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Off today. Then next week, I also have a lot of hours plus an additional babysitting job in Meade. I’m working as a nurse Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday and then am babysitting for Logan James on Thursday and Friday. No spare time! But I love it!

We actually have puddles of water in our yard! It has been raining for two days and we’ve gotten like 2.5 inches! AMAZING! It has been soooo long since it’s rained that I’ve forgotten what it looks like! It is still drizzling now. Praise the Lord!

Serena went to Colorado Friday to visit a friend and make a delivery of one of the baby kitties. While she was there, they went to see The Thorn play in Colorado Springs…and I’m pretty sure they visited some fabric shops as well! I’d bet money on that! 🙂 She was suppose to return home today…but is stuck there in a snow storm! I think she’ll be able to come back home tomorrow.

Since today is Easter Sunday, we had a breakfast brunch this morning and a special service with some wonderful music! It was very nice! This afternoon, I did a load of laundry and baked a coffee cake. And…I had to play with Scamper (the last little kitty left) because she is entirely lonesome with Serena gone. Her momma of course is being a monster because she hates it when Serena is gone and she hates me!

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Grace Community Church Celebration

This was a busy weekend!! A weekend at our church that has been in the makings for several months. November of this year was the 10 year anniversary of our church building. And so we enjoyed a weekend of celebrating ‘the past,’ ‘the present,’ and ‘the future’ of Grace Community Church. Saturday evening featured a walk down memory lane and a foodcourt style supper and time of fellowship followed by a concert with Barry Ward and a preserntation of the history of the church. Serena and I both helped in the kitchen getting the food prepared and helped serving. We had a really good time…in fact, perhaps TOO much fun! Oh, and we helped with the clean-up afterwards and then re-decorating that night for the banquet after church the next day! Wow…we were tired by the time we returned home about 10:30 pm. This morning then, we had a special service including music by the ‘Quartet’ and the ‘Bells of Grace’ and a guest speaker, Dr. Jobe Martin. After the lovely morning service, we all gathered in the fellowship hall for a beautiful banquet and catered meal by Casey’s Cowtown. The whole weekend was a lot of fun and I think it was a huge success!

I’ve posted a few pix from the weekend that I thought you all might enjoy!

 

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(this was before the rush!)

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the decor was so festive

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Barry Ward entertained us with some country music

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part of the kitchen crew 😉

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yup…we even helped serve

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then there was a big lull at the hamburger and hot dog stand…

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the decor for the banquet Sunday

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the fellowship hall looked absolutely gorgeous!

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First…the bad news

Last week at our church, we started an 8-week series during evening church on the topic of how to be an effective witness.  Our pastor is using a course by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron called The Way of the Master to seek and save the lost the way Jesus did. Tonight actually was only the second week (and the first evening I was absent…eh hum, because I was sick last week)…but I really enjoyed it this evening and felt that it was a challenge. The burning desire to share the Good News with lost souls is something that many Believers, including myself, are lacking. Perhaps fear, or rejection, or ridicule keeps us from sharing the Gospel with those around us. But wait…look at Jesus Christ Himself. He was ridiculed and laughed at. He was rejected and betrayed. He was spit upon, beaten, and eventually crucified. It is hardly likely that I would be killed for sharing the Gospel with someone at the hospital, at Wal-Mart, while babysitting, while walking down the street, in a restaurant, or in the Beauty shop. Probably the worse senario, is that ‘my victim’ would ignore me or yell at me. And even if I get yelled at or ignored…and my feelings may be hurt, so what! I planted a seed of Salvation! 1 Corinthians 15:58 ~ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Tonight, we specifically discussed how to begin sharing the Gospel with someone. Comfort and Cameron referred back to the example of Jesus Christ Himself in Mark 17-22 ~ Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”  But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Initially, Jesus had to show the man that he was indeed a sinner and needed a Savior. For a person to be ready to accept the Good News, he/she must first understand and accept the reality of the bad news. Each and every one of us have broken the 10 Commandments which is God’s law, myself included. We may not be a murderer, but what about a liar or a thief…? A liar and a thief is just as much condemned to die as a murderer.  James 2:10 ~ Whoever shall keep the whole law, yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. Breaking God’s law is sin. Sin is sin, no matter how big or small. All of us are condemned to death because of our sin. (Romans 3:23 ~ For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 ~ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.) Consider this in relation to that of a physician and a patient. For a patient to accept a medication or cure for his illness, he much first be convinced that he is sick. After all, Jesus Christ is the Great Physician and said in Mark 2:17 ~ Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

You can listen to Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s entire second session here: Discovering Hell’s Best Kept Secret.  I guarantee you don’t be sorry you listened to it!

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God speaking

 

God Speaking

by Mandisa,  Album: True Beauty

Have you ever heard a love song
That set your spirit free
Have you ever watched a sunrise
And felt you could not breathe
What if it’s Him
What if it’s God speaking
Have you ever cried a tear that
You could not explain

Have you ever met a stranger
That already knew your name
What if it’s Him
What if it’s God speaking

Who knows how He’ll get a hold of us
Get our attention to prove He is enough
He’ll do and He’ll use
Whatever He wants to
To tell us I love you

Have you ever lost a loved one
Who you thought should still be here
Do you know what it feels like
To be tangled up in fear
What if He’s somehow involved
What if He’s speaking through it all

His ways are higher
His ways are better
Though sometimes strange
What could be stranger
Than God in a manger

God is speaking
I love you

Hearing from God

Yes, I’ve cried a tear I could not explain, I’ve met a stranger who knew my name, I’ve lost a loved one who I thought should still be here, and I’ve been tangled up in fear. As I was listening to the words of this beautiful song on the radio today, I paused to thank God for showing me how much He loves me. Sometimes His ways are mysterious and strange and I wonder ‘why’…but I am confident that His ways, no matter what they seem to me, are ALWAYS best. God doesn’t tell us all the ‘whys’ or even the ‘hows’ but He does ask us to trust Him. 

I’m reminded of the Sunday School lesson that I taught yesterday to the 4th-6th graders. The lesson comes from the book of Nehemiah, a famous cupbearer to King of Persia and the one who was instructed by the Lord to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Perhaps at times, this seemed like an impossible task to Nehemiah especially when a few men began rebelling against the rebuilding and threatened war. But Nehemiah remained steadfast in the strength and confidence of the Lord. He knew that with the Lord on his side, even the impossible would be possible. Because of one man’s faithfulness and trust in God, the city of Jerusalem was rebuilt.

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