Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Multitude Monday, Week XVII

191. Enjoying the company of friends in different climates
192. Arriving safely in our home state!
193. 60-degree weather
194. Quality time with grandparents
195. Exchanging gifts!
196. My husband and his innate ability to make me laugh
197. Sisters
198. Taco nights
199. Eileen's recipe for macaroni & cheese
200. Family

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Today we got baptised!!

We made the decision to join our church back in November with two church membership requirements:

(1) Professing faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, and
(2) Baptism by immersion

Though David has been a Christian since he was a child, for some reason he had never been baptised. I asked his mom about it over Thanksgiving and she just said that she never wanted to push him and she wanted it to be his choice. David and I have talked about it quite a bit since I asked Jesus into my heart February 2008...and it finally seemed like the right time, now.

David has been very nervous the last few weeks, and for me, it was kind of in the back of my mind. We arrived at 10:55 in the Baptism Suite and changed into our white clothes, then met in a central area to talk with the Baptism coordinators. It was then that it finally plugged into my brain what I was about to do...and for the next hour or so I really couldn't stop crying. I cried while Clay Smith prayed with us, I cried waiting for the worship team to end their song, I cried walking down unto the watery steps, I cried watching David profess his faith, I cried before Clay presented me to the church, I cried with a broken voice during my profession, and I literally sobbed while tearing off my dripping wet white robes in the dressing room. I think the only other day that I have cried just a little more was our wedding day.

I love that my relationship with God has always evoked such an emotional response. I know that He is truly in me when there are uncontrollable tears running down my face.. And sometimes I find myself feeling insecure (thinking about ME instead of HIM) and I love when I catch myself doing that, because it gives me yet another thing to talk to God about...

Glory be to God in the highest!

A Small Blurb about Life Changes

Lives change all of the time -- for good and bad -- and we have been extremely blessed this last year. My husband and I are really growing into one another, and I don't know if it's the warmness of the season, but I'm finding myself appreciate so many little moments lately that it is hard for me to say what exactly has changed in us. Just last week marked eight months that we have been married, which I proclaim is "almost a year" and David quickly corrects me and says "it's only eight months!" It's been fast, this whole time, and after barely having enough time to get ready for a wedding yesterday, my husband looked at me and said with great emphasis, we have got to stop doing this.

We've been moving so quickly and I cannot imagine the new year slowing down anymore. I recently found out I was accepted into a RN-BSN program, which is awesome news, but also a little unexpected. (Unexpected because I was thinking Summer 2011 admission, not Spring, aka less than a month away, admission!) Tomorrow I should be sending in all of the paperwork and forms that will qualify me for in-state tuition, and the 6th of January I have my orientation. I don't really know what all of this means with my work schedule, but with only 7 credits I cannot imagine *not* being able to work as much as I do... We will see. Then we have quite a few trips planned for the new year, and I don't know if/how me being enrolled will alter those plans. Again, we will see. I am nervous and I am excited. At work we often discuss what we plan to do, since most of my coworkers are getting critical care experience and then applying for NP/CRNA programs. I don't know how any of that falls into my future, but for right now I know I need my BSN, just in case.

In other news, Friday marked us paying off $6000 in debt since August, which means I can officially close two credit card accounts this upcoming week. I know I've never written about this to you all, but David and I have a very aggressive debt pay off plan that will have us finish $35,000 by May 2012. We could theoretically be even more aggressive, but we'd like to also travel and save during this period, so .. womp, we can wait the two years.

The discussion of what do we do with all of that "extra" money after May 2012 has turned into yet another aggressive financial plan for purchasing a house, which, by the way, scares the heck out of me. All of it is exciting, though...just very, very scary.

For now I am just content knowing that the huge life change that occurred this year (getting married and moving away from family & friends) has been fairly easy. We have really genuine and awesome friends here in Columbia that has made everything kind of just pass on by...

Before heading to frisbee, after I crawled into the warm cocoon of a bed, David grabbed our coats to hang up in the closet. He paused at the doorway and said, "You know you married the best husband in the world?" I smiled and said, "Boy do I know it," though I guess I am a little partial. (:

Multitude Monday, Week XVI

Here we are a week late, and a day early (on Sunday!), because I am anticipating my lack of energy tomorrow after I work nights to-night.

171. Re-realizing the gift of Christmas
172. Spectacular productions by our church
173. Spending QT with work wives
174. Creating homemade cards with my husband this year
175. The insane amount of things my husband does for me on a daily basis
176. A warm house
177. Impromptu game nights
178. Christmas weddings
179. Ketan coming for Christmas weekend!
180. Good health news
181. The great joy in finding God has blessed friends' lives with a baby!!
182. Health insurance
183. Having a job
184. Having a job I truly enjoy
185. Dick Lincoln
186. Free skee ball
187. David's work party
188. Abundance of cards we've received in the mail
189. Smellmegood candles throughout the house
190. Great coworkers

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Shout Out to My Peeps!

Okay so the subject is something that my father-in-law would say, and I mean that in the most endearing way, but seriously, let me tell you about MAH PEEPS!

So I worked yesterday from 7p-7a. Yes it is 9:40a as I am typing this and I have not fallen over from exhaustion. Let me tell you WHYYYY.

I give a somewhat quick report. I excitedly throw my penlight, inkpen, stethoscope, and mechanical pencil in my locker. I grab my car keys, shut the padlock, and wave goodbye. Within a minute I am clocking out and the elevator arrives amazingly fast. As I'm passing the 3rd floor I suddenly realize that I left my coat in the breakroom. It is less than 30-degrees out. I figure I'll wing it. I call my dear husband on my walk out to the garage, make sure he's up and has left for Greenville (he has). I am about to the other end of the parking lot when he tells me he didn't sleep well last night because I wasn't there to keep him warm (no seriously - I insist on saving on our electricity bill and make everyone suffer by keeping the heat on, if on at all, to 60-degrees and require a space heater in the bedroom). I am approaching my car, so I click the unlock button. There's no unlocking sound, and I start imagining all of these terrible things. Like, someone stole my wallet from my glovebox. (Hey, I don't want to keep my wallet in my glovebox, but David insists I take it with me while I'm driving to work, and I absolutely refuse to cart it inside the hospital where theft is even more likely.) I get closer to the car and it's still not making any sound. It's not unlocking, it's not locking, the little keychain thing ISN'T BLINKING. Still on the phone with my husband, I'm freaking out, and manually unlock the car door. Alarm is sounding, echoing through the awesome parking garage (right as a guy in a suit gets out of his sporty little thing and rummages through his trunk...pfft, pharmacy rep). The most obnoxious sound EVER. I place my keys in the ignition and turn, but it won't start. Yes, my alarm is that smart - it LOCKS THE IGNITION. Awesome. I am only able to stop the alarm by getting out of the car and manually locking it.

At this point I am really freaking out, because here's David 45min to Greenville, all of our friends are either working or live across town, and neither of us have any ideas. (Actually David's idea was for me to take a taxi home. A TAXI! I don't live in Chicago. I don't even know what that means.) After several more unsuccessful attempts, I concede failure, and almost start crying. Then I think maybe I can ask someone who worked with me that night to either drive me home or drive me to Wal Mart so I can get another battery. Remember I'm still sans coat in really cold weather? I know one of my buddies from work is in a meeting and the only other person I felt comfortable enough asking is giving report to the charge. Frantic and cold, I march back into my unit. Are you all aware of how far our parking garage is from our unit? 10-minute walk, 8 if I'm like Speedy Gonzalez.

I show up, flustered, tell the dayshift girls what's going on as I'm trying to call the one person I feel like I can ask who is not answering... And that is when amazingness happens. One of my coworkers said, why don't you just drive my car to Wal Mart and take care of it all? Drive her car?! Why didn't I think of that? I seriously had a moment where I felt like I was back at Pasco Cardiology. It was nice. I was so so soo happy about her kindness, I was so relieved! Everything was smooth sailing after that (except I kept thinking about these horrible possibilities of me driving her car.. I've been watching way too much Dead Like Me). And now I am home and it's sleepy time.

My coworkers rule!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Multitude Monday, Week XV

161. A relaxing weekend
162. Movie night! (at home)
163. A triple date with new friends
164. Catching up with good friends during lunch on Sunday
165. Rediscovering Love Languages
166. Surprise phone calls
167. Figuring out our own traditions
168. Christmas gear
169. New sermon series
170. Health

Gray Family Portraits, Part II

If y'all remember, David and I had the pleasure of photographing this fine family before their newest bundle of joy was born. This little guy, Bragan, came to meet the world on October 13th and we had the pleasure of meeting him on October 24th during this photo session. The Gray family has been unbelievably patient as, yes, it took us almost 6 weeks to finish editing them!! Here are some of our favorites:


Monday, November 29, 2010

Multitude Monday, Week XIV

After a two week hiatus, here we go...(I am literally looking at our Google Calendar so I can remember what we've done for the past two weeks!)

141. A too short, but wonderful, visit from Ketan
142. Spending time with friends, even if it is to watch Florida lose against the Gamecocks. ):
143. Sunday School Camping Trip coming together
144. Working through "the seasons" with my husband
145. After being best friends for years, still learning new things about one another
146. The advice and guidance from our church leaders
147. A moving testimonial from our pastor (and an afterward unexpected hug!)
148. Making the decision to join the church...
149. And finally deciding to be baptized in full water immersion! (Dec. 19th!!)
150. Getting a wonderful Dec/Jan schedule that fit most of my needs
151. Being one month away from paying off another credit card
152. Coming up with a financial plan/goal for buying a house (being blessed with finances to be able to do so)
153. Having a lot of time to spend with family, indoor and out
154. A happy, hearty Thanksgiving (both on our celebration day, Wednesday, and my work-day, Thursday)
155. Safe travels for all of our families
156. Wonderful and unexpected phone calls/texts from friends after I got out of work on Thanksgiving
157. Teaching new games to David's parents
158. Our gifted pastor and his beautiful sermons
159. Being able to get a television!
160. Spending QT with my husband, on the couch, in the bed, at the park.. it doesn't matter - I love him!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Multitude Monday, Week XIII

Here we go...two weeks' worth!

121. A glorious weekend with friends
122. Seeing thirty one wild horses on Cumberland Island
123. Finding new treasures on the beach
124. Staying warm despite the cold
125. Witnessing bright and beautiful shooting stars for the first time
126. Being able to share "nursing stories" with my best friend...and her getting them
127. Kind people who care about the environment/animals
128. Catching up with friends on the phone
129. Celebrating birthdays
130. A supportive Sunday School teacher and the possibility of a large group camping trip in the near future...headed by me!
131. Feeling at home in Columbia
132. Power of prayer
133. Being honest
134. My loving, loving husband
135. Planning meals for our first Thanksgiving together!
136. Trying new crockpot recipes while camping (and them being a success!)
137. Quiet moments by the river
138. Culture and history and those that teach it
139. Giving to live
140. God always preparing me for life.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Recovering from Death & Dying

Things are good... and I couldn't wait until Monday. Despite tragic news earlier this week, God still moves things around in life to help me see the positive. Hubby & I got up early (like, 6:30am - and it wasn't even a work day!) to shoot Kara & David's engagement photos. I was especially excited for it because (a) my husband was there with me, (b) we both have new (and majorly upgraded) equipment, and (c) both of us feel so comfortable with both parties, so it made shooting that much easier. Plus, it's nice to see David with his woman! Come back from Tampa, Kara!! After the photo shoot, we ran some errands (Halloween costume in the works), watched the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy, and then drove to Charlotte for my cousin's daughter's 2nd birthday party. It is amazing to me how gorgeous, smart, and fun that little girl is. I only work three more days this week (boo that one of them is a Sunday) and then I will have about six days off, four of those spent camping with some of my closest friends. Ashley is turning 25 very soon, so a nice visit to a Georgia State Park sounded fabulous. The day I was feeling especially bummed, I received this huge package from Germany from my good friend Ketan. He's doing a three month internship there for optometry school, and in just a few weeks he'll be staying with us on his way to Virginia for another internship. We can't wait to see him! And I've eaten almost the entire bag of gummi bears already... Knowing that God made all of this come together in a week where I was feeling especially depressed makes me so thankful that I know Him and have opened my heart to Him. On Friday I got off of work and had a beautiful voicemail waiting for me - just what I needed, parting words - "We lives our lives to glorify God and all of the other stuff that makes us upset or seems so important just really doesn't matter." I cannot tell you how thankful I am for the friends in my life, the way they have changed me for the better, sometimes not even realizing it until five years later. It's time for bed, I have work in the morning, I love you all.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Multitude Monday, Week XII

So I guess this portion of the blog (the only part that I manage to update fairly regularly) should really be called "Multitude Any Day of the Week". (: I just got home from my third night in a row, all vaccinated and ready for bed! This day is always hardest because I don't really know what the appropriate amount of time for sleep is.. I'm trying to stay up until 10:00am so I can make some ferry reservations for the upcoming birthday weekend camping trip in honor of my best friends Kathleen & Ashley, though Ashley will be the only one of the two present (along with other friends). This week has been a rollercoaster.

111. My car getting washed by my lovely husband Sunday afternoon while I napped (:
112. Getting my schedule for November and being able to start planning Thanksgiving
113. My ANM working with me to fine tune the December schedule so David & I can make a trip to Florida
114. A fun lunch date with always-awesome hubby at the hospital on Saturday..and the subsequent "boring" tour
115. Week two of loving smoothies (though a severe lack in making them the past few days!)
116. Loving and encouraging conversations with both sets of parents
117. News of a pregnant friend!
118. Painless visit to the OBGYN (completely unrelated to #117)
119. Being able to afford health insurance
120. A friend's awesome weightloss journey

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Multitude Monday, Week XI

101. Supportive, encouraging, and much-needed telephone conversations
102. My mother's giving heart
103. Slowly updating our photography equipment
104. SVU Season 11 on Netflix Instant Play
105. Prepared coworkers in crisis hair situations
106. Having an "easy life"
107. Possibilities to serve in the community
108. A very thoughtful and caring Sunday School group
109. Watching my husband get dressed for work in the morning
110. A close friend finding a person to share his heart with (:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Boy, You So Smooth!

A few months ago we bought this Soy Powdered Protein stuff from Sam's Club that was vanilla flavored with the intention to make smoothies "all of the time". Basically David made them quite a few times...for himself, and I always politely declined. Last week, for some weird reason, I decided to make one (I think I was craving something sweet), sans and milk or soy products. So I grabbed some of our leftover frozen fruit, a very ripe banana, and some orange juice and went to town. Since then we have had one smoothie a night.. sometimes David politely declines, and I think -- GREAT! MORE FOR ME! These smoothies really are great because they are truly all natural, no preservatives, no added sugar. I already had a smoothie today as an afternoon snack, but after Bible Study I was craving one and came up with the idea to photograph the process, which means David could be involved.

These photographs aren't wonderfully set up with the full shebang lighting like most blogs I follow, but whatevs, I was getting impatient and wanted to make the smoothie! (This is also why my newer recipe updates on Facebook - if you follow - have been mobile uploads instead of nice SLR photographs .. too hungry/impatient to take the time for it all!) Thanks to David for all of the photos, and letting me have my second smoothie of the day! HA!

INGREDIENTS (this time)

(*pls note the special Simply Orange WITH MANGO. Kroger was having a sale, apparently, so David picked it up.. definitely gives a little tang to the smoothie, but I think I prefer my high pulp Simply Orange)

1-2C OJ w/ Mango!

1/2 -12C frozen strawberries

1/2 - 1C frozen blackberries, blueberries, raspberries

1-2 bananas (the riper, the better!)





Monday, October 11, 2010

Multitude Monday, Week X

91. Being able to enjoy bluegrass & BBQ with my husband on Saturday
92. A fun game night with friends
93. My husband who does budget-friendly grocery shopping (:
94. Smoothies! (tonight was orange-mango, blueberry/raspberry/strawberry/blackberry, banana - YUM!!)
95. Celebrating six months of marriage on Sunday
96. Finding time to dust fan and clean windows
97. A late night workout with the hubs
98. Reading in bed time
99. Exchanging recipes with friends
100. Having the funds to purchase a 5D Mark I and a 40D!

Gray Family - by David!

David finished editing his photos tonight and I wanted to share some of my favorites! I'm such a sucker for candids. (:

and one of mine I didn't include last time:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Family Portraits, Part I

A few months ago Maggie contacted me on Facebook about doing some portraits of their precious family before and after Baby Gray is born. I of course agreed, and between all of our busy schedules, we finally got to meet a few weeks ago. Maddie has such a loud personality -- I knew it would be a fun day. Unfortunately we weren't experiencing the cooler weather then that we are now, so by the end I think we were all thirsty and tired. David hasn't finished editing his photos yet, but I'm already pretty satisfied with the results. (:


Future Photo Posts: St. Louis; Chicago; Table Rock