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I’m not gonna lie… January 9, 2011
…things are hard right now. Not hard physically speaking – we both have jobs, we are healthy, we are being provided for. Things are hard emotionally, spiritually. I feel pretty far from God in this place where my only confidante is Seth…well, and Bou too. I talk to God pretty regularly, but still haven’t seen my current prayers answered, which sometimes makes me wonder if He hears me in the first place. I mean, I know he does, but I guess sometimes I’m more like Thomas than I liked to be. I need to see it to believe it. To put my hands in His wounds to know that He is real. Sometimes I wonder if God brought us out to Wisconsin to experience a season of just us and Him. But His plan isn’t working so far because I don’t know where He is.
But then today in church we sang a song called “Everything” by Tim Hughes. I’ve heard it before, but it really sank in today because I truly do want Jesus to be my everything. And even moreso, I’m finally beginning to grasp the fact that He is IN me. He’s with me all of the time because He resides IN me. He won’t ever leave me or forsake me because He is a part of me.
Jesus said, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:4-8
Jesus is already living in me, asking me to remain in Him as well.
Life Stages. November 18, 2010
Man, I feel like we’re in such an interesting stage of life. Some of our friends own houses. (I’m serious. Like, they actually bought houses. They actually pay mortgages. Crazy, I know.) Some of our friends have jobs that they need to dress up for, i.e. suits and ties. We even have two friends that are in the medical field. They can actually examine certain parts of your body and diagnose illnesses, write prescriptions, etc. On top of it all…wait for it…we have friends who actually HAVE KIDS. So bizarre. We’re adults. And not the “I-just-graduated-college-and-I’m-on-my-own-so-that-automatically-makes-me-a-grown-up” kind of adult. Like actual, real, full-fledged adults. The strangest part about all of it is that I find myself having adult thoughts frequently, even though when I look in the mirror I see the same girl who played the part of Patty Simcox in LWHS’s “Grease” in 2001. I think things like, “Man, I am SO excited to be a mom.” (What?!?!) “I can’t wait to decorate our future house. One with some old charm would be nice.” (Huh?!?!) “Did I fax in the form for our life insurance policies?” (Hold the phone!!!) When did this all happen? What a crazy season of life this is. And we’re on the brink. We’re on the brink of toppling from DINKPC (Dual Income No Kids Plus Cat) to parents (hopefully)…homeowners… This must be what our parents and grandparents meant when they say/said that they feel/felt so “young at heart”. Granted, I know that we’re still in great physical shape, but it’s just mind-blowing to be in this season of life. In a good way.
So much has happened… October 29, 2010
…since the last time I wrote. It’s always difficult to know where to pick up after you’ve neglected your blog for so long, so I think I’ll start with the biggest development in the lives of myself and Mr. Williams. We moved. To Wisconsin. Sun Prairie, to be exact – about 10 minutes outside of Madison. And no, we didn’t see this coming either. In moving back to Cincinnati, we thought we’d be staying there for a while…starting a family…buying a house. And when we envisioned moving again, it was always back to SoCal. But it turns out that the Lord had different plans for us. Most of you have heard the entire story from beginning to end, so I’ll spare the details (and my fingers), and just say that it was, and still is a wild ride. The craziest part is that we were originally moving here for Seth’s job, and in the midst of it all, I got the MIT (manager-in-training) position at the Madison Anthropologie (which was definitely a promotion from my former senior sales associate position). To top it all off, after about a week and a half of being here, my managers offered me ANOTHER promotion, and I’m now the new full-time, salaried Assistant Home Manager. Exactly what I would have chosen to be if I had a say in the matter. God’s provision and hand has been SO extremely evident throughout this whole process. And I’m really looking forward to getting more involved at Heartland, making new friends, and building into old friendships.
Super Savings…Tuesday April 14, 2010
Well folks, I’m finally starting to get good at this! Here’s my loot after a trip to CVS and Target:
And the final tally after coupons, ECBs, giftcards, & mail-in rebates (drumroll please):
Can you even believe it?!?! This is becoming quite a pastime for me. 😀
The Cottage April 2, 2010
I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for so long! Oh the busyness – how I get caught up in it! I suppose I’d normally say “such is life!”, but I don’t want to lean into that statement any longer. Thus, I’m dusting off the ‘ole blog with this new post!
Today the weather is crazy beautiful. It’s around 80° on the first of April – and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke. It makes me feel more alive when the sun is shining and I can open up our windows to get a fresh breeze blowing through our house. Despite any uncertainty I’m currently facing, today I’m glad I’m alive.
Even moreso, this weather gets me SO excited about going to the cottage!!! The cottage is owned by Seth’s parents and it sits on the edge of Hemlock Lake in southern Michigan. It’s a place where we can relax to the max. Seriously. These are things I LOVE about going to the cottage:
Other things I love: laughing, not having an agenda, afternoon naps just because, making s’mores over an open fire, etc., etc. And the list could go on. Here’s to hoping that we get a summer trip to the cottage on the books ASAP!!!